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    MILLIONS of Americans who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be receiving a second payment in weeks as 33 states are boosting the benefits too. The first payment of $841 was sent on December 1, while the second payment averaging $914 will be on December 30. 1 The boosted SSI payment for 2023 will go out on December 30, 2022 The second payment on December 30 is an early payment for January 2023 as it reflects the new SSI benefit amount for the new year. Individuals who typically receive $841 will start getting $914 for their Supplemental Security Income. The increase is a result of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2023. SSI recipients are getting two December payments because January 1, 2023 payment falls on a Sunday and it’s a holiday. Whenever that happens, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends the checks on the nearest business day. This year that day is Friday, December 30. For many, SSI is not enough to pay for the basic necessities, but some may see a boost as the majority of states supplement the checks. Who is...
    It could soon cost more to drive on the New York State Thruway, and that includes the Tappan Zee Bridge. The New York State Thruway Authority’s board of directors will meet Monday, Dec. 5, to consider a proposed toll hike that would begin in 2024, WIVB in Buffalo reports.  Tolls would increase by 5-percent for E-ZPass customers in 2024 and 5-percent again in 2027, according to the outlet.  Those with out-of-state E-ZPasses or who are paying by mail would pay 75-percent more than the tolls for New York E-ZPass holders. That’s up considerably compared to the current 15-percent differential for out-of-state E-ZPass users and 30-percent differential for those who pay by mail. If the proposal is approved, drivers on the Tappan Zee Bridge would see tolls go up 35-percent over four years, from $5.75 to $7.75, according to Rockland County Executive Ed Day.  The Thruway Authority says the higher tolls are needed to help update aging infrastructure, but several local leaders have criticized the plan, including Day, who sent a letter to the Authority saying the move would hurt families....
    Coronavirus case and hospitalization rates have risen dramatically through the last half of November in Los Angeles County, which on Thursday reentered the medium COVID-19 community level for the first time since the end of the summer Omicron wave. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said L.A. County was reporting 11.9 new coronavirus-positive patients every week for every 100,000 residents. That’s a 38% increase from last week’s rate of 8.6. A rate exceeding 10 is enough to send L.A. County into the medium level. L.A. County’s coronavirus case rate has been increasing since late October, and in the last half of November began posting a 30% to 40% week-over-week increase. For the week that ended Wednesday, L.A. County was recording 2,483 cases a day — or 172 cases a week for every 100,000 residents. A case rate of 100 or more is considered high. The case rate has risen by more than 150% since Halloween, when there were 68 cases a week for every 100,000 residents. “These numbers clearly demonstrate that COVID is still with us,” L.A. County...
    Teachers union leaders called off a strike set for today at the Covina-Valley Unified School District after reaching a tentative agreement late Wednesday night with officials of the 13,400-student school system. “Schools will be open and will continue on a normal schedule tomorrow, Dec. 1,” Supt. Elizabeth Eminhizer announced in an email to families in the east San Gabriel Valley district. “We look forward to continuing to provide our students with enriching instruction and extracurricular activities.” “We are grateful to our outstanding teaching staff for the work that they do with our students to provide them with educational excellence, every day,” she added. The union sent out an announcement as well: “A teacher strike in Covina-Valley Unified School District has been narrowly averted as a clock-is-ticking bargaining session today has produced a tentative agreement.” Both announcements were made not long before midnight. The strike, had it happened, would have been an early test case for K-12 labor disputes in the post-pandemic landscape. For the most part, school districts in California are flush with record funding due to...
    TESLA China has issued a massive 435,000 vehicle recall over a software defect causing specific models’ position lights not to illuminate. Side, rear, or front marker lights that fail to activate lower an electric car’s visibility to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. 32021 Tesla Model 3 on the roadCredit: Getty 3Tesla sedans lined up in a parking lotCredit: Getty Affected Teslas include 142,277 made-in-China Model 3s manufactured between December 27, 2020, and November 7, 2022, and 292,855 made-in-China Model Ys produced between January 1, 2021, and November 11, 2022. SAMR’s recall report read: “For some vehicles within the scope of this recall, during the process of waking up from the parking state, the software of the vehicle’s position lights may have an error when initializing internal parameters, resulting in the position lights on one or both sides of the rear of the vehicle not being able to light up.” Tesla will fix the potentially dangerous software defect through an over-the-air update, SAMR (State Administration for Market Regulation) reports. Drivers can now use their Tesla mobile app to download the...
    A shocking video shows a Georgia teacher being repeatedly punched and attacked by a student inside a classroom.  The incident, which took place just before Tuesday at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, happened after a parent-teacher meeting the night before where the teacher told the student's parents he was underperforming. The school board made changes earlier this year to ease standards for tribunals in an attempt to reduce discipline on minority students but it appears to have had an adverse effect, as school officials have reported a 31 percent increase in fights at schools this year.  The video - which was caught by a cell phone camera - went viral after it was posted by the infamous @LibsofTikTok Twitter account.   The teacher, who has not yet been identified, was left with a bloody mouth and head injuries, as well as dizzy spells.  A shocking video shows a Georgia teacher being repeatedly punched and attacked by a student inside a classroom The incident, which took place just before Tuesday at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, happened after a parent-teacher meeting the...
    ”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards judging geographic locations while noting these grades are best seen as a mix of artful interpretation and data. Buzz: The share of Californians living in a house they own didn’t budge during the pandemic era. That stagnation happened despite historically cheap mortgages and a feeding frenzy for houses. Source: My trusty spreadsheet’s review of Census Bureau homeownership stats and Zillow home value indexes, comparing 2022’s nine-month averages vs. pre-pandemic 2019 levels. Topline In 2022, 54.8% of Californians lived in a home they owned. That ranked third-lowest level in the nation, just like 2019. Equally disappointing is that the 54.8% statewide ownership level was unchanged from 2019. Only 11 states fared worse over three years that saw coronavirus upend the economy and the housing market. Details Where was ownership highest in the U.S. in 2022? West Virginia at 78.4%, then South Carolina at 75.8%, Maine at 75.4%, Iowa at 75.1%, and Wyoming at 74.8%. Here are 36 reasons why California’s so darn expensive Lowest? District of Columbia at 43.1%, then...
    In a significant breakthrough, University of California postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers have reached a tentative agreement for higher wages and cost-of-living increases but won’t return to work in solidarity with some 36,000 graduate student workers who remain on strike, the union announced Tuesday. “We are proud to have reached agreements that address the soaring cost of living, and reflect the value of our contributions at UC,” Neal Sweeney, president of UAW Local 5810, said in a statement. “These agreements represent a new, best-in-class model that will improve quality of life — and the quality of research — for scientists across the US. It is now time for UC to make serious proposals to Academic Student Employees and Student Researchers and to reach fair agreements that recognize the contributions these workers make.” The postdoctoral employees and academic researchers make up about 12,000 of the 48,000 union members who launched the nation’s largest ever strike of academic workers three weeks ago. The graduate student teaching assistants, tutors and researchers in two other bargaining units — UAW 2865 and SRU-UAW —...
    SOME Americans are set to receive higher wages thanks to nine states increasing worker pay. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data from March 2021 to March 2022 revealing the nine states who raised earnings the highest. 1These nine states have boosted wages from March 2021 to March 2022 The range of increases from the top nine states starts with South Carolina at 9.2 percent and ends with Wyoming at 11.2 percent. The income increases come when inflation is still stifling millions of Americans. The current inflation rate for the United States is 7.7 percent and while it did in fact go down, prices in nearly every sector continue to rise or stay the same. Shelter, gasoline, and food have contributed to some of the highest areas in price increases. Read More on InflationDOLLAR FINDS Dollar Tree shakes up product ranges in all stores as prices soarRATE RISE Americans face higher monthly payments as Fed hikes interest rates by 0.75% Because of these rises, and some other factors, the following nine states have decided to raise wages for...
    Ohio lawmakers are working to pass a law that would help protect domestic violence survivors and make strangulation a felony in the state. Senate Bill 90 introduced by co-sponsors State Senators Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), aims to prohibit impeding breathing or circulation of family members. “By changing strangulation from a misdemeanor to a felony we are creating a cooling off period between a first incident and the possibility of a second. This cooling off period would allow victims to seek legal or medical assistance that could ensure these women are survivors and not victims and are connected to valuable resources to help them,” Kunz said. A 2009 study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine found that strangulation increased the risks of homicide for a woman by more than 700%. According to the University of Cincinnati Law Review, strangulation that causes death is charged as a homicide. In Ohio, strangulation that is not fatal is charged either as misdemeanor assault or as domestic violence, also a misdemeanor, with no prison time for a first conviction. Felonious assault, which...
    Susana Sanchez, a Nurse Practitioner, administers a flu vaccination to Loisy Barrera at a CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic in Miami, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images Flu hospitalizations have increased nearly 30% in a week as the spread of respiratory illnesses remains high across most of the U.S. More than 11,200 people were hospitalized with the flu during the week ending Nov. 19, compared to about 8,700 patients admitted during the prior week, according to data from the Health and Human Services Department. Flu has hit unusually hard and early this season, putting pressure on emergency departments across the nation. Flu activity normally picks up after Thanksgiving, but hospitalizations were already at a decade high in early November. Scientists and public health experts are worried flu hospitalizations will surge even more after millions traveled to see family and friends for Thanksgiving. Christmas is also just weeks away, giving the flu with another opportunity to spread widely. About 11 people out of every 100,000 have been hospitalized with the flu since early October, the highest level in a decade. More than 6.2...
    A FOURTH stimulus check is unlikely to be sent out to Social Security recipients before the end of the year. This year, high inflation has caused millions of Americans to suffer, but the increased cost-of-living-adjustment for 2023 will help provide some relief for seniors. 1 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries have been holding out hope that Congress will consider a fourth stimulus check. There is a petition online that aims to convince lawmakers to send senior citizens a fourth, $1,400 stimulus check. Also, the Senior Citizens League, a non-partisan advocacy group, has been calling for a one-time $1,400 stimulus check for Social Security claimants, who are among the hardest hit by higher prices. The group sent a letter to Congress last year, stating the cost-of-living adjustment, combined with inflation, will hit hard for many older Americans who are on a fixed income. Read more on Social SecurityACT NOW Deadline to apply for $1,400 checks is in two days- see exact dateCHECK PLEASE New $841 direct payment dropping in just days - see exact date The proposal...
    Gabbard referenced a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics, which indicated that there has been a 389% increase in gender-mutilating operations. TheBlaze previously reported on the study, which showed in 2016, approximately 100 adolescents had their chests mutilated. Only a few years later, there had been 489 of these mutilating surgeries performed in a single year, representing an increase of nearly 400%. There were an estimated 1,130 so-called chest reconstructive surgeries performed on children from 2016 to 2019. That number continues to grow. Gabbard repeated and emphasized that these are "children receiving mastectomies." Should the little girls so mutilated later decide to live out their lives fully as women and then have children, they will never be able to breastfeed their infants. Referencing a study from the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, which indicated that the transsexual youth population doubled over a five-year period, Gabbard stated, "This didn't just happen. This is very intentional and it's the consequence of this radical agenda that is being pushed on our kids. They’re rejecting the existence of objective reality by...
    Metro Atlanta is on a hot streak.More than 6 million people now live in the region, according to recent Census Bureau estimates. Experts say that's about a 50% increase from 20 years ago. "It's a huge increase in population," said Dan Immergluck, a professor of urban studies at Georgia State University. "That has taxed the region environmentally." Financial and tech firms continue to flock toward metro Atlanta. This builds on the city's strong logistics, entertainment and film, and health services industries. Demand for quality housing in the region has become fierce, particularly in the city center. "Atlanta is becoming a wider city," said Nathaniel Smith, founder and chief equity officer at the Partnership for Southern Equity. "Now, whether we'll be able to kind of balance that out and ensure that, you know, black folks don't get pushed out ... I'm not sure." In September 2022, the median home in the city of Atlanta was valued at about $400,000, according to Zillow's Home Values Index. That price would be out of reach for the typical household in the city of Atlanta,...
    A former FBI investigator said he believes that the Idaho quadruple murders were a targeted attack and that someone in the slain college students' orbit caused it to happen.  Bill Daly explained his chilling theory to Fox News on Sunday as police revealed there had been an increase in reports of 'unusual circumstances' and requests for welfare checks since the horror stabbings. 'There are a couple of things that are starting to suggest that there was someone in these people's orbit that caused this incident to come about by this murderer,' Daly said.  University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Maddie Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found brutally murdered in their off-campus house earlier this month. As the investigation into their deaths enters a second consecutive week without any suspects, police say they have been dealing with an increase in calls from people reporting 'unusual circumstances' or requesting welfare checks on loved ones as the locals fear for their safety.  Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Maddie Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20 were found stabbed...
    A personal trainer has shared the five things you need to prioritise for results in the gym, after she got sick of hearing things that she didn't think were true. Sophie Allen, from Sydney, said while the fitness industry is a 'noisy space', there are really only five things you need to be thinking about if you want to get your dream body this summer. These include adjusting your protein intake, thinking about your sleep and recovery and managing your stress. A personal trainer has shared the five things you need to prioritise for results in the gym, after she got sick of hearing things that she didn't think were true (Sophie Allen pictured) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Shopper is blown away by 'futuristic' Uniqlo checkout that... Matchmaker spills the one thing women should never do if... Cosmetic doctor shares the skincare mistakes we're ALL... Mum-of-two who sparked fury by saying relatives need... Share this article Share The first thing Sophie (pictured) said you need to think about for...
    With the holiday season, fast approaching members of local law enforcement are cautioning Ohioans about increased holiday theft and how to keep themselves and their property safe while shopping in stores or online. Ohio law enforcement agencies state that they see an uptick in theft reports towards the end of the year. “There are more porch pirates, people who steal newly delivered packages left outside others’ homes, as well as thefts from vehicles and general thefts as the holidays approach,” Euclid Police Department’s community policing specialist and crime analyst Kate McLaughlin said. According to a joint report from the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center, the holiday sales forecast predicts a 3.4% increase compared to 2021. Statistics show Ohioans spent $30.3 billion on holiday shopping in 2021, which was a 6.4% increase from 2020. Security Tags says that increased holiday foot traffic, busy employees, chaotic stores, and colder weather, meaning bulkier clothing, makes the holiday season the optimal time for theft. In addition to the increased opportunity, they say, one of the major drivers...
    A SCRATCH-OFF pro has revealed easy tips to increase your chances of hitting the jackpot. The odds of winning big on scratch-off cards are relatively low - but making the right moves can boost your chances of scooping the jackpot. 1Making the right moves can boost your chances of scooping the jackpotCredit: Getty It can be fun to buy scratch-off tickets every now and then - as long as you keep an eye on your finances as certain moves can result in wasting your hard-earned cash. Money expert Natasha Gabrielle from The Motley Fool has revealed several ways you can increase your chances of winning. Firstly, she says it's best to find out if the top prizes are still available before purchasing a ticket. It only takes a few seconds online for a rundown of the prizes still available. Read more money tipsHOME SWEET HOME I’m a mortgage expert - my top tips for buying a house in today’s economyI’m a finance expert I’m a finance expert – five tips to save $100s ahead of Christmas She...
    by Anthony Hennen   The cost for Thanksgiving dinner has crept up, as has the gas Pennsylvanians buy to get to their relatives. “The centerpiece on most Thanksgiving tables – the turkey – costs more than last year, at $28.96 for a 16-pound bird,” the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau said in a price report. “That’s $1.81 per pound, up 21% from last year, due to several factors beyond general inflation.” The bureau considered the average Thanksgiving feast to be 10 people and will cost $64.05 in the commonwealth, an almost $11 increase from last year’s average of $53.31. On the bright side, by mid-November, many grocery store chains began discounting frozen turkey prices; the drops were from $1.81 per pound by the end of October to 95 cents by last week. Families who waited to buy a turkey would have a more-affordable Thanksgiving meal. Inflation has driven up prices, the Farm Bureau noted, as well as supply chain issues and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Farm Bureau’s Thanksgiving meal included turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a...
    Getty Joey Logano celebrates the Cup Series championship. The 2023 season will take place as the drivers pursue more wins in the Next Gen cars. Meanwhile, NASCAR will take part in negotiations surrounding its next media deal, which could reach $1 billion annually. According to Front Office Sports, NASCAR will seek “a 10% to 15% increase in rights fee” for the next media deal. This increase would put the deal in the area of $900 million to $950 million annually. FOS reports that FOX and NBC currently combine to pay NASCAR $820 million annually as part of the deal that will expire at the end of the 2024 season. One key part of the negotiations will be the length of the deal. NASCAR will likely seek a long-term agreement with its broadcast partners in the area of eight to 10 years. For context, the current 10-year, $8.2-billion deal began with the 2015 season. It was an increase from the eight-year, $4.5-billion deal that expired after 2014.NASCAR’s Current Partners Will Have Opportunities GettyNASCAR Cup Series drivers race at...
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., November 9, 2022. Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters It's a wonderful time of year and a very strange time for the markets and the economy. As we await the most anticipated recession in history, things aren't awful. The S&P 500 closed at its lowest level of the year on Oct. 12 when it was down nearly 25% for 2022. Since then, it has rebounded sharply and is now off by about 15%. Earnings continue to increase and expand, though some companies have missed Wall Street's expectations and have been punished. This week, a company reported strong results on the top and bottom lines but suggested that its full year would likely be on the low-end of the forecasted range, and the stock fell. When investors are nervous, there are fewer safe places to hide. Investors probably should continue to feel nervous. Though most seem desperate for this downturn to be over and for the Federal Reserve's rate-tightening cycle to end, the wanting won't make...
    Police in Westchester County will step up security in public areas and be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday period, authorities said.  Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Westchester County Police Department will deploy an increased number of patrols and tighter security around the county's airport, public transportation hubs, houses of worship, and retail areas, according to the department.  The extra efforts are part of a statewide STOP-DWI enforcement campaign that will last through the holiday weekend, authorities said.  The enforcement effort will also include patrols and sobriety checkpoints along popular roads in the county, including the Bronx River, Cross County, Saw Mill River, and Hutchinson River parkways, as well as scattered checkpoints in various towns and cities, according to the county's Acting Public Safety Commissioner Terrance Raynor. "Many people will be traveling on our parkways and through Westchester County Airport during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The County Police will be deploying extra resources to ensure that everyone can reach their destinations as safely and efficiently as possible," County Executive George Latimer said, adding that those planning to drink...
    New information has been released as police in Baltimore continue investigating a threat made targeting an area high school. An alert was issued by the Baltimore County Police Department on Monday, Nov. 21, advising that there is a continued police presence at Towson High School as the investigation continues into a threat made targeting the building on Thursday, Nov. 17. Investigators say that the threat appears to have originated from out of the country as “academic institutions across the country have faced a surge of threats similar to the one sent last week.” “The Baltimore County Police Department continues to work closely with Baltimore County Public Schools to monitor this situation and to ensure that all students and staff remain safe.” 
    by Tom Joyce    Arizona had a rise in both employment and unemployment last month. Arizona added 7,300 nonfarm jobs in October, a 0.24% increase in the state’s labor force participation. However, the state’s unemployment rate rose by 0.2% to 3.9%. It marked the fourth consecutive month where the state’s unemployment rate rose. Arizona’s rise in unemployment is due to a rising labor force participation rate. Since May, the state’s unemployment rate has increased from 3.2% to 3.9%, according to Common Sense Institute Arizona. Even though Arizona continues to add jobs, it still has fewer available than it did in the past. The state has about 130,200 fewer jobs available than it did between 2017 and 2019. Arizona will not match that old mark until February 2025 if it maintains its current growth rate. Job growth is being driven partially by the state’s vibrant manufacturing sector. Year over year, it experienced a 7.9% increase in employment; it was the fastest growth rate in the country. The growth included 500 new manufacturing jobs being added to the state’s economy in October...
    by Bethany Blankley   Florida’s tourism numbers continue to grow, according to new data released by VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism agency. In the third quarter, between July and September, Florida welcomed 35.1 million visitors, marking a 6.9% increase from Q3 2021. It’s also the fifth consecutive quarter of overall visitation that’s surpassed pre-pandemic levels. According to VISIT FLORIDA, 32.6 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in Q3 2022, representing 18 months of domestic visitation growth from 2019. So far this year, Florida has welcomed 104.5 million travelers, an increase of 4.1% and 15.3% compared to the same period in 2019 and 2021, respectively. “Our freedom first policies continue to bring visitors to Florida from across the country and around the world,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “This increase in tourism will support our entire economy, especially small businesses that have been built from the ground up by hardworking Floridians.” Dana Young, VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO said, “Even as more destinations have become available, Florida has firmly maintained the top spot on every traveler’s list. Looking ahead, VISIT FLORIDA...
    New Yorkers will soon see a significant increase in their yellow taxi fares for the first time in a decade.  The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission voted on Tuesday to raise the price of a cab drive by 23 percent. The rate will also impact the ride share companies Uber and Lyft, who will increase their charge per-mile and minute.  The commission also voted to up the cost of airport rates, overnight rides and travel during rush hour. The move will contribute to the increased pay of drivers. 'After a year of all drivers having to choose between food and fuel, and a decade of not just stagnation but loss for yellow cab drivers in particular, we’re relieved to see the raise be voted on,' a spokesperson with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance told Bloomberg.    TLC Commissioner David Do also praised the decision: 'Raising taxi fare rates and minimum pay for high-volume drivers is the right thing to do for our city,'  The change will result in the average cab ride increasing from about $15.97 to $19.62. Yellow cab riders...
    Household debt in the US is rising at the fastest pace since 2008, as inflation pushes Americans borrow more with credit cards to make ends meet. Total household borrowing reached $16.51 trillion in the third quarter, a $351 billion increase from the prior quarter and 8.3 percent jump from a year ago, the fastest annual increase in 14 years.   The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in its Tuesday report on debt that overall borrowing is $2.36 trillion higher than the level seen at the end of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic struck and scrambled the economy. 'Credit card, mortgage, and auto loan balances continued to increase in the third quarter of 2022 reflecting a combination of robust consumer demand and higher prices,' said Donghoon Lee, a New York Fed research advisor.  Total household borrowing reached $16.51 trillion in the third quarter, a $351 billion increase from the prior quarter and 8.3 percent jump from a year ago Soaring inflation has pushed many Americans to tap lines of credit as they struggle to afford high car prices, more expensive homes...
    Luis Alvarez | Digitalvision | Getty Images Households increased debt during the third quarter at the fastest pace in 15 years due to hefty increases in credit card usage and mortgage balances, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday. Total debt jumped by $351 billion for the July-to-September period, the largest nominal quarterly increase in 2007, bringing the collective household IOU in the U.S. to a fresh record $16.5 trillion, up 2.2% from the previous quarter and 8.3% from a year ago. The increase follows a $310 billion jump in the second quarter and represents a $1.27 trillion annual increase. Debt has surged over the past year due to inflation running near its highest pace in more than 40 years and amid rising interest rates and strong consumer demand. The biggest contributors to that debt load came from mortgage balances, which rose $1 trillion from a year ago to $11.7 trillion, and credit card debt, which climbed to $930 billion. The credit card balance collectively rose more than 15% from the same period in 2021, the largest annual jump in more...
    House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's office on Monday rejected reporting that his circle was trying to persuade Rep. Henry Cuellar, perhaps the House's most conservative Democrat, into switching parties. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday afternoon that Cuellar had rejected 'multiple calls' from McCarthy allies to cross the aisle. It comes as Republicans face down the reality of one of the worst performances in a midterm by a party out of power in recent US history. And McCarthy's bid for the House Speakership could be the first casualty of what's shaping up to be a slim and fractured House GOP majority. As of Monday evening, it's not even clear yet which party will control the House of Representatives next year.  'This is McCarthy trying to flip a lifelong Democrat because of the Republicans' poor midterm results and missing out on a red wave,' a person familiar told DailyMail.com.  McCarthy's allies reportedly tried tantalizing Cuellar with influential committee positions - but failed.  Cuellar currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee, where the majority of government funding has to pass through...
    Changpeng Zhao, billionaire and chief executive officer of Binance Holdings Ltd., speaks during a session at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.Zed Jameson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said the cryptocurrency exchange has seen only a slight uptick in withdrawals and is operating normally despite a fall in digital asset prices after the collapse of FTX. Speaking on a live "ask me anything" session on Twitter Monday, Zhao said there had been "no news about significant withdrawals" from a number of "cold" cryptocurrency wallets the firm published details of in the wake of FTX's bankruptcy.related investing newsSolana is facing its 'crucible moment' after the FTX blowup sent it down 50% last weekTanaya Macheela day agoHere's how bitcoin futures ETFs performed in a dramatic week for cryptoJesse Pounda day agoBinance has seen a "slight increase in withdrawals," said Zhao, but he added this was in line with typical activity during times of declines in the crypto market. "Whenever prices drop, we see an uptick in withdrawals," Zhao said. "That's quite normal." After...
    Chicago police are searching for an armed thief they say attacked a woman and stole her car. Surveillance footage caught the moment the unidentified suspect, in a red jacket with dark pants, followed a woman into a building on September 24 at 7.30pm. He soon approaches an alcove, where the woman appears to be hiding out, and seems to yell at her. Moments later, the man, whom Chicago police say was 'armed with an object,' appears to push the female victim, in a black-and-white checkered jacket and ripped jeans. She tries to push him back, but he grabs onto her arms and pushes her down before apparently grabbing something out of her hands and fleeing the scene onto West Monroe Street in the city's West Loop neighborhood. Authorities say the unidentified suspect made off with the woman's car keys and stole her vehicle.  They are asking anyone with information to contact Area 3 Detective Harris at (312) 744 - 8261. The theft comes as crime in the Windy City skyrockets continues to spiral out of control, even as Mayor Lori Lightfoot...
    National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke to reporters on Air Force One on Saturday When Joe Biden holds his first meeting as president with China's Xi Jinping on Monday he will have a stark warning: Expect more American warships and military hardware in the region if you do nothing to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions.  Kim Jong Un's secretive regime has stepped up missile launches in recent weeks, triggering fears he is about to order a nuclear test. Aboard Air Force One en route to a summit in Cambodia, Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters the president would raise the issue but not as a 'demandeur.' 'He's going to tell President Xi his perspective, which is that North Korea represents a threat not just to the United States, not just to the Republic of Korea or Japan, but to peace and stability across the entire region,' he said on Saturday morning. 'And if North Korea keeps going down this road, it will simply mean further enhanced American military and security presence in the region.  'And so the...
    Methane gas that leaked from a damaged Nord Stream pipeline in September will not increase global warming, a new study claims.  The leaks will have a 'negligible' effect on warming, despite releasing 220,000 tons of methane into the air, academics say.  This is relatively 'tiny' and too small to affect humans compared with emissions from sources such as the coal and gas industries, they add.  The cause of the pipeline damage is unknown, although there are suspicions from Western leaders that it was caused deliberately by Russia.  A few days after the leaks, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that the leaks were no accident and that she 'cannot rule out' sabotage.  According to Swedish and Danish authorities, there were four leaks from the two Nord Stream pipes (two in the Swedish economic zone, two in the Danish economic zone) This photo from the Danish Defence Command shows the gas leak at the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as seen off the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm, south of Dueodde Security walks in front of the landfall facility of the Baltic...
    by Samantha Aschieris   An economist says the average American family has lost upward of $7,000 due to inflation. The consumer price index increased 0.4% in October, up 7.7% from Oct. 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday. “American are being crushed by higher prices. The average family has lost $6,100 in real income (how much their wages can actually buy) under President Joe Biden and rising interest rates have added another $1,300 in higher borrowing costs,” EJ Antoni, a research fellow for regional economics in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in a statement. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.) Some economists had expected that the consumer price index would increase 0.6% in October, MarketWatch reported. Citigroup, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase Securities, and Deutsche Bank similarly predicted an increase of 0.6% while Bank of America and Goldman Sachs predicted an increase of 0.5%, and Morgan Stanley predicted an increase of 0.7%, Bloomberg reported. “These effects have effectively made the average family $7,400 poorer,” Antoni said. CPI for all items rises 0.4%...
    In this article CVNAFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTPeople try their luck at winning a car from the Carvana vending machine at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2016.Michelle Castillo | CNBCShares of Carvana jumped by as much as 32% Thursday morning – representing a small, yet notable, increase after a week of significant declines for the used car retailer. The stock hit $10 a share during early trading but has given back some of those gains and was trading around $9.49 per share during trading mid-morning, up by 25%. The move came as the broader market surged on news of cooling inflation. Despite the double-digit increase, the embattled stock remains off roughly 97% this year. That includes a more than 30% decline since last Thursday, when the company missed Wall Street's top- and bottom-line expectations for the third quarter. The missed expectations and a lackluster outlook were in addition to the used car market falling from record demand, pricing and profits during the coronavirus pandemic.Loading chart... Carvana grew exponentially during the coronavirus pandemic, as shoppers shifted to...
    People shop for bread at a supermarket in Monterey Park, California on Oct. 19, 2022.Frederic J. Brown | Afp | Getty Images Inflation was cooler than expected in October, although household staples like shelter, food and energy remained among the largest contributors to consumer prices still rising at a historically fast pace, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday. Inflation measures how quickly the prices consumers pay for a broad range of goods and services are rising. The consumer price index, a key inflation barometer, jumped by 7.7% in October relative to a year earlier — the smallest 12-month increase since January 2022. Economists expected a 7.9% annual increase, according to Dow Jones. Basically, a basket of goods and services that cost $100 a year ago costs $107.70 today. The annual rate is down from its 9.1% pandemic-era peak in June 2022 and September's 8.2% reading, but is hovering near the highest levels since the early 1980s. "That's obviously still very high," said Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, of October's reading. "But at least it's a...
    Activists demonstrate in support of a $15-per-hour minimum wage and tips for restaurant workers in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8, 2022.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Voters in both Nebraska and the District of Columbia on Tuesday approved higher minimum wages, while the results in a similar Nevada ballot measure are still pending. In D.C., voters approved Initiative 82, a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers to $16.10 per hour from the current $5.35 per hour by 2027, matching the floor for non-tipped employees. And Nebraska voters supported Initiative 433, which increases the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour, up from $9 per hour, by 2026. The minimum wage will adjust annually based on inflation after 2026.  More from Personal Finance:How to avoid Medicare scams during open enrollmentHere are the pros and cons of owning cryptocurrency in your 401(k) Consumers are cutting back on holiday gift buying amid higher inflation Votes for the Minimum Wage Amendment in Nevada are still being tallied. But if approved, the minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour...
    CHECK your bank accounts today as thousands of Americans are expected to receive Social Security checks of up to more than $4,000 this November.  Social security beneficiaries should receive checks ranging between $1,600 and $4,194 starting November 9.  1The first round of Social Security November payments will hit bank accounts today The Social Security Administration (SSA) confirmed these payments, detailing that the people born between the 1st and 10th of each month will receive the first round of checks.  People born between the 11th and 20th are a part of the second round of payments arriving on November 16.  Those born between the 21st and 31st are expected to receive their checks on November 23.  The SSA uses this format each month to distribute social security benefits.  Read More on Social SecurityMORE MONEY Final $841 check of year to go out in two weeks - exact date you'll get checkMO' MONEY Final October $1,657 checks due to Americans in days These benefits are distributed by the agency to more than 70 million people who are retired, have a disability, or...
    IN LESS than 24 hours, direct payments worth thousands of pounds will be doled out to millions of Americans ahead of Thanksgiving. The Social Security Administration confirmed checks ranging between $1,600 and $4,194 will start being mailed on November 9. 1Americans will be mailed their Social Security checks from tomorrowCredit: Getty People born between the 1st and the 10th of each month are at the top of the priority list. Those born between the 11th and 20th are in the second round of deliveries. If your birthday falls between the 21st and 31st of the month, you will be the final group to receive your check. And in less than 24 hours, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin sending out the payments. READ MORE ON PAYCHECKSMORE MONEY Exact date huge new $1,050 relief checks going out in weeksBE WARNED Four reasons why you would have to pay back a stimulus check payment The SSA provides financial aid to those in retirement, people who have a disability and widowers. Adults can start receiving the cash before their retirement...
    Early election results show a close race for Los Gatos Town Council, with Rob Moore, Mary Badame and Rob Rennie leading the pack. Margaret Smith, Rob Stump and Reza Tavana follow close behind. Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters said just under a quarter of the registered voters’ ballots have been counted so far. The three elected candidates will join Vice Mayor Maria Ristow and Councilmember Matthew Hudes on the town council. Marico Sayoc’s term expired and she will be leaving the council. The new slate of councilmembers will have to tackle several issues going into the next year, like a projected $4 million annual budget deficit and the 2040 General Plan referendum. Los Gatos’ projected budget deficit will likely drop the town’s general fund from $21 million in 2022 to $4.7 million in 2028. Town staff said they need to look for areas to increase revenue and decrease costs. The Los Gatos Community Alliance filed a referendum earlier this year against the town’s narrowly approved, state-mandated 2040 General Plan, saying it calls for an unnecessarily high number of future...
    IN LESS than 24 hours, direct payments worth thousands of pounds will be doled out to millions of Americans ahead of Thanksgiving. The Social Security Administration confirmed checks ranging between $1,600 and $4,194 will start being mailed on November 9. 1Americans will be mailed their Social Security checks from tomorrowCredit: Getty People born between the 1st and the 10th of each month are at the top of the priority list. Those born between the 11th and 20th are in the second round of deliveries. If your birthday falls between the 21st and 31st of the month, you will be the final group to receive your check. And in less than 24 hours, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin sending out the payments. READ MORE ON PAYCHECKSMORE MONEY 4th stimulus check update 2022 — Americans can claim monthly direct paymentsBE WARNED Four reasons why you would have to pay back a stimulus check payment The SSA provides financial aid to those in retirement, people who have a disability and widowers. Adults can start receiving the cash before their...
    More Americans are turning to second jobs as the holidays approach and inflation rates continue to soar, making many pinch pennies.  A new jobs report for October from the Labor Department showed that the percent of Americans working a part-time job on top of their full time job rose six percent from one year ago.  That number equals out to 4.5 million individuals overall.  Additionally, employers added 261,000 new jobs last month. The number is the lowest since December 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Job growth has steadily decreased since this time last year, with just 261,000 added in October 2022 While inflation is down slightly from a 40-year-high in June of 9.1 percent, the 8.2 percent is still higher than at any point in the previous four decades More Americans are picking up second jobs as the holiday season looms and inflation rates continue to stay high Unemployment numbers currently hover around 3.7 percent, up .2 percent from September.     'The unemployment rate has been in a narrow range of 3.5 percent to 3.7 percent since March,' the...
    Chelsea police have increased their presence around Congress, Shawmut, and Maverick streets as officers have noticed an uptick in drug crimes there. Investigators arrested a 37-year-old man on drug and gun charges over the weekend.  Ramon Valdez was arrested on Sunday, Nov. 6, after police spotted him making "illegal transactions" around 9 p.m., Chelsea police said. When officers went to handcuff him, Valdez fought back. Officers said they found a handgun strapped to his chest during the struggle.  Police eventually were able to arrest him, and Valdez now faces several firearms and drug charges, including trafficking fentanyl and cocaine, Chelsea police said. 
    LOVE Island bosses are reviewing security for the next series after a hot air balloon landed at the villa. Shocked Love Island production staff called the police after a man chartered the balloon so he could propose to his girlfriend at the famous location. 2A man proposed to his girlfriend during the last series of Love Island after landing next to the villa in a hot air balloonCredit: Rex The incident happened during the last series of the hit ITV2 show, won by Ekin-Su Cuculoglu and Davide Sanclimenti. A source said: “It sounds romantic but the hot air balloon proposal caused a bit of a stink with security. “Keeping the contestants safe is a priority and the fact someone could get so close was worrying – even though there was no bad intention. “Out of the blue this hot air balloon landed next to the villa and a man jumped out and proposed to his girlfriend. read more on love islandWHAT A LIBERTY! I get fat shamed and called ugly by vile trolls, says Liberty Poole “The police were called...
    MILLIONS of people will be receiving their Social Security paychecks in the coming days, with direct payments ranging between $1,600 and $4,000.  The Social Security Administration shared that checks will start being mailed on November 9 for people born between the 1st and the 10th of each month.  1The Social Security Administration shared when recipients should expect their paychecksCredit: Getty The Washington Examiner explained that adults can start receiving before their retirement age.  "You can begin getting Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62," shares the SSA.  "But we will reduce your benefits by as much as 30 percent below what you would get if you waited to begin getting benefits until your full retirement age." Per the SSA, the retirement age is 66 years old. READ MORE ON PAYCHECKSMORE MONEY 4th stimulus check update 2022 — Americans can claim monthly direct paymentsBE WARNED Four reasons why you would have to pay back a stimulus check payment The amount of money per check varies on different factors, including the person's age when they retire, and how much money...
    Share this: The average interest rate for a new U.S. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage topped 7% in late October 2022 for the first time in more than two decades. It’s a sharp increase from one year earlier, when lenders were charging homebuyers only 3.09% for the same kind of loan. Several factors, including inflation rates and the general economic outlook, influence mortgage rates. A primary driver of the ongoing upward spiral is the Federal Reserve’s series of interest rate hikes intended to tame inflation. Its decision to increase the benchmark rate by 0.75 percentage points on Nov. 2, 2022, to as much as 4% will propel the cost of mortgage borrowing even higher. Even if you have had mortgage debt for years, you might be unfamiliar with the history of these loans – a subject I cover in my mortgage financing course for undergraduate business students at Mississippi State University.
    Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries are set to receive two payments totaling $1,755 next month after tacking on January's payment at the end of December. The double payments issued in December will be given due to the New Year's holiday falling on a Sunday, giving beneficiaries a payment on the Friday before the 1st instead. A check of $841 is due on Dec. 1, with the other payment worth $914 set to be sent on Dec. 30, according to a schedule from the Social Security Administration. SEVEN FACTS BIDEN IGNORED ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY IN HIS SPEECH TO FLORIDA RETIREES Social Security payments are set to increase by 8.7% next year, and SSI will get a considerable boost of $73 per month in 2023 from the payments in 2022, resulting in the $841 amount increasing to $914 next year. The increase marks the highest cost-of-living adjustment in 40 years, with the last increase being 11.2% in 1981. Couples on the program who receive about $1,261 a month will get a boost up to $1,371, according to CNBC....
    Most of us do it every single day. And it’s one of the ultimate ways to stay fit and healthy without much effort – or cost. Putting one foot in front of the other and hitting your 10k steps really does do wonders for your wellbeing, but now power walking is in the spotlight. 5Power walking does wonders for your physical and mental wellbeingCredit: Getty Images New research claims that walking fast is the key to living longer – focusing on the pace and power of your steps, not just the number you rack up. The study, published in two medical journals, found walking with intensity reduces numerous major health concerns, from dementia, heart disease and cancer to premature death. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered power walkers have a life expectancy up to 20 years higher than slow walkers. The NHS also credits power walking with helping slash depression, burn calories and reduce obesity (depending on your speed, you can burn up to 400 calories per 30 minutes!) – and a brisk 10-minute daily...
    There are only four days left before millions of people whose birthday falls between the 1st and 10th of each month receive direct payments worth an average of $1,681. The first round of checks, worth as much as $4,194, will be sent on Nov. 9, according to the Social Security Administration. Retirees will also see an increase in their benefits of $146 to a high of $1,827 per month starting next January. "You can begin getting Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62," the SSA says on its website. "But we will reduce your benefits by as much as 30% below what you would get if you waited to begin getting benefits until your full retirement age. If you wait until your full retirement age ... you will get your full benefit." STIMULUS UPDATE: ONE-TIME TAX REBATE CHECKS BEING SENT OUT NOW IN MASSACHUSETTS FROM $3 BILLION POT Social Security checks are determined by several factors, including when the recipient retires and how much he or she paid into the program. If a...