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    In 10 days, millions of Social Security beneficiaries will receive direct payments worth an average of $1,681 for those whose birthday falls between the 1st and 10th of each month. The first round of checks will be sent on Dec. 14 and the checks could be as high as $4,194, according to the Social Security Administration. Retirees can expect to see an increase of $146 to $1,827 per month starting next January. BIDEN CLAIMS REPUBLICANS WILL CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. WILL THEY? Social Security checks are determined by several factors, including the date the recipient retired and how much he or she paid into the program. "You can begin getting Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62," the SSA states 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." The SSA's acting commissioner announced the highest...
    A flaw in Android allows anyone to jailbreak an Android smartphone very easily. Update your device quickly. screen Disabling Your smartphone should be the last barrier between the world and your digital life. When locked, the phone cannot be unlocked without a passcode, your face or fingerprint. If you lose it or someone steals it, you don’t have to worry about what anyone does with it. But unfortunately, at the time of this writing, many are able to do so. As reported Bleeping ComputerCybersecurity researcher David Schutz found a flaw to unlock Google Pixel 6 And Pixel 5 without password. This happened after his Pixel 6 battery ran out and he entered the wrong PIN three times. her SIM card Then locked. So he entered the PUK code to reactivate it. However, when the SIM card was reactivated, the Pixel asked to scan his fingerprint. This shouldn’t happen because Pixels (like most smartphones) enter a code to unlock after rebooting. You cannot use your fingerprint to unlock the smartphone before successfully unlocking it with a code. David Schutz found a...
    A coyote attacked a toddler in front of her family’s Woodland Hills home in broad daylight Friday and tried to drag her away before her father rescued her, according to security video and the young girl’s family. The coyote can be seen attacking the child as her father is busy locking up the family’s SUV, the family’s doorbell video showed. The animal knocked the child down and grabbed her left leg and attempted to drag her away as she screamed. The child’s father swept up the child in his arms and immediately chased the coyote away, throwing a water bottle at the animal. “I heard her screaming and crying and I thought she fell down and I saw the coyote was there,” Ariel Eliyahuo, the toddler’s father, told NBC4. The father and child had just returned home from an outing. The incident occurred about 3:45 p.m. and was caught on security video shown on NBC and several other local TV stations. The young girl sustained scratches to her leg and was taken to a hospital to get a...
    Recipients of Supplemental Security Income are set to receive their second December payment by the end of the month, with the final payment of the year to be slightly higher than the rest. Eligible recipients will receive their second payment of $914 on Dec. 30, equaling a total of $1,755 for the month, according to the Social Security Administration. The second installment of December’s payments is higher than the first payment of $814, partly in response to the rising yearly cost-of-living adjustments to keep up with inflation. SOCIAL SECURITY UPDATE: FIRST OF DOUBLE MONTH DECEMBER CHECKS TOTALING $1,755 BEGIN TO ARRIVE The increased payment of $914 will last throughout the 2023 calendar, according to the SSA. December is one of three months in the year in which people receive two Supplemental Security Income payments. The other months with two installments this year were April and September. The double payments offset the months in which no payment is sent out to ensure eligible recipients receive 12 payments a year, according to the schedule. These months...
    People who receive Social Security benefits will get their next monthly retirement payments, which are worth an average of $1,631 per check, in 11 days. People who receive Social Security payments and were born from the 1st through the 10th of their birth months are set to receive their regular checks on Dec. 14, with those who have birth dates from the 11th through the 31st of a month set to receive their monthly checks later in December. 'A CONTRACT NO ONE ELSE COULD NEGOTIATE': BIDEN DEFENDS RAIL WORKERS DEAL The monthly retirement benefits are paid to beneficiaries in three waves, with all three occurring on Wednesdays. The waves of payments are divided by the birthdays of the recipients. The second wave of checks is always sent out on the third Wednesday of each month to those born on the 11th through 20th of their birth months, with this month's payment set to be sent to that group on Dec. 21. The third wave of payments will be sent out on the fourth Wednesday of this...
    AMERICANS in 33 states enjoy an extra boost when it comes to certain Social Security benefits, and it'll come in handy this holiday season. Qualifying recipients should have received a December 1 payment and can expect another before the month is over. 1Americans are eligible for direct payments in up to 33 states If you receive Supplemental Security Income payments, the first one of the month, distributed on the first day of December, should have parsed through in the amount of $841. While the next payment would normally kick off on New Year's Day, it falls on a Sunday this year, so December 30 is the new payment date, as it is standard practice for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to choose the closest business day to push out dividends. Payments from then forth will reflect the 2023 amount of $914 per payment. Thanks to the double payment in December, some Americans will get $1,755. READ MORE MONEYEXTRA CASH Americans have only days to apply for direct payments between $3,500 to $4,000 HELPING HAND Americans can claim...
    A letter bomb was discovered and safely defused at the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, marking the sixth explosive device to be sent to high-profile government targets in recent weeks. The latest bomb was intercepted Thursday afternoon by the security post at the embassy, a police official said. The bomb was safely detonated in a controlled explosion and no injuries were reported. UKRAINIAN MILITARY ACCUSES RUSSIA OF LAUNCHING DUMMY NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILES “We are grateful to Spanish law enforcement for their assistance with this matter,” Jamie Martin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy, told CNN. The first bomb was addressed to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and discovered on Nov. 24, with similar devices discovered at the Spanish defense ministry, the Ukrainian Embassy, an air force base, and a weapons manufacturer in recent weeks. Authorities have increased security measures at high-profile locations in response to the threat. "What must be very clear is that none of these deliveries or any other violent action will change the clear and firm commitment of Spain, NATO...
    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...
    For the first time since arriving in Doha I feared for my safety. Yesterday, I saw the ugly side to this World Cup, a side that involved censorship and intimidation - which nearly led to my arrest. I was outside the Al Janoub stadium ahead of Ghana vs Uruguay. I had been told that at previous Ghana games, free tickets had been handed out to supporters before the security gates. About an hour before kick-off, Ghana fans began to form queues, with a group of men directing them into three separate lines.  This queue broke up several times, with fans pushing and shoving each other. There was no sign of security at this point. I started film what was happening. I was told that the fans were waiting for a government official to arrive and ‘share the tickets’, as he had allegedly done at the previous two games. 
    NEXT year, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are set to receive an increase in benefits thanks to the new COLA. The Cost-of-Living-Increase (COLA) is at 8.7 percent for 2023 and aims to provide struggling Americans with some relief from high inflation. 1SSI recipients can expect an increase in monthly benefits starting December 30 Because of the increase, SSI recipients will see their standard monthly payment increase by a maximum of $73 per month. Recipients will be getting two December payments as January 1, 2023, is a federal holiday and it falls on a Sunday. This means that the second payment on December 30 will reflect the new benefit amount for next year. The first payment, worth an average of $841, went out on December 1. Read More on Social Security TAKE NOTE How many work credits do you need for SSDI?CASH BOOST The 33 states boosting SSI benefits by up to $120 as 2 December payments go out COLA will also impact beneficiaries of the Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs. What is SSI? SSI, which is run...
    Millions of Social Security recipients are set to get their next monthly retirement payments, worth an average of $1,631 per check, in 12 days. People who receive Social Security and were born from the 1st through the 10th of their birth months will receive their regular checks on Dec. 14, with those who have birth dates from the 11th through the 31st of a month set to receive their monthly checks later in December. REPUBLICANS FLIRT WITH ECONOMIC POPULISM IN RAIL LABOR CONFLICT Regular Social Security payments are based on earnings throughout a person's lifetime and have no limits based on income or resources. The average payment for retirees is approximately $1,631, as of October, per the SSA. These checks differ from other payments distributed by the agency, such as disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income. The SSI checks are set to be paid out to eligible beneficiaries next on Dec. 30. The monthly retirement benefits are paid to beneficiaries in three waves, with all three occurring on Wednesdays. The waves of payments are...
    AN ARGENTINIAN immigration officer celebrated an Argentina goal mid-way through checking someone's boarding pass. Goals from Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez of Manchester City sent them through to the knockouts with a 2-0 win against Poland. 2The passport officer raised his hands in the air and celebrated an Argentina goalCredit: https://twitter.com/FaacuLopez__/status/1598102427303309313 2Unfortunately, he had a bewildered women's passport in his hand at the timeCredit: https://twitter.com/FaacuLopez__/status/1598102427303309313 It sent Argentina through to the last 16 and a meeting with Australia.  A video on Twitter highlighted the moment the border guard found out his national team had scored against the Poles. And the passport officer wildly ran away with a woman's documentation. It left her baffled as she began to chase after him. The footage was captioned: "I love you very much, sir, who leaves his job and is going to shout the goal of the national team. How it has to be." Fortunately, the member of staff wasn't away from his position for long. One user said: "Calm people. It is seen in other videos that he moved a few...
    DANGEROUS Android bugs could let hackers keep a record of everything you type, cyber-experts warn. Three apps are said to be affected, with a combined total of more than two million downloads. 1Be careful when downloading apps that haven't been updated in a while – they may have unfixed security flawsCredit: Google All three are keyboard and mouse apps that let you control a desktop or laptop computer using your Android phone. The apps transmit your mouse and keyboard inputs to a server to do this. Cyber-experts at Synopsys say the apps themselves are legitimate and not scams – but reportedly contain dangerous security holes that could let hackers spy on you. "An exploit of the authentication and authorization vulnerabilities could allow remote unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary commands," said Synopsys' Mohammed Alshehri, a security researcher who discovered the issue. Read More on The Sun APPLE RUMBLE Millions of iPhone owners must check settings today – it's dangerous not to "Similarly, an exploit of the insecure communication vulnerability exposes the user’s keystrokes, including sensitive information such as usernames and passwords."...
    Several Ukrainian embassies abroad have received 'bloody packages' containing animal eyes, Ukraine's foreign ministry said on Friday, after a series of letter bombs were sent to high-profile targets in Spain including Ukraine's embassy in Madrid. The packages, soaked in a liquid with a distinctive colour and smell, were sent to Kyiv's embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy and Austria,  spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook. They were also sent to general consulates in Naples and Krakow, as well as the consulate in Brno, Czech Republic.  The disturbing discovery comes after six letter bombs were sent to high-profile targets across Spain this week, including the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, a Spanish weapons manufacturer supplying rockets to Kyiv, the defence ministry and an air force base. Police officers in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, evacuated the Ukrainian consulate after they discovered a suspicious package in the building The U.S. embassy in Madrid has received an envelope similar to the five letter bombs that have been sent to high-profile targets in Spain including the...
    FOOTBALL fans at the World Cup have reportedly been pictured jumping over security fences outside of the Al-Thumama stadium. Footage taken next to the stadium appears to show fans outside of the Canada vs Morocco game being refused entry into the ground by security personnel. @khalidjassem74 ابوجاسم … قدام ملعب الثمامة الآن جالسين ننتظر يسمحون لنا بالدخول للمباراة بعد مرور ٢٠ دقيقة بالرغم من وجود تذاكرنا معنا ، اغلاق غريب للملعب بدون سبب واضح او حتى احد يوضح لنا السبب pic.twitter.com/vNcpoSFsaF— Eng. Abdulelah (@Am_doss92) December 1, 2022 Certaines personnes passent par dessus les barrières, la police tente de contenir pic.twitter.com/RSzigFnMda— Tiffany Henne (@TiffanyHenne) December 1, 2022 The stadium closure comes despite many fans in the queue holding tickets to enter. The police have reportedly tried to intervene to resolve the situation but with large amounts of fans also not holding valid tickets it has caused big delays in getting spectators into the ground. THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY…The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like...
    SUPPLEMENTAL Security Income (SSI) recipients will get their first payment of December today worth $841. The second payment, which is a larger check, for December will arrive after Christmas. 1SSI payment goes out today, and the second payment comes out at the end of the month SSI payments are usually sent out on the first of every month unless impacted by a holiday. Today will be the last payment of $841 for the 2022 year as the second payment will be a higher amount. Why is there a larger check in December? 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. read more SSI CASH BOOST The 33 states boosting SSI benefits by up to $120 as 2 December payments go outBENEFIT RISE Is SSI going up in 2023? SSI recipients are getting two December payments because the January 1, 2023 payment falls on a Sunday. Since it's also...
    A POPULAR password manager app experienced a security incident recently that marks its second breach over the past year. The app’s chief executive shared the news in a blog post, sharing that an unauthorized party gained access to customer information that was stored in a third-party cloud service. 1LastPass is one of the most popular password services, used by over 25 million peopleCredit: Getty LastPass was the service that was breached and it's one of the most popular services for password storage.  It’s an app that allows users to store their passwords and sensitive data while granting them access across multiple devices, all bound by one master password.  Karim Toubba, the company’s CEO, shared a blog post addressed to all LastPass customers.  “In keeping with our commitment to transparency, I wanted to inform you of a security incident that our team is currently investigating,” Toubba wrote.  Read more on appsMAPPY HOUR I tested out the new Google Maps AR feature and there were more cons than prosEND OF ERA Google to kill off major Maps app and will remove it...
    Spain's Prime Minister has become the latest target of a worrying trend of letter bombs being sent to high-profile targets including the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid. Pedro Sanchez received the booby-trapped letter on November 24, which was 'similar' to four others that have been sent to the Ukrainian embassy, a Spanish weapons manufacturer, the defence ministry and an air force base. The envelope, 'containing pyrotechnic material' and addressed to Sanchez, was destroyed by security staff who carried out a 'controlled explosion', the interior ministry said today.  And since Sanchez was sent the letter bomb, 'similar' devices have been sent to five locations across Spain - including a weapons manufacturer which supplies rocket launchers to Ukraine. Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (pictured yesterday) has become the latest target of a worrying trend of letter bombs being sent to high-profile targets including the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid Police officers stand outside Spain's Ministry of Defense after suspected explosive devices hidden in envelopes were mailed to the ministry on Thursday  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Xi buckles under...
    MILLIONS of Americans are set to receive two direct payments worth up to $914 this month. Supplemental Security Income benefits are usually sent out on the first of the month, meaning claimants should receive their checks today. 1Millions of SSI claimants will get their first December payment todayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Around eight million Americans qualify for SSI and the maximum amount beneficiaries can pocket for 2022 is $841. But, claimants will also receive their second monthly installment on Friday, December 30. It is an early payment for January 2023 and takes into account the new cost-of-living adjustment. The check will reflect the 8.7 per cent COLA for 2023, which is designed to offset inflation. read more on ssiMORE MONEY First $841 December check drops in less than 24 hours - do you qualify?MORE MONEY $841 checks dropping in weeks as 33 states boost benefits - see exact date This means that the maximum amount they will be able to get is $914. Meanwhile, qualifying couples will be able to receive up to $1,371 a month next year. An...
    WORLD CUP security will reportedly be ramped up to check for laser pens ahead of England's clash with Senegal. The Three Lions are set to take on the African champions in the second round at 7pm on Sunday. 2Mohamed Salah was targeted with lasers before a crucial penalty against SenegalCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 2Salah and two team-mates missed penalties in the shoot-out against SenegalCredit: Rex Both sets of fans have used lasers to try and distract opposition players while penalties were being taken. Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel fell victim to the use of a laser when Harry Kane took a penalty against him in the Euro 2020 semi-final. And Mo Salaah missed a penalty in a World Cup play-off penalty shoot-out after Senegal fans shone a light in his eyes. In fact, three out of four Egypt penalty takers missed as Senegal booked their place in Qatar. Fifa fined Senegal £143,000 over the incident and England £26,000 - but are now taking practical measures to avoid a repeat of the two incidents. According to the Telegraph, all...
    CHILLING security footage has revealed the terrifying moment a "ghost" was captured in a family's home. On October 21, Amanda Pitt said she woke up at about 3.40am when she heard “heavy footsteps." 2Amanda Pitt and her husband claim to have seen a ghost on their security footageCredit: Kennedy News and Media 2This photo shows the alleged ghost moving through the homeCredit: Kennedy News and Media She looked at her security camera and saw what appeared to be a ghost-like figure in her kitchen. “I couldn’t get back to sleep, I laid there and turned on the TV because I was scared,” Pitt, 34, told The Mirror. “I kept going back to the camera, but I couldn’t see it anymore, so I thought maybe I was seeing things." “I made sure Jeffrey was still in bed because I thought it could be him,” Pitt continued. READ MORE ON GHOSTSCURSE FEARS Lake tragedy after man dies as locals say it's CURSED with more than 200 deathsGHOSTS BUSTED House that inspired The Conjuring sells for $1.3m despite history of satanism “I...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday walked back comments saying she saw no reason for an investigation into Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, instead hinting that it is being reviewed for any impact on national security.  Earlier this month she told CBS News in Bali, Indonesia, that she saw 'no basis' for launching an investigation of Musk's purchase of the social media platform. That put her at odds with President Joe Biden, who said there were national security grounds for a review.  Speaking in New York on Wednesday, she said: 'Let me clarify. I misspoke. 'Let me say to the extent that there are international investments there, we have an agency within Treasury called CFIUS [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] that does look at transactions that involve foreign investment in the United States to see if they create national security risk.' The role of foreign investors in Twitter, coupled with Musk's laissez-faire approach to moderation, has raised concerns that the platform could be maniputlated. Securities filings show that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abudlaziz of Saudi Arabia...
    Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., February 1, 2022.Andrew Harnik | Reuters It's now clear to U.S. officials that China, once considered a possible economic and political ally, has become an emerging threat to national security, U.S. companies and American workers, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. "Over the past decade, China's leaders have made clear that they do not plan to pursue political and economic reform and are instead pursuing an alternative vision of their country's future," Raimondo said in a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "China's reprioritization away from economic growth toward national security and its assertive military behavior means that we have to rethink how we protect our national security interests while also promoting our interests in trade and investment." Raimondo said Chinese leaders have made it apparent over the last decade that "increasing the role of the state society and economy," "constraining the free flow of capital" and "decoupling in technology areas of the future"...
    The ranking Republican on the Senate's Energy Committee has called for controversial non-binary Department of Energy official Sam Brinton to be fired 'immediately.' Non-binary Brinton, 34, is under investigation in Minnesota over the theft of a woman's suitcase at the airport.  The MIT-educated nuclear scientist admitted taking the suitcase from the baggage carousel on September 16, bringing it to their hotel in St. Paul, and then leaving the city with the bag in tow. Later, they were recorded in Washington DC's Dulles Airport with the bag, having returned from a European trip, where they apparently used the suitcase as if it were their own. The suitcase's contents were valued at over $2,300, according to the victim. Now, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, has sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, calling for Brinton to be fired. The official is facing five years in prison in relation to the theft.  Barrasso wrote: 'It is in the interest of both the Department’s mission and our national security that the Deputy Assistant Secretary’s clearance be immediately revoked.' He continued: 'Additionally, the Department...
    Top allies of Donald Trump were so disturbed by his decision to have dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes last week that the ex-president and 2024 GOP candidate will now have a handler with him around the clock. The Associated Press also reports the campaign has also changed the protocols for visitors and will start to vet guests who come to see Trump, after the few procedures in place allowed antisemite Kanye West to bring along three guests. “In an acknowledgment of the severity of the backlash and an effort to prevent a repeat, Trump’s campaign is putting new protocols in place to ensure that those who meet with him are approved and fully vetted, according to people familiar with the plans who requested anonymity to share internal strategy,” the AP adds, revealing the campaign apparently does not trust the 76-year old ex-president to make decisions about who he should or should not spend time with. The AP does not define “fully vetted,” but importantly the Trump White House had such a horrific track record of vetting nominees even GOP...
    Senate Minority Whip John Thune said Republicans want to hold the country's credit hostage if they can't cut Social Security benefits. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Tuesday that the GOP plans to use the debt ceiling as leverage to make cuts to Social Security and other social safety net programs. "There's a set of solutions there that we really need to take on if we're going to get serious about making these programs sustainable and getting this debt bomb at a manageable level before it's too late," Thune said in an interview with Bloomberg News, adding that raising the retirement age is one of the solutions Republicans want to explore. Playing politics with the debt ceiling could have disastrous consequences for the American economy, observers say. If the debt ceiling is reached — which the Treasury Department says will happen some time in 2023 — the United States will be unable to pay bills for spending already authorized by Congress. "Failure to set the debt ceiling at the level...
    Millions of Social Security beneficiaries are set to get their monthly retirement payments, worth an average of $1,631 per check, in only 14 days. Social Security recipients born from the 1st through the 10th of their birth months will receive their regular checks on Dec. 14, with those who have birth dates from the 11th through the 31st of a month set to receive their monthly checks later in December. THIRD QUARTER GDP GROWTH REVISED UP TO 2.9% RATE IN SIGN OF ECONOMIC RESILIENCE The monthly retirement benefits are paid to beneficiaries in three waves, with all three occurring on Wednesdays. The waves of payments are divided by the birthdays of the recipients. The second wave of payments is always sent out on the third Wednesday of each month to those born on the 11th through 20th of their birth months, with this month's payment set to be sent to that group on Dec. 21. The third wave of checks will be sent out on the fourth Wednesday of this month, Dec. 28, for those...
    AN intruder managed to get within feet of Emmanuel Macron's office after sneaking past guards at the Elysee Palace. The astonishing security lapse at the French president's official residence was revealed by the magazine Le Canard enchaîné. 4 4The intruder managed to evade hundreds of security officials to reach the inside of the palaceCredit: Alamy 4The Salon Dore is the president's office within the vast palaceCredit: Alamy The publication said the suspect, 26, was able to wander the halls before he was spotted and apprehended on September 28.  The bizarre event has left palace security and French police stunned as to how he got inside the palace and so close to Macron's office.  The sprawling 18th-century Elysee Palace, located in the 8th arrondissement in Paris, consists of over 365 rooms, two hectares of gardens, and around 180 round-the-clock soldiers who patrol the grounds.  French authorities believe the intruder was able to slip past security during the changing of the Republican Guards and somehow cross the courtyard undetected.  READ MORE ON FRANCE THE SUN SAYS Signing a deal with Macron to stop migrants will look like...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen backpedaled on prior remarks while underscoring Wednesday that the government may evaluate Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover if it determines a review is necessary. Yellen downplayed the prospect of a government review of Musk's Twitter acquisition, contending earlier in the month during a CBS interview she saw "no basis" for one, but during an event hosted by the New York Times on Wednesday, Yellen reversed course, claiming she “misspoke.” ‘PUBLIC DESERVES TO KNOW’: MUSK SOON TO RELEASE FILES ON TWITTER'S SUPPRESSED FREE SPEECH “I’m not going to say specifically what we are looking at,” Yellen added, according to Bloomberg. “We don’t comment on what’s in progress.” Musk's ties to foreign investors have drawn intensified scrutiny from skeptics such as President Joe Biden, who argued Musk's "relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at." Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal alongside his Kingdom Holding Company was the second largest investor in Twitter following the $44 billion takeover, Politico reported. Additionally, Musk has heavy investments in China for the production and sales of...
    UPDATE: It was too soon to pinpoint the possible motivation of a shooter who fired several times at an unoccupied vehicle parked in a Waldwick resident's driveway before dawn Wednesday, authorities said. Forensics investigators from the Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected no fewer than seven shell casings near the Lexus GX 460 struck on Grove Street shortly after 3:30 a.m. Nov. 30. Several 911 reports of "loud bangs and/or gunshots" brought borough officers, Chief Mark F. Messner said. They found the SUV struck multiple times by gunfire just off the corner of Center Street, the chief said. No one was injured, he said. The street was temporarily closed off while forensics experts with the Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence. The Lexus was then towed to the BCI's garage adjacent to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack shortly after noon. Police also went door-to-door checking with residents with Ring cameras and other security devices to see whether they could identify a getaway vehicle. ANYONE who might have seen something, knows something about the shooting or...
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a traveler from carrying a gun onto his flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, authorities said. The Alexandria, VA resident's 9mm caliber handgun was discovered in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint on Monday, Nov. 28, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said. It was not loaded. Police were notified, confiscated the weapon, and cited the man. It was the 29th gun picked off at the airport's TSA checkpoint so far this year, Farbstein said. “As we wind down from the busy Thanksgiving travel period, our TSA officers are remaining alert and vigilant,” said John Busch, TSA Federal Security Director for the airport.  “However, travelers need to do their part to help ensure that they have an efficient checkpoint experience. An important part of that is knowing that there are no illegal or prohibited items among your carry-on possessions. If you are a gun owner, make sure that firearm is not in any of your carry-on bags." Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared at...
    A Philadelphia resident may face civil penalties after trying to board a plane with a handgun in his bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration.  The unnamed man was in the security checkpoint line at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 29 when officers saw a 9mm handgun on the X-ray machine, the TSA said in a statement.  The traveler was permitted to return to the airline counter and declare his weapon in his checked luggage, as required under federal guidelines, officials said.  The matter was forwarded to federal aviation authorities, who may issue a fine, TSA said.  “This individual had the proper paperwork and carrying case for his firearm, but he made a big mistake when he brought it to the security checkpoint when he should have taken it to the airline check-in counter to be declared and transported properly for his flight,” said Philadelphia TSA Director Gerardo Spero.  It's the 41st instance this year of Philly's TSA officers stopping a traveler from boarding an aircraft with a gun — an all-time record for the airport, according to security officials. ...
    An unoccupied vehicle parked on a Waldwick street was struck by gunfire overnight, authorities said Wednesday. Several 911 reports of "loud bangs and/or gunshots" in the vicinity of Dora and Grove streets brought borough police shortly after 3:30 a.m. Nov. 30, Chief Mark F. Messner said. They found a vehicle struck multiple times by gunfire on Grove Street just off the corner of Center Street. No one was injured, the chief said. The street was temporarily closed off while forensics experts with the Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence. Police also went door-to-door checking with residents with Ring cameras and other security devices to see whether they could identify a getaway vehicle. ANYONE who might have seen something, knows something about the shooting or has security footage from the area around that time showing any passing vehicles is asked to call Waldwick police: (201) 652-5700.
    Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries are one day away from the first of two payments to be distributed in December because of a scheduling quirk, with the checks being worth a combined total of $1,755. The first payment will be sent out to eligible recipients by Dec. 1, with the next payment being delivered on Dec. 30. The Social Security Administration issues monthly SSI checks the business day prior to months that begin on a weekend or holiday to ensure beneficiaries have the check by the first of the month, according to the agency. BIDEN FACES RAILROAD STRIKE FALLOUT AFTER PREMATURE VICTORY LAP This scheduling quirk results in recipients receiving two checks in the same calendar month multiple times a year, but recipients still only receive 12 checks for the year. The January 2023 SSI payment will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, because Jan. 1, 2023, falls on a Sunday. The January payment is always delivered early because New Year's Day is a federal holiday. In 2023, there will be four months...
    A football fan was allegedly shot dead by Islamic Regime security forces last night after he celebrated Iran's defeat to the USA in the World Cup. Mehran Samak, 27, was reportedly shot in the head in the city of Anzali, eastern Iran, by government agents after he honked his car horn to celebrate the Iranian national team's 1-0 loss.  Samak was sitting in his car next to his fiancée when a member of Iran's security forces approached their car and shot the football fan with a bullet to the head, reports Iran International. He was rushed to hospital but he died within an hour.  Samak had joined dozens of other Iranians across the country who celebrated the national team's loss to the United States amid growing anger against the Islamic Regime.   Mehran Samak, 27, was reportedly shot in the head in the city of Anzali, eastern Iran, by government agents after he honked his car horn to celebrate the Iranian national team's 1-0 loss In Iran's Kurdish region, football fans set off fireworks and honked car horns early on Wednesday...
    GOOGLE has issued a huge update for Chrome that you should install as soon as possible. It fixes dozens of security flaws that could allow hackers to seize control of your devices, private info and more. 1Make sure you're updating Google Chrome on all devices regularlyCredit: Google From time to time, security holes pop up – or are discovered – in apps, including Google Chrome. Hackers can exploit these to take compromise your device, so Google works to patch them. These fixes come in the form of security updates, which are essential to avoid falling prey to a savvy online crook. Now Google has issued a major Chrome 108 update that fixes as many as 28 flaws. "The Chromium security team aims to provide Chrome and Chrome OS users with the most secure platform to navigate the web," said Google. "And just generally make the Internet a safer place to hang out. "This update includes 28 security fixes." All of the security issues are ranked as high or medium severity. They're the highest ratings behind critical. Most read in TechBACK...
    A prominent Republican governor has banned TikTok for her state's agencies due to the 'growing national security' threat posed by the Chinese-owned app.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Tuesday signed an executive order that bans employees and contractors from downloading or using the app on any state device.  In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Noem said she refuses to be party to any efforts made by the Chinese Communist Party to obtain information that could be used to indoctrinate American youth. 'South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,' the governor said.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Tuesday signed an executive order that bans employees and contractors from downloading or using TikTok on any state-owned device The Chinese-owned app has more than one billion users worldwide 'Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action seriously,' Noem said in a statement  The order was issued by the governor 'in response to the growing national security threat posed by TikTok due to its...
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    IN order to receive money from Social Security programs, specifically Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must obtain 40 work credits. Credits are based on your total wages and self-employment income each year. 1To receive Social Security Disability Insurance, you must have 40 work credits Your earnings and work history will then determine your eligibility for SSDI or your family’s eligibility for survivor benefits when you die. Workers and taxpayers may only earn up to four credits per year. According to the Social Security Administration, the number of earnings it takes to earn one credit may change with each year. This year, workers received one credit for every $1,510 earned. Read More on Social SecurityCASH BOOST The 33 states boosting SSI benefits by up to $120 as 2 December payments go outCASH BOOST Will Social Security and SSI claimants get a fourth stimulus check? And, you must earn $6,040 to get the maximum four credits for the year. Additionally, you could earn more credits during your lifetime than the minimum number you need but those extra credits...
    Gov. Kristi Noem banned the social media application TikTok on state-owned or state-leased devices on Tuesday, citing cybersecurity reasons, and she's encouraging other leaders to do the same. “South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem said in a press release. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.” WATCH: WILL SMITH TALKS 'HORRIFIC NIGHT' HE SLAPPED CHRIS ROCK AT THE OSCARS South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) “Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately. I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well,” she added. The ban was ushered in by executive order and is effective immediately in the state. The order extends to all state employees and agencies as well as those who contract with the state. ...
    SUPPLEMENTAL Security Income (SSI) recipients should expect a higher benefit amount beginning at the end of December. The last payment of 2022 on December 30 is an early payment for January that reflects the new benefit amount for the new year. 1Supplemental Security Income will increase in 2023, but you can see the amount reflected at the end of 2022 SSI recipients are getting two December payments because January 1, 2023, is a federal holiday and it falls on a Sunday. When this happens, the cash is issued the Friday before. The benefit amount this year is worth a maximum of $841, but it will increase due to the rise of cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA). Recipients will start getting up to $914 in payments for 2023. read more ssi CASH BOOST The 33 states boosting SSI benefits by up to $120 as 2 December payments go outCASH BOOST Will Social Security and SSI claimants get a fourth stimulus check? What is SSI? SSI, which is run by the Social Security Administration (SSA), is designed to help those over 65 years old, as...
    SUPPLEMENTAL Security Income (SSI) recipients will get two payments in December, and many states are boosting the benefits too. The first payment of $841 will be sent on December 1 while the second payment averaging $914 will be distributed on December 30. 1States boosted SSI benefits by up to $120, and the second payment in December will be higher than the first 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. 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. read more Social Security IncomeCHECK PLEASE New $841 direct payment dropping in just days - see exact dateMORE MONEY $841 checks dropping in weeks as 33 states boost benefits - see exact date In this case, that day is Friday, December 30. For...
    A USA fan was 'aggressively' removed from his seat and dragged out of the stadium for wearing a rainbow armband ahead of his country's clash against Iran at the World Cup.  The World Cup has witnessed multiple incidents of fans being barred entry or detained for wearing rainbow-colored pieces if clothing. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and the tournament has faced criticism for 'sportwashing' the host nation's treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.   American citizen, Brian Davis, had arrived at the Al Thumama Stadium Tuesday to watch the USA take on Iran in a must-win game on the final matchday of Group B.  Davis had worn a rainbow-colored armband, which he claimed security at the stadium's entrance had said was okay to enter with. However, he claimed that while he was sat in his seat waiting for kickoff, he was approached by another member of staff who told him he was not allowed to wear the armband.  Davis revealed he refused to remove it and insisted he was permitted to wear it, which was when police arrived on the scene and forcibly...
    A woman was arrested after officials said she tried to board a flight at LaGuardia Airport with a loaded revolver. The Louisiana woman was brought into custody on Monday, Nov. 28, after she was prevented by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers from bringing the .38 caliber revolver handgun through the security checkpoint. A TSA officer saw the handgun on the X-ray machine's monitor when the woman's belongings entered the X-ray unit, according to the report.  The officer alerted Port Authority Police, which responded, confiscated the gun, and detained the woman for questioning, officials reported. The woman was arrested for a weapons violation and will also face a federal civil penalty for the incident, TSA said.  Her identity was not released. “As we wind down from the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period, our officers are remaining focused on the mission,” said Robert Duffy, TSA’s federal security director for the airport. “Our officers have already stopped more than twice as many guns at our checkpoints this year as last year. Yet nobody should be bringing a gun to a checkpoint because they are...
    The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has threatened its men's national soccer team players and their families ahead of Tuesday's World Cup clash with the United States, according to a report. Iran's players and families have been threatened with "violence and torture" if they fail to "behave" in the lead-up to the game against the U.S., according to the report, which cited a person involved with security at the World Cup. NHL GETS DRAGGED AFTER DECLARING, 'TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN' Iran has been embroiled in protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in custody after not adhering to Iran's strict dress code. Many of Iran's players have demonstrated support for the protesters in their home country, and the team refused to sing the Iranian national anthem before its Nov. 21 World Cup opener against England. Following this display, the team was met with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to the source, and this is when the threat of "violence and torture" was made. Dozens of IRGC...
    Viktorcvetkovic | E+ | Getty Images A combination of high inflation and job openings may tempt some retirees into rejoining the workforce. But whether you're thinking about going back part-time or full-time, if you're already collecting Social Security retirement benefits, there are a few things you may want to know first. Social Security beneficiaries who go back to work may stand to earn more in the short-term and also may eventually increase their monthly benefit checks, according to Joe Elsasser, founder and president of Covisum, a provider of Social Security claiming software. But they could also be subject to short-term benefit changes that are worth planning for. "That's the surprise that people want to avoid, is not knowing the earnings test is going to happen and that they're going to have a penalty," Elsasser said.watch nowVIDEO14:2014:20Why so many Americans feel they can't retireInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow.Here are a few things to know about your Social Security benefits before unretiring.1. Your benefits may be reduced temporarilyIf you are over your full retirement age, there is no earnings penalty if you...
    Difference between SSI and SSDI explainedHow much SSI pay will I get in 2022 per month and per year?Will SSI claimants get a fourth stimulus check?How much can you earn in 2022 and qualify for SSI? Only 48 hours remain until millions of Americans can expect to earn a relief check worth $841. This payment is the next and final check for those who receive Supplemental Security Income, and it's set to arrive December 1. However, SSI beneficiaries have a larger check coming their way at the end of the month. The second check, averaging $914, will arrive on December 30. This payment represents the revised SSI benefit level for the coming year, meaning this is actually an early payment for January 2023. Unless the first of the month comes on a weekend or holiday, beneficiaries typically receive their payments on that day, according to the Social Security Administration. Read our Supplemental Security Income live blog for the latest news and updates... Topics Direct payment Money US YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunMARK THE SPOT Quarter with...
    A furious British basketball legend was forced to undergo a 'humiliating' private search by Heathrow airport staff after being told he was 'too big' for the security scanners. John Amaechi, who was the first ever openly gay player in America's NBA, said he was 'randomly selected' by security officials to undergo an additional search after triggering an alert. The 52-year-old retired sportsman-turned-psychologist - who was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his services to sport - was then flagged down again by a second scanner in the first-class security queue at Terminal 5. Staff blamed the 6ft 9ins former basketball star's height as the reason for the intimate search.  But the excuse left Mr Amaechi furious. Taking to Twitter, he vented: 'Just had to go through a “private” search at @HeathrowAirport. First ‘beep’ was “random selection” (almost every time) then another machine gave a “double yellow” (because) - & I quote “you are too big.” Then a private search (with) 2 people. Humiliating to be escorted away. Furious, again.' Former British basketball legend John Amaechi says he was privately searched...
    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order on November 25 banning the marketing and importation of new products to a dozen companies. The companies involved are seen as an “unacceptable risk” to US security, and most are Chinese companies. Huawei is one of them. Today we adopted new rules that prohibit communications devices deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to national security from being authorized for importation or sale in the United States. #FCCGov #National Security https://t.co/Y0JcVk5Yvh https://t.co/Y0JcVk5Yvh — FCC (@FCC) November 25, 2022 The FCC views the order as consistent with US policy The FCC describes this executive order as “ This is the latest step taken by the Commission to protect our nation’s communications networks “.Unsurprisingly, there are Huawei and ZTE List affected by this ban. Radio equipment company Hytera, Hikvision Technology and Dahua Technology, experts in CCTV cameras, England was also threatened. In the same way 5G is allowed on European flights Telecom products in the broad sense of these companies no longer get licenses, smartphones, routers, cameras etc. Devices already approved in the US...