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    THOUSANDS of Americans have days to apply for a new direct payment worth at least $400. Officials in New Mexico have warned that applications for the relief close on October 7. 1New Mexicans have until October 7 to apply for a payment worth at least $400Credit: Digital Vision - Getty The program is being funded from a $10million pot which was approved by lawmakers earlier this year, KOB4 reported. Officials will allocate the one-time payment to residents that have the lowest incomes first. They have revealed that the check will be sent either via direct deposit or mail. It’s not known how many New Mexicans will receive the payment but it’s set to arrive by the end of November. read more on direct paymentsTAKE ACTION Three deadlines for direct payments are this week as $1,500 checks go outMORE MONEY Millions of Americans set to receive direct payment worth up to $700 To qualify, applicants must live in the state. They must also have a New Mexico driving license, Social Security number, or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. Angela Medrano, the...
    President Joe Biden on Monday slammed companies for keeping prices high, and demanded that gas stations, banks and cell phone services reduce costs for families who are struggling with record levels of inflation. The economic crisis has dogged Biden's administration as Democrats look to hang on to the House and the Senate in November's midterm elections.   During a White House meeting, Biden singled out 'junk fees' such as bank overdraft charges and and cell phone termination charges for causing economic pain.  And he had a special message for gas companies.  'My message is simple…Bring down the prices you're charging at the pump,' he said during a meeting of his White House Competition Council. 'Do it now… Not a month from now. Do it now.' He said that he was tasking his council to come up with ways to encourage competition and reduce fees. In particular, he focused on overdraft fees from banks, termination fees from cell phone companies and airline rebooking fees.  President Joe Biden on Monday demanded that gas stations, banks and cell phone services reduce costs for families...
    KROGER shoppers can save at least $100 and families can access several perks if they opt into the store’s membership program. The Kroger Boost scheme could offer cash-strapped Americans a helping hand as they feel the squeeze amid inflation. 1Kroger shoppers can access a range of perks if they sign up for the retailer's Boost schemeCredit: Getty Shoppers that sign up can save $100 on Speciality Brands and can take advantage of a range of deals on offer. Customers can get 20 per cent off cheese collections and a Vitacost order for example. It costs as little as $59 a year to access the perks of Kroger Boost, which includes fuel discounts and free next-day delivery. Motorists will get fuel points for every dollar spent on groceries and general merchandise. read more on krogerSUPER SAVER I'm a Kroger coupon expert - I did an insane $75 haul this week for just $3.51tracked Kroger introduces ‘more robust’ self checkout with 'gentle nudge' to avoid arrest And, every 100 points will see motorists get 10 cents off every gallon up to $1....
    by Casey Harper   The U.S. Department of Defense is taking new measures to help U.S. service members deal with rising costs as inflation continues to put the pressure on Americans. Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder laid out a series of changes from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to help families deal with the recent rise in costs, particularly in food, housing and childcare. “We’re surging funding into the commissary system to drop prices at the register so that military families see savings of at least 25% on grocery bills, compared to their local marketplace, an investment that means military families will see lower grocery bills at the commissary in the next couple of weeks,” Ryder said. “Second, making moves easier for families. We’ll extend coverage for temporary housing expenses while moving to give military families more flexibility through the move process, and we’ll increase dislocation allowance payments for enlisted troops from E-1 through E-6 to offset personal expenses from PCS moves.” Ryder also pointed to help with childcare expenses and employment for military spouses. “These are not the...
    DIRECT stimulus checks worth an average of $270 are being sent to around 1.75million Americans in weeks. Governor Kathy Hochul revealed earlier this month that eligible New Yorkers for the Empire State Child Credit or Earned Income Credit should be receiving the relief payments by October 31. 1Officials have said that all checks are expected to be issued by October 31 but delays are possibleCredit: Getty According to the Governor’s Office, claimants that filed for either or both credits are eligible for the money, which comes from a $475million pot. The checks, which will include one or two payments and a minimum amount of $25 issued, will help New Yorkers struggling through Covid and inflation. Earlier this month, Hochul said in a statement: "With this relief package, we're making good on our commitment to helping hardworking New Yorkers through the nationwide affordability crisis. "This program will put money back in the pockets of nearly two million New York families struggling to make ends meet in the face of the pandemic, inflation, and other rising costs." Read More on Stimulus ChecksALL FOR ONE Are...
    A 12-year-old girl from Texas shot her father as part of a murder-pact she made with her friend, officials said. According to the Parker County Sheriff's Office, the girls spent weeks plotting to kill their families - and their pets - then drive off together to Georgia. But the friend didn't come through on her end of the bargain, and the 12-year-old girl ended up turning the gun on herself in the street just outside her home after she fired on her father. 'Sheriff's investigators said the juvenile is believed to have shot her father, fled the scene, and later shot herself. A handgun was located lying underneath the juvenile suspect,' police said in a press release. According to the Parker County Sheriff's Office, the girls spent weeks plotting to kill their families - and their pets - then drive off together to Georgia Cops said they responded to reports of a shooting around 11:30pm last Tuesday in Weatherford, Texas, a small city about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.  When they arrived they found the girl lying in the...
    The New York state government is set to send out stimulus checks averaging $270 to roughly 1.75 million residents in the upcoming weeks, according to officials. The stimulus payments will be given to many of New York's lowest-earning residents as part of Gov. Kathy Hochul's effort to combat rising inflation and costs of living in the state. Specifically, they will be given to New Yorkers with the Empire State Child Credit and/or the Earned Income Credit on last year's tax returns. No further action is needed to receive the checks by those eligible. STADIUM SUBSIDIES ARE MASSIVE RIPOFFS THAT DON’T HELP CITIES "We know New Yorkers' pockets are hurting because of the nationwide affordability crisis and that is why the Senate Majority enhanced the Earned Income Tax credit and provided a Supplemental Empire State Child Credit to help middle class and low-income families. As the cost of living continues to rise, we are proud to deliver $595 million in tax benefits to hardworking New Yorkers," said Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "The EITC is a powerful tool with...
    If California is to make reparations to Black residents whose families have been harmed by slavery and its ongoing economic repercussions, how should the program be structured? Should reparations be given as cash payments to individuals? Or should they come in other forms of government assistance in Black communities? What legal challenges exist? These and many other questions were the subject of a two-day hearing by California’s Reparations Task Force, a first-in-the-nation panel established in 2020 to develop proposals for potential reparations for Black families — who have been harmed for generations by enslavement, segregation, redlining and other racist state policies and laws. Many questions over the logistics of a state reparations program remain unanswered. Christian Flagg, 33, of Los Angeles, shares his thoughts during Friday’s meeting of the California Reparations Task Force at the California Science Center.(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times) But the panel discussions Friday and Saturday at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles drew into clearer focus the heavy task of the nine-member panel: to create a program that could greatly impact...
    THREE Lions’ Wags will enjoy a life of luxury aboard a £1billion cruise liner during the World Cup in Qatar. Several of the Three Lions stars’ partners and families are set to be based on the MSC World Europa, described as a “floating palace”. 10The MSC World Europa will host England stars families during Qatar 2022Credit: 10Eric Dier's model girlfriend Anna Modler could be among the WAGs stayingCredit: instagram 10She could be joined by Aaron Ramsdale's fiancee Georgina IrwinCredit: instagram It includes six pools, 14 ocean-view jacuzzis, dodgem cars, salons, boutiques, restaurants, bars and the longest dry-slide at sea. In Qatar there is normally a booze ban which can land flouters in jail, though some “select areas” will serve it at the World Cup. Because the MSC World Europa is “off-shore”, guests can neck champagne stress-free and sunbathe, unlike at some hotels there. Among them could be model Anna Modler, 24, who is dating defender Eric Dier, and air hostess Georgina Irwin, 26, engaged to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. READ MORE WAGSFirecracker Ronaldo's partner Georgina shows off busty figure and...
    THOUSANDS of cash-strapped families can claim up to $630 as part of a $25million program. The Pennsylvania plan includes child tax care credits for families trying to make ends meet, as fuel and food prices continue to soar. 1More than 200,000 Pennsylvania families could be eligible to receive up to $630 in state child tax care credits Governor Tom Wolf revealed new details about the Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Program. The plan will benefit working families who pay for daycare for their children, and who already qualify for the federal program. Those Pennsylvanian families who qualify will be able to claim the credit when filing state taxes starting in 2023. Households earning below $43,000 will be able to get $315 for one child, or $630 for two or more children. More on child tax care creditAGE LIMIT Know the age at which child tax credit payments stop coming inOUT OF CASH Child tax credits 2021 and 2022: What to do if you didn’t get your payment While families earning more than $43,000 can get $180 for one child...
    Universal Orlando has settled a race discrimination lawsuit over claims a character from Despicable Me made a white power 'OK' symbol on two occasions, while stood behind six year-old black girl and five year-old Hispanic girl.   The lawsuits were brought by Tiffiney and Richard Zinger and Geisy Moreno and Joel Rodriguez over encounters with the character Gru, who was played by a different Universal worker during each of the two controversial encounters.  The two sets of parents said their children were victims of the discrimination in two separate incidents in February and March 2019. The first incident took place inside a Universal theme park, the second was during breakfast at a resort hotel. The terms of the settlement reached by the parties has not been made public, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The case was closed on September 12.  The families original sued Universal Orlando for $30,000, that later increased to $150,000. The suit was filed in Orange County, Fla. The lawsuit accused the company of violating the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.  The families also alleged the performers touched their...
    (CNN)Two Americans who had been held by Russian-backed forces for more than three months were back on US soil Friday afternoon. Americans Alexander John-Robert Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh arrived in New York City after they were released earlier this week in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine that was brokered by Saudi Arabia. Their families said they believe the men are in good health. "We know that they are speaking, they are breathing, they are ambulatory, and they sound like themselves," Darla Black, the mother of Huynh's fiancée, told CNN on Friday.The two men were captured in June while fighting for Ukraine in a battle near Kharkiv. Their pro-Russian captors, the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), is a Russian-backed, self-declared republic that has governed a breakaway portion of Ukraine's Donetsk region since 2014. Drueke's and Huynh's families, CNN previously reported, had not spoken to the Alabama men during their months-long imprisonment until they got unexpected phone calls from the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Read More"I have your son standing right next to me," Bunny...
    Multiple families have filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison, alleging the utility failed to properly de-energize its electrical lines and caused the deadly Fairview fire in Hemet, which destroyed dozens of structures. The blaze ignited Sept. 5 near Fairview Avenue and Bautista Canyon Road and had burned 28,307 acres and was 98% contained as of Wednesday, the most recent day for data, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire killed two people and displaced tens of thousands of residents following mandatory evacuations. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission authorized Southern California Edison and other utilities to shut down their power grids to prevent wildfires in high fire-threat areas. Edison is accused of failing to shut off circuits. California Deadly 4,500-acre fire near Hemet began near reported ‘circuit activity’ by Edison It’s unclear what the ‘circuit activity’ was or whether Southern California Edison’s equipment played a role The families claimed in the lawsuit that “had...
    Eligible residents in Illinois are set to receive up to $700 in tax rebates as soon as this week as part of the state's family relief plan that aims to provide financial support amid increased living costs in the state. The tax rebates are part of the new Illinois Family Relief Plan, which was introduced as part of a proposed bill by state Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel. The plan allocates millions of dollars to go to residents who filed their taxes in 2021, with payments beginning to go out in the next few days. Those who have not filed their taxes have until Oct. 17 to be eligible for the relief payments. STIMULUS UPDATE: DIRECT, ONE-TIME INFLATION RELIEF CHECKS WORTH $1,050 TO BE SENT OUT NEXT MONTH “From pandemic losses to the increased cost-of-living, families across the state are facing financial distress,” Cappel said in a statement. “As a General Assembly, we recognized the daily struggles of hardworking people and passed a comprehensive plan to provide them with much-needed relief to help them get back on...
    Some school districts are already signaling resistance to new draft model policies from the Virginia Department of Education that will repeal current model policies controlling school district transgender policy. “We want to assure you that Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) will continue its commitment to both implement and develop gender affirming policies for all ACPS students. As a School Board and division, we are concerned with these ‘model policies’ that do not align with our mission, vision and core values to support all students and staff, in particular our core value of ensuring that we provide a welcoming environment for everyone in our school community,” Alexandria City Public Schools said in a letter to students, staff and families. Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Michelle Reid wrote in a letter to the community, “I understand the concerns that our LGBTQIA+ staff, student, and family community have about what this change of direction by the state may mean for our school division. Please be assured that FCPS remains committed to an inclusive learning environment for each and every student and staff member...
    In a nasty, angry outburst with the parents of children slaughtered in Newtown, Connecticut in the courtroom, conspiracy theorist and far right-wing provocateur Alex Jones said he “legitimately” thought the massacre of 20 young children and six adults during the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “might have been staged.” It was an ugly, vicious scene. Christopher Mattei, attorney for the Sandy Hook families, “raised his voice, turned and gestured toward the families packed into the front of the court room and told Jones, ‘You put targets on all their backs,'” the Hartford Courant reports. “Just like all the Iraqis that you liberals killed,” Jones responded. “You’re unbelievable. You switch on emotions on and off,” he accused, calling Mattei an ambulance chaser. “Why don’t you show a little respect?” Mattei replied. “Objection!” Jones’ attorney decried. “You have families in this courtroom here, that lost children, sisters, wives, moms…” Mattei told Jones. READ MORE: Trump Judge Smacks Down Dershowitz’s Demand DOJ Give Back Mike Lindell’s Seized Cell Phone in Scathing Ruling “Several of the victims’ families were sitting in the courtroom...
    The proceedings of Alex Jones’ Connecticut defamation trial rapidly spiraled out of control on Thursday in the final few minutes of the conspiracy theorist’s first day of testimony. On the stand, Jones caused so many objections and sidebars that the presiding judge at one point turned to the jury and told them, “You’re going to get your exercise in today, those of you who wear Fitbits.” But his antics worsened after the court was shown clips of Jones mocking the parents of the children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School as “crisis actors.” A heated exchange kicked off as Chris Mattei, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, played footage of a distraught parent, prompting an irate Jones to yell out that he was “done apologizing” for repeatedly claiming the shooting was staged. Mattei had told Jones his actions had painted a “target on the back” of one parent, Robbie Parker, in the wake of the tragedy, adding, “These are real people.” “Just like all the Iraqis that you liberals killed and love,” Jones huffed...
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced a series of policy changes to help military service members and their families deal with rising housing, food and childcare costs amid high inflation. While President Joe Biden's proposed budget for the Department of Defense includes a 4.6% pay increase for military service members starting January 1, 2023, the current annual consumer inflation rate in the US stands at 8.3%.Many of the policy changes Austin announced will go into effect in October. They include changes to housing allowances for active-duty service members, changes to policies around permanent change of station moves service members are required to make for their postings and additional programs for childcare and employment of military spouses."Our Service members and families must be able to secure affordable basic needs. It is a matter of bedrock financial security and a critical individual readiness issue," Austin said in a memo to senior Pentagon leaders and Combatant Commanders announcing the policy changes on Thursday. ISIS attempts suicide attack on al-Hol camp in SyriaSome of the policy changes Austin is implementing came from ideas...
    watch nowVIDEO1:0901:09Why the best time to apply for college financial aid is nowInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. Whether it's due to belt-tightening or the promise of federal student loan forgiveness, suddenly families are paying closer attention to financial aid for college. More than half of parents with college-bound students, or 58%, didn't plan on applying for federal aid, but have now changed their minds, according to a new report by Discover Student Loans. "Given the uncertainties in the economy right now around inflation and fears of a recession, it's understandable some families are feeling the impact of paying for college and reconsidering applying for federal aid," said Rich Finn, vice president of Discover Student Loans. That's where the Free Application for Federal Student Aid comes in. More from Personal Finance:5 ways the Fed's interest rate hike may affect youHow persistent high inflation may affect your tax bracketThese steps can help you tackle stressful credit card debt With tuition on the rise, most families rely on a combination of resources to make college affordable. Income and savings cover more than half...
    The pandemic has affected our mental health in myriad ways. Let our list of resources empower you and those around you.Crisis Hotlines BlackLine: Provides a space for peer support, counseling and affirming the experiences of those affected by systematic oppression, through an LGBTQ+ Black femme lens. 24/7. (800) 604-5841, callblackline.com CalHope Redline: A phone, chat and video chat service providing trauma-informed support for urban Indian and tribal populations. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (888) 368-4090, ccuih.org/redline The California Peer-Run Warm Line: A nonemergency resource for anyone in California seeking mental and emotional support. 24/7. (855) 845-7415, mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline East Los Angeles Women’s Center: A bilingual crisis hotline for people of all genders who have experienced sexual violence. 24/7. (800) 585-6231. elawc.org/ How To Save A Life Pandemic stress, traumatic events and economic uncertainty have upended our world. This series aims to make the cascade of threats to your mental health a little easier to manage. More Stories Institute on Aging Friendship Line: For older adults and others living with disabilities. Both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for...
    Newly-conscripted Russian men have bidden an emotional farewell to their tearful wives and families, possibly for the final time, as they head to the front lines of the war in Ukraine. Putin announced a partial mobilisation yesterday and vowed to use 'all available means' to deter future attacks, sending at least 300,000 reservists to battle in a dramatic escalation of his savage invasion. There are fears the conscription will see more civilian men of fighting age drafted into the brutal seven-month conflict, driving thousands to bid for freedom by buying one-way tickets to safety or trying to cross the border into neighbouring countries. Footage today shows groups of terrified men hugging their weeping partners and children before boarding buses taking them to war. But Britain's Ministry of Defence said it will take months for the new recruits to be fully prepared for war despite Putin's attempts to bolster his flagging campaign. Russia is also boosting its draft numbers by forcing those detained during mass protests yesterday to join the war effort, by handing them conscription papers while in the police...
    (CNN)For months, the families of American veterans Alexander John-Robert Drueke and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, who were captured while fighting in Ukraine, had heard nothing from them.Then, they got unexpected phone calls."I have your son standing right next to me," Bunny Drueke recalled a woman from the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia telling her Wednesday. Drueke had been reading a book to her grandson when the phone rang. Bunny Drueke speaks with CNN. "I went 'Alex?' and I heard him say 'Hi Momma, it's me, your favorite child,'" Drueke said as she tearfully recalled hearing her son for the first time since his capture overseas."I'm free," he told her. Read MoreDrueke and Huynh went missing while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces during a battle north of Kharkiv on June 9. The two Alabama men had been held by Russian-backed forces for months before their release, along with five British citizens, as part of a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine that was brokered by Saudi Arabia.The families did not know the prisoner exchange was in the works. 2 Americans and 5...
    GERMANY'S preparations for the World Cup are threatening to be thrown into disarray over the chaos involved in bringing the team's Wags along. With many hotels in the country already fully booked owing to the tournament, the German team are in 'despair' over the logistics of the operation and will hold crisis talks to resolve the situation. 7Germany are having a nightmare booking accommodation for their WagsCredit: Reuters 7Model Izabel Goulart was previously a Victoria's Secret girl and has modelled for Sports IllustratedCredit: Getty 7Sara Arfaoui is a TV presenter in Italy 7Sophia Weber keeps a low profile away from the pitchCredit: Instagram @sophia.weber__ It means the likes of Sandra Jerze (Serge Gnabry), Izabel Goulart (Kevin Trapp), Sara Afraoui (Ilkay Gundogan) and Sophia Weber (Kai Havertz) could face not being alongside their partners at the tournament. According to Bild, many of the players want to take their families along with them to the tournament, but the cost of locating accommodation now looks set to be very high. Head coach Hansi Flick also wants to bring them along due...
    Seen them? An alert has been issued by law enforcement agencies in Virginia as they attempt to locate a pair of teen girls believed to be together who have been reported missing. The families of Gabriella “Gabby” Benitez and Adriana Membreno, both 14, were reported missing in Loudoun County after last being seen in the overnight hours of Tuesday, Sept. 20, according to police. Both teens are believed to be together after going missing from their Ashburn homes. Benitez was described as being 5-foot-6 weighing approximately 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with jeans. Membreno was described as being 5-foot-6 weighing 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. It is unclear what she was last wearing. Anyone with information regarding the teens’ whereabouts has been asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff by calling (703) 777-1021. 
    Two American veterans and five British citizens who had been held by Russian-backed forces for months have been released as part of the prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine that was brokered by Saudi Arabia. Family members of Americans Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, from Hartselle, Alabama confirmed they had been freed. They were captured while fighting for Ukraine north of Kharkiv in June. British Prime Minister Liz Truss tweeted that five British citizens had been released. “Hugely welcome news that five British nationals held by Russian-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine are being safely returned, ending months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families,” Truss said. Drueke’s aunt released a statement confirming the release of the two Americans. “We are thrilled to announce that Alex and Andy are free. They are safely in the custody of the US embassy in Saudi Arabia and after medical checks and debriefing they will return to the States. We deeply appreciate everyone’s prayers and especially the close communication and support of our elected officials,...
    A NEW plan is under consideration that if implemented could spell financial relief for millions of Americans. Proposed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the tax relief initiative is geared toward helping families in the state. 1A new proposal from Florida's Governor, Ron DeSantis, if passed, would provide up to $1.1billion in tax relief to state residentsCredit: Getty If passed by the legislature in the upcoming session, DeSantis' bill would provide $1.1billion in tax relief. The Governor explained that the proposal includes an expansion of Florida's annual Back to School tax holiday. Also included in the proposal are tax exemptions for baby and toddler items. Also, if passed, there will be a yearlong tax exemption on other household items used by families on a daily basis. More on tax reliefthat's grand Applications now open for brand new direct payment of at least $1,000CASHING IN Urgent deadline to apply for $400 direct payment in less than a week “I’m proud that Florida has a record budget surplus and am happy to propose historic tax relief to Florida families,” DeSantis said. “This proposal...
    LIONEL MESSI’S Barcelona contract demands from 2020 have reportedly been leaked. And among the alleged wishes from his failed deal are a private jet - plus VIP boxes for his AND Luis Suarez’s families. 2Lionel Messi's Barca contract demands from 2020 have reportedly been leakedCredit: Instagram / @leomessi 2Messi allegedly asked for a private jet, as well as private boxes at the Nou Camp for him and Luis SuarezCredit: Instagram / @leomessi Messi, 35, sensationally left Barca after 21 years in the summer of 2021 when his contract expired. The Argentina legend eventually joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. And Messi is now into his second season with the French champions. But things could have worked out differently had Barcelona agreed to contract demands reportedly laid out by Messi in 2020. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGONE BANANAS Inside England Wags' World Cup retreat on Banana Island with £6k-a-night rooms El Mundo claims the iconic forward had a list of wishes he wanted fulfilled before committing his future to the Nou Camp. The first thing Messi apparently wanted was a whopping...
    KROGER has removed foods from their shelves after a recall of more than 20 different items over a possible listeria contamination. The recall includes dips, salsas and guacamole that may potentially be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes after food sample tested positive for the harmful bacteria. 2Kroger shoppers are advised to double check on the foods they boughtCredit: Getty 2More than 20 food items have been recalled in Kroger storesCredit: Getty The GHGA company discovered the positive test from its laboratory on September 16, leading to the the Food and Drug Administration recalling the foods on September 20. The foods that may be contaminated with listeria was distributed on September 11. However, all of the foods are expired and have been removed from store shelves, as reported by Thrilllist. "Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," FDA wrote in a release. Read more on KrogerTAKE A GAMBLE Kroger to allow shoppers to make controversial purchases for first time everOPENING UP Kroger and Kohl's...
    Using inflation and annual spending data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, NerdWallet determined household expenditures may rise by $11,500. American families spent, on average, $61,300 in 2020. This year, the exact same purchases (e.g., food, gas, and clothing) will run upwards of $72,900 owing to inflation. On a monthly basis, this increase would amount to an additional cost to families of $961: +$101 for groceries; +$120 for shelter; +$70 for household utilities; and +$209 for gasoline. The impact of this increase will be more significantly felt by those who earn less.Inflationary spendingRepublicans have attributed much of the inflation now sapping Americans' savings to Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) noted that the Biden administration first denied the existence of inflation, then argued it was transitory, and has now determined to get it under control, all while continuing to exacerbate the underlying cause by spending. \u201cFirst they said inflation didn't exist. And they kept spending.\n\nThen they said it was transitory. And they kept spending.\n\nLast night, President Biden said he's going to "get control...
    WALMART has revealed dozens of its stores will be updated, benefitting thousands of families. The retail giant is investing $240million as it renovates 41 stores across Missouri. 1Dozens of Walmart stores in Missouri are set to be updated as part of a massive investment scheme (stock image)Credit: Alamy Walmart stores will offer pick-up, delivery and Express Delivery services once they've been renovated, KSNF reports. Customers that opt for Express Delivery will be able to receive their groceries in less than two hours. More stores will also offer Walmart+ to customers – a benefits program that sees them receive free delivery from supermarkets when they offer $35 or more and fuel discounts. Stores in cities such as Columbia, Springfield, Jefferson City and Washington are among those to be renovated, bosses revealed. read more on walmartSHELF AWARENESS Walmart's new feature cuts down customer wait-time & makes shopping easierSECRET SAVINGS I'm a bargain hunter - see how to spot Walmart clearance items Annamarie Diamond, Vice President, Regional General Manager of Walmart: “Our local stores have never been more important to the way...
    (CNN)Almost 40 years ago, U.S. News & World Report asked more than 1,300 college presidents to rate their peer institutions and published the results in its inaugural "Best Colleges'' rankings.The publication's easy-to-digest hierarchy of undergraduate institutions -- based solely on reputation -- was an effort to best competitors Time and Newsweek. It proved massively popular -- "Best Colleges" soon became a yearly feature and spawned a college rankings industry.Since that first list in 1983, the formula U.S. News uses to calculate its college rankings has evolved considerably, though the schools that dominate have remained much the same. Despite mounting criticism over the methodology and criteria U.S. News uses to assess an institution's quality, as well as the emergence of other such lists, the annual publication of its rankings is something of an event in higher education -- as seen with last week's release.Opinion: What Columbias college ranking debacle revealsThe influence of the U.S. News rankings is undeniable. Universities tout their rank in press releases and campus brochures, and declare that they want to improve their positions in their strategic plans....
    Bulloch County Schools says to strive for five absences or less to avoid chronic absenteeism. Some absences are unavoidable, and parents/guardians can submit absence excuses by filling out an online form. See info below from the school district about absenteeism and how it can affect students, and helpful tips for being on time and having good attendance. Many children in Bulloch County miss 10 percent of the school year. This is about 18 days a year or just two days every month, and it’s considered chronic absenteeism.  It’s easy for families not to realize how chronic early absences can add up to academic trouble as their child grows. Absences are sometimes unavoidable, but make it a goal to strive for five or less absences this school year.  When your child is absent, be sure to submit an absence excuse either in writing or via the online form on your school’s website homepage.  Also, be familiar with our school district’s attendance policies.   Absenteeism in Early Elementary Can Affect Reading Skills Children...
    State School Superintendent Richard Woods today named 31 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his Parent Advisory Council (PAC), including 16 first-time members of the Council. As members of the council, they will meet three times this year with Superintendent Woods to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success. “My Parent Advisory Council is an invaluable resource as I make policy decisions that impact students and families across Georgia,” Superintendent Woods said. “Working with these parents allows an opportunity for me to receive their feedback and perspectives which helps us to make the best possible policy choices.” The State School Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council is a group of parents from across the state that provides input on new policies, projects, and materials that impact students and their families. PAC members are particularly focused on how to increase parent and family engagement to ensure student academic success. Members serve as advisors and meet with the State School Superintendent...
    THE chilling disappearance of two teenagers has left a small community in shock as disturbing clues emerge, from neighbors hearing gunshots, to reports of a mystery third passenger. Two bodies, believed to be ninth grader Lyric Woods, 14, and high school football star Devin Clark, 18, were found on Sunday hours after the teenagers vanished in North Carolina. 4Lyric's family has set up a GoFundMeCredit: Facebook 4Devin went missing with Lyric while riding ATVSCredit: Facebook Two men reportedly discovered the remains by a powerline at 3pm while riding their four-wheeler bikes on Sunday afternoon and alerted the police. “As a parent, I cannot imagine how excruciating the wait for confirmation of the victims' identity is," said Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said. "The process is important and critical to lead us to the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime. "I’m asking for your patience as we, along with other investigative agencies, do the work necessary to seek justice for the victims and their families.” Read More On CrimeMURDER MYSTERY 5 unanswered questions in Gabby's murder year after her...
    by Evan Stambaugh   A pro-LGBT legal group based in St. Paul has released a “public education toolkit” to pressure schools into promoting transgender ideology. In a September 12 news release, Gender Justice announced its “Cool 4 School” initiative to “inform students, their families, and their schools about legal protections for transgender, non-binary, two-spirit and other gender non-conforming students returning to Minnesota classrooms.” “Many students will have changed over the summer. For some, it’s the first time they’ll return to school with a new name, pronouns, and gender identity,” the news release says. “What has NOT changed is schools’ legal obligations to respect and support them — and protections for transgender students are stronger than ever.” As part of the initiative, Gender Justice is encouraging students and families to spread the word on social media and sign a pledge supporting “trans youth.” The pledge claims that nationwide efforts to remove sexually graphic LGBT books from school libraries and ban biological males from competing in girls’ sports are “hateful attacks,” even going so far as to say such efforts promote “violence and discrimination against trans...
    A firefighter was injured and multiple families displaced after a fast-moving two-alarm attic fire rapidly spread in Maryland, officials said. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, first responders in Prince George’s County responded to a home in the 9100 block of Springhill Lane in Greenbelt, where there was a reported fire in the structure, according to the Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department. Upon arrival, officials said that crews found a two-story townhouse with a fire in the attic that extended into adjoining attic spaces, prompting the second alarm. The fire was quickly knocked down, but not before it displaced eight adults, four minors, and a cat, investigators said. One firefighter suffered undisclosed injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation. The firefighter’s condition was not immediately available on Monday night. No other injuries were reported as fire crews remained on the scene after knocking down the blaze to extinguish any hot spots that flared up. 
    A Venezuelan migrant reacts as he is led onto a bus on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/ZUMA Press Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.On May 22, 1962, Victoria Bell and her 11 children, ranging in age from two to 14, arrived in Hyannis, Massachusetts, after a days-long bus ride to Cape Cod from Little Rock, Arkansas. Amis Guthridge, an attorney and the leader of the southern segregationist group, the Capital Citizens’ Council, gave Bell $60 and paid for the family’s one-way tickets north. Bell was forced to care for her children with little support after her husband left and the local government cut off her welfare. In a photo from that time, she and her sons and daughters can be seen waving in front of a sign for the Cape Cod Community College, which had been turned into temporary housing for her and other families. “I hope my children get a better chance here,” Bell told the Boston Globe. The following day, Lela Mae Williams, a mother of...
    SOME Americans will be able to land $225 payments to help with the high cost of air conditioning during brutal heatwaves. The initiative, Cool LA, aims to help low-income Los Angeles residents secure more affordable AC units. 1Select Los Angeles residents will have $225 toward their AC paymentsCredit: Getty Images - Getty It was created by the city of LA and the Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Every qualifying LA resident will receive a rebate of up to $225 for the purchase of select air conditioning units through the LADWP Marketplace. There is a limit of two units per resident. “The impacts of the climate emergency are on our doorstep, and as we continue our work to make Los Angeles a carbon-neutral city, we can’t wait to bring solutions to people on the front lines of this crisis today,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Read more on direct paymentsMORE MONEY Direct payment worth up to $500 available to AmericansPAY DAY Direct payments worth up to $300 going out to millions of Americans from TODAY Mr Garcetti said Cool...
    President Joe Biden pointed to Mark Frerichs's release as evidence of his administration's "enduring commitment" to freeing Americans abroad. Frerichs, a Navy veteran who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in early 2020, was released from Taliban captivity Monday in a prisoner swap for Haji Noorzai, a prominent Taliban member serving a 17-year drug sentence in the United States. BIDEN TELLS GRINER AND WHELAN FAMILIES HE IS 'COMMITTED' TO SECURING THEIR RELEASE Biden called Monday's development "the culmination of years of tireless work by dedicated public servants across our government and other partner governments" and vowed to "make sure Mark receives a healthy and safe return" and assist his "transition back into society." "My Administration continues to prioritize the safe return of all Americans who are held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad, and we will not stop until they are reunited with their families," the president wrote in a statement. "We have much more work to do in many other cases, but Mark’s release demonstrates our enduring commitment. Like our work to free Americans held in Burma, Haiti, Russia, Venezuela, and...
    Photo by Dick BancroftPat Bellanger, ca. 1977Patricia Joyce Bellanger was born on Feb. 13, 1943, and raised with her siblings on the Leech Lake Ojibwe reservation by her parents, Veronica Rice and William Bellanger. Her Ojibwe name was Awanakwe, which means “water woman.” As she grew up in the town of Onigum, the divide between white and Native communities was clear, but her parents warned Bellanger and her siblings against contact with their traditional Ojibwe neighbors: “(W)e were told we couldn’t even look at ’em when they walked down the street, walked down the road at Onigum: Don’t look at ’em. Because they were witches, and they had all this power.” Despite this upbringing, Bellanger grew up to become a fierce advocate for Native people after she moved to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota in the 1960s. It was during this time that she became a founding member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Although she received less attention than the men who were the public face of AIM actions, like the occupation of Wounded Knee...
    Roughly 1.75 million New Yorkers can expect to receive a $270 stimulus check sometime over the next month as part of Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s efforts to combat inflation in the state. The stimulus payments are part of a $475 million tax relief program that was unveiled by New York lawmakers on Sept. 8 seeking to “improve affordability” for low-income residents. Eligible New Yorkers who received the Empire State child credit or the earned income credit on their 2021 state tax returns will receive their checks by the end of October, according to state officials. SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENT 2022: SECOND HALF OF MONTHLY $1,682 CHECKS TO BE SENT IN JUST WEEKS "With this relief package, we're making good on our commitment to helping hardworking New Yorkers through the nationwide affordability crisis," Hochul said. "This program will put money back in the pockets of nearly 2 million New York families struggling to make ends meet in the face of the pandemic, inflation, and other rising costs.” The $270 checks are part of the Additional NYS Child...
    Nathan Howard/Getty Images Republican governors are committing “crimes against humanity” by busing migrants to other states, according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY). The New York congresswoman sent out a series of tweets blasting Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and comparing the busing strategy to “human trafficking.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has also made waves for busing migrants, most recently to Martha’s Vineyard. “It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees,” Ocasio Cortez tweeted on Friday. She accused Abbott and DeSantis of “lying and trafficking” people for “TV and clicks.” It’s appalling that far-right politicians seem to have decided that fall before an election is their regularly scheduled time to commit crimes against humanity on refugees. Don’t normalize this. Lying to & trafficking people for TV and clicks isn’t politics as usual. It’s abuse. — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 16, 2022 In another tweet, the Democrat said most U.S. families in the past would have been “trafficked” based on today’s...
    Americans' finances have been getting walloped by roaring inflation. Earlier this week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a consumer price index report that noted, "The all items index increased 8.3 percent for the 12 months ending August, a smaller figure than the 8.5-percent increase for the period ending July." But while inflation has been soaring, the Biden administration has announced a plan to cancel massive amounts of federal student loan debt, which some have warned will create even more inflation.
    I PLUNGE into the warm water. Dozens of blue and orange fish scatter, creating a blurred firework in the ocean as I paddle my feet. The sea is so clear, I can see all the way down to the sandy sea bed and coral below. 6A view of the spectacular blue sea in the MaldivesCredit: Sun Siyam 6The veranda at the resort where Sophie Swietochowski stayedCredit: Sun Siyam And when I lift my head, I can see straight to the deck of my overwater villa, where my brother, Luc, is waving from our plunge pool. That’s the real magic of staying on Sun Siyam’s luxurious island of Iru Veli in the Maldives. Some of the world’s best snorkelling is on your doorstep — or, more specifically, back door step — where a small set of stairs leads from your villa deck straight into the turquoise ocean. The sun-drenched Maldives may have many dreamy resorts across its 1,200 coral islands and sandbanks but Iru Veli seems to offer more privacy than most — and with everything included, you can relax...
    “Absolutely.” That was the response of a local official in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. when a CNN reporter asked if his community would be willing to continue to help migrants like the group of Venezuelans flown there from Texas by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). The two flights that originated from San Antonio and briefly landed in a small town in the Florida Panhandle before eventually ending up in the posh island community have been controversial, igniting strong opinions on both sides of the aisle and questions about whether the incident violated Florida or federal law. CNN senior national correspondent Miguel Marquez is in Martha’s Vineyard to cover the story and spoke to James Hagerty, the town administrator Edgartown, where the migrants had received assistance as they awaited buses that would take them to Joint Base Cape Cod, where they had been invited by Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) to be sheltered and receive additional help. JBCC had previously been designated a state emergency shelter and can provide “a safe temporary accommodation appropriate for the needs of families and individuals,” according to a...