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    Georgia DPH is sharing information about monkeypox transmission in public settings and how to prevent spreading infection: The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor the current outbreak of monkeypox in the state. As of today, there are 625 confirmed monkeypox cases in Georgia. Testing and vaccination are available in health districts throughout the state; however, vaccine supplies from the federal government remain limited. The monkeypox virus can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. More than 90% of the people with monkeypox in the current outbreak generally report having close, sustained physical contact with other people who have monkeypox. While many of those affected in the current global outbreaks are gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox can get the illness. Touching...
    WENDY Williams is "not living in reality" and "often forgets who she is speaking" to as the troubled star said she is married- but her manager denied it.  One source close to the former daytime talk show diva exclusively told The Sun that Wendy's claim that she is married while those closest to her saying it's simply not the case "shows you how close to the edge of reality she has gone." 4Sources claim Wendy Williams is having memory issues and isn't living in realityCredit: Splash 4Wendy was in an NYC store next to a champagne glass & later appeared passed out this weekCredit: TikTok "Everyone around her knows she's out of it," the source added. More concerning, multiple sources have revealed to The Sun that the 58-year-old former host often forgets who she is speaking to during conversations. "You can be on the phone with her, and she will ask who she's speaking to. It's happening to everyone in her circle," one worried insider said. Yet another source said the forgetfulness happens not just with new people in...
    SHOCKING pictures show a former Putin ally lying in his hospital bed partially paralysed and unable to close his eyes. Anatoly Chubais, the most senior Russian official to quit over the war in Ukraine, was rumoured to have been poisoned. 4Former Putin ally Anatoly Chubais has been left paralysed by a rare conditionCredit: East2West 4He was formerly a close ally of Putin before fleeing Russia over the war in UkraineCredit: East2West 4Rumours swirled that he was poisoned for his disloyalty to the KremlinCredit: East2West The 67-year-old, once the Kremlin chief of staff and a former deputy prime minister, fled Russia in March and resigned from his post as Putin's envoy to international organisations. When he fell ill, he was living in exile on the Italian island of Sardinia. He has been formally diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome. Chubais - who led the programme to privatise Soviet industries in the 1990s - has been left with partial facial paralysis and can no longer walk or even close his eyes. READ MORE ON VLADIMIR PUTINVLAD TO WORSE Putin's 'mistress'...
    New pictures have emerged showing the first Kremlin official to quit over Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine lying in hospital in Sardinia, partially paralysed and unable to close his eyes. While Anatoly Chubais' condition was today formally diagnosed as being Guillain-Barré syndrome - a rare neurological disorder - there are reports that Italian secret services continue to investigate the case over possible foul play. Chubais, 67, who was once the Kremlin chief of staff, deputy prime minister and Putin's climate envoy, was also visited by an Italian prosecutor today. This follows multiple cases where enemies of Putin have suffered poisoning or died in suspicious circumstances with longstanding fears in Western intelligence that Russian laboratories have sought to create toxins that mimic real diseases. New pictures have emerged showing Anatoly Chubais (pictured) - the first Kremlin official to quit over Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine lying in hospital in Sardinia - partially paralysed and unable to close his eyes. Chubais' condition was today formally diagnosed as having Guillain-Barré syndrome, but some have suggested he was poisoned The politician, who in the 1990s led...
    (CNN)At least 43 abortion clinics have shut their doors in the 30 days since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, according to new research. The research was published Thursday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization focused on sexual and reproductive health that supports abortion rights.The closures are concentrated in the South and Midwest, regions that have banned or significantly restricted access to abortion. Guttmacher predicts that the state of abortion access, already "dire," will get even worse as more states ban abortion in the coming weeks and months. Where state abortion bans stand amid legal challenges"We knew that bad things were going to come off the decision when it came out on Friday, the 24th, and unfortunately, we're not particularly surprised," said Rachel K. Jones, a principal research scientist with Guttmacher who worked on the report. There was one element of the closures that was a surprise, said Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst with the organization who worked on the report.Read More"Even before Dobbs fell, we knew this would happen, but I...
    None of the 17 people who had close contact with Joe Biden around the time of his COVID diagnosis have tested positive for the disease, White House Coronavirus Coordinator Ashish Jha said. 'As of late yesterday, again, 17 is the number that we are tracking in the White House medical unit – none of them have tested positive as of late yesterday,' Jha told ABC's This Week program on Sunday morning. 'Obviously all those people have been contacted,' he added. 'They are following CDC protocol. And we'll continue to follow them.' Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden are among those considered close contacts along with some senior staff and members of Congress. Democratic Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren along with Democratic Representatives Jake Auchincloss and Bill Keating traveled with Biden on Air Force One Wednesday for the trip to Somerset, Massachusetts. Protocol for a 'close contact' in the White House means that a person must be within six-feet of the person who tested positive for longer than 15 minutes. This is the sam guidance issued by...
    (CNN)7-Eleven recommended that its Los Angeles-area stores close for a second night Tuesday as police investigate a string of robberies that left two people dead and three people wounded.Authorities are still working to determine whether the robberies that happened Monday at six 7-Eleven locations are connected, police said. 14 people arrested for group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores"Our hearts remain with the victims and their loved ones, and our focus continues to be on Franchisee, associate and customer safety," a 7-Eleven corporate spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday. "With that in mind, we have encouraged stores in the Los Angeles area to close again tonight."The robberies unfolded early Monday morning across stores in Santa Ana, La Habra, Brea, Riverside, Upland and Ontario, California, according to police. Police in Brea and La Habra are "confident" the shootings in their jurisdictions are connected, saying they're in communication with other agencies.Read MoreArmed robberies at Southern California 7-Eleven stores have left at least two people dead, with police saying some of the crimes appear to be related. A store employee at the 7-Eleven in...
    RAFAEL NADAL has revealed he was on the brink of RETIRING just weeks before the start of Wimbledon. The Spanish legend, 35, has won the Australian and French Opens already this year as he aims to make it three in a row. 1Rafael Nadal has admitted he was close to retiring in the build-up to WimbledonCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun But Nadal has been battling through the pain all year as injuries continue to try to hold him back. The 22-time Grand Slam champion beat Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a rain-affected match on Centre Court on Thursday to reach the third round. And Nadal admitted he nearly pulled the plug on his SW19 as he moved from the clay to the grass. Nadal said: "A couple of weeks ago I was close to [retirement]. READ MORE WIMBLEDON STORIESWIMBLEDON 2022 Watson & Norrie aim to extend British push with Djokovic set to play later "Now I don't feel that way. That's my philosophy. 'I never had fear about that day. I think I am happy that I...
    OLEKSANDR USYK has denied Ukraine’s heartbreaking invasion can be used as positive motivation against Anthony Joshua. The 35-year-old barely got to celebrate his September win over the Brit icon, at Tottenham’s stadium for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, before his home was invaded by Russia. 2Oleksandr Usyk won't use Russia's invasion of Ukraine as motivation for his fight against Anthony JoshuaCredit: AFP 2Oleksandr Usyk took up arms to defend his homeland earlier this year and has now revealed he has seen friends die in the warCredit: Instagram @andrii_nebytov The devout husband and father cut short a February trip to England - where he visited Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea - to race back to Kyiv and take up arms. The London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner and former undisputed cruiserweight king was pictured with a machine gun over his shoulder as he held the line against Vladimir Putin’s invaders. And - as recently as March - Usyk and his team were still unsure if they could take part in the August 20 Saudi Arabia rematch, with the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — On the eve of Juneteenth, the Tribeca Festival came to close with the Rev. Al Sharpton documentary “Loudmouth” in a premiere that united on stage Sharpton and Spike Lee — two towering New York figures who have each been both vilified and celebrated for careers championing of racial justice. The event held Saturday at the Borough of Manhattan Community College celebrated Sharpton with the kind of big-screen portrait that has been commonplace for an older generation of civil rights leaders, but had, until “Loudmouth,” eluded the 67-year-old activist. “Loudmouth” contextualizes Sharpton’s legacy as an extension of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. John Lewis and others, while at the same time chronicling his unique longevity despite plenty of naysayers along the way. “Shoot your best shot,” Sharpton said in a Q&A after the film. “I’m still here.” Lee, a longtime friend who cast Sharpton in a small role in 1992’s “Malcolm X,” cheered Sharpton for being there “from the get-go, fighting the good fight.” “Everybody takes blows...
    San Francisco's notorious taxpayer-funded open-air drugs market will close at the end of the year - after the facility that's said to have cost $19m in taxpayer cash treated just one in every 1,000 users and failed to cut fatal overdose numbers. The Linkage Center in the Tenderloin, at the heart of San Francisco's civic center, opened in January and was intended to help the city's large population of homeless people and drug addicts to find help. But critics say the site, rented at a cost of $75,000 a month, has failed to curtail the problem in the crime-ridden city, which recently recalled its woke DA Chesa Boudin amid a spike in crimes blamed for a sharp decline in locals' quality of life.  They note that only 0.1 percent of those using the site were directed to treatment in the first five months, despite the estimated $19 million spent in running costs.  Between January and April, just 18 of the 23,367 drug users who visited the site were referred for treatment.   Furthermore, the rate of fatal overdoses has not declined...
    (CNN)The signs of Donald Trump's next White House run are there. He has hosted wannabe campaign managers at Mar-a-Lago and quizzed golf partners between shots on who he should put in charge, though no formal interviews have been conducted. His interest in 2024 polls -- especially how he stacks up against Florida's Ron DeSantis, his home-state governor -- has piqued in recent months, but Trump has yet to formally launch an exploratory committee. And he's made a series of midterm endorsements meant to impress Republican voters, proving that he has the magic touch -- though recent losses in Idaho, Georgia and North Carolina have begun to tell a different story. With virtually no formal campaign apparatus in place, mounting questions about the strength of his influence over GOP primary voters, and high-profile congressional hearings that are reinjecting Trump's 2020 election claims into the national conversation, sources close to the former President told CNN he is nevertheless closer than ever to announcing another run for office. As more and more Republicans add Iowa and New Hampshire to their schedules and work...
    A bison gored and killed a 25-year-old woman in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after she approached the animal despite explicit warning signs in the area instructing visitors to stay at least 25-yards away from dangerous wildlife. The bison was walking near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, just north of Old Faithful, when the out-of-state visitor approached it, according to a park statement.  She got within 10-feet (three meters) before the animal impaled her with its horn and tossed her 10 feet into the air. The woman later died according to the park officials, reported NBC News.  The woman from Grove City, Ohio, sustained a puncture wound and other injuries. Park emergency medical providers responded and transported her via ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She has yet to be identified.  DailyMail.com has reached out to Yellowstone National Park for comment. It remains unclear if the victim died immediately after the incident or later at the hospital.  A bison gored and killed a 25-year-old woman in Yellowstone National Park on Monday The bison was walking near a...
    By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers zeroed in on a possible location of a passenger plane with 22 people aboard that is feared to have crashed Sunday in cloudy weather in Nepal’s mountains, officials said. The Tara Air plane was on a 20-minute scheduled flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Kathmandu, to the mountain town of Jomsom. The turboprop Twin Otter aircraft lost contact with the airport tower close to landing in an area of deep river gorges and mountaintops. An army helicopter and private choppers were taking part in the search, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said in a statement. Army troops and rescue teams were headed to the possible site of the crash, believed to be around Lete, a village in Mustang district, Narayan Silwal, the army spokesman, said on Twitter. But bad weather and nightfall caused the search to be suspended until Monday morning, Silwal said. “Poor visibility due to bad weather is hindering the efforts. The plane has not yet been located,” he said....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Some schools are urging students to wear masks indoors whenever they've been informed of an exposure.It's part of an effort to get through final exams without too many absences.As this school year races to a close, Los Angeles County health officials said all signs continue to point to a summer COVID-19 surge.With close to 900 new cases last week alone, UCLA announced it will reinstate its indoor mask wearing mandate for all students, staff and visitors on its campus.UC Santa Barbara also announced they'll be requiring masks in classrooms and other indoor shared spaces on campus starting Friday.READ ALSO | LA County moves into higher risk category as COVID cases continue to riseWith two weeks left in the academic year, it's a move L.A. County health officials applaud."None of us want to continue to see a rise in cases," said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. "None of us want to see our healthcare system stressed out or see more people come down with serious illnesses."She said cases across the county continue to climb with...
    Dr David Heymann, who used to head the WHO's emergencies department, said someone with the tell-tale monkeypox lesions likely 'spread it to others when there was sexual or close physical contact' The unprecedented monkeypox outbreak may have been caused by sex at two festivals in Europe, a former World Health Organization expert said.  Dr David Heymann, who used to head the WHO's emergencies department, said someone with the tell-tale monkeypox lesions likely 'spread it to others when there was sexual or close physical contact'. He said this may have happened at two recent raves in Spain and Belgium. Maspalomas, the Gran Canarian pride festival, held between May 5 and 15, is being investigated after being linked to numerous monkeypox cases.  And organisers of a large-scale fetish festival in Antwerp, which ran from May 5 to May 8, said there is 'reason to assume' someone at the event had monkeypox. Spanish health chiefs have also linked many cases to a single 'sauna' in Madrid. The theory marks a significant departure from the disease's typical pattern of spread in central and western Africa, where...
    BRITS who have had close contact with people with monkeypox should self-isolate for 21 days, government guidance now says. New guidance from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) states that people who have had "unprotected direct contact or high-risk environmental contact" with the disease should isolate - and avoid contact with immunosuppressed people, pregnant women, and kids under 12. 1Brits who have had close contact with anyone with monkeypox is being advised to isolate for 21 dasyCredit: Reuters Those contacts include household contact, sexual contact or even changing and infected person’s bedding without wearing the appropriate PPE. They should also be offered a vaccine. Doctors are warning new infections of the disease are being detected on a daily basis as it spreads in the UK. On Friday the total number of confirmed cases in the country was at 20 although a “significant rise” in that figure is expected when the latest figures are released on Monday. Read More on MonkeypoxISO-NATION Belgium introduces monkeypox QUARANTINE as virus spreads across Europe The cause of the outbreak in Britain is not yet known...
    On Thursday, during MSNBC’s “All In,” former Attorney General Eric Holder predicted “high-level” prosecutions of people close to former President Donald Trump. When asked about the Department of Justice, Holder said, “After the revelations from the January 6 Committee and the great job that journalists have done in revealing a whole variety of things, I think you get a sense of the direction of this, and I think you are going to end up with high-level prosecutions of people close to Donald Trump. I think people at the Justice Department are going to be examined, certainly, people involved in the matter, people actually there on January 6, and people who directed them. The question ultimately is what happens to the ex-president. My guess is going to be that they are going to have significant, substantive proof they are going to be able to show that you have the intent, and as what I said before, I have said he has to be held accountable.” He continued, “We cannot allow what happened on January 6 to go unpunished because it would invite...
    FOUR more cases of monkeypox have reportedly been found in the UK amid the scramble to track down patients. None of the new infections are thought to have links with travel to Africa, the MailOnline reports. 2Monkeypox is incredibly rare in the UK, with seven cases thought to have been found (file photo) These extra infections take the total number to seven, with the first case reported over a week ago. The rare disease is spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa. It is expected these cases - which would take the UK to seeing 12 monkeypox infections ever - will be confirmed later today. It comes after the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed a case had been found in Britain on May 7, with another two confirmed over the weekend. Read more on monkeypoxPOX HORROR Two more diagnosed with Monkeypox in UK as docs hunt Brits in close-contactSYMPTOM CHECKER The 8 symptoms of monkeypox you need to know The original patient travelled from Nigeria and was being treated at St Thomas's Hospital in London. People who...
    Rabbi Mendel Weinfeld says it’s important to focus on the positive. And that’s what he’s done ever since tragedy struck his community in December after his Chabad Almaden found itself without a permanent home when a fire destroyed their building on 1088 Branham Lane. In the wake of the incident, Chabad Almaden received an outpouring of financial support and Weinfeld, 24, soon realized that he could turn the dark moment last winter into an opportunity to relocate the Jewish community to a space near the Westfield Oakridge mall. The site is over double the size of their previous location and will be able to accommodate even more programming. “People started giving from all over. So many phone calls, emails and letters. People we had never met,” said Weinfeld, who moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn two years ago to start Chabad Almaden. “Especially after seeing the fire – it woke up something in the community.” Weinfeld’s synagogue is currently in escrow to purchase the $4.5 million, 8,750-square-foot property on 5580 Almaden Expressway. Their capital campaign “Rise from the Ashes”...
    Rival motorbike gangs clashed on Saturday afternoon in a small Massachusetts town resulting in a huge 50-man brawl fight that left seven bikers stabbed.  The violent melee, involving at least 50 bikers but where around 100 had gathered, some with weapons, broke out around 12:25pm in Fall River near the border with Rhode Island.  Police have not identified the rival bike clubs involved in the fight, or what prompted it, but the brawl is said to have erupted outside a local bikers' club.  Officers only found out the true nature of what had been taking place when they arrived on scene. Seven people were taken to hospital after a large fight involving weapons broke out in Fall River, Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon. The scene is pictured afterwards 'There were some significant injuries mostly consisting of lacerations, punctures blunt force trauma stuff. Things you would expect to see in a brawl,' Capt. Bardon Castro told 12 News.  'We're still poring over video. It was a large number of people. We are assuming many of participants came from out of town,' Castro said....
    On the morning of July 16, 1945, in the heart of the New Mexico desert, the world entered the nuclear age. For months, the scientists of the Manhattan Project had been working on a weapon of unparalleled capability, harnessing the power of the atom to unleash a colossal explosion. Now, at exactly 5.29am, they saw the results. As a ball of blazing fire rose above the desert, wrote the project’s director, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the mood was ‘entirely solemn. We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent’. As the fireball became a mushroom cloud, Oppenheimer thought of a line from the Hindu scriptures: ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ That was almost 80 years ago, and since then only two nuclear weapons have been used in anger. One was Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which killed at least 100,000 people. The other was Fat Man, dropped on Nagasaki three days later, which killed...
    (CBS4) – Despite speculation that Jamal Murray might have been able to return to the NBA Playoffs, the Denver Nuggets star said that he wasn’t as close as most people expected. Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray at Ball Arena on Friday. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) When asked how close he was to coming back, Murray replied, “Not close enough, clearly.” Murray did not play during the 2021-2022 season after tearing his ACL toward the end of the 2020-2021 season, and said he had good days and bad days during his rehab process, which kept him from a return to game action. When asked whether the return to the floor was limited due to mental or physical issues Murray replied, “both.” “I have to feel good to play. I have some great days where I’m like, ‘there’s no soreness and I feel like I can go,’ and then you have the days right after that where it puts things into perspective where I’m just not there yet.” Murray said he’s wouldn’t even put himself at 85%,...
    Yet another former Abercrombie & Fitch employee has come forward to share horror stories from her time at the clothing company, revealing that she was one chastised for moving a less-attractive back-of-store employee to the sales floor. Kirby Mansour (@kirbymansour) worked at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2011 to 2013, first as a model and then as a manager. When she recently watched 'White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch' on Netflix, she said the discriminatory practices outlined in the documentary by other former employees rang true from her own experience, and in fact only scratched the surface of what they endured.  'When I tell you every single thing on that documentary was not only true, some of it — they left some parts out,' she said. 'When I tell you, you guys would freak out if you knew the s*** that they made us do. It would be so cancel culture at this point — they would be so canceled.' Kirby Mansour worked at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Charlotte,...
    Virginia’s Rent Relief Program is shutting down to new applications May 15, the Department of Housing and Community Development announced. The department said in a statement that it’s ending the program because of “the limited funding available and a recent surge in applications submitted.” More Local News More Virginia News The online portal will close to new applications at 11:59 p.m. May 15. If you have an application before then that needs updating after, you’ll be able to do it. From now until the deadline, applications will be prioritized for households with incomes less than half the area median income, or with one or more people who have been unemployed for at least 90 days before the application date. The department said after the deadline, people should call 211 or go to the 211 Virginia website to get connected with community groups and nonprofit organizations for help. The Rent Relief Program began in June 2020 and was supported first by federal CARES Act money and then by the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Find out more about the Rent...
    Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images About 7.7 million Americans count on monthly government checks through a program for low-income seniors or people with disabilities. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, as it's known, provided an average benefit of $569 per month as of November. One big change — updating the program's rules around income from work — could help improve those beneficiaries' standard of living, according to a report from the Urban Institute. The maximum SSI benefit in 2022 is $841 per month, up from $794 in 2021. Still, most SSI beneficiaries are within 150% of the federal poverty level, according to the Urban Institute. For a family of one, that's $1,147 per month in 2022. More from Personal Finance:Why experts say Social Security's retirement age could move higherStates put unemployment insurance on chopping blockHow to plan your visit as Social Security offices reopen In addition, many people who receive SSI benefits are unable to work. Only a small percentage of recipients of those government checks are employed at any given time, according to the research. And when they do work,...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that has been the subject of persistent criticism and federal investigations will close, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. The Glenwood Resource Center, which has treated vulnerable people since the early 1900s, will close by June 30, 2024. The facility, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Des Moines, has 152 patients and a staff of about 650. The state will begin moving patients out in July by sending about 60 to another state-run facility in Woodward and 10 others into community housing facilities. Over the next year, transitions will continue until the center is closed, with plans to sell the facility by July 1, 2024. Reynolds announced the closure months after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a strong condemnation of the way Iowa treats people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A letter and report sent to the state in December by Justice Department officials indicated that Iowa was needlessly institutionalizing people with intellectual disabilities and that the state’s treatment likely violated the federal Americans...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – He’s there to help during people’s most frightening moments. Fort Lauderdale Firefighter/paramedic Matty Johnson saves lives for a living. Now, he’s taking his skills to the war zone in Ukraine and bringing supplies with a group of US firefighters known as Project Joint Guardian.   READ MORE: Is Your Baby The Next Gerber Baby?“Right now we have close to 27 palates with first aid gear, technical gear, bunker gear, rescue stuff. It’s close to half a million dollar worth of stuff that we’re hand-delivering to the Ukrainian fire department in Ukraine,” Johnson said. Matty has experience during disasters. He responded when a building exploded in Plantation back in 2019. He raced to the Keys to help after Hurricane Irma. Now, he may be facing war and he’s ready to help.   READ MORE: Dad Faces Charges After Leaving Boy, 4, In Stroller At Aventura Mall Bathroom“These guys are very very tired in all aspects, mentally, physically exhausted and it’s nonstop over there and we actually are just itching to get over there and do our part,”...
    During a Monday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) discussed the importance of investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings with businessmen and government officials in China. Grassley said it was necessary to know if there was “any sort of blackmail opportunity for China against the United States” because of President Joe Biden’s son’s relationships. “What I and Senator Johnson have done at this point is bring out the facts and the bank records that prove that there was a close relationship between Hunter Biden, maybe James Biden, and business people in China that have close contacts with the communist party and with the military there,” Grassley explained. “And so, what’s concerning to us — we release all these documents. What’s concerning to us is — is there any sort of blackmail opportunity for China against the United States because of those close working relationships? I say it’s concerning.” “We don’t have any records that would prove anything along that line, but when you have people high up in the Chinese government and business community, and you...
    CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – All state-run COVID vaccine sites in New Hampshire will permanently close on Thursday. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced the planned closure of the sites earlier this month. READ MORE: What Is Aphasia? Explaining The Language Disorder That's Affecting Bruce WillisSites in Ashland, Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, Salem and Stratham will stop operations for good as of 7 p.m. Four of the seven mobile vaccination teams will also demobilize on Thursday. READ MORE: Boston City Council Passes Ordinance Limiting Protests Outside Private Homes“The effort over the last one and a half years to get our residents vaccinated has been an immense success,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in announcing the closures. “To our volunteers, members of our National Guard, local police, fire, and EMS departments, the people of New Hampshire say: Thank You!” The state said that demand for vaccines has waned as the number of vaccinated people grew. MORE NEWS: Crash Scatters 'Thousands Of Nails' Across New Hampshire HighwayAs of March 15, all state-run COVID testing sites in...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In an effort to put the brakes on the rowdy late night, sometimes violent, behavior of the spring break crowds on Miami Beach, a curfew will go into effect this weekend in the entertainment district. It starts at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and ends at 6 a.m. each day through Monday. The curfew will be in effect for 23rd Street to Southpoint Drive from the ocean to the bay. READ MORE: Former Trump Aide Paul Manafort Removed From Plane At Miami International AirportThe curfew also requires liquor stores and other locations that sell prepackaged alcohol to stop sales at 6 p.m. on those days. Wilson Arevalo with Gulf Liquor said traditionally during spring break thousands flock to South Beach and many of them stop into his store to buy alcohol, but because of the curfew, they will be shutting their doors early. “We close actually at midnight but since Miami Beach is in a state of emergency right now they’re making us close a little earlier at 6 o’clock,” he said. While Arevalo said they support the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — So many people in the region have been inspired to help the people of Ukraine by donating supplies. But for one school in Northeast Philadelphia, the desire to take action is even stronger, because the war hits close to home. For many students and staff at Anne Frank Elementary School in the city’s Bustleton neighborhood, seeing the devastation and destruction happening in Ukraine is especially painful. READ MORE: Driver Charged With Murder, DUI In South Philly I-95 Crash That Killed 2 Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, Pedestrian“At Anne Frank, we probably have about 400 students who come from the part of the world that’s involved in this conflict,” Principal Mickey Komins said. “So they are living it every day through their families, through their parents. In fact, we have a couple of staff members whose parents are caught in Ukraine right now.” “We knew we had to take action,” teacher Borislav Ben said. “We knew that when we saw what was happening and the humanitarian crisis and people moving, we knew we had to take action and...
    APPARENTLY, many of us aren't using the toilet correctly. According to a professional cleaner, we should be putting the toilet seat down before we flush for a sickening reason. 3A professional cleaner is sharing why people should flush their toilets once the lid is closedCredit: Tiktok/katesgreats 3Leaving the toilet seat up when flushing has a gross repercussionCredit: Getty Katy Kremer, who described herself as "your cleaning lady," revealed people need to close their toilet seats prior to flushing due to something called the plume effect. "When you flush a toilet, it sends a cloud of toilet water and fecal matter into the air up to six feet," she said in a video she posted online. As she explained the effect, she shared pictures from a study that used black light to show toilet water spraying out of the toilet and over the seat after being flushed. After admitting she felt the information was "pretty terrifying," Kremer added: "So this means the water is probably on your toilet paper, definitely on your bath mat, and probably on your toothbrush."...
    I feel like the prehistoric sun-worshippers would be with me on this one.Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Zuma Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.There’s one thing we should all agree on: Early sunsets in the winter are terrible. The sun simply should not set at 4:30 p.m., before the average 9-to-5 worker leaves the office. No sunsets before 5:00 p.m., period. For the love of God, end our winter misery and give us those glorious afternoon sun rays. Literally everyone in the Senate agrees with me. This afternoon, the upper chamber of our esteemed government passed, by unanimous consent, a measure to make Daylight Saving Time permanent year round. The Sunshine Protection Act promises that you’ll never have to adjust your clock again. It will also mean more afternoon light in the winter—plus fewer transition-related heart attacks and strokes. Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin as a way to conserve candles in the summer. (I’m partial to old Ben—he became my hometown’s namesake when he refused to buy the townspeople the...
    A man has been arrested in Poland on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old refugee at a camp by luring her in with the offer of shelter after she had just escaped from war-torn Ukraine. On Thursday Police in Wroclaw, Poland, detained a 49-year-old suspect on rape charges after he allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old Ukrainian refugee he lured with offers of help over the internet. The suspect could face up to 12 years in prison for the 'brutal crime,' authorities said. 'He met the girl by offering his help via an internet portal,' police said in a statement.  'She escaped from war-torn Ukraine, did not speak Polish. She trusted a man who promised to help and shelter her. Unfortunately, all this turned out to be deceitful manipulation.' Concerns are growing on how to protect the most vulnerable refugees from being targeted by human traffickers or becoming victims to other forms of exploitation. This comes as official figures reveal close to 1.6 million people (1.596 million) have fled Ukraine to Poland since the war began, according to the Polish Border Guard.  Since...
    WILTON MANORS (CBSMiami) – Six college kids, enjoying Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, were hospitalized after overdosing on cocaine laced with fentanyl on Thursday. One day later, five of the six remain hospitalized, including two who are intubated and listed in serious condition. READ MORE: NASA Will Send Your Name Around The MoonThe group, identified as students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, were partying at an Airbnb home in Wilton Manors when four of them went into cardiac arrest. Two friends trying to help by performing CPR were then exposed to the extremely potent drug and also fell ill. The overdoses hit particularly close to home with Congressman Ted Deutch. Not only does he represent Wilton Manors, but last year his nephew died from accidentally ingesting fentanyl. “My nephew died from an accidental fentanyl ingestion when he actually took kratom, which is an herbal supplement that is legal in many states still around the country, including Florida,” Deutch told CBS4’s Jim DeFede. “And in it, it was laced with fentanyl, unbeknownst to him, obviously,...
    President Vlodymyr Zelensky warned today that 'millions' of Ukrainians could die if NATO and the West wait for World War Three to start before imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine to stop Vladimir Putin's bombing campaign.   He also warned that Russia wants Ukrainians to 'feel like animals' as he urged NATO and the West to act two weeks after Moscow launched an all-out invasion of his homeland - and added that Putin is 'going directly to hell'.  'They want us to feel like animals because they blocked our cities, the biggest cities in Ukraine and they blocked them because they don't want our people to get some food or water,' he said in an interview with Sky News.   'We can't stop all of this alone. Only if the world will unite around Ukraine. 'Don't wait for me to ask you several times, a million times, to close the sky. You have to phone us, to our people who lost their children, and say ''sorry we didn't do it yesterday".  'The world did nothing. I'm sorry, but it's true. In future,...
    A Russian billionaire with ties to President Vladimir Putin called for peace and shared a video harshly critical of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine following a U.S. crackdown on oligarchs. Oleg Deripaska, known for his prior business relationships with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and British ex-spy Christopher Steele, and who is accused of assisting the Russian government’s influence operations worldwide, repeatedly tweeted Monday that “we need peace” and shared a lengthy video from Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, who criticized Putin and his invasion. “I don't always agree with [Harari] ... But here I do agree with him, and I am sure most Russian people do — we need peace,” Deripaska tweeted. “We need peace as soon as possible, as we have already passed the point of no return — and this is the second point I agree with. The entire world will be different, Russia will be different as well.” Deripaska’s comments are notable, in part because the Senate Intelligence Committee said in August 2020 that he had aided Kremlin election interference efforts in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is confirming it’s closing all of its bookstores as well as its 4-star shops and pop up locations as the online behemoth reworks its physical footprint. The Seattle-based company said Wednesday that the move, which affects 66 stores in the U.S. and two in the United Kingdom, enables it to concentrate its efforts on Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, its convenience concept called Amazon Go and its upcoming Amazon Style stores. Amazon Style, which will sell fashion and accessories, is set to open in a Southern California mall later this year. The store closures will also allow it to focus on expanding its physical retail technology, the company said. Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in 2015, two decades after it began selling books online and helped drive a number of shops out of business. Amazon’s 4-star shops, which first debuted in 2018, carry a limited selection of best-selling products from top categories that Amazon.com sells including devices, consumer electronics, toys and games. The move comes as Amazon.com Inc.’s overall revenue growth is slowing, and...
    Britain’s Conservative Party government has loosened rules surrounding Ukrainian visas in order to allow close relatives of British Citizens to more easily come to the UK. Boris Johnson’s Tory government has loosened visa rules for Ukrainian relatives of British citizens, as many flee the eastern European country which was invaded by Russia last week. However, for Britain’s leftist Labour party, the loosening is not radical enough, as MPs call on the Prime Minister to take more radical measures. According to a report by the BBC, Boris Johnson said that — with the loosened measures — the UK would not turn its back on in its “hour of need”. “We want to be as generous as we possibly can, and certainly we want people who have relatives in Ukraine to be able to bring them over as fast as possible,” the broadcaster reports the PM as saying. “We want to make sure that we have routes for people fleeing disaster, war, persecution in Ukraine to come here,” Johnson also noted, emphasising that Britain was working with some of Ukraine’s neighbouring countries...
    By The Associated Press The latest on the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: BERLIN — Germany officials said Saturday that the country is preparing to close its airspace to Russian planes. Transport Minister Volker Wissing backs such a measure and has ordered all preparations for this to be undertaken, his ministry said on Twitter. Hours earlier, a German-registered DHL cargo plane made a sharp turn back out of Russian airspace, according to air traffic monitoring website FlightAware.com. —- GENEVA — A respected Swiss newspaper is reporting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked his Swiss counterpart on Saturday to act as a neutral mediator between Ukraine and Russia, and help work toward a ceasefire between the two countries. Daily Tages Angeizer said the request of Swiss President Ignazio Cassis came in the context of the upcoming Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva starting on Monday, at which Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to attend on Tuesday. The report, which was not immediately confirmed by the Swiss Foreign Ministry that Cassis also leads, cited Swiss experience with such issues — notably...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Soccer supporters’ clubs will be suspended in Greece for five months as part of a crackdown announced Monday, triggered by the murder of a 19-year-old who was stabbed and beaten to death by soccer hooligans in the northern city of Thessaloniki. The Feb. 1 murder of Thessaloniki resident Alkis Kambanos has shocked the city and soccer fans nationwide ‒ in a country that has struggled to tame sport related violence and corruption for decades. Ten people have been arrested in connection with the attack. Takis Theodorikakos, a minister for public order, said the new measures would include tougher jail terms and sentencing guidelines for organised sport related violence, adding that supporters clubs would be allowed to reopen only after July 31 following an extensive review of the operation rules and the introduction of a new operating framework. “Hooliganism is a global scourge that is responsible for the death of dozens of people. We must join forces, the government, political parties, soccer teams, and players. No one has the right to be absent...
    For two weeks, the 18-wheelers, the semis, the tractors and the pick-up trucks streamed through the snow and ice into the center of Ottawa, the Canadian capital. They came from across the country. Vaxxed, unvaxxed, white, black, Chinese, Sikh, Indian, alone or with their wives and kids.  They huddled around campfires. They set up pop-up kitchens and tents with block captains doling out coffee and blankets.  They honked (and honked and honked).  They blasted 'We Are the World.' And everywhere you looked, someone was waving the Maple Leaf. It dipped to 4 degrees. The mayor declared a state of emergency. And they didn't budge. The truckers were scared of running out of gas—freezing to death in their little truck beds in the middle of the night.  The city threatened to arrest anyone who brought it to them.  In response, hundreds of Ottawans did just that. The truckers stayed put. They are a city inside a city whose inhabitants—there are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000—were outraged with a country that seemed to have forgotten they existed. This past Sunday, as if to confirm that suspicion, Prime Minister Justin...
    Conservative activist Charlie Kirk on Monday floated the disproven idea that covid-19 vaccines are contributing to higher mortality rates in the U.S. over the last few years. “We deserve answers, and some would conjecture, ‘Hey, does this have something to do with the fact that we might have done a mass inoculation strategy?’” Kirk told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Kirk declined to elaborate on this claim, and instead lumped it in with entirely legitimate factors. “We know that there [were] deaths of alienation, suicide and otherwise. But there [are] no answers.” the Turning Point USA founder said, inaccurately. “No one’s talking about it,”. Kirk based his wild speculation on the findings of life insurance company OneAmerica, whose CEO, J Scott Davison, said last month that death rates have risen by 40 percent among people ages 18-64 when compared to pre-pandemic levels. The severity of this number, Davison said, is illustrated by how a 1 in 200-year catastrophe would cause only a 10 percent increase. While the rise in fatalities is largely due to covid-19, and people who contracted it...
    ALAMEDA (KPIX 5) – There will soon be a record of every car that comes in and out of the city of Alameda, after city officials approved expanding its automated license plate readers program. In a close vote, the city council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve the readers. READ MORE: Bicyclists Ticketed On Pleasanton Ridge Trails Seeking More Access, Ponder Next MoveDrivers only have six routes to access the island community. The city plans to mount fixed cameras at all those entry and exit points to record vehicles. Four police cars already have the readers. Alameda Police Chief Nishant Joshi said the data would be purged after 90 days. According to Joshi, said of the 937 people arrested last year, 494 people, or 53%, were non-Alameda residents. READ MORE: Omicron Delays, But Doesn't End Bay Area Companies' Return-To-Office Plans, Survey FindsJoshi believed the technology will help officers locate missing people, deter and solve crime. “The only time that system would be accessed, the data inside the database would be accessed, would be in response to a crime. Officers would...
    LITTLE People, Big World fans slammed Audrey Roloff for covering her newborn son Radley with a “dangerous” fur blanket close to his face. Fans shared their strong reactions after the 30-year-old posted a photo of Radley on her Instagram Story. 5Audrey was slammed for having Radley sleep with a 'dangerous' fur blanketCredit: Instagram/Audrey Roloff 5Fans slammed the Little People, Big World star on RedditCredit: Instagram/@audreyroloff While taking to her Instagram Story Tuesday, Audrey shared a photo of Radley asleep as he rested under a large fur blanket that was close to his mouth. Alongside the photo, the Little People, Big World star wrote that her youngest son was “cuddled up in another Kalin blankey.” She also shared a link to the blanket as she promoted a 10 percent off deal for first time customers. Shortly after Audrey posted the photo, fans rushed to Reddit to slam the mother of three allowing her son to sleep with the heavy blanket. FANS REACT While sharing the Instagram Story photo, the initial Reddit user wrote: “I know Audrey is right there because she’s...
    Twitter appears to be mimicking Instagram with its latest feature in the works, called 'Flock'. Flock will give users the choice to share their tweets with a 'flock' of up to 150 people, Rome-based mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi revealed in screenshots.  Twitter users outside of this 'flock' won't be able to like, comment, retweet or even see the tweet.  A Twitter developer previewed Flock last year under a different name – 'Trusted Friends' – although it's not known if it will definitely roll out.  Flock sounds very similar to an Instagram feature called Close Friends, which lets users limit how many people can see their Instagram Stories.  Flock is yet to be confirmed by Twitter, but mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi has shared supposed screenshots of how it would look HOW WOULD FLOCK WORK?  Users would be able to select up to 150 people to form their 'flock'. Before users post a tweet, they'd be able to choose whether the tweet is seen publicly or just users who form their flock.  Users who form the flock won't be notified if they're removed from the...
    DID YOU know that you've been closing your blinds in the wrong direction this whole time? People can actually see inside your home at night if you've been closing them down. 4A carpenter revealed the proper way to close blinds 4If you close your blinds down, people can see inside Taking to social media, a professional carpenter revealed you've been closing your blinds all wrong. "Never put your blinds facing down," he began in his video. "At night, with the lights on, you can see in clear as day." And he was right. When he did the experiment himself, the inside of him was visible to those who were walking by outside. To avoid anyone peeping in on you, you'll want to have them face up instead. Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life in US 'far from what he hoped for' says expertNEVER ENDS Prince Harry declares WAR on royals with threat to sue unless security is paidHAZ ABOUT IT What Prince Harry’s protection row really means - 3 deeper issues behind...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, on Monday ordered cafes, bars and restaurants to close no later than 11 p.m., urged people to work from home when possible and said distance learning was an option in higher education to try to combat rising levels of COVID-19 infection. Despite millions of people getting the vaccine, “we believe that the situation requires further measures over a period of time, in order to curb the spread of infection and reduce the burden on health care and care,” Andersson said. Sweden which has previously stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic, is in the midst of “a fourth wave with a high spread of infection and high disease rates,” Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren said. Andersson said that the situation has “without a doubt worsened.” “Restrictions are not something we introduce lightly and we are aware that the past two years have been a trying for all of us in Sweden,” Andersson said. Head of the Swedish Public Health Agency Karin Tegmark Wise...
    Some of the people who have been helped by charities close to the heart of Kate Middleton have been sending birthday messages to the royal on her 40th birthday. The Duchess of Cambridge was praised by many who've faced struggles for her 'down-to-earth and kind nature' after her work with charities touched their lives.  Speaking to the Sun, Lynda Sneddon, the mother of six-year-old cancer patient Mila Sneddon, who has met Kate twice, including at her December 8th carol service in Westminster Abbey, thanked the Duchess for making her daughter feel special.  Meanwhile, Holocaust survivor Ike Alterman, who met Kate in September, said he was impressed by her knowledge of the Holocaust and touched that she spent more time with him than she had planned in order to hear his story.  Scroll down for video  On her 40th birthday, Kate Middleton has been praised by those who've been helped by her charity work. She's pictured unloading a pallet of supplies during a visit to Baby Basic UK & Baby Basics Sheffield in August 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her...