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    By Seung Min Kim, Chris Megerian and Bruce Schreiner | Associated Press CHAVIES, Kentucky — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Kentucky on Monday to meet with families and view damage from storms that have resulted in the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history. At least 37 people have died since last month’s deluge, which dropped 8 to 10 1/2 inches of rain in only 48 hours. The National Weather Service said Sunday that flooding remains a threat, warning of more thunderstorms through Thursday. The Bidens were greeted warmly by Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, Britainy, when they arrived in eastern Kentucky. They immediately drove to see devastation from the storms in Breathitt County, stopping at the site of where a school bus, carried by floodwaters, was crashed into partially-collapsed building. Later they were set to attend a briefing on the flooding’s impact with first responders and recovery specialists at Marie Roberts Elementary School in Lost Creek and to tour another hard-hit community in the state and meet directly with those affected. “They will receive an...
    L: Seth Herald/Getty Images; R: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is within single digits of ex-President Donald Trump in a new national poll, the closest he’s been in this or any other reputable poll — and that’s before Tuesday’s bombshell testimony. A sample of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents to a new Yahoo! News/YouGov poll were asked “Who would you rather see as the Republican nominee for President in 2024?” and given a choice between Trump and DeSantis. Among registered voters, 45 percent prefer Trump, while 36 percent prefer DeSantis — a nine-point difference that normally wouldn’t seem very close. But for Trump, in a reputable Republican primary poll, it’s the closest anyone has gotten. DeSantis came within about a point of Trump in a poll commissioned by never-Trumper John Bolton‘s SuperPAC, but Trump typically leads DeSantis by 20 or 30 points in GOP polls. He trailed Trump by 23 and 16 in the last two Yahoo! polls of registered voters, in January and February. DeSantis has dominated the non-Trump candidates for a very long time. And DeSantis’s support...
    HELENA, Mont. -- The devastating flooding that occurred along the Yellowstone River this week constitutes a 1 in 500-year event, according to a US Geological Survey (USGS) news release.Unprecedented rain and rapid snowmelt in recent days have caused rivers in parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho to burst their banks, swallowing bridges and sweeping away entire sections of roadway.More than 10,000 visitors to Yellowstone National Park have been forced to evacuate. All entrances to the park are expected to remain closed until at least Monday."At two streamgages, Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs and Yellowstone River at Livingston, the peak streamflow was higher than the 0.2% (or 1 in 500-years) flood (level)," said USGS hydrologist Katherine Chase in the release.Farther downstream, "the Yellowstone River at Billings was between the 1% (or 1 in 100-years) and 0.2% (1 in 500-years) flood," according to the release, which pointed out streamflow data is "currently being reported as 'provisional' until followup analyses of the stream channel and data are completed."However, Chase noted in the release, "while these floods are often referred to as greater than...
    One-third of Americans say their Memorial Day plans were affected by high gas prices in President Biden’s America, an Emerson College survey released this week found. The survey found a majority, 52 percent, disapproving of Biden’s job performance as the country experiences rampant inflation and record-high gas prices: The economy is the top concern for 49% of voters, followed by crime with 12% and healthcare at 11%. Since the April national poll, the economy and crime have risen nine points respectively. In this May 31, 2021 file photo, flags and tributes mark the Memorial Day holiday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in southeast Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The survey found that Biden’s policies are directly affect everyday life of Americans, as 33 percent said they have had to either change or cancel their Memorial Day Weekend plans due to high gas prices. That news follows the U.S hitting another record on Thursday, reaching a national average of $4.600 per gallon, as Breitbart News detailed: The national gas price average reached $4.60 on Thursday, reflecting a nearly 47-cent increase in the last month. For greater perspective,...
    The National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) has named Dollywood one of the association’s favorite theme parks in the country. Dollywood finished in a three-way tie for the NAPHA Members Survey Favorite Theme Park of 2021, with Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia co-winning the award. Hey NAPHA, thanks for the shoutout! Dollywood has tied for the title of #1 Favorite Theme Park by the @NAPHA_on_Parks!https://t.co/ivgvqCcmUp — Dollywood Parks & Resorts (@Dollywood) May 17, 2022 In 2020 and 2017, Dollywood placed second in the same survey, while placing first in the survey’s “Most Beautiful Park” award in 2016. The survey is conducted by NAPHA members who are “experienced riders who have visited countless amusement parks and have ridden a diverse assortment of roller coasters and other rides,” according to the association. The average NAPHA member “has been to more than 120 different amusement parks and has ridden about 315 roller coasters,” the association notes. The NAPHA was founded in 1978 and is an international educational and enthusiast’s organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage...
    A plurality of likely voters believe that Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if former President Donald Trump were still president, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday found. The survey found 57 percent expressing the belief that President Joe Biden “could have done more to prevent the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” While most Democrats, 63 percent, believe Biden “did everything possible to prevent that,” 80 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents disagree.  The survey then asked, “Would Russia have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump were still president?” A plurality, 46 percent, said “no,” Vladimir Putin would not have invaded, compared to 38 percent who said “yes,” he would have anyway. Most Republicans and independents, 68 percent and 53 percent, respectively, say Putin would have invaded if Trump were still president. Nevertheless, 61 percent of Democrats believe Putin would have regardless.  Similarly, a plurality of voters across the board, 46 percent, said they tend to trust Republicans to handle issues related to the country’s national security, while one-third said the same for Democrats: By a 13-point margin, voters trust...
    Most voters do not believe President Biden is capable of handling “difficult” national issues such as Russia invading Ukraine, a Harvard Harris poll found. The survey asked, “Do you think President Biden is able to handle difficult international issues like defending Ukraine from the Russians and protecting Taiwan from China or is he not able to handle these kinds of problems?” Overall, a majority, 54 percent, said he is “not able” to handle such issues, compared to 46 percent who said he “is able.”  There is partisan divide in opinion, as 79 percent of Democrats are confident in Biden’s ability to handle “difficult” international issues while 83 percent of Republicans say he is “not able” to do so. Sixty percent of independents, however, also expressed the belief that he is “not able” to handle such issues. The survey coincides with reports of ceasefire talks beginning between Ukraine and Russia at the Belarus border, less than a week into the conflict: The Ukrainian delegation was the first to arrive for the talks with Russia , saying they were unclear whether they’ll...
    Feb. 24, 2022 "“I hate it here”: National Guard members sound off on Texas border mission in leaked morale survey" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. This article is co-published and co-reported with Military Times, an independent news organization reporting on issues important to the U.S. military. Sign up for its daily Early Bird Brief newsletter here. When asked in January what they liked about their deployment to the Texas-Mexico border, members of the Texas Air National Guard had few nice things to say. “I hate it here,” one respondent said in an anonymous survey about the involuntary mission with no set end date that has taken as many as 10,000 troops away from their civilian lives and families. Another, asked for general feedback, simply posted four middle- finger emojis. Frustration, anxiety and anger prevailed in...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The National Weather Service will conduct storm damage surveys Sunday near Mastic and Shirley in Suffolk County after a possible tornado toppled trees and flipped small planes.Tornado Warnings were issued for Long Island as severe storms brought hail and damaging wind gusts of up to 60 mph through the area.Levittown appeared to be one of the hardest hit areas in Nassau County where wind gusts toppled a tree onto a home and ripping out a sidewalk.Over in Hewlett pictures showed trees down, a light pole snapped in half, and debris scattered on the ground. Crews came in and taped off the area for safety.Suffolk County, where tornado warnings were in effect for more than an hour, also saw its fair share of damage, with reports of multiple trees and wires impacting residents and blocking roads.Picture from an eyewitness showed extensive damage to the front of a Chipotle restaurant in Shirley. In New York City, the high winds downed a light pole that fell onto an M-31 city bus on 54th Street in Hell's Kitchen.EMBED...
    Many Democrats want to see American society transformed by migration and diversity, according to a survey by the left-leaning Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). “More than six in ten Democrats (64%), mostly agree that they prefer the U.S. to be made up of people from all over the world” — instead of from American families and communities, said the survey, titled “Competing Visions of America: An Evolving Identity or a Culture Under Attack? Findings from the 2021 American Values Survey.” The late-September survey asked 2,508 Americans about various aspects of immigration and diversity. The results showed that Democrats are becoming increasingly radical but also that more Republicans are openly opposing their planned demographic replacement — and that Latinos increasingly dislike imposed diversity. For example, more Republicans are resisting the nation’s open-door policy, according to the poll: Republicans (28%) are less likely to have positive views of immigrants today than they were in 2018 (34%) and in 2011 (39%), and have grown more likely to believe that immigrants threaten American values (71% today, 65% in 2018, and 55% in 2011). ‘Two-thirds...
    President Biden’s standing among Americans keeps sinking, according to new national poll. The president’s approval rating stands at just 38%, with disapproval at 53% in a Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday. That’s down from a 42%-50% approval/disapproval rating for Biden in a survey Quinnipiac University conducted last month. The president received negative scores in the double digits on all but one key issue asked in the new poll, which was conducted Oct. 1-4. And a majority of those surveyed said the Biden administration is not competent in running the federal government. BIDEN APPROVAL RATINGS DRAGGED DOWN BY PLUNGE IN SUPPORT AMONG INDEPENDENTS "Battered on trust, doubted on leadership, and challenged on overall competency, President Biden is being hammered on all sides as his approval rating continues its downward slide to a number not seen since the tough scrutiny of the Trump administration," Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said. Biden’s approval rating hovered in the low to mid 50s during his first six months in the White House. But the president’s numbers started sagging in August, in the wake of...
    No wrongdoing in most probes in Jan. 6 riot, Capitol Police say Michelle Obama Recalls the Uncertainty and Anxiety She Experienced on 9/11 with Sasha and Malia © Provided by Daily Messenger John Ninfo First, I hope that you are enjoying the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. As a reminder, Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the first Monday in September, to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. There is so much more than the many contributions of organized labor in the news at this time involving labor. In fact, I can’t remember a time when there were so many issues involving labor — the labor shortage in many areas, the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, four-day work weeks, working from home, more creative benefits to help attract the best workers, pay equity, and mandated vaccinations, just to name a few. These are all important issues that could affect all of us financially, directly or indirectly, so...
    Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) noted on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow that every Democrat on the House Oversight Committee voted against her proposal to survey the equipment and weapons abandoned in Afghanistan by the Biden administration. Mace said she proposed an investigation of the national security implications of military equipment abandoned by the U.S. government in Afghanistan in her capacity as a member of the House Oversight Committee. She introduced a legislative amendment to utilize “a very nebulous line dealing with $25 million” to “invest and look at what [military equipment]” was given up in Afghanistan. “What did we leave behind?” she asked. “What was its value? What could have national security risks do we have by what we left behind in Afghanistan and not knowing that information?” Mace stated, “Every single House Democrat voted against what I would say is a very common-sense amendment. If you care about our country [and] our national security here and abroad, then you would care to know what we left behind, but they all voted against...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The National Weather Service is expected to survey the damage in the Minooka and Channahon area Wednesday to determine if a tornado did in fact touch down there Tuesday afternoon.A line of strong storms raced through the Chicago area Tuesday, prompting a cascade of severe thunderstorm warnings and even a tornado warning near Joliet.Get the latest AccuWeather updates hereAt one point, ComEd reported more than 22,000 people were without power, with the majority affected in the southwest suburbs.But by about 4 a.m. Wednesday, only a little over 3,000 were affected.Flights were affected by the storm as well: Midway International Airport reported 83 flight cancellations and delays under 15 minutes while O'Hare International Airport reported 166 flights canceled and delays averaging 79 minutes Tuesday afternoon.A brief tornado warning was issued for Will County Tuesday, and two storm spotters reported a brief tornado touchdown near Minooka, though the National Weather Service has not yet confirmed those reports.The NWS is expected to survey the area Wednesday.Yard after yard and block after block were littered with downed trees in the southwest...
    The National Weather Service has confirmed four tornados touched down in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Wednesday night in the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The NWS is still working on completing its surveys of the heavily-damaged areas. As of Thursday afternoon, the following twisters were confirmed: NJ: Mullica Hill, Gloucester County NJ to PA: Edgewater Park, Burlington County, to Bristol, Bucks County PA: Fort Washington/Upper Dublin to Horsham Township, Montgomery County; EF-2 tornado with top winds up to 130 mph. PA: Oxford, Chester County. [12:00 PM] While we continue to survey the storm damage, we take a moment to show what was seen on radar regarding the... Posted by US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly on Thursday, September 2, 2021Here is a map highlighting the areas our survey crews are planning to survey today. Details and any damage ratings will...Posted by US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly on Thursday, September 2, 2021More details are expected to be released as information comes in.
    Whom do you trust for news and information? Over recent years, the Pew organization has asked Americans how much they trust the information that comes to them from national or local news organizations and on social media. The trends are not surprising, especially the gap between Democrats and Republicans, considering the Trump effect. But those trends are nonetheless alarming even as we perhaps enter a post-Trump era and maybe a post-trust or post-“truth” era. Everyone is, of course, entitled to decide whom to trust for news and information. A generation ago, in what we might call the Walter Cronkite that’s-the-way-it-is era, most Americans said they trusted the network news shows with their iconic anchors, and their local newspapers to tell them the truth about the daily news. Obviously that trust has declined, even as more and more sources of news and information have emerged. And, just as obviously, a wide gap in trust has emerged across partisan and ideological lines, especially after the reign of a deeply divisive president who renamed the news media “fake news.” Article continues after advertisement...
    Some on the political right have long been critical of mainstream media, contending that it exhibits liberal bias or even engages in the propagation of falsehoods. Former President Donald Trump has been a frequent and vocal media critic. "There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly," Trump tweeted in 2018, according to The Hill. "The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! They can't stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" Trump tweeted in 2019. Trump and others have also been outspoken critics of social media companies. Trump himself has been subjected to censorship and deplatforming, including when he was permanently suspended from Twitter earlier this year during the waning days of his...
    The average national consumption was 3.49 beers, which is equivalent to an amount of $ 431 per year. It was also proven that the average American can spend up to $ 25,000 a year. Photo: Mabel Amber / Pixabay Beer is one of the alcoholic beverages most consumed and enjoyed by Americans. Without a doubt, it is a classic of classics: it is light, refreshing, the perfect pairing for barbecues and long afternoons with friends. It is an iconic and quite old drink, its history encompasses the most incredible data, its production process is unique and as if that were not enough in moderate quantities it provides great health benefits. Due to such fame, recently a research company called Upgraded Points analyzed self-reported beer tolerance levels in each US state. The findings were quite relevant and the researchers came to quite interesting conclusions about the consumption habits of Americans according to their place of origin. Beer is a non-distilled alcoholic beverage with a bitter tasteIt is made from sprouted barley grains or other cereals,...
    SOUDERTON, Pennsylvania (WABC) -- A tornado was confirmed in New Jersey Wednesday and into Thursday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Fred moved through the area.Officials with the National Weather Service said a storm survey team has confirmed an EF-0 tornado occurred in Rockaway Township in Morris County. Storm survey team has confirmed an EF-0 tornado occurred last night in Rockaway Township, NJ (Morris County). More details should be be released on Friday. #njwx— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) August 19, 2021At least two other tornadoes were confirmed in parts of Pennsylvania.Officials with the National Weather Service said a tornado occurred in Tilden Township, Berks County at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.A storm survey team also confirmed an EF-1 tornado occurred from Souderton, Montgomery County to Silverdale/Perkasie, Bucks County at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.An EF-1 tornado has winds up to 110 miles per hour.In Montgomery County, there were several reports of downed trees and wires along with damaged homes in the Souderton area, the National Weather Service said.Video from the area showed siding ripped off numerous homes and debris scattered across front...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Berks County during severe weather Wednesday. The tornado happened in Hamburg and the NWS says they hope to send out details about the tornado Thursday night. They are surveying storm damage from severe weather across the region Wednesday night into the early morning Thursday. There was another possible tornado in Montgomery County. That tornado may have been in Franconia Township. READ MORE: Authorities Identify Shooting Suspect Killed In Philadelphia By Police After Pursuit As Terrence Bey Chopper 3 was over the damage left behind on Thursday morning. Video shows some significant damage to a roof, an umbrella toppled over a fence and some trees were completely uprooted. One tree snapped and just missed a house. People who live in the home say they opened their front door and save a massive tree. Off to the side, another tree can be seen crushing a car. There is a lot of cleanup to be done as CBS3 was on Deerfield Drive in Franconia Township. Damage was also found...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Weather Service will be out surveying damage from severe storms during the overnight hours Thursday, including a possible tornado in Montgomery County. The tornado may have been in Franconia Township. Chopper 3 was over the damage left behind on Thursday morning. READ MORE: Belmont Hills Fire Company Celebrate Firefighter Alex Fishers Release From Hospital After Struck, Injured In Fatal Crash By Alleged Drunk Driver Video shows some significant damage to a roof, an umbrella toppled over a fence and some trees were completely uprooted. One tree snapped and just missed a house. People who live in the home say they opened their front door and save a massive tree. Off to the side, another tree can be seen crushing a car. There is a lot of cleanup to be done as CBS3 was on Deerfield Drive in Franconia Township. Damage was also found down the road. READ MORE: Colin Frank Petroziello Charged With Attempted Homicide In Shooting Of Yardley Police Chief Joseph Kelly A shed was flipped on its side and roof damage was visible...
    A rush of people at a market just before the Muslim festival Eid-al-Adha in Sopore, India on 20 July 2021 Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images Two-thirds of India's population has developed some immunity to COVID-19, a national survey found. Health authorities say this represents hope for the nation, but warned that one in three Indians are still susceptible to the virus. Based on the survey, 67.6% of the 28,975 people tested had COVID-19 antibodies. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Two-thirds of India's population has developed antibodies against COVID-19, an indication of some level of immunity against the coronavirus, according to the country's latest national blood serum survey. The findings are a "ray of hope" for the virus-battered nation, said Indian Council for Medical Research Director General Balram Bhargava on Tuesday. But he also warned that India must continue with COVID-19 measures and not be complacent, as one in three Indians — or 400 million of its 1.38 billion total population — are still susceptible to infections. The survey was conducted by health authorities from late June...
    A man wearing a protective face mask stands on Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront that faces Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.Anthony Wallace | AFP | Getty Images A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong found that 42% of respondents are considering or planning to leave Hong Kong, with more than half citing their discomfort with the controversial national security law imposed by China. Various media outlets have reported anecdotes of people or businesses leaving Hong Kong following the clampdown by Beijing. And the Amcham survey offers a glimpse of the sentiment among the expatriate community in Hong Kong.     Last year, China bypassed Hong Kong's legislature to impose the national security law. Implementation of the law came after widespread pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub in 2019 and took a toll on its economy. Hong Kong is a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The chamber collected 325 anonymous responses for the survey, or 24% of its membership, between May 5 and May 9. About 78% of respondents were expatriates who live in...
    Among the Mexican population, having a document that guarantees the ownership of a property is seen as an unnecessary requirement, leaving as a result a relevant gap in terms of the title deed of the homes. In Mexico City, of the people who are owners, only 44% have deeds of said real estate, while 46% do not have and in the case of the remaining 10% the deeds are in the name of another person. This despite the fact that the deed is, after wills, the most identified activity among the notarial activity, according to the Survey on notarial services in Mexico City 2020 presented in February of this year. And instead of obtaining these documents more frequently over time, the percentage has decreased. In 2017, the date of the last survey carried out, deeded properties amounted to 49%. The main reason for not generating property deeds is cost: 26% of those surveyed consider it to be very expensive, while 25% think it is not necessary and 21% think it is a difficult process. This situation is also repeated...
    Americans sharply underestimate other Americans’ opposition to legal migration, according to a January survey by a pro-establishment thinktank. The “American Aspirations Index” survey asked 2,010 people to rank their political priorities and to estimate other people’s priorities. Individual Americans in the survey said they believe other Americans rank “[Being] open to immigration” as their 18th priority in a list of 55 civic priorities. But all Americans actually ranked “[Being] open to immigration” as only their 42nd priority in the list of 55 suggested priorities, the Americans told the survey organizers at the Populace thinktank. That is bad news for the Democrat Party and the business groups who are trying to push President Joe Biden’s giant amnesty through Congress. That bill would add roughly one new immigrant to the population for every American born in the next 10 years. But the bad news was already recognized by many GOP and Democrat politicians who carefully read polls and keep their ears to the ground. For example, on March 4, Politico reported that Biden’s amnesty bill has “dismal” support among House Democrats. The...
    These Texas Good Samaritans Are Helping Out Those in Need Amid Deep Freeze Their fate is sealed: Harry and Meghans royal links are severed Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Eat This, Not That! The Best Grocery Store Products of 2021, According to New National Survey With grocery stores full of thousands of products, it can be hard to pick your favorites. But thanks to the 2021 Product of the Year Awards, 40,000 of our fellow shoppers chose some items worthy of the coveted red badge! It's the 13th year for the awards, and one where people are spending less time in the store but still want reliable products. Each participant answered a survey from Kantar, a global consumer research company, and the top product in 41 different categories was chosen. Some include household and personal care products—find the full list of those here. Below we've gathered the winners for the food and drink categories....
    A majority of teachers currently back in classrooms for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic say they are comfortable with the experience, a national union’s poll has found.  The survey from the American Federation of Teachers, conducted from Feb. 4-6, asked 600 teachers and 200 paraprofessionals/school-related personnel their opinions on an issue that has become a heated debate across the country.  Of the teachers who responded, 61% of those working in schools where in-person or hybrid learning is happening said they feel comfortable with the return so far, compared to 35% who said they don't, according to the poll.  California school board member threatens to 'f--- up' parentsOakley Union School District parent Ashley Stalf joins 'The Ingraham Angle' to discuss the vulgar comments CALIFORNIA PARENT OUTRAGED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS’ VIRAL COMMENTS: ‘WE THOUGHT THEY HAD OUR BACKS’  When the same question was asked to teachers in schools that are still operating remotely, that number flipped. Fifty-five percent of teachers in that group said they would not feel comfortable going back to work in-person, compared to 40% who said they would, the survey found. Across the spectrum, only 34% of respondents say schools should continue operating remote-only at this point in the coronavirus pandemic. The poll found that 40% believe hybrid learning...
    People with the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19 are less likely to report sky-high fevers than those with the original illness, according to a study released Wednesday. But patients with the newer virus variant report suffering from a sore throat, aching muscles and fatigue more often, according to the survey, released by Britain’s, Office for National Statistics. Symptoms of the new strain differ from the three main ones associated with the original COVID-19 virus — fever, continuous cough and loss of smell or taste, the UK Sun reported, citing the survey and health officials. “People testing positive compatible with the new UK variant were more likely to report any symptoms and the classic symptoms, but were less likely to report loss of taste and smell,” the Office for National Statistics said in the survey. “There was no evidence of difference in the percentages reporting gastrointestinal symptoms.” The report ultimately noted that people infected with the newer strain were much less likely to report suffering from high body temperatures. It also found no major difference in reports of...
    More On: Coronavirus FDA issues alert on hand sanitizer products from Mexico Georgia lawmaker ejected from chamber for refusing COVID-19 test Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: Olympic hurdles for Japan’s vaccine roll-out Enroll out: NYC public schools have lost 43,000 kids this year People with the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19 are less likely to report sky-high fevers than those with the original illness, according to a study released Wednesday. But patients with the newer virus variant report suffering from a sore throat, aching muscles and fatigue more often, according to the survey, released by Britain’s, Office for National Statistics. Symptoms of the new strain differ from the three main ones associated with the original COVID-19 virus — fever, continuous cough and loss of smell or taste, the UK Sun reported, citing the survey and health officials. “People testing positive compatible with the new UK variant were more likely to report any symptoms and the classic symptoms, but were less likely to report loss of taste and smell,” the Office for National Statistics said in the survey....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The predictions are in for the hottest housing markets of 2021 and Miami makes the top ten list, according to a new Zillow survey. Austin, Texas leads the list of mostly Sun Belt cities expected to heat up faster than the nation’s large coastal markets. The booming Texas destination heads a lineup of sunny and relatively affordable metro areas that are most likely to outperform the nation in home value growth, according to a panel of economists and real estate experts recently surveyed by the online real estate marketplace. An overwhelming 84% of those surveyed said Austin values would out-perform the national average, compared to just 9% who believe it would fare worse. Phoenix came in second with 69%, followed by Nashville at 67%, Tampa at 60%), and Denver had 56%. Dallas was next with 54%, followed by Atlanta 57%, Washington DC 37%, Riverside, CA 37%, and Miami with 34%. Of the 20 markets considered, expensive coastal areas such as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles are expected to fare the worst against the national average, signaling a shift from growth patterns in...
    US Capitol: Police clearing pro-Trump mob from building after rioters stormed halls of Congress US Capitol in lockdown, Pence withdrawn as protesters surge 30-year mortgage rate falls back to record low The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell this week to 2.95 percent from 2.96 percent, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. © wbritten/Getty Images Home decorated for the holidays The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell this week to 2.95 percent from 2.96 percent, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. A year ago, it was 3.81 percent. Four weeks ago, the rate was 2.99 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate average for this week is 0.93 percentage points below the 52-week high of 3.88 percent. The 30-year fixed mortgages in this week’s survey had an average total of 0.30 discount and origination points. Over the past 52 weeks, the 30-year fixed has averaged 3.35 percent. This week’s rate is 0.40 percentage points lower than the 52-week average. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 2.37 percent from 2.38 percent. The 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage fell to 2.87 percent from...
    HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The eruption began late Sunday within the Halema’uma’u crater. The volcano is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit about an hour after the volcano began erupting. The USGS said it received more than 500 reports of people who felt the earthquake but significant damage to buildings or structures was not expected. SUPER TYPHOON BATTERS PHIIPPINES, 1 MILLION IN SHELTERS In this photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava flows within the Halema’uma’u crater of the Kilauea volcano Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has erupted, the U.S. Geological Survey said. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP) An advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Honolulu, warning of fallen ash from the volcano. Excessive exposure to ash is an eye and respiratory irritant, it said. Kilauea erupted in 2018, destroying more than 700 homes and spewing enough lava to fill 320,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. An area more than half the size...
    A FireEye information analyst works in front of a screen showing a near real-time map tracking cyber threats at the FireEye office in Milpitas, California.Beck Diefenbach | Reuters Following this week's breach of several federal agencies, a new CNBC survey of technology executives found that most believe state-sponsored cyber warfare is the most dangerous threat to their company or organization. And while half of technology executives believe that state attacks pose the biggest threat, 32% of those surveyed also said that defining a national cybersecurity protocol should be the top priority for the incoming Biden administration and new Congress. "Action by the incoming administration — national leadership across policy, strategy, diplomacy, and operations — in consultation with the private sector, must complement private sector actions, to protect the nation's infrastructures, hard-earned economic advantages and personal privacy," says Phil Quade, chief information security officer for Fortinet. Quade is a member of CNBC's Technology Executive Council. Quade has been outspoken about the need for a national cybersecurity coordinator within the incoming Biden administration. In a recent Op-ed, he wrote: "Our nation had...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the restaurant industry hard, and Maryland’s trade association said Tuesday that the state’s eateries had been hit harder than most. The Restaurant Association of Maryland said in a statement that a survey from the National Restaurant Association found that the state’s restaurants were ahead of the national average in every metric designed to show the impact of the pandemic on the industry. The most striking number: 45% of Maryland restaurant operators said it was unlikely their restaurant will still be in business six months from now if there are no additional relief packages from the federal government. That’s in comparison with a national average of 37%. 89% of Maryland operators expect their sales to decrease from current levels during the next three months, compared with a national average of 65%; 89% of Maryland restaurant operators say their total sales volume in October was lower than the previous October, compared with a national average of 79%; 70% said their total labor costs took a larger percentage of their sales than before the pandemic, compared with...
    NORTH WALES, Pa. (CBS) – Damage assessments are now underway after severe storms left behind a trail of destruction in parts of the Delaware Valley on Monday. Trees were uprooted and roofs were blown off. One of the hardest-hit areas is Montgomery County. Several buildings off Route 202 suffered damage. They include a Hampton Inn Hotel and a Staybridge Suites. There’s also a neighborhood nearby that was damaged. Scary moments in Montgomery County Monday afternoon after a powerful storm with damaging winds rushed through. “My mother-in-law was here with the children. She said the house started shaking a little bit and she gathered up the kids and took shelter,” homeowner Clayton Lonetti said. “When there’s children involved and everything like that, the first thing that comes to mind is what’s going on with my kids.” Fire officials say no one was injured, but at least 16 homes were damaged. One was destroyed and at least five businesses were mangled “We’re still in the process of assessing the damage. PECO is securing the gas and electric,” Capt. Frank Colelli of the...
    NORTH WALES, Pa. (CBS) – Damage assessments are now underway after severe storms left behind a trail of destruction in parts of the Delaware Valley on Monday. Trees were uprooted and roofs were blown off. One of the hardest-hit areas is Montgomery County. Several buildings off Route 202 suffered damage. They include a Hampton Inn Hotel and a Staybridge Suites. There’s also a neighborhood nearby that was damaged.   Scary moments in Montgomery County Monday afternoon after a powerful storm with damaging winds rushed through. “My mother-in-law was here with the children. She said the house started shaking a little bit and she gathered up the kids and took shelter,” homeowner Clayton Lonetti said. “When there’s children involved and everything like that, the first thing that comes to mind is what’s going on with my kids.” Fire officials say no one was injured, but at least 16 homes were damaged. One was destroyed and at least five businesses were mangled “We’re still in the process of assessing the damage. PECO is securing the gas and electric,” Capt. Frank Colelli of...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating supporters accused of harassing Biden bus MORE leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating supporters accused of harassing Biden bus MORE by eight points among likely voters in Morning Consult’s final nationwide pre-election survey of likely voters. The survey, released Monday, found Biden with 52 percent support to Trump’s 44 percent. The polling firm notes that Biden’s lead is considerably more than that of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOn The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump winning farm vote despite pinch of trade policies, pandemic Trump stages five rallies in five states in pre-election sprint MORE in its final 2016 survey. That poll showed Clinton leading with a plurality, 45 percent to 42 percent, with third-party candidates pulling 12 percent of the vote. Clinton ultimately won the popular...
    The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to an alarming “national mental health crisis,” according to an American Psychological Association report. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual “Stress in America” report highlighted the results of a survey that the organization conducted. The results, which showed the coronavirus pandemic is having an outsized effect on Americans’ mental health, have caused the APA to sound the alarm, the report said. “Our 2020 survey is different,” the report said. “It reveals that Americans have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the external factors Americans have listed in previous years as significant sources of stress remain present and problematic.” (RELATED: Trump Signs Executive Order Establishing Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group) “The unusual combination of these factors and the persistent drumbeat of a crisis that shows no sign of abating that is leading APA to sound the alarm: We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come,” the report said. Coronavirus hasn’t just affected those who have lost family and friends from the...
    Support for same-sex marriage has reached its highest percentage ever recorded, with nearly 70 percent of Americans stating that they are in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, according to the 11th annual American Values Survey. The poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in partnership with the Brookings Institution, also showed that only 28 percent of Americans surveyed oppose same-sex marriage. Support has increased as well across political parties, with 80 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Independents and 50 percent of Republicans polling in favor of same-sex marriage, according to the survey. Religious denominations have also seen an increase in the percentage of people who are in favor of same-sex marriage. Seventy-nine percent of white mainline Protestants, 78 percent of Hispanic Roman Catholics, 72 percent of religious non-Christians, 68 percent of Hispanic Protestants, 67 percent of white Catholics, 57 percent of Black Protestants and 56 percent of members of other Christian religious denominations are in support of same-sex marriage, the survey recorded. White evangelicals were the only denomination where a majority of those surveyed said...
    PARIS (AP) — Four French cities have joined Paris and Marseille in the maximum alert status to fight the spread of the coronavirus, and it appeared likely that the list would soon grow as infections soar. Bars shut down and other severe measures are ordered under maximum alert. Lyon, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne in the southeast and Lille in the north moved to maximum alert on Saturday when health authorities reported nearly 26,900 new daily infections in 24 hours. There were just under 5,000 new hospitalizations over the past week, with 928 of them in ICUs, and the positive rate for the increasing number of COVID-19 tests climbed to 11%. Nearly 32,690 coronavirus deaths have been counted in France, but the actual number is likely higher due to deaths at home and incomplete reporting from hospitals or rest homes. While France girded itself for a climb in critical numbers, a consultation by the National Order of Nurses published Sunday suggested that a significant number feel tired and fed up, with 37% saying that the coronavirus pandemic is making...
    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden (D) leads President Trump by five points nationally, a Hill-HarrisX survey released Friday reveals. Biden leads Trump by five percentage points, 45 percent to the president’s 40 percent, while seven percent are undecided. The former vice president’s lead remains outside of the survey’s +/- 1.84 percent margin of error: National GE:Biden 45% (+5)Trump 40%@Harris_X_/@thehill, RV, 10/3-6https://t.co/33QTgv0iwV — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 9, 2020 Democrats comprise 37 percent of the survey’s sample, followed by Republicans (32 percent), then independents (29 percent). The survey follows a Sunday Express/Democracy Institute Poll survey released last week showing Trump and Biden statistically tied. Trump garnered 46 percent compared to Biden’s 45 percent — a lead within the survey’s +/- 2.5 percent margin of error. Another poll released last week, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, raised eyebrows; it showed Biden leading the president nationally by double digits, 53 percent to Trump’s 39 percent. A closer look at the poll revealed the survey vastly oversampled Democrats, as Breitbart News detailed: Thirty-five percent of poll respondents self-identified as Democrats, while only 27 percent self-identified as Republican,...
    Two polls released Tuesday show Donald Trump trailing his Democratic rival Joe Biden both nationally and in six must-win battleground states as the president returned to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night. Among likely voters, 57 per cent said they back Biden, according to a CNN poll taken October 1-4 – and in that time span the president tested positive for coronavirus and was transferred to the hospital for treatment. The poll showed 41 per cent of likely voters plan to cast their ballot for Trump, creating a margin of 16 per cent between the two candidates just four weeks, or 28 days, before Election Day. While Biden holds a national lead, the race for the White House will ultimately come down to a handful of swing states. A separate poll from CNBC/Change research taken Friday through Sunday reveals Biden's stable hold in six battleground swing states essential in driving the outcome of the Electoral College and defeating President Trump in November. Two new polls show Democratic nominee Joe Biden besting Donald Trump by 16...
    According to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has expanded his nationwide lead over President Donald Trump to 16 percentage points. With less than a month until Election Day, this is Biden’s most formidable lead to date. The poll was conducted after the first presidential debate and mostly after Trump revealed that he had coronavirus. Biden has expanded his edge over Trump among several key voting blocs. He made gains among women, especially among women of color and white women with college degrees. He also improved his standing with people of color, independent voters, young people and moderates. Biden’s gains were, at least in part, driven by a strong performance in the first debate, according to the survey. More than half of those polled said that he did a good job, while only 26 percent said the same of Trump. The survey found that likely voters prefer Biden over Trump on a wide range of issues, many of which are considered critical in determining the outcome of the race. Biden is more trusted on...
    Caroline and Alonzo, boyfriend and girlfriend, wear face masks together on Santa Monica beach, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images About 8% of U.S. teenagers or a member of their household have had Covid-19, higher than the national average of 6%, according to Piper Sandler's semi-annual survey of teen consumption trends. Some health officials have pointed fingers at teenagers and young adults for local outbreaks, citing parties and gatherings that don't follow social-distancing guidelines. As of Sept. 30, 362 deaths of people between the ages of 15-24 have involved Covid-19, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The coronavirus pandemic has upset teens' daily lives, changing everything from how they socialize to how they spend their time and money. Overall teen spending has fallen 9% to $2,150 this year, compared with the same time in 2019. Teen spending has also shifted to new interests. Video games now make up a tenth of teens' spending, its highest level yet, according to its 9,800 respondents, who answered the questions between Aug. 19 and Sept. 22. That's likely because 57%...
    It was just a week ago that Hurricane Sally roared ashore, bringing devastating flooding to coastal areas in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Aerial imagery released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) shows the extent of damage to coastal areas from Sally. "NOAA's aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm," the agency said. HURRICANE SALLY LEAVES BEHIND THOUSANDS OF STARFISH WASHED UP ON FLORIDA BEACH The imagery covers areas surrounding Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., which show damage to marinas and the Pensacola Bay Bridge. Other photos show sections of the Pensacola Bay Bridge that are now missing after being knocked into the bay by a barge that became loose. Damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge can be seen on Sept. 18, 2020, after Hurricane Sally roared through the region. (NOAA/National Geodetic Survey) "Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical...
    Matthew Chapman September 17, 2020 3:25PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story On Thursday, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced that he had raised $1 million just in the last 24 hours. Graham, who has won previous elections by comfortable margins and was a close friend of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), has become a nationally controversial figure in recent years as he has tied himself heavily to President Donald Trump — despite being a fierce critic of him during the 2016 election. : Jaime Harrison, a former aide to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, has attracted national, shattering fundraising records for a South Carolina Senate race. His campaign has been compared to the 2018 Texas campaign of Beto O'Rourke, who took on Sen. Ted Cruz against long odds, and raised tens of millions of dollars thanks to national animosity towards his challenger and a charismatic speaking style that attracted local grassroots support. O'Rourke went on to lose the race narrowly, and has since focused on supporting down-ballot races in Texas. ...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Democrats fear 2016 repeat despite Biden's lead in polls Trump: Harris would be an 'insult' as first female president MORE leads President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE by 12 points nationally among likely U.S. voters, according to a new poll. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 52 percent of likely voters plan to cast their ballots for Biden, compared to 40 percent who plan to vote for Trump. Three percent said they would vote for another candidate and just 5 percent said they are undecided with fewer than 60 days until the Nov. 3 election. The survey showed the percentage of voters who have not yet backed a major-party candidate to be less than half of what it was at this point in 2016.  Biden’s lead is so substantial that he would still win...
    By SELLO MOTSETA, Associated Press GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana’s government says it still doesn’t know what caused the deaths of hundreds of elephants in recent weeks, but testing continues. Poaching and anthrax have been ruled out as the likely cause. Other possibilities being examined include a novel virus and poisoning. The investigation involves help from laboratories in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Britain and the United States. “While there has not been any indication of fresh carcasses or signs that the mortality has spread beyond the initial area of concern, the district team on the ground will continue to monitor the situation, remove ivory from carcasses and take them to safe custody as well as destroy carcasses that are close to the villages and human settlements,” the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Oduetse Koboto, told diplomats Saturday. The investigations, including an aerial survey, are expected to be completed this week. Botswana’s National Veterinary Laboratory has not been able to establish the causes of death despite examining 281 of the elephant carcasses found in...
    A Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday showed Joe Biden (D) leading President Trump nationally by double-digits, widening his lead over the last month. The survey showed the former vice president leading Trump 52 percent to 37 percent — up from the eight-point lead he saw in Quinnipiac’s June 18 poll. While the survey attributed Biden’s widening lead to independent voters, who back the Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee by 17 points (51 percent to 34 percent), a closer look at the survey’s sample reveals that Republicans were undersampled. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,273 self-identified registered voters across the country. Republicans only made up 24 percent of the respondents, while Democrats and independents comprised 34 percent each. The survey also showed Biden overtaking Trump on confidence in handling the economy, which has traditionally remained a strong point for the president: On whom voters see best on… Economy:Biden 50 (+5)Trump 45 Handling a crisisBiden 57 (+19)Trump 38 Covid19:Biden 59 (+24)Trump 35 Addressing racial inequality:Biden 62 (+32)Trump 30 National @QuinnipiacPoll https://t.co/CATuopviHC — Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) July 15, 2020 Voters now choose Biden 50 percent to 45 percent on...
    President Donald Trump reached a new low in polling Wednesday, with former Vice President Joe Biden running 15 percentage points ahead of the incumbent in a national Quinnipiac University survey.[ READ: Biden’s Polling Surge Mirrored in States ]The poll found that Biden has the backing of 52% of registered voters, compared to 37% for the president. The gap is historic for Trump, who as recently as May was trailing Biden by low-to-mid single digits. It's also a dramatic drop from Quinnipiac's poll released June 18th, when Biden was ahead, 49% to 41% for Trump. Not since former President Bill Clinton's decisive advantage over Republican nominee Bob Dole has the polling gap been so wide in a respected national poll. And that was with a credible third-party candidate, Reform Party nominee Ross Perot, in the mix.Cartoons on the 2020 ElectionView All 211 ImagesSuch a wide divide in support – at a time when the nation is so politically polarized – is particularly bad news for Trump, who has doubled down on social and racially divisive matters to energize his devoted base. "Yes, there's...
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