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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd’s death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man’s civil rights. Jury selection begins Thursday in the federal case against J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. WHAT HAPPENED? Floyd, 46, died on May 20, 2020, after Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck and pinned him to the street for 9 1/2 minutes as he was facedown and gasping for air. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. Thao kept bystanders from intervening. THE FEDERAL CHARGES Kueng, Lane and Thao are broadly accused of willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights while acting under “color of law,” or government authority. Chauvin pleaded guilty to one count of violating Floyd’s civil rights and will not be on trial with his former colleagues. Thao and Kueng are charged with willfully violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin. The indictment says they knew what Chauvin...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For the third week in a row, every state and territory in the U.S. is listed on Chicago’s COVID-19 travel advisory, and city officials said that won’t change next week, despite case rates leveling off or dropping in some areas. Daily case rates in an individual state or territory must fall below 15 cases per 100,000 residents for two weeks in a row to be removed from the list, and with no states or territories yet below that threshold, the Chicago Department of Public Health said there will be no changes to the advisory next week. COVID TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATE: Every state and territory remains on the advisory. No states are eligible to come off next week. UNVAX'D TRAVELERS should be tested for COVID before and after travel and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago when traveling from an orange state. pic.twitter.com/7OCLiwUW6C — Chicago Department of Public Health – CDPH (@ChiPublicHealth) January 19, 2022 READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Killed, Five Other Juveniles Wounded In Trio Of Shootings In Chicago On TuesdayHowever, a CDPH spokesman said there might...
    (CNN)A few months ago, two women showed up at Steve Snell's home in southern Pennsylvania with questions for his 89-year-old mother-in-law."They said they were with something called the 'Committee to Verify the Election' or something like that -- something I had never heard of," said Snell, a retiree and former Democratic candidate for the state legislature. More than a year after the election, reports of door-to-door canvassing have surfaced across the country -- from battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, to solidly red Utah. An Ohio scientist popular in circles associated with former President Donald Trump recently told a Wisconsin legislative committee that he's already trained canvassing teams in 30 states. These so-called "citizen canvasses" are the latest twist in the effort by Trump's supporters to advance claims -- pushed by the former President himself -- that he lost the 2020 election through voter fraud. Federal, state and location election officials all have said there's no evidence of widespread election fraud that would have affected the outcome of the presidential election. Snell said that the women, in their...
    Athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month have been issued a stark warning that they will be under ‘Orwellian’ levels of surveillance by the Chinese state. The assessment was made on Tuesday by a Human Rights Watch panel, which has repeatedly criticised the forthcoming Games as a ‘sportswashing’ exercise designed to conceal China’s ‘abysmal human rights record’. In urging caution among competitors at the Games, Dr Sophie Richardson, the China director for Human Rights Watch, said: ‘One of the features of the 2008 Olympic Games (in Beijing) was the authorities’ use of what was then considered high technology. Athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month have been issued a stark warning that they will be under ‘Orwellian’ levels of surveillance by the Chinese state  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Winter Olympics tickets will NOT be sold to the general... Team GB will support ANY athlete who chooses to oppose the... Curling - All you need to know for the Winter Olympics 2018... Greg Rutherford makes international bobsleigh...
    MILLIONS of Americans will receive SNAP benefits to help buy their groceries in the coming days and weeks. Around 42million people receive food stamps, according to the Department of Agriculture. 1Millions of Americans will receive SNAP benefits in the coming days and weeksCredit: Getty The Sun explains when Americans are likely to receive their food stamps as the date benefits are sent differs between states. SNAP benefits are handed out to residents in Alabama between the 4th and 23rd each month based on the recipient’s number, according to Fingerlakes. In Alaska, benefits are handed out on the 1st of every month, while beneficiaries in Arizona get their food stamps between the 1st and 13th. In Arkansas, officials use social security numbers to distribute food stamps between the 4th and 13th of each month. In California, benefits are handed out using the individual’s case number between the 1st and 10th. SNAP benefits are handed out to Americans in Colorado between the 1st and 10th of every month. Connecticut uses recipients' surnames when handing out benefits between the 1st and 3rd...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday marks the 36th annual national celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many may not know there are Chicagoans who helped make the holiday happen. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot spoke Monday to a local pastor who was part of the effort. Chicago Pastor Richard Redmond was a co-strategist for the committee to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday. READ MORE: No Communication With Firefighters Before Baby Was Found Dead Outside Fire Station; Could Baby Boxes Be A Last-Resort Option In Cases Like This?Le Mignot asked Redmond what he thought Dr. King would say about he effort if he were alive today. “I think he would say, ‘Thank you for believing,’” Redmond said. Pastor Redmond created the Mayor’s Office Dr. King Interfaith Breakfast in Chicago. He worked closely with then U.S. Rep. and then-future Chicago Mayor Harold Washington to make the dream of a national holiday to honor Dr. King and his legacy, a reality. “In recognizing Dr. King, this country would do itself honor – both here...
    CAIRO — The song starts out like standard fare for Egyptian pop music: a secret infatuation between two young neighbors who, unable to marry, sneak flirtatious glances at each other and commit their hearts in a bittersweet dance of longing and waiting. But then the lyrics take a radical turn. “If you leave me,” blasts the singer, Hassan Shakosh, “I’ll be lost and gone, drinking alcohol and smoking hash.” The song, “The Neighbors’ Daughter,” has become a giant hit, garnering more than a half-billion views of its video on YouTube alone and catapulting Shakosh to stardom. But the explicit reference to drugs and booze, culturally prohibited substances in Egypt, has made the song, released in 2019, a lightning rod in a culture war over what is an acceptable face and subject matter for popular music and who gets to decide. The battle, which pits Egypt’s cultural establishment against a renegade musical genre embraced by millions of young Egyptians, has heated up recently after the organization that licenses musicians barred at least 19 young artists from singing and performing in Egypt....
    WACO, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State beats No. 1 Baylor 61-54 , giving the Bears consecutive home losses for first time in nearly six years. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The heiress of one of the largest ranching dynasties in the state of Texas is suing her brother over a controlling stake in the 660,000-acre holdings of land that was  assembled over decades by their father, affectionately known a 'Big Daddy', former State Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., who died in 2010.  One of his daughters, Cele Carpenter, 65, married a family of well-known Dallas business leaders and in the lawsuit is accuses her older brother, 68-year-old Dolph 'Chip' Briscoe III, of plotting to gain control over an inheritance that has valued at more than $1 billion. Issues arose after their sister, Janey Briscoe Marmion, changed the will before her death from cancer in 2018.  'Big Daddy' Dolph (second from left) and Janey Briscoe (second from right) are shown in an official campaign portrait with their children Janey, Dolph III (Chip) and Cele at the Frio Ranch. Dolph Briscoe Jr. was elected Texas governor in 1972 Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas from 1972 until 1978, was the largest individual landowner and rancher in a state famous for its huge ranches. He...
    BETWEEN insurance, gas prices and upkeep, maintaining a car is a long-term expense. And, depending on what state you live in, those expenses can be much higher or lower - but the best ones to own one have just been revealed. 1Montana is known to be the state to own a vehicle A new study by legal experts Dolman Law analyzed multiple factors to see which state is the best. The factors included the cost of insurance, car sales tax, vehicle inspection laws, cost of fuel, and percentage of acceptable roads in the state. Montana The research found that Montana is the best state to own a car. The state has a 0% car sales tax, the highest speed limits in the country of 80 mph, lenient vehicle inspection laws, and 88% of roads are acceptable to drive on. The 0% sales tax is a big pro for people who own antique and exotic cars. Most read in MotorsMOTORING ON Automatic $400 payments to go out by May date to millions of driversECO FUEL Dakar is fast becoming a test-bed...
    Getty Golden State Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins handles the ball during a game against the Phoenix Suns. With just a game and a half separating them from the Suns in the standings, the Golden State Warriors continue to be within reaching distance of the NBA‘s best record. However, there’s no doubting the fact that things have been rough in the Bay Area recently. The Warriors are in the midst of a four-losses-in-five-games stretch. Over that span, they’re getting outscored by 6.8 points per possession while ranking dead last league-wide in offensive rating (96.4) and effective field goal percentage (45.8). Meanwhile, they’re No. 29 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.42:1) as well. As bad as they have been as a team, though, star wing Andrew Wiggins continues to perform at a high level. For the year, the former No. 1 overall pick is putting up 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while hitting a career-best 48.6% of his shot attempts and 42.1% deep. And he has continued to post similar numbers amid Golden State’s recent slump. Wiggins’ steady play hasn’t...
    (CNN)Labor shortages could mean North Carolina road crews won't be able to clear roads of snow and ice as fast as usual if a winter storm hits the state this weekend, the governor's office said.The storm is expected to drop a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain across parts of the state Saturday night into Sunday.Three key numbers that explain Americas labor shortageRoad crews across the state are shorthanded, Gov. Roy Cooper's office said."(North Carolina Department of Transportation) crews and contractor resources will work to clear roads as fast as possible, but response times are expected to be slower than previous storms due to labor shortages impacting crews spread around the state," a statement from Cooper's office said.Transportation department workers started spreading brine on roads Thursday, a job expected to finish Friday, Cooper's office said.Read MoreGalberto Castro cleans up the debris from a fallen tree in front of his home along Polo Road on January 3, 2022, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Cooper signed an emergency declaration Thursday evening to release state resources to prepare for the potential storm.A significant...
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), who signed the GOP's gerrymandered congressional map into law. Ohio's Supreme Court struck down the state's new congressional map as an illegal partisan gerrymander designed to excessively favor Republicans on Friday and ordered legislators to draw new districts in compliance with the state constitution. The decision came just two days after the court invalidated the GOP's new legislative maps on similar grounds. The majority, which saw Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a moderate Republican, join the court's three Democrats, used harsh language to castigate Republicans in its ruling. The foursome concluded that the congressional map Republicans adopted in a pair of party-line votes in November featured "undue political bias" that made it even worse than the already gerrymandered map it was replacing, "whether viewed through the lens of expert statistical analysis or by application of simple common sense." At issue was a 2018 amendment approved by voters requiring lawmakers to pass a new congressional map in bipartisan fashion, or, failing that, forbidding them from enacting a map that "unduly favors or disfavors a political party or...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As cities in Minnesota have taken action to combat the surge in COVID-19 cases, there are no statewide mandates in place. On Thursday, average positivity rate in Minnesota breached 20% for the first time since the start of the pandemic. In the last two weeks, cases in the state have tripled. Minneapolis and St. Paul have reinstated mask mandates, as have other Twin Cities suburbs and Duluth. The mayors of the two largest cities in the state also announced this week that those heading to bars, restaurants and venues will need to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative test. Gov. Tim Walz is staying clear of any statewide mandates to address the surge in cases attributed to the highly-contagious Omicron variant. He said that the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul made a decision that “fits where they’re at” with the virus spreading rapidly in highly-concentrated areas. At the Mall of America vaccination site on Thursday, WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy asked the governor when he thought Minnesota would see peak Omicron cases,...
    UP to 100,00 more Californians are set to get stimulus checks before the end of February. Under California’s Golden State Stimulus II initiative, eligible residents are getting payments worth between $600 and $1,100. 1Eligible Americans are getting stimulus checks worth between $600 and $1,100 To be eligible for a stimulus check, Californians must make less than $75,000 per year and generally have filed 2020 taxes before October 15, 2021. For months, California has been sending out stimulus payments in order by zip code. The last batch payments by zip code were issued earlier this week. However, the state’s public fairs office estimates that tens of thousands of more payments will be sent out. “Most of the resulting GSS II payments – estimated at between 50,000 and 100,000 – are expected to be mailed this month or next," it told the Sun.  “These payments will be issued automatically and there is no action required by the taxpayers who will receive them.”  Most read in MoneyHELPING HAND Extra food stamps sent out as emergency $1,504 boost automatically depositedHOPE ON THE HORIZON Double ‘$3,600 stimulus’ payments may be...
    For years, DFL state Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth has defied political headwinds, winning a House seat in northwest Minnesota that often picked Republicans for president and governor — by a wide margin. But Marquart’s winning streak is coming to a close. On Wednesday, he announced he will not run for re-election in 2022, finishing his 11 terms in the House, which followed 11 years as Dilworth mayor and two on the city’s council. The 65-year-old high school social studies teacher, who also chairs the House’s powerful Taxes Committee, said his decision wasn’t because he felt like his district would be too difficult to win in 2022 — or because Democrats might lose their House majority in what could be a good election cycle for Republicans. Marquart said he and his family decided in the summer of 2020 he wouldn’t run again. He joins a dozen other state lawmakers retiring ahead of 2022. But as one of few DFLers representing a Greater Minnesota district where Republicans have political strength, Marquart’s departure from the Legislature is significant, and it could play...
    CBS Sports Network was set up for the perfect ending to their college basketball broadcast Wednesday night and they blew it with a brutal glitch. During a one possession game between Colorado State Rams and Utah State Aggies with seconds remaining, CBS Sports Network sent out a tweet calling all college basketball fans to watch the end of an exciting broadcast. For those that took the network up on the offer, they were epically disappointed. ???? Head to CBS Sports Network now! It’s a one-point game between @USUBasketball and @CSUMBasketball @MountainWest ???? pic.twitter.com/TX7hDA2l9K — CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) January 13, 2022 Shortly after the tweet, Colorado State extended their lead to three points, but with 2.2 seconds remaining on the clock, the Aggies still very much had an opportunity to steal the game. Unfortunately, the audience wouldn’t get to see it play out. CBS Sports Network froze at the worst possible moment of a basketball game, sending the broadcast into commercial and not returning until minutes after the game was over. Colorado State beat Utah State 77-72. Some basketball...
    Earlier this month, the corpses of eight men and two women were found piled into a Mazda SUV that was parked under a decorated Christmas tree beside the Governor’s Palace in the city of Zacatecas, in north-central Mexico. According to a statement The Daily Beast received from the attorney general’s office, the victims were found early on the morning of Jan. 6 and their ages ranged from 18 to 45. At least one showed signs of torture. Seven of them had been killed by “asphyxiation from strangulation,” the statement said. Independent photographs allegedly depicting the truck were leaked to The Daily Beast, and appear to show the victims with plastic wrap and packing tape placed over their faces to smother them. Mexican authorities have since claimed that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, without providing more details. All of this begs not a few questions. For starters, who were the deceased? Using fingerprints, police determined that some of them had been arrested before for crimes like micro-trafficking narcotics and petty robbery. All were citizens of...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the executive director for the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, Deborah Fisher to the newsmaker line to discuss the Nashville Post lawsuit filed by journalist Stephen Miller and explains the deliberative process privilege action that was used as an excuse not to provide requested records. Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by our very good friend, Deborah Fischer, who’s the head of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. It’s a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that advocates for transparency in government. Good morning, Deborah! Fisher: Good morning. Glad to be here. Leahy: And your website is tcog.ifo. Well! This is very interesting because you have written about a very interesting story that we are tracking. A Nashville Post journalist had filed a public records lawsuit over the state’s McKinsey’s reports. The state refused to make these available to Stephen Elliot because they said there...
    A vehicle fire and a rollover crash led to road closures on Route 17 in the Hudson Valley. New York State Police reported on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 12, that drivers should avoid Route 17 in Orange County near Exit 120 in the Town of Wallkill. The eastbound lanes were closed due to a vehicle fire, and the westbound lanes were closed due to a rollover crash, police said.  As of about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, State Police said traffic was being diverted at Exit 119.
    By Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid was remembered Wednesday as a “legendary leader,” as colleagues and friends gathered at the U.S. Capitol to pay tribute to a hardscrabble Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to the most powerful position in the Senate. Reid lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda while Vice President Kamala Harris, senators and others joined for a ceremony almost as succinct as his own dry-humored style of hanging up the phone rather than engaging in lengthy goodbyes. Reid, who had pancreatic cancer, died last month at age 82. “Harry Reid made the world a better place,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “To see him lead and legislate was to see a master at work,” said Pelosi, who worked side by side with him when they were the top two Democrats in Congress. She called Reid “a legendary leader of great integrity.” Reid served longer in Congress than anyone from his Battle Born state and was the Senate majority leader alongside two...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer says fellow Democrats are telling Sen. Joe Manchin their own seats and party majority are at risk if the Senate doesn't change its filibuster rules to counter state voting restrictions.  Schumer revealed the appeals to party and self interest Wednesday hours after a group of nine senators met with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in an effort to get her behind changes to the filibuster. Both have been holding out and standing by their opposition to ending it.   'This is too important to just concede,' Schumer told MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' 'We are working there are constant meetings and not just among the few senators, but just about every senator – every single one of the 50 [other than Manchin and Sinema] is talking individually to Joe Manchin to Kyrsten Sinema – and they're saying things like: "I'll lose my election if the legislature is allowed to do this in my state.'' Schumer continued: 'We lose our majority – but more importantly, we'll lose our democracy. And those speakers yesterday that I mentioned were very powerful,' he...
    MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Jalen Bridges tied a career-high 22 points making all 10 of his foul shots and Gabe Osabuohien had a season-high 12 points and West Virginia pulled away from Oklahoma State for a 70-60 win on Tuesday night. Kedrian Johnson made two foul shot to give the Mountaineers a 53-37 lead with 11:32 left before Oklahoma State scored nine straight to get within seven points as Isaac Likekele scored six during the run. West Virginia responded with a 15-4 run to seal it. Taz Sherman scored 13 and Sean McNeil 12 for the Mountaineers. Buoyed by Osabuohien’s nine points off the bench in the first half, the Mountaineers (13-2, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) went on a 13-2 run and led 24-13 with 7:40 before halftime. Osabuohien threw down a dunk and muscled in a layup through multiple defenders for the and-1 for the nine-point lead. He followed that with a layup and two foul shots to cap his 9-0 outburst. In 125-career games it was only the sixth time Osabuohien reached double figures scoring. West Virginia...
    State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during a Tuesday press briefing that the U.S. is "working currently with a few dozen" American citizens and their families who have indicated that they are ready to leave Afghanistan and who possess the travel documents needed to leave the country. WATCH LIVE: State Dept. spokesperson Ned Price and Undersecretary Victoria Nuland hold news briefing youtu.be
    MEMPHIS — Gary Payton II proved in training camp that he deserved a roster spot. It didn’t take long to establish that he would outplay his 15th spot on the roster. But never has his value to the Golden State Warriors been clearer than Tuesday night inside FedEx Forum, even in a 116-108 loss. When Grizzlies star Ja Morant checked in with 7:40 to go, Payton leaped from his seat on the opposite bench and sprinted to the scorer’s table. That was his man. He needed to check in, too. Despite their best efforts to slow Morant, who earned “M-V-P” chants at the foul line, Golden State could only contain him momentarily. The Warriors were grasping for answers against Morant. Juan Toscano-Anderson started the game with the matchup, one of the toughest in all of basketball, and lasted one possession. It was Andrew Wiggins’ turn next, before the Warriors turned to a zone, which Morant quickly broke with a wide-open 3. By the end of the opening period, Morant had 15. He finished with 29 and sealed...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois state grant means new life for part of the Back of the Yards neighborhood that is well past its glory days. A stretch of Ashland Avenue near 46th Street was once dotted with retail palaces attracting shoppers and money. Now, it is full of boarded-up windows and empty buildings. READ MORE: UIC Study Shows Little Relationship Between Chicago Speed Cameras' Safety Impact And Number Of Tickets IssuedBut as CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported Tuesday, the grant is expected to make a tremendous difference. A former Aronson Furniture showroom and warehouse at 4630 S. Ashland Ave. takes up 1.25 acres – stretching half a city block west all the way to Marshfield Avenue. The goal is to have new retail and affordable housing on that spot. Those with businesses nearby can’t wait for that to happen. Toni Fonseca owns Ameri-Mex Insurance Agency, 4600 S. Ashland Ave. This month marks the 36th year for her business in the community. She recalls a time when there was no looting, and thriving businesses were on...
    President Joe Biden delivered a speech on voting rights in Atlanta on Tuesday and warned that Donald Trump and his loyalists seek to “disenfranchise anyone who votes against them.” Biden was stumping for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. The House passed the former bill in August, but it is bogged down in the Senate where it lacks filibuster-proof majority. If passed, the bills would amount to the largest overhaul of voting rights and elections since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “The former president and allies pursued, threatened, and intimidated state and local election officials,” said Biden, who noted that Trump unsuccessfully tried to get Georgia’s top elections official to fabricate the votes necessary to put him over the top in the state. “He failed because of the courageous officials – Democrats, Republicans – who did their duty and upheld the law,” the president continued. Biden then took aim at an elections law enacted by Georgia last year, which was passed in response to Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2020...
    2 hours ago The film was released, AFP Comment on the photo, Offenders for sexual harassment face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $ 27,000. Local media have reported that the court has ruled that for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, a person who was sexually harassed should be humiliated. A criminal court in Medina has convicted Yasser Laroui of harassing a woman with obscene language. He was sentenced to eight months in prison and fined $ 1,330. The Prevention of Torture Act was amended a year ago to allow the names of perpetrators and penalties against them to be published in local newspapers at their own expense. It was left to the judges to determine whether the “severity of the crime and its impact on society” justified the action. The amendment was welcomed by many in the Conservative Gulf Kingdom at the time, with one commentator calling it a “long overdue” amendment. The law, which came into force in 2018, carries a maximum...
    (CNN)Painting himself and his state as the antidote to closed schools, government mandates and Big Tech overreach, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday delivered an election-year State of the State speech that emphasized the deepening divide between Republican and Democratic leadership during the pandemic.DeSantis opened his remarks by declaring Florida "the freest state in these United States." He then laid out a legislative agenda ready-made for the culture wars that have lately dominated the political arena, touching on critical race theory in schools, vaccine mandates, voting laws, abortion and police funding.The Republican leader, often mentioned as a potential presidential contender for his party in 2024, invited comparisons between Florida and states run by Democrats, and he levied sharp criticisms at the federal government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis without mentioning President Joe Biden by name.Nor did DeSantis utter the words "coronavirus," "pandemic" or "vaccines," even as the state faces another wave of cases and rising hospitalizations of unvaccinated individuals."Florida has become the escape hatch for those chafing under authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly never-ending mandates and restrictions," said DeSantis, who spoke...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave his State of the State address Tuesday, touting that people from across the country come to the Sunshine State to escape authoritarian mandates and restrictions. DeSantis addressed the state Legislature and fellow Floridians as he proposed nearly $100 billion for what he calls the Freedom First Budget. "Florida has stood strong as the rock of freedom. And upon this rock, we must build Florida’s future,” DeSantis said. “We have protected the right of our citizens to earn a living, provided our businesses with the ability to prosper, fought back against unconstitutional federal mandates, and ensured our kids have the opportunity to thrive.” In his address, the Republican governor touted an excess of state revenues and job creation as proof the state’s freedom policies work. “Florida also leads the nation in business formations, which have increased by 61% since I took office in 2019,” DeSantis noted. “In 2021, Florida saw 114,000 more new businesses than second-place California — even though California has a population that is 40% larger.” ...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is set to deliver this year's state of the state address Tuesday, saying he'll focus on a commitment to education and economic opportunity.Murphy is also expected to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic, improving lives of middle-class families, and building a post-pandemic economy."Throughout the past year, New Jersey has proven its resiliency in the face of adversity," Murphy said. "While still facing challenges brought by the pandemic, we have made undeniable progress for the working- and middle-class families who call New Jersey home. This year's State of the State address will focus on our ongoing commitment to education and economic opportunity, and making our state more affordable for families. Together, we will move forward on our path to building a stronger and fairer New Jersey."RELATED | COVID hospitalizations skyrocket in kids too young for vaccinesEMBED More News Videos About one in every five Americans has now tested positive for COVID-19 as children under five are being hospitalized with the virus at record high numbers. The address comes with New Jersey in the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In his last State of the State speech of his first term, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined his agenda for the legislative session. DeSantis is running for re-election this year and maybe considering a possible 2024 presidential run. READ MORE: Health Insurance Companies Picking Up The Costs Of At-Home COVID-19 Tests Beginning SaturdayHere is what the governor said at the state Capitol: “Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the Legislature and fellow citizens: Together we have made Florida the freest state in these United States. While so many around the country have consigned the people’s rights to the graveyard, Florida has stood as freedom’s vanguard. In Florida, we have protected the right of our citizens to earn a living, provided our businesses with the ability to prosper, fought back against unconstitutional federal mandates and ensured our kids have the opportunity to thrive. Florida has become the escape hatch for those chafing under authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly never-ending mandates and restrictions. Even today, across the nation we see students denied an education due to reckless, politically-motivated...
    THE last batch of California stimulus checks are going out to eligible Americans today. This is part of the Golden State Stimulus II program, in which an estimated 9million Californians are eligible for checks. 1The final round of stimulus checks worth $127million are being sent to eligible California residents The stimulus payments are worth between $600 and $1,100. The last batch includes 180,000 stimulus checks valued at about $127million. These are being sent out to the zip codes that end with 928-999. Stimulus checks aim to provide relief to low-income households affected by the ongoing Covid pandemic. California Governor Gavin Newsom has approved about $12billion in Covid relief. Golden State Stimulus II (GSS II) payments began in October 2021 and will continue through January 11. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited this weekMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as direct 2021 boosts endGOLD ZONE Checks between $600 & $1.1K to be issued TOMORROW - here are eligible zip codes When exactly your paper...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — In his last State of the State speech of his first term, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is likely to outline a largely conservative agenda on Tuesday. He’ll likely outline proposals ranging from attempts to prevent schools and businesses from teaching critical race theory to keeping undocumented immigrants from settling in Florida. READ MORE: Florida's 2022 Legislative Session Opens TuesdayDeSantis is running for re-election this year and may be considering a possible 2024 presidential run. While three major Democrats are seeking to challenge DeSantis in November — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and state Sen. Annette Taddeo — the governor has paid little attention to them. Instead, DeSantis has focused his criticism on Democratic President Joe Biden and the media, particularly when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis opposes COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates and often describes Florida as a place for freedom, not lockdowns. In his first State of the State speech, DeSantis touted his action to posthumously pardon four Black men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case that’s...
    Calling the Democrats’ new universal health care legislation “bold” is an understatement. It would be a life-changer for practically every Californian. It also would require by far the largest state tax increase in history. Some powerful opponents will call it “socialist.” But aren’t Social Security and Medicare socialist? And they’re among the most popular government programs in America. Some supporters are hailing it as a California version of federal “Medicare for all.” But really it’s Medicare for nobody. Californians on Medicare would be shifted into the new state-run “CalCare.” No more Medicare in the nation’s most populous state. Nor Medi-Cal, the California version of Medicaid insurance for poor people. And private health care insurance would essentially be out of business. Everyone would be transferred into CalCare. As advertised by CalCare proponents, most Californians would be better off under the new state plan: “No premiums, copays or deductibles … or other out-of-pocket costs.” But more benefits: “Including all primary and preventive care, hospital and outpatient services, prescription drugs, dental, vision, audiology [hearing aids], reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, long-term services...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say an 18-year-old was shot on a moving subway train Monday in the Bronx. It happened around 3:15 p.m. on a northbound 2 train at the Bronx Park East station. READ MORE: Investigators Looking Into Space Heaters, Self-Closing Doors And What Went Wrong In Deadly Bronx FirePolice said the victim was arguing with two strangers, when one pulled out a gun and shot him in the stomach and arm. READ MORE: NYC Bracing For Coldest Temperatures In 3 Years; Tips To Stay SafeHe was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. The search continues for the suspects. MORE NEWS: Gov. Phil Murphy To Release State Of The State TuesdayAnyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
    (CNN)State authorities ​in North Carolina are investigating the killing of​ a man Saturday by an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who told authorities the person had jumped on his vehicle. The man killed was identified by the Fayetteville Police Department as Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man.The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy as Jeffrey Hash. CNN has attempted to reach out to Hash but has not received a response. According to a statement Saturday by Fayetteville police, a preliminary investigation showed Walker "ran into traffic and jumped on [the] moving vehicle" that the sheriff's deputy was driving. "The driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and notified 911," police said.Read More In a press conference on Sunday, Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins said that an analysis of the vehicle's so-called "black box" showed that "that vehicle did not impact anything or anyone," and a windshield wiper had been torn off and used to break the windshield in several places. On Saturday evening, a person who said they were "first on scene" posted video that began in the moments after Walker...
    The House select committee has been investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure individual states to declare him the winner of the 2020 election. Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection have obtained thousands of records from state officials — including forged certificates declaring him the winner in both Arizona and Michigan — and interviewed numerous witnesses, including the Democratic secretaries of state in each of those states, reported Politico. “They mostly discussed election administration in Arizona, the 2020 elections, threats/harassment directed toward the office, and the Cyber Ninja’s partisan ballot review,” said a spokesperson for Arizona secretary of state Katie Hobbs. Arizona took legal action against one of the pro-Trump “sovereign citizen” group, whose leader met with Rudy Giuliani in December 2020, by sending a cease-and-desist letter ordering them to stop using the state seal and referred the matter to the state attorney general. “By affixing the state seal to documents containing false and misleading information about the results of Arizona’s November 3, 2020 General Election, you undermine the confidence in our democratic institutions,” Hobbs wrote to one of the pro-Trump...
              by Joel Williams   At the start of 2022, 36.5% (120 million) of Americans lived in a state with a Democratic trifecta, while 41.8% (137 million) lived in a state with a Republican trifecta. The other 71 million Americans lived in a state with a divided government. A state government trifecta is a term to describe single-party government, when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. At the start of 2022, there were 38 trifectas—15 Democratic and 23 Republican. Virginia’s will change from a Democratic trifecta to a state with divided government when legislators and Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) are sworn into office on Jan. 12. In the 2021 elections, Republicans won control of the Virginia House of Delegates and the governor’s office, currently held by Democrat Ralph Northam. Democrats still control the Virginia State Senate. When this happens, 33.9 percent of Americans (112 million) will live in a state with a Democratic trifecta, 41.8 percent (137 million) will live in a state with a Republican trifecta, and 24.3 percent (78 million)...
    (CNN)In Michigan, a group of Donald Trump's supporters is working on a petition to mandate an outside audit of the 2020 election and establish a grand jury with the power to arrest election officials who refuse to cooperate. In Wisconsin, some GOP lawmakers are trying to sideline a bipartisan commission that oversees elections in the state.And Republican legislators from Arizona to Florida are planning to take up new voting restrictions in upcoming legislative sessions.As a likely showdown looms in Congress this week over federal voting legislation, Republicans aligned with the former President are pressing ahead at the state level to change voting procedures, conduct partisan investigations of the last presidential contest and seize more control over the machinery of elections.Democrats and voting rights advocates warn that the unrelenting campaign to cast doubt on the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's 2020 victory over Trump could erode voter confidence in elections and increase the chances that losing candidates and their supporters will challenge the results of free and fair elections in the future.Read More"Every day that goes by, I am more and...
    MILLIONS of eligible low-income individuals and families will start to receive much-needed food stamps this month. More than 41.5million people rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put food on their tables. 1Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state The money is provided through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy food at authorized retail food stores. SNAP is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state. You must apply for SNAP in the state in which you live. Each state has a different application form and process. We outline when each state deposits SNAP benefits into eligible accounts. Most read in moneyHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited next weekBIG BOOST Cola cost of living boost of ‘$2,753’ to go out NEXT WEEK as calculator revealedCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as...
    In this article CZR RSI DKNG Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on November 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.Stacy Revere | Getty ImagesLegalized mobile sports betting is now live in New York. FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars Sportsbook and Rush Street Interactive, the first companies permitted by the New York State Gaming Commission to offer mobile betting on sports games, launched their sportsbooks in the state at 9 a.m. ET today. New York is the fourth most populous state in the U.S. and is now the largest state to legalize sports betting. That won't lead to an immediate injection of cash in the coffers of gambling companies, however. New York has an onerous 51% tax on gambling revenue — far larger than New Jersey's 13% rate. Research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimates New York won't replace New Jersey as the national leader in gross gaming revenue — the amount of money players wager minus the amount they win — until 2024. Still, that...
              by Ben Boychuk   More than three-quarters of likely voters believe the United States is “in a state of decay,” according to a new poll by the Trafalgar Group for Convention of States Action, a grassroots organization aimed at convening a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. The poll, conducted in December, asked a single question: “Do you believe American society and culture is in a state of decay or a state of decay?” Just over 76 percent of respondents answered “state of decay,” while 9.8 percent answered “state of progress.” Another 13.4 percent said they were unsure.  Republicans and voters who identify with no party or a third party were the most pessimistic. Just over 85 percent of Republican respondents and 81.8 percent of independents or other party voters chose “decay.” But even 61 percent of Democrats answered “state of decay” while just 15.4 percent said “state of progress.” Another 23.6 percent of Democrats said they were unsure.  When broken down by race and ethnicity, 79.5 percent of white voters chose “decay” over “progress.” Among black and Hispanic voters,...
    For the second consecutive day, New York State saw its highest death toll from COVID-19 since the beginning of vaccinations and while things aren't as dire as during the pandemic's peak, cases continue to go up. The state recorded 82,094 new cases of coronavirus and 155 new deaths due to COVID. New York City alone is responsible for 32,799 cases and 586 new hospitalizations. Cases are about six times as high among the unvaccinated as they are among those who've gotten the shot.  However, state data shows that 43 percent of the people being hospitalized with COVID were not specifically hospitalized for COVID. These patients were hospitalized for another reason and then tested positive.  'My administration is hard at work making testing, vaccines, boosters and masks more widely available in to fight this winter surge,' Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.  New York state recorded 82,094 new cases of coronavirus and 155 new deaths due to COVID Friday Cases continue to rise significantly higher among those who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is...
    Sec. of State Antony Blinken stepped up his rhetoric with Russia, accusing Vladimir Putin of 'gaslighting' the world as the State Department denied reports President Biden was willing to draw down the U.S. troop presence in Eastern Europe in exchange for Moscow pulling its soldiers back from the Ukraine border.  Next week NATO foreign ministers, senior U.S. and Russian officials and the NATO-Russia Council will participate in a flurry of meetings in Europe, following a phone conversation between Biden and Putin last week. While the U.S. remains unclear on whether Russia is serious about negotiations, U.S. officials are prepared to offer a mutual drawdown in that region of the world, according to a NBC News report. State Department spokesman Ned Price denied the report.  'It is not accurate that the administration is developing options for pulling back U.S. forces in Eastern Europe in preparation for discussions with Russia next week, which we told NBC while they were reporting this story,' he wrote on Twitter.   'In fact, we have been clear with Russia, publicly and privately, that should Russia further invade Ukraine we...
    At the press conference, the attorney general further argued that fetal death is "an experience that should be met with an outreached hand, not handcuffs and murder charges." He also suggested that harsh prosecution could cause women suffering from addiction not to seek help when they get pregnant for fear of legal consequences. Under California law, murder is defined as "the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought." In 1970, state lawmakers broadened the definition to include fetuses, though Bonta argued Thursday that it was in the context of "criminalize[ing] only third-party violence against pregnant persons resulting in fetal death," not "to extend criminal liability to pregnant persons."What else?In response to Bonta's announcement, Philip Esbenshade, Kings County's executive assistant district attorney, argued that the two cases in question "are not about abortion nor women’s reproductive rights in any way." He added that the attorney general's alert “fail[ed] to include important and relevant specific facts” about a 2017 case that showed the mother's repeated methamphetamine use “directly resulted in the death of a viable fetus." In...
    As the media fawned over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) commemorating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot on Thursday, few remembered when she praised protesters who stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol in 2011. Over a decade ago, in the February of 2011, unionists stormed the Wisconsin State Capitol to prevent a vote on collective bargaining reform – the Act 10 protests. As Fox News noted, “thousands of demonstrators managed to enter the building by violently breaking down doors and shattering windows.” Democratic Wisconsin State Senators greet supporters as they march around the Capitol with protestors March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) This video provides a small glimpse as to what the occupation looked like:  Nancy Pelosi not only refrained from words like “insurrection” or “terrorism” in reference to the public disorder, she outright praised the occupation as “democracy in action.” @WeGotEd @thelastword I stand with the students & workers of #WI, impressive show of democracy in action #solidarityWI — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 18, 2011 Tonight #WI GOP showed their true aim: undermining workers rights. I continue to...
    A former New York Times columnist who quit the paper to run for Oregon governor was deemed ineligible to run because he hasn't been a resident in the state for three years. On Thursday Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan announced that former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof was barred from running for governor of Oregon because he has not been a resident of the state for the required three years. 'Oregon election officials disqualified Nick Kristof's filing for governor because we determined that he will not have been an Oregon resident for three years before the November 2022 general election as required by the Oregon constitution,' Fagan said at a press conference.  Scroll Down For Video:  Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, quit his job at The Times last year in order to run for governor of Oregon in November Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan (pictured) announced that former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof was barred from running for governor of Oregon Fagan said the elections division followed their regular procedure in evaluating candidates for office, starting...
    MORE than 180,000 stimulus checks valued at about $127million are being sent to Californians right now. Each check is worth up to $1,100 and is part of the final round of Golden State Stimulus II payments. 1The final round of stimulus checks worth $127million are being sent to eligible California residents The stimulus checks are meant to provide relief to low-income households affected by the ongoing Covid pandemic. California Governor Gavin Newsom approved about $12billion in Covid relief. Golden State Stimulus II (GSS II) payments began in October 2021 and will continue through January 11, 2022. The checks have been mailed out according to zip code. The last round of checks started being sent on December 27, 2021 to qualifying residents who live in an area with a zip code ending in 928-999. The tax board said those who receive a paper check should expect for it to take up to three weeks once they are sent. Most read in MoneyGET LUCKY Huge Powerball jackpot on offer after massive Mega Millions drawingBIG BUCKS $1,657 checks being sent in DAYS in huge cost of living adjustment boostPAYCHECKS...