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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After gusty weather lashed the Baltimore region Monday, Tuesday is shaping up to be a much calmer, drier and brighter day. It’s mostly sunny outside with 9- to 13-mph westerly winds and a forecast high near 38 degrees, though clouds will move in and temperatures will cool down into the evening hours. READ MORE: Hogan Extends Open Enrollment On Maryland Health Connection, Pledges Boosts In Health And Human Services SpendingBut even though we’re getting a much-needed break, now is not the time to get complacent. The WJZ First Alert Weather team is tracking a winter weather threat later this week. We’re declaring a WJZ First Alert Weather Day on Thursday in anticipation of this winter weather. High pressure to our east and the return flow will usher in slightly milder air ahead of a cold front on Wednesday. Highs will reach into the upper 40s on Wednesday afternoon. Some rain showers will develop ahead of and along the front Wednesday afternoon and into the night. As colder air pushes into region, snow showers will join our dance...
    An active weather pattern that started with a potent system that brought snow, ice, and damaging winds to the region will be followed by two new storms in the coming days, including a potential major Nor'easter. A new round of wintry precipitation is possible overnight Wednesday into daybreak on Thursday morning, Jan. 20, with potential for a more significant system Friday into Saturday, Jan. 22. "There will be another fresh injection of arctic air into the Northeast late this week, and as we have seen with this last storm, that can set the stage for a significant storm to unfold," AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. Right now, there are two scenarios for the storm depending on the dip of the jet stream, Rayno said. If the jet stream dips farther inland, the chances increase for significant snowfall. "In that case, the storm would tend to climb northward along the coast with the potential for snow or a wintry mix combination along the Interstate-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and New England," Rayno said. In the meantime, things are...
    An active weather pattern that started with a potent system that brought snow, ice, and damaging winds to the region will be followed by two new storms in the coming days, including a potential major Nor'easter. Tuesday, Jan. 18 has started off with patchy black ice on what will be a clear, sunny, blustery, and cold day with a high temperature around 30 degrees and wind-chill values between 10 and 15 degrees.  Clouds with increase overnight into Wednesday, Jan. 19, as an Arctic air blast moves in. The overnight low will be around 20 degrees, with wind-chill values between 10 and 15 degrees.  A new round of wintry precipitation is possible overnight Wednesday into daybreak on Thursday morning, Jan. 20. (See the first image above.)  "A light snowfall accumulation could result in snow-covered and icy roads for the Thursday morning commute," the National Weather Service said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook statement issued early Tuesday morning. "Monitor subsequent forecasts for updates on this event." Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a high around 32 degrees. Friday, Jan. 21 will be mostly sunny and...
    A seventh grader has died after he overdosed on fentanyl at his Hartford, Connecticut school last week. The 13-year-old boy, who has not been identified, was rushed to the hospital Thursday after he collapsed in gym class at Sports and Medical Sciences Academy. He died on Saturday, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.   Two other students who were exposed to the drugs Thursday were also taken to the hospital the same day, but later released.  In a statement released over the weekend, Bronin said that the city, 'grieves for this child lost, for his loved ones, his friends, his teachers' and the entire community at his school. 'We still have much to learn about the circumstances of this tragedy, and about how a child had access to such a shocking quantity of such deadly drugs, and our police (department) will continue their investigation and seek to hold accountable the adults who ultimately are responsible for this child's death,' Bronin added. Police responded to Sports and Medical Sciences Academy Thursday when three students were rushed to the hospital after being exposed to fentanyl. Drug...
    (CNN)Europe has a long and bloody history of wars, of borders brutally contested, of nations and empires carving destructive furrows far from home. But a sad harvest of sorrow and loss after the Second World War was followed by decades of relative peace and prosperity, even during a Cold War that did not become hot. Today that peace is being severely tested by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he masses troops on Ukraine's border and diplomats are raising the alarm in stark terms. The US ambassador to the 57 nation, globe straddling Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, Michael Carpenter, warned on Thursday that European security is facing a "crisis" and "the drumbeat of war is sounding loud."Putin, whose nation buried tens of millions of its own in European wars, is unearthing fresh grievances about the post-World War peace, specifically the role of NATO, the transatlantic defensive alliance and counterpoint to Russia's predecessor, the Soviet Union. Last summer in a 20-page document citing centuries of blood-spattered history, Putin laid claim to Ukraine, which in 1991 regained its independence following...
    President Joe Biden finished his first year in office on an “epic losing streak” characterized by his strained relationship with “Republicans, moderate Democrats, and liberal Democrats — all at once,” Axios reported Friday. “But that’s where Biden finds himself at the start of an election year that many Democrats believe will result in the loss of the House and maybe the Senate,” the report surmised. Biden will have been president officially for one year next Thursday and has “never been less popular nationally” after advocating for voting rights and his Build Back Better agenda “and failing,” Axios wrote, referencing Biden’s recent dismal approval rating of 33 percent. Black activists and even the far-left New York Times have criticized the president for “dillydallying” on scrapping the filibuster in order to federalize elections — or what the left calls “voting rights.” Reportedly, some members of civil-rights groups even declined to attend Biden’s voting speech in Atlanta, Axios calling the incident an example of “rising anger” from the far-left wing of Biden’s party. As far as foreign policy, Axios slammed Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal, saying...
    Getty Tom Brady wants to put his rocky last postseason meeting with the Eagles behind him. The last NFC team to beat a Tom Brady-led team in the postseason still haunts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback. Brady wants a chance to put at least one of those memories from the Super Bowl LII loss against the Philadelphia Eagles to rest on Sunday, January 16, in the Wild Card round. He didn’t rule out the possibility of making up for his missed catch as a member of the New England Patriots in that Super Bowl in 2018. He spoke on that during his podcast, “Let’s Go!” on Monday, January 10. “I need to redeem myself, so expect to see that at some point,” Brady told host Jim Gray. Pretty obvious why Tom Brady isn't a wide receiver pic.twitter.com/ZG9BDoAtua — gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 5, 2018 “I get reminded of that play every time I see an Eagles fan,” Brady added. Whether or not the Bucs have the wrinkle in the game plan for Sunday against the Eagles remains a mystery....
    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!   Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 837,664; Tuesday, 839,500; Wednesday, 842,322; Thursday, 844,562; Friday, 846,488.   Can things get worse for President BidenJoe BidenGallego on Jan. 6 rioters: 'F--- them' Psaki: Why is GOP afraid of presidential debates? Biden calls on employers to mandate vaccines despite Supreme Court ruling MORE?   It is tough to imagine how, as the president sounded a defeated note during an appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday after Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaManchin says he won't vote to 'eliminate or weaken the filibuster' Democracy is on life support — and the GOP wants to pull the plug Biden: 'I don't know whether we can get this done' MORE (D-Ariz.)...
    (CNN)As Covid-19 hospitalizations reach new highs, more states and health care systems are cutting back services and relying on National Guard members to fill gaps in staffing.The surge from the Omicron variant, which was first detected in the US just over six weeks ago, has left frontline workers in the medical industry and others at higher risk for exposure. As health care employees need time off to isolate and recuperate, the need to treat those with Covid-19 remains. In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that hospitals will temporarily halt non-urgent procedures "so as much capacity and staff can be dedicated to emergent needs, the people who need this right now." Supreme Court blocks nationwide vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses, allows health care worker vaccine mandate to take effectMore than 155,900 Americans are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data Thursday from the US Department of Health and Human Services, surpassing records set in last winter's surge. And hospitals are needing additional people to help provide care. In Wisconsin, National Guard members will be trained as certified nursing...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Following an unprompted assault that on a healthcare worker that occurred at a Metro Bus Stop near Union Station, residents across the Southland have admitted to feeling uncomfortable using public transportation in the city. An emergency room nurse headed to a shift at County-USC Medical Center was taken to her place of work for a very different reason on Thursday, when she was approached by a transient at the bus stop located at the southeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Vignes Street. The man slapped the nurse, causing her to fall backwards and hit her head on the concrete. READ MORE: Pressure Mounting To Bring Back State Supported Supplemental COVID Sick LeaveThe nurse, 70-years-old, whose identity has yet to be released due to family concerns, underwent surgery where she is said to remain in critical condition. “I never thought that this would happen to her, it’s really heartbreaking for all of us,” said one of the woman’s coworkers. Several of the woman’s colleagues spoke with CBS reporters on Thursday evening and they are besides themselves, noting that...
    More On: kanye west Julia Fox: It’s an ‘honor to be in the presence’ of ‘genius’ Kanye West Kanye West under investigation for alleged battery Julia Fox wears dangerously low-rise leather pants with Kanye West Kanye West and Julia Fox passionately kiss, hold hands New video of Kanye West in a fit of rage following his alleged battery incident has hit the internet. The footage, obtained by TMZ and published Thursday afternoon, shows the billionaire rapper, 44, shouting at a female member of his team as an unidentified man lies on the ground. The victim appears to be the fan, whom Page Six reported earlier had asked Ye for his autograph before allegedly being struck by him. The unknown man is seen in the clip dressed in a pair of jeans and a black hoodie, and, though seemingly still conscious, does not rise from the ground. Meanwhile, West is heard yelling at the female staffer, “Get away from me,” as she tries to calm him down and says, “Give me your hand.” “No, get away from me!” he responds....
    (CBS4) — Union representatives say they are prepared to meet King Soopers at the bargaining table on Friday morning. CBS4 has reached out to King Soopers for a comment about the development. This announcement comes after the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 turned down what King Soopers Division President Joe Kelley called their best and final offer. Thousands of King Soopers employees walked off the job on Wednesday. King Soopers grocery store workers wave at passing cars as they strike at more than 70 stores across the Denver metro area on Jan. 12, 2022 in Denver. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) On Thursday, Kim Cordova, President of UFCW Local 7, which represents approximately 17,000 Essential Grocery workers from Kroger/King Soopers, issued a statement that said, in part: “This afternoon, we sent a letter to King Soopers indicating that the Union is prepared to resume negotiations with the Company over a successor agreement tomorrow, January 14 at 11:00 AM MT…” Cordova said they are asking Kelley to attend. Cordova and Kelley have claimed the other has been unwilling to negotiate....
    BERLIN (AP) — East Germany’s secret police kept extensive records on Chancellor Olaf Scholz when he was a senior member of the West German Social Democratic Party’s youth wing in the 1970s and 80s, German tabloid Bild reported Thursday. Files obtained by the newspaper showed the Stasi closely followed his visits to the communist country at a time when he was deputy leader of the Young Socialists, describing him as a “seasoned political professional who has a lot of influence in the organization.” The Stasi gathered vast amounts of information on East Germany’s citizens and influential people abroad, both through its own agents and with the help of informants. Many of the files were destroyed before German reunification in 1990, but some have survived and can be accessed by those concerned or for research purposes. Asked about the files Thursday, Scholz said they “weren’t nice, but that’s just the way it is.” The 63-year-old was elected chancellor last month, succeeding Angela Merkel, who grew up in East Germany. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    (CNN)Even being more less visible than usual, Kyle Jenner has still managed to take the title of queen of Instagram.The reality star and makeup mogul has become the first woman to hit 300 million followers, according to People magazine. Jenner, who is pregnant with her second child by rapper Travis Scott, has not been posting as much on her verified account since the tragedy at Scott's Astroworld music festival that left 10 people dead and many more injured. As of Thursday morning, Jenner's most recent post was a set of images she shared of her pregnant belly just after the start of the new year. Singer and "The Voice" coach Ariana Grande, who currently has 289 million followers, had previously held the record on the platform.Read MoreThe most followed at the moment is renowned professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo with 389 million followers as of Thursday.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – GFS model data has been consistent over the past 30 hours, showing enough snow to expect winter storm watches to be issued sometime on Saturday morning. At this point, we are continuing to monitor data coming in. I can tell you that the Euro model has jumped on a similar track as the GFS. The Canadian model has really pulled back on snow for our region, pushing the track to the east coast. READ MORE: 'Chewie' And His Owners Walk All Of Pittsburgh's 90 Neighborhoods Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center WEATHER LINKS: Current Conditions | School Delays & Closings | Local Radar | Weather App | Photos While it doesn’t drive our forecast, another tool I use when it comes to snowfall chances is called analog data. Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center This basically is a computer that uses past weather to figure out what to expect with any event. Often times it will pick up on busts when model data is all pointing to big totals. Analog data today, that compares...
    The House plans to take up and advance a consolidated election and voting rights bill on Thursday in order to allow the Senate to give it "urgent consideration," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar needs to put her antitrust legislation to the sunshine test President Biden is blaming everyone else for surging inflation  Fetterman calls for ban on congressional stock trading MORE (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday evening. “Under the steady leadership of Chairman Jim McGovern, the House Rules Committee will meet tonight to prepare legislation for the Floor that combines key provisions of two crucial bills: the Senate’s Freedom to Vote Act and the House’s John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Pelosi wrote in a “dear colleague” letter on Wednesday. “After the meeting concludes, the House will convene tonight to pass the Rule for this legislation. Tomorrow, the House will pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and send it to the Senate for consideration," she added. Democratic leaders are pressing ahead in their quest to advance the voting legislation after President BidenJoe BidenMcConnell: Rounds 'told the truth' about 2020 election Abrams thanks Biden for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It may still feel chilly out there Tuesday morning, but we are waking up to much warmer temperatures than the past couple days. WCCO Meteorologist Riley O’Connor said feels-like temperatures in the Twin Cities are starting off subzero, but the warmup will continue throughout the day, culminating in a high of 32 in the afternoon. Similar temperatures are expected across the state, though parts of southern Minnesota could surpass 40 degrees. The northeast part of the state will get to the lower 20s. (credit: CBS) Temperatures will be similar on Wednesday and Thursday before dipping slightly on Friday. There is a chance of morning snow showers on both Wednesday and Thursday, though our best chance at seeing some snowfall arrives on Friday.
    The powerful hurricanes on Jupiter are very similar to the vortices of the oceans on Earth. Powerful hurricanes forming in the atmosphere above Jupiter’s poles are very common with the vortices in the Earth’s oceans. An invention that reveals other details of the complex puzzle that makes up these Thursday events. The discovery was made by comparing images of Jupiter’s polar cycles sent by NASA’s Juno study. Applying the principles of ocean rotation and geophysical fluid dynamics in terrestrial oceans, The researchers concluded that hurricanes on the largest planet in the solar system are produced and maintained by convection events., Thanks to which large volumes of hot gases rise upwards and then cool down into the deeper layers of the atmosphere. “Looking at the richness of the turbulence with all the small strands and vortices around Hurricane Jovian, It reminded me of the turbulence that can be seen around the Earth’s ocean cycles. “, Lea Siegelman, a marine researcher at the University of California, San Diego, was the first author of the study. “These characteristics...
    Getty Julius Randle, Knicks The Thursday come-from-behind win over the Celtics was costly for Knicks star Julius Randle. Not only did he lose a little face among Knicks fans, his not-safe-for-work postgame rant will cost him financially, courtesy of the NBA. The league doled out a fine of $25,000 to Randle. As it explained in a press release: New York Knicks forward Julius Randle has been fined $25,000 for the egregious use of profane language during media interviews, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations. Randle made his comments to the media on two separate occasions — after a Jan. 5 practice and postgame following the Knicks’ 108-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Jan. 6 at Madison Square Garden. NYK’s Julius Randle fined $25,000, NBA says. Details here: pic.twitter.com/oT3fZ0hKFF — Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 8, 2022 Julius Randle Has Struggled This SeasonRandle has become increasingly irritated in recent weeks by criticism from Knicks fans and others, and on Thursday, that boiled over as the game unfolded on Thursday. He was booed in the first quarter as the...
    After a disastrous day in court on Thursday, the company behind Arizona’s chaotic Maricopa County election “audit” is disbanding, and now some rightwing fans are furiously wondering if it was all just a big scam. Cyber Ninjas, a small Florida-based cybersecurity firm, was always a controversial choice to handle Maricopa County voters’ ballots. The company had no elections experience and its founder, Doug Logan, was involved in promoting 2020 election fraud hoaxes online. When it finally released its findings this fall, Cyber Ninjas found President Joe Biden did indeed win the election. But the group did not turn over court-ordered materials, and on Thursday a judge ordered Cyber Ninjas to pay $50,000 for every day it continues to withhold the documents. That night, the company announced its disbandment, reportedly laying off all employees. “Cyber Ninjas is shutting down,” spokesperson Rod Thompson told NBC on Thursday. “All employees have been let go.” The group’s lawyer, Jack Wilenchik, also told the Associated Press that the company had laid off all its employees and was now insolvent. The move comes as a...
    A fleeing shoplifter was struck and seriously injured running across Route 4 in River Edge, authorities said. Jaime Rojas, a 35-year-old repeat offender from Bloomfield, was standing at the bus shelter on the westbound side of the highway around 5:45 p.m. Thursday when police investigating a shoplifting at the nearby CVS spotted him, River Edge Police Chief Michael Walker said. Seeing them, he bolted across the highway, the chief said. Rojas made it across the westbound side and over the divider but was struck on the eastbound side, he said. The driver told police she saw him tried but couldn't stop in time, causing a chain-reaction series of crashes, Walker said. Rojas has a history of mostly shoplifting arrests, including one last month in Carlstadt and another this past summer in River Edge, along with priors in Fair Lawn and Nutley, records show. Each time he's been freed under New Jersey's 2017 bail reform law. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with back and head injuries and subsequently charged with shoplifting on Thursday.
    A Connecticut high school hockey player has died after collapsing on the rink during a game on Thursday night.  The teenager has not been named but he was a student at St Luke's, a private school in New Canaan, Connecticut.  He was playing against Brunswick School, an all boys prep school, at Brunswick's Hartong Rink on Thursday night when he fell to the ground.  Another player then skated into him accidentally.  The injured teenager was rushed to the hospital but he died on Thursday night. The nature of his injuries remains unknown.  The teenager has not been named but he was a student at St Luke's, a private school in New Canaan, Connecticut. He was playing against Brunswick School, an all boys prep school, at Brunswick's Hartong Rink on Thursday night (pictured) when he fell to the ground  St. Luke's has not commented on the accident yet but the school - which was due to operate remote classes only on Friday because of heavy snow - is now closed.  'A player from the other team fell to the ice.  'Another...
    HODA Kotb joined The Today Show in 2007, she's maintained her position as co-host since her first appearance. When viewers noticed the morning series regular was not on air as usual, sleuths wondered the reason behind her sudden absence. 1Before the speculation got out of hand, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager addressed Hoda's much noticed vacancy on NBC's The Today Show Why is Hoda Kotb not on The Today Show? On Friday, January 7, viewers of The Today Show noticed when Hoda Kotb was absent from her hosting duties two days in a row. Hoda did not co-anchor The Today Show on the previous date of Thursday, January 6. She revealed her lack of presence on the famed morning broadcast was due to contracting Covid19. The broadcaster tweeted on Thursday, "Thx for well wishes! Feeling good...cant wait to see you all when I am in the clear! Xo" most read tv explainersONE TO WATCH What you need to know about who is on The One Show tonightDOLLARS FOR DATING All you need to know about whether The Bachelor...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Dave Orrick and Nick Woltman write in the Pioneer Press: “More than a hundred Minnesotans braved bone-chilling cold Thursday evening in St. Paul to mark one year since rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump violently attempted to stop Congress from certifying the election of President Joe Biden in Washington. With temperatures hovering around 8 below zero on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol, activists and public officials at the Spotlight on Democracy rally denounced the Jan. 6 insurrection as ‘an abomination’ and ‘an attack on our republic.’” Also from Orrick in the Pioneer Press: “The falsehood that spurred the Jan. 6, 2021, mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol — that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen’ from Donald Trump — still colors Minnesota politics a year later. Democrats say the deadly attack remains an injustice that threatens American Democracy. … For Republicans, it’s more complicated. … A small number of Republican elected officials continue to spread falsehoods about the election. But most, including the party’s leaders, generally try to...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets were mixed Friday after more declines in big technology stocks pulled major indexes lower on Wall Street. Tokyo, Shanghai and Taiwan slipped but most other regional markets advanced. U.S. futures also were higher. A resurgence of coronavirus outbreaks has added to uncertainties over a revival of tourism and other business activity across Asia. The World Health Organization says a record 9.5 million COVID-19 cases were tallied over the last week as the omicron variant of the coronavirus swept the planet, a 71% increase from the previous 7-day period that the U.N. health agency likened to a “tsunami.” Asia has seen smaller numbers but infections are rising rapidly and bottlenecks in testing mean that still more cases are likely unreported. At the same time, alarm has been kept in check by signs the omicron variant may cause less severe illness, especially in countries with high levels of vaccination against COVID-19. “The highly transmissible omicron variant is a near-term growth risk for low vaccinated emerging market economies, and to supply chains amid...
    (CNN)In marking the anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, President Joe Biden rediscovered the sense of mission and political clarity that had disappeared when his presidency slumped during a cascade of crises in the second half of 2021.Biden's speech Thursday -- from the spot where Donald Trump's mob defiled the US tradition of peaceful transfers of power a year ago -- was easily his most authoritative moment as President. He redefined himself against the extremism of the ex-President after struggling to project control during brutal months when a resurgent pandemic and chaos in his own party withered away any sense that he was commanding the political stage.Inside Bidens fiery speech and his decision to confront Trumps danger head onIn generations to come, his address may be viewed either as the rallying call that saved the American experiment or as a pained eulogy for the democracy that his predecessor and would-be successor seems determined to destroy."We must decide: What kind of nation are we going to be?" Biden said, beseeching his compatriots to fight for their democracy as a "great nation" should....
    Dramatic video captured cars and semi-trucks strewn across a highway in eastern Kentucky after a heavy snowstorm led to a 75-car pile-up on the icy and slick road. Images shared on Twitter showed cars T-boned and partially buried in the snow along Interstate 64 between Winchester and Mount Sterling.  The multi-vehicle chaos comes as the National Weather Service placed 100 million Americans under weather alerts from winter storm systems moving across the country in the following days. Thursday's storm blanketed parts of the South with quick-falling snow, freezing rain and sleet as the system tracked a path through Appalachia toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Another snow system is expected to move from the Pacific Northwest into the Rockies through Friday, while icy conditions will move from the Mid-South into the Northeast.  In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is preparing to face his first snowstorm in office,  after the NWS said a snow system would bring between three to six inches of snow to the Big Apple on Friday.  Authorities in Kentucky responded to a 50-car pile-up caused by icy and...
    A second straight week of quarterback intrigue isn’t yet yielding clarity, and that’s because Jimmy Garoppolo keeps testing out his sprained thumb for Sunday’s regular-season finale. Garoppolo participated Thursday in his second consecutive practice, a day after detailing how painful it is to throw with a torn ligament in his thumb, which is wrapped in supportive black tape. “Jimmy just looked Jimmy to me. Same confidence, same throw, same ball, same energy, same energy,” leading receiver Deebo Samuel said on a video call with reporters. “I don’t think he took a step backward. It doesn’t look to me his thumb hurt,” Samuel added. “He’s out there doing a good job this week.” For Garoppolo to have a true shot at facing the Los Angels Rams, he couldn’t afford to take off Thursday’s session, the 49ers’ most intensive practice of the week. But now he can throttle back for Friday’s walk-through session and await Kyle Shanahan’s official decision. Whether Shanahan entrusts him as the starter or is willing to suit him up as a backup, that...
    A businessman who bragged about attending the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Capitol the day of the insurrection—and once blamed teachers for “the fall of our young people in this country”—has officially become a school board member in Louisiana’s largest district. Rafael Rafidi was sworn into the Jefferson Parish school board during a special meeting on Wednesday, months after calling lawmakers who criticized Trump’s role in inciting the Capitol riot “traitors.” The move has angered teachers in the district, who say he wasn’t properly vetted. “You and Mitch are fucking traitors you piece of shit!” Rafidi wrote last February, according to screenshots of his since-deleted social media posts by NOLA.com The comments were a reply to a Twitter post from former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who applauded Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy (R) for having “voted his conscience” to convict former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial in February last year. In addition to praising Cassidy, Landrieu suggested that Sen. John Kennedy (R) was “an embarrassment” for opposing Trump’s impeachment. “Go fuck yourselves," Rafidi added, separately calling...
    The first anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will be marked Thursday as much of the previous year has, with Maryland Congressman Jamie B. Raskin (D) in the national spotlight. Through his searing new memoir, “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy,” and his prominent role as a truth-teller about what happened in the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — and what needs to be done to preserve the increasingly fragile U.S. democracy — Raskin is on a whirlwind interview tour that any ambitious politician would envy. The list of Raskin’s high-profile media appearances in just the past few weeks alone is mind-bending. They include a 7,100-word profile in The Washington Post magazine in early December. A suggestion by New Yorker magazine Editor David Remnick that Raskin is a “person of the year” for 2021. Interviews this week on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “CBS Mornings,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “Morning Joe” and “Deadline: White House” on MSNBC, and a “Washington Post Live” webinar. On Friday evening, Raskin will appear virtually at an event sponsored by the Washington, D.C., bookstore Politics & Prose. And on Feb. 6, MSNBC will air a documentary about...
    Invocations of the 9/11 terrorist attacks abounded among Democrats and members of the media on Thursday on the first anniversary of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Before President Biden spoke in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Vice President Kamala Harris opened her address by invoking Pearl Harbor and the September 11 attacks, saying the Capitol riot had taken its place alongside the two dates that killed thousands of Americans and launched wars.  "Certain dates echo throughout history," Harris said. "Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. Dec. 7, 1941, Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 6, 2021." President Biden wipes his eyes as Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol to mark one year since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington. (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)...
    A right ankle injury again sidelined Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson at practice Thursday, likely leaving the team without its most important player for its most important game of the season. Jackson, who also missed practice Wednesday, has participated in just one workout since he was carted off the field in a Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 12. He was inactive for Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams despite practicing as a limited participant in last week’s first session. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday that Jackson remains “day-to-day” despite his limited availability. If Jackson misses Friday’s walk-through, he will have practiced just once in the past 26 days. Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined Wednesday to comment on whether he expected Jackson to practice or play in Sunday’s regular-season finale. “I don’t see the value of taking about it at this time,” he said. The Ravens, who need to win Sunday in Baltimore to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, were missing seven other players at practice Thursday. Outside linebacker Odafe Oweh...
    BOSTON (CBS) — On the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey criticized Donald Trump for continuing to “perpetuate the big lie” after the former president falsely asserted again on Thursday that the 2020 election was rigged. Five people died in last year’s riot, during which Trump supporters stormed the building in an effort to overturn the presidential election. At the time, a joint session of Congress was counting electoral votes to finalize Joe Biden’s victory. READ MORE: Up To 8 Inches Of Snow Coming To Massachusetts FridayTrump was impeached on a charge of inciting the violence, but he was later acquitted by the Senate. The House of Representatives has created a Jan. 6th commission to investigate the attack. “Why is it that the Unselect Committee of totally partisan political hacks, whose judgment has long ago been made, not discussing the rigged Presidential Election of 2020?” Trump said in his statement on Thursday. “The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America. I...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. Mayor Eric Adams said crews will be ready to keep the roads clear. “With my Department of Sanitation commissioner and deputy commissioner and they are ready. These guys are professionals. They can move the snow and get our city up and operating, and we’re going to be ready for this storm,” Adams said. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy will hold a press conference at 4:15 p.m. to talk about storm preparations. You can watch it on CBSNewYork.com.
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) during an appearance on former Trump aide Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonGarland vows prosecutions 'at any level' over Jan. 6 Trump adviser Navarro: Rioters on Jan. 6 hurt plan to challenge election result Jan. 6: Five reasons Trump cannot hide behind executive privilege MORE's podcast on Thursday said of Jan. 6: "We're ashamed of nothing." Gaetz has been criticized along with other Trump allies of promoting baseless theories that widespread voter fraud led to President BidenJoe BidenPelosi on eve of Jan. 6: Capitol rioters 'lost' bid to stop peaceful transfer of power MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell sues Jan. 6 panel over subpoena for phone records Overnight Defense & National Security — Nation marks 1 year since Capitol riot MORE's victory in 2020. On Jan. 6, 2021, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers who were certifying the results of the vote.   "We’re ashamed of nothing. We’re proud of the work we did on January 6th to make legitimate arguments about election integrity," Gaetz said during an appearance Thursday on Bannon's podcast....
    Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday asked that the U.S. military in Japan stay inside its bases to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  Hayashi said he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and was promised utmost efforts to ensure people's health. It was not immediately clear if a base curfew would be issued.  Maj. Thomas R. Barger, a U.S. Forces in Japan spokesperson, said he could not comment on the request, but that a team was carefully monitoring cases and trends.  JAPAN’S SPACE TOURISTS RETURN TO EARTH AFTER 12-DAY VISIT  Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki speaks to the media at the prefectural headquarters in Naha, southern Japan, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP) Hayashi's request came as the U.S. military is promising more stringent measures to curb spreading cases. The new measures require all personnel, even when fully vaccinated, to wear masks on base until a third negative coronavirus test, and reiterate an order for all to wear masks when off base, Barger said.  American forces have come under fire after...
    New projected snowfall totals have increased for a winter storm that is threatening to make for a potentially hazardous morning commute. The timeframe for the storm is overnight Thursday, Jan. 6, into Friday, Jan. 7. A general 3 to 5 inches of accumulation is now expected, including in areas as far south as New York City and Long Island, the National Weather Service said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook Statement released Thursday morning. (First image above.) "Plan on slippery road conditions," the statement said. "The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute." Snowfall rates could range between one-half inch and one inch per hour in any heavy snowbands." the statement said. "This will be a disruptive storm, and since cold air will be preceding the storm, snow will accumulate on roads as soon as it starts,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. For a look at the areas (in darkest blue) where the heaviest snow is expected, click on the second image above. Thursday will be partly sunny with a high in the upper 30s before the storm is expected to...
    (CNN)Rafael Nadal has said that he feels "sorry" for Novak Djokovic ahead of the Australian Open but added that his rival has long been aware of the vaccine requirement to play in the tournament. Djokovic, who is tied with Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 grand slam titles, may not be able to defend his Australian Open title after his visa to enter the country was canceled and he was blocked at the border and told he had not met the required entry rules.The 34-year-old has not publicly revealed his vaccination status, but Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said in a news conference on Thursday that Djokovic "didn't have a valid medical exemption" to the vaccination requirement for arrivals. Djokovic's legal team has sought an urgent injunction against the Australian Border Forces' decision to revoke his visa. The country's Federal Court has adjourned the decision until Monday on whether he will be allowed to remain in Australia or be deported, according to Reuters and public broadcaster ABC."He made his own decisions, and everybody is free to take their own decisions,...
    By Dana Kozlov and Charlie De Mar CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Pedro Martinez said Wednesday evening that there is “no choice” but to cancel classes again on Thursday. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winds Chills At Or Below ZeroThis follows a vote by the Chicago Teachers Union to go to virtual learning amid a COVID-19 surge – which prompted Martinez also to cancel classes Wednesday and which he and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are also characterizing as an illegal walkout. Answering a question from CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar Wednesday evening, Mayor Lightfoot also confirmed than an unfair labor practices complaint has been filed. But where it goes depends on what happens at the bargaining table, the mayor said. “If the mayor needs to drag us into court, you know, in order to try to force us to do what she wants, we’re going to go into court and point out that we’re doing what we think is necessary,” Chicago Teachers Union President Sharkey said earlier in the day. Martinez on Thursday took aim at the union,...
    In this article ETH= BTC.CB= A representations of virtual currency Bitcoin is seen in front of a stock graph in this illustration taken May 19, 2021.Dado Ruvic | ReutersBitcoin and other cryptocurrencies fell sharply on Thursday as hawkish minutes from the Federal Reserve's December meeting hit global risk assets. Bitcoin was trading at just below $43,200 at 2:59 a.m. ET on Thursday, down nearly 7% from the 24 hours previous, according to CoinDesk data. It fell as low as $42,503.88 in the last 24 hours, the lowest level in more than a month. Other cryptocurrencies fell too. Ether dropped nearly 10% to $3,452.58 The crypto sell-off comes after stocks fell on Wednesday following the release of minutes from the Fed's December meeting in which the central bank indicated it would dial back its supportive monetary policy, including reducing the amount of bonds it holds. The Fed also indicated that it may have to raise interest rates sooner than expected. Meanwhile, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield ticked above 1.7% on Wednesday. Growth assets such as technology stocks tend to be...
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the start of trading on Monday following Friday’s steep decline in global stocks over fears of the new omicron Covid variant on December 20, 2021 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty Images LONDON — Global markets were on a bumpy ride on Thursday as persistent inflationary pressure and fears of a faster-than-expected rise in U.S. interest rates look set to weigh on riskier assets. Shares in Asia-Pacific fell sharply on Thursday, following in the footsteps of the U.S. overnight. The tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped more than 3% to notch its biggest one-day loss since February, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average registered its first decline of 2022. European stocks, meanwhile, are expected to open sharply lower later on Thursday, extending the global slump. It comes at a time when market participants are already deeply concerned about the rapid global spread of the highly infectious omicron Covid variant, with several countries reporting record daily infections in the last 24 hours. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dipped almost 3%...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Stocks in Asia Pacific were unsteady Thursday after a major sell-off on Wall Street, as investors continued to grapple with Omicron headlines and concerns that the US Federal Reserve may need to take a more hawkish stance in the coming months. Some markets in the region fell sharply, with Japan's benchmark Nikkei (N225) and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 plunging as much as 2.9% and 2.7%, respectively. South Korea's Kospi (KOSPI) slid 1.1%.Meanwhile, investors in Greater China appeared calmer: As of 2:38 p.m. local time, the Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index (HSI) were flat. Hong Kong tech stocks slipped, however, with the Hang Seng Tech Index down 0.6%. Gaming company Bilibili and short video platform Kuaishou shed about 6% and 4%, respectively.Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst of Asia Pacific at Oanda, noted that similar action on Wall Street was taking place, and wouldn't "help" sentiment in China, "especially in Hong Kong."Read MoreUS investors sent stocks lower on Wednesday, as they dealt with the Federal Reserve's December meeting minutes, which confirmed that the central bank...
    D.C. students who haven’t submitted proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school Thursday will be tested on site, schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said, a reversal from a previous plan that drew backlash because it would have allowed students to return with a handwritten note affirming their negative test. All DCPS students and staff are required to submit proof of a negative coronavirus test before returning to school, but the process was disrupted when some parents reported issues uploading results online. In a message to the DCPS community, Ferebee wrote that students who don’t get tested before returning to school must do so on site Thursday. Parents who haven’t tested their children will be provided with a rapid test to administer on site on Thursday morning. Unaccompanied students will either administer the nose swab themselves or have a technician complete the test for them. Students who have opted out of D.C.’s testing program won’t be allowed back in school for 10 days or until they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken on or after Jan....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The first accumulating snowfall of the season is on the way. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Greene and Westmoreland counties and the Fayette and Westmoreland ridges. It goes into effect Thursday at 3 p.m. through 9 a.m. Friday. Portions of northern West Virginia are also under the advisory. https://twitter.com/NWSPittsburgh/status/1478815227651051521/photo/1 The heaviest snow will fall in the highest elevations of West Virginia, the NWS said. For that reason, parts of Preston and Tucker counties are under a Winter Storm Warning during that same time period. (Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center) Today, temperatures are well above normal, but it’s very windy with gusts around 35mph. Thursday morning, we stay mostly cloudy and drop down to the low 20s and upper teens for some. (Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center) Much of Thursday will be dry until snow arrives. Areas east, and ridges like Seven Springs, could pick up 2-4 inches of snow, which will make ski lovers happy. The rest of us will pick up about an inch overnight Thursday into Friday morning. This...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a news conference late Tuesday that he was scheduled to host at Mar-a-Lago on the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, but which his allies had warned would cause unnecessary problems for Republicans and himself. In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon, the former President confirmed that he would no longer be hosting the news conference at his oceanfront club and would instead air his grievances at an upcoming campaign-style rally in Arizona. Previewing those complaints, Trump blasted the House panel that is currently investigating the events leading up to the deadly January 6 riot in Washington and accused the news media of assisting congressional Democrats on the panel with "the Crime of the Century." "This is the Democrats' Great Cover-Up Committee and the Media is complicit," Trump said.A person familiar with the situation told CNN that Trump decided to call off the event due to the news media's apparent lack of interest in covering it live on Thursday. Had the former President gone through with the news conference, he would have been competing...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — We are setting our sights on a Thursday PM to Friday AM storm system that will follow the same pattern as earlier this week, bringing more snow to the region. A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect Thursday at 6 PM and remain in effect until Friday 7 AM. The “Watch” will be elevated to a “Warning” as we get within about 12 hours of the event. READ MORE: Baltimore Firefighters Battling 4-Alarm Building Fire In Charles NorthFirst, there will be a weak cold front moving across the mid-Atlantic this afternoon through Thursday morning. It will reinforce the cold air in place. The area of low pressure bringing the moisture will approach from the SW. Timing brings the precipitation in as temperatures drop overnight into the mid 20’s. Temps will support an ALL snow event (fortunate that we won’t have a wintry mix or ice to deal with). It’s a bit unusual to have back-to-back Winter storms where the higher snow amounts are south and the lower amounts north of the metro area. READ MORE: Winter...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Could it be? Finally? Our biggest winter storm of the season MIGHT be on the way later this week. Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that this is NOT a lock just yet. We still have a range of possible scenarios from a foot of snow somewhere in our region to nothing at all. However, confidence has increased over the last few days that a plowable snowstorm may be on the way for parts of Southern New England. This season has been remarkable for its lack of snow thus far. Boston has recorded just 0.4″ of total snow to this point. For reference, the City averages about a foot of snow through the first week of January, and last year we had already recorded 17.5″. This is not just a Boston problem either. Worcester, the unofficial snow capital of southern New England, only has 3.8″ to this point, nearly 16″ below the average to date and more than 2 feet below last year’s total at this time! (WBZ-TV Graphic) Could this all be about to change?...
    Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said Tuesday that he doesn't anticipate any security threats to the Capitol on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attacks, maintaining the department is far better equipped for an emergency than one year ago. During a news conference on Capitol Hill, Manger said that while the Capitol Police are aware of several commemorative events planned for Thursday, "there's no intelligence that indicates that there would be any problems." Manger did note that the Capitol Police is "paying attention to" an event at the D.C. jail. Look Ahead America, the same group that organized the "Justice for J6" rally in September to protest the treatment of people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, is planning a candlelight vigil outside the D.C. jail on Thursday. "But again, really nothing that is of great concern to us at this point," Manger said. The Capitol Police briefly restored a fence around the Capitol in anticipation of the September rally and partnered with other law enforcement agencies to ensure a massive security apparatus amid fears that pro-Trump...