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    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Steph Curry Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry has had an interesting NBA season so far. He’s set the all-time three-point record, been in a shooting slump, dealt with injuries, and played well enough to be in the MVP discussion. Even with all of that Curry has helped lead the Warriors to a 32-12 start so far this season. The Warriors have dealt with a lot of moving pieces this season. The injuries to Curry and Draymond Green, as well as the return of Klay Thompson. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Curry opened up about several things including the advice he gave to Thompson about his return. “I’ve let him know: There’s no pressure. We got off to a good start this year so that we could have this buffer,” said Curry, “this middle part of the year for him to get his legs back and understand what it feels like for his body to play at this level again. Two and a half years is such a long time between games. He...
    EDINSON CAVANI has been linked with a January exit from Manchester United in recent weeks, but those rumours have seemingly been put to bed courtesy of Fred. Manchester United fans had feared Cavani waved goodbye to them in the 3-1 win over Burnley on December 30. 2Cavani has been linked with a January move away from Manchester UnitedCredit: AP 2Fred has quashed rumours that his Old Trafford team-mate will be departing this monthCredit: EPA Speculation has been rife that he could be moved on this month, with Corinthians one of a number of teams reportedly interested in his services. And the rumours have attracted the attention of Fred, who asked Cavani himself about the reports in the media. The midfielder told ESPN Brazil: "The other day I joked with him, saying that I had heard something about Corinthians. "I played with him. He just laughed. He said he still has a contract to fulfil." So Red Devils fans have Fred to thank for settling their nerves about losing Cavani in the winter window. But it's...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China produced more coal than ever last year as its power stations struggled to meet demand for electricity, undermining plans to curb carbon emissions.While the surge in output helped bring the power crisis under control, coal prices are creeping up yet again this year amid expectations that China is going to need even more of the fossil fuel to power its economic recovery.Coal output hit a record 4.07 billion metric tons last year, up 4.7% from 2020, according to data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics earlier this week. Imports of coal also rose last year, to their highest level since 2013.China is already the world's largest coal producer and consumer, but its record production is notable given that just a year ago the country was touting aggressive measures meant to seriously curb its emissions. In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that the country would become carbon neutral by 2060, and his government took drastic steps in the first half of 2021 toward making that a reality — including shutting down hundreds of coal...
    Drivers in the United States have been warned to expect 'real pain' at the pump as a surge in spring travel combines with rising inflation to push gas prices for regular unleaded to above $4 a gallon. The nationwide average is currently $3.314 a gallon, according to the American Automobile Association. California has the highest-priced gas at $4.650, while Texas has the lowest at $2.942. In New York state, it is currently $3.39. On Tuesday, Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum at GasBuddy, said all Americans may soon be facing California-level costs. "We'll start to see gasoline demand surge, along with refiners doing maintenance ahead of the summer driving season, creating a squeeze," De Haan told Fox Business, predicting that the spike would begin in March. De Haan projected that there may be an increase of 10 to 20 cents per gallon every month until May, when the national average could hit or even surpass $4 a gallon. Earlier this month, GasBuddy projected that the national average price for a gallon of gasoline could even climb to a high...
    OAKLAND — In a plea deal between Alameda County prosecutors and defense attorneys, a Vallejo man was sentenced to 21 years in state prison for pleading no contest to manslaughter in a 2019 homicide, court records show. Laron Halcrombe, 27, admitted to killing Raymond Coopwood Jr., 25, of Oakland, as part of a plea deal that was finalized late last year. Prosecutors said Halcrombe fired 21 shots at Coopwood in the Sept. 29, 2019 shooting, and that Coopwood died after being struck by multiple shots. During the November sentencing, Coopwood’s mother submitted a letter saying she was trying to get up the strength to forgive Halcrombe two years after her son’s death. “You had no right to take a life that I put in this world, and my heart is far too overwhelmed with this situation to where I struggle with the forgiveness of it,”  Lavette Carnegie wrote in the letter. “However, I will push my heart to forgive but for my baby, my firstborn, Raymond Coopwood, Jr.” Coopwood’s father, Raymond Coopwood Sr., told Halcrombe, “you put my family through...
    Getty For their 25th year around the sun, a star has five goals they want to accomplish, which includes “exposing” UFC president Dana White. Social media sensation Jake Paul, who is also a 5-0 professionally licensed boxer, has spent the past year boxing former UFC fighters and taking shots at the UFC president, specifically about fighter pay. “The Problem Child” holds three wins over ex-MMA champions, which includes a KO and split decision win against former UFC 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley and a TKO victory over ex-ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. A few weeks after Paul knocked out Woodley in December 2021, he issued a challenge to White, offering to retire from boxing and fight Jorge Masvidal inside the Octagon in exchange for the UFC to increase fighter pay and benefits. Although the UFC president responded to Paul, he didn’t accept the challenge, and it went nowhere. However, it appears Paul isn’t through with White. Taking to social media on January 17, 2022, his 25th birthday, The Problem Child listed out five goals he wants to...
    BRAZIL centre-back Diego Carlos has asked Sevilla to let him join Newcastle. The Toon have already had one bid rejected for the 28-year-old, who reportedly has a £67million release clause. 1Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos is understood to be keen on joining newly-rich NewcastleCredit: Getty And Sky Sports say the ex-Nantes ace is putting in a written transfer request. Eddie Howe wants urgent reinforcements for second-bottom Newcastle. And having brought in £12m right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, strengthening central defence is his priority. If Howe fails to land Carlos, then Fenerbahce's £17m-rated Attila Szalai is high up his list of alternatives. Szalai, 23, whose contract runs until 2025, shone for Hungary at Euro 2020. France Under-21 ace Benoit Badiashile is another possibility. But the Monaco 20-year-old was injured in last week's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw with Nantes. And it's understood Newcastle were unwilling to go near his £50m valuation. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS Most read in Premier LeagueSENEGAL 0 MALAWI 0 Senegal and Guinea qualify for knockout stages of AFCON after bore drawTRANSFERS LIVE Lemina 'RETIRES', Chelsea eye Perisic, Eriksen 'in...
    SURGING prices have put pressure on seniors’ finances in the past year – but there are a couple of changes that could help in 2022. As the supply continues to fail to meet the demand, inflation has now climbed to its highest levels in decades. 1Social Security benefits have gone up by $92 per month - but another boost could be coming But thankfully, the average Social Security check has been boosted by $92 to $1,657 a month. This is a result of the new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), which has climbed to 5.9% this year. While inflation has gotten out of control for many seniors – there are a couple of possible changes that might help. We list those below. Even larger Social Security checks While Social Security claimants already got a boost– it’s possible they could get another increase in 2022. Boston College Research Fellow Matt Rutledge recently told Yahoo Finance that the COLA for 2022 was announced by Social Security Administration using data from October 2020 to October 2021. And because inflation has spiked even more, it's possible there could be “another fairly big COLA adjustment.” Most read...
    GEORGIA'S governor wants to give taxpayers in his state more money. Governor Brian Kemp wants to use money from the state's surplus and put it in the hands of Georgia residents. 1Georgia's governor wants to give residents a tax refund The governor is proposing the state give a $250 to $500 tax credit to Georgia taxpayers. His proposal isn't being welcomed by everyone who feels many state agencies are underfunded compared to pre-pandemic numbers. There have been cuts to spending in areas such as education and health services. Some see his proposal as a way to boost his popularity as he seeks re-election for a second term. How much could Georgia taxpayers receive? Governor Kemp wants his administration to give a $250 refund to single tax filers. People who are filing jointly could receive $500. Most read in moneyCalls to extend child tax credits grow as DOUBLE '$3,600 boosts' could be sentBIG BUCKS Deadline for automatic $660 monthly payments passes after $1,100 boosts sentMEAL DEAL Automatic SNAP benefits worth $95 sent out as bonus $1,504 cards start arrivingCASH DELAYS Why...
    GENEVA (AP) — The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Tuesday that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic — deaths, hospitalizations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly. Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking during a panel discussion on vaccine equity hosted by the World Economic Forum, said “we may never end the virus” because such pandemic viruses “end up becoming part of the ecosystem.” But “we have a chance to end the public health emergency this year if we do the things that we’ve been talking about,” he said. WHO has slammed the imbalance in COVID-19 vaccination between rich and poor countries as a catastrophic moral failure. Fewer than 10% of people in lower-income countries have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Ryan told the virtual gathering of world and business leaders that if vaccines and other tools aren’t shared fairly, the tragedy of the virus, which has so far killed more than 5.5 million people worldwide, would continue. “What we need to...
    Almost a year into his presidency, Joe Biden has fired Darren Beattie — a Donald Trump appointee and far-right conspiracy theorist — from his position at the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Beattie was drawing more and more criticism for promoting nonsense conspiracy theories about the January 6, 2021 insurrection. But journalist Laura K. Field, in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on January 18, laments that Beattie’s extremism is only increasing his popularity in MAGA World. “The story of how Beattie went from being an unknown speechwriter fired from the Trump White House in 2018 to a prominent propagandist fired by the Biden White House in 2022 is worth recounting for what it tells us about the chaotic Trumpian right,” Field explains. “It is not a particularly encouraging story. Beattie rehabilitated his relationship with MAGA World not by cleaning up his act, but by showing an unflagging commitment to Trump and demonstrating a real knack for promoting conspiracy theories. That Trump is eager to promote Beattie — that Trump finds Beattie useful —...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Border Guard authorities say that almost 600 attempts by migrants at crossing the border from Belarus have been foiled so far this year. The attempts have continued since their peak in the fall, but the number of registered tries has dropped significantly, to dozens a day from nearly a thousand a day in November. Border guards said on Twitter that on Monday, 23 migrants were detained after having crossed the razor-wire barriers into Poland, a European Union member. They were from Syria, Iraq, Cuba, the Palestinian territories and Turkmenistan. Earlier, Yemenis were also detained. Poland says Belarusian officers are helping the migrants cut and cross the border barriers and attack Poland’s border guards. Poland is planning to build a high, metal barrier in the coming months to prevent any illegal crossings from Belarus. Border guards continue to receive backup from Poland’s military. Poland and the EU say the migrant pressure was organized by the government of Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to destabilize the 27-member bloc in retaliation for sanctions...
    New York (CNN Business)Goldman Sachs is now calling for oil prices to hit $100 a barrel later this year and continue rising in 2023, signaling higher prices at the pump are on the way. In a Monday evening report to clients, the Wall Street bank backed up its bullish call by citing "robust fundamentals" in the oil market, a "surprisingly large" supply deficit and diminishing firepower from OPEC and its allies. Goldman Sachs (GS) also pointed to diminished appetite to invest in oil due to the energy transition.By summer, the bank expects oil inventories in advanced economies will sink to their lowest level since 2000. That's why Goldman now expects Brent crude, the world benchmark, will hit $100 a barrel in the third quarter of this year, up from the bank's prior call for $80. Goldman sees Brent hitting $105 a barrel next year, up from a previous forecast of $85. Gas prices are in the danger zone. Biden cant do much about itBrent climbed another 0.7% on Tuesday to $87.23 a barrel. That's up 27% from the December 1...
    A WOMAN who is obsessed with couponing has claimed it can save you £7,500 this year. TikTok user Karla, who posts under @karlasavings, uploaded a series of videos showing how she doesn’t pay full price for items. 4TikTok user Karla claims you can save up to £7,500 each year by couponingCredit: @karlasavings/Tiktok 4She said her family were struggling financially before she started couponingCredit: @karlasavings/Tiktok In a video, she wrote: “Your 2022 is going to be amazing because you’re going to start saving over $10k (£7.5k) a year by couponing.” Karla shared how she was fired from her job after returning after maternity leave and was left in a panic as to how their family would survive financially. She explained how she had three children and they were living off one income at the time. The mum revealed they “survived by couponing all our needs”.  She added: “Having 2 babies in diapers is what really pushed me to coupon.” Karla advised that you can start couponing by finding a popular store that you shop at then search for influencers who...
    HADDONFIELD, N.J. (CBS) — The commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day continued across the region. Haddonfield, New Jersey, held a big celebration on Monday night. It was a great turnaround in Haddonfield on Monday night. People of all ages held candles and they marched through town. READ MORE: Police: 16-Year-Old Boy Shot Multiple Times, Killed In North PhiladelphiaMarching with a message up and down Kings Highway in Haddonfield, all to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s a call to action for the entire Haddonfield community to come and celebrate and honor his life,” Mayor Colleen Bianco said. People of all ages showed up to the Borough Hall for a short ceremony filled with poems, the pledge of allegiance, and song. “This turnout is amazing,” Bianco said. READ MORE: Funeral Services Held At Temple University's Liacouras Center For 12 Victims Killed In Fairmount Fire“This speaks well for our country, having young folks understand the sacrifices of Martin Luther King made,” Jack Tarditi said. After the ceremony, the Girl Scouts led the way. All who attended...
    Getty Miami Heat wing Duncan Robinson celebrates during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. If it had been Miami Heat wing Duncan Robinson who had been whirled away to Oz by a tornado and not Dorothy Gale, he may have been wise to stay and set up shop in the Emerald City; maybe start a new podcast about the class struggle between flying monkeys and wicked witches. While there may be no place like home for the latter, South Beach has been a surprisingly rough spot for Robinson this season. During Miami’s latest home bout with the Sixers on Saturday, the fourth-year pro had a particularly bad outing. In a year full of less-than-spectacular performances, it may have been his worst to date. Over 17 minutes of play, Robinson scored just two points on 1-of-9 shooting and missed all eight of his three-point attempts. Alas, that’s just the kind of year it has been for the Heat’s $90 million man.Robinson’s Home Numbers Are Jaw-Dropping Play The return of Bam Adebayo: Duncan Robinson's last shot to savage this...
    He was the death-wish killer who pleaded to be allowed to face a firing squad – and his final words before he was shot inspired one of the world's best-known marketing slogans.  Gary Gilmore was executed in Utah state prison on this day in 1977 after being sentenced to death in October 1976 for the murder of a motel clerk. Unlike most death row inmates, Gilmore had famously demanded to be killed as soon as possible. In the seconds before he got his wish, his final words were: 'Let's do it'. In 2015, advertising executive Dan Wieden said that Gilmore's words had inspired him to dream up sportswear giant Nike's famous 'Just Do It' slogan. He recalled how, in 1988 just before a crunch marketing campaign meeting with Nike bosses, he decided to suggest a slightly altered version of Gilmore's words as the firm's tag line. Just Do It, which is still Nike's slogan, was first used in adverts that same year and has since been described as one of the best taglines of the 20th century. Gilmore's case was...
    New York (CNN Business)The stock market is like that old slogan for Timex watches. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking. Sure, it's been a rocky start to the year on Wall Street following a stellar 2021. The Dow is down about 1% and the S&P 500 has fallen 2%. Trading has been volatile. But the Dow and S&P are still each just 3% below their all-time highs.Tech stocks have had a bit more of a wild ride. The Nasdaq is down 5% in 2022 and nearly 8% under its peak, putting it closer to a 10% drop known as a correction. Yet every time it looks like stocks could be heading for an even steeper drop, investors come rushing back in to buy the dips. Traders have so far mostly shrugged off temporary concerns about inflation and the Federal Reserve getting ready to raise interest rates, as well as fears over the impact that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 may have on the economy. Earnings growth has remained strong in spite of these factors.Read More"It's been a Teflon...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles saw spikes in select categories of crime in 2021, most notably a nearly 12% year-over-year climb in homicides, but the mayor and police chief said redeployments of officers and a focus on getting guns off the streets are preventing the numbers from soaring much higher.Among the more notable statistics were the 11.8% increase in homicides, while violent crime increased 3.9% and property crimes rose by 4.2%. The number of people shot rose by 9%.Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Michel Moore both acknowledged the increases, but the mayor noted that the pace of homicides was stemmed in the second half of the year.
    Tom Brady has never exactly been firm on when he thinks he’ll step away from football but at least one Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach is keeping the notion in the back of his head. Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen expressed some worry to the Tampa Bay Times on Friday about the possibility of Brady walking away from the game after this season. Brady is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with Tampa Bay in the 2020 offseason. "I’m your typical fan," Christensen told the paper, "and I’ll be thinking, ‘Is this the last time we’re going to see him?’" CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Tom Brady meet with quarterback coach Clyde Christensen during the Buccaneers' mini-camp at AdventHealth Training Center on June 10, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) If this is Brady’s final season, he would be going out on top of the sport aside from the seven Super Bowl rings he won as a member of the Buccaneers and the New England Patriots. Brady,...
    TENS of millions of Social Security claimants are about to get their checks boosted – and near future claimants will want to prepare themselves so they maximize their benefits.  The average Social Security benefit in 2022 will get boosted to $1,657 per month, up $92.  1How much you earn from checks will depend on your work history and when you start claiming Also, the maximum benefit will rise to $4,194 a month. Those with birth dates between the 1st and 10th get their new checks on the second Wednesday of the month.  Those with birthdays that fall between the 11th and 20th receive their benefits on the third Wednesday, and claimants with birthdays ranging from the 21st through the 31st get their checks on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  In the future, we explain how you could put yourself in the best position to maximize Social Security checks. Delay claim  Once you hit 62, you can start enjoying Social Security benefits – but you'll earn a lot more if you don't claim right away. If you can get by without the...
    ARE YOU green-fingered? Well, if you like your garden looking good, then you will want to listen up. 2If you want some glam garden furniture this year, listen upCredit: Getty Although the trees, plants and neatly-pruned bushes are what make a garden look great, it’s also about how you style it. And now garden furniture experts have shared the "exact" date that you need to buy furniture to help beat the furniture shortages. Garden furniture is a great addition to any outdoor space and can instantly transform a green space. It might only be January but the weather is freezing and we are all looking forward to (hopefully) seeing some sun and spending some time in our gardens this Summer. Over the past two years, there has been a huge surge in demand for garden furniture during warmer months, leaving many people either stuck on waiting lists or left without. Ryan Schwarze, garden furniture expert at Luxury Rattan has revealed the exact date to snap up your garden furniture.  Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life...
    New York (CNN Business)One America News, the right-wing conspiracy channel favored by former President Donald Trump, will be dropped later this year by DirecTV, a spokesperson for the television carrier said Friday evening.The move will deal a significant blow to the fringe outlet. Not only will OAN be removed from the millions of households that use DirecTV as a television provider, it will also suffer a major hit to its revenue.Reuters, citing sworn testimony that an OAN accountant gave in 2020, reported last year that 90% of the channel's revenue came from subscriber fees paid by AT&T-owned platforms, including DirecTV.While DirecTV has since been spun off into a standalone company, AT&T (T) still owns 70% of it. (AT&T also owns CNN, though it is spinning off CNN parent company WarnerMedia in a deal with Discovery (DISCA) expected to be completed this year.)It is unknown what proportion of the channel's revenue currently comes from DirecTV or how many households it will reach once DirecTV stops carrying it. But the network's website only lists a few other national carriers, Verizon FiOS most...
    FAILED at your New Year resolutions already? You are not alone. Research shows more than a third of people who make these promises to themselves do not stick it out beyond the end of January. 8This year could be your sexiest ever – with a little help from our carnal calendarCredit: Getty - Contributor And abiding by a gruelling diet or exercise plan can be challenging in the chilly weather – especially with Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, arriving after this weekend. So why not plan for pleasure instead? This year could be your sexiest ever – with a little help from our carnal calendar. From the clocks going back in March to the extra bank holidays, every date is an opportunity for passion, says sexpert Kate Taylor. Here. she reveals all to Katy Docherty. Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life in US 'far from what he hoped for' says expertROYAL CRISIS Charles refuses to answer Andrew questions as Queen CUTS Royal ties with Duke'DREADFUL MESS' Prince Charles ‘expelled’ brother...
    FILING your taxes can be a time-consuming process, but it doesn't need to be. Below are a few tools that can help make filing your taxes faster and easier in order to speed up your potential refund. 1The IRS has rounded up important tools to help you before, during and after you've filed your taxes Interactive Tax Assistant The Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) is a tool that provides answers to several tax law questions specific to your individual circumstances. The tool can answer general tax law questions, including helping to determine if a type of income is taxable or if someone is eligible to claim certain credits and deductions. If you are having trouble accessing the ITA, there are some videos on YouTube that show you how to navigate it. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check growHELPING HAND Extra food stamps sent out as emergency $1,504 boost automatically depositedCASHING IN Double ‘$3,600 stimulus payments' to be discussed around IRS amounts & datesPENNY ERROR Lincoln double die pennies explained -...
    (CNN)A Tennessee woman who was wrongfully convicted of murdering her great-niece and spent 27 years in prison, was exonerated this week.On June 26, 1987, Joyce Watkins, now 74, and her boyfriend at the time, Charlie Dunn, went to pick up Watkins four-year-old great-niece, Brandi, in Kentucky, according to a report filed with the Davidson County Criminal Court.The next morning Brandi was unresponsive, so Watkins took her to Nashville Memorial Hospital.After spending 43 years in prison for a triple murder he says he didnt commit, a Missouri man is finally freeBrandi suffered from severe vaginal injury and head trauma. She was pronounced dead the following day, the report stated. The two were with Brandi for only nine hours, but the medical examiner, Dr. Gretel Harlan, concluded the injuries were sustained during that time.A year later, in August 1988, Watkins and Dunn were convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated rape.Read MoreThe two spent 27 years behind bars before they were both granted parole in 2015.Before his release, Dunn, unfortunately, passed away in jail.Charlie Dunn was waiting for his parole hearing in 2015...
    VIDEO5:1605:16Pollster Frank Luntz says inflation has become the voting issue of 2022Squawk Box Discontent over skyrocketing inflation is the most important issue for voters heading into this year's midterm election, and Democrats are going to pay the price, according to Frank Luntz, a longtime GOP pollster and strategist. While Luntz is a Republican, he tends to take both parties to task when he feels they're missing the mark on an issue. "We're not just anxious anymore. This country is getting angry when they go to the supermarket, when they fill up their tank," Luntz told CNBC. "They're going to take that anger out at the ballot box in November," with the Democrats' slim majorities in the House and Senate at stake. Luntz said he can't fathom why President Joe Biden is trying to paint such a rosy picture of the economy while many people are struggling with higher prices against the back-drop of the hardships of the continuing pandemic and spiking Covid cases around the nation due to the highly contagious omicron variant. Voters have given Biden poor marks on...
    CALIFORNIANS could be getting another round of stimulus checks following a budget proposal in the state. This comes from Governor Gavin Newsom, who revealed what would be a record budget of $286.4billion for 2022/23. 1California governor Gavin Newsom plans on updating the budget in May with tax rebates In addition, the California governor revealed that the state has a surplus of more than $45.7billion, which is significantly higher than the $31billion that the state projected in late 2021. Under the proposal, Mr Newsom aims to provide funding for several areas including climate change, homelessness, cost of living, healthcare, and education. Mr Newsom also indicated that there might be another round of stimulus checks coming, although tax rebates were not included in his original proposal.  “We expect in the May revise language when I update the budget that we are likely to have an additional rebate to the taxpayers,” he said on Wednesday. And he added that there will be “no new taxes in our budget.” In 2021, California launched two stimulus programs, which gave an accumulative $12billion back to state taxpayers. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE...
    AS the yearly tax season slowly approaches, taxpayers should be aware of the IRS' filing deadline this year. Due to the lingering Covid pandemic, the IRS has warned filers that they'll see significant delays in their refunds for the upcoming 2022 filing season. 1The deadline to file your taxes this year will return to it's normal dateCredit: Getty National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins released an annual report to Congress on Wednesday identifying the most severe problem facing US taxpayers. According to the yearly report, the critical issue is significant delays in processing tax returns and tax refunds.  The taxpayer advocate insisted in her report that there's "no way to sugarcoat the year 2021 in tax administration." "The year 2021 provided no shortage of taxpayer problems," she added. Collins said: "While my report focuses primarily on the problems of 2021, I am deeply concerned about the upcoming filing season. "Paper is the IRS’s Kryptonite, and the agency is still buried in it.” Most read in The US SunCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check grow'AFRAID'...
    MILLIONS of families this weekend will NOT receive a monthly payment for the first time since July. Due to Congress's failure to pass an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit, over 30million families that might have gotten used to the monthly $300 payments will not see another round on January 15. 1Over 30million families this weekend will not receive a monthly payment for the first time since July Democrats temporarily expanded the child tax credit early last year as part of President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief package, the American Rescue Plan. Households with children who were eligible for the $1,400 stimulus check in March 2021 qualified for the credit. Under the expansion, Democrats removed work requirements for the credit and allowed eligible recipients to access half of the credit amount via monthly payments. The maximum credit amount was raised to $3,600 for children under the age of six, and $3,000 for children ages six to 17. Those with dependents enrolled in college full-time between the ages of 18 and 24 received $500 for each. The final payments were...
    New Year, more couples have called it quits. We’re breaking down all the celebrity breakups of 2022 and what caused these stars to part ways. From Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa to Joe and Bessy Gatto, here’s a look at the couples whose love wasn’t meant to last a lifetime. Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet are going their separate ways.WireImage; FilmMagic Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa announced in January they’re divorcing after nearly 20 years together. “And so We share our Family news that we are parting ways in marriage,” the announced in a joint statement. “We share this not because we think it’s newsworthy but so that as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty.” The former couple, who married in 2017, share two children. Delilah Belle Hamlin and Eyal Booker Delilah Belle Hamlin broke up with Eyal Booker after two years of dating at the start of 2022.delilahbelle/Instagram Page Six confirmed Delilah Belle Hamlin called it quits with Eyal Booker at the start of 2022...
    ARE YOU green-fingered? Well, if you like to get your hands dirty and your garden looking good, you need to listen up. 4Gardening expert Monty Don has revealed the importance of pruning your garden in the Winter monthsCredit: BBC Gardening expert Monty Don has revealed that if you want your garden to be in full bloom this Summer, then it’s seriously important you start pruning it now. There’s no time like the present when it comes to gardening. Don’t be put off by the freezing cold weather - put your gloves on and get out there.  According to Monty Don, January is a "brilliant" month to prune flowers and fruit trees. Monty Don joined BBC’s Morning Live show earlier this week for his new series Adriatic Gardens. The series will give gardening fans a chance to see Monty Don visit stunning landscapes across Europe.  Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life in US 'far from what he hoped for' says expertSHOCK MOVE Andrew sex assault accuser wants 'vindication' as Queen strips Duke of HRH titleCHEERS I...
    This year after 2021 will see many orbits to the moon, not a single lunar orbit. Follow and follow the messages, press Live Messages This year after 2021 will see many orbits to the moon, not a single lunar orbit. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is launching the Artemis program and supporting a number of missions to send equipment and materials to the moon. For future use of astronauts India, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. Both have been traveling to the moon this year as well. There are many companies making trips to the moon this year. All of these missions go into space without humans. And most will lay the foundation for sending humans to the moon within a decade. But that is not the end goal. Setting up a space station on the moon is only one step on the path to sending humans to Mars. Dr. Joe Leonard, an astronomer from the University of Bristol, hopes to launch a new international space race this year. Although these missions are...
    The Green Bay Packers are the only NFL team that didn’t lose a game at home in the 2021 season. They’re counting on their frenzied fanbase and frigid climes to help them get to the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 years. “I’m really looking forward to having a full crowd, that good old Green Bay weather,” Aaron Rodgers said after the Packers’ 13-4 finish gave them the top seed in the NFC for the second straight year. “It’s been an advantage for us for a long time. I think it’s an advantage having 78,000 instead of 7,800 like we did last year.” Actually, only 7,772 fans attended last year’s conference championship because of COVID-19 restrictions when Tom Brady led Tampa Bay to a 31-26 win at Lambeau Field. Brady and the Buccaneers went on to beat Kansas City in the Super Bowl, Tampa Bay’s first title since 2003 and Brady’s record seventh championship to go with the half dozen he won in New England. This time, the Packers can have full capacity — 81,441 — at their...
    Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Patrick Harker said Thursday he foresees three or four interest rate hikes will be appropriate this year as the central bank tackles a nagging inflation problem. His thinking, outlined in a live interview on CNBC's "Closing Bell," is consistent with estimates the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee released in December. But while officials then penciled in the likelihood of three quarter-percentage-point increases this year of the Fed's benchmark overnight borrowing rate, Harker said he may be open to even more. "We do need to take action on inflation. It is more persistent than we thought a while ago. I've been off the 'transitory' team for a while now," he said, citing the term Fed officials used to characterize inflation through most of 2021 before pivoting toward the end of the year. "I think it's appropriate to take action this year," Harker said. "Three [hikes] is what I've penciled in, but four is not out of the question in my mind." He spoke the same week that Labor Department reports showed inflation surging through the U.S. economy....
    FAMILIES who are claiming child tax credits may have to wait longer for a tax refund than they expect. In 2021, the child tax credits were temporarily boosted to $3,600 from $2,000 under the American Rescue Act, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden last March. 1We explain how families can avoid additional delays As a result, most eligible Americans received up to $300 in monthly payments from July to December – getting as much as $1,800 during the period. Then the remaining half of the payments will then be able to be claimed on your tax return. However, if you aren’t well prepared you could wind up experiencing delays. Families that claimed child tax credit payments are at the top of the list for risks of facing a delay. If there is a mistake including incorrectly claiming how much you received from the advance child tax credit payments, or if there is a mathematical issue – you could face weeks or even months of delays. But assuming you file correctly on January 24 - you still might be in for a wait.  Most...
    "There's no need for me to restate my long-standing support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There's no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy," Sinema said. "This week's harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year." Continuing, she said, "But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans? ... Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues." The immediate political ramifications of this speech are that President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) can no longer pretend an upcoming vote to end the filibuster and pass the so-called Freedom to Vote Act will matter. With continued Republican opposition to that...
    Even though I write about booze for a living, every time I go into a liquor store, I’m shocked by how much prices have increased during the past decade. What once was an affordable luxury is quickly becoming an unaffordable luxury. What has driven this price inflation? Some of this is an issue of supply and demand. There is a fixed supply (whiskey requires years of aging before its mature) and demand has increased as there is now a much broader appreciation of the category. I would also argue that there is now an incredible force from the top down. During the last decade, the top shelf has reached meteoric heights. There are now bottles of super-old whiskies that fetch tens of thousands of dollars. And so, if a 50-year-old Scotch sells for $25,000, well, $150 for the 12-year-old version almost starts to look like a downright bargain. But what are those $25,000—and up!—whiskies really like? How can they possibly be worth the money? And how can a whiskey age that long without tasting like wood? Whiskies this old...
    HANFORD – It’s been a year now, but in this Central Valley farm town, like the nation, the divide has only grown. Todd Cotta was working in his gun shop when a customer came in with the news about David Valadao, the Republican congressman for whom Cotta had campaigned across Kings County and beyond just months before. Bewildered, Cotta turned to his phone and tapped in a text message to a man he considered a friend. “Hey David. Somebody’s spreading a nasty (rumor) that you voted to impeach Trump,” Cotta wrote. “I certainly hope that’s not true.” Within seconds, Valadao responded. “It’s true.” The two haven’t talked since. And, really, neither have the two sides of the country. HANFORD, CA – January 10: Kings Gun and Archery Center owner Todd Cotta shows a text exchange from a year ago with U.S. Rep. David Valadao after the Republican congressman voted to impeach former President Trump in 2021. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)  A year after President Trump was impeached for a historic second time, few places better illustrate America’s lost middle...
    SOCIAL Security recipients are receiving a larger check in 2022 because of the new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The checks reflecting the new amount started going out this week. 1Social Security payment schedule for 2022 released More than 64million people receiving Social Security are getting a bigger check this month. Payments in the new year will be the first to include the 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment. That's the highest increase since 1982. The last time COLA came close was in 2009, when it was 5.8% The annual adjustments are based on inflation. The extra cash many not go as far because consumer prices have also gone up. Most read in moneyHOPE ON THE HORIZON Double ‘$3,600 stimulus’ payments may be decided as IRS letter sentSECURING CASH New ‘$1,657 checks’ sent out TODAY in huge Social Security Cola boostCASHING CHECKS New payments worth $1,100 issued TODAY after automatic $5,200 boosts sentHELPING HAND Extra food stamps sent out as emergency $1,504 boost automatically deposited When will payments arrive each month? The payments will arrive depending on your birthday. If your birth date is...
    DUBLIN—Ireland was in shock Thursday after a 23-year old primary school teacher, who was out for a run on a busy canal towpath, was killed in broad daylight, in an apparently random attack by an alcoholic man, authorities said. The victim, Ashling Murphy, was part of a well-known family of musicians in the Tullamore area of County Offaly, about an hour west of Dublin. She died at around 4 p.m. Wednesday. In a tragic coincidence, the stretch of towpath she was running on, in a rural spot just outside the town with a population of less than 15,000, is named “Fiona’s Way” in memory of Fiona Pender, a pregnant 25-year-old woman who disappeared in the area in 1996 and has never been found. The route has become popular with local runners and cyclists since the beginning of the pandemic. Police made an arrest after two other female joggers on the route came across the horrific scene, and called for help as the suspect ran off. The Irish Independent described the suspect as a “Romanian national aged in his forties”...
    IF you've ever bought a property, then you'll know that the months after you move in are always a bit tight money-wise as you get all the necessary work done. But having purchased a two-bedroom flat in Leeds in 2021, Aimee Wilkinson, 35, is planning on saving a further £6,000 this year - and here's how you can too. 1Aimee Wilkinson, 35, revealed how she'll save £6k As Leeds Live reports, the marketer - who also makes money as a fashion blogger- has taken the opportunity to study her bills now that she's in a new property. By switching to PlusNet's fibre £21.99 broadband, Aimee will save £9 a month and £108 over the course of the year. She explained: "Saving £9 a month might not seem like a lot to some people, but that adds up to over £100 a year. If someone added that on to your bills you’d notice. “But value to me means small changes that add up. It’s also about getting value from what you pay for. As well as my day job I also...
    A new timeline documenting the history of the Senate filibuster shows how the rule, which now requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation, has been used to protect ruling-class interests for over two centuries and makes the case that the future of democracy in the U.S. depends on reforming it. Faced with a world-historic question of whether to blow up the filibuster or keep it intact, how senators answer "could very well determine the fate of our democracy," argues Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, the pro-democracy watchdog group behind the timeline project. "The grave risk facing our democracy today stems directly from former President Donald Trump's Big Lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him—pure demagoguery repeated incessantly and with no basis in fact," Wertheimer wrote in a Tuesday statement. "The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would override the state voter suppression laws triggered by Trump's Big Lie," Wertheimer continued. "They would also protect against partisan election administration officials rigging the results of federal elections and protect against future...
    A year after the Washington Football Team won the NFC East title, they failed to even make the playoffs in 2022. A huge reason for their disappointment this past season is due to the inconsistency at the quarterback position. On Tuesday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera was asked if the team needs to find a quarterback this offseason. His response: "That’s an understatement." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM In this May 15, 2021, file photo, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera watches during an NFL football rookie minicamp at Inova Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, Virginia. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File) There are a handful of solid quarterbacks in the NFL, but very few may be available when the offseason rolls around. Last year, the Los Angeles Rams paid a hefty price to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions. This offseason, the Houston Texans will likely make Deshaun Watson available, and there’s a good chance Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers may leave Seattle and Green Bay, respectively. PACKERS' AARON RODGERS HILARIOUSLY MOCKS GIANTS...
    Love is in the air! From one of the Duggar siblings to Josh Duhamel, see all the celebrities who got engaged in 2022. Nicole Martin and Anthony Lopez The couple met by chance while in Las Vegas in 2015.drnicolemartin/Instagram “Real Housewives of Miami” star Nicole Martin announced on Jan. 12 that her longtime beau Anthony Lopez had proposed on New Year’s Eve while the couple and their son were vacationing in Aspen. “It was simple and private, and nothing short of perfect. It was early morning on New Year’s Eve and we just woke up,” she gushed. “We were cuddling in bed, watching the sun start to rise and glisten on the snow.” The couple first met in Las Vegas while separately on vacation with friends. Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman After more than 12 years together, Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman are engaged — something sources say she has wanted for years.NY Post photo composite After 13 years together, Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman are engaged. A source confirmed the happy news to Page Six in...
    Need Thin Mints to get you through another long workday of Zoom meetings? Or Tagalongs to fuel your TV binge night? The Girl Scouts of America understand and take their “do a good deed daily” pledge seriously. So this year, for the first time, the organization is partnering with DoorDash to offer zero-contact home delivery for their cookie customers. That service — and a new treat, Adventurefuls — will help launch the NorCal Girl Scout cookie season. Online sales will also continue, and many locations will see the return of cookie booths outside retailers, with social distancing and mask-wearing procedures in place. “We are very excited to ramp up our e-commerce platforms to the benefit of cookie customers and girls,” Marina Park, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northern California, said in her season announcement. “Last year, GSNorCal hosted 10,000 girl-led online shops, helping to inspire the next generation of impact entrepreneurs by teaching them modern-day business and online marketing skills.” This year’s sales season runs from Feb. 1 to March 27, with DoorDash service starting Feb. 14. Related Articles...
    LUKASZ FABIANSKI is set to sign a new deal and remain a key part of West Ham’s push to join the Premier League big guns. The Irons’ number one is out of contract at the end of the season but is close to agreeing a one-year extension and help maintain the momentum under boss David Moyes. 1West Ham star Lukasz Fabianski is ready to sign a one-year extension at the London StadiumCredit: Getty Fabianksi, 36, has proved invaluable between the posts for West Ham during the past three seasons and made a huge contribution towards the club’s push for the top four. Moyes currently has Fabianski and reserve Alphonse Areola on loan from Euro giants Paris Saint-Germain guarding his net. West Ham are keen on tying up a summer deal for West Brom’s highly-rated keeper Sam Johnstone. But news that experienced Fabianski will be staying on for at least one more year will be a huge boost for the fans. Moyes’ long-term plan is for Fabianski to stay put and help with the transition of Johnstone into a future first...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff GREENSBURG (KDKA) – Last year’s Westmoreland Airshow was a drive-in event because of the pandemic, but this summer it’s coming back in full force. READ MORE: Taking The High Road: As Road Rage Incidents Increase, There Are Ways To Avoid ThemOrganizers announced the plans for a “full-blown” 2022 SHOP ’n SAVE Westmoreland Airshow on Wednesday, saying this year they’ll return to the traditional on-ramp type of show with static aircraft displays and vendors at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. READ MORE: First Commonwealth Bank Holding Virtual Hiring FestRight now the highlight of the lineup is the F-16 Viper Demo Team which will also team up with a P-51 Mustang to perform a “Heritage Flight.” The Jersey Jerks and Precision Exotics are also scheduled to make appearances. Organizers said there’s still “much more to come.” MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh-Area Dentist Accused Of Killing Wife On African Safari Trip To Claim Millions In Insurance MoneyThe airshow is set for June 11-12, and tickets will go on sale later.
    Girl Scout Cookie Season, called the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls, kicked off this week, and there’s a new cookie box in the mix. You can get Girl Scout Cookies through DoorDash this year. More Food and Restaurant News More Business News The new Adventurefuls cookie is “an indulgent brownie-inspired cookie” with caramel-flavored creme and a hint of sea salt. Meet the Girl Scouts’ new cookie: Adventurefuls. (Courtesy Girl Scouts) The pandemic hasn’t kept the Girl Scouts and their cookie boxes down. For this year, councils are monitoring local data and mandates and adjusting sales whether digitally, in-person or both. During the past two years, Girl Scouts adapted selling methods to replace in-person cookie booths with contactless drive-through cookie stands, among other pivots. “In 2021, Girl Scouts created new ways to be successful in their cookie business … We are inspired by the resilience and ingenuity of Girl Scouts and cannot wait to see the girl-led innovations in the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Judith Batty, interim GSUSA CEO. No co-workers with daughters selling cookies? No...
    PERSONALISED smart guns, which can be fired only by verified users, may finally become available to U.S. consumers this year. Reuters reports that four-year-old LodeStar Works on Friday unveiled its 9mm smart handgun for shareholders and investors in Boise, Idaho. 2Smart guns only fire when the identified owner pulls the triggerCredit: Reuters And a Kansas company, SmartGunz LLC, says law enforcement agents are beta testing its product, a similar but simpler model. Both companies hope to have a product commercially available in 2022, according to Reuters. It follows two decades of questions about the reliability of smart guns and concerns they will usher in a new wave of government regulation. LodeStar co-founder Gareth Glaser said he was inspired after hearing one too many stories about children shot while playing with an unattended gun. ARMS RACE Smart guns could stop such tragedies by using technology to authenticate a user's identity and disable the gun should anyone else try to fire it. They could also reduce suicides, render lost or stolen guns useless, and offer safety for police officers and jail guards...