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    While it is starting to appear that the Omicron COVID-19 wave could be nearing its end, one model projects a grim future ahead for the United States, modeling that 58,000 to 305,000 more Americans will succumb to the virus over the next two months. Projections shared during a White House briefing Tuesday estimate that between up to 305,000 Americans could die from Covid between now and when the wave is expected to subside by mid-March. This likely would bring America's overall Covid death total - sitting at over 853,000 as of Tuesday afternoon - over one million, a mark no other country in the world has reached. The projection comes despite the growing data that the Omicron variant is less severe than its predecessors. Data revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week showed that a person infected with Omicron is 91 percent less likely to die than a person who contracted Delta. Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said last week that the Delta variant was even still responsible for the recent uptick in deaths...
    Amateur astronomers may be able to catch a glimpse of an asteroid twice the size of the Empire State Building when passes Earth at 43,000 miles per hour tonight.  The asteroid, known as 7482 (1994 PC1), will make its closest approach to our planet at 21:51 GMT (16:51 EST) on Tuesday.  It is estimated to be 3,451 feet (1.052km) in diameter, much larger than the tallest building on earth, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which measures 2,722 feet.  Asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) will safely pass within 1.2 million miles of Earth — around five times farther away from the planet than the moon. Tonight marks the closest the asteroid has been to our planet since 1933, when it was 699,000 miles away. While 7482 (1994 PC1) is unlikely to be visible with the naked eye tonight, amateur astronomers may be able to see it in the constellation Pisces using a small backyard telescope, according to EarthSky. After its close approach on Tuesday, 7482 (1994 PC1) won't be this close to Earth again until the year 2105, according to NASA JPL-Caltech's Solar System Dynamics. ...
    MANY Americans believe that you need to hit millionaire status in order to retire comfortably.  Specifically, that figure is pegged at $1.9million – but only about half surveyed by financial services firm Charles Schwab feel confident they’ll be able to achieve it. 1Only half of Americans feel they will be able to save $1.9million once they retire Some might feel overwhelmed – but it’s meant to be a savings goal over time – not by tomorrow. Simply put, the earlier you start saving the better. Below we unveil ways that you can become a millionaire once you’re ready to retire. General savings A key way to retire with as much money as possible is by saving over your lifetime. There are multiple ways you can do this. Mark Williams, a financial expert, and chief executive officer of Brokers International, recommends setting up an automatic draft that transfers from your checking into your savings account. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check growCASH STRAPPED Automatic payments worth up to $2,000 'still there' after 2021...
    Sleep is as vital to our physical and mental wellbeing as food and water. Without enough of it, we quickly become unable to operate properly — unable to think clearly, unable to make decisions rationally. Our limbs ache, our heads pound. Our reactions slow and our vision blurs. Sleep deprivation leaves no visible wounds or scars, and yet, as a neurologist working in one of Europe's leading sleep clinics, I've seen how it can leave its own unique psychological scars and cause mental pain — not to mention wreaking immense damage inside our bodies, invisible to the naked eye. Over the years medical research has shown that consistent sleep deprivation is associated with severe long-term implications for human health, including raised blood pressure, heart problems, obesity, lowered immunity, depression, type 2 diabetes and possibly dementia. Conservative estimates suggest at least one in ten Britons suffer with chronic insomnia, defined as difficulty getting to or staying asleep most nights for longer than four weeks Without enough sleep, we quickly become unable to operate properly — unable to think clearly, unable to...
    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...
    Astronomers have captured the death of a red supergiant star for the first time.  The real-time discovery was published Jan. 6 in Astrophysical Journal and led by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley.  JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS FULLY DEPLOYED According to a press release from Northwestern, the team observed the red supergiant during the last 130 days before it collapsed into a Type II supernova.  Previous observations showed that red supergiants were relatively inactive before their deaths, without any evidence of violent eruptions or luminous emissions.  These researchers, however, detected bright radiation from a red supergiant in the final year before exploding.  "This is a breakthrough in our understanding of what massive stars do moments before they die," Wynn Jacobson-Galán, the study’s lead author, said in a statement. "Direct detection of pre-supernova activity in a red supergiant star has never been observed before in an ordinary type II supernova. For the first time, we watched a red supergiant star explode." The work – which was conducted at Northwestern before Jacobson-Galán moved to UC Berkeley – suggests...
    Donald Trump's former campaign manager has said he was pressured to lie about the then-president by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. Paul Manafort, 72, spoke on Wednesday night to Fox News' Sean Hannity for the first time since being pardoned by Trump more than a year ago. Manafort was charged in 2017 with conspiracy against the United States, making false statements, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine. Manafort - a globetrotting lobbyist famed for representing dubious characters such as Congolese President Mobutu Sese Seko, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and Nigerian coup leader Sani Abacha - was the figurehead for accusations that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped elect Trump.  Manafort was accused of working with Russia to help Trump win the election - something which was never proved, and he has always denied. In August 2018, he was found guilty of filing false income tax returns, failing to report his foreign accounts, and bank fraud, and he spent a little of a year in prison before being released to house arrest in May 2020,...
    BIG Ben's £80m refurb has finally been unveiled, leaving many pleasantly surprised by the upgrade. Scaffolding stripped away from the Palace of Westminster clock tower has revealed the landmark's bolder look. 7Big Ben rang its bell for the first time in four years at 12 noon on 31st December 2021Credit: Rex 7The clock hands and roman numerals have been transformed back to their original blue from blackCredit: London News Pictures 7Although fireworks were cancelled this year due to Covid, Big Ben struck 12 times on New Year's EveCredit: Getty For the first time since the conservation work began, Big Ben's four quarter bells chimed 12 times on New Year's Eve to bring in 2022. Ian Westworth, one of Parliament’s team of clock mechanics - who made sure the sound rang out, said: “It’s iconic – it’s probably the world’s most famous clock, and to have had our hands on every single nut and bolt is a huge privilege." He added there will undoubtedly be a sadness once the project is complete but also happiness that they got it...
    People spent a staggering 4.8 hours a day, or nearly a third of their waking hours, on their mobiles last year, new research shows. App Annie's newly-released 'State of Mobile' report has found consumers globally spent a record 3.8 trillion hours on mobiles in 2021.  In the UK, the average amount of time spent on phones per day in 2021 was four hours, less than the global average of 4.8 hours for the year. But UK mobile use has increased from three hours per day in 2019 and 3.7 hours per day in 2020.   Overall, 2021 was 'record-breaking' as consumers continue to embrace a mobile lifestyle and move away from big screens, the firm said.   In particular, the use of Chinese video sharing app TikTok saw an increase of 90 per cent globally excluding China, compared to 2020.   In the UK, the average amount time spent on mobile per day in 2021 was four hours, less than the global average of 4.8 hours for the year 'Mobile is the greatest of all time and the go-to device of the future,' said Theodore...
    A University of Florida researcher studying the coronavirus is predicting that up to 80% of the Sunshine State’s population will have caught the disease by the time the current wave of cases fueled by the omicron variant subsides.  The estimation from biostatistics professor Ira Longini comes as Florida reported 125,996 new infections on Monday, according to the Miami Herald.  "Probably 70 to 80% of the state will either get infected in this wave or have been infected in a prior wave," Longini told WESH.  A man is tested for COVID-19 at a walk-up testing site run by Nomi Health on Dec. 28 in downtown Miami. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell) OBAMA-ERA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY SCOLDS BIDEN OVER COVID RESPONSE: ‘WE HAVE A TESTING MESS’  In a recent report authored by Longini and two other University of Florida researchers, they wrote that they believe the "omicron wave in Florida is likely to cause many more infections than occurred during the delta wave, potentially infecting most of the state’s population in this wave alone."  "Preliminary data suggest that omicron infections may be less severe than those caused...
                 Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) on Monday called for bipartisanship to address challenges facing Americans over the course of the new year. In an opinion piece published by The Hill, Hagerty outlined issues, like historic inflation or the border crisis, and urged Democrats to work with Republicans to find solutions. Congressional Democrats largely ignored staggering issues throughout the majority of 2021, Hagerty said. “America has real problems—most of them self-inflicted in 2021 by Democrats. Take the runaway inflation we’ve seen unfold. It’s time to stop pretending like inflation doesn’t exist or will magically resolve itself. Americans’ real wages fell like a rock in 2021. The Senate Banking Committee—of which I’m a member and which has jurisdiction over monetary matters—should be laser-focused on addressing this pernicious, daily tax on Americans. Incredibly, despite the highest inflation in 40 years, the Banking Committee hasn’t held a single hearing on the topic. That must change in 2022,” the senator wrote. On the crisis at the southern border, he wrote:ERTISEMENTThe all-time record for illegal border crossings was broken in FY2021. Is it too much to...
    Want a New Year’s Resolution that not only helps you lose weight but improves your mood, combats stress and boosts your immune system including, it’s been proven, the efficacy of vaccines? Then pledge to take a daytime snooze. Sleep deprivation in the UK has long been running at epidemic rates, with one in five having trouble falling asleep every night and a shocking two thirds of midlife women, aged 45-54, reporting disrupted sleep at least once a month. But there’s a simple solution. It’s backed by dozens of scientific studies, and yet it’s still treated, perplexingly, as a bit of a joke. Known across the Mediterranean as a siesta, the daytime nap is a wonderfully protective night-time in miniature for repairing, soothing, healing and boosting — in as little as ten minutes. As a neuroscientist at the Sleep Centre at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Paris, I’ve long studied the disastrous, even life-threatening consequences of poor sleep. And the nap, it seems to me, is a hugely under-estimated means of reversing some of the worst effects. Brice Faraut, who is a...
    (CNN)The death of a star is one of the most dramatic and violent events in space -- and astronomers had an unprecedented front-row seat to the explosive end of a stellar giant.Ground-based telescopes provided the first real-time look at the death throes of a red supergiant star. While these aren't the brightest or most massive stars, they are the largest in terms of volume. One popular red supergiant star is Betelgeuse, which has captured interest due to its irregular dimming.This star, located in the NGC 5731 galaxy about 120 million light-years away from Earth, was 10 times more massive than the sun.Before they go out in a blaze of glory, some stars experience violent eruptions or release glowing hot layers of gas. Until astronomers witnessed this event, they believed that red supergiants were relatively quiet before exploding into a supernova or collapsing into a dense neutron star. Hubble spies the culprit behind Betelgeuse stars dimming. And it may be happening againInstead, scientists watched the star self-destruct in dramatic fashion before collapsing in a type II supernova. This star death...
    If you've made a New Year's Resolution to be braver with your style in 2022 than brace yourself - because the G-string trouser trend is back.  Rising star Julia Fox donned a pair of the racy thong trousers to hit Broadway with her date Kanye West on Tuesday, wowing in a pair of $24 G-string pants for dinner. Fox was all smiles with a black top under a stylish black, blue and white coat for her arrival the theatre before ditching the garment for a leather jacket at dinner. The style is a take on the '90s 'exposed thong' trend, where women show off their underwear over the waistband of low-rise jeans, but combine the trousers and underwear together in a single garment. TV and celebrity fashion expert Miranda Holder told FEMAIL the trend was 'a little cheeky and body confident', explaining: 'Whereas the noughties iteration of this look relied on people having to reveal their own G-strings under a pair of hipster jeans or Juicy Couture joggers, the 2022 version sees the designers doing the hard work for us. ...
    Following months of delays, NASA's $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope finally launched on Christmas Day on a one million mile voyage into solar orbit. The space telescope is intended to replace its 30-year-old counterpart Hubble, as it is about 100 times more sensitive and is expected to profoundly transform scientists' understanding of the universe and our place in it. While Webb is finally on its way into solar orbit, it has been hit with yet another delay - this time to the tightening of its sunshield. This was originally expected to occur on January 2, but will now take place no earlier than today. NASA explained that the decision was made to ensure the sunshield is in 'prime condition' before it is tightened. While Webb is finally on its way into solar orbit, it has been hit with yet another delay - this time to the tightening of its sunshield  The sunshield is crucial for keeping James Webb cool and preventing sunlight from interfering with the sensitive telescope instruments Instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope  NIRCam (Near InfraRed...
    DIDN’T we do well, everybody! More than 2.3million Covid cases in the week before Christmas and tens of thousands more over New Year. Hardly anyone in intensive care and no spike in deaths.  2Barring lethal but unlikely new variants, Covid is petering out. The panic should be over Omicron, the mildest of mutants, is spreading immunity like wildfire.  By the end of the month, experts believe we will be waving goodbye to killer Covid and learning to cope with a new version of the common cold. More than nine out of ten will have had all three jabs, or Covid itself, or both.  Barring lethal but unlikely new variants, Covid is petering out. The panic should be over. There is one challenge remaining . . . the perpetually pleading National Health ­Service and its cheerleaders in the media and public sector unions. Can it cope? Course it can. Thanks to Boris Johnson’s drive on vaccinations and the pursuit of freedom, Britain is leading Europe — and possibly the world — out of lockdown mania. In the face of unfounded and near-criminal Sage hysterics about...
    NORWOOD, Bronx (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an FDNY ambulance in the Bronx early Sunday morning.The incident happened at the intersection of Dekalb Avenue and E. Gun Hill Road just before 1:30 a.m.Police say the 56-year-old victim was struck by the ambulance as it made a left turn onto E. Gun Hill Road at the same time he was attempting to cross the street.He fell to the pavement and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.The driver and vehicle remained at the scene. At this time, no criminality is suspected.The identity of the victim has not yet been released.ALSO READ | NYC reports 1st murder of the year after woman stabbed near dinerEMBED More News Videos A woman was found stabbed to death near a diner in Queens on New Year's Day, marking the first known murder of 2022. ----------* More Bronx news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    IF you want to make your child a millionaire by the time they turn 18, one money expert is revealing a key trick. Rory K Douglas, known as The Financial Gentleman on TikTok, is a Licensed Financial Educator in 40 states and is sharing his top tip. 1There's one key trick to making your child a millionaire, according to Rory K Douglas Douglas has amassed a following of more than 900,000 on the platform, where he often offers financial advice and wisdom. He claims that it's "easier now than ever" to make your child a millionaire. To achieve this particular financial feat, Douglas recommends opening your child a savings account from the time they're very young, but not just a regular one. Instead, he suggests opting for a Compounding Interest Account of 7% or more. Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be sent out as $1,000 payments on way THIS WEEKDON'T MISS OUT Families to receive $1,800 from IRS if taxes filed by this dateCASHING IN $200 social security and military retirement cash revealed – do...
    (CNN) — Just when we thought US travel rules were starting to stabilize, along came Omicron. The dominoes fell quickly after South African health authorities informed the world of their discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in late November. READ MORE: What Parents Should Know About Sending Kids Back To School During OmicronThe Biden administration rolled out controversial travel bans on arrivals from eight nations in southern Africa. Travelers found themselves unexpectedly stranded. And then US officials tightened travel regulations again. On December 31, the US travel bans on Africa will lift. Here’s what we know about the US travel rules as of December 30:Have testing rules for entry into the US changed?Yes, all inbound international travelers are now required to test within one day of departure for the United States. All flights departing after 12:01 a.m. ET December 6 had to abide by a new CDC testing order. This new testing time frame applies to everyone, “regardless of nationality or vaccination status,” the plan outlined on the White House website says. Documentation of having recovered from Covid-19...
    A prominent Ugandan novelist and government critic has been arrested after armed men stormed his home and threatened to break his legs, his lawyer says. Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, an outspoken critic of President Yoweri Museveni, won plaudits for his 2020 satirical novel The Greedy Barbarian which describes high-level corruption in a fictional country. He has recently stepped up criticism of Museveni's son Muhoozi Kainerugaba - a general who many Ugandans believe is positioning himself to take over from his 77-year-old father - calling him 'obese' and a 'curmudgeon'.  Kakwenza Rukirabashaija has been arrested after armed men stormed his home and threatened to break his legs, his lawyer says He criticised Museveni's son Muhoozi Kainerugaba (pictured) - a general who many Ugandans believe is positioning himself to take over from his 77-year-old father Rukirabashaija's lawyer Eron Kiiza said he was on the telephone to the author at the time of the armed raid, saying: 'I heard them threaten to break his legs.'    It was not immediately clear who arrested the award-winning author, who wrote on his Facebook page: 'Men with guns are breaking...
    MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville has blasted Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for running straight down the tunnel at full-time after the 1-1 draw against Newcastle. The Red Devils turned in a lacklustre performance in both defence and attack, but were bailed out by super sub Edinson Cavani with 20 minutes to go. 2Ronaldo walked off the pitch at full-timeCredit: REUTERS 2The 36-year-old didn't acknowledge the travelling fans, infuriating NevilleCredit: REUTERS ???? "Its devastating for the younger players if the two best players are looking at the others as if theyre not good enough." @GNev2 blasts Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for their whinging and running off the pitch at full-time pic.twitter.com/euSz2kXLg0— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 27, 2021 But at full-time, main man Ronaldo and pal Fernandes darted down the tunnel, failing to thank the travelling United fans, who faced a 150-mile trip home. On Sky Sports, Neville blasted: "It's annoyed me for about two months. "The best players in your team, it's devastating when they're showing that look and body language to the younger ones. They have...
    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is being slammed for taking another family vacation during a COVID-19 surge, this time spending eight days in Costa Rica as cases in his state spiked 600% in the last month due to the highly-contagious Omicron variant. Murphy, who is vice chair of the National Governors Association, dialed in from his tropical getaway to a COVID-19 response meeting with the nation’s governors and President Joe Biden on Monday. The Democratic governor and his wife, Tammy Snyder Murphy, took off on their trip on December 22 and will be back Thursday. Aside from hopping on the video conference, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver has been filling in as acting governor until Murphy gets back, according to a statement from his office. HIs absence comes as New Jersey's seven-day average for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 14,405 on Monday – a more than 200% increase from the 6,584 reported the week before.  The cases have jumped by roughly 300% percent from two weeks ago and have skyrocketed by over 600% from the end of last month.  'It is...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local mother caught in the crossfire and shot in the back is improving Tuesday night. She was hit by a stray bullet while on the phone on her front porch during a triple shooting in Kensington. Her neighbors are sharing their very real fears about the rising gun violence they’re living with every day. READ MORE: Football Icon, Former Philadelphia Eagles' Draft Pick John Madden Dies at 85Several neighbors say they try to look out for each other knowing the danger all around them. “Like firecrackers, a lot, a lot, a lot,” one neighbor said. Neighbors, fearful to be identified on camera, describe what they heard as at least two shooters opened fire from a car driving down Cambria Street in Kensington Monday night, leaving bullet holes up and down this residential block. “We know over 40 shots were fired,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Police say around 7:15 p.m., three people were shot. One man was hit in the leg another in the chest. A 44-year-old female was also struck once in the...
    NASA has shared a stunning photo of Comet Leonard soaring behind the plume from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope launch. The incredible shot, which is featured as NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, was taken from Thailand and shows a pagoda in Doi Inthanon National Park in the foreground. The James Webb Space Telescope launched on Christmas Day, and is currently on a million mile journey to solar orbit, which is expected to take around a month. Meanwhile, Comet Leonard, which was only discovered in January, is in the midst of making its closest approach to Earth in 70,000 years. NASA has shared a stunning photo of Comet Leonard soaring behind the plume from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope launch LEONARD: AN INBOUND LONG PERIOD COMET  Catalogued as C/2021 AI, comet Leonard is named after the astronomer that first discovered it. Gregory J Leonard spotted the comet using the Mount Lemmon Observatory on January 3, 2021 . This was a year before it hit perihelion (the closest approach to the sun). It last appeared in the inner solar system 70,000...
    Corals across the Great Barrier Reef could be hit by mass bleaching for the fourth time in just seven years by the end of January, experts warn.   By the third week of January, an 800 mile section of the Great Barrier Reef will likely be undergoing a bleaching event, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data shows. NOAA forecasts also show that by mid-February, areas north of Cairns in Queensland will be at 'Alert Level 2' – where both widespread bleaching and significant coral mortality are likely.  Chances of coral bleaching are higher during the warmer seasons, which is why Australian scientists are on high alert during the Southern Hemisphere's summer.   Coral bleaching killed about 30 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef's coral in 2016, according to scientists, and underwent its third mass bleaching event in 2020.  Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef outside Cairns Australia during a mass bleaching event. The Great Barrier Reef has seen five mass bleaching events - 1998, 2002, 2016, 2017 and 2020 Great Barrier Reef could face another mass bleaching by end...
    A pair of satellites designed to observe the sun have captured video of the bright green Comet Leonard as it speeds past the Earth for the first time in 70,000 years.  Since its discovery in January this year, the comet has been fast approaching both the Sun and Earth, at nearly 160,000 miles per hour.  The ball of ice and dust is about half a mile wide, and was captured by the NASA Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory Aspacecraft (STEREO-A), and the European Space Agency (ESA) Solar Orbiter observatory. STEREO-A has been focused on following the green comet since November, and the team from NASA were able to produce a short animation from dozens of images. NASA published a 'difference image' to highlight 'outbursts' from the comet, caused when it throws off volatile material like gas and water ice - changing its brightness. The ESA spacecraft, a joint project with the US space agency, captured a video of the comet streaking across its field of view between December 17 and 19, 2021. But according to scientists, it may already be splitting...
    Formal photographs seldom say too much, but every so often they say everything. A little over 50 years ago, the camera clicked on a family group in the shadow of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was Christmas Day and the royal children had just emerged from divine worship. There, trying to bring order to the chattering tribe of siblings, cousins, second cousins and a goddaughter, was a young Prince Charles and his fashionably stylish teenage sister Princess Anne. If 1969 was a momentous year for mankind — the Apollo 11 moon landing, Concorde’s maiden flight and The Beatles’ last public performance — then it was brimming with significance for the Royal Family. It saw the death of Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales and the Queen making her first appearance at Trooping the Colour on her horse Burmese, the black mare she would ride for the next 18 years. Now, 52 years on, the Queen is at Windsor Castle again for Christmas in another year marked by personal loss and extraordinary resilience. For...
    New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams has ordered a complete review of all cases handled by disgraced Judge Michelle Odinet during her time as a prosecutor during the 1990s, after she was caught on video repeatedly using the n-word. Odinet, who has served as a Lafayette City Court judge for just a year, has been suspended from the bench without pay in the wake of the scandal sparked by the footage. The short recording caused widespread uproar, earned a mention on Saturday Night Live and prompted Governor John Bel Edwards to call for Odinet's resignation. It shows a TV set at her home displaying security footage of what appears to be a thwarted burglary. Laughter and racist slurs are heard from the viewers - who are not visible on camera - as they watch two people capture the suspect, who is black. Disgraced Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet (left and right) is on unpaid leave for using racial slurs targeting a black burglar. All her old cases from her time as a prosecutor will now be reviewed    Video footage captured...
    The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham after deciding to spend time at Windsor amid a spike in Covid cases.   Queen Elizabeth will be visited by family over the festive period after 'careful consideration'.  Her majesty missed her usual church service at Windsor yesterday as part of the measures being taken to protect the traditional Christmas celebrations, which have been held at Sandringham since 1988.   The Queen, 95, did not go to Sandringham last Christmas either, due to lockdown and to remain with Prince Philip in Windsor. She was due to leave for Sandringham on Wednesday, before the decision was announced today. This will be the first Christmas the Queen has marked since the death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, earlier this year and it is understood that family members are preparing to rally round her so she does not have to spend it alone.   The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham for the first time more than 30 years after deciding to spend time at Windsor The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham (pictured)...
    There was a point this season where the Niners were 3-5, and they had just been embarrassed by the Arizona Cardinals and their backup quarterback at home. The playoffs looked eons away. The walls around this team were seemingly crumbling. Look again. Six games and five wins later, the Niners are on the precipice of clinching a spot in the playoffs. They could be in with weeks to play. And given that they hold two important tiebreakers, it’d be stunning if they didn’t qualify for the postseason. As 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the 31-13 win over the Falcons, “it’s a long season.” The way the Niners are playing now, they have a chance to make the season even longer. The 49ers made a statement on Sunday. Their comprehensive win over an inferior team told the rest of the NFL that they’re a team to be reckoned with this winter. And in an NFC where there appears to be no dominant team, the 49ers are rightly asking why they can’t make...
    Mothers devote just 25 per cent of their attention to their toddlers when distracted by a smartphone, a new study has warned. Researchers fear this could damage a child's development and cause greater 'far-reaching' consequences because of inadequate mother-child interaction. They suspect the same goes for fathers using a mobile to browse social media and the internet, but didn't test the assumption in the study. Scroll down for video Research: Mothers devote just 25 per cent of their attention to their toddlers when distracted by a smartphone, a new study has warned (stock image) How do toddlers develop social skills? Language development explodes from between the ages of two and four, according to American obstetrician Dr Amos Grunebaum. A child's vocabulary, understanding and communication skills flourish at around these ages, he says. These skills are an essential foundation for how a child interacts with others and they significantly impact cognitive, social and emotional development and their future lives in school and beyond. By the time a child reaches its second birthday it should have mastered pointing to common objects; three body parts;...
    + Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett urges citizens to step up vaccinations and take precautionary measures such as working from home (Photo: Getty Images by BBC News) Israel is in the middle of the fifth wave of Covid 19 due to the Ômicron variant, with Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett on Sunday urging citizens to step up vaccinations and take precautionary measures such as working from home. In a televised speech, Bennett said that when Ômicron was first detected last month, Israel had bought some time by moving quickly to control travel, but it is now declining. He predicted that the disease would break out in a few weeks. Earlier on Sunday, an advisory panel of the Ministry of Health recommended that the United States add Israel to the list of “red” countries where its citizens cannot fly without special permission. Bennett did not mention this extent in his speech. Israel has 134 confirmed cases of Ômicron and 307 suspected cases, according to the Ministry of Health. “The time we buy is over,” Bennett said. “The numbers are not high yet. It’s...
    Chris Noth's supermodel ex-girlfriend Beverly Johnson accused him of 'beating her', 'making death threats' against her, and 'threatening to disfigure her' in 1995 court documents, a resurfaced newspaper article has revealed.  The article - which was originally published in The National Enquirer - was posted on Instagram account Diet Prada after the Sex and the City star, now 67, was accused of rape and sexual assault by two women in a bombshell report in The Hollywood Reporter.  According to the article, Johnson, now 69, alleged in court documents that Noth - whom she dated between 1990 and 1995 - 'beat her' during their relationship, and that he also made death threats against her while phoning her '25 times a day', threatened to disfigure her, and even 'vowed to kill her dog'.  The publication reported at the time that 'Beverly told a pal': 'I've never been so frightened in my life. I just can't believe that someone who had once been so tender and sweet could turn into this raging wild man.'  Johnson also reportedly tried to get a restraining order against...
    This is the adorable moment a baby boy said his first words - but wasn't quite ready for the delighted reaction. Footage filmed by Kalin Kelleher, from Alamosa, Colorado, shows seven-month-old Kailor repeating her and saying 'Dada' in front of the pair's thrilled family and friends. As soon as he says it, relatives scream in delight, prompting the little boy to flinch, his smiling face switching to wide-eyed shock as he turns to see where the loud noise came from.   Seven-month-old Kailor from Alamosa, Colorado, says the word 'Dada' for the first time and is left in shock by his family's excited reaction The footage, which has since garnered over 3.1million views, shows the tot repeating his mother Kalin Kelleher and saying 'Dada' in front of the couple's thrilled family and friends RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Adorable moment a happy baby pygmy hippo smooches her mother... Inspired by Captain Tom... the little hero who charmed Kate... Share this article Share The footage was shared to TikTok on December 5 and has since had more...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO or Lionel Messi? For close to TWO DECADES, fans have bickered in pubs, parks and playgrounds about which superstar is better. 14 Who is truly the greatest of all-time: Messi or Ronaldo? Now more than ever supporters seem to be arguing the case for their favourite on social media. Both have enjoyed glittering careers, winning loads of trophies, scoring hundreds of goals and earning mountains of personal accolades. In truth there is no way us mere mortals can truly know whether Ronaldo or Messi is the best of all-time. So we've gone to those who know them best to find out who they think is No1. Below are 12 stars who played alongside both during their careers - and who THEY believe to be the best ever... PAULO DYBALA 14 Dybala is a current team-mate of Messi and Ronaldo - and couldn't separate the two The Argentina ace diplomatically claimed: “It is impossible to make a comparison between the two of them or say who is the best. "They are at a level on a par with each...
    Austin, Texas (CNN)One of the fastest-growing cities in the country, the capital of Texas is nearing the end of its deadliest year on record in 2021 as cities nationwide are experiencing a rise in homicides and gun violence incidents that began last year when the pandemic tightened its grip on the US.Fueled by what both authorities and community leaders say is the easy access to guns, Austin has recorded 88 homicides so far this year, shattering the previous high of 59 in 1984. Chris Harris, a member of the Austin Justice Coalition, a community-led organization addressing criminal justice reform as well as economic and social justice, said most of the violent incidents that occur in the city involve people "who know each other." How US gun culture stacks up with the world "If it's two people who know each other, clearly there is some contact that has risen to a point now that is being resolved violently instead of being resolved peacefully," Harris said. Read More Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon called the increase in violent crime "disappointing," especially for...
    New York City FC won the MLS Cup title for the first time in their six-year history after a penalty shootout win over the Portland Timbers.  Golden Boot winner Valentin 'Taty' Castellanos scored in the opening half and it appeared that New York were on their way to the championship before Portland's Felipe Mora scored in stoppage time to make it 1-1. Neither team managed to find the net in extra time, before Alexander Callen's penalty sealed the 4-2 shootout victory. New York City FC won the MLS Cup title for the first time - just six years after they joined the league Alexander Callen (right) scored the winning penalty in a 4-2 shootout win over the Portland Timbers Manager Ronny Delia celebrated after the game by stripping to his underwear and doing push-ups RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next PSG 'eye Anthony Martial as potential replacement for Kylian... Tim Sherwood labels Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a 'DISGRACE'... SPECIAL REPORT: One agent pocketed £16MILLION from a £20M... Liverpool fear they could lose Mo Salah and Sadio Mane...
    Scouting Report: Flint & Tinder’s Waxed Trucker Jacket comes pre-broken-in, but with each movement, you can feel your mark being made on the jacket. It only gets better and better with each wear. With summer gone, it’s time to get back into jackets, which is my favorite time of the year. There’s truly nothing like a good jacket worn on a crisp autumn day. But finding the right one is actually harder than it looks. I’ve never been much of a jacket kind of guy, that’s for sure, but then I came across a really special jacket from Huckberry. Flint & Tinder’s Waxed Trucker JacketBuy at Huckberry$268Free Shipping | Free Returns Flint & Tinder’s Waxed Trucker Jacket may just be the best jacket in my closet, and it has only gotten better and better the more I’ve worn it. Right out of the packaging, the waxed canvas felt soft and supple to the touch, and when I threw it on, it wasn’t restricting at all. But what’s cool is with every movement, I can feel myself making a mark...
    A young Australian who fell in love with pottery after her travel plans were put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions has captured the attention of close to half a million people on TikTok. Silk Castellas-Cartwright, from Melbourne, started experimenting with clay at the beginning of 2021 then enrolled in local pottery classes to improve her skills. The 21-year-old dubs herself as a part-time ceramicist while working on her business By Silk where she sells her creations online. 'I make pieces that are modern and fun, and that can be used functionally but also as a piece of art on their own,' Silk told FEMAIL. Scroll down for video Silk Castellas-Cartwright, from Melbourne, Australia (pictured) started experimenting with clay at the start of 2021 when her travel plans were put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions 'I planned to travel for the year after finishing my Arts degree, but found myself with a lot of spare time in and out of lockdowns,' Silk told FEMAIL 'I planned to travel for the year after finishing my Arts degree, but found myself with a...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.When news of Omicron emerged over the Thanksgiving holiday, media organizations scrambled to cover the new variant and what it might mean for the world. The problem, however, was that very little was known about it at the time. And so, the absence of data created a void that was quite unfortunately filled with a lot of speculation.The speculation about Omicron did not air on the optimistic side of things. Instead, worst case scenarios played out in stories. Scary quotes about a "Frankenstein" escape variant were plugged into headlines, chyrons, and push alerts.The situation was portrayed as a five-alarm fire. Consuming even a tiny dose of the coverage — whether it was through television, the internet, or even a good old-fashioned newspaper — probably left a not insignificant part of the audience wondering whether the current vaccines would offer any protection at all against the variant."When the variant was identified basically nothing was known about the virus other than it...
    JILL Duggar enjoyed an outing at the library with her youngest child, Samuel after giving herself a beauty makeover. The 30-year-old debuted her new blonde locks last week while she was preparing to testify in her brother Josh's child pornography trial. 5Jill posed for a snap while at the library with her youngest child SamuelCredit: Instagram 5Last week, she debuted her new blonde hairstyle on her blog and social mediaCredit: Instagram/Jill Duggar On Tuesday, the reality star shared a sweet snap on Instagram of the mother-son pair as they bonded over their love of books. Jill smiled alongside the four-year-old as they both pulled their masks below their chin for the photo. The TV star tied back her lighter hairstyle into a long ponytail and a thick headband. She captioned the post: "????story time at the library ❤️" Jill took to the website she shares with Derick to give fans a look at her new blond hair with a series of photos. The star posed at multiple angles to give fans a good look at her lighter hair. Most read in...
    Australia's most famous identical twins who eat, sleep and shower together with their shared fiancé have now revealed they plan to be pregnant at the same time.   Anna and Lucy DeCinque, 35, from Perth, take their sisterly bond to a whole new level - they dress alike, spend every minute together, and plan to have babies with their partner of nine years, Ben Byrne, 40, at the same time.  The sisters - who have earned the world title of the 'most identical twins' - are so close that they go to the toilet together and measure out their food to ensure they are eating exactly the same amount. Australia's most famous identical twins who eat, sleep and shower together with their shared fiance have now revealed they plan to get pregnant at the same time Anna and Lucy DeCinque, 35, from Perth , take their sisterly bond to a whole new level - they dress alike, spend every minute together, and both want to get pregnant to their partner of nine years, Ben Byrne, 40, at the same time The twins test...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Inspired by the life of NBA star and executive producer Kevin Durant, the new TV series “Swagger” explores the world of youth basketball both on and off the court. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Isaiah Hill, the show explores the dreams, ambition, and corruption behind the scenes of trying to make it to the NBA. KCAL9’s Kristin Smith sat down with actress Shinelle Azoroh and creator and director Reggie Rock Bythewood to find out more about the show. READ MORE: Third Case Of Omicron Detected In L.A. CountyThe series revolves around Jase Carson, played by Hill, a 14-year old basketball phenom who aspires to play in the NBA. “We really deal with all the challenges that kids face in this grassroots basketball world, but we also really deal with what happens with them off the court,” said Bythewood. “On one level swagger is about basketball, but beneath the surface, it’s really about growing up in America.” The first three episodes of the series premiered on October 29th on Apple TV+. “Swagger to me is to...
    Sex And The City's Chris Noth has leapt to the defence of Sarah Jessica Parker as he gave his take on the 'nasty' feud between the actress and their ex co-star Kim Cattrall.  The pair have been at loggerheads for years, with Kim, 65, infamously slamming SJP, 56, for sending 'insincere' condolences following the death of Kim's brother Chris in 2018. And with Kim's absence noticeable in the upcoming spin-off And Just Like That...  Chris, 67, gave his take on the situation, branding the public spat 'uncomfortable'. Strong bond: Sex And The City's Chris Noth has leapt to the defence of Sarah Jessica Parker as he gave his take on the 'nasty' feud between the actress and their ex co-star Kim Cattrall Speaking to The Guardian, Chris, who plays SJP's lover Mr Big in the franchise, said of Kim: 'I have to tell you, I have absolutely no idea what her thinking is, or her emotions.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next It's magic! HBO unveils 20th anniversary Harry Potter... Chris Pratt and his wife...
    Prince William has revealed that he was engulfed by a dark cloud of anguish and depression after witnessing the aftermath of a devastating accident. In a remarkable display of candour, the Duke vividly describes how his torment left him feeling as if 'the whole world was dying'. His mental health crisis came after he helped to save the life of a gravely injured boy only a few years older than his son, Prince George, while working as a helicopter pilot for the air ambulance service. In an extraordinarily frank podcast to be released tomorrow, the future King describes how he was deeply affected by what he experienced that day. Overwhelmed by depressive feelings, he says it was as if 'something had changed' inside him. Weeks later his despair intensified. As he describes it, it was 'like someone had put a key in a lock and opened it without me giving permission to do that'. He adds: 'You just feel everyone's pain, everyone's suffering. And that's not me. I've never felt that before.' Prince William gave a remarkable insight into his...
    Octavia Spencer not only believes in ghosts, she has a friendship with one. The actress, 51, appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Friday where she discussed her new movie "Encounter," her belief in UFOs, and made the revelation that she's joined by a spirit in her home from time-to-time. "I grew up watching Westerns and I bought this house, and it was owned by a guy who did Westerns and I must have been a fan of his. I think he is my protector," Spencer said. While some would be spooked at the thought of a spirit living among them, Spencer said the two have a pretty positive connection. DISTRICT ATTORNEY REACTS TO ALEC BALDWIN AFTER HE CLAIMS IT'S ‘UNLIKELY’ HE'LL BE CHARGED IN ‘RUST’ SHOOTING Riz Ahmed, left, and Octavia Spencer arrive at the LA premiere of "Encounter" at the Directors Guild of America on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles.  (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) "I love him because he kind of sorts out the bad people that shouldn't be there. He runs them out. If they stay...
    The Duke of Cambridge has teamed up with tech giant Apple to appear in a new 'audio walking experience', sharing his favourite memories and songs while talking a stroll in the Norfolk countryside.  Listeners are able to immerse themselves in walks featured in the series, hearing the footsteps of the narrator and the sounds around them as they take the audience on a journey through locations important to them. The future king was recorded as he toured his grandmother's 20,000 acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, starting at the Queen's home, Sandringham House, and then took in St Mary Magdalene Church, where the royals celebrate Christmas each year, before ending up at Anmer Hall, his and Kate's family home.  Pictures of the host - who have previously included singer Dolly Parton, actress Jane Fonda, boxer Anthony Joshua and model Naomi Campbell - also pop up at points along the route.   Prince William (pictured) will appear on a special festive episode of Time to Walk on Monday 6th December, encouraging people to take some time out and walk for their mental health over...
    The newly discovered Comet Leonard is set to light up the sky this month, as it passes by Earth for the first time in 70,000 years. It will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere's pre-dawn sky with a telescope, or binoculars in dark-sky locations, as it increases in brightness during December. Later in the month it may even be possible to spot the bright green iceball briefly in the evening shortly after sunset, astronomers say.  The comet has a green tail because its icy rock interior heats up the closer it gets to the sun, first emitting a blue dust, then yellow or white and finally green. When it turns this teal colour, it means the comet is warm, contains lots of cyanide and diatomic carbon and the potential for it to break up is at its highest.  Unfortunately for skywatchers in the UK, it may be more difficult to see Leonard around the time of its closest approach because of its low position on the south-eastern horizon before twilight. Britons are better off looking early in the morning at around...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday a third federal emergency medical team is on its way to Minnesota. A staff of 14 doctors and nurses from the Department of Human Services will arrive at M Health Fairview Southdale in Edina on Friday. READ MORE: Experts Still Learning About Omicron; Minnesota Case Detected Early Due To Virus Surveillance SystemThe medical teams are providing support during the surge of COVID-19 cases and ongoing hospital staffing shortages. A group from the U.S. Air Force started their work this week at St. Cloud Hospital. WCCO went along for one of their shifts. On the fifth floor of St. Cloud Hospital, Jim James is close to going home after a stay that began Monday. “We thought he was having a heart attack so we called an ambulance,” said his daughter, Cindy James. It was sepsis that had the 87-year-old waiting five hours for an open bed and for a doctor from 1,200 miles away. “He did not have COVID, and he needed immediate action and we got it,” James said. Dr. Ben Dahlberg,...
    The assistant of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah has been pictured for the first time since changing his plea to guilty in the fraud trial of their alleged $5m telemarketing scheme. On Friday, Stuart Smith could be seen near his home in Utah holding papers and what appeared to be an open beer bottle while dressed down in casual clothes. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen, 48, has maintained her innocence in the fraud trial, and her assistant Stuart had initially plead not guilty over his alleged involvement in the scheme. But earlier this month it was revealed that Stuart, 43, has now flipped his story, changing his plea to guilty during an appearance before Southern District of New York Judge Sidney H. Stein this month.  Pictured: Jen Shah's assistant Stuart Smith is seen at his home after flipping on the RHOSLC star by changing his plea to GUILTY in $5m telemarketing scam According to a report from PEOPLE at the time, Stuart has now been released on bail with his sentencing has been...