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    Santa may have some new names to add to his naughty list ahead of Christmas after at least two masked men assaulted jolly old St. Nicholas on the streets of a suburb that borders Chicago over the weekend as the Windy City grapples with a rise in violent crime. Adam White has dressed up as Santa for the past four years, spreading holiday cheer and greeting shoppers outside his brother’s store in Oak Park, WBBM-TV reported. CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ASKS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR HELP FIGHTING CITY'S CRIME But as he stood at his corner on Saturday evening, White told the station that two grinches began pelting him with eggs. "They just started throwing eggs at me, and it felt like some hard rocks or something – I don’t know," White said. "You know, they hit me in the face, threw some from back, from the front." A man dressed as Santa was pelted with eggs on the streets of Chicago on Satuday evening, according to a local report. (iStock) Video footage obtained by the station shows small white...
    Egg-pelting assailants were caught on camera attacking Santa Claus as he tried to spread holiday cheer in a Chicago park on Saturday. Adam White, who has taken on the Father Christmas persona for the last four holiday seasons, was greeting community members outside his brother's Oak Park home after spending the day in costume outside his sibling's nearby store when he was ambushed by two men sporting dark clothes and ski masks. 'They just started throwing eggs at me, and it felt like some hard rocks or something – I don't know,' White told CBS 2. 'They hit me in the face, threw some from back, from the front. I was trying to push them off.'    Despite the attack, White still plans to spread holiday cheer to his community.  'It's going to encourage me to do this more,' he said. Egg-pelting assailants were caught on camera attacking Santa Claus as he tried to spread holiday cheer in a Chicago park on Saturday The suspects (pictured), donning donning dark clothes and ski masks, threw eggs at Adam White as he stood outside his...
    ASKING workers in their 60s when they are going to retire is age discrimination, a tribunal has ruled. The verdict came after Ian Tapping, a civil servant in his 60s, successfully sued the MoD. 2Civil servant Ian Tapping successfully sued the Ministry of Defence after a meeting with HRCredit: Getty 2The MoD claimed this was necessary to manage staff and plan for hiringCredit: Getty His plans for retirement had been raised at a meeting with HR after he launched a grievance. The MoD claimed this was necessary to manage staff and plan for hiring. But employment judge James Bax ruled it was unreasonable to ask since Mr Tapping had shown no indication of wanting to leave. The judge also said a 30-year-old would not be asked, and ruled the retirement suggestion was a means of “removing the aggrieved person from the problem”. Mr Tapping had requested help with his workload as he was struggling with a pain condition. It was not granted and instead he was moved to another project. Mr Tapping launched his grievance...
    President Joe Biden headlined the Democratic National Committee's glamorous holiday party on Tuesday night, giving a speech in which he touted his administration's agenda and railed against Republican objection to Democrats' voting rights legislation. He said the GOP was following Donald Trump 'into the abyss' by fueling baseless claims the 2020 election was rigged. Hours after speaking to a 400-person audience full of top Democrats and DNC donors the president struck a more somber tone in a statement memorializing the 800,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19 so far. He also expressed optimism for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections - despite his party's underwhelming performance in this year's races and his own sinking poll numbers. The remarks were delivered at the Hotel Washington. The event was held outdoors over Omicron concerns.  After spending several minutes talking about the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure investment and thanking his wealthy donors, Biden turned his attention to Democrats' struggle to pass federal voting rights legislation. 'The right to vote is under unrelenting assault by Republican governors, attorney generals, secretaries of state, state legislators. They're...
    ATLANTA, Georgia — Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows slammed partisan Democrat efforts to attack him with a criminal contempt of Congress resolution on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night, as he delivered a rousing speech to conservatives gathered to mark the launch of a Georgia state legislature branch of the Freedom Caucus. Speaking to hundreds of state legislators from around America and other conservative leaders gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, Meadows implored them to recognize a higher calling in their work and noted that the Democrats in Washington, DC, who are pushing to hold him in contempt through the January 6 Committee are motivated by evil. “You’re not here by accident,” Meadows said. “You’re here with a special purpose and a calling on your mind. Each one of you who are here have overcome obstacles to serve your state, your country, and your family. It has not all been a bed of roses. What the enemy means for evil, He will make it good. I say that because...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) spoke of the efforts he took to defend himself during the storming of the U.S. Capitol, including how he was prepared to use his gun on anyone who broke into his office. The outgoing representative gave a wide-ranging interview to S.E. Cupp for Rolling Stone, where he expanded on his decision to leave Congress, and he also lamented the state of the Republican Party under former President Donald Trump. In one part of the conversation, Kinzinger was asked to look back on January 6th, and he said “I knew there was going to be violence” that day. “I didn’t necessarily know they were going to sack the Capitol, but I knew there was going to be violence,” the congressman said. “In fact, I warned [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy two days prior to it. And he was very dismissive of it, of course.” Kinzinger went on to say that he told his staff to stay home that day, and he was increasingly alarmed as he watched the “Stop the Steal” rally which turned into the...
    Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images News | Getty Images Democrats jettisoned a number of proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy in their $1.75 trillion social and climate spending measure. But those taxes are set to increase even if lawmakers don't touch them. Starting in 2026, the marginal income-tax rate paid by the highest earners would increase (to 39.6% from 37%), more multimillion-dollar estates would be subject to federal tax and many entrepreneurs would lose a 20% tax deduction on their business income. That's due to language in the 2017 tax law, passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and White House, which made these tax cuts temporary. "Most of the individual provisions of the [law] do expire at the end of 2025," said Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation. "Just like [many households] saw a tax cut in 2018, they might see a tax increase relative to current policy in 2026." In September, House Democrats proposed repealing changes to the top income-tax rate, estate tax and tax deduction for wealthy owners of pass-through businesses. The measures, part...
    PATRICE EVRA says he knew David Moyes was doomed to fail at Manchester United after the Scot’s FIRST team meeting. Moyes left Everton to replace Red Devils legend Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. 1Patrice Evra knew David Moyes wasn't going to make the cut at Man Utd after his first team meetingCredit: Dave Pinegar - The Sun But he was sacked before the end of his first season after struggling to defend United’s Premier League title. Moyes, now flying high as West Ham boss, won just 27 of 51 games at the Theatre of Dreams. And Evra recalls thinking he would get ‘eaten alive’ after the tactician asked his new United players if they could ‘teach him to win’. Previewing his new book 'I Love This Game' in The Times, Evra said: “I’m not surprised Moyes is doing well at West Ham. I know how much the players like him. “But when he came to Old Trafford and said, ‘Guys, I know you win everything and you will have to teach me’. "I was like, oh my God you should...
    Fox News host Mark Levin said Tuesday he believes there is a clear geopolitical aspect to the Biden administration's secretive migrant flights and ensuing shuttling of illegal immigrants to suburban locations in the Mid-Atlantic and South. Levin cited the New York Post's bombshell report from earlier in the week that revealed thousands of young migrants landing in the dead of night at Westchester Airport in White Plains, New York, where the passengers are then bused to various drop off points. "Aren't you sick of government operating this way, under cover of dark – without the American people even knowing what's taking place?" Levin asked his audience on "The Mark Levin Show on Westwood One", calling out liberal mainstream newspapers for largely ignoring the situation. The flights have reportedly been happening recently as the Biden Administration has been allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the county instead of deporting them. (New York Post/Christopher Sadowski) TED CRUZ BLASTS BIDEN FOR NOT ENFORCING LAWS BECAUSE OF THE ‘RADICAL, OPEN BORDER’ LEFT Reading aloud from the Post report, Levin noted that many of...
    Dave Bautista has insisted he is 'not embarrassed' about being a wrestler-turned-actor, however doesn't want 'to be put in a box' when it comes to future film roles. Explaining that he's worked hard to ensure people 'see him in a different light' after leaving WWE behind him, Dave, 52, said in a new interview: 'I needed to make a name for myself and start all over and get people to see me in a different light.' Speaking to Men's Health, the Guardians Of The Galaxy star - who gained world-wide fame under the wrestling name Batista between 2002 and 2010 - insisted he's 'not a meathead' and also discussed the toxic nature of social media. Candid: Dave Bautista, 52, has insisted he is 'not embarrassed' about being a wrestler-turned-actor, however doesn't want 'to be put in a box' when it comes to future film roles He told Men's Health: 'I think a lot of people think I'm just a meathead and that I live my life lifting weights. And I actually don't.' The star - whose latest project Dune hits cinemas...
    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley condemned the Biden administration for asking the FBI to help tackle violence and intimidation at heated school board meetings, saying it was 'unprecedented' and 'unconstitutional.' The meetings have been flashpoints for anger this year over everything from pandemic mask mandates to critical race theory. Last week, Biden's attorney general announced federal agencies, including the FBI, would look into growing cases of harassment, intimidation and threats directed at parents and educators. But Hawley, of Missouri, said it was an effort to silence parents.  'I had the opportunity this past week to confront the Justice Department about their effort to use the FBI to silence these parents,' he told OAN, a hardline, rightwing political TV channel, after speaking at the Vote, Pray, Stand Summit in Virginia on Friday. 'Boy that's wrong, that's wrong. I think it's unconstitutional. 'I think it's dangerous that Joe Biden would try to use federal law enforcement to shut down moms and dads from talking about school boards. 'I mean that's just unprecedented so they're gonna have to fight me every step of the...
    The close ties between royalty and the security services are the subject of a gripping new book.  On Saturday, in our first extract, we revealed how the Queen has been protected from numerous terror threats. Today, we reveal the truth behind VERY secret assignments.  Life was made hard for the security forces who were trying to protect Charles and Diana when their marriage was falling apart — and the couple were cheating on one another. Security and exuberant sexuality sat awkwardly together given that both the Prince and Princess of Wales always needed to be accompanied. Regal gifts: Princess Diana presents a polo cup to Major James Hewitt at Windsor in 1991 When Charles drove his Aston Martin the 17 miles from Highgrove, their country house in Gloucestershire, to visit Camilla Parker Bowles at Middlewick House, he was always partnered by his Special Branch officer, Colin Trimming. When Diana visited her lover James Hewitt at his mother’s cottage in the West Country, her security officer slept downstairs on the sofa while the couple were upstairs. Initially, when meeting Hewitt in...
    A pregnant California native still trapped in Afghanistan says the Taliban are going door to door hunting for Americans.  Nasria, 25, who requested only her first name be used out of fear for her safety, is one of the 100 to 200 Americans believed to still be stuck in the country, and trying to find a way out.  She had flown there in June to visit family, and get married to her longtime boyfriend, who is an Afghan national.  'There's been days where I think to myself, "am I going to make it home? am I going to end up living here? Am I going to end up dying here?" What's going to happen?' she told Voice of America.  Now, with American presence in the country gone, she says, 'Apparently they're [the Taliban] going door-to-door now. Trying to see if anyone has a blue passport.' California native Nasria, 25, (pictured) is among the 100 to 200 Americans still trapped in Afghanistan trying to escape Nasria had traveled to the country in June to get married, but, now pregnant,...
    On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists successfully hijacked four California-bound planes, with the intention of crashing them into iconic buildings.  By 9.30am the World Trade Centre, one of New York City's most famous landmarks, had been hit, hundreds killed and many more trapped in the floors above. Flight 77 had been hijacked and was en route for the Pentagon; Flight 93 also had terrorists at the controls. Al-Qaeda's mission was going exactly to plan. 9.31am: Terrorist Ziad Jarrah is at the controls of Flight 93. He is out of breath after struggling with the pilots as he attempts to speak to the 33 passengers on board over the intercom, but as he is unfamiliar with the controls he inadvertently transmits his message to air traffic control instead: 'Ladies and Gentlemen.  Here the captain, please sit down keep remaining sitting. We have a bomb on board. So, sit.' But there is no bomb — his aim is to crash the plane on either the Capitol or the White House. Firefighters and emergency crews at the scene...
    "Sunday Night in America" host Trey Gowdy joined "The Brian Kilmeade Show" Tuesday and blasted Biden’s Aug. 31 Afghanistan exit deadline. The former congressman argued if the Afghanistan withdrawal is the Democrat’s "reelection message" they will end up a minority party.  MIDTERMS LOOM: REPUBLICANS SQUEEZE DEMS OVER BOTCHED AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL TREY GOWDY: I don't know the [Democrats’] motives. I do know that it is indefensible if you're running for reelection to say, ‘hey, after 20 years, women and girls are still at risk. Religious minorities are still targeted, journalists are being beaten up. We can't get Americans out, and oh, by the way, in the last week, 13 coffins came back to Dover Air Force Base. But by golly, we met Joe Biden's deadline.’ If that's what you're running for reelection on, that you will be a minority party.  So I think if given the choice, do we continue to write stories about the disaster that is Afghanistan and give Kevin McCarthy a chance to be the Speaker of the House? Or do we pivot and talk about something else?...
    The vaccination site at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in Watts got off to a slow start when it opened in mid-June. A medical team from the L.A. County Department of Public Health had plenty of vaccine and eager staffers, but very few patients. Cynthia Key, a public health nurse, got tired of that in about two days. “We were just sitting here and needed to utilize our resources properly,” Key said. “Yeah,” said Dr. David Bolour, “we had lots of stuff and we’re like, ‘What are we doing here? Let’s go.’” The L.A. County Department Public Health operates a vaccination center at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in Watts.(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times) From the beginning of the pandemic, infection rates have been high in low-income communities of color, and vaccination rates have lagged below average. Key figured that if the goal was to make vaccinations more accessible, and to provide information to people who were hesitant, the team needed to work harder. Over the next few days, balloons were flying outside the gymnasium where the vaccinations are administered. Key knew that...
    The elephant herd dawdling through a field in the southwest of Yunnan province on June 20. Xinhua via Getty Images China's roving elephant herd is finally being guided home after 16 months of wandering. A taskforce of experts and forestry firefighters are using drones, elephant treats, and scores of vehicles to persuade the animals back to their reserve. The herd still has hundreds of miles to go, and the rest of the trip will likely take months. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. China's roaming elephants are finally on the way home after wandering for more than 16 months across the country. It's been slow going for Chinese authorities trying to usher the 14 pachyderms back to their home reserve near China's border with Thailand. The whole operation is run by almost 40 forestry firefighters, who keep tabs on the herd with drones as the jumbo travelers trundle through thick forests and villages, reported AFP. When the elephants enter populated areas, the task force cuts the power to prevent the giants from electrocuting themselves or starting fires....
    EVEN over the phone, I could hear the desperation in the voice of the young single mum I spoke to last week. She has three children and despite juggling their care with working as many hours as she could manage, she was struggling to make ends meet. 3Single mums are so strapped for cash they’re going hungry so their kids can eat - we must take actionCredit: Getty Their father had not paid her a penny in maintenance for months, even though the Child Maintenance Service, set up in 2012, was supposed to be enforcing his financial responsibilities. It meant this young woman, only in her twenties, had to visit her local food bank just to feed her children, as well as borrow money on credit cards to pay some of her bills. It had plunged her into a spiral of debt from which she could see no way out. She felt overwhelmed and without hope. Her story is echoed by countless others who contact Gingerbread, the charity for single parents of which I am chief executive. From reliance on...
    DEONTAY WILDER has told Tyson Fury he is 'going to hell' for the 'Covid-19 lie'. The two heavyweights will now fight on October 9 after their original July date had to be postponed when Fury caught coronavirus. 4Deontay Wilder, standing with his coach Malik Scott, has accused Tyson Fury of a 'Covid-19 lie'Credit: Instagram @bronzebomber Wilder, however, appears to doubt whether the Brit really caught the disease in his latest Instagram post. Standing on the ring apron with his lead coach Malik Scott, Wilder posted: "Yo bro, @malikkingscott say it ain't so… not the Covid-19 lie. "They're going to hell for that one!!! Oct 9th can not come any faster." He then added 'This will be easy' as a hash tag. It is not the first time the American has raised eyebrows with some wild claims. After he was battered by Fury in February 2020 some of the excuses used were that his drink was spiked, that his ringwalk suit was 'too heavy' and that he was carrying an injury. And Wilder is not the only party unhappy with Team...
    The country’s top military officer was so convinced that then-President Donald Trump would attempt a coup after his election loss to Joe Biden that he and other senior generals made plans to stop him, according to a new book. General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his deputies reportedly pledged to resign en masse if they were given an order by Trump that was illegal or unconstitutional. 'They may try, but they’re not going to f***ing succeed,' Milley told his deputies. 'You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. 'We're the guys with the guns.' The dramatic quote excerpted by CNN was revealed in a new book authored by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig titled I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year. The book is scheduled for release next week. General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so convinced that then-President Donald Trump would attempt a coup after his election loss to Joe Biden...
    Washington (CNN)The top US military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, was so shaken that then-President Donald Trump and his allies might attempt a coup or take other dangerous or illegal measures after the November election that Milley and other top officials informally planned for different ways to stop Trump, according to excerpts of an upcoming book obtained by CNN.The book, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, describes how Milley and the other Joint Chiefs discussed a plan to resign, one-by-one, rather than carry out orders from Trump that they considered to be illegal, dangerous or ill-advised."It was a kind of Saturday Night Massacre in reverse," Leonnig and Rucker write. The book, "I Alone Can Fix It," scheduled to be released next Tuesday, chronicles Trump's final year as president, with a behind-the-scenes look at how senior administration officials and Trump's inner circle navigated his increasingly unhinged behavior after losing the 2020 election. The authors interviewed Trump for more than two hours.The book recounts how for the first time in modern US history...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) urged police officers on Monday to relocate to Florida because “they’re going to be supported” in a “better” culture. “I do think you will see; I think you’ve already seen. But there are people in these police departments in various other parts of the country who, if they can get a job in Florida, they want to come to Florida to be able to do it,” DeSantis explained. “Because the culture is better, and they understand they’re going to be supported much more resolutely [in] what they do.” He continued: Make no mistake: the reason that you have such huge spikes in crime in many parts of the country is because of not standing up for law enforcement, having weak policies where you’re letting people out, and you’re not prosecuting people who are committing habitual offenses. That is clearly causing disastrous consequences. DeSantis’ reference to “many parts of the country” correspond with Democrat-controlled municipalities that have defunded police, such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon. “We’re happy to be supportive of law enforcement. We should look (at)...
    Rescue workers could hear a woman trapped in the rubble of the Miami condo collapse shouting for help - but after hours of trying to reach her, they no longer heard her screams.  'She passed,' a fire official confirmed Thursday.       Miami Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky told reporters at a news conference Thursday morning that early in the rescue effort, crews had been trying to get to the woman who they could hear, but could not reach.  'We did hear audible sounds,' he said. 'They were searching for a female voice, is what we heard, for several hours - and eventually we didn't hear her voice anymore.' The revelation came as Florida officials said they were halting rescue operations out of fear they could cause further collapse, one week after a portion of the 12-story Champlain Towers South fell, killing 18 people and leaving another 145 so far unaccounted for.   Rescue workers could be seen desperately trying to reach a woman they could hear trapped behind a wall of concrete roughly 10 hours after the Surfside condo collapse  In addition...
    Many doctors have claimed that the only way to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control in the U.S. - especially in the face of highly infectious variants - is to not only vaccinate adults, but also children. And so, thousands of parents have stepped up and have volunteered their babies, toddlers elementary schoolers and teenagers to undergo vaccine clinical trials. For some parents, the idea of enrolling their children in the studies on kids being conducted by Pfizer and Moderna seems unnecessary because 0.1 percent of all COVID-deaths have occurred in those under age 17. For others, they told CNN the decision to join the trials was an easy one. One family said they volunteered all three of their children because they believe vaccinating youngsters is the only way to reach herd immunity. Another set of patents said their son made the choice himself to enroll in the clinical trial because he wants to go back to school in-person, attend birthday parties and go on summer vacation. The Bui family of Louisiana enrolled all three of their children's -...
    Jennifer Lopez is one of many celebrities to release a skin-care line in recent years. Danny Moloshok/Reuters Celebrities often cite their namesake beauty products as the secrets to their glowing skin. But they often don't mention the role of healthy food, top doctors, and expensive beauty treatments. As a result, celebrities might be negatively affecting consumers with their skin-care brands. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For as long as there have been celebrities, there have also been celebrity-endorsed products. Just about every star in Hollywood had a fragrance tied to their name in the early 2000s, and if not, they likely released an affordable-yet-stylish clothing line at a department store. More recently, however, stars have followed in the footsteps of Rihanna and her Fenty Beauty empire and attached their names to makeup lines or skin-care brands. However, celebrities might want to hold off on developing their own face washes, scrubs, and serums. Stars could actually be doing more harm than good with their skin-care lines — especially if they're promising fans a Hollywood-crafted complexion with their...
    New York (CNN Business)Car dealer lots have only a fraction of the vehicles — both new and used — that they typically have. That's helping send prices to record levels and lifting the nation's overall inflation rate.And the price increases aren't over yet.The average new car price hit a record $38,255 in May, according to JD Power, up 12% from the same period a year ago.About two-thirds of car buyers paid within 5% of the sticker price in May, with some even paying above sticker. Wholesale prices for used cars sold at auction are up 39% since the start of this year, according to other data from JD Power. Retail used car prices are up a more modest 20% in the same period. That's also a significant jump for this time of year, and the higher wholesale prices are pointing to bigger increases on the way.Read MoreA used car dealership Brooklyn, NY. Tight supplies of used cars is driving up prices and feeding overall inflation. "That puts wholesale used prices at the highest level they've ever been," said David Paris...
    With vaccines rolling out across across the world, travelers want to reclaim something most gave up during the lockdown era: the summer vacation. Travel searches are surging, and bookings aren't far behind. But it isn't happening uniformly across continents. Here's who is booking, where people are traveling, and what's beckoning travelers from their homes again.Europe on the moveMore than half (56%) of Europeans intend to travel this summer with the vast majority choosing to stay within the continent, according to the European Travel Commission, a non-profit organization which represents over 30 countries in Europe. Nearly half (49%) of survey respondents are planning trips to another European country, while 36% intend to stay within their own borders. Of those most likely to travel, 29% are making plans between May and June, while 46% are waiting for July and August, according to the research published in April.Where Europeans plan to travel this summer Spain: 10.4% Italy: 9% France: 7% Greece: 6.2% Germany: 5.2%Source: European Travel Commission Family and friends are taking a backseat this year; only 19% are booking trips primarily...
    PEOPLE living near where PCSO Julia James was murdered must tell their family where they're going if they head out, cops have warned. Officers told Snowdown locals to make sure their phones are charged before leaving home, with the killer still on the lose. 6The well-liked PCSO was tragically found murdered last week 6Cops still don't know who was behind the brutal killingCredit: UkNewsinPictures It comes almost a week after Julia, 53, was found dead shortly after 4pm on Tuesday with her loyal Jack Russell by her side. She had suffered significant head injuries caused by blunt force while walking on a remote bridle path, just a few hundred yards from her home in Kent. A Kent Police notice posted on Facebook today said they “understand if people are feeling uncertain at the moment about their safety” after the murder. Dover Chief Inspector Dan Carter of Kent Police reassured residents “some of the very best detectives in the land” are working on the case. He said although “no arrest has been made, we are not ruling anything out and are...
    Whoopi Goldberg is pulling up her own chair to the realm of superhero films. The 65-year-old actress and often outspoken co-host of "The View" revealed to Variety that she is actively underway penning a script for an original superhero film centered on an older Black woman who acquires superhuman powers but has to teach herself how to control and use them. "Since I was a little kid, I’ve been obsessed with superheroes," Goldberg told the publication. "They’re all saving the earth all the time. But do you know who’s really going to save the earth? Old Black women." Goldberg is already among the busiest in showbiz. ‘THE VIEW’ DERAILS INTO AWKWARD SILENCE AS MCCAIN CLASHES WITH WHOOPI OVER GEORGIA VOTING LAW Goldberg said she isn’t yet ready to relinquish her coveted seat at 'The View.' (Walt Disney Television/Lou Rocco) The EGOT holder -- who had already earned a Grammy in 1985 and achieved the elusive feat in 2002 after winning her Tony Award for producing "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and her Daytime Emmy for "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of...
    THE families of two men killed in Texas are still in mourning after their self-driving Tesla flew off the road into a tree and burst into flames. Dr. Will Varner, 59, and Everett Talbot, 69, took the driverless car for a spin on Saturday night after dropping off their wives, authorities said, just before the car hit a tree and went ablaze in The Woodlands in Houston. 2Two men were killed when their reportedly driverless Tesla drove into a treeCredit: Reuters Authorities say both men died in the car, which was believed to be self-driving at the time, KTRK reported. Varner, believed to be the owner of the car, was found in back seat. His friend Talbot was in the passenger seat, the Daily Mail reported. "We are going through a living hell right now. As his daughter, I asked everyone to wait for the investigation to be completed," Talbot's daughter said. 2Dr. Varner was rememberedCredit: Facebook As authorities look for more details in the crash, Tesla's Elon Musk continues to distance his company from the fiery episode. "Data logs...
    Harry Styles at the 2019 Met Gala. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue Photos of Harry Styles dressed as Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" are going viral on Twitter. Fans of the "Golden" singer joked that he should join the upcoming live-action remake of the film. But the pictures are actually from a "Saturday Night Live" photoshoot over a year ago. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Fans are thirsting over pictures of Harry Styles dressed as Ariel from "The Little Mermaid," but the images in question are actually from a past "Saturday Night Live" photoshoot.  On Twitter, fans of the "Watermelon Sugar" singer began resharing the photos on Friday afternoon, making no secret of their attraction to Styles.  The photos show Styles dressed in a clam bra, red wig, and mermaid tail while sipping on champagne and smoking a cigarette. —Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 16, 2021—isadora ♡ (@FALLINGHEARTBRK) April 16, 2021—matt (@mattxiv) April 16, 2021—Harry’s Playlist???? (@Harrys_Playlist) April 16, 2021—jay (@gravitycaress) April 16, 2021—avi ; ia (@louismyellow) April 16, 2021—boohoo (@boohoo) April 16, 2021Others joked that...
    Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite adEpic Games On Wednesday, Apple and Epic Games laid out in separate dueling legal filings what they consider to be the key facts and main legal issues ahead of an antitrust trial that's scheduled to start in May. Apple and Epic Games, best known for its game Fortnite, have been in a legal battle since last year after Epic Games tried to avoid Apple's 30% App Store fee through a server software update that skirted past Apple's App Store payments system. Apple responded by removing Fortnite from its App Store, effectively preventing iPhone users from playing the game. Top executives from both companies are expected to testify in-person in federal court in Oakland, California in a trial that is expected to last weeks. Apple executives including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple software SVP Craig Federighi, and former marketing head Phil Schiller may testify, according to court filings. Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney is also on the trial witness list. The late-night filings from each company are lengthy and packed with detail. Below you can find a...
    Bob is a seven-year-old French bulldog with all the characteristics of that breed: wide-set round eyes, squashed nose and bat-like ears. He belongs to my friends and when they're on holiday, my husband and I often look after him. We love him — but the last time he came to stay, I was shocked by his deterioration. Our half-a-mile plod round the block nearly finished him off; afterwards, it took him almost an hour to stop panting. Lady Gaga with her Frenchie Koji Cruel: Changing skull shapes can cause blindness Like any other dog, he wanted to crash post-walk, but couldn't breathe at all lying down. When I gave him a dog chew, it soon became clear that eating and breathing simultaneously was also impossible. As a vet, I hate to see any animal in distress, but particularly when it's because an animal has been bred to suffer. For Bob's problems aren't particular to him, they're common to around half of his breed. Fashionable 'Frenchies' are one of Britain's most popular dogs and can sell for as...
    Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Tuesday night, a 21-year-old white man walked into an Atlanta-area massage parlor where he opened fire and killed four people. From there, the white man entered two similar businesses and killed four more people, prompting a massive police manhunt that eventually led to his arrest. The death toll from the rampage included six Asian women, a critical fact that raised fears of a racially motivated hate crime. But, not long after most of the country awoke to learn of the horrific details, law enforcement officials on Wednesday appeared intent on focusing on a different narrative. After the arrest, the suspect had “made indicators that he has some issues,” Cherokee Police Sheriff Frank Reynolds told reporters in a press conference, potentially a “sexual addiction.” Reynolds said that officials believed the suspect had “frequented these places in the past and may have been lashing out” in order to get rid of a “temptation.” Though...
    ZARA McDermott got the fright of her life after she discovered that Sam Thompson's home is haunted by a ghost. The 23-year-old star said that the pair have been woken up at 4am each morning by a series of creepy events, including the TV and lights turning on mysteriously. 9Zara McDermott was given the fright of her life after discovering Sam Thompson's home is haunted by a ghostCredit: E4 The eerie incidents started over a year ago after Sam purchased an expensive piece of art for their bedroom. Zara took to social media to explain the spooky goings-on, writing: "Okay so loads of you want to hear this ghost story....it's very interesting. "So it all started just over a year ago. I came home one day and Sam had gone and bought THIS picture. "I looked at it and was like wtf is that. Sam told me it was an expensive collector's piece of art and was almost offended that I didn't like it. But I was like I don't care how much it is, that is NOT going above...
    TEEN Mom star Gary Shirley revealed his wife Kristina is going to nursing school as he made sure to let her know he has "the house covered" while she's gone. All this comes after the reality star's ex Amber Portwood made some serious allegations against him. 8Teen Mom star Gary Shirley revealed his wife Kristina is going to nursing schoolCredit: Instagram 8'Proud of my wife - starting her schooling pursuing her medical career,' the reality star wrote alongside this snap The 34-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo of Kristina posing in scrubs as she smiles with one hip on her hand. Gary captioned it: "Proud of my wife, Starting her schooling pursuing her Medical career. "This is her passion. Her #1 passion is kids. She might end up in pediatrics hospital. "Wishing her all the best. Love you wife, I got the house covered. I’ll help you study." 8This comes after Gary had to deny the pair is expecting another child following speculation with this photoCredit: Instagram 8Gary and Kristina share daughter Emilee (m), while he...
    The New York Stock Exchange welcomes Desktop Metal Inc. (NYSE: DM), today, Thursday, December 10, 2020, in celebration of its listing. To honor the occasion, Ric Fulop, Co-Founder and CEO, rings The Opening Bell®.NYSE Roger Lee of Battery Ventures says that "SPAC" used to be a "bad four-letter word" in Silicon Valley. Now, the board of every high-profile start-up is discussing special purpose acquisition companies as a legitimate way to go public, according to Jeff Crowe of Norwest Venture Partners. In the eyes of Lux Capital co-founder Peter Hebert, SPACs are "stealing from the 2021 IPO calendar." "We have encouraged our highest-quality companies to seriously consider this," said Hebert, whose firm raised its own health-tech SPAC in October and is looking for a target. "The vast majority of companies looking at doing traditional public offerings are dual-tracking SPACs." Within Lux's portfolio, 3D-printing company Desktop Metal went public through a SPAC in December. Others like real estate software companies Latch and Matterport have announced deals this year with so-called blank-check companies. The sudden burst of SPACs reminds some long-timers of the dot-com...
    KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images The Tokyo Olympics says athletes should keep a two-meter distance from other participants and avoid hugs, handshakes, and high-fives at the 2021 Summer Games. Organizers also say they're supplying athletes with 150,000 free condoms, per the SCMP. People are mocking the decision, saying it sends mixed messages during the pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The athletes set to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games — which were postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the pandemic — are getting some mixed messages. On one hand, the International Olympic Committee is telling athletes to "avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact" like hugs, high-fives, and handshakes, and to keep a two-meter distance from other athletes during the Games to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, according to a 33-page playbook released this week.  On the other hand, athletes are being provided with 150,000 free condoms, according to the South China Morning Post. Roughly 11,000 athletes are expected to attend the Games. Condoms have been handed out at previous Games, and...
    The White House and allies fired back at longtime party economist Larry Summers Friday for suggesting that their plans for pandemic relief were too aggressive, in a sign of Democrats' commitment to big spending. "The one thing we learned is we can’t do too much here," President Biden said at the White House. "We can do too little. We can do too little and sputter." White House officials and other Democrats pushed back on Summers's argument that Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion relief package will unleash "inflationary pressures of a kind we have not seen in a generation" and limit the administration's ability to address public investments in other priority areas, such as infrastructure and renewable energy. Summers was a senior Treasury Department official during the Clinton administration and directed the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama. Summers helped craft the recovery package following the 2008 financial crisis, which liberals argue was too small and undercut Obama's presidency. "Whereas the Obama stimulus was about half as large as the output shortfall, the proposed Biden stimulus is three times...
    IOAN Gruffudd and wife Alice Evans have said they're going through "an incredibly difficult time" a day after she accused him of "gaslighting" and "mental torture". The former couple, whose shock split was revealed yesterday, released a statement in which they told fans they're committed to their two daughters. 9Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd have released a joint statement after their splitCredit: Instagram It reads: "As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy." Alice, 49, shocked her followers yesterday when she wrote that Ioan, 47, had fallen out of love with her and would be leaving the family home next week after 13 years of marriage. The post was later deleted, with Alice claiming Ioan removed the message using her account. She sent another tweet that read: "Hi there. I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account..." "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will...
    Covid-19 has been blamed for a spike in avalanche deaths, with experts saying skiers are going off-piste to avoid crowds and ignoring warnings because they are sick of following coronavirus rules. So far this winter, 14 people have died as a result of avalanche accidents in Switzerland, including eight people over the last weekend alone. This is well above the yearly average of eight people, and is higher than the number of fatalities from any winter in the past two decades apart from 2014-15 which saw 18 people die. One of the latest people to be killed by an avalanche was Jamie Clark, a 38-year-old British man who was killed when snow engulfed ten people off-piste in Les Attelas area near Verbier on Monday. Pierre Mathey, chief of the Swiss Mountain Guide Association, believes lockdown is giving people cabin fever, making them more likely to rush outside when rules allow despite the risks, while Covid warnings are drowning out avalanche notices.   So far this winter, 14 people have died as a result of avalanche deaths in Switzerland, including eight people over...
    Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are facing backlash from their own side of the aisle over their ongoing pursuit to find any ties between President Trump and Russia.  Clinton suggested, in an interview with the House speaker that aired on her podcast "You and Me Both", that her 2016 rival had "other agendas" while serving as president and predicted that the truth will eventually be known.  "I hope, historically, we will find out who he's beholden to, who pulls his strings. I would love to see his phone records to see if he was talking to [Russian Presidenti Vladimir] Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol," Clinton said. The former secretary of state then asked Pelosi if she agreed with setting up a "9/11-type commission" to investigate "everything" that happened. CLINTON SUGGESTS PUTIN MAY HAVE KNOWN ABOUT RIOT IN CAPITOL, PELOSI WANTS 9/11 COMMISSION-TYPE PROBE "I do," Pelosi quickly responded, before reiterating her belief that "all roads lead to Putin" when it comes to President Trump.  "I don't know what Putin has on him politically, financially, or personally, but what happened last week...
    Joe Biden's new CDC director has said the incoming administration plans to bring in the military and medical students to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as just 4.5 percent of Americans have so far received a shot. Dr. Rochelle Wallensky told Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos Tuesday morning that the CDC will commission military medical personnel, retirees and nursing and medical students to make sure there are enough people 'on the ground' to get shots into the arms of Americans.   Wallensky said they will also make the vaccine more 'accessible' by launching mobile vans and giving pharmacies doses as she vowed that the incoming administration will focus on 'the science'.     Biden announced an ambitious target Thursday to get 100 million Americans vaccinated in his first 100 days in office as part of his $1.9 trillion 'American Rescue Plan'.  So far, the US has administered just 14.7 million shots of the vaccine 37 days on from the day the first American was given the first dose on December 14.    Joe Biden's new CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky has said the incoming...
    Newly surfaced video shows a swath of MAGA rioters discussing floor plans and police positioning as they plotted to 'take over' the Capitol in Washington DC last week. The two-minute clip, which was originally posted live on Periscope last week by reporter Jeremy Lee Quinn, shows a dozen-strong group of pro-Trump insurrectionists hatching a detailed plan to ‘take this building’ while standing inside what appears to be an office inside the legislature. Its re-emergence on Twitter Wednesday comes after House Democrat Mikie Sherrill claimed that she witnessed members of Congress leading ‘reconnaissance' tours through the Capitol the day before the mob stormed the building - indicating lawmakers may have helped protesters get inside.  The video begins with a man appealing to the crowd gathered outside the Capitol, shouting through a megaphone: ‘Who’s ready to make history with me? Who’s a patriot? I’m going in to Capitol Hill by myself. Who wants to back [me] the f*** up.’ ‘Patriots let’s do this right f***ing now,’ the man thunders, as a stream of demonstrators - clad in Trump merchandise, holding US flags...
    Doctors fear California is on track to become like former COVID-19 epicenter New York as the state braces for a grim Christmas with hospitalizations surging to five times what they were just two months ago.  There are currently 16,843 patients being treated across the state for COVID-19 and 3,614 of them are in ICU, the latest data from the state's health department shows.  Just two months ago, there were a total of 2,291 patients, including 657 in ICU. The number of people hospitalized is now more than double the state's previous peak, reached in July, and a state model forecasts the total could hit 75,000 patients by mid-January.  As of Sunday, ICU capacity was at zero percent in South California and San Joaquin Valley region.  Los Angeles County currently accounts for the most hospitalizations in the state with 5,709 COVID-19 patients.  There are currently 16,843 patients being treated across California for COVID-19. Pictured above is a triage tent set up outside Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California on Friday There are currently 16,843 patients being treated across the state for...
    A COUPLE who were branded “crazy” for moving in together after just one date in lockdown reveal they are still going strong eight months on. Jade, 27, and Claire, 31, appeared on last night’s channel 4 documentary The Year That Changed Love where they shared their extraordinary romance. 3Jade and Claire moved in together after just one date as Edinburgh went into lockdownCredit: Channel 4 The Edinburgh couple met on Tinder and had their first date just a week before Scotland went into its first coronavirus lockdown. Jade explained how she almost “choked on her fag” when eager Claire sent her “bonny” love interest a snapchat of her boobs at 2pm, eventually leading to a date. Faced with the difficult decision on whether to take the plunge or go their separate ways the couple decided to isolate together after just one date. Claire, who was on Furlough from her bar job moved in with Jade who lived an hour away from the city-centre. 3Claire moved into Jade's apartment an hour outside of the city centreCredit: Channel 4 Speaking on the...
    More than 1,600 inmates across the U.S. have died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, but even that hasn’t stopped some sheriffs from flagrantly flouting public health guidelines—and putting sitting-duck prisoners at risk of serious illness or death—by refusing to hand out masks in their detention centers. The Daily Beast reached out to 35 sheriff’s offices across the country whose leaders have vocally opposed mask mandates. Of the 16 who responded, only four have enforced mask policies. Three sheriff’s officials said they are not handing out masks at all, while four said they refuse to force prisoners to wear them. The rest declined to comment. According to The Marshall Project, at least 249,883 people in America’s prisons and jails have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. The COVID-19 case rate among the inmate population is approximately four times higher in federal and state prisons than in the rest of the United States—and twice as deadly. And despite cramped conditions and high rates of pre-existing health conditions among the 1.3 million currently incarcerated, detention centers aren’t reducing...
    BRITAIN'S biggest family are self isolating after dad Noel Radford tested positive for coronavirus, and we're sure every parent can sympathise. Parents-of-22 Sue, 45, and Noel, 49, live in a household of 22 - with one grandchild and 19 of their own kids. 5Noel Radford is ill with coronavirus, meaning Britain's biggest family are self-isolatingCredit: Youtube Oldest siblings Chris, 31, and Sophie, 26, have moved out to start their own families, while the couple's 17th child Alfie was sadly stillborn in 2014. And daughter Millie, 19, has now added to the brood with her daughter Ophelia, three months. Noel has admitted they're already "going stir crazy" just days into the quarantine period. Speaking on the family's latest vlog, Noel explained how he booked a Covid-19 test after losing his sense of smell, a few days after first "feeling cold and fluey". 5Noel and Sue have 22 kids and one of their grandchildren also lives with themCredit: theradfordfamily/Instagram He said: "The results came back just over 24 hours later and I'm positive, so we're all having to self isolate for the...
    President Donald Trump delived a stirring rebuke of the "rigged election" as he campaigned for Republican senators left to fight for Senate control in the Jan. 5 runoff elections, which he warned Demorats are going to try to "steal," too. "You must go vote and vote early starting Dec. 14 – you have to do it – they cheated and they rigged this presidential election, but we will still win it," Trump told a large Valdosta, Georgia, rally Saturday night, which you can watch live on Newsmax TV. "We will still win it. "And theyre going to try to rig this election, too." Incumbents Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., face challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in runoff elections that might determine the balance of power in the Senate. Republicans already hold 50 Senate seats, but if Democrats sweep the two Georgia runoffs and Joe Biden wins the White House, the vice president casts the deciding vote in a 50-50 tie. Important: See Newsmax TV now carried in 70 million cable homes, on DirecTV Ch....
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