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    INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) – CHP officers in hazmat suits cleared away a homeless encampment near SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Monday. Homeless advocates are criticizing the timing as the cleanup comes just weeks before the Super Bowl. CBSLA tried but were unable to reach anyone from the city of Inglewood, the city of LA, or county housing authority to ask about the timing. But some locals say, it’s clear to them what’s going on and they have mixed reactions about it. READ MORE: Man Shot While Riding Bicycle In Santa ClaritaThe grassy spot looks clear and clean now, but Jenny Dominguez, who works in the plaza across the street, says that before Monday it was a massive encampment. “Full of tents, trash… I would say 60 people, it was a lot of people,” said Dominguez. Early in the morning business neighbors said that they watched as CHP came in and the area was swept. TMZ posted photos of crews, some in hazmat suits, loading trucks just off the 405 freeway at Century Blvd. Some store owners say that the location has...
    THE IRS is warning parents about child tax credit letters containing inaccurate information that was sent out. The mistakes could leave severe impacts on some families. This year is set to be a difficult tax filing season and the IRS has warned families to ensure that their tax returns are accurate.  4Inaccurate child tax credit letters were sent to families, which could lead to significant delays on tax returnsCredit: Getty 4The IRS said it's unknown how many people received the incorrect letters but said it may have been people who moved or changed bank accounts in DecemberCredit: Alamy The agency is dealing with a reported backlog of 6million individual returns filed in 2021 that were flagged for review due to mistakes taxpayers made. A tax refund is usually the biggest check a family gets each year, meaning there is a lot on the line if there is a mistake on a family’s refund. Refunds could end up being delayed for weeks or even months due to a processing holdup with the IRS. The IRS said it’s unknown how many people...
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Restrictions which resulted in the removal of a spectator for wearing a t-shirt supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai at the Australian Open have been overhauled after international backlash. With reports of activists planning to distribute hundreds of shirts branded with the question “Where is Peng Shaui?” in time for Saturday’s Australian Open women’s final, the message shouldn’t be hard to find. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley told The Associated Press it would be OK for people to wear the shirts at Melbourne Park, as long as they didn’t congregate in large groups or cause problems for other spectators. “If they want to do that, that’s fine,” Tiley said in a telephone interview. But “if anyone’s coming on site with the express intent of disrupting the comfort and safety of our fans, they’re not welcome. “We can’t sell tickets in advance and have people come in and feel unsafe because there’s a large group of people that are using (the tournament) as a platform to espouse their views on whatever topic it is.” Footage screened...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A community program is actively working to keep children safe in and around neighborhoods where gang violence reigns. As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported Monday night, it is a battle fought one pair of boxing gloves at a time. READ MORE: Bucktown Woman Shaken After Being Carjacked During Saturday Morning Spree, And She's Not The First Victim In Her FamilyIt involves a small group of dedicated people fighting crime in a single room in North Lawndale. Round by round, they do what their name promises – Boxing Out Negativity. Coach Derek Brown takes kids who may have found trouble and introduce them to what they call “their greatest selves.” “He told me, ‘Ain’t you that little boy who threw that rock at my car?’’ I said, ‘No, that wasn’t me.’ He said, ‘That is you!’” said Trumale Coleman. “He wanted to just discipline me, and change my life, and that’s what he did.” Coach Brown has been at it for 12 years at his gym. “I’m preventing our children from being the next offenders,”...
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A nightclub in Indonesia’s West Papua province burned after two groups clashed inside the building and 19 people were killed, officials said Tuesday. One of the dead was a member of the groups that clashed Monday night at the club in Sorong city and 18 bodies were found after the fire, Adam Erwindi, spokesperson of West Papua Police, said on Metro TV. Police are still investigating what caused the clash and whether the fire was set or was accidental. Erwindi added that along with the investigation, police officers were meeting the main figures of the two groups to make for more conducive conditions. Police and Indonesian military officers were in control in the area. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Since Dec. 31, state officials estimate nearly 215,000 Minnesotans have caught COVID-19. Many of those people have finished their isolation period or will soon. Like many Minnesotans, Barb Koste and her husband spent the holidays in quarantine after contracting COVID-19. READ MORE: COVID Impacting USPS Mail Delivery In Twin Cities“I’m still dealing with the cough but I am negative now,” Koste said. “My son tells us that we’re bulletproof now.” The couple is now contemplating a flight to Las Vegas, but she isn’t rushing to book tickets. “I’m more apprehensive about catching it again,” she said. While it is possible to get re-infected, Mayo Clinic infection disease physician Dr. Abinash Virk says it likely won’t happen for those who just ended isolation. “I think the first take home message is that you have some immunity against COVID-19 for some period of time,” Dr. Virk said. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: MDH Reports 11,193 New Cases, 42 More DeathsShe says studies have shown people have some COVID-19 immunity six to 10 months after...
    (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Brian Williams doesn't want to anchor the "Evening News."Just years ago, in 2015, the notion that Williams would be rebuffing an offer to helm one of the big three nightly news programs would have been unfathomable. His reputation was in ruins for embellishing his stories as a journalist. He was booted from "NBC Nightly News" and accepted what was then a significant demotion to MSNBC. But the tide has since turned.Williams, who hosted the popular "11th Hour" program on MSNBC during the Trump-era, has largely rehabilitated his image. Now, he is in demand. And after departing NBC when his contract expired late last year, he's a free agent for the first time in decades. That free agent status has translated into Williams fielding proposals.Read MoreOne such proposal floated to him, according to three people familiar with the matter, was to anchor the "CBS Evening News." According to the sources I spoke with, CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani recently...
    CNN’s Don Lemon rebuked former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss and comedian Bill Maher on Monday for declaring the pandemic over. Weiss joined Maher on HBO’s Real Time Friday, where she expressed frustration during the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We were told, you get the vaccine. You get the vaccine and you get back to normal. And, we haven’t gotten back to normal, and it’s ridiculous at this point,” Weiss stated, to which Maher agreed. Citing widespread mental health crises, Weiss added, “It’s a pandemic of bureaucracy, it’s not real anymore.” On Don Lemon Tonight, the host bristled at the comments, and joined a chorus of those who have laid into both Weiss and Maher since Friday: Look, I know Barry Weiss, not well. She’s been on the show. I actually like her. Bari, that was messed up. And Bill Maher. Because, look. We were all sick of cancer when my dad died of it. But that didn’t change the fact that he suffered from it and died. I was sick of Covid when my dear friend Robby Brown died of it. He did not, not die of it because I was...
    Getty Comoros' supporters react as they watch on a screen the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Cameroon and Comoros, in Marseille, southern France, on on January 24, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images) This year’s edition of the African Cup of Nations now has a terrible scar as it is being reported that eight people were confirmed dead and over 40 injured after a stampede occurred outside of the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde. Reports emerging from the capital city of Cameroon state that fans were rushing in to get to the stadium, in the ensuing chaos various people were trampled. Officials at the nearby Messassi hospital said they had received at least 40 injured people from the stampede. This was also confirmed by Cameroonian state television, CRTV. “Half a dozen dead (at that point) and dozens injured following a stampede at the entrance to the Olembe stadium in #Yaoundé before the Cameroon / Comoros match. The authorities of #Cameroun and #CAF are monitoring...
    A homeless woman threatened to steal an infant girl from her grandmother in Venice, California, Wednesday morning before hurling coffee in the baby’s face, according to the family. Katy Gross, the mother of nine-month-old Gilda, told KTLA the incident was her “worst nightmare.” She explained that her mother was taking Gilda to a playground when the homeless woman engaged them on the Venice Boardwalk at around 9:30 a.m. “The woman came up behind her and said, ‘You! Give me that baby, give me that baby,'” Gross said. “They took my baby, I’m going to take your baby,” the homeless woman allegedly added, KTLA reports. Gross explained the homeless woman proceeded to take her mother’s coffee and hurl it into Gilda’s face. The grandmother carried Gilda to a nearby parking lot, where they were helped by good Samaritans. CBSLA reports that the coffee “was not very hot,” and Gilda is okay. “The Los Angeles Police Department arrested the woman, and she’ll face assault charges, Gross said,” according to KTLA. This past summer, homeless encampments were removed from the Venice Boardwalk, but...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Raising public awareness about the dangerous combination of leaded airplane fuel at San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport and the children who live nearby is the goal of a new outreach and education campaign in Santa Clara County. “The privileged few keep flying their airplanes. The difference is their children are not being subjected to any of this poison,” says Maria Reyes, a spokesperson for the Cassell Neighborhood Association. READ MORE: Homeland Security Warns Russian-Ukraine Crisis Could Lead to Cyberattacks in U.S.Reyes says she hopes the county’s education campaign is just the first step in closing the airport down for good. “I feel that our community needs to have this danger removed,” she said. County officials have been trying to speed up plans to close the airport after a study of more than 13,000 children living near Reid-Hillview found elevated levels of lead in their blood. Supervisor Cindy Chavez says even the county’s recent ban of leaded fuel at the airport does not fully mitigate the risk of lead from small airplane fuel. “People can still buy leaded...
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County restaurant reopened Monday following a hepatitis A investigation. Gino’s Ristorante and Pizzeria closed on Jan. 7. Ten total cases are being reviewed and three people have died from the virus. Gino’s co-owner says he’s spent the past two weeks deep cleaning the restaurant, from air vents to ovens, and has thrown away every food item inside so that Monday, he could know he’s done all he could to safely welcome back his customers. READ MORE: Boil Water Advisory In Effect For Some Wilmington Residents After Main BreakInside Gino’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, the glasses were full, the plates were empty and the patrons were excited to be back. “Look at all these beautiful people near me, they’re all my friends,” customer Yolanda Diceiro said. On Jan. 7, the popular family-owned restaurant that opened back in 1972 was forced to temporarily close following a hepatitis A investigation. According to the Montgomery County Health Department, of the 10 confirmed cases, seven people were hospitalized and three have died. While the source of the outbreak has not...
    SAN MATEO (KPIX) – The search for at-home COVID-19 tests sent people from one drugstore to the next on Monday, hoping to get their hands on kits for a variety of reasons. While tests are becoming available in more places, supplies still remain low. READ MORE: Homeland Security Warns Russian-Ukraine Crisis Could Lead to Cyberattacks in U.S.“My son is home from school and he wanted me to go run and pick up one so this is my third place and they have it,” said Angela Roberts outside a Walgreen’s. “I went to two different Walgreen’s and I went to another CVS and Safeway apparently doesn’t have them. This one has them but she’s almost sold out.” Other customers said they had access to testing at work, but needed a rapid kit to make sure everyone at home would be safe around each other. “I have family that’s in town, so I just want to make sure,” one woman said outside the same Walgreen’s store. “We’ll definitely be using them as soon as I get home just to make sure. At...
    MTV/Instagram The Challenge: War of the Worlds cast The past year has been a difficult one for former “The Challenge” star Ashley Cain as his young daughter Azaylia died in April 2021, just shy of her 8-month birthday, after a tough battle with leukemia. This week, Ashley opened up about how he’s been on the receiving end of some terrible online trolls and harassment and how he’s battled suicidal thoughts as a result. On January 23, Ashley shared a series of pictures of himself on a night out with a couple of friends and after a few slides of photos, he shared a lengthy message explaining that nobody knows the truth behind photos. He said he’s received a lot of hateful comments every time he posts a photo of himself smiling or sporting luxury clothing or accessories. The reality star pointed out that the nice car he’s driving in photos could be a friend’s car because he’s the designated driver, the coat and jeans could be borrowed from a cousin, and the fancy watch on his wrist could...
    Share this: This article was originally published on Jan 20 at 4:14pm EST by THE CITY. The MTA is looking for high-tech ways to spot people and objects in the path of trains  — in hopes of cutting down on both deadly collisions and frustrating delays stemming from track intruders. Following a months-long surge in the number of people trespassing on the tracks, the MTA last week issued a request for information to the railway and technology industry on how to deploy “track intrusion detection systems” in subways and on commuter railroads.
    Jesse Watters laid out the tone and focus of his new program "Jesse Watters Primetime," Monday on his inaugural show, saying he would seek to expose those who are disrespecting the American people and to celebrate those who are forwarding American values and liberties. "The American people have run out of patience, and we're tired of being disrespected," Watters said. "Ignorant, greedy leaders sold out our factories and pride to the Chinese Communists for unpatriotic profits. Deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan; wars shamefully mismanaged took a physical and mental toll. We were oversaturated with highly addictive painkillers, while Wall Street blew up the economy and escaped with golden parachutes instead of prison stripes." Cyber-warriors continue to seek division on the basis of skin color while intentionally ignoring the true class-based divisions being created by those in power, he added.
    SONOMA COUNTY (KPIX 5) – Caltrans is holding two upcoming public meetings to hear from the people about what to do with Highway 37 in the North Bay. The meetings, scheduled for Tuesday and February 2 are inviting the public to dream big. One thing they can’t do is leave the highway the way it is. Mother Nature is seeing to that. READ MORE: UPDATE: Antioch Police Investigating Homicide in Shopping Center Parking LotHighway 37 sits just a few feet above sea level, and twice in the last five years the popular commute route between Solano and Sonoma Counties had to be closed because of flooding. Most believe it’s a foreshadowing of what will happen with sea level rise and transportation officials consider it unacceptable. “Highway 37 is a 21-mile-long route. If we have to close it, the detours are over 40 miles long,” said Caltrans public affairs chief Bart Ney. The entire roadway will have to be raised and that will be a monumental project. So, at Tuesday’s meeting, CalTrans will get ideas about what the people would like...
    It was a wild day on Wall Street.Early in the day, stocks started dropping. And dropping fast. The Dow was down about 1,100 points by midday.But then buyers saw opportunity and moved in. The market bounced back amid a late buying spree, pushing the Dow and the S&P 500 index to close with small gains."When you have many unknowns in the market that's a recipe for volatility, which we're seeing today," says financial planner Brian Gilder.Economists say one big unknown is inflation. Consumer prices rose 7% in December compared to last year. That's the biggest jump in 40 years.People are feeling it at the supermarket and at the gas station."We put gas in and it's like 'when is it going to stop?' It keeps going up," said Agustin Barajas of Monrovia.Some expect the Fed will need to raise interest rates several times this year."We don't know how many rate hikes we're going to have," Gilder says. "And also I think many on Wall Street are re-evaluating these high-tech companies to see what their true valuations are."Barajas is looking at the...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga’s main island could have its internet service restored within two weeks, although it may take much longer to repair the connection to the smaller islands, a cable company official said Tuesday. The single undersea fiber-optic cable which connects the Pacific nation to the outside world was severed 10 days ago after a huge volcanic eruption and tsunami. That left most people unable to connect with loved ones abroad. For days, people couldn’t get through on their phones, by email, or through social media. Since then, Tonga’s Digicel has been able to restore international call services to some areas by using satellite connections. Some people have been able to send emails or get limited internet connectivity. Samieula Fonua, who chairs the board at Tonga Cable Ltd., the state-owned company which owns the fiber-optic cable, said a repair ship had left from Papua New Guinea and was due to stop over in Samoa by Monday to pick up supplies. It should then arrive in Tonga by Feb. 1. Fonua said the CS...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Police are still trying to uncover what exactly happened in the early hours of Sunday when five people were shot during a party at a house in Inglewood, four of them were killed. ABC7 spoke with a neighbor who said he heard more than 100 shots fired that night.Police are calling the shooting a "targeted ambush." Matthew, who didn't give his last name, said he's lived next door since 2008. He said the house where the shooting occurred has been rented out through Airbnb for the last two years and he saw many visitors, but he added his is neighborhood is normally quiet."I moved here in like 2008," Matthew said. "Inglewood was a lot more active, gang-wise. It calmed down a lot, so for this to happen, it was a surprise, especially next door."According to officials, the shooting happened at about 1:30 am on Sunday on Park Ave. in Inglewood while Breahna Stines was celebrating her 20th birthday with her big sister Marneysha Hamilton, and a few others. Both sisters were killed.Authorities said several suspects opened...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea recorded more than 8,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time Tuesday as health authorities reshape the country’s pandemic response to address a surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The 8,571 new cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency followed three straight days exceeding 7,000. With omicron spreading more than twice as fast as the delta strain that cause the last surge, experts say new cases may exceed 10,000 this week and possibly 20,000 after the Lunar New Year’s holiday break that begins this weekend and continues to next Wednesday. To prevent a sudden explosion of infections from overwhelming hospitals and disrupting workplaces and essential services, South Korea will reduce quarantine periods, expand testing and treat more people at home. From Wednesday, the quarantine periods for people who test positive after being fully vaccinated will be reduced from the current 10 days to seven days. Fully vaccinated people who comes in close contact with virus carriers won’t be placed under quarantine. Officials are also planning to...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Heavy snow and freezing rain have seriously affected about 250,000 displaced Syrians living in camps in the last major opposition stronghold in northwestern Syria, with tents collapsing and children having to walk in the snow in sandals, a senior U.N. humanitarian official said Monday. “It’s a real disaster zone,” said Mark Cutts, the U.N. deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis who is in charge of cross-border aid operations from Turkey to the northwest. The recent snowstorm in the Middle East has left many Syrians as well as Lebanese, Jordanians and residents of eastern Turkey struggling to survive. And in Gaza, rain flooded streets in freezing temperatures, leaving residents struggling to stay warm. Cutts said during a virtual news conference that northwest Syria has been especially hard hit because it has one of the most vulnerable populations in the world — 2.8 million displaced people living mainly in camps that “are bad at the best of times because it’s a war zone.” Despite a cease-fire, there has been shelling almost every day in the...
    The View mocked the Defeat the Mandates march that took place on the National Mall in Washington on Sunday, saying its speakers and premise were misinformed. People from across the country gathered at the Washington Monument and walked to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the march, which was part of an international demonstration against COVID-19-related restrictions. Among those who spoke was Children’s Health Defense founder Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The show's co-hosts criticized Kennedy for comparing present-day mandates to the Nazi oppression of Jews and claiming that mandates are stripping people of their rights. “Even in Hitler's Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland,” Kennedy said. “You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did. I visited in 1962 — East Germany — with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped. So it was possible. Many people died doing it, but it was possible. Today, the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so none of us can run, none of us...
    The tax filing season for income earned in 2021 is upon us. Tax preparers are gearing up for a busy season.Not only because of changes to the tax code, but because the industry itself has been affected by the pandemic."A lot of tax offices closed," said Dennis Christensen at the Riverside Tax Team." "The guy next door was in a tax office, and he lost a lot of people."Christensen has helped people file their taxes at his Riverside location for 15 years. He said every tax year is different, and this year is no exception.Taxpayers, brace yourselves: Tax filing season starts amid IRS crisis, COVID-related complicationsEMBED More News Videos The IRS will begin accepting tax returns, and unlike the past two years, there will be no COVID-19 extensions. "Every year there's something new. There were several new things last year, and new things this year," Christensen said.Christensen said one of the main items that might catch some people by surprise is that the amount of unemployment compensation that was tax free in year 2020 might not be the same in...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora’s city council will soon debate banning residents who are experiencing homelessness from camping in the city, a tactic some believe improves safety, while critics say it criminalizes homelessness. On Friday, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman announced he would bring his proposed urban camping ban back before the city council. (credit: CBS) Coffman said it will be presented to members at a study session on Feb. 7, and then voted on Feb. 14. “The fact is, we just cannot have these encampments springing up everywhere that are a threat to the public and a threat to public safety,” Coffman told CBS4. For months, Coffman has maintained a ban on urban camping is a way to improve public safety while preventing economic cost to the city. He’s also called the proposed tactic “humane,” and a way to push people experiencing homelessness toward services. “I believe the majority of people that are in the encampments suffer from drug and alcohol issues, some mental health but a lot of drug and alcohol issues,” Coffman said. “We want to be able...
    Chinese Communist Party officials in China’s Henan province “either concealed or delayed” the documentation of 139 deaths from floods that devastated the east-central region in July 2021, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Bloomberg reported the finding on January 23 citing as its source an original investigation by China’s State Council, or chief administrative authority, into flooding that ravaged the province of Henan — especially its capital city, Zhengzhou — last summer. The State Council published the results of its probe on January 21. “According to the report, departments at different levels in Henan were found reporting false numbers of missing people in different phases and blocking the reporting process,” China’s Global Times relayed on January 23. This photo taken on July 12, 2021 shows village officials evacuating residents from a flooded area following heavy rains in Dazhou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. (STR/AFP via Getty Images) “From July 25 to 29, 2021, Zhengzhou and affiliated counties concealed and unreported 116 missing people. The investigation team found that 41 people were unreported in Zhengzhou,” the report divulged. The Global Times is published by the...
    Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar responded to fellow Hall of Famer John Stockton’s recent suspension of season tickets to his alma mater’s games over not wearing a mask and his comments regarding the coronavirus. Stockton, Gonzaga University’s most famous alum, has said that more than 100 pro athletes had died immediately after being vaccinated. He also asserted that tens of thousands have died from taking the COVID vaccine. Abdul-Jabbar argued Stockton’s stance on vaccines is “extreme and not based on reality or facts.” “I think statements like that make the public look upon athletes as basically dumb jocks for trying to explain away something that is obviously a pandemic,” Abdul-Jabbar outlined. “And the best way to fight pandemics is through vaccination and testing. Those are the means by which we identify the problem and do our best to mitigate it. … It doesn’t make sense what he is saying.” “I think John’s reaction to the vaccine is extreme and not based on reality or facts,” he added. “And if John could just check the facts...
    JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, one of the 55 Florida sheriffs who on Monday announced their endorsement for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) reelection campaign, blasted the left’s efforts to ‘Defund the Police’ as well as their failure to defend law enforcement, noting that tens of thousands of people are flocking to the Sunshine State because it is safe. Judd praised Rubio’s support for law enforcement and told the press that the senator, who Grady knew beforehand, has not changed since taking office. Judd, a past president of Major County Sheriffs of America, noted that he has worked “tirelessly” to stop legislation passed by U.S. House, which would have made it easier to prosecute cops, putting “billions upon billions of taxpayer costs” on communities for lawsuits filed against officers. “But what I saw was the U.S. House of Representatives and Val Deming’s voting to Defund the Police,” he said, mentioning Rubio’s potential Democrat challenger. “To cost the taxpayers more money. To make it easier to prosecute the police who are putting their life on the line in Orlando, Florida,...
    Time Magazine is promoting a boy for “Kid of the Year” because of his public advocacy for transgenderism — even though the boy’s mother declared him to be transgender only after she failed to convert the boy’s feminine character to be more like a boy. The magazine reported January 12 about the boy, Kai Shappley: The now-5th grader has been publicly telling her story and calling for trans equality for years. She’s traveled the country with her mother, speaking at rallies for LGBTQ rights. She’s worked with the ACLU on pro-trans projects. She’s met with national lawmakers to urge them to pass the Equality Act, which would outlaw discrimination on the basis of … gender identity. “Time Magazine and all of these other magazines are endorsing the trans-the-gay away process,” responded Natasha Chart, an activist who argues that transgender ideology destroys the cultural and legal foundations of women’s rights and status. Instead of accepting a feminine boy who may well grow up to be gay or lesbian, the parents are using the transgender claim to “trans-the-gay-away” by converting their embarrassing son into...
    SKOKIE, Ill. (WLS) -- A lot of people have been busy digging out in the suburbs.In Skokie, some residents got help from their police.The officers showed up with shovels in hand Monday morning to clear snow outside people's homes."Doing it on a volunteer basis, just trying to help out the community," said Skokie Police Department Sgt. John Oakley. "So, we put it on Facebook and got a lot of responses."The residents were grateful."Right, because I need help!" said Cindy Adler, who lives in SkokieAdler got the help she needed when she called out to the officers from her window.About 40 people signed up for help on Facebook.
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. PG&E making strides to keep state safe Your January 15 editorial calling for a state takeover of PG&E begins with this challenge: “Raise your hand if you believe PG&E will meet the safety standards established as part of the deal for the utility company’s emergence from bankruptcy.” My hand is up — along with my 40,000 PG&E coworkers and contract partners who are dedicated to ending catastrophic wildfires. This is a new PG&E, with new leadership and a new way of doing business. We are taking bold actions to reduce risk across every part of our system, every day. Those efforts are working. While there’s more to do, I am confident the changes we’ve made during my first year as CEO are making California safer. Here’s my challenge: I invite your editorial board to visit our wildfire command center for a firsthand look at everything we’re doing to meet our safety commitments — then share that with your readers. Patti Poppe CEO, PG&E Corporation  ...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities along Minnesota and North Dakota’s border with Canada continue to investigate a human smuggling case that left four people dead. Border patrol agents were able to rescue five other people in subzero conditions. WCCO’s John Lauritsen talked with a border patrol agent about what happened. READ MORE: 4 Bodies, Including Infant, Found Near MN-Canada Border; Man Charged With Human Smuggling“The morning of this incident, there was actually a blizzard. There’s a lot of snow on the ground right now, so that the high winds were blowing snow everywhere,” Chief Patrol Agent Anthony S. Good said. Last Wednesday, U.S. border patrol agents pulled over a 15-passenger van less than a mile from the Canadian border. They say the driver was 47-year-old Steve Shand of Florida, and with him were two Indian nationals who had illegally crossed over. Just a quarter mile from there, agents found five more Indian nationals who had walked into the U.S. from Canada in freezing conditions. They told the agents they had been walking for about 11 hours in a blizzard. ...
    (CNN)The mangling and misappropriation of historical facts reached another dismal new low over the weekend, when anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. suggested the stubbornly unvaccinated are worse off than Anne Frank."Even in Hitler Germany (sic), you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did," said Kennedy in a speech at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday. An analogy too absurd and gross to dwell on. Kennedy spread his misinformation with a microphone in broad daylight before a crowd protesting Covid-19 vaccine requirements.Suffice it to say Frank hid quietly in a cramped attic in the Netherlands to avoid detection before she was discovered and killed by Nazis. Watch this "60 Minutes" report that aired this month on the new theory, from a retired FBI agent, about who might have betrayed Frank. Pay attention to the visuals of the cramped attic where Frank lived, hidden, for years.Read MoreCovid-19 vaccines are estimated to have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives. President Joe Biden's effort to require vaccines for most US workers has...
    At least six people died in a crush outside a stadium hosting a game at Africa’s top soccer tournament in Cameroon on Monday, a local government official said. Here is a look at some of the worst soccer-related crowd disasters: April 5, 1902 — Glasgow, Scotland; 25 killed and 517 injured when the West Stand at Ibrox Park collapses during an international between England and Scotland. The game ends in a 1-1 draw but is later stricken from official records. March 9, 1946 — Bolton, England; 33 people are killed and over 400 injured when a wall collapses at Burden Park before an English FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City. The collapse crushes fans together and sparks a stampede. May 24, 1964 — Lima, Peru; more than 300 people are killed and another 500 injured in riots at National Stadium after Argentina beats Peru in an Olympic qualifying match. The pandemonium breaks out when the referee disallows a Peruvian goal in the final two minutes. June 23, 1968 — Buenos Aires, Argentina; 74 people are killed...
    Douala, Cameroon (CNN)At least eight people were killed and 50 people injured after a stampede during an Africa Cup of Nations match in the Cameroonian capital Monday, state broadcaster Cameroon Radio Television reported.The crush occurred as fans attempted to access Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé to watch the match between Cameroon and Comoros.The Confederation of African Football (CAF), which organizes the Africa Cup of Nations, said it was aware of the incident."CAF is currently investigating the situation in order to obtain more details about these incidents. We are in constant communication with the Cameroonian authorities and the local organizing committee," a CAF spokesperson said in a statement.CAF Secretary-General Veron Mosengo-Omba is set to visit the victims in Yaoundé, the statement said.Read MoreMonday's incident came a day after another tragedy in the capital.At least 16 people were killed when a fire tore through a nightclub early Sunday, according to a government statement. Another eight people were seriously injured and are in intensive care.At a news conference held at the scene, the director of the Yaoundé Central Hospital said several people were in...
    AUSTIN, Texas — Law enforcement intercepted 14 illegal immigrants at U.S.-Mexico border who were on the terrorist watch list, a former top official said, more than the four stops that the Department of Homeland Security had disclosed. U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 14 noncitizens who were named on the terror watchlist and tried to sneak into the United States between October 2020 through August 2021, one month short of the entire fiscal year 2021, according to recently retired Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott. Scott disclosed the number during a panel discussion at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference in Austin this month and in follow-up conversation with the Washington Examiner. The terror watchlist stops in 2021 are significant because they are higher than previous years. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency to the Border Patrol, declined to comment or release data on terror watchlist encounters. Last summer, Scott told agents in a farewell address that the agency was encountering people on the terror watch list “at a level we have never seen before.” The 14 people he referenced were...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority is warning New York City subway riders not to stand at the edge of the platform after several disturbing incidents of people being pushed into oncoming trains.Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne met with retired Hoboken Emergency Services Unit Supervisor Cesar Olavarria at the 179th Street station in Jamaica to go over basic platform safety tips. Olavarria also served with the Hudson County SWAT team.Olavarria said riders should have situational awareness, meaning they should be looking at everyone around them and should be in a protective state of mind."It's about mindset," he said. "Don't have a false sense of security."Olavarria said people should not go on their phones while waiting on the platform because then their eyes are not on what's happening around them. Not to mention, when most people are on their phones they're leaning forward and down - the worst position you can be in to respond to an attack.Olavarria encouraged riders to put their phones away and not even look at them while waiting on the platform.He said people should...
    President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE on Monday said his administration is taking on anti-competitive practices, pointing to enforcement against illegal repair restrictions, actions for hearing aids to be sold over the counter, and ramped up efforts to scrutinize mergers. The president gave an update to the sweeping executive order he signed in July, which aimed to promote competition in the economy through 72 initiatives. He said that every deadline the order called for was met in the six months since it was issued, during a meeting with the Competition Council, which was created through the order. “Bottom line is our economy shouldn’t be about people working for capitalism, it should be about capitalism working for people, for everyone,” Biden said at the meeting at the White House. He said the council is working to make a difference “in ordinary people’s lives.” When the order was released in July, the administration said that anti-competitive practices across industries have...
    Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made “deeply offensive” comments when he suggested things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam house for two years, the Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said Monday. “Making reckless comparisons to the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews, for a political agenda is outrageous and deeply offensive. Those who carelessly invoke Anne Frank, the star badge, and the Nuremberg Trials exploit history and the consequences of hate,” the museum said Monday in a statement posted to Twitter. A spokesman said the museum made the statement in response to Kennedy’s speech and other recent incidents of people invoking the Holocaust for political purposes. The museum also pointed out that Anne Frank was one of the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter that Kennedy invoking Anne Frank’s memory and the mass murder of Jews by...
    The head of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in New York is urging people to stay away from the edge of subway platforms after multiple cases of people being pushed onto the tracks in recent weeks. "These incidents are unacceptable and have to stop," MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber told local news outlet WABC on Sunday. "I don't want to tell people that they should stand on subway platforms and feel like they're, you know, in threat of their lives," he added. "But everybody should stand away from the edge of the platform." Lieber said that the transit authority is also looking into making changes to the platforms, such as platform screen doors. However, he said there are issues that the MTA must consider, such as the "ability to maintain ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] accessibility," according to the outlet.  He continued that there were also physical challenges in making changes to the platform. "Literally, the structure of our very old, 100-year-old stations don't accommodate it," Lieber said. "And there's some real ventilation issues: How will we ventilate — for fire code...
    The most impressive thing about Bari Weiss on last night\u2019s Bill Maher is the wild applause after she finishes here. After two years the tides are turning, even for the left leaning people in this country when it comes to covid. Watch this:pic.twitter.com/8DIH3zTibM — Clay Travis (@Clay Travis) 1642855286 Acosta didn't like that very much During his Sunday show Acosta ripped Weiss for her remarks. "I’m done with that attitude, honestly," he said. "She needs to understand that trolling people to own the libs is not a sacrifice." Acosta at the time was interviewing CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, Fox News said, and the good doctor was equally as dismissive, saying Weiss was acting "like a child" and that she needs to "grow up." 'Grow up': Doctor responds to journalist's Covid restriction comments youtu.be But that ain't all Fox News added that MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan blasted Weiss for "moaning" about the pandemic during his "60 Second Rant" segment Sunday. "Oh, it’s ridiculous, is it?" he countered as if...
    After playing a short clip from Maher's opening Friday monologue, Whoopi was in prime lecture mode. "How dare you!" Whoopi ridiculously pops off against Bill Maher for anti-mask jokes, tell him to say out of society. Sara Haines joins in by saying masks will be a permanent "new normal" like airport security after 9/11. "I may never ... feel comfortable without a mask."pic.twitter.com/AHjJcKR79c — Nicholas Fondacaro (@Nicholas Fondacaro) 1643042244 "That's not really funny to people who've lost their kids ... or people who have lost family members or dear friends to this," she harangued. "Listen, nobody on the planet really wants to go through this." "This is not something we're doing because it's sexually gratifying," she continued. "We're doing it to protect our families, and you don't have to do it, but stay away from everybody." Whoopi then claimed that Maher is someone forgetting that there are people "at risk" who can't get vaccinated, like ... "little kids under the age of 5." "How dare you be so flippant, man!" she chided. Co-host Sara Haines chimed in with her...
    A TEEN gunman shot a female student dead and wounded three others after opening fire at a university having sent a sick text declaring "people have to be punished now" just moments before. The 18-year-old stormed a lecture hall at the University of Heidelberg in Germany before fleeing and turning the gun on himself. 6Police entering the lecture hall at the University of Heidelberg in Germany where the shooting happened 6Police hold a shotgun which was used by the gunmanCredit: AP 6Investigators at the scene 6 According to police, the lone shooter - a student at the uni - sent a Whatsapp message to "one person" immediately beforehand. He wrote "that people have to be punished now", said Siegfried Kollmar, president of the Mannheim police headquarters, at a press conference in Mannheim. In the message, he had also wished for a burial at sea.  Mannheim police said the horror unfolded just before midday local time as the teen - carrying what they described as "two long guns” - burst into a lecture hall and after opening fire,...
    In an extremely disappointing turn of events, a circuit court judge in Wisconsin ruled that bans on ballot drop boxes will still be in effect for primary elections in February. On Friday, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren ruled to keep absentee ballot drop boxes from voters, in spite of the fact that changing rules one month before an election is inevitably going to confuse folks, as reported by Wisconsin Public Radio. We know Wisconsin, in particular, saw a significant turnout from absentee voters in the last election.  Even still, Bohren stuck to the ruling he’d made previously, which was that the Elections Commissions had exceeded its authority in issuing guidance to clerks on how to use the ballot drop boxes. Most recently, Boren was asked to hold off the ruling via an injunction until after the Feb. 15 primary—again, with the goal of not confusing voters—but he declined. In short: This is a terrible setback no matter your political views—provided you believe everyone should have the right to participate in a free and fair election process, that is. "I'm satisfied...
    More than 2 million migrants were stopped while attempting to illegally enter the United States from Mexico in 2021, an astronomical figure resulting from the Biden administration's easing of border policies and collapsed economies in Latin America due the pandemic. A total of 2,033,863 foreigners were detected attempting to cross into the United States between ports of entry along the 2,000-mile southern border or were denied admission at the inspection booths, including 178,840 in December, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday. Illegal immigration at the southern border has soared since shortly after President Joe Biden moved into the White House one year ago this week and is taking place at a faster rate in the first 10 months of Biden's tenure than during any time in the Border Patrol’s 98-year history. Biden took office and immediately halted deportations for 100 days, suspended border wall construction, and vowed to rescind initiatives that turned away asylum seekers at the nation’s borders — moves that sent a signal to the world that likely prompted many to travel to...
    A WOMAN took to TikTok to ask if others found her name weird as she always gets a strong reaction from people when she introduces herself. The TikToker revealed that she was called Tuesday after the day of the week when she was born but said that she didn't think the name was bizarre at all. 2The woman explained that people often think her name is weirdCredit: tiktok She uploaded the short video to social media to get other's opinion on her unusual moniker. In the video she responded to the question: "What's the weirdest thing you have named your child?" To which Tuesday said: "Ok so even though people still act like it's weird. Y'all let me know is it weird? FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED "My name's Tuesday. I don't think that's a weird name." Fellow TikTokers were quick to jump in and share their thoughts. One said: "Not weird at all! If you were named Thursday...well....but Tuesday is cool!" Most read in LifestyleHOME AGAIN Queen 'to stay...
    By: KDKA-TV’s Shelley Bortz PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s been more than a week since the last snowstorm and Westmont Avenue in Carrick is still covered. People there are worried that more snow will cause it to become even more treacherous. READ MORE: Sources: Pittsburgh Police Officers Involved In Jim Rogers’ Death Face Disciplinary Panel“It’s never done. I be sliding, I be slipping, it’s just a mess,” said Aliya Brandt. She said you can’t even stop at the stop signs on the street, you just slide right through them. The forecast calls for more snow Monday night and that scares her. (Photo: KDKA) READ MORE: McKeesport Police Searching For Missing 14-Year-Old Brandi Cox Jr.“Yeah, that worries me a little bit because I know I’m not good at driving on ice and my street gets really icy too, so it’s bad all around,” Brandt said. KDKA News called the city to find out if a salt truck was scheduled to come out to Westmont Avenue. The city said they made the Department of Public Works aware of the street’s...
    At least six people have died in a stampede outside a stadium hosting an African Cup of Nations soccer game in Cameroon, an official said Monday. Naseri Paul Biya, governor of the central region of Cameroon, said there could be more casualties. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The stampede happened as crowds struggled to get access to Olembe Stadium in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde to watch the host country play Comoros in a last 16 knockout game in Africa's top soccer tournament. Comoros' goalkeeper Chaker Alhadhur, left, fails to stop a goal shot from Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar, far right, during the African Cup of Nations 2022 round of 16 soccer match between Cameroon and Comoros at the Olembe stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) Officials at the nearby Messassi hospital said they had received at least 40 injured people from the stampede. "Some of the injured are in desperate condition," said Olinga Prudence, a nurse. "We will have to evacuate them to a specialized hospital." CLICK HERE TO GET THE...
    Fire fighters are life savers. It's tragic when any first responders fall prey to COVID mis- and disinformation. This series documents stories from the Herman Cain Awards subreddit, tracking the COVID mis- and disinformation on Facebook that is leading to so many deaths. Today’s cautionary tale was a Texas retired firefighter and paramedic.  Were other vaccines not urgent or needed? Uh, yeah. This dude took them all to attend school. What are other countries doing? A lot more. And why would an “America First” person care what other countries are doing?  Why does he care who gets it first, if he’s passing on it anyway?  Will the vaccine cost more? Uh, no. Didn’t cost anything.  The fact that he passed when these “questions” were so easily answered is proof that they were never asked in good faith. About the only good thing that could be said is that he wasn’t ranting against the Mark of the Beast and 5G microchips.  In other words, this guy had more sense than Robert Kennedy Jr.  LOL at the idea that the virus “disappeared” from China....