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    NORTH HOLLYWOOD (KABC) -- A large-scale investigation is underway as police search for a murder suspect in North Hollywood.Officers are searching the area of Agnes Avenue and Sylvan Street the suspect who fled on foot into a neighborhood after leading officers on a pursuit.Meanwhile, Laurel Canyon Boulevard is being closed in both directions.Anyone in the area is being asked to stay indoors as officers continue their investigation.This is a breaking news report. This article will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
    WOMEN born in 1990 have become the first generation in which less than half of them have had a baby before age 30. The data from the Office for National Statistics is in stark contrast to 1941 when 82 per cent had become mums in their teens or 20s. 1Women born in 1990 have become the first generation in which less than half of them have had a baby before age 30 Experts say better contraception, education and jobs for women mean they now wait longer before having a family. Amanda Sharfman, from the ONS, said: “We continue to see a delay in childbearing. “Levels of childlessness by age 30 have been steadily rising — a trend that is likely to continue.” A third of women born in 1920 were still not mothers at 30 but the figure fell for those born in the hard-living 1930s, who started families at younger ages. After World War Two, the number without kids by age 30 began increasing again steadily — and it hit a record 50.1 per cent in 2020.  However, the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The fading COVID-19 hospitalizations and positivity rate in Maryland show progress in the fight against the Omicron variant, Gov. Larry Hogan said. In the last 24 hours, hospitalizations dropped by 131, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients to 2,103, data from the Maryland Department of Health shows. READ MORE: $18,000 Reward Offered For Tips In Murder Of Baltimore Police Lieutenant's SpouseHospitalizations hit a record number on Jan. 11 with 3,462 COVID-19 patients. The statewide positivity rate also reached a peak nearing 30% days prior on Jan. 7.  “We’re doing much, much better than we were a couple of weeks ago with the Omicron surge,” Hogan said. Still, many healthcare systems and workers continue to feel the strain after spending the last two years working around the clock to save lives and keep COVID-19 at bay. “They are working long hours, they are understaffed like they weren’t a year ago, and they are exhausted and weary,” Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner said Thursday. During a COVID-19 update in Frederick County, Gardner said key metrics are still elevated...
    Right-wing conspiracy theorists and online influencers who have been banished from mainstream social media platforms are finding new ways to spread misinformation. Using known anti-vaxxer Joseph Mercola as an example, The Washington Post explained how he and other similar influencers are using an application called Substack to get their message to conservative audiences. The paid application is described as "a subscription-based newsletter platform that is increasingly a hub for controversial and often misleading perspectives about the coronavirus." In addition to Substack, podcasting platforms and right-wing social networks like Parler are also on the rise. While the social networks are already facing scrutiny, podcasts and newsletters are proving to a be a bit more difficult to regulate. The Washington Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin pointed out: "Social networks use algorithms to spread content — sometimes misinformation — to users who don’t want to see it. Newsletters and podcasts don’t." Dwoskin wrote: "These newer platforms cater to subscribers who seek out specific content that accommodates their viewpoints — potentially making the services less responsible for spreading harmful views, some misinformation experts say....
    As many readers of One Green Planet already know, climate change is progressing at a devastating pace, displacing people and animals, and wreaking havoc through natural disasters.  Biodiversity loss is skyrocketing.  But environmental destruction persists, in large part, because protecting the planet is incongruous with short-term corporate money-making.  When corporations use mega-money to influence politics, with the aim of making more money and advancing private agendas, animals and the environment are left wanting.  Consider, as one example, fossil fuel companies lobbying to dump plastic waste in Kenya and other African nations.  Protecting the environment, therefore, entails restricting corporate influence on politics. On one hand, the Biden administration has imposed new restrictions on corporate lobbying, building on Obama-era rules.  For example, President Biden “banned his senior advisers from accepting lucrative bonuses from their former employers for joining his administration.”  But as Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy for the Project On Government Oversight, told Bloomberg, such executive standards can change significantly between administrations. On the other hand, wealthy donors, corporations, and special interest groups have enjoyed heightened political influence...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Finding affordable housing for renters in South Florida has become a challenge as prices continue to rise. Nationwide, the cost of rent, on average, was 10.1% higher in 2021 than in 2020, growing five times faster last year than it did in the first year of the pandemic, according to Realtor.com’s Monthly Rental Report. READ MORE: Miami Proud: Lost Photos Dating Back To The Holocaust Reunited With Family MembersThe national median rent for a one-bedroom in December was $1,651, up 19.3% over the year before. But many large cities saw rents surge even higher, led by Miami with median rent of $2,850 in December, up a whopping 49.8% from last year. Miami was followed by Tampa and Orlando, which both had annual rent growth of 34% or more. “With rents already at a high and expected to keep going up, rental affordability will increasingly challenge many Americans in 2022,” said Danielle Hale, Realtor.com’s chief economist. Rents tumbled during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, but they flattened out in early 2021 and gained momentum throughout the...
    For centuries, academic research has been conducted at the expense of sentient, living beings. Animals who are forced to participate in experiments can fully experience pain, and yet universities around the world continue to expose these innocent creatures to harm and abuse. Even when these poor animals are not being poked and prodded at, they still suffer enormous amounts of stress in laboratories where they are typically kept in barren containers and cages. Some animals even spend their entire lives in solitary confinement and are denied any type of company, love, or comfort. Considering that more effective and humane alternatives exist, there’s no excuse not to replace animal experimentation for good! Recently, Johns Hopkins University was called out for abusing owls, monkeys, and pigs for their experiments. PETA recently filed a lawsuit alleging that one professor at the University conducted experiments on owls without a permit for four years. The experiment involved restraining owls, attaching electrodes to their brains, and then, overwhelming them with various stimuli. PETA claims that “when the owls’ brains become too damaged for [the researcher] to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — If you’ve been waiting to buy a house, but the prices have just been way too high, you may be in luck. The red-hot housing market might finally be starting to cool, just not in Miami yet. Home prices rose 18.8% year-over-year in November, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. But that staggering jump was down from a 19.1% increase in October. READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Site FinderFor the past several months, prices have continued to rise at a very high rate, but the increases have been getting smaller, said Craig J. Lazzara, managing director at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Despite the deceleration, November’s gain was the sixth highest in the 34 years covered by the index. The top five gains were notched in the months immediately preceding November. “We continue to see very strong growth at the city level,” he said. “All 20 cities saw price increases in the year ended November 2021, and prices in 19 cities are at their all-time highs.” Phoenix led all cities for the 30th consecutive...
    PARIS (AP) — Formula One signed a seven-year contract extension Thursday with the Singapore Grand Prix. F1 said in a statement that a deal to continue racing at the Marina Bay street circuit until 2028 was agreed with the Singapore GP and Singapore’s tourism board. Singapore held F1’s first night race in 2008 and the venue has proved popular with fans from around the world. The past two editions of the race were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s race is scheduled for Oct. 2 with the Japanese GP to be held the following week. “Singapore holds a special place on the F1 calendar, and this extension is part of our long-term commitment to continue to grow the sport in Asia,” F1 president Stefano Domenicali said. The 23-race season begins on March 20 at the Bahrain GP. ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Commentary. CROM CARMICHAEL:  Michael, you know, we’ve been talking about this and I will continue to do this because I think the theme is so incredibly important. And that theme is institutional memory. And institutions, especially bureaucracies their first objective is to continue to exist. The second objective is to expand. And their third goal is to acquire more power so that they can implement, impose their will on other people. The CDC, the National Institute of Health and all of these different health bureaucracies that we didn’t pay any attention to until COVID, continue to prove that what I just said, the three principles, if principle is the right word, but the three characteristics of bureaucracy. No matter what the evidence is, no matter what the new evidence is, that’s called science....
    Interviews for the Ravens’ vacant defensive coordinator position are expected to continue this week, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, even as multiple reports suggest Michigan defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald has emerged as the front-runner for the job. Macdonald, who served on coach John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore from 2014 to 2020, had a strong first season in Ann Arbor. Michigan’s defense finished No. 13 nationally in ESPN’s Football Power Index, after ranking No. 106 in 2020, and helped the program defeat rival Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and win the Big Ten Conference championship for the first time since 2004. Wolverines edge rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo are also expected to be first-round picks in this year’s NFL draft. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, the brother of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, said last year that John had told him Macdonald, 34, would “probably” succeed Don “Wink” Martindale as the team’s next defensive coordinator. Macdonald served as the Ravens’ defensive backs coach in 2017 before coaching the team’s linebackers for three seasons under...
    (CNN)Russian and Ukrainian negotiators agreed that a permanent ceasefire in eastern Ukraine must be observed "unconditionally" following hours-long talks in Paris on Wednesday.The announcement came after a meeting at the Elysee Palace of the so-called Normandy Format -- a four-way conversation between representatives from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France -- that has been trying to broker peace in eastern Ukraine since 2014.Tensions between Moscow and Kiev are at their highest in years, with a large Russian troop build-up near the shared borders of the two former Soviet republics -- spurring fears that Russia could launch an invasion. Speaking after Wednesday's meeting, Moscow's chief negotiator Dmitry Kozak said the ceasefire must be observed "unconditionally" but that many other issues in eastern Ukraine remained unresolved.Western officials are continuing to push for a diplomatic solution to the tensions through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements -- a ceasefire protocol signed by Ukraine and Russia in 2015.Read More"We agreed that regardless of different discrepancies of the Minsk agreements that exist between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the truce in Donbas must...
    Identified as “Jane Doe” in court papers, a teenage girl successfully appealed a ruling this week barring her from accessing a legal abortion. A Florida circuit judge attempted to block the 17-year-old from getting an abortion, citing her poor grades, which he believed showed a lack of maturity, VICE News reported. A panel of judges declared the teen mature enough to earn a “judicial bypass,” a legal process that allows minors to get abortions without the consent of their parents, in a  2-1 ruling in the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. In the initial ruling, Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Jared E. Smith became laser-focused on the girl’s discrepant grades. In his ruling, he states that Doe had said she made mostly B’s in her testimony, but at the time of the ruling her GPA was 2.0—reason enough to deny her request for an abortion, according to Judge Smith. “Clearly, a ‘B’ average would not equate to a 2.0 GPA,” Smith stated, adding that Doe’s “testimony evinces either a lack of intelligence or credibility, either of which weigh against a finding of...
    Brandon Beane just can't watch. With the sting of his team’s crushing playoff exit still fresh in his mind, Buffalo general manager Beane has been unable to muster the strength to re-watch the Bills’ divisional round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I haven’t slept much," Beane said. "So I’ve thought about it a lot. I can’t watch it right now." As disappointed as Beane is, he still believes his team has taken a step in the right direction. Speaking at his end-of-season press conference Wednesday, Beane notes the Bills have moved forward after coming 13 seconds short of making a second consecutive trip to the AFC championship game. The Bills fell to the Chiefs, 42-36 in overtime. "There’s nothing I can tell you that’s going to fix it. We have to learn from it," Beane said. "I truly believe if we played them 10 times, it’s probably 5-5. And that’s my heart of hearts. They may think different, that’s how I see it. If we had just finished that game the...
    A spokesperson for the district told Fox News on Wednesday that the district remains "hopeful" for a time when coronavirus no longer impacts learning. "We remain hopeful for a time when COVID-19 is no longer an issue and does not impact our day-to-day operations. However, based on recent updates from health professionals including Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Fauci, we may never reach a point where there are no Coronavirus cases," the spokesperson said. "PGCPS will continue to make health and safety decisions, including the wearing of masks, in collaboration with our County health partners and after review of CDC guidance. For now, the data tells us that continued mask-wearing in our schools and offices is necessary. Our mask requirement will remain in place." Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks added that the masks in classrooms and across campuses are of utmost importance. "The masks have been our best way of keeping all of us safe, and until and unless we hear otherwise from our health professionals, we’re going to continue to stay the course," Alsobrooks said. "We’ll see...
    The best friend of US. Rep Matt Gaetz's wingman pleaded guilty on Monday to bribing a tax official and selling drugs in a plea deal that could grant him immunity as he cooperates with federal investigators building a sex trafficking case against the Florida congressman.  Joseph Ellicott, the long-time best friend of corrupt Florida tax official Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges last May, knew about the 17-year-old girl who was paid for sex by Greenberg's trafficking group, The Daily Beast reported.    Ellicott, Greenberg and an ex-girlfriend of Gaetz are all cooperating with federal investigators in exchange for leniency as investigators are looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old in 2019 and paid for her to travel with him.   Joseph Ellicott, left, an Orlando shock jock, pleaded guilty to bribery and drug selling charges and agreed to cooperate with investigators regarding his best friend Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor in May US. Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida, has been accused of being a part of Greenberg's sex...
    Zoos throughout the country are continuing the Valentine’s Day tradition of naming animals and critters after exes – some of which will meet an unfortunate end in nature’s food chain. If you’re trying to find a symbolic way to get over a former flame, care to benefit zoo ambassadors or have a Valentine with a ghoulish sense of humor, here are a few wildlife facilities that are hosting name campaigns. HOW TO SPREAD VALENTINE'S DAY LOVE TO VETERANS AND DEPLOYED SERVICE MEMBERSBronx Zoo’s Name a RoachNew York's Bronx Zoo is bringing back it Name a Roach campaign for Valentine’s Day. The program, which got its start in 2011, allows zoo guests to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach for $15 – digital certificate included. The naming of a cockroach doesn’t have to be limited to exes, either. The Bronx Zoo encourages customers to name roaches after friends and loved ones. Orders can be placed online, and on Feb. 14, the Valentine’s Day gift recipient will be notified that an insect has been named in their honor. If that’s not enough, the...
    IT'S back to business for the USA as they welcome El Salvador to Columbus for World Cup qualifying. Currently enjoying an 18-game unbeaten run on home soil, Gregg Berhalter's side have endured a relatively bumpy ride so far on the road to Qatar. 2USA coach Berhalter is hoping to lead his side to Qatar in the fall But they sit second in the qualifying group as it stands and victory here will give them a solid chance of making up for missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia. El Salvador meanwhile are second bottom of the standings and were beaten 2-1 by Panama in their last outing. History is certainly not with the visitors, who are winless in 24 previous matches against the USA. 2It was a 0-0 shutout with the sides met late last year When is USA vs El Salvador? This World Cup 2022 qualifier will be held on Thursday, January 27. Kick-off is at 7pm EST. That's midnight in the UK and 4pm PST. When the sides met earlier in qualifying,...
                 Arizona State University (ASU) student-athletes launched a petition this month to demand that ASU reverse its COVID-19 vaccine booster mandate for student-athletes participating in away games. The school put in the mandate on January 11. As of Tuesday, the petition has over 1,800 signatures. The petition, which was started anonymously, states in part, “In a collective and respectful agreement amongst the athletes of various sports teams at Arizona State, we are voicing our stance to fight for the right to dictate what we decide goes into our bodies regarding the COVID-19 vaccination booster shot. … We want to express that there should NOT be a forced decision to be made by us athletes that causes us to sacrifice the season and competition we come to Arizona State for.” The authors made it very clear they are not anti-vaccine. “TO BE CLEAR AND UNDERSTOOD: WE ARE NOT NOT ANTI-VACCINATION OR ANTI- BOOSTER. We are not downplaying or denying the intended use and research behind the COVID-19 vaccination booster shot. We are simply asking for the freedom to make our...
    JEFFERSON HILLS, Pa. (KDKA) — The superintendent of the West Jefferson Hills School District could be on his way out. On Tuesday, the school board voted 8 to 1 to not renew the superintendent’s contract. READ MORE: Friends And Family Call For Answers After Woman Killed In SheradenDr. Michael Ghilani said the school board told him in December that his contract would not be renewed. But he said he wasn’t given a reason why. Before Tuesday’s meeting, he said the board told him they wanted to continue talks. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Ghilani said he can’t say why this is happening to him. He was hired in 2017 and has had four years of good evaluations. READ MORE: Man Charged In Shots Fired Outside Waterworks Walmart“This did blindside me,” Ghilani said. “And there have been no discussions up to this point. I hope that can be resolved moving forward, but I wanted to set that record straight.” “You have a good person in the seat,” parent Peter Doerfler said. “So if it does come time to...
    One of the most sought after items is the search for players and patrons, one of the most sought after, and one of the most sought after groups. With this foie, cétait aux jeurs répondre avec une offre. Result? Reconnect with your high-end Duke Hatures and its Progress. Progress: The last time MLB and the players association met face-to-face in Texas the meeting lasted 7 minutes.Today’s session was about two hours and included significant proposals – Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2022 By the way, this is one of the most sought after items in the blogosphere. Les jurors nont pas demand é attend autonomous avant six ans service, which is a concession on the part of the group patrol. Here are some of the prognostic realms on the Reverend part of the league. The players union has agreed to drop its proposal for earlier free agency and lowered their proposal for reduced revenue sharing from $ 100 million to about $ 30 million. Talks continue tomorrow https://t.co/PpE6n8qUIX – Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2022 Autre bonne new novel? On...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Like the old song goes, "The neon lights are bright on Broadway" once again, and there is "magic in the air." But quite a few Broadway shows have had to suspend performances after they re-opened due to members of their companies testing positive for COVID-19.In the midst of this uncertainty, one show has kept going."Tina: The Tina Turner Musical," tells the story of one woman's survival: how she managed to prevail when faced with all sorts of daunting challenges. It turns out that telling her truth onstage is a great way to demonstrate that the show must go on.Every night she goes to work is a gamble for star Nkeki Obi-Welekwe."We all come into the theater knowing that it's a risk," she said. "(We must be) willing to be vulnerable in a completely new way."ALSO READ | 'Promised Land' explores American dream with diverse castEMBED More News Videos Sandy Kenyon has more on the new ABC series "Promised Land" which features two families originally from Mexico who share the American Dream. Her concerns are understandable...
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the opening bell January 25, 2022.TIMOTHY A. CLARY | AFP | Getty Images Stocks have taken a beating in January. The S&P 500 index, a widely cited barometer of U.S. equities, touched into "correction" territory for the first time since the pandemic-fueled market turmoil in March 2020. Just what does that mean and what should investors know? A "correction" applies when stocks fall 10% or more from a recent high. In a wild day of trading on Monday, the S&P 500 stock index — a basket of the country's largest publicly traded companies — sustained heavy losses. At one point it was down more than 10% from its high mark on Jan. 3. The index eked out a slight gain after a late-day rally, but was again teetering on a correction as of early afternoon New York time on Tuesday. But investors shouldn't panic — the ups and downs are a regular feature of stocks, according to financial experts. Investors who sell as a gut reaction to the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Following a weekend of “brazen, despicable acts” of violence, Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison pledged to hold the perpetrators accountable and asked Baltimoreans for their full support to curb violent crime. Between Friday and Sunday, there were six homicides, seven non-fatal shootings and 25 robberies, officials said in a joint release. READ MORE: Man Killed In Northeast Baltimore Shooting, Police SayDuring that same period, there were including 10 handgun arrests, four robbery arrests and three carjacking arrests. Sixty-four warrants were also issued, officials said. “Baltimore, we must be better,” said Scott. “The level of senseless violence occurring across our city is sickening. I met with police leadership Monday evening to ensure that we continue to focus and further our coordinated efforts on those who continue to carry out acts of violence in our city to reduce violent crime.” The mayor said the city will continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to fight crime. But both he and the commissioner called on Baltimoreans to work toward curbing the violence....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Archdiocese of Miami said one of their priests has fathered a child. Monsignor Chanel Jeanty, who serves as pastor at Saint James Catholic Church in North Miami, learned last month that he has a child. READ MORE: Rapper Slim Jxmmi Accused Of Battery During Argument With GirlfriendThe archdiocese said the child was conceived in a relationship that ended over a year ago. READ MORE: Florida COVID-19 Hospitalizations IncreaseJeanty has since reached out to the mother and plans to contribute to the support of the child. The archdiocese said in a statement Jeanty will continue to serve and seek forgiveness from his parishioners. MORE NEWS: U.S. Food Exports To Cuba Have Increased By 144 Percent In Last YearCatholic priests take vows of chastity and as such are not permitted to get married or have children.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of Chicago Public Schools said COVID testing of students has put the district with a positivity rate at 2.51. CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said that number was more than double from last week, indicating a decline. At this point, 56,000 COVID tests were administered in city schools. READ MORE: Chicago Bears Reportedly Expected To Sign Chiefs Exec Ryan Poles As New GM“We’re continuing to build capacity with testing. You can see we’ve done almost 470,000 tests now since we started testing. So I’m continue to be optimistic that we’re going to continue to build this capacity,” Martinez said. He added that CPS is working to make sure a certain percentage threshold is hit for testing, specifically with unvaccinated students. “Our focus is making sure that every one of our schools is meeting the minimum 10% threshold or unvaccinated students so in other words,” Martinez said. “We’re making sure that across our 515 schools that we have a minimum of 10% of students are unvaccinated. They’ve given us consent for testing. I can tell you right...
    Share this: New York state education officials told school administrators to continue enforcing the state’s mask mandate for students and teachers Tuesday despite a judge’s ruling overturning it, causing confusion as some districts rushed to make masks optional. The Education Department said the state had filed notice that it would appeal Monday’s ruling by a judge on Long Island, a step that could keep the rule in place at least until its planned expiration Feb. 1. “While these legal steps occur, it is NYSED’s position that schools should continue to follow the mask rule,” said department spokesperson Emily DeSantis.
    The SAT, a standardized test used for college admissions, is set to move to a completely digital format. Students outside of the United States will start taking the SAT digitally in 2023, and in the US, the digital test will start being administered in 2024, the College Board announced on Tuesday, Jan. 25. According to the announcement, a variety of other changes will be made to the exam.  The digital test will be shortened to about two hours instead of three, with shorter reading passages and topics that "will reflect a wider range of topics that represent the works students read in college." Calculators will also be allowed throughout the entire math section. Scores of the digital exam will be available within days, instead of weeks, the College Board said. “The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant,” said Priscilla Rodriguez, vice president of College Readiness Assessments at College Board. “We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform—we’re taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible. With input...
    You may know Ricky Gervais as a comedian, actor, and director, best known for his role in creating the British sitcom The Office. But those who love animals may also recognize him for his most important work as a passionate activist and a voice for the voiceless. Gervais has worked with foster animals, pushed to end animal testing, and spoken out against fur, trophy hunting,  the dog meat trade, bear bile farming, the exotic pet trade, wildlife markets, animals in circuses, puppy mills, and Seaworld among many other causes. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) It seems the only thing Gervais hadn’t actively promoted was a vegan diet, and it left many people wondering where he stood on the topic. In January of 2021, he took a pledge to participate in Veganuary, but it was unclear if that’s the way he always ate or if it’s something he’d continue throughout the rest of the year. But now, Gervais has confirmed what many believed all along: He’s a vegan. In...
    On December 17, 2021, Procter & Gamble issued a recall for over thirty aerosol spray hair care products from various brands including Pantene, Herbal Essences, and Old Spice. The recall followed the detection of benzene, which was not listed as an ingredient in these products. Benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer and lethal blood disorders through exposure. This includes being ingested, inhaled, or in contact with the skin. P&G claims that the levels of benzene in their products are unlikely to cause harm and stated that nobody has reported any issues caused by the products. However, they issued a voluntary recall and the products have been removed from stores. Recalling and refunding consumers who purchased and used the product is an important first step, but is not enough.  Sign this petition to demand corporate accountability from Procter & Gamble! It must launch a full investigation into why benzene was found in its products so they can avoid this issue in the future. Investigate Procter & Gamble for Cancer-Causing Chemical in HairsprayClick Here to Sign Petition To...
    IT'S back to business for the USA as they welcome El Salvador to Columbus for World Cup qualifying. Currently enjoying an 18-game unbeaten run on home soil, Gregg Berhalter's side have endured a relatively bumpy ride so far on the road to Qatar. 2USA coach Berhalter is hoping to lead his side to Qatar in the fall But they sit second in the qualifying group as it stands and victory here will give them a solid chance of making up for missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia. El Salvador meanwhile are second bottom of the standings and were beaten 2-1 by Panama in their last outing. History is certainly not with the visitors, who are winless in 24 previous matches against the USA. 2It was a 0-0 shutout with the sides met late last year When is USA vs El Salvador? This World Cup 2022 qualifier will be held on Thursday, January 27. Kick-off is at 7pm EST. That's midnight in the UK and 4pm PST. When the sides met earlier in qualifying,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A New York judge ruled Monday that the state's mask mandate can't be enforced, after it was reinstituted by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns about a winter surge of coronavirus cases.However, the New York State Department of Education issued a statement that schools must continue to follow the mask rule until the case is resolved.It all started when State Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker said in his decision that the state Department of Health didn't have the legal authority to implement the mandate, and that it was up to the state Legislature to do so if needed.The mandate "is a law that was promulgated and enacted unlawfully by an executive branch state agency, and therefore void and unenforceable," the judge said.That prompted Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman to declare that starting Tuesday, kids could go to school without masks on.However, the Department of Education released the following statement:"The State Education Department understands that Nassau County Supreme Court has ruled that the Department of Health exceeded its authority in enacting the mask regulation, 10 NYCRR 2.60, in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A lineup of Chicago's most vocal activists are furious that convicted former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is about to walk out to prison in a matter of days."We all know what happened, "said activists Will Calloway. "[He was] unjustly sentenced to 81 months in prison."Van Dyke is set to walk free on February 3 after serving just half of his sentence for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. "This man took everything from me," said McDonald's grandmother, Tracy Hunter. "This man is going to walk. If tables turned, my grandson would have never seen the light of day. He shot my grandson 16 times and then reload the gun again."Some of the activists that gathered Monday afternoon led the 400-day fight for the city to release the video of Van Dyke killing McDonald.VIDEO: Dash-cam video of police shooting of Laquan McDonaldNow they're taking the fight to the federal government.RELATED: Derek Chauvin verdict for George Floyd death draws comparisons to Jason Van Dyke, Laquan McDonald"Calling on our fed government to intervene," Calloway said.They...
    After revealing her dark past, Paris Hilton hopes other young teens will have a brighter future. Nearly a year ago, the reality TV star and entrepreneur testified about abuse she said she suffered years ago at a boarding school in Utah. The 40-year-old lobbied for a bill that would regulate youth residential treatment centers. The hotel heiress is now aiming to examine the "dark secrets and controversial practices" of such schools in a podcast titled "Trapped In Treatment." Hilton told Fox News she was relieved to finally come forward with her story publicly. "It was something that I’ve just been holding in for over 20 years," she explained. "It was just so painful and traumatic that I didn’t want to think about it, but it was always there. I’m just so grateful to have done my [2020] documentary ‘This Is Paris,’ and to have spoken about that because it just made such an impact and such a difference." PARIS HILTON URGES BIDEN, LAWMAKERS TO ADOPT BILL OF RIGHTS FOR YOUTH IN CONGREGATE CARE FACILITIES Paris Hilton speaks during a...
    In modern times, “development” and “progress” for humans often is detrimental to the local ecosystem. As more land is cleared for expanding cities and roads, animals have less room to roam around as well as find food and mates. This can often lead to human-wildlife conflict. When it comes to roadways, this conflict can be especially dangerous for the animals. Every year, millions of animals are hit by cars. If they aren’t killed upon impact, these animals are unlikely to survive in the wild and suffer slow, painful deaths. Many streets have been built right through the habitat of wild animals. As a result, they are forced to attempt to cross busy roads to carry on with their natural behaviors. Fortunately, there is a solution: wildlife crossings. All over the world, there are over and underground passes across busy roadways so animals can safely travel to the other side. They benefit animals such as alligators in Florida, tigers in India, and sloths in Costa Rica! While they have been very successful in reducing the number of collisions, there...
    1000-lb Sisters’ Tammy Slaton shared new selfies just days after the reality star posted from her hospital bed as fans continued to worry about her well-being.  Tammy, 35, showed off her new hairdo on Instagram. 5Tammy Salton showed off her new hairdo on InstagramCredit: Instagram/queentammy86 5Tammy loosened up her hair and added curlsCredit: Instagram/queentammy86 In the first snap, the 1,000-lb Sisters star had a tube attached to her neck. The reality star had her hand placed on top of her black wardrobe. Her long hair was combed and pulled straight back.  She took the photo while standing under the ceiling fan. In the next snap, Tammy loosened up her hair and curled up her strands. 1000-lb Sisters fans jumped to the comments section and hoped Tammy was feeling better with her new look. Most read in EntertainmentLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife by his side as tributes pour inTRAGIC LOSS TV star Regina King's son dies only days before launching music career'SIMPLE THINGS' Sister Wives' Christine admits she's 'blessed' after dumping husband Kody'ABSURD' Kardashian fans slam Kanye as...
    The Catholic Diocese of Arlington has instructed its schools to follow Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s mask exemption order that goes into effect Monday. In a letter to school leaders, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Arlington Joseph Vorbach, said state requirements should be followed over local health guidance when masks become optional at the state level Monday. He added the governor’s executive order “is clear on the right of parents not to have their child be subject to a mask mandate.” Some public school systems, including Virginia’s largest school system in Fairfax County, will continue to require masks in schools. In an email to WTOP, Diocese of Arlington spokeswoman Amber Roseboom said schools in the local Diocese will continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for isolation and quarantining. In Northern Virginia, 21 counties and seven cities fall under the Diocese of Arlington. The letter said that heads of school and principals are responsible for sending out school-specific guidance. “As always, we remain fully committed to partnering with parents to ensure their children receive a well-rounded...
    IT'S time for Mikel Arteta to stamp his foot down and demand the Arsenal board for more. More funds for a new striker and more done to ship out outcast striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 3Arsenal continue to be linked with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic - and by god do they need him The Gunners huffed and puffed their way to dismal 0-0 draw against Burnley that showed they are desperate for something new in the final third. These days Alexandre Lacazette is the man charged with leading the line - but he is your usual 6/10 showing game-on-game. And he probably won't be around next season anyway. Despite almost complete domination against the Clarets, Arsenal struggled to break through the visiting defence. It's clear Arteta doesn't think Eddie Nketiah is the man to take Arsenal forward - he was sat on the bench until the 77th minute. Aubameyang is back in London after worrying being diagnosed with suffering with 'heart lesions' while on international duty with Gabon at the Afcon. 3Gunners boss Mikel Arteta needs to move heaven and earth to...
    Thomas Krol believed he was going to the Olympics four years ago. The speedskater finished third at the Dutch trials, and then politics intervened. The national federation named Kai Verbij to the team for Pyeongchang. Verbij was injured at the trials and unable to compete in the 1,000 meters, but he was chosen over Krol. Making it worse for Krol is that he and Verbij are best friends. Verbij headed to South Korea, finishing sixth in the 1,000, while Krol went home to his couch. That’s how competitive speedskating is in the Netherlands, where it’s second only to soccer in national popularity. The Dutch have won a total of 121 Olympic speedskating medals, including 42 golds. Just qualifying for the Dutch team is brutal because the talent level is so high, with many competitors first having honed their skills as children skating on the country’s frozen lakes and canals. “If one falls away, the other one is already standing ready,” said Jorrit Bergsma, a two-time Olympic medalist in the 10,000. Krol added, “It’s not just one country that skates really...
    Human actions are decimating our planet and making it harder for those who live on it to survive. One such being is the Monarch butterfly. These beautiful creatures are vital pollinators and help keep the ecosystem in balance. Monarch butterfly populations have been declining rapidly. While there were around 1.2 million in the 1990s, there were only around 2,000 in 2020.  Furthermore, fewer and fewer are able to survive their biannual migrations between Mexico and Canada/the eastern US. The usual suspects including habitat destruction, climate change, pesticide use, and other human activities play a huge role in the monarch butterfly population decline. However, one of the biggest factors is the decline in their main food source as caterpillars: milkweed. These plants are often cut down or killed with pesticides to make room for industrial farming. The best way to save monarch butterflies is to officially recognize their endangered status. However, in December 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services denied monarch butterflies protection, despite acknowledging that the species is endangered. Instead, they merely placed monarch butterflies on the...
    Jeanine Pirro led the final episode of Justice with her parting remarks as she prepares to move from the weekends to the weekday full-time. Fox News is about to shake up their programming line-up, and one part of that is Pirro’s Justice series would end as she moves to a new permanent position on The Five. The network confirmed the move in a recent press release, and it comes after Pirro made regular appearances on the panel show over the last few months. In her final opening statement, Pirro began by reflecting on her shift from her legal career to a conservative TV pundit. As she recalled the highlights of Justice, Pirro especially looked back on how on “fired up” things got when she gave her usual opening statements. We realized that things were not as they should be, and we needed to take a stand. My opens were intended to give you the evidence so that you as a jury would come back with your own verdict. Like me, most of you drew a fine the sand to...
    Jeanine Pirro recounted her patriotic journey as the host of "Justice with Judge Jeanine" in her final opening statement Saturday.  JUDGE JEANINE ANNOUNCES HER MOVE TO 'THE FIVE' JEANINE PIRRO: Eleven years ago, "Justice with Judge Jeanine" began, hosted by a former prosecutor, judge and D.A. sitting not in a courtroom with armed deputies, but instead in a studio armed with teleprompters, monitors and a dedicated staff and crew. The mission was a familiar one: finding truth and justice — the jury bigger, though. In fact, a national one, thus bringing you truth, justice and the American way. Each and every week, we watched events unfold in America together through the lens of this studio. When we started this journey, we were all a bit younger, but not as wise as we are now. We were certainly more optimistic.  … I thank you for fighting for me, and you know who you are. So as we reach the end of this journey, don't think you're getting rid of me just yet. I'll be going to the number one show on...
    Health officials on Saturday reported more encouraging signs that the Omicron wave may be past its peak in Los Angeles County, though the coronavirus is still circulating widely and a large number of people are becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. The county saw 39,117 new infections Saturday, pushing the total for the week above the quarter-million mark, officials said. That’s a roughly 13% decline from the 291,000 infections of the previous week. Hospitalizations continued their downward trend, falling to 4,698 on Saturday. That’s down from 4,814 on Thursday and 4,792 on Friday. Officials also reported 72 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, the second-highest figure in the last seven days. L.A. County recorded 415 COVID-19 deaths in the last week. Deaths tend to lag behind increases in new cases and hospitalizations by several weeks. The test positivity rate remains high at 16%, though it’s slightly below last week’s figure, officials said. The small decreases in new cases, hospitalizations and the test positivity rate suggest the coronavirus is no longer spreading exponentially, officials said. However, they added, the Omicron variant is...
    AMERICAN Pickers star Mike Wolfe posed in a rare photo with his girlfriend Leticia Cline as the reality show's ratings continued to dip after Frank Fritz's firing. Alabama State Senator Garlan Gudger Jr. revealed on Instagram that he is a fan of the History Channel's American Pickers show. 5Mike Wole and Leticia Cline posed with Senator Garlan Gudger Jr.Credit: Instagram 5Mike was described as 'the epitome of the icon of American antiques'Credit: History Garlan gushed about how he sure does "love my buddy" Mike Wolfe, 57. The senator had spent "a day in Cullman with my new friend" Leticia, 43. Mike and Leticia posed with Garlan for the snapshot and shared a smile with him.  Garlan wrote: "Mike is the epitome of the icon of American antiques and American Preservation." He claimed that the American Pickers host was about "to start the thirteenth season" of the History show.  The Alabama senator concluded: "We are proud to have him in our small town today and to be his host for the day!" Most read in EntertainmentLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 4,849 new COVID-19 cases as the state positivity rate and hospitalizations continued to decrease, according to data released Saturday by the Maryland Department of Health. But even as those key metrics fade from peak levels recorded earlier this month, Gov. Larry Hogan and healthcare leaders are warning Marylanders not to let their guards down, with Hogan saying Thursday that “we’re not out of the woods.” READ MORE: Three Months After Their Daughter's Death, Maliyah Turner's Parents Are Still Seeking JusticeHospitalizations fell to 2,633, decreasing by 113 over the past 24 hours and down from a Jan. 11 peak of 3,462 patients. The positivity rate, which flirted with 30% on Jan. 5, has fallen to 16.4%, a 0.74% decrease compared to Friday. Hogan on Thursday said the next 10 to 14 days will be key to the state’s response to surging infections, and he encouraged Marylanders to continue wearing masks and avoiding crowds, as well as getting tested and vaccinated. “Even though we have been able to attain considerable drops in the metrics, and they’re continuing...
    Getty Antonio Williams will continue to invest in NASCAR. Buffalo Bills running back Antonio Williams entered the world of stock car racing in 2021 when he invested in SS GreenLight Racing and partnered with Joe Graf Jr. Now he will expand his partnership during the 2022 NASCAR season after joining fgrACCEL, a full-service sports marketing and management agency. The marketing agency issued a press release on Friday, January 21, and announced that Williams will serve as director of business development. He will continue to work with Graf to expand his relationships in NASCAR and he will bring new interest to the list of fgrACCEL clients. Part of his role will include an expanded presence at the track, starting with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Super stoked to have @A_B_Williams26 back with @fgrACCEL for the 2022 season! His leadership and vision for 2022 will not only be beneficial for me but for the other members of the fgrACCEL team too! pic.twitter.com/wKuMzT2EJa — Joe Graf Jr (@Joegrafjr) January 21, 2022 “Last year being my first year involved with...
    WATFORD'S match against Norwich was suspended due to floodlight failure. The floodlights in each corner of Vicarage Road began to dim and referee Mike Dean it was unsafe to continue - even though visibility was not interrupted. 1Fans attempted to light up Vicarage Road using their phonesCredit: Reuters The delay lasted ten minutes before Dean consulted the two managers and asked if they were happy to continue, which they were. And Claudio Ranieri may have regretted that decision when moments later Josh Seargent headed in his second goal of the game to give Norwich a valuable 2-0 lead. Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports' coverage of the game: "It's absolutely fine. Who decides that they can't carry on in this light? Is it the referee? They can play, just get on with it." Gary Neville added: "The longer this game doesn't continue the bigger problem they create. "We're down here at pitch level and there is absolutely no problem at all. "I've played in strange European stadiums or going away from home with England where you would have...