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    OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (CBS Detroit) — The Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved more than $3.2 million in response to the deadly shooting at Oxford High School in November. Officials say the funding provides the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office with additional resources to prosecute cases, as well as mental health support for students, families, community members and the county Sheriff’s Office deputies impacted by the tragic incident. READ MORE: Cousin Of Missing Teen Charged With Lying To Officers“The way we respond to this horrible incident is very important to help not only the residents of Oxford heal, but for all citizens of the county, state and country,” Commissioner Michael Spisz said. “We must do our best to make sure we prosecute these evil acts to the fullest extent of the law. This is the time we need more, not less, when it comes to resources.” READ MORE: Cousin Of Missing Teen Zion Foster Charged With Lying To PoliceThe appropriation resolution includes: $500,000 in additional resources for the Prosecutor’s office to prosecute the cases $20,000 for counseling services for Sheriff’s...
    Two of the nation’s largest tech conglomerates, Amazon and Facebook, spent millions last year lobbying members of Congress to back legislation expanding legal immigration levels and amnesty for illegal aliens, records show. In all of last year, Amazon spent $20.3 million on lobbying lawmakers — including on bills that would have benefited the multinational corporation’s reliance on cheap foreign labor. Facebook, similarly, spent $20.1 million on lobbying lawmakers. Specifically, lobbying reports show, both Amazon and Facebook lobbied members of Congress to pass a huge green card giveaway scheme that would reward tech corporations for years of outsourcing American jobs to imported foreign visa workers while also allowing Indian and Chinese nationals to monopolize the employment-based green card system for at least a decade. Amazon and Facebook also lobbied Congress to increase the process known as “chain migration” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the United States. Already, 7-in-10 legal immigrants arrive via chain migration among the roughly 1.2 million legal immigrants that are rewarded green cards every year. Most significantly, Washington, D.C. lobbyists...
    He’s seen the needle, and the damage done. Decidedly not a friend of the pod, legendary music star Neil Young has asked his team to pull his music off Spotify in response to the “fake information about vaccines” being spread on the streaming platform. In an open letter to his team published Monday, Young singled out podcast The Joe Rogan Experience as a linchpin of misinformation about vaccines. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he wrote, according to Rolling Stone. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young’s manager, Frank Gironda, confirmed to The Daily Beast that the “Heart of Gold” singer had published the letter on Monday. “It’s something that’s really important to Neil,” Gironda said. “He’s very upset about this disinformation.” Gironda explained that Young had sent him the letter, addressed to him and Tom Corson, a top executive at Warner Records. Gironda said he and the singer-songwriter had spoken about it. “We’re trying to figure this out right now,” he added. The letter...
    Bali's future is in dire straits, with shocking pictures revealing the once global holiday hotspot now resembles a virtual ghost town two years into the pandemic. With Indonesia heavily reliant on tourism, a continual spike in Covid-19 case numbers and a subsequent lack of overseas guests has plunged the province famed for Kuta Beach and endless bars, restaurants and shops into a shadow of its former self. A YouTube video - uploaded on January 23 - titled Poppies Lane Kuta Bali Situation 2022 / Bali Condition Now, provides a confronting, behind the scenes insight into how bleak life has become for many locals. Usually bustling side streets on the once iconic Poppies Lane I and II now feature scores of closed stores, with the video narrator stating it is a 'really sad situation' and that desperate Balinese workers 'hope to see tourists back soon.' In further depressing scenes, the four-star Grand Barong Resort, which was consistently booked out before the pandemic and is walking distance from Kuta Beach, now features endless vacant rooms and no guests from abroad. Scroll down for footage ...
    "Excluded workers, New Yorkers who had been shut out of pandemic-era assistance march with their community allies to Gov. Kathy Hochul's midtown office on Dec. 10, 2021 in New York City." New Jersey’s Legislative Latino Caucus says the state’s unjust reallocation of tens of millions of dollars intended for workers left out of federal pandemic relief is “beyond comprehension,” noting it found out about the diversion of funds at the same time as shocked immigrant residents. “At this time we are doing our due diligence to find a pathway forward, and implore the administration to work with the Latino Caucus to find an immediate remedy to this problem,” members said in a statement reported by Insider NJ. “Thousands of workers continue to struggle in the wake of the pandemic. We cannot allow this mishandling of relief monies to come at the expense of those who need it.” Gothamist reported last week that nearly all of the $40 million fund established for excluded workers, many of them undocumented immigrants, was being returned to the state. Only about $6 million had been distributed. “State officials say they didn’t...
    More On: cardi b Cardi B may tattoo son’s name on her face Cardi B testifies that YouTuber’s claims made her ‘extremely suicidal’ Kanye West and Cardi B to shoot a music video at Miami Balenciaga store Cardi B proudly shows off her ‘mustache’ in NSFW Instagram Story Cardi B has won a $1 million defamation lawsuit against YouTuber LaTasha Kebe — better known as Tasha K — over the gossip maven’s accusations against the rapper. Per Billboard, a Georgia jury awarded Cardi $1.25 million in damages after two weeks of deliberation, also convicting Kebe of invasion of privacy through portrayal in a false light — ironically, the name of Cardi’s breakthrough 2018 album — and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The multiplatform gossip blogger could also be on the hook for additional punitive damages or Cardi’s legal expenses when court picks back up Tuesday. Cardi, 29, took Kebe to court in 2019 over dozens of videos featuring wild allegations, among which was the high- (or low-)light that the rapper B “f–ked herself with beer bottles” onstage when she was working...
    Jeff Bezos (L) MacKenzie Scott (R). It’s hard for me to even imagine having billions of dollars. What would I do with it? Where would I donate it? Whose life could I change forever with my generous donation? MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, has apparently figured out the conundrum of wealth and philanthropy quite well. In the past two years, she’s given away more money than Bezos has in his entire lifetime.  According to Forbes, Scott has been a busy little bee, giving away money to no fewer than 780 charitable groups focusing on gender equality, racial and systemic justice, public health, and educational institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). So far, she’s distributed at least $8.6 billion in less than two years, accounting for about 14% of her current net worth, which as of Jan. 19, 2022 is about $53.5 billion.  xMackenzie Scott has distributed at least $8.6 billion in less than two years to 780-plus organizations. Ex-husband Jeff Bezos has ramped up philanthropy since transitioning from Amazon CEO to chairman, announcing $1 billion in donations in 2021 https://t.co/ehQjdqmUyq pic.twitter.com/FQerGq37pu—...
    Fredrik Eklund announced he quit Million Dollar Listing after over a decade on the series, which follows the professional and personal lives of realtors.  On Monday, the 44-year-old real estate agent confirmed he would no longer appear on the Bravo series, which has documented his biggest successes and failures.   'After an amazing 11 years, I've decided it's time for the next chapter in my life,' he wrote in a text post on Monday. 'And to leave Million Dollar Listing.'  Saying goodbye: Fredrik Eklund announced he quit Million Dollar Listing after over a decade on the series, which follows the professional and personal lives of realtors; seen in 2021 Eklund continued: 'I let Andy, the producers, and the executives know last week how grateful I am. Eternally grateful, I mean what an incredible run we had together.'  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' Josh Altman reveals he... Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles: Suzanne Somers lists... Share this article Share The Swedish real estate broker went on to list the 'memorable milestones'...
    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...
    "Jeopardy!" contestant Amy Schneider could be well on her way to making television history. With Monday night's episode, the Oakland, California, engineering manager claimed her 39th win, ranking her second on the list of the show's all-time consecutive wins. Only one player has achieved more wins than Schneider: Famed champ Ken Jennings. In a fun twist, Jennings is currently hosting the show amid Schneider's winning streak as they continue to search for a permanent host to fill the shoes of the late Alex Trebek. Jennings maintains his hold on the No. 1 spot after setting the record in 2004 with 74 wins. 'JEOPARDY!' CHAMPION AMY SCHNEIDER REVEALS SHE WAS ROBBED IN OAKLAND "Jeopardy!" champ Amy Schneider has secured her 39th win, making her the second-winningest champ on the show. (Jeopardy!) "It still feels unreal," Schneider said of accomplishing the feat in a press release obtained by Fox News Digital. "Knowing that I had this chance, I was definitely thinking about it. Then Ken said it, and I thought, ‘All right, I just accomplished this huge thing,’ and it was...
    Cardi B emerged victorious in her federal libel lawsuit against Latasha K on Monday. The 29-year-old rapper was awarded $1 million in general damages by a jury in Georgia, along with an additional $250,000 that the 39-year-old blogger will be required to pay for medical expenses, TMZ reported on Monday. She was sued by the hitmaker for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress after claiming in videos posted to her YouTube channel that Cardi had once worked as a prostitute and had suffered from drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. Legal victory: Cardi B, 29, was awarded $1.25 million on Monday in her libel suit against blogger Latasha K, who falsely claimed she was a prostitute and drug addict; seen December 7, 2021 in Santa Monica The trial took a just over a week before a jury found Latasha K (real name: Latasha Kebe) liable on three counts. Cardi (given name: Belcalis Almánzar) sued the YouTuber back in 2019 for a 'campaign of slander' after she refused to take down the offending videos. RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP/CBS4) — The world’s biggest, most powerful space telescope arrived at its observation post 1 million miles from Earth on Monday, a month after it lifted off on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe. On command, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to go into orbit around the sun at its designated location, and NASA confirmed the operation went as planned. KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA – DECEMBER 25: Ariane 5 lifts off and deploys the James Webb Space Telescope on December 25, 2021 in Kourou, French Guiana. (Photo by Andrew Richard Hara/Getty Images) The mirrors on the $10 billion observatory still must be meticulously aligned, the infrared detectors sufficiently chilled and the scientific instruments calibrated before observations can begin in June. But flight controllers in Baltimore were euphoric after chalking up another success. “We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a...
    A 150-year-old New York City real estate firm that's been described as 'stodgy' and 'hoity-toity' is making moves to embrace the digital age by hiring a 25-year-old TikTok star to teach its agents how to make the most of the platform. Curbed reports that Brown Harris Stevens — which was founded in 1873 and has offices in Connecticut, the Hamptons, and Palm Beach — has enlisted TikToker Madison Sutton (@thenycagent) to help its agents modernize the way they sell homes.  Sutton, who has only been working in real estate for a few years but has found huge success on the Gen-Z-beloved app, will develop TikTok workshops and train the firm's agents to 'open a new and underutilized pipeline for business.'  Brown Harris Stevens has enlisted TikToker Madison Sutton to teach agents how to effectively use the app Sutton, 25, has nearly 100,000 TikTok followers and says that all of her business comes from the app, where they posts home tours and other NYC content Brown Harris Stevens, founded in 1873, is known to cater to wealthy buyers and has offices in Connecticut, the Hamptons, and...
    More On: fredrik eklund Fredrik Eklund reveals he is 160 days sober, was a ‘high-functional addict’ ‘Million Dollar Listing LA’ star Tracy Tutor on working with Fredrick Eklund Can the ‘Million Dollar Listing New York’ cast sell air? Steve Gold hid girlfriend’s pregnancy from ‘Million Dollar Listing’ co-stars for months Fredrik Eklund announced Monday that he’s leaving the “Million Dollar Listing” franchise. “After an amazing 11 years, I’ve decided it’s time for the next chapter of my life, and to leave Million Dollar Listing. It’s an end of an era and a new start for me,” he wrote in an Instagram post. Eklund, 44, was one of the only remaining original “Million Dollar Listing New York” cast members. In 2019, he became bicoastal and starred on the Los Angeles franchise as well. “I let Andy [Cohen], the Producers and the Executives know last week how grateful I am. Eternally grateful, I mean what an incredible run we had together,” he continued. The real estate mogul continued to reflect on the last nine seasons on “MDLNY” and one season on...
    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...
    NASA is over the moon knowing its James Webb Space Telescope has finally reached its destination. The telescope performed a slight course correction Monday to place Webb into its final orbital position, where the gravitational pull of the sun and Earth are in balance, called the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point (L2), NASA announced. Its new home is nearly a million miles away from Earth, and the orbit around L2 will allow the telescope to have "a wide view of the cosmos at any given moment." “Webb, welcome home!” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Congratulations to the team for all of their hard work ensuring Webb’s safe arrival at L2 today. We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” SPACE JAM: AS EARTH ORBIT BECOMES MORE CONGESTED AND CONTESTED, CRITICAL SATELLITES ARE AT RISK ???? Home, home on Lagrange! We successfully completed our burn to start #NASAWebb on its orbit of the 2nd Lagrange point (L2), about a...
    FREDRIK Eklund announced he has QUIT Million Dollar Listing after 11 years. Fans called for the real estate and "shady" Bravo figure to be fired ahead of his announcement. 1Fredrik Eklund has quit million dollar listingCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in CelebrityTRAGIC LOSS TV star Regina King's son dies only days before launching music careerMOM'S TWIN Inside Kim Kardashian's daughter North's transformation to look like famous momNOT WELCOME Khloe Kardashian 'BANNED' Tristan Thompson from moving in with her after affairCLOSET CHAOS Kylie Jenner slammed by fans for selling USED Hermes Birkin bag for $65k Bravo's Million Dollar Listing L.A. cast slams Netflix's Selling Sunset for being 'more dating and less real estate' We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world’s biggest, most powerful space telescope arrived at its observation post 1 million miles from Earth on Monday, a month after it lifted off on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe. On command, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to go into orbit around the sun at its designated location, and NASA confirmed the operation went as planned. The mirrors on the $10 billion observatory still must be meticulously aligned and the infrared detectors sufficiently chilled before science observations can begin in June. But flight controllers in Baltimore were euphoric after chalking up another success. “We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement. The telescope will enable astronomers to peer back further in time than ever before, all the way back to when the first stars and galaxies were forming 13.7 billion years ago. That’s a mere 100...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP/WJZ) — The world’s biggest, most powerful space telescope reached its final destination 1 million miles from Earth on Monday, a month after it lifted off on a quest to behold the dawn of the universe. On command, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to go into orbit around the sun at its designated spot, and NASA confirmed the operation went as planned. READ MORE: Need Work? Baltimore County Hiring School Crossing GuardsThe mirrors on the $10 billion observatory still must be meticulously aligned and the infrared detectors sufficiently chilled before science observations can begin in June. But flight controllers in Baltimore were euphoric after chalking up another success. “We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement. The telescope will enable astronomers to peer back further in time than ever before, all the way back to when the first stars and galaxies were forming...
    Getty Isaiah McKenzie #19 of the Buffalo Bills runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Buffalo Bills‘ devastating 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs still felt raw on Monday morning. While it will take time to process yet another playoff defeat at the hands of the Chiefs, the Bills must also deal with the reality that this team will likely look very different next year. Joe Schoen, one of Buffalo’s longtime top executives, has already accepted a new job as general manager of the New York Giants, while both offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier are two of the most sought-after candidates to fill vacant head coaching positions elsewhere. ALL the latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! And then, there are the players whose contracts came to an abrupt end with Sunday night’s loss. With quarterback Josh Allen’s monster extension kicking in...
    PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has resolved claims against the estate of the late artist Robert Indiana and several law firms accused of excessive legal fees, officials said Monday. The settlement totals more than $2 million, most of which was paid by the firms through refunds or credits, the attorney general said. Indiana, creator of the famous "LOVE" series, spent the last decades of his life on Vinalhaven Island, 15 miles (25 kilometers) off Rockland, Maine. After his death on May 19, 2018, at 89, his will called for tapping his estate valued at $90 million at the time of his death to transform his island home into a museum to celebrate his work. "Every dollar going unnecessarily to pay lawyers and the personal representative was another dollar unavailable to the charity to fulfill its mission and Robert Indiana’s vision," Frey said in a statement. The Robert Indiana sculpture "LOVE" at John F. Kennedy Plaza, commonly known as Love Park, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) The attorney general originally contended $3.7 million paid to four...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has resolved claims against the estate of the late artist Robert Indiana and several law firms accused of excessive legal fees, officials said Monday. The settlement totals more than $2 million, most of which was paid by the firms through refunds or credits, the attorney general said. Indiana, creator of the famous “LOVE” series, spent the last decades of his life on Vinalhaven Island, 15 miles (25 kilometers) off Rockland, Maine. After his death on May 19, 2018, at 89, his will called for tapping his estate valued at $90 million at the time of his death to transform his island home into a museum to celebrate his work. “Every dollar going unnecessarily to pay lawyers and the personal representative was another dollar unavailable to the charity to fulfill its mission and Robert Indiana’s vision,” Frey said in a statement. The attorney general originally contended $3.7 million paid to four law firms in New York and Maine and $403,000 billed by the estate’s personal representative were excessive. James Brannan, a Rockland...
    In this article NFLXScene from "Squid Game" by NetflixSource: NetflixNetflix has gone from airing "Squid Game" to becoming a player in it. The streaming company's stock price sank 6.6% as of mid-day Monday, reaching as low as $371.37. That follows Friday's 22% plunge, which was the steepest one-day drop since July 2012. Netflix shares are now down about 47% from their record intraday high in November and are trading at their lowest since April 2020, when Covid-19 was in the early days of shutting down the U.S. economy. The drop has been so precipitous, it's almost as if the pandemic never happened for Netflix investors. Of course, Netflix's business boomed in 2020 and through much of last year as people were stuck at home in quarantines. The company added more than 36 million subscribers in 2020 and 18.2 million in 2021. The stock pushed past $700 to a record on Nov. 19, two months after Netflix released "Squid Game," the South Korean action show that became the company's biggest series ever. The show follows fictional contestants competing in a series of children's...
    MENLO PARK — A big investor has bought a stake in a large office campus in Menlo Park that’s leased to Facebook in a deal worth well over a half-billion dollars, according to federal and local public documents. The deal, valued at roughly $540 million, involved the three buildings in the under-construction Menlo Gateway office campus in Menlo Park, the public records show. An affiliate of Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management, a big real estate investment firm, bought a 49% interest in the tech campus, according to a public property document filed on Nov. 30 with the San Mateo County Recorder’s Office. The seller of the stake was Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a Dec. 1 filing by Alexandria with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows. The Menlo Park office complex totals 773,000 square feet, the Alexandria SEC filing states. With the recent transaction, Bohannon Office Investors retains a 51% interest in the three-building campus. All three of the buildings are eight stories high. Facebook had previously struck a deal to rent the entire tech campus, which has addresses of 100 Independence...
    In this article 6758.T-JPBob Dylan in the 1960s.Bettmann | Getty ImagesSony Music Entertainment has acquired the entire recorded music catalog of Bob Dylan, the company announced Monday. "Columbia Records and Rob Stringer have been nothing but good to me for many, many years and a whole lot of records," Dylan said in a statement. "I'm glad that all my recordings can stay where they belong." The deal includes all of the famed singer's previous albums dating back to 1962 as well as the rights to multiple future releases. The deal closed in July 2021 and is estimated to be worth between $150 million and $200 million, according to Variety. "Columbia Records has had a special relationship with Bob Dylan from the beginning of his career and we are tremendously proud and excited to be continuing to grow and evolve our ongoing 60-year partnership," said Rob Stringer, chairman of Sony Music Group, in a statement. "Bob is one of music's greatest icons and an artist of unrivaled genius. The news of the acquisition comes around two years after Dylan sold his...
    Getty Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins of the Vikings. Kirk Cousins‘ future with the Minnesota Vikings may hinge on what happens in Green Bay. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been the apex of the NFC North for over a decade, helping Green Bay claim the past three NFC North titles and eight overall since 2008. But after an NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Rodgers may have played his final game in Green Bay. There will be a power vacuum in the division once Rodgers departs, leaving an opportunity for the Vikings to take over as soon as the 2022 season — and Cousins gives Minnesota the best chance of reclaiming the NFC North thone. Whether the renewed Vikings regime will take their chances with that potential opportunity remains to be seen. Appearing on the Sportrac podcast, ESPN’s Courtney Cronin speculated on the decision of whether to keep Cousins this season while the situation in Green Bay unravels over the next eight months. “The window is there. Everyone in the NFC North is...
    The Nelk Boys, a popular group of social media influencers known for their partying and comedy prank videos, raked in $23 million in less than 10 minutes for their NFT collection. The Youtubers created the Full Send Metacard NFT collection. According to the Nelk Boys the NFT’s allow access to branded ventures like, “lounges, gyms, festivals, casinos, restaurants and more.” They plan to launch these same ventures in the metaverse. SOLD OUT. LETS WORK pic.twitter.com/wqh6c0YoYk — KYLE (@KyleForgeard) January 19, 2022 “Pretty crazy,” Nelk Boy member Kyle Forgeard said on the Full Send podcast. “I think the NFT shit is so cool because to me it’s like a modern-day or, like a decentralized way for people to like invest in us,” he added. “Our fans give us money — and then in exchange, we give them a metacard and then so they have something right that they can verify is theirs. And now we have all this money and our job is to build shit.” Watch above via @KyleForgeard. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    Getty Images Tax season is officially here. And those who collected unemployment benefits in 2021 may be in for an unwelcome surprise. While a federal tax break on jobless benefits was available during last year's tax season, the same isn't true this year. Since unemployment benefits count as taxable income, recipients who didn't have tax withheld from their unemployment payments (or didn't have enough withheld) in 2021 may owe money to the IRS or get a smaller-than-expected tax refund. The American Rescue Plan Act, a pandemic relief law, waived federal tax on up to $10,200 of unemployment benefits per person collected in 2020, a year in which the unemployment rate spiked to levels unseen since the Great Depression. Households qualified for the federal waiver if their income (minus benefits) was under $150,000. More from Personal Finance:How to get a faster tax refund3 things to know about unemployment claimsHow IRS transcripts can help this tax season However, Congress hasn't approved a similar tax break for 2021 benefits — which may surprise taxpayers when they file their income tax returns. Tax season...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Health officials in Minnesota reported 11,193 new COVID-19 cases and 42 additional deaths Monday. The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the total case count to 1,229,444, including 38,230 reinfections. Total deaths from the virus now number 11,193. The state’s average positivity rate stands at 23.7%, seemingly holding steady, though still at its highest point since the start of the pandemic. The daily new cases per 100,000 residents was last reported at 225.7, a slight drop from its peak of 227.7 reported last week. As of Friday, there were 1,566 COVID-19 patients in Minnesota hospitals, 238 on them in intensive care. Seventy-two percent of the state’s hospitals report no available adult ICU beds. The state has distributed more than 9 million vaccine doses, including nearly 2 million boosters. More than 73% of the state’s 5-and-older residents have received at least one shot.
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Many victims of the Marshall Fire remain unable to work because the fire either destroyed their workplace or the tools of their trade. Now, $1.5 million in financial assistance is available through the Marshall Fire Wildfire Fund via a partnership between Boulder County and Community Foundation Boulder County. (credit: CBS) Almost a month after the fire, James Richwine’s life remains upended. His home in Superior’s Sagamore neighborhood is now a pile of ash and rubble, and his ambulance-turned mobile hearing aid repair lab is charred beyond repair. “It took all of the tools of my trade… what I’m able to do to test, to fit, and to repair hearing aids,” Richwine said. Richwine’s business, Hearing Aid 911, has been without any income for weeks, but soon, he could be eligible for help. On Thursday, the Community Foundation Boulder County announced the next round of financial assistance was available for those still out of work due to the Marshall Fire. The $1.5 million in relief comes after the foundation released $5.5 million to nearly 2,200 households whose homes...
    Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington shouted out Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, whose team was eliminated from the NFL Playoffs this past weekend, for casting doubt on the 2020 election, which Joe Biden indisputably won. During Steve Bannon’s War Room Pandemic podcast on Monday, Bannon asked Harrington, “How do you asses the first year of the Biden regime? About a year ago, you took off and went to work for President Trump or shortly thereafter 2020. What’s your assessment of what’s going on? What’s your assessment and the inner-circle assessment of the first year of the Biden regime?” Harrington said: It sounds like someone who ran for president three times and never finished better than fourth in [the] Iowa [Caucus]. Not like someone who got 81 million votes, which exactly right as you said, the country knows, the good news. There’s not a lot of good news. We see what happens after one year of an illegitimate regime in place. The only good news is the American people know it. I mean, you had four years of them saying the...
    (CNN)Jeff Franklin, Hollywood producer and creator of the hit ABC sitcom "Full House," has put his sprawling Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $85 million. Known as the Cielo Estate, the 21,000-square-foot Andalusian-inspired property boasts nine bedrooms and 18 bathrooms. The resort-style grounds feature a 75-yard pool with a trio of waterfalls, two hot tubs, a 35-foot water slide, swim-up bar, grotto, koi pond and a lazy river, the real estate agent's listing states.While the listing says the estate, near the secluded neighborhood of Benedict Canyon, showcases "unparalleled luxury in the most desirable zip code in the world," it makes no mention of the property's sad history. Amenities include a movie theater, spa, gym, hair salon, billiards room and bar.Built in 1996, the Cielo Estate occupies the plot previously known as 10050 Cielo Drive, where five of the Manson Family cult's most notorious murders took place. In 1969, actress Sharon Tate, teenager Steven Parent, Folger coffee heiress Abigail Folger, aspiring writer Wojciech Frykowski and hairstylist Jay Sebring were killed by three members of the cult, who had broken...
    WEST SPRINGFIELD (CBS) — Two of the most well-attended fairs in the country are in Massachusetts, according to a recent ranking. Carnival Warehouse put out its annual list of the Top 50 Fairs in America. READ MORE: Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Affirmative Action In Admissions At Harvard, North CarolinaThe Big E in West Springfield came in at No. 3 with nearly 1.5 million attending last fall. And the Topsfield Fair, said to be America’s oldest, ranked 20th with more than half a million coming to the fair in 2021. READ MORE: Nashua Boy Makes Highlight Reel Play During Unified High School Basketball GameThe top spot went to the State Fair Of Texas, followed by the Arizona State Fair. Click here for the full list. MORE NEWS: Air Quality A Concern After Fire Destroys Vacant Everett Warehouse 
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Winning a million dollars in a Florida Lottery scratch-off game is becoming contagious in South Florida. This tiime a Miami woman scored a million dollar prize by playing the Florida Lotterys’ THE FASTEST ROAD TO $1,000,000 scratch-off game. READ MORE: Missing 15-Year-Old Emmanuel Sanchez Located SafelyMaria Duran, 65 claimed the top prize at the Lottery’s Miami District Office. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.00.  Duran purchased her winning ticket from Sunshine, located at 8219 West Flagler Street in Miami. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.  READ MORE: SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Ship On Its Way Back To EarthThe $30 game, THE FASTEST ROAD TO $1,000,000, launched in February 2020 and features 155 top prizes of a million dollars and over $948 million in cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.79. Recently, three women in Broward each won million-dollar prizes playing scratch-off games. And a Fort Lauderdale man became a multimillionaire after his scratch off game win. Scratch-Off games are an important part of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Winning a million dollars in a Florida Lottery scratch-off game is becoming contagious in South Florida. This tiime a Miami woman scored a million dollar prize by playing the Florida Lotterys’ THE FASTEST ROAD TO $1,000,000 scratch-off game. READ MORE: Missing 15-Year-Old Emmanuel Sanchez Located SafelyMaria Duran, 65 claimed the top prize at the Lottery’s Miami District Office. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.00.  Duran purchased her winning ticket from Sunshine, located at 8219 West Flagler Street in Miami. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.  READ MORE: SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Ship On Its Way Back To EarthThe $30 game, THE FASTEST ROAD TO $1,000,000, launched in February 2020 and features 155 top prizes of a million dollars and over $948 million in cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.79. Recently, three women in Broward each won million-dollar prizes playing scratch-off games. And a Fort Lauderdale man became a multimillionaire after his scratch off game win. Scratch-Off games are an important part of...
    The concept of salary caps is very common in professional sports leagues. But the pay base is very low. In terms of salary, we are talking about the minimum a team should spend in a season. It is in the NHL, but not in the NFL, NBA, MLS or major league baseball. In the NHL, the salary base for 2021-2022 is $ 60.2 million and the cap is $ 81.5 million. By imposing a very high base, teams are forced to have some well-paid players, which ensures a comparative balance in the league. In MLB this is the complete opposite. If we return to the salary cap briefly, the MLB pay cap is “soft”. This can be violated, but the overspending team will have to pay a luxury tax, and may even face fines if they exceed the cap. By 2022, three teams (out of 30) are expected to exceed the $ 210 million mark: the Yankees ($ 221 million), the Dodgers ($ 233 million) and the Mets ($ 265 million). All figures in this text are dated December 26,...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s health ministers have approved a recommendation to use a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine to better protect people with a weakened immune system against the virus. Christie Morreale, the minister for public health in the federal government, said Monday that she and her regional counterparts have greenlighted the proposal made by the country’s health council. Morreale did not give a date for the start of the program. About 77% of Belgium’s nearly 11.5 million people are now fully vaccinated, and some 6.3 million Belgians have received a booster dose, according to the latest figures from health authorities. Belgium had 2,851 COVID-19 patients in the hospital as of Monday, including 364 in intensive care units. At least 28,800 people have died from COVID-19 in Belgium since the start of the pandemic. On Sunday, police fired water cannons and thick clouds of tear gas in Brussels, the capital, to disperse people protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and government restrictions that aim to curb the fast-spreading omicron variant. Police said the protest drew an estimated 50,000 people, some traveling from...
    People dine at an outdoor dining patio set up at a restaurant on March 18, 2021 in New York City.Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images The National Restaurant Association is asking Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund as the omicron variant hits operators' businesses. Last year, lawmakers created the $28.6 billion fund to aid bars and restaurants struggling in the wake of the pandemic. The grants were designed to make up for a restaurant's full pandemic losses of up to $5 million for a single location or $10 million for a business with fewer than 20 locations. Publicly traded companies were ineligible, but their franchisees could still apply. Since the fund was depleted, restaurants have been pushing for Congress to replenish it. Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to do so, but the bills haven't gained traction, and the Biden administration hasn't appeared interested in supporting the measure. But the latest surge in Covid-19 cases and its impact on restaurants could change minds. The National Restaurant Association's latest survey of operators found that 88% of restaurants saw indoor dining...
    After spending one weekend in second place, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” proved it still had some fight left. Sony’s superhero juggernaut swung back to first place in its sixth weekend in theaters and became the sixth highest grossing film of all time, globally. The film topped the North American charts with $14.1 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Globally, it’s now grossed nearly $1.7 billion, passing the total earnings of both “Jurassic World” and “The Lion King.” And in North America its $721 million make it the fourth biggest release ever. Peter Parker also stole first place back from “ Scream,” which fell about 59% — a typical drop for a horror— in its second weekend with an estimated $12.4 million in ticket sales. The Paramount release has grossed $51.3 million so far. Universal and Illumination’s “Sing 2″ landed in third place in its fifth weekend, with $5.7 million. The animated title has earned $241.2 million worldwide. There was little competition for the holdovers to contend with this weekend. The only two fresh offerings nationwide in theaters...
    Decryption – Voluntary departures have doubled since the onset of the epidemic. Washington Correspondent The massive voluntary resignation movement that has rocked the United States since the outbreak continues to surprise. Since the first prison, in March 2020, approximately 48 million Americans have voluntarily resigned. Nearly a quarter of employees in the United States plan to change jobs this year. Even in a country where the average employee normally holds their job for only four years, this wave is unprecedented. Read moreThe labor shortage in the United States is holding back hiring As of November (the latest federal data available) more than 4 million Americans have yet to voluntarily quit their jobs. Before the epidemic, the number of voluntary departures was 2 million per month. The wave was led by Anthony C, an administrative professor at the University of Texas A&M. Called “The Great Resignation” by Clotts. He was one of the few people who saw this wave of experts in work world psychology. “When we were human we knew … This article is for subscribers only....
    The Biden family scored $31 million from five deals in China, all with individuals with direct ties to the Chinese spy apparatus, according to a bombshell new book. Multiple financiers with direct ties to Chinese intelligence partnered with Hunter Biden during and after his father’s time as Vice President — including the former head of the Ministry of State Security and the head of foreign intelligence recruitment — and some of those relationships remain intact, according to Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, by Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer. Schweizer explains that Beijing saw a financial relationship with the Bidens as an opening for “elite capture,” which allowed Hunter Biden to secure meetings and score major deals with people in the highest levels of Chinese financial institutions and the Chinese Communist Party — and in return they would be able to leverage the Bidens’ power for their interests. One of the central early players in the Bidens’ Chinese deals is a tycoon by the name of Che Feng, or “The Super Chairman,” as Hunter and...
    Throughout his two-year tenure in San Francisco, Kevin Gausman credited the Giants for helping transform his career and instilling confidence in his ability to pitch at an All-Star caliber level. Gausman appeared interested in extending his relationship with the team beyond a memorable 2021 season, but the veteran starter took to Twitter on Sunday and indicated the Giants’ front office didn’t share the same sentiment. “I want to set the record straight for y’all (because) there has been a lot of BS out there about this,” Gausman tweeted. “SF never made me an offer. Simple as that. Anyone or anything that says otherwise is #FakeNews.” The Giants have re-signed two key members of their rotation, Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood, this offseason, but  Gausman, 30, officially agreed to terms on a five-year, $110 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on December 1. Given Farhan Zaidi’s track record as an executive, it was hardly a surprise the Giants were unwilling to match the Blue Jays’ offer as San Francisco’s president of baseball operations has never given...
    The fallout of a massive fraud scheme by Marin investment managers has resulted in a $436.5 million sale of North Bay properties. The sale involved 60 sites formerly controlled by Professional Financial Investors Inc. and its associated fund, Professional Investors Security Fund Inc. The principal, Ken Casey of Novato, died in 2020. The properties, amounting to more than 1.4 million square feet, were sold off last month in federal bankruptcy court. They properties range from 3,500 square feet to 85,000 square feet, including 935 residences and approximately 680,000 square feet of commercial space. “It’s one of the biggest portfolio sales in our county’s history,” said Haden Ongaro, executive vice president with the Newmark Knight Frank real estate firm. At the height of the scam, Casey and business associate Lewis Wallach had accumulated 80 large properties: 29 in Novato, 10 in Sonoma and the remainder scattered throughout Marin. Wallach pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in 2020. He admitted to being aware that the companies had ceased to be profitable, but continued to obtain properties and assure investors of their financial...
    OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan -- Your email spam folder isn't all junk mail.Laura Spears of Oakland County, Michigan, can attest to that, as she recently discovered a $3 million lottery prize sitting in hers.The lucky winner had purchased a Mega Millions ticket on the Michigan Lottery website for the December 31, 2021, drawing. She matched five numbers to win $1 million, plus had the Megaplier to multiply her prize by three."I saw an ad on Facebook that the Mega Millions jackpot was getting pretty high, so I got on my account and bought a ticket," Spears, 55, told Michigan Lottery officials. "A few days later, I was looking for a missing email from someone, so I checked the spam folder in my email account.""That's when I saw an email from the Lottery saying I had won a prize. I couldn't believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my Lottery account to confirm the message in the email. It's all still so shocking to me that I really won $3 million!" Spears, who claimed her prize at...
    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in GenevaFabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images The Covid-19 pandemic is at a "critical juncture" as it enters its third year, the WHO's top official said on Monday. Speaking at a press conference during a meeting with Svenja Schulze, Germany's minister for economic cooperation and development, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Germany — the biggest donor to the WHO — for approaching global public health with "solidarity and multilateralism." "These qualities are more important than ever, because the Covid-19 pandemic is now entering its third year and we are at a critical juncture," Tedros told reporters. "We have the tools to end the acute phase of this pandemic. But we must use them equitably and wisely." Noting Germany's commitment to international cooperation and tackling the pandemic under its newly adopted G-7 presidency, Tedros praised the country's efforts as "an example for all" but warned that "we still have a long road ahead." Globally, more than 71 million new cases of Covid...
    Hong Kong (CNN)More than two years have passed since China sealed off an entire city of more than 11 million people to curb the world's first Covid-19 outbreak. But in many parts of the country, tough coronavirus restrictions are still making it difficult for people to travel just days before the biggest festival of the year.Sunday marked the second anniversary of the start of the Wuhan lockdown -- a drastic move that stunned the nation just two days before Lunar New Year.China has long since recovered from the initial devastation wrought by the pandemic, while Beijing's uncompromising zero-Covid policy -- which relies on mass testing, extensive quarantines and snap lockdowns -- has enjoyed widespread public support.But with the prospect of another Lunar New Year homecoming canceled, some people are growing frustrated.Read MoreKnown as Spring Festival in China, Lunar New Year -- which falls on February 1 this year -- is the most important time for families to get together, likened by some to Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years combined.Every year, hundreds of millions of people who have left their hometowns...
                 Due to this season’s back-to-back winter storms, potholes have formed along Tennessee interstates and state highways. As a result, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced in a Friday press release that it is using all available staffing to repair the damaged areas as quickly as possible. As the weather allows, multiple TDOT crews will be patching potholes over the coming days and weeks, according to the press release. Cold mix asphalt is currently being used for repairs. Asphalt plants may open during the day and allow crews to use hot mix for more permanent repairs in some areas. However, as the department notes, it may be spring or early summer before more permanent repairs are made throughout the state. Full-scale paving may be necessary to repair more severe locations fully. Dedicated crews will be assigned to interstates, while smaller groups will focus on state routes. Motorists should be prepared for short-term traffic delays during these repair operations. While every effort will be made to perform repairs during off-peak travel times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays), some...