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    Nearly 64,000 U.S. troops are at the ready in Europe to deploy to the continent's eastern flank if President Biden makes such a call to counter growing Russian aggression at the border with Ukraine.  As Vladimir Putin has deployed 100,000 Russian forces to the Ukraine border and continues to stoke fears he will invade, the U.S. may have to ready its troops and its cache of arms situated throughout Europe, including 40 warships, 175 aircraft and 90 tanks.  Military officials presented the commander-in-chief with a plan to deploy up to 50,000 troops if the security situation deteriorates and Russia launches an invasion into Ukraine.  At the same time, the U.S. told families of  U.S. embassy to go home 'due to the continued threat' of such an attack, the State Department said Sunday.  Though the number fluctuates due to changing withdrawals and deployments, the U.S. had about 175,000 troops stationed abroad as of September 2021. A total of nearly 64,000 of those service members were stationed in Europe.  The U.S. has about 750 military bases across 80 countries.  Command for the...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Evergrande is still trying to appease growing anger among its offshore creditors, who have threatened to take legal action over the embattled Chinese developer's plans to restructure the business.The company is now asking international bondholders to give it "more time" to work on a restructuring plan, according to a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange this week.Given the size of Evergrande, the number of its stakeholders and the "complexity of the situation," the company "will need more time to fully consider, evaluate and assess comprehensively the number of potential solutions before it can responsibly further engage in substantive negotiations with offshore creditors," it wrote in the filing.In a separate statement on Monday, Evergrande asked its offshore creditors to "exhibit patience by refraining from taking aggressive legal actions." Such measures, it added, could result in a "destructive outcome." Another big Chinese real estate developer might need to sell off propertyThis week is the second time Evergrande has tried to placate concerns among overseas creditors, who last Thursday said they had to "seriously consider enforcement actions" because the...
    Janet Jackson has revealed that her brother Michael bullied her over her weight as a child, calling her a 'pig' for her body shape. The 55-year-old, whose weight has fluctuated throughout her decades in the spotlight, spoke of her brother's cruelty to filmmakers making a documentary of her life. The four-part documentary, shot over the course of five years, coincides with the 40th anniversary of her first album and features never-before-seen archive footage from her childhood as well as home videos of her recent years as a mother to son, Eissa Al Mana, five.  'There were times when Mike used to tease me and call me names. 'Pig, horse, slut, or hog, cow,'' she said.  'He would laugh about it and I'd laugh too, but then there was some­where down inside that it would hurt. 'When you have somebody say you're too heavy, it affects you. Janet and Michael Jackson are pictured at the Grammy Awards in 1993, several months before he was accused for the first time of child sex abuse Jackson is seen in 2002 (left) and in...
    A new trailer for Sky's anticipated Janet Jackson documentary has been released. Ahead of the January 31 air date, the new teaser sees the music superstar, 55, joined by her family and celebrity friends including Mariah Carey and Samuel L Jackson to speak out on her incredible career and life. As her loved ones admit they were shocked she had agreed to the documentary, Janet declares: 'it's just something that needs to be done'. Speaking out: An explosive new trailer for Sky's anticipated Janet Jackson documentary has been released ahead of the January 31 air date The four-part documentary coincides with the 40th anniversary of Janet's first album and features never-before-seen archive footage from her childhood as well as home videos of her recent years as a mother to son, Eissa Al Mana, five.  The two-night, four-hour documentary joins Janet as she travels back to her hometown of Gary, Indiana to see where her journey began.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Daniel Radcliffe, 32, is set to play satirical musician... Kendall Jenner bundles up in a...
    Marilyn Manson has denied shocking allegations from his ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, after she claimed he 'essentially raped' her during a music video shoot, urged her to carve his initial into her pelvis, and decorated their home with Nazi propaganda knowing that she is Jewish.  Wood, 34, began her tumultuous relationship with 53-year-old Manson, real name Brian Warner, when she was just 18 — and she has since accused her of grooming her and abusing her.  The actress goes into more depth about the experience in Amy Berg's new documentary 'Phoenix Rising – Part I: Don't Fall,' which premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO in March. Manson's lawyers on Monday said that Wood's allegations of raping her in a music video were 'brazen' and easily debunked.  'Of all the false claims that Evan Rachel Wood has made about Brian Warner, her imaginative retelling of the making of the 'Heart-Shaped Glasses' music video 15 years ago is the most brazen and easiest to disprove, because there were multiple witnesses,' said his lawyer, Howard King. Evan...
    New York City's new mayor on Monday vowed to end the scourge of gun violence plaguing his city - reviving a disbanded police unit, injecting cash into community projects, and vowing to dismantle weapons trafficking networks. On Friday a 22-year-old police officer, Jason Rivera, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem - the first officer killed by gunfire in the city since July 2017. Eric Adams, a former captain in the NYPD, who took over as mayor on January 1, said that Rivera's murder should act as a catalyst.  'We are going to do a lot more than pray. We are going to turn our pain into purpose,' he said in a City Hall press conference.  'We will not surrender our city to the violent few.' There have been 73 shootings so far this year in the city - an increase of 23.7 percent on last year. A total of 82 people have been shot, up from 67 in the first three weeks of 2021.  Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, on Monday...
    More On: sex and the city ‘And Just Like That’ hairstylist on how the show ’embraces’ aging Kyle MacLachlan, 62, and Jeff Goldblum, 69, walk Prada runway in Milan ‘SATC’ author Candace Bushnell says this reboot look made her cry Friends worried as Chris Noth ‘feels like his life is over’ After bad reviews and negative publicity, industry insiders are now asking whether “SATC” spin-off “And Just Like That” will return for a second season. The show has been slammed as “woke, weird and awful” by critics and fans alike. Despite this, one well-placed source insisted to Page Six that the likelihood of a second season is high. “The creative conversations haven’t happened yet, but everyone is feeling good about the show,” the source said. Another industry insider said: “They may feel that they want to prove a point that they can make a second season stronger and that it was valid to bring it back for fans.” With just two episodes left, HBO Max bosses have yet to announce whether the show will make a comeback. After sexual...
    While many officials are hopeful that the Omicron variant could be the final Covid strain of its pandemic phase, leaders at the World Health Organization (WHO) are not totally convinced.  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, warned Monday that Covid can mutate once again, and the rampant spread of Omicron open the door for another - even more infectious - variant to eventually arise. Every time the virus jumps from one host to another, it begins to replicate in the person's body. The more replication that occurs, the most opportunities arise for the virus to mutate.  Ghebreyesus warns that, although Omicron has proved to be more mild than other strains of the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured), Director-General of the WHO, warned Monday that vaccines alone will not transition Covid from pandemic to endemic, and health leaders and pharmaceutical companies should also invest in therapeutics  'It is dangerous to assume that omicron will be the last variant or that we're in the endgame,' Ghebreyesus said. 'On the contrary, globally the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. To change...
    In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam. This article first appeared on TomDispatch. Granted, during the years of schooling that preceded my deployment there, I had amassed all sorts of facts, some of them at least marginally relevant to the matter at hand. Yet despite the earnest efforts of some excellent teachers, I had managed to avoid acquiring anything that could be dignified with the term education. Now, however haltingly, that began to change. A year later, when my tour of duty ended, I carried home from Vietnam the barest inkling of a question: How had this massive cockup occurred and what did it signify? Since that question implied rendering judgment on a war in which I had (however inconsequentially) participated, it wasn’t one that I welcomed. Even so, the question dogged me. During the ensuing decades, while expending considerable...
    In a rare bipartisan move, even progressive 'squad' member Rashida Tlaib and pro-Trump Representative Matt Gaetz saw eye-to-eye in sending a letter demanding House floor action on legislation that would ban lawmakers from trading stocks. The letter, sent Monday, was signed by a bipartisan group of 27 lawmakers and addressed to both Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. It urges the leaders to 'swiftly' bring a vote to the floor on either the Ban Conflicted Trading Act or the TRUST in Congress Act. The push for regulation comes in the midst of heightened concerns over insider trading, especially after lawmakers' stock activity following a congressional briefing on COVID-19 before the true threat was public knowledge. 'There is no reason that members of Congress need to be allowed to trade stocks when we should be focused on doing our jobs and serving our constituents,' the letter reads. 'Perhaps this means some of our colleagues will miss out on lucrative investment opportunities,' it continues. 'We don't care. We came to Congress to serve our country, not...
    A FASHION Nova employee shared shocking secrets about working in the "messy" warehouses that have jokingly been compared to Squid Games on social media. A TikTok user shared her experience as a Fashion Nova warehouse employee in a "behind the scenes" video records from inside the facility. 4A Fashion Nova warehouse worker shared a 'behind the scenes' of a day of work at the fashion company's facilityCredit: TikTok/torietrades 4TikToker Torie explained to her followers how items and open boxes are typically scattered on the floorCredit: TikTok/torietrades 4In the video, Torie's coworkers are seen doing mandatory stretching before their shift starts because the job strains their legsCredit: TikTok/torietrades "Yoo it sucks working here at Fashion Nova. Yall don't even know the half," Torie, as she's named on her TikTok profile, captioned her post. As an ordinary employee, Torie clocks in then enters the warehouse to begin her day at work. However, the day takes a twisted turn as a loud, drilling alarm signals to workers that it's time to get to work. The video then shows Torie's coworkers doing mandatory stretching before getting to...
    With College Football Playoff expansion stalled and frustration soaring, a new event has been created: The blame game. It’s the Big Ten’s fault for insisting on automatic bids for the Power Five champions. It’s the Group of Five’s fault for not caving to Power Five wishes. It’s the ACC’s fault for not supporting expansion in any form. It’s the Rose Bowl’s fault for … being the Rose Bowl. Only one of the six major New Year’s bowl games has been repeatedly singled out as an impediment to expansion — the one that has been around since 1902. In media reports detailing the obstacles, the Granddaddy has been labeled “stubborn” and the “big issue” and described as seeking “preferential treatment” in a 12-team format. What role does the Rose Bowl hope to play in the expanded CFP? To what degree has it contributed to the impasse? And how is the Pac-12 working to support its longtime partner? Commissioner George Kliavkoff provided insight late last week during an appearance on the ‘Paul Finebaum Show,’  which airs on ESPN radio and the SEC...
    THERE is just a week to go in the January transfer window - but plenty of big deals could still get done. The clubs chasing Champions League qualification want to do all they can to get an advantage over their rivals as the race hots up. 8Amadou Haidara could make a move from RB Leipzig to Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty 8Dusan Vlahovic's future remains unclear as Arsenal chaseCredit: Getty 8Paul Pogba may be on his way out of Old Trafford this month as his contract nears its expiryCredit: AP Plenty of players have ambitions of representing their country at the World Cup later in the year but need to be playing regular football in order to be in the national team bosses' thoughts. And mega-rich Newcastle will surely be desperate to make some more signings in their fight to beat relegation. SunSport rounds up 16 of the major transfers that may get over the line before 11pm next Monday on January 31. Amadou Haidara to Man Utd Since Ralf Rangnick took the interim Manchester United job, Haidra has...
    The United States has threatened to impose a novel export control to deprive Russia of key tech components that would damage AI and aerospace industries if Russia were to invade Ukraine. The Biden Administration may also opt to apply the control more widely, potentially restricting Russia's access to semiconductors, and therefore Russian citizens of smartphones, games consoles and tablets, government officials said. Such export controls that expand US sanctions beyond financial targets have only been deployed once before - to nearly bring down Chinese tech giant Huawei. The measure, known as the foreign direct product rule, contributed to Huawei experiencing its first-even annual revenue drop that fell almost 30 percent last year. Huawei's supply of essential microchips was strangled. While they are made outside the US, they require US software or tools. The US and the EU already have sanctions on Russia's energy, financial and defence sectors, with tensions  between Moscow and Western powers raising  the prospect of new economic sanctions being imposed if Russia attacks neighbouring Ukraine. The White House is also floating the idea of curbs on Russia's biggest...
    SPONSORED CONTENT The busier life gets, the easier it becomes to overlook lunch—especially if you’re away from the house all day! But constantly eating out for lunch can quickly get expensive and unhealthy. With a little bit of preparation ahead of time, you can pack healthy and inexpensive lunches that will leave you feeling full and focused all afternoon. Here are six great recipe ideas to get you started.   Salad in a Jar What’s a better healthy lunch than a salad? Heading to a restaurant to pick up a plate of greens is more expensive and time-consuming than it’s worth. Instead, master the art of making salads in a jar—you can prep for the whole week and grab one each morning on your way out the door! If you like a lot of lettuce with your salad, use quart-size jars; otherwise, a pint-and-a-half is enough for more substantial ingredients. Make sure to put your dressing in first and then layer crisp, hard veggies immediately on top so that sogginess isn’t an issue. Consider including beans, corn, and whole...
    A cooking teacher has shared his tried and tested trick for freshening up stale bread. Cher Loh claims soaking an unsliced loaf in water and baking it at 180 degrees Celsius for roughly five minutes will bring bread back to life. The head tutor at the Good Housekeeping Institute Cookery School in London says his method not only revives, but keeps loaves fresher for longer provided they haven't been sliced beforehand. His claim is backed by dozens of Australian mums who have been using the trick and posting about it on social media. Scroll down for video The Good Housekeeping Institute shared other tips for keeping bread fresher, including keeping bakery-bought bread inside the paper bag it comes in (stock image) The trend started when a mother named Judy posted the trick in a Facebook group, revealing she had restored stale bread rolls by running them under a tap and baking them at 200 degrees for a few minutes. 'I've been conscious of reducing my waste and the job of using up stale bread rolls has always been a problem,' she wrote....
    The Ravens announced the departure of Don “Wink” Martindale as their defensive coordinator Friday night, but they had already contacted defensive line coach Anthony Weaver and secondary coach Chris Hewitt about taking over the job, according to a team source with direct knowledge of the situation. The source also said that coach John Harbaugh will look outside the organization for possible candidates, but the process will become more intense heading into next week. When the Ravens lost six straight games at the end of the season to fall out of playoff contention, some changes were expected. But more fans wanted offensive coordinator Greg Roman to be fired instead of Martindale. According to the team source, Harbaugh and Martindale met several times before parting ways, and issues such as the length of Martindale’s contract and personality conflicts between the coaches might have been factors in the move. Martindale’s contract expired at the end of the 2022 season and he might have wanted more security. Now he’ll be able to test the free-agent market with eight head coaching positions...
    A Michigan school district is denying that litter boxes were provided to students who identify as 'furries' after a woman made the claim in a school board meeting last month. Video of the woman, Lisa Hansen, has since gone viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of views on conservative social media pages and even being shared by a state Republican Party official.  'So yesterday, I heard that a least one of our schools has - in one of the unisex bathrooms - a litter box for the kids that identify as cats, and I am really disturbed by that. And I will do some more investigation on that,' she told the the Midland Public Schools Board of Education during a meeting on December 20. On Thursday, Superintendent Michael E. Sharrow said it was 'unconscionable' that he had to address the issue in an email to parents that was also posted on Facebook. 'Let me be clear in this communication. There is no truth whatsoever to this false statement/accusation! There have never been litter boxes within MPS schools,' Sharrow said. A Michigan...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Blaine motorist who struck a woman who was walking her dog along a road last fall has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular manslaughter. John R. Jones was initially charged with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the hit-and-run death of 56-year-old Bridget O’Keefe Dunn in Blaine on Oct. 25. READ MORE: Man Charged With Killing Bridget O’Keefe Dunn In Hit-And-Run Says He Thought He Hit Dog Or SignUnder the conditions of the plea, Jones would serve one year in the workhouse and six months on probation. Dunn’s husband, Chris, said his wife had been walking on the shoulder with their dog, Sully, who made it home after the crash. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    Sunday, January 23, 2022 19:00 PM (GMT + 7) In the search for the missing person, the operating force found a large crocodile with unusual symptoms, so they decided to hunt it down. On January 21, operational forces and locals captured a 7-meter-long “scary” crocodile in the Indonesian province of Papua, according to Newsflares. But the terrible thing was that when the crocodile’s stomach was cut off, the villagers found a human body in it. Video footage of locals chopping off the stomach of a large crocodile on January 21st. An enthusiastic crowd gathered around the operating area. According to Newsflares, the 7-meter crocodile frequently attacks people living near or near the Ayuka River in the Mimika region of the Papua province of Indonesia. George L. Mercy Randong, head of the Timica Search and Rescue Office, said Tipu’s villagers had recently collaborated with authorities to search for those missing in the Ayuka River. On January 20, while searching for 30-year-old Damiens Yuda, one of the new...
    When everyone’s got their eyes on a recipe, you know it must have something special that you will want to try! That’s the case for these 10 vegan viral recipes that went viral last week. They’re some of the best, and trust us when we say that you don’t want to miss out on these incredible viral recipe creations from our bloggers! We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Popular Trends Archives! 1. Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds Source: Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds For a dish that you can really play with and make your own, check out this Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds by Larice Feuerstein. Since hearts of palm do not contain a lot of flavor on their own, the tender rounds will easily absorb any and all seasonings and spices you pair with them. With just three ingredients, this simple dish can be...
    (CNN)Almost everything in our world today is divided along political lines. Whether it be something as important as a life saving vaccine or something as simple -- and you would think would be non-partisan -- as what TV programs people watch or jeans people wear, everything seems to be polarized along partisan lines.That's what makes the NFL standout. While the NFL should perhaps worry about the youngest of fans, football is by far the most popular sport in America. It's a sport whose popularity cuts across political and racial divides. Witness the ratings for the Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers playoff game on January 16. More than 41 million people on average tuned in for the game, while 50 million saw the Cowboys lose on one of the most atrocious play calls I can ever recall. This was, of course, merely a first round playoff game. 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo looking to pass against the Dallas Cowboys.To put that 41 million in perspective, the most highly-rated, non-football television broadcast in 2021 had a little less than 34 million people...
    Nick Kygrios delivered a brutal parting shot at a Croatian doubles pair and their staff after it was alleged one of their coaches attempted to fight the enigmatic Aussie star after their shock defeat. Kyrgios and best mate Thanasi Kokkinakis sensationally knocked out Australian Open no.1 seeded doubles pairing Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic on Friday night in front of a raucous Melbourne crowd. Following the match, the tennis bad boy claimed on Twitter the Croatian team's crew threatened to fight the pair, apparently because Kyrgios hit them with a ball.  Following their latest victory over Gonzalo Escobar and Ariel Behar on Sunday, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were asked to comment on the altercation, with the aforementioned offering a final taunt to the departing Croatians. 'Enjoy your flight home,' Kyrgios said as the two burst into laughter. Kokkinakis explained what happened during the incident, saying he and Kyrgios didn't mean any disrespect by their antics but had been approached by Pavić’s 'aggressive' trainer in the gym.  Nick Kygrios (pictured with Thanasi Kokkinakis on Sunday) told the Croatian doubles pair and their staff to 'enjoy...
    TOTTENHAM and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly in talks over a potential swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele and Georginio Wijnaldum. The two midfielders have played a total of 2,205 minutes combined this season leading to murmurs of potential exits. 2Ndombele has failed to live up to the £60m fee he cost SpursCredit: REUTERS 2Wijnaldum has failed to impress in ParisCredit: GETTY IMAGES And according to the Daily Mail, the pair could trade places in a swap deal. The move would see Ndombele move back to his native country and Wijnaldum return to England, where he played the best football of his career. PSG would, however, face competition for the Frenchman's signature with Roma, Napoli and Atletico Madrid all interested in acquiring his services. But PSG and Roma could hold the edge over the other two clubs with both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho both working with Ndombele at Spurs. The north London club could lose two midfield squad players in the winter window. Newcastle are interested in signing outcast Dele Alli. Most read in Premier...
    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...
    THERE is a generational moment coming for the BBC and nothing Nadine Dorries, Gary Lineker nor anyone else can say, do or tweet will stop it. Because the young do not watch the BBC. 9Dara O'Briain tweeted that it was amusing to see how those who complain that the BBC is biased cancel each other outCredit: Getty - Contributor 9Gary Linekar, who is paid £1.36million by the Corporation, said: 'The BBC is revered, respected and envied around the world'Credit: Rex 9The only thing that matters is that the world is changing and the funding of the BBC can’t help but change with it - pictured Dan WalkerCredit: PA My daughter, a 19-year-old under-graduate who is obsessed with current affairs, the arts and the future of our planet, never watches the BBC. Her entertainment, information and arguments all come from elsewhere. It would not cross her mind to switch on the BBC. And there are millions like her. And they will be the BBC’s nemesis. The defining generational moment coming for the BBC is when those youngsters born in the...
    One at a time, our warders led us into a makeshift infirmary where men in lab coats were waiting. There was no choice.  I was told by one of the superintendents: ‘You must be vaccinated. You’re 50 years old. Your immune system isn’t what it used to be. If you don’t do this, you might get the flu.’ Terrified of reprisals if I didn’t agree, I signed a document giving my permission. One of the men jabbed the vein in my arm. I was so stupid. I had been a prisoner in a Xinjiang ‘re-education’ camp for a year. The only horizon I had was the line of barbed wire that cut us off from the rest of the world. Other women in the internment camp had told me that their periods had stopped shortly after such ‘vaccinations’. The younger women wept and grieved. They had hoped to start families once they were released from the camp. Past the menopause myself, I tried to comfort them, though a horrific thought was already growing inside me: were they sterilising us? Now,...
    All 14 black Mississippi state senators walked out before a vote on a bill that forbids teaching students at public schools and colleges that 'that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin is inherently superior or inferior.' The bill later passed passed 32-2, with only two Democratic legislators - David Blount and Hob Bryan, both white - voting against it. It now heads to the Mississippi state House for approval. The unprecedented walkout on Friday followed a two-hour debate when Democratic lawmakers asked whether or not Critical Race Theory (CRT), which centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of white people in society, is actually taught in Mississippi schools.  'Have you identified one teacher, one school district where this is happening?' asked Senate Minority Leader Derrick Simmons.  Senator Michael McLendon conceded on the Senate floor that he had not heard of any schools teaching students that they were inferior or superior based on their race, but said an overwhelming number of his constituents had raised concerns about the...
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” writer Bari Weiss said the coronavirus pandemic is “a pandemic of bureaucracy” that “is going to be remembered by the younger generation as a catastrophic moral crime.” And that “many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this and they do not want to say it out loud” because they’re afraid of being attacked as science deniers. Weiss said, “I went so hard with COVID. … And then, we were told, you get the vaccine and you get back to normal. And we haven’t gotten back to normal and it’s ridiculous at this point. I know that so many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this and they do not want to say it out loud because they are scared to be called anti-vax or to be called science denial[ists] or to be smeared as a Trumper. I’m sorry, if you believe the science, you will look at the data that we did not have two years ago and you will find out that cloth masks...
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that getting the coronavirus vaccine “just protects you. It doesn’t protect you from me, doesn’t protect me from getting it” and that “counteracts the argument that we need the vaccine to protect other people.” Maher said, “What’s so different from where we were two months ago the last time I sat here is that we now know the vaccine does not stop you from getting it. I found that out when I got it. … It doesn’t stop you from getting it and it doesn’t stop you from transmitting it. It stops you from dying when you do get it. … I’m not saying it’s not a good reason. I’m just saying that’s a huge difference and it counteracts the argument that we need the vaccine to protect other people. It just protects you. It doesn’t protect you from me, doesn’t protect me from getting it. It protects you. So, it’s just really about you now.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    While celebrities party without masks at ritzy Met Gala gatherings, in that very same state, school kids, who have the least to worry about from the coronavirus, are cruelly forced to wear masks all day. And what’s Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D-NY) response to this obscenity? Governor Science just compared wearing masks to wearing … sneakers. MASK MANDATES FOR CHILDREN: Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) says: "My daughter had a meltdown about having to put sneakers on to go to kindergarten. She got used to wearing sneakers in school. They adapt better than adults do." pic.twitter.com/pOYz3WY95i — Forbes (@Forbes) January 21, 2022 “My daughter had a meltdown about having to put sneakers on to go to kindergarten,” Governor Science said Friday. “She got used to wearing sneakers in school. They adapt better than adults do.” Since when is the notion that children can adapt justification for cruelty and abuse? But don’t you see…? That’s all she can say because no science justifies what forcing children into masks does to their social development and emotional well-being. And how many of those kids have...
    JULIA Fox has hit back at claims that she's only dating Kanye West for money and attention. The 31-year-old met the rapper, 44, on New Year's Eve and their relationship has to be going from strength to strength ever since, with a series of dates and public displays of affection. 4Julia Fox hit back at claims she's dating Kanye West for attention 4The actress made the comments on her podcast Forbidden Fruits yesterdayCredit: Getty Images In light of the media frenzy surrounding the pair's whirlwind romance, Julia insisted she "really couldn't care" about the commentary. Speaking on her Forbidden Fruits podcast, she began: "It's funny cause I'm getting all of this attention, but I really couldn't care. "People are like 'Oh, you're only in it for the fame, you're in it for the clout, you're in it for the money.' "Honey, I've dated billionaires my entire adult life, let's keep it real," the Uncut Gems actress continued. "Watch my movie, read my book. That is more thrilling to me now than eyes on me. I couldn't care less." Despite the hype surrounding...
    Journalist and author Bari Weiss has said that life must return to normal while noting that younger generations will see school closures and restrictions brought in during the pandemic as a 'catastrophic moral crime'. Speaking on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, the Substack journalist declared that she is 'done with covid!'    'We were told you get the vaccine, you get the vaccine and you get back to normal. And we haven't gotten back to normal. And it's ridiculous at this point,' Weiss began on the HBO show.  'I know that so many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this and they do not want to say it out loud because they are scared to be called anti-vaxxed or to be called science denial or to be smeared as a Trumper,' Weiss explained. Here's the clip of @bariweiss on @RealTimers with @billmaher saying what more and more people, many of whom have been compliant COVIDIANS, are now starting to feel. The tide is turning. pic.twitter.com/0wFJBdnian— Morning Answer (@MorningAnswer) January 22, 2022 Journalist Bari Weiss...
                 As the economy turns around with the COVID-19 pandemic receding and lockdowns and restrictions fading, some states are recovering better than others. Only Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Idaho, some of the reddest states in the country, have all returned to pre-pandemic job levels. Timothy Jeffries, owner/CEO of ChemResearch Company, the largest metal finishing provider for aerospace and defense in Arizona, who previously served as director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security under Gov. Doug Ducey, told The Arizona Sun Times, “The Arizona economy continues to economically outpace most every state because the American Dream still matters here. Business innovation and prosperity are supported, protected, and celebrated in Arizona — not demonized as is the case of most every blue state. Governor Ducey and the Republican-controlled House and Senate are worthy of high praise for partnering with the business community where appropriate and staying out of the way of business when optimal.” According to Adam Kamins, director of regional economics at Moody’s Analytics, the recovery is largely due to people wanting to move to those states. “Those four...
    This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. This week: Downton Abbey withdrawal is finally over. This week’s And Just Like That… freakout. A very good show for you to binge. The song of the year. A vibe. Thank You For Being a Friend, Carrie Bradshaw??? It has come to the attention of the internet—few things in this world are more harrowing—that the characters in And Just Like That…, HBO Max’s sequel series to Sex and the City, are the same age as the women in The Golden Girls were when that comedy first launched. People are freaking weird about age. Some are paranoid about it. Some are terrified of it. There are those who are performatively proud in a way that suggests they’re actually quite panicked and insecure. We regret, we worry, we wax nostalgic about the past. We get confused by what’s happening to our bodies as we get...
                 Tennessee Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined 16 of their Senate colleagues on Friday in introducing legislation that would require states to report accurate and complete data about abortion—including cases where babies are born alive during abortions. The Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Reporting Data Act led by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) would require states to report accurate and complete data about abortion as a condition for receiving certain Medicaid family-planning funds. It also requires states to report cases where babies are born alive during abortions, according to a press release by Ernst’s office. As we celebrate @March_for_Life, I joined @SenJoniErnst & 17 colleagues on a bill to require accurate reporting of data on abortions & children who survive abortion attempts. This will prevent states from concealing information critical to developing legislation to protect life. pic.twitter.com/HtNxixm7tM — Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) January 21, 2022 Currently, states submit abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a voluntary basis. Additionally, only a handful of states record cases where babies are born...
    Adele fans are questioning the singer's claim that COVID infections among her crew and delivery delays are what caused her to cancel her Las Vegas residency with less than 24 hours notice on Thursday.  The singer uploaded a sobbing video to social media on Thursday where she apologized profusely through tears but told fans: 'My show ain't ready.' She said the production had been 'destroyed' by delivery delays and that 'half her crew' are out with COVID.  Now, all of the shows she had scheduled between January and April have been canceled. Fans - who clambered to spend hundreds if not thousands on the tickets - now have until mid February to claim a full cash refund for them, or hold on to them to use at rescheduled shows.  Many who traveled thousands of miles to attend are still left out of pocket with their wasted airfares and hotel rooms. They also had to pay for a COVID test at a lab to be taken within 48 hours of the show -  a requirement to get in.  Caesars Palace, which was hosting...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police on Friday continued to investigate a deadly hit-and-run in Edison Park the night before. Recently-retired police officer Richard Haljean, 57, was killed while trying to cross Touhy Avenue at Oriole Avenue. READ MORE: Doggy Daycare Owner Appalled After State's Attorney Declines To Prosecute State Inspector Jose Guillen, Who Was Caught On Camera Groping HerCBS 2’s Tara Molina heard from police Supt. David Brown on the latest Friday. Brown said the investigation remained active Friday afternoon, and extended condolences to this retired police officers family. At 6:15 p.m., a Jeep was headed west in the 7600 block of West Touhy Avenue when he hit Haljean, who was walking north across the street. The Jeep sped off. The impact was so powerful that Haljean’s shoes were sent flying to different parts of the street. Haljean was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he died. READ MORE: Many Without Access To Federally Purchased COVID Tests Due To Household Test LimitInvestigators from the police Major Accident Investigation Unit spent hours walking the road,...
    The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is offering a total of $100,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrests of a suspect or suspects in three separate hit-and-runs that occurred in the same neighborhood over a week. The hit-and-runs happened on Jan. 5, 7 and 11, all during rush hour, leaving two victims injured and a third victim, Luis Martinez, dead. The LAPD is offering two rewards of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of suspects linked to the first two incidents and a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrests or suspects linked to Martinez's killing, according to a press release. On Jan. 11, around 5:30 p.m., a maroon Chevy Trailblazer driving on Jefferson Boulevard struck Luis Martinez. (LAPD) On Jan. 5, around 5:40 p.m., a midsize, silver SUV "traveling at a high rate of speed" on 30th Street struck Nallely Oregel, 46, while she was walking her dog on Fourth Avenue. The driver of the vehicle "lost control" while attempting to make a right turn on Fourth Avenue, police said. LOS ANGELES MOTORCYCLIST...
    'The show must go on' is the cardinal rule of showbusiness; its first and only commandment. And yet Adele, whose record-breaking singing career is a global phenomenon, was today waking up to a huge backlash after deciding that she 'wasn't ready' for a megabucks series of concerts in Las Vegas. Fans, many of whom had paid up to £9,000 for resold tickets and had already travelled long distances for the opening night, were left angry and out of pocket when Adele opted to pull the plug at the 11th hour from the string of concerts that would have netted her £500,000 a show. Gillian Rowland-Kain, 32, was already on her flight to Las Vegas from New York with her twin sister when she found out about the cancellation via social media. The attorney from Brooklyn said: 'I was furious that Adele waited so last minute to make this call.  I recognise it's not a call any artist wants to make but she would've known yesterday that the show wouldn't be ready by tomorrow. 'Her lack of notice is astounding. I'm...
    Some 'living fortress' dinosaurs lived a lonely life, according to a new study, finding well-armoured ankylosaurs were deaf and moved in a sluggish way.  Palaeontologists took a closer look at the brain case of ankylosaur dinosaurs relative, to better understand the life and behaviour of these robust creatures. The team from the University of Greifswald in Germany and the University of Vienna in Austria used micro-CT scans to take a closer look at the herbivores.   Struthiosaurus austriacus was related to the club-tailed ankylosaurs, a herbivore that lived in Europe about 80 million years ago, and reached up to 26ft, with spiny bones across its neck and shoulders. They found that the creature was likely something of a loner, who moved sluggishly and avoided others of its kind at at had 'particularly poor hearing'.  Some 'living fortress' dinosaurs lived a lonely life, according to a new study, finding well-armoured ankylosaurs were deaf and moved in a sluggish way. Artist impression While many dinosaurs likely lived in groups, at least some ankylosaurs seemed to prefer a lonesome life, the team explained. They...
    "I am very sick, ma'am," the elder Chowdhury replied. "That is shameful! Shameful!" Krot yelled back. "The neighbors should not have to look at that! You should be ashamed of yourself!" Judge Alexis G Krot loses her mind over cancer patient not being able to clear out brush around his house.pic.twitter.com/vUWu9zHwnx — Dallas (@Dallas) 1641987092 Chowdhury’s son, Shibbir, told WDIV-TV his father was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in 2019 and that his treatments have taken a toll on his mobility. Shibbir Chowdhury added to the station that he and his mother have been trying to maintain the property. “I usually take care of the stuff in the backyard and everything, but that time I was out of the country,” Shibbir Chowdhury noted to WDIV, adding that the judge "should have [spoken to] my father more politely." The family told the station the overgrowth has been cleared and that they will pay the fine.Backlash After Krot's behavior toward the elderly defendant went viral, a petition to remove her from...
    In this article MSFT ATVI NFLX Young happy Asian couple playing video games in living room. Cheerful people having fun with computer gaming concept.Blue Planet StudioThe business of video games is having a moment. Less than two weeks after Take-Two announced its $12.7 billion for Zynga, and just days after Microsoft announced its record-breaking $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Netflix co-founder and co-chief executive officer Reed Hastings said Thursday that building out video gaming to where Netflix can "amaze our members by having the absolute best in the category" is his goal. "We have to be differentially great at it," Hastings said during Netflix's earnings conference call. "When mobile gaming is world leading, and we're some of the best producers, like where we are in film today, having two of the top ten, then you should ask what's next. Let's nail the thing and not just be in it for the sake of being in it." That's a tall task for Netflix, which is building its gaming unit from scratch. Netflix chief operating officer Greg Peters said Thursday...
    After Penny Hardaway obliterated reporters Thursday night, the most prominent media member in sports, Stephen A. Smith, fired back with some advice. “That does you no good bro,” Smith said Friday morning on First Take. “Don’t do that. Yea the media, they might ask you questions you don’t like, they might write things you don’t appreciate. You’ve been around a long time, you played in the NBA 15 years, you ain’t new to this bro.” Hardaway is in his fourth season as head coach of the Memphis Tigers men’s basketball program and despite landing top recruits, he’s failed at leading them to the NCAA Tournament. After the Tigers eighth loss in 12 games, Hardaway was asked if he still has faith in being able to get the job done, which set the head coach off on an expletive-filled tirade. “This media gets kinda f*cked up sometimes when it comes to me,” Hardaway ranted Thursday night. “We don’t have our full roster, Y’all know we don’t have our full roster. Stop asking me stupid f*cking questions about if I feel like...
    More On: sex and the city Kyle MacLachlan, 62, and Jeff Goldblum, 69, walk Prada runway in Milan ‘SATC’ author Candace Bushnell says this reboot look made her cry Friends worried as Chris Noth ‘feels like his life is over’ Kristin Davis says aging in the public eye is ‘extremely stressful’ In the ’90s, “Sex and the City” tackled sexism. Now, “And Just Like That” is addressing aging, quite literally, head on. In a much-discussed development from HBO Max’s revival, Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda has swapped her signature red hair for a short silver bob — to the utter shock of pal Charlotte (Kristin Davis). “She wanted to embrace her gray … to say, ‘This is who I am. Deal with it; it makes me no less than a woman,” the show’s hair department head, Nakoya Yancey, told Page Six Style, adding that Miranda’s decision to skip the dye sends a powerful message: “My red hair is gone, but I’m still that fiery redhead.” Yancey credited series creator and writer Michael Patrick King with the decision to celebrate salt-and-pepper strands...
    A six-year-old girl has befriended a 911 operator after calling to report her missing toys, insisting a 'bandit' must have taken them.  Addie Cooper, from Pell City, Alabama, was distraught when she woke up and discovered that her dollhouse, some of her Barbie dolls, and some Baby Shark stuffed animals were suddenly gone.  She searched the entire house but couldn't find them anywhere - so when her  mother, Liz Haynes, was in the shower, Addie borrowed her older sister's cell phone and dialed 911.  Audra Owen, a grandmother who works dispatch in St. Clair County, answered the call and helped the kindergartener through her problem - and now they are 'best friends.' A six-year-old girl has befriended a 911 operator after calling to report her missing toys, insisting a 'bandit' must have taken them  Addie Cooper, from Pell City, Alabama, was distraught when she woke up and discovered that her dollhouse, some Barbie dolls, and Baby Shark stuffed animals were suddenly gone She searched the entire house but couldn't find them anywhere - so when her mother, Liz Haynes, was in the...
    It's often said that men and women's brains work so differently that one sex is from Venus and the other is from Mars. Well now a new study supports this hypothesis after finding 1,000 genes that are much more active in one gender than the other. It looked into how male and female mouse brains differ by probing areas that are known to program 'rating, dating, mating and hating' behaviours.  The behaviours — for example, male mice's quick determination of a stranger's sex, females' receptivity to mating, and maternal protectiveness — help the animals reproduce and their offspring survive. These differences are also likely reflected in the brains of men and women, the researchers from Stanford Medicine said.  A new study looked into how male and female mouse brains differ by probing areas that are known to program 'rating, dating, mating and hating' behaviours. These differences are also likely reflected in the brains of men and women, the researchers from Stanford Medicine said Scientists studied female mice in different phases of their estrous cycle and male mice. They probed four different...
    An enormous robotic yak, strong enough to carry up to 352 pounds, and able to sprint along at up to 6 miles per hour, has been developed by Chinese scientists. The robot can deal with all sorts of road and weather conditions, according to the Chinese state run People's Daily, which shared a video of the yak on a road. When deployed, it will join soldiers from the Chinese army on logistics and reconnaissance missions across complex environments including snowfields, deserts and mountains. The missions will include working in remote border regions, as well as in high risk combat zones, according to reports by Chinese state media. The robot comes with multiple sensors, giving it a high degree of situational awareness that analysts say can be fed into commanders in a battlefield environment.   An enormous robotic yak, strong enough to carry up to 352 pounds, and able to sprint along at up to 6 miles per hour, has been developed by Chinese scientists The robot can deal with all sorts of road and weather conditions, according to the Chinese state...