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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Vaccination rates among residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities remain above 90%, however many have yet to receive their booster shot. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 91% of eligible residents and 97% of eligible staff are fully vaccinated. However, only 82% of eligible residents and 65% of eligible staff have received their booster shots, as of Jan. 9. The percentage of boosted staff jumped by 11% since the end of December. Healthcare workers are required to receive their boosters by Feb. 1, according to the revised Health Officer Order issued late last December. READ MORE: Police Seize Marijuana, Firearm From Illegal Dispensary In PomonaBecause of the rise in the vaccinations and booster shots, Public Health said new cases have declined 14% among residents and 30% among staff on Sunday compared to two weeks ago. Officials continue to encourage residents to receive their booster shots after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that unvaccinated adults are five times more likely to contract the virus compared to fully vaccinated and boosted...
    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...
    It is critically important to have an awareness of where you stack up with your competition, especially when competing for the same job — or in the Miami Dolphins’ case, prospective coaches. One-fourth of the teams in the league are searching for a new coach, and according to numerous people with insight on this NFL job market, the Dolphins have what is viewed as a “middle of the pack” opening when it comes to the eight vacant head coaching positions. To be clear, there are pros and cons to the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Dolphins’ head coach openings. Some of teams (Broncos) might come with an unstable ownership or leadership group situation. A handful (Texans, Raiders and Vikings) feature expensive, but top-shelf quarterbacks. Others (Jaguars, Dolphins, Bears) possess young quarterbacks who have upside, but need some refining. A few (Giants, Raiders, Bears and Vikings) will come with new general managers. Some (Dolphins, Jaguars, Broncos) feature GM’s that will likely be on the hot seat...
    Cooper Hefner has spoken out to defend his late father Hugh Hefner after the Playboy founder's former girlfriends came forward to accuse him of grooming them, drugging them, and running a 'cult-like atmosphere at his mansion.   The 30-year-old Playboy heir took to Twitter to clap back at the 'salacious stories' about his father just one day before the January 24 premiere of A&E's docuseries 'Secrets of Playboy,' though he didn't name the show or the network.  'Some may not approve of the life my Dad chose, but my father was not a liar,' he wrote. 'However unconventional, he was sincere in his approach and lived honestly.  'He was generous in nature and cared deeply for people. These salacious stories are a case study of regret becoming revenge.' Cooper, 30, took to Twitter to clap back at the 'salacious stories' about his father just one day before the January 24 premiere of 'Secrets of Playboy' The A&E docuseries lifts the lid on the 'dark underbelly' of Playboy and how its venues became a seedy playground for drug use, sexual abuse, and bestiality...
    JAKE PAUL hit out at the UFC 270 purses and demanded Dana White 'pay fighters more'. Figures released after the pay-per-view event - headlined by heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou - revealed £1.3million was spent on the whole card. 3Francis Ngannou after beating Ciryl GaneCredit: Getty 3Tyson Fury following his trilogy bout win over Deontay WilderCredit: Rex In contract, WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, 33, reportedly earned a massive £22million for his trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder, 36. YouTuber-turned prizefighter Paul, who made £33m for his three-fight 2021, blasted the recent UFC 270 purses. He tweeted: "I can’t stress enough how bad this is.. "My next step for helping with this situation will be announced tomorrow. PAY FIGHTERS MORE." Ngannou, 35, was paid £440,000 for his win over Gane, 31, but as champion he is entitled to a PPV bonus. Even so, the Cameroonian has demanded a pay rise and clause in his contract that would allow him to also box at the same time. Most read in SportAustralian Open live Dan Evans...
    The favorability ratings for all U.S. congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are underwater, an Economist/YouGov survey released this week found. The survey asked respondents if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of a series of political figures, including key congressional leaders.  A majority, 55 percent, have an unfavorable view of Pelosi, and of those, 44 percent have a “very” unfavorable view. Just one-third, 33 percent, have a favorable view of the Speaker. What is more, 51 percent say they disapprove of the way Pelosi is handling her job as Speaker, and a plurality, 46 percent, say “some other Democrat” should lead Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  While the remaining leaders see favorability ratings under water as well, McConnell is the only other figure in the group who sees a majority unfavorable, clocking in at 59 percent, compared to 19 percent who view him favorably.  Schumer, meanwhile, has a 46 percent unfavorable rating, compared to 29...
    The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Connecticut hospitals has dipped below 1,700 as the state continues to see a strong recovery following a post-holiday surge of new infections over the past month. In the latest update from the State Department of Public Health on Friday, Jan. 21, there were 32,459 COVID-19 tests administered the previous day, resulting in 4,444 laboratory-confirmed cases for a 13.69 percent daily positive infection rate, continuing a trend of cases declining. After plateauing near 25 percent for several days last week, the daily positivity rate has been plummeting for more than a week. Thirty-eight more COVID-19 patients were discharged from Connecticut hospitals, bringing the total being treated down to 1,695. Of the 1,695, health officials said that 965 (56.9 percent) were not fully vaccinated. According to the Department of Public Health, unvaccinated persons had a 3.4-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated people also had an 18.6-times greater risk of dying from the virus compared to vaccinated individuals. The new virus-related fatalities bring the death toll...
    Getty A.J. Brown celebrates a score vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Julio Jones getting traded to the Tennessee Titans last offseason left the Atlanta Falcons thin at wide receiver. The problem still persists a year later, after Calvin Ridley took time away from football to look after his mental wellbeing. Ridley is now a trade candidate, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s leading wideout for 2021, Russell Gage, is also a pending free agent. The Falcons can find a new playmaker at the position with the eighth-overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, according to the league’s official site. In the process, head coach Arthur Smith can land a wideout who compares favorably to a player he coached with the Tennessee Titans. ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here!Falcons Get Bigger A.J. BrownNFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah has the Falcons taking another version of Titans’ star A.J. Brown in the top 10, Arkansas’ Treylon Burks: “Head coach Arthur Smith had tremendous success with A.J. Brown in Tennessee, and Burks...
    UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou admits it's a 'great honour' to be compared to boxing legend Mike Tyson. The Cameroonian has garnered a fierce reputation as one of combat sports' most vicious knockout artists during his six-year stint in the UFC. 6UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has developed a reputation as a fierce KO artistCredit: GETTY 6The Predator has several viral KOs to his name - including his vicious KO of Alistair OvereemCredit: GETTY 6Ngannou has drawn comparisons to booking legend Mike TysonCredit: REUTERS 6And the Cameroonian admits it's an 'honour' to be compared to the boxing greatCredit: INSTAGRAM@FRANCISNGANNOU Ngannou's ferociousness inside the cage has recently seen him garner the same fearsome aura Tyson had in the late 1980s and early '90s. And having his name mentioned in the same light as a prime Tyson is a source of immense pride for 'The Predator'. The 34-year-old told SunSport this week: "Well, that's such a great honour. "That's honourable just to be at the point that they compare me to Mike Tyson." Although he's thrilled with the comparisons to Iron Mike...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania on Friday hit a new pandemic record of 19,649 COVID-19 infections amid a rapid rise of cases, but hospitalizations and deaths remain significantly lower compared to the previous wave, official data shows. Just a month ago Romania was registering fewer than a thousand coronavirus infections a day. But daily cases have skyrocketed since the emergence of the highly transmissible omicron variant. Despite the record case number, only 49 deaths were reported, compared with several hundred a day during October and November. Of the 49, 43 were unvaccinated, authorities said. The head of Romania’s Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat, told a news conference Thursday that vaccination “remains the solution to avoid serious illness.” “Unfortunately, none of the young people who died in the last 24 hours were vaccinated,” he said. “And the percentage of those who die, of those who are in (ICUs), are mostly unvaccinated people, a situation that could have been prevented — if they were vaccinated.” Romania is the EU’s second-least vaccinated nation against COVID-19, with just 49% of adults being...
    Half of the country does not believe that businesses should be able to mandate coronavirus vaccines for customers, an Economist/YouGov survey released this week found. The survey asked respondents, “Do you believe businesses should be allowed to mandate vaccines for their customers?” Fifty percent said “no,” they should not be allowed to do so, followed by 38 percent who said “yes” and 12 percent who said they are “not sure.” Additionally, a plurality of respondents, 45 percent, said that K-12 schools should not be allowed to mandate vaccines for students, compared to 43 percent who said they should. Opinions shift slightly when it comes to colleges and universities mandating vaccines for students, as 45 percent said they should be able to, compared to 44 percent who said they should not.  Notably, a plurality, 49 percent, said that healthcare professionals should not be allowed to mandate vaccines for their patients, compared to 34 percent who said they should. The survey, taken January 15-18, 2022, among 1,500 U.S. citizens, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.  It comes on the heels...
    A new study has found that those who experienced mild COVID-19 can still suffer from attention and memory deficits for months after recovering. The University of Oxford reported that participants in the study completed memory and cognitive ability tests, with a focus on cognitive functions that are important for daily life. The researchers compared the results of participants who had previously had COVID-19 to those who hadn't. The study found that those who had previously had COVID-19 performed well in most abilities, including working memory and planning, but had "significantly worse episodic memory" for up to six months after having COVID-19. Researchers also found that those who had gotten sick had a "greater decline in the ability to sustain attention over time" for up to nine months, compared to those who hadn't had COVID-19. "What is surprising is that although our Covid-19 survivors did not feel any more symptomatic at the time of testing, they showed degraded attention and memory," said Dr. Sijia Zhao, of the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. "Our findings reveal that people can experience...
    Connecticut continues to see improved COVID-19 metrics as the daily positive infection rate and hospitalizations both continue to plunge as the state gets further away from the holiday season. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health on Wednesday, Jan. 19, the state administered more than 28,000 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours, resulting in 4,745 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus for a daily positivity rate of 16.55 percent, up more than 2 percentage points from the previous day. For the fifth straight day, the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in Connecticut hospitals dropped, by 14 this time, bringing the total to 1,805 statewide. Of the 1,805, health officials said that 1,226 (67.9 percent) were not fully vaccinated. According to the Department of Public Health, unvaccinated persons had a 3.4-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated people also had an 18.6-times greater risk of dying from the virus compared to vaccinated individuals. There have now been more than 9,450 virus-related deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020. In Connecticut, nearly...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — COVID-19 cases are dropping across New York state, but the Omicron variant continues to impact communities in New York City. According to the city Department of Health, 81% of adults in the Bronx are fully vaccinated, compared to 84% of adults citywide. When it comes to children ages 5-17, the health department says 41% of children in the Bronx are fully vaccinated compared to 47% citywide. CBS2’s Dana Tyler spoke about the pandemic’s effect on the Bronx with Dr. David Collymore, chief medical officer of the Acacia Network, a nonprofit that provides medical care and housing programs for underserved communities.
    JILL Biden’s critics have claimed the First Lady has had a difficult year with broken promises and her “abusive” office being compared to The Devil Wears Prada. We outline some of the key moments the wife of President Joe Biden has endured in the past 12 months. 5The first lady says she has taken on a 'healing' role while at the White HouseCredit: Getty 5Jill Biden pushed for free access to community colleges but, so far, hasn't seen it happenCredit: AFP Jill Biden, 70, who also works as a professor of English, was said to be ruffled when a top aide in her office was accused of “berating” other staffers and creating an abusive office environment. Anthony Bernal was accused in August last year of having a “mean streak” that had made co-workers cry and it was claimed he bad-mouthed other members of "Team Jill" behind their backs. Bernal holds major influence as he controls planning for Jill’s speeches and events, as well as dealing with political requests, according to Politico.  Bernal is extremely loyal to the first lady, said the report, yet interviews...
    THERE'S no better news than baby news. Well, that's not the case for this mother-in-law. A woman took to TikTok on how her mom reacted to her pregnancy versus her mother-in-law and oh baby, it wasn't nice. 2TikTok user @azul44ryder first shared her mom's reaction to the baby newsCredit: TikTok HER MOM A woman, who didn't reveal her real name, first shared how her mom reacted to the baby news. She texted her: "You're going to be a grandma." To which her mom responded: "Oh wow...okay. "I'm trying not to pass out right now, but I'm here for you for whatever you need. " Most read in LifestyleHOME & AWAY How Queen 'REJECTED Prince Harry & Meghan's inappropriate living request'NEVER ENDS Prince Harry declares WAR on royals with threat to sue unless security is paidMUST BE TAXING Harry and Meg 'setting up 11 firms in tax haven' for 'memoir' & other dealsOUT LAWED Meghan 'won't stay with Charles despite his olive branch as it will be awkward' HIS MOM But unfortunately, she didn't receive the same...
    One year into his term, more than a third of the country believes President Joe Biden is flunking out, a new survey finds. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 37 percent of respondents give the president an “F” for the first quarter of his presidency. By contrast, a meager 11 percent give Biden an “A” thus far, while 20 percent give him a “B.” Nearly a third of the country put Biden in the “C” or “D” category — with 18 percent giving the president a “C” and 12 percent giving him a “D.” At this point in his term, Biden’s failing grade exceeds even former President Donald Trump’s. The 45th president got an “F” from 35 percent of Americans, compared to Biden’s 37 percent. Biden got his worst marks on the economy, immigration, and “restoring unity” — with 40 percent flunking him in the latter two categories, and 38 percent giving him an “F” on the economy. His best grades came on Covid-19 and health care, where 35 percent and 31 percent respectively gave him an...
    WACK 100 wildly claimed that Master P is “broke” after allegedly losing $200 million and compared him to the comedian Nick Cannon. It comes just months after the music manager, 43, was involved in an explosive argument with the rapper 21 Savage. 3Wack 100 claimed Master P 'couldn't hold a candle to Nick Cannon'Credit: Getty 3Master P is the founder of the No Limit Record labelCredit: Getty Wack, whose real name is Cash Jones, claimed that P doesn’t own his masters. P founded the No Limit Record label in 1990, which formerly included artists such as Snoop Dogg, C-Murder, Mac, and Romeo Miller. In 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy and it’s reported that Master P sold the catalog. It has been inactive since. During an appearance on the invite-only social media app Clubhouse, Wack 100 claimed that Master P was “broke”. He said: “He can’t hold a candle to Nick Cannon”. Wack alleged: “First of all, he doesn’t own his masters, they took them 18 years ago. Most read in CelebrityTRAGIC END Heartbroken fans pay tribute to rapper and...
              by J.D. Davidson   A recent report shows Ohio continues to struggle to recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic when compared with the rest of the nation. A state-by-state comparison from the personal-finance website WalletHub showed the among the biggest increases in unemployment claims compared with a week ago. Ohio had the ninth-largest increase week-over-over. “Ohio’s unemployment claims experienced the ninth-biggest increase in the past week. Compared to the same week in 2019, there are almost 75% more claims registered, and over 62% more compared to the first week of 2020, some of the highest increases in the country,” WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez said. “Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Ohio has had an over 120% rise in unemployment claims, the 13th-largest nationwide.” Compared with last year, Ohio’s weekly unemployment claims decreased by more than 53%, but that was the 24th-smallest decrease in the country. Ohio neighbors Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia all struggled with weekly claims, with Indiana ranking third, Kentucky fifth and West Virginia 15th with the largest increases from a week ago. Based on the December numbers from the...
    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid compared winning the Super Bowl to eating chocolate cake. The Kansas City Chiefs are a step closer to securing a Super Bowl berth for the third-consecutive season. In the Wild Card Round, the Chiefs took care of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defeating them 42-21. Now, they face perhaps their toughest test in the Divisional Round — the Buffalo Bills. When asked about whether he has the same championship hunger, head coach Andy Reid gave the analogy that winning the Super Bowl is like eating chocolate cake. Let Reid explain in the video below, courtesy of Megan Strickland of KSHB 41 News. Favorite quote from Andy Reid today: “If you like chocolate cake and eat a piece and then you have one dangling in front of your face, you’re probably gonna want to eat that too.That’s how you feel about the Super Bowl. That is the chocolate cake with the ultimate frosting.”???? pic.twitter.com/CyNNRxqtGl — Megan Strickland (@StricklyMeg) January 17, 2022 Andy Reid asked if #Chiefs have same championship hunger: "If you have a piece...
    Mobile Phones According to a study cited on international technology platforms, Samsung has produced more than 300 million smartphones by 2021, and the South Korean company’s expectations for 2021 are very promising for what they will achieve by the end of this year. I extracted some information from the report: ⁇ 300 million smartphones made by Samsung in 2021 (240 million in own factories and the rest by partner companies such as Wintech or Huaqin); ⁇ The Galaxy S21 series had 25 million units as part of it, Galaxy S20 (It was a tough time – there was a strong lock at the beginning of the epidemic, I would say things have calmed down in the meantime). Earlier generations of the S series had reached 35-40 million units, and the Galaxy S21 series no longer had to deal with the internal competition created by the Note series device; ⁇ The bulk of sales were generated by the A and M series. Nothing is mentioned about the Flip and Fold series, although other sources discuss the million units last...
    NASA is running out of astronauts and will need more to complete all its space missions, according to a new report. The US space agency's Office of Investigator General revealed that the astronaut department is stretched as thin as it was in the 1970s. 1Nasa needs more astronauts, according to a new reportCredit: Getty Nasa has just 44 astronauts as of 2022. In 2000 it hit a peak of 150 astronauts. With nations all over the world in a space race to explore the Moon, it doesn't seem like an ideal time to have less people to send. Nasa has some ambitious crewed mission coming up including the Artemis Mission, which aims to put a man and woman on the Moon in 2024. It expressed its concerns about being understaffed in a new report. It stated: "The Agency may not have a sufficient number of additional astronauts available for unanticipated attrition and crew reassignments or ground roles such as engaging in program development, staffing Astronaut Office leadership and liaison positions, and serving as spokespeople for the Agency. Most read...
    AS the yearly tax season slowly approaches, taxpayers should be aware of the IRS' filing deadline this year. Due to the lingering Covid pandemic, the IRS has warned filers that they'll see significant delays in their refunds for the upcoming 2022 filing season. 1The deadline to file your taxes this year will return to it's normal dateCredit: Getty National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins released an annual report to Congress on Wednesday identifying the most severe problem facing US taxpayers. According to the yearly report, the critical issue is significant delays in processing tax returns and tax refunds.  The taxpayer advocate insisted in her report that there's "no way to sugarcoat the year 2021 in tax administration." "The year 2021 provided no shortage of taxpayer problems," she added. Collins said: "While my report focuses primarily on the problems of 2021, I am deeply concerned about the upcoming filing season. "Paper is the IRS’s Kryptonite, and the agency is still buried in it.” Most read in The US SunCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check grow'AFRAID'...
    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A population census conducted last year in Croatia has shown that almost 10% less people live in the European Union country compared to a decade ago, according to preliminary results released on Friday. The census has listed 3.8 million citizens compared to 4.2 million in the previous population count in 2011, said Lidija Brkovic from the national statistics office. “In the last 10 years, the number of residents decreased by 396,000 (people),” said Brkovic. The decrease reflects the depopulation problem in Croatia — and elsewhere in the Balkan region — that is a combination of low birth rate and emigration toward more prosperous countries in the West. Croatia’s government has singled out the problem as a major challenge for the authorities and the country’s future. State broadcaster HRT on Friday said that “unfortunately bad prognosis has materialized.” The report added that the drop amounts to losing the total population of the Adriatic Sea towns of Split and Rijeka. Despite joining the EU in 2013, Croatia has been struggling to revive the economy...
    FLOYD MAYWEATHER is set to return to the boxing ring for an exhibition bout against a millionaire social media star. The American legend is in talks to face YouTuber Money Kicks - real name Rashed Belhasa - on October 20 in Dubai. 3Floyd Mayweather is set to return to the boxing ring for an exhibition boutCredit: Reuters 3YouTuber 'Money Kicks' is in talks to face Floyd MayweatherCredit: Instagram @rsbelhasa If fans thought Logan Paul - who did weigh TWO STONE heavier - had little hope against Mayweather, then Belhasa is in trouble. The Middle East-based vlogger, 20, has only TWICE boxed before, in winning exhibition bouts against unknown pair Anas Elshayib and Ajmal Khan. Whereas Mayweather, 44, is the self-proclaimed 'Best Ever' who retired at a record breaking 50-0. Even approaching four years retired as a professional, not many would be able to get near the masterful boxer, especially not a novice like Belhasa. But, the bout is a showcase of entertainment, opposed to sporting competition, as Mayweather stressed when he made his comeback announcement....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s not just shootings on the rise in Philadelphia, so are carjackings. There have been 91 carjackings so far this year, compared to just 24 at the same time last year. Philadelphia police have recovered a car that they saw was part of a foiled carjacking attempted Wednesday night. An off-duty Philadelphia police officer says the white Honda rear-ended his Chevy Malibu at Ogontz and Olney Avenues. He followed the car into Lower Merion. READ MORE: Used Car Prices Up 37% As Supply Shortages Wreak Havoc On Car Buyers, SellersPolice later found the Honda and two suspects in Overbrook. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw spoke Thursday afternoon about the carjacking surge in Philly. “Philadelphia has seen an increase in the number of carjackings taken place,” Outlaw said. “Unfortunately, this trend is not unique to Philadelphia. I know that those words bring little comfort right now to our community members, many of whom are experiencing fear and uncertainty, but I do hope that we will ease their fears. I do hope that they know and understand that the Philadelphia...
    VIDEO4:4604:46Mastercard finishes #13 on Just 100 listPower Lunch Consumer spending trends look "relatively positive" so far this year, Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach told CNBC on Thursday, following strong holiday numbers. Miebach's comments in an interview on "Power Lunch" come as the Covid omicron variant remains widespread across the world, including in the U.S. Some retailers have warned of an impact to business operations, saying it's hurting sales and causing staffing challenges in stores and distribution centers alike. "We're coming with a momentum of the holiday season into the new year and trends continue to look relatively positive," Miebach said, noting that the holiday spending jumped 8.5% compared with last year. Mastercard expects spending this year will be aided by built-up savings accumulated during the Covid pandemic, Miebach said. Even if Covid-19 cases surge and consumers don't feel comfortable going into a store, they will just shift spending to online channels, he explained. "Consumers have learned. They have adapted, and they show all signs of wanting to do more online in digital banking and online shopping and so forth,"...
    Democrats’ interest in protecting abortion as a top issue for the federal government has grown substantially over the past year, according to a poll from the Associated Press (AP)-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The December poll found 13 percent of Democrats say protecting abortion is a top priority in 2022, compared to less than one percent who found it a significant issue in 2021, and the three percent who identified it as a priority in 2020. Pro-Life Atheist: Dem. Party in the Pocket of the "Abortion Industrial Complex" pic.twitter.com/BNneYLhQpu — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 1, 2021 “The public have lots of things that they want to see government addressing,” said Jennifer Benz, deputy director of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. “You ask this kind of question in a time of economic turmoil and in the time of a pandemic and all of these other things going on, we might not expect abortion to rise to the top.” Benz referred to the sharp rise in Democrats’ apparent belief abortion is a top priority issue for the federal...
    The Omicron variant is significantly less severe than other strains of COVID-19, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms. The agency revealed data Wednesday showing the risk of hospitalization caused by the virus was halved for people who contracted Omicron as compared to the Delta variant. Once some was in the hospital, they were 75 percent less likely to require intensive care. Omicron also rarely, if ever causes deaths, according to the report, with a mortality rate 91 percent lower than that of Delta.  While it has long been known by health officials and experts alike that the Omicron variant is not as deadly as its predecessor, the data gives a clear look as to how much lower the mortality rate really is. During the news conference Wednesday where the data was revealed, Walensky also noted that a recent ten percent uptick in Covid deaths in the U.S. is actually being caused by the Delta variant, not the highly prevalent Omicron strain. Data from the CDC shows that people infected by the Omicron variant (green)...
    The White House defended President Joe Biden's fiery Atlanta speech on voting legislation Wednesday, saying critics of his rhetoric are "hilarious" and hypocritical. Biden capped a trip to Georgia on Tuesday by framing the fight as a battle between good and evil and endorsed reforming the Senate filibuster if Republican lawmakers choose not to side with Democrats to pass election laws. The speech drew harsh criticism from prominent GOP senators, including Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell. The latter called it "profoundly unpresidential." var _bp = _bp||[]; _bp.push({ "div": "Brid_42018658", "obj": {"id":"27789","width":"16","height":" 'PROFOUNDLY UNPRESIDENTIAL': MCCONNELL BLASTS BIDEN'S SPEECH CALLING FOR FILIBUSTER CHANGES White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back during a Wednesday afternoon briefing. "I know there have been a lot of claims about the offensive nature of the speech yesterday, which is hilarious on many levels given how many people sat silently over the last four years for the former president," she said. "In our view and the president's view, what is far more offensive is the effort to suppress people's basic right to exercise...
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) admitted Wednesday that President Joe Biden went “too far” when he equated opponents of Democratic Party proposals on voting rights to segregationists and unapologetic racists. Biden was in Atlanta on Tuesday when he made a pitch to pass sweeping electoral reform and threatened to end the filibuster so that Democrats can advance legislation if opponents continue to stall it. During his speech, he made comments that were viewed by many as nothing short of demagogic: “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Biden asked. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” Durbin joined The Lead with host Jake Tapper to discuss Biden’s comments. Tapper asked, “Are there not legitimate reasons that a senator, a Democratic senator, might be concerned that changing the filibuster rule will set a horrible precedent that Republicans will exploit to do something like pass a nationwide abortion ban or something like that, without saying that Kyrsten Sinema or Joe Manchin are like Bull Connor or Jefferson Davis?”...
    The prices of cars and trucks continued to soar in December, data released Wednesday showed. The Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index showed that the prices of new cars and trucks jumped higher in December, rising one percent for the month. Compared with 12 months ago, prices are up 11.8 percent. Cars saw larger prices increases. These accelerated 1.5 percent in December, which follows 1.4 percent in November and 1.1 percent in October. Compared with a year ago, the prices of new cars are up 12 percent. Truck prices rose 0.7 percent, down from the one percent gain in November and 1.5 percent gain in October. Compared with a year ago, new truck prices are up 11.6 percent. Prices for used cars and trucks jumped 3.5 percent in December alone, an incredibly large month-to-month jump for a big-ticket item. Prices were up 2.5 percent in both November and October. Compared with a year ago, prices are up 37.3 percent. Motor vehicle parts and equipment rose 1.6 percent in December, producing an annual increase of 11.3 percent. Tire prices are up...
    A new poll from WDIV/Detroit News shows Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerWhitmer isolating after husband's positive COVID-19 test Seven most vulnerable governors facing reelection in 2022 Eleven interesting races to watch in 2022 MORE (D) leading the other candidates in the state's gubernatorial race set for later this year.  Whitmer was the preferred candidate for 48.6 percent of respondents compared to her strongest Republican competitor, James Craig, who was the preferred candidate by 39.1 percent. Another 11.7 percent of respondents said they were undecided. The incumbent governor's overall approval rating was also strong with 47.6 percent favorable ratings compared to 39.6 percent who viewed her unfavorably. In terms of her job as governor, 56.2 percent of Michigan voters said they approved, compared to 48.3 percent in the fall. The most recent poll also showed her disapproval rate at 38.7 percent, compared to 44 percent in the previous poll.  The survey indicated that Whitmer's improvement in ratings was largely driven by independent voters. Just over half of independents disapproved of her performance in September 2020, a figure that was down to 27.9 percent in the latest poll. ...
    A worker moves boxes of goods to be scanned and sent to delivery trucks during operations on Cyber Monday at Amazon's fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, November 29, 2021.Mike Segar | Reuters Sales online during the holiday season rose nearly 9% to a record $204.5 billion, Adobe Analytics said on Wednesday, as consumers opened up their wallets to spend on gifts for family, friends and for themselves. But the uptick in sales was driven, in part, by higher prices on goods from apparel to groceries to appliances, said Adobe, which analyzes 1 trillion visits to retailers' website. Online prices increased 3.1% in December compared with the prior year and rose 0.8% month over month. That marked the 20th consecutive month of online inflation on a year-over-year basis, and followed a record year-over-year spike in prices of 3.5% in November, Adobe said. "It's definitely a key contributor to the growth but it's not the totality of the growth," said Vivek Pandya, lead analyst at Adobe Digital Insights, about the continued inflation. "There's a level of just innate growth happening in...
    More than three in five images relating to beauty in online content feature women who are white, slim, have long hair and are wearing make-up, according to new analysis. A study of more than 1,400 images across stock image sites, media outlets, and search engines, found 73 per cent of pictures accompanied by words relating to ‘beauty’ featured a white woman. 5More than a third - 35% of us still don’t see ourselves represented in cultural content, media and advertisingCredit: Getty In 88 per cent of those, the woman was depicted as slim, while 65 per cent showed them having long hair, and 73 per cent were of women wearing make-up. By comparison, body shape and racial diversity were disproportionately represented, with only a quarter (25 per cent) of images featuring a woman of ethnic diversity, and just two per cent were of a plus-sized woman. And only one in 20 images showed women with visible wrinkles, while just one per cent had age marks, scars or acne. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED The...
    IF Kylian Mbappe joining Newcastle looks a stretch too far, the Magpies could be closing on the next best thing in French wonderkid Hugo Ekitike. With Callum Wilson injured for the next two months following a calf tear, Eddie Howe is desperate to land a new striker before Saturday’s huge relegation clash against Watford. 5Ekitike is the top teenage scorer in any of Europe's top five leagues with eight goals in 17 gamesCredit: Getty 5 And they are pushing to complete a £30million move for exciting Stade Reims youngster Ekitike, 19, who has been compared to both Mbappe and David Trezeguet. West Ham, Brighton and Brentford are also interested in the hot prospect making waves across the English Channel. So, who is the young star a host of Prem clubs are battling it out for? A graduate of the French club’s academy, Ekitike has exploded onto the scene this season after making his debut in August following a six-month loan spell at Danish club Vejle Boldklub at the beginning of 2021. He already has eight goals – and two assists...
    Nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests being administered in Connecticut have come back positive for the virus as the state continues contending with new infections and rising hospitalizations. Over the weekend beginning on Friday, Jan. 7, there were 132,606 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut, resulting in 31,405 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus for a positivity rate of 23.68 percent over the three days. Seventy-nine more COVID-19 patients were admitted into Connecticut hospitals as the total number being treated rose to 1,889. Of the 1,889 hospitalized COVID-19 cases, the Department of Public Health noted that 1,287 (68.1 percent) were not fully vaccinated. Officials said that unvaccinated persons had a 3.3-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated people also had a 17.2-times greater risk of dying from the virus compared to vaccinated individuals. Since the pandemic began, there have been more than 13.89 million COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut, resulting in a total of 605,116 cases since March 2020, including more than 9,000 fatal infections. A breakdown of which populations have received the...
    BOSTON (CBS) — For all but two of the NFL’s rookie QB class, the 2021 season is over. And of the two remaining QBs, only Mac Jones will be starting games in the postseason. Jones has of course been steady if unspectacular while leading the Patriots to a 10-7 record in his first professional season. Folks in New England know his story well, having followed the Patriots’ season rather closely. Yet now that the regular season is over and there’s a full year of work to use for comparisons, it’s worth checking in to see how Jones compared to his fellow rookies. This was a crop that once involved just the five first-round quarterbacks, but Davis Mills has since been added to the group. (Kellen Mond, Kyle Trask, and Ian Book didn’t exactly reach the big time just yet.) Here’s a look at all of the QB stats, listed by draft order. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars3-14 record 359-for-602, 59.6% 3,641 yards, 6.0 Y/A, 214.2 Y/G 12 TDs, 17 INTs 71.9 passer rating 73 rush attempts, 334 yards, 2 TDs Zach Wilson,...
    JAMES MILNER is in physical shape to rival the chiselled Cristiano Ronaldo. That’s according to ex-Manchester City physio Paul Webster, who has lifted the lid on the now-Liverpool star’s fitness regime. 2James Milner recently started for Liverpool against ChelseaCredit: Getty 2He has been compared to Manchester United megastar Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Getty Milner celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this month but is still turning out in huge games for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. And Webster revealed the midfielder has the stamina to match the sculpted Ronaldo - also 36. He told Goal: “I watched (Milner) against Chelsea and he was probably one of the fittest on the pitch. “He looks young, he looks fit, he's probably got eight percent body fat or something ridiculous. "He's a bit like Ronaldo. I've never worked with Ronaldo, but I know people that have and I get the same impression.  “It's all the little things that add up, and they have more little things to add up. Most read in SportFINAL FIGHT WWE wrestler dies at 73 as community pays tribute to iconic fighterWE GOT IT...
              by Logan Dubil   Cynthia Millen, a USA Swimming referee, recently resigned her post in protest of University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) swimmer Lia Thomas, born as Will Thomas, a transgender athlete who has stirred up controversy after dominating the sport on the women’s team. Up until November 2019, Thomas competed as a male in the NCAA, which “mandate[s] at least one year of testosterone suppression treatment to be eligible to compete as a woman,” according to the New York Post. Now competing as a female, Thomas has been able to break school records with ease, causing student athletes, and professional athletes to speak out. In an interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Millen explained that when it comes to swimming, “[b]odies compete against bodies. Identities do not compete against identities.” Millen also explained the main differences between male and female swimmers. For example, “boys will always have larger lung capacity, larger hearts, greater circulation, a bigger skeleton, and less fat.” These biological advantages put Thomas ahead of female competitors. Students from UPenn and beyond are also standing up against the unfairness of men being allowed to play in women’s sports. According to...
              by Kalev Leetaru   Since March 20, 2020, CNN has displayed a live COVID-19 dashboard in the upper-right of its daily news programming tracking the latest pandemic numbers, including infection and death counts, as seen in the image below. The timeline below records the total seconds of airtime each day since the start of last year in which this dashboard was visible, tracking its ebbs and flows. With the start of 2021, CNN largely phased out its dashboard, bringing it briefly back during the spread of the Delta variant and again with Omicron, but since December 23, 2021 has begun winding down its dashboard once again. Looking just since the start of this year, despite Omicron’s greatly higher infection rates compared with Delta, CNN aired it much more briefly than it did during Delta’s spread, rapidly phasing it in over the course of a week and just as rapidly has been winding it down, compared with the month-long ramp up it used for Delta. Comparing the total hours in which CNN displayed its dashboard in 2020 and 2021, in the first...
    WATCHING a suspense-filled Hollywood blockbuster offers a quick way to relieve stress, experts say. Fans of films such as Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible spy series were found to have significantly lower levels of anxiety. 1Research shows fans of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series have significantly lower levels of anxietyCredit: Paramount Their stress levels were two-thirds lower than those who disliked them. But crime flicks play havoc with viewers’ emotions, as their stress levels were found to double. Researchers even suggest doctors prescribe suspense films to help their patients relax. They reckon the films help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The China-based researchers asked 1,500 people about eight genres — horror, disaster, sci-fi, suspense, crime, action, comedy and romance. They then compared their levels of stress based on their likes and dislikes. Most read in The US SunICON LOST Betty White's cause of death revealed after screen legend passed away at 99RIP MR TIBBS Sir Sidney Poitier – first black man to win Best Actor Oscar – dies aged 94REALITY HITS Kate Gosselin resurfaces for first time in...
    Nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests being administered in Connecticut have come back positive for the virus as the state continues contending with new infections and rising hospitalizations.  On Thursday, Jan. 6, there were 41,038 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut, which resulted in 10,076 laboratory-confirmed cases for a 24.55 percent daily positivity rate, near a record that was reached earlier in the week. Twenty-six more COVID-19 patients were admitted to Connecticut hospitals, bringing the total to 1,810 being treated statewide. Of the 1,810 cases, the Department of Public Health noted that 1,218 (67.3 percent) were not fully vaccinated. Officials noted that unvaccinated persons had a 3.3-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated people also had a 32.9-times greater risk of dying from the virus compared to vaccinated individuals. Since the pandemic began, there have been 13.76 million COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut, resulting in a total of 573,711 cases since March 2020, including more than 9,000 fatal infections. A breakdown of which populations have received the most vaccines, by age group on...
    Despite an unprecedented spike in cases fueled by the Omicron variant, Los Angeles County hospitals are seeing far fewer critically ill coronavirus-positive patients than they did last winter. Officials emphasize that the healthcare system still faces serious challenges because so many people are being infected, and it’s unclear how close the Omicron wave is to peaking. L.A. County ambulance services and hospitals also are contending with coronavirus-related staffing shortages as more of their workers become infected. But the early data seem to reflect the experience elsewhere — that Omicron, while far more transmissible than the previously dominant Delta variant, also tends to cause less severe symptoms, especially in those who have been vaccinated and boosted. This week marked the one-year anniversary of the most difficult period of the pandemic locally, when the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in L.A. County soared to its all-time high: 8,098, on Jan. 5. The number of people in intensive care peaked at 1,731 three days later, at a time when hospital morgues were overflowing. California L.A. County reports record...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tore into Kamala Harris Friday on "America's Newsroom" after the vice president compared the January 6 Capitol riot to the September 11th terror attacks and Pearl Harbor.  'THE FIVE' RIPS KAMALA HARRIS'S CAPITOL RIOT-PEARL HARBOR COMPARISON: 'THAT WAS AMATEUR HOUR' NEWT GINGRICH: Her speech yesterday where she compared January 6 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 I think proved that California education is even worse than we thought. It’s inconceivable that you could compare a riot at the Capitol to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor or to the terrorists that killed almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and yet Harris cheerfully lusted the three together as if they were the same event. And I think it just tells you how totally unfit she is to be vice president. She is vice president, they won the seat, I hope the American people learned a lesson about picking people who don’t know anything.  WATCH DANA PERINO'S FULL INTERVIEW BELOW Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    Border Patrol agents in Sierra Blanca, Texas, investigated an abandoned cargo trailer left on the side of a highway. As agents approached, they could hear people pounding on the walls hoping to escape. Agents say they rescued 25 Wednesday. The cargo trailer was completely sealed from the outside, affording no ventilation or climate control. Temperatures in the region tend to rise and fall quickly during this time of year. Border Patrol agents found the migrants distraught, panicked, and crying from the ordeal. Smugglers apparently abandoned the trailer in yet another failed attempt in the remote west Texas landscape. On Tuesday, agents discovered 16 migrants including a child abandoned on an isolated road near a ghost town left unoccupied since World War II. Less than one week ago, a smuggler piloting a small aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from the Presidio, Texas, airport and is the subject of a manhunt. Migrants were transported to El Paso for advanced medical care. The increase in crossings in the west Texas region are keeping Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement busy. Migrant arrests...
    NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci addresses the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, January 21, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said a growing body of data indicates that the omicron Covid variant is less severe than the delta strain, but cautioned that hospitals could still face stress through the unprecedented number of new infections sweeping across the U.S. "Multiple sources of now preliminary data indicate a decrease severity with Omicron," Fauci told the public during a Covid update from the White House response team. "However, we really do need more definitive assessment of severity with longer-term follow up here and in different countries." Fauci cited a study from Ontario, Canada that found the risk of hospitalization or death was 65% lower among people infected with omicron compared to individuals who caught delta. The risk of admission to an intensive care unit or death from omicron was 83% lower, according to the study. Fauci also pointed to a study from South Africa that...
    Getty Ed Reed during his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Atlanta Falcons can secure a safety who is similar to Hall of Famer Ed Reed in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. That’s according to the latest mock draft from a respected analyst. Atlanta is tipped to target secondary help with the 10th-overall pick, despite more pressing needs along the offensive line and in the pass-rush department. Not to mention the looming issue of finding a replacement, or at least a successor, for 36-year-old quarterback Matt Ryan. However, it would be worth eschewing those needs if the prospect identified in this mock draft proves to be half as good as Reed, a Super Bowl winner and perennial All-Pro with the Baltimore Ravens. ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here!Falcons Need More Impact at SafetyInstant impact is the motivation for selecting Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton, per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports: “The Falcons could be in market for a quarterback but with two already...
    Westchester County set a record as the number of active COVID-19 cases across the county hit a new high. During a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 4, County Executive George Latimer said that fueled by the Omicron variant, Westchester now has 27,692 active cases of the virus, the highest that they’ve seen since the pandemic began almost two years ago. Latimer said that compared to a month ago, the current number of cases represents a “tenfold increase,” as the positive infection rate in the county rose to more than 20 percent. Related story - COVID-19: Hudson Valley Positive-Test Rate Nears 22 Percent; Here Are Counties Most Affected Since the pandemic began, there have been 192,288 confirmed COVID-19 infections reported in Westchester since March 2020 when the virus first emerged out of New Rochelle. As of Monday, Jan. 3, there were 444 COVID-19 patients being treated in Connecticut hospitals, compared to 84 at the same time a month ago. Latimer noted that in the month of December, 60 people suffered virus-related deaths, compared to just seven in November. “The numbers have...
    A majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations during the South African Omicron variant wave weren’t actually for the virus, a new study has found. Sixty-three percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in South Africa during the surge had “incidental” COVID-19 diagnoses, meaning they were admitted to the hospital for a separate reason and tested positive for the virus once there. Virtually every metric for hospitalized patients improved when compared to previous waves, from ICU admittance rate to death rate to average length of stay. OMICRON: Hospitalizations from Omicron compared to previous waves, large study, S. Africa: -63% of patients hospitalized had incidental COVID (in nose, not there for COVID) -Of those with COVID, 45% needed oxygen compared to 99.5% previous waveshttps://t.co/aaKsI8QdNY — Monica Gandhi MD, MPH (@MonicaGandhi9) January 3, 2022 ICU admissions fell from 21.3% to 4.5%, and deaths fell from 4.3% to 1%. The average length of stay required for COVID-19 patients was four days, compared to 8.8 days in previous waves. The average age of patients was 10 years younger, at 39 compared to 49. At the peak of...