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    Dolly Parton is revealing how she keeps the spark alive in her marriage to Carl Thomas Dean. The couple said "I do" in 1966. "I like to dress up for Carl," the country superstar told E! News’ Daily Pop on Wednesday. "Every day, I put on some makeup and fix my hair because I think, ‘Well, the whole world, I’m out here and everybody else sees me all dressed up, and I’m not going to just kind of go home and just flop on him.'" "Nobody wants to make out with a slouch!" the singer continued. "It’s important for me that I look as good as I can. I think it kind of helps keep things spicy." DOLLY PARTON CLEARS UP RUMORS SHE INSURED HER BREASTS: 'NOT TRUE' Dolly Madison has been married to Carl Thomas Dean for more than 55 years. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix) The 76-year-old reflected on how she posed for the cover of Playboy in 1978, which Dean has "always loved." She revamped the bunny outfit for his 79th birthday in July. "I thought,...
    Got your weekend plans? We have some ideas, from fun spots to watch the 49ers crush the L.A. Rams to “Freestyle Love Supreme” and Lunar New Year recipes to get you in the dumpling spirit. If you’re headed to a live performance or exhibit, please check the venue or production’s website for the latest COVID updates and safety precautions before you go. (Psst, if you want to get this Weekender lineup delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, just sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.) 1 SEE & HEAR: Fab freestyling “Freestyle Love Supreme,” created by Lin-Manuel Miranda and two of his pals/collaborators, is a fast-paced showcase for high-flying improvisational hip-hop that is spun from audience suggestions. It’s been a big hit on Broadway and it just opened in San Francisco. Here is what you need to know. 2 WATCH: The 49ers are gunning for the Super Bowl The heroic Red and Gold will square off against the evil, sniveling L.A. Rams shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday in the NFC Championship game (no, we’re not biased). Of course...
    (CNN)Houston, we have a [coffee] problem... A new study shows climate change will make it much harder to grow Arabica coffee in the coming years. Coffee prices have already been spiking due to bad weather, so you might want to savor that cup this morning.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Supreme CourtSupreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is expected to formally announce his plans to retire today, clearing the way for President Joe Biden to name his first nomination to the high court. Biden has vowed to fill the vacancy with an African American woman, which would represent a historic first. Currently, six of the nine justices are conservative, so Biden's pick will not change the balance of the court, given that Breyer will almost certainly be replaced with a liberal. Still, it's a consequential decision, considering that the president's nominee is expected to be much younger than Breyer and could serve on...
    IF you are looking to transform your house it is important to know the basics, such as what the correct order to paint a room is. Anyone who’s ever tried to apply ceiling paint after a long day of wall painting will tell you it’s best to stick to a plan. 2Experts reveal the right way to paint a room it to make things much quickerCredit: Getty Painting in the right order will make the process easier, as well as helping you avoid any mistakes along the way.  To help you get the perfect finish, Michael Rolland, interior expert and MD at The Paint Shed, has put together an easy to follow step-by-step guide which will make the process a whole lot quicker.  Test your colour at different times of day FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED When starting any painting project, the expert notes it's important to first ensure that your surfaces, such as walls and furniture, are in good condition. "If there are considerable flaws or signs of wear and tear you may...
    Dear Amy: I have noticed in many responses about COVID-19, you and many others have said things like, “When this is over, we can get together” or, “When we reach the end of the virus, life will return to normal.” Amy Dickinson  In my mind we are now two years into what was supposed to last for 14 days. When is everyone going to realize that this virus is never going away?! For me, with the exception of work, I’m completely isolated from the world —  except for the internet. I would love to get out like I did prior to the pandemic, but I don’t see this ever ending. Why keep people’s hopes up and not prepare them for what could be forever? Over it and Hopeless Dear Hopeless: As of this writing, we are experiencing an alarming surge in hospitalizations, as the pandemic stretches into its third year. Related Articles Ask Amy: Why must they be so judgmental about my fiancé? Ask Amy: I don’t want to display their gift. How do I say...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The pandemic shifted crime in San Francisco, but some of the trends are changing again. On Wednesday, Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott revealed the final crime statistics from 2021, which included a sharp jump in gun violence. “Gun violence contributed to the majority of our homicides,” said Scott. “You look at the trends, and it really follows the homicide trends. Where you see a dip in 2018, 2019, and it starts to go back up in 2020 2021.” READ MORE: San Francisco Supervisors Advance Resolution Apologizing To Chinese Community Over Past AtrocitiesGun violence in San Francisco rose more than 30% last year, and that helped drive a slight uptick in homicides as well. It mirrors a national trend that some have attributed to the pandemic. “But we really don’t have the evidence to point that out,” Scott says. “What we do know is that this category of crime is going up and we need to turn it around.” Then there is property crime, where some pandemic trends seem to be reversing. Burglaries,...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s announcement that he plans to retire set off immediate speculation about who would take his seat on the bench. Near the top of the list is a Californian named Leondra Kruger. In 2014, former Gov. Jerry Brown tapped Kruger, then 38, for the state Supreme Court, where she still sits today. Breyer’s retirement sets the stage for President Joe Biden to honor a campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the nation’s highest court. Could Kruger become the first African American woman on the U.S. Supreme Court? Here are five things to know about the 45-year-old judge. 1. Born and raised in California  Leondra Kruger, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California. (Photo Courtesy: courts.ca.gov)  Kruger was born in Los Angeles County to two physicians and grew up in South Pasadena before heading east to attend Harvard University. Her mother is from Jamaica and her late father was born to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. She then earned her law degree from Yale University, helming the Yale Law Journal, before beginning a...
    NASA has revealed in its Spinoff a slew of inventions it is working on in 2022 -- and some of them will blow your mind. The US space agency has invented some pretty incredible things since it was created in 1958, and the list is only growing in 2022. 3NASA's 2022 Spinoff includes several innovative new technologies. NASA holds thousands of patents for inventions across a number of fields including robotics and aerospace. After all, 'invention' is an inherent part of the job for a company whose mission is centered around exploration -- a task that frequently requires new technologies, software, and research. This is demonstrated in the agency's latest Spinoff magazine, where the company shares annually its latest technologies -- some of which are often utilized by third-party companies -- aimed at making the world a better place. "The value of NASA is not confined to the cosmos but realized throughout our country," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, at the launch of Spinoff 2022. "As we combat the coronavirus pandemic and promote environmental justice and...
    A MAN who has been to prison revealed four things he learned while locked up that he still uses every day. His tips include how to save storage space, the best way to clean, and more. 4A person has shared the life tricks he learned while in prison and still uses dailyCredit: TikTok/trellthetrainer 4One tip he shared is the 'prison roll'Credit: TikTok/trellthetrainer The man, whose TikTok biography says he is an “ex-felon turned trainer,” shared his tips in a video posted to his uber-popular page called @trellthetrainer.   The first tip he posted is centered around his desire to keep his prison cell as clean as possible when he was incarcerated.  Therefore, he said he would kneel over the toilet to urinate rather than stand to prevent splashing.  Next, he noted mops carry tons of germs, so he learned to get on his hands and knees to clean.  In the video, he showed himself spraying cleaner onto his kitchen floor and wiping it up with a paper towel.   His third tip, although not necessary, is to slam noodles packets on the...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russia has placed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s border and ratcheted up war games in the region. Moscow denies it is planning an assault, but the United States and its NATO allies fear that Russia is planning for war — and are making preparations of their own. Here are things to know Wednesday about the international tensions over Ukraine, a crisis reminiscent of the Cold War. ___ RUSSIA’S WARNING Russia increased its pressure on the West, warning that it would quickly take “retaliatory measures” if the U.S. and its allies reject its security demands and continue their “aggressive” policies. Russia has demanded guarantees that NATO never admit Ukraine and other ex-Soviet nations as members and that the alliance roll back troop deployments in other former Soviet bloc countries, a region Moscow still views as its sphere of interest. Some of the demands, like the membership pledge, are nonstarters for NATO, creating a seemingly intractable stalemate that many fear can only end in a war. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he and...
    (CNN)A rapidly intensifying storm known as a bomb cyclone will likely dump large amounts of snow and ice across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic this weekend. Strong winds and flooding are also in the forecast, which may impact travel.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. UkrainePresident Joe Biden says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent, but the atmosphere among the two country's populations is wildly different. Images from state TV in Moscow depict NATO forces as the aggressors, with tanks and troops heading to the Ukrainian border and snipers taking aim. NATO, meanwhile, says there is still a diplomatic way out of the crisis, but Russia must show it's ready to engage in good faith in political talks. Yesterday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told CNN that Ukraine "will not allow anyone to impose any concessions" on his country as part of efforts to de-escalate the threat. The Kremlin denies it is...
    Rob Gronkowski is going to have to make a lot of decisions in the offseason. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, whose team was eliminated by the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs, already has questions about what he’s going to decide on the 2022 season since he only signed a one-year deal to return to the team for this season. While Tom Brady also mulls his future, it could be a mutual decision between both players about whether they decide to play in 2022. Gronkowski told Fox News Digital in a recent interview he will take a few weeks to decide what he will do and will leave Brady’s decision to the seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski watches a replay on the Jumbotron during the NFC Divisional game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 23, 2022, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) "Tom’s gotta do what he’s gotta do. You know, I...
    (CNN)After a legal battle played out in New York's court system this week, its state mask mandate was temporarily upheld Tuesday, but the back-and-forth left many residents trying to determine whether mask wearing at certain places was required or optional.The mandate, which was enacted in December and applies to indoor public places that lack mandatory vaccination policies, came to a court-ordered end Monday. But the mandate was put back in place by an appellate court judge Tuesday as the issue makes its way through the appeals process.New York Gov. Kathy Hochul applauded the court for "siding with common sense and granting an interim stay," and commended Attorney General Letitia James for defending the health of New Yorkers."These measures are critical tools to prevent the spread of Covid-19, make schools and businesses safe, and save lives," Hochul said. "We will not stop fighting to protect New Yorkers, and we are confident we will continue to prevail."But some parents and local officials feel that mandates for mask wearing, particularly at schools, have gone on for long enough. Read MoreNassau County Executive Bruce...
    Next time you check into a hotel, spare a thought for the housekeeping and maintenance staff who straighten out the rooms - because their jobs can involve dealing with stomach-churning discoveries. Hotel staff have been revealing some of these via online forums, also divulging forgotten items that were X-rated, sinister, heartbreaking, and downright bizarre. In short, items that you'd imagine were simply unforgettable. Hotel employees have taken to online discussion forums to share the oddest things guests have left behind in their rooms (stock photo)  The discussions bubbled up on Reddit after users asked hotel workers about the weird things they had found in rooms after guests checked out.  And it seems weapons are all too easily forgotten. 'Rattler00' revealed how they found a gun underneath a mattress. They wrote: 'Guest called me at the desk while he was driving and asked me to go look for it after he remembered leaving it there. A hotel worker has revealed that a guest left a gun behind (stock image) 'In hindsight, I should have made his a** go up there himself and get it,...
    Disgraced former Liberty University leader Jerry Falwell Jr. claims his wife's affair with her much younger pool boy ex-lover motivated him to get back in shape by changing his fitness regiment and taking testosterone supplements.   Jerry, 57, claims he hired a personal trainer and began lifting weights in an effort to win his wife, Becki, back from her lover, Giancarlo Granda, who was 21 at the time the affair started in 2012. 'I was thinking maybe I was the reason she was lonely because I wasn’t taking care of myself,' Jerry told Vanity Fair in a tell-all interview published Monday.  The fallen televangelist was met with negative side effects from the hormone treatments, which he has attributed to many of the seditious things he did before his resignation from his role as university president. 'The testosterone made me more combative,' he said.  Jerry's time as president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, came to an end in 2020 after Granda's revelations about his years-long affair with Becki, 54, emerged.   When Jerry first discussed the affair publicly, he shared that he lost 80...
    (CNN)The federal tax filing season is underway. And even though the IRS still hasn't processed millions of returns from last year due to Covid-19 and a lack of funding, there are still ways to help ensure your tax filing experience is hassle-free.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. UkraineAs many as 8,500 troops have been put on heightened alert for a possible deployment to Eastern Europe as Russian troops mass along Ukraine's border. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said yesterday that the "bulk of" the troops on alert were intended to bolster NATO's quick response force, but added they would be "postured to be ready for any other contingencies as well." NATO announced yesterday that some member countries are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe. Separately, the US is keeping a close eye on potential Russian cyberattacks, which the Department of Homeland Security warned could...
    A PROFESSIONAL expert has issued a warning urging people to look up their nail artist's reviews before booking an appoinment, after seeing a surge of badly done, and even infected, nails. The artist, who works at a nail salon in Worcestershire, shared some of the most horrific things she had ever come across during her career. 3According to research. MMA acrylics can be very harmfulCredit: @artisansalon85/Tiktok Since being uploaded three days ago, the short TikTok video, captioned: ''Stop going to walk in salons!'', has already been seen by almost 90 thousand people. According to the woman, one of her clients had never had a soak-up, despite having gone to the nail tech for two years. This, as demonstrated by the photos, had resulted in severe discoloration and build-up, after having used cheap MMA (methyl Methacrylate) acrylics. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Unlike EMA (Ethyl Methacrylate), MMA, despite being banned in the 70s, is still widely used across many salons, as it sets up fast and adheres very well. Research has even found out...
    Dentists can tell if you're anxious, left or right-handed or pregnant simply by looking at your teeth. Dr Luke Cronin, a Sydney dentist and clinical adviser IQ Active Aligners, told Daily Mail Australia the state of someone's teeth says a lot about a person and their lifestyle habits. Cracked teeth could indicate stress and less enamel could indicate you drink lemon water every morning - a trendy habit that does nothing for your dental health. Dr Luke Cronin, a Sydney dentist and Clinical Adviser IQ Active Aligners, (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia the state of someone's teeth says a lot about a person and their lifestyle habits Yellow teeth stains indicate someone smokes while cracked teeth could indicate stress and less enamel could indicate you drink lemon water (stock image)  If you're left or right-handed A dentist can detect habits and determine which is your dominant hand by glancing over your teeth. 'For people with average to poor oral hygiene habits, the dentist will notice more plaque on their dominant side,' Dr Cronin said. For instance, those who are right-handed...
    IT'S TIME to downsize your wardrobe. A fashion expert recommended throwing away three specific types of items to declutter your closet and help save you space. 4Fashion expert Jade Leanne shared tips for decluttering your closetCredit: TikTok / jadeleanne_xo 4The expert suggested getting rid of clothes you wouldn't buy in stores nowCredit: TikTok / jadeleanne_xo Fashion and lifestyle expert Jade Leanne wants decluttering your closet to be as easy as possible. So, she shared a video on social media explaining the three questions you should ask yourself when deciding which garments should stay, and which should go. First, she said to go piece by piece and ask yourself: "Would I buy this if I saw it in a store now?" This will help you decide how much you value the clothing item. She reasoned that if you wouldn't buy it now, you probably won't have a desire to wear it again. Second, Leanne said to ask yourself: "Does it fit me?" Most read in LifestyleHOME AGAIN Queen 'to stay at Sandringham for weeks' as calls for...
    TOM Brady's wife may have dropped a major hint that the superstar quarterback will retire after posting a heartfelt video about enjoying things for the final time. Brady may have walked off the gridiron for the final time on Sunday after he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from the postseason by the Los Angeles Rams. 3Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Rams on SundayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, may have hinted at her husband's retirement in a hearty videoCredit: Instagram/Gisele 3Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady have two childrenCredit: Getty Now, at 44-years-old, there is a buzz around the league that Brady may be considering retirement after the Bucs latest playoff defeat. Days before the Bucs Divisional Round game, Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, shared a hearty video about enjoying things for the final time. The video collage shared on Instagram depicts Gisele, Brady and their children at various locations around the world. The supermodel is seen bathing near a waterfall, dancing with boxing gloves on,...
    Baskets can be a rather odd thing in that they are extremely useful and versatile yet somehow get continually tossed aside by their owners. Any good thrift store will likely have a basket section somewhere in it. And, what once may have been $20 baskets are going for something closer to a dollar. The thing is all that utility is still there. A basket is a basket, an empty container with all sorts of possibilities perhaps for carrying something, holding something, displaying something, or concealing something. Rather than getting another plastic storage tote, the inexpensive thrift store basket allows us to save some coin and do it with something a bit more attractive. Baskets are just too frequently pigeon-holed into a life of picnics, so we just have to realize their potential. Condiment Container Tabletop condiments used to be a heap simpler: a salt and pepper shaker. But, for many of us, the finer things in life have made our tabletops more elaborate. Hot sauce, smoked salt, nutritional yeast, pepper grinder, and whatever other little peccadilloes we just...
    (CNN)Bitcoin is off to a dismal start in the new year, tumbling almost 50% since hitting a record high of $68,990 in November. Some countries are even considering banning cryptocurrencies entirely to curb their growing popularity.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusThe Biden administration is expected to begin distributing 400 million free N95 masks to Americans this week, the latest federal step aimed at reining in the spread of Covid-19. The masks -- which are coming from the Strategic National Stockpile -- will be made available at a number of local pharmacies and community health centers. A White House official described the distribution as "the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in US history." The huge allotment amounts to more than half of the 750 million N95 masks currently stored in the reserve, a figure that tripled over the last year as the administration sought to boost reserves. The move comes...
    AS your due date approaches a mix of emotions can wash over you and despite all your planning it's sometimes hard not to feel unprepared - especially if it's your first. While you're excited to meet your little one there are so many unknowns - what should you pack? What's the delivery room etiquette? Is there anything you've forgotten or not thought about? 4Midwives help thousands of women deliver their babies, and are there for support and guidance [stock image]Credit: Alamy Well, worry no more - help is at hand. Independent Consulting Midwife & Co-Founder of Mummy’s Organics Odette Abououf has over 20 years of experience, has delivered over 1,200 babies, and is a mum-of-four. Here, she shares her top tips for delivery, and what to avoid... Pregnancy prep Prep begins before way before you even step into the delivery ward, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming, promise! Odette says: "Nine months of pregnancy gives women plenty of time to plan for the birth of their baby.  Most read in LifestyleHOME AGAIN Queen 'to stay...
    HOW do you know if you’re hot? Strangers give you freebies. Or so it seems, with social networking site TikTok full of women revealing the perks they receive from men simply because they are beautiful. 8Lily Pitfield says her good looks have gotten her free drinks and let her skip the queues for clubsCredit: Olivia West Videos labelled #PrettyPrivilege have amassed more than 144.3million views as they discuss the positives – and pitfalls – of being good-looking. Psychologist Jo Hemmings explains: “There is the ‘Halo Effect’ where we subconsciously assume that people’s looks are a reflection of their personalities. “Attractive people are seen as more warm, trustworthy and intelligent.” From jumping queues to getting freebies, three women and one guy tell GEORGETTE CULLEY their stories . . .  Most read in LifestyleFAMILY TIES Harry wants 'to be closer to royals' as he launches legal action against govHOME AGAIN Queen 'to stay at Sandringham for weeks' as calls for Andrew to be investigatedEGG-CELLENT! You're frying eggs all wrong - chef reveals the secret is where you crack itCLEAR THE HEIR Harry in secret talks...
    WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, said Sunday he is "as confident as you can be" about the prospect of most states reaching a peak of omicron cases by mid-February."You never want to be overconfident when you're dealing with this virus," Fauci told ABC "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz, adding that the COVID-19 virus has "surprised us in the past.""Things are looking good. We don't want to get overconfident, but they look like they're going in the right direction right now," he said. Dr. Anthony Fauci tells @MarthaRaddatz that he is "as confident as you can be" about the prospect of most states reaching a peak of omicron cases by mid-February. https://t.co/dbRiqCCcYX pic.twitter.com/9JAkGtCU9A— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 23, 2022Fauci said there are states in the northeast and in the upper midwest where cases have already peaked and declined "rather sharply" but that cases are still rising in southern and western states."There may be a bit more pain and suffering with hospitalizations in those areas of the country that have not been fully vaccinated or have...
    REVEALING what it is like to work in a book store, one retail worker has explained the ridiculous interactions she has had with customers. Orla Sims works in an independent bookshop in the UK and says that customers go as far as blaming her for jeopardising their kid’s education when THEY don’t collect books and try to return books from other shops. Tik Tok/thefemalelewiscapaldi2 2 A customer tried to return a book in the shop where Orla worked, even though they did not buy it there. Taking to her TikTok account, Orla explained that she constantly gets customers coming in trying to return books they did not buy there – and they don’t get what the issue is. Posting under the domain @thefemalelewiscapaldi2 the woman reenacted a conversation she had with a customer while following the trend “Usually it is not that people are rude, it’s just that they are f****** stupid.” Acting as the customer she said: “I’d like a refund please” to which the retail worker explained that she could not return a book that was bought...
    Getty A view of the Houston skyline at dusk on March 26, 2013 in Houston, Texas. If you’re looking for something to do in Houston this week, there is something for everyone, including singles, the soon-to-be wed, and families, with both livestream and in-person events. Follow the Heavy on Houston Facebook page for the latest Houston news and more. Here are the top events in Houston this week:Inprint Cool Brains! Livestream Reading Series Tomorrow is the day! Can't wait for OPERATION DO-OVER to hit the shelves. (PS: For whoever's counting, this is book 99 on the drive to 100.) pic.twitter.com/HXLtjjuR7U — Gordon korman (@gordonkorman) January 17, 2022 Inprint is hosting a livestream reading series, and this week they are featuring “New York Times” bestselling author Gordon Korman, who will give a presentation about his new novel, “Operation Do-Over,” at 5 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2022, and answer questions submitted by kids, according to the event page. Free tickets are available here. “Gordon Korman published his first book at age 14 and has written almost 100 middle-grade and teen...
    WHEN it comes to buying, it is easy to go overboard - it never feels like enough. But, according to a cleaning whizz, there are three things to ditch right now if you want to save both space and money. 3From body wash to conditioner, viewers claimed there are many alternatives to shaving creamCredit: tiktok/@brightly.eco The first thing to get rid of is shaving scream. ''I like to use versatile items AKA things I can use in more than one way,'' she explained. ''I just simply use the lathering bar soap that I already wash my body with.'' FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Another big no-no in the household is seasonal or event clothing, as she believes different garments should be worn more than just once. ''For a Christmas party, I'll opt for a red shirt over a Christmas specific sweater.'' Last but not least, according to her, is food that people can regrow themselves, such as different vegetables and herbs. Most read in Lifestyle'HARRY & MEG SHOW' Royals 'SCARED that Philip's memorial...
    I’M not proud of myself. Every time I hear something about Covid restrictions lifting, my heart sinks a little. This has nothing to do with concern for public health. No, it is because things rather suit me the way they have been for a while. 6Even if you've enjoyed working from home it's our duty to get back to work and get things moving againCredit: Getty I can work from home easily enough and, if I have to go into the studio, the journey in is fine because public transport is still fairly quiet and so are the roads. Before and after work I can generally find something to eat without the fuss of queueing. If there’s shopping to be done, the shops tend to be quiet. If I fancy a drink, pubs will be nice and peaceful for me. I don’t even mind wearing a mask — it reduces the number of times I get stopped and asked about whether West Brom are blowing their promotion chances. Talking of football, I almost miss the days when I...
    Jamie Lynn Spears continued to defend herself in a new interview after she was accused of not doing anything to help her older sister, Britney Spears, end her conservatorship. Britney and Jamie Lynn were publicly feuding in the lead-up to the release of Jamie Lynn's memoir, "Things I Should Have Said." The book was published Jan. 18.  Jamie Lynn's series of sit-down interviews had all eyes on the sisters' social media spat as Jamie Lynn continued to spill family secrets, including details of the conservatorship. Jamie Lynn further dived into the details with Alex Cooper during Thursday's episode of the "Call Her Daddy" podcast. Jamie Lynn Spears continued to defend herself against claims she didn't help Britney Spears end her conservatorship during a recent interview. ( Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Here are five things we learned from Jamie Lynn's tell-all interviews: BRITNEY SPEARS' SISTER JAMIE LYNN DOUBLES DOWN ON CLAIM SHE TRIED TO HELP POP STAR OUT OF CONSERVATORSHIPJamie Lynn claims Lynne Spears pushed for the conservatorship to continueJamie Lynn accused mom Lynne Spears of being the one to push for...
    FOR the majority of parents, this is the most dreaded time in their child's life - that awkward sex talk. But, according to Aly Pain, a parenting expert, it doesn't always have to be that way and there are two key things to remember when the day finally comes. 2The parenting expert has almost 536 thousand followers on TikTokCredit: @alypain/Tiktok ''So you just caught your teen doing the nasty or looking it up online, either way, here's one thing you must know about having a conversation with your teen about this. ''The physical and physiological changes that are going on for them are natural and normal,'' she emphasised. ''Curiosity, urges, physical awareness, physical changes, feeling awkward - all f those things are awesome and normal.'' FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Aly then explained that what the teenagers then decide to with those things is where the conversation lies. ''You can start to impart your value system and ask what theirs is.'' Getting curious, she added, is far more important than preaching. Most read...
    (CNN)Millions of store and restaurant workers in America who catch Covid-19 are increasingly showing up to work while infected with the virus. Many of these employees don't have paid sick leave and need to keep up with their bills, while others fear they'll face repercussions if they call out sick.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. 2020 ElectionTrump campaign officials, led by Rudy Giuliani, oversaw efforts in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states that Trump lost, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the scheme. The sources said members of former President Donald Trump's campaign team were far more involved than previously known in the plan, a core tenet of the broader plot to overturn President Joe Biden's victory. Giuliani and his allies coordinated the process on a state-by-state level, the sources told CNN. One said there were multiple planning calls between campaign officials and GOP state operatives,...
    AMERICANS must file their taxes accurately to avoid any delays and use online resources before contacting the IRS, bosses warn. The advice comes just days before the federal tax filing season begins on January 24. 1Americans must file their taxes accurately to avoid delays, the IRS saysCredit: Getty Americans should keep five things in mind before filing their taxes. FILE DOCUMENTS ELECTRONICALLY Taxpayers should file their documents electronically and choose the direct deposit option so they can get an accurate tax return. Americans are encouraged to use the software e-file which helps taxpayers avoid making mistakes. A question and answer format helps people guide through their tax return when it is being completed. KEEP DOCUMENTS HANDY Before filing tax returns, Americans should also make sure that their stimulus payment and advance child tax credit data are accurate. They should also have documents nearby such as Letter 6419 which was sent to families that received advance child tax credits. Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS Deadline for automatic $660 monthly payments passes after $1,100 boosts sentBIG BOOST Automatic new $821 checks being...
    SUPERMARKET delivery drivers were vital during the pandemic, delivering essential food and provisions to those who were vulnerable or isolating during lockdown. And with their work comes a very unique glimpse into the lives of those who live around us. 5Paul Lang became a supermarket delivery driver in lockdownCredit: Supplied Documentary cameraman Paul Lang, 54, has been a supermarket delivery driver since July 2020, after lockdown impacted his filming work. He has written a book about his experiences called From Hollywood to Cricklewood: Delivering during a Pandemic. Here, he speaks to Fabulous about the touching and heart-warming moments he experiences on his rounds, the hilarious situations he has found himself in, and the scenarios every delivery driver dreads… From Hollywood to Cricklewood For Paul, the job is more varied and challenging than he ever imagined. He says: “The biggest thing I’ve learned from this job is that you don’t have to travel to remote locations in the world to find amazing experiences and people. Most read in LifestyleHIDING AWAY Prince Andrew humiliated as he deletes all social media...
    KYIV, UKRAINE - With some 125,000 Russian troops built up near the country some said to be as close as 25 miles from the border, Ukrainian President Zelensky snapped. He was reacting to a comment from President Biden, which the president later withdrew implying a "minor incursion" of Russian troops might not require a major reaction from the West. Zelensky tweeted: "We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations. Just as there are no minor causalities and little grief from the loss of loved ones. I say this as the President of a great power."  Which is why Secretary of State Antony Blinken continues his rounds of desperate diplomacy. He was here yesterday. Today he was in Berlin meeting German and European officials. Tomorrow he's in Switzerland seeing Russian Foreign Minister Lovrov.  UKRAINE PRESIDENT PUSHES BACK ON BIDEN'S CHOICE OF WORDS: ‘THERE ARE NO MINOR INCURSIONS’ "It's bigger than a conflict between two countries," he said, "It's bigger than Russia and NATO. It's a crisis with global consequences." The U.S. continues to...
    A job seeker receives information from a recruiter during a job fair in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 16, 2021.Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images The number of people filing for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level since October, the Labor Department said Thursday. That may signal a troubling rebound, after claims hit recent lows unseen in over 50 years. But the one-week bump may not portend an ugly trend for the labor market, according to economists. Here's what to know.OmicronA recent surge in Covid cases, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant, likely contributed to the spike in claims last week, economists said. But the extent of that impact is unclear. Average daily U.S. Covid cases hit a recent peak of almost 798,000 on Jan. 15 — nearly double the tally from the beginning of the year and roughly eight times that of early December, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Meanwhile, initial claims for unemployment benefits (a proxy for applications) hit 286,000 the week ended Jan. 15, according to the Labor Department. That's...
    We’ve got lots of tips for a fun-packed and delicious weekend, campers, from great movies and shows, to a brand new musical built on Avett Brothers tunes to a new fried chicken joint that sounds eggs-traordinary (sorry, we can’t help ourselves). And if you’re headed to a live performance or exhibit, please check the venue or production’s website for the latest COVID updates and safety precautions before you go. (Psst, if you want to get this Weekender lineup delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, just sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.) 1. WATCH: Enticing new shows and movies There’s something for everybody in our roundup this week of new shows and movies, from a faith-based Gold Rush-era romance to a Oscar-worthy performance in “Jockey” to a comedy about a sex tape. But when push comes to shove, you can never go wrong with “Fraggle Rock,” can you? The Hot Bird chicken sandwich is on thje menu at Kowbird in Oakland. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group  2. EAT: Fried chicken yumminess Fried chicken fans have been waiting (and waiting)...
    Jason Isaacs has said he has not joined his Harry Potter co-stars in criticising its author JK Rowling over her views on trans issues because 'she has poured an enormous amount of her fortune into making the world a much better place'. The actor, best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Potter series, described Rowling's charity work as 'unequivocally good', having worked with her organisation Lumos himself and so he would not 'jump to stab her in the back'. The franchise's younger stars, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have spoken out against Ms Rowling when she voiced concerns last year that biological women were being put at risk in favour of trans rights. But Isaacs said he would prefer to have a conversation with the children's author before sharing his views on the trans row that frequently dominates Twitter threads.  Speaking to the Telegraph, he said the author had opinions which 'differed' from his own and said he did not want 'to get drawn into the trans issues' which he described as an, 'extraordinary minefield.'  Jason Isaacs (pictured...
    (CNN)The FBI says cybercriminals are trying to steal financial information from Americans by creating fraudulent QR codes that look like the ones many restaurants and other businesses are using due to the coronavirus pandemic. These fake codes direct people to malicious websites in order to steal their data or hijack their payments.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. President BidenPresident Joe Biden held a news conference yesterday marking his first year in office. In his address, he touted major strides in Covid-19 vaccination efforts, but also the challenges that lie ahead as many priorities in his agenda remain stalled in Congress, including the Build Back Better Act and voting rights legislation. On the topic of Ukraine, where tens of thousands of Russian troops have amassed along the border, Biden predicted Russia "will move in" to Ukraine, citing concerns by the country's president, Vladimir Putin, even as he acknowledged disunity within NATO over...
    CNN host Don Lemon railed against people not vaccinated against the coronavirus Tuesday, referring to them as "idiots" and imploring Americans as a whole to "start doing things for the greater good of society."  During an appearance on "New Day," Lemon placed blame on the unvaccinated for the continued mutation and spread of the coronavirus and mocked people for "doing their own research" about the virus and vaccines. CNN'S DON LEMON SUGGESTS TEXAS SYNAGOGUE HOSTAGE-TAKER SUFFERING FROM ‘MENTAL ILLNESS,’ IGNORES TERROR LINK Hosts John Berman and Kasie Hunt began the topic by playing a viral video of Mexican news anchor Leonardo Schwebel losing it on unvaccinated people and those choosing not to wear masks. In the video, Schwebel can be seen screaming erratically into the camera and cursing.  "I've gotten criticized for saying that we need to stop listening to the people, and they should not be part of polite society," Lemon said before declaring that Schwebel was right.  "Listen, the unvaccinated people in the U.S. are key to the reason that coronavirus – the variants – are emerging …...
    (CNN)I'm a coffee person, but if you prefer starting your mornings with orange juice, I have some sour news. OJ prices are surging because the orange crop this year is set to be the smallest in more than 75 years. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Voting rightsVoting rights are the focus on Capitol Hill this week as Senate Democrats seek to advance legislation that would impact voting procedures nationwide ahead of the midterm elections. Several Republican-controlled states have enacted new restrictions on such things as mail-in voting and early voting in the name of election security -- measures Democrats fear may affect turnout, especially in battleground states. In response, Democrats are considering measures to counter such restrictions, including making Election Day a federal holiday and setting minimum national standards for voting by mail. Prospects are slim, however, as Democrats do not have the votes to break a Republican filibuster and...
    A WOMAN has revealed what it’s really like to be a school dinner lady.  Julie Pike, 36, from Norfolk has worked as a catering assistant (dinner lady) for eight years and said she loves her job. 4Julie Pike, 36, from Norfolk has been a school dinner lady for eight yearsCredit: Supplied 4Julie shared that she loves her job but that there are some downsides to itCredit: Supplied The mum, who shares a snippet into her day-to-day life with fun TikTok videos on her channel MummaPike. One recent video saw her answer ‘the things I get asked as a school dinner lady.’ She joined in with the fun TikTok music video trend and answered burning questions for her followers. One asked: “How do you know how much food to make?” She revealed: “Meals are pre-ordered, portions counted/ weighed.” While another questioned: “Do you still serve the cake with icing and sprinkles?” Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life in US 'far from what he hoped for' says expertNEVER ENDS Prince Harry declares WAR on royals with threat...
    SENIORS should be aware of the different types of social security benefits that they could be eligible for. It comes as millions of retirees are set to pocket checks today worth around $1,657 on average. 1Seniors should be aware of the different types of social security benefits that they could be eligible forCredit: Getty There are several different types of social security benefits that Americans could get. Retirement benefits are intended for Americans that are at least 62 and have worked and paid into the system for at least 10 years, GoBankingRate reveals. Benefits are based on workers' contributions and their pre-retirement salary. But, retirement income isn’t supposed to be the main source of income for seniors. Americans may be eligible for more retirement benefits when they turn 65 or 67. Retirees are encouraged to use the Social Security Administration’s calculator to check the amount they are likely to receive. Most read in MoneyMEAL DEAL Apply for automatic benefits of $95 as bonus pandemic EBT cards of $1,504 arriveCASHING IN SSI boost of $821 to be sent after new ‘$1,657...
    CNN host Don Lemon said that people who aren’t vaccinated should not be listened to or part of “polite society,” and that society must do things for “the greater good” not “idiots.” Lemon was speaking with Kasie Hunt and John Berman on Tuesday’s New Day when he made the remarks. The discussion began with a clip of a Mexican news anchor exploding on anti-vaxxers. Berman played the clip of Telediario Guadalajara’s Leonardo Schwebel that has gone viral the last few days. When it ended, he said, “That was not on Don Lemon Tonight, by the way.” Kasie Hunt jokingly asked, “could it be?” and Lemon responded, “I was going to say, it could have been!” “I mean, I’ve gotten criticized for saying that we need to stop listening to the people and they should not be part of polite society, so to speak,” he said. “He’s right. He’s right.” Lemon, citing statistics from the CDC that he presumably researched, said “the unvaccinated people in the U.S., they’re key to the reason that coronavirus, the variants are emerging. And that the...
    Amanda Knox has said massive public interest in Ghislaine Maxwell is partly because of an 'opportunity to vilify a woman for sex crimes'. Maxwell, 60, was convicted of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Jeffrey Epstein, on December 29 , 2021. She faces 65 years in prison, meaning she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.  Ms Knox, 34, was wrongly convicted of the 2007 murder of British university student Meredith Kercher, who was 21. She said Maxwell was the 'next best thing' to holding Jeffrey Epstein accountable.  Amanda Knox, 34, (pictured) has said massive public interest in Ghislaine Maxwell is partly because of an 'opportunity to vilify a woman for sex crimes' 'Maxwell was obviously guilty of these terrible crimes and should be held accountable for her crimes. But also, we should be careful and mindful as a society when we have such raging interest in some cases over others,' she told Times Radio. 'The reason why we really, really cared about this case was because it was the opportunity to vilify a...
    IT'S HARD to feel clean when you're washing up in a grimy shower. So, why not remove layers of mold and soap scum and let your shower shine again with these three tips? 5Fill the handle of the dish wand with equal parts dish soap and vinegarCredit: TikTok 5Leave the dish wand in your shower for daily useCredit: TikTok Home hack expert Carolina McCauley used social media to share three must-try cleaning hacks to bring your aging shower back to life. USE A DISH WAND For an easy clean you can do on a daily basis, McCauley advised filling the handle of a dish wand with equal parts dish soap and vinegar. Dish soap is a great cleaning product to use for showers and bathtubs because it breaks down dirt. The cleaning mixture is dispensed out of the dish wand scrubber and unto the tile, taps, and doors, as you scrub. Since the dish wand is small and easy to use, you can stash it in the shower to quickly clean up in between shampoo rinses. ...
    AN interior designer has revealed the three things you should get rid of to instantly declutter your house. Lindsey, of Everyday Grace Designs, took to TikTok to share "three things you can remove from your home today", adding that "less stuff = less time cleaning". 3Lindsey advises getting rid of any tupperware that doesn't have a corresponding lidCredit: tiktok/@everydaygracedesigns First up, she advises getting rid of "tupperware with no lid". Next, Lindsey says it's a good idea to go through your towels and ditch the frayed ones, or the ones you hate. And third, she suggests chucking all your instruction manuals, adding that "everything can be found online". Home decor fans were quick to comment on the video, adding that there are some other uses for old towels, rather than just throwing them away. "Towels/sheets/blankets - see if your local animal shelter can use!" one person wrote. And another added: "Cut up old towels and use for rags!" Most read in LifestyleNEVER ENDS Prince Harry declares WAR on royals with threat to...