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    NEW YORK (AP) — Some TV characters have lofty goals. They want to find a soul mate, a fulfilling career or their place in the world. Then there’s Harrison. When we first meet him, he just hopes to walk to the coffee shop alone. Harrison — played by Albert Rutecki — is one of the characters in the new Amazon Prime ensemble series “As We See It,” which follows a trio of young people on the autism spectrum as they negotiate daily life. It debuts Friday. “I see it mainly as a coming of age or coming to adulthood of several 20-something characters,” Rutecki said. “It has three main characters who are on the spectrum, but I think it could definitely be relatable to a lot of people more than just those who are autistic.” Harrison, who is sensitive to loud sounds like dogs barking and frazzled by sudden movements, is joined by Violet (Sue Ann Pien) and Jack (Rick Glassman). Violet works at an Arby’s and wants a boyfriend, while Jack is a computer coding whiz but has...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico bankruptcy battle resolved after judge slashes island’s public debt load as part of restructuring. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DENVER (CBS4) – Avalanche fans have voted en masse and selected Nazem Kadri to the 2022 All-Star Game in Las Vegas. Kadri will be the third Avalanche member voted to the All-Star team. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) “Naz” joins Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar as part of the Avalanche delegation. MacKinnon will captain the Central division, and Avs coach Jared Bednar will coach the Central division team. (credit: Getty Images) DU alum and current Anaheim Duck Troy Terry was also voted in, as well as Penguins forward Jake Guentzel and Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, as part of the Last Men In competition.
    Up to three-quarters of reported symptoms of the COVID-19 vaccines may not be entirely real, a new study suggests. A research team from Harvard University performed a meta analysis on 12 previous studies that compared reported side effects to the Covid vaccines to those reported by people who instead received a placebo. They found that 35 percent of placebo recipients reported an adverse event - something like a headache, fatigue or other symptoms - after receiving the first dose, and 32 percent did after the second. Researchers found that 76 percent of 'systemic' adverse events after receiving the jab - symptoms that do not appear at the site of injection and instead affect other parts of the body - were likely either imagined or a result of something other than the shots. They call this the 'nocebo' effect, when a person manifests or misattributes symptoms they are feeling to medicine or treatment they recently received.  These are usually symptoms a person is actually feeling, but misattributing to the vaccine, or just a result of anxiety they have over symptoms. Researchers...
    MILLIONS of cash-strapped seniors will be sent social security checks worth $1,567 on average tomorrow. The 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase means that retirees will see a boost to their payment. 1Millions of retirees will receive their $1,657 January Social Security payment tomorrowCredit: Getty Retired workers will see a boost of $92 on average, bringing their monthly benefit to $1,657 from $1,565. Those who were born between the 11th and 20th will get their social security check tomorrow. And those born from the 20th onward can expect checks on January 26. The next checks for retirees born between the first and 10th of the month will be sent on Wednesday, February 9. The maximum social security benefit this year is $4,194. To get the amount, you need to earn six-figure sums throughout your career, work at least 35 years, and delay your claim. Most read in MoneyBIG BUCKS Deadline for automatic $660 monthly payments is TODAY after $1,100 boosts sentHELP IS HERE Bonus EBT $1,504 cards arriving NOW after SNAP emergency $95 boosts sent outCASH DELAYS Why you WON’T get a...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA is sticking with Angel Fernandez as part of his new training regime. The 32-year-old heavyweight hero is rebuilding his backroom staff after the punishing September 25 loss to Oleksandr Usyk. 4Anthony Joshua is sticking with Angel Fernandez as part of his new training regimeCredit: Instagram 4Anthony Joshua on the pads with coach Angel FernandezCredit: Instagram 4Anthony Joshua, Edwin Cleary and Matty HarrisCredit: Instagram @edwincleary1 Team GB mentor Rob McCracken is set to be the most high-profile casualty, with AJ leaving his Sheffield base. And Joby Clayton - the assistant trainer who was heavily criticised for loudly praising some of Joshua’s worst efforts as he slipped to a unanimous points defeat - has vanished from Joshua’s entourage. But Fernandez - who trains his charges out of Loughborough University - was working with the former WBA, IBF and WBO champion on Monday. AJ hit pads with the Spain-born trainer, working on throwing mean left hooks to the body and helped inspire some of the youngsters training at the same Leicestershire facility. Posing with rising heavyweight ace Matty Harris on Instagram,...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Dozens of people gathered outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Library on Colfax Avenue on Monday afternoon to fulfill one of Dr. King’s many missions: taking care of those who are hungry or in need. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day resource fair was put on by Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center, the Aurora and Denver Chapters of the NAAPCP, and the Dayton Street Opportunity Center, among other organizations. For several hours, volunteers gave out hundreds of meals to those in need, as well as other necessities, such as blankets, socks, and hygiene kits. (credit: CBS) “When we say this is a resource fair, we are the resources,” said Brother Jeff Fard. This act of giving back began years ago in Denver with Brother Jeff. Last year, he brought it to Aurora, with the help of the local chapter of the NAACP and several other organizations. “When we celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we’re talking about his vision of us standing arm in arm working together and making sure we are all doing our...
    FLOYD MAYWEATHER trained three times in one day including a ROLLER SKATING session as he prepares for his potential ring return. Mayweather has recently linked up with boxing coach Gerald Tucker as talks to face YouTuber 'Money Kicks' continue. 4Floyd Mayweather training for a potential comebackCredit: Instagram @gt_the_great_ 4Boxing coach Gerald Tucker and Floyd Mayweather running togetherCredit: Instagram @gt_the_great_ Tucker, a former eight-fight unbeaten professional and Team USA amateur representative, cornered Mayweather for his last fight, an exhibition with Logan Paul. And they are back to work again as Tucker shared pictures of the two on a run together and Mayweather in the gym. He captioned the post: "Three workouts today.. boxing, skating @skaterockcity , and a 7-8 min pace long run." Mayweather, 44, roller skated throughout his career as a means of entertainment and exercise. He enjoys it so much, he owns a rink in Las Vegas called Skate Rock City. But for now, Mayweather will have to swap the skates for boxing boots with another exhibition comeback bout looming. Most...
    Officially, NBA players began participating in games that were scheduled to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1986 when the federal holiday commemorating the civil-rights leader was observed for the first time. Oscar Robertson knows the tradition dates back long before that. King was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. A day later, Robertson began planning a benefit game in King’s memory — and on Aug. 15 of that year, on an outdoor court in New York, he was among 27 NBA players who wound up taking part. Among those on the court that night: Wilt Chamberlain, Lenny Wilkens, Dave Bing, Dave DeBusschere, Willis Reed, Walt Bellamy and many others. “What happened years ago with Dr. King is still part of our social fiber,” the 83-year-old Robertson said. The annual reminder of that comes Monday, on the annual celebration of the King holiday. The NBA has scheduled 12 games — including the traditional home games in King’s birthplace of Atlanta and...
    A total of $41 million in private student loan debt will be canceled in Massachusetts after an investigation into one of largest student loan servicers in the United States found it deceived thousands of borrowers. Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Thursday, Jan. 13, that a coalition of 39 attorneys general negotiated the $1.85 billion settlement with Navient. Healey said the relief is provided to resolve allegations of "widespread unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices and abuses in originating predatory student loans." Under the terms of the settlement, Navient will cancel more than $1.7 billion in subprime private student loans for thousands of borrowers across the US.  “Navient promised to help struggling borrowers find the repayment options that worked best for them, but instead steered borrowers into situations that pushed them deeper into debt,” Healey said. “Today’s settlement requires Navient to fix their mistakes, provides relief for families in Massachusetts, and is an important step toward addressing our broken student loan repayment system.” Massachusetts is set to receive more than $6 million in the settlement, including $2.2 million in restitution for...
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced that $19 million in loan debt is being canceled for student borrowers in the state after an investigation into one of the country's largest student loan servicers found it deceived thousands of borrowers. Tong said in an announcement on Thursday, Jan. 13, that a coalition of 39 attorneys general negotiated the $1.85 billion settlement with Navient.  A multistate investigation found that since 2009, Navient deceived thousands of student loan borrowers into forbearance plans that led them to pay more than they should have paid, Tong said.  “Navient steered borrowers to costly payment plans, and away from reasonable and affordable options and programs," Tong said. "Their predatory loans left thousands of Connecticut families saddled with unaffordable debt. This settlement will send millions of dollars directly to thousands of Connecticut borrowers who were deceived by Navient’s abusive practices." Navient will have to pay a total of $95 million in restitution for thousands of student borrowers across the United States. Tong said in Connecticut, 1,339 borrowers will receive $19 million in direct private loan debt relief. A...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Giant river otters are coming to the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park.As visitors watch them up-close, playing underwater, monkeys will swing through the aerial trail system above.Santa Ana Zoo Manager Ethan Fisher said the endangered species from the Amazon River will put on a great show here with its active lifestyle, all while educating visitors with its conservation story.Water contamination and drought affect all living things."We wanted to bring these otters here as a focal point where we could talk about that story and relate it to our lives here, and then also to what's going on with them in the wild in South America," Fisher said.Friday's groundbreaking ceremony was just the first phase of a 20-year master plan estimated at $70 million dollars."We're going to be working on our great new education building," said Fisher. "We're making some improvements in the farm area of the zoo and we're looking at, in the future, upgrading where all the monkeys live at the zoo into a beautiful new primate forest."Funding for the $6.6 million Amazon's...
    CORONAVIRUS cases are now falling in every region in England as the crucial R rate has stabilised, new data has revealed. Today daily infections dropped below 100,000 for the first time in three weeks, indicating the Brits have now passed the peak of Omicron infections. 2The chart above shows how Covid cases are falling across the country, data from the days from January 10 to January 13 are incomplete 2 The R rate is currently between 1.1 and 1.5 a slight dip from last weeks 1.2 to 1.5. It's highest in the North East, which sits between 1.4 and 1.7, but despite a high R rate, infections are now starting to fall in the region - which had previously been an Omicron epicentre. Infections have dipped to 99,652 today across the country and the last time figures were below 100,000 was Christmas Day, but this was likely due to people celebrating the holiday and not getting tested. But December 19 saw 81,761 new cases in 24 hours, before it began to steadily increase over the next two weeks. For the...
    Aisha Visram is believed to have become the first woman to work on the bench of an NHL regular-season game in any capacity when she served as athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Kings in their 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. According to the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers, Visram likely made history when she stepped in because three Kings support staffers were unavailable because of COVID-19 protocols. "That’s incredible. That’s great. We need more of that in our game," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. Visram is the head trainer for the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Ontario, California. She previously worked with Adirondack of the ECHL and at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Head Athletic Trainer of Ontario Reign Aisha Visram poses for a photo after the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings at Crypto.com Arena on January 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images) McLellan said having...
    New Yorkers will have millions of dollars in debt canceled after one of the nation’s largest student loan services agreed to relieve $1.85 billion in loan debt as part of a multi-state agreement, authorities announced. Navient, the target of a bipartisan coalition of 39 attorneys general agreed to cancel $1.7 billion in private student loan debt and offered $95 million in restitution for thousands of students nationwide following an investigation into the company's business practices. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the agreement on Thursday, Jan. 13, which will include more than $110 million for New York student borrowers. Since 2009, the investigation determined that Navient “has been steering struggling student loan borrowers into costly, long-term forbearances instead of counseling them about the benefits of more affordable income-driven repayment plans.” Interest accrued as a result of those actions led to borrowers’ seeing their loan balances increased and pushed them further into debt. James said that if Navient had provided borrowers with the help that was initially promised, “income-driven repayment plans could have reduced payments to as low as...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Shedd Aquarium is looking to the future with a massive $500 million undertaking.The eight-year project called the Centennial Commitment includes new exhibits, more digital experiences and educational programming.NOW STREAMING | An Ocean on the Lake: Inside Chicago's Shedd AquariumDoctor Bridget Coughlin, president and CEO of the Shedd, joined ABC7 to talk about what to expect from the expansion.Dr. Coughlin spoke about what new features guests can expect, when work on the project begins and what guests should know if they have not been to the aquarium in a while.SEE ALSO: Shedd Aquarium free days return for Illinois residents in January, February 2022
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Homeless encampments in Los Angeles are now facing enforcement actions after the City Council approved 58 anti-camping locations as part of an ordinance that originally passed last summer. (CBSLA) READ MORE: 3 People Found Dead In Woodland Hills Apartment Wednesday NightThough it was a major vote on paper Wednesday, many people are wondering if it will lead to action anytime soon. The process of clearing out encampments starts with notifications, then outreach and finally, if all other measures fail, enforcement. “The homeless is a huge issue,” said Todd Stinson, who works near MacArthur Park, a section of which was closed in mid-October for renovations. Unhoused residents living in tent encampments in the park at the time were offered housing. As part of the Council’s vote today, the sidewalks around the park will not be available for tents to be set up either. “I think it would be a positive step,” Stinson said. “I want to keep our community clean and, obviously, keep a safe environment. In my case, I have children,” said another man....
    BLACKBURN are getting creative in their bid to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons. The talented midfielder, 21, is being chased by a number of clubs at home and abroad. 1Blackburn Rovers are keen on MK Dons star Matt O'RileyCredit: Alamy Rovers are very keen but are struggling to afford the £1.7million so are looking at other ways of financing the deal. That could involve either including a player in the deal. Or coming to an arrangement on the sell-on fee they are due from MK selling goalkeeper Andrew Fisher to Swansea - who are also extremely interested in O’Riley. Ex-Fulham kid O’Riley has caught the eye this season with seven goals this term, including the winner in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon. Belgium pair Anderlecht and OHL are the latest foreign sides to show an interest, joining the likes of Bordeaux, Venezia and PSV. SunSport revealed earlier this month that O’Riley is also being closely watched by the Danish FA. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANSFERS LIVE Wood set for Newcastle medical, Tottenham confident of signing TraoreRED DEVILS...
    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say they have rescued 65 children from their abusers over the past two years as part of an investigating into a large-scale sexual abuse network. Police in Cologne said at a news conference Wednesday that the victims ranged from three months to 17 years. Investigators identified the children as part of their probe into a large cache of abuse pictures and videos found 2019 in the western town of Bergisch Gladbach. Authorities said more than 30,000 pseudonyms were used by those in the network, but many of those couldn’t be traced to real people. So far, investigators have been able to identify 439 suspects and secure numerous convictions, including of the man in whose premises the material was originally found. The German government toughened laws against child sex abuse and those making or distributing child abuse images as a result of the case. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SOUTHAMPTON have suffered a major blow in their quest to sign Armando Broja permanently from Chelsea. The 20-year-old forward was the star performer for the Saints as they swept aside Brentford 4-1 in the Premier League last night. 2Armando Broja scored his sixth goal of his season-long loan for Southampton against BrentfordCredit: Getty 2The Saints have suffered a blow in their quest to sign the Albanian permanentlyCredit: Getty The Albanian capped his display with a goal in front of Southampton’s new owners, Dragan Solak and Henrik Kraft, of the Sport Republic group. Broja headed to the South Coast on a season-long loan last summer and has hit the net seven times so far. That has led to boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admitting he wants to turn that move into one long-term. However, Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano has delivered some bad news to Southampton and their supporters. He claims that Chelsea ‘are already planning with talented Armando Broja as part of...
    These are no usual suspects. A lengthy multitiered high-tech investigation has led to the discovery of a multimillion-dollar international “tourist crime” ring targeting Asian and Middle Eastern residents across the country. The intricate investigation, first reported by The Washington Post, started after a string of break-ins in high-end homes in affluent Fairfax County, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. Investigators say the thieves were part of an international ring based in South America who sent “crime tourists” from places like Columbia and Chile to the U.S. under the visa waiver program. Once in America, they relied on a global network that researched and targeted mostly Asian and Middle Eastern families, targeted because they are more likely to keep precious jewelry and cash in their homes rather than a bank. The FBI estimates that the ring, which has focused much of its attention around the D.C. area, but also operates in other states, has made off with more than $2 million in stolen jewelry and cash in the last two years in the D.C. area alone. Few of the burglars,...
    (CNN)Joe Judge became the fifth NFL coach to be fired after he was relieved of his duties by the New York Giants on Tuesday. The team announced the decision to dismiss Judge just a day after senior vice president and general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement. "[Giants chairman and co-owner] Steve (Tisch) and I both believe it is in the best interest of our franchise to move in another direction," team president John Mara said. "We met with Joe yesterday afternoon to discuss the state of the team. I met again with Joe this afternoon, and it was during that conversation I informed Joe of our decision. We appreciate Joe's efforts on behalf of the organization."I said before the season started that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were headed when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement, which is why we have made this decision.Read More"We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach."Judge spent two years as...
    FIRST ON FOX: The City of Asheville, North Carolina, has altered controversial scholarships as part of a lawsuit designed to challenge provisions directing money toward Black individuals.Fox News Digital previously reported on the scholarships, which were intended for Black educators and students. Tuesday's settlement with the nonprofit Judicial Watch removes racial language and instead contains a preference for first-generation college students. Downtown Asheville, North Carolina (iStock) "Our clients, a group of Asheville residents, including high school students, courageously challenged this blatantly discriminatory and illegal scholarship program in federal court," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement provided to Fox News Digital. WATCHDOG SUES NORTH CAROLINA TOWN OVER SCHOLARSHIP INTENDED FOR BLACK STUDENTS "Thankfully, the City of Asheville did the right thing in quickly ending these indefensible race-based scholarship programs," he added. "This federal lawsuit and the resulting remarkable settlement should serve as a wakeup call to those activists and allied politicians pushing the extremist leftist agenda to segregate and discriminate based on race."  University students sitting in class. (istock) WNC Citizens for Equality Inc., which also...
    Getty Bruce Hector makes a tackle on a Bills quarterback in the 2021 preseason. The Detroit Lions finished off the 2021 season in Week 18, and immediately after, have turned their focus to next year as well as the offseason. As part of every offseason, futures contracts are revealed for teams who do not make the postseason, and they come out quick. Such was the case for the Lions on Monday, January 10 after the team finished off the season. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! The Lions revealed their complete list of signings with a tweet on Monday afternoon. Here’s a look at the announcement: #Lions roster moves: Signed the following to a Reserve/Future Contract: DE Eric BanksLB Tavante BeckettDE Bruce HectorWR Javon McKinleyQB Steven MontezCB Parnell MotleyOT Dan SkipperCB Saivion SmithTE Shane Zylstra Activated OLB Austin Bryant from Reserve/COVID-19 — Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 10, 2022 For Detroit, it’s interesting to see the team bring back plenty of studs from...
    Britain's leading psychology body has been criticised for encouraging psychologists to call their clients 'sluts' if they request it. In guidelines aimed at encouraging more inclusive language, the British Psychological Society (BPS) told its 60,000 members to refer to patients using their 'preferred term', including so-called 'reclaimed terms like dyke or slut'. But health professionals and members of the public have attacked the move, saying the word was inappropriate and derogatory. Australian psychotherapist Tania Marshall described the BPS advice as a 'mess' and questioned if there could ever be a situation where 'referring to your client as a slut would be therapeutically beneficial'. She tweeted: 'Surely we would want to explore where that came from, why they came to that term, why they use it, what it means for them and any background related to it, rather than just affirming it?' In a response to Ms Marshall, the official BPS Twitter account claimed the word 'slut' had been 'reclaimed by feminist activists'. It said: 'The use of preferred terminology is long established psychological/ psychotherapeutic practice & is in line with...
    IDRIS ELBA made a passionate plea against knife crime before the FA Cup third round clash against Nottingham Forest. Arsenal wore a bespoke all-white kit to promote a ‘No More Red’ initiative helping to stop the knife epidemic in the capital. 4A close up look of the all-white Arsenal strip donned for the 'No More Red' campaign against knife crimeCredit: Reuters 4Hollywood star and Arsenal fan Idris Elba was on ITV Last year saw a record number of teenagers murdered in London. Arsenal supporter Elba, spoke emotionally about the issue of knife crime and the subsequent 'No More Red' campaign on ITV before the game. The 49-year-old A-lister said: "Thirty kids died senselessly over knife crime. One of those kids could be on that pitch. "It's an ongoing problem. "Today is a very monumental day. "No more red. It literally means, no more blood shed." The Gunners worked with Adidas to produce the meaningful shirt but it is not for sale. Most read in Premier LeagueTRANSFERS LIVE Chelsea interested in Barca's Dest, Leicester want Norwich's Todd CantwellRED...
    AFCON gets underway today with Africa's best players set to battle it out to bring their nations continental glory. The tournament is brimming with star quality, with plenty of Premier League talent having travelled to Cameroon. 12Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are at AfconCredit: Reuters 12Riyad Mahrez will be in action for his countryCredit: Getty In fact, 34 Prem stars have been called up to take part. They include superstars like Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Edouard Mendy. Arsenal have the most players that have been called up by their countries. The Gunners will be represented in Cameroon by Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and youngster Omar Rekik. Leicester and Watford both have four players in apiece in Cameroon - while Liverpool and Crystal Palace have received three call-ups each. Hosts Cameroon take on Burkina Faso in the opening game this afternoon. CHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsICON LOST Betty White's cause of death revealed after screen legend passed away at 99CRISIS LOOMING? Meat & egg shortages fears...
    FOXBORO (CBS) — On Thursday, Bill Belichick gave his players what they referred to as a “snow speech,” making it clear that Friday’s storm was no excuse for being late to work. The Patriots head coach made sure to follow his own advice come Friday morning. Belichick gave himself plenty of time to get to work on Friday, from the pre-commute cleanup to the drive itself. He was hoping to arrive at the facilities in Foxboro early, but Mother Nature threw a wrench — or rather, nearly a foot of snow — at those plans. Like anyone else who hit the road Friday morning, Belichick had a slow commute into work. READ MORE: What To Watch For When Patriots Visit Dolphins In Week 18“Just leave enough time and try to take the right steps and do the right thing. I tried to come in early this morning, and it took half an hour to go four miles on Route 3, so you never know,” Belichick told reporters on his Friday Zoom call. “It’s always interesting traveling in the snow,” he...
    ARSENAL want to use Lucas Torreira as part of a swap deal for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic but don’t expect to make any major signings this month. Serbian international Vlahovic, 21, has been identified as a potential long-term Emirates replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette. 3Dusan Vlahovic is on Arsenal's wishlistCredit: Rex 3The Gunners hope that Lucas Torreira could sweeten the dealCredit: Rex And the Gunners are hoping that Torreira’s successful loan spell with the Serie A club can help swing a deal their way. Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano is keen to keep the Uruguayan midfielder who has emerged as a key player for his team this season. Arsenal are prepared to let them have Torreira for around £12.5million - or as part of a deal for £45million-rated Vlahovic. But Vlahovic, who has already scored 23 goals for club and country this season, is not convinced about a move to the Emirates and is prepared to wait for other offers from England, Spain and Germany.  Mikel Arteta is stepping up his search for a young target man to lead...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday incorporated the cast of Hamilton as part of the January 6 remembrance, sparking further mockery that the Democrats are “literally” engaging in “theater.” “To begin the conversation, we’re privileged to have a contribution from one of the great creative talents of our time, Lin-Manuel Miranda,” Pelosi said. “May his beautiful words be an inspiration to us. Among the words he said in the music, we’ll make it right for you. If we lay a strong enough foundation, we’ll pass it on to you, and we’ll give the world to you,” she continued: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi begins reflection on 1/6 by tossing to pre-recorded remarks from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Pelosi quotes Hamilton: “If we lay a strong enough foundation, we’ll pass it on to you.” pic.twitter.com/jdYyloImen — The Recount (@therecount) January 6, 2022 In turn, Miranda introduced other cast members who performed “Dear Theodosia” as part of the January 6 remembrance: .@SpeakerPelosi introduces @Lin_Manuel who introduces other Hamilton cast members to sing "Dear Theodosia." pic.twitter.com/rNRprgGrau — CSPAN (@cspan) January 6, 2022 Democrats applauded after...
    OAKLAND — Nearly 200 affordable homes could sprout in Oakland as part of a transit-oriented residential development near a BART station, according to a new proposal filed with city planners. A housing developer has proposed 180 residential units at the corner of International Boulevard and 38th Avenue in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, the municipal planning documents show. OakBrook Partners intends for the units to be all-affordable, the development firm stated in the proposal. The plans also envision about 6,000 square feet of retail spaces as part of the project. The housing would be built at 3751 International Ave. in Oakland. The development would replace a retail building and some surface parking lots, the planning documents show. OakBrook envisions a project that would wrap around structures that would be retained in the wake of the housing development. A large open space is also planned, the city filing shows. The housing development is expected to include a mix of studios along with one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Villa Fruitvale is the name of the new project, according to the planning documents. Villa Fruitvale,...
    WILLIAM REGAL and Road Dogg are among the latest names to be released by WWE. Vince McMahon's promotion has axed a raft of on and off-air personalities in the last two years mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic. 2British legend William Regal was among a number of names released by WWECredit: Lee Thompson - The Sun 2Road Dogg became a writer and producer following a legendary professional wrestling career But this time the wrestling giants stated that their latest decision was based on NXT's "continued evolution". According to Fightful, Regal, Road Dogg, Timothy Thatcher, Danny Burch, Hideki Suzuki, Cathy Corino, Dave Kapoor (also known as Ranjin Singh), Scott Armstrong, George Carroll and Ryan Katz have been let go from the wrestling giants. WWE issued the following statement: “With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we’ve decided to part ways with some of the staff based in our Performance Center. “We thank them for their many contributions throughout the years and wish them the best.” Regal and Road Dogg pose as the biggest names of that list as they were...
    MyPillow CEO and key Trump supporter Mike Lindell is filing a lawsuit against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to stop her and the House of Representatives from subpoenaing the pillow mogul's phone records as part of their investigation into the January 6 riot.  Lindell filed suit Wednesday against the panel investigating the insurrection, Pelosi and Verizon to stop the telecoms giant from turning over the records from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, which the committee has requested.  Those targeted by the committee have largely responded by countersuing.  On Tuesday, commentator Sebastian Gorka filed suit to block their subpoena for his own phone records, saying it overstepped their authority.  Former National National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, attorney John Eastman, Trump advisor Steve Bannon and other witnesses targeted by the committee have also sued.  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, an ally and supporter of President Donald Trump who was seen before and after the insurrection at the White House on January 6, is trying to sue to block release of his phone records...
    NEW YORK (AP) — C.J. Mosley spent two seasons surrounded by disappointment, doubt and a relentless desire to prove himself again. The New York Jets linebacker did all he could to make his story one of redemption. Tackle after tackle, Mosley re-established himself as one of the game’s top playmakers. And one of its ultimate leaders. “I would say that I can still play this game at a high level,” Mosley said Wednesday. “You know, despite the injury, despite opting out last year, my game is the same, if not better, in my opinion.” Mosley was voted the winner of the Jets’ Curtis Martin MVP award by his teammates, who saw him rehabilitate from the painful groin injury that limited him to just two games in his first season in New York in 2019. They also supported him as he made the difficult decision last season to sit out because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. He came back this season to a new defensive system under coach Robert Saleh and coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. Mosley dropped 20 pounds from...
    "A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) boat patrols passes a Mexican fisherman on the Rio Grande on March 24, 2021 near Mission, Texas." A number of soldiers forced to serve in right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s border scheme have died by suspected suicide in recent months, Army Times reports.  Pfc. Joshua R. Cortez, among the four soldiers to have died since October, “was preparing to accept a ‘lifetime job’” when he was abruptly deployed for Abbott’s Operation Lone Star. The political scheme has targeted asylum-seekers for arrest and detention for months on end without any formal charges. Cortez had initially appealed, writing it was his “last opportunity” for the job, Army Times continued. While his company commander sided with him, it was overruled. “Sometime in the next 36 hours, Cortez drove to a parking lot in northwest San Antonio and shot himself in the head.” A Texas Military Department spokesperson “cautioned, ‘some of these [deaths] are still part of an open investigation’ pending a final cause of death,” Army Times noted. “But all four deaths reportedly occurred via self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to...
    Reports of a staff exodus from Vice President Kamala Harris' office is coming to fruition at the start of 2022 as staffer Vince Evans prepares to take on a new role with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Evans will replace Kyle Anderson, who left in October, as the CBC's next executive director, meaning he will work closely with the group's chairwoman, Representative Joyce Beatty from Ohio. 'I started my career in Washington working for a member of the CBC, so I know firsthand the tremendous leadership and impact this caucus has in Congress and across the country,' Evans said in a statement. 'As we write the next chapter of the CBC story, I am excited for the opportunity to lend my experience and passion for supporting the collective vision of this storied caucus.' The departure comes as several staffers leave the vice president's office amid reports that she facilitates a toxic workplace. Harris' job approval rating is at 32 per cent, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Tuesday. While that is a terrible rating, it is a...
    CYCLISTS were horrified when a video of their naked bike ride was uploaded to a porn site. Thousands of people have watched footage of the nude men and women on wheels taking part in the annual event after it appeared on xHamster. 6A video of the Brighton Naked Bike Ride has appeared on a porn website 6Five minutes worth of footage was uploaded to xHamster The clip, titled WNBR Brighton 2019, features around five minutes of footage and the camera appears to pan to focus on a number of women as they ride past. Co-organiser of the Brighton Naked Bike Ride in East Sussex, Steve Sims, today described it as "disturbing" that some people continue to try and seek sexual gratification from its participants. He said: "It is a continuous concern that there is a cohort of sad individuals who are unable to accept nudity without seeing it as an opportunity to aggrandise themselves among their equally sad associates by assigning sexual import to anyone without clothes. "They take photographs with the aim of either viewing them in private to...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado counties and local governments have come to an agreement on a distribution plan for money from a major opioid settlement. $385 million will soon make its way into local Colorado government coffers. (credit: Getty Images)   Johnson & Johnson and the nation’s three largest drug distributors will pay Colorado hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years as part of the agreement. Also part of the agreement was that a majority of county and city governments in each state agree to a distribution plan for the money. All 64 Colorado counties and nearly 100% of the municipalities have come to an agreement well ahead of the January 26th deadline. “By bringing together this amazing level of local government support well in advance of the January 26th sign-on deadline, Colorado is demonstrating its collaborative problem-solving culture and commitment to combating the opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said in a statement. “As a result, we as a state will be poised to act on our opioid response plan as soon as settlement dollars come to our...
    Melania Trump is set to auction off the 'iconic' white hat she wore for her husband's first official state visit from a foreign head of state as part of an 'important' and 'one-of-a-kind' $250,000 sale commemorating the former President's milestone. The 51-year-old former First Lady announced the launch of her 'Head of State' auction on Tuesday - just weeks after selling her first-ever non-fungible token (NFT) - revealing three different items that will be sold off together, including a second NFT created by Marc-Antoine Coulon, the same man behind her first digital portrait.  In addition to the wide-brimmed white hat worn by Melania to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to the White House in April 2018, the auction also features a watercolor painting by Coulon of the former First Lady wearing the bold accessory, as well as a moving digital NFT version of the artwork.  All three items included in the auction - which opens on January 11 with a starting bid of $250,000, or 1415.86 Solana (SOL), a form of cryptocurrency - are signed by Melania,...
    ARSENAL have reportedly tabled a £46million offer PLUS Lucas Torreira to bring Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic to the Emirates. The 21-year-old, who has banged in 18 goals in 22 games this campaign, is reportedly the Gunners' top target. 3Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has reportedly been the subject of an offer from ArsenalCredit: Getty 3The Gunners are claimed to have offered Fiorentina Lucas Torreira, who is already on loan at the clubCredit: Rex And with the Serbia international refusing to sign a new deal in Florence, the Italian outfit are desperate to cash in on him in January. Mikel Arteta is known to be desperate to bring in a new centre-forward having axed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as skipper due to disciplinary issues. Meanwhile Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nkeitah are facing uncertain futures as they approach the end of their time in North London. Even fourth-choice striker Folarin Balogun looks poised to depart this month as Middlesbrough and Saint-Etienne fight to sign him on loan. It has been claimed that Real Sociedad ace Alexandrer Isak was being looked at by Arteta after Barcelona pulled out...
    BROCK LESNAR made history at Day 1 when he won the WWE Championship on New Year's Day. Lesnar was originally scheduled to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship but the champion was omitted from the show after testing positive for COVID-19. 2Brock Lesnar became WWE Champion at Day 1 and made professional wrestling history 2Brock Lesnar is only the fifth wrestler to become world champion across three different decades Thus, the heavyweight was inserted in the WWE Championship Match and defeated Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley and former title-holder Big E in a Fatal 5-Way Match at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beast became only the fifth star to become world champion across three different decades after Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, The Rock and Triple H. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion first won the WWE title in 2002 when he defeated Dwayne Johnson at SummerSlam. The 44-year-old returned to Vince McMahon's promotion in 2012 following his three-year stint at UFC and quickly recaptured the title. Last week's triumph has taken the American bruiser's tally to...
    China has sealed off thousands of Winter Olympic staff and volunteers for a month, banning them from the outside world as part of its zero-Covid policy to protect next month's Games.  China, where the virus emerged toward the end of 2019, has pursued a zero-tolerance strategy on Covid-19 and is taking the same approach to limit the pandemic's potential impact on the February 4-20 Winter Olympics and subsequent Paralympics.  Starting Tuesday, thousands of Games-related staff, volunteers, cleaners, cooks and coach drivers will be cocooned for weeks in the so-called 'closed loop' with no direct physical access to the outside world.  That contrasts with the Covid-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics, which allowed some movement in and out for volunteers and other personnel.      China has sealed off thousands of Winter Olympic staff and volunteers for a month, banning them from the outside world as part of its zero-Covid policy to protect next the February Games (pictured, staff in PPE inside the 'bubble') The global media and roughly 3,000 athletes are expected to start arriving in the Chinese capital in the weeks ahead and...
    (CNN)New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced Monday that he will be retiring, ending his 45-year run as the state's top election official and the most vocal proponent of New Hampshire's status as the first in the nation primary state."In the coming days, I will be stepping down as secretary of state," he told reporters on Monday. "I will do so after arrangements have been made for the constitutional deputy Dave Scanlan to take the oath of office."Gardner has served as New Hampshire's secretary of state since 1976 and has been kept in his position under both Democratic and Republican legislatures. Gardner faced a notably tough challenge in 2018, when Democrat Colin Van Ostern, who ran for governor two years earlier, challenged his hold on the job, but the longtime secretary of state held on to narrowly win.While Gardner handled all issues around elections as secretary of state, the role that earned him a level of notoriety was his work around the state's presidential primary and his repeated defense of the Granite State being the first state to hold...
    The Rajon Rondo trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers got a little bigger after the Knicks trade for Denzel Valentine.  It’s been a rather quiet transactional front so far in the NBA this season. While teams struggle to deal with how to properly handle COVID-19 without changing the rules on everyone, deals between teams have been relatively nonexistent thus far. That doesn’t mean we haven’t had some wheeling and dealing to dig into. Before the start of the New Year, the Los Angeles Lakers made the first of what could be a handful of moves to try and turn its season around. Rajon Rondo was shipped off to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for what amounts to an open roster spot for Los Angeles to fill however it pleases. In return, the Cavs sent Denzel Valentine off to the Lakers but that won’t be his final destination. Since the Lakers wanted an open roster spot after moving Rondo, the plan was to buy out Valentine’s deal and release him. That’s when the New York Knicks entered the...
    A DEVESTATED mum who was forced to listen as her daughter was murdered has blasted her killer and hopes that he rots in “the darkest parts of hell.” Beautician Melissa Belshaw, 32, from Wigan, was stabbed to death by her cage-fighter ex-boyfriend Andrew Wadsworth, 37, in May 2019. 4Tragic Melissa was knifed to death in front of her daughterCredit: MEN Media 4Twisted Wadsworth killed his former partner in a booze and cocaine fuelled rageCredit: Maverick Photography The horrific drug and alcohol fuelled attack took place in front of her terrified teenage daughter who called the police. Wadsworth was jailed for life in December 2020, and must serve a minimum of 32 years for the Melissa’s murder. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of a heroic neighbour who tried to save the mum after hearing the screams. Jean Mulvaney, Melissa’s mum, was forced to listen to her daughter’s brutal attack as it unfolded – as her granddaughter called for help. The 59-year-old has banned anyone from speaking the murderers name in her house, and hops that he “rots.” Speaking...
    NORTH BERWICK, Scotland — The wind blew hard one fall night here in 1589. So much so that King James VI concluded that witches must have gathered in this fishing town to conjure up the storm that delayed the arrival of his new bride, the sister of the Danish king. Much of Europe had succumbed to a mania about witchcraft, just over a hundred years before a similar frenzy swept over the town of Salem, Mass. King James, later King James I of England and Ireland, personally interrogated many of those who were rounded up and charged with summoning the storm during a late-night mass with the devil at the town’s Auld Kirk. He later wrote a bestselling guide on how to spot a witch. William Shakespeare used some of the details from the trials in "Macbeth." Many of the 19 people executed in Salem were cleared in the years following the witch trials there, with another group exonerated 20 years ago. Women dressed as witches dance in front of the fire during the Walpurgis night in Erfurt, Germany,...
    By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It may have been a warmer New Year’s morning than usual to kick off 2022 but that didn’t stop a bunch of loyal divers. READ MORE: A 'Booming' Start To 2022: Possible Meteor Explosion Felt Throughout Pittsburgh RegionThe waters of the Mon River were a “balmy” 38 degrees as many plunged into 2022 as dozens jumped in as part of the Polar Plunge. A woman visiting from California said her fellow Salvation Army bell-ringer convinced her to jump in. She had to work up the nerve after everyone else did but she made it. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Rain Continues Throughout The Weekend, Flood Watches In PlaceIt was thanks to a brave kid who held her hand and took the lead with her. She’s hoping the experience brings good things for 2022. “Positive energy, good times, good year, a new beginning,” Kathy Atkinson laughed. MORE NEWS: Ohio Man Arrested After Breaking Into Several New Castle Buildings, Claiming A 'Siege' Was ComingNow, she can cross the Polar Plunge off...
    Dolly Parton insists it won't 'kill anybody to wear their mask.' The 75-year-old music legend has been a vocal advocate for mask-wearing, social distancing, and vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and previously donated $1 million to help fund vaccine research.  Parton told Mic magazine Wednesday that she still believes people should 'do our part in being careful' by continuing to keep up with safety measures. Stating her case: Dolly Parton, 75, told Mic magazine Wednesday that it won't 'kill anybody to wear their mask,' as she continued to advocate for safety precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer was snapped in Nashville in October  She said: 'I'm not one to tell people what to do. But I was just happy to be part of the vaccine drive, and I think we all certainly need to do our part in being careful. 'Whether you get the shot or not, you need to be mindful. And I don't think it'd kill anybody to wear their mask and to do their social distancing, especially now that we have new variants of the pandemic going around.' RELATED ARTICLES...
    Her message to the 'calculating witch' who destroyed her life was uncompromising and to the point. 'I wish her well in hell,' says Chauntae Davies.  'Ghislaine Maxwell is a monster in every sense of the word. She deserves to die behind bars for what she did to me and the countless other women's lives she destroyed. She and Epstein will meet each other in hell when her time comes.' Still scarred by the four years she suffered at the hands of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, Chauntae was jubilant at the sensational conclusion of the New York trial this week. Maxwell, 60, was branded a 'sophisticated predator' who procured and served up young girls to her lover in what prosecutors described as a 'pyramid scheme of abuse'. Her message to the 'calculating witch' who destroyed her life was uncompromising and to the point. 'I wish her well in hell. Ghislaine Maxwell is a monster in every sense of the word,' says Chauntae Davies (pictured today) Chauntae was jubilant at the sensational conclusion of the New York trial this week. For four...
    THE GREAT resignation continues, with the trend now taking over TikTok as users document themselves quitting their jobs. People are getting inspired by social media platforms like TikTok to quit their dead-end jobs and find happiness elsewhere -- and they're doing it on camera for all to see. 2Maddie documented quitting her teaching job on TikTok The TikTok hashtags "#quitmyjob" and "#Iquitmyjob" have garnered more than 250 million views, to date, as the US sees more and more people leaving their jobs behind. Since COVID-19 hit at the beginning of 2020, at least 4.4 million people have resigned from their roles -- the highest resignation figure in the country in two decades. Experts speculate that there are several factors fueling the "Great Resignation," including employees feeling undervalued by employers, the pandemic changing people's viewpoints, and a variety of job opportunities suddenly becoming available. As people continue to quit their job, social media has quickly integrated itself into the process. TikTokers especially have been creating videos known as "QuitToks" by the thousands, with a significant increase in these posts popping up in the last few months. ...