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    The current ratings king of cable news is going after the self-proclaimed king of all media in a big way. On Thursday night’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News host Tucker Carlson absolutely buried SiriusXM host Howard Stern over what he deems a far too cautious attitude towards Covid-19. “Maybe it was the coronavirus that broke him,” Carlson mused. “Maybe it was hormonal changes with middle age. He’s now a coward. And his broadcast is about cowardice, amplifying his fears about CORONA over the air and, more precisely, attacking anybody else who has decided to live life as a free person.” Carlson then played comments from Stern last September in which the SiriusXM host bashed anti-vaxxers. “When are we going to stop putting up with the idiots in this country and just say, you know, it’s mandatory to get vaccinated?” Stern said. “Fuck them, fuck their freedom. I want my freedom to live.” “This is a guy who’s had every vax available and still hides in his basement because the vaccine works so well that he can’t go out,”...
    (CNN)The nation's first youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recounted her fears ahead of President Joe Biden's inauguration in an op-ed published exactly one year later in The New York Times on Thursday.Gorman, now 23, wrote that she was "terrified" and almost declined to be the inaugural poet.She cited the fear of failing her community and her poetry, as well as the coronavirus pandemic before vaccines became widely available to her age group. She recognized the terror associated with reciting a poem on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, which a violent pro-Trump mob had attacked just weeks before."A loved one warned me to 'be ready to die' if I went to the Capitol building, telling me, 'It's just not worth it,'" she wrote. Gorman wrote, "Yet while the inauguration might have seemed like a ray of light, this past year for many has felt like a return to the same old gloom. Our nation is still haunted by disease, inequality and environmental crises. But though our fears may be the same, we are not."Read MoreGorman garnered national attention...
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A man choked a hospital worker unconscious and tried to snap another employee’s neck during a rampage inside a North Carolina emergency room earlier this week, authorities said. Rothwell Jacob Simmons, 24, has been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault by strangulation, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Simmons was arrested at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after Tuesday’s attack. His bond was set at $7.5 million, news outlets reported. According to WECT-TV, Simmons appeared in court on Wednesday and, when asked if he wanted to hire his own attorney, Simmons told the judge, “I’m not sure man, I don’t know what the hell got into me.” An attorney who was later assigned to Simmons was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. According to an arrest warrant, Simmons threw the first victim on the ground, choking her until she became unconscious. He also tried to snap the second victim’s neck, leaving the woman with neck injuries and contusions as he strangled her, officials said. A...
    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders unexpectedly slipped in January after four straight monthly increases. Builders say that prices for materials, especially lumber, are a drag on the industry. In December, the price of framing lumber rose 22 percent and was up 135 percent from its low in August. Many components and durable goods used in the construction of new homes are in short supply, according to many builders. The component of the index that tracks foot traffic declined in January, which may suggest that the surge in Covid-19 cases is dampening demand or at least the willingness of would-be buyers to look at new homes. The six-month outlook for the business also declined. Current sales conditions held steady, however. Regionally, the indexes for the Northeast, South, and Midwest declined. The index for the West climbed.
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street fell on worries the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as soon as March. Shanghai and Hong Kong advanced. Seoul and Sydney declined. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Investors were rattled last week after notes from the latest Fed meeting showed officials thought the U.S. job market is healthy enough that it might no longer need ultra-low interest rates and other stimulus. That was reinforced by U.S. employment numbers Friday that showed stronger-than-expected wages, though with only about half as much hiring as forecast. The prospect of earlier rate hikes “suggests that markets could continue to be roiled by volatility,” Tan Boon Heng of Mizuho Bank said in a report. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2% to 3,587.03 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong advanced 0.7% to 23,658.91. The Kospi in Seoul fell 1% to 2,926.72 and Sydney’s S&P ASX 200 lost 0.1% to 7,447.10. India’s Sensex added 0.5% to 60,046.96. Bangkok was flat, New Zealand declined and Singapore and Jakarta advanced. Investors were cautious...
    While many a royal birthday has been marked with a painting in oil, the Duchess of Cambridge, known for her love of photography, decided a photoshoot would be the most fitting way to mark her 40th birthday.  The Duchess of Cambridge, who turns 40 today, looks enchanting in three intimate and timeless high fashion pictures taken by the trendy Italian-born photographer Paolo Roversi. Kate picked the 74-year-old photographer herself and it was revealed the pair had several videos calls to get to know each other before meeting for Kate's close up in Kew Gardens.  Roversi, who is based in Paris, has carved a name for himself in the fashion world, having worked for Vanity Fai as well as American and Italian Vogue and countless designers, from Dior to Comme Des Garcons, Cerruti, Valentino and Saint Laurent.  Scroll down for video The Duchess of Cambridge, who turns 40 today, looks enchanting in three high fashion photographs taken by Italian-born photographer Paolo Roversi - it's though the royal wanted a photographic portrait rather than a more traditional painting The Paris-based photographer, pictured...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- A holiday family reunion in Los Angeles for a Martinez family hit a sour note when they said the Airbnb they rented wasn't as advertised.The family described the unit they rented as uninhabitable. The discovery forced them to scramble to find alternate arrangements on a busy holiday weekend.Musician and filmmaker Daniel Parenti improvises a few chords from the song he would write about his experience with Airbnb."It would be dark and a lot of distortion and then at the end it would be bright and sunny," he said, describing his song.RELATED: New Fresno homeowners arrive at home to find renters already living insidePictures of the unit posted on the online rental marketplace showed a clean and spacious home.Photos Parenti and his wife took of the unit (the way they found it when they arrived), showed something different."The driveway is full of trash, garbage, garbage cans, broken furniture," said his wife, Wandah Parenti.They also found overgrown grass, electrical outlet covers missing, scuff marks on walls and a broken window."You could clearly tell that there was some sort of...
    A man and a woman are wanted by police in connection with an attempted theft where a gas station clerk was hurt, according to a release by police. The pair attempted to leave without paying after their credit card was declined at Carroll Fuel Mart located along North Hanover Street in Carlisle on Jan. 3, according to Carlisle police. When their card was declined they lashed out at the clerk and the woman supposedly hit the employee, according to the release. The pair fled the scene on foot, although it remains unclear if they left with the items they attempted to purchase, according to the police release. Anyone with information on the suspects is encouraged to contact the Carlisle Police Department.
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Amid a continuing debate over the role and size of urban police departments, 10 years of Oakland police data show that shootings and homicides declined in number as the city’s police force grew. Although the size of the force and number of homicides and shootings varied from year to year, the trend is clear. From 2011 to 2014, homicides averaged 105 per year while shootings averaged 501. Those numbers decreased to an average of 85 and 334 from 2017 to 2020 as the average size of the police force grew from 635 in the earlier 4-year period to 742 in the later 4-year period. READ MORE: UPDATE: Overturned Gasoline Tanker Truck Shuts Down Northbound I-680 In Fremont; Homes Evacuated“Having an adequately staffed police department is part of” a holistic approach to public safety, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said on Twitter the day before the City Council was expected to vote on hiring more officers. “We must prioritize ending the trauma and loss from crime and violence.” The statistics come as Oakland engages in an intense debate...
    US population growth has plunged to its lowest level since the nation's founding, after the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed births and immigration, according to new Census figures.    The United States grew by only 0.1 percent from July 2020 to July 2021, with only an additional 392,665 added to the U.S. population, according to population estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. has been experiencing slow population growth for years, but the pandemic exacerbated that trend by killing hundreds of thousands, prompting couples to delay pregnancies, and sending net migration rates plunging.  Nevertheless, immigration has rebounded in 2021, and in November foreign-born residents made up 14.2 percent of the U.S population, the highest level in 111 years.   The United States grew by only 0.1 percent from July 2020 to July 2021, with only an additional 392,665 added to the U.S. population in the slowest growth since the nation's founding The empty streets of Manhattan are seen in April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic curtailed pregnancies and immigration, according to new Census figures RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    O.J. Simpson is a free man. The 74-year-old former football hero and actor, acquitted California murder defendant and convicted Las Vegas armed robber was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole effective Dec. 1, a day after a hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole, Nevada State Police spokeswoman Kim Yoko Smith said Tuesday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Mr. Simpson is a completely free man now," said Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s lawyer in Las Vegas. Simpson declined an immediate interview, his attorney said, and LaVergne declined to talk about Simpson’s future plans, including whether he intends to remain in Nevada. He told parole officials before his release from prison on Oct. 1, 2017, that he planned to move to Florida. He instead moved to a gated community in Las Vegas where he plays golf and frequently takes to Twitter to offer opinions about college and pro sports, especially football. "Life is fine," he told The Associated Press during a June 2019 interview. Simpson was convicted by a jury in Las Vegas in October 2008 and served...
    Houston (CNN)In the aftermath of the Astroworld Festival tragedy, Travis Scott offered to pay for the funeral expenses of the ten victims who died. At least 6 of the 10 victims' families declined Scott's offer, according to their attorneys."I find offering to pay for funerals demeaning and inappropriate given the magnitude of the tragedy that unfolded. The Hilgerts are not about to allow someone else to pay for their son's funeral. It was one of the last things they could do for their son," said Richard Mithoff, the attorney representing the family of John Hilgert.Hilgert was 14 years old when he died the night of the concert. He was a freshman at Memorial High School in Houston, CNN previously reported."Travis Scott's offer to pay funeral expenses was nothing but a publicity stunt. Why else would he inform the press of such an offer? If he wanted to really do something to assuage the pain being felt by these families, he would shut the hell up and let them grieve," said Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the family of Axel Acosta.Acosta...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday as investors waited for U.S. inflation data that might influence the Federal Reserve’s decision on when to roll back economic stimulus. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Tokyo and Sydney declined. Wall Street rose for a third day Wednesday as anxiety about the coronavirus’s omicron variant eased. Traders were looking ahead to Friday’s report of U.S. consumer inflation in November for indications of whether the Federal Reserve will feel more pressure to cool prices by rolling back stimulus that is boosting stock prices. Fed officials meet next week for the last time in 2021. They said earlier they were ready to act if needed after inflation hit a 30-year high of 6.2% in October. “Friday’s inflation reading will undoubtedly be top of mind” for Fed officials, Matt Weller of StoneX Financial said in a report. The headline figure is “expected to rise even further.” China on Thursday reported inflation in prices paid by factories for components and raw materials eased in November from the previous month’s 25-year high. That is...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge said Wednesday he’ll decide by the end of the day whether to limit medical information that prosecutors receive about former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III following a fiery crash that killed a woman. Ruggs didn’t have to appear in court while his attorney, Richard Schonfeld, argued before Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Robert Walsh that although state law lets police and prosecutors obtain a report about his client’s blood-alcohol level following the early Nov. 2 crash, it doesn’t let a judge compel first-responders to testify about his physical condition. Ruggs is due next week for a preliminary hearing of evidence alleging he was driving 156 mph (251 kph) with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16% — twice the legal limit in Nevada — before his Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of Tina Tintor’s vehicle, which caught fire. Tintor, 23, and her dog, Max, died as flames consumed her Toyota Rav4 SUV. Several of her family members sat with their attorney Wednesday in court but declined to comment. Ruggs and his girlfriend,...
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday said she was “disappointed” that Oxford Community Schools declined her offer to look into the events that led to last week's shooting, which left four students dead. “I am extremely disappointed that the school district chose to decline my offer to devote the full resources of the Department of Attorney General to review the events leading up to and on November 30th,” Nessel said in a statement “This tragedy demands a united effort from all of us who serve the Oxford community,” she added. Nessel revealed on Sunday that she had reached out to the Michigan school district to offer her department's help in conducting a probe into the fatal shooting that took place last week, in addition to the events that led up to it. She said her attorneys and special agents were “uniquely qualified” to conduct a probe of that magnitude, and were “prepared to perform an extensive investigation and inquiry to answer the many questions the community has regarding this tragedy.” The attorney general revealed on Monday, however, that the school district declined...
    The U.S. economy added 210,00 jobs in November and the unemployment rate sank to 4.2 percent. This was a far weaker jobs report than expected. Economists had forecast 545,000 positions added to payrolls and an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, according to Econoday. The unemployment rates for adult men and adult women declined to 4.0 percent. The white unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent and the black unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent. The Hispanic unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent. There was little change in the unemployment rates for Asians, at 3.8 percent, or teenagers, at 11.2 percent. The labor force participation rate inched up to 61.8 percent in November but remains 1.5 percentage points lower than in February 2020. The employment-population ratio rose by 0.4 percentage point to 59.2 percent in November. This measure is up from its low of 51.3 percent in April 2020 but remains below the figure of 61.1 percent in February 2020. Surprisingly, employment in retail trade declined by 20,000 in November. General merchandise stores shed 20,000 jobs, clothing stores shrank employment by 18,000, and...
    (CNN)Rapper Travis Scott said he would pay the funeral costs of the people who died in a crowd crush at his Astroworld Festival in Houston -- but the youngest victim's family says it's declining his offer.The death toll from the November 5 concert now stands at 10, and dozens of lawsuits have been filed following the festival tragedy, according to Harris County District Court records.Ezra Blount, a 9-year-old Houston boy injured at the event, was placed in a medically induced coma in an attempt to overcome brain, liver and kidney trauma but died from his injuries eight days after the festival, according to family attorney Ben Crump.Ezra was taken to the concert by his father Treston Blount, his grandfather Bernon Blount told CNN. 2 high school students, an engineering student and a man who was trying to save his fiancée are among the Astroworld Festival victimsDaniel M. Petrocelli, an attorney representing Travis Scott, sent a letter dated November 24 to both Crump and Bob Hilliard, who are representing the Blount family, to extend Scott's "deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jan. 6 panel to vote on contempt charges for Jeffrey Clark, former DOJ lawyer who declined to answer questions on Trump. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell further Monday after the omicron variant of the coronavirus was found in more countries and governments imposed travel controls. Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney declined, though losses were much smaller than Friday’s sharp decline after reports said the variant first spotted in South Africa appeared to be spreading around the globe. On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index fell 2.3% for its biggest daily loss since February. Investors sold banks, energy and airline stocks and shifted money into bonds and other safe haven assets. “Financial market volatility will likely persist through this week,” said Venkateswaran Lavanya of Mizuho Bank in a report. The Shanghai Composite Index lost less than 0.1% to 3,561.94 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo shed less than 0.1% to 28,746.49. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong sank 0.8% to 23,876.74. The Kospi in Seoul declined 0.5% to 2,922.25 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 retreated 0.3% to 7,259.20. New Zealand and Southeast Asian markets also were lower. It is unclear whether the omicron variant is more dangerous than earlier...
    ROME—In many ways, the real story of Patrizia Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga in House of Gucci, begins where the film ends. The once grande dame of Milan high society turned murderess spent 18 years in San Vittore prison—which was once occupied by German Nazis—which she preferred to call “San Vittore residence.” In various interviews after her incarceration, she referred to her time there as both “relaxing” and “horrible,” during which she “slept a lot.” But a prison guard who worked in the women’s wing when she was there says it wasn’t always easy for the diva. She enjoyed certain privileges, including being allowed to keep an emotional support ferret named Bambi in her cell. The animal sadly died when another prisoner sat on it about halfway through her sentence. She spent her recreational time getting sun in the prison yard as if it were a private beach club she was accustomed to. The guard, who is not authorized to speak due to privacy issues, told The Daily Beast that she used her fame—and infamy—to get other inmates to do...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nani’s 2022 option was declined by Major League Soccer’s Orlando on Friday, allowing the 35-year-old forward to leave on a free transfer. Nani scored 28 goals and had 23 assists in 84 matches over all competitions in three seasons. He had a base salary of $2,333,333 this year and total compensation of $2,486,250, including a prorated share of his signing bonus. The Portuguese star has played for Sporting Lisbon (2005-07, 2014-15, 2018-19), Manchester United (2007-15), Fenerbahçe (2015-16), Valencia (2016-18) and Lazio (2017-18). He had 24 goals in 112 appearances for Portugal from 2006-17. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
              moreby Harold Hutchison   A Christian florist in Washington settled a legal case Thursday centering around her refusal to provide custom floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. “I have put to rest the last legal considerations for a decision my husband, Darold, and I made nearly a decade ago,” Barronelle Stutzman said in a release from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The public-interest law firm that represented Stutzman stated that the legal battle that started in 2012 will end with a $5,000 payment to Robert Ingersoll, the customer she turned down. Stutzman described how she had turned down the request from a long-time customer for the floral arrangements, and how the encounter had ended with a hug. “I thought we remained friends who kindly disagreed on an issue deeply important to both of us,” Stutzman said. She described what happened after the refusal. Barronelle Stutzman settled her case after 9 years of litigation to defend religious freedom as a creative business owner. Barronelle Stutzman settled her case after 9 years of litigation to defend religious freedom as a creative business owner. She has inspired...
    Western Michigan University has decided to drop its legal fight against student athletes who declined to get the COVID-19 vaccine, The Associated Press reported.  Attorneys confirmed to the newswire on Tuesday that the university reached a settlement with the athletes, who sued in order to be allowed to play sports without having the vaccine. The university's decision comes after it suffered two courtroom losses.  According to the court filing, WMU will allow athletes to play their respective sport while requiring them to undergo daily COVID-19 testing and follow a mask mandate when appropriate.  WMU began its fall semester by requiring student athletes to be vaccinated against the virus. A group of at least 16 athletes argued for a religious exemption but were declined by the school. The athletes subsequently sued the school. In October, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the athletes, arguing the university had violated their constitutional right to adhere to their Christian beliefs.  Attorney David Kallman said the university will pay $34,000 fines in legal fees in the settlement.  WMU also said those athletes who seek religious exemption can...
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General did not investigate whether horse-mounted Border Patrol agents in Texas used whips against Haitian migrants, the agency said Tuesday, despite President Joe Biden's initial accusation that the agents were at fault. The DHS clarified in a statement that its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was handling the investigation because the DHS Office of Inspector General had declined to handle the case, an indication that the inspector general did not consider the incident to be serious. CBP investigators within its Office of Professional Responsibility have yet to reach a conclusion in an investigation into the conduct of the accused Border Patrol agents nearly two months after Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas promised immediate results. Mayorkas vowed while testifying before Congress days after the Sept. 19 incident to conclude in “a matter of days, not weeks” whether agents were too aggressive and whipped a Haitian migrant attempting to illegally cross the border in Del Rio, Texas. ILLEGAL MIGRATION AT U.S.-MEXICO BORDER SEES FIRST MAJOR DROP SINCE BIDEN TOOK OFFICE ...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping held a summit meeting by video link. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, which make up the bulk of the region’s market value, advanced. Seoul and Sydney declined. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost less than 0.1% as makers of household goods rose and health care stocks fell. Biden told Xi their goal should be to ensure competition “does not veer into conflict.” The two leaders met amid tension over trade, technology, human rights, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Xi said he was ready to “build consensus” and said the two sides need to improve communication. The meeting “will dominate the session ahead,” though White House officials have “tempered expectations for any meaningful progress,” said Anderson Alves of ActivTrades in a report. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3% to 3,543.46 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 added less than 0.1% to 29,783.18. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was 1% higher at 25,658.04. The Kospi in Seoul lost 0.2% to 2,994.40 while Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 shed 0.8%...
    Having played Kazaam, Steel and various roles in Adam Sandler movies, Shaquille O’Neal is no stranger to acting on the big screen. But Shaq had his chance at a role that was eventually nominated for an Oscar and the NBA superstar said no thanks. Shaq joined Andrew Marchand and John Ourand on their sports media podcast this week, and the four-time NBA champion was asked if he ever turned down a prominent movie role. The answer was shocking. “That was my role in Green Mile,” Shaq said. “I turned it down.” Shaq was referring to the role of John Coffey, played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan. “I didn’t want to play the down-South African American guy during slavery,” Shaq explained. “I didn’t want to play that role. But the guy who played it, Michael Clarke Duncan, did an excellent job. I think I made the right decision because he did way better than I could have done, but I got offered that role.” Clarke Duncan’s portrayal of Conner was nominated for best supporting actor at the 2000 Academy...
    OAKLEY — In a development reminiscent of the deadly Orinda mass shooting two years ago, Contra Costa prosecutors have declined to charge the 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in the party shooting over the weekend that killed two and injured two. The 22-year-old man, whose name was not released by police, is expected to be freed from the Martinez Detention Facility after Tuesday’s decision by the District Attorney’s homicide unit. Prosecutors declined to comment on the decision other than to say that the investigation is still open. The party was held on the 30 block of Malicoat Avenue, where gunfire erupted a little after 9 p.m., police said. Authorities have not said if there was more than one suspected shooter. Myron Crenshaw Jr., 29, of Vallejo and Anthony Hernandez, 44, of Brentwood, were both killed, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner’s office. The two victims with nonfatal injuries were hospitalized. Their names have not been released. Oakley police said chaotic shooting happened after a fight broke out between guests at a birthday party and the family hosting...
    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that coronavirus deaths rose by 10% in Europe in the past week, making it the only world region where both COVID-19 cases and deaths are steadily increasing. It was the sixth consecutive week that the virus has risen across the continent. In its weekly report on the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said there were about 3.1 million new cases globally, about a 1% increase from the previous week. Nearly two-thirds of the coronavirus infections – 1.9 million – were in Europe, where cases rose by 7%. The countries with the highest numbers of new cases worldwide were the United States, Russia, Britain, Turkey and Germany. The number of weekly COVID-19 deaths fell by about 4% worldwide and declined in every region except Europe. Out of the 61 countries WHO includes in its European region, which includes Russia and stretches to Central Asia, 42% reported a jump in cases of at least 10% in the last week. In the Americas, WHO said that new weekly cases fell by 5% and...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Tuesday after Wall Street rose to a record for an eighth day. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul declined while Shanghai advanced. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index added 0.1% on Monday, boosted by gains for construction-related stocks after Congress last week approved a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. Also Monday, the deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve, Richard Clarida, said conditions to raise interest rates might not be met until late next year. Traders worry a spike in inflation might prompt central banks to withdraw stimulus that helped to boost stock prices. “Investors will be on the lookout for any clues that signal an adjustment to central banks’ taper process and rate hikes expectations,” Anderson Alves of ActivTrades said in a report. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost 0.6% to 29,325.30 while the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.2% to 3,498.80. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong declined less than 0.1% to 24,750.33. The Kospi in Seoul lost 0.1% to 2,956.10 while Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 shed 0.2% to 7,444.70. India’s Sensex opened down 0.2% at...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Wade Miley was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from Cincinnati on Friday, a surprising cost-cutting move by the Reds. A left-hander who turns 35 on Nov. 13, Miley was 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 28 starts, and he threw his first career no-hitter in a 3-0 win at Cleveland on May 7. His $15 million, two-year contract includes a $10 million option for next season with a $1 million buyout. Chicago is looking for pitching after going 71-91. The Cubs’ 4.87 ERA ranked 27th among the 30 teams. Miley is 97-92 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 years in the majors. He also has pitched for Arizona, Boston, Seattle, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Houston. A slew of waiver claims saw San Francisco get right-hander Hunter Harvey from Baltimore. Outfielder Tim Locastro went to Boston from the Yankees, infielder Andrew Velazquez to the Los Angeles Angels from the Yankees, outfielder Greg Allen to Pittsburgh from the Yankees right-hander Jharel Cotton to Minnesota from Texas, left-hander Ryan Sherriff to Philadelphia from Tampa Bay, outfielder Austin...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta outfielder Joc Pederson and Boston infielder-outfielder Kyle Schwarber were among 10 players who became free agents Thursday when they both declined 2022 mutual options in their contracts. Pederson agreed with the Cubs in February to a $7 million, one-year contract that included a $4.5 million salary and a $10 million mutual option with a $2.5 million buyout. He was traded to Atlanta in July and helped the Braves win their first World Series title since 1995, Pederson had two homers and five RBIs in the Division Series against Milwaukee and one homer and four RBIs in the League Championship Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, then went 1 for 15 in the World Series against Houston. Schwarber agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract with Washington in January that included a $7 million salary and an $11.5 million mutual option with a $3 million buyout. He was traded to the Red Sox in July. Cincinnati outfielder Nick Castellanos became a free agent after exercising his right to opt out of the last two years of...
    A worker wields hinges to the company’s largest commercial asphalt paver at the Calder Brothers' facility in Taylors, South Carolina, U.S., July 19, 2021.Brandon Granger | Calder Brothers Corporation | Reuters Hiring is expected to have picked up at a solid pace and wages likely continued to climb in October, as Covid receded and the economy improved. Economists expect 450,000 jobs were added last month, up from just 194,000 in September, according to Dow Jones. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 4.7% from 4.8%. Hourly wages are expected to have risen 0.4% in October for a year-over-year gain of 4.9%. That's up from a pace of about 4.6% in September. "We think a big constraint or headwind causing some of the slowdown we've seen in recent months was Covid-related, and now it seems the cases and hospitalizations are trending in the right direction," said Bank of America U.S. economist Alex Lin. He expects restaurants, hotels and retailers to be among those businesses adding workers in big numbers. Following this week's Federal Reserve meeting, economists are closely watching the...
    Beloved movies from the 1980s that still hold up today Should You Invest in a Bitcoin ETF? According to multiple reports, New York Yankees assistant general manager Jean Afterman was recently approved an opportunity to interview with the New York Mets. Despite the Mets' request and the go-ahead from the Yankees, Afterman apparently has no interest in leaving her current employer. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports New York Yankees senior vice president/assistant general manager Jean Afterman Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman declined a chance to interview with the Mets. The Mets requested the opportunity and the Yankees approved, but she said no thanks. @martinonyc 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 4, 2021 Afterman was hired as the Yankees assistant GM in December 2001 and was previously a player agent. In 2012 she was given the title of Senior Vice President. In 2019, Afterman was honored by "Baseball America" with the "Trailblazer Award" for her work in "opening paths in baseball front offices for women." The Mets are looking to fill their general manager position after acting GM Zack Scott was...
    More On: tom hanks Tom Hanks crashes another wedding: ‘One of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen’ The crafty way Rosie O’Donnell memorized her lines for ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Chet Hanks goes on anti-vax rant despite Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson’s COVID battles Andrea Martin explains how Tom Hanks won Martin Short’s game night Tom Hanks revealed that Jeff Bezos had offered him a ride aboard his Blue Origin rocket on which William Shatner became the oldest person to travel to space — but the “Apollo 13” star said he would have had to foot the $28 million price. “Well, yeah, provided I pay!” Hanks, 65, said during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” when asked if the billionaire Amazon founder offered him a seat on the short trip. “You know, it cost 28 million bucks or something like that,” the actor said. “And I’m doing good, Jimmy, I’m doing good. But I ain’t paying 28 [million] bucks.” “You know what, we could simulate the experience of going to space right now,” he joked. “It’s about a 12-minute flight, is...
    Ariana Grande Mocks Her Top Songwriting Abilities on The Voice Musks tweet raises doubt about Hertzs order for 100,000 Teslas The Grizzlies, between trades with the Timberwolves and Celtics, turned Patrick Beverley into a second-round pick, a $1,137,858 reduction in team salary and Jarrett Culver. © Provided by NBC Sports Does Memphis actually value Culver, the No. 6 pick in the 2019 draft, or was he just matching salary? The latest clue came last night, when the Grizzlies let the deadline for exercising Culver’s fourth-year rookie-scale option pass without exercising it. Memphis liked Culver enough to take a flier on him with a roster spot this season. But guaranteeing him $8,109,063 for next season? That was a no. Culver is the highest-drafted player to have his fourth-year option declined since Josh Jackson (No. 4 pick in 2017). Originally drafted by the Suns, Jackson also had his option declined by Memphis. Like Jackson, Culver – who’s now headed toward unrestricted free agency next summer – appears to be just passing through as the Grizzlies continue their slow build. More on...
    Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continue to drop across the region, especially in Virginia. For the first time since August, just under 1,000 people are being hospitalized. Cases per day in Virginia are also down nearly 50% from this time last month. New cases have also fallen dramatically in D.C. and Maryland. There are nearly 50 deaths from COVID-19 each day in the D.C. region but that number continues to drop each day. More than 62% of people eligible for the vaccine in D.C. and Virginia — and 66% in Maryland — are fully vaccinated. Maryland is also boasting that more than 400,000 booster shots have been administered, according to a Tuesday news release. The state's positivity rate has also dropped to under 3% for the first time since July 30. Overall, the positivity rate has declined by 42.2% since Aug. 22 to 2.95%. Other stats include the following: Maryland’s COVID-19 case rate per 100K (11.8) has declined by 43.1% since Sept. 15. Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations (568) have declined by 32.8% since Sept. 9, and are down 70.9% from their peak. The state...
    Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff and Spring Awakening Cast to Reunite for Broadway Anniversary Concert Stimulus Money Could Cause the Stock Market to Plunge 15% by November The Suns bucked consensus by picking Cameron Johnson No. 11 in 2019 and drafting Jalen Smith No 10 in 2020. © Provided by NBC Sports Johnson has exceeded expectations. That’s why Phoenix will exercise the $5,887,899 fourth-year team option in his rookie-scale contract. But Smith won’t even have his $4,670,160 third-year option picked up. Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report: Phoenix has picked up the fourth-year option for Cam Johnson, sources said, although the Suns have yet to do the same for Jalen Smith's third-year option ahead of today's deadline. — Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) November 1, 2021 Shams Charania of The Athletic: Sources: Phoenix is declining center Jalen Smith’s third-year rookie option ($4.7M), making him an unrestricted free agent in 2022. The 6-foot-10 big man averaged 9.5 points and 8 rebounds in four preseason games after posting 16.25 PPG/12.5 RPG in summer league. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 1, 2021 Just six lottery picks...
    In this Jan. 6 file photo, U.S. Capitol Police watch as rioters try to break into the House Chamber.J. Scott Applewhite/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.A sprawling new investigation by the Washington Post into the events leading up to the Capitol insurrection has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations received numerous and highly-detailed tips on the potential for serious violence by followers of then-president Donald Trump on January 6. And, despite the specificity and volume of reports, the FBI largely dismissed the warnings.  The fact that law enforcement of all stripes reportedly underestimated the likelihood of violence on Jan. 6 has already been widely reported. But the Post’s massive project—started last spring and based on interviews of more than 230 people—describes in excruciating detail just how much was ignored. In one of the more shocking revelations, the Post recounts how information began flooding into the FBI as early as Dec. 6, when the agency received a tip about a message in an online post telling Trump...
    Contract signings for home sales fell an unexpected 2.3 percent in September compared with August, as purchases declined all across the United States. Each of the four major U.S. regions saw contract activity decline month-over-month and year-over-year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Compared with a year ago, pending sales are down eight percent. Analysts had forecast a one percent rise from August. High prices may be deterring purchases. Prices are up nearly 20 percent compared to a year ago, far outpacing wage gains, and mortgage rates were higher in September than they were a year ago. That’s a double-hit to affordability. “Some potential buyers have momentarily paused their home search with intentions to resume in 2022,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Home sales have declined three out of the past four months, reflecting the strain on affordability from high prices and low inventory levels. New home builders have struggled to keep up with demand due to high prices of materials, supply-chain disruptions, and shortages of workers. Pending sales usually lead to closed sales one-and-a-half to two months later,...
    A Michigan woman is outraged after her mother died of the coronavirus, saying that a local urgent care center did not test her mother for virus the because she was already fully vaccinated.  "They screened her but she was vaccinated and so they didn’t feel the need," Teresa Lisowski, the daughter of the deceased woman, told Fox 2. "When I asked her, she said 'They didn’t test me because I am vaccinated.'" Lisowski said her mother Marilyn Pfeifer followed coronavirus precautions and was fully vaccinated. But the 74-year-old began feeling ill in August with symptoms such as congestion, ear pain, and a headache.  UCHEALTH DENIES KIDNEY TRANSPLANT TO UNVACCINATED WOMAN IN STAGE 5 RENAL FAILURE She was examined at Lakes Urgent Care in Livonia, but not tested for the virus, according to documents obtained by Lisowski. Her mother was instead diagnosed with a sinus infection.  Woman wasn't tested by urgent care because she was vaccinated - but later dies of COVID-19 (FOX 2) Her symptoms progressed, according to her daughter, and she was rushed to a hospital just more...
    Despite more access to exercise equipment than ever, the average American does roughly 30 minutes less physical activity a day than they did 200 years ago, while the average body temperature is lower than previously thought, a new study finds. A group of researchers at Harvard University found that resting metabolic rate (RMR), or the number of calories burned has declined six percent since 1820.  The level of 'moderate to vigorous' physical activity has declined by approximately 27 minutes per day during the time period as well.  The culprit? Technology, the researchers say. Though a number of previous studies have noted that technological and social changes have reduced the overall level of physical activity, this study and its startling results are the first time it has ever been calculated for U.S. population.  Despite more access to exercise equipment than ever, the average American does roughly 30 minutes less physical activity a day than they did 200 years ago, while the average body temperature is lower than previously thought 'Instead of walking to work, we take cars or trains; instead of...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street slipped and China tightened travel controls in some areas in response to coronavirus infections. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced while Tokyo declined. Wall Street’s S&P 500 index declined 0.1% on Friday, weighed down by losses for tech companies after a seven-day streak of gains. In China, Gansu province in the northwest closed tourist sites Monday after coronavirus cases were found and the capital, Beijing, banned visitors from areas with infections in the past 14 days. China has reported only a few dozen cases, but Beijing’s response of curbing travel prompted concern that they might weigh on economic activity that already is weakening. “One may expect aggressive measures to control virus spreads, which may put a cap on growth,” said Yeap Jun Rong of IG in a report. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3% to 3,594.32 while the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo lost 1% to 28,520.35. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.1% to 26,157.11. The Kospi in Seoul advanced 0.2% to 3,013.13 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200...
    Getty Jaylen Brown goes up for a layup against DeAndre Jordan of the Nets. The Brooklyn Nets shook up the NBA landscape when they pulled off a trade that landed them 9-time All-Star James Harden. After all, they pulled it off without giving up Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant. But what was even more impressive was that they were able to pull off the trade while other teams with way more disposable assets were suitors of Harden as well. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Celtics Were Unwilling to Trade Jaylen Brown for James HardenMost teams were willing to break the bank to acquire Harden. After all, the chance to have a former NBA Most Valuable Player on your roster does not come around every day. But that wasn’t the case for Boston Celtics’ former general manager Danny Ainge. ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins says that while the Celtics were in the running for Harden they were willing to pass if it meant trading their...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The latest data show COVID-19 cases linked to schools have sharply declined since mid-September, but experts warn that it’s too early to determine if the state has passed the peak of the latest surge. Confirmed infections among staff and teachers peaked at nearly 3,000 the week of Sept. 19, according to the latest weekly report from the Minnesota Department of Health. Last week, there were fewer than 1,000 cases reported. READ MORE: St. Paul Mayor: City Employees Must Get COVID Vaccine Before End Of 2021Dr. Beth Thielen, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at M Health Fairview and the University of Minnesota Medical School, said while that’s a promising sign, she is awaiting more data in the coming weeks to determine its significance. “I think it’s still really early to judge,” Thielen said. “Even when we do start to see that leveling off, I think a lot of us in the health care space are worried that it may still sort of take a long time before we get back to the nice levels that we enjoyed, the levels over...
    Jamie Lynn Spears was reportedly caught off guard by a nonprofit organization's decision to decline a donation offer from her upcoming book sales. Britney Spears' sister is planning on releasing a memoir titled "Things I Should Have Said" come January, and on Monday, the 501(c)(3) This Is My Brave announced it declined an opportunity to receive proceeds from the book's sales amid her family's drama over the pop star's conservatorship. A source now claims to People magazine that Jamie Lynn, 30, was "totally blindsided" by the organization's public refusal. "The organization was recommended and vetted and knew we were donating, but they've been overwhelmed," the source said.  THIS IS MY BRAVE, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, DECLINES DONATIONS FROM JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' MEMOIR The insider added that it appears the nonprofit is "essentially saying that one person's mental health struggles are more valid and important than another." Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears. (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) "They took a clear stand on whose story they thought had more value to them. Seems their actions don't align with their mission...
    Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch. But don’t call her an oldie. The 95-year-old queen has politely declined the honor of being named "Oldie of the Year" by a British magazine, saying she does not meet "the relevant criteria." The Oldie magazine on Tuesday published the queen’s response to its suggestion that she follow in the footsteps of former recipients, including former Prime Minister John Major, actor Olivia de Havilland and artist David Hockney. Queen Elizabeth II, pictuered here with her son Prince Charles in 2017, declined the honor of being named ‘Oldie of the Year’ by a British magazine. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty Images) "Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient," said a letter from her assistant private secretary, Tom Laing-Baker. He ended the letter "with Her Majesty’s warmest best wishes." QUEEN ELIZABETH ‘HAS A STRONG RELIGIOUS FAITH’ THAT HAS HELPED HER OVERCOME...
    BRITNEY Spears' sister Jamie Lynn has been left "blindsided" after a mental health organization turned down a donation from her book proceeds. Jamie Lynn, 30, had planned to donate some of the proceeds from her book Things I Should Have Said to charity This Is My Brave. 5Jamie Lynn Spears has been 'blindsided' after a mental health charity declined her donation from her book proceedsCredit: Instagram/Jamie Lynn Spears 5The organization This Is My Brave got a lot of backlash from Britney fansCredit: Instagram/Britney Spears But this week, the non-profit publicly declined the donation amid fan outcry over Britney’s conservatorship battle and claims that Jamie Lynn abandoned her. After This Is Brave rejected the donation, a source told PEOPLE: “Jamie Lynn was totally blindsided by them publicly walking away. The organization was recommended and vetted and knew we were donating, but they've been overwhelmed. "Unfortunately with them backing out, they are essentially saying that one person's mental health struggles are more valid and important than another. They took a clear stand on whose story they thought had more value to them....