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    After losing to Ash Barty in the semifinals, Madison Keys decided to give her fellow American Danielle Collins a scouting report ahead of the Australian Open title match. It won’t be easy reading for Collins, who will try to prevent top-ranked Barty from becoming the first Australian woman in 44 years to win the Australian Open singles championship. Barty goes into Saturday’s final on a 10-match winning streak and having lost just 21 games in six matches without dropping a set. She has also won 81 of her past 82 service games. Keys, who lost 6-1, 6-3 to Barty in the semis, isn’t surprised by those statistics. “You have a game plan in your head, but she’s just executing everything so well,” Keys said. “She’s serving incredibly well, so you don’t get any free points on that. “Her slice is coming in so much lower and deeper than it was in the past, so it’s hard to do anything on that. Then you try to play to her forehand and she can open you up there. I think the rest...
    Hong Kong/Tokyo (CNN Business)Sponsors of the Olympics are walking a tightrope ahead of the Beijing Winter Games next month as worsening geopolitical tensions force them to consider downplaying their involvement without upsetting China.Political fervor in the United States reached a high last month as the White House called for a diplomatic boycott of the Games, a statement against human rights abuses that Washington has accused Beijing of perpetuating in the country's western Xinjiang region.That's added to pressure on companies such as Coca-Cola (KO), Intel (INTC), Visa (V) and Airbnb, which in recent months have faced calls to cut ties with the event because of Xinjiang.Winter Olympics: What you need to know ahead of Beijing 2022Some politicians have accused businesses of undermining the ability of their home countries to send a clear message to Beijing through diplomatic boycotts. Critics also question the value of sponsoring an event that won't be selling tickets to the public due to pandemic curbs.But corporate executives have few good options as they are pulled between the world's two largest economies. Stay silent, and risk alienating consumers...
    The highly transmissible omicron Covid-19 variant has some travelers thinking twice about air travel again. While travel bookings are surging this year, some people are sticking with one of the biggest trends to have emerged from the pandemic: the road trip. "With driving you can significantly lower your risk of exposure when interacting with large groups ... making it a safer option," said Anja Benson, public relations and marketing manager at the vacation home rental website Holidu. Road trips also give travelers the chance to "clear their minds — something that many will be keen to do after almost two years of being cooped up inside," she added. Holidu is behind a new list to inspire travelers to buckle up and hit the road. Its "Cross-Country Road Trip Index" published in December analyzed factors such as road quality, gas prices and landscape variety in 118 countries. It also took into account the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a given country and the number of cities in the top 100 world ranking, as determined by the website BestCities.org. These factors,...
    Former Fox News mainstay Gretchen Carlson, who left the network under the cloud of sexual harassment lawsuit in 2016, accused her former TV home of spreading “fake news” on CNN Thursday. Carlson joined Fox in 2006, and was cohost of Fox & Friends for years before launching The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson in 2013. In 2016, she accused network co-founder and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and walked away following a settlement with the network. She appeared on Democracy in Peril with Jim Acosta on to talk about her former employer, the other Carlson at the network, and how she says both played a part in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Acosta aired a clip of Tucker Carlson questioning why the U.S. is supporting Ukraine, a country he has contended Americans have no allegiance with, amid its ongoing tensions with Russia. After accusing Fox News of allowing former President Donald Trump and others to push “the big lie” on air, Acosta asked Carlson her thoughts on the state of Fox News. “Why do you think Tucker does this?”...
    2021 made for a big year in climate politicking around the globe, from the newest United Nations climate change report to the COP26 conference in Glasgow and interspersing extreme weather events. The United States was no exception. President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers spent much of the year building and pitching their energy and climate agenda, pointing to wildfires and devastating storms to argue for their green policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions. "I know these disasters aren't going to stop," Biden said during a speech following Hurricane Ida, pitching his Build Back Better legislation. "They're only going to come with more frequency and ferocity." It's those kinds of broad assertions that Roger Pielke Jr., a professor in environmental studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, said deserve a closer look if public officials are going to stay true to historical data and to craft informed policy. Pielke has built a career in scrutinizing data sets and laying them against public policies or proposed policies to determine whether the data justify their underlying premises. ...
    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama inmate executed for 1996 murder after divided Supreme Court clears the way. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Early in 2021, Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a bid for U.S. Congress in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District. Outraged by incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, St. John decided to try and unseat her in the GOP primary by appealing to MAGA voters, denouncing public libraries as “evil organizations,” and pledging to “be a mom for America.” Earlier this month, St. John appeared on the “Stand Up For The Truth” podcast, where she sounded Seven Mountains and Christian nationalist themes that have been central to her campaign, describing politics as “a spiritual battle” and vowing to “bring back the name of God into the political sphere.” “[Politics is] in my blood,” St. John said. “And I think it should be in the blood of every Christ follower. Politics determined policy, and it is policy that has murdered 63 million of our unborn in this country. It is policy that has gotten us into the mess...
    (CNN)A 5-4 Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of death row inmate Matthew Reeves by lethal injection, reversing a lower court opinion. The lower court had agreed to block the execution because Reeves sought to be executed by an alternate method: nitrogen gas. But the justices granted Alabama's request to reinstate the execution in an after-hours order Thursday. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, joined by the court's three liberals, would have denied Alabama's request. Justice Elena Kagan, writing only for Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, said in the brief order that the majority should have abided by the lower court's decision.Kagan noted that "four judges" on three courts had decided "after extensive record development, briefing and argument" that the execution shouldn't proceed. "The law demands that we give their conclusions deference," Kagan wrote. Barrett did not explain her thinking. Read MoreBiden commits to nominating nations first Black female Supreme Court justice as he honors retiring BreyerThe divided ruling came hours after Breyer had announced he would retire at the end of the term and his colleagues released warm...
    The mayor of New York, Eric Adams, is encouraging anyone who has crossed paths with Sarah Palin in the last couple of days to get tested for covid after the former Governor of Alaska tested positive for the virus, yet refused to quarantine.  Palin, 57, was seen dining at two restaurants in Manhattan restaurants as well as walking along busy city streets. It forced the city's new mayor to urge New Yorkers who came into contact with her to get tested for the coronavirus.   'We encourage any New Yorker who came into contact with Sarah Palin to get tested, just as we encourage all New Yorkers to get tested regularly, especially those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19,' Adams said through spokesman Jonah Allon said.  'By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons,' a spokesman for New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, said Palin was seen on Wednesday night with a group of friends, eating at around 10pm on...
    The most likely coordinator candidate to potentially remain as a holdover on new Chicago Bears coach Matt Ebeflus’ staff is departing. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor has agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, meaning the Bears will have to adjust to continue the success they have enjoyed the last four seasons. Tabor’s unit ranked seventh in Football Outsiders’ 2021 rankings and ninth in the longtime system devised by Rick Gosselin. For the fourth straight year, Tabor’s unit produced a Pro Bowl player as returner Jakeem Grant was selected to the NFC team. He’s the third returner to be named to the Pro Bowl following Cordarrelle Patterson and Tarik Cohen. The Bears improved on special teams this season even though they lost Patterson in free agency to the Atlanta Falcons. He was the league’s best kickoff returner and one of the NFL’s best gunners. The Bears also found consistency in the kicking department after signing Cairo Santos. He made 56 of 62 (90.3%) field-goals attempts the last two seasons and set a franchise record...
    By Jay Reeves | Associated Press ATMORE, Ala. — The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state of Alabama to execute an inmate who contends an intellectual disability combined with the state’s inattention cost him a chance to avoid lethal injection and choose a new method. The nation’s highest court upheld a state appeal which had asked the justices to lift a lower court order that had previously blocked prison workers from executing Matthew Reeves. Reeves was convicted of killing a driver who gave him a ride in 1996. The state said it was preparing to execute Reeves by lethal injection on Thursday night. Reeves claimed the state failed to help him understand a form that would have let him choose a new execution method involving nitrogen. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. The U.S. Supreme Court considered Thursday whether to let Alabama execute a death row inmate who claims an intellectual disability combined with the state’s inattention cost him a chance to avoid lethal injection and choose a less “torturous,” yet...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- It's the rematch Rams fans have been waiting for and the stakes are high. This Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers is not only for the NFC Championship, but the winner of this weekend's game is headed to the Super Bowl.Sunday's game will be the first NFC Championship game the Rams have hosted while playing in Los Angeles since the 1978 season. Rams' DJ Mal-Ski said this game will feel a little different."It's a lot more on the line. Previous games, it's regular season or you're playing for seeding," said DJ Mal-Ski. "This is for all of the marbles."After a tough loss in overtime to the 49ers in week 18, Rams fans believe this week will be the time for redemption.Anticipation for Sunday's game grew as workers prepared on Thursday. They stenciled the field with logos and performed sound checks. This happened while set up for the Super Bowl was also happening, but DJ Mal-Ski said he welcomes the new additions."At the end of the day, it is the biggest...
    A North Carolina mom revealed she drove eight hours to bust her 17-year-old son on the beach in Florida after he went on a spring break behind her back.   Erica Ann, a TikTok user from Raleigh, North Carolina, went viral last April after she documented her road trip, as well as the look on her son Ayden's face when he saw her and realized he was caught.   'I caught my son in another lie... So I left North Carolina where I was at, drove until I found him in Florida at the beach... with his friends,' she wrote in her first video, which featured a map of her route.  Scroll down for video   Erica Ann, a TikTok user from Raleigh, North Carolina, went viral after she documented her road trip to Florida to catch her 17-year-old son Ayden on spring break  The mom explained that she caught her son lying and drove more than eight hours to follow him to Florida  Erica explained that it was his location on Snapchat that gave him away, and the app led her right...
    Andy Reid was a young, offensive-minded coach who hadn’t even been a coordinator when Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie hired him to lead a franchise out of despair 23 years ago. Now, Reid and three much younger, offensive gurus are the last coaches standing. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The NFL’s Final Four teams each feature a head coach with a strong offensive pedigree who took different paths to reach this point. Reid just happens to be two decades older than all of them. The 63-year-old Reid leads the Kansas City Chiefs to their fourth straight AFC championship game against 38-year-old Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game Sunday. In the second game, 42-year-old Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers visit 36-year-old Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC title. It’s become a trend for NFL owners to give younger assistants their first head coaching job instead of hiring former head coaches. Six of the seven coaches hired last year were first-timers, including five under 45 years old. On Thursday,...
    Matt Eberflus is the 17th head coach of the Chicago Bears. In his first move as Bears general manager, Ryan Poles on Thursday hired Eberflus from a group of finalists that included Dan Quinn and Jim Caldwell. Eberflus, 51, was the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator the last four seasons. He replaces Matt Nagy, who along with GM Ryan Pace was fired Jan. 10 after a 6-11 finish in 2021 and 34-31 record in four seasons in Nagy’s first stint as an NFL head coach. Eberflus first interviewed with the Bears on Jan. 17 and had a second interview with Poles on Wednesday. He was one of at least 10 candidates who interviewed for the coaching vacancy. Eberflus takes on his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL coordinator and assistant coach and 17 years as a college assistant. The Colts hired him in 2018 with the idea he would be the defensive coordinator for Josh McDaniels, whom they planned to hire. McDaniels backed out of the job to remain the New England Patriots...
    (CNN)A new spinoff of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is getting attention from scientists as it becomes the dominant cause of Covid-19 infections in some parts of the world. Experts say there's no reason to panic over the lineage, called BA.2, which was first detected mid-November and has since spread to 49 countries including the United States. "Among all the lineages of Omicron, this is the one showing a higher increase of cases. But we have to be careful in interpreting that, because higher increases from a very low number are easier to observe," said Ramon Lorenzo-Redondo, assistant professor of medicine for infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Boosters provide the best protection against Omicron variant, CDC studies show, raising new questions about what it means to be fully vaccinatedLike the more familiar version of Omicron, BA.2 has a large number of changes -- about 20 --concentrated in the spike protein, the part of the virus that's targeted by vaccines.Unlike Omicron, however, it doesn't cause a certain signature on lab tests called an s-gene...
    DENVER(CBS)- Our second snow storm of the week came a little bit later than Tuesday’s storm but, still packed quite a punch. Flurries started early in day in northern Colorado and then by late morning Thursday the snow machine was up and running. Hi-Res Radar image just before 10am Thursday, Credit CBS4 Snow amounts were higher in and near the foothills with snow amounts there ranging from 4 to 8.5 inches for some. Most metro locations were in the neighborhood of 1 to 4 inches. With the official Denver tally coming in at 2.8 inches at DIA. Credit CBS4 CBS4 Weather Watcher Bambi Moss near Conifer measured over 8 inches from the morning blast! Credit CBS4 Other weather watchers had to do a little shoveling of the snow as well. Credit CBS4 Credit CBS4 Credit CBS4 Weather should be clear, calm and warming thru the weekend. Jacob Bebo pours sidewalk salt around Civic Center Station in Denver on Thursday. (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Next chance for snow and Arctic cold will be on Tuesday into Thursday.
    Andy Reid was a young, offensive-minded coach who hadn’t even been a coordinator when Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie hired him to lead a franchise out of despair 23 years ago. Now, Reid and three much younger, offensive gurus are the last coaches standing. The NFL’s Final Four teams each feature a head coach with a strong offensive pedigree who took different paths to reach this point. Reid just happens to be two decades older than all of them. The 63-year-old Reid leads the Kansas City Chiefs to their fourth straight AFC championship game against 38-year-old Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game Sunday. In the second game, 42-year-old Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers visit 36-year-old Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC title. It’s become a trend for NFL owners to give younger assistants their first head coaching job instead of hiring former head coaches. Six of the seven coaches hired last year were first-timers, including five under 45 years old. On Thursday, the Denver Broncos chose Packers offensive coordinator...
    DENVER(CBS)- Our second snow storm of the week came a little bit later than Tuesday’s storm but, still packed quite a punch. Flurries started early in day in northern Colorado and then by late morning Thursday the snow machine was up and running. Hi-Res Radar image just before 10am Thursday, Credit CBS4 Snow amounts were higher in and near the foothills with snow amounts there ranging from 4 to 8.5 inches for some. Most metro locations were in the neighborhood of 1 to 4 inches. With the official Denver tally coming in at 2.8 inches at DIA. Credit CBS4 CBS4 Weather Watcher Bambi Moss near Conifer measured over 8 inches from the morning blast! Credit CBS4 Other weather watchers had to do a little shoveling of the snow as well. Credit CBS4 Credit CBS4 Credit CBS4 Weather should be clear, calm and warming thru the weekend. Next chance for snow and Arctic cold will be on Tuesday into Thursday.
    It should be clear by now the president’s flabby polling numbers can be traced back to supporters becoming disillusioned over the last year. In the beginning of Joe Biden’s presidency, there was a palpable feeling of hope for the future and aspiration for the renewal of the republic. But with the pandemic continuing to rage, with the Republicans continuing to sabotage recovery and kneecap voting, and with two moderate Democratic senators blocking transformational legislation, the president’s supporters have lost their verve. They are now expressing their sour mood every time a pollster comes calling. I expect his numbers to improve modestly after he nominates a Black female jurist to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Fulfilling a campaign promise will almost certainly rebuild party confidence. The president reaffirmed that promise today during a White House ceremony honoring Breyer. He said he will nominate a Black woman to the court by the end of February. “It’s long overdue,” Biden said. The pundit corps seems united in expecting the president to pivot at some point – to abandon his “leftist agenda,” according...
    (CNN)A central Georgia sheriff is calling for changes in the mental health system after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the chest by a suspect. The suspect, 24-year-old Zachary Lucas Olivar, has a "history of mental illness," Jones County Sheriff R. N. Reece said."We have received reports that he has been having issues for the past week, with several attempts made by his family to get him help," Reece said in a post on the Facebook account of the sheriff's office.These mental health crises ended in fatal police encounters. Now, some communities are trying a new approachCNN attempted to contact Olivar's family but has not heard back and has not been able to confirm his mental health status. On Tuesday, the sheriff's department released body and dash camera video from three deputies involved in the arrest. The edited video shows the man shooting one of the deputies in the chest at close range, then driving off. That deputy was hit in his bullet proof vest and survived, Reece said on Facebook.Read MoreThe incident happened early Sunday morning during a traffic...
    A major expansion of the war in Ukraine is unlikely — at least “for the next two weeks,” according to the top Ukrainian diplomat. “Russia for the next two weeks is likely to remain on the diplomatic track,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark. “We understand that a military operation is something they keep in the pocket, it’s not something they put ahead of other options.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has mobilized more than 100,000 troops around Ukrainian borders, raising widespread fears that a new offensive could come soon. Yet Russian officials have implied on multiple occasions that this show of force represents an effort to gain leverage in so-called Normandy Format negotiations over the resolution of the preexisting war in Ukraine, which the Kremlin hopes will produce a regional government more loyal to Moscow than the central government in Kyiv. UNITED KINGDOM WARNS RUSSIA PLOTTING TO INVADE UKRAINE AND INSTALL PUPPET LEADER "The crucial thing is to make sure that the Minsk agreements are implemented,” said Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev, who held...
    Gigi and Bella Hadid made the latest Versace campaign a family affair. The supermodels were enlisted by the Italian luxury label for their Spring/Summer 22 campaign, featuring Versace's signature latex looks and dresses embellished with baroque swirls and safety pins. Gigi, 26, and Bella, 25, were joined by Donatella Versace, 66, the sister of the late Gianni Versace, who created the brand of which she is now the chief creative officer. New campaign: Gigi Hadid, 26, and sister Bella, 25, were joined by Donatella Versace, 66, in the latest campaign for the Italian luxury label The sibling duo sport over-the-top wavy hair in the colorful ad, with the Italian fashion designer laying in-between them. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Gigi Hadid is a vision in an all-red outfit and bold scarlet... Bella Hadid looks chic in patterned trench coat as she picks... Bella Hadid shows off her very toned tummy in a crop top and... Gigi Hadid covers up her supermodel figure in oversized gray... Gigi Hadid beams as she spends quality time...
    Allentown, Pennsylvania (CNN)Sally Bissey understands the pain facing many Americans, whether she's stocking up at the grocery store or refueling at the gas station, but she hardly believes President Joe Biden deserves all of the blame."Inflation is frustrating. Filling your tank is expensive. Everything is expensive," Bissey said, reflecting on the wave of challenges facing the country. "But it's not just his fault." Here in Pennsylvania, where the President is visiting Friday on the first stop of his pledge to spend more time away from the White House, conversations with voters suggest an overall sense of exhaustion as the pandemic approaches its third year and still casts a shadow over so much of American life."He wouldn't have been my first choice as president, but wow," said Bissey, a Democrat who now finds herself rooting for Biden. "I don't know how he holds up being his age, under the pressure and the enormous weight of what he has to clean up in Washington. It's overwhelming." The economy boomed in Bidens first year. His second will be harderThe degree to which the...
    A new English-language song released by Chinese state media for the Beijing Winter Olympics has divided opinion, gaining effusive praise on Chinese social media but panned by overseas critics as "cringey" and out of touch with reality. The music video "Join Us in Winter" was released this week on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo by state news agency Xinhua and was also posted on Twitter by other state-backed news outlets such as the Global Times. The Beijing Games are set to take place from Feb. 4 to 20. BIJING OLYMPICS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2022 WINTER GAMES Starring 24-year-old Chinese actor and singer Zeng Shunxi, Xinhua journalist Lu Binqi and patriotic rap group CDRev, known for its tunes targeting perceived enemies of the Chinese government, the cheery ballad urges listeners to attend the games and said whether athletes "win or lose, we cheer for you". It generated a big thumbs up on Chinese Weibo, especially by fans of Zeng, who has over 20 million followers on Weibo. A man walks past an installation of Beijing 2022 ahead of the...
    The suspect accused of killing Harris County Cpl. Charles Galloway earlier this week has been on the run since 1996 and is wanted for another murder in El Salvador, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Thursday.  Jose Oscar Rosales, 50, was arrested Wednesday in the Mexican border city of Ciudad de Acuña. Mexican law enforcement took him into custody before turning him over to U.S. authorities. Oscar Rosales, 51, who police accuse of fatally shooting Harris County Corporal Charles Galloway early Sunday, is likely an alias, authorities said during a Monday news briefing.  (Harris County DA/Houston OEM) Speaking to reporters, Ogg described Rosales as a "professional criminal" who has been a fugitive for 25 years after a warrant was issued on an aggravated assault with a knife charge in Harris County. She said he is also wanted for murder in El Salvador – one of several countries where he has lived.   REPUBLICANS SLAM BIDEN DHS FOR STARTING CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM AS BORDER CRISIS RAGES Ogg also said Rosales has "potential gang or cartel affiliation," but did not...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The Queen Mary was closed to the public this week so Long Beach city officials could begin critical repairs to the iconic cruise ship. The City of Long Beach, which regained control of the Queen Mary last summer, will begin a $5 million repair and rehabilitation project to start in February. The ship will remain closed to the public while repair work is being done, but will still be available for filming. READ MORE: OC Spanish-Speakers Left Broke, Without Their Cars By Get Rich Quick Scheme Advertised On Facebook Marketplace“Addressing these critical repairs has been a long time coming and an effort that will greatly benefit the structural safety and historical preservation of the Queen Mary,” Long Beach City Councilwoman Mary Zendejas said in a statement. The work will include the removal of 13 deteriorated lifeboats that are original to the ship. Officials say the lifeboats exert stress on the Queen Mary’s side shell and has created severe cracks in the support system, and removing them will enhance the structural stability of the ship. READ MORE: Río...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos players initial reaction to the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as the team’s head coach is excitement. Hackett will the first offensive minded head coach leading Denver since Gary Kubiak. Veteran defensive lineman Shelby Harris has been with the Broncos through the last two head coaches, both of whom were defensive minded in Vance Joseph and Vic Fangio. Harris is intrigued and eager to see what an offensive minded head coach can bring. Shelby Harris #96 of the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on Sept. 22, 2019. (credit: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) “I’m excited. I’ve never had an offensive head coach before, so that change of flavor is interesting to me. Just to see how offensive and defense head coaches do things differently. Obviously offense is going to be the big emphasis now,” Harris said. “I really just feel like its excitement. It’s something that’s new to all of us. A lot of the young guys — all they know is Vic or Vance. We’re excited for this to change. He’s coming from a winning place in Green...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Cold weather and dangerous temperatures are putting furnaces into overdrive, but Nicor Gas has some good news. The natural gas company announced today they are giving customers a break by reducing its monthly gas cost to 55 cents. That’s 20 percent less than December 2020. The rate will go into effect next Tuesday. It’s the second consecutive month Nicor has reduced the price for its customers.
    (CNN)San Francisco police have doubled the reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspected serial killer known as "The Doodler" who targeted members of the city's gay community in the 1970s -- including a possible sixth victim publicly identified Thursday. The reward for information leading to the "identification, apprehension and conviction" of the Doodler now stands at $200,000, the SFPD said -- 48 years to the day the killer's first victim was found. Police said their investigation has identified a potential sixth victim, Warren Andrews, who was assaulted and discovered unconscious at Lands End park in April 1975. Andrews never regained consciousness, police said, and died about seven weeks later. The idea that Andrews could be a victim of the Doodler was explored in a San Francisco Chronicle series and podcast last year. This serial murder case has been cold for more than 40 years. Now police say they have a suspectPolice believe the Doodler -- named because one of his surviving victims told police the suspect said he was a cartoonist -- is responsible for at least...
    NEW YORK -- Thursday marks the start of voting to select this year's Oscar nominees, and roughly 10,000 industry professionals get to determine those lucky few who will be recognized when this year's list is read on February 8.Among the leading contenders is Denzel Washington, who has been nominated nine times and won twice for "Glory" and "Training Day."He's back in the race thanks to playing the lead role in "The Tragedy of Macbeth," a movie that definitely plays to his strengths.He's an international superstar, of course, but also a classically trained actor who first appeared on stage in a Shakespeare play while in college at Fordham University.ALSO READ | Oscar buzz about Kirsten Dunst in 'The Power of the Dog'EMBED More News Videos Oscar nominations are coming up on Feb. 8, and Kirsten Dunst is looking for her first Academy Award recognition after a career that began as a child. Sandy Kenyon sat down with her His new take on Macbeth is very accessible, and this is not your parents' Shakespeare.Washington stars opposite Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth in...
    TOTTENHAM’S swoop for Porto ace Luis Diaz is stuck in limbo due to a furious agents’ storm. The clubs have agreed the transfer of the Colombian winger for £40million plus £8m in add-ons. 2Diaz's potential move to Spurs has stalled due to a row between his representatives and MendesCredit: Getty 2Mendes is widely considered one of the biggest agents in footballCredit: Reuters But the star’s two representatives — who are based in Europe and South America — are refusing to sign off the deal because of the way super-agent Jorge Mendes has become embroiled in the move. Diaz’s advisors are adamant the deal will not be completed if Mendes plays any part in their player’s affairs. Without their approval, the switch cannot be completed. Tottenham are desperate to make Diaz, 25, their first signing of the transfer window. He is one of Europe's most sought-after attackers, having scored 14 goals in 18 league appearances this season, while the Colombian finished joint-top scorer with Lionel Messi at last summer's Copa America. New boss Antonio Conte had called for signings before the...
    Washington (CNN)Backers of the Equal Rights Amendment are pressuring the Biden administration and the US archivist to publish the amendment, arguing that the ERA should be taking effect on Thursday. Believing that the ERA has satisfied all the necessary constitutional requirements, supporters are demanding that US Archivist David Ferriero, who's set to retire in April, publish the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution as part of his ministerial duties. Ferriero has not publicly indicated that he plans to publish the amendment and the National Archives did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday afternoon.Two years ago Thursday, Virginia ratified the ERA, becoming the 38th state to do so and, in supporters' eyes, clinching the necessary benchmark for addition to the US Constitution nearly a half-century after the amendment began making its way through state legislatures. But the necessary threshold was not reached by a 1982 deadline and five of the states rescinded their support of the ERA, opening significant legal questions.Supporters say the law is necessary to enshrine equal rights for women in the Constitution, though opponents...
    A former senior aide to President Barack Obama condemned Sen. Kyrsten Sinema as 'a c***' during a foul-mouthed appearance on a leftwing podcast. Alyssa Mastromonaco took aim at the Arizona senator for announcing that she could not support a filibuster carve-out in order to pass voting rights legislative - just before President Joe Biden met with Democrats to make one last appeal for their support. While Sinema has attracted the anger of Democrats from all parts of the party, no one has gone quite as far as Mastromonaco, 45, who was deputy chief of staff in the Obama White House.  She told the Pod Save America podcast recently that she had 'real issues' with Sinema. 'And I think in her speech, she talks about the disease of division,' she said 'Um, also you guys, she gave the speech as Joe Biden was on her way up to the Hill.  'So anyway, it's the s***tiest grossest, like most disrespectful thing she could have done. 'I think she's a c***' Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco called Sen Kyrsten Sinema...
    James McCune Smith was the first African American to receive a medical doctorate from a university. Born in 1813 to a poor South Carolina runaway slave who had escaped to New York City, he went on to attend Glasgow University during the 1830s. When he returned to America, he became a leading black physician, a tireless abolitionist, activist and journalist. McCune Smith led an amazing life. He exposed false medical data in the 1840 American census. He supported women’s suffrage alongside the noted feminist Susan B. Anthony. And he wrote the introduction to Frederick Douglass’s sensational 1855 autobiographical slave narrative, My Bondage and My Freedom. Now, for the first time, my research has revealed that McCune Smith was also the first African American known to be published in a British medical journal – and that he used this platform to reveal a cover-up by an ambitious medical professor who was experimenting on vulnerable women in Glasgow in the 1830s. I am a historian of science and medicine. I study how people learned scientific skills and I am especially intrigued...
    Superintendent Alison Brynelson supported the novel's removal from the required curriculum, the station said, citing the Jan. 24 school board agenda. The Instructional Materials Committee — which consists of about 20 teachers, librarians, administrators, and parents — recommended the change, KING said. And while about 63% voted to remove the book from the required reading list, 68% voted to not remove the book from the approved novels list, the station added. As for "Maus," the sticking points were eight instances of profanity and an image of a nude woman, NBC News said. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman's graphic novel is about his Jewish parents' experiences in Nazi concentration camps, the network noted, adding that the school district was looking to use the 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel as an "anchor text" for eighth graders studying the Holocaust. Board member Jonathan Pierce described himself as "probably the biggest sinner and crudest person in this room" but said the book didn't meet his "standard," which he described as, "Can I lay that in front of...
    It’s always good to see an old friend. A fish that was thought to be extinct in the state of Ohio was recently discovered in one of the Buckeye State’s rivers. This particular species hasn’t been seen in the area for over 80 years.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife announced that two longhead darters had been caught in the Ohio River last fall. This species was last spotted in Ohio in 1939. Since then, the species was considered extirpated from the state. NEW HAMPSHIRE ANGLER CATCHES STATE RECORD FISH AT SPOT WHERE HE ONCE FISHED WITH LATE FRIEND The longhead darter was thought to be extirpated in the state of Ohio. (Ohio Division of Wildlife) The recent discovery, however, suggests that there is still a population of longhead darters in the state, even if it is very small. It’s unclear if the species has returned to the area or if a small population was able to go unnoticed for the last several decades. The Ohio DOW posted about the find on Facebook, writing, "Why are we so excited? This...
    The father of a on-air reporter who killed during a live TV report in 2015 has announced he plans to run for Congress. Andy Parker, 68, said he will run as a Democrat in Virginia's 5th District against Republican freshman Congressman Bob Good, who he called the 'Marjorie Taylor Greene of Virginia' and says its rhetoric is harmful. The gun control advocate is also calling for social media reform.  'This district is not being represented the way it should be,' Parker told CBS News before he launched his campaign.  'Since Alison was killed, I've always tried to honor her life through action. Given the atmosphere we face right now, this is the time to jump in and make a difference.' In 2015, Parker's 24-year-old daughter Alison Parker and her cameraman colleague Adam Ward, 27, were filming a live segment for local Virginia station WDBJ-TV when they were shot dead by former co-worker Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, who then went on the run before committing suicide. In addition to the footage that was broadcast live through Ward's own camera, Flanagan also filmed his...
    A YOUNG woman has been left mortified, after a major tattoo fail leaves her with an inking so bad people assume it was done with a pen. The TikTok star, Axandra, shared the snaps of her new inking on social media, where people doubted the artist had used a tattoo gun. 3The delicate inking she thought she would be going home withCredit: axandraaa/Tik Tok After looking for inspiration online, Axandra, who has over 1.6 million followers on the social media giant, went to a tattoo artist, with a request of a dainty inking above her elbow. However, the simple and delicate heart ended up so wonky, viewers were convinced it had been done with a pen. ''they did me SO dirty,'' she said. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Asked if this was a joke, Axandra said: ''I wish it was.'' ''First of all it isn’t even in the middle second it looks like they done it with a black marker,'' an observant user pointed out. ''Oh my god!'' another viewer was shocked. Most...
    SARAH Ferguson could be joining this year's Dancing with the Stars amid her ex Prince Andrew's legal drama. The Duchess Of York, 62, is a "prime target" for bosses of the ABC show - keen to bounce back from a recent ratings dip, insiders said. 5Fergie could be taking part in this year'sCredit: Getty Images - Getty 'MILLION DOLLAR' SALARY Meanwhile, a source close to the Duchess told The Sun that while Fergie has previously turned down offers from the UK's Strictly Come Dancing, she always carefully "considers" US offers. It comes as her former husband Prince Andrew demanded a jury trial and denied allegations in the ongoing case with Virginia Guiffre, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17. Fergie is seen as an "A list name" for the Fall series and could command a pay packet of close to one million dollars - and would be protected from any questions on the legal case, insiders say. Currently, ABC and BBC Studios are keen to "up the talent level" to curb the declining ratings of recent...
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Coast Guard says 4 more bodies found during search for 38 migrants lost at sea between Florida and the Bahamas; 5 total. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Serena Williams has shattered another record, and did so without lifting a finger. A 1999 trading card picturing the young tennis legend sold at auction for $117,000, according to the PWCC Marketplace. That breaks a record for women's trading card prices that was previously set by a $44,280 Williams card last year. The buyer and seller have not been identified, and Williams won't see any of the record-breaking sum. Serena Williams has shattered another record, and did so without lifting a finger. A 1999 trading card picturing the young tennis legend sold at auction for $117,000, according to the PWCC Marketplace. That breaks a record for women's trading card prices that was previously set by a $44,280 Williams card last year The card was originally offered in a Sports Illustrated for Kids issue back in 1999 before Williams won any of her 23 grand slam singles titles. Williams, who was 18 at the time of the photo, is seen hammering a forehand while sporting beads in her hair Due to its perforated edges, a perfect copy of the 1999...
    (CNN)On Monday, the British government moved to make hymenoplasty, or "virginity repair" surgery -- with or without consent -- illegal. The move, a further amendment to the Health and Care Bill, comes hot on the heels of another change to the bill introduced in November 2021 and intended to make "virginity testing" in England and Wales a criminal offense. Both virginity testing and virginity surgery are prevalent in conservative cultures, and were described by Dr. Edward Morris, president of the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as being "inextricably linked forms of violence against women and girls." Given the harms described by victims of both practices, these UK legislative changes are welcome, but if anything, they should be seen as a beginning and not an end. It is not just testing and repair that is harmful. The very concept of "virginity" is. And it's one societal construct that continues to have extraordinary power in so-called conservative and liberal cultures alike. While not universally the case, in a gender-binary, heteronormative world in which a girl's value is intrinsically less than...
    Jennie Nguyen has been slammed over a 'cringe-worthy' Instagram Live where she blamed her social media team for past racist and anti-vaxx memes that got her fired from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. On Wednesday night, Jennie, 44, appeared with a friend named Michael, a black gay man, who insisted that the reality TV star 'is not a racist.'  However, many fans were left unimpressed as they flooded the comments raging: 'Girl did you really just pull the but I have black friends card?' Awkward: RHOSLC's Jennie Nguyen SLAMMED for 'pulling the I have a black friend card' in cringe-worthy Instagram live where she blames her social media team for racist posts 'Here let me get my one black friend so it looks better. Girl bye,' another said, while one person commented: 'Wow!! Not the I have a black friend card… it's kinda sad.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jennie Nguyen hints at drama with Bravo as RHOSLC star warns... RHOSLC star Jennie Nguyen is FIRED by Bravo after her racist... RHOSLC star...
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    Stormy Daniels has taken the stand to testify against her former lawyer Michael Avenatti at his criminal trial over accusations that he defrauded her. Daniels walked into court wearing black heels, a black dress with a slit down her right shoulder and a flowing dark red cardigan. She sat in the witness box - a plastic box with a filter inside it due to Covid protocols - and took off her mask before brushing back her blonde hair. Asked by the prosecutor why Avenatti stopped being her lawyer in February 2019, Daniels said Thursday: 'He stole from me and lied to me'. Asked what in particular, she replied: 'Payments from my publisher about my book' Her testimony for the prosecution sets up a possible spectacle where Avenatti, a brash lawyer who is representing himself in the case, will cross-examine his former client. Avenatti represented Daniels in cases she brought against former president Donald Trump. Her testimony could stretch into Friday.  Stormy Daniels has taken the stand to testify against her former lawyer Michael Avenatti at his criminal trial over accusations...