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    Widespread quarantine has more people than ever believing we may not be alone in the universe. Data from the nonprofit National UFO Reporting Center, which records UFO-related events, shows that sightings are up 51 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Among the 5,000 sightings recorded this year, 20 percent of them occurred in April – the height of the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown, according to the news outlet. Peter Davenport, 72, who has directed the organization since 1994, says his phone has been ringing off the hook with reports of extraterrestrial accounts. Davenport of the city of Harrington in Washington state, collects firsthand accounts through his website and by phone and has been answering 25 to 50 calls a day. “It’s a herculean task,” Davenport told the Wall Street Journal as he explained that he has to silent...
    Jacob Blake Sr. (left). Jacob Blake continues his recovery in the hospital after being shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin police. Officer Rusten Sheskey has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The shooting prompted a renewal of racial justice protests that have included all kinds of right-wing racist attacks on protesters as police and our current White House angle to point the finger at outlier violence while condoning violent murders by white supremacist vigilantes. Jacob Blake Sr., Jacob Blake’s father, came on CNN Monday afternoon, along with the family attorney Benjamin Crump, to discuss his son and the strange cowardice of Donald Trump. Trump has yet to speak with the Blake family. According to his father, Blake seems to be getting better, but unfortunately he remains paralyzed from the waist down. When asked about Donald Trump’s statement that he hadn’t wanted to be on the phone with the Blake family...
    VILLA PARK, Calif. -- The stress of believing her daughter was kidnapped and a $2,000 fake ransom she lost landed Leda Rodriguez of Long Beach in the intensive care unit, but the woman's daughter told Eyewitness News it was all a scam.As Long Beach Police investigated, two 11-year-olds fundraised to help Rodriguez pay medical costs and recover some of her hard-earned money.The victim earns her income babysitting and cleaning houses in Orange County, including Sydney Kramer's home. Kramer was trying to reciprocate Leda's kindness."She is very, very hard working," Kramer said, adding, "When my mom had to go to the hospital, my dad wasn't home and she stayed with me until he came home and she made sure I was OK."Ryan Nguyen, Kramer's friend, said she didn't know Leda, but she was helping spread the word about the GoFundMe page."A little bit of kindness can goes a long way. I...
    VILLA PARK (KABC) -- The stress of believing her daughter was kidnapped, the $2,000 fake ransom she lost landed Leda Rodriguez of Long Beach in the intensive care unit, but the woman's daughter told Eyewitness News it was all a scam.As Long Beach Police investigated, two 11-year-olds fundraised to help Leda pay medical costs and recover some of her hard-earned money.The victim earns her income babysitting and cleaning houses in Orange County-one of those, Sydney Kramer's home. Kramer was trying to reciprocate Leda's kindness."She is very, very hard working," Kramer said, adding, "When my mom had to go to the hospital, my dad wasn't home and she stayed with me until he came home and she made sure I was okay."Though Kramer's friend, Ryan Nguyen, said she didn't know Leda, she was helping spread the word about the GoFundMe page."A little bit of kindness can goes a long way. I...
    New York (CNN Business)Any student who needs to transcribe a lecture or a journalist (ahem) who needs to take notes on a hearing faces the tedious task of typing super fast and trying to listen at the same time. But now Microsoft Word can do the work for us.With the latest Microsoft 365 update, subscribers can upload an existing audio recording to be transcribed or record a live conversation inside of Microsoft (MSFT) Word. The program can also detect if different people are speaking during a conversation, and it will create a time-stamped transcript of what was said. If there are errors in the transcription, people can double check the audio and correct it.The feature, called Transcribe in Word, is only available on the web version of the app for now and only Microsoft 365 subscribers can access it.Artificial intelligence has been around for a while to help make transcriptions...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Police in Petaluma are warning the public about a scam in which a caller impersonates a police officer from the Petaluma Police Department and demands money from the victim. The police department is reporting it has recently received four reports from Petaluma residents about the scam. During the calls, a man identified himself as a police officer and told the victim they had failed to appear in court for a criminal matter. The suspect then threatened to arrest the victim unless they made a payment to resolve the matter. Related Articles Ketamine that’s injected during arrests draws new scrutiny Five arrested on suspicion of looting in CZU fire evacuation zone Kobach claims Trump was ‘enthusiastic’ about wall project Ex-CEO of security firm charged in Santa Clara County sheriff concealed-gun permit bribery case Source: Bannon...
    Alex Henderson August 20, 2020 7:46PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. On August 18, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. One of the things addressed in the report is Donald Trump's phone conversations with veteran GOP operative Roger Stone during the election — and according to an August 19 article by New York Times reporter Julian E. Barnes, the Senate Intelligence report sheds even more light on those interactions than the Mueller report and Stone's criminal trial. Barnes notes that according to court records, Stone and Trump had 39 phone conversations from March-November 2016 — one of which Barnes describes as "an intriguing phone call, on October 6, 2016, to Mr. Trump." : "According to the Senate report," Barnes explains, "Mr. Stone received a call that afternoon from a number belonging to an aide to Mr. Trump, who regularly...
    On August 18, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. One of the things addressed in the report is Donald Trump’s phone conversations with veteran GOP operative Roger Stone during the election — and according to an August 19 article by New York Times reporter Julian E. Barnes, the Senate Intelligence report sheds even more light on those interactions than the Mueller report and Stone’s criminal trial. Barnes notes that according to court records, Stone and Trump had 39 phone conversations from March-November 2016 — one of which Barnes describes as “an intriguing phone call, on October 6, 2016, to Mr. Trump.” “According to the Senate report,” Barnes explains, “Mr. Stone received a call that afternoon from a number belonging to an aide to Mr. Trump, who regularly used others’ phones to make calls. The topic of the conversation was not...
    Kenan Thompson has participated in hundreds of are living demonstrates all through his tenure on NBC’s “Saturday Night Dwell.” And the most recent guest decide for “America’s Received Expertise” has a term of assistance to the contestants. “The only detail I can say is ‘seize the minute.’ If you have nerves, transform all those nerves into superpowers. Go out there and take it. This is your minute,” said Thompson, who filled in for Simon Cowell as he recovers from breaking his again in an electric powered-bicycle incident.    And the judges had been sure that “AGT” was near to one more injury during the 2nd spherical of quarterfinals Tuesday after daredevil Jonathan Goodwin’s “scary” act. ‘AGT’: Kenan Thompson will fill in for decide Simon Cowell, who’s household recovering from broken back Goodwin, who was doused in oil, said he was heading to attempt to escape padlocks and shackles with his vision impaired in under 20 seconds even though flames...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY — What Alameda County charges juvenile inmates for phone calls is among the highest in the state, say advocacy groups pushing to pass a state bill to reduce the price of jail phone calls and eliminate commissary markups. A 15-minute jail call for a juvenile locked up in Alameda County costs $12.75, or $382.50 a month, if the youth spoke to their family every day, according to research by the advocacy organization Young Women’s Freedom Center. By comparison, nearby Contra Costa County charges $3 for a 15-minute phone call; San Mateo County charges $6; and the highest in the state is San Benito County, which charges $13.65 for 15 minutes, according to the center’s data. Last week, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that it became the first county in the nation to agree to make all jail phone calls free, and stop generating revenue from all commissary items...
    But those stories about people being bombarded with so many calls from unknown numbers that they can’t use their phones are likely true. The researchers found that, when a robocaller masks itself with a spoofed phone number and makes hundreds of thousands of calls, many of those recipients will call the number back. “The high volume of calls essentially makes it impossible for the person who actually has the relevant phone number to use their phone,” Brad Reaves, co-author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of computer science at NC State, said in a statement. “However, because robocallers switch numbers fairly often, the inconvenience usually only lasts for a day or two.” More importantly, the team was able to group some of the robocalls into clusters stemming from 2,687 specific campaigns. Most campaigns only made a few calls, but some placed thousands of calls.  “Effectively you...
    A team of protestors retains a demonstration in entrance of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s home in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday. DeJoy has a short while ago occur below fireplace for adjustments created at the U.S. Postal Provider that have delayed mail in advance of the November elections. Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Photographs cover caption toggle caption Logan Cyrus/AFP by means of Getty Illustrations or photos A team of protestors holds a demonstration in front of Postmaster Normal Louis DeJoy’s residence in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday. DeJoy has just lately arrive less than hearth for variations built at the U.S. Postal Support that have delayed mail in progress of the November elections. Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Illustrations or photos Household Speaker Nancy Pelosi is contacting lawmakers back early from their August recess to vote...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Telephone lines between the United Arab Emirates and Israel were open on Sunday, calls made by Reuters reporters showed, after the two countries moved to normalise diplomatic relations last week. It was not clear when exactly a block on telephone calls made from the UAE to Israel was lifted, but historically calls were not possible. The UAE's Telecoms Regulatory Authority did not immediately respond to a request to comment. More Israeli news websites that were previously blocked in the UAE were also now able to be viewed on UAE internet connections on Sunday. Israel and the UAE on Thursday announced an agreement that will lead to a full normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two states. An official in Israel's Communication Ministry told Reuters that any previous block on calls between the two countries had come from the UAE side. "Now I understand that calls are going...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven’t filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in neighborhoods where the response rate was less than 50%. The email addresses were culled from contact information from state assistance programs and from commercial lists. The Census Bureau said it expects to send out 20 million emails, a first for a decennial census, as the agency enters the homestretch of the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident. The 2020 census started for most U.S. residents in March, but some operations were interrupted by the pandemic. The Census Bureau also said it was directing census-takers to call homes that haven’t yet responded, using phone numbers from third-party purchased data, as well as sending out...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in neighborhoods where the response rate was less than 50%. The email addresses were culled from contact information from state assistance programs and from commercial lists. The Census Bureau said it expects to send out 20 million emails, as the agency enters the homestretch of the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident. The 2020 census started for most U.S. residents in March, but some operations were interrupted by the pandemic. The Census Bureau also said it was directing census-takers to call homes that haven't yet responded, using phone numbers from third-party purchased data, as well as sending out a...
    AN alleged Russian mercenary boss made 99 phone calls to Vladimir Putin's chief of staff within eight months, leaked records show. Moscow has denied links to Yevgeny Prigozhin, dubbed “Putin's chef”, and his alleged security firm Wagner Group insisting the businessman provides catering services to the government. 4Putin with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the alleged boss of Wagner security force. Leaked docs show Prigozhin made 99 calls to top Kremlin officials over an eight month periodCredit: Reuters However, data published by investigative news outlet Bellingcat show restaurateur Prigozhin was in regular contact with Russia's top officials. He used his personal phone number to make the calls to elite members of Putin's regime between 2013 and 2014, it has been reported. Wagner soldiers have fought in war zones such as Libya, Syria and the Central African Republic but authorities have strongly denied they take orders from the Kremlin. Strongman leader Putin, who once...
    ALEXA isn't the only person you can speak to on an Amazon Echo device. Here's how to use the smart speakers just like a phone to make calls to your friends and family. 3You can make phone calls with Amazon Echo devices You can use the Drop In feature to call another Echo smart speaker in your home or a friend's home anywhere in the world. Alternatively, you can try ringing the smartphone or home phone of contacts in the US, UK, Canada and Mexico. Some phone networks even let you receive incoming smartphone calls via your Echo device. Find out how to do all these things below. 3Some phone networks allow you to receive smartphone calls via Echo speakers How to setup Alexa Drop In Drop In is different to a voice call in the sense that you can drop in whenever rather than wait for an answer. It...
    For Martha Wright-Reed, the cost of a simple phone call from her grandson sometimes meant going without her medicine. Her grandson, Ulandis Forte, said that while he was incarcerated, the exorbitant phone fees forced Reed to choose between paying for medications and calling him to offer much-needed support. “More people deserve the love and support that I received from my grandma,” said Forte. Reed’s experience moved her to start organizing for prison phone justice, and now her activism has inspired current advocates who are seeking legislative reforms. As a result, a new bill in Congress bears her name: The COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act. On Tuesday morning, Forte was joined by advocates from Worth Rises, MediaJustice, Color of Change, Free Press, and the United Church of Christ as well as representatives from the offices of Georgia Rep. Bobby Rush and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth for...
    The owner of a Seattle auto repair shop has claimed he is being harassed for being a 'snitch' after calling the police when his business was robbed and set on fire during CHOP protests in June.  John McDermott, the owner of Car Tender, said he and his employees have been subjected to a slew of harassing messages and phone calls after he was exposed as a 'cop caller' on CopBlaster.com.  The website reports on cases of police brutality, while also naming and shaming 'bad judges' and 'snitches', such as those who call the police on protesters.  Scroll down for video  John McDermott, the owner of Car Tender in Seattle, claimed police officers never showed up after he called to report a burglary at his auto repair shop during the CHOP protests in June The business owner was later identified as a 'snitch' on Cop Blaster.com, a website that...
    A group of Senate Democrats are pushing to include a provision in the next coronavirus relief package that would provide access to free phone and video calls for people incarcerated in federal prisons.  The lawmakers point out that despite the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s regulations on interstate prison calls, which account for about 20 percent of calls made by federal prisoners, telecommunications providers can still charge up to $25 for fifteen minutes for the remaining 80 percent of calls.  “Regular communication with loved ones has consistently proven to help incarcerated people succeed in reentering the workforce after their release, and allowing them to stay connected will benefit them and their communities in the short and long term," the senators wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellNegotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms States begin removing Capitol's Confederate statues on their own Skepticism...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Highland Park Department of Safety is warning residents about a phone scam where the caller impersonates an officer and tries to procure personal information from potential victims. Two people called communications specialists Wednesday morning and asked to speak to a “Sgt. Richard Rash” with Highland Park Police Department. According to our callers, “Sgt. Richard Rash” left a voicemail message on their phone and referenced, “…important legal matters to discuss.” But since they didn’t leave a return telephone number in the voicemail, the callers reached out to the department directly. In March of 2019, the police department issued a similar warning, one where the phone scam included: (1) claims of an urgent police matter that must be resolved today, (2) claims that the intended victim would be arrested immediately for nonpayment, and (3) the use of formal sounding jargon to sell the hoax. An additional component of...
    Android’s real-time captions feature, Live Caption, is gaining the ability to work with voice and video calls, Google announced on Monday. Previously, Live Caption only worked with media that played on your phone, like a YouTube video, but this new functionality means you’ll soon be able to have a phone call with someone and get captions of what they’re saying as they say it. If you want to see Live Caption with calls in action, check out my colleague Dieter Bohn’s video he posted to Twitter using the feature on the newly announced Pixel 4A. Google says the feature will be rolling out to the Pixel 2, 3, 3A, and 4 as well. Google also announced that the new version of Google Assistant — which debuted with the Pixel 4 and brought a speed boost, a new design, and new capabilities — will be available in German, French, Italian, and...
    The fact that the Pixel 4a only has a single rear camera puts it at a disadvantage. Both the OnePlus Nord and the Galaxy A51 have quad-sensor arrays, though the iPhone SE also sports just the one camera. Google still delivers superior image quality thanks to its clever software, but I miss the flexibility of switching a wide-angle lens for more-arresting landscapes.  The 4a has the same selfie camera situation as the 4 and as expected, took portraits of similar quality. I miss the secondary wide angle lens that the Pixel 3 offered, but the solo sensor on the 4a isn’t bad. Put it this way — with a wider angle I could get shots of my head-to-toe look, while the 4a can only get head-to-knees. It’s not the biggest deal given we’re not all clamoring to squeeze into group selfies these days, but if self portraits are a priority...
    A 28-year-old ex-convict from Trenton is accused of fatally shooting another man after finding the victim''s number on his girlfriend's cell phone, authorities said. Michael Owens was charged with murder and several weapons charges on Thursday at Mercer County Correctional Institution where he has been held since July 24 on assault and theft charges,, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said. Owens was jailed on earlier charges of assault and theft in connection with grabbing his girlfriend's neck and taking her phone on July 17 in Hamilton Township, Onofri said. Owens was released from state prison on parole on June 1, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Trenton police were called about 9 p.m. on July 17 on a complaint of shots fired. They found Luis X. Gonzalez, 37, of Trenton shot multiple times by .380 caliber bullets in the middle of the 1000 block of South Broad Street, Onofri...
    The Better Business Bureau and FBI have released a warning about a new scam involving a fake FBI investigation.People are receiving calls that their Social Security numbers will be frozen or suspended unless they pay up, the ABC 7 I-Team learned. Traditionally those scammers have been posing as Social Security employees."Every regular citizen is going to be intimidated by that information. Nobody wants to be the subject of an FBI investigation," Special Agent Siobhan Johnson told the I-Team.She said scammers are currently impersonating FBI agents. They're using online rosters to get the names of agents working in your local office."The scam originates with someone making a phone call and saying your Social Security account number has been frozen or suspended. At that point, they'll tell you that the FBI is going to send agents to your house for whatever crime is associated with this number," Johnson said. "At that point,...
    Washington — President Trump revealed that during a recent phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did not raise the reported intelligence about a Russian military spy unit offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. "No, that was a phone call to discuss other things," Mr. Trump told "Axios on HBO" in an interview Tuesday, adding "I have never discussed it with him." The president said the reported Russian operation was "an issue that many people said was fake news," and pointed to "some of the wonderful folks from the Bush administration" as doubting the intelligence.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Mr. Trump and Putin spoke by phone July 23 and the president told "Axios on HBO" they discussed nuclear proliferation. A readout of the call distributed by the White House said the two world leaders also talked about the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Incarcerated people and their families said they are closely watching congressional debates about the next COVID-19 relief bill for proposed legislation that would drastically push down the cost of prison and jail phone calls. For years, they have advocated lowering rates that run as high as $25 for a 15-minute call. Now, they said, with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the costs are especially debilitating, separating families at a crucial time. “It’s hard for guys trying to be husbands, trying to be fathers, trying to do the right thing,” Thomas Gant, who is incarcerated at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, said Tuesday. He said the suspension of most in-person visits at facilities nationwide have made calls back home even more important. The coronavirus outbreak has put a spotlight on the conditions in America’s prisons and jails, which house more than 2.2 million people, with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Incarcerated people and their families said they are closely watching congressional debates about the next COVID-19 relief bill for proposed legislation that would drastically push down the cost of prison and jail phone calls. For years, they have advocated lowering rates that run as high as $25 for a 15-minute call. Now, they said, with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the costs are especially debilitating, separating families at a crucial time. “It’s hard for guys trying to be husbands, trying to be fathers, trying to do the right thing,” Thomas Gant, who is incarcerated at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, said Tuesday. He said the suspension of most in-person visits at facilities nationwide have made calls back home even more important. The coronavirus outbreak has put a spotlight on the conditions in America’s prisons and jails, which house more than 2.2 million people, with people...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Incarcerated people and their families said they are closely watching congressional debates about the next COVID-19 relief bill for proposed legislation that would drastically push down the cost of prison and jail phone calls. For years, they have advocated lowering rates that run as high as $25 for a 15-minute call. Now, they said, with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the costs are especially debilitating, separating families at a crucial time. “It’s hard for guys trying to be husbands, trying to be fathers, trying to do the right thing,” Thomas Gant, who is incarcerated at Wende Correctional Facility in New York, said Tuesday. He said the suspension of most in-person visits at facilities nationwide have made calls back home even more important. The coronavirus outbreak has put a spotlight on the conditions in America’s prisons and jails, which house more than 2.2 million people, with...
    The new version of Apple’s iPhone operating system finally offers an incoming call interface that is not invasive, and that changes the full screen for a banner at the top. Today We tell you how the new interface of iOS 14 works and all the functions it offers. Until the presentation of iOS 14, the incoming call interface on the iPhone completely occupied the screen of the terminal and was impractical for example when we wanted to mute a call, since we could not get rid of the interface until the tone stopped sounding. Thanks to the new compact interface, which emerges from the top of our phone as if it were a banner, we can finally mute calls just by sliding your finger, answer a call without losing sight of our task on the iPhone or expand in case we need it to access the full-screen interface and select...
    Some Republican governors have been keeping frequent convention phone calls to complain about President Donald Trump and swap suggestions about how to cope with coronavirus outbreaks in their states, The New York Periods reported. In modern months, numerous Republican lawmakers have damaged with the president to back again constraints as the coronavirus spreads by the US. Trump has downplayed the significance of soaring an infection rates throughout the place and refused to unequivocally back uncomplicated preventive steps these types of as wearing a mask. Stop by Business Insider’s homepage for much more tales. A group of Republican governors has experienced secret convention calls to share advice about dealing with coronavirus outbreaks sweeping as a result of their states and vent about President Donald Trump’s response to the disaster, The New York Situations documented on Sunday. The GOP governors have for months held the calls, “usually at evening and...
    Kanye West claims Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves at first campaign rally Portland moms form human barrier to protect protesters from federal officers College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze resigning after calls to an escort service were found on his school-issued phone The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully. © Getty Images That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date. So, without further ado...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’ve been looking for a silver lining in the coronavirus pandemic it may be this: the number of robocalls have dropped. But that win may be short lived. When the pandemic closed stores in the spring, it also shut down call centers. According to YouMail, robocalls dropped 40% between February and April. But with the economy reopening, the numbers are creeping back up. In June, 45% of those robocalls were scams. Now T-Mobile is offering something new to its customers, including those with recently acquired Sprint. The company is calling it “ScamShield.” T-Mobile’s chief marketing officer, Matt Staneff, says the free service will block some scam calls and provide a caller ID for every number. “That means every call that comes in will have a name attached to it and you won’t have to play the guessing game,” he said. Customers can also get a second...
    Picture copyright Reuters Image caption Dr Fauci: “It can be only reflecting negatively on them” US infectious condition specialist Dr Anthony Fauci has explained current efforts by the Trump administration to discredit him as “strange” and “nonsense”. “Eventually, it hurts the president to do that,” Dr Fauci reported in an job interview with The Atlantic. “It isn’t going to do nearly anything but mirror improperly on them.” On Sunday, a White Residence official shared a checklist detailing previous apparent faulty remarks by Dr Fauci. But on Wednesday Mr Trump insisted he experienced a “good romance” with him. “We are all in the very same group including Dr Fauci,” he reported. “We want to get rid of this mess that China sent us, so everybody’s performing on the similar line and we are executing incredibly very well.” Living in Florida and Texas as virus cases surge...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure permanently banning the city from profiting off jail inmates and their families via services such as phone calls and commissary items. The People Over Profits ordinance, authored by Supervisor Sandra Fewer, builds on efforts by Mayor London Breed and former Sheriff Vicki Hennessy to make jail phone calls free and stop price markups for commissary items such as soap, food or coffee. Fewer’s ordinance makes the reforms permanent and ensures that the city can’t generate revenue through other services such as video calls and access to computer tablets. It also aims to make those services available to inmates at no cost or at the lowest cost possible. The ordinance is the first of its kind in the nation, she said. “During the last recession, local governments dramatically increased their reliance on fines and fees to fill...
    Gordon Chang, writer of “The Coming Collapse of China,” advised “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday that he finds Hong Kong scientist Dr. Li-Meng Yan and her accusations of a coronavirus address-up by Beijing to be “credible.” “She carries a information that is likely to be discordant with what we listen to elsewhere for the reason that this has turn into, like, President Trump as opposed to all people else,” Chang explained to host Tucker Carlson. “And so you have a whole lot of people propagating China’s narratives in this place since it is politically expedient for them to do so in the small time period. And, of class, we are in a political year. Distinctive: CHINESE VIROLOGIST ACCUSES BEIJING OF CORONAVIRUS Address-UP, FLEES HONG KONG: ‘I KNOW HOW THEY Take care of WHISTLEBLOWERS’ “But if she says, ‘This is not an problem of politics,’ then it’s pretty important that we listen to what she suggests,”...
    Fitness trainer Amanda Kloots shared a sweet video clip via her Instagram stories on Thursday, just days after her husband Nick Cordero died after a months-long coronavirus battle. The brief, yet touching, clip showed her little boy Elvis and a big smile. Amanda revealed last Sunday evening that Nick had passed away earlier in the day. In the podcast episode released this week, actor Zach Braff shared some additional details about his departed friend’s difficult battle against COVID-19. Zach explained that Nick had really relied extensively on machines keeping him alive right until the end. The actor’s death came after spending 95 days in the ICU. Throughout the past few months, Amanda shared a number of stories and photos showing Nick with their baby boy. Elvis had his first birthday about a month ago, and Amanda shared at that time that they had done a couple of FaceTime calls with...
    Apple and T-Mobile are being sued over a long-running security flaw that allowed strangers to access private iMessages and FaceTime calls.  A class action lawsuit filed on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by plaintiffs Tigran Ohanian and Regge Lopez accused the defendant companies of jeopardizing consumer privacy by failing to report the flaw. The case centers around an issue first discovered in 2011 which prompted an Apple ID - the account required to use Apple products - to remain linked to a T-Mobile SIM card even after the iPhone owner had stopped using the SIM and changed phone numbers.   As a result of the 'legacy connection', the previous owner could receive iMessages and FaceTime calls intended for a new owner who was assigned the phone number after it was recycled by T-Mobile.   Apple and T-Mobile are facing a class action lawsuit...
    Supreme Court rules faithless electors cant go rogue at Electoral College CJ McCollum talks social justice, basketball, and wine in Orlando Chrissy Teigen Hilariously Calls Out Topless Photo of Herself on Jeanine Pirros Phone Chrissy Teigen has an unexpected question for Jeanine Pirro: "Why are my boobs up on your phone?" Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Francis Bacon Triptych fetches nearly $85M at auction The online auction, led by Sotheby’s, lasted 10 minutes before ultimately going to a phone bidder. Buzz60 Bloom: pregnant Katy Perry is a force of nature Orlando Bloom says “awe-inspiring” fiancé Katy Perry is “a force of nature” as they await the birth of their first child together. (June 30) Associated Press Country music artists under fire for performing at crowded concerts Country music stars Chase Rice and Chris Jansen are coming under fire for hosting crowded concerts...
    For years, a popular part of the Saratoga Rotary Art Show was the Saratoga Idol competition. Thia Megia, named the first Saratoga Idol, was nominated this year for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Performer for her portrayal of Haley, a Chinese undocumented immigrant, on “Days of Our Lives.” Megia has accomplished a lot since she won the title of Saratoga Idol at age 12, beating out over 60 competitors. She went on to “America’s Got Talent” and was the youngest competitor on “American Idol.” Despite her busy schedule, Megia returned to perform at Art 2012 Rotary at show. She did not take home an Emmy this year, but we will no doubt be hearing more about this talented and very nice young woman. On the subject of Saratoga Rotary, outgoing president Phil Young did a great job hosting months of Zoom meetings with 60-plus attendees on the call. Stepping...
    Chrissy's eagle-eyed spot had one fan calling her hilarious call out the 'best tweet ever.' Chrissy Teigen made a hilarious call out on her Twitter account over the weekend after she seemingly caught TV host Jeanine Pirro looking at a photo on her phone of her without a top on. The outspoken Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and former Lip Sync Battle host made the observation on July 5 after Jeanine shared a photo of herself wearing a mask while out for dinner. The host of the Fox News Channel show Justice with Judge Jeanine sported the brown, white, and black patterned mask over her mouth and nose as she posed for the camera in a white summer dress with thick navy blue straps over her shoulders. She stood with both of her hands on her waist and placed what appeared to be her phone, with the screen still on, down...
    A Tennessee dog becomes Fourth of July hero, helps alert owner to a house fire next door As Black buying power grows, racial profiling by retailers remains persistent problem Chrissy Teigen Calls Out Jeanine Pirro for Having a Topless Photo of Her on Her Phone © Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images and Taylor Hill/Getty Images Chrissy Teigen noticed a familiar face and body in Judge Jeanine Pirro's recent photo. The 69-year-old TV host took to Twitter on Sunday to share a photo of herself wearing a mask outside. But on the table in front of the Fox News personality was a pink phone with a topless photo of Teigen pulled up.  "Jeanine why are my boobs up on your phone," Teigen wrote, retweeting the image.  jeanine why are my boobs up on your phone https://t.co/69MW72y0YM— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 6, 2020She later zoomed in on the phone...
    New York — After a month of the program, although the City is a part of success, data reveals that of 10,000 potential infected, only 85 have been placed in hotels and thousands do not respond or provide information This Monday New York City begins Phase 3 of its reopening process, after the coronavirus pandemic. And the tracker program of cases of COVID-19, which is now in its first month, and which was intended to be the new weapon in the fight against outbreak spread, has encountered a major obstacle: thousands of people do not respond calls or leave the tracking process unfinished. This is demonstrated by data revealed by NYC Health + Hospitals, agency that handles 11 public hospitals in the City and that it is in charge of managing the tracking program, which indicates that of a total of 10,066 infected people of which contacts have been...
    New York — Investigation documents reveal horrifying details of the tragic night TEXAS – After formally pressing charges against the suspect’s girlfriend who allegedly hammered to death Vanessa Guillénhave begun to emerge new details of what happened is tragic night of April 22 when the soldier disappeared. Research documents report that in one of the last text messages Vanessa sent from her cell phone that night on April 22 was to Aaron Robinson, the main suspect in Guillén’s murder. Robinson and Vanessa are reported to have worked together at the Fort Hood military base. That last text ended up being key in the investigation. In the investigators’ report, it is indicated that on April 23, the Command of the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Army (USACID) was notified by a captain of the disappearance of soldier Guillén. Witnesses told investigators that Vanessa left a weapons room...
    Navigating a precarious political instant, Trump proceeds seizing upon widening cultural divisions in a way he believes will appeal to voters concerned about basic safety and purchase — despite polls demonstrating wide disapproval of how he is dealing with race relations. As he distributes wished posters of suspected vandals on his Twitter feed and warns all those who splashed red paint on statues of George Washington to transform themselves in, Trump is also stoking racial tensions applying language and tropes that harken to the days of segregationist politics and fears of ruined neighborhoods.The energy has been waged largely on Trump’s Twitter site, which above the weekend highlighted a online video of a supporter in Florida chanting “White energy.” Trump afterwards taken out it, even though he remaining up a movie of two White house owners in St. Louis defending their stone mansion with firearms as a Black Lives Matter march...
    President Donald Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders sounded like his combative, meandering coronavirus press briefings — free of facts but packed with conspiracy theories, fantasies and gut hunches derived from social media rumors and the perspectives of Fox News personalities, according to a new report from CNN’s Carl Bernstein. In tones reminiscent of his contentious coronavirus conference calls with U.S. governors, Trump regularly boasted vaingloriously and flattered strongman adversaries while at the same time bullying top allies, most specifically women whom Trump often insulted directly in calls that officials described as “near-sadistic,” Bernstein reported. Bernstein, who drew from four continuous months of interviews with a number of former top White House and intelligence officials, reported that top Cabinet advisers thought Trump’s calls were “delusional” and posed a threat to national security. The president routinely bullied two female heads of state — former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Angela Merkel — the German chancellor with a PhD in quantum chemistry whom Trump called “stupid.” “Some of the things he said to Angela Merkel...
    After a host of stars examined beneficial for Covid-19 right after competing in the tournament — which captivated large crowds and in which social distancing wasn’t in area — such as Djokovic, his wife Jelena, 3 other gamers, a few coaches and a person player’s pregnant spouse, the opposition was canceled. Djokovic also issued a assertion indicating sorry the match “triggered damage.” A person of the gamers who competed but analyzed unfavorable, Alexander Zverev, announced on his social media that, regardless of his destructive exam, he would be self-isolating as a precaution. However, a movie that emerged on social media a couple of times afterwards appeared to clearly show the German partying in a Monte Carlo nightclub. Kyrgios, normally the resource of controversy in tennis, took to Twitter to criticize the 23-yr-aged Zverev, contacting him “egocentric” for disregarding social length recommendations. “If you have the audacity to f***ing place...
    City Council members are getting phone calls, text messages and even visits at their homes from activists who want them to defund the NYPD, The Post has learned. Some officials have complained to cops that their privacy was invaded when their personal information was posted online, according to a council member who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It appears that council members are getting doxxed. Advocates have posted members’ phone numbers as well as home addresses,” the source said Tuesday. “Members are getting phone calls, text messages, and threats of people showing up at their homes. Members have reported to the police.” Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson (D-The Bronx) told The Post that she got threatening calls on her personal phone from activists who demanded she vote “no” on the budget that’s due Tuesday. “Disgusting and completely disrespectful! I have erased and blocked people,” she said. “This is unbelievable and crosses the...
    Donald Trump’s verbal assaults on Theresa May were described by a source with knowledge as “near-sadistic”. – Kenneth Kawamoto Donald Trump regularly “bullied and humiliated” Theresa May on the phone, saying she was “spineless” on Brexit, one of the journalists who broke the Watergate scandal has claimed. The US president attacked the then British prime minister as “a fool” for her pro-Remain stance on the European Union, ties with Nato and other issues the pair disagreed on, Carl Bernstein reported for CNN. “He’d get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he’d get nasty with her on the phone call,” wrote Mr Bernstein, quoting a source who described the verbal assaults as “near-sadistic”. “It’s the same interaction in every setting with just no filter applied,” the source said. Mr Trump’s relationship with Mrs May was notoriously fraught, with both taking very different approaches to issues which once bonded the...
    President Donald Trump is seen through a window speaking on the phone with King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, in the Oval Office of the White House, January 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images A CNN report on Monday painted a scathing portrait of President Donald Trump’s conduct on the world stage, particularly as it relates to his conversations with foreign leaders. Multiple sources described the US president as someone who bullies and belittles allies while fawning over autocratic leaders. Sources told CNN Trump behaves in a “near-sadistic” fashion with female leaders; that he talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin as if they’re “two guys in a steam bath”; and that Turkey’s president “took him to the cleaners.” Trump’s behavior was so unusual and erratic that it convinced several senior administration officials that the president...
    The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest. By far the greatest number of Trump’s telephone discussions with an individual head of state were with Erdogan, who sometimes phoned the...
    (CNN)In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials...
    A New York City-based model and anti-homophobia activist is leaving TikTok users in stitches with his ingenious key prank designed to drive an enemy crazy with annoyance. Marc Sebastian, a 29-year-old signed to IMG models, shared the funny prank idea on TikTok only a week ago, and already racked up a million views and hundreds of thousands of like. Speaking quickly in the short clip, Marc explains how to execute a clever prank to make an enemy's life 'just a little bit more annoying' with the help of some keys and plastic ID keychains.  Genius! Marc Sebastian, a 29-year-old signed to IMG models, shared a funny prank idea on TikTok How to: The prankster need only to buy two to three pounds of miscellaneous cut keys for about $30 on eBay and 100 ID keychains, where they will write the enemy's phone number 'If you really hate...
    NFL Broadcaster Brian Baldinger spoke out on 95.7 The Game and chimed in on San Francisco 49ers’ future. He expressed a desire to see WR Antonio Brown return to action under the 49ers’ banner. Just a few days removed from Coach Kyle Shanahan’s new 6-year deal renewal, disaster struck the 49ers’ camp. WR Samuel Deebo has suffered a Jones Fracture per Ian Rapoport during a training session in Nashville. The news comes as a huge disappointment to 49ers’ fans as news surrounding the 2020 season heats up. Additionally, Deebo Samuel has been tentatively ruled out for a minimum rehabilitation time of 12 weeks. Samuel appeared optimistic about a speedy return to form. 10 weeks I’m back better than the deebo you seen before
    Renowned producer Spike Lee indicated on Friday that former Vice President Joe Biden got plenty of private backlash after he suggested that black Trump supporters weren't authentically black. “I think that Uncle Joe knows that he misspoke," Lee said during an appearance on "The View." "He got a lot of phone calls about that. He will not be making that mistake ever again in his life." House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., similarly criticized Biden's comments in an interview with "The View" in May. SPIKE LEE COMPLIMENTS SAINTS' DREW BREES FOR STANDING UP TO TRUMP OVER ANTHEM REMARKS: REPORT "I cringed, no question about that," Clyburn said. He added that "in this instance, Joe did not do as well as I had hoped .. but I will say this, I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden to the alternative, not the Almighty. He is not a perfect person, none...
    The 24 Hour Fitness gym chain recently laid off workers over the phone as it grappled with the coronavirus crisis. The California-based company told employees their jobs were being cut on Wednesday morning phone calls, according to the Wall Street Journal. The invitation to the calls promised “important company updates” but they gave no details about severance or benefits, though more information came later in an email, the paper reported. The layoffs came as 24 Hour Fitness works to reopen its more than 400 clubs after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close. The company would not say how many employees were cut, but those affected included personal trainers, fitness instructors and sales staff, according to the Journal. In a statement, 24 Hour Fitness said it made the cuts as it evaluates “staffing needs and the overall company’s club footprint.” The layoffs were announced in one-on-one and group calls with...
    The U.S. communications regulator on Tuesday proposed a $225 million fine, its largest ever, against two health insurance telemarketers for spamming people with 1 billion robocalls using fake phone numbers. The Federal Communications Commission said John Spiller and Jakob Mears made the calls through two businesses. State attorneys general of Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas also sued the two men and their companies, Rising Eagle and JSquared Telecom, in federal court in Texas, where both men live, for violating the federal law governing telemarketing, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The FCC said the robocalls offered plans from major insurers like Aetna and UnitedHealth with an automated message. If consumers pressed a button for more information, however, they were transferred to a call center that sold plans not connected to those companies. The FCC said the Missouri attorney general sued Rising Eagle’s largest client, Health Advisors...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service reportedly said Monday that he opposes the continued use of his agency’s phone-snooping technology to track coronavirus cases. The testimony by Nadav Argaman prompted Israeli Cabinet ministers to freeze planned legislation that would have extended the use of the controversial practice, the Haaretz daily reported. The Israeli government authorized the Shin Bet to use its technology in March to help halt a burgeoning coronavirus outbreak. The technology allowed the government to retrace the steps of people infected with coronavirus and to identify people who had come into contact with them in the previous two weeks. Those deemed at risk of infection were then ordered to go into protective quarantine. The government defended the practice, normally used by the Shin Bet to track suspected Palestinian militants, as a way to save lives. But critics said it violated privacy rights....
    The federal judge overseeing the sentencing of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — who refused to dismiss Flynn’s guilty plea after the Department of Justice asked him to drop the case — is going to tell it to the judge himself. US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan is preparing to file a defense of his actions by Monday to his higher-ups on the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Bloomberg News reported. But the Friday release of declassified transcripts of the phone calls at the heart of the case could complicate Sullivan’s argument. Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Adviser in the early weeks of his administration, was pushed out of his job after details of a phone call between him and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were leaked to the media. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the call in 2017, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller...
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