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    March 4, 2021 7:59 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Administration of US President Joe Biden plans to turn immigration detention centers in South Texas into places to quickly process migrant families who have crossed the border irregularly and release them within the next 72 hours, media reported Thursday. local. According to the newspaper The Washington Post, which had access to drafts of the plans of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS, in English), the Biden government is preparing to serve migrants who cross the border undocumented from Mexico, a phenomenon that different sectors fear it may increase in the coming months. The Post cites an email sent by Russell Hott, a senior official with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In it, it notifies staff about the expedited processing plan. Likewise, he warns that for this year “the highest figures observed in more than 20...
    Rep. Matt Gaetz poses for a photo with a white-nationalist "Groyper" who uses the pseudonym "Speckzo" at Saturday's Conservative Political Action Committee convention in Orlando, Florida. Trumpist Republican politicians like Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz appear to be mimicking their role model’s ability to send comforting signals out to white nationalists while managing to keep them at arm’s length for the sake of plausible deniability. He showed how it’s done this past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Committee’s annual convention in Orlando. A cluster of young white nationalists attending the simultaneous America First Political Action Committee convention—organized by notorious “Groyper Army” leader Nicholas Fuentes—invaded the CPAC gathering, where Fuentes has been banned, on Saturday. They managed to find Gaetz, who took photos with one of the group’s leaders—an outspoken neo-Nazi who uses the nom de plume “Speckzo”—and briefly conversed with them, apparently acknowledging his familiarity with Fuentes. The video of...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republicans on Thursday voted to put a constitutional amendment on the next primary election ballot that would make it more difficult to pass ballot initiatives to raise taxes or spend public funds. The effort to move the proposed amendment from the general election to the primary — when fewer people traditionally vote — drew criticism from Democrats and some Republicans that it was an unfair effort to head off ballot campaigns already in the works. Nonetheless, a majority of GOP lawmakers passed the resolution to ask primary voters in June 2022 to decide whether ballot initiatives should have a 60% vote requirement to raise taxes or spend more than $10 million within five years of enactment. The resolution easily cleared the House after the Senate approved it by a single vote on Wednesday. Republicans reasoned that, although fewer voters...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  Thousands are all signed up for appointments at the soon-to-open United Center mass vaccination site. Crews are putting the finishing touches on huge tents in the parking lot. READ MORE: Despite Unemployment Numbers, Illinois Per Capita Income Climbed In 2020 During COVID-19 Pandemic Online and phone registration started Thursday for the 110,000 available slots. People over 65 get first priority. People in Phase 1B Plus can sign up starting on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. There will be a limited number of vaccines that will be distributed on March 9, but the full day of shots will begin on Wednesday March 10. The center will operate seven days a week for the next eight weeks. READ MORE: Body Found In Storage Unit Near Rockford Identified As Missing Woman From McHenry County In a joint statement from the city of Chicago, Cook County, the state of Illinois and FEMA,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. First HSR line heads to finish despite critics Fortunately, conservative San Diegan Chris Reed’s March 3 rant against high-speed rail (“Californians shrug off their high-speed rail boondoggle,” Page A7) doesn’t represent the majority progressive California attitude.  The project, though delayed by cumbersome land-use laws, short funding and COVID, nears completion and will finish the 170 miles from Bakersfield to Merced by mid-decade. The cost-per-mile is lower than comparable international lines.  The $72.4 billion London to Birmingham, England 101-mile line is $717 million per mile while the CHSRA $23.1 billion (max estimate) Central Valley line is only $136 million per mile. Both routes are impacted by delicate open space and rapidly developing urban areas. California is leading the nation in building a first-class system that will support the economy while combating the looming climate-change crisis.  We’re...
    (CNN)The irony of it all is that the laughter came during a discussion about racial inequities.Nancy Navarro, a member of the Montgomery County Council in Maryland, was speaking during a virtual meeting on Tuesday about how the county's coronavirus vaccine rollout had failed people of color and the burden she felt as a Latina in local leadership.In the background, there was the faint sound of chatter and laughter from two people who seemingly didn't realize they weren't on mute."I love how her accent comes out ... and pronounces words that she thinks that they're pronounced," said a woman, commenting on how Navarro had pronounced the words "represent" and "hologram."A man responded with a chuckle, "I heard 'hologram,' and I was like, 'That's kinda interesting.'"Read More"So cute," the woman replied, with another laugh.After the meeting, Navarro's staff told her about what had happened. She took a few moments to process it...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, again criticized other states including Texas that are loosening coronavirus restrictions and encouraged Californians to consider wearing two masks on Thursday. "We are encouraging people, basically, to double down on mask-wearing, particularly in light of all that I would argue is bad information coming from at least four states in this country," Newsom said at a press conference. "We will not be walking down their path. We're mindful of your health and our future." TEXAS GOV ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PLAN TO FULLY REOPEN BUSINESSES, END STATE MASK MANDATE "I'll just note ... that the positivity rate in those states is substantially higher than even here in the state of California," Newsom continued.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said on Tuesday he planned to open the state next week "100%," roughly a year after the pandemic broke out throughout the U.S. In this Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a...
    (CNN)I was getting my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston when the news broke that Governor Greg Abbott is lifting Texas' mask mandate -- even as health officials warn not to ease restrictions aimed at stemming the pandemic. No one at the vaccination site removed their mask, fortunately. But we immediately started discussing the decision -- and we were all appalled. Katie MehnertAbbott's announcement may have been cheered by some in the business community, but make no mistake: those of us who want to see a thriving economic climate are far from universally on his side. Instead, we recognize that to save lives and build a strong long-term future we have to put science first. And the science does not back up his decision. The number of Covid-19 cases increased in Texas in the two weeks leading up to Abbott's announcement, according...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's hopes of winning a fourth term and potentially running for president have been "shattered" by the nursing home and sexual harassment scandals, Fox News contributor Miranda Devine said Thursday. "He’s really on a road to nowhere, but he obviously has told us that he’s going to dig in, and really I can’t see anybody managing to dislodge him before the next election next year," Devine, a New York Post columnist, told "America Reports". "But any hopes of a fourth term are shattered, as are his presidential ambitions." Devine said Cuomo’s emotional apology, which he made during a news conference Wednesday, "did not seem genuine." "If there was any remorse yesterday -- he seemed to be a little bit teary-eyed at one point, although it did not seem very genuine -- any remorse was for himself and his shattered ambitions," she said. CUOMO APOLOGIZES BUT WON’T RESIGN AS HE DENIES TOUCHING ANYONE 'INAPPROPRIATELY':...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Jobless claims are holding steady in Illinois. More than 68,000 people filed for unemployment last week, which is almost the same number from the previous week. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 3.2 million people in the state have filed jobless claims. CBS 2 and CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey are Working for Chicago during these tough economic times. READ MORE: Body Found In Storage Unit Near Rockford Identified As Missing Woman From McHenry County For months CBS 2 has been covering the financial toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on everyone’s lives, but the big picture in Illinois is a bit sunnier than one might think. There is no doubt Illinoisans are hurting, but data from the state shows some residents actually had more money in their pockets after the pandemic hit. And they’re still spending it. The suffering has not been across the board. According...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A promising step forward is being taken in Newark, a community hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. A group known for preventing retaliation after crime is focusing on recovery of those impacted by violence and loss, CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported Thursday. On South 16th Street in the heart of the South Ward a house built 111 years ago could be a way forward. Aqeela Sherrills of the Newark Community Street Team said the area is “where traditionally most of the violence in the city has been concentrated. It got run down because of the trauma.” Inside the new Trauma Recovery Center, the passion project of Sherrills and his community street team is under construction. READ MORE: Unifying America: Newark Community Street Team’s Partnership With Police Grows, As City Becomes Safer By The Day The same guys that walk the streets to promote peace just bought the 4,000...
    Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci donates personal COVID-19 virus model to Smithsonian Fauci warns of risks from single-dose strategy for Pfizer, Moderna vaccines MAGALand in Orlando MORE, the nation's top infectious disease expert said Wednesday that it is “very nice” that former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE was encouraging people at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to get the coronavirus vaccine.  During an interview with Wired discussing the coronavirus, the vaccines and their effectiveness against different variants, Fauci commented on the widespread influence that Trump has in the U.S.  “I think that was very nice that he said that. I hope he continues to say that. He's got a lot of influence,” Fauci said. “And I believe that if he tells people to get...
    The Congressional Budget Office projects the federal debt will exceed the economy's size by the end of the year and will balloon to 202% of gross domestic product over the next 30 years. And that's their outlook without factoring in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which is making its way through the Senate this week. According to the nonpartisan office, by the end of this year, the federal debt will be 102% of GDP, a proportion that will nearly double by 2051. The CBO warns this increases the risk of a fiscal crisis and higher inflation moving forward. The projections come after the coronavirus pandemic last year triggered the deepest economic downturn since World War II. With millions of people out of work and businesses temporarily or permanently shut down, revenues decreased while spending soared. The White House and congressional Democrats warn the United States is...
    Dark realities of our immigration struggle: Mexican, Guatemalan victims of deadly California crash remain hopsitalized Biden Administration Says It Will Allow Migrant Families Separated Under Donald Trump to Reunite in the U.S. © Sean Gardner Getty Images Despite critics, Noah Gragson's focus is clear: Stay true to myself Nearly a week after crashing into the back of David Starr with fewer than three laps remaining while leading last Saturday‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Noah Gragson‘s view remains unchanged. Gragson appeared to be on his way to securing his third career Xfinity Series victory, but disaster struck while trying to place Starr a lap down. The No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was destroyed after Starr lost control and slid up the race track after moving down to give room, leaving Gragson with no option but to slam into his back bumper. Gragson made critical comments about Starr immediately...
    Friday is the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in the D.C. area, with a case cropping up in Maryland (with D.C. and Virginia both logging their first cases two days later). It has been a year of lockdowns, sickness and death, and Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke with WTOP about what has been learned, the outlook for the country, vaccines, how the virus surprised him and more. Asked what he wanted to make sure Americans knew about the state of the battle against the virus a year into it, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said, “I want them to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, particularly that we have multiple, highly efficacious vaccines.” The most important recent development, of course, is the introduction of three COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., from Pfizer,...
    Loading the player... Vaccine drives hosted for Black communities in rural Florida are instead being visited by wealthy, white residents who are then given the immunization against COVID-19 intended for locals. Read More: California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas According to STAT News, the farming communities of Pahokee, Fla. a city in Palm Beach County, have a population of around 60% Black people and one-third of its residents are Hispanic. However, many of the coronavirus vaccinations sent for residents have gone to white people. The report found that white residents of communities such as Stuart, West Palm Beach, and Miami, traveled to the rural area for their dose of the vaccine. The outlet reported in Palm Beach County where Black people make up 18% of residents and Hispanic people 21.7%, each group had only received 4.1% and 4.7% of the given vaccines respectively, as of March 1....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The creative team behind the new Disney film "Raya and The Last Dragon" looked to bring a message that resonates with today's world."We meant this, you know, message for the movie about trust, you know, to be timeless. I think it kept shocking us during the making of the movie how timely it was and continues to be. I think if we could offer up, you know, just any kind of hope that things can be put together. then you know, by trusting each other, then I feel like we've done our job," said Don Hall, co -director.The lead character, Raya, goes through heavy and traumatic experiences that put her far away from being a trusting person, according to Carlos Lopez Estrada, co-director."She learns to trust again and ultimately her trust is put to the test in probably the most difficult and unexpected of ways," Estrada said.RELATED:...
    With Fast Laughs, Netflix seeks to broadcast television shows, movies and stand-up comedies through short videos. Netflix expands its services, now inspired by short videos like those on TikTok. The Fast Laughs mobile feature is available, so far, on iOS devices. The interest of the platform is to show, in short videos, television programs, films and stand-up comedies. Items can be shared on WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Another option you have is to save the clip to see it later, explains the portal Pocket Lint. According to the page, the latest Netflix earnings reports list TikTok as a big competitor. It is therefore possible that people spend more time watching short videos than large productions. Networks like Instagram and Twitter have also understood the value of short videos. Fast Laughs will serve as a hook so that more users are interested in seeing the content of...
    EULESS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Working in a small space in Euless, providing cosmetic and skincare services, Lindsey Przano knew she’d have to let her clients know about her mask policy following the removal of COVID-19 restrictions Gov. Abbott announced earlier this week (effective March 10). “Wear it if you want, don’t if you don’t, but I will continue to wear mine,” she said, in a video posted to Instagram. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Opens At Potters House In Dallas Twenty-four hours later, three people had cancelled their appointments at Triple Threat Beauty. Przano’s business practices aren’t substantially changing, she pointed out. Anyone having their makeup done has had to remove their mask over the past year. Triple Threat Beauty in Euless (CBS 11). However, now, clients are carefully considering public activities again. “They may have been put in that situation already and just didn’t realize it,” she said. “But...
    Democratic Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday the state would be rolling back a number of COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and recreation in the coming weeks. Lamont cited falling case numbers and increasing vaccinations in his announcement, which said restaurants, retail outlets, libraries, personal services, indoor recreation, gyms, museums, offices, and houses of worship will all have their capacity limits fully lifted beginning March 19. The state will keep its mask mandate in place, and bars that only serve beverages will remain shut down. (RELATED: The CDC Says COVID-19 Cases Are Rising, But That Isn’t The Whole Story) BREAKING: Effective March 19 … Connecticut is lifting ALL capacity limits on restaurants, retail, libraries, personal services, indoor recreation, gyms, museums, offices & houses of worship #nbc4ny pic.twitter.com/kV1qylyvjI — Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) March 4, 2021 Beginning April 2, outdoor amusement parks will be able to open, as well as indoor stadiums...
    Convinced of the cinematographic talent that exists in Guadalajara, Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) to create a unique space in Mexico that will turn that city into the Latin American capital of animation and that promotes, train and connect your animators internationally. Its about International Animation Center, which was colloquially baptized as The Chucho Workshop. (In Guadalajara, dogs are called “chuchos”, hence the logo of the place that illustrates this text). In exclusive, the Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker explains in his own words what this place is and will be for Mexican cinema. From left to right: Karla Castañeda, Rita Basulto, Luis Téllez, León Fernández, Sofía Carrillo, René Castillo and Juan José Medina. Collaboration space “Guadalajara currently has 15 entertainers of international quality. Each one helps each other but in a very baroque way. Everyone starts their projects from scratch and builds a...
    Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, the Maryland National Guard’s assistant adjutant general, outlines plans to improve equity in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Maryland during a news conference in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Gov. Larry Hogan is standing left. (AP Photo/Brian Witte) The head of the Maryland National Guard who’s leading a COVID-19 vaccine equity task force detailed an action plan Thursday for getting shots into the arms of hard-to-reach groups by partnering with churches and other community groups to quickly launch pop-up clinics. “We want to meet people where they,” said Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead during a news conference Thursday with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan billed it as a first-in-the-nation “vaccine equity operations plan” to address glaring racial gaps and inequities that have plagued the vaccine rollout in Maryland — and across the U.S. The seven-step plan relies on community organizations proposing their locations to...
    ENGLAND'S latest Covid 'epicentre' has been revealed as shock stats show the Midlands dominates the list of the 20 worst-hit areas. Thirteen of the 20 areas with the highest coronavirus case rates across the country are now in that hard-hit region. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3Topping the list with the highest coronavirus case rates is North West LeicestershireCredit: Alamy Live News Only Barnsley, Bolton, Preston, Bradford, Hull, Peterborough and Fenland make the list who are not in the Mids, according to  Public Health England. Top of the lot is North West Leicestershire, where 197.9 people out of every 100,000 caught the virus in the week leading up to February 28. Corby, in Northants, comes in second with a rate of 188.3 per 100,000, and Leicester, with 188 per 100,000, makes third place. A new Department of Health and Social Care map now shows swathes...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — After receiving $500 per month for two years without rules on how to spend it, 125 people in Stockton paid off debt, got full-time jobs and reported lower rates of anxiety and depression, according to a study released Wednesday. The program was the highest-profile experiment in the U.S. of a universal basic income, where everyone gets a guaranteed amount per month for free. Announced by former Mayor Michael Tubbs with great fanfare in 2017, the idea quickly gained momentum once it became a major part of Andrew Yang’s 2020 campaign for president. READ MORE: 2nd Suspect Still Sought In 2020 Killing Of 17-Year-Old Jaylen Betschart, Sacramento Police Say Supporters say a guaranteed income can alleviate the stress and anxiety of people living in poverty while giving them the financial security needed to find good jobs and avoid debt. But critics argue free money would eliminate the...
    (CNN)California will set aside 40% of its vaccines for underserved communities in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus and hasten the reopening of the economy.The state has the most Covid-19 cases in the country. The largest disparities are present among Latinos in California -- only 17% of doses administered have been given to Latinos, who make up 55% of all cases in the state. The largest share of doses -- 32% -- have been administered to White residents, who make up 20% of statewide cases.Roughly 40% of the disease "burden" of cases and deaths hit communities at the bottom of the state's Healthy Places Index (HPI).The Los Angeles and Central Valley areas comprise many of the communities on the low end of the index, which takes into account access to transportation, housing and education status of residents, officials said.The effort to focus on these areas will change the...
    Petaluma has more gas stations than square miles. No more, city leaders have decided. With at least one filling station no more than five minutes’ drive from every residence, and a local climate emergency declared in 2019, the City Council voted unanimously this week to prohibit the construction of any new gas stations in town. “The actual motivation for this was — and is — our climate emergency resolution and the fact that we’re really trying to shift the needle in our town,” Mayor Teresa Barrett said. The city 40 miles north of San Francisco has 16 stations stuffed into just 14.5-square miles, and a new Safeway grocery store with its own gas station is on the way. Existing filling stations can continue to operate, according to the new resolution. But any expansions are limited to serving zero-emission vehicles — no more pumps or tanks associated with...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck Friday in the ocean off New Zealand, prompting thousands of people to evacuate and triggering tsunami warnings across the South Pacific. A tsunami watch issued for Hawaii has been canceled.The quake was the largest in a series of tremors that hit the region over several hours, including two earlier quakes that registered magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.3.While the quakes triggered warning systems and caused traffic jams and some chaos in New Zealand as people scrambled to get to higher ground, they did not appear to pose a widespread threat to lives or major infrastructure.That's because of the remoteness of where they hit. The largest struck about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) off the coast of New Zealand.VIDEO: New Zealanders seek higher ground amid tsunami warningEMBED More News Videos Eyewitness video shows New Zealanders seeking higher ground after a tsunami warning was...
    Vaccine sites specifically for teachers, drive-through options for disabled people and an appointment site that’s now available in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean — these are just some of the recent updates to the Orange County’s COVID-19 vaccination effort. It was a challenging start, but as of Feb. 25, more than 425,000 people have gotten at least one vaccine dose in Orange County, and more than 165,000 have received both doses. In a county with more than 3.1 million residents — and an estimated 450,000 seniors and 477,000 people who work in education, childcare, food and agriculture or emergency services — there’s still a long way to go. But after President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. would have enough COVID-19 vaccines by the end of May to inoculate every American adult, Clayton Chau, the director of the Orange County Health Care agency, said he’s hopeful that the county...
    The New York Times Are you fed up with the masks and have you already vaccinated? You must still use them to protect others How easily vaccinated people can spread the virus is not yet known, but the answer to that question will come soon. Until then, scientists urge caution. While 50 million Americans are already immunized against the coronavirus, and millions more join the ranks every day, for many people the pressing question is: When will I be able to throw away my mask? It is a more complicated question than it seems. It is related to returning to normalcy and raises issues such as how soon vaccinated Americans will be able to hug loved ones, meet friends and go to concerts, shopping malls and restaurants without feeling threatened by the coronavirus. Certainly many state officials are ready. On Tuesday, Texas revoked the face mask order, as well as...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. READ MORE: Attleboro Schools Face Challenges If Hybrid, Remote Learning Ends Nina asks, “Once I am fully vaccinated and have waited a full two weeks, can I get together with friends who are also equally vaccinated, without masks?” If you’re all fully vaccinated, then the risk of getting severe COVID is much less, but it’s not zero. So, you’ll have to decide what risk you’re willing to take to get together with masks off. Some people don’t want to take any risk while others are willing to take some to get together with close family and friends. Annette writes, “My husband and I (ages...
    At least three massive earthquakes struck New Zealand on Friday, sparking a tsunami warning and evacuation orders for coastal areas. The most recent was a powerful magnitude 8.0 quake that struck at around 8:30 a.m. local time in the waters off the Kermadec Islands. It came about two hours after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the same region. Many New Zealanders were shaken awake by an earlier 7.2 magnitude quake that struck at 2:27 a.m., off the North Island’s east coast. Some 60,000 people across the country felt that tremor, with many describing the shaking as “severe,” according to Reuters. New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency issued a tsunami warning for the country’s coastal areas. Officials also urged people in certain parts of the East Coast of the North Island to immediately move to higher ground. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. A graphic by the United States...
    LOS ANGELES -- Sharing Love With Others is an organization started two years ago by Maxine Sealey. Her goal was to help the less fortunate, specifically the homeless on Skid Row. Through her organization, they are able to provide 400 meals weekly, plus water, hygiene kits, clothing and more.The group of volunteers distribute food every Saturday to Skid Row, an area with thousands of homeless."My parents taught me that you should treat people the way you would want to be treated if you were in the situation," said Sealey. Stephanie Yu discovered "Sharing Love with Others" and fell in love with what they do so she became a regular volunteer. "This is a huge passion of mine," said Yu. Sealey grew up in Panama and says her upbringing instilled in her the desire to help others. Her mother would remind her that all people, no matter what their circumstances, are...
    According to Google, the next thing to come will be the tracking of interests based on groups. How to understand the change? Google continues with its plan to remove third-party tracking cookies. The goal is to opt for new ways to spread your advertisements. What follows the goodbye to individual online tracking? Group-based interest tracking is coming. The company announced on his blog that seeks to reinforce user confidence in the Internet. « 72% of people feel that almost everything they do online is being tracked by advertisers, technology companies and other companies, » said David Temkin, director of Product Management, Privacy and Ad Trust. « 81% say the potential risks they face due to data collection outweigh the benefits. » The data comes from a Pew Research Center study. Because of this, Google Chrome announced its intention, in 2020, to eliminate support for third-party cookies, through which individual tracking was...
    Harpswell, Maine (CNN)Growing up in coastal Maine, Lynda Doughty spent a lot of time out on the ocean, where she regularly encountered seals, turtles and whales. She developed a passion for the marine wildlife living along the coast and knew from an early age that she wanted to dedicate her life to protecting them. "I just remember being so amazed (by them) and wondering what's happening in their life," Doughty said.She also became aware that their livelihood was jeopardized by pollution, habitat destruction and other human-related activity. For harbor seals -- one of the most common marine mammals along the East Coast -- threats include entanglement in fishing gear and other marine debris, illegal feeding and harassment. Read More"I knew that I wanted to do something to help these animals," Doughty said. CNN Hero Lynda DoughtyShe became a marine biologist and worked for several years with organizations that provided emergency...
    Erin Coates, The Western Journal March 4, 2021 0 Comments The White House cut the video feed of the House Democratic Caucus Virtual Issues Conference as President Joe Biden offered to take questions Wednesday evening. The president had just finished giving a speech at the end of the virtual event thanking House Democrats for showing that “leadership makes a difference” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “I believe we’re going to come through this, and I think that people’s memories will be long,” Biden said. “And if we continue to stay laser-focused on getting shots in people’s arms, responding to the economic crisis, it’s going to open up a lot of hearts and a lot of doors for us tomorrow to do the many more things we know we have to do. “So I want to thank you all. I really mean it from the bottom — I...
    Photo: Shaughn & John for New York Magazine Within seconds, Trisha Paytas has already managed to shock me. She’s in full L.A.-influencer drag: platinum-blonde extensions, baby-pink acrylics, cut-crease smoky eye, and a stiff, plump beige pout. Seated in the kitchen of her still mostly empty five-bedroom, eight-bathroom new home in Ventura County — where everything is white and tan and has that California casual-chic look that’s become standard issue for the YouTube famous — she looks so … normal. And then she opens her mouth. Paytas is recounting her current obsession with Adam Sandler, and not in a “I’m rewatching 50 First Dates” way. More in the genre of “I just spent thousands of dollars on at least a dozen of his actual movie costumes.” “He’s Jewish and funny and schlubby and gets really attractive people in all his movies,” she explains. “So right now my phase is, ‘I...
    Older people take priority in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns around the world, with hundreds of thousands spending hours online, enlisting the help of their children and traveling hours to distant pharmacies in a desperate attempt to receive the injection. But an uncalculated number of them are left behind because they are too weak or poor to defend themselves. The urgency to reach this vulnerable sector is growing as people of other ages and sectors take priority. Time is passing and many states are vaccinating 55-year-olds, so NGOs, churches and charities are trying to find isolated older people and get them vaccinated before they have to compete with a larger sector. The extreme imbalance between supply and demand for vaccines in most of the United States means that obtaining the vaccine is a game of chance. In Oregon, there are believed to be 750,000 people over the...
    This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, a nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. You cannot overdose on vitamin B12 since it is a water-soluble vitamin. skaman306/Getty Images You cannot overdose on vitamin B12 because any excess you simply pee out.  If you get b12 shots, you may experience side effects like dizziness, nausea, and fatigue.  It is possible to have elevated B12 levels in blood tests, which may indicate cancer or diabetes. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Vitamin B12 plays a key role...
    DENVER (AP) — Sheneen McClain is not always hopeful but thinks it’s possible the death of her son Elijah McClain could create change. Officers in suburban Denver stopped the 23-year-old Black massage therapist in 2019 as he walked home from the store after getting a 911 call that he looked suspicious. They put him a neckhold, pinned him down and asked paramedics to sedate him with ketamine. An investigation commissioned by the city of Aurora after McClain’s death got renewed attention during the nationwide push for racial justice said last week that there was no apparent legal justification for police to stop or use force on him. Sheneen McClain said she knew her son was innocent but is glad the world knows it, too. When people die at the hands of police, the first question many ask is what the person was doing wrong and then write...
    Over the last decade, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration have "threatened, terrorized and oppressed women, reporters, political opponents and donors," Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro told "America Reports" Thursday. "This is the sitting governor of the state of New York who has ignored his own sexual harassment law, ignored his own investigation requirements, and allowed systemic abuse," said Molinaro, a Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Cuomo in the 2018 gubernatorial election. "We know this. There is not much more you need to know. The governor ought to resign." Host Sandra Smith then turned the spotlight on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., recalling that she was the first Democratic senator to call on then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations against him in November 2017. However, Gillibrand's only reaction to the Cuomo allegation has been to issue statements calling the accusations "serious and deeply concerning" and praising the three women who made the claims for their...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With some lawmakers expressing concerns about privacy rights, the Florida Senate could be poised to consider allowing law-enforcement agencies to use aerial drones to help with traffic management, collecting crime-scene evidence and eyeing large crowds. The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the bill (SB 44), positioning it to go before the full Senate. READ MORE: ‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic To Release Tell-All Memoir Except in limited circumstances, state law bars police from using drones to gather information. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Wright, R-New Smyrna Beach, would create additional exceptions to the law, including for traffic management and helping with collecting evidence at crime scenes or traffic-crash scenes. But much of the attention at the committee meeting Thursday focused on part of the bill that would allow the use of drones to “provide a law enforcement agency with an aerial perspective of a...
    People detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement exercise at the Adelanto detention center in California in 2019.Chris Carlson/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Thursday morning, federal judge Lawrence Vilardo criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to provide medically vulnerable people it is detaining in upstate New York access to COVID-19 vaccinations. “You’re doing nothing to get them the vaccine,” Vilardo told the government attorney representing ICE. “Nothing. Zero.” In late February, Vilardo ordered ICE to come up with a plan for vaccinating people detained at its immigration detention center in Batavia, a town about 40 miles east of Buffalo. ICE responded on Wednesday with a plan that wasn’t much of a plan at all. Essentially, the government said in a court filing that it’s waiting for New York health...
    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) announced Thursday that he will be lifting coronavirus capacity limits starting on March 19, with other restrictions being lifted at later dates. Starting March 19, restaurants, retail, libraries, personal services, indoor recreation, gyms, museums offices and places of worship will not have additional capacity limits. The exceptions include theaters, which will continue to have capacity limits, and restaurants, which will have to close by 11 p.m. along with only allowing up to eight people at one table. The state will continue to require social distancing and mask use at these places. “While it is encouraging to see the number of cases in our state gradually going down and people getting vaccinated at rates that are among the highest in the nation, we need to continue taking this virus seriously to mitigate its spread as much as possible,” Lamont said.  Along with lifted capacity restrictions, the number of people allowed...
    Some COVID-19 restrictions in Connecticut are being lifted as the state and region continue recovering from the second wave of the virus’ surge. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Thursday, March 4 that in the coming weeks, the state will be easing certain restrictions, particularly those relating to capacity levels and travel restrictions. Lamont noted that while some restrictions are being eased, all of the protocols that relate to face coverings, social distancing, and cleaning measures are being maintained. Beginning on Friday, March 19, capacity limits will be eliminated for: Restaurants (eight-person table capacity and 11 p.m. required closing time for dining rooms continues); Retail; Libraries; Personal services; Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50 percent capacity); Gyms and fitness centers;
Museums, aquariums, and zoos; Offices; Houses of worship. On March 19, social gatherings at a private residence will be capped at 25...
    More On: new zealand Glow-in-the-dark sharks found lurking hundreds of feet below sea near New Zealand New Zealand’s largest city back to lockdown after COVID-19 case Man survives 14 hours in open ocean by clinging to buoy One family tests positive for COVID-19, so New Zealand put largest city into lockdown At least three massive earthquakes struck New Zealand on Friday, sparking a tsunami warning and evacuation orders for coastal areas. The most recent was a powerful magnitude 8.0 quake that struck at around 8:30 a.m. local time in the waters off the Kermadec Islands. It came about two hours after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the same region. Many New Zealanders were shaken awake by an earlier 7.2 magnitude quake that struck at 2:27 a.m., off the North Island’s east coast. Some 60,000 people across the country felt that tremor, with many describing the shaking as “severe,” according...
    Megan Fox appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Randy Holmes / Getty Images Celebrities often give interviews to promote their projects and provide a look into who they are outside of their roles.  Some of the interviews, however, have gone terribly wrong. Insider rounded up 16 of the most problematic celebrity interviews of all time.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Interviews are a rare opportunity for the public to see celebrities step outside of their roles on television, in movies, or on stage. At best, the conversations humanize celebrities and inspire audiences. At worst, they spark public outrage. People were shocked after Vin Diesel interrupted a reporter to tell her she was "f---ing sexy" in 2016. They also called out Katie Couric for asking a transgender model about her "private parts" on national television in 2014. Some older interviews that have since been deemed unacceptable didn't gain...
    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Thursday marked the launch of what is being called “Educators Day” at the vaccination megasite at the Oakland Coliseum. It’s part of an effort to expedite doses to school employees so campuses can reopen as quickly and safely as possible. READ MORE: SF Corruption Probe: Recology Agrees To $100 Million Settlement, Refunds For Trash, Recycling Overcharges Half of the doses at the site were allocated just for teachers on Thursday. The Coliseum site was expected to do up to 7,000 people total. Teachers who managed to get a dose told KPIX they felt lucky. Special Education teaching assistant Liz Capstick was not taking any chances. She arrived at the coliseum more than an hour before her appointment, just in case. “I’m nervous and excited to get this. It’s a step in the right direction,” she said. Capstick received an email with the special registration code to...
    Alabama governor says she wont extend mask mandate past April 9 GOP pushes Murkowski to stay in line against Biden’s Covid bill © Provided by WWJ Radio Detroit Who will get the $1,400 stimulus checks Fewer people would be eligible for the next round of stimulus checks under the latest COVID-19 relief bill on the table in Washington D.C. According to a report by CBS News on Thursday, this comes after a handful of moderate Democrats in the Senate claimed the $1,400 checks were going to people who earned too much money. Under the new deal, individuals making $80,000 a year or less, and married couples making $160,000 or less would receive the payment this round. Load Error Under the previous plan released by House Democrats, individuals earning less than $75,000 would receive $1,400 and couples earning less than $150,000 would have qualified. The liberal Institute on Taxation...
    hello.com Ana de Armas shares a new project with the fashion actor, Regé-Jean Page Netflix remains unstoppable when it comes to audiovisual production. In fact, it is in the initial phase of a film that could become the most expensive in the history of the digital platform. The Gray Man will star well-known faces including Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Jessica Henwick, Ana de Armas and Regé-Jean Page, the fashion actor who falls in love with his role as the Duke of Hastings in The Bridgertons. This new thriller is the adaptation of the first book of the novel Gray Man, written by Mark Greany and will be directed by Joe and Anthony Rossy along with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley. The blockbuster, inspired by the worlds of James Bond and Jason Bourne, will give the opportunity to see two of the actors of the moment together on screen, who will...
    (CNN) — The United States is holding firm to the strategy to administer two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines a few weeks apart. Still, the idea of expanding the supply by dispensing only one dose hasn’t faded away. The Trump administration’s surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, said in a tweet on Tuesday that the good protection available with one shot “is better than great protection for a few.” He later clarified with a second tweet that he wasn’t recommending that it was 100% the way to go, but that it was worth “giving states the flexibility to try it.” Although 80.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is entering the US supply, demand still far outpaces the number of vaccines available. That has not swayed vaccine makers, the US Food and Drug Administration or the CDC...
    President Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas "lied to the American people" about the growing border crisis, former Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Thursday on "The Faulkner Focus." The Border Patrol in Texas has reportedly released more than 100 illegal immigrants into the U.S. since January who have tested positive for the coronavirus following their arrival, officials on the U.S.-Mexico border told Fox News.Republicans are demanding a briefing from Mayorkas after the alleged false claim. TEXAS BORDER RESIDENT BLASTS BIDEN'S 'TRULY SHAMEFUL' IMMIGRATION POLICIES ON 'FOX & FRIENDS' MARK MORGAN: "The DHS secretary this week lied to the American people, Harris, and look, that doesn't bring me pleasure to say this when he said there wasn't a crisis … Look, in the middle of a global pandemic when less than eight percent of our own citizens have received the vaccine, kids are still not in school. Businesses are...
    NEW York Gov Andrew Cuomo's staffers were told to "wear heels when he's around," and some claim he would fire people on the spot in anger. The new allegations of a toxic work environment follow claims of sexual harassment by two former staffers and one women who said she met Cuomo at a wedding. 7Former staffers described working in Cuomo's office as a toxic environmentCredit: Alamy Live News 7Secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa defended working in Cuomo's officeCredit: AP:Associated Press A woman, identified only as Sarah, told Gothamist that when she worked in the governor's office in 2013, senior staffers placed her very close to Cuomo's desk immediately because he "likes blondes." Senior staffers allegedly told Sarah: "You gotta wear heels when [Cuomo] is in Albany, sweetie ... that's the rule." Sarah told the outlet that she started wearing stilettos and tried to stay on Cuomo's good side...
    CONNECTICUT -- Connecticut is expected to ease some of its coronavirus-related restrictions as infections and hospitalizations are declining and vaccinations continue, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.Details were scheduled to be released later in the day. But Lamont said it won't be a major lifting of COVID-19 rules like some other states have announced."We'll be talking about the next phase of reopening protocols this afternoon," Lamont said at a morning news conference announcing a special vaccination clinic for Hartford school employees including teachers. "We're not going to be like Mississippi and Texas."Many states are easing their COVID-19 restrictions on people and businesses, despite repeated warnings from health officials that the U.S. is risking another lethal wave. Mississippi and Texas are ending their mask mandates.TRENDING: Dr. Oz helps save man who had no pulse at Newark airportEMBED More News Videos Candace McCowan reports the doctor was returning from Florida with his family....
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended President Joe Biden’s comment that governors who stopped their state’s mask mandates were thinking like Neanderthals. Biden was talking about “the behavior of a Neanderthal, just to be very clear,” Psaki said during the White House press briefing. Psaki said Biden’s comments were “a reflection of his frustration and exasperation, which I think many American people have, that for almost a year now.” (RELATED: ‘We Should Trust Americans, Not Insult Them’: Mississippi Governor Defends Reopening After Biden Slams States For ‘Neanderthal Thinking’) “People across the country have sacrificed and many times they haven’t had information they need from the federal government,” Psaki said. “They haven’t had access to a greater understanding of what the public health guidelines should look like and those include many many people in Mississippi and Texas in Ohio, Florida in every state across the country.”  WATCH: ...
    By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators bargained Thursday over what power Kansas governors and other officials should have during future public health emergencies, as at least a few counties grumbled about state COVID-19 vaccination rules that carry the threat of having doses withheld for noncompliance. The House voted 81-40 in support of a bill that would require the governor to confer with the attorney general and get legislative leaders' approval before issuing executive orders during states of emergency. The measure went to the Senate. Even before the House vote, lawmakers from both chambers began talks over the final version of a measure to rewrite the state's emergency management laws. The Senate approved its own bill Monday that not only would allow a new legislative committee to block the governor's orders during public health emergencies, but would also limit the power of local officials, particularly...
    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — At least three people have been treated for injuries following an apartment building fire in Keene, firefighters said Thursday. The fire was on the second floor, and not everyone was accounted for, Fire Chief Mark Howard told WMUR-TV. At least one of the injured people was sent to a hospital, Howard said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Hampshire, Associated Press
    The Marriott hotel chain will begin issuing four hours of pay to all hotel employees who get a coronavirus vaccine. In an announcement on Thursday, the hospitality company said that will provide all associates at its hotels based in the United States and Canada with a financial award for getting the vaccine and education on the vaccine as well as time off to receive it through its new Vaccination Care Program. “The health and safety of our people is our top priority. Our goal for the Vaccination Care Program is to remove potential obstacles to getting vaccinated so our associates can put their health first and have peace of mind," Marriott's Global Chief Human Resources Officer David Rodriguez said in a press release. Marriott also stated that it is hopeful that as more people become vaccinated the travel and hospitality industries will begin to see an influx after it was...
    Several Dr. Seuss books are now at the top of Amazon's bestseller list just days after the author's estate said it would stop publishing six books that contained racist or offensive imagery. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which preserves the author's legacy, said it worked with a panel of experts to determine the books "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong." Those titles, including "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," "Scrambled Eggs Super!," and "The Cat's Quizzer," have since sold out at booksellers. On Thursday, nine Dr. Seuss books filled the top 10 of Amazon's bestseller list, with "The Cat in the Hat" at No. 1. There were a total of 25 titles in the top 50, including "Oh, The Places You'll Go," and "Green Eggs and Ham." Resale prices on sites like eBay were being listed for steeper prices, under the marketing of...
    Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) want the Federal Trade Commission to take steps to protect people who have experienced abuse and stalking from invasive people search sites, potentially including measures to help them remove their addresses from data brokers. “We write to express serious concerns about recent reports that data brokers are publicizing the location and contact information of victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking,” the senators wrote in the letter, which The Hill reporter Chris Mills Rodrigo posted online. “We have serious concerns that third-party data brokers play a role in revealing [a] protected address and providing access to personal information that can lead to continued abuse.” The letter cites a 2020 Consumer Reports story about the risks of data brokers like Intelius and Spokeo — which are promoted as modern-day phone books, offering phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, and other information. These...
    Since time immemorial, our country has given a lot of extremely talented artists. However, very few are those who manage to take the next step towards “the big leagues”, because not all agencies and record companies are betting on these women. That is why They themselves have had to get ahead and promote themselves so that thousands of people know their proposal and songs. Little by little we have seen more female presence within the Mexican music scene, especially in the festivals that are organized around our country. But we also have to be very honest, despite the fact that an effort has been made to include them in the most important cartels in Mexico, the representation of girls in these scenarios is still far from being the one that at least they deserve to stand out. You can also read: 30 EMBLEMATIC WOMEN IN LATIN ROCK WHO...
    CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said the state is “way ahead of schedule” with its COVID vaccine plan, and as a result can offer appointments for teachers and people over 50 years old before the end of March. The state is currently in Phase 1b of its plan, meaning people 65 and older, and those with two or more eligible medical conditions can make an appointment. READ MORE: Fenway Park COVID Vaccine Site To Close; Operations Shifting To Hynes Convention Center Sununu announced Thursday that school districts who are hosting “closed pod” vaccination clinics for their teachers will be able to begin scheduling shots on March 12 as the state moves forward to Phase 2a. On March 17, K-12 school and childcare staff members can begin making appointments on the state’s vaccine website. Those appointments will get underway at various locations beginning March 22. READ MORE:...
    More On: china US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts Uighur exile who hasn’t heard from family in years speaks out against China Chinese astronauts training for space station crewed flights China makes COVID-19 anal swabs mandatory for foreigners China has been ramping up surveillance known as “emotion recognition technology” in order to monitor human feelings — and help them with law enforcement, according to reports. Emotion recognition technology tracks traits such as facial muscle movements, vocal tone and body movements in order to infer a person’s feelings, the state-run Global Times reported. “Emotion recognition is definitely the direction of humanity’s future tech development,” Ma Qingguo, who is head of the Academy of Neuroeconomics and Neuromanagement at Ningbo University, told the outlet. Some Chinese experts boast that the new technology is up to 95 percent accurate at detecting people’s emotions. The cutting-edge tool is increasingly being used in various fields including...
    The New York Times ‘She Is a Hero’: In Myanmar’s Protests, Women Are on the Front Lines Ma Kyal Sin loved taekwondo, spicy food and a good red lipstick. She adopted the English name Angel, and her father hugged her goodbye when she went out on the streets of Mandalay, in central Myanmar, to join the crowds peacefully protesting the recent seizure of power by the military. The black T-shirt that Kyal Sin wore to the protest Wednesday carried a simple message: “Everything will be OK.” In the afternoon, Kyal Sin, 18, was shot in the head by the security forces, who killed at least 30 people nationwide in the single bloodiest day since the Feb. 1 coup, according to the United Nations. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times “She is a hero for our country,” said Ma Cho Nwe Oo, one of Kyal Sin’s...
    Top Chinese political adviser Tan Jianfeng on Tuesday called for the establishment of a national “data bank” of biometric data, including facial and fingerprint recognition data, to protect Chinese “national security” and “information security.” China’s state-run Global Times quoted Tan suggesting biometric data must be aggressively harvested and zealously protected because it will become increasingly necessary for life in the pervasively-monitored Communist state, and the data is extremely difficult to replace if lost, corrupted, or stolen: Data security has become an important issue concerning national security, said Tan Jianfeng, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, noting that some key data, such as personal biometric data (face, fingerprint, and DNA data) have unique and non-renewable characteristics that can’t be recovered and changed once they are stolen and bring huge and irreversible risks. Tan, also the head of the Shanghai Information Security Trade Association, proposed...
    The BBC on Tuesday reported on a “high-level Chinese study,” meant for top Chinese Communist Party officials only but accidentally leaked online, that outlined a plan to crush the Uyghur people of Xinjiang province by dispersing their population across China’s vast land mass, making it difficult for them to raise families and pass along their traditions. The material reviewed by the BBC included a Chinese television report from 2017 that has “not featured in international news reporting until now.” The video included interviews with young Uyghurs that made it clear they were being intimidated into taking jobs far from home before they could start families with other Uyghurs. “This video is remarkable. The Chinese government continually says that people are volunteering to engage in these programs, but this absolutely reveals that this is a system of coercion that people are not allowed to resist,” Professor Laura Murphy of Sheffield Hallam...
    DAVID Beckham has signed a seven-figure deal with Disney+ to make a new TV show for the streaming giant. The programme will see David working with a group of young footballers from an inner city team who play in the east end of London. 4David Beckham has signed a lucrative deal with Disney+Credit: Getty The ex-England captain will act as a mentor for the group who are growing up in similar circumstances to him. Casting for the show took place this week in Hackney Marshes, East London – two miles from where David was born and raised in Leytonstone.  A source said: “David was approached by Disney+ about making the show and he was very taken with the idea because it really reflects his own experiences growing up. Plus he’s still so committed to young talent in the game. “He will be acting as a mentor figure to a group...
    BERKELEY — A small group of protesters descended upon Golden Gate Fields on Thursday to demand that the track be shut down in the wake of recent horse deaths. A Berkeley-based group  calling itself “Direct Action Everywhere (DXE)” held blue-and-gold placards as they gathered near the entrance to the racetrack at Interstate 80 and Gilman Street, while another four people planned to chain themselves together on the track, according to Almira Tanner, 33, the lead organizer of the group. Seventeen people protested outside the racetrack. The banner and placards read, “Shut Down Golden Gate Fields.” Tanner said the group was there, because after the recent horse deaths, “we felt like enough is enough.” She said of the four people who were planning to chain themselves together in the hope of shutting down the day’s racing: “They’re prepared to get arrested.” She identified them as Jamie Cron,...
    A SIZE six mum-to-be whose bump was so big people thought she was having twins had a giant baby the weight of a bowling ball. Tiny Tia Walters struggled to get about and was in constant pain as her belly grew in pregnancy. 8 Size six mum-to-be Tia Walters had a bump that was so big people thought she was having twins 8 Tiny Tia gave birth to son Roman who weighed a whopping 10lb 8oz — the size of a three-month-old infant But she found out why when her baby boy, Roman, was delivered — he clocked in at 10lb 8oz, the size of a three-month-old infant. Tia, 19, said: “People kept asking if I was having twins because I was that huge. “When I saw him I couldn’t believe how big he was. “He was so long. He may be a big baby but I wouldn’t...
    By Sheriff Jim Wilson, Shooting Illustrated Nobody likes new guns and gear more than I do. But, we all know that carrying neat equipment doesn’t make a person a more difficult target. The most important factor to winning a violent attack is what we have inside us. It’s that ability to spot trouble, the ability to avoid it if we can and that ability to deal with it decisively when there are no other options. My job is really not to teach so much as it is to try to get people to think, evaluate their own situation and find ways to improve that situation. My situation is that I live in an area that really has very little violent crime, the rural Southwest. I have to continually fight the inclination to become complacent. After all, bad things rarely happen around here. All of that changes, I have to remind myself, if I...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With more COVID-19 restrictions likely to be lifted in coming weeks, Los Angeles County's public health director has warned that while an end to the pandemic is in sight, it's not over yet."Our biggest worry is, of course, that people will relax too much, decide not to wear their face mask, decide not to keep their distance, decide to go back to having big parties,'' Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday during a virtual briefing. "We're just not there yet. None of that would be safe at this point, and all of it can cause spread.''Her warning came amid continuing downward trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, but with daily deaths regularly topping 100 and more variants of the virus appearing that could more quickly spread through a community still struggling to get fully vaccinated.Ferrer said the county has now confirmed the first case of a COVID variant...
    NEW Zealand authorities have issued an urgent tsunami warning after a third massive earthquake rocked the country in the space of a few hours. Residents have been urged to flee inland to safety after the 8.0 magnitude quake struck off the Kermadec Islands in northeastern New Zealand on Friday morning. 2The quake struck off tNew Zealand's north eastern coast New Zealand's National Emergency Management Agency has issued a tsunami warning after the magnitude 8 earthquake struck around 8.28am New Zealand time at a depth of 10 km. The quake has triggered alerts for parts of New Zealand, Tonga, Niue, American Samoa, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Vanuatu and Fiji. "People in all other areas who felt a LONG or STRONG earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or lasted longer than a minute, should MOVE IMMEDIATELY to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation...
    Most people have known for years that technology giants like Facebook and Google make a ton of money by knowing exactly what people do online and selling that knowledge to advertisers. The advertisers, in turn, get better and better at serving people ads targeted directly to them. But there’s been a reckoning in the past few years as people and governments around the world have learned just how much these companies know and what they can do with it. Despite that, yesterday’s news that Google will not build identifiers to track individuals across the internet came as a surprise. The company also affirmed that it won’t use any new identifiers made by third parties. Google’s entire business model has relied on having extensive information on what people do with its services as well as details on the sites people visit with Chrome. That said, Google has been moving in...
    Tiger Woods' former mistress Rachel Uchitel is launching a new career as a relationship guru using the experience she has gained from being caught up in a string of sex scandals, DailyMail.com can reveal. In January, Uchitel was caught on camera kissing married lawyer Ed Batts, 47, who she met through sugar daddy dating site Seeking Arrangement. The pair have now split, with Uchitel telling DailyMail.com that she is single and looking for a new relationship with a man who will bring stability to her life. The fresh scandal came a decade after the mom-of-one was revealed to be having an affair with the golfer – he famously crashed into a tree after being chased from the family home by his furious ex-wife Elin Nordegren. Now Uchitel says she wants to be honest about who she is and her relationships – and has signed a deal to become the face...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock demanded Thursday that Eritrean forces fighting alongside Ethiopian government troops in embattled Tigray province leave the country, a demand echoed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to his spokesman. Lowcock warned that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Tigray, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance. His remarks to a closed meeting of the U.N. Security Council, obtained by The Associated Press, for the first time singled out Eritrean forces as fighting on the side of the government and warned of possible famine “if food does not get through and there is no agricultural revival.” When asked if the secretary-general supported Lowcock’s demand for the Eritrean forces to leave, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric replied, “Yes.” As the Tigray crisis enters its fourth month, Lowcock said, the humanitarian crisis is deteriorating and “multiple credible and widely corroborated reports from...
    More On: Coronavirus Pushed out by pandemic, women struggle to regain footing in US job market Psaki defends Biden’s weekend Delaware trips, says he ‘lives in Wilmington’ Pittsburgh Penguins under fire for photoshopping masks onto fans Texas gov fires back at Biden: Releasing migrants with COVID is ‘Neanderthal thinking’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended President Biden’s attack on the “neanderthal thinking” of governors ending COVID-19 mask mandates — and denied Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s counter-claim that Biden is “importing” the virus by releasing infected illegal immigrants. Psaki said that Biden’s language was meant to describe the actions of Abbott and fellow Republican Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, rather than to demean them personally as mentally primitive. “The behavior of a neanderthal, just to be very clear, the behavior of,” she stressed at her daily press briefing. “What everybody saw yesterday was a reflection of...
    Bradley Cortright March 4, 2021 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden was venting his frustration around people not following public health guidelines when he warned against using “Neanderthal thinking” to lift coronavirus restrictions. During a press briefing on Thursday, Psaki was asked about Biden’s comments. The reporter claimed that the president compared the governors of Texas and Mississippi to Neanderthals.  Psaki responded by saying Biden was not comparing the governors to Neanderthals. Rather she said he was comparing their actions to “the behavior of a Neanderthal.” “Just to be very clear, the behavior of,” she reiterated. She continued, “Look, I think the president… what everybody saw yesterday was a reflection of his frustration and exasperation — which I think many American people have. That for almost a year now, people across the country have sacrificed, and many times they haven’t had information they need from the federal...
    Changing the Pokémon formula by having players participate in activities other than gym battles was a strange idea until Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were released. The Alola region brought something new to Pokémon fans, and while some may have their complaints with the games in this region, many enjoyed their time with them. Also, the change can bring with it new discussions and ideas for anyone regarding fictional and real-world topics that can make franchises enjoyable and attractive. To add to the talk, here are five Pokémon from the Alola region that should exist and others that shouldn’t. 10 should exist: Rowlett, a Pokémon that can protect and care for humans Rowlett seemed like a favorite with many Pokémon fans when she debuted in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games, and many would love for her species to exist in real life. Whether as companions or...
    Reuters March 4, 2021 0 Comments A smattering of followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, the day the movement had predicted former President Donald Trump’s return to office, but they were far outnumbered by security forces deployed to deter any possible attack. National Guard troops patrolled inside the fence encircling the Capitol, the scene of a deadly insurrection by Trump supporters that killed five people. Police had warned of a potential attack by militants to mark Thursday’s date, and the House of Representatives canceled its session. But around noon, all was quiet. John and Karyn Carson, who took time off work and came from California to see Trump be inaugurated for a second term, were undaunted. “Every day that we’re here, we’ll probably come out around noon and see if anything transpires,” Karyn, 52, told Reuters. “If it doesn’t happen, we’ll obviously...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – On Thursday, Governor Newsom said California is not going to follow other states in loosening mask guidelines. At a press conference Thursday, the governor said he’s encouraging people to do just the opposite, and double up on masks. READ MORE: Indoor And Outdoor Youth Sports Can Resume In California After Settlement; COVID-19 Case Rate Still The Determining Factor “[We’re] encouraging people, particularly those that use cloth masks, to consider using an additional mask and double masking,” he said. “[If] you’re not using the cloth mask and you’re using masks…that actually filter even more than n 95 masks, that’s not a guideline recommendation. While other states, including Texas and Mississippi, have dropped their virus restrictions, Newsom said the state is encouraging people basically to double down on mask-wearing, READ MORE: California To Give 40% Of COVID Vaccine Doses To Vulnerable Areas “We will not be walking down their...
    The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to begin debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan with the assistance of Vice President Kamala Harris to make the vote 51-50. Yes, Republicans unanimously opposed even moving forward on providing essential aid to the American people to get out of this pandemic. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Ron "Genius" Johnson became the face of the GOP, surpassing his usual ridiculousness in his opposition to the COVID-19 relief bill that 77% of voters support, including 59% of Republicans. That includes saying it really should be blocked from passing for 1,200 days, because ... reasons. Maybe because a $1.9 trillion stack of one dollar bills is "A stack of dollar bills that extends more than halfway the distance to the moon." Because for some reason he believes that is relevant. Of course, the GOP Tax Scam he voted for in 2017 had just about the same price tag but for some reason,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for people who live in the most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly. The doses will be spread among 400 ZIP codes where there are about 8 million people eligible for shots, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health and human services secretary. Many of the neighborhoods are concentrated in Los Angeles County and the central valley, which have had among the highest rates of infection. The areas are considered most vulnerable based on metrics such as household income, education level, housing status and access to transportation. READ MORE: Indoor And Outdoor Youth Sports Can Resume In California After Settlement; COVID-19 Case Rate Still The Determining Factor Ghaly said the goal is to cut transmission rates and reopen the state’s...
    Connecticut continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the quickest rates in the country. With thousands of more people eligible to receive the vaccine as of this week, Connecticut has set up an online and telephone hotline to allow for appointments to be made. As of Monday, March 1, people over the age of 55, teachers, and school staffers all became eligible to receive the vaccine, joining healthcare personnel, first responders, and long-term care residents. Those who are eligible can sign up for an appointment using the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System or through Connecticut’s hotline at 877-918-2224. Moving forward, the state will be proceeding with an age-based approach to making the vaccine more accessible, which began this week: Monday, March 1: expands to age group 55 to 64; Monday, March 22: expands to age group 45 to 54; Monday, April 12: expands to age...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A powerful aftershock with magnitude 5.9 caused additional damage in central Greece Thursday, a day after an earthquake damaged hundreds of homes in the same area. Authorities said some empty houses, which had been abandoned by their inhabitants after suffering damage Wednesday, collapsed but no injuries were reported. According to the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the aftershock struck as night fell Thursday outside the central town of Elasona, some 365 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of the Greek capital. Local authorities advised people in the area to remain outdoors for a second night. “We are advising people not to return to their homes in the area near the epicenter,” said Efthymios Lekkas, head of the state-run Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization. “This latest event came from a section of the faultline that we had not considered to be active. It surprised us.” The army set up tents in...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock demanded Thursday that Eritrean forces fighting alongside Ethiopian government troops in embattled Tigray province leave the country, a demand echoed by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to his spokesman. Lowcock warned that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Tigray, saying at least 4.5 million people need assistance. His remarks to a closed meeting of the U.N. Security Council, obtained by The Associated Press, for the first time singled out Eritrean forces as fighting on the side of the government and warned of possible famine “if food does not get through and there is no agricultural revival.” When asked if the secretary-general supported Lowcock’s demand for the Eritrean forces to leave, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric replied, “Yes." As the Tigray crisis enters its fourth month, Lowcock said, the humanitarian crisis is deteriorating and “multiple...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from March 4, 2021: Fourteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday, for a total of 6,521. Of the people whose deaths were announced Thursday, two were in their 90s, three were in their 80s, seven in their 70s and two in their 60s. Seven of the 14 people whose deaths announced Thursday were residents of long-term care facilities. Article continues after advertisement MDH also said Thursday there have been 487,374...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wears a protective mask while arriving to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Senate took its first major step Thursday toward passing Democrats' $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as lawmakers try to beat a deadline to prevent unemployment aid from expiring. The chamber voted to start debate on the rescue package, setting the stage for its approval as soon as this weekend. Vice President Kamala Harris had to break a 50-50 tie after a party-vote in the evenly divided Senate. A tricky process awaits, as Senate Republicans who oppose more stimulus spending have tools at their disposal to delay a final vote on the 628-page bill by hours or even days. The procedural vote starts up to 20 hours of debate on the plan. Senators...
    Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, R., slammed Joe Biden's "Neanderthal thinking" comment on lifting COVID-19 restrictions on "The Faulkner Focus" on Thursday, calling the president a "hypocrite." Biden took a swipe at Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi Wednesday, accusing them of "Neanderthal thinking" following their decision to reverse coronavirus safety policies, including mask mandates. "How dare him attack Texas for our policies when he is allowing the border to be overrun by people coming in here by the hundreds, by the thousands and testing positive and coming on a bus to your state wherever you happen to live in the United States of America," Patrick said. "What a hypocrite." WHITE HOUSE 'PROTECTING' BIDEN BY NOT SCHEDULING PRESS CONFERENCES: KARL ROVE More than 100 illegal immigrants released by the Border Patrol into Texas since January have tested positive for COVID-19 following their arrival, officials on the U.S.-Mexico border told Fox News.  Felipe Romero, a spokesperson for Brownsville, said Wednesday the 108 positives represent 6.3% of the number...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A powerful aftershock with magnitude 5.9 caused additional damage in central Greece Thursday, a day after an earthquake damaged hundreds of homes in the same area. Authorities said some empty houses, which had been abandoned by their inhabitants after suffering damage Wednesday, collapsed but no injuries were reported. According to the Athens Geodynamic Institute, the aftershock struck as night fell Thursday outside the central town of Elasona, some 365 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of the Greek capital. Local authorities advised people in the area to remain outdoors for a second night. “We are advising people not to return to their homes in the area near the epicenter,” said Efthymios Lekkas, head of the state-run Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization. “This latest event came from a section of the faultline that we had not considered to be active. It surprised us.” The army set...
    Getty Joe Rogan in 2004 while hosting "Fear Factor." Joe Rogan launched his career as a TV star on shows like News Radio and Hardball before hosting the game show Fear Factor. But Rogan said recently on his Joe Rogan Experience Spotify podcast that as much as he enjoys watching TV and thinks it’s where the best entertainment is made these days, he doesn’t see himself likely returning to the small screen as a game show host or in any other role. Rogan, who recently moved from California to Austin, Texas, said he likes the freedom of hosting his podcast and working as a commentator for UFC. Rogan, speaking with filmmaker Tiller Russell, on the March 3, 2021, episode of his podcast, said, “Isn’t it amazing how television used to be the place where people would go when their careers were falling apart and now it’s the best...
    SOPA Images / Getty Images Streaming platform Twitch received backlash after using "womxn" in a tweet for Women's History Month. Critics say the term is transphobic because it suggests trans women are not real women. It's OK if someone wants to self-identify as "womxn", but using it as a catchall term for trans people is harmful. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On the first day of Women's History Month, online streaming platform Twitch got a wave of backlash for its use of the term "womxn" to kick off the month.  "Join us in celebrating and supporting all the Womxn creating their own worlds, building their communities, and leading the way on Twitch," the Twitch Twitter account said in a now-deleted tweet. Womxn became a popular term in the 2010s as a term to break away from linguistic sexism. Feminist organizations started using womxn to cut out...
    The makers of a new supersonic jet that could someday fly between New York and London in 90 minutes have revealed the plane’s luxe interior. Spike Aerospace’s S-512 Supersonic Jet won’t have windows in order to increase fuel efficiency and keep the cabin quiet, according to the Telegraph. Instead, the inside walls will be lined with an extra-long computer screen that can split up into individual TVs. The S-512 is Spike’s contribution to the burgeoning supersonic jet market, which is reemerging after almost two decades since the demise of the Concorde jet. The Concorde could make the cross-Atlantic trip in three hours. The Spike S-512 Supersonic Business Jet from Spike Aerospace, boasts flying time from NYC to London in three hours.Spike Aerospace, Inc. Unlike the Concorde, which carried up to 100 people, the S-512 will have a maximum capacity of 18 flyers, the Telegraph said. The new jet is...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for people who live in the most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state's economy open more quickly.The doses will be spread among 400 ZIP codes where there are about 8 million people eligible for shots, said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state's health and human services secretary. Many of the neighborhoods are concentrated in Los Angeles County and the central valley, which have had among the highest rates of infection. The areas are considered most vulnerable based on metrics such as household income, education level, housing status and access to transportation.Ghaly said the goal is to cut transmission rates and reopen the state's economy."As we achieve higher levels of vaccine in the hardest hit communities, we feel more confident that more and more activities across the...