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    Tuesday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) warned Big Tech was making inroads into the incoming Biden administration, which he said could have policy repercussions given the tech companies spent big on the 2020 election cycle. Buck called it “payback time.” “No doubt about it, and it’s not surprising,” he replied. “You see where the vice presidential pick was from and the support that she had during her career, and then you see the money that flowed into the Biden campaign, and it’s payback time. It’s time that the Biden administration make sure that Google, Amazon and the others are taken care of. And they’ll do it by placing personnel in key positions, as well as continuing the flow of money back and forth.” The Colorado lawmaker also referenced the Hunter Biden story’s suppression by online platforms operated by Big Tech companies to bolster his point. “It...
    A prominent Chinese coronavirus expert has ruled out the possibility of another COVID-19 outbreak hitting China, claiming it was because of the country's strong testing abilities. Dr Zhang Wenhong, who led the fight against the virus in Shanghai, said in a Monday conference that it was 'nearly impossible' for a large-scale spread of the coronavirus to emerge in China again during the upcoming Chinese New Year in February. His statements come as COVID-19 cases have been rising in the Chinese capital Beijing and northern China in recent days after the country appeared to have largely contained the contagion. A prominent Chinese coronavirus expert has ruled out the possibility of another COVID-19 outbreak hitting China, claiming it was because of the country's strong testing abilities. In this photo, residents in Beijing are seen wearing face masks as they walk along a street today Dr Zhang Wenhong (pictured), who led...
    The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which has a lower cost and is easier to store than other vaccines that have already been approved. Health secretary Matt Hancock hailed the approval of the critical vaccine on Wednesday saying it means the UK will be 'out' of the coronavirus crisis by the Spring - but also signalled that millions more people are being put into lockdown.  In a massive boost after the country racked up a record 50,000 daily cases on Tuesday, Hancock insisted a rapid rollout of the jab - developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca - now offers 'high confidence' the pandemic will be past within months. The UK has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine with supplies due to arrive today or tomorrow and the first jabs starting on Monday.  AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot said deliveries would start tomorrow,...
    Congress is set to officially certify Joe Biden’s election victory on January 6th. Because President Donald Trump and a number of high-profile supporters are still digging in on baseless conspiracies about the election, there’s plans for some Republicans to attempt to object, while there’s a big pro-Trump protest expected in D.C. that day. The president himself cryptically tweeted, “See you in Washington, DC, on January 6th. Don’t miss it. Information to follow!” See you in Washington, DC, on January 6th. Don’t miss it. Information to follow! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2020 Geraldo Rivera, despite his support of the president, has been practically begging him in the last few weeks to knock it off, accept that he won, and not risk his legacy even more with this stuff. Rivera has gone after some Trump allies like Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell for their crazy ideas,...
    Black Americans are most optimistic about the state of the United States but Americans regardless of race, gender or region are generally pessimistic about the direction of the country. Only 20% overall of those polled in a new The Economist/YouGov survey said yes when asked, “Would you say things in this country today are generally headed in the right direction?” US President-Elect Joe Biden speaks while introducing his nomination for Education Secretary, Dr. Miguel Cardona. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) Fully 80% said the country was “off on the wrong track” while 19% were not sure. (RELATED: POLL: 85% Of Americans Believe America Is ‘Greatly Divided’) Black Americans were slightly more optimistic, with 26% of respondents indicating the country was going  in the right direction. Hispanic Americans registered 23% support for that statement. White women with college degrees were the least likely to say America was in a...
    (CBS Local)- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many of our traditions in 2020 and the celebration of turning the calendar to a new year is no different. The traditional New Year’s Eve countdown shows will go on, but there will be a different look and feel to them than normal. With restrictions on large public gatherings in place throughout the country due to the pandemic, each city is taking a different approach to their New Year’s celebration than in years past. Though the approach is different, there are still plenty of events counting down the end of what has been a particularly tough year and ringing in a, hopefully, better 2021. In New York, the ball drop in Times Square normally attracts thousands to the city’s center as people stand out in the cold to count down the minutes until midnight. While the drop will be virtual this year, there...
    Bradley Cortright December 27, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is warning Americans that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely get worse as the country heads into the winter.  Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked during an interview on CNN on Sunday if he agrees with Biden’s assessment, he said, “You know, I do… The reason I’m concerned, and my colleagues in public health are concerned as well, is that we very well might see a post-seasonal — in the sense of Christmas, New Year’s — surge.” “And as I’ve described it, a surge upon a surge because if you look at the slope, the incline of cases that we’ve experienced as we’ve gone into the late-fall and soon to be early-winter it is really quite troubling,” he continued. He went on to say the country is “really at a critical point,” and said that “if you put more pressure on the system”...
    One man used a flamethrower to clear his driveway in an epic video making the rounds on Twitter. In a video tweeted by @chadfelixg, a man can be seen removing the snow in his driveway with a flamethrower, and it’s awesome. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes) Watch the great video below. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything) ‘Merica. pic.twitter.com/s9PRR6VCW5 — Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) December 25, 2020 Is America the greatest country on the planet or is it the greatest country? The answer is yes. Only in America can you wake up on Christmas, grab an ice cold beer, fuel up your flamethrower and then clear your driveway. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down) That’s the kind of spirit that put a man on the moon and beat the Japanese. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) If...
    Despite 119,000 Americans spending Christmas Day in the hospital with COVID-19, around 616,000 people still traveled on the holiday. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said that 616,469 people were screened through airport checkpoints nationwide on Christmas Day Friday. 'Christmas day isn't typically a very busy day for air travel, however the day or two afterward are usually busier as people head home after the holiday,' Farbstein explained. 'If you choose to travel, please mask-up!' Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said that 616,469 people were screened on Friday The CDC has advised against traveling in the holiday season. The warning from the CDC comes as hospitals struggle to meet the increased capacity as coronavirus cases continue to surge. In Dallas County, there were only 17 ICU beds as of Wednesday (Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Wednesday) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised on...
    The Christmas gifts everyone wants, according to Google World Juniors 2021: Team USA scores, schedule, how to watch Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Rick Diamond/Getty Images Get to know the 2020 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything this year, and the way that country music legends are honored is no exception. In mid-August,...
    Insider recently spoke with 12 Americans who moved out of the US because of President Donald Trump. They range in age from 21 to 61, and cited a number of reasons for their moves abroad — from fears for LGBTQ rights to access to healthcare.  Some said they experienced racial aggression from Trump supporters. Two women of color recounted terrifying road-rage incidents. They also discussed the difficulties and cost of moving abroad. While many of the expats were heartened by Biden's win, most said they have no plans to return to the US anytime soon.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Weeks before the 2016 election, Michelle Dallochio was driving home when she had a frightening encounter with an apparent Donald Trump supporter. A few blocks from her Las Vegas home, the 39-year-old Iraq War veteran with Pacific Islander ancestry came across an SUV stalled in the middle...
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson warned the same leadership that has brought woes to California is coming to Washington, D.C. in the form of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. According to Carlson, California officials were using race tensions as a way to distract from the shortcomings of that governance. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: We make a lot of fun of the State of California on this show, you may have noticed, but we’re not really joking. California matters and not just because it’s our biggest state. What happens there is at some point almost certain to happen where you live. Find a national trend that didn’t begin in California. There may be some, but there aren’t many. So if you want to know the future, or if you want to prevent it, look west. California is a roadmap for the rest of us and very...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly said in a phone interview that he has been deliberately changing his public statements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic because he didn’t think people were ready to hear his true beliefs, according to the New York Times.  Fauci has been slowly increasing the number of Americans he says need to be vaccinated for the U.S. to reach “herd immunity” in public statements, the New York Times reported Thursday morning. He reportedly told the Times he has done so “partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.” Dr Fauci’s estimate for reaching herd immunity has been steadily inching up, @nytimes’ Donald McNeil Jr reports. Fauci told us at last week’s @CNBC #HealthyReturns that it may be 75-85%. https://t.co/j18nUYZ3cV pic.twitter.com/hIKewMAFim — Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) December 24, 2020 Earlier on in the pandemic, Fauci...
    WHITE supremacists have allegedly plotted to destroy power grids and create Nazi cells across the United States after President Trump's loss. The FBI revealed in an affidavit last week that White supremacists planned to attack power stations in the southeastern US in the summer of 2021. 2White supremacists allegedly planned to attack power stations in the southeastern US in the summer of 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty The affidavit, which was mistakenly unsealed, also revealed that an Ohio teen allegedly shared the plot and hoped the "operational" group of White supremacists would work quickly if Donald Trump didn't get reelected. According to the Associated Press, the affidavit was filed under seal with a search warrant in Wisconsin federal court earlier this year. After the unsealing mishap was noticed, the affidavit was immediately sealed again. However, the affidavit was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. An informant reportedly revealed the plan was dubbed...
    (CNN)An Australian man dubbed "the Claremont killer" has been sentenced to at least 40 years in jail for murdering two young women, bringing an end to one of the country's most notorious cold cases. Jane Rimmer, Ciara Glennon and Sarah Spiers all went missing from a popular nightlife area in the Western Australia city of Perth in the 1990s. For nearly 25 years, their unsolved deaths continued to loom large in the minds of residents.In September this year, following a seven-month judge-only trial, Bradley Robert Edwards, 52, was found guilty of murdering childcare worker Rimmer, 23, in 1996 and lawyer Glennon, 27, in 1997.He was found not guilty of murdering Spiers, 18, a secretary whose body has never been found, as there was insufficient evidence.On Wednesday, Edwards was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison before he will be eligible to apply for parole, the Supreme Court of...
    THE Pub Landlord, my alter ego, has joined the Campaign For Pubs as an ambassador. He’s been shouting at the British public for decades, particularly those lucky enough to sit on the front row, and now he’s shouting at Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and the rest: “Save the pub.” ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8Al Murray's alter ego, The Pub Landlord, is an ambassador for the Campaign For PubsCredit: David New - The Sun 8Just like at the start of the pandemic, pubs have had to shut up shop and shoo people awayCredit: Alamy And, take it from me, I always think it’s best to do what the Pub Landlord says. It’s nearly Christmas Eve — and is there room at the inn? Would Jesus, Mary and Joseph get in? Possibly. It depends which tier your local is in. Christmas has finally...
    President-Elect Joe Biden will address the nation on Tuesday in order to go over the country’s issues ahead of Christmas and New Years festivities. The speech is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. Biden is speaking from Wilmington, Delaware, where he is expected to speak about how the coronavirus pandemic will be a source of complications for the holidays. The president-elect received Pfizer’s vaccine against the virus yesterday, but he is likely to use his speech to urge the country to take precautions and avoid unnecessary health risks while cases are still on the rise. Biden might also take the opportunity to speak about his plans for the nation’s health and economic recovery once he takes office in another month. Congress has passed a $900 billion stimulus package to counteract the pandemic’s economic impact, though Biden has said that he would pursue further relief once he’s sworn in. Watch above....
    The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a sweeping $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package and a $1.4 trillion government funding bill Monday evening, sending it to the Senate and moving it one step closer to becoming law. The wide-reaching bill was passed in two sections; the first, which included four of the 12 appropriations bills, passed 327-85, while the second, which included the relief package and the addition eight bills, passed 359-53. The compromise was announced Sunday, ending months of partisan gridlock just days before Congress departs for the holidays and before crucial financial benefits were set to expire for millions of Americans. The bill, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday will land on President Donald Trump’s desk before Tuesday, could be a lifeline for Americans across the country as unemployment numbers and coronavirus cases and deaths rise in states across the country. The president has said...
    Italy has detected a patient infected with the mutated strain of coronavirus that emerged in Britain, becoming the fifth country outside the UK to report a case. The Italian patient flew from the UK to Rome in the last few days with his partner, who did not test positive, Italy's health ministry said. The pair are now isolating. So far, cases of the new variant, said to be up to 70 per cent more infectious than regular Covid, have been spotted in Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium. In November there were nine instances of the strain in Denmark and one in Australia, while the Netherlands announced it had detected a case this month. There have also been unconfirmed reports of at least one case in Belgium. Scotland and Wales have both picked up cases of the strain in recent weeks, although it is spreading predominantly in London and the South...
    More than any single event in recent memory, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the gaping chasms of inequality in American society. From the very outset it was accepted wisdom that “essential workers,” i.e., those forced to risk their lives in unsafe workplaces throughout the country, would include not only medical personnel such as doctors, nurses, and hospital orderlies; not only police, firefighters and first responders; not only operators of public transportation and critical government services such as postal workers; but also the folks who worked behind cash registers at the Lowe’s, the 7-11, and those whose jobs involved the processing, delivery, preparation and  transportation of food items and consumer goods that kept the moribund economy from congealing into a second Great Depression. The “essential” nature of these workers was loudly touted by companies from Amazon to WalMart to Domino’s pizza, who extolled the selfless bravery of their employees in warm and touching TV ads,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Siphiwe Baleka may be the only person in the world with the following titles: Olympic hopeful, Yale dropout, semi-truck driver. Oh, he's also 50 years old.Baleka grew up a competitive swimmer. By the time he was 12, he was winning state championships. That's when he says he had the dream to become the first African American on the U.S. Olympic swim team."In 1992, I missed qualifying for the Olympic trials by eight-tenths of a second and that pretty much ended my career," Baleka said. He left school and quit swimming. His friend suggested he become semi-truck driver."I loved it, it was a great experience, but I very quickly started gaining a lot of weight," Baleka said. "That's when I realized I had to take responsibility and I started working out again."Around 2011, Baleka got the idea to start swimming again competitively. By 2015, Baleka said he...
    (CNN)With a Covid-19 caseload heading toward 10 million people, India is the world's second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, trailing only the United States. But it is aiming to lift itself out of the crisis in the coming months with a massive vaccination drive -- covering in its first phase almost as many people as the entire US population.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has identified 300 million people to receive the first doses of the vaccines. The priority group is made up of 30 million health care workers, policemen, soldiers and volunteers, and 270 million vulnerable people -- mostly citizens above the age of 50 and 10 million others with serious comorbidities.The producers of three leading coronavirus vaccine candidates have applied for emergency use authorization, and all of them require two doses to provide sufficient immunity. That adds up to a total of 600 million shots, and Modi's...
    Sammie Michael Dent, Jr., the grandson of Florence Bolton, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient that died on November 2nd at Roseland Community Hospital, carries her casket into Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S., December 9, 2020.Shannan Stapleton | Reuters December is on pace become deadliest month of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, surpassing April when more than 60,738 Americans lost their lives to the coronavirus. Hospitals across the U.S. are becoming overwhelmed and people are dying in record numbers once again — even as U.S. and state officials rush to get lifesaving vaccine doses across the nation. December is already the second-deadliest month of the pandemic in the U.S. with more than 42,500 Covid-19 deaths as of Thursday and with two weeks left to the month, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At the early height of the...
    I just remembered I left my oven on. In Poland. Three weeks from now. On Jan. 6, unless he fakes his own kidnapping or takes other drastic action, Vice President Mike Pence will preside over Congress as it accepts the Electoral College victory of Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States. He then will immediately flee the country. No, really! We're not making this up! As reported by Politico, Mike Pence is looking to preside over the acceptance of the Electoral College results, then leave town the very same day to go on a tour of the Middle East and Europe. It would mark Pence's first foreign trip in a year, and is being timed to coincidentally overlap with the days in which Donald Trump is expected to froth and rage more than Donald Trump has ever frothed and raged before. Go figure. It also comes during a spike in...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said Thursday he believes his country has failed to protect the elderly in care homes from the effects of the pandemic. "I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible. It is something we all suffer with," the monarch said. His comments followed the conclusions presented Tuesday by an independent commission that looked into Sweden's handling of the pandemic. It said elderly care in Sweden has major structural shortcomings and authorities have proved unprepared and ill-equipped to meet the pandemic. FILE: Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf talks to invitees during a round table dialogue on tracking air pollution and adopting circular economy approaches in New Delhi, India.  (AP) Sweden has stood out among European and other nations for the way it has handled the pandemic, not mandating lockdowns like other nations but...
    Outgoing Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) toasted the “spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation” on the House floor Thursday, cracking open a beer and raising a glass to end his farewell speech. Although only water is allowed on the House floor, Cunningham tactfully hid the can in his jacket pocket until his address. “Our country is facing some serious issues right now, and our country would be much better served if Democrats and Republicans could come together,” the representative said to his colleagues. “My grandfather always told me that you can get through any problem if you can actually sit down with somebody and have a beer together.” Cunningham then noted that he has been dedicated to working with representatives from both sides of the political aisle, stressing the importance of listening to one another. “For the betterment of this country, we have to come together. We have to sit down...
    Mexico's lower house of congress has overwhelmingly approved a law limiting the power of foreign agents in the country and lifting their immunity, in a decision that could impact its relationship with the US, a key partner in its fight against drug cartels. The law, which was passed on Tuesday after being approved by the senate last week, is widely seen as a broadside against the United States, after weeks of tension with Washington over anti-drug operations. It also marks a fresh controversy awaiting President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office next month. The lower house of Mexico's congress on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a controversial law proposed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (pictured) after a diplomatic bust-up over the arrest of former Mexican defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles in October on drug charges The legislation does not specifically target the US, but it was proposed by...
    By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said Thursday he believes his country has failed to protect the elderly in care homes from the effects of the pandemic. “I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible. It is something we all suffer with,” the monarch said. His comments followed the conclusions presented Tuesday by an independent commission that looked into Sweden’s handling of the pandemic. It said that elderly care in Sweden has major structural shortcomings and authorities have proved unprepared and ill-equipped to meet the pandemic. Sweden has stood out among European and other nations for the way it has handled the pandemic, long not mandating lockdowns like other nations but relying on citizens’ sense of civic duty. The Scandinavian country has seen more than 7,800 virus-related deaths. In September, Sweden lifted...
    Sweden’s idiosyncratic approach to managing the coronavirus has “failed,” according to the nation’s monarch. "I think we have failed,” Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf said during a year-end television program. “We have a large number who have died, and that is terrible.” Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic was characterized by a refusal to issue mandatory lockdown orders that made the Scandinavian nation an outlier from much of Europe and the globe. Stockholm underestimated the severity of the winter wave of infections. "We got three different scenarios from the Public Health Agency this summer,” Karolinska Hospital ICU doctor Lars Falk told AFP. “We prepared for the worst, and it turned out twice as bad.” Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, orchestrated the light-touch approach to coronavirus regulations while foreseeing a manageable infection rate. "I think we will have a relatively low, even spread during the autumn...
    Vice President Mike Pence is expected to leave the country on a week-long world tour, directly after he formally confirms President-elect Joe Biden's victory on the House floor on January 6.  Politico reported Thursday that Pence is eyeing a trip abroad that week that would take him to Bahrain, Israel and Poland, though the trip hasn't been officially confirmed. 'I suspect the timing is anything but coincidental,' a Pence ally told the newsite.  Vice President Mike Pence is eyeing a week-long trip abroad after the January 6 House of Representatives session he'll have to preside over to lock in the presidential election result in favor of President-elect Joe Biden  Politico reported Thursday that Pence plans to travel to Bahrain, Israel and Poland and could be trying to avoid the wrath of President Donald Trump (left) who has continued to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden...
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Justin Simmons keeps piling stops on the football field and salutes off it. The Broncos fifth-year safety is having another stellar season for a scuffling squad, and hopes to parlay it into the long-term deal with Denver that eluded him last offseason. “It would mean everything,” said Simmons, who’s playing on the $11.441 million franchise tag that prevents the Broncos from negotiating with him again until next spring. “I’ve built so many great relationships here, and I’ve built so many great relationships in the community. There are so many things that I care about here. It’s a no-brainer on my end.” Justin Simmons (credit: CBS) Although Simmons’ career has coincided with the Broncos’ fall from Super Bowl champion to perennial also-ran, the heart of Denver’s defense sees the team inching closer to contention even though another loss will mean four consecutive losing seasons for the first...
    On Wednesday night, The Masked Singer crowned its fourth winner on Fox. The hit show has had viewers guessing like crazy over the past couple of months and finally revealed who the remaining three contestants were. As the weeks have gone on, the Sun has continued to make a huge impression on viewers at home and the panel — Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, and Ken Jeong — with their jaw-dropping vocals. For their debut performance, they sang Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” and instantly proved that they were a talented female songstress who definitely performs for a living. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, there was a lot of speculation for who the Sun could be. For one of their clue packages, they said that when they “sprung into existence,” they felt like the center of the universe. Throughout the clip, a gold card member was shown as...
    Actress Bhumi Pednekar is a climate warrior too, and she has now engaged in a new effort to work at spreading awareness about carbon footprint. Bhumi has joined hands with the global citizen initiative named Count Us In as a climate champion, She will work closely to inspire and educate Indians towards reducing carbon footprint. Her own initiative, named Climate Warrior, will work very closely with Count Us In, to involve and educate people across the country. Climate Warrior Bhumi Pednekar Shares How Environment Consciousness Came Early to Her “Protecting the environment has become my life’s mission and I’m thrilled to partner with Count Us In to raise more awareness towards climate change in India. Christiana Figueres is an inspirational human being who has dedicated her life to saving the planet, and I look forward to working with her on this issue in my country,” said environmental activist Bhumi. The...
    The Berlin International Film Festival might be held virtually for its upcoming 2021 edition. Sources told Variety that the festival organisers are expected to delay the festival due to resurgence in coronavirus cases in Germany. They will be announcing their plans later this week. As of now, the 71st edition of the film gala is scheduled to run as a physical event from February 11-21, but the organisers are now rethinking their strategy. Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards to Be Held on February 20, 2021 The festival is now looking to stage a competition section in a virtual format in early March, with the European Film Market running as a digital event at the same time. The organisers are also thinking of holding a mini-festival with a series of onsite world premieres for early June. Germany entered a harder lockdown from Wednesday, closing shops and schools to try to...
    (CNN)More Americans received their first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday, and the country now gears up for a possible second vaccine authorization in the next few days. In Miami, several frontline health care workers got their vaccine Tuesday, while in Vermont, an emergency department nurse became the first person in the state to get vaccinated."The women and men who received these first doses represent thousands of health care heroes in every corner of Vermont," said Dr. John Brumsted, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network. First came news of a vaccine. Now come the scams.About 20 million people are expected to get their first shots by the end of this month. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said officials will soon provide a dashboard with the number of Covid-19 vaccinations completed, "so we know exactly how we're doing on getting shots in arms."And a...
    Donald Trump showed no sign of accepting his defeat today as he continued to tout his unfounded claims of election fraud hours after the electoral college confirmed Joe Biden as president-elect.   The president claimed early on Tuesday that 'this fake election can no longer stand' because 'many Trump votes were routed to Biden', citing an unofficial 'audit' in Michigan which purported to show flaws with the Dominion voting software.  'Dominion Voting Machines are a disaster all over the country,' Trump claimed after the release of the 'report' which Michigan officials said was 'another in a long stream of misguided, vague and dubious assertions'.   Trump also welcomed a vote by Texas electors to protest the result in swing states which Biden won, and retweeted a supporter's claim that 'Trump is in the process of proving he won, and Biden is pretending he did'.  As has become habitual in recent weeks, Twitter...
    More than 16,000 Christmas trees were handed out and delivered to military family members at bases all across the country this year thanks to the Trees for Troops program. At Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, military families got to have a brighter Christmas amid the pandemic after the program gave away trees to 80 military families in the area as part of the national program, according to WXOW.com in a piece published Sunday. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The piece noted that things went smoothly amid the pandemic this year, as families drove up in their cars to get their Christmas Trees. (RELATED: Watch This Herd Of Cows Help Police Take Down A Car Thief Suspect [VIDEO]) Check out the list of bases receiving trees this year grouped by branch of service and then alphabetical by state! a href=”https://t.co/o1pQLgCuls”>https://t.co/o1pQLgCuls #trees4troops #christmastrees #christmas #holidays #troops pic.twitter.com/AdY5x4qztJ...
    In 2000, after an election that had to be decided by the Supreme Court, and by a 5-4 party-line ruling, George W. Bush’s election over Al Gore became final. Because Gore took his challenge to the election result all the way to the Supreme Court, he was derided by Republicans as “Sore-Loserman” (that was a play on the Gore-led ticket of Gore-Lieberman). There was certainly evidence that Gore was robbed. The vote in Florida was insanely close with many, many vagaries in the administration of the election and the counting. Article continues after advertisement But, as we wait to hear what Donald Trump will say after today’s vote in the Electoral College, I thought you might like to be reminded what the alleged “sore loser” Gore said after the Supreme Court decision came down. It went like this — which I borrow from the coverage of that day’s events, 20...
    Former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that President Donald Trump supporters to “put the country first” and stop “supporting the lost cause of President Trump’s re-election.” Anchor Jake Tapper said, “During the 2000 recount, Republicans mocked you and your running mate Joe Lieberman and called you sore loser men for refusing to accept defeat. A lot of those same Republicans, now, including at least 126 House Republicans and 19 Republican state attorney generals throwing their weight behind this Texas lawsuit, which is based on lies and conspiracy theories and falsehoods. And I’m wondering what it’s like for you hearing the Republican Party put the force of weight of their reputations and everything they have worked so hard for behind this effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans and overturn a democratic election?” Gore said, “Well, many conservative and Republican legal scholars have described that...
    Savannah Rychcik December 13, 2020 0 Comments Former Vice President Al Gore is urging those who continue to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn election results to prioritize the nation’s needs. CNN’s Jake Tapper noted several Republicans have thrown their support behind a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn election results in four states. “I would encourage those who are still supporting the lost cause of President Trump’s reelection, to put the country first and I’m going to express the hope, Jake, that with the Electoral College votes tomorrow and all 50 states and with the President-elect Biden receiving the majority, that that will be a point at which some of those who have hung on, will give up the ghost,” Gore said. He added, “It’s hard to escape the interpretation that they’re frightened that President Trump will tweet them into political oblivion if they don’t do exactly...
    CANTON, Georgia — Congressional leaders, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), told Breitbart News during exclusive interviews Saturday that electing Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) remains essential to preserving American freedom and vanquishing the prospect of socialism in Congress. The Save America Coalition — a coalition of conservative activist organizations such as Club for Growth Action, FreedomWorks, and Tea Party Patriots — launched a statewide tour to save the Republican majority by electing Loeffler and Perdue. To spur conservatives’ enthusiasm for voting in the pivotal January runoffs, the Save America Coalition enlisted prominent conservatives such as Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee ranking member and Freedom Caucus cofounder; Hice, a Freedom Caucus member; Daines, a conservative senator from Montana; and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, a conservative who just got elected to Congress. Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh led...
    Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” said that he hopes President Donald Trump “puts the country first” and accepts Joe Biden’s victory. Alexander said, “The states have counted, certified their votes. The courts have resolved the disputes. It looks very much like the electors will vote for Joe Biden. And when they do, I hope that he puts the country first — mean, the president — that he takes pride in his considerable accomplishments, that he congratulates the president-elect, and he helps him get off to a good start, especially in the middle of this pandemic. We need to not lose one day in the transition in getting the vaccine out to everybody who needs it.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed the remains of dozens more Aztec men, women and children at a chilling "tower of skulls" in Mexico, The country's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said a further 119 severed heads had been found at the grisly 15th century shrine. 7Dozens more skulls have been found at an Aztec shrine under Mexico CityCredit: Reuters 7More severed heads may still be found as the huge excavation goes on The five-metre tower was discovered during the restoration of a building in Mexico City and is believed to be part of a "skull rack" from the temple to the Aztec god of the sun, war and human sacrifice. The gruesome new discovery is thought to form part of the Huei Tzompantli - an array of skulls that once struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city . According to experts the remains belong to those...
    Trump's tactics are already inspiring other candidates and have been embraced by a wide array of Republicans. Even after he exits the White House, Donald Trump's efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the election and seeking to overturn the will of voters could have staying power. Trump's tactics are already inspiring other candidates and have been embraced by a wide array of Republicans. Supporters include congressional candidates, state lawmakers, party chairs, conservative legal groups, and appointees to previously little-known state vote-certification boards. The breadth of support for Trump's effort could be a troubling sign for future elections. "What this president is doing is poisoning democracy," former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said. "And, yes, he is setting a precedent, suggesting that it is OK to violate these norms that have made our country great."
    Singer Maren Morris has hit out at the CMA Awards suggesting the indoor event last month could be to blame for the COVID-19 death of country music star Charley Pride.   Pride, the first black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died aged 86 on Saturday in Dallas of complications from COVID-19, according to Jeremy Westby of the public relations firm 2911 Media.  His death came almost exactly one month after he attended the Country Music Association Awards on November 11 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Singer Maren Morris has hit out at the CMA Awards suggesting the indoor event last month could be to blame for the COVID-19 death of country music star Charley Pride. Pride pictured performing at the CMA Awards Morris, who was also at the awards, tweeted Saturday saying people should be 'outraged' if Pride's death was 'a result of the CMAs...
    An escape to the country might mean a little thatched cottage with roses over the door for most of us, but Pippa Middleton could soon be making a much grander move out of the city – to a 72-acre estate. Pippa and hedge-fund billionaire husband James Matthews are said to be close to buying the land which, handily, is just a stone’s throw from her parents’ £5 million mansion in idyllic Bucklebury, Berkshire. The couple currently live in a £17 million six-bedroom home in London. The huge countryside site they are said to have their eye on is known as Bucklebury Farm Park and operates as a safari park and petting zoo. Originally on sale at £1.5 million, agents Knight Frank have confirmed it is under offer, but refused to comment further citing client confidentiality. A spokesman for James, 45, and Pippa, 37 – younger sister of the Duchess of...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. During the second hour, Carmichael defined and outlined what he called the four levels of thinking that the United States has with other countries while explaining how China has continuously lobbied between being our adversary and our enemy. Through permeating our culture by way of media, Hollywood, and D.C., he explained how China has become an existential threat to America without firing one shot. Leahy: It is Friday, December the 11. Two weeks before Christmas. In the studio with us The original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom. Carmichael: Michael, how are you, sir? Leahy: Well, it’s two weeks before...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Friday on MSNBC’s “All In” that Republican lawmakers and attorneys general who signed on to the Texas lawsuit to contest the presidential election results of four battleground states were all “a danger to the country” because they only care about “perpetuation of their power.” When asked about the Supreme Court rejecting the Texas lawsuit, Schiff said, “What it was is, essentially, an effort to overturn our democracy, dressed up in shabby, legal clothing. So, I don’t think the Supreme Court had to work very hard to reach the conclusion it did. What I find, frankly, so astonishing is that the lawsuit was filed, to begin with, and that so many of my colleagues in the GOP, including Kevin McCarthy, would lend their names to this effort to overturn our presidential election. And it makes you wonder, what do these people stand for? I mean,...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico approves emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTec coronavirus vaccine, becoming the fourth country to do so. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A TEXAS lawmaker is planning to introduce a referendum on the state seceding from the US - and becoming an independent nation. In a statement tweeted Tuesday, Representative Kyle Biedermann said the federal government “is out of control and does not represent the values of Texans.” 3Groups such as the Texas Nationalist Movement have long supported efforts for the state to secede from the unionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Texas rep Kyle Biedermann said the federal government is "out of control" 3Rush Limbargh recently compared the recent polarization of the nation to the American Civil WarCredit: Getty Images - Getty “That is why I am committing to file legislation this session that will allow a referendum to give Texans a vote for the State of Texas to reassert its status as an independent nation,” he added. It comes after Rush Limbaugh warned Wednesday that the US is headed "toward secession"...
    More On: Coronavirus Ferrari CEO steps down after battle with COVID-19 FDA may recommend against pregnant women getting Pfizer vaccine Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline delay COVID-19 vaccine rollout to late 2021 Mink buried in mass graves may have contaminated groundwater in Denmark CHICAGO – When hospital cleaner Evelia De La Cruz was assigned to the COVID-19 ward in March, she was afraid. A 60-year-old immigrant from the southern coast of Mexico, De La Cruz was tasked with stripping sheets and sanitizing beds as first a handful, and then a deluge, of coronavirus patients brought infection to her Chicago hospital. “I prayed for God to give me the courage,” she said. Some of De La Cruz’s colleagues refused to work the COVID-19 wards, she said, leaving the hospital understaffed. She has been laboring seven days a week, at times for weeks on end. “Every day I went to work, even on my...
    [The stream is slated to start at 11:00 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference on Friday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 69.7 million people across the world as governments across the world start rolling out the first vaccines.  The briefing comes as U.S. regulators say the authorization of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is imminent. On Thursday evening, a panel of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration overwhelmingly endorsed emergency authorization of Pfizer's vaccine for use in all people older than 15. The U.K., Canada and Bahrain have already approved the vaccine for most adults. It could not come at a more urgent time. More Americans are now dying of the disease than at any other point in the pandemic. The country...
    By Shannon Stapleton and Ana Isabel Martinez CHICAGO (Reuters) - When hospital cleaner Evelia De La Cruz was assigned to the COVID-19 ward in March, she was afraid. A 60-year-old immigrant from the southern coast of Mexico, De La Cruz was tasked with stripping sheets and sanitizing beds as first a handful, and then a deluge, of coronavirus patients brought infection to her Chicago hospital. "I prayed for God to give me the courage," she said. Some of De La Cruz's colleagues refused to work the COVID-19 wards, she said, leaving the hospital understaffed. She has been laboring seven days a week, at times for weeks on end.  "Every day I went to work, even on my days off, because I know that the patients need me, the hospital and the country needs me," she said. Throughout the northern hemisphere spring, as the coronavirus ravaged through international cities, residents of...
    (CNN)The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is stepping down at the end of the month after a brief tenure as the head of the agency.Tony Pham, who assumed the post in August, called his time at ICE "the single highest honor of my career" in a statement on Thursday. "I am grateful for the Trump Administration for providing me the single highest honor of my career in serving my adopted country as both the Principal Legal Advisor and the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement," he said. "Leading a law enforcement agency with such a committed workforce has been the honor of a lifetime. I have gotten to meet with many extraordinary employees across the United States. I will continue to be that tireless advocate for the hard working men and women at ICE. However, at the end of the...
    GM Brandon Beane, Bills agree on extension The Unhealthiest Diets of 2020, According to Experts 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft This Is the Present Everyone's Talking About Ad Microsoft ...
    A worker collects shopping carts at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in U.S. online sales for the quarter that ended April 30, and a 10% increase in same store sales for the same period as the effects of the coronavirus helped to boost sales.Scott Olson | Getty Images Walmart is getting ready to administer Covid-19 vaccinations across the country once it's approved, the company's chief medical officer said Thursday. In a post on the company's website, Dr. Tom Van Gilder said the company is preparing staff at its more than 5,000 stores and Sam's Club pharmacies to receive the vaccine doses and have the right storage for them — such as freezers at the proper temperature. He said the big-box retailer is uniquely positioned to help with the vaccine's rollout. "With 90% of the American population living within 10 miles...
    LONDON is set to go into Tier 3 from NEXT Saturday as cases spiral to among the worst in the country. MPs from the capital had a crunch meeting with Health ministers today - where they were warned it wasn't looking good. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1London has one the highest coronavirus rates in the country this week of any region Any decision will be made by 16 December - and will come into play on Saturday 19 December. One MP on the call said: "It feels like they are preparing us for Tier 3. The data is pointing that way." Health ministers told London MPs that the positive test rate across the UK is 5.9 per cent - but it's more than 7 per cent in the capital. The worst affected areas are in East London - including Walthamstow,...
    Canada has become just the second country in the world to approve Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine, and may start immunizing residents as early as next week. On Wednesday, the country's health regulator, Health Canada, posted on its website that it had authorized the jab after a two-month independent review on safety and efficacy. 'Canadians can feel confident that the review process was rigorous and that we have strong monitoring systems in place,' a government department statement read.  'Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will closely monitor the safety of the vaccine once it is on the market and will not hesitate to take action if any safety concerns are identified.' Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses this month and four million doses by March 2021. This means that Canadians may start being immunized against the deadly virusnext week.  It comes one day after the...
    Berlin (CNN)Germany was praised among European nations for its handling of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. But on Tuesday it suffered its deadliest day yet and infection rates are still rising. So what's gone wrong?Speaking in the German parliament Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that nationwide restrictions brought in on November 2 had not proven effective enough, with too many people now dead or in intensive care units with Covid-19.A day after the country reported a record 590 deaths, Merkel grew emotional as she appealed to her fellow Germans to keep one another safe by reducing their social contacts before the holidays, especially if they plan to visit older people."If we have too many contacts now before Christmas, and that ends up making it the last Christmas with the grandparents, then we will have failed. We should not do that," she told a budget session in the Bundestag.Europe...
    Kim Jong-un’s influential sister has launched a scathing verbal attack on South Korea’s foreign minister. Kim Yo-young, The sister of the North Korean leader, described Kang Kyung-wa’s comments as “irresponsible” and accused him of trying to damage existing relations between Pyongyang and Seoul. Kong said last weekend that it was hard to believe the North’s insistence that the corona virus was released a year after the outbreak. North Korea’s claims cannot be verified, but experts say the country is unlikely to have escaped the virus, despite tightening its borders and banning international flights in late January. Kim Yo-jong said in a statement issued by the official KCNA news agency on Wednesday: “This can be seen from irresponsible comments. [Kang] Regardless of the consequences she is so keen to further cool the frozen relations between the North South Korea . ” Some describe Kim, a senior official of the ruling Labor...
    California congressman Eric Swalwell had a sexual relationship with a Chinese honeytrap spy, Tucker Carlson has claimed, saying that the U.S. intelligence agencies have come to that conclusion. Swalwell, 40, is the most high-profile figure to be swept up in the bombshell story of Christine Fang, who between 2011 and 2015 targeted rising political stars in the Bay Area and across the country who seemed destined for nationally important roles. Swalwell is currently a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and played a high-profile role in the impeachment of Donald Trump. Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night claimed that U.S. intelligence agencies believe that there was a sexual relationship between Eric Swalwell and the Chinese honeytrap spy, Christine Fang Fang was in the United States from 2011 to 2015 and got close to Swalwell and several others Asked by Carlson's Fox News team whether the reports of a sexual...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the next administration 'will be the Trump administration' as his campaign makes a desperate effort to circumvent a 'safe harbor' deadline that will lock in Joe Biden's victory.  'The next administration will be the Trump administration,' the president said during his Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit. 'You can't steal hundreds of thousands of votes, you can't have fraud and deception and slightly win a swing state.' He said he hoped someone - a state legislator or a Supreme Court justice - has the 'courage' to declare him the winner. An act, if it happened, that would be an over throw of November's democratically held election, which his own administration has said was conducted safely and with no massive voter fraud. Biden has won both the electoral college and popular vote. 'Let's see whether or not somebody has the courage - whether it's legislatures or...
    A human rights law was successfully used to block the deportation of a Turkish drug lord from the United Kingdom despite previously being ruled by British judges to be a “danger to the community”. The 52-year-old Turk — referred to only as ‘CD’ as he was also granted anonymity — has been described as a “very major player” in the heroin-smuggling racket in Britain, yet he will not face deportation. CD was released from prison in January after only serving two-thirds of his 18-year sentence. Rather than being deported from the country, his lawyers successfully argued that his removal from the country would breach his human rights due to the dangers he would face should he return to his native Turkey. According to documents seen by the Mail on Sunday, the drug dealer initially entered the UK as an illegal immigrant in 1995 and was refused asylum, but was granted...
    The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is extending its ban on international cruise ships and on Australians leaving the country except under exceptional circumstances for another three months until March. The extension announced Tuesday means the human biosecurity emergency declaration will last for at least a year despite COVID-19 cases declining in the isolated nation. Australia has imposed some of the most severe border restrictions in the world since the pandemic began, requiring most of its citizens and permanent residents to apply for a permit and prove exceptional circumstances if they need to leave the country. Australia is a nation of 26 million people. Latest government figures showed on Monday there were only 1,618 active COVID-19 cases, with 30 of those infected in hospitals. Thousands of Australians have missed out on funerals, weddings and the births of relatives because of the travel ban which is designed to prevent travelers...
    CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is extending its ban on international cruise ships and on Australians leaving the country except under exceptional circumstances for another three months until March. The extension announced Tuesday means the human biosecurity emergency declaration will last for at least a year despite COVID-19 cases declining in the isolated nation. Australia has imposed some of the most severe border restrictions in the world since the pandemic began, requiring most of its citizens and permanent residents to apply for a permit and prove exceptional circumstances if they need to leave the country. Australia is a nation of 26 million people. Latest government figures showed on Monday there were only 1,618 active COVID-19 cases, with 30 of those infected in hospitals. Thousands of Australians have missed out on funerals, weddings and the births of relatives because of the travel ban which is designed to prevent travelers from bringing with...
    Hong Kong (CNN)South Korea and Japan may have coronavirus numbers that would be the envy of much of Europe and the United States, but they aren't taking any chances as winter brings with it a dangerous spike in infections. Along with tighter restrictions, both east Asian countries have deployed their respective militaries to assist medical staff and help with contact tracing. In Japan, nurses from the Self-Defense Forces will assist local hospitals in Osaka and Hokkaido prefectures, as the country reported 1,518 new cases Monday -- bringing its total to 164,641, including more than 2,395 deaths. In South Korea, the military and police will help with contact tracing efforts, while testing centers will also extend their hours into the night and on weekends to encourage testing in the greater Seoul area. The country reported 594 cases Monday -- all but 28 of which were local transmissions -- bringing its total...
    The death from Covid-19 of Dr Ashraf Emarah, a senior plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Kenya, last month highlighted the plight of medics who are demanding more protection for those on the frontline of the battle against the pandemic, as Basillioh Mutahi reports. When the surgeon, one of the top specialists in western Kenya, contracted the virus and his condition worsened there were no intensive care (ICU) beds available at his hospital – the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret. Dr Emarah had taught medical students at the MTRH, the country’s second biggest referral hospital, for decades. The doctor’s family and colleagues then tried to get him transferred to the capital, Nairobi, hundreds of miles away. But the cost of getting an air ambulance evacuation, was “too expensive”, a doctors’ union official said. A vital drug that he needed when his situation became critical was also hard to...
    Chinese spacecraft orbited the moon on Monday in preparation for the return of lunar surface samples to Earth for the first time in nearly 45 years. Of the ascending module Song 5 spacecraft On Sunday the robot replaced the container with the 4.4-pound specimens after it was docked with the spacecraft, which then cut it free. This achievement made China the first country to operate a robotic docking in lunar orbit. In this video from China’s space agency, the Chang 5 model return mission climbing vehicle – with the crescent earth behind it – approaches the returning craft in orbit around the moon. Song 5 completed the first robot docking in lunar orbit on Saturday.https://t.co/kS5te7aytd pic.twitter.com/h8OPd0VCo9 – Now space travel (pSpaceflightNow) December 6, 2020 The orbit and reusable vehicle will wait for the moon for a short time window a week, returning about 238,000 miles to Earth in about three...
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark will implement further lockdown measures in parts of the country to curb a recent spike in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday. Bars, restaurants, museums and cinemas will have to close on Dec. 9 in 38 municipalities, including Copenhagen, and students in upper primary school, high schools and universities will be sent home. The new restrictions will be in place until Jan 3. (Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, coronavirus, Denmark, Europe
    MOSCOW—The mother was desperate. In June, her daughter had died in what her daughter’s husband said was an accident, but the mother suspected it was domestic violence so extreme it led to murder. The husband worked in Russia’s security services and authorities didn’t seem to be investigating. Because she was a woman, said Vanessa Kogan, the American director of the human rights group Justice Initiative, investigators put “less value” on the daughter’s life. Like thousands of other desperate or disillusioned Russian citizens—political prisoners, victims of torture or abuse or indifferent treatment by the police—the mother turned to Justice Initiative for legal assistance, in a case that is wending its way to an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. However, Kogan likely will no longer be in Russia if that day comes. She’s being forced to leave the country as part of an escalating crackdown on nongovernmental organizations and...
    The Associated Press BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself. European Union authorities are expected to make a decision by Dec. 29 on approving the first vaccine for use. Germany is getting special vaccination centers ready. Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told the Bild newspaper late Sunday that he will tell medical authorities he’s prepared to help. He said “that won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in.” He said that he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” Infection figures in Germany have more or less stabilized at a high level since a partial shutdown started on Nov. 2 but haven’t...
    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself. European Union authorities are expected to make a decision by Dec. 29 on approving the first vaccine for use. Germany is getting special vaccination centers ready. Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told the Bild newspaper late Sunday that he will tell medical authorities he’s prepared to help. He said “that won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in.” He said that he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” Infection figures in Germany have more or less stabilized at a high level since a partial shutdown started on Nov. 2 but haven’t decreased. On Monday,...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several days of falling positive tests for the coronavirus in North Dakota has dropped the state to fourth in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. North Dakota had for many weeks led the country in the number of virus outbreaks compared to population. South Dakota ranks first in the number of new cases per capita, according to data assembled Saturday. North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 474 new virus cases, the lowest number in five days. A total of 82,504 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. The numbers follow a day when the state went over 1,000 deaths from complications due to COVID-19. Officials confirmed six new deaths in the last day. The update showed 305 people hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of seven. The state's hospital tracker reported...
    Coronavirus updates: Fauci expects drastic restrictions in some areas; daily cases reached another record Venezuela election comes amid humanitarian crisis, hunger Where the Newest Single-Family Houses Are, and Why It Matters to Investors © Provided by Millionacres Where the Newest Single-Family Houses Are, and Why It Matters to Investors A particularly promising spot for house flippers to prospect might be the Northeast region of our fair land. That's because an interesting new report shows those states have on average the oldest homes in the country -- implying the presence of lots of properties prime for rehabbing, especially for DIYers, as well as presenting a good place for new construction to stand out. I'm inferring all that from a study by Porch, the home improvement networking site, titled simply "Cities With the Newest Homes." The report uses Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) (NASDAQ: ZG) and census data to date and price the...
    (CNN)The Trump campaign and its allies were dealt additional blows in Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin and Arizona on Friday as courts rejected their attempts to challenge the presidential election results. The quartet of decisions are the latest losses in court for President Donald Trump's campaign and his backers as they try to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election win last month. Dozens of lawsuits have been dismissed at the state and federal levels in states across the country since the push to overturn the vote began in November.Trump has yet to concede the race, though he has alluded on occasion to no longer being in office next year.MichiganIn Michigan, judges from the state's Court of Claims ruled 2-1 against the Trump campaign, saying its request to challenge election results is "moot" because the State Board of Canvassers has already certified the results. The judges added that the campaign missed its window to...
    The Long March 5 rocket carrying Chang'e 5 is seen on the launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Site on Hainan. The 8.2-tonne Change 5 probe, which consists of a lander, an ascender, a service module and a return capsule, is the sixth mission of the Chinese lunar exploration programme Change. The goal of the mission is to collect lunar soil and rock samples from Oceanus Procellarum and bring them back to the Earth. If successful, Change 5 will be the first sample-return mission since the 1976.Alexei Ivanov | TASS | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — A Chinese spacecraft carrying lunar samples has blasted off from the moon and is preparing to come back to Earth. It's the first time China has launched a spacecraft from an extraterrestrial body and the first time it has collected moon samples. If the moon samples make it back to Earth, China will...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE said on Thursday that it is not important to him personally if President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE attends his inauguration next month, but added that it would be important for the country to bear witness to a peaceful transfer of power.  "Important in only one sense," Biden told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint...
    Recently Trump-pardoned Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that the nation’s elections “should not be decided in the courts” — even as the president who just granted him clemency has been trying to do exactly that for the past several weeks. During a Thursday evening appearance, Flynn discussed his recent pardon, but then turned to his burgeoning role in helping his legal benefactor overturn the 2020 election. Flynn’s personal lawyer, Sidney Powell, has also become one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken legal advocates, though she has lost every lawsuit she has brought on behalf of the president so far — thanks to incompetent filing as well as lack of any real evidence of widespread fraud. Saying the country was suffering from a “crisis,” Flynn then elaborated: “Last point I’ll add, Lou, is that our elections, our election process should not be decided in the courts. But It should not be decided...
    Bradley Cortright December 3, 2020 0 Comments Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is urging President-elect Joe Biden to “be honest” about what he says is the greatest national security threat facing the United States.  In an interview with Fox News, Ratcliffe said he hopes Biden will “acknowledge” that China is the “greatest national security threat that we face.” “The intelligence is so clear that China is our greatest threat,” he said, adding, “People that equate other things, or say, oh, you know, Russia is a greater threat, they are politicizing intelligence.” “I am hoping now that the election is over, now that people have voted, and if there is a Biden administration, that they will get past politicizing intelligence and be honest about China and acknowledge that China, and China alone is the greatest national security threat that we face.” He went on to claim that China’s goal is “to dominate economically, militarily and...
    El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office staff lock-up the mobile morgues before moving bodies that are in bags labeled "Covid" from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in El Paso, Texas, U.S. November 23, 2020.Ivan Pierre Aguirre | Reuters The United States reported a record 2,800 deaths caused by Covid-19, the highest single-day death toll ever reported, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. previously reported just over 2,600 deaths on April 15, during the first phase of the Covid-19 surge this spring. Those were clustered mostly in the Northeast and other cities around the country. The bleak record on Wednesday came with other signs that the nationwide outbreak is growing more severe. The country reported more than 200,000 cases of the virus on Wednesday, the second highest daily number, according to Hopkins data. And more than 100,200 people are currently...
    Additionally, one major advantage of Eat Just’s manufacturing process is that it doesn’t involve any antibiotics. The overuse of antibiotics in industrial farming is turning into something of a ticking time bomb when it comes to human health.“We think that [the way] to really solve the meat problem — which is a health problem, a deforestation problem, a morality problem — is to make animal protein,” Tetrick told NBC News.    The startup had been working toward regulatory approval for approximately two years. As part of the process, it had to show it could consistently manufacture the cultured chicken. While Singapore’s decision to allow Eat Just’s could encourage other countries to follow suit,  regulatory approval in the US and other countries where land isn’t in scarce supply is likely years away. In the US, in particular, there are strong lobby groups that represent cattle and other animal farmers that will be...
    (CNN)Despite early outbreaks of Covid-19 on college campuses, mitigation strategies have helped fight the virus, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.Dr. Robert Redfield said in a livestream Wednesday with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation that, despite his initial concerns that colleges would struggle to contain infections, schools have proved that thinking wrong.By using strategies such as wearing masks, social distancing, good hygiene, weekly screening and contact tracing -- all strategies outlined early in the pandemic -- colleges have seen success."In the spring, we had significant outbreaks in some different college campuses, but what happened over the summer and the fall is many colleges and universities really stepped up to developing comprehensive mitigation steps that they really engaged the student body to actually buy into," Redfield said.In August, colleges and universities across the US reported more the 8,700 cases in 36 states. Several outbreaks were...