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    More than half a million people in the United States have now died from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University — a devastating milestone just over one year into the pandemic, which has upended so many aspects of life across the country and around the world. The milestone comes as vaccination efforts roll out nationwide but new variants continue to emerge, creating uncertainty about the future. It has been 13 months since the U.S. confirmed its first case of the virus, but the death toll has only intensified in recent months. More than 138,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. just since January 1. President Biden will deliver remarks at the White House at 6 p.m. ET this evening to commemorate the lives lost, and then Mr. Biden, Vice President Harris and their spouses will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony.  Dr....
    More On: Coronavirus Alabama man who refused to leave sick wife’s side dies of COVID California woman needs new driver’s license after DMV sends photo of her in mask Iona’s regular season ends on another COVID-19 pause Japan creates Minister of Loneliness to fight spate of COVID-19 suicides The United States on Monday surpassed more than 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, data shows. The stunning figure accounts for around 20 percent of the world’s coronavirus death toll, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, called half-a-million deaths due to the virus “terrible” and “historic.” “We haven’t seen anything even close to this for well over a hundred years since the 1918 pandemic of influenza,” Fauci told the NBC anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “It’s something that is stunning when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable, but...
    More than half a million people in the United States have now died from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. While that figure is widely understood to be an undercount, the grisly benchmark is over twice that of any other nation on earth. From failing to test early and effectively for cases to mediocre and halting lockdowns, virtually everything about the U.S. COVID-19 response has been lackluster—or worse. The rollout of vaccines and the easing of post-holiday surges are showing some early signs of reducing deaths. But the fact is that at least a quarter-million Americans have died of this disease since mid-November alone. In an effort to convey the lethality of the novel coronavirus in the United States, we looked to major American cities to see how their populations compared to the national loss of life. Below, 11 major U.S. cities...
    More On: Celebrity Real Estate Fashion insiders turn on André Leon Talley amid nasty eviction battle Nelly finds buyer for abandoned house days after listing it Fired Eagles coach selling Jersey house for $2.7 million Brock Pierce wraps renovation on Dwight Howard’s former loft CNN honcho Jeff Zucker, who announced he will step down at year’s end, and his ex-wife Caryn have just sold their place at the Verona, 32 E. 64th St., for $15.35 million, according to city property records. That’s down from its original asking price of $17.5 million last year. The former couple bought the sprawling, third-floor digs in happier times back in 2007 for $12.3 million, according to records. The buyer is billionaire trader/philanthropist Michael Steinhardt and his wife, Judy. The Steinhardts are known for their massive art collection, which features Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Cézanne, Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffet. ...
    Getty Harrison Barnes puts up a shot during a February 3 game against the Boston Celtics. At 15-15, and as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics are still actively engaged in the trade market from a buyer’s perspective. Despite Danny Ainge nonchalantly dismissing the rumors that he and his front office “were up to something,” reports keep coming out, suggesting that there is a fire burning beneath the smoke.  The latest name associated with the Celtics is veteran forward Harrison Barnes, who’s having a strong season with the Sacramento Kings, and only six years removed from winning an NBA championship as a member of the Golden State Warriors.  Sam Amick of The Athletic reported on Friday morning that his name was one of those considered to be on Boston’s radar: Harrison Barnes is playing some of the best basketball of his career and is...
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — A 54-year-old Pittsburgh man has claimed the $2 million prize he won in Maryland during the Jan. 20 Powerball jackpot that also saw a $731 million ticket sold in the state. (Photo Credit: Maryland Lottery) The man, whose name was not released, made the trip Friday to the Maryland Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He had to postpone the trip twice due to the weather, lottery officials said. READ MORE: 4 Arrested, 19 Guns Seized After Surveillance At Gun Show In Monroeville The man bought his winning ticket at the AC&T convenience store in the 11500 block of Hopewell Road in Hagerstown. The store will get a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket. READ MORE: Chatham University Launches Free Training Program To Help Restaurants During Pandemic Lottery officials said he plans to save much of the money and pay off some bills. MORE NEWS: Third...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — States redoubled their efforts to get the coronavirus vaccine into arms Monday after last week’s winter weather closed clinics, slowed vaccine deliveries and forced tens of thousands of people to miss their shots — all while the nation drew close to recording 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. President Joe Biden planned to mark the milestone with a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House. He will also order U.S. flags lowered at federal buildings for the next five days. In Louisiana, state health officials said doses from last week’s shipments were delivered over the weekend and were expected to continue arriving through Wednesday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week’s supply arrived Monday. And in Nashville, Tennessee, health officials were able to vaccinate more than 2,300 senior citizens and teachers over the weekend after days of treacherous weather. “We’ll...
    ROMAN Abramovich’s new £430million superyacht is seen in all its glory for the first time. The 460ft Solaris, which will have eight decks including a helicopter pad, is nearing completion. 6Roman Abramovich's new 460ft Solaris worth £430million is captured for the first time in all its gloryCredit: Carl Groll/TheYachtPhoto.com 6The Chelsea boss' superyacht, who already owns £475 million superyacht Eclipse, will be the most powerful yacht in the worldCredit: AFP or licensors No expense has been spared and its two advanced electric engines will make it the most powerful yacht in the world. Solaris is almost ready for sea trials and should be handed to the Chelsea owner, 54, by the summer. A source said: “This will be the yacht of the year when she is launched later this year.” The yacht is being built at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. The shed it is being constructed...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments Some 8.8 million people in Texas, about a third of the state’s population, still had issues with their water supply as of early Monday, authorities told Reuters, after a record-breaking freeze knocked out power stations last week. Millions of Texans are still being advised to boil water before using, though all power plants were back online over the weekend and power had been restored to most homes as the weather returned to normal. Officials in Houston, the biggest city in the state, said water there was safe to use without boiling as of Sunday. “As of 7 AM Central Time Monday, more than 1,200 public water systems have reported disruptions in service due to the weather, many of them leading to Boil Water Notices. This is affecting more than 8.8 million people, in 199 Texas counties”, a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will allow movie theaters in New York City to open with a limited audience capacity for the first time in nearly a year. As part of the restrictions, theaters will only allow a maximum of 50 people to sit in any one screening (restricting capacity to 25 percent). Attendees must wear masks and sit in their assigned seats. The theaters will also have to implement advanced air filtration systems, according to Cuomo. While theaters outside of New York City have been allowed to reopen over the last few months, high case numbers in the city have prevented people from going. Theaters originally shut down because of the pandemic in mid-March 2020. Allowing New York City theaters to open is a big deal, especially for studios like Disney and Universal, whose executives are likely worried about timing for upcoming big releases like Black Widow...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has announced his 2021 Local Jobs and Projects plan, which will invest over $518 million in infrastructure projects statewide. The plan includes $150 million in rebuilding efforts in Twin Cities in the areas damaged by civil undress in May and June. Walz says the projects included in the plan will maintain existing buildings, invest in communities and ensure that the state can leverage available federal funds. A large chunk of the plan, nearly half, will support asset preservation projects at state agencies and higher education institutions. READ MORE: Twins Submit Proposal To Walz To Bring Back 10,000 To Target Field By Opening Day “When Gwen and I bought our house in Mankato, we knew the importance of investing in upkeep over the years in order to avoid major repairs down the road. You fix your roof before it collapses. You repair...
    Despite wavering vaccine supplies and glaring racial and geographic inequities plaguing Los Angeles County’s rollout, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday praised the region’s distribution efforts and touted the city of Long Beach as a model for the rest of the state. Speaking from a vaccination site at the Long Beach Convention Center, Newsom vowed to press forward with plans to vaccinate educators, reopen schools and refocus on hard-hit communities. Long Beach, which has its own public health department separate from L.A. County’s, began vaccinating teachers in January and has already announced plans to reopen schools for its youngest students March 29. “I want to encourage that to be replicated all throughout the state of California,” Newsom said, noting that vaccinating teachers and getting kids back into schools is essential to reopening the economy. On Friday, he announced that state is setting aside 10% of all first doses it...
    Steph Curry is arguably one of the best shooters to embrace the NBA. The 32-year-old star has truly transformed the league with his impeccable shooting, forcing other teams to change their play style. Over the last decade, the ‘Baby faced Assassin’ has become the talisman of the Golden State Warriors’ franchise. The Dubs rewarded Curry with a lofty contract as he became the first player in NBA history to be given a super-max contract for five years worth a whopping $201 million. With such a massive contract, he is worth a massive $130 million. Not only is he one of the best-paid players on the court, but he has replicated this success off the court as well. In the last five years, Curry has made multiple investments, especially in multiple tech-based companies. Take a look at the top five businesses Steph Curry owns. 5) SnapTravel In 2018, Steph Curry made...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Right-hander Trevor Rosenthal finalized an $11 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, providing manager Bob Melvin with a new reliable ninth-inning option after former closer Liam Hendriks’ departure in free agency. The 30-year-old Rosenthal went 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA with 11 saves over 23 2/3 innings for the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres last season. He made $1,510,887 in the shortened 2020 season, including a $740,741 prorated share of a $2 million base and $770,146 in earned performance bonuses. He also received a $1 million buyout as part of the 2020 mutual option in his previous contract with Washington, which released him in July 2019. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated outfielder Dustin Fowler for assignment. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — A 54-year-old Pittsburgh man has claimed the $2 million prize he won in Maryland during the January 20 Powerball jackpot that also saw a $731 million ticket sold in the state. The man, whose name was not released, made the trip Friday to the Maryland Lottery headquarters to claim his prize. He had to postpone the trip twice due to the weather, lottery officials said. READ MORE: $731.1M And $2M Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In Maryland Credit: Maryland Lottery The man bought his winning ticket at the AC&T convenience store in the 11500 block of Hopewell Road in Hagerstown. The store will get a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket. READ MORE: $731.1M Powerball Jackpot Ticket Sold In Maryland Still Unclaimed Lottery officials said he plans to save much of the money and pay off some bills. The $731 million winning ticket, which was sold in...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is slated to deliver remarks participate in a candle-lighting ceremony Monday evening at the White House as the country approaches the grim milestone of 500,000 American lives lost to coronavirus. Biden is scheduled deliver remarks at 6:00 p.m. ET before he participates in a moment of silence and the ceremony, where he will be joined by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Biden is also ordering that all flags flying over federal buildings to fly at half-staff for five days in remembrance of the deaths, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday."Later today, the President, the first lady, the vice president and the second gentlemen will mark the solemn milestone of 500,000 American lives lost to Covid-19. They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle-lighting ceremony at sundown," Psaki said during...
    President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses will commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 with a moment of silence on Monday evening and ask all Americans to take part, the White House said. "They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle lighting ceremony at sundown," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Biden will order all flags on federal properties to be lowered to half-staff for the next five days, Psaki said. "Tonights events, including the presidents remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss that this milestone marks for the American people," she said. "He will also speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following ... public health guidelines, and getting in line to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible." Biden is scheduled...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — States redoubled their efforts to get the coronavirus vaccine into arms Monday after last week's winter weather closed clinics, slowed vaccine deliveries and forced tens of thousands of people to miss their shots — all while the nation drew close to recording 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. President Joe Biden planned to mark the milestone with a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House. He will also order U.S. flags lowered at federal buildings for the next five days. In Louisiana, state health officials said doses from last week's shipments were delivered over the weekend and were expected to continue arriving through Wednesday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week's supply arrived Monday. And in Nashville, Tennessee, health officials were able to vaccinate more than 2,300 senior citizens and teachers over...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses will commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 with a moment of silence on Monday evening and ask all Americans to take part, the White House said. "They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle lighting ceremony at sundown," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Biden will order all flags on federal properties to be lowered to half-staff for the next five days, Psaki said. "Tonight's events, including the president's remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss that this milestone marks for the American people," she said. "He will also speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following ... public health guidelines, and getting in line to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible."...
    Employees at Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, donated at least $15.1 million to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to Open Secrets. The donations eclipsed the amount given from employees in the banking and legal sectors, according to The Wall Street Journal. The five companies were also the largest fundraising sources for Biden’s campaign. While most tech employees have long supported Democratic candidates instead of Republican ones, previous presidential campaigns, including those of Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, relied more on donors and corporations outside of the technology realm. In addition to Alphabet and Microsoft, employees at the personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan, J.P. Morgan Chase and Time Warner, now part of AT&T, were all major donors to Clinton’s 2016 campaign, according to Open Secrets. In 2012, Microsoft, Google, Deloitte, Time Warner and Disney employees were among the top donors to Obama’s reelection...
    Velodyne, which makes LIDAR sensors crucial for the operation of autonomous vehicles, has removed its founder, David Hall, as chair of the company’s board following an investigation, Reuters reports. Hall’s wife, Marta Thoma Hall, has also stepped down as chief marketing officer. The investigation, which started in December 2020, concluded that the Halls “each behaved inappropriately with regard to Board and Company processes, and failed to operate with respect, honesty, integrity, and candor in their dealings with Company officers and directors,” the company said in a statement. David Hall had previously stepped down as chairman of the board “voluntarily,” the board said, and transitioned to a new role as executive chairman. Marta Hall was terminated as an employee of the company but will remain a member of the board of directors. “The Board also formally censured both Mr. Hall and Ms. Hall, and directed them both to...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised millions of dollars to help Texas after last week’s deadly winter storm and former Representative Beto O’Rourke is spearheading efforts to reach those most in need. According to her press secretary, as of Sunday night, February 21, the representative had raised more than $4.7 million. That milestone was reached in just a matter of hours — the New York representative only launched the fundraising effort on Feb. 18, collecting some $1 million on that same evening. READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? One last update (I think!): We just hit $5 million raised for Texans across the state. Thank you ALL for your collective action when people need it most. Charity can’t replace policy, but solidarity is how we’ll face climate change and build a better world. ???????????? Thank you ???????? pic.twitter.com/RzdgXllXoS — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)...
    Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), wrote in a memo to RSC members Monday that the Democrats’ coronavirus bill is stuffed with “special interest pork and other liberal goodies.” Republicans across the political spectrum have sounded the alarm over the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill, including Banks and House Budget Committee ranking member Jason Smith (R-MO). For instance, during a hearing in February, Smith noted that only nine percent of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill goes towards vaccinations. “Democrats are rushing to pass a nearly $2 trillion spending bill that will enact bailouts for state governments that lock down their citizens and radical policies that will destroy jobs and raise the cost of living for working-class Americans,” Smith said in a statement to Fox News on Sunday. “But this is clearly where any sort of urgency on their part ends,” he added. “This is all just further...
    The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority expects to spend $887 million next fiscal year if the money is available, according to a draft plan CPRA’s director presented Friday to the board. Of that total, $633 million, or 71%, would be spent on construction. Other uses involve planning, design, maintenance and general operation costs. Estimated spending totals $930 million the following fiscal year and $1 billion the year after that. CPRA does not receive money from the state's general fund, but it is eligible for surplus dollars when they’re available. Other sources include state mineral taxes, revenue from offshore energy exploration and fines related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. CPRA has scheduled online public meetings for Monday-Wednesday and will accept public comments through March 27 before delivering the plan to the Louisiana Legislature for consideration during the session that begins April 12. Laurie Cormier, a CPRA board member...
    (CNN)Last Thursday, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) announced her plan to raise money to help victims of the extreme weather -- and power grid failure -- in Texas.On Sunday night, her office confirmed that she had raised almost $5 million for that effort in less than 96 hours.Obviously, the most important thing here is that millions more dollars will go to Texans still struggling to find potable water and deal with the damage from last week's deep freeze. (Ocasio-Cortez also traveled to the state over the weekend to see the situation firsthand.)But it's also extremely important -- in terms of AOC's political future -- to note how incredible it is for a second-term House member to be able to raise so much money so quickly for a cause she chose to advocate for. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube...
    Survivors of COVID-19 may only need one dose of the vaccine to be fully protected, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that, in blood samples of people previously infected with the coronavirus, a single shot of the inoculation boosted antibodies and other immune system cells by up to 1,000-fold. What's more, the vaccine was found to protective against the South African variant of the virus, which is more contagious that the original strains.  The results are consistent with those of several others that have been published over the last few weeks - suggesting that the right supply of vaccine doses could be freed up so that more people can be immunized more quickly.  It comes as Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says the data of these studies look 'impressive,' and that, if  the analysis holds up, health officials...
    By Sangameswaran S (Reuters) - Over half a million people have died of coronavirus in the United States, as the country races to vaccinate its most vulnerable residents before new variants of the deadly disease become widespread. More people have died in the United States due to COVID-19 than any other country in the world. With 4% of the world's population, the United States has 20% of all COVID deaths and one of the highest rates of deaths per 100,000 residents, exceeded by only a few countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom and Italy. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi) Unlike many countries around the world that had national lockdowns and mask mandates, former U.S. President Donald Trump left public health decisions to state and local governments, resulting in a patchwork of rules that often contradicted the advice of doctors and health officials. Following many maskless yearend holiday gatherings, January became the deadliest...
    Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, praised the Trump administration for its effort in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine through Operation Warp Speed. Collins, the boss of White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, said the public-private partnership championed by health officials within the Trump administration was able to develop a vaccine with "breathtaking" speed. "The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar], was an effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary. And it was thought about as a Manhattan Project," Collins said. BIDEN TOUTS VACCINE SUCCESS AS WINTRY WEATHER CAUSES 6M DOSE BACKLOG Collins singled out Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, for acclaim. "That effort and the recruitment of Dr. Moncef Slaoui was an incredibly important step forward that the administration...
    Kris Jenner is keeping up with the skincare industry. The matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is cooking up a beauty brand of her own following the multi-million dollar success of her daughters' cosmetics lines, E! News reported. Kris Jenner is reportedly starting her own beauty business.(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) The momager trademarked "Kris Jenner Beauty," "Kris Jenner Skin" and "Kris Jenner Skincare," according to documents obtained by E! News filed earlier this month. It’s unclear if Jenner will debut her own products under one brand name or separate categories. The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star will reportedly sell beauty items such including skincare lotions, nail care products, false eyelashes, cosmetics, hair care products and fragrances, the report suggests. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Jenner has plenty of experience. The 65-year-old reality star was credited with being the mastermind behind daughter Kylie Jenner’s namesake...
    Valheim is on a trajectory like nothing we’ve ever seen. The Viking-themed indie survival game has been shooting up the Steam charts, selling 3 million copies in an unheard-of 17 days. And people aren’t just buying it on a whim; they’re actively playing it, too. On Sunday, the game reached 500,000 simultaneous players, according to SteamDB, leaving the charred remains of four other all-time Steam player count records in its wake. As of Friday, February 19th, the game had already passed Postal and Grand Theft Auto V to become the ninth most-played game on Steam at peak, but now it’s surpassed the records for Among Us, Life is Strange 2, Fallout 4, and Terraria to reach the No. 5 slot, according to Steam Charts. It’s going to be an uphill battle from here: the four records it broke were in the 400,000 range, but the next...
    An image from the video taken by multiple cameras as NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA on Monday released first-of-its-kind video of a spacecraft landing on another planet, as multiple cameras captured its Perseverance rover touching down on the surface of Mars. The U.S. space agency landed Perseverance on the red planet last week after a more than six-month voyage from Earth. The Perseverance rover was built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and is the most technologically advanced robot ever sent to Mars. The agency plans to spend nearly two years using the plutonium-powered Perseverance to explore the surface. NASA spent about $2.4 billion to build and launch the Perseverance mission, with another $300 million in costs for landing and operating the rover on the Mars surface. Perseverance is also carrying a small helicopter named Ingenuity, which NASA plans to use to attempt...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state government is likely deliver a jolt of one-time spending amid the pandemic and provide sustained funding increases on health care and public education under a newly drafted budget bill. The lead House budget committee on Monday unanimously endorsed the spending plan for the coming fiscal year that increases general fund spending by $332 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1. That represents a 4.6% increase over current fiscal year spending. Total general fund spending would increase to $7.39 billion under the plan that includes a 1.5% raise for employees throughout state government, K-12 schools and public colleges and universities. Larger raises are slated for prison guards. A vote by the full House of Representatives is scheduled this week before the proposal moves to the Senate for possible amendments and approval. Public schools in New Mexico...
    Getty Jaylon Smith could be a cap casualty for the Cowboys. The Dallas Cowboys face difficult decisions this offseason on a number of key players, not just Dak Prescott. Former Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith is a player being mentioned as a potential cap casualty. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler believes the Cowboys could release Smith after June 1 in a move that would save Dallas more than $7 million. “Smith is a staple on defense, but he simply didn’t play well last season and the Cowboys need the savings,” Fowler noted in his offseason preview of the Cowboys. Smith is set to make $9.2 million next season with an $11.8 million cap hit. The Cowboys linebacker underwhelmed last season and is under contract through 2025 as part of his six-year, $68 million deal. If the Cowboys once again use the franchise tag on Dak Prescott, it will...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jose Anibal Linares of Honduras was sentenced to five years in federal prison for conning investors out of roughly $2 million. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in October 2020. He was sentenced on Feb. 22 to five years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, who also ordered him to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution. A Honduran citizen in the U.S. formerly on Temporary Protected Status, Linares may be subject to removal from the U.S. after serving his sentence. READ MORE: Hunt County Sheriffs Office Searching For Missing 16-Year-Old Elena Macneill According to plea papers, Linares admitted to running a Ponzi-type scheme, luring investors into handing over “principal” that he later deposited in bank accounts at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Legacy Texas, then paying them “interest” from other investors’ principal payments. Linares, who operated JC Loans Finance and...
    America . Published on 02-22-21 at 7:23 p.m. – Updated 02-22-21 at 7:24 p.m. © . US President Joe Biden will order the flags on all federal buildings to be half-masted on Monday, to commemorate the imminent crossing of the threshold of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the United States, announced the White House. Presidency spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the half-masting would last for five days.
    Over the last few weeks we have already heard reports that assured the good performance of the iPhone 12, and now Gartner has been in charge of confirming it. Apple overtook Samsung as the brand that sold the most smartphones in a quarter for the first time in 4 years. The design of the iPhone 12 Previous analysis firms such as IDC they already showed this «surprise» from Apple to Samsung in the last quarter of 2021, and now Gartner It confirms it again, although with somewhat lower figures. According to the new data, Apple would have sold almost 80 million iPhones last quarter, representing a year-on-year growth of 14.9%. On the other hand, Samsung has seen how the sales of its smartphones decreased compared to the same period of the previous year by 11.8%. Furthermore, compared to the global figures for all of 2020, Apple has managed to grow...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden raised $22.1 million from private donors for his transition to the White House, more than three times the $6.5 million than Donald Trump collected for the same purposes four years ago, according to newly filed report.Biden's transition report, made public Monday by the General Service Administration, shows Biden spent even more -- $24 million -- as he readied to assume the presidency.Payroll expenses topped the list at $13.6 million, followed by travel and event expenses at a little more than $5 million.Bidens First 100 Days Democrats turn to Biden's agenda after impeachment trial Analysis: Biden's polling is steadier than Trump's Biden administration says 2 million Covid vaccine doses have been delivered after winter storms delay shipments The 1,021-page filing shows thousands of people contributed to the Biden effort. They include well-known figures who made the $5,000 maximum contribution, such as Chicago financier Mellody Hobson, producer...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr. For a brief moment at the start of the offseason, it looked like there was a real chance Derek Carr could get traded by the Las Vegas Raiders. As time has passed, that now seems highly unlikely. In fact, Carr could be getting a new contract sooner than anybody expected. More reports have emerged over the past few weeks that have shown the Raiders don’t have much of an interest in trading their starting quarterback. Longtime NFL insider Adam Caplan decided to drop the strongest report on Carr’s status with the team yet. “Carr may end up getting his contract extended. That’s the belief around the league,” Caplan reported recently. “They do not want to trade [Carr]. I can tell you that is a fact.” NFL: "Last year around this time, he was 100% available." @caplannfl on the latest news with...
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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers wants to spend $2.4 billion on Wisconsin building projects over the next two years, with nearly a half of that going toward projects across the University of Wisconsin System, $163 million for a new state office building in Milwaukee and plans to move the state historical society museum to a new location near the Capitol. Evers released his capital budget proposal on Monday. The state building commission is slated to vote on it next month, which would then send the plan to the Legislature’s budget committee, which will then decide what to fund. READ MORE: Gov. Evers, Wisconsin GOP Show Rare Signs Of Compromise In Tax Cut Bill Of the nearly $2.4 billion proposed for projects across 31 counties, $1 billion will be for the UW System. That mirrors his capital budget proposal from two years ago, when roughly $1 billion of the...
    The Australian Open women’s semifinal between Serena Williams and eventual champion Naomi Osaka not only wowed the returning crowd at Melbourne Park but also set new viewership records across the country. Naomi Osaka’s semifinal win over Serena Williams averaged 1.41 million viewers According to some viewership numbers shared by former Australian tennis star Rennae Stubbs, the first women’s semifinal averaged a whopping 1.41 million viewers on ESPN2. What’s more, the viewership number peaked at 1.63 million during the final 15 minutes (11.15-11.30pm ET) of the last-four clash, which the Japanese World Number 3 won in straight sets. Even though the match, billed as a titanic contest between two of the fiercest rivals in the women’s game, didn’t extend to a deciding set as many would have anticipated, it did have its fair share of thrills and spills to keep the viewers engaged till the last shot. Going into the clash...
    By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - The mother of an 11-year-old boy who died after they lost electricity and heat in their Texas mobile home during last week's freeze has filed a $100 million lawsuit against two power companies for gross negligence. Maria Pineda said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Entergy Corp are responsible for the death of her son Cristian, who was found unresponsive on the morning of Feb. 16 at home, where he shared a bed with his 3-year-old brother. More than 4 million people in Texas lost power and at least two dozen people died after a snowstorm blanketed the state last week and sent temperatures plunging well below freezing. The complaint filed on Saturday accused the defendants of ignoring a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recommendation following a 2011 freeze to "winterize" the power grid, and were caught "wholly unprepared" when the grid failed last...
    IT is a bumper week for Lottery hopefuls as more than £190 million is up for grabs. Britain's biggest ever Lottery winner could bag an eye-watering £180million jackpot tomorrow after no one picked up the winning EuroMillions ticket last week. 3The EuroMillions jackpot stands at £180mCredit: Alamy 3Tickets for both draws can be bought online or via the appCredit: Alamy While multiple people could end up splitting the Euromillions jackpot on Tuesday, if one UK ticket holder scoops £180m, it would be a record-breaking British win. The current UK record win is £170m in 2019 - however that lucky punter decided to stay anonymous. The previous holder was the late-Colin Weir and his wife Christine who scooped £161m in 2011 - making them richer than the Beckhams. Then on Wednesday, the Lotto draw 'must be won' - meaning the entire £13.4million prize has to go. The jackpot has rolled over five...
    President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package includes $1.5 million for the Seaway International Bridge, a pet cause for Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, released in full by House Democrats Friday, includes $1.5 million for the “maintenance and capital infrastructure activities” of the Seaway International Bridge in Massena, New York. The bridge, which connects New York to Canada, is reportedly a priority for Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, The Wall Street Journal reported. During his tenure, Schumer has backed numerous bills and measures involving the Seaway International Bridge and its surrounding area. In 2016, Schumer fought against an attempt to eliminate funding for the Department of Transportation subagency that oversees the Seaway in Massena. “The attempt to defund this vital entity is severely misguided; it will hurt our economy and cost us jobs; and I will fight overtime to defeat it,” Schumer said in a...
    (UPI) — The Croods: A New Age is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend, earning an additional $1.7 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. Coming in at No. 2 is The Little Things with $1.2 million, followed by Judas and the Black Messiah at No. 3 with $905,000, Wonder Woman 1984 at No. 4 with $805,000 and The Marksman at No. 5 with $775,000. Rounding out the top tier are Monster Hunter at No. 6 with $510,000, Nomadland at No. 7 with $503,000, Land at No. 8 with $500,000, News of the World at No. 9 with $245,000 and The War with Grandpa at No. 10 with $224,000. Several of the films in the Top 10 are also available on streaming or pay-per-view, home-theater platforms as part of a strategy to appeal to wider audiences during the coronavirus pandemic.
    United Airlines passengers, pedestrians recall horror of watching engine rain debris Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy The Steelers hammered out a basic conversion restructure on Cameron Heyward’s contract, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The move won’t change much for the defensive lineman, who is still set to earn $10.5M in 2021. However, the Steelers will save $7M on the books by shifting his roster bonus and base salary into a signing bonus. © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Oct 18, 2020; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) warms up at Heinz Field. Heyward inked a four-year, $71.4M extension with the Steelers early in the 2020 season. Between the anticipated cap decrease and whispers of “Aaron Donald-money” for Heyward, there was doubt as to whether the Steelers would be able to retain him. Ultimately, their defensive captain agreed to stay put for $18M/year,...
    Netflix is making it easier for subscribers to watch content offline with a new feature that automatically downloads TV shows and movies they might like. Available worldwide on Android, the 'Downloads For You' feature pulls in content based on your preferences and viewing history.  To enable Downloads for You, subscribers must go to the Downloads tab and switch the feature on.  Users can determine how much memory they want to dedicate to their offline library.  Scroll down for video Netflix's 'Downloads for You' feature automatically saves shows and films to your device for offline viewing, based on your preferences and viewing history. Subscribers can choose to devote 1 gigabyte, 3 GB or 5GB of memory to their saved content Choose the amount of content you want downloaded — 1 gigabyte, 3 GB or 5GB — and then click 'Turn On.' The feature will generally download the first few episodes...
    The Kansas Department of Labor sent letters late last year to Laura Kelly about the unemployment benefits she had claimed. The only problems were that Kelly had not filed a claim, and that she is employed — as the state’s governor. A tsunami of fraudulent unemployment claims sweeping the nation has cost states and the federal government tens of billions of dollars in payments, many to overseas crime syndicates and nefarious hackers who have gained access to Americans’ Social Security numbers and other identifying information.  The scope of the crisis is not yet known, though the early estimates are eye-popping: California officials have identified at least $11.4 billion in fraudulent claims, and they suspect another $20 billion may be fraudulent. New York officials have referred more than 400,000 fraudulent claims to federal investigators, totaling $5.5 billion in claims, most of which were caught before they were paid. In Ohio, more...
    The GOP’s House campaign arm outraised its Democratic counterpart last month despite an exodus of corporate donors in the wake of the Jan. 5 riots at the Capitol.  Filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) pulled in nearly $7.5 million in the first month of 2021, outpacing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) by about $500,000.  The NRCC’s January fundraising haul suggests that the fallout from the Capitol riots had little practical effect on the group’s finances.  Dozens of corporate political action committees (PACs) halted donations to Republican lawmakers who challenged President BidenJoe BidenBiden to hold moment of silence for 500K COVID-19 deaths Publix offers employees who get COVID-19 vaccine a 5 store gift card Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick MORE’s Electoral College victory last month after a mob of then-President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Florida officer...
    Dish Network, the satellite-TV company led by chairman Charlie Ergen, posted an 88 percent jump in quarterly profit even as it lost subscribers. Dish said Monday it continued to hemorrhage pay-TV subscribers during the fourth quarter at a slightly slower clip, shedding 133,00 subscribers compared with a loss of 194,000 in the year-ago period. Bernstein analyst Peter Supino attributed the improved results to the fact that fewer customers are “switching” their services during the pandemic, as well as an increase in prices. The declines came from the company’s Dish pay-TV service, which lost 149,000 subscribers. That was offset by a 16,000-subscriber gain at the company’s live TV streaming service, SlingTV. The company ended the period with just over 11 million subscribers, including nearly 9 million Dish subscribers and over 2 million Sling customers. Dish Network shares on Monday recently slipped 0.4 percent to $33.54. Overall, fourth-quarter...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Three weeks after Joliet chose Chicago over Hammond as its future source of drinking water, the Chicago City Council Finance Committee backed a 100-year deal with the southwest suburb. In late January, the Joliet City Council approved a plan to build a 31-mile pipeline connecting to Chicago’s drinking water supply from Lake Michigan, as well as upgrades to the Southwest Pumping Station next to Durkin Park in the Scottsdale neighborhood. READ MORE: Seniors In Evanston Receive First Vaccination Dose Monday On Monday, the Chicago City Council Finance Committee approved a 100-year pact to supply Lake Michigan drinking water to Joliet, in a deal that will bring approximately $24 million to $37 million a year in new revenue to the city once Joliet completes construction of the pipeline and other infrastructure in 2030. Chicago Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett said Joliet has the right to terminate and...
    BEIJING, Feb. 22, 2021 /CNW/ — With its fundamental purpose of serving the people heart and soul, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has been devoted to leading the nation towards building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and has helped it achieve miraculous results in reducing poverty. “Seeing that poor people and impoverished areas will enter the moderately prosperous society together with the rest of the country is a solemn promise made by our Party,” Chinese President Xi Jinping had said. CMG recently released a feature television series “Poverty Alleviation”, recounting how China has lifted millions out of poverty. The first episode features an overview of how the Chinese leadership fulfilled its solemn promise of lifting all rural residents living below the current poverty line out of poverty by 2020. ‘Up and Out of Poverty’ China launched large-scale poverty relief programs in 1982. Xi Jinping was sent...
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    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised millions of dollars to help Texas after last week’s deadly winter storm and former Representative Beto O’Rourke is spearheading efforts to reach those most in need. According to her press secretary, as of Sunday night, February 21, the representative had raised more than $4.7 million. That milestone was reached in just a matter of hours — the New York representative only launched the fundraising effort on Feb. 18, collecting some $1 million on that same evening. READ MORE: Stabilize, Rebuild And Get Back To Livin, Matthew McConaughey To Hold Virtual Benefit For Winter Storm Relief One last update (I think!): We just hit $5 million raised for Texans across the state. Thank you ALL for your collective action when people need it most. Charity can’t replace policy, but solidarity is how we’ll face climate change and build a better world. ???????????? Thank...
    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr.'s $340 million, 14-year contract was finalized Monday by the San Diego Padres, the longest deal in baseball history. “Fernando is a special talent who will be instrumental in bringing a world championship to the city of San Diego,” general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. “Throughout the process, Fernando’s desire to stay here long term was clear, and we are thrilled that we were able to come to an agreement.” Tatis, 22, had been eligible for salary arbitration after this season and for free agency after the 2024 season. The length of his contract exceeded the $325 million, 13-year agreement in November 2014 between Miami and Giancarlo Stanton, who was traded to the New York Yankees in December 2017, and the $330 million, 13-year contract ahead of the 2019 season between Bruce Harper and Philadelphia. Baseball's biggest deal by dollars remains Mike...
    More On: dish network DOJ shoots down DirecTV and Dish merger again AT&T pushes ahead with auction of DirecTV despite lowball bids Coronavirus helps subscription numbers at struggling Dish Network Dish Network suffers worst-ever quarterly subscriber losses Dish Network, the satellite-TV company led by chairman Charlie Ergen, posted an 88 percent jump in quarterly profit even as it lost subscribers. Dish said Monday it continued to hemorrhage pay-TV subscribers during the fourth quarter at a slightly slower clip, shedding 133,00 subscribers compared with a loss of 194,000 in the year-ago period. Bernstein analyst Peter Supino attributed the improved results to the fact that fewer customers are “switching” their services during the pandemic, as well as an increase in prices. The declines came from the company’s Dish pay-TV service, which lost 149,000 subscribers. That was offset by a 16,000-subscriber gain at the company’s live TV streaming service, SlingTV....
    NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball contracts worth $300 million or more. Figures were obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources and include all guaranteed income but not income from potential incentive bonuses. There is no distinction for deferred money: Player, Club Years Total Mike Trout, LAA 2019-30 $426.5 million Mookie Betts, LAD 2021-32 $365 million Fernando Tatis Jr., SD 2021-34 $340 million Bryce Harper, Phi 2019-31 $330 million Giancarlo Stanton, Mia-NYY 2015-27 $325 million Gerrit Cole, NYY 2020-28 $324 million Manny Machado, SD 2019-28 $300 million Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr.’s $340 million, 14-year contract was finalized Monday by the San Diego Padres, the longest deal in baseball history. “Fernando is a special talent who will be instrumental in bringing a world championship to the city of San Diego,” general manager A.J. Preller said in a statement. “Throughout the process, Fernando’s desire to stay here long term was clear, and we are thrilled that we were able to come to an agreement.” Tatis, 22, had been eligible for salary arbitration after this season and for free agency after the 2024 season. The length of his contract exceeded the $325 million, 13-year agreement in November 2014 between Miami and Giancarlo Stanton, who was traded to the New York Yankees in December 2017, and the $330 million, 13-year contract ahead of the 2019 season between Bruce Harper and Philadelphia. Baseball’s biggest deal by dollars remains...
    Discovery said its new streaming service, Discovery+, has amassed over 11 million subscribers since it launched last month, even as cord-cutting and flat advertising revenue hit its business in the fourth quarter. Chief Executive David Zaslav said Monday that Discovery — which owns HGTV, Food Network and TLC as well as Animal Planet and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network — is “off to a promising start in 2021” led by the “successful launch of Discovery+.” Zaslav said that the service, which costs $4.99 a month with ads and $6.99 without ads, is poised to hit 12 million subscribers by the end of February. In its first report since Discovery+ launched, the company also reported that it posted flat revenue for the fourth quarter that totaled $2.89 billion and diluted earnings of 76 cents a share. Both the earnings and revenue figures topped Wall Street analysts’ forecasts of...
    Late payments continue to weaken the French economy, nearly 30% of companies paying “a significant portion of their invoices beyond the legal deadlines”, noted the fraud department (DGCCRF) in its annual annual report Monday. The DGCCRF has inspected more than 900 establishments, 278 of which have benefited from a loan guaranteed by the State (PGE), a system put in place to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic aimed precisely “at helping companies to pay their suppliers in compliance with legal deadlines in order to avoid transmission of payment incidents to the entire economy, “according to a press release from this administration. 20.5 million euros in fines in 2020 for late payments According to a still provisional report, 20.5 million euros in fines were imposed last year for late payments. The DGCCRF told . that this amount was “potentially liable to decrease, given the observations that would be submitted by companies...
    Volunteers in city hit hard by Covid-19 canvas neighborhoods to vaccinate Black community Chuck Grassley unapologetic about blocking Merrick Garland from U.S. Supreme Court © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images CRYPTOS Load Error Bitcoin prices were carving out fresh records Wednesday but where the cryptocurrency heads from here is an open question. A single bitcoin hit a record high at $51,735.38 earlier in the day, according to CoinDesk and predictions see the world’s No. 1 crypto doubling before year-end, while some make the case that the virtual asset’s current rally to all-time highs is “unsustainable.” On Wednesday, Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, and newfound investor in cryptos, predicted that bitcoin would hit $100,000 by year-end, but suggested that investors be cautious about buying digital assets. The SkyBridge Bitcoin Fund LP has about $500 million in bitcoins, Scaramucci said. “I do think we see $100,000 in this coin before year-end,” Scaramucci...
    The National Republican Congressional Committee outraised its Democratic counterpart in January despite several corporate political action committees cutting off donations to House Republicans after a majority voted to nullify President Biden’s victory during Electoral College certification. The House Republican campaign arm collected $7.5 million last month, eclipsing the $7 million raised by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The NRCC spent nearly as much as it hauled in, $6.5 million, to close January with $13.5 million in cash on hand. A hefty portion of those expenditures were dedicated to expanding the committee’s proprietary list of grassroots contributors who donate in small amounts through online platforms. The DCCC finished the month with $22.4 million in the bank after spending $5.6 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Although the House Democratic campaign arm has a much larger war chest than the NRCC, it is saddled with $13 million in debt from the...
    We often don’t realize it, but a lot of the items we use each day can have devastating effects on wildlife. People are busy, making them rely more and more on convenience products as they move through their day. But let’s take a moment to consider what happens when we finish that bottle of water or cup of coffee, that snack-size bag of pretzels, or grab a couple of plastic bags at the store. According to a 2013 report produced by the EPA, Americans produce 254 million tons of trash every year, about 34.3 percent of which is recycled or composted. The remaining 87 million tons end up in landfills. Additionally, around 8.8 million tons of plastic get dumped directly into the oceans each year. Globally, we’re producing about 2 billion tons of trash. This trash emits hundreds of millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air and litters...
    Controversies, delays and shattering announcements: the past year under the sign of Covid-19 has been very eventful for Sanofi and its vaccine candidates. A look back at twelve hectic months for the laboratory. Two vaccines The pharmaceutical group, which made a turnover of 36 billion euros last year, quickly positioned itself on a potential vaccine. On February 18, 2020, he announced a collaboration with “Barda”, an American research and development agency, in order to develop a vaccine using proven recombinant DNA technology. Sanofi announced two months later that it would use an adjuvant from the British GSK, another giant in the sector, to do this. Their potential vaccine should initially enter human clinical trials in the second half of 2020 and, if successful, be available in the second half of 2021, they predict then, with the goal of producing one billion doses per year. In addition, Sanofi has been...
    By JOCELYN GECKER | The Associated Press Just one year ago, America had no idea. Life in February 2020 still felt normal. Concern was building about a mystery respiratory illness that had just been named COVID-19. There was panic buying, and a sense of trepidation. Yet it was tempered by a large dose of American optimism. The coronavirus still felt like a foreign problem, even as U.S. authorities recorded the country’s first known death from the virus. Precisely a year later, America is hurtling toward a horrifying milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. A relentless march of death and tragedy has warped time and memory. It became easy to forget the shocking images, so many day after day, of scenes once unthinkable in a country of such wealth and power. As the year unfolded, Associated Press photographers formed a pictorial record of suffering, emotion and resilience. It shows the year...
    Capital Energy accelerates its IPO plans by 4,000 million euros, according to Expansión
    Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder discussed reopening schools and saving small businesses as his state recovers from coronavirus lockdowns, providing his remarks on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday show with host Matthew Boyle. Snyder, a businessman vying for his state’s Republican nomination for governor to replace outgoing Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam in November, is making restoring in-person education in the Old Dominion a centerpiece of his campaign. Schools have been conducting their teaching either fully or partially virtually for close to a year in large part over the claim that coronavirus poses too much of a risk to teachers, a claim that contradicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I have a very simple plan for our schools, which is open them. Open them now, five days a week, every single week, with a teacher in every classroom, period. That’s why we’re gonna win,” Snyder said, contending that Virginians...
    BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston-based lobster company’s catch of the day won’t be appearing on anyone’s plate. James Hook and Company shared a photo over the weekend of a rare albino lobster caught off the coast of Maine. “1 in 100 million,” the company posted to Facebook, a reference to how rare it is to come across an albino lobster in the wild. READ MORE: Woburn Companys Mobile Units Helping Bring Flexibility To Health Care, Retail Industries They plan to donate this lobster to the New England Aquarium. READ MORE: Search For Person Who Fell Through Ice In Wareham Now Recovery Mission James Hook and Company has been in the seafood business since 1925 and has a restaurant and retail store on the waterfront. Earlier this month a rare yellow lobster named “Banana” was caught off Maine and donated to the University of New England. MORE NEWS: Natick Mall COVID Vaccine...
    Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Andy Lau will be the two main protagonists of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong’, an ambitious production budgeted at just over 30 million dollars to be backed by among others Emperor Motion Pictures. Both actors will return to work together 18 years after having done so in ‘Infernal Affairs’, ‘Infernal Affairs II’ and ‘Infernal Affairs III’. Precisely, the screenwriter of this acclaimed and successful triloga, Felix Chong, will be the screenwriter and director of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong’. This will be Chong’s ninth film as a director, the third solo after having collaborated with Alan Mak (co-director of the three installments of the aforementioned ‘Infernal Affairs’) in up to six films. Chong’s latest film, an action thriller starring Chow Yun-Fat titled ‘Project Gutenberg’, grossed $ 183 million in China and $ 4.3 million in Hong Kong, in addition to...
    Following a two month nationwide lockdown, hotels, gyms and swimming pools in Israel reopened Sunday for vaccinated and recovered coronavirus patients, while other venues including museums and shopping malls reopened to all public. Israel’s newly launched “Green Pass” system, which allows people who have either been vaccinated or who have recovered from coronavirus to enter certain venues, repeatedly crashed however, so the Health Ministry said that vaccination certificates were enough proof until the system was up and running again. Certain grades in schools in cities with low infection rates were also allowed to reopen. Some 4.3 million Israelis, which is close to 50 percent of the population, have received the first vaccine dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 2.9 million received both. Around three million Israelis, including minors and those who have recovered from COVID-19, are not currently eligible for the vaccine. While a Health Ministry study showed the vaccine was 98.9 percent effective...
    Toni Freixa He is the last in the list of favorites to win the elections to the presidency of Barcelona and two weeks before the elections, the former manager of Barcelona has taken a step forward, promising an economic boom and cracks. The candidate to direct the club culé affirmed that in the season 2021-2022 “We will sign three cracks” and also announced that “We have closed an agreement with an investor who will contribute 250 million to Barça Coporate.” The fine print of this promise is that if the Culé club receives this foreign investment, it would have to become a sports corporation. Money and transfers «We have been working for a long time and we have closed an agreement with an investor who will contribute 250 million for the Barça Coporate, which are four lines of business in exchange for 49 percent. And in 21-22 we will incorporate...
    The coronavirus incidence rate in Germany has gradually increased over the past several days. The Robert Koch Institute reported an incidence rate, or the number of people infected with COVID-19 per 100,000, of 61 on Monday. The incidence rate has been increasing since hitting a recent low of 57 on Wednesday, according to the institute's daily reports. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 511 ImagesThe incidence rate in two states, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, is "moderately" and "considerably" above the national rate, respectively. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said the country will need to reach an incidence rate of 50 in order to ease the burden on its health care system and a rate of 35 to begin opening the country back up. On Monday, Germany added 4,369 new virus cases, bringing its total to more than 2.39 million. It also recorded 62 deaths. The death toll now stands...
    By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Just one year ago, America had no idea. Life in February 2020 still felt normal. Concern was building about a mystery respiratory illness that had just been named COVID-19. There was panic buying, and a sense of trepidation. Yet it was tempered by a large dose of American optimism. The coronavirus still felt like a foreign problem, even as U.S. authorities recorded the country’s first known death from the virus. Precisely a year later, America is hurtling toward a horrifying milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. A relentless march of death and tragedy has warped time and memory. It became easy to forget the shocking images, so many day after day, of scenes once unthinkable in a country of such wealth and power. As the year unfolded, Associated Press photographers formed a pictorial record of suffering, emotion and resilience. It shows the year that changed...
    As protests erupted last year over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would slash $250 million from city departments and put the money toward Black communities and other communities of color. Garcetti and the City Council quickly moved to cut $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department budget, directing a small portion of the money to jobs programs. The mayor said he achieved the remainder of his goal not by cutting the budget but by tapping hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds provided to the city to respond to COVID-19. Those federal funds, allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES, went to pay for programs to address homelessness, which disproportionately affects Black residents, Garcetti said. Still, some activists are criticizing the mayor over his handling of the pledge, saying he shouldn’t have relied on...
    Just one year ago, America had no idea. Life in February 2020 still felt normal. Concern was building about a mystery respiratory illness that had just been named COVID-19. There was panic buying, and a sense of trepidation. Yet it was tempered by a large dose of American optimism. The coronavirus still felt like a foreign problem, even as U.S. authorities recorded the country’s first known death from the virus. Precisely a year later, America is hurtling toward a horrifying milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. A relentless march of death and tragedy has warped time and memory. It became easy to forget the shocking images, so many day after day, of scenes once unthinkable in a country of such wealth and power. As the year unfolded, Associated Press photographers formed a pictorial record of suffering, emotion and resilience. It shows the year that changed America. Looking back,...
    Cheers and Jeers is a weekday post from the great state of Maine. “We’ll Be Back After This Message...” With apologies to all the Karens who aren’t racists or red-hatted cult A-holes. xIf you like speaking to the manager, you’ll love these new Karen dolls! pic.twitter.com/TmSnjJxxa0— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) February 20, 2021 Can’t wait to see the Proud Boys collection. (Actually, I can.) Cheers and Jeers for Monday, February 22, 2021 Note: Why?  Because I said so.  And I'd say that pretty much settles whatever it is we're talking about.  Now go to your room.  —Mgt. - By the Numbers: 5 days!!! Days 'til the next full "snow moon": 5 Public support for the White House's American Rescue Plan, according to a new Navigator survey: 73% Percent of the population that’s Black: 13% Percent of vaccinated Americans who are Black: 6% Percent of Democrats polled by Gallup who...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments The United States faces a dark milestone this week despite a recent decline in COVID-19 cases as it prepares to mark a staggering half-million deaths, with President Joe Biden planning to memorialize the lives lost. While the number of COVID-19 cases fell for the fifth straight week and officials scrambled to inoculate the population, the nation was poised to reach 500,000 deaths from the highly infectious respiratory disease. It has been nearly a year since the pandemic upended the country with dueling public health and economic crises. “It’s nothing like we’ve ever been through in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic. … It really is a terrible situation that we’ve been through – and that we’re still going through,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House COVID-19 medical adviser and the nation’s top infectious disease official, told CNN’s “State of the Union”...
    (Reuters) - Discovery Inc said on Monday it expects to have 12 million global paid streaming subscribers by the end of this month, as coronavirus-led restrictions kept people home and fueled streaming subscriber growth. Launched in January, discovery+ houses 55,000 episodes from channels in the Discovery portfolio, which includes HGTV, Food Network and Animal Planet. Discovery+ has already launched in India, the UK and Ireland and will eventually be available in 25 countries. (Reporting by Tiyashi Datta and Helen Coster, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip began its coronavirus vaccination drive on Monday following the arrival of the first vaccines to the blockaded coastal area. Former health ministers and several medical workers were inoculated with Russia’s Sputnik V jabs in front of dozens of cameras. More medical workers and patients with chronic diseases are to start receiving injections on Tuesday. The inoculation drive “will result in more immunity among the people and further curb the spread of the pandemic,” said Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra. The area has received just 22,000 doses of vaccines, a tiny fraction of what is needed to immunize the strip's 2 million people, including some 1.4 million people over age 18. The shortage of vaccines in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank stands in stark contrast to Israel, which is on pace to immunize...
    By Maeve Reston | CNN Leaders of the campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom have now gathered more than a million signatures, according to a new report from the California secretary of state’s office that suggests the effort is still on track as they inch toward a March deadline to qualify for the ballot. Capitalizing on the frustration and anger among California Republicans and small business owners about Newsom’s restrictive stay-at-home orders last year, which were intended to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as well as the high case numbers that the state experienced over the holiday months, recall proponents say they have actually gathered 1.7 million signatures so far and are continuing to turn those in to the county registrars around the state for verification. The most recent report from the secretary of state is a lagging indicator of the progress toward ballot qualification, because...
    At first, the plan to administer 100 million vaccines in 100 days sounded a bit ambitious. Currently, one month after taking office, Joe Biden is about to achieve the goal and goes much further on the most ambitious and overwhelming mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus before the end of the summer. Miami World / AP The limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has affected the pace of vaccinations, even before winter weather delayed the delivery of approximately 6 million doses last week. But the United States is on the verge of making a supply breakthrough by increasing manufacturing, with the expectation of a third vaccine available in the coming weeks. That means that the act of giving the shots will soon be the most important thing, and that prompts the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the number of people giving the shots...
    Available on Steam Early Access, this Viking adventure already has more than 3 million games sold. Valheim landed on Steam in early February, and as good Vikings they are, there is no one to stop them once they make landfall. Released as an early access game, Valheim has become the new phenomenon of PC games. A survival proposal in a procedural open world, and based on Norse mythology, which already has more than 3 million games sold. And what’s more, this weekend has registered a new simultaneous player milestone, which position it as one of the most successful games on Steam. According to PC Gamer shares, and we have subsequently verified on SteamDB, last Sunday Valheim reached a peak of 502,000 simultaneous players. More than half a million people connected at the same time to an indie game developed by 5 people, and that hasn’t even been around for...