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    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ames police said Monday they have issued an arrest warrant charging a man with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found Saturday night in an apartment. Police found the body of Ranea K. Bell, 37, of Ames on Saturday night in an apartment. On Monday, investigators issued a warrant charging Richard G. Fleck, 33, with first-degree murder. Police said they believe Fleck is in the Kansas City, Missouri, area but noted he also has ties to communities in Texas and Mississippi. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Iowa, crime, Missouri
    By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer As far as Anthony Rizzo is concerned, Kevin Mather simply said the quiet part out loud. Mather, the CEO and president of the Seattle Mariners, resigned Monday after video surfaced of a speech he gave to a Rotary Club this month in which he made insensitive comments about several current and former players. He also spoke bluntly on a point of contention between teams and players when he said Seattle would likely keep top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert in the minors at the start of the season to delay their right to file for free agency. The players' association has long complained about the practice. Cubs star Kris Bryant filed and lost a grievance against Chicago alleging the club intentionally manipulated his service time when it kept him in Triple-A for two weeks prior to his major league debut in 2015. Had...
    By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s is fighting back against an investor group’s efforts to take control of the department store chain's board, arguing that it would derail its progress and momentum. The response, issued Monday, comes after the investor group said it had nominated nine members for Kohl's board of directors as it looks to boost the company's stock and its financial performance. The group owns a 9.5% stake in Kohl's. In a letter to shareholders made public on Monday, the investor group said Kohl's hasn't kept up with the fast-changing retail landscape and needs to cut its inventory, fix its store label assortment, cut expenses and improve its app and website among other things. The investor group is made up of Macellum Advisors, Ancora Holdings, Legion Partners Asset Management and 4010 Capital. Kohl’s faced challenges even before the pandemic forced the chain and...
    THE Bachelor star Matt James said it was "troubling to watch" Chris Harrison's "failure to understand" the racist history of the Antebellum South in his interview with Rachel Lindsay. The 29-year-old broke his silence regarding the longtime host's recent controversy in an Instagram post on Monday. 2Matt broke his silence regarding Chris' racism claimsCredit: Getty Images 2He shared the statement on Monday Earlier this month, The Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell sparked outrage when photos resurfaced of her dressed up at a controversial "Old South" bash in 2018.  During an interview with former The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, Chris asked fans to show “compassion” for the current contestant. The host also claimed the racism problems were “okay” in 2018 but “not in 2021,” while adding he’s “not the woke police.” On Monday, Matt shared a text post that read: "The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In 2021, Marylanders will have a front-row seat to something that may seem apocalyptic. A University of Maryland professor says the state is at the epicenter of the cicada emergence. That means countless insects will emerge starting in early May. READ MORE: Maryland State Police Respond To 131 Crashes Monday Morning As Winter Storm Brings Snow, Sleet The so-called “cicada-palooza” is going to happen the last two weeks of May and into early June. READ MORE: 10% Of Baltimore City Population Received At Least One Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine, Officials Say, Urge Patience In some areas, 1.5 million cicadas could emerge from the ground per acre as part of a 17-year cycle. MORE NEWS: Man Shot In Thigh In Fells Point Monday Evening; Police Believe Shooting Was Targeted Get alerts from WJZ first! Follow WJZ on Facebook and download the app.
    VIDEO1:1401:14This 'catch-up trade' may thrive as Treasury yields riseTrading Nation While rising Treasury yields create jitters on Wall Street, BTIG's Julian Emanuel is seeing opportunities. The firm's chief equity and derivatives strategist said Monday he thinks economically sensitive stocks, cryptocurrencies and overseas markets, particularly China, will get a boost. "There's a large subset of China ADRs [American depository receipts], some of which are levered to the financial sector, that have really shown a very close correlation to Chinese yields, which are rising alongside the U.S.," Emanuel told CNBC's "Trading Nation." The benchmark 10-year Treasury Note yield on Monday hit a fresh one-year high around 1.35%. "This is the environment where that catch-up trade is going to show its ability," Emanuel said. But it's not just unloved areas of the market. Emanuel sees rising yields making cryptocurrencies even more attractive. "You're coming from such a low absolute level of rates that...
    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 on Monday mourned the more than 500,000 Americans lost to the novel coronavirus and called for unity in the battle against the pandemic. In personal remarks from the White House, Biden reflected on the “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone” of surpassing 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19. He described his own experiences of grief and losing loved ones as he paid tribute to those lost over the past year. “As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate,” Biden said. “While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic, or a blur, or on...
    More On: markets Bitcoin’s market value tops $1 trillion as rally continues Robinhood and Citadel come under fire during Reddit Rally hearing Bitcoin tops $50,000 for the first time Elon Musk wants major cryptocurrency holders to sell The kitty is still roaring, so GameStop is soaring. Shares in the video game retailer shot up as much as 20 percent on Monday after social media influencer Keith Gill — who goes by the name of “Roaring Kitty” on YouTube and “DeepF***ingValue” on Reddit — posted a screenshot showing that he had doubled his stake despite the political scrutiny and legal woes plaguing his investment. Considered a key player in the Reddit Rally that sent GameStop and other so-called “meme stocks” soaring in January, Gill posted a screenshot to Reddit late Friday showing he bought an additional 50,000 GameStop shares. The stock closed Monday up 13.33 percent to $46...
    U.S. officials expressed outrage Monday after a trio of rockets slammed into Baghdad, two of them landing in the city's fortified Green Zone.  Iraqi officials said the Katyusha rockets appeared to have been launched from a nearby neighborhood but that no one was injured.   Iraq's military said four vehicles were damaged, along with some property.  Initial reports indicated the rockets that hit inside the Green Zone landed close to the U.S. Embassy and also close to Joint Operations Command, where U.S. military personnel coordinate with the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.  No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, which comes just a week after a rocket attack outside Irbil International Airport, in northern Iraq, killed a contractor for the U.S.-led coalition and injured nine others, including a U.S. military member.  Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills Coalition Contractor Attack in northern Iraq killed contractor...
    Happy Monday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Teachers were already leaving the profession due to stress — then COVID-19 hit About 44% of teachers who left voluntarily during COVID-19 cited the pandemic as the primary reason for their exit.Take a look inside Vice President Kamala Harris’s San Francisco loft — it just sold for a profit The nation's newest vice president is unloading her San Francisco condo — and she's getting a very good price. 6 Black financial pros everyone should follow this year What they have to say about the financial setbacks that came with COVID-19, and the banking industry's relationship to people of color.Low wages are just the start of the problems for millions of U.S. workers during COVID-19 — here’s why Prior research on wage inequality 'understates the true level of inequality, said Ioana Marinescu, a University of Pennsylvania economics professor, and co-author of a new report.Will...
    As far as Anthony Rizzo is concerned, Kevin Mather simply said the quiet part out loud. Mather, the CEO and president of the Seattle Mariners, resigned Monday after video surfaced of a speech he gave to a Rotary Club this month in which he made insensitive comments about several current and former players. He also spoke bluntly on a point of contention between teams and players when he said Seattle would likely keep top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert in the minors at the start of the season to delay their right to file for free agency. The players’ association has long complained about the practice. Cubs star Kris Bryant filed and lost a grievance against Chicago alleging the club intentionally manipulated his service time when it kept him in Triple-A for two weeks prior to his major league debut in 2015. Had Bryant been promoted one day...
    DALLAS (AP) — The seam that split in a pipe under Nora Espinoza’s sink during the frigid cold that gripped Texas was narrower than the edge of a dime. Her kitchen appeared mostly undamaged, but the plumber that cut into Espinoza’s wall found water had been pouring in underneath the floor. She expects the repairs to cost $15,000. Espinoza, a 56-year-old Dallas resident, is among those still getting a sense of the wreckage left by the icy blast that hit Texas and much of the Deep South last week, knocking out power to millions and contributing to nearly 80 deaths. Soaked drywall and carpet is being pulled back to give a fuller view of the destruction, and the political peril for elected leaders and energy officials who were unable to keep the heat on in places unaccustomed to freezing cold. Snow and ice melted across Texas over the weekend, but...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s is fighting back against an investor group’s efforts to take control of the department store chain’s board, arguing that it would derail its progress and momentum. The response, issued Monday, comes after the investor group said it had nominated nine members for Kohl’s board of directors as it looks to boost the company’s stock and its financial performance. The group owns a 9.5% stake in Kohl’s. In a letter to shareholders made public on Monday, the investor group said Kohl’s hasn’t kept up with the fast-changing retail landscape and needs to cut its inventory, fix its store label assortment, cut expenses and improve its app and website among other things. The investor group is made up of Macellum Advisors, Ancora Holdings, Legion Partners Asset Management and 4010 Capital. Kohl’s faced challenges even before the pandemic forced the chain and its peers to close temporarily...
    The Conservative Political Action Conference disinvited YouTuber Young Pharaoh from speaking at the annual event after disparaging remarks he made about Jewish people resurfaced Monday.  "We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization," CPAC said in a statement posted to Twitter. "The individual will not be participating at our conference."  2021 CPAC TO BE HELD IN PERSON IN FLORIDA Among the statements from Young Pharoah that resurfaced Monday was a June 2020 tweet that claimed "THERE IS NO #HISTORICAL OR #SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE PROVING THE EXISTENCE OF #JEWS OR #JUDAISM... ITS ALL A COMPLETE #LIE."  "GO GET THE BEST #JEWISH #SCHOLAR YOU CAN FIND & ILL EXPOSE #RELIGION AS BEING COMPLETELY MADE UP FOR #POLITICAL GAIN," the tweet continued.  WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TRUMP'S CPAC SPEECH CPAC disinvited Young Pharoah from the annual conference after the American...
    DARNESTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — A 72-year-old woman and two dogs were killed in a house fire Sunday evening in Montgomery County, officials said Monday. The fire broke out around 7:15 p.m. in the 15000 block of Darnestown Road near Darnestown. First responders rescued the woman, 72-year-old Judith Marion, from the home, but she later died at a hospital. READ MORE: Man Shot In Thigh In Fells Point Monday Evening; Police Believe Shooting Was Targeted Police said they do not suspect foul play in her death. (2/21) Fatal Fire, Darnestown Rd, resident Judith Marion, age 72, died of injuries at hospital; 2 dogs also did not survive. At least 4 other dogs were assisted by Animal Services, excessive storage/clutter conditions complicated firefight & rescue, NOTE: NO WORKING SMOKE ALARMS https://t.co/hwreMtVUJn pic.twitter.com/Ox3hSmGUhH — Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) February 22, 2021 READ MORE: Emma Coronel Aispuro, Wife Of El Chapo, Arrested At Dulles Airport...
    In wake of a political hit piece published in Russia Monday that prompted Rangers forward Artemi Panarin to step away from the team, the Blueshirts as an organization are fiercely supporting their star player. The Post’s Larry Brooks first reported that Panarin, the Rangers’ top scorer, would be taking a leave of absence from hockey after his former Vityaz head coach Andrei Nazarov told a Russian media outlet that the ex-forward of the Moscow Region club assaulted an 18-year-old girl in Riga, Latvia after a road game in 2011. Nazarov, a known supporter of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly and publicly criticized Panarin for his outspoken beliefs regarding Putin’s regime. “Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story,” the Rangers said in a statement. Ryan Strome, who has frequently played on the same line as Panarin since he signed with the Rangers in July...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 28-year-old man was shot in the thigh in Fells Point Monday evening, city police said. The shooting happened just after 4:30 p.m. in the 500 block of South Caroline Street. When officers got to the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound. READ MORE: Emma Coronel Aispuro, Wife Of El Chapo, Arrested At Dulles Airport On International Drug Trafficking Charges Police said he was taken to a hospital for treatment. READ MORE: Baltimore Lifts 1-Hour Time Limit At Bars & Restaurants Monday, More COVID Restrictions Adjusted Investigators believe the incident was targeted, but police did not release information about a possible shooter or shooters. Anyone with information should call police at 410-396-2422 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. MORE NEWS: Registration Open, Fill Up Quickly For COVID Vaccination Appointments At M&T Bank Stadium Get alerts from WJZ first! Follow WJZ on Facebook and download...
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Health workers, teachers, coca growers and soy growers held protests Monday against the government of President Luis Arce amid a slow decline in new coronavirus infections following an outbreak in Bolivia. Almost at noon, the sectors united and marched through the center of La Paz near the Presidential Palace. One group was gassed by the police. It was the fourth day of unemployment of health professionals in rejection of a health emergency law promulgated last week by the president. “We have been victims of grenades, of gas. Several boys have been affected, this repression did not correspond, ”Fernando Romero, spokesman for the Union of Public Health Medical Branches (SIRMES) told the local media. Meanwhile, in most hospitals only emergencies were treated and care for other pathologies was suspended. The medical leadership called a strike until February 28 in order to repeal the...
    On Monday, an ambush claimed the lives of Ambassador Attanasio, who died of gunshot wounds, an Italian rifleman Vittorio Iacovacci and their driver. Lhe Congolese government pledged on Monday to do everything in its power to find out who is behind the death of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Luca Attanasio, and two other people killed in the morning during an attack in the province of North Kivu, in the unstable east of the country. “I promise the Italian government that the government of my country will do everything to find out who is behind this despicable murder,” said Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Marie Tumba Nzeza, quoted by local media. “It is with sorrow and a lot of sadness that we have just learned of the death of the young Italian ambassador in the DRC”...
    The wife of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been arrested at Washington DC's Dulles Airport and charged with drug trafficking.  Emma Coronel, a 31-year-old former beauty queen with both U.S. and Mexican citizenship, was detained on Monday. She will appear in court on Tuesday, charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S.  She is also accused of helping her husband in his infamous July 11, 2015 escape through a tunnel dug beneath Altiplano prison, in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico.  Emma Coronel, the 31-year-old wife of 'Chapo' Guzman, was arrested on Monday After Guzman was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016, she is alleged to have engaged in planning yet another prison escape, before he was eventually extradited to the U.S. in January 2017. Guzman's lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo, told DailyMail.com he was not representing Coronel: it was unclear who her attorney...
    SARASOTA, Fla. (WJZ) — Baltimore Orioles pitcher Trey Mancini joined his teammates for spring training Monday nearly a year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. On the field with his teammates in Sarasota, Florida, for the team’s first full-squad workout Monday, it was the latest milestone in Mancini’s comeback. He spoke about how much he missed his teammates and what it means to be back on the field. READ MORE: Emma Coronel Aispuro, Wife Of El Chapo, Arrested At Dulles Airport On International Drug Trafficking Charges Credit: Baltimore Orioles “I made sure to enjoy it and kind of cherish today because there are times, especially when I got diagnosed early on, where I wasn’t totally sure if I’d be playing baseball again,” he said. “Just being able to come out here and feel like myself, feel great and participate in everything fully is something that I’m very appreciative of...
    A group of Iranian Americans is urging the Biden administration to prioritize the issue of human rights as it looks to restart nuclear talks with Iran. A document was sent to the White House on Monday and offered policy recommendations after President Biden expressed a willingness late last week to return to nuclear talks with Iran. The policy push, which was initiated by the Organization of Iranian American Communities, stresses that not only is Iran in violation of the nuclear deal but is also involved in human rights abuses and international terrorism. A copy of the document was obtained by the Washington Examiner for review. The group, which is tied to the broader dissident group National Council of Resistance of Iran, said Biden administration policy “does not explicitly incorporate the full spectrum of issues, most notably the situation of human rights in Iran or the regime’s espionage and...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is expanding its vaccination eligibility to anyone over 60 beginning in March. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday the state's regional vaccination sites will move to phase 1C on March 1, which expands the pool of eligible recipients to those over 60 and anyone over age 16 who has a high risk condition. Beshear said during a pandemic briefing on Monday that more than 580,000 Kentuckians have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 1C tier also includes remaining essential workers who weren't in the higher priority categories. The state has had six weeks of declining new case numbers, and the case total of 530 on Monday is the lowest daily count since Oct. 5, the governor said. “This is all in all some really good news,” Beshear said. There were 13 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday. Winter weather delays in shipping...
    House Republicans sent a strong signal on Monday that they won’t back a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package, arguing it is loaded with “special interest pork and other liberal goodies.” GOP lawmakers volleyed the criticism just before the Democrat-run House Budget Committee advanced the legislation to the floor in a party-line vote. All Republicans voted against it. One Democrat, Lloyd Doggett, voted “no,” but the Texan said later that he meant to vote in favor of it. The measure provides $1.9 trillion in new spending, but much of it is aimed at projects unrelated to the coronavirus. Republicans created a pie chart that depicts the $160 billion in virus aid as a mere 8% of overall spending. Billions in spending would go to liberal groups and unions and would bail out state and local governments that have enforced lockdowns and carried out bad fiscal policies such as underfunding government...
    After a peaceful rally, some threw bottles and other objects at vehicles protecting the national police headquarters. PFor the seventh night in a row, a demonstration in Barcelona in favor of the imprisoned rapper Pablo Hasél degenerated on Monday into clashes with the police, with acts of vandalism and the burning of street furniture. After a peaceful rally with cries of “Freedom for Pablo Hasél”, the demonstrators marched through the center of Barcelona to the headquarters of the national police, where some threw bottles and other objects at the vehicles that protected it, according to television images. The protesters then moved to other streets in Spain’s second largest city where they set dumpsters on fire. “Groups of rioters set fire to barricades (…) and throw objects at neighbors who complain about their attitude,” wrote on Twitter the Catalan police,...
    LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Lewisville will begin reopening its facilities to the public on Monday, Feb. 22, now that the daily COVID-19 hospitalization rate in Denton County has remained below 15% for more than seven consecutive days. City facilities have been closed to the public since Dec. 4 to adhere to safety guidelines in Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-32. That executive order included reducing capacity at businesses to 50%, closing bars with certain TABC licenses, and restricting elective surgeries. READ MORE: How Texans Can Access FEMA Assistance Following Devastating Winter Storms; 31 Counties Added To Disaster Declaration City Facilities that will be fully open to the public on Monday are: READ MORE: North Texas Homeowners Eligible For Federal Disaster Assistance Through HUD City Hall – 151 W. Church Street Municipal Annex – 1197 W. Main Street Lewisville Grand Theater – 100 N. Charles Street (10 a.m. to 5...
    Washington (CNN)Virginia state lawmakers on Monday approved legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the state, moving the Old Dominion one step closer to becoming the first southern state to outlaw the practice.The bill -- HB 2263 -- now heads to Gov. Ralph Northam's desk for final approval. The Democratic governor has previously signaled he intends to sign the legislation into law and called the death penalty "inequitable, ineffective, and inhumane" in a joint statement following the bill's passage."Over Virginia's long history, this commonwealth has executed more people than any other state. And, like many other states, Virginia has come too close to executing an innocent person. It's time we stop this machinery of death," he said in the statement with Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw.Virginia's Senate voted 22-16 Monday to give final approval to the measure. The provision had previously passed...
    RICHMOND, VA. - State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its history than any other. The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions. Virginia's Democratic majority, in control of the General Assembly for a second year, pushed the repeal effort, arguing that the death penalty has been applied disproportionately to people of color, the mentally ill and the indigent. Republicans raised concerns about justice for victims and their family members and said there are some crimes that are so heinous that the perpetrators deserve to be executed. Both the House and Senate approved separate repeal bills earlier this month. On Monday, the Senate approved the House bill, advancing...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,150 new confirmed COVID cases and 26 additional deaths in the state on Monday. Health officials said the total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 540,794 while the total number of deaths is 15,534. READ MORE: Prison Reform Activist Discusses Changes For A More Successful Reintegration There were 49,929 total new tests reported. READ MORE: Rhode Island Expands Eligibility For COVID-19 Vaccinations As of Monday, the seven-day weighted average of positive tests in Massachusetts is 1.90%. There are 888 people currently hospitalized for a coronavirus-related illness Monday, which is a decrease of 39 since Sunday. There are 229 patients currently in intensive care. MORE NEWS: Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered From Frozen Wareham Pond There are an estimated 35,660 active cases in Massachusetts.
    New York : Metzelder played with Germany in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Photo: OLIVER LANG / . / . The ex-footballer of Real Madrid and the Borussia Dortmund, Christoph Metzelder, will have to answer to the German justice for various charges related to child pornography, among them the possession and dissemination of pedophile images. This Monday, judicial sources reported that the Düsseldorf Court admitted the formal accusation presented by the prosecution and that the trial will open on April 29. The charges charged the former defender of the German national team during the 2002 and 2006 World Cups They are the possession of said material and having commissioned a contact person to provide publications of this type on 29 occasions. The former Real Madrid player and German international, Christoph Metzelder, will be tried in April in Düsseldorf for disseminating images of a pedophile...
    The Pentagon on Monday acknowledged an "uptick" in violence in Iraq against installations housing U.S. forces that mirror prior attacks orchestrated by Iran, though it continued to decline to attribute the latest incidents to any specific set of perpetrators.. [ READ: Biden Administration Ready to Meet With Iran  ]Defense Department spokesman John Kirby described the troubling security situation in Iraq moments after the U.S. headquarters there confirmed a rocket attack against the so-called Green Zone in Baghdad. Those reports came a week after a rocket attack against a base housing U.S. forces outside Irbil in northern Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region that killed at least one contractor from the U.S.-led coalition and injured many others. "It's difficult to say with any certainty whether there's a strategic calculation driving this uptick – this recent uptick in attacks or whether this is just a continuation of the sorts of attacks we've seen in...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday in Wisconsin, marking the first time since early September that the state has had two such days in a row. The last time Wisconsin went two or more days without a single reported death from the coronavirus was the three-day stretch of Sept. 6 through Sept. 8. READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 1 Death Reported For The 1st Time Since August The state’s seven-day average of new cases was at its lowest point since early July, but it increased marginally from Sunday. The seven-day average on Monday was 612, up from 610 the day before. Nearly 560,000 Wisconsin residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,284 have died of the disease since the pandemic started. READ MORE: ‘MN Vaccine Hunters’ Facebook Page Created To Help Thousands Get Vaccinated Wisconsin’s death count is the 23rd highest in the country overall...
    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...
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a delivery ceremony for Tesla China-made Model 3 in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020.Ding Ting | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Shares of Tesla closed down 8.55% on Monday, as investors betting on a pandemic comeback rotated out Big Tech and piled into cyclical stocks. It's Tesla's biggest drop since Sept. 23, 2020, when it closed down 10.34%. Shares of the company's Big Tech peers also dropped Monday, with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft each closing down more than 2%. Overall, the Nasdaq Composite fell 2.5% on Monday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average reversed a 200-point loss to close up 0.1%. Tesla's stock could also have been dragged down from Bitcoin, which slowed its rally on Monday. The coin was down about 6% after the bell Monday, according to CoinDesk. Earlier this month, Tesla disclosed it bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin for...
    Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street Monday, dragged down by losses in several Big Tech companies, including Apple. The S&P 500 gave up 0.8%, its fifth straight decline. Traders are still keeping a close eye on Washington and the next big round of stimulus that’s making its way through Congress. On Monday: The S&P 500 fell 30.21 points, or 0.8%, to 3,876.50. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 27.37 points, or 0.1%, to 31,521.69. The Nasdaq fell 341.41 points, or 2.5%, to 13,533.05. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 15.62 points, or 0.7%, to 2,251.07. For the year: The S&P 500 is up 120.43 points, or 3.2%. The Dow is up 915.21 points, or 3%. The Nasdaq is up 644.77 points, or 5%. The Russell 2000 is up 276.22 points, or 14%. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from February 22, 2021: 479,591 cases; 6,433 deaths Hy-Vee added to Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine pharmacy network Vaccine shipping slowed by extreme weather in U.S. Fans in the stands for the Twins? Article continues after advertisement 479,591 cases; 6,433 deaths One more Minnesotan has died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 6,433. Deaths and case numbers are typically lower on Mondays owing to a lag in reporting over the...
    (CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has issued updated guidance for companies that plan to adapt their Covid-19 medical products -- including vaccines, tests and therapeutics -- to address the emergence of coronavirus variants. Development of new coronavirus vaccines may be hitting critical mass. Heres how they workThe agency said in an announcement on Monday that it expects that "manufacturing information will remain generally the same" for authorized Covid-19 vaccines that may be updated to target variants. The agency recommended that data from clinical immunogenicity studies be used to support any changes or updates to vaccines. Such studies would be smaller and could take less time than large-scale clinical trials."It's going to be on the order of a few hundred individuals in terms of size and we'd expect that that might take a few months," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments The United States said on Monday it was outraged by rocket attacks on coalition forces and others in Iraq but stressed it would not “lash out” and would respond at a time and place of its choosing. “We have seen the reports of the rocket fire today … as you heard us say in the aftermath of the tragic attack in Erbil, we are outraged by the recent attacks,” U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. Most attacks cause no casualties but the latest rocket attack, on Monday, was the third in Iraq in just over a week to target Green Zone areas that host U.S. troops, diplomats or contractors. Price said the United States was still determining who was behind last week’s attack on the Erbil International Airport compound that killed a contractor working with U.S. forces at the military base...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island on Monday started allowing residents age 65 and older to schedule appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination. The state in a statement said it expects to schedule about 10,000 appointments Monday for shots at two state-run vaccination sites at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the former Citizens Bank headquarters on Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston. READ MORE: Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered From Frozen Wareham Pond But the agency also said because of limited supplies, not everyone who wants to make an appointment will be able to right away. Vaccinations are also available at some CVS and Walgreens pharmacy locations and at local clinics. READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? About 9,900 people were vaccinated at the two state-run sites over their first three days of operation, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to the health department. Almost...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Franchy Cordero was not at the team’s first full squad workout on Monday. We finally know why he wasn’t there for all the Spring Training fun. On Monday afternoon, Boston placed Cordero on the COVID-19 Related Injured List. There is no minimum or maximum number of days that a player can remain on the list, so it’s unclear when Cordero will take the field with his new team. Boston acquired the 26-year-old Cordero from Kansas City as part of a three-team trade that sent Andrew Benintendi to the Royals earlier this month. Cordero appeared in 95 major league games in his stints with the San Diego Padres (2017-19) and Royals (2020), slashing .236/.304/.433 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. He was traded to Kansas City on July 16 last season but missed a majority of the campaign with a sprained right wrist,...
    Tesla's recent investment in bitcoin is already paying off big time for Elon Musk's car company. With the price of the cryptocurrency hitting a record high on Sunday, the electric vehicle maker's holdings have risen $1.1 billion in the past month alone. That's more than Tesla earned in profits selling cars in 2020. Tesla disclosed in a securities filing earlier this month that it had bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin. It did not disclose the date of the purchase, however, making it impossible to know exactly how much the company has made on the investment. Bitcoin was trading at just under $33,300 a month ago, while on Sunday the price topped $58,000, up 75%.  It's worth noting those gains amount to "paper profits" for Tesla, with no indications the company has sold any bitcoin. Meanwhile, the extreme volatility of bitcoin means that returns could be fleeting (or go even higher). By...
    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...
    A convicted child rapist pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing and murdering two young boys in Southern California in the 1980s, in a case that marked the latest battle between elected prosecutors over Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón’s reformist policies. Kenneth Rasmuson, 59, will be sentenced to life in prison under the terms of a deal offered Monday in the brutal murders of Miguel Antero and Jeffrey Varro, both of whom were found dead in L.A. County in the 1980s after they went missing. Rasmuson was linked to the slayings by DNA in 2015 and has been awaiting trial for years. Prosecutors had previously offered him a deal that would have spared him from facing the death penalty and seen him sentenced to life without parole, but the deal was never entered into court, according to a representative for the victims’ families. Under the terms...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The St. Paul Police Department says it is investigating a homicide that happened over the weekend. The victim, a woman, was found dead Sunday afternoon at a townhome on the 1500 block of Jackson Street. Police said the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday. At an afternoon press conference Monday, police said medics were already at the townhome responding to an overdose. Police found the woman in the basement of the townhome and said she “appeared to have been assaulted.” Authorities interviewed multiple people who were at the scene, but no one is in custody yet.   More On WCCO.com: Anoka Police K9 Wounded, Armed Carjacking Suspect Dead In Isanti Co. Shooting When Will The Pandemic End? Dr. Michael Osterholm Weighs In Police: Man Dies After Being Shot While Driving In Northeast Minneapolis 18-Year-Old Snowmobile Driver Dies After Crash On Gull Lake
    PARK RIDGE, Ill. (CBS) — The cause of death for a woman whose body found in a snowbank in Park Ridge over the weekend is pending toxicology reports, but foul play is not suspected, officials said Monday. At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Park Ridge police were called to the rear parking lot at 800 W. Higgins Rd., and found the woman’s body. READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400? Park Ridge police announced Monday that the woman was identified as Tisha Garrison, 40. Police said Garrison was homelesss and had been staying at various Chicago homeless shelters. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy on Garrison’s body on Monday and found no signs of external trauma. The cause of death is pending the toxicology lab report, but police said they do not suspect foul play at this time. READ MORE: Several Injured In Car...
    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...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will resume only after voters head to the polls to pass judgment on his leadership next month, according to a court decision on Monday. Netanyahu was indicted in 2019 in long-running cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage. The charges against him have been a central issue during three elections in which no clear winner emerged. Israel will hold its fourth parliamentary election in two years on March 23. This month he pleaded not guilty before a three-judge panel in a heavily guarded Jerusalem District Court. The court ruled late on Monday that evidence in the trial would be heard starting on April 5. Opinion polls show the race too close to call, as right-wing rivals and centre-left opponents seek to challenge Israel’s longest-serving leader....
    Former President Donald Trump derided the Supreme Court after it gave a green light to New York investigations into his tax returns Monday. SCOTUS rejected Trump’s requests to both shield his taxes and contest the result of the 2020 election Monday. Trump argued in a statement that the investigations, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York City District Attorney Cy Vance, were “with hunts” aimed at political revenge. (RELATED: Trump Cannot Block The Release Of His Financial Records To Prosecutors, Supreme Court Rules) “This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country,” Trump argued. “This is something which has never happened to a President before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo.” Trump went on to argue...
    WARSAW (AP) – A Polish historian resigned from his post at the government’s historical institute on Monday after a controversy over his longstanding ties to a far-right organization and photos of him giving the fascist salute with his arm outstretched. Tomasz Greniuch had recently been appointed to head the Warsaw office of the Institute of National Memory, a state organization whose function is to document Nazi and Communist crimes perpetrated on Polish territory. The head of the institute, Jaroslaw Szarek, said in a statement Monday that Greniuch submitted his resignation and it has been accepted. Szarek noted that the circumstances surrounding his appointment had made it impossible for Greniuch to carry out his job. The outrage was mounting in Poland, a country that suffered greatly under Nazi Germany in World War II. However, the fact that Greniuch was even appointed to the post was seen by some as evidence...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Movie theaters across New York City will soon be able to reopen for the first time since they were shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Starting March 5, theaters in NYC will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, which is in conjunction with the rest of New York state.COVID precautions such as assigned seating will be in place and theaters cannot exceed 50 people per screen.In other reopening news, it was also announced that fans can return to some arenas and stadiums in New Jersey starting next Monday, March 1, Gov.Phil Murphy announced Monday.Any venue that holds more than 5,000 people will be allowed to open at 10% capacity if it's indoors and 15% if it's outdoors.WATCH: Video shows moment debris from United Airlines plane falls onto streetEMBED More News Videos Passengers on the flight and witnesses on the ground recounted their reactions when the...
    LONE TREE, Colo. (CBS4) – In-N-Out confirmed to CBS4 its newest location in Lone Tree will open on Monday, Feb. 22. Fans can grab their animal-style double-doubles and fries at 9171 W. Westview Road, near Park Meadows Mall. Robert Dumont, an 18-year veteran of In-N-Out, will manage the Lone Tree location. READ MORE: Jeffco Officials Send Warning After 6 Vehicles Broken Into At Trailhead Parking Lots (credit: Evan Semón/CBS) The restaurant will hire about 80 people. There will be a covered patio with outdoor seating, and indoor seating for 74 guests, but onsite dining is currently not available. All In-N-Out Burger locations are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The city of Lone Tree says there will be a traffic plan to “mitigate impact to local businesses and ensure a safe and manageable traffic flow.” City officials say they met...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its history than any other. The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign it into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions. Virginia’s Democratic majority, in control of the General Assembly for a second year, pushed the repeal effort, arguing that the death penalty has been applied disproportionately to people of color, the mentally ill and the indigent. Republicans raised concerns about justice for victims and their family members, and said there are some crimes that are so heinous that the perpetrators deserve to be executed. Both the House and Senate approved separate repeal bills earlier this month. On Monday, the Senate approved the House bill,...
    The COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available to the general population in Connecticut as the state continues vaccinating residents at one of the quickest rates in the country. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state will be continuing with an age-based approach to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, including dedicated clinics next month for educators and childcare providers. According to Lamont, age is one of the strongest factors contributing to COVID-19 deaths, with 96 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut occurring in people over the age of 55. The schedule for the vaccine eligibility: Monday, March 1: expands to age group 55 to 64; Monday, March 22: expands to age group 45 to 54; Monday, April 12: expands to age group 35 to 44; Monday, May 3: expands to age group 16 to 34. Lamont also announced that he is directing the Connecticut Department of...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — An electricity and gas provider based in Texas, Just Energy, warned that the financial impact of the winter storm that moved through the state could force it out of business. Just Energy said Monday that it could lose about $250 million from Texas’ deep freeze that left millions without power last week. The hit “could be materially adverse to the Company’s liquidity and its ability to continue as a going concern,” it said in a press release. READ MORE: Judge Says Railroad Talks Should Be Included In Lawsuits With US headquarters in Houston, Canada-based Just Energy shares dropped more that 30% in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The massive spike in energy demand during Texas’ cold snap sent prices soaring. Just Energy noted that Texas energy prices were selling for as much as $9,000 per megawatt hour for much of last week — the cap...
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A recreational marijuana marketplace, cannabis decriminalization and looser penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol became law Monday in New Jersey, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug. Acknowledging that the legislation took much longer to be enacted than expected, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy cast aside critics’ attacks the legislation was about filling the state’s coffers with tax revenue or easing penalties on underage possession to the point of making policing difficult. “The reason I signed these bills, the reason why we’ve been in this fight is for social justice,” he said Monday during a news conference. He alluded to decades-old stringent policing of marijuana laws frequently called the War on Drugs that resulted in Black residents facing disproportionate consequences. “At long last, we’ve broken through and as of...
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A man believed to be driving impaired has been arrested after a deadly crash near Scottsdale's Fashion Square mall., police said Monday. They said 27-year-old Chaz Malcolm has been jailed on suspicion of manslaughter and endangerment in the Sunday night crash. It was unclear Monday if Malcolm has a lawyer yet. Police said officers responded to the scene of the two-vehicle crash about 9:45 p.m. Sunday. The two men in the other vehicle were taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries and one of them later died, police said. The name of the person who died wasn’t immediately released. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona, Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Wyoming continued Monday to investigate the death of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex. Athian Rivera was found several hours after he was reported missing in Cheyenne around 1 p.m. Friday. Police still weren’t saying Monday how the boy died and if they suspected foul play. Notes of condolence and dozens of stuffed animals were attached to a chain-link fence partially surrounding a dumpster at the apartment complex Monday. A fierce wind blew and few people were out in the area. The Facebook account of Cheyenne resident Kassy Orona led with “RIP my perfect innocent son, Athian Emmanuel Rivera" and included several posts of mourning. “I don’t know how I’ll ever get over this ... you’ll always be with me baby boy,” read one post by Orona's account Friday. The post indicated Orona had two other...
    NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for an eight-episode Spotify podcast series, swapping stories about their upbringings and even a White House singalong around a piano. The first two episodes of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a conversation recorded in Springsteen’s guitar-filled home studio in New Jersey, were made available on Monday. Spotify has moved aggressively in podcasts over the past three years, and made other programming announcements Monday. The audio streaming service has already worked with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company, and the former first lady’s podcast is the service’s most popular original. READ MORE: COVID In New Jersey: State To Allow Limited Fans At Top Sport, Entertainment Venues The seemingly offbeat relationship between the former president and rock star began when Springsteen performed benefits for Obama during his presidential campaigns. But it has blossomed into deeper conversations since he left...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A Bay Point man who is facing federal charges in New York of threatening a member of Congress and a prominent journalist has been ordered released to his mother’s custody, though prosecutors indicated they will appeal the ruling. Robert Lemke, 35, was ordered released by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler at a Monday morning court hearing. Beeler had previously denied Lemke’s release from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, but she said a mental health evaluation submitted by the defense changed her mind. The report was not discussed on the record Monday morning, but Beeler made it clear she believes mental illness was the root cause of Lemke’s alleged crimes. Referring to Lemke as a “sad mentally ill guy,” Beeler said she was confident that she could impose conditions that will ensure the safety of the community without having to keep Lemke in jail. She called the accusations...
    The Sharks’ makeshift defense corps will stay intact for at least one more game as both Radim Simek and Erik Karlsson will be unavailable for Monday’s home game with the Minnesota Wild. Coach Bob Boughner said Simek could be healthy enough to play Thursday when the Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights in the second game of an eight-game homestand. Karlsson, though, is now considered “week-to-week” and likely will not play again until Saturday, at the earliest, when the Sharks host the St. Louis Blues. Simek and Karlsson have each missed the last three games since they were both unable to finish the Sharks’ Feb. 13 game against Vegas at SAP Center. Simek had an upper body injury after two run-ins with Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault, and Karlsson was unable to play the final 11 minutes of the third period because of a groin injury, which Karlsson...
    SCIOTO — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) continues to reconcile the CVOID-19 death data. This review may result in some fluctuations in death numbers moving forward. On Monday ODH added another death to Scioto County’s death total bringing it to 104 residents that have died in connection with the virus. COVID-19 was a contributing factor in their deaths, however, it does not preclude the existence of co-morbidities that may or may not have also contributed to their death. ODH reported seven new cases Monday for Scioto County. The new cases bring the total to 5,853 since the start of the outbreak. There were 7 additional recoveries reported by ODH Monday for the county bringing the number of recoveries to 5,521 over the course of the pandemic. ODH also reported no additional hospitalizations for Scioto County Monday bringing the total to 415 people that have been hospitalized, during the outbreak,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The United States is scrambling to clear the backlog of vaccination delays after the winter storms.There is some news of positive trends. Cases are falling nationwide by 73% and hospitalizations have dropped by nearly 55%.Still, concerns of a new wave persist. New York reported its first case of the South Africa variant in a Long Island resident and the vaccines may be less protective against it."If in fact, this becomes more dominant, we may have to get a version of the vaccine that is directed specifically against the South African isolate," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.Dr. Fauci also predicted that Americans could be wearing masks in to 2022.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms?...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are investigating a crash that left several people injured. The incident happened around 11:54 Monday morning near 74th and Racine and involved a red SUV and another vehicle. A pedestrian was struck in the collision. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Illinois: 1,246 New COVID-19 Cases, 34 More Deaths Crews with the Chicago Fire Department were on the scene. READ MORE: Chicago Aldermen Back 100-Year Deal To Supply Lake Michigan Drinking Water To Joliet Six people were injured in the crash. The pedestrian was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in, according to police, “potentially critical condition.” The others were taken to area hospitals. MORE NEWS: Seniors In Evanston Receive First Vaccination Dose Monday This is a developing story.
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Wyoming continued Monday to investigate the death of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex. Athian Rivera was found several hours after he was reported missing in Cheyenne around 1 p.m. Friday. Police still weren’t saying Monday how the boy died and if they suspected foul play. Notes of condolence and dozens of stuffed animals were attached to a chain-link fence partially surrounding a dumpster at the apartment complex Monday. A fierce wind blew and few people were out in the area. The Facebook account of Cheyenne resident Kassy Orona led with “RIP my perfect innocent son, Athian Emmanuel Rivera” and included several posts of mourning. “I don’t know how I’ll ever get over this … you’ll always be with me baby boy,” read one post by Orona’s account Friday. The post indicated Orona had two other...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials opened a wolf season Monday after hunting advocates sued to move the start date up from November amid fears that the Biden administration might restore protections for the animals. The hunt will run through Sunday across six management zones. The DNR set the kill limit at 200 animals, with 119 allocated to the state and the other 81 allocated to Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes as per treaty agreements. However, the Chippewa regard the wolf as sacred and will not hunt it, leaving the working kill limit at 119. The DNR estimates that there are at least 1,000 wolves in Wisconsin and its aim is to maintain a population of 350. The agency issued 2,380 permits, or 20 times its kill limit for non-tribal members. Department officials said Monday that they received 27,151 applications. Wisconsin law requires the DNR to run a wolf hunt...
    Attorney general nominee Judge Merrick Garland became emotional at his confirmation hearing on Monday when asked about the motivation behind his desire to tackle "hate and discrimination" as the nation's top law enforcement officer.  "My grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution. The country took us in and protected us," Garland said, visibly emotional. "And I feel an obligation to the country to pay back and this is the highest best use of my own set of skills to pay back." He added: "And so I want very much want to be the kind of attorney general that you're saying I could become. I'll do my best to be that kind of attorney general." Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, arrives on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MERRICK GARLAND TREADS CAREFULLY ON DURHAM PROBE, HUNTER...
    The White House is trying a different tack as it faces criticism over muscling its $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package through Congress, with President Biden and aides trying to shift the onus for its contents to Republicans. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was not "offering a negotiation" when he asked critics on Monday what they would cut from the proposal, which is already being considered by the House Budget Committee. "He was making the point that the key components of this bill are addressing the crisis we're facing," Psaki told reporters. "The point he's making is that the size of the package is a reflection of the size of the crisis." BIDEN'S CABINET IS MOSTLY EMPTY AMID SENATE BOTTLENECK The House is expected to vote on the legislative pitch later this week before it's deliberated by the Senate under the fast-track budget process known as reconciliation....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The St. Paul Police Department says it is investigating a homicide that happened over the weekend. The victim, a woman, was found dead Sunday afternoon on the 1500 block of Jackson Street. Police said the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday. Police are expected to release more information later on Monday.   More On WCCO.com: Anoka Police K9 Wounded, Armed Carjacking Suspect Dead In Isanti Co. Shooting When Will The Pandemic End? Dr. Michael Osterholm Weighs In Police: Man Dies After Being Shot While Driving In Northeast Minneapolis 18-Year-Old Snowmobile Driver Dies After Crash On Gull Lake
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say a Twin Cities woman stole more than $650,000 from Vermillion Township in Dakota County while serving as its elected clerk. Maryann Stoffel, 70, of Hastings, was charged Monday with felony wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme that spanned nearly eight years. Stoffel had signature authority over the township’s bank account, which required two people signing off on checks, according to the complaint. Investigators said she either forged the signatures of the township's treasurer or board chair or collected their actual signatures on blank checks while claiming she was going to pay township bills. Authorities said Stoffel put the funds in her personal bank account and then left off the payments to herself from the township’s annual report. The complaint does not state what Stoffel did with the money. Messages left Monday with Stoffel's attorney were not immediately returned, the Star Tribune reported....
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it still sees a path to confirming budget director nominee Neera Tanden and will continue to support her after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin expressed opposition to her nomination. "The president nominated her because he believes she'd be a stellar OMB (Office of Management and Budget) director...we'll continue to work in supporting her nomination," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Monday. (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Alexandra Alper, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for an eight-episode Spotify podcast series, swapping stories about their upbringings and even a White House singalong around a piano. The first two episodes of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a conversation recorded in Springsteen's guitar-filled home studio in New Jersey, were made available on Monday. Spotify has moved aggressively in podcasts over the past three years, and made other programming announcements Monday. The audio streaming service has already worked with Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground production company, and the former first lady's podcast is the service's most popular original. The seemingly offbeat relationship between the former president and rock star began when Springsteen performed benefits for Obama during his presidential campaigns. But it has blossomed into deeper conversations since he left office, Obama said in the first episode. “He's a...
    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana inmate convicted of a 2002 triple murder fatally stabbed one corrections officer and seriously injured another at the maximum-security prison where he's serving a 130-year sentence, authorities said Monday. The wounded Indiana State Prison officers were transported Sunday to a hospital in Michigan City, where one was pronounced dead and the second was listed in serious condition, Indiana State Police said. Inmate Tymetri Campbell, 38, faces several preliminary charges, including murder, for allegedly attacking the officers Sunday afternoon in a common area at the prison in Michigan City, State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner said Monday. Bohner said he did not know what type of weapon was used in the stabbing and that no additional details, including a possible motive, would be immediately released on the attack, which state police are still investigating. The Indiana Department of Correction posted a statement on Facebook saying...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks activated defenseman Connor Murphy off injured reserve Monday. The 27-year-old Murphy had been sidelined by a right hip injury. He has two goals and three assists in 13 games, last playing in a 2-1 victory at Dallas on Feb. 7. The Blackhawks also said forward Dylan Strome was in the concussion protocol. Strome was ruled out for practice Monday. Defenseman Lucas Carlsson was placed on IR with a strained groin. The move was made retroactive to Friday, and Carlsson is expected to miss 10 to 14 days. Chicago’s next game is Tuesday night at Columbus. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Washington (CNN)Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland fought back tears on Monday during his confirmation hearing when he explained to senators on his panel why this role is important to him."I come from a family where my grandparents fled anti-Semitism and persecution. ... I feel an obligation to the country to pay back for protecting us," Garland told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.Garland gave the brief, yet emotional, anecdote during questions with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who asked Garland to share the private conversation they previously had."When you talk about your aspirations and I'm wondering if you could just conclude by answering the question about your motivation, maybe some of your own family history in confronting hate and discrimination in American history," Booker asked.Garland, in response, said that "I want very much to be the kind of attorney general that you're saying I could...
    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 on Monday will order flags on federal land be lowered to half-staff for the next five days to mark the United States surpassing 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. Biden will also deliver remarks at a candle-lighting ceremony later Monday and hold a moment of silence. "Tonight’s events, including the president’s remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss this milestone marks for the American people and so many families across the country," White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Psaki sidesteps questions on Cuomo's leadership during pandemic Sunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze MORE said at a briefing. "He will also speak to the...
    Los Angeles schools will resume some services next week for a small percentage of students with special needs, Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday. The state’s largest school system had been among the last in the region to maintain a hard shutdown that halted all in-person services in early December. The district’s move will partially address a growing outcry among many families to reopen campuses as much as possible. “In anticipation of a more complete reopening of schools in April, we will begin next week to offer child care, one-on-one and small group instruction, services for students with special needs and a return to athletic conditioning,” Beutner said in remarks broadcast Monday morning. “Your school principal will have more information on this during the course of the week.” For about two months in the fall, L.A. Unified had offered many of these services, but shut them down when a devastating COVID-19...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for an eight-episode Spotify podcast series, swapping stories about their upbringings and even a White House singalong around a piano. The first two episodes of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a conversation recorded in Springsteen’s guitar-filled home studio in New Jersey, were made available on Monday. Spotify has moved aggressively in podcasts over the past three years, and made other programming announcements Monday. The audio streaming service has already worked with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company, and the former first lady’s podcast is the service’s most popular original. The seemingly offbeat relationship between the former president and rock star began when Springsteen performed benefits for Obama during his presidential campaigns. But it has blossomed into deeper conversations since he left office, Obama said in the first episode. “He’s a rock ‘n’ roll icon,” he...
    NUMEROLOGY is the study of numbers in your life and what they can mean for each individual person. The cosmos and your life is affected by your birth date, birth name and other factors surrounding an individual. How will the numbers affect you today?  ✨ Follow all our latest news & stories on Numerology 1What's in store for your number today? 1️⃣ Today is the day to take a chance to advance your career. You may face some opposition from your colleagues. Your lucky number of the day is 15. 2️⃣ You may see some new business opportunities come your way today. You will feel content today and may meet some people that could help you with your career in the future. Your lucky number of the day is 3. 3️⃣ You're feeling better after being under the weather for a few days. Don't overdo it - take an...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois’ average COVID-19 infection rate has now been below 3% for more than a week, a stretch not seen in Illinois since last summer. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,246 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases on Monday, as well as 34 additional deaths. Monday’s case total was the lowest reported in Illinois since July 28, although the 37,361 tests reported in the past 24 hours was the fewest since Sept. 14. READ MORE: Chicago Aldermen Back 100-Year Deal To Supply Lake Michigan Drinking Water To Joliet Since the start of the pandemic, the state has reported a total of 1,175,655 coronavirus cases, including 20,303 deaths. READ MORE: Seniors In Evanston Receive First Vaccination Dose Monday The state’s 7-day average case positivity rate stands at 2.8%, tied for the second lowest rate reported by IDPH since July 9. The state’s average infection rate has been...
    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana inmate convicted of a 2002 triple murder fatally stabbed one corrections officer and seriously injured another at the maximum-security prison where he’s serving a 130-year sentence, authorities said Monday. The wounded Indiana State Prison officers were transported Sunday to a hospital in Michigan City, where one was pronounced dead and the second was listed in serious condition, Indiana State Police said. Inmate Tymetri Campbell, 38, faces several preliminary charges, including murder, for allegedly attacking the officers Sunday afternoon in a common area at the prison in Michigan City, State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner said Monday. Bohner said he did not know what type of weapon was used in the stabbing and that no additional details, including a possible motive, would be immediately released on the attack, which state police are still investigating. The Indiana Department of Correction posted a statement on Facebook saying...
    President Joe Biden is ordering all flags to be lowered to half staff to honor the approximately 500,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus. The announcement was made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki at the outset of her press briefing on Monday. “President Biden … will order all flags on federal property to be lowered at half staff for the next five days,” Psaki said. The White House is further commemorating the tragic milestone with a candle lighting ceremony after sundown on Monday. He will also deliver remarks at that ceremony. Watch above, via the White House. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    New York (CNN Business)When Michelle Gass took over as Kohl's CEO in 2018, she tried getting creative to bring more shoppers into stores. The company had just struck a deal with Amazon the previous year to allow customers to bring their returns to select Kohl's locations. The hope was that the deal would attract younger consumers who would then stick around and shop. Kohl's expanded the partnership to every store during Gass's tenure, and she said in November that it was "pleased" with the program. Kohl's has attempted several new other approaches to draw customers in recent years, including expanding its sportswear assortment and leasing out space at a handful of stores to Planet Fitness (PLNT) and Aldi. Stores live in fear of Amazon. The Kohls CEO embraced itSuch efforts haven't been enough to fend off activist investors, who now want to shake things up.An activist group, which includes...
    TRENTON, New Jersey -- Legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol was signed into law Monday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug.The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate passed the last-minute measure Monday to ease penalties on underage possession of both alcohol and marijuana as a way to secure Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's signature on legislation they had sent him in December.Murphy faced a deadline to act on the December measures. He had earlier said he backed the legislation, but delayed signing them for more than two months amid concerns that young people of color could still face arrests, running afoul of his goal of undoing the effects of the war on drugs in Black communities.The governor had declined to...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Julius “Dr. J” Erving is the latest NBA legend to reveal that he’s gotten vaccinated against the coronavirus, doing so Monday. Much like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich and Bill Russell before him, Erving made the announcement in the form of a video distributed through the league. “We were never afraid to take the big shot,” Erving said in the video. Erving turned 71 on Monday, meaning he is well within the current age guidelines for vaccine eligibility as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The video he appears in also includes short clips of Jerry West, Dave Bing and Wayne Embry receiving their vaccinations. The league has released these videos in an effort to help encourage the public to receive the vaccine when they are eligible and it is available in their...
    By GEIR MOULSON and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization pleaded with rich countries on Monday to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Wealthy nations have snapped up several billion vaccine doses while some countries in the developing world have little or none. European nations have given financial support to the U.N.-backed COVAX effort to get vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people and are considering sharing some of their own doses — though they haven't specified when or exactly how many. On Friday, leaders of the Group of Seven industrial powers said they would accelerate global vaccine development and deployment and support “affordable and equitable access to vaccines” and treatments for COVID-19. They cited a collective $7.5 billion from the G-7 to U.N.-backed efforts. WHO Director-General Tedros...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM and MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Temperatures have risen and snow and ice have melted in Mississippi and Louisiana, but tens of thousands of people still had little or no water service Monday, some of them waiting a full week for restoration since the outages began during an extended freeze. At a city council meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, on Monday, Public Works Director Charles Williams said it could be the end of the week before water returns for all 161,000 residents as crews scramble to repair broken pipes. “We are doing everything we can to get it hopefully quicker than that," Williams said. " We know that it is impacting schools, we know that it is impacting businesses, and most importantly it's impacting our residents — especially our elderly residents." Jackson is under boil water advisory and is delivering drinking water to elderly and...
    The Congolese interior ministry on Monday accused the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the FDLR of being behind the attack that claimed the lives of the Italian ambassador in Kinshasa and two other people in the east. of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “A convoy of the World Food Program (WFP) was the victim (Monday) of an armed attack by elements of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR)” in the province of North Kivu, the ministry wrote in a statement, adding that four people were kidnapped during this attack, one of whom has been found.
    New York (CNN Business)Electricity and gas provider Just Energy warned that the financial impact of the Texas winter storms could force it out of business. Just Energy said Monday that it could lose about $250 million from Texas' deep freeze that left millions without power last week. The hit "could be materially adverse to the Company's liquidity and its ability to continue as a going concern," it said in a press release.Canada-based Just Energy (JE) shares dropped more that 30% in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The massive spike in energy demand during Texas' cold snap sent prices soaring. Just Energy noted that Texas energy prices were selling for as much as $9,000 per megawatt hour for much of last week -- the cap Texas' energy regulator imposed on the market. Prices had been around $50 a megawatt hour prior to the storm, according to Ercot, Texas' electrical...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed on Monday to protect the integrity of the Justice Department from partisan influence, in an effort to restore confidence after President Donald Trump repeatedly sought to bend the department to his will. Trump, a Republican who lost to Biden in November, for years attacked Justice Department investigations of his 2016 campaign and Russian election interference as a “witch hunt” or a “hoax.” The next attorney general will inherit a few investigations that began during the Trump administration of the origin of those probes and also of Hunter Biden, the new president’s son. “I would not have taken this job if I had thought politics would have any influence over prosecutions or investigations,” Garland told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Monday. “The president has promised that those decisions will...
    United Airlines passengers, pedestrians recall horror of watching engine rain debris Florida cop who shoved BLM protester was accused of threatening nightclub attendant months earlier, internal report shows Juventus will meet Crotone on Monday from Juventus Stadium in Turin as they look to bounce back at home from two straight losses. © Provided by For The Win Juventus are strong favorites at home on Monday and will look to turn things around after two losses in a row to Napoli and Roma. As for Crotone, they have really struggled this season in Serie A and are currently in last place as they look for a win. This should be a fantastic match to watch on Monday afternoon, here is everything you need to know to catch the action. Juventus vs. Crotone When: Monday, February 22 Time: 2:30 p.m. ET Live Stream: ESPN+ (stream now) Serie A Starting Lineups Juventus...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Looking for something to get you through this snowy Monday? Today is National Margarita Day! The tequilla-based cocktail is one of the most versatile drinks out there. Whether you prefer it frozen or on-the-rocks, take a salt-rimmed glass or no salt — there are lots of flavors to choose from. Several bars and restaurants in Philadelphia are celebrating with specials on drinks and meals Monday, including Buena Onda, Anejo Philly, Juno, Rosy’s Taco Bar and Pistola’s Del Sur. https://www.instagram.com/p/CLmQ8zLjDEh/
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The United States is expected to mark a horrifying milestone on Monday, crossing 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. President Joe Biden plans to hold a moment of silence and ceremony at the White House. READ MORE: Gov. Murphy Announces Large Stadiums, Arenas May Reopen To Fans Next Week As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported, so much has changed in the past year, and so many lives have been lost. “It’s a struggle on a daily basis,” Rima Samman, of Belmar, New Jersey, told DeAngelis. Samman lost her brother, Rami, to COVID-19 on Mother’s Day. She started a memorial in Belmar on Jan. 25, which would have been his 41st birthday. “He was always very helpful to others, he would do anything and everything for anybody, whether it was a stranger or a neighbor,” Samman said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Ask CBS2’s Dr. Max Your Vaccine Questions COVID Vaccine FAQ...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Fans will be allowed to attend sports and entertainment events at New Jersey’s largest facilities in limited numbers starting next week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. New Jersey venues with an indoor seating capacity of 5,000 or more will be allowed to have 10% of those seats occupied by fans starting on March 1, the Democratic governor said on the WFAN sports radio station. For outdoor venues over 5,000 seats, the number will be 15% of capacity. READ MORE: Bucks County Law Enforcement Officials Studying Martial Arts As Non-Lethal Use Of Force To Protect Communities Murphy said he decided to allow the limited in-person attendance after reviewing a vast array of coronavirus-related statistics including hospitalizations, the number of hospital admissions versus discharges, overall positivity rate for COVID-19, and the rate of transmission, and determining that small crowds can be permitted safely. He said face coverings and...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Some seniors in Evanston got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday. It’s part of a program with a goal of making sure low income seniors, living in units owned by the Housing Authority of Cook County, are vaccinated. READ MORE: At Least 15 Shot, 2 Killed In Chicago Weekend Violence “A little more than half of our residents are African American and Latinx, so our efforts to support vaccination programs in our Housing Authority of Cook County facilities has an impact on health care access for Brown or Black people,” Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president said. READ MORE: Gov. Pritzker Set To Sign Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Bill Into Law Monday Cook county leaders want to ensure these residents can get their vaccines without leaving their home. A partnership with Walgreens and the CDC, through the Pharmacy Partnership program, allowed for the vaccine distribution. MORE...
    VIDEO3:2503:25Activist investors nominate nine new members to Kohl's boardSquawk on the Street Here are the companies making headlines in midday trading. Kohl's Corporation – The retailer's shares jumped more than 9% after a group of activist investors nominated nine directors for the company's board, while also pushing for other changes. Together the group holds a 9.5% stake in Kohl's. The proposed changes could lead to as much as $8 billion in savings, according to the group. The investors previously pushed for change at Bed Bath & Beyond. Royal Caribbean – The cruise stock jumped more than 10% after Royal Caribbean said that future bookings are coming in at similar volumes and with higher average prices than pre-pandemic results. The company also reported a smaller-than-expected loss for the fourth quarter, based on analyst estimates compiled by Refinitiv. Discovery – The media stock jumped more than 9% after the company said it...
    Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Monday that Judge Merrick Garland will prioritize “civil rights matters.” McCabe said on CNN’s “New Day” that Garland’s “taken a very expansive view of the first amendment” while serving on the D.C. Circuit. (RELATED: Biden Has Finally Announced His Entire Cabinet. Here’s What You Need To Know) “He’s gone out of his way to protect whistle-blowers and very significant cases. But he has also called cases on the side of the government, frequently, particularly in Gitmo detainee review cases, things of that nature,” McCabe said. “So he’s an incredibly fair person. He brings a very balanced approach to his decision-making, and I don’t think it’s surprising that he is going to return a focus and a priority on civil rights matters, which is quite frankly was not a priority under the last several attorneys general,” McCabe said. WATCH: Garland said during his...