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    (CNN)As the United Kingdom celebrates giving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 15 million people and the EU surpasses 23 million doses distributed, several other European countries have not yet managed to put a single shot in arms.Kosovo, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina are still waiting to receive their first vaccine shipments, while rollouts in Albania and Northern Macedonia have so far been limited to a few hundred people.The Western Balkan countries are key allies and possible future members of the European Union, but they have been left out of the bloc's immediate vaccine supply plans. The EU has secured more than 2.3 billion doses of various coronavirus vaccines and said it expects to share some of those with others. It also set aside €70 million ($85 million) for the Western Balkan region to purchase some of these doses in the future, but since its own rollout...
    (CNN)While scores of Capitol rioters flaunted their role in the January 6 attack, a growing number of insurrectionists are accused of covering their tracks by destroying cell phones, wiping social media posts and threatening witnesses.After the sugar-high of storming the Capitol wore off, about 30 of the known rioters facing charges allegedly tried to destroy evidence or sanitize their social media profiles, according to a CNN review of FBI affidavits and court documents filed by the Justice Department. What We Expect Today This is the fourth day of Trump's second impeachment trial Trump's lawyers are expected to finish making their case in one day The defense is prepared to argue the trial is unconstitutional and Trump's speech did not incite rioters One man is accused of stealing a police officer's body camera and another told her kids to delete photos from their phones. Other rioters allegedly threatened family members...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s an art form in Philadelphia, parking or saving a parking spot when it snows. You’re not supposed to “save a space,” but many residents use chairs, traffic cones, whatever they can to save their shoveled-put space. So what are the real rules about parking and those snow emergency routes? It’s been years since the region has seen the amount of snowfall it’s been hit with this winter, and certain parking rules have sent some Philadelphians scrambling to find their vehicles. RELATED: Third Stimulus Check: How Much Could Your Next Relief Payment Be? The city has been fielding a number of calls from frustrated drivers. “I would have had absolutely no issue moving my car if I had known that I needed to,” Susan Field of South Philadelphia said. After last week’s snowstorm, Field woke up to her car missing from in front of her South Philly...
    More On: Pets This husky hates baths This is bananas: Woman sees her dog’s face in a slice of fruit Seoul to give free COVID-19 tests to pets Joyful moment police reunite stolen rooster with family Adam Richardson wasn’t necessarily looking to move during the pandemic. He’d negotiated a rent reduction of more than $250 and even threw himself into a kitchen renovation project in the early months of lockdown at his one-bedroom, railroad-style apartment inside a walk-up building in Chelsea. “I had it fully decked out,” said Richardson, a 40-year-old beauty brand executive. “I really liked my place.” But there was one glaring problem: his landlord’s no pets policy. “Lockdown was the perfect opportunity to bring a dog into my life,” said Richardson, whose job typically demands a grueling travel schedule. “I’m single. I don’t have kids. It’s nice to think about someone other than myself.” So in...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's legal team is scrambling to collect and produce more videos to bolster their impeachment trial arguments after a rambling debut performance that enraged the former president and dismayed Republicans, according to a person familiar with the discussions.The move to use more videotape -- and lean away from in-person arguments -- amounts to a tacit acknowledgment that the lawyers Trump has enlisted to defend him during his second impeachment trial are failing to inspire confidence.Among the tape Trump's team is now scrambling to assemble are clips of Democrats who also lost elections but declined to immediately concede. The former president's legal team hopes to argue Trump was doing something similar when he cast doubt on the 2020 election results using false claims of voter fraud.The videos could also help expedite the proceedings; after Tuesday's meandering and widely panned performance, Trump and some of his fellow Republicans...
              The Minneapolis Police Department is in dire straights as it prepares for possible violence during the trial of one of its former officers. “Minneapolis has about 200 fewer police officers available to work as the city tries to rebound from a violent year and prepare for more potential unrest,” The Star-Tribune reported. “In the short term, the city is seeking aid from other law enforcement agencies as it plans for the March trial for former Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd.” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo is reportedly asking the City Council for $6.4 million to hire new police officers, if the city can find them. Just months after riots over Floyd’s death, fewer officers than ever in recent history are showing up for work. According to the report, 24 officers cashed in on early retirement benefits in the month...
    A new sneak peek filled with intriguing General Hospital spoilers has just emerged. The week of February 8 is slated to be a wild one and now viewers can get a better sense of what’s ahead. The new General Hospital preview was shared via Twitter on Monday afternoon. The funeral for Sonny is on deck, and this will become quite emotional. Peter is desperate to marry Maxie and put his past behind him, but some new twisty developments seem to be on the way. Anna is desperate to find Obrecht, and she believes that Britt knows something about her mother’s whereabouts. General Hospital teasers indicate that Anna will take another run at getting Britt to reveal something, but it seems likely she won’t learn anything new. Sonny’s loved ones will gather to pay their respects. Kristina will be back, and General Hospital spoilers indicate that Diane, Jason, Jax, and even...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman who had her vaccine appointment canceled by Allegheny County will now drive about two hours north for her vaccine shot. She is one of hundreds looking for an appointment after the county canceled them. MaryAnn Sinwell prepared for Allegheny County to start vaccinating the Phase 1A expansion. “I had alerts set up to notify me when that website changed and I jumped in there immediately,” she said over Zoom. Sinwell got her husband who is over 65 an appointment and then one for herself at the county vaccine site in Monroeville. She is under 65 and has health conditions. “This is my time to get protected cause I do go to work every day,” Sinwell said. WATCH: Lindsay Ward Provides A Morning Update On Your Day Pittsburgh She thought everything was good and then she got another email from the county. “Two days later...
    Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital will contain quite a bit of drama according to the latest spoilers. Not only will Laura pay Carly a visit and confront her, but Jason will be talking about the complicated Cyrus situation as well. Trina will need something from her mom and Jackie will have a conversation with Valentin. Cyrus is still desperate to find his mother and he’s attacking this from every possible angle. He tried to nudge Laura to help, and General Hospital teasers from the sneak peek shared on Twitter suggest that this might work to an extent. However, he’s not relying solely on Laura. He has also approached Jordan, and it appears he’ll continue to push her to help. It seems that he’ll suggest that what they’re now facing is essentially a hostage negotiation. That may mean that Cyrus will try to convince Jordan that she should help him bring...
    The pandemic shuttered nearly every part of Hollywood — from movie theaters to stand-up comedy. Actors, musicians, filmmakers, and showrunners all struggled to pivot during a seemingly never-ending crisis. Insider's entertainment team spent three months investigating how the industry has managed to press on. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus pandemic devastated movie theaters, canceled premieres, shook up awards shows, and changed the $100 billion industry. And the damage was severe: The domestic box office had the worst showing in four decades while awards shows saw their lowest ratings ever. Still, pockets of the industry didn't fare so badly. The music industry, which largely took advantage of ever-evolving technology, found success in streaming and virtual performances. Insider's entertainment team spent three months digging into Hollywood, speaking with actors, including Pete Davidson and Michael B. Jordan, along with stand-up comedians, and even fans, who detailed just how...
    (CNN)Congress was convulsed by controversy over the incendiary behavior of a freshman Republican from Georgia. Wall Street was roiled by insurgent amateurs trading in GameStop stock to punish giant hedge funds. But in a week of extremes, the biggest underlying story -- and the central challenge facing the Biden administration -- was the race to save tens of thousands of lives at risk to Covid-19. On average, more than 3,000 Americans are dying of the disease every day. If the pace of vaccinations is scaled up, the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model projects, that toll will drop to less than 1,000 by May 1. If 95% of the population wears masks, it will fall even further -- to less than 500. But with more transmissible variants of Covid-19 spreading, there's a risk the outcome will be much worse. "The new year has brought a fresh...
    More On: new york rangers Igor Shesterkin ‘dejected’ as Rangers pressure mounts Rangers youngster sent home with upper body injury after brutal hit Rangers need so much more from Igor Shesterkin Rangers could be without important piece It’s bad. Maybe even worse than you feared. The official word from the Rangers is that Filip Chytil, the third-line center who was on the cusp of an early season break-out, will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks with what is being called “an upper body injury,” which he sustained in a second period open-ice collision with Evan Rodrigues in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. It appeared as if Chtyil suffered a left hand or wrist injury as he was tended to on the bench by medical trainer Jim Ramsay following the incident that occurred at 9:11 of the second period on which the two players also seemed to go knee-on-knee. Rodrigues will be...
    The problem: Too many people voted against Republicans. The Republican solution: Stop them from doing that. Republican attempts to undermine democracy are continuing. The party's crackpot wing may have failed in their plans to reinstall Donald Trump as president by simply nullifying the electoral votes of multiple Biden-won states, and a clumsy but still earnest assassination attempt against Trump's own vice president, among others, may have been thwarted by luck and a handful of law enforcement officers, but the central tenet of Republicanism's fascist push remains the same: Only government by Republican loyalists is legitimate, and only votes by the Republican base are legitimate votes. After premising a nonviolent-turned-violent coup on false claims and hoaxes claiming unspecified and undiscovered "fraud" centered, according to them, primarily in cities with large nonwhite populations, we move on to the predictable next phase: a Republican redoubling of efforts to keep Americans from voting in...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s growing frustration about the fractured COVID-19 vaccine rollout as we continue to deal with the pandemic. Thousands of shots are being given in the Philadelphia region every day, but it’s not enough. Supplies aren’t keeping up with demand, leaving people scrambling. Some local health officials say the feds should have never expanded the recommendation on vaccinations to include millions of additional people because there aren’t enough doses to cover even the first phase. It’s left many waiting and worrying. When Can I Get The COVID-19 Vaccine In Pennsylvania, New Jersey Or Delaware? Getting the vaccine is like hitting the lottery — it’s rare and finding an appointment is complicated and confusing. “It’s just a mess,” Bette Woolsey said. Bette and John Woolsey have spent countless hours searching for a vaccine appointment and still don’t have one. “I’m upset, yeah,” she said. “I want to be able...
    Capitol riot investigation: 275 cases are open, US prosecutors say Feds: Number of riot cases to soar past 300; only bread crumbs of evidence so far pointing to coordinated assault Deshaun Watson has NFL fans scrambling again with another cryptic tweet Deshaun Watson is becoming a cryptic quote machine. It’s par for the course and it’s pretty clear the Texans quarterback isn’t happy. © Provided by For The Win Last week, Watson tweeted “Some things never change…” that some fans believe is directed at the Texans after they hired the Patriots’ director of player personnel, Nick Caserio. Before that, he was giving us lyrics from Drake about “iconic duos rip and split at the seams” that fans thought could be nothing or could have been about the Houston Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins. There was also the “Don’t deal with the lies and the frauds,” line that came from Lil...
    (CNN)Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in California, is running out of space to store the bodies of Covid-19 victims and officials are scrambling to secure additional capacity.About 900 bodies are currently being held at the Los Angeles Medical Examiner Coroner's Office, which usually has a capacity of 500, according to spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani. She estimates that about 150 of the bodies are overflow from local hospitals that have run out of room.Since the initial Covid-19 surge last spring, a dozen refrigerated storage units have been on site at the downtown location. A dozen more trailers will be in place by next week, along with six refrigerated containers, Ardalani told CNN.National Guard members have been assisting the coroner's office with transporting and storing bodies, but it is not enough. Ardalani said the office is working with the state to bring in more help.The number of available ICU...
    Fact check: Letter on riots from Nancy Pelosi to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is fake Pompeo cancels last diplomatic trip as Biden team prepares to take over Eagles ‘scrambling’ to find replacement for Doug Pederson? The Philadelphia Eagles have found themselves in search of a new head coach after Doug Pederson was surprisingly fired, and it sounds like many within the organization were not prepared for the task at hand. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie (L) talks with general manager Howie Roseman (R) are said to be in a pinch over finding the team's next head coach. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network said Tuesday that the Eagles are “scrambling” to find a new head coach. The belief is that team owner Jeffrey Lurie is the only one who actually wanted Pederson to be fired. “They are scrambling right now. They didn’t expect to be having...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers who are orchestrating an unprecedented attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s election win over President Donald Trump have not settled on a full strategy ahead of Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College vote. With mounting desperation, Trump declared at a campaign rally in Georgia Monday that he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and he appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss. But those Republicans leading the longshot effort in Congress are still deciding the details of their strategy. A late-night meeting convened by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reached few conclusions, according to two Republicans familiar with the situation and granted anonymity to discuss it. Cruz will object to electoral results from Arizona, another Republican said. That’s likely to be the first objection considered, in a state Biden won. Trump’s attempt to enlist his allies to...
    CHELSEA (CBS) – Feeding the Chelsea community is Gladys Vega’s daily mission, but her food supply has suddenly become scarce. “There’s over 20 messages ‘when are you going to give boxes of food again?’ so the need is huge,” said Vega, executive director of La Colaborativa. The organization is among nonprofit groups that have been receiving food boxes through a federal program that was launched during the pandemic, but it abruptly ended this week without warning. For four days now, the food pantry has been closed and Vega is growing desperate to help thousands of families. “It’s a program we were getting and I’m grateful for it, but by not having a heads up I feel like I’ve let down a whole community expecting to be fed,” said Vega. Gladys Vega (WBZ-TV) Anna Mejia and Alea Manzano were among the recipients, both mothers with young children dependent...
    During the week of December 28, General Hospital spoilers hint that a number of tense situations will become quite explosive. Sonny is missing, Molly confesses to TJ, and something has Cyrus infuriated. The new General Hospital sneak peek shared via Twitter on Monday reveals some tantalizing tidbits. Last week, Carly and Jason tried, unsuccessfully, to find Sonny near where the bridge collapsed. When they returned to the Corinthos estate, she tried to maintain a sense of normalcy. However, General Hospital teasers reveal that she will share the truth with Michael, Willow, and Brando, or at least part of the truth. The preview shows Michael asking what happened to his dad as Willow and Brando listen. Jason is pacing and Carly is looking toward him anxiously. Jason approaches Carly and wraps her in a hug, and Brando apparently will be a bit curious about what’s happening. According to SheKnows Soaps, Brando’s...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed a lot of things, but holiday shopping procrastination isn't one of them.Just like any Christmas Eve, last-minute shoppers in Chicago braved the cold temperatures to get those last items on their holiday gift list."It's been hard to keep track of time, like, yesterday we realized, 'Oh we forgot a present to buy so we better do that today,'" said Gail Swanson, last-minute shopper.In a year of pandemic, the last-minute shopping looked much different from years past."It's totally different. I mean, the joy is still there, though but it's totally different, less people," said Maridsa Rivera, last-minute shopper.Parking lots had steady traffic but no traffic jams, and if there were long lines they were not for the checkout counter but for contactless curbside pickup. From downtown to Bucktown, the last-minute shopping car parades extended for blocks by Nordstrom, Kohl's and Best Buy.The...
    President Trump sat out the first four quarters and then dropped a bomb in overtime, threatening to blow up the Christmas package that Congress had finally cobbled together to ease the pain of the pandemic. The move, which took some of his own staffers by surprise, infuriated everyone--that is, except the Democrats, who have wanted all along to boost the size of the stimulus checks. Along with the 20 pardons and commutations to three former GOP congressmen, two Russia probe figures and four Blackwater contractors convicted of killing Iraqi civilians, Trump furnished dramatic evidence of why a president is always powerful, even in the waning days of his term. TRUMP LEAVES FOR MAR-A-LAGO WITH COVID BILL, SPENDING PLAN IN FLUX But he also reminded Washington that his disruptive style can frustrate even his own party and longtime allies, and create uncertainty for tens of millions of struggling Americans who now...
    By Sangmi Cha, Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith INCHEON/SUWON, South Korea (Reuters) - On the fourth floor of the Incheon city hall, South Korean epidemiological investigator Jang Hanaram's office is stuffed with six desks, two folding cots, and a table strewn with instant noodles, energy drinks and digestive aids. Jang is one of six staffers who work 24-hour shifts in the cramped space, frantically tracing and contacting potential coronavirus cases in South Korea's third largest city as the country battles its largest wave of infections yet. Jang said he knew this wave was different in early December when the bright red messages that report confirmed cases began to multiply in the chatroom on his computer screen. "I thought, 'Wow, this is really getting out of control,'" he told Reuters. South Korea won international plaudits earlier this year when it quickly tamped down outbreaks by fielding an aggressive, high-tech contact tracing...
    New York Yankees: Cashman wants to add more ‘certain innings’ to the pitching staff By: Andres Chavez December 21, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditIn recent weeks, New York Yankees‘ general manager Brian Cashman has raved about the team’s pitching depth and has implied that they may not need to add to the already existing options in the organization. However, that changed over the weekend. The Yankees’ first priority remains re-signing second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who has been the best player by WAR in the last two campaigns. But after that (some would argue that even before that) the organization has to find certainty when it comes to the starting rotation. The New York Yankees lost three starters to free agency: James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and J.A. Happ. Luis Severino is not coming back before June and Domingo German hasn’t pitched in the majors in...
    Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images The US government is still in the dark over how deeply Russian hackers penetrated its networks during the worst ever cyber attack on federal agencies, members of Congress warned on Friday. At least six government departments were breached in a likely Russian intelligence operation thought to have begun in March. Although there is no evidence that classified networks were compromised, it is not known what the hackers may have stolen or how long it will take to purge them. Related: What you need to know about the biggest hack of the US government in years Members of Congress said the government is still scrambling to understand the fallout as details emerge. “This hack was so big in scope that even our cybersecurity experts don’t have a real sense yet in the terms of the breadth of the intrusion itself,” commented Stephen Lynch, head of the...
    Tensions will be running high during Thursday’s episode of General Hospital. Spoilers tease that Julian’s seemingly going to make one more push to save himself, but Sonny and Jason are once again closing in on him. Back in Port Charles, the Taggert situation is ruffling a lot of feathers. The General Hospital sneak peek posted on Twitter revealed a few tidbits about what’s on the way with the December 17 show. Trina has been determined to find out the truth about her father’s supposed death. She tried to pursue this with only Josslyn and Cameron by her side, but now both her mother Portia as well as Carly are looped in on the situation. Of course, Carly knows that Taggert’s alive, but she didn’t admit to Josslyn that Cyrus’ tease with Trina was correct. The General Hospital preview shows that Portia will tell Trina that “he” is about to get...
    Monday’s episode of General Hospital will contain a number of tense moments according to the latest spoilers. While Julian faces off with Sonny, Tracy will be trying to pull a stunt regarding Alexis. Britt is navigating some tough challenges, and Maxie has to try to put Deception back together again. According to SheKnows Soaps, Maxie will feel that she needs to make some tough decisions. She’s fully invested in making Deception successful, but it hasn’t been a very smooth ride so far. Maxie now knows that Sasha overdosed on drugs, and it seems that may prompt her to change course when it comes to her role in Deception. The General Hospital sneak peek for Monday shows Maxie sitting at a table with somebody. Maxie says she has some bad news, but it’s not known quite yet who she’s talking to here. Could Maxie be breaking bad news to Sasha? It...
    General Hospital spoilers for the week of December 14 tease that things are going to be pretty crazy in Port Charles and beyond. Teasers have already revealed that Tracy’s plan to deal with Alexis will hit a snag, and Julian’s involved in a lot of craziness. The latest teaser tidbits indicate that there’s action ahead on several other fronts over the coming days as well. Britt returned to town to take on a primary role at General Hospital thanks to an offer from mobster Cyrus. Via insight from both Jason and Brad, she’s generated some significant reservations regarding her boss. Now, SheKnows Soaps suggests that she’ll be anxious to deal with all of this. During Monday’s episode, Cyrus will approach Britt with a plan. Whatever it is that he has in mind, however, will make her concerns even more significant. Later in the week, Britt will corner Nikolas with something...
    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas Community Table, a North Richland Hills nonprofit, is scrambling to find a new home by the end of the month as the church they’re based inside, is closing in part due to COVID-19. “At this point, the church is closing, and we are now looking for a new home,” said Susan Younker, the Executive Director of the North Texas Community Table. They’ve been at the Davis Memorial United Methodist Church, since their inception in 2013. The church however, has been struggling for much longer. “Well, it’s obviously a tough decision and a hard situation,” said Kaiya Kershaw, Pastor of Davis Memorial United Methodist. “It’s been a steady decline of about 20-30 years. But we couldn’t cut any more expenses, you know, and then COVID pretty much just threw everything into disarray.” North Texas Community Table (CBS 11) Kershaw says it was...
    As millions of Californians on Monday entered into the strictest lockdown since the first months of the pandemic, a dangerous coronavirus surge was inundating hospitals with patients, the largest school system in the state shuttered and outdoor playgrounds were forced to close in an effort to stem further infections. The situation has become so bleak that Bay Area hospitals were canceling elective surgeries and anticipating a need to start transferring patients to other facilities in the coming days. The overall ICU capacity in the San Joaquin Valley region sank to a frightening 6.3%. Los Angeles public schools on Monday announced a shutdown for all in-person tutoring and special services, effectively ending what little face-to-face teaching was occurring in the second-largest school district in the country. California’s new stay-at-home order took effect Monday in more than 80% of the state and will extend at least through Christmas — another blow to a devastating...
    Dozens of dead sharks have been photographed lying on the shore of a popular tourist beach in Queensland. The horrifying images were shared to Instagram on Friday and show countless dead sharks lying on the sand of South Stradbroke Island near the Gold Coast. The Department of Fisheries are now racing to determine just what happened to the mass group of fish.  Dozens of dead sharks were captured lying on the sand of South Stradbroke Island near the Gold Coast 'Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol will investigate whether the reports of dead sharks on the beach are current and whether their presence is due to discarded bycatch,' a spokesperson told the Courier Mail. A team will be sent out to the area to see if any crimes had been committed. After the photos were shared online many said the scene was 'devastating' while others suggested they may have been netted...
    Will the Bay Area’s early adoption of the state’s new coronavirus lockdown measures keep hospitals here from being overwhelmed? Hospital and public health officials say they are confident it will, and the result could save hundreds of lives. They are already preparing for a crush of COVID patients, scrambling to add beds, hiring traveling nurses and even arranging for ICU doctors to monitor patients from miles away in a bid to boost their capacity. Tom Sugarman, an emergency physician at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, experienced the gruesome toll that the virus took on hospitals in New York when he volunteered there during the country’s most deadly wave of the pandemic. “We are not in the place that New York City was in March or April in the Bay Area now,” he said, but “I am more and more concerned that more and more areas will find themselves in...
    CNBC.com's MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day's top business news headlines. On today's show, CNBC's Ylan Mui reports that a Covid-19 vaccine could be cleared for emergency use and shipped out before many states have the money necessary to distribute it to their residents. Plus, CNBC.com's Ari Levy breaks down how Salesforce's $27.7 billion Slack acquisition deepens its rivalry with enterprise tech powerhouse Microsoft. Why Pfizer's Covid vaccine has been authorized in the UK but not the U.S. yet The U.K. this week became the first country to authorize Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, likely adding pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly do the same. To be sure, the U.S. and the U.K. review vaccines differently. Pfizer had been submitting data on its vaccine with BioNtech on a "rolling basis" to the U.K., meaning regulators there were able to review the data in real time...
    Santa Clara County’s sports teams scrambled Sunday to address public health restrictions on playing, practicing and traveling that seemed sure to throw already-chaotic seasons into further disarray starting at midnight Monday. The San Francisco 49ers, who spent Sunday on the road in Los Angeles, quickly began looking at relocation options. The county’s three schools that participate in major college athletics held discussions with public health officials to find solutions to the new rules, which include a ban on playing and practicing. The tough restrictions to help combat the county’s alarming COVID-19 surge are set to last until Dec. 21, meaning football and basketball teams must either stop playing or find alternative sites for the next three weeks. The San Jose Sharks and their minor-league affiliate, the Barracuda, are preparing for training camps that are expected to begin in December. The hockey teams’ executives did not have an update...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With a surge in coronavirus cases, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. San Francisco Businesses Prepare For Restrictive Purple Tier SAN FRANCISCO — Saturday nights are some of the busiest for Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach. That will likely change when San Francisco moves back to the Purple Tier. With new COVID cases soaring, positivity rates rising and hospitalizations increasing, state health officials moved both San Francisco and San Mateo counties from the Red Tier to the most restrictive Purple Tier on Saturday. Among the new restrictions is a ban on indoor dining and a stay at home curfew order that begins at 10 p.m. “A lot of our business is going to be until 10 o clock, and later, we have a lot...
    US records 200K daily cases Trump wants to throw out 238K Wis. ballots Week 12 Injury Wrap: NFL teams and fantasy managers left scrambling I’ve been on staff with Yahoo since 2008. My fantasy writing resume goes back two decades. I’ve been playing fantasy football and covering sports since the early-90s. I’ve been an NFL fan all my life.  Today, Nov. 28, is the wildest off-the-field Saturday I’ve ever seen.  I want be clear, I’m not trying to be glib here. I know we play a game about a game. I know we work in the toy department. Obviously the players are humans, with emotions, fears, and problems like anyone else. Please know that thought is very much in the front of my mind as I sort through the Week 12 news cycle and what it means for the fantasy landscape.  It’s been a difficult year for everyone I...
    Negotiators are working frantically to strike a final trade agreement between Britain and the European Union before their formal Brexit separation takes effect. Michel Barnier, an EU negotiator, arrived in London Saturday for talks, saying he was “very happy” to be back in the city and that he would continue with “patience and determination,” Reuters reported. Both sides have been at loggerheads on issues relating to state aid, fishing and dealing with future disputes. England will formally leave the Union in five weeks, capping a tumultuous and and years-long extrication process that began after voters there narrowly elected to leave the union in 2016. Both sides are keen to avoid a “no deal” split that could potentially spur markets disruptions and damage important England-EU supply chains. Filed under Brexit ,  european union ,  11/28/20
    A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, a San Francisco-based grocery delivery start-up boasted of securing 3,700 turkeys, which would eventually arrive on its customers’ doorsteps and make their way to festive dinner tables around the Bay Area. One problem: Few of those birds, along with their accompanying side dishes, made it out of the warehouse in time for Thursday evening’s meal. Customers who ordered their Thanksgiving feasts from Good Eggs were forced to go empty-handed or fend for themselves when the company’s scheduled deliveries never arrived.The delivery debacle can be traced back to a system outage in the company’s warehouse Wednesday morning, according to chief executive Bentley Hall, who issued a statement in a series of posts on social media. “Once the system was back up and running, we were too optimistic about the how long it would take to fully catch up and get all of your orders out the...
    Several dozen ballots that were unaccounted for by election officials in the city of Milwaukee during Wisconsin's recount of the presidential vote tally have been found. Claire Woodall-Vogg, the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, confirmed that the city's count was 65 ballots short of the more than 460,000 ballots cast in the city. "We searched our reconstructive ballots, our blank ballots, and we could not find them there," Woodall-Vogg said. "We went back to our warehouse and located them in the voting machine where it appears that the chief left them. We have not yet counted those ballots to ensure that they are all accounted for, but we did locate ballots in the voting machine." Neil Albrecht, the former executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, said he located the votes in a City of Milwaukee election warehouse voting machine. The ballots, which would not sway...
    Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital is slated to be a wild one according to the latest spoilers. Julian’s backed into a corner and Lulu’s in the midst of a medical crisis. At the same time, the rest of Port Charles is trying to deal with the residual chaos from the Floating Rib explosion. The General Hospital sneak peek shared via Twitter reveals plenty of juicy tidbits regarding what’s coming with the November 25 show. Both Josslyn and Cameron will try to face the news of Dev’s death, and Molly apparently will have some harsh words for Sam as they talk about Alexis’ drinking. During Tuesday’s episode, Lulu collapsed as she tried to tell Dante she still loved him. On Wednesday’s show, he’ll carry her into General Hospital as he begs for someone to attend to his unconscious ex-wife. According to SheKnows Soaps, Kevin will have to deliver bad news to...
    When it’s Just You and the Road: The Best Motorcycle Jackets for Every Season On this day: Mike Tyson made history vs. Trevor Berbick in 1986 Taylor Swifts fans are scrambling to decode her latest post, and many think it means shes finished rerecording Red © Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic Taylor Swift is a Grammy-winning musician. Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic Taylor Swift tweeted a cryptic message that there was "not a lot going on at the moment" on Sunday.  The artist also included a black-and-white photo of herself sitting on a couch. Many fans broke down the clues that led them to speculate that Swift's recent tweet meant she finished rerecording her 2012 album "Red." On Monday, the musician announced that she'd begun rerecording her older music after Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings LLC sold her master rights to an investment fund. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Taylor Swift announced...
    Taylor Swift is a Grammy-winning musician. Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic Taylor Swift tweeted a cryptic message that there was "not a lot going on at the moment" on Sunday.  The artist also included a black-and-white photo of herself sitting on a couch. Many fans broke down the clues that led them to speculate that Swift's recent tweet meant she finished rerecording her 2012 album "Red." On Monday, the musician announced that she'd begun rerecording her older music after Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings LLC sold her master rights to an investment fund. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When Taylor Swift announced that she was in the process of rerecording her older music, she promised "plenty of surprises." And fans think she hinted at her first one on Sunday.  The Grammy-winning musician, 30, tweeted a cryptic message that there was "not a lot going on at the moment," along with...
    (CNN)Vaccines like to be kept cool, none more so than the Pfizer candidate for Covid-19, which has to be deep-frozen. And that's going to be an issue for developing countries -- and for rural areas in the developed world. The "cold chain" is just one of the challenges in distributing vaccines worldwide.There are plenty of others: decisions about priority populations and databases to keep track of who's received what vaccine, where and when. Additionally, different vaccines may have more or less efficacy with different population groups; and governments will need PR campaigns to persuade people that vaccines are safe.But the logistics of transporting and storing vaccines -- getting them from the factory gate to the patient's arm -- are critical. And as most vaccines are likely to require two doses, the whole chain needs must be repeated within weeks.Unique challengesRead MoreThe Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine needs to be kept at around -70...
    During Monday’s episode of General Hospital, spoilers indicate that both Carly Corinthos and Nina Reeves will be doing a lot of thinking about that half-heart necklace. This bombshell about Nelle Benson having had the other half seems as if it might finally drop soon, and fans are ready to watch the chaos that will surely come as a result. Nina now knows that she did give birth to a baby girl all those years ago. Her former nurse, Phyllis Caulfield, met with her and confirmed the baby’s birth. She also explained that she’d given the newborn the other half to Nina’s necklace. Unfortunately, Phyllis never knew the names of the couple who received the baby. She only knew that she’d met with them at a rest stop in Florida. General Hospital spoilers suggest that Nina will feel as if there is nothing more that she can do to find her...
    When a COVID-19 vaccine is finally ready for distribution, getting it to millions of people will be challenging enough. But what may be an even bigger challenge: keeping it super-cold.News this week from Pfizer that early data shows its COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective is promising and providing hope.The much-awaited inoculation has to be refrigerated at temperatures 70 degrees below zero - give or take 10 degrees.Dr. Davalyn Tidwell, pharmacy director at Riverside University Health System, explains this is rare.Dry ice and freezer farms: Challenges of storing a COVID-19 vaccineEMBED More News Videos The freezers needed to properly store a COVID-19 vaccine are "almost like unicorns in health care," one doctor said. In the video above, see inside a cold chain center where the vaccine could be stored. "This is one of the first and only medications that our pharmacy has needed to store under ultra-cold conditions," she said.That calls...
    Monday’s episode of General Hospital should be quite the wild ride. Friday’s show left viewers hanging on a couple of fronts, and the action should kick right back into high gear again on November 16. Will Sasha survive her overdose? While Carly and Nina were both feeling distraught over Sasha’s downward spiral, Cyrus saw an opportunity and grabbed it. He gave Sasha drugs and they headed back to his place. Initially, she was flying high and quite thrilled with the new drug he gave her. Soon, however, things took a very ugly turn. She got enraged and before she could leave, she seemed to experience heart and breathing issues and soon collapsed. Brando had promised Carly he’d look out for Sasha, and he stayed outside the door of Cyrus’ place to ensure nothing went wrong. He rushed through the door when he heard the situation take a turn, and that’s...
    JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS PARIS—On October 16, French history teacher Samuel Paty was walking home after a day at school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine when he was attacked by an 18-year-old, who beheaded him in broad daylight and posted a photo of his body online. The attacker, Abdullakh Anzarov, a Chechen who had lived in France for over 10 years, had traveled to the town looking for Paty after hearing about him online. The teacher had shown his 13-year-old pupils a cartoon mocking the Prophet Muhammad, angering some Muslim parents who denounced him in an online video. The topic of the class was freedom of expression. His murder, alongside two other attacks by Islamist militants in just over a month, reignited a fierce debate on the country’s secularism laws and sparked a heavy-handed response from President Emmanuel Macron, drawing criticism at home and abroad. Parents of Student Arrested After...
    PARIS—On October 16, French history teacher Samuel Paty was walking home after a day at school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine when he was attacked by an 18-year-old, who beheaded him in broad daylight and posted a photo of his body online. The attacker, Abdullakh Anzarov, a Chechen who had lived in France for over 10 years, had traveled to the town looking for Paty after hearing about him online. The teacher had shown his 13-year-old pupils a cartoon mocking the Prophet Muhammad, angering some Muslim parents who denounced him in an online video. The topic of the class was freedom of expression. His murder, alongside two other attacks by Islamist militants in just over a month, reignited a fierce debate on the country’s secularism laws and sparked a heavy-handed response from President Emmanuel Macron, drawing criticism at home and abroad. Macron was once seen as one of...
    Who wants it less? The NFC East is on a pace to be historically bad in 2020, with the Eagles (3-4-1) leading the division over the second-place Washington Football Team (2-5), with the winner of the division awarded a first-round playoff loss soon. Bringing up the rear in the NFC East is the 1-7 Giants, who have been competitive but have not much in the way of wins to show for it in 2020. So it’s no surprise to see a football game break out during a blooper reel between the two sub-par football teams. Just take a look at this Washington Football Team fumble out of the hands of Antonio Gibson. NFC LEAST: Will Eagles join this list of worst NFL division winners?  Hot potato! The Giants would eventually hold onto the ball, regardless of how reluctant they were to make that happen. It wouldn’t be the first...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Local health departments in Missouri don't have enough staffers to conduct contact training for all of the COVID-19 cases popping up, so they have been prioritizing the ones they try to trace back to their sources, officials said. The coronavirus has been surging in many states in recent months, including Missouri, where the rate of positive tests over the past two weeks is more than double the national average, according to The COVID Tracking Project. Larry Jones, who heads the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence, said local health departments in the state are struggling to keep up with contact tracing, which helps determine how a disease is spreading. “There are more cases and contacts to follow up with than contact tracers have time for,” Jones said. “This means days can go by between the time that someone is exposed and when they are called by...
    (CNN)I'll put it bluntly: LGBTQ families are now facing a frightening unknown, and that fear is spurring action. LGTBQ Americans are now scrambling. What started as a whisper on social media threads and email listservs about what we might do if our rights come under siege has quickly escalated into a hot boil with Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation. Lawyers are sharing advice for how same-sex families can ensure legal protections if marriage equality goes away -- secure second parent adoption papers, living wills, healthcare proxies. Couples are rushing out to get married now in the event they cannot in the coming months and years. Equality-minded ministers are offering to officiate. Allison HopeIt's hitting home for me too, starting with a friends' Facebook recent post. "It's official!" the message read. "Today, we adopted our son." The ear-stretching smiles on the faces of my friends -- a lesbian couple who...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Since the start of October, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Anne Arundel County have increased by more than 17% and cases in rural areas are increasing at an even higher rate. This comes as state lawmakers criticized the federal government’s approach to PPE and testing early in the pandemic where states were left competing against each other. Experts say there’s a lack of clarity on the national vaccine distribution approach. “I think the state is scrambling from an MDH level to understand and coordinate a response,” Dr. Wilbur Chen, UMMS Professor of Medicine, said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those in charge of getting a vaccine approved and distributed assure the public it will be safe and free with the first doses available by the new year. “It is unprecedented with respect to the speed....
    Chilling video captures the moment players and parents were sent scrambling when gunfire broke out at a Florida youth football game. Police said the shooting left a 27-year-old man dead and his 7-year-old son wounded when shots were fired outside the Arlington Heights Elementary School in Jacksonville on Sunday, according to TMZ. The video begins with a man speaking as he shoots footage of the players on the field. “This is a highly anticipated game,” he says, just moments before several rounds are fired off. “Somebody’s shooting,” he then says. The footage does not show the actual shooting but dozens of young football players are seen reacting to four shots that ring out in the background, sending several scrambling in a panic to find cover, while others hit the ground. “Stay down,” coaches are heard saying. According to police, the gunman, wearing a hoodie and a mask, pulled up to...
    College coaches endured a tense time waiting for the NCAA to green light the 2020-21 basketball season. They knew there was a window the NCAA was looking at to start, likely sometime in late November or early December. They just didn’t have a date. So they did the best they could to prepare for the big moment, yet still found themselves in a scramble once it actually happened. Even now, six weeks before tipoff, teams are struggling to fill out schedules as the clock keeps ticking. “We were trading a lot of phone calls, trying to come up with the best solutions,” said Anthony Ruta, director of basketball operations under Arkansas coach Eric Musselman. “You need time because you’re trying to juggle a bunch of different things. You’re trying to check a lot of boxes along the way without compromising yourself in other areas.” College football ended up with...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The deadline to fill out the U.S. Census has been abruptly cut short, sending New York City census workers scrambling. Originally Americans had until the end of October, but a new Supreme Court decision cuts off the count by Friday morning. New York City census workers are ramping up visits to hospitals, houses of worship and neighborhoods across the city to get residents counted, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reports. RELATED STORY — Mayor Bill De Blasio On 2020 Census: ‘We Can’t Have New York City Go Under-Counted’ The deadline had been extended to Oct. 31 due to the pandemic, but Tuesday, it was bumped up to Oct. 15 after the Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration. It argued field work needs to stop so the legal deadline of reporting the results to the president by Dec. 31 can be met. WEB EXTRA: Click here to complete...
    Patrick Mahomes recorded his second touchdown against the Raiders. The Kansas City Chiefs were expected to put up tons of points against the Las Vegas Raiders given the large gulf in talent between the Chiefs’ offense and the Raiders’ defense, and Patrick Mahomes has helped fulfill that prediction by leading the Chiefs to three touchdowns in the first half. Kansas City’s third score might’ve been their most impressive, as it featured a little bit of Mahomes magic. Mahomes was able to scramble away from the pressure applied by Paul Guenther’s defense and find Sammy Watkins in the end zone to give Kansas City a 21-10 lead. This was Mahomes’ second touchdown of the game, and his first through the air. Mahomes never gives up on the play and finds @SammyWatkins for the TD! #ChiefsKingdom ????: #LVvsKC on CBS????: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/BGCKhfX8uY pic.twitter.com/M8Orn8ZHpc — NFL (@NFL) October...
    A Southern California insurance company’s financial woes are sending thousands of seniors in Santa Clara and San Joaquin counties scrambling for health care coverage amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. More than 10,000 people in the two counties enrolled in Vitality Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage option — insurance that provides expanded Medicare coverage — after it began serving the area in January 2019, attracted by good benefits and promises of inexpensive medication. But for many, the company’s offerings turned out to be too good to be true. “If my parents were on the plan, I would move them,” said Patricia Salas, president of SBHIS Insurance Services, a company that enrolled elderly residents in Vitality’s supplemental Medicare plan and is now hustling to help them find alternatives. The main issue is Vitality’s dire financial situation. The company is required to maintain what’s called tangible net equity — basically a few million dollars...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has spent almost $900 million this year on scrambling its air force against Chinese incursions, the island's defence minister said on Wednesday, describing the pressure they are facing as "great". China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up its military activity near the island, responding to what China calls "collusion" between Taiwan and the United States. China has been angered at increased U.S. support for Taiwan, including visits by senior U.S. government officials and ramped up arms sales. In the past few weeks, Chinese fighter jets have crossed the mid line of the Taiwan Strait, which normally serves as an unofficial buffer zone, and flown multiple missions into Taiwan's southwestern air defence identification zone. Speaking at parliament, Taiwan Defence Minister Yen De-fa said to the air force had scrambled 2,972 times against Chinese aircraft this year at a cost of T$25.5 billion...
    Verizon has been quietly scrambling to unload HuffPost as it grapples with continued losses at the left-leaning news and culture website, The Post has learned.  The telecom giant — which acquired the site formerly known as the Huffington Post as part of its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL in 2015 — has approached multiple digital-media companies during the past few months in a bid to get the property off its books as losses accelerate due to the coronavirus, according to sources close to the situation. Verizon has pitched the property to prospective buyers including Thrillist-owner Group Nine Media, Rolling Stone publisher Penske Media Corp., Bustle Digital Media and J2 Global, insiders said. Those media outlets declined to comment. Vox Media, which owns New York Magazine and operates news and political site Vox as well as tech news sites Recode and The Verge, is among the media outlets to have...
    As then-President-elect Donald Trump was preparing to assume office in January 2017, the FBI was "scrambling" to put together evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, new texts from an FBI employee involved in the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn show. The texts were made public Thursday as part of a court filing from Sidney Powell, the attorney leading Flynn's legal defense team, Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway first reported for the Federalist. Newsweek also reported that the text messages from two unnamed FBI staffers discussed President Barack Obama's intelligence briefing on Jan. 5, 2017, noting that Trump "was right" about the FBI delaying the briefing with Obama to have more time to build their case. "What's the word on how [Obama's] briefing went?" one text from an FBI staffer stated. "Don't know but people here are scrambling...
    By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer Patrick Mahomes showed he’s nearly as dangerous with his legs as he is with his arm. The Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback displayed his scrambling ability in a 23-20 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday with his 21-yard run on third-and-20, setting up the game-tying field goal late in regulation. In all, Mahomes converted four third downs with scrambles when the Chiefs needed at least 3 yards to go. The only other player since 1991 to convert that many third downs with at least 3 yards to go in a single game was Tennessee’s Vince Young with six in Week 13 of the 2006 season against Indianapolis. Mahomes ran more than 55 yards of total distance on that play, according to NFL NextGen stats. He covered even more ground on his three other third-down conversion runs, even if they gained...
    Patrick Mahomes showed he’s nearly as dangerous with his legs as he is with his arm. The Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback displayed his scrambling ability in a 23-20 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday with his 21-yard run on third-and-20, setting up the game-tying field goal late in regulation. In all, Mahomes converted four third downs with scrambles when the Chiefs needed at least 3 yards to go. The only other player since 1991 to convert that many third downs with at least 3 yards to go in a single game was Tennessee’s Vince Young with six in Week 13 of the 2006 season against Indianapolis. Mahomes ran more than 55 yards of total distance on that play, according to NFL NextGen stats. He covered even more ground on his three other third-down conversion runs, even if they gained fewer yards. In all, Mahomes covered 962.2...
    The mouth-frothing rage of Democrats over the possible filling of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court before Inauguration Day is shocking, but predictable, after the “Summer of Love” we’ve endured. Now they’re threatening to “burn it all down” if Republicans fill the vacancy soon. Hysterical RBG cultists holding vigil in Washington on Saturday night warned of a “civil war.” Threats to kill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flooded Twitter, and dozens of police had to guard his Kentucky home as protesters descended. It wasn’t just random psychopaths on social media threatening to “storm the White House and burn it to the f–king ground.” High-profile liberals issued dire threats on Twitter. “You dare try and replace her right now and there will be a war,” tweeted Hollywood actor Russ Tamblyn. “F–k no. Burn it all down,” wrote parenting-guide author Aaron Gouveia. “If you can’t shut it down, burn it...
    Jaden Smith and Celeb Pals, Including Hailey Baldwin, Team Up for Snapchat Series About Activism Stock futures are flat in overnight trading after Dow snaps a 4-day win streak U.S. Open switches to Peacock, sports fans are left scrambling NBC has a new app, maybe you’ve heard of it, or even Googled it. It’s called Peacock. © Provided by Golfweek Peacock TV If you’re trying to watch the U.S. Open Thursday afternoon and you can’t find it, you probably feel like flipping someone the bird. The 120th U.S. Open was on Golf Channel for six and a half hours earlier in the day and then on good old, over-the-air, free NBC for three hours but the final two hours of live golf have switched over to Peacock. Problem is, Peacock doesn’t quite have Netflix-level penetration across the U.S. and many sports fans are probably still scrambling as this story...
    Apple angered many in the iPhone and iPad developer community yesterday when it announced that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 would be available to consumers today. A single day’s notice is a big departure from the company’s usual approach, where developers are given about a week’s notice to put the finishing touches on their apps ahead of the major operating system release. The surprise comes as some iOS developers are already exasperated with the way Apple is exerting control over its App Store. Ben Thompson, Kara Swisher, and John Gruber all reported earlier this year that many are terrified about speaking up about policies they think are unfair. Nevertheless, Apple developers have sure been vocal about the sudden iOS 14 launch. Great news for users, less so for developers On the face of it, the launch of iOS 14 just a day after Apple’s event is a great...
    Police are investigating after seven men suffered from opiate overdoses in less than 24 hours in Pasadena, including three who died, authorities said. “This is kind of a big blip on our radar all of a sudden,” Pasadena Police Lt. Pete Hettema said Monday of the overdoses, which occurred Friday and Saturday. “It appeared a bad batch got into the area somehow.” Authorities are investigating whether the incidents are potentially connected to the same drug. The men who OD’d ranged in age from 30s to 60s. One is listed in grave condition, officials said, while three others are recovering at a local hospital. Naloxone — a nasal spray that can counteract the effects of an opium overdose — was administered to two of the survivors. Politics Before coronavirus failures, Trump struggled to slow drug overdoses Politics Before coronavirus failures, Trump struggled...
    With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and, in some places, lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door.  Several states have seen surges in educators filing for retirement or taking leaves of absence. The departures are straining staff in places that were dealing with shortages of teachers and substitutes even before the pandemic created an education crisis.  Among those leaving is Kay Orzechowicz, an English teacher at northwest Indiana’s Griffith High School, who at 57 had hoped to teach for a few more years. But she felt her school’s leadership was not fully committed to ensuring proper social distancing and worried that not enough safety equipment would be provided for students and teachers.  Add the technology requirements and the pressure to record classes on video, and Orzechowicz said it “just wasn’t what I signed up for...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door.Several states have seen surges in educators filing for retirement or taking leaves of absence. The departures are straining staff in places that were dealing with shortages of teachers and substitutes even before the pandemic created an education crisis.Among those leaving is Kay Orzechowicz, an English teacher at northwest Indiana's Griffith High School, who at 57 had hoped to teach for a few more years. But she felt her school's leadership was not fully committed to ensuring proper social distancing and worried that not enough safety equipment would be provided for students and teachers.Add the technology requirements and the pressure to record classes on video, and Orzechowicz said it "just wasn't what...
    The Department of Education is hustling to fill teaching spots just weeks before the scheduled start of the new academic year, Chancellor Richard Carranza said Tuesday. With families continuing to switch from blended to fully remote learning, Carranza said that final staffing needs are still fluctuating. “There are still families that had previously indicated a blended learning environment that are switching to a remote learning environment,” he said alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference. “The number keeps moving in terms of how many students principals need to program for. So obviously that impacts the number of staff.” Carranza said the DOE is plumbing every possible staffing source to plug holes — including educators in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool who don’t have permanent gigs due to school budget cuts, or performance and disciplinary issues. A DOE spokeswoman said that a small number will be tapped to fill...
    Graphic video of a US Army veteran’s suicide circulated on social-media sites for days after the live-streamed death — showing how sites like Facebook are having trouble stopping such disturbing footage. A distraught Ronnie McNutt, 33, fatally shot himself during a Facebook Live stream on Aug. 31, according to outlets including The Daily Star. Facebook removed the original video on the day it was posted, but it has been repeatedly re-posted there and on other social-media sites by internet trolls capitalizing on the shock value. “We removed the original video from Facebook last month, on the day it was streamed, and have used automation technology to remove copies and uploads since that time,” Facebook said in a statement to outlets including the BBC. But the disturbing video has also popped up on other sites, such as TikTok, which is particularly popular with teens. “I was scrolling TikTok and suddenly there’s...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Gase probably could’ve saved some time after a few training camp practices by reading off the names of New York Jets players who weren’t nursing injuries. Hamstring pulls, core muscle injuries and banged-up knees. And, plenty more. “I do think we’re not the only ones,” Gase said. “I think there’s a lot of teams in the league right now that are dealing with all kinds of injuries.” He’s right. Teams all over the league were sent scrambling during camp. But the Jets’ wide receivers group seemed to lose a man almost daily. Breshad Perriman (knee), Denzel Mims (hamstring), Vyncint Smith (core muscle), Jeff Smith (shoulder), Lawrence Cager (knee) and Braxton Berrios (lower back) all missed practice time this summer, leaving quarterback Sam Darnold to wonder some days who he was throwing to. “We just had to figure out a way to kind of...
    Mark Zuckerberg warned there could civil unrest and violence this November if the result of the election is not immediately known and said his company is doing its part to make sure none of that is organized via Facebook.  'There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called,' Zuckerberg told Axios in an interview. 'We're trying to make sure that we do our part to make sure that none of this is organized on Facebook,' he said. 'I think we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election.'  Mark Zuckerberg warned there could civil unrest and violence this November if the result of the election is not immediately known The results of the November election between President Donald Trump and...
    People scrambled to grab free drugs as they rained from the Tel Aviv skies thanks to a group seeking to legalise cannabis. The Green Drone group dropped hundreds of packets of cannabis onto the streets of the Israeli city. The group, whose slogan is free love, used a drone to drop the marijuana yesterday over Rabin Square. Confused people below soon rushed to collect up as many packets of the drug as they could.  Before it dropped the weed Green Drone had published a hint of its plot on the messaging service Telegram. The message on Telegram read: 'It's time my dear brothers. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the green drone, handing out free cannabis from the sky... Enjoy my beloved brothers, this is your pilot brother, making sure we all get some free love.' A drone drops parcels of marijuana to people below...
    Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera said Thursday that New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's pointed remarks toward President Trump were irresponsible and "embarrassing." On Wednesday, Cuomo arranged a press briefing to fire back at Trump for considering withholding federal funding from states and cities the White House considers "anarchist jurisdictions" that see spikes in crime or added restrictions on policing. “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City,” Cuomo said. “Forget bodyguards, he'd better have an army if he thinks he’s going to walk down the streets in New York. He is persona non grata in New York City, and I think he knows that ... The best thing he did for New York City was leave. Let him go to Florida [and] be careful not to get COVID." On "Bill Hemmer Reports," Rivera said the 62-year-old Democrat wrongfully accused Trump of being "the cause of COVID in...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hannah Bassan is one of a growing number of students who hasn’t been able to take her SAT to get into college, all thanks to the coronavirus. “I did everything right, I waited, I did my practices,” she said. “I’m ready to take the test, I don’t have the opportunity to.” The honors student and soccer player was supposed to take it in March but it’s been canceled each time she’s signed up. “I want to go to a highly competitive academic school and everything else is there. The GPA is there, the extracurricular are there,” she said. “The only thing that’s holding me back is the test score.” Bassan’s mom, Kelli, is just as frustrated. “My daughter’s at a complete disadvantage and it’s totally out of control and unfair,” she said. Now they’ve made plans to take the test in Jupiter — hoping there’s less of...
    New York (CNN Business)For months, restrictions on indoor dining have forced restaurants across the country to rely on outdoor seating to survive. But as the weather gets colder, that lifeline is going away. And restaurant operators are scrambling to figure out what to do next. "Everybody is scared of the winter right now," said Jason Kaplan, CEO of the New-York based restaurant consulting group JK Consulting. Restaurants are "still losing money, regardless of delivery and takeout and outdoor dining, they're still not being profitable," he said. "And they're still having problems paying rent." Without outdoor dining, their losses will start mounting again. Some operators won't make it. And in areas where indoor dining has been banned outright, like New York City and New Jersey, officials haven't laid out a clear path for its return. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference last week that the...
    A man checks in to cast his ballot at a Democratic presidential primary election at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Among all the chaos and destruction wrought by Donald Trump and his Republican minions like Mitch McConnell, eroding the faith of the electorate in both the U.S. Postal Service and our elections system is one of the most disturbing. The sudden lack of faith in the system is playing out across the country, as voters flood elections officials with calls. They don't trust their ballots to the U.S. Postal Service and are scrambling to respond with ballot drop boxes and locations where they can conduct safe, physically distanced in-person voting on Nov. 3. That widespread panic has intensified with the news that the USPS had informed 46 states that their elections are in jeopardy because of potential mail delays. “We’re facing a crisis here, a major crisis,” Steuart...
    DANIEL DUBOIS is reportedly searching for a new opponent ahead of his August 29 outing after Erik Pfeifer pulled out of the bout. The British heavyweight champion hasn't fought since December when he blasted away Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto in the second round. 2Daniel Dubois was due to face German Olympian Erik Pfeifer later this monthCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd And he is now scrambling to find an opponent after two-time Olympiac Pfeifer withdrew from their contest later this month. TIME TO DO BATTLE Inside Daniel Dubois’ brutal sparring ahead of Joe Joyce clash as SunSport get exclusive access to Canning Town gym According to The Athletic's Mike Coppinger, Pfeifer will not be involved in the scheduled clash that was due to take place at the BT Sport Studio. He tweeted: "Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois needs a new opponent for his Aug. 29 tune-up ahead of his scheduled fall clash with...
    By Carlos Saucedo, Erika Martin | KTLA LAKE HUGHES — A couple who has a 1-year-old daughter and preparing to welcome a new infant say they’re scrambling to replace baby supplies after their Lake Hughes-area home was destroyed this week in the Lake Fire. At 8 months pregnant, Brittny Daskey was forced to evacuate with her family Wednesday afternoon. As she was scrambling to gather important belongings, a firefighting aircraft dumped a load of Phos-Chek fire retardant on her and her home, Daskey said. “Probably the scariest moment of my life was running, packing, hot — the stuff covers me and (my daughter), the dog, all of our stuff,” she told KTLA. “It felt like a war zone.” Despite the upheaval, Daskey says she didn’t imagine it would be the last time she saw their house standing. But Friday morning, they returned to find a burnt-out lot. Cellphone video captured...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With millions of California children already back in the virtual classroom, families, teachers and districts are still scrambling to figure out some of the basics: How and when they can resume in-person learning and how to get the in-demand technology needed for distance learning in the meantime. Gov. Gavin Newsom tried to project control over the situation in a lengthy Friday news conference, but he acknowledged it’s a “sub-optimal environment” for the state’s 6 million K-12 students. The state estimates 97 percent of California schoolchildren are starting the year online. “We are now just beginning this journey together on a more robust approach to distance learning,” Newsom said. The Democratic governor mandated that schools close for in-person learning if they are in one of the nearly 40 counties on a coronavirus watch list, but the list hasn’t been updated for several weeks following errors in its...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With millions of California children already back in the virtual classroom, families, teachers and districts are still scrambling to figure out some of the basics: How and when they can resume in-person learning and how to get the in-demand technology needed for distance learning in the meantime. Gov. Gavin Newsom tried to project control over the situation in a lengthy Friday news conference, but he acknowledged it's a “sub-optimal environment” for the state's 6 million K-12 students. The state estimates 97 percent of California schoolchildren are starting the year online. “We are now just beginning this journey together on a more robust approach to distance learning," Newsom said. The Democratic governor mandated that schools close for in-person learning if they are in one of the nearly 40 counties on a coronavirus watch list, but the list hasn't been updated for several...
    (CNN)In a letter, public health advisers to the US government said they are "extremely concerned" and "troubled" by the Trump administration's decision to change how hospitals report Covid-19 data.The letter, dated July 31, described hospitals as "scrambling" to determine how to meet new daily Covid-19 reporting requirements to the US Department of Health and Human Services, and said retiring the older system jeopardized data integrity. One doctor who signed the letter said the new data system was marred by inconsistencies, rendering it "almost impossible" to use for real-time decisions during the pandemic."Moving forward," the letter says, "it will be even more challenging to perform meaningful inter-state comparisons, and to understand which COVID-19 mitigation strategies were successul (or failed)." Coronavirus hospital data will now be sent to Trump administration instead of CDCThe nearly three dozen current and former members of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee shared their concerns in...
    Glummer hols THE decision to remove previously safe countries, including France, from the travel “green list” will be a bitter blow for hundreds of thousands of holiday-makers who suddenly face quarantine on their return. Many yet to head abroad will now find their plans for a hard-earned break thrown into complete chaos. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The Government must be ready to take whatever steps to help Britons scrambling to get home from FranceCredit: AFP or licensors For families due home in the next few hours, the news at least comes in time for them to complete their isolation before the new school year. But tens of thousands of others will now be left scrambling to get home from Britons’ second most popular holiday destination, with reduced flights and Channel crossings fully booked. The Government must be ready to take whatever...
    New York (CNN Business)The Clorox wipes shortage continues to hog the attention, but there's another product that's been hard to find on store shelves over the past four months because of coronavirus: sewing machines. Sellers are doing everything they can to keep up with a sudden surge in demand, but they still can't keep pace. While homebound families looking for ways to fill the time are turning to old-school crafting activities like sewing, a more obvious trigger for the sewing boom is the coronavirus-fueled necessity for face masks."The sewing fervor really erupted in April, almost immediately after the CDC said everyone should wear face masks," said Jeff Fuller, vice president of marketing for Tacony Corporation. "It was a Friday when the new guidelines were announced. By Monday, we saw the largest spike in sewing machine demand we've ever seen."Tacony Corp., in St. Louis, Missouri is a wholesale supplier of Baby...
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