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    With millions due to tune into this year's Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, the question as to whether the show - which is famed for its political barbs - will address the sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo remains to be seen. Tina Fey, 50, will once again be teaming up with fellow Saturday Night Live alum, Amy Poehler, 49, to present this year’s 78th annual Globes, which will be broadcast live from both Los Angeles and New York City. The 30 Rock creator is scheduled to host the Big Apple leg of the show from the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room, while Parks and Recreation star Poehler will be broadcasting from the Beverly Hilton in California. Earlier this week, Fey said she and Poehler would be seeking to make this year's Globes a far tamer affair than it has been in recent years - a seeming reference to former host Ricky...
    New York (CNN Business)The US economy fared ever so slightly better in the fourth quarter of 2020 than initially thought. The nation's gross domestic product grew at an annualized and seasonally adjusted rate of 4.1%, the Commerce Department reported in its second reading of the data on Thursday.That's up from the annualized and seasonally adjusted 4% growth rate reported in late January, but slightly less than the 4.2% economists had predicted.The small improvement reflects higher residential and inventory investments and increased state and local government spending. These upticks were partially offset by consumer expenditure being revised lower.In a normal year, an annualized GDP growth rate of 4.1% would be reason to pop some champagne. But in the abnormal world of the pandemic, it leaves the United States way too far in the hole.The slight bump doesn't change much in the overall economic picture of last year. The US economy still...
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina economists decided Friday to make no changes to 3-month-old revenue estimates because COVID-19 is still causing so much uncertainty in the economy. Revenues in South Carolina have grown nearly 5% since the fiscal year started in July, while official estimates predicted a 3.5% decline. That's good news on its face, said state Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office Executive Director Frank Rainwater. But Rainwater said behind that number are a lot of questions. The chief one is how much of that surge in revenues is thanks to federal stimulus money. Other unknowns include whether the lower-than-predicted unemployment rate is as rosy as it appears or will have to be adjusted, and whether people will continue to spend more than typically anticipated in a recession. “We want to be cautious. We don’t want to be careless in this uncertain time,” Rainwater...
    Donald Trump's spokesman has denied that one of his lawyers described the former president as a 'f****** crook,' after The Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday recalled a conversation between Michael van der Veen and a client.  Van der Veen, 57, was one of three lawyers drafted in a week ago to represent Trump in his trial, alongside Bruce Castor and David Schoen.    On Tuesday van der Veen's local paper spoke to a former client, Justin Hiemstra, who recalled van der Veen calling the then-president 'a f****** crook'. Hiemstra pleaded guilty to attempting to hack into the IRS to access Trump's tax returns, in what van der Veen said was a schoolboy prank.  'I'm not sure if [those comments] were made to make me feel more comfortable, or if they were his actual opinions,' Hiemstra told The Philadelphia Inquirer.  'He definitely came off as fairly anti-Trump in the context that I knew...
    The Washington Wizards have been the worst team this season. While Bradley Beal has been doing his best, averaging a league-high 33.2 points per game, it still hasn’t been enough for them to get wins. He hasn’t found any team success yet, but individually, he is receiving some recognition. He led the Eastern Conference guards in the first ballot of voting, a year after missing out on the previous edition. Earlier today, Beal reacted to this during a post-game interview. He said, “That’s a huge honor to be able to gain that recognition from fans around the world. That means the world to me. Obviously, I’d rather have more wins under my column. But I’m also kinda confused, too. I think we both know why. It’s like, what was so different from this year and last year? To each his own.” Looking back at last year’s All-Star snub for Bradley...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment compensation claims eased last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, but remained elevated by historical standards as the coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with the world’s largest economy.    The government said 779,000 workers filed for benefits last week, down 33,000 from the revised figure of the previous week.   As President Joe Biden starts his third week in office, the U.S. economy is still facing headwinds, with tens of thousands of people being infected daily by the coronavirus and employers confronted with new orders from state and municipal officials to restrict business hours or to shut down to try to prevent the spread of the virus.    For months now, the number of jobless benefit claims has remained above 700,000 a week, and above 800,000 and 900,000 in some weeks. All the weekly totals in the last several months have been well below...
    A woman holds a sign during a rally against guns and white supremacy in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Right-wing extremism is on the rise in the US.  In 2020, though, there was a sharp drop in the number of killings committed by extremists. Of the at least 17 extremist killings, 16 were linked to right-wing movements, the ADL found. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Right-wing extremism is on the rise in the US, and was linked to at least 16 killings last year, the Anti-Defamation League found. Every year the ADL tracks murders associated with ideological extremism, and for the last three decades, extremist killings in the US have been overwhelmingly associated with right-wing movements, according to the ADL.  In 2020 an overlapping pandemic, far-reaching anti-racism...
    Kacper Pempel | REUTERS Cryptocurrency-related crime fell last year to a small fraction of overall trading volume. But some targeted hacks boomed as criminals exploited people working from home during the pandemic. Last year, illicit activity made up 0.34% of all cryptocurrency transaction volume, according to a report from blockchain data firm Chainalysis. That was down from roughly 2% a year earlier. "We saw a significant decrease in the share of overall activity associated with illicit entities," Kim Grauer, head of research at Chainalysis, told CNBC. "Still, ransomware was by far the biggest category in terms of activity growth and we're seeing an all time high for dark-net market activity." Ransomware is malicious software hackers use to infect a computer, then demand a fee to unlock it. That bounty is often paid in bitcoin, or other cryptocurrencies. The category made up just 7% of all crypto funds received by...
    LAST year, they were champions of England, Europe and the world. Currently, Liverpool are probably not even the best team in Liverpool. 1An FA Cup win over rivals Manchester United could revive Liverpool's seasonCredit: AP:Associated Press The end of a staggering 68-match unbeaten Premier League home run with defeat by Burnley on Thursday means that Jurgen Klopp’s men have failed to beat five of the bottom six teams in the table during the past two months. They haven’t scored in more than seven hours of league football and if Everton win one of their two games in hand, the Reds would be overtaken by their local neighbours and fall out of the Champions League places. Given Liverpool’s relentlessness over the past two seasons, this all represents a cliff-edge drop in form. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE Nobody should write them off as title contenders -...
    That Google, or Alphabet to be exact, shutting down any of its services is nothing new. 2020, in fact, set the bar high with eight of its tools going into oblivion. 2021 is already aiming strong. Alphabet’s X division has just announced the end of one of its star projects: the Loon balloons or project Loon. Loon joins, therefore, that list of projects linked to the social good that end up in the waste bin. Makani, a Google wind turbine project, and Foghorn, dedicated to clean fuel research, closed in 2020 and 2016 respectively. Loon was launched in 2013 with the idea of connect those areas where the internet did not reach. Working as a kind of antenna, one of its first milestones was to achieve connection in a perimeter of more than 1,000 kilometers with 7 hot air balloons at full capacity. It was a pioneering project at the...
    Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton faced a barrage of criticism on three occasions amid a wave of riots and a global pandemic. Yet Cotton’s allegedly controversial opinions have been largely vindicated by recent events. As a flurry of racial justice protests turned from peaceful democratic demonstrations to violent riots, Cotton penned an immediately controversial Op-Ed. In a piece published June 3 by the New York Times, Cotton argued that President Donald Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act to restore order in parts of the country set aflame by outrage and opportunism. Cotton argued that rioters were effectively encouraged by elites who labeled it an “understandable response to the death of George Floyd.” “Those excuses are built on a revolting moral equivalence of rioters and looters to peaceful, law-abiding protesters,” Cotton wrote. “A majority who seek to protest peacefully shouldn’t be confused with bands of miscreants.” Cotton laid out for readers...
    A Dolly Parton statue may be erected at the Tennessee Capitol Delta puts customers who harassed Romney, Graham on no-fly list: CEO Bills defense held Ravens Lamar Jackson in check last year but a lot has changed for NFL playoffs There are no moral victories in the NFL, so in early December 2019 when they lost 24-17 to the Baltimore Ravens, no one in the Buffalo Bills locker room was all that jazzed about having done such a fine job defending Lamar Jackson. NFL wild-card Sunday overreactions: These are not the same old Browns USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declines Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump For The Win Playoffs filled with young AFC quarterbacks KSHB Kansas City, MO What We Miss During The Pandemic CBS Pittsburgh ...
    VIDEO3:1303:13BlackRock CEO Larry Fink: Stocks will rally in 2021 but not as much as last yearSquawk Box BlackRock's Larry Fink told CNBC on Thursday that he believes the stock market has further room to run higher. However, the chairman and CEO of the world's largest asset manager cautioned that the rally may not be as robust as it was in the second half of 2020. "I think we're going to continue to see the market to be strong into 2021, probably not as strong as we saw in the fourth quarter or the third quarter last year," Fink said on "Squawk Box." The S&P 500 rose more than 20% from July 1 to Dec. 31 as part of a massive recovery in equities from the coronavirus pandemic-induced sell-off that occurred in February and March. One factor that should provide a tailwind for the market is the "record" amount of cash investors...
    How Russell Hornsby inspired Angie Thomas to write Concrete Rose 38 ways to avoid lifestyle creep NFL Wild Card viewership: more games means more viewers, but none can match last year’s heights The NFL tacked another two Wild Card games onto the 2020-21 playoffs, and while plenty of viewers watched the extra two games, none of the six were able to hit the highs of a year ago. © Provided by Awful Announcing The first game of the weekend was Colts-Bills on CBS at 1 PM EST Saturday. That game drew 20.079 million viewers on the network, and there was no comp to a year ago. The second game of the weekend was Rams-Seahawks on Fox at 4:40 PM EST on Saturday. That game drew 23.963 million viewers on the network. Last year’s mid-afternoon Saturday game was Bills-Texans, which drew 26.34 million viewers across ESPN and ABC. That’s a...
    Greta Thunberg has said she 'doesn't care' about the jet-setting exploits of celebrities who preach about the environment in an interview ahead of her 18th birthday. The teenage climate change activist became the face of the youth climate movement after launching a solo 'school strike' outside the Swedish parliament aged just 15. Since then, Miss Thunberg - who will turn 18 on Sunday - has spoken at the United Nations climate summit, been nominated for a Nobel peace prize and was dubbed Time magazine's 2019 person of the year.  But she said her global superstardom won't last forever so is trying to 'use her position' to get as much done as possible 'in this limited amount of time'. Speaking in an interview with The Times, the 17-year-old was asked how she feels about celebrities who travel the world in gas-guzzling planes while preaching about climate change. She simply replied:  'I don't care.' Greta...
    A little girl from Texas was left confused this Christmas Eve when she called up the NORAD Santa Tracker and found herself talking to First Lady Melania Trump. Melania spent Christmas Eve answering calls from young Americans to NORAD, giving them updates as Saint Nick made his way toward the United States.   In a video shared by her parents, the little girl was left questioning if she was talking to Rudolph when the First Lady asked her about what she was leaving out for Santa.  'I don't get it,' the little girl answered, after questioning 'Rudolph?'. NORAD thanked Melania as she continued the annual tradition on her last Christmas Eve as First Lady, but there was no sign of President Trump who has joined her in speaking to the children in previous years.   Earlier, Ivanka Trump trolled the president in a tweet recalling the time he asked a seven-year-old caller...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Just two days before Christmas and Philadelphians were still working to wrap up their holiday shopping while staying socially distant on Wednesday. Eyewitness News caught up with some last-minute shoppers in the city’s Spring Garden section. The last-minute shopping frenzy is on with just two days before Christmas. People at the Christmas Village are finding that perfect gift for loved ones. “We both had off today, we come out while it’s a little less crowded earlier in the day and get home before the rush and all that,” a man said. “Since it’s outside, everyone’s got their masks on,” Emily Best said. “Everyone’s doing a pretty good job being distanced, I feel all right about it. Like he said, we wanted to come early to beat the rush so it’s not super crowded.” While many are personalizing the shopping experience by going to stores and shops, others...
    Dear Moneyist, I have a question about the stimulus check. Why is the stimulus check based on 2019 tax returns? I earned over $100,000 in 2019 and now I am retired and earned far less than $100,000 this year. Why can’t I qualify for a stimulus check? Do you think this is fair given that I have not been working as much in 2020? I also know people who made over $100,000 in 2019, but can’t get a stimulus because of their 2019 tax return, even though they earned less this year. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Candace The Moneyist:‘I lost my mom 2 months ago and I’m still in a fog’: My brother and his family moved into her home. They want more than half Dear Candace, Is the stimulus package fair? Is the COVID-19 pandemic fair? Has 2020 been fair to families and elderly...
    A woman wearing a mask carries shopping bags through the snow near Bryant Park on December 17, 2020 in New York City. New York City received 6 to 8 inches of snow in an overnight storm that resulted in local power outages and transportation delays during the first North Eastern storm of the season.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images The need for procrastinating shoppers to get gifts under the tree in time for Christmas was more compelling this year than snagging Black Friday doorbusters. The number of shoppers who turned up at stores on the final Saturday before Christmas — known as "Super Saturday" in the retail industry — fell from a year ago. But the declines weren't as steep as those seen on the Friday after Thanksgiving. In fact, shoppers across the Northeast may have found parking spots at malls hard to come by on Saturday, as snow...
    A Salt Lake City government agency worker, 59, has been accused of embezzling at least $95,000 of public funds which she spent on car payments, eHarmony dating site, Domino's pizza and to pay for her son's utility bills.  Tracey Leigh Schmidtke, who was office manager for Stansbury Service Agency in Tooele County, Utah, allegedly set up a PayPal account using the agency's name and credit card and transferred $33,700 from it to her personal bank account over the last three months.   Schmidtke also allegedly used the PayPal account to go on a $40,000 spending spree buying up pizza and clothes from retailers including Amazon, Domino's, Stitch Fix, Twitch, Urban Outfitters and spending on dating app eHarmony within the same timeframe.  The now-fired agency worker is also accused of using her company credit card to buy $21,184.24 worth of goods in the five months between May 29 and November 3.  The...
    People wait for their baggage in the terminal at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston on Nov. 25, 2020.Erin Clark | Boston Globe | Getty Images U.S. air travel rose to the highest levels since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday, an increase that came despite U.S. health officials' warnings against travel. Close to 1.2 million people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration at airports on Sunday, the most since March 16, but still down about 60% from the nearly 2.9 million people TSA screened a year earlier. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards Airlines including American and United offered some employees extra pay to handle the increase in demand, while Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights because of a shortage of pilots over the holiday break, a problem the carrier said it has fixed. Airlines have been banking on a spike in...
    Nearly a million new homes were sold in October, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday, as sales declined, but they remain strong when compared to last year. During October, 990,000 new homes were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, which was 41.5% higher from the same month last year but 0.3% lower from September, which saw over a million new homes sold. One reason prompting the decline is inventory, as there were 40% fewer new homes on the market in October than there were in the same month in 2019. The lack in inventory has driven prices up, with median prices increasing to $330,000 last month, compared to $322,400 a year ago. As homes have been gobbled up, their time on the market has shrunk since the beginning of the year. In January, a new home was on the market for an average of over five...
    MANCHESTER CITY reportedly considered a move for ex-Man United striker Romelu Lukau but were put off by his asking price. Pep Guardiola ended speculation over his future at the Etihad last week by penning a new deal. 2Manchester City looked into signing Romelu Lukaku last summerCredit: Getty Now he can focus on trying to find a long-term successor to fill the boots of Sergio Aguero. The Argentine, 32, is the club’s all-time top goalscorer but will become a free agent next summer. Having been at the Etihad for nine years and firing City to numerous honours in that period, he will be afforded the luxury of determining his own future, which could result in a one-year extension. However, even if that is the case, Guardiola will still press ahead in his pursuit of a new striker. Aguero has suffered a stop-start campaign and has only made three appearances so far...
    Governor Cuomo disinvited his 89-year-old mother from Thanksgiving dinner on Monday night after being branded a 'hypocrite' for planning a party with her and his daughter, who lives out of state, while telling New Yorkers to keep their own celebrations to their own households.  Cuomo was slammed after letting slip during a radio interview that he'd invited his 89-year-old mother Matilda to have dinner with him and two of his three daughters. He wanted to drive to Chicago to pick up his third daughter, Michaela, and bring her home to join them but she said it was not safe.  New York's rule is that no more than 10 people can gather but the CDC says people should not mix households.  Cuomo was blasted by critics who called him a 'hypocrite' for inviting his elderly mother.  On Tuesday morning, he said he'd phoned his mother to tell her she could no...
    This story was originally published on Nov. 22 by THE CITY. Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning.  A gruesome discovery by transit workers last week — an arm inside a subway tunnel — underscored a troubling trend: a growing number of people ending up on the tracks. MTA statistics obtained by THE CITY show at least 720 instances of a “person on the roadbed” this year — including one Sunday morning in which police said a man survived after being shoved onto the tracks at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That’s nearly as many as the 781 cases in all of 2019 and almost 200 more than five years ago — despite a steep pandemic-driven decline in ridership and the suspension of overnight passenger service. Some transit workers and homeless advocates believe the overnight shutdown could be driving the roadbed...
    Airlines say a record number of Americans are canceling flights after the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 'strongly' advised against traveling for Thanksgiving during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the health agency came as the US recorded a new high for COVID-19 infections at more than 187,000 on Thursday and hospitalizations also reached never before seen levels with more than 80,000 patients. New data from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows that just 907,332 people passed through checkpoints on Thursday. That's down from 2,428,095 who did so at the same time last year - a 62 percent drop. An estimated 2.4 million people are still expected to fly over the busiest days, but that's half the number that did in 2019.  Meanwhile, the American Automobile Association (AAA) says road travel could drop to the lowest levels since the 2008 Great Recession. However, for those who have decided...
    VIDEO2:5002:50General Motors emerged from bankruptcy leaner and more profitableSquawk Box Ten years ago, General Motors made its second debut on the New York Stock Exchange in what was then the largest initial public offering in U.S. history — ushering in a new era of renewed optimism for the company and U.S. economy after emerging from bankruptcy in the Great Recession. Then-CEO Dan Akerson rang the opening bell on Nov. 18, 2010 with an entourage of executives that included former vice chairman Steve Girsky, current President Mark Reuss and then-GM Treasurer Dan Ammann, who now leads the automaker's majority-owned Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary. "To ring the bell, to me, that was the first step to success, then we had to go to work," Akerson told CNBC on Wednesday, adding he remembers walking onto the trading floor to applause. "It was really humbling. I got emotional … I had never felt as...
    SANTA CLARA — Thousands of 49ers fans, most clad in red jerseys, celebrated in their Superdome seats long after last season’s most entertaining victory in New Orleans. They didn’t want to leave, and once they did, they took their after-party to Bourbon Street, regaling in the 49ers’ 48-46 thriller that strengthened their NFC playoff positioning. That same scene won’t repeat Sunday, and not just because the injury-plagued 49ers (4-5) are 9-point underdogs against the NFC-leading Saints (6-2). COVID-19 precautions mean only 6,000 fans are allowed at this game inside New Orleans’ 74,000-seat echo chamber, the Saints confirmed Wednesday. “It probably won’t be the same craziness that was last year in New Orleans and what that atmosphere was like,” right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. View this post on Instagram Who is going back to #neworleans this trip as #49ers try upsetting NFC-leading #Saints?...
    SANTA CLARA — Thousands of 49ers fans, most clad in red jerseys, celebrated in their Superdome seats long after last season’s most entertaining victory in New Orleans. They didn’t want to leave, and once they did, they took their after-party to Bourbon Street, regaling in the 49ers’ 48-46 thriller that strengthened their NFC playoff positioning. That same scene won’t repeat Sunday, and not just because the injury-plagued 49ers (4-5) are 9-point underdogs against the NFC-leading Saints (6-2). COVID-19 precautions mean only 6,000 fans are allowed at this game inside New Orleans’ 74,000-seat echo chamber, the Saints confirmed Wednesday. “It probably won’t be the same craziness that was last year in New Orleans and what that atmosphere was like,” right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. View this post on Instagram Who is going back to #neworleans this trip as #49ers try upsetting NFC-leading #Saints?...
    This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here. When the coronavirus first forced New York City school buildings to shut, disability advocates began raising alarms about how remote learning would affect some 200,000 city students with special needs. On Tuesday, an education department report showed tens of thousands of students with disabilities did not receive all of their mandated services — and significantly fewer students were referred for special education services at all.
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas giant Aramco announced Tuesday third quarter profits of nearly $12 billion, a significantly higher net income from its dramatically lower second quarter earnings. Still, its third quarter earnings of $11.8 billion are down nearly 45% compared to last year’s $21.3 billion for the same quarter. Aramco, like other energy producers globally, is wading through a tough year amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen countries impose various forms of lockdowns and travel restrictions that ultimately impact the demand for oil. The company, which is mostly state-owned, said it produced the equivalent of 9.2 million barrels per day of crude oil for the first nine months of the year. The price of Brent crude hovers just under $39 a barrel, significantly less than before the pandemic but up from a low of around $21 a barrel in April....
    MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s estimated gross domestic product in the third quarter of the year was 8.6% below that for the same July to September period the previous year, but showed signs of improvement, the country’s statistical agency said Friday. Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s economy was in recession. That only deepened with the economic shutdown provoked by measures aimed at slowing the illness’ spread during the second quarter. The third quarter performance was considerably better than the April to June period when economic activity shrank 18.7% compared to the same period a year earlier. On Friday, the National Statistics and Geography Institute said GDP had risen 12% compared to that previous quarter. Alfredo Coutino of Moody’s Analytics wrote that the rebound confirmed again Mexico’s high dependence on the U.S. economy. “The main engine driving the economy out of recession was the demand for Mexican...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s estimated gross domestic product in the third quarter of the year was 8.6% below that for the same July to September period the previous year, but showed signs of improvement, the country’s statistical agency said Friday. Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s economy was in recession. That only deepened with the economic shutdown provoked by measures aimed at slowing the illness’ spread during the second quarter. The third quarter performance was considerably better than the April to June period when economic activity shrank 18.7% compared to the same period a year earlier. On Friday, the National Statistics and Geography Institute said GDP had risen 12% compared to that previous quarter. Alfredo Coutino of Moody’s Analytics wrote that the rebound confirmed again Mexico’s high dependence on the U.S. economy. “The main engine driving the economy out of recession was the demand for Mexican exports, mainly...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s estimated gross domestic product in the third quarter of the year was 8.6% below that for the same July to September period the previous year, but showed signs of improvement, the country’s statistical agency said Friday. Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s economy was in recession. That only deepened with the economic shutdown provoked by measures aimed at slowing the illness’ spread during the second quarter. The third quarter performance was considerably better than the April to June period when economic activity shrank 18.7% compared to the same period a year earlier. On Friday, the National Statistics and Geography Institute said GDP had risen 12% compared to that previous quarter. It was a positive move, but still short of what was lost in the previous three months and the V-shaped recovery promised by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The president resisted imposing what...
    The killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a police officer sparked national outrage in 2014. Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press The civil-rights investigation into the killing of Tamir Rice quietly ended last year, but no one told his family the police officer would not be charged, according to The New York Times. Rice, a Black, 12-year-old Cleveland boy, was killed by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun in a park in 2014. The case sparked national outrage at the time, with calls to rethink policing. The Times reported the investigation was hindered by multiple factors, including federal Ohio officials' disinterest in pursuing charges, as well as the difficulty of proving a civil-rights crime has occurred, which requires proof of intent. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The civil-rights investigation into the killing of Tamir Rice quietly ended last year, but no one told his...
    TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's warring armies have agreed a ceasefire and, years after being forced to flee for their lives, the Bouzids and the Alis are finally back at home. Like many on opposite sides of the front lines, the two families have lost loved ones and seen their livelihoods and dreams destroyed by nearly a decade of conflict. But while daunting obstacles still stand in the way of a lasting political settlement, the Bouzids are slowly repairing their own small corner of the country, the ransacked south Tripoli farm they returned to after fighting in the area ended in June. "Dad, Mum and I would sit in the middle of the day and drink tea and enjoy the view of our crops. But then the war came and we fled," said Mohammed Bouzid, 45. "After we returned, there was nothing left." To the east in Benghazi, the Alis...
    Last month, the Denver Film Festival announced that its 43rd edition would unspool virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, there are a trio of exceptions. During the October 22 to November 8 event, DFF will screen three high-profile flicks using a drive-in format at Red Rocks that was pioneered over the summer for the 2020 Film on the Rocks program. The flicks include Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, the Winston Duke-Zazie Beetz vehicle Nine Days, and Ammonite, a period romance headlined by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson says the idea of including in-person screenings as part of this year's offerings was cemented by the success of the Film on the Rocks experiment. "There's no beating the environment of Red Rocks and the way we had such a huge screen up there with our LED system," she allows. "They were pretty evenings."Related Stories...
    News broke last week that Arsenal, the stacked-with-talent but notoriously disappointing English soccer team, is laying off Gunnersaurus, its beloved mascot. Jerry Quy, the man inside the herbivorous costume for the mascot's entire 27-year existence, found out on October 5 that he was getting axed by the franchise, which is owned by Stan Kroenke, Colorado's most prolific sports-team owner. Luckily for Gunnersaurus and his fans, star Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has publicly committed to pay Quy's salary for the remainder of Ozil's time with Arsenal. But what of Kroenke's other mascots? Particularly here in Colorado?Related Stories Stephen A. Smith, Other "Experts" Eat Sh*t After Nuggets Beat Clippers Betting Odds for Denver Broncos Before First Game of Season Why PointsBet Is Wagering Big on Colorado Sports Betting Market ???? pic.twitter.com/lekVkcjDiR— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) September 28, 2020 Westword hasn't heard back from the Avalanche, Rapids and Nuggets regarding the fate of the mascots for these Kroenke-owned teams....
    By Andrew Galbraith and Sophie Yu SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Domestic tourism in China saw a robust rebound over the just-ended Golden Week holiday, encouraged by the country's success in stamping out the novel coronavirus, although levels were still well short of last year. Tourism sites were visited by 637 million domestic tourists over the eight-day National Day holiday that started Oct. 1, 79% of last year's total, China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a statement on Thursday. Domestic tourism revenues stood at 466.56 billion yuan ($68.7 billion), it added, down from nearly 650 billion yuan a year earlier. That, however, marked an improvement from China's last long holiday period over May 1-5 for Labour Day, when 115 million domestic tourists travelled and tourism revenues were only 47.56 billion yuan. Since then, COVID-19 cases have ebbed, with no new community transmissions in mainland China since early August. "The quick...
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — In Theo they trust. It sounds like Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will be sticking around at least one more year on the North Side. Epstein’s deal expires after next season, and he’s always been clear that 10 years the magic number before a change in executive leadership is necessary for any organization. Next year will mark a decade for Epstein with the Cubs, and a contract extension seems like a long shot. “Given the things I’m on record with about, you know, the benefits of change at a certain point, it just means that you have to be smart in discussing the timing and nature of the transition, because it’s inevitable at some point,” Epstein said Monday. “I’m not going to run away from those feelings, but I also am as invested in the Chicago Cubs as our leader in baseball operations today as...
    LSU looks to bounce back when defending champs visit Vandy Fall beers: Craft brews to toast the season Fiat Chrysler and GMs 3Q auto sales fall from last year, but demand improves from depths of coronavirus lockdowns Fiat Chrysler reported its U.S. auto sales for the third quarter were down 10% from a year ago. Industry forecasters expect domestic U.S. auto sales to be down between 11% and 13% from the third quarter of 2019.  Despite the decline, the market is showing improvement from the second quarter of this year, which was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.  © Provided by CNBC The Key Auto Mall car dealership in Moline, Illinois. Fiat Chrysler and General Motor's auto sales fell in the third quarter, but both automakers saw a significant rebound in demand from the second quarter when the pandemic wreaked havoc on the industry. Load Error Fiat Chrysler's...
    The Key Auto Mall car dealership in Moline, Illinois.Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images Fiat Chrysler and General Motor's auto sales fell in the third quarter, but both automakers saw a significant rebound in demand from the second quarter when the pandemic wreaked havoc on the industry. Fiat Chrysler's sales fell 10% from a year ago, but they jumped 38% from the second to third quarter with 140,265 more vehicles sold from July through September than the previous three months. GM said its sales during the third quarter declined 9.9% from a year ago but improved sequentially each month, showing continued signs of a recovery. Fiat Chrysler and GM are among the first automakers to report third quarter sales. Most automakers are are expected to report their results on Thursday. Industry forecasters expect domestic U.S. auto sales to show vast improvements from the second quarter but remain down between...
    A target store advertises for workers near its entrance in Encinitas, California, May 24, 2019.Mike Blake | Reuters Target said Thursday that holiday hiring will be in line with last year, but it is rethinking its approach to roles for those workers to adapt to  customers' new shopping habits during the coronavirus pandemic. Twice as many Target employees will be dedicated to same-day curbside and in-store pickup of online purchases compared with the first half of the year. Distribution centers will have more workers than last holiday season to make sure stores don't run out of popular items. Some workers will focus on safety and cleaning. And across stores, employees will be cross-trained so they can switch from task to task as needed, from disinfecting shopping carts to helping with curbside pickup during peak hours. Cornell said its approach to staffing and serving customers over the holidays will emphasize flexibility —...
    Bill Gates has said he is 'optimistic the pandemic won't last indefinitely' and predicts the United States will be 'back to normal' by the end of 2021.  The billionaire, a longtime philanthropist on issues of global healthcare and poverty, told Fox News host Chris Wallace in an Interview airing Sunday: 'If a vaccine approval comes by early next year as I expect, then by next summer the U.S. will be starting to go back to normal and by the end of the year our activities can be fairly normal.' America on Sunday neared 200,000 deaths from coronavirus with the University of Washington predicting the number of fatalities will nearly double by January. The virus continues to spread and there is currently no approved vaccine. But Gates added: 'You know, thank goodness vaccine technology was there, the funding came up, that the companies put their best people on it. That's why I'm optimistic...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New NYPD data shows bike and pedestrian deaths are down, but that may not be the case for long with a spike of cyclist fatalities in the first half of September.Pedestrian deaths have dropped 23% from 2019 and bicyclist deaths 19%, but it may be short lived."No one should face the choice of keeping yourself safe from the virus while exposing yourself to deadly risk," activist John Pitts said.Related: Speed limits reduced at 9 of the most dangerous streets in NYCHe says that's exactly the reason why his younger sister is no longer with us.Cyclist and activist Sarah Pitts, an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, took up cycling amid the pandemic. But after leaving a meeting with Black Lives Matter protesters early on September 7, tragedy struck."(She) was on her way home from that meeting when she was struck and killed," John Pitts said.She was...
    Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards This year, Christmas might not be so merry for the travel industry. While Labor Day travel was down only slightly this year, the upcoming winter holidays could be a different story. That's according to figures from vacation property management software firm Guesty. The firm found that Labor Day accommodations bookings were 5% lower than in 2019, but advance reservations for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve this year are off by 16%, 35% and 33%, respectively, compared with a year ago at this time. The difference could be tied to unknowns about where the pandemic is headed. "We have seen holiday bookings fluctuate month over month based on consumer confidence in regards to lifting restrictions and recovery and, on the flip side, wane when the virus gains traction," said Omer Rabin, Guesty's managing director, Americas. "As many assume that the colder seasons will result in an...
    New York (CNN Business)The number of speaking roles for non-White actors in major Hollywood films reached a record high in 2019, but on-screen representation for Latinos and women of color still lags far behind other groups, according to a new study.The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which examines diversity in the film and television industry every year, released its latest report on Thursday. The findings showed minorities starred in 32 of the top 100 films in the US last year — that's 40% higher than the notably low 13 minority leads in 2007, the program's inaugural year."The data from 2019 reveal that no significant increase over time in the depiction of underrepresented characters has occurred, although since 2007 the percentage of White characters has declined meaningfully," the study authors wrote in their analysis.Only 5% of the speaking roles in last year's top 100 movies went to Latino actors even though that...
    I re-created my NBA 2K20 player’s look in NBA 2K21 with ease, making this year’s story mode look like a direct sequel, albeit one where my guy has gone back to college to work his way up from nothing … again. Same player, same game, same story. For some reason, this still worked for me — until I pulled back into MyCareer, the mode which The Long Shadow, part narrative, part onboarding, gets new players fired up to play. Or maybe until I went over to MyTeam, the card-collection/fantasy sports mode tied into the currency system that also builds up a MyCareer run. NBA 2K21 doesn’t give me a better reason to spend my virtual paper there, either. Oh, don’t get me wrong: NBA 2K21 will still gobble up hours of my time, just like last year’s game. That’s the virtue and the shame of it all....
    London (CNN Business)Shinzo Abe announced plans on Friday to cut short his stint as Japan's prime minister, citing ill health — but the legacy of his economic policies will endure for decades.The backstory: Abe took office in 2012, promising to reinvigorate the world's third largest economy through massive monetary stimulus, increased government spending and structural economic reforms.The program has delivered mixed results. Falling prices were vanquished, but inflation has fallen short of the 2% target set by the Bank of Japan. The economy turned in several years of solid growth, but it wasn't able to shift into high gear before the coronavirus struck.Abe can't pin his program's shortcomings on Haruhiko Kuroda, who took control of the country's central bank in 2013 and won another five-year term in 2018. Under Kuroda's leadership, the Bank of Japan fired a "bazooka" that saw it push interest rates into negative territory, purchase waves of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The city needs more ambulances – Mayor Lori Lightfoot acknowledged the problem just last year. She told CBS 2 at the time that more ambulances were expected when the new Fire Department contract was finalized. That day has arrived, and guess what – there won’t be a single ambulance added. Not one. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar talked Wednesday night with the whistleblower who has been sounding the alarm on an ambulance shortage for years. “We know that we need more ambulances, and it’s my expectation, when we finalize a new fire contract, there will be more ambulances coming on line,” Mayor Lightfoot told Pam Zekman in December 2019. But the mayor’s new contract with the Chicago firefighters’ union doesn’t add a single additional ambulance to the streets, despite what she told our cameras last year. “Misled,” said CFD Paramedic Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice. “Promises not fulfilled.”...
    (CNN)Despite a sharp decrease in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration said the rate of guns found per passenger screened at airport security checkpoints last month was up three times over last year's figure.TSA said Monday that it discovered more than 300 guns in carry-on baggage nationwide in July, which it said is about 15.3 guns per million people screened. That's up from the rate of 5.1 guns per million people in July 2019 even though air passenger traffic is down 75%. The agency said about 80% of the firearms found in carry-on bags at checkpoints were loaded. Officers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport -- the world's busiest -- found 27 guns, or nearly one daily, in July. The numbers do not include weapons properly packed in checked baggage. Those weapons must be packed in a secured and hard-sided container and declared to airline officials when...
    VIDEO1:2701:27June home prices see largest monthly gain in seven yearsSquawk Box The first read on home prices in June is proving just how resilient the housing market has been in the face of an ongoing economic disaster. Strong demand for housing, much of it pushed by the coronavirus pandemic itself, is driving prices higher faster, but forecasters say that may not last. Nationally, home prices increased by 4.9% annually in June, a much greater gain than the 4.1% annual  rise in May, according to CoreLogic. Prices climbed 1% month to month, which is the fastest monthly gain for June since 2013. Prices got a boost from record low mortgage rates, which give buyers more purchasing power. The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage jumped up to 3.24% at the start of the month, but then fell precipitously, ending June at 2.94%, according to Mortgage News Daily. "Mortgage rates...
    Blue Apron’s financials finally look appetizing — but the company warned that its surprise profit won’t last. The New York-based meal-kit maker swung to a $1.1 million profit in the second quarter — a sharp turnaround from its year-ago loss of $7.7 million — as the coronavirus pandemic kept restaurants shuttered and consumers cooking at home. The eight year-old company, however, said demand will likely taper off next year and that it hopes to maintain “a portion of the [current] demand” through the end of 2020. Blue Apron expects third-quarter revenue to jump 13 percent in the current quarter, but warned it also expects a to post a quarterly loss as high as $18 million. Blue Apron shares — which have surged more than fivefold since the pandemic hit in mid-March — were off 6 percent at $13.24 in early Wednesday trades. Blue Apron said its subscription service –...
    Blue Apron’s financials finally look appetizing — but the company warned that its surprise profit won’t last. The New York-based meal-kit maker swung to a $1.1 million profit in the second quarter — a sharp turnaround from its year-ago loss of $7.7 million — as the coronavirus pandemic kept restaurants shuttered and consumers cooking at home. The eight year-old company, however, said demand will likely taper off next year and that it hopes to maintain “a portion of the [current] demand” through the end of 2020. Blue Apron expects third-quarter revenue to jump 13 percent in the current quarter, but warned it also expects a to post a quarterly loss as high as $18 million. Blue Apron shares — which have surged more than fivefold since the pandemic hit in mid-March — were off 6 percent at $13.24 in early Wednesday trades. Blue Apron said its subscription service – which...
    ROGER FEDERER dropped the latest hint he is considering retiring by admitting: "I'm at the end of my career." But he insisted there is still plenty of life in his 38-year-old body as he targets one last achievement, another Olympic gold medal. 4Roger Federer admitted he is nearing the end of his tennis career but is determined to win another Olympic medal before retiringCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd The veteran star, who turns 39 in August, will miss the remainder of the 2020 season when it restarts. He underwent surgery on his problematic right knee in February but had to have a second op when his recovery was not going to plan. Speaking to SRFSport, Federer admitted he will call time on his incredible career when his body tells him enough is enough. He said: "It is already clear that I am at the end of my career. I cannot...
    LEICESTER, England — When the 2019-20 Premier League period is reviewed with a look at the history textbooks, it will search as however Manchester United built straightforward work of qualifying for the Champions League. Soon after all, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided his workforce to 3rd — the ideal of the relaxation just after Liverpool and Manchester Town — and they ended the campaign with a 4-point cushion amongst by themselves and fifth-placed Leicester in the race for that essential top rated-four finish. They say that the league table by no means lies, but on this celebration it may well have been a bit affordable with the real truth. 2 Similar United have struggled all period long to climb into the Champions League spots, and right after drawing at home to Liverpool on Oct 1, Solskjaer’s workforce experienced entered the Previous Trafford file guides for the mistaken causes by recording...
    Forget TikTok. There are better ways to protect Americans data from China America’s abandoned diners, restaurants and supermarkets An MMA veteran has one last shot at the UFC title but fights a guy who has already KOd him once, and is determined to do it again © Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Deiveson Figueiredo faces-off with Joseph Benavidez in front of Dana White. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez fight a flyweight rematch Saturday, and whoever wins will be awarded the UFC title. Figueiredo and Benavidez match-up for the second time this year, and though the UFC boss Dana White said it's cool to see Benavidez get another shot at a title, he recognizes this may be the last one. Benavidez is up against a guy who has already knocked him out once. And Figueiredo told the media...
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    Each year for 24 years in a row, my family has met for a week-long summer vacation in Ocean City, New Jersey. This year we made the decision to continue tradition through the coronavirus pandemic, and we took precautions to keep each other safe. While some of the beaches seemed overcrowded, I was pleasantly surprised with how comfortable the trip felt. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. OCEAN CITY, NJ — Each year for 24 years, including every summer since I was born in 1997, my family has met for a week-long vacation in Ocean City, New Jersey. We join forces from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York, and rent a two-story condo around the corner from the beach. While we've lost some and gained others over the years, the number of cousins, aunts, uncles, and significant others typically sits at about 16 loud, boisterous Italians. My cousins...
    Americans gave a near-record amount of money to charity last year, and that’s evidence that the Trump administration’s policies are spreading prosperity, the Treasury Department said recently. But longer-term research on charitable giving paints a different picture — one of growing economic inequality. “Total giving growth in 2019 was driven primarily by an increase in giving by individuals, which may reflect larger trends such as greater distribution of wealth,” the Treasury Department said in a recent announcement. Citing figures from the Giving USA report on charitable giving in 2019, the Treasury Department noted that Americans gave an estimated $449.64 billion to charity last year — a 2.4% increase from 2018 and the second highest amount on record when adjusted for inflation. Americans donated the largest amount ever in 2017. “The American people are among the most generous in the world,” said Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “President Trump’s pro-growth economic policies have...
    Protesters hold signs near the Yulin Dog Meat Festival as the annual fair takes place, in Yulin, China, June 22, 2020. Handoout/Du Yufeng/Bo Ai Animal Protection Center Beijing — China's annual dog meat festival is underway in the southwestern city of Yulin. This year, however, the fair is taking place with the backdrop of a coronavirus pandemic, and in defiance of a government initiative to improve animal welfare and reduce the risks associated with live animal markets. With rules and attitudes changing, activists hope this year could be the last for the Yulin dog meat festival. The 10-day fair was first held in 2009 to celebrate the summer solstice. It has attracted thousands of visitors every year, many of whom pick live dogs from cramped cages to cook and eat. Cat meat, fresh lychee fruits and liquor are also on offer. THIS REPORT INCLUDES GRAPHIC IMAGES OF DEAD ANIMALS...
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