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    By NICOLE WINFIELD and SAMYA KULLAB, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Francis to call it off, and the Iraqi government has every interest in showing off its relative stability by welcoming the first pope to the birthplace of Abraham. The March 5-8 trip will provide a sorely-needed spiritual boost to Iraq’s beleaguered Christians while furthering the Vatican’s bridge-building efforts with the Muslim world. But from a purely epidemiological standpoint, as well as the public health message it sends, a papal trip to Iraq amid a global pandemic is not advisable, health experts say. They note that wars, economic crises and an exodus of Iraqi professionals have devastated...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Francis to call it off, and the Iraqi government has every interest in showing off its relative stability by welcoming the first pope to the birthplace of Abraham. The March 5-8 trip will provide a sorely-needed spiritual boost to Iraq’s beleaguered Christians while furthering the Vatican’s bridge-building efforts with the Muslim world. But from a purely epidemiological standpoint, as well as the public health message it sends, a papal trip to Iraq amid a global pandemic is not advisable, health experts say. They note that wars, economic crises and an exodus of Iraqi professionals have devastated the country’s hospital system, while studies...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – CareWell Urgent Care clinics have notified some patients that appointments for their second COVID-19 vaccine will be postponed, if not canceled altogether. “They told us they weren’t going to have second doses available,” said Judy Weinstock of Cambridge. READ MORE: Rep. Pressley, Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition Praise Reggie Lewis Centers Mass Vaccination Site She and her husband, Doug Weinstock, received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine last week – only to be told days later by their physician that they couldn’t secure their second shots. “They couldn’t guarantee because they didn’t have second doses in stock and they didn’t know if DPH would be giving them any more,” said Doug Weinstock. CareWell Urgent Care CEO, Shaun Ginter, released this statement, blaming the state for a vaccine supply shortage: “We have been following the news reports about vaccination anxieties. First, we apologize for any additional stress people...
    LITTLE TOKYO, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a vandalism incident that happened at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo on Thursday night.Authorities found charred wooden stands, lanterns knocked over and a broken glass door - which has now been boarded up - at the scene."We're obviously shocked. We've never had anything of this instance. But we're concerned in terms of the safety of the community," said David Ikeda, a board member at the temple.Ikeda said vandalism incidents have happened in the past like graffiti, but nothing to this extent. When they looked at surveillance video, he said they've never seen the suspect before."It was a scary situation," said Ikeda. "We really appreciate the support of the community and we just don't want to see it escalate. And we want to see if people can work together, as opposed to all of this...
    “We must use this opportunity and focus on solutions so that everyone fulfills their commitments”, added the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at the start of a second day of the summit European Union devoted to security and defense. This desire for dialogue is “in line with the wish expressed by the new Biden administration”, he observed. Iran began Tuesday to restrict inspections of its nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), failing to obtain the lifting of US sanctions, a decision deemed “dangerous” by European signatories who are trying to save the 2015 agreement. In response to the American withdrawal from this agreement under the Trump administration, the Islamic Republic has gradually freed itself since 2019 from many limitations that it had agreed to impose on its nuclear program in exchange for a reduction in retaliation against it. . Iran notably announced...
    Republican voters are more concerned about illegal immigration to the United States than any other issue, including the economic damage caused by the Chinese coronavirus crisis, a new survey reveals. A survey by Echelon Insights finds that above all other issues, illegal immigration concerns Republican voters the most. When asked to rank issues by level of concern, nearly 6-in-10 Republicans said they are “extremely concerned” about illegal immigration, while 22 percent said they are “very concerned.” Another seven percent of Republicans said they are “somewhat concerned” about illegal immigration. The second most concerning issue to Republicans is anti-law enforcement rhetoric. About 59 percent said they were extremely concerned about the issue, 20 percent said they were very concerned, and 14 percent said they were somewhat concerned. The two issues, along with higher taxes on the middle class and liberal bias in the establishment media, are more concerning to Republican voters...
    (CBS4/CNN) — New information reveals the Federal Aviation Administration had concerns about the plane engine that exploded during a United Airlines flight over Broomfield last weekend. United Flight 328 suffered engine failure Saturday shortly after takeoff. READ MORE: Metal Fatigue A Factor In United Airlines Flight 328 Engine Failure The FAA had a meeting, just days before the explosion, to talk about requiring more frequent inspections for those specific engines, according to CNN. (credit: CBS) The united flight had just taken off from Denver International Airport when the right-side Pratt and Whitney  PW4000 engine shredded. READ MORE: Exclusive: New Photos Of United Plane Show Hole Torn In Fuselage Regulators were requiring fan blade wear and tear inspections every 6,500 cycles — with one cycle being every time the engine is turned on. The source cited by CNN says the one that failed over Broomfield was quote “far short” of 6,500. On...
    Twenty departments are under reinforced surveillance in France due to a worrying epidemiological and hospital situation, announced Jean Castex. In the event of deterioration in these departments, new restrictive measures will be taken “on the weekend of March 6,” said the Prime Minister during a press conference given this Thursday, February 25. In the meantime, Matignon will conduct “consultations” with the prefects and local elected officials of the areas concerned. During these discussions, braking measures such as those introduced in Nice or Dunkirk, with containment at weekends, will be studied for these territories. They could thus concern the whole of Ile-de-France, and will be implemented next week if the situation continues to deteriorate, he added. Among the departments concerned, those of the North but also Ile-de-France, as shown by the map of the incidence rates of Public Health France which listed eleven metropolitan departments and three overseas. On Twitter,...
    A Echelon Insights poll shows that Republican priorities surround the big issues of the day, while Democrat concerns are focused almost solely on hating Republicans. Echelon polled 1,005 registered voters between February 12 and 18 and found the following… Starting with the most concerned, the top issues of concern for Republican voters are illegal immigration, lack of support for police, high taxes, left-wing media bias, the moral decline of the country, socialism, Antifa, China, late-term abortion, election fraud, tech censorship, and discrimination against Christians. To put this in perspective, 81 percent of Republicans are extremely/very concerned with illegal immigration. The bottom issue on this poll, Christian discrimination, still has 57 percent extremely/very concerned. Starting with the most concerned, the top issues of concern for Democrat voters are — no joke — Trump supporters, white nationalism, systemic racism, gun violence, healthcare coverage, domestic terror, police brutality, discrimination against the alphabet people,...
    A passenger using a face mask shows her passport and boarding pass to an employee in a security checkpoint at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota on September 1, 2020.DANIEL MUNOZ | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Public health officials and civil liberty organizations are urging policymakers to resist calls for coronavirus vaccine passports, at a time when many countries are in the process of reviewing whether to introduce digital passes. The U.S., U.K. and European Union are among those considering whether to introduce a digital passport that will allow citizens to show they have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The certificate system could be used for traveling abroad, as well as to grant access to venues such as restaurants and bars. It is thought a digital passport could help stimulate an economic recovery as countries prepare to relax public health measures over the coming weeks. The ailing...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday joined the United States in expressing concern over Malaysia's mass deportation this week of Myanmar nationals after a military coup in defiance of a court order halting the plan. Malaysia on Tuesday sent 1,086 Myanmar nationals back on three navy ships sent by Myanmar, a move rights groups said could endanger the deportees' lives. The activists had said asylum-seekers were among those who were set to be deported, including from the Chin, Kachin and people who came to Malaysia fleeing conflict and persecution at home. Malaysia said it did not send back asylum-seekers or Rohingya refugees. The European Union said it "deeply regretted" Malaysian authorities' move to proceed with the deportation despite the court order and was also concerned by the use of naval vessels. "We would have expected the Malaysian authorities to respect the decision of the Malaysian court, and...
    Democrats are more concerned about former President Donald Trump’s supporters than they are about white nationalism or systemic racism. According to a new poll from Echelon Insights, 82% of Democrats said that Trump’s supporters were their chief concern. The same poll indicated that 79% of Democrats viewed white nationalism as a major issue, and 77% were worried about systemic racism. Gun violence (76%) and Americans lacking health insurance (75%) rounded out the top five issues. (RELATED: Nearly 3/4 Of Voters Think America Is On The Wrong Track, Poll Shows) Of issues we asked ONLY of Democrats, their biggest concern is Donald Trump’s supporters. pic.twitter.com/4MpbmtfB6u — Kristen Soltis Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) February 24, 2021 The same poll found that Republicans were most concerned about illegal immigration (81%) and a lack of support for law enforcement (79%). The top five issues also included high taxes (77%), bias in media (75%) and the...
    How Texass deregulated market for power led to exorbitant electric bills Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce foreign citizenship in exchange for bail Golf legend Jack Nicklaus and US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau were among a shocked golf world praying for Tiger Woods on Tuesday as the 15-time major champion was undergoing surgery for multiple leg injuries following a solo car crash near Los Angeles. © ROBYN BECK Tigers Woods' solo car smash in Rancho Palos Verdes, 31 kilometres southwest of Los Angeles (50 miles) has sent shock waves through the sporting world Nicklaus, the only player to win more majors than Woods with 18, was shocked to learn of the accident. "Barbara and I just heard about Tiger's accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned," Nicklaus tweeted. "We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger...
    The UN's atomic watchdog has today said that it is 'deeply concerned' by the possible presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site in Iran. 'The agency is deeply concerned that undeclared nuclear material may have been present at this undeclared location and that such nuclear material remains unreported by Iran under its safeguards agreement,' a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency said.  Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is now more than 14 times over the limit set down in its 2015 deal with world powers, the UN's nuclear agency said. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) meets with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi (right) in Tehran, Iran, February 21, 2021 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Boris Johnson claims he quit journalism for politics because... Boris under more pressure to put his foot down on 'road to... ...
    IBIZA Weekender's Vidmante Bukelyte has been missing for five days after meeting a mysterious secret man as concerned pals appealed for help to find her. The reality TV star, 21, was last seen on Thursday night in the Kensington area of Liverpool. 4Vidmante Bukelyte has been missing for five days after meeting a mystery man, say palsCredit: Instagram/@vidmantytee Pals said her disappearance is "unusual" and urged anyone with information to contact the police. Her best friend Paul McCabe said she had stayed with a 'man with a van' and is thought to have left his house at 2am on Friday. Paul said: "It is very unusual behaviour and very out of character as she would never be off her phone as it's her life. "The phone hasn't been on since Thursday which is very concerning for the people who know her. 'WE ARE AT A LOSS' "We are at...
    (CNN)New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the NHL team, the Rangers announced Monday. The Russian star is "shaken and concerned" following "unfounded allegations" made against him, according to a team statement posted to Twitter.The statement refers to a report from Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in which a former coach of Panarin's alleges that Panarin assaulted a woman in a Latvian bar in 2011."Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story," Rangers officials said in the statement. "This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events."The Rangers said Panarin, 29, is a target for intimidation due to his political opinions, which have been critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.Read MorePanarin recently made a social media post in support of jailed Putin opposition leader Alexey Navalny.CNN has reached out to the...
    IBIZA Weekender’s Vidmante Bukelyte has been missing for five days after meeting a mysterious secret man as concerned pals appealed for help to find her. The reality TV star, 21, was last seen on Thursday night in the Kensington area of Liverpool. Instagram/@vidmantytee 4 Vidmante Bukelyte has been missing for five days after meeting a mystery man, say pals Pals said her disappearance is “unusual” and urged anyone with information to contact the police. Her best friend Paul McCabe said she had stayed with a ‘man with a van’ and is thought to have left his house at 2am on Friday. Paul said: “It is very unusual behaviour and very out of character as she would never be off her phone as it’s her life. “The phone hasn’t been on since Thursday which is very concerning for the people who know her. ‘WE ARE AT A LOSS’ “We...
    PORT ST. LUCIE — Francisco Lindor may be a (smiling) face of baseball, but he is not a fan of the direction in which the game is heading. The Mets’ new shortstop, who was elected to the executive subcommittee of the MLB Players Association over the offseason, voiced his concerns on Monday that analytics were “taking over the game too much” and diminishing the product. “Analytics are great, they’re good. But they don’t need to take over the game,” Lindor said after the Mets’ first full-squad workout of spring training. “That’s something that’s just — it’s not right. Let the players play the game.” Lindor, who also pointed to MLB’s revenue sharing program as “rewarding teams for losing,” was most passionate when asked about the parts of analytics he hated the most. The four-time All-Star said he was not a fan of the shift and prefers to let his own...
    Washington Post politics reporter Dave Weigel appeared to dismiss the ongoing controversy surrounding the FISA abuse scandal as a matter that is only "obsessed" over by the GOP.  During the Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. grilled him about the 2019 report issued by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Garland told Graham that one of his takeaways from the report was that there were "very serious problems" with the FISA application process when it came to surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  "I intend, if I am confirmed, to speak more deeply and directly with Mr. Horowitz, the inspector general, about this and with [FBI] Director Wray and make sure that these [reform recommendations] and any other that are necessary to be done," Garland said. "I am always concerned and I've always been concerned that we be very careful about FISA." MEDIA CONTINUES TO EQUATE CRUZ VACATION 'SCANDAL' TO ALLEGED...
    More On: new york mets Fred Wilpon makes an appearance at Mets spring training Mets star ready to ‘play everywhere’ this season Francisco Lindor’s contract looms large at Mets spring training Mets president makes wisecrack about former star PORT ST. LUCIE — Francisco Lindor may be a (smiling) face of baseball, but he is not a fan of the direction in which the game is heading. The Mets’ new shortstop, who was elected to the executive subcommittee of the MLB Players Association over the offseason, voiced his concerns on Monday that analytics were “taking over the game too much” and diminishing the product. “Analytics are great, they’re good. But they don’t need to take over the game,” Lindor said after the Mets’ first full-squad workout of spring training. “That’s something that’s just — it’s not right. Let the players play the game.” Lindor, who also pointed to MLB’s revenue...
    The group Concerned Women for America released a comprehensive state-by-state analysis examining election integrity, issuing an Election Integrity Rating (EIR) for every state based on a number of key factors, including voter identification, ballot harvesting, absentee and mail-in voting, and absentee ballot verification. The group, which describes itself as promoting “Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, education, and advocacy,” provided a U.S. map showing each state with its corresponding EIR. An “A” rating, per the group, is any state garnering over 90 percent. The final ranking is based on numerous factors related to voter ID laws and the way the states handle mail-in voting. Voter identification, for example, is broken down into four categories. A state receives four stars — the highest ranking — if it has “strict” photo ID requirements. “Voters without proper ID will have to vote on a provisional ballot and take further steps for their vote to be...
    Former D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, said Monday that he is “very concerned” about “foreign terrorist organizations” targeting America. Garland expressed his concerns during the first day of his confirmation hearing, where he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Garland whether he is worried “that Al Qaeda and ISIS types” will “try to hit” America again, particularly in light of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I am very concerned that foreign terrorist organizations will try to hit us again, yes,” Garland replied. “I don’t know enough at this point about the capabilities of those two but it really does not matter which foreign terrorists – the terrible thing is the attack. As I said in my opening statement, with all of the other things the Justice Department has...
    The World Health Organization reports the first recorded case of H5N8 avian influenza transmission from birds to humans. Another serious danger. A year ago the world was completely oblivious to the terms « Covid-19 » and « SARS-CoV-2 ». It could well be said that now everyone knows them, and today an uncomfortable feeling of déjà vu arises with bird flu H5N8. This kind of influenza exclusive to birds (originally) has just been detected for the first time in humans back in Russia. So the World Health Organization (WHO) has sprung into action to find out the details of this historic contagion case. H5N8 Avian Influenza: How It Happened According to a report by Bloomberg, the Russian authorities have detected what would be a case of « human infection by avian influenza H5N8 », their analysis confirmed to the WHO itself. The importance of this is that if the presence of the strain is confirmed...
    CHICAGO (CBS Chicago/CBS News) — Concerned Chicagoans are reaching out to Texans who are struggling after deadly winter storms. Those Chicagoans are asking for your help. READ MORE: Center Receives Grant Of Nearly $700,000 For Work Preserving Legacy Of Emmett Till A group of business and community leaders is launching a citywide donation drive for storm victims. They are asking for food, water, juice, and nonperishable items. The drop-off location is the Jewel-Osco store at 119th Street and Marshfield Avenue. Trucks are leaving on Wednesday. They are expected to arrive at a church in Dallas late Thursday night for distribution to thousands of people on Friday. President Joe Biden has declared that Texas is experiencing a major disaster. As of Saturday morning, the storm had been linked to at least 27 deaths in the state, and food and safe drinking water was in short supply for millions of Texans. With...
    Maryland is currently considering legislation that would ban single-use plastic bags. But some say the pandemic is complicating things. Retailers in Maryland say a nationwide shortage of paper bags could make banning plastic bags difficult. Some manufacturers have switched from making paper bags to making personal protective equipment since the pandemic. “They’re not capable of producing either paper or reusable bags at a level that we’re going to need to get to here really quickly,” said Cailey Locklair, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “We just didn’t really have the infrastructure to all of a sudden handle laws across the country that would ban plastic and then move everybody back toward paper.” Locklair said she agrees a plastic bag ban is necessary for the environment but wants retailers to be allowed to charge for paper bags. On top of the supply issue, she said some stores are concerned about the cleanliness...
    The FAA seems satisfied with its investigations into Elon Musk’s last two SpaceX Starship tests, each of which ended in an explosive crash, and the conclusion of those investigations should clear the way for a new SN10 flight in the very near future. Late last month, we broke the news that SpaceX had violated its launch license with its Starship SN8 launch in December, but an FAA spokesperson now says that matter has already been settled, according to CNN’s Jackie Wattles. As for the SN9, which similarly exploded during a landing attempt on February 2nd, the FAA says it “failed within the bounds of the FAA safety analysis” and “its unsuccessful landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property.” “The FAA provided oversight of the SN9 mishap investigation conducted by SpaceX. The SN9 vehicle failed within the bounds of the FAA safety analysis. Its unsuccessful landing and explosion...
    LIVERMORE — A charter airline could be moving to the Livermore Municipal Airport, but some nearby neighbors are worried about the noise from more planes — especially a Boeing 737 that would be stored there. KaiserAir, a charter air service currently based at the Oakland International Airport, wants to move its headquarters to the Livermore airport. The plan submitted to the city would be for a fixed base operator (a business granted the rights to operate on airport grounds), with a hangar that would house its planes, including a Boeing 737. The project proposes phasing in development of 45 acres of land at the airport, including a terminal complex, corporate office space for the company’s 30 to 40 employees, an aircraft maintenance facility, fuel storage, parking and space for six KaiserAir corporate aircraft. The development, an estimated $15 million to $18 million investment, would include relocation of the company’s corporate...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — U.N. human rights experts have urged India to ensure that the rights of people in Kashmir are safeguarded after New Delhi stripped the disputed region’s semi-autonomous status and imposed a slew of administrative changes through new laws. Two experts for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement that the changes “could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslims and other minorities” and expressed concerns about demographic changes in the region. The statement late Thursday came as diplomats from more than 20 countries stationed in India’s capital concluded a two-day visit to the region. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava deplored the experts’ statement and said they had sent the government a questionnaire on Feb. 10 and “did not even wait for our response.” “Instead, they chose to release their inaccurate assumptions to the media,” he said,...
    The United States is concerned that China's recently enacted coast guard law could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the U.S. State Department said Friday.  China, which has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea, passed a law last month that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels.  FILE - U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds a news briefing at the State Department, Feb. 17, 2021.State Department spokesman Ned Price told a regular briefing that Washington was "concerned by language in the law that expressly ties the potential use of force, including armed force, by the China coast guard to the enforcement of China's claims, and ongoing territorial and maritime disputes in the East and South China seas."  He said language "strongly implies this...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is concerned by China's recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. China, which has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea, passed a law last month that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels. State Department spokesman Ned Price told a regular briefing Washington was "concerned by language in the law that expressly ties the potential use of force, including armed force, by the China coast guard to the enforcement of China's claims, and ongoing territorial and maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas." He said language, "strongly implies this law could be used to intimidate (China's) maritime neighbors." "We are further...
    VIDEO6:2706:27Fed's Williams: Not concerned about stimulus being excessive right nowThe Exchange New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said Friday that high prices for stocks and other assets are justified in light of a growing economy and low interest rate landscape. With stocks pushing to new heights on valuations not seen in decades, and as corporate bond yields plunge, the central bank official said he's not worried about current pricing. "Market participants and investors around the world are looking ahead through this year and looking into an economy that hopefully have a pretty robust recovery and a strong expansion over the next several years, which would support stronger valuations," Williams told CNBC's Steve Liesman during an interview on "The Exchange." Major averages have managed to build on 2020's gains despite some nerve-jangling volatility. Fed policy of low rates and continued asset purchases often is cited as a driving factor in...
    Thursday, during an appearance on FNC’s “Fox News Primetime,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) responded to critics taking exception to her firearm display during a virtual Natural Resources Committee organizing meeting. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) tweeted her concern about Boebert’s display. I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background… ???????????? #SafeStorage pic.twitter.com/uveXvGfafu — Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) February 18, 2021 The Colorado lawmaker suggested Porter do her dishes in her response. “Nothing about my display was the storage of firearms, those were absolutely ready to use,” she said. “They were in my possession. And so, it’s kind of alarming that she has so many dishes in her sink collecting bacteria. Do your dishes, hon. I’m a mom of four and now a Congresswoman, and my sink is empty. And so maybe she needs some extra help there at home. But...
    By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press SRINAGAR, India (AP) — U.N. human rights experts have urged India to ensure that the rights of people in Kashmir are safeguarded after New Delhi stripped the disputed region’s semi-autonomous status and imposed a slew of administrative changes through new laws. Two experts for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement that the changes “could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslims and other minorities” and expressed concerns about demographic changes in the region. The statement late Thursday came as diplomats from more than 20 countries stationed in India’s capital concluded a two-day visit to the region. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava deplored the experts' statement and said they had sent the government a questionnaire on Feb. 10 and “did not even wait for our response.” “Instead, they chose to release their inaccurate assumptions...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — A friend of the businessman whose nonprofit is poised to acquire The Baltimore Sun newspaper said that he views journalism as a foundation of American democracy. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Stewart Bainum Jr. is worried that American democracy could be eroding. He believes that building a successful nonprofit news model could help to preserve it. The Sun spoke to Baltimore entrepreneur Mike Rosenbaum. He has known Bainum since 2014. Rosenbaum said he expects Bainum to invest in the news business “to really make it fly and thrive.” Bainum is chairman of Choice Hotels International, a business founded by his father The newspaper chain Tribune Publishing plans to sell its newspapers to Alden Global Capital for $630 million. But as part of the deal, Alden signed a “nonbinding term sheet” to sell The Sun to a nonprofit institute established by Bainum. The deal between Alden and...
    Tens of thousands of immigrants turned away at the southern U.S. border soon could see their denials reinstated under a policy change by President Joe Biden's administration. Arizona officials have told Gov. Doug Ducey they’re concerned over potential increases in COVID-19 infections and crime as a result of the change. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced last week the agency would start the first phase of Biden’s plan to restore processing immigrants who previously had been under investigation. “As President Biden has made clear, the U.S. government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system,” Mayorkas said in a news release. “This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation’s values.” Specifically, the Biden administration would be reversing the Migrant Protection Protocols, a process initiated by former President Donald Trump that saw...
    CAIRO (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen said Friday it was “extremely concerned” by the recent escalation of violence between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and government forces in in the oil-rich Marib province. “The ICRC urges all parties to the conflict to take every possible measure to protect the civilians, their properties and all civilian essential infrastructures,” the humanitarian agency tweeted. The ICRC said it has provided medical supplies, including surgical kits, to hospitals treating the wounded, vowing to continue with the provision of medical needs. Earlier this month, Houthi rebels renewed their attacks on Marib, the last anti-Houthi stronghold in central Yemen. Advances stalled however amid stiff resistance and airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition that opposes them. The latest bout of violence killed dozens of fighters, mostly Houthis, and sparked fears of a new humanitarian crisis. Marib province has served as a sort of haven...
    The New York Times Are you clenching your teeth? A guard does not always solve bruxism Some experts say that teeth grinding is a behavior rather than a disorder, and that the dentist’s chair is not the best place to tackle it. Everyday stressors such as handing in a report at work, breaking down the refrigerator, or the dog vomiting, sometimes make you want to grit your teeth. But if you add to that a pandemic, economic uncertainty and political turmoil, the jaw may begin to strain: clench and grind your teeth with up to 113 kilos of force. Dentists have reported an increase in patients with tooth fractures since the beginning of the pandemic, which they attribute to bruxism, the technical term for grinding or clenching the teeth. Bruxism, which is believed to be precipitated or aggravated by stress and anxiety, is largely unconscious and often occurs during sleep....
    New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole and other baseball players will be pushing for changes that make more teams competitive as they think about looming labor negotiations that could lead to a work stoppage at the start of 2022. Many veterans who are not top stars have taken substantial paycuts in recent years. Others have turned down cuts and retired. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The players’ association is upset that some teams have lowered major league payroll in favor of rebuilding with youth, a process it calls tanking and that management defends as long-allowed refocusing on retooling for long-term gain. "For me, it just goes back to competitiveness," Cole said Thursday. "We have a lot of great veterans that offer great entertainment, a quality style of baseball, that continuously are being pushed out because of surplus value on younger players is too high — the analytics...
    By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole and other baseball players will be pushing for changes that make more teams competitive as they think about looming labor negotiations that could lead to a work stoppage at the start of 2022. Many veterans who are not top stars have taken substantial paycuts in recent years. Others have turned down cuts and retired. The players’ association is upset that some teams have lowered major league payroll in favor of rebuilding with youth, a process it calls tanking and that management defends as long-allowed refocusing on retooling for long-term gain. “For me, it just goes back to competitiveness,” Cole said Thursday. “We have a lot of great veterans that offer great entertainment, a quality style of baseball, that continuously are being pushed out because of surplus value on younger players is too high — the analytics are driving...
    New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole and other baseball players will be pushing for changes that make more teams competitive as they think about looming labor negotiations that could lead to a work stoppage at the start of 2022. Many veterans who are not top stars have taken substantial paycuts in recent years. Others have turned down cuts and retired. The players’ association is upset that some teams have lowered major league payroll in favor of rebuilding with youth, a process it calls tanking and that management defends as long-allowed refocusing on retooling for long-term gain. “For me, it just goes back to competitiveness,” Cole said Thursday. “We have a lot of great veterans that offer great entertainment, a quality style of baseball, that continuously are being pushed out because of surplus value on younger players is too high — the analytics are driving the game in that direction. And...
    EFE videos Vaccination puts a face on the invisible cleaning staff in Colombia Barranquilla (Colombia), Feb 18 (EFE) .- Liseidis Pérez, a 42-year-old hospital cleaning worker, was the first vaccinated this Thursday against covid-19 in the Colombian city of Barranquilla, a recognition of selfless and invisible work of people also facing the pandemic. The first phase of vaccination in Colombia, which began yesterday, is aimed at first-line health personnel, which includes doctors, nurses and assistants, but also cleaning personnel who also risk their lives daily in clinics and hospitals to prevent the spread of the virus. Pérez is dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting the intensive care units (ICU) of the Adelita de Char hospital, one of the eight “Caminos” (Comprehensive Oportunity Medical Attention Centers), public institutions of medium complexity where people from the sectors most vulnerable in Barranquilla. “Today I want to give a very special recognition to Liseidis Pérez,...
    The Conversation Spain Brexit, the never ending story Shutterstock / rawf8 Four and a half years after the start of negotiations that brought down governments and shaken markets, on January 1 Brexit finally became a reality. After 47 years of British presence in the EU, the terms of separation were agreed broadly. But both parties will continue to haggle over the small details of the first departure of a member state of the community family. Many warn that the deal may turn into endless Brexit. The divorce has been harder than soft, since it was decided that the former partners maintained a controlled relationship. The UK barely got any concessions: its financial services do not enjoy special access, there is no automatic recognition of academic qualifications, very onerous import requirements have been imposed on some of its products and regulations that could damage many supply chains British production and logistics...
    Wednesday during an appearance on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) warned of extraordinary actions House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was attempting to implement and using the January 6 incident as justification, including tasking retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré to review Capitol Hill security. Honoré, as host Tucker Carlson pointed out, has liberal views on policy and has made derogatory statements about conservatives. According to the Missouri Republican lawmaker, Pelosi’s efforts showed an effort to seize power. “This is somebody, this particular General who has been retired now for a while, and I don’t question his service to our country at all, Tucker. I applaud him for it,” Hawley said. “But he has been a partisan, a dedicated partisan, that’s putting it mildly since he left the military, an extreme left-wing Democrat. And you could just see it in the comments that he’s made.” “But I’m...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — New figures from the Centers for Disease Control show that Florida continues to lead the nation in the number of COVID-19 variant cases out of the United Kingdom and medical experts are telling CBS4 they are extremely concerned. Florida has twice as many cases as California and the numbers have nearly doubled in a week. RELATED: This Pillow Fight Just Got Very Real: Parkland Survivor David Hogg Starting Pillow Company To Rival MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell The CDC said Florida has 379 such cases, ahead of California and Texas, which have 189 and 49 cases respectively. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade told CBS4 that 69 of those cases are in Miami-Dade County. Experts say that is a significant increase from a week ago when the CDC said Florida had 201 confirmed cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variant cases out of the U.K., with 57...
            by Isaac Willour  One University of Minnesota official has “unbridled discretion” to grant preferential treatment to favored student groups, and it’s causing big problems for conservative students. A federal judge cited this red flag in refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by students Evan and Isaac Smith, along with the unregistered student group Viewpoint Neutrality Now! U.S District Judge Patrick Schiltz frowned on other claims in their lawsuit from last spring, however. He found that the university’s limits on which groups can apply for larger sums of “student services” fees, and which are eligible for free office space, are viewpoint-neutral. Students pay nearly $900 each academic year in these fees. The plaintiffs certainly haven’t provided First Amendment precedents on why they have the right to “appeal the very fact that the University has, through its adoption of various policies, created a limited public forum and restricted it to certain...
    ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (KDKA) — Some Aliquippa residents continue to express concerns about alleged lead levels in their drinking water. Back in September, KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller first introduced you to McMinn Street homeowner Gerald Schill. He feared for his health and wanted his lead service line replaced. RELATED: Ross Township Approves Using Community Center For 6-Day-A-Week Coronavirus Vaccine Site The Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa acted fast and got to work the next day. Schill thought he put the worst behind him but received a letter in the mail. “Your level is 51.4 ppb,” said Schill. He read KDKA’s Meghan Schiller the latest letter sent to his home from the MWAA and said he feels dumbfounded. “I was amazed, just shocked,” Schill said. The MWAA collected a water sample in the late summer that measured his water’s lead at 48.4 ppb. For context, 15 ppb is the EPA’s recommended action...
    Apolonia Amayo Puebla / 16.02.2021 17:39:26 The blackout that lasted for more than two hours in Tehuacán, generated problems in industrial processes, as well as in other services, an interruption that occurred because the energy system in the country is not optimal, declared the president of COPARMEX Tehuacan, Juan Nicolás Pares. Until this Tuesday, the effects that local companies had due to the suspension in the electricity supply that occurred both in neighborhoods and in subdivisions located southeast of this city are unknown. He detailed that Federal electricity commission generates energy with natural gas and fuels, in the case of the first, he mentioned that the pipes were frozen and there is a serious problem in the supply of natural gas in the country, that is why these days the energies that have been doing strong in the north of the national territory, are alternative energies, because fossil...
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci, who now serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said that he was concerned about catching the coronavirus when he was working for former President Donald Trump’s administration, especially considering the Trump White House’s disdain for wearing masks. “Multiple people in trump’s orbit got infected, including the president himself, the First Lady, and their son,” said CNN Newsroom anchor Brianna Keilar. “At 80 years old, Fauci is considered high risk for a severe coronavirus infection.” “I think you’d have to be oblivious not to consider the fact that if you get infected, that you are already in a category of someone who has a high risk of having a serious outcome,” said Fauci in a video interview with Axios. “I didn’t fixate on that, but it was in the back of my mind. Because I had to be out there.” Fauci added that he was particularly concerned when he was at the White House every day,...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Friends of a Hollywood woman who has been missing for four days have asked for the public’s help in finding her. On Thursday, 21-year-old Noemi Bolivar left her home after 4 p.m. to go for a walk and was last seen around 6 p.m. at Ann Kolb Nature Center Park near Hollywood Beach, according to the Missing Person Support Center. RELATED: Mutilated Pelicans Found At Florida Pier Dubbed Death Row RELATED: Man Struck, Killed While Walking Along I-95 Hollywood police pinged her cell phone at 10 p.m. and it came back as being near 2300 S Ocean Drive on or near the Hollywood Broadwalk, according to the woman’s friends. An hour later they pinged it again and the signal indicated it to be near 2300 N Ocean Drive, according to friends. They said it was uncharacteristic of her to leave like this and they...
    The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. VS‘It is essentially the respect for proportionality that concerns the European Commission in the Belgian ban on non-essential travel, a spokesperson for the European executive said on Monday. The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. “There were still contacts between the office of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and that of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The question of proportionality is important to us, and we have some concerns regarding the measures in Belgium. We are staying in touch and will take the necessary measures, ”commented spokesperson Christian Wigand. The Belgian ban on non-essential travel does not comply with the recommendations that the Member...
    BOSTON (CBS) – February vacation is underway in Massachusetts, and people from health officials to school administrators are urging families to approach to the time off with caution to prevent a rise in COVID cases. According to the TSA, there were more than one million people getting on flights Friday alone. RELATED: Man Hospitalized After Shooting Along Interstate 93 In Boston The president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association said recently that educators are anxious about this week, mainly because of new COVID variants. Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education told families last week they should do whatever they can to limit travel. The concern stems from spikes in coronavirus cases seen after Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks that prevented schools from being able to open up more robustly. RELATED: Police Investigate For Hours Outside Salem Restaurant Health experts recommend anyone taking a trip this week only...
    Loading the player... According to CNN, multiple people have reported that former President Donald Trump has privately expressed fears that he could face charges as a result of the January 6 riot he’s accused of inciting. Trump has been noticeably quiet since leaving the White House last month. Although his silence can be attributed to being banned from social media, it is also related to concerns of facing criminal charges. (Credit: Trump) “He’s worried about it,” an adviser close to the former president told CNN. Read More: Nikki Haley publicly criticizes Trump for Capitol riots As previously reported by theGrio, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted to acquit Trump at the end of the Senate impeachment trial, but he blamed Trump’s actions and rhetoric for sparking the attack on the US Capitol. “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the...
    White House aides are reportedly concerned about the ethical implications of Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece allegedly using her aunt’s fame to promote her personal brand. “Some things can’t be undone,” an anonymous White House official speaking about 36-year-old Meena Harris reportedly said, according to the New York Post. “That being said: Behavior needs to change,” the official noted. In January, Meena flew to the inauguration in a private plane owned by a Biden donor and also wrote a book about her aunt and mother, titled Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, according to a Fox News report: The book was published in June 2020, before Kamala was vice president, and thus breaks no laws. But White House officials told Politico the book couldn’t have been published today because it uses Kamala’s name and likeness. It’s unclear whether Meena is allowed to continue to draw royalties for the book, and she...
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) addresses reporters in the Capitol on February 10, 2021.Greg Nash/CNP via ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Republicans who voted Saturday to convict former President Donald Trump with inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol, explained her decision in a scathing statement Sunday morning.  “The facts make clear that the violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising,” Murkowski said. “President Trump had set the stage months before the 2020 election by stating repeatedly that the election was rigged, casting doubt into the minds of the American people about the fairness of the election.” In her more than 800 word statement, Murkowski outlines Trump’s lies after election day about...
    JOE Biden’s administration has said it has “deep concerns” that the Chinese government may have interfered in the World Health Organization’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement Saturday: “We have deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the Covid-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them. 4Jake Sullivan said there were 'deep concerns' over the findings of the WHO reportCredit: Rex Features 4Peter Daszak, a US member of the WHO team, had previously hit out at the Biden administrationCredit: EPA “It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government,” he said. “To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak.” The comments from the...
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            by Scott McClallen  On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled a $67 billion state budget aiming to recover the state from the COVID-19 pandemic by boosting education, infrastructure, and public health spending. She proposed $570 million to address learning loss added to a $162-per-student, or 2% increase in base aid for most traditional districts. Her education budget includes: $203 million to increase base per-pupil funding to $8,275 for districts at the minimum ($164 per-pupil increase) and $8,611 for districts at the maximum ($82 per-pupil increase), reducing the gap disparity to $336 per pupil. $250 million in one-time supplemental funding to support student recovery $200 million in one-time spending for declining enrollment to stabilize budgets for districts experiencing losses $120 million total for students to attend summer school, after school learning, day camps But while Whitmer said she wants kids back in in-person instruction, she didn’t include...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Seniors 65 and older, along with health care workers, can now head to Walmart to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “There will be 119 Walmart stores across 34 counties that will begin offering COVID vaccines for senior citizens,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday. RELATED: This Pillow Fight Just Got Very Real: Parkland Survivor David Hogg Starting Pillow Company To Rival MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Twenty-five thousand doses of the vaccine are being split up among select Florida Walmarts. That’s in addition to the 325,000 doses the governor said they received this week. In hard-hit Miami-Dade County, only two Walmart locations are getting the vaccine – one site in Hialeah and one in Miami Gardens. Walmart vaccine locations in Broward are in the following cities: Cooper City, Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, and a Sam’s Club in Sunrise. RELATED: Family Of...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has profound concerns over China's "predatory" behavior when it comes to technology, the State Department spokesman said on Thursday, adding that the Biden administration will engage with China when in the interest of the United States. State Department spokesman Ned Price also said Washington has concerns about the Chinese Communist Party's activities, including through the Confucius Institutes. (Reporting by Simon Lewis, Lisa Lambert and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, Hong Kong, Asia, international trade, United Kingdom, Europe, intellectual property
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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial said Thursday it was “deeply disturbed” by the implications of a libel case in Poland in which two prominent Holocaust researchers were ordered to apologize to a woman for allegedly slandering her uncle over his wartime actions. Lawyers for 81-year-old Filomena Leszczynska argued that the scholars had slandered her late uncle, Edward Malinowski, by suggesting he had helped kill Jews during World War II. The family says he saved Jews during the German occupation of Poland. At stake in the case was Polish national pride, according to the plaintiffs, and according to the defendants, the future of independent research into an extremely sensitive issue. In a statement, Yad Vashem stressed the importance of academic freedom and said any attempt to limit it through political or legal pressure was “unacceptable.” It defended the two researchers, Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, and the book...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — We knew something was up with Jaylen Brown’s knee when the Celtics swingman missed two games during Boston’s five-game road trip. But Celtics president of basketball ops. Danny Ainge dropped a pretty big update Thursday morning, revealing that Brown is dealing with tendinitis. RELATED: Charlie McAvoy Makes Ridiculous Play To Set Up Brad Marchands Game-Winning Goal In Overtime Deep breaths, Celtics fans. Deeeeeeeeep breaths. It’s certainly not good news that one of Boston’s most important players is having knee problems. Brown said after returning to action Monday night in Utah that the knee has been bothering him for a while, though it didn’t look too bad as he poured in 33 points off 12-for-20 shooting in Boston’s loss to the Jazz. Ainge attributed the ailment to Brown’s heavy workload this season, and said it’s something they’ll have to manage for the foreseeable...
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    The Los Angeles Lakers have had a strong start to the season. Currently, the team has the second-best record in the NBA with 20-6, just one game behind the Utah Jazz. LeBron James has been crucial to the Lakers’ success so far, playing high minutes and putting on MVP performances night after night. But are the Lakers over-reliant on LeBron James? Los Angeles Lakers happy with Matthews NBA and Lakers analyst Mike Trudell spoke to the Lakers Film Room podcast recently. He revealed the praise that Frank Vogel had for the Lakers’ player Wesley Matthews. Vogel considered Matthews crucial on the defensive end of the court, especially in the absence of Alex Caruso. Matthews has proved his value since joining the Lakers in the off-season. “Frank Vogel said this last night when asked on postgame about Matthews – ‘incredible energy on both sides of the ball, but particularly defensively, you...
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    GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) — It looks like something out of a horror or sci-fi movie, but it’s just another normal day when temperatures dip below freezing in North Texas and flames seem to shoot from train tracks. The City of Grapevine is alerting residents and visitors that they shouldn’t be concerned if they see what appears to be blazing fires along the train tracks of the TEXRail commuter line. RELATED: Multiple School Districts In Northern North Texas Counties Delayed Or Closed Wednesday Due To Weather Heads-Up: @TrinityMetro #TEXRail will be warming the switches along the tracks beginning 2nite & throughout the cold weather into next wk. This process creates an open flame under the track which looks like a grass fire along the tracks. This process is normal during cold weather pic.twitter.com/0Tkbt5yUq8 — City of Grapevine TX (@GrapevineTXCity) February 9, 2021 RELATED: Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Stops Having National...
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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After some wild and reckless celebrations up in Tampa, some local mayors say they’re frustrated and concerned. Overall, they feel as though most situations were under control, but there were some setbacks. RELATED: Gov. Ron DeSantis Calls For Esteban Bovo To Run For Mayor Of Hialeah They are trying their best to set straight the message, especially to tourists, that South Florida is not a free-for-all, no matter the occasion. Super Bowl festivities in Tampa turned from celebratory, to downright concerning. Images of people packed together, wearing masks around their necks, drinking out of the same bottles of alcohol, as they let their guard down to soak in the winning glory. “Frankly, I think a lot of that may have been happening here, too, because we’re not perfect either, and there are a lot of people who are too fatigued or just don’t care, and we have...
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States stands with the people of Myanmar and supports their right to assemble peacefully, amid mass demonstrations against a military coup in the country on Feb. 1, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday. The United States is concerned about an order by Myanmar's military rulers restricting public gatherings and was "moving quickly" to form its response to the military takeover, Price said. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Myanmar, United States
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is concerned about China's absence from any international conversation about the recent coup in Myanmar, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. "Certainly we are concerned about China's absence from the conversation and lack of a vocal role," Psaki said a White House briefing. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Lisa Lambert) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Myanmar, United States
    “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” exclaimed a not-at-all surprised Captain Louis Renault in the classic film Casablanca, and CNN reporter Randi Kaye found herself shocked, shocked to find that Super Bowl crowds were drinking in Tampa before the big game. Reporting live from downtown Tampa — where the hometown Bucs are the first ever team to play the big game in their own stadium — Kaye told CNN Newsroom anchor Ana Cabrera that their production team was “trying to enjoy it safely,” but it was very crowded and that’s why she was double masked. “If you look at the scene, behind me you can see that a lot of people are here,” said Kaye. “They’re gathered. They’re already cheering for their favorite team. They’re outside. So it’s considered to be safer. And they are allowed to be here. They’re only supposed to take their masks off while they’re eating or drinking. But you can...
    Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellExisting technology can eliminate drunk driving Democrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege MORE (D-Mich.) said on Sunday that she was “very concerned” about the income limit to receive a stimulus payment potentially being lowered. Appearing on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” Dingell told host Abby Phillips that she agreed with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders criticizes Democrats willing to pare down eligibility for stimulus checks Sunday shows preview: Budget resolution clears path for .9 trillion stimulus; Senate gears up for impeachment trial The Memo: Bad jobs report boosts Biden stimulus case MORE (I-Vt.) and his concerns regarding potential concessions in the coronavirus relief bill. “I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples,” Sanders tweeted last night. “In these difficult times, ALL working...
    Loading the player... Inmates at a St. Louis jail set fires, caused flooding, broke out fourth-floor windows and tossed a stationary bike, chairs and mattresses outside Saturday in the latest disturbance over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions that have limited visits and stalled court proceedings, officials said. Dozens of law enforcement officers worked for hours before bringing the riot at the St. Louis City Justice Center under control shortly before 10 a.m., a spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson, Jacob Long, said. About 115 inmates were involved, said Long, who described the group as “extremely violent and noncompliant” in an interview with The Associated Press. One corrections officer was attacked and treated at a hospital for his injuries before being released, Long said. No detainees were hurt, he said. Inmates yell from broken windows at the St. Louis Justice Center, known as the city jail, on Saturday, Feb....
    An influencer has slammed a social media challenge which sees young people tying earphones around their waist  'to prove they are thin.'  Danae Mercer, 33, shared a video on her Instagram showing a woman in a crop top and sports leggings wrapping earphones around her waist twice, before tying them in a knot.  The journalist, who is based in Dubai and has more than two million followers on Instagram, said that she is 'greatly concerned'. Alongside the video, Danae penned: 'Above all else, I want to keep this platform a really happy place. A safe spot in a world that's pretty heavy. 'But when I see eight year olds talking about their diets, and 13 year olds sharing their BMIs, when I see 16 year old males talking about choking and spitting, and little children wrapping iPhone cords around their waists to check their size, I have to talk.' [sic]  View...
    On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s News HQ,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) criticized the White House for breaking with the CDC on returning students to in-person learning and said that “it seems that the left is concerned about COVID in the classroom. They are not concerned about COVID at the border crossings.” Blackburn said, [relevant remarks begin around 1:00] “The White House has one opinion. CDC had already said that children could go back to school, taking the proper mitigation strategies, getting those in place, and that is your PPE, making certain you’re using masks, you have dividers, and every — the teachers are on the list for getting vaccinations. Here’s the deal, it seems that the left is concerned about COVID in the classroom. They are not concerned about COVID at the border crossings.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett  
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    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Coloradans over 70 say they are still struggling to find a provider to give them their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Jared Polis said Friday that 64% of that age group had received the first shot. The family of a World War II veteran says they keep trying to find an appointment for him, reaching out to everyone they can think of including pharmacies and fire stations. David Riefenberg (credit: CBS) “I feel like the system is setup almost like a concert system where if you’re not on there right away, you’re not going to get those things,” said Joey Riefenberg. “He’s healthy and in shape so you know we want to keep it that way and keep it going.” Riefenberg’s father is 92 and has lived in Colorado his whole life. He still enjoys an active lifestyle and some independence,...
    Voters across the Mountain West states are increasingly concerned about wildfires and continue to support funding conservation efforts, according to a survey of eight states. Colorado College on Thursday released its State of the Rockies Project poll, which gauges voter opinion on public lands and conservation issues and policies in eight Western states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. “We are seeing strong voter concern for nature, which is translating into calls for bold action on public lands in the West,” said Colorado College Assistant Professor Katrina Miller-Stevens, the project’s director. “If federal and state policy leaders are looking for direction on public lands, the view from the West is clear.” The poll found that 61% of respondents are worried for the future of nature, compared to 36% who are hopeful. A large majority (91%) also agreed their state should still fund conservation...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some New Yorkers are growing more concerned about a recent rash of subway shoving incidents and the curtailment of NYPD involvement in dealing with mentally ill people. They’re imploring City Hall to do something about it, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday. There are pictures of subway stations that the mayor and police commissioner ought to study: homeless people sleeping on benches or passed out on the walkway, a man lighting up a cigarette or something stronger, and another pulling up his pants after relieving himself on the tracks. The pictures were all taken at the Fulton Street station, where an unhinged man pushed a straphanger onto the tracks earlier in the week. Or, they could listed to the voices of riders who think there should be more policing. “I really don’t feel safe. You see a lot of people homeless inside the trains,” said Bernadita Suriel from...
    CHELSEA needed a penalty to beat Tottenham tonight, and ended up hanging on for all three points in the final minutes of the game.  This was all due to the fact that that they once again could not finish their chances and were poor in the final third.  2TImo Werner was a cause for concern as Chelsea beat Spurs 1-0Credit: Getty Images - Getty It has not only been the story of the last two seasons for Chelsea, it has also been the story of Thomas Tuchel’s reign as Blues boss so far.  The football has looked very good, they have controlled possession and been very progressive and quick with it, they have even looked devastating in attack.  But they have just lacked that vital decision making, perfect final ball, and finesse inside the opposition box, and this has left for a couple of nervous moments in games when they...
    Officials are growing concerned over increased collaboration between extremist groups in Georgia, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Justin Thayer, the leader of a group known as the Georgia III% Martyrs, is advocating for unity among paramilitary extremist groups following the arrests of those who participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Thayer told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution via a text exchange that the arrests of those who participated in the storming demonstrates the “way patriots are now being hunted down and arrested by fellow men and women who have taken the same oath.” Thayer says the arrests have “disheartened any faith I had in the redemption or reformation of the USA as one entity.” A militia that served as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal security is forming alliances and advocating secession. #gapol https://t.co/2VL769EmNe — Chris Joyner (@cjoyner) February 4, 2021...
    Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer is “concerned” that health technocrats are “moving the goalposts” in order to justify keeping the country locked down, reports suggest. Rishi Sunak, technically the Second Lord of the Treasury — Boris Johnson is the First — but in practice the country’s chief finance minister, is reportedly keen to see the lockdown ease as soon as possible, as small business owners and workers buckle under the strain of a third national lockdown (and, for many, multiple rounds of punishing regional lockdowns). The Chancellor is “concerned”, however, that the scientists and public health officials driving much of the government’s coronavirus response are “moving the goalposts” in order to justify staying locked down, according to a source who confided in the Telegraph. “Rishi remains where he has been throughout the pandemic – he is pro opening as quickly and as safely as possible,” said the source, described by...
    A key diplomat in the Myanmar embassy in Washington said Thursday he is seeking asylum in the U.S. in protest of the military coup in his homeland. Maung Maung Latt, a first secretary in the embassy, told VOA’s Burmese Service “I decided to seek asylum in this country because I cannot accept the illegitimate takeover of power by the military.” “It is total injustice that I can’t stand,” he said, “and I am also concerned especially for the future of the younger generations of our country.” Maung Maung Latt said that since President Joe Biden “gives priority to human rights, I hope they will grant me asylum,” although there was no immediate response from the U.S. government. The Myanmar envoy said he was “concerned about [his] safety at this moment.” Maung Maung Latt said that “among the Myanmar diplomats around the world, there are those who welcome the coup and...
    Chiefs star Mahomes on path to greatness Far-flung hotels on every continent (yep, even Antarctica) Amazon is using AI-equipped cameras in delivery vans and some drivers are concerned about privacy Amazon has begun rolling out AI-enabled cameras from Netradyne in vehicles at a handful of contracted delivery partners across the U.S., CNBC has learned. The cameras record drivers "100% of the time" while they're on their route and flag a series of safety infractions, including failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and distracted driving. Amazon says the cameras will help it improve safety in its delivery network, but drivers and experts have raised concerns about the potential for heightened employee surveillance and a lack of privacy. © Provided by CNBC An Amazon.com delivery driver carries boxes into a van outside of a distribution facility on February 2, 2021 in Hawthorne, California. Amazon drivers at some...