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    IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- GameStop turned Wall Street upside down last week and in the process regular people became rich overnight.Arya Hamzelou of Irvine is a VA hospital worker. And his life is now changed."Some instinct told me to get 100 shares in Game stock instead of 50. Days later that's when like the huge increase happened and I'm like 'Whoa' and all of the sudden, I had to have a serious talk with my wife," he said.After a huge surge in the price of GameStop, Hamzelou had turned his family's COVID relief checks from last summer and this winter into $40,000.It wasn't all thanks to the GameStop surge. His portfolio of stocks is fairly diverse.It took time, but the GameStop surge caused a huge boost for his bottom line."What the Wall Street people don't understand is that I'm not some sort of internet troll," Hamzelou said. "I'm not some...
    NEW York is to be hit with wild wintry weather as a snowstorm is making its way towards the city, bringing with it one foot of the white stuff. The storm is expected to hit on Sunday night and stay until Tuesday morning, dumping up to 10 inches of snow on the five boroughs. 6Heavy snow is expected to hit the city from tomorrow nightCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Winds of 25mph are expected to set in, not quite high enough to be classified as a blizzard Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6This man has his work cut out as he clears snow on the side walkCredit: Rex Features Accuweather meteorologist Bill Deger has warned New Yorkers to take precaution whilst out and about. "It will make for some treacherous travel,” Deger said. Harsh winds of 25mph are to set in on Sunday and Monday - just five mph...
    THE head of the Olympic movement has insisted the delayed Tokyo Games will go ahead as scheduled this summer. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach vowed there was ‘no plan B’ as he made the confident prediction. 1The head of Tokyo Olympics insists the games WILL go ahead as planned this summerCredit: Reuters Sir Keith Mills, deputy head of the London 2012 organising committee, suggested earlier this week he felt it was ‘unlikely’ that Tokyo would take place amid the ongoing Covid crisis. IOC bosses delayed the Games for 12 months when the global pandemic spread last spring. But Bach put his head on the block as he said: “We have at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. “This is why there is no plan B and this is why we...
    More On: morgan stanley Wall Street clamps down on political donations following Capitol riot Morgan Stanley pledges $2 million for struggling street food vendors Goldman Sachs CEO to give bankers a half-day off to vote Is James Gorman of Morgan Stanley the next king of Wall Street? Morgan Stanley is the latest Wall Street megabank to post a quarter of monster profits despite continued economic wreckage across the US from the coronavirus. The financial giant on Wednesday posted a 51-percent surge in earnings, driven by its potent investment banking, trading and wealth management businesses that rode a surging stock market, even as the pandemic spurred more unemployment and business closings nationwide. Chief Executive James Gorman’s team posted earnings of $1.81 per share for the final quarter of 2020, easily beating the Wall Street estimate of $1.27. The firm pulled in revenue of $13.6 billion, smashing the $11.54 billion estimate,...
    Telegram surpassed 500 million active users in January, according to a statement from Pavel Durov, the messaging app’s founder. Durov noted that 25 million people downloaded the platform in just 72 hours. The growth of Telegram’s user base comes as digital censorship from the world’s largest technology companies intensifies. Various news media outlets have linked the growth of Telegram’s user base with recent changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy. Durov described Telegram as  “the largest refuge” for people seeking a communication platform “committed to privacy and security.” He wrote in a post to his platform: In the first week of January, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users. After that it kept growing: 25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone. These new users came from across the globe – 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA. This is a significant increase...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The latest tally of early voting in the U.S. shows that almost 102 million Americans cast their votes before Election Day, an eye-popping total that represents 73% of the total turnout of the 2016 presidential election. The Associated Press tally reveals that the early vote in several states, including hotly-contested Texas and Arizona, has already exceeded the total vote of four years ago. Early voting — whether in-person or by mail-in or absentee ballot — has swelled during the COVID-19 pandemic as voters have sought the safety and convenience it offers. The greatest gains have been witnessed in Kentucky, where almost 13 times as many voters cast their ballots early as in 2016. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: After a campaign marked by rancor and fear, Americans on Tuesday decide...
    The number of COVID-19 cases in the US rose by at least 10 percent in 21 states last week — while a new model predicts a “huge surge” is expected to impact more Americans as early as next month. New infections accelerated mainly in the West, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, although some eastern outliers like North Carolina and New Jersey also saw upticks. The states where infections are rising include Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Another 18 states saw their rates hold steady, while just 11 — including Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire — saw new cases of COVID-19 decrease by more than 10 percent from a week earlier, according to the report. Meanwhile, the country could see a “huge...
    PREMIER LEAGUE fans will NOT return to stadiums on October 1 following a huge Covid-19 surge, Michael Gove has announced. The Government in August revealed they hoped to bring back live crowds at a limited capacity by the start of next month. 1Premier League fans will NOT return to stadiums on October 1 following a huge Covid-19 surge Pre-season friendlies and other sports had trialed 'pilot events' with the expectation of a planned full rollout in October. But the plans were placed under review this month after a rise in coronavirus cases. The UK's Covid-19 alert level has now moved to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially". As a result it blocks the Premier League's hopes of having fans return to stadiums, cabinet office minister Gove told the BBC. He said: “We’ve been piloting some open air venues and we do want to be able...
    ActBlue, the FEC-certified Democratic fundraising site, says its fundraising following the Friday death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has topped $100 million. The tally broke ActBlue’s previous records for single-day donations, dollars raised in one hour, and dollars raised in one day, the organization said. Ginsburg died of cancer Friday at age 87. “Amid the devastating loss of Justice Ginsburg, it is inspiring to see people taking action to honor her legacy,” ActBlue executive director Erin Hill said in a statement. The surge of small-dollar donations began shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced Friday evening. Donors gave 1.5 million contributions for a total of $91.4 million between 8PM ET Friday and end-of-day Saturday, with a record $6.3 million in donations between 10PM and 11PM ET Friday alone. As of Sunday morning, the total was more than $100 million, ActBlue tweeted. Small-dollar donors have now given $100...
    Hurricane Sally didn't just bring massive floods and downed power lines to the Gulf Coast -- it also left a few natural dangers in its wake. Tina Bennett, who lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama, shared video with CBS affiliate WKRG of a giant alligator swimming through the waters surging outside her residence after Sally made landfall on Wednesday. "Oh my god, this is outside of our window!" Bennett can be heard saying in the video. "It is a 10 or 12-foot alligator!"   Our yard on Plash Island in Gulf Shores We have been surrounded by water, alligators, and poisonous snakesPosted by Tina Lambert Bennett on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 "We have been surrounded by water, alligators, and poisonous snakes," she wrote on Facebook.   Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox WKRG-TV meteorologist Thomas Geboy, who shared the video, urged residents to shelter in place until flood waters receded because...
    VIDEO2:1502:154M Cybersecurity workers needed globally to close skills gapWorldwide Exchange The push to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic is straining cybersecurity professionals around the country tasked with ensuring workers are able to not only work efficiently from remote locations — but to do so safely. This rapid shift is a tall order for an industry that was already in need of skilled professionals long before the pandemic took hold.  Cybersecurity workers were taken off some or all of their typical security duties to assist with other IT-related tasks, including equipping mobile workforces, according to an April survey from global nonprofit (ISC)2, the largest association of certified cybersecurity professionals. The survey of 256 cyber pros found nearly half were re-tasked and that a quarter said cybersecurity incidents increased since the transition to remote work, with some seeing as many as double the number of incidents. Separate data from another...
    Jadeveon Clowney parts ways with Bus Cook, again The Welcome Sign from Every State in America We are outnumbered — cybersecurity pros face a huge staffing shortage as attacks surge during the pandemic The cybersecurity industry was facing a talent shortage prior to Covid-19. As companies shifted to remote work, some cyber professionals were re-assigned to other tasks, including IT support. Nearly half a million workers are needed in cybersecurity roles around the country. 4M Cybersecurity workers needed globally to close skills gap CNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states pay mail carriers GOBankingRates Creepy ways your company can spy on you while you work from home Veuer Major companies suspend social media advertising over online hate...
    Far more Americans have moved to Vermont, Idaho, Oregon and South Carolina than those who have left since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, new data published by Bloomberg shows. However, the opposite can be said for New York and New Jersey, with each seeing a large proportion of residents relocate to from its cities to Florida, Texas and other Sunbelt states since March, because of an increase in fear of living in densely populated areas in a world post-COVID-19. As the month of August came to a close Monday, bringing with it another moving-deadline for tenants all over the country, statistics point towards a sharp uptick in US mobility. While relocations last year reached an all-time low according to the Brooking’s Institution, Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, said 2020 has seen a staggering increase in mobility across state lines. ‘We have seen increased mobility across the...
    Latest image of Laura taken from the ISS. As of the 700PM CT update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Laura was carrying sustained winds over 150mph. That puts it close to the border for Category 5, but even if it doesn’t cross that line, this is an extremely dangerous storm. Predictions now call for a 15’ storm surge over 100 miles of coastline, with a surge as high as 20’ near the point of impact. Finding the right level of concern for this is difficult, even for the NHS, but they put in every adjective in the book to try to get it across. The storm will produce: "Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage." Another way to look at it … this is a 20’ wave that will crash 30 miles inward, driven by 150 mph winds and carrying the flotsam of every damn...
    Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards told "Your World" Wednesday that Hurricane Laura could be the strongest storm to hit the southwestern part of the state in more than six decades. "Things are very, very serious," Edwards told host Neil Cavuto. "We have a storm that’s a Category 4. It’s going to make landfall just after midnight. It continues to grow in size and intensity and quite frankly the storm surge is going to be a huge threat to life and, in fact, the National Weather Service took the unprecedented step of saying the storm surge is going to be unsurvivable. "We need everybody paying close attention to [and] following the directions of the local elected officials but this is a big one, perhaps the strongest storm to hit southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Audrey in 1957." Audrey made landfall as a category 3 storm and wreaked havoc on the offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. It caused more than 400 deaths caused a storm surge...
    The appointment of California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's 2020 presidential ticket provided the former vice president with the largest surge of online enthusiasm he's seen over the course of his campaign, according to new data. Axios on Tuesday reported on new data, provided exclusively to the outlet by the predictive media intelligence site NewsWhip, and it showed that following the announcement of the addition of Harris, stories about Biden's candidacy received 64 million interactions on social media. Or, to a level that is 35% higher than the biggest voter engagement the campaign has witnessed thus far, it reported. KAMALA HARRIS OWES OVER $1M TO VENDORS FROM FAILED PRESIDENTIAL BID There were 55 million recorded interactions on stories about Harris -- a number higher than Biden had in any other week, according to NewsWhip's data to Axios. Additionally, Biden's second-most engaged tweet of his 2020 campaign was his report...
    The University of North Georgia campus seen in 2018. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty A video posted over the weekend shows hundreds of people attending a party near the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. The state is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections, with people aged 18 to 29 making up the bulk of the cases, according to state data. The university responded to the video, issuing a statement saying that they are "disappointed that many of our students chose to ignore COVID-19 public health guidance." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Hundreds of University of North Georgia students were filmed attending a crowded outdoor party off campus this weekend, as the state battles a surge in coronavirus cases. Footage of the party spread on social media over the weekend, prompting the university to issue a response.  The university said in a...
    By Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Nidhi Verma MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A well-known Hindu temple in India has seen more than 700 cases of the novel coronavirus among its staff in the past two months, a temple official said on Monday, as cases in the country surged past 2.2 million. India reported a near-record 62,064 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, according to federal health data released on Monday, taking its total number of cases to more than 2.2 million. India has fewer cases than only the United States and Brazil, though it has reported a relatively low number of deaths, at fewer than 45,000, although epidemiologists say the peak of its outbreak could be months away. Cases in India have been spreading from urban areas to smaller towns and the countryside, where health infrastructure is already over-burdened. The Lord Venkateswara temple in the town of Tirumala...
    Thousands of fires have erupted in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil’s space agency has reported, threatening a repeat of the catastrophic blazes that devastated the region last year. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month, up from 5,318 in July 2019. A huge surge was detected towards the end of the month, with more than 1,000 fires registered on July 30, the highest number for a single day in July since 2005, according to a separate analysis by Greenpeace Brasil. The blazes come as Brazil prepares to enter its annual “fire season,” which typically hits in August each year. There are concerns that Brazil could see a repeat of the terrible blazes seen in August 2019, when 30,900 fires were recorded by Inpe – a 12-year high for the month. “It’s a terrible sign,” said Ane Alencar, science director at Brazil’s Amazon Environmental...
    THOUSANDS of fires have erupted in the Amazon rainforest, threatening a repeat of the catastrophic blazes that devastated the region last year, Brazil's space agency has reported. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month, up from 5,318 in July 2019. 8Fires erupted across the Amazon rainforest last month, according to a new reportCredit: Christian Braga / Greenpeace A huge surge was detected towards the end of the month, with more than 1,000 fires registered on July 30, the highest number for a single day in July since 2005, according to a separate analysis by Greenpeace Brasil. The blazes come as Brazil prepares to enter its annual "fire season", which typically hits in August each year. There are concerns that Brazil could see a repeat of the terrible blazes seen in August 2019, when 30,900 fires were recorded by Inpe – a 12-year high...
    A new report out of South Africa shows a “huge discrepancy” in the number of reported coronavirus-related deaths and the number of “excess deaths” from natural causes as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) released a report Wednesday showing 17,000 excess deaths from May 6 to July 14, while 6,000 coronavirus related deaths were reported. President of the SAMRC, Glenda Gray, said the excess deaths could be due to other diseases such as tuberculosis or HIV going undertreated as resources were pooled together to fight the coronavirus. “The numbers have shown a relentless increase -- by the second week of July, there were 59 percent more deaths from natural causes than would have been expected,” the SAMRC report said, comparing data from the last two years. IN SOUTH AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS SURGES AS OXYGEN SUPPLIES RUN LOW IN EPICENTER And some health experts believe that South Africans...
    Controversial YouTube star Jake Paul is within the sizzling seat once more, this time for internet hosting a large social gathering at his California mansion Saturday — regardless of renewed COVID-19 restrictions within the Golden State. Wild video footage from the bash posted to social media and later by obtained by FOX 11 in Los Angeles exhibits dozens of individuals with out masks and packed into Paul’s Calabasas dwelling. “It’s actually only a social gathering performing like COVID doesn’t exist, it’s performing that companies aren’t closed,” Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub advised the information station. “They’re having this huge social gathering, no social distancing, no masks, it’s only a huge large disregard for all the pieces that everyone is attempting to do to get issues again to functioning,” the mayor stated. Video from the bash exhibits partygoers boozing it up and crowding collectively, rolling cube on a ping pong desk...
    London — The London-based domestic violence charity Solace says it saw a 200% rise in calls to its helpline during the first easing of Britain's coronavirus lockdown in May, and that it is preparing for a massive rise in demand for its services when restrictions relax even further on July 4. "As restriction ease, as partners go back physically to work or come off furlough, for example, then they will be able to, they will be trying to seek those means of escape," Fiona Dwyer, chief executive of Solace, told CBS News. Coronavirus lockdowns around the world sparked warnings about an increase in domestic abuse, as partners were trapped in close proximity to one another to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dwyer says the numbers of people fleeing abusive relationships is expected to increase as lockdown restrictions ease further and escape starts to feel like more of a possibility for some...
    Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only two US states reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week as cases across southern and western states surge to record levels. The total number of infections has now surpassed 2.5 million in the United States, after the country reached an all-time one-day high of 40,000 new cases on Friday. A rise in documented cases was reported in a staggering 36 states, including Florida, which some experts are tipping to become the next epicentre of the virus, after it reported 9,585 new cases Saturday and 8,500 more Sunday. Saturday’s total, a single-day record since the start of the pandemic in March, rivals that of New York’s peak of daily cases recorded in early April. The new cases bring the statewide total to 140,075. Florida is now reporting 3,419 coronavirus related deaths, which is an increase of 29 since Saturday. Florida Gov....
    CNN’s Jake Tapper called out the country’s stubbornly disproportionate high number of coronavirus cases and deaths compared to the rest of the world, describing it as “numerically and empirically a huge failure by our leaders.” During a Tuesday afternoon discussion with Harvard public health professor, Dr. Ashish Jha, Tapper scrutinized the United States’ record-high number of coronavirus deaths and the recent spikes in nearly two-dozen states and asked what more President Donald Trump could do to turn around the country’s poor track record. “If President Trump tomorrow said: ‘OK, doc, you’re in charge, unlimited funding, you can do whatever you want. Help us get control of this.’ What would you do?” Tapper asked. “This is not rocket science,” Jha explained, before listing mandatory mask wearing, enforced social distancing and limited indoor public gatherings, and vastly more testing and tracing as three key steps to defeating the virus until a...
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