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    Stocks took a beating on Thursday as investors sold off tech shares and Treasurys. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 560 points, a 1.75 percent decline. The S&P 500 sank 2.45 percent. The Nasdaq Composite fell 3.52 percent. All eleven sectors of the S&PS were down. The worst performing sectors were information technology and consumer discretionary, both down 3.53 percent. Yields on the 10-year bond moved up sharply, rising above 1.6 percent. At the close of the stock market, the 10 year yield was at 1.51 percent. The sharp rise in bond yields this month has shaken the stock market. The 10-year, for example, was yielding 1.09 percent on February 1. Bond yields rise when bond prices fall. Thursday’s move higher followed better than expected figures from the Department of Labor on jobless claims. This suggests that the economy is growing faster than expected. Some investors also fear that inflation...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — The family of a Rubidoux man who was shot and killed last year outside a hotel in Riverside is pleading for help Thursday in catching his killer. (credit: Riverside Police Department) Grant Leggette Sr., 57, was at a Valentine’s Day celebration at a Marriott hotel on Market Street on Feb. 14, 2020 when he was shot several times while going out to his parked car. Even with a $10,000 reward for information in the case approved by the Riverside City Council, the killer remains at large. READ MORE: Former Rep. Katie Hill, Ex-Husband Inch Closer To Settling Temporary Restraining Order “Losing Grant has left a gaping, gaping wound in our family, in our church, and in every aspect of our living,” his mother, Marie, said. READ MORE: Lady Gagas Dogwalker Shot, Wounded In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen Leggette — who was described as a family-oriented man...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies. The government commission for natural protected areas said the butterflies’ population covered only 2.1 hectares (5.2 acres) in 2020, compared to 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) the previous year and about one-third of the 6.05 hectares (14.95 acres) detected in 2018. Because the monarchs cluster so densely in pine and fir trees, it is easier to count them by area rather than by individuals. Gloria Tavera, the regional director of Mexico’s Commission for National Protected Areas, blamed the drop on “extreme climate conditions,” the loss of milkweed habitat in the United States and Canada on which butterflies depend, and deforestation in the...
    Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc., speaks during an Economic Club of New York luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, March 13, 2017.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Short-term rental booking company Airbnb's stock rose more than 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday despite growing losses and a decline in revenue and bookings after the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings. Here's what they reported: Revenue: $859 million vs. $748 million forecast by Refinitiv Loss per share: $11.24 CNBC does not compare reported earnings to Wall Street estimates for a company's first report as a public company, as uncertain share counts can skew expectations. The company posted a net loss of $3.89 billion in the fourth quarter. That was down 1,005% from a loss of $352 million a year prior. Airbnb attributed much of the loss...
    THE HEARTBROKEN family of a teenager found dead upside down in the snow have begged for answers. Alfie Lawton, 15, was discovered unresponsive in "unexplained" circumstances near railway lines in New Malden, South London, on the coldest day of the year. 3Alfie Lawton was found dead in New Malden on February 8 The schoolboy had been sticking to the rules in lockdown but asked his mum Sarah on February 8 if he could pop to the park with pals for a couple of hours. He left at around 1.30pm but Sarah began to worry when he failed to respond to a text message around an hour-and-a-half later. When he ignored another text and phone calls, which was out of character, his mum went searching for him with his sister. After a couple of hours of silence, a friend, who had been with Alfie all day, told the family he had gone...
    Gwyneth Paltrow is sharing more details about her struggle with long COVID, revealing that she 'gained a lot of weight' during the pandemic and her metabolism has slowed down. In the latest episode of the Dear Media podcast The Art of Being Well, the 48-year-old spoke with her functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole, and said that COVID — and permienopause — have both made it harder to maintain her famously slim physique.  Gwyneth admitted that she used to be able to 'snap back' really easily after putting on a few pounds, but over the past year — since contracting COVID-19 early on — that hasn't been the case. Tough: Gwyneth Paltrow is sharing more details about her struggle with long COVID, revealing that she 'gained a lot of weight' during the pandemic and her metabolism has slowed down Oh no! Gwyneth admitted that she used to be able to...
    (CNN)Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry is stepping down as head coach of Major League Soccer (MLS) side CF Montreal due to family reasons.Henry made the announcement on Twitter, saying: "It is with a heavy heart that I'm writing this message. The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children. "Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the US again for several months (at least) will be no different. The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids. Therefore, it is with much sadness that I must take the decision to return to London and leave CF Montreal."The 43-year-old -- who has two children -- spent 15 months with Montreal, which has been forced to relocate to the United States this season due...
    Affirmative action opponents ask Supreme Court to hear case over Harvards policy The world’s oldest known wild bird just turned 70 — why she’s so special Thierry Henry cited family reasons for his decision to step down as head coach of CF Montreal, the organization announced Thursday morning. © Reuters/Vincent Carchietta FILE PHOTO: MLS: Nashville SC at Montreal Impact The move also comes amid multiple media outlets reporting that Henry had interviewed for the vacant position at Bournemouth. "It is with a heavy heart that I've decided to take this decision," Henry said in a club statement. "The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children. Unfortunately due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the US again for several months (at least) will be no different....
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Strip casinos are continuing to suffer effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a monthly report from state regulators, but northern Nevada and parts of the state that attract local and drive-in gamblers play are showing signs of recovery. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that casinos statewide took in almost $762 million in January, down 26.6% compared with the same month a year ago. House winnings at Strip properties were down almost 44% in January compared with a year ago. That was before the pandemic prompted closures and stopped a stretch of three months when casinos won more than $1 billion. Board analyst Michael Lawton said so-called “casino win” on the Strip came in at $321.5 million last month, accounting for 91% of the statewide decrease. Big Las Vegas resorts rely on air travelers, and McCarran International Airport reported Wednesday that just...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Good morning! Did you get to get out and enjoy yesterday’s weather? With mostly clear skies temperatures soared to the 60s in many communities including Pittsburgh. READ MORE: Water Main Break Opens Sinkhole In Shaler Plaza WEATHER LINKS: Current Conditions | School Delays & Closings | Local Radar | Weather App | Photos It took some time but I think many would say our first 60-degree day of the year was worth the wait. The last time we hit the 60-degree mark so late in the year was in 2014. Most years we see the first 60-degree day of the year in early January before the coldest weather of the year settling in. Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center We also went 74 days between 60 degree days, good for 42nd all-time here in Pittsburgh. It’s the longest stretch since 2014 as well. We went...
    THIS is the horrifying moment a mum was flung 42ft down a street after deliberately being mowed down and killed in a "revenge slaying". Alison McBlain, 36, died from "terrible, unsurvivable injuries" after being hit by the Fiat Punto over a £60 drug debt. 8Alison McBlain was mowed down and killed over a drug debtCredit: MEN Media 8The mum was flung 42ft down the street during the horrorCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Five people were yesterday caged for a total of 78 years for their part in the killing in Blackburn in November 2019. Chilling CCTV released after the sentencing shows Alison being hit by the car after it mounted the pavement with its headlights off. She was flung 42ft down the street and died two days later in hospital with her family - including her 12-year-old son - at her bedside. A 28-year-old man who was with Alison at...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran dismissed as "immature" a statement by a U.N. investigator that inconsistencies in its explanation of the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane last year raised questions over whether the act was intentional, Iranian media said on Thursday. All 176 people aboard the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, most of them Canadian, were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff en route from Tehran to Kiev on Jan. 8, 2020. Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said on Tuesday she had found no concrete evidence the plane was targeted intentionally but that Iran had not proven it was accidental. After denying blame for three days, Iran's Guards said they had shot it down by mistake while under high alert for a possible attack. Hours earlier it had attacked U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for Washington's killing of Iran's...
    VIDEO1:0601:06Tom Lee: Double down on epicenter stocksTrading Nation The Nasdaq's slump may be just starting. Fundstrat Global Advisors' Tom Lee sees a major market shift underway in which Big Tech starts to greatly underperform economically sensitive stocks. So, he's telling investors to double down on epicenter trades, which are positioned to profit as the economy reopens. "A lot of these companies that were shut down, whether it was industrials or energy or the travel or cruise industries, really cut costs," the firm's co-founder and head of research told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Wednesday. "We're going to be surprised by the amount of operating leverage." Last year, growth trades were among the big winners. The Nasdaq soared 44%, while the Nasdaq 100, which tracks the index's biggest tech-oriented companies, rallied 48%.'Crowded trades'"They've made a lot of people money, and it's important institutionally. But these are also really crowded trades," Lee said....
    (Bloomberg) – Argentina’s economic recovery weakened in December, adding to its worst month since the start of the pandemic. Month-over-month economic growth slowed to a trough growth of 0.9%, down from 1.4% in November. Despite a brief rebound in the pandemic in May, the country recorded an annual decline of 2.2% since December 2019, according to government data released on Wednesday. The decline has been largely driven by hotels and restaurants, which posted a dramatic 47% annual decline, by far the worst hit sector. The drop was even more pronounced for transportation and social activities, both sectors seeing double-digit annual declines year-over-year. Argentina’s economy probably contracted 10.9% for the whole of last year, according to a central bank survey, which would be in line with the country’s worst annual decline on record. Economists surveyed by the central bank expect South America’s second-largest economy to grow 5.5% this year, although quarterly...
    (CNN)More than 160 Confederate symbols came down last year after the killing of George Floyd prompted a nationwide reckoning with racism.That count comes from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released new figures Tuesday as part of an update to a report that tracks public symbols associated with the Confederacy across the nation.2 Confederate statues were removed in Georgia within 3 daysThe Alabama-based civil rights advocacy group reported that 168 Confederate symbols were renamed or removed from public spaces in 2020, including one marker in Arizona that was stolen. That number refers not only to statues, flags and monuments but also city seals, official state holidays and names of schools, streets and other public spaces.All but one of those symbols were taken down or changed after Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in May, according to the SPLC. Just one removal happened before that: Virginia lawmakers passed...
    The clock is ticking for the Cowboys again to sign quarterback Dak Prescott. The two-week window to apply to the franchise tag on the pending NFL free agent has opened in 2021, with March 9 as the deadline for Dallas to do so, if it so chooses. Prescott played under the exclusive tag last season and earned $31.4 million guaranteed. This year, should the Cowboys tag him again, that number would jump up by 20 percent to $37.7 million. The Cowboys and Prescott would prefer to agree on a long-term deal, however, to both have him under contract beyond one more season and lock up bigger overall guaranteed money in relation to the top of the QB market. Here’s a look at how Dallas is positioned to go down either avenue with Prescott’s contract: MORE: Top 50 NFL free agents for 2021, best players by position What is the Cowboys’ salary-cap situation...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Just two days after choosing his successor in the Illinois House, former state House Speaker Mike Madigan said state Rep. Edward Guerra Kodatt should step down. In a statement, Madigan and Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) said, “After learning of alleged questionable conduct by Mr. Kodatt, it was suggested that he resign as state representative for the 22nd District. We are committed to a zero tolerance policy in the workplace.” READ MORE: Highwood Metra Station Closed After Water Pipe Breaks; Trains Still Stopping At Station They were not more specific about the conduct. Kodatt, 26, won 63 percent of the weighted vote to fill the 22nd District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. Madigan selected him as successor on Sunday. Madigan had the largest share of the weighted vote. For the past four years, Kodatt has worked as infrastructure manager for Quinn. READ MORE: With Freeze On...
    A SCHOOLBOY with a kitchen knife was disarmed by furious locals after allegedly trying to rob kids' phones. Shocking footage shows the moment the lad, 13, handed over a massive concealed blade in the street. Furious locals chase down and seize huge knife from boy, 13, after he's 'caught trying robbing local kids for their phones' Witnesses claim the youngster tried to mug another boy, 12, at knife point before local residents saw him. He was chased down a residential road in suburban Rainham, East London, and held by a group of people. In the video, the lad is challenged by two men, with one shouting "give him the knife…. put it on the floor". One local resident in a hooded top takes the blade from the teen and holds it up to the camera. The man can be heard fuming: "Do you think that's funny? Don't go round robbing...
    Red Eléctrica has presented a result for the 2020 financial year of 621.2 million euros, 13.1% less than that achieved in 2019, or 703.0 million euros without considering the deterioration due to the adverse conditions of Covid-19, which has affected the activity of the satellite area, 1.8% below that obtained in 2019. The company has explained in a statement sent to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), that the satellite telecommunications activity It has been affected both by the duration of the crisis, which is longer and more severe than initially expected, and by the evolution of the Latin American markets where it operates. This situation has worsened, especially in the second half of 2020. In relation to the main economic-financial figures of the Group in 2020, it should be noted that both the turnover and the EBITDA have been around 1% below that registered in 2019. The effect...
    A late burst of buying erased much of an early slide on Wall Street Tuesday. The S&P 500 managed a gain of 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.5%, having clawed back most of an early drop of as much as 3.9%. Facebook, Disney, Netflix and other communications stocks helped drive the comeback. Early drops in Big Tech companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft moderated as the day went on. Tesla, which joined the S&P 500 at the end of last year, ended down 2.2% after being down as much as 13.4%. Bond yields held near their highest level in a year. On Tuesday: The S&P 500 rose 4.87 points, or 0.1%, to 3,881.367. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 15.66 points, or less than 0.1%, to 31,537.35. The Nasdaq fell 67.85 points, or 0.5%, to 13,465.20. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 19.76 points, or...
    Days before pitchers and catchers were due to report to Mesa, the Oakland A’s roster was anemic. Not decimated — the talent and core from past contending seasons remained. But the A’s didn’t have a counter punch as other teams purged its overflowing bin of free agents. They seemed resigned to start retreating out of contention. But through a flurry of moves in the final hours, the A’s sent a bat signal that they weren’t sitting on their hinders. They could make a better team, despite the extreme budgetary confines. That’s what sealed the deal for Trevor Rosenthal, who ultimately sign a one-year, $11 million deal (with deferrals) to be the A’s closer for the 2021 season. “The fact they wanted to do something on top of that showed me the commitment they had to winning this year and putting out the best possible product they...
    A convicted murderer currently behind bars for the rape and murder of a woman in 1980 will now stand trial for the death of his adopted daughter, 14, who he allegedly pushed down the stairs, dismembered and buried under a concrete slab back in 1989. Dennis Bowman, 71, from Michigan, appeared in Allegan County District Court Monday where a judge ruled there was 'ample evidence' to send him to trial over the slaying of Aundria Bowman, who he previously claimed had ran away from home. Bowman's wife Brenda Bowman testified that her husband confessed to their daughter's murder in a prison phone call last year where he told her Aundria's body had been 'right under your nose' in their backyard for the last three decades.  At the time of his confession, Bowman was behind bars for the rape and murder of 25-year-old Kathleen Doyle, the wife of a US Navy pilot, after new...
    KOBE Bryant's widow Vanessa slammed Meek Mill for his "extremely insensitive" lyric over her husband's death. The rapper appears to say, "If I ever lack I'm going out with my chopper, it be another Kobe," in a preview of his track, Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe). 8Vanessa Bryant slammed Meek Mill for his lyric about Kobe's deathCredit: Reuters Vanessa hit out at Meek in a post on her Instagram Stories, telling the 33-year-old the song "lacks respect and tact". "Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period," the 38-year-old wrote. "I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this." Vanessa concluded: "If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact." 8Meek appears to say, 'If I ever lack I'm going out with my chopper,...
    By AARON MORRISON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When rioters tore through the U.S. Capitol last month, some of them gripping Confederate battle flags, they didn’t encounter a statue of the most famous rebel general, Robert E. Lee. The Lee statue, which represented the state of Virginia as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol for 111 years, had been removed just weeks before — one of at least 160 public Confederate symbols taken down or moved from public spaces in 2020, according to a new count the Southern Poverty Law Center shared with The Associated Press ahead of releasing it. The law center, which keeps a raw count of nearly 2,100 statues, symbols, placards, buildings and public parks dedicated to the Confederacy, plans to release the latest figures from its “Whose Heritage?” database on Tuesday. It has been tracking a movement to take down the...
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15% last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by insurgents to targeted killings, fewer suicide bombings and a stark drop in casualties attributed to international military forces. Still, Afghanistan remains among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian. A distressing feature of the conflict remains the disproportionate impact on Afghan women and children, who make up 43% of all casualties. The attacks targeting civilians include assaults on members of the judiciary, media and activists. Also targeted have been religious minorities, especially the Shiite Muslim population, most of whom also belong to the Hazara ethnic group, and the Sikh...
    By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15% last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by insurgents to targeted killings, fewer suicide bombings and a stark drop in casualties attributed to international military forces. Still, Afghanistan remains among the deadliest places in the world to be a civilian. A distressing feature of the conflict remains the disproportionate impact on Afghan women and children, who make up 43% of all casualties. The attacks targeting civilians include assaults on members of the judiciary, media and activists. Also targeted have been religious minorities, especially the Shiite Muslim population, most of whom also belong to the Hazara...
    GEORDIE Shore star Bethan Kershaw has stripped down to bondage-inspired lingerie, two months after showcasing her dramatic weight loss. The MTV starlet took to social media on Monday to share two pics of her in a playful bodysuit, with black bandages covering her boobs and crisscrossing down her body. 10"Take your shoes off," she captioned the post "Take your shoes off and leave your feelings at the door," she captioned the post. Her former co-stars including Sophie Kasaei and Chloe Ferry both commented on the post, calling her a "natural beauty." Pals Elle Brown and Georgia Harrison also commented, with Love Island star Georgia calling her "fit" and Elle leaving heart emojis. Bethan explained in December how she was motivated to share her transformation after experiencing "the worst year of her entire existence". 10Bethan joined Geordie Shore in 2019 10BFF Chloe commented on the post 10Pal Georgia told her she...
    Big wave surfer Billy Kemper was battling for his life a year ago, now his story will be told in a six-part series on the World Surf League streaming service.  Big wave surfing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Sailing down giant wave faces at speeds upwards of 40 miles per hour with nothing between you and mother nature but a surfboard. These men and women are some of the best athletes in the world and have dedicated their lives to perfecting this sport they love. Still, all the training in the world does not stop injuries and even death from happening. One man who knows all too well the dangerous conditions of the ocean is Billy Kemper. One year ago Kemper was on the best surf trip of his life when he was injured. He was spent the last year fighting to regain his health...
    CNN host Brianna Keilar broke down in tears Monday after sharing videos of people who have lost their family members to COVID-19. The virus death toll is nearing half a million in the United States, according to the Washington Post. On Monday, Keilar became increasingly emotional as she shared multiple clips of families mourning the loss of their loved ones. One of the victims was Erica Becerra, who died from COVID-19 two weeks after giving birth to her son. Her brother described how she was never able to hold her newborn before she passed away. “Her last moments, she was tearing. I know she heard us. We prayed for her. We talked to her. We comforted her until the last moments,” Becerra’s brother told Keilar in a video interview. “The doctors saw that she wasn’t getting any better, and they gave birth to her son. She had a normal labor....
    Pavlo Gonchar | LightRocket | Getty Images Hedge funds are still licking their wounds after a retail trading frenzy forced the industry to slash its overall exposure to stocks, leading to an underperformance in 2021. Last month, an army of retail investors who coordinated on social media managed to push GameStop shares up 400% in just one week, creating massive squeezes in a slew of heavily shorted names. Hedge funds getting burned on their short positions scrambled to take down overall risk and sell winners to raise cash. This kicked off a domino effect that led to hedge funds' largest week of de-leveraging since February 2009, according to data from Goldman Sachs' prime brokerage unit. The dust has yet to settle as the damage inflicted by the so-called dumb money seems to be lasting. The 20 most popular long positions among hedge funds have lagged the S&P 500 by...
    CNN’s Brianna Keilar broke down on air Monday while sharing tragic clips of those who have lost family members to Covid-19 — urging viewers to remember the lives lost even if they are “tapped out” and “tired” of the pandemic. As the United States coronavirus death toll nears 500,000, the CNN anchor shared several accounts of people who have lost loved ones, growing increasingly emotional with each devastating story. She told the story of  Erica Becerra, who died of coronavirus-related complications just two weeks after giving birth to her son. She was never able to hold her newborn before she died. “Her last moments, she was tearing. I know she heard us. We prayed for her. We talked to her. We comforted her until the last moments,” Becerra’s grieving brother said in an interview following her passing. “She was like, mom, I don’t feel good. I don’t feel like myself. It’s hard to breathe. The weekend came...
    Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather made some insensitive comments about a former and current Mariners player that created national headlines, but he also made curious comments about former Mets prospect Jarred Kelenic. During a Zoom call earlier this month with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club that was uploaded to YouTube but has since been deleted, Mather said the team offered the outfielder a six-year contract extension that he declined, and admitted the franchise hasn’t called him up yet because it wants to delay his service time clock. “Jarred Kelenic, we’ve been talking about him for a year and a half now, he will be in left field in April,” Mather said. “He’s a 21-year-old player who is quite confident. We offered him a long-term deal — a six-year deal for substantial money with options to go farther. After pondering it for several days and talking to the union,...
    Getty Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler has guaranteed his struggling squad makes the NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler’s grin keeps growing wider and wider. In fact, it nearly hit the floor following the Miami Heat’s 96-94 win on Saturday night over the Los Angeles Lakers. That scrappy NBA Finals rematch went a long way in winning back some respect for the darlings of the bubble. A smirking Butler had promised earlier in the week that the Heat would make the playoffs, telling ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to “book it.” After their weekend victory, the star forward was quick to double down on his bold claim. “I’m grinning, you better book it,” Butler told Nichols (again) about the Heat’s playoff chances. “Every win that we get feels great. Don’t get me wrong, are they the defending champs? Yes. But we just got to start stringing together wins,...
    Mark your calendars, royal watchers. Queen Elizabeth II will speak in a TV address on Sunday, March 7, ahead of Commonwealth Day, the same day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s sit-down with Oprah Winfrey will air, according to reports. Unlike last year’s Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which marked the final royal appearance for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this year’s plans have been scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Queen, 94, will instead share her message in a program that will air on BBC One, the Daily Mail reported Monday. The TV special is also said to include prominent royals, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton. Commonwealth Day is on Monday, March 8. Last year, Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, stepped down from their posts as senior royals. On Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Sussexes — who are expecting their second...
    MARRIED At First Sight Australia's Susie Bradley has showed off baby bump as she counts down to birth of first child with fiancé Todd Carney. The heavily-pregnant star looked radiant as she displayed her bump in a brown bikini in two shots she shared to Instagram yesterday. 8MAFS Australia's Susie Bradley displayed her baby bump yesterday on InstagramCredit: Instagram In the first photo, the 27-year-old looked happier than ever as she kissed her shirtless other half while stood in a car park on Queensland's Gold Coast following a day at the beach. While in the second shot, Susie posed with her daughter Baby, who sweetly rested her head on her mother's bump. The six-year-old looked adorable for the photo in a blue wetsuit and matching flip flops. Captioning the post, the reality TV star, who is one of the dating show's most divisive characters, penned: "Sorry for the ???????? spam!!...
    By JACK DURA, The Bismarck Tribune BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Visitation to North Dakota’s No. 1 tourist attraction fell last year, but it wasn’t all because of the coronavirus pandemic. Theodore Roosevelt National Park saw about 558,000 visitors in 2020, the fewest since 2013. Visitation fell 20% from 2019, but some months last year spiked substantially over the previous year -- including December, which saw a 173% jump. Visitation is measured in an algorithm counting people who stop in visitor centers combined with an average of people in vehicles. Park Superintendent Wendy Ross sees “so many variables, especially this past year.” “I don’t put much stock in the fact that we were down 20%; in fact, I’m a little surprised we weren’t down more, but it was a very busy year. It felt like a ‘normal’ year,” Ross said. Annual visitation averaged about 700,000 people from 2015-19. The emerging pandemic...
    This has to be the moment to invest in coronavirus vaccines and treatments against future pandemics, experts warn HEAR IT: United pilot called ‘mayday’ after engine failure © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Amber Heard kept her head down as she arrived at LAX on Saturday. The 34-year-old Pineapple Express star tried to remain as incognito as possible while carrying her things into the airport's terminal. The actress was accompanied by her girlfriend Bianca Butti, whom she has been dating since January of last year.  © Provided by Daily Mail Going low profile: Amber Heard kept her head down while arriving at LAX with her girlfriend Bianca Butti on Saturday Heard was dressed in a mostly black outfit, donning a stylish long-sleeve t-shirt featuring small slits at its sides. She also wore a pair of dark jeans while accessorizing with a set of boots and sunglasses, all of...
    More On: Anthony Fauci People who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose, Fauci says COVID-19 vaccines to be back on track mid-week after Texas storm, Fauci says Psaki defends Harris ‘starting from scratch’ COVID vaccine remarks Here’s when Biden says COVID vaccine will be ‘available’ to every American Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he won’t rule out Americans still needing to wear masks in 2022 — even as the country returns to a certain degree of “normality.” When asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether masks will be necessary next year, Fauci replied, “I think it is possible that that’s the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality.” The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he doesn’t know when the country will return to pre-pandemic life, but that he believes by the end of...
    By MIKE ELLIS, The Greenville News GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As the pandemic hit, Pastor Ennis Fant, like thousands of his fellow clergy, worried it would be the end of his church. “We always operate on thin margins, any little snag would be cataclysmic,” said Fant, who leads a small Powdersville Baptist church. But he found, as have most churches, that fears of an apocalyptic year were unfounded. At the start of the pandemic, the predictions were dire: Churches, already on narrow budgets, would soon collapse in large numbers. Yet as the collections were counted, a surprising thing happened: Many churches themselves were above average and larger denominational groups were slightly down but way better than expectations. SO WHAT WENT RIGHT? The United Methodist Church in South Carolina is down a few percentage points in the latest figures released in January, far better than expectations. The Southern Baptist Convention, a...
    David Peterson got an appetizer of pitching in the major leagues last season. Now the Mets’ left-hander is chasing the main course. After Peterson impressed over nine starts in the shortened 2020 season, thrown into action following injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman, he is set to compete for a spot in the Mets’ rotation for 2021. “For me, I want to come in here and do my thing and let the rest take care of itself,” Peterson said Saturday on a Zoom call from Port St. Lucie. “However I can help the team win, that’s what I’m here to do. I’m ready to go and excited to be back in camp and ready to compete and get after it.” The Mets’ pitching depth got even stronger Friday when they signed Taijuan Walker, adding him to a rotation that already includes Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Carlos Carrasco. That...
    More On: new york mets The best and worst fanless sports viewing experiences The Mets’ biggest threats emerge: Sherman Tim Tebow didn’t deserve this relentless public mockery Mets throw out possibility of six-man rotation David Peterson got an appetizer of pitching in the major leagues last season. Now the Mets’ left-hander is chasing the main course. After Peterson impressed over nine starts in the shortened 2020 season, thrown into action following injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman, he is set to compete for a spot in the Mets’ rotation for 2021. “For me, I want to come in here and do my thing and let the rest take care of itself,” Peterson said Saturday on a Zoom call from Port St. Lucie. “However I can help the team win, that’s what I’m here to do. I’m ready to go and excited to be back in camp and ready...
    IT should have been the perfect, most blissful of times after giving birth to her first child. But TV chat queen Trisha Goddard has told for the first time how she was gripped by fear — that she might have given her newborn HIV. 5Panicked Trisha immediately got herself tested in case she had the virusCredit: Phil Penman Trisha, now 63 and divorced three times, had in 1989 welcomed into the world her daughter Billie by second husband Mark Grieve. But just weeks later her first husband, Australian politician Robert Nestdale, died. From his funeral, and conversations that followed, East London-born Trisha learned he had been secretly gay and died of Aids — not the lymphoma he told her he had been battling. Panicked Trisha, then 31, immed-iately got herself tested in case she had the virus and had passed it to Billie while breastfeeding. But revealing her agonising wait...
            by Scott McClallen  A Macomb County restaurant group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state entities. In the lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in Macomb County Circuit Court, the Macomb County Restaurant, Bar, and Banquet Association (MCRBBA) alleges top state officials violated the state Constitution’s Taking Clause by closing businesses for the past 11 months with just compensation and are seeking damages. The restrictions “devastated us,” Samuel Backos, the owner of Ernie’s Mediterranean restaurant in Clinton Township, told The Center Square. “Our business is over 70% down.” Backos has owned Ernie’s for 44 years, which is a staple in the community. But less than a year under Whitmer’s administration’s orders, it may not survive, to no fault of Backos. “We’re hemorrhaging money,” Backos said. “We don’t have very much longevity this way. This is going on year number two.” Whitmer quietly extended the 25% capacity and 10 p.m....
    Celebrities who had cameos on Seinfeld This was the minimum wage the year you were born The No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft didn’t take long to produce what will go down as a legendary highlight. © Provided by The Comeback Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards threw down a VICIOUS poster dunk Friday night on Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe. Here are videos and photos of Edwards’ unbelievable Blake Griffin-esque dunk: DUNK OF THE YEAR. ANTHONY EDWARDS. #SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/hmnhFvldF0 — Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 20, 2021 Would you like to hear how the other guys called it? Of course you would. pic.twitter.com/BVLhrtY11b — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 20, 2021 DID THIS DUDE JUST DO THIS?! pic.twitter.com/epDGybBjpo — Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 20, 2021 YOUNG MAN GOT UP@theantedwards_ pic.twitter.com/qlR0zrhh7l — Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 20, 2021 Nothing Was the Same pic.twitter.com/aAvL8xKzfV — Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 20,...
    LONDON – London was never on Hong Konger Aragorn’s wish list of places to visit, but now the 36-year-old is trying to build a new life in the British capital after fleeing a security clampdown in his birthplace. Aragorn, who did not want to give his full name and said his safety would have been at risk at home due to his pro-democracy activism, is one of the first Hong Kongers eligible to set out on a new path to becoming a British citizen. “Of course, no one wants to leave their home country and I literally miss the milk tea in Hong Kong,” he said in an interview by the River Thames, in the financial heart of the capital. “I can’t say we are either betraying or not betraying the cause of fighting for our own rights and fighting for democracy (by leaving). But I think you have to...
    Ocasio-Cortez raises $1 million for Texas relief, plans trip to Houston Op-Ed: Collapseologists are warning humanity that business-as-usual will make the Earth uninhabitable Zach Britton made it clear this week that he is not thrilled about the New York Yankees welcoming back Domingo German after an 81-game suspension, and the veteran reliever stood by his remarks when a fan went after him on Twitter. © Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Apr 4, 2019; New York Yankees pitcher Zach Britton (53) pitches the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  German did not play last season after he was suspended 81 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The starting pitcher has since returned to the Yankees, and Britton was asked about that on Thursday. Britton said you “don’t get to control who your teammates are” and that he disagrees with what German did....
    BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police and other investigators raided more than 20 buildings in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg early Thursday in a crackdown on two feuding organized crime families, authorities said. Berlin prosecutors said on Twitter that two people were arrested in the raids targeting illegal drug and weapons trafficking. In addition, authorities were investigating bodily harm charges linked to a “clash of clans” between an Arabic and a Chechen organized crime family last November, prosecutors said. At that time, there were several violent confrontations between the two organizations. Berlin police said in addition to their own SWAT teams and other personnel, federal agents, Brandenburg police and tax officials were involved in the raids, more than 500 personnel in all. Authorities did not immediately provide further details, but the Bild newspaper reported that one of the targets was the Remmo family, which has alleged links...
    VIDEO2:2002:20Credit Suisse CEO: Confident legacy issues are 'behind us'Squawk Box Europe LONDON — Credit Suisse swung to a better-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter of 2020, on the back of higher provisions for legal disputes. The Swiss bank reported Thursday a net loss of 353 million Swiss francs ($392.8 million) for the fourth quarter of 2020. This was better than market expectations. According to Refinitiv, analysts had forecast a net loss of 558.5 million Swiss francs for the quarter and a net income of 2.8 billion Swiss francs for the year. Credit Suisse ended 2020 with a net income of 2.7 billion Swiss francs. The Swiss bank had notified the markets in January that it would be sinking to a higher-than-expected loss in the final quarter of 2020 after setting aside $850 million for a legal dispute over property debt in the United States. Credit Suisse then agreed to a...
    BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police and other investigators raided more than 20 buildings in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg early Thursday in a crackdown on two feuding organized crime families, authorities said. Berlin prosecutors said on Twitter that two people were arrested in the raids targeting illegal drug and weapons trafficking. In addition, authorities were investigating bodily harm charges linked to a “clash of clans” between an Arabic and a Chechen organized crime family last November, prosecutors said. At that time, there were several violent confrontations between the two organizations. Berlin police said in addition to their own SWAT teams and other personnel, federal agents, Brandenburg police and tax officials were involved in the raids, more than 500 personnel in all. Authorities did not immediately provide further details, but the Bild newspaper reported that one of the targets was the Remmo family, which has...
    Celebrities whove been diagnosed with cancer 10 States With the Largest Tax Bills By Ju-min Park and Akiko Okamoto © Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori in Tokyo TOKYO (Reuters) - When a 22-year-old Japanese college student launched an online campaign against the powerful Tokyo Olympics chief and the sexist remarks he made, she was not sure it would go very far. But in less than two weeks, Momoko Nojo's #DontBeSilent campaign organised with other activists gathered more than 150,000 signatures, galvanising global outrage against Yoshiro Mori, the president of Tokyo 2020. He quit last week and has been replaced by Seiko Hashimoto, a woman who has competed in seven Olympic Games. The hashtag was coined in response to remarks by Mori, an octogenarian former prime minister, that women talk too much. Nojo used it on Twitter and other social media platforms to gather...
    Winter storm, GameStop hearing, NASAs Perseverance to land on Mars: 5 things to know Thursday Editorial: The race to vaccinate: America needs a fuller picture of who’s getting vaccinated © Marketwatch PERSONAL FINANCE DAILY Load Error Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Personal Finance ‘Long overdue’: Debate over reparations for Black Americans reignites on Capitol Hill 'Now more than ever, the facts and circumstances facing our nation demonstrate the importance of H.R. 40,’ said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, lead sponsor of a bill that could create a commission to study reparations for Black Americans. I racked up debt to help my mother buy a home, car and pay household bills. I don’t even have my own car. How do I extricate myself from this financial commitment? ‘She is in her late 50s and it has been difficult for her to find a job. Currently, she is...
    Carrefour’s group share of net income suffered from Covid-19 and fell by 43% in 2020 to 641 million euros against 1.129 billion euros the previous year, announced the group on Thursday, welcoming however the “dynamism” of its sales and “profitability”. “After three years of transformation, our growth model ensures the dynamism of our sales and the profitability of the group on a lasting basis”, pleaded its CEO Alexandre Bompard, who highlights the current operating income (ROC), a benchmark indicator in mass distribution, up 16.4% at constant exchange rates, to 2.2 billion euros. In addition, Carrefour, “after almost 10 years of stock dividend option”, said thursday “in a position to normalize its dividend policy” and proposes a dividend for the 2020 financial year at 0.48 euro per share, “fully paid in cash”. It will be submitted for approval to the General Meeting, scheduled for May 21, 2021. The best sales...
    PARIS (AP) — European plane maker Airbus lost 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) amid an unprecedented global slump in air travel because of the pandemic, but expects to deliver hundreds of planes and make a profit this year. CEO Guillaume Faury acknowledged Thursday that the company’s performance last year was “far from expectations” and had to constantly adapt as airlines grounded planes – or folded altogether -- because of travel restrictions. Airbus announced in June that it would cut 15,000 jobs, mostly in France and Germany. “The crisis is not over. It is likely to continue to be our reality throughout the year,” he said. Airbus doesn’t expect the industry to recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023-2025. Airbus sales were down to 49.9 billion euros from 70 billion euros the year before. The company also reported a loss in 2019 because of a major multinational corruption settlement. Airbus delivered 566...
    A view of the Canary Wharf financial district of London.Prisma by Dukas | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Barclays on Thursday reported a full-year profit of £1.53 billion ($2.11 billion) for 2020, down 38% from 2019 but outstripping analyst expectations. The British lender posted a fourth-quarter net profit attributable to shareholders of £220 million, despite the U.K. navigating fresh nationwide lockdown measures amid a resurgence of Covid-19. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected a fourth-quarter net loss of £44.88 million to bring about a full-year net profit of £1.22 billion. The final earnings report of 2020 followed a surprisingly strong third quarter in which the bank recorded a £611 million net profit. Full-year profit in the previous year came in at £2.46 billion with a 2019 fourth-quarter profit of £681 million. Other highlights: Common equity tier one capital (CET1) ratio was 15.1%, up from 14.6% at the end of...
    PARIS (AP) — European plane maker Airbus lost 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) amid an unprecedented global slump in air travel because of the pandemic, but expects to deliver hundreds of planes and make a profit this year. CEO Guillaume Faury acknowledged Thursday that the company’s performance last year was “far from expectations” and had to constantly adapt as airlines grounded planes – or folded altogether — because of travel restrictions. Airbus announced in June that it would cut 15,000 jobs, mostly in France and Germany. “The crisis is not over. It is likely to continue to be our reality throughout the year,” he said. Airbus doesn’t expect the industry to recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023-2025. Airbus sales were down to 49.9 billion euros from 70 billion euros the year before. The company also reported a loss in 2019 because of a major multinational corruption settlement. Airbus delivered...
    New York : Bella Throne He turned the world upside down again with an unheard-of social media post. The former Disney child star gave erotic actress Abella Danger tremendous kisses in a swimming pool as part of the promotion of her single “Shake it”. The “likes” and mischievous comments were immediate, since a similar publication is not common, although Bella has accustomed her followers to the most risque things possible, as in her private and uncensored channel. The actress started the year on the right foot in Mexico. The getaway at the beginning of the year in Tulum was also a great opportunity for her family and that of her boyfriend, Ben Mascolo, to get to know each other better, since they were accompanied by their respective mothers and the sisters of the former Disney star, Dani and Kaili. What the 23-year-old has been most excited about...
    Stocks ended mostly lower on Wall Street Wednesday as losses by technology and industrial companies offset gains in other parts of the market. The S&P 500 edged down less than 0.1%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq gave back 0.6%. Small-company stocks also fell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose thanks in large part to gains in Verizon Communications and Chevron. Those two stocks climbed after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway said it made major new investments in them in the second half of last year. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held near its highest level in a year. On Wednesday: The S&P 500 fell 1.26 points, or less than 0.1%, to 3,931.33. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 90.27 points, or 0.3%, to 31,613.02. The Nasdaq fell 82 points, or 0.6%, to 13,965.49. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 16.78 points, or 0.7%, to 2,256.11. For...
    Reasons to Discuss Your Estate Plan With Your Children 9 Top-Rated Radar Detectors for Speed Demons Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY. The best gifts for 3-year-olds will include plenty of opportunities to explore as toddlers grow and develop into more imaginative play. Finally out of the "terrible twos," many are entering school for the first time and interacting with friends. They’re becoming increasingly verbal and able to answer questions and follow directions. (Or not: There’s a reason people call them “threenagers.”) “Three-year-olds are getting to be more social and have ideas of their own,” said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author...
    HONEY Ross showcased her curves as she posed in a fluffy bra for a racy Instagram snap today. The daughter of chat show host Jonathan Ross was sure to command her followers' attention as she posed in the statement bra while lying across her bed. 4Honey Ross showcased her curves on Instagram todayCredit: Instagram The 23-year-old complemented her boudoir appearance by wrapping up in pink silk robe while her hair fell in a tousled curl. The social media star captioned the photo: "Oh these? They’re just my fluffy tatas".   Earlier this month, Honey put on a skin-flashing display in a racy red lingerie set, warning Instagram could delete her raunchy pics. The influencer showed off her playful style in a smoking red lingerie ensemble from Rihanna's Savage X Fenty brand. 4Earlier this month, Honey, 23, looked incredible in a red lingerie set by Savage x FentyCredit: Instagram Honey posed...
    For the first time this year no state in the country saw more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases across a seven-day average, it was reported on Tuesday, in the latest encouraging sign in pandemic progress. The COVID Tracking Project found that every single state is showing a decline in numbers compared to January. New York, California, Florida and Texas remained the hardest-hit states - but all had fewer than 10,000 new cases, on average, across the last seven days. An 89-year-old woman in South Central Los Angeles receives her vaccination on Tuesday A vaccine is readied in Chelsea, Massachusetts on Tuesday as a nationwide program continues The seven-day average of deaths is at its lowest level this year, in encouraging news RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Biden promises a vaccine for all Americans who want one by... Mardi gone! Images show...
    The number of passengers who flew on U.S. airlines in 2020 was about 60% less than the year before, according to data from the Department of Transportation released Tuesday. Domestic flights saw a 58.7% decline in passengers from 2019, while international flights had 70.4% fewer passengers. April had the largest drop (96.1%) from the year before. "The large airlines carried 30 million passengers in December 2020 [preliminary], compared to 79 million passengers in December 2019 and up from 3 million in April 2020, which was the lowest monthly total in BTS records dating back to 1974," reads the press release from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. "The previous low was 14.6 million passengers in February 1975." In December 2020, 30.4 million passengers traveled in total, down 62% from the year before when 79 million traveled, with 27.2 million passengers on domestic flights, down 61% from December 2019 when 69.5 million...
    New York : Two firefighters were injured Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy A 65-year-old father and his 6-year-old son died in a fire in Queens (NYC) early yesterday morning. The fire broke out around 1:10 a.m. on the first floor of a two-story home on 157th Street near 46th Avenue in East Flushing, FDNY reported. Stephen Blumling (65) and his son Shawn (6) They were discovered unconscious inside the back bedroom. Both were declared dead at the scene. The boy’s twin brother managed to escape the fire and was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he is being treated for second-degree burns to his face and hands. His 41-year-old mother refused medical attention at the scene for smoke inhalation, sources said. Four people on the second floor managed to escape unscathed and were helped by the Red Cross. Two firefighters were hospitalized with minor...
    A highway is closed due to snow and ice in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 15, 2021.Chengyue Lao | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images The Texas winter storm is expected to push gasoline prices up across the U.S. by about 10 cents per gallon within the next couple of days. That follows a five-cent per gallon jump in unleaded gasoline in the last week that drove the national average to $2.51 per gallon, about seven cents higher than a year ago, according to AAA. Power outages and freezing weather in the south have wreaked havoc on the oil and gas production centers in Texas. Refineries have also been cutting back on production and are shutting down due to the lack of power and to preserve electricity for the public. There were more than four million people without power in Texas as of Tuesday afternoon, according to NBC News. "What...
    APPLE is reportedly working on a follow-up to its hugely popular iPhone SE – and it could hit shelves this year. According to reports, the iPhone SE Plus will be larger than previous SE models while retaining the series' wallet-friendly price tag. 2A new version of the iPhone SE could be a big hitCredit: The Sun The news comes from trusted leaker Jon Prosser, who regularly shares details on upcoming Apple products long before they launch. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, the internet star shared details on the new SE, as well as the iPhone 13 series tipped for release in September. Prosser said that inside sources at Apple had informed him that the company planned to release an iPhone 13 Mini this year. This may come as a surprise to some, as 2020's iPhone 12 Mini – which has a display that measures just 5.4" diagonally...
    A farmer who is accused of murdering a jogger, 25, before raping and dumping her body has been declared fit to stand trial after undergoing a mental forensic examination.  Quake Lewellyn, 28, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of the charges against him, which include capital murder, kidnapping, rape and abuse of corpse.  Jogger Sydney Sutherland's body was found dumped in Newport in rural Arkansas in late September last year after she went missing on August 19. Quake Lewellyn, 28, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of the charges against him. Jogger Sydney Sutherland's body was found dumped in Newport in rural Arkansas in late September last year Lewellyn went under a mental forensic exam in early January after a court ordered the review.  Licensed forensic psychologist Lacey Willett found the 28-year-old is fit to stand trial, Fox 16 reported.  'It is my opinion that...
    EASTENDERS fans are convinced Sonia Fowler's long-lost dad Terry Cant will be a villain. Actor and comedian Brian Conley will play the never before seen character when he arrives later this year after Sonia goes searching for him. ???? Follow our soap spoilers live blog for more news and gossip about EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale... 3Brian Conley is joining the cast of EastEnders The stage and screen star, 59, will join Albert Square as Sonia’s long lost father Terry Cant, having previously said he had turned down the BBC1 soap twice. Brian, whose first scenes will air this spring, said in 2012: “I don’t hanker for fame. I just want to work. EastEnders wouldn’t allow me to do anything else and I do a lot of corporate gigs. “Also, unless you are in it for three years, you don’t earn anything and I’ve got two children who go...
    BAYERN MUNICH are set to end rumours over Jamal Musiala’s future by tying him down to a bumper new £100k-a-week five-year deal. The 17-year-old left Chelsea’s academy for the Bundesliga side in 2019 and has burst onto the scene this season. 1Jamal Musiala is on the verge of signing a bumper new Bayern Munich dealCredit: Getty The England Under-21 international is still currently on a youth contract and has caught the attention of Manchester United. Premier League rivals Liverpool are also interested in the winger - but now The Guardian claims Bayern are close to ending any uncertainty about their starlet. They began negotiations over a new deal in December and now he is believed to be on the verge of penning an incentivised contract, running until 2026, when he turns 18 on February 26. And although the basic salary will be lower than the three figure mark, it could...
    Getty Chiefs linebackers coach Matt House turned down a collegiate promotion this week. Contrary to historical trends, the Kansas City Chiefs, despite consecutive Super Bowl appearances, appear likely to retain the large majority of their coaching staff and front office talent for the 2021 season. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Monday, one key assistant — linebackers coach Matt House — even recently turned down an offer to become the next defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee in order to remain in Kansas City for his third season. League sources tell me Chiefs LBs coach Matt House turned down an offer to be defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee and elected instead to stay in Kansas City. As a well-regarded member of Andy Reid's staff, House could be on track for NFL coordinator job. — Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 15, 2021 Follow the Heavy on...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. On Tuesday morning, Alex Friedman and a handful of other passengers watched their northbound Virginia Railway Express train pull into the Woodbridge station right on time. He was taking it to L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, where he would disembark and go to his engineering office in the city. On the current “special” weekday schedule, only 18 trains service the Fredericksburg and Manassas lines, down from 32 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Ridership is about 90% below pre-pandemic levels. Incidentally, the system’s on-time performance has never been better, the result of having fewer trains on the rails and fewer passengers to board. In December, on-time performance hit 96%, up from 85% in December 2019. Friedman says the lower ridership (and reduced capacity for every train) has made his morning commute even better. While he used...
    A Virginia middle-schooler has a special reason to celebrate when NASA’s next rover lands on Mars on Thursday. In between online middle school classes, 14-year-old Alex Mather will be paying close attention to NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover, because he named it. “I’m definitely going to watch the entirety of that, and then probably just stay glued to the TV watching the press conferences after,” Mather said. The eighth-grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County won the NASA “Name the Rover” essay contest last year out of 28,000 students who entered nationwide. “Perseverance is what allows us to keep on pushing through all these tragedies that happen as we try and push the limits of what we can do,” Mather said. “I tried to write it up in my essay, how this name is a story about the human race.” The NASA broadcast starts at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday....
    PETER Andre has told of his sadness after being forced to miss his sister Debbie's wedding in Australia at the weekend. However, he and his brother Chris were able to perform virtually while she walked down the aisle on her big day. 6Peter was devastated to miss his sister Debbie's wedding in AustraliaCredit: Instagram The 47-year-old star was supposed to jet Down Under to watch Debbie and her fiancé Joe tie the knot, but ongoing lockdown restrictions meant that none of her family outside of Oz were able to attend. However, Debbie was desperate for her brothers to still be involved in her big day - so asked them to record a cover of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' Endless Love for her to walk down the aisle to. Speaking to The Sun, Peter admitted that he was devastated that he couldn't be with the newlyweds in person as he...
    WENDY Williams teared up admitting she empathized with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore's struggle juggling her career and motherhood. Kenya has a two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, who she shares with her ex-husband, Marc Daly. 8Wendy Williams teared up admitting she empathized with RHOA's Kenya Moore's struggle juggling her career and motherhoodCredit: Fox 8Kenya has a two-year-old daughter Brooklyn, who she shares with her ex-husband, Marc DalyCredit: Instagram ???? Follow all our latest news & stories on Real Housewives. Wendy said during Hot Topics: "I feel bad because Kenya, you know, her mom doesn't like her..." "I appreciate Kenya's side of the story because I understand that Marc [Daly] is the worst..." Wendy got choked up admitted "I get it, sorry. Yep, I get it. And even when you go away with the girls, if you can have a nanny stay in the other room with Brooklyn so she doesn't...
    PARIS—Long after Serge Gainsbourg recorded “Lemon Incest” with his 12-year-old daughter, a provocative song that reached No. 2 on the country’s music charts in 1984, the age of glamorizing pedophilia and incest in France is finally coming to a sour end. High-profile revelations of family sex abuse, soon followed by a nationwide outpouring of incest victims’ testimonies, in recent weeks have forced the hand of lawmakers in France, where there is currently no legal age of sexual consent, no specific crime against incest, and where a victim of rape is considered consenting by default. Alexandra Louis, lawmaker for the ruling party La République en Marche, tabled a bill on Feb. 2 to criminalize sexual acts between an adult and a child under age 15 (or 18 in the case of incest)—currently an offense and not a crime, proposing a minimum 15-year prison sentence for any adult found guilty, and extending...
    PORTSMOUTH will be without boss Kenny Jackett for a short period from Thursday while he undergoes a 'medical procedure'. His No2 Joe Gallen will take charge of first-team affairs on a caretaker basis, assisted by first-team coach Jake Wigley. 2Portsmouth will be without boss Kenny Jackett for a short period following a 'medical procedure'Credit: Rex Features It is not known exactly how long Jackett will be off work for. The League One promotion chasers announced yesterday he will not be at matches or training procedures while he rests and recuperates. But he will remain in constant contact with his staff and players, and be able to speak with them before, at half-time and at the end of matches via video link. Portsmouth are currently fourth in League One, just one point behind second-placed Hull with two games in hand and five points off leaders Lincoln but with one game in...
    A DEVASTATED husband whose 27-year-old wife is dying of a rare cancer told how they have been inspired by a film to buy gifts from her for their three young children to unwrap each birthday after she has gone. After suffering stomach upsets for months, Tiffany Dean from Herne Bay, Kent, was told just before Christmas 2020 that she could have cholangiocarcinoma – a rare cancer of the bile duct that affects only four or five people in 100,000, with very few cases in the under 40s. 7Mum Tiffany with children Chloe, baby Jacob and HenryCredit: PA Real Life In January, doctors confirmed the shocking diagnosis and broke the news to Tiffany and her husband Sean, 32, that her tumour was inoperable, meaning her advanced-stage cancer was terminal and she had just months to a year to live. It was a bolt from the blue for the previously healthy young...
    STAFF GRAPHIC  Valentine’s Day means it’s time for the “the talk” involving California’s young adults. No, not the birds and the bees. This is business news, so instead, we’ll discuss the demographic implications of folks in their prime child-bearing years producing fewer freshly minted Californians. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with state Department of Finance population data, found 436,682 California births in the year ended July 1 — down 14,544 in 12 months. It’s the fifth consecutive decline and the 10th drop in 12 years. Last year’s births were 8% below the 2015-19 average of 477,000. The economy’s pandemic plunge wasn’t a factor in these numbers. Remember, it typically takes nine months to produce a new family member, and the pandemic became a life-changing event in the spring of 2020. A declining birthrate is a complex issue with a heavy dose of economic factors. You don’t need a spreadsheet to understand...
    More On: mlb The 50 most interesting people in baseball: Sherman Matt Harvey has a new team MLB unveils massive minor league reorganization plan Former Mets outfielder reaches deal with Indians Here’s an inside look at the Yankees’ AL East foes: Baltimore Orioles 2020: 25-35 Manager: Brandon Hyde (third season) Spring training site: Sarasota, Fla. Key additions: The rebuilding continues, meaning not handing out any big contracts this offseason. They did add veteran right-hander Felix Hernandez on a minor league deal and veteran shortstop Freddy Galvis on a one-year major league deal to try to plug some holes. Key losses: The Orioles traded away their most dependable starting pitcher from a year ago, sending Alex Cobb to the Angels. They will also have to replace three-fourths of their starting infield from last season after releasing first baseman Renato Nunez, who led the team with 12 home runs in...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland's Lunar New Year celebration was streamed online this year, featuring dragon dances, speakers, and firecrackers.But as night fell, the streets became quiet.RELATED: SF's Chinatown celebrates Lunar New Year while calling for unity, allyship after recent attacks on Asian Americans"Once sun sets, everybody closes. Because they are afraid," said Galen Chiu, manager of From the Heart Flowers in Chinatown.While the desire for safety is real, Chiu said the conversation about it could have a negative impact on businesses."It kinda makes it harder for people to come out and spend money or to do business," said Chiu. "If they don't have a reason to come down here, they wouldn't come down here."VIDEO: Suspect arrested in attack on 91-year-old in Oakland's Chinatown, police sayEMBED More News Videos Oakland's newest police chief announced Monday that an arrest has been made after a 91-year-old man was violently shoved in Chinatown....
    BEIJING (AP) — Railway journeys in China during the usually frenetic Lunar New Year holiday travel rush are down by almost 70% amid calls for people to stay where they are to avoid a new outbreak of COVID-19. The China State Railway Group on Saturday reported 52.33 million passenger trips from Jan. 28 to Feb. 11 — a decline of 68.8% from the same period last year. The travel rush is generally considered the world’s largest annual human migration, when urban residents, migrant workers and students return to their hometowns for family gatherings. Air and bus travel are also down considerably, but one figure is up: China’s box office receipts smashed the previous one-day record on Friday, the first day of the new lunar Year of the Ox, bringing in more than 1.736 billion yuan ($269 million), ticket agency Maoyan said. The full economic impact of...
    The NYPD is still guarding monuments of Christopher Columbus 24/7 across New York City as a Republican council member has said they must be protected from 'psychotic leftists' wanting to tear them down over 'a 400-year-old historical squabble'. Police vehicles and barricades were still visible around at least five monuments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens this week around nine months after officers first set up guard around monuments amid racial justice protests.  It is not clear how much the round the clock protection for the statues is costing the Big Apple but it comes as New York state is grappling with a $15 billion budget deficit. Statues, flags and displays of Confederate or racist symbols and historical figures have been taken down or toppled across America in recent months, amid widespread protests calling for an end to systemic racism following the death of black man George Floyd.  An officer...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A lot of people are holding off when it comes to vacations. But for how long? RELATED: Asian Americans Celebrate Lunar New Year As Communities Field Spike In Micro-Aggressions Since COVID-19 CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra has more on travel trends as spring break approaches. It’s first worth saying that people are traveling. Numbers from the TSA showed the number of people going through security is about half of last year. Still, that’s 50%. What we wanted to know: If the beginning of vaccinations meant the beginning of people planning big travel for later this year, it seems neither the shots nor the bookings are happening quickly. “Yeah, we definitely had to cancel a few trips at the beginning of COVID when it happened.” Lily Wahman is a Chicago Insurance broker by day, travel blogger by night. And her photos will definitely feed your wanderlust. Remote work has...
    BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers and the attorney general's office want a state agency to force car insurance providers to lower rates for Massachusetts customers. The pandemic has kept many drivers off the road, meaning thousands of fewer accidents in 2020 compared with the previous year and larger profits for insurers, the Eagle Tribune reported Friday. State lawmakers have asked the state Division of Insurance to review the premiums, profits and rates of insurers and if appropriate, to mandate insurers refund some of the premiums, the newspaper reported. “Auto insurance companies have made windfall profits during 2020 because of reduced driving activity. As bills pile up, residents deserve and need additional relief on their insurance premiums,” state Sen. Barry Finegold told the newspaper. He said he and other lawmakers wrote to the insurance agency in December. A spokesperson for the Division of Insurance told the newspaper it had received the request,...
    Houston Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair is shutting down the Deshaun Watson trade rumors once and for all, saying Friday that he "is our quarterback."  McNair’s comments came shortly after veteran defensive end J.J. Watt announced on social media that both sides "mutually" agreed to part ways after he requested his release. The shakeup obviously prompted fans to make a connection with the recent reports that Watson is unhappy with the organization and wants out himself. JJ WATT, TEXANS ‘MUTUALLY’ PART WAYS AFTER 10 SEASONS  "There is a lot of misinformation out there, I’ll leave it at that," McNair said, according to an ESPN report. "Today we want on focus on J.J. Deshaun is our quarterback, he is a Texan, and we expect him to remain a Texan, and we’ll leave [it at] that." Watson had one of his best seasons this past year despite the Texans’ 4-14 record. After their...
    Margaux & Max has been able to stay afloat with Dinges' Facebook livestreams and creative marketing, even while the retail store remains closed for in-person shopping.Photo: Je Donna Dinges Small business owners have faced a bit of whiplash over the last year as Covid-19 swept the nation, with restrictions leading to closings, reopenings and limited operations in markets across the country at the discretion of state and local leaders. New data from the Q1 2021 CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey finds that experiences of Main Street entrepreneurs reflect this period of unpredictability. While just over than half of small business owners say they have been able to remain open throughout the pandemic, 20% of small business owners say their businesses shut down temporarily as a result of the pandemic and have since reopened, but only at limited capacity. In addition, 10% of small business owners say they've shut down and...
    (CNN)Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was knocked to the ground by Buffalo police officers last June during a protest, said he was "a little surprised" that a grand jury did not indict the two officers who pushed him, causing a skull fracture.The officers, Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, remain suspended from duty pending an internal investigation into the June 4 incident. Captured on video at a protest against racism and police brutality, Gugino was shoved, fell to the ground and his head was bleeding as other officers walked by him. The two officers had pleaded not guilty to charges of felony assault in the second degree. Grand jury dismisses felony assault charges against 2 Buffalo police officers who pushed 75-year-old protester to the ground"I am a little surprised," Gugino on Thursday told Spectrum News Buffalo, a CNN affiliate. "I think there was pressure on (Erie County District Attorney...
    A new documentary is exploring a string of unsolved double homicides that occurred at a 'lovers' lane' in Virginia more than three decades ago, as experts try to figure out if the murders were the work of a serial killer or just a gruesome coincidence.   Premiering on February 11, Oxygen's two-night true-crime special Lovers' Lane Murders focuses on the slaying of eight men and women at the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile stretch that links the historic towns of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.   'Urban legends usually come out of some seed of truth,' former prosecutor and Lovers’ Lane Murders co-host Loni Coombs explains in a preview clip. 'Lovers’ lanes — they are places that killers target.' Scroll down for video   Unsolved mystery: A team of experts delve into the Colonial Parkway murders in Virginia in the 1980s in Oxygen's two-night true-crime special Lovers' Lane Murders Deep dive: Forensic criminologist Laura Pettler explains...
    EFE videos The Spanish Stock Market continues to decline at noon after the EC forecasts Madrid, Feb 11 (EFE) .- The Ibex 35, the main index of the Spanish Stock Exchange, maintains the downward trend and falls by 0.54% at noon after the European Commission (EC) published its economic growth forecasts, thus putting the level of 8,000 points at risk. The selective lost 43.2 points at that time and stood at 8,022.2. The Ibex fell 2.3% in the week and 0.64% so far this year. The greatest decreases within the selective corresponded to the insurer Mapfre (3.78%), which has presented results; and Merlin Properties (2.86%), followed by two banks, Santander (2.45%) and Sabadell (2.18%), and two stocks related to tourism: IAG (2.43%) and Meliá (1.96%). At the other extreme, the most pronounced increases were for two renewable energy companies, Solaria (4.59%), which maintains its recovery path, and Siemens Gamesa (2.09%)....
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Lunar New Year fairs, usually an opportunity to sell creative merchandise critical of the government alongside festive foods and decorations, are subdued this year amid coronavirus restrictions and a sweeping national security law. Last year in January, fairs sold a variety of items carrying pro-democracy slogans popularised by mass demonstrations in 2019, from tote bags and T-shirts to coasters and temporary tattoos. But protests evaporated as the coronavirus pandemic prevented large gatherings. Then China imposed a sweeping national security law in June and Hong Kong authorities began arresting activists and opposition politicians. Early afternoon on Thursday, just a few dozen people shopped for flowers in Victoria Park in the city's dense Causeway Bay neighbourhood and across the harbour in Mong Kok, two of the most common areas for mass demonstrations in the past. Crowd controls were in place and temperature checks were mandatory. "Next...
    By Andre Paultre PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian police on Wednesday clashed with rock-hurling protesters in the capital Port-Au-Prince amid street demonstrations against President Jovenel Moise after his government retired three Supreme Court judges earmarked as his potential replacements. Police fired teargas and shot in the air in an attempt to disperse pockets of protesters, who pelted the security officials with rocks, according to a Reuters witness. "We are back to dictatorship! Down with Moise!" the protesters shouted as music blared from speakers amid chaotic scenes in the poor Caribbean nation of about 11 million people. The protesters also yelled "Down with Sison," a reference to the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Michele Jeanne Sison. Washington has so far backed Moise's claim that he should step down in February 2022 after presidential elections are held this year. The latest political tumult in the volatile island nation comes amid a crippling economic crisis...
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    COVID deaths in the UK today dropped by a quarter in a week as 1,001 more died with cases down by a third. The latest 13,013 infections have brought the total number of positive cases to 3,985,161. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1 A further 1,001 deaths have been reported - with the total number of victims in the UK now at 114,851. This is a quarter lower than last Wednesday, when 1,322 new deaths were recorded with a further 19,202 cases. It comes as... Holidays at home and abroad may be scrapped for the rest of the year The Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is effective in all adults, WHO says Covid causes more than just three symptoms, more research has shown Boris says Brits will have to get used to a never-ending cycle of vaccines and boosters to tackle mutant variants Cases are...
    TipRanks 3 Monster Growth Stocks That Are Still Undervalued Let’s talk about growth. With corona receding, politics growing less exciting, and a new year ahead, investors are getting optimistic – and that means there’s a hunt for stocks that will bring in strong returns. In other words, growth stocks. In a recent interview, Jan Hatzius, chief economist at investment giant Goldman Sachs, said that he sees GDP growth in 2Q21 hitting as high as 10%. In an environment like that, most stocks are going to show a growth trend. Now, we all know that past performance won’t guarantee future results. Still, the best place to start looking for tomorrow’s high-growth stocks is among yesterday’s winners. Bearing this in mind, we set out to find stocks flagged as exciting growth plays by Wall Street. Using TipRanks’ database, we locked in on three analyst-backed names that have already notched impressive gains and...
    TEEN Mom star Vee Rivera broke down in tears after sharin a sweet Valentine's card made by her five-year-old daughter Sharing on social media the moment she discoveed the card, Vee wrote: "Vivi must have put this in my purse yeserday for me to find and I want to cry." 7Vivi, 5, is Vee's ony daughterCredit: Instagram The card was a simple piece of pink paper covered in hand-drawn hearts. "My sweet baby," added Vee, who then flipped the camera to herself welling up. Vee married Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry's ex Jo Rivera, 29, in 2017. The couple's only child is Vivi, while Jo also shares 10-year-old son Isaac with Kailyn, 28. 7Vivi gave her mom this sweet cardCredit: Instagram 7Vee admitted she wanted to cry after discovering it in her purseCredit: Instagram 7Vee and Jo co-parent his son Isaac with KailynCredit: Facebook Despite the drama that may...
    After a year when the coronavirus pandemic and US presidential election helped boost Twitter’s user base to new heights, the company is now warning that things will likely slow down in 2021. The company reported 192 million monetizable daily active users (mDAU), an increase from the 187 million it reported last quarter, and up 27 percent from last year. But the surge of growth that started last spring is expected to slow in the coming year, Twitter said. “In 2020, growth from product improvements reached an all-time high, with additional benefit from increased global conversation around COVID-19, the run-up to US elections, and other current Events,” Twitter wrote in a letter to shareholders. But absent these “unusual circumstances,” 2021 will look very different for Twitter. (Though the company was quick to point out there was “no change to our ambition” to hit the 20 percent growth target announced last March,...
    Getty Images Investors are waiting for inflation to pick up, but the consumer price index should show just a slight gain in January, boosted by rising gasoline prices. Economists expect a consensus 0.3% increase in the index, a measure of inflation, or a year-over-year gain of 1.5%, according to Dow Jones. Excluding food and energy, it is projected to rise by 0.1%. The CPI report is scheduled to be released at 8:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont, said he expects higher gasoline prices to be a factor in the CPI, which he expects to increase by 0.4%. Prices for unleaded fuel averaged $2.46 per gallon nationally Tuesday, up from $2.30 per gallon in early January, according to AAA. "I'm expecting a little bit of craziness because every month, it seems that's what we get," said Stanley. "Even when the headline numbers are reasonably close to...