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    New York : Although in most of the roles she has played on the small screen and in her everyday life, she appears as a strong and fearless woman, Kate del Castillo He assures that he also knows how to be a tender person and confesses that he has weaknesses that people do not know, but that are part of his personality. The actress was a guest on the new show Don Francisco “Reflections 2021” And there she assured that one of the things that can break her the most emotionally is that something happens to her family, because her father, mother and sister are the most important people for her and she would do anything for her well-being at all the senses. “People say that I am very tough and brave and that I have many pants to do things, and yes I do, but I also have...
    Strictly Come Dancing's Katya Jones is boosting her bank balance by selling her clothes online. The professional dancer, 31, has joined a slew of celebrities including Katie Price, in flogging their old clothes on Depop. 6Strictly Come Dancing's Katya Jones is trying to make ends meet by selling her clothes onlineCredit: bbc Katya is selling everything from sports bras to skirts and mittens to floral tops. She has already sold out of most of the items on her page, some of which are as cheap as £1. “I am selling items I no longer need for very reasonable prices. You can buy as a bundle to pay shipping only once. Message for any questions,” Katya wrote on her Depop profile page. Katya has taken to selling her clothes online after her career took a hit thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. 6She is selling her old clothes on the website, DepopCredit:...
    An Indiana businessman is poking fun at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, posting a digital billboard near the states’ border that refers to the Democratic governor as the 2020 "Indiana Business Person of the Year." The billboard displays several messages critical of Whitmer’s administration, including a sign which says the "Great State of Indiana Welcomes Michiganders to a free-to-roam state." Steve Swick, the owner of Indiana-based Swick Broadcasting Company and operator of the billboard, told MLive that Whitmer’s restrictions "effectively shut down and destroyed small businesses" during the coronavirus pandemic and led Michiganders to leave the state. "I’m not anti-Michigan at all, but I certainly feel for the people of Michigan, business owners and operators," Swick told the website. Whitmer is one of several Democratic governors who drew criticism during the pandemic for implementing stringent lockdown measures. While the Michigan governor argued the measures are necessary to protect public health, critics said...
    COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been chaotic and confusing. Whats going on? Texas grid failure stirs feud between cities and state The Trump Plaza hotel and casino, a once-glittering destination on the Atlantic City boardwalk in New Jersey, came crashing down in seconds on Wednesday morning after a planned implosion witnessed by scores of cheering spectators. © Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty The Trump Plaza demolition "As you heard the dynamite, the explosives go off, it just sent chills," Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, who stood on a nearby pier to watch the collapse, tells PEOPLE.  Donald Trump's former casino — which opened in 1984 and operated for 30 years as one of the businesses that defined Trump's rise and fall in real estate and hospitality — was home to numerous boxing world title fights before its fortunes soured. Former Trump Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Demolished People See more...
    TODD Chrisley’s son Kyle and his fiancee, Ashleigh Nelson, plan to marry “soon” in a small ceremony as the bond with his family remains “strong” after their estrangement.  Kyle, 29, proposed to his girlfriend Ashleigh, 30, on Valentine’s Day. 7Kyle Chrisley proposed to his girlfriend Ashleigh NelsonCredit: Instagram A source exclusively told The Sun of the proposal: “He asked her at their house. He surprised her with the ring. She thinks it’s gorgeous.  “Getting married is something they knew they would do the whole time they’ve been together. They’ve been living together for two years and he is amazing with her two children.” Kyle, who is dad to daughter Chloe, 8, from a previous relationship and Ashleigh plan to marry “soon.”  The insider sad: “It will be this year for sure and they plan on something quiet and small. They are both 30 and just super ready to start their...
    With future Ryan Reynolds-starring ‘Clue’ trying to take off, Hasbro’s iconic board game will also make the leap to the small screen with an animated series developed by Fox. FOX Entertainment: “Colonel Mustard … At the Conservatory … With the lead pipe. Just by hearing these colorful phrases, you immediately know what they mean, leaving no mystery as to why Clue is one of the board games turned into Most beloved IPs of all time. We couldn’t be more excited to develop it as an animated series alongside eOne and Bento Box. “ Maintaining the essence that has made Cluedo an authentic sensation for more than seven decades, the project will be co-produced by FOX Entertainment, eOne, and Bento Box Entertainment, which will also serve as an animation studio. ‘Cluedo’ is a murder mystery board game originally published by Waddington Games, UK, in 1948. It was developed by...
    (CNN)Adam Bayer and his wife Traci own Hillcrest Pharmacy, located in the 11,000-person town of Vernon, Texas. It's one of the pharmacies receiving coronavirus vaccines as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that began a much-anticipated rollout this week. The Bayers are among the first in the nation to administer vaccines under the program.When the pharmacy received the shipment of Moderna doses late Wednesday, the Bayers -- both pharmacists -- started calling people they knew were eligible. The first call Traci made was to a couple in their mid-70s who had been quarantined for nearly a year, not even seeing their children or grandchildren because of their age and underlying conditions. "Our pharmacy was the first place they'd been since March," Adam Bayer told CNN. Pharmacist Adam Bayer administers a coronavirus vaccine. His pharmacy is one of many that are involved in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that rolled...
    Gov. Greg Abbott met with small business owners of a plant and gardening store and a landscaping company Thursday in Dallas to discuss his small business legislative priorities. The governor and attendees discussed the need for COVID-related civil liability protections for small businesses and reducing red tape and regulatory burdens, two legislative priorities the governor addressed in his state of the state address and budget proposal. They also discussed the need for broadband expansion, more job training and workforce development, and ways in which the legislature cansupport small businesses. Ruibal's Plants of Texas was chosen as a location, the governor’s office said, in order to “hear firsthand about the challenges that small businesses face and to develop solutions that elected officials in Austin” can address. But critics note that outdoor plants, gardening and landscaping businesses were identified as essential and could remain open in the governor’s...
    LOS ANGELES -- Attorneys for Britney Spears and her father sparred Thursday over how he should share power with a financial company newly appointed as his partner in the conservatorship that controls her money.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny overruled an objection of Jamie Spears' attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, who argued that he should not yield previously granted rights and powers while working with his new co-conservator, The Bessemer Trust.Thoreen had argued that the proposed order Britney Spears' court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham III drafted to appoint the new co-conservator was "unclear and ambiguous by design" as he seeks to take authority away from Jamie Spears. Others of her objections to the order were sustained.In a statement to The Associated Press after the hearing, Thoreen said "the rulings show the court's confidence in our client Jamie Spears and Bessemer Trust to manage the conservatorship of Ms. Spears estate together," and...
    By Sharlene Hendricks and Danica Coto | Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica is running low on ganja. Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island’s famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they’ve seen. “It’s a cultural embarrassment,” said Triston Thompson, chief opportunity explorer for Tacaya, a consulting and brokerage firm for the country’s nascent legal cannabis industry. Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalized small amounts of weed in 2015. People caught with 2 ounces (56 grams) or less of cannabis are supposed to pay a small fine and face no arrest or criminal record. The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to...
    Businesses in Maine's leading city may have earned a reprieve this week when a judge delayed implementation of a hazard pay ordinance, but they still may have to deal with the provision in years to come. Portland enacted the ordinance to raise the minimum hourly wage to more than $18, a time-and-a-half mandate during states of emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. Maine’s statewide minimum wage also went up to $12.15 on Jan. 1. Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren ruled Monday that the wage-increase referendum, which was approved by the city's voters in November, should be allowed to go into effect – but not until next year. That means small business owners won't have to reckon with the sudden shift in worker salaries anytime soon, but without further legal challenges, they should expect it could happen down the road. “The higher costs of labor mean higher prices...
    A golf ball 'lost' by Alan Shepard on the Moon that he claimed travelled 'miles and miles' has been found in newly restored images — and it only travelled 40 yards.  On February 6, 1971, the Apollo 14 mission commander hit two golf balls across the lunar surface as one of the final acts of NASA's third crewed Moon landing. One of the balls was hit into a crater, but the other was said to have travelled 'miles and miles' — at least by Commander Shepard. However, newly restored images of the Apollo 14 landing site suggest that his golf swing may not have been as successful as he first thought. In fact, the first ball came to rest 24 yards from Commander Shepard's 'teeing off' point, while the second flew a mere 40 yards. Scroll down for video  On February 6, 1971, the Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard hit...
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is running low on ganja. Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island’s famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they’ve seen. “It’s a cultural embarrassment,” said Triston Thompson, chief opportunity explorer for Tacaya, a consulting and brokerage firm for the country’s nascent legal cannabis industry. Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalized small amounts of weed in 2015. People caught with 2 ounces (56 grams) or less of cannabis are supposed to pay a small fine and face no arrest or criminal record. The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to smoke ganja for sacramental purposes. But enforcement is...
    Pro Football Hall of Fame hoping 2021 produces greatest football gathering ever Alejandro Mayorkas fought for refugees and Dreamers. Can he undo four years of Trump immigration policies? Biotech Surpasses GameStop as Best-Performing Retail Pick (Bloomberg) -- Biotech mania has overtaken internet chat rooms, pushing aside recent retail trading stars GameStop Corp. and Express Inc. Cassava Sciences Inc. nabbed the top spot as best microcap stock performer this year with an almost 680% rally. The small drug developer now has a market value of nearly $2 billion after briefly surpassing the $3 billion mark earlier this week. Its surge since the start of the year has displaced GameStop as the leader in the Russell Microcap Index. GameStop’s return had dwindled to about 184% through Thursday’s close, down from more than 1,000% at the end of last week. © Bloomberg Biotech Beat Trading in Cassava on Tuesday was frenzied with...
    WASHINGTON -- The jobs recovery has hit a roadblock: The US jobless rate hasn't improved since the fall and economists don't have high hopes that this changed in January.Economists predict the US jobless rate stayed put at 6.7% in the first month of 2021, which would be the third month in a row with no change. Eleven months into the pandemic, 10 months into the jobs crisis and nine months into the ostensible recovery, this is a very bad sign.The average expectation for jobs added in January is 50,000. That would be a welcome turnaround from the 140,000 jobs lost in December, which was the first monthly loss of jobs since April. If the January forecast holds true, America will still be down nearly 10 million jobs since last February.But there's a chance the government's jobs report, due out Friday at 8:30 am ET, could be better than expected.EMBED More...
    US in tug-of-war with teachers over reopening schools Trump refuses surprise call to testify in his impeachment trial Turkish Small Caps Race to List as Stock Market Hits Record (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s smaller companies are rushing to tap public markets and cash in on a flood of local retail investors, who have helped push the country’s stocks to new highs. Load Error Three companies have filed with the Istanbul exchange recently, targeting initial public offerings this year, including Verusa Holding AS’s construction unit Aldem Celik and Odas Elektrik AS’s coal miner Can Komur. And at least another seven companies said they are considering going public in Turkey in 2021. If all of the listings materialize, it would be Borsa Istanbul’s busiest year for IPOs since 2014, according to data from Turkey’s Capital Markets Board. The surge in small-cap listings is supported by strong demand from Turkey’s expanding retail...
    Shares of Reddit favorite GameStop Corp plummeted a further 42 percent on Thursday after selling off sharply all week. It closed at $53.50 a share - a massive drop from their peak at around $483 last week - and continued to fall a further 6 percent after hours. Gamestop shares have already fallen by 84 percent so far this week. A swarm of buying by amateur traders over the past two weeks sparked big moves in shares of companies that hedge funds had bet against such as GameStop and AMC. However, many of the so-called 'Reddit rally' stocks fell sharply this week. Instead, small pharmaceutical stocks are now seeing a heightened interest from the day traders on Reddit.  Shares of Reddit favorite GameStop Corp plummeted a further 42 percent on Thursday It closed at $53.50 a share, a massive drop from their peak at around $483 last week
    By ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — GameStop and a handful of other stocks whose meteoric rise last month shocked Wall Street began falling back to Earth this week. But the campaign that briefly pushed GameStop up by 1,600% at the expense of hedge funds that were betting it would lose value, known as “shorting,” could be a blueprint for similar efforts with other companies' shares, some analysts say. “The cat’s out of the bag on the populism message-board trader,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategist at Baird. “I think it will pop up again, where and when and in what (stock) I’m not sure. I do think the larger movement is here to stay.” Some other deeply shorted stocks include Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Bed Bath & Beyond and Macerich Co. The GameStop episode is “a wake-up call that is likely to permanently affect the business models of institutional...
    The market’s GameStop fever appears to have broken, but other stocks are now starting to feel a bit warm. Shares in the much-discussed video game retailer were down over 33 percent by midday Thursday, adding to a steep decline that has the key player in the so-called “Reddit Rally” down more than 81 percent this week. Day traders, meanwhile, appear to be turning their interest to other areas like small pharmaceutical stocks. Stock in AMC Entertainment, a second-favorite “meme stock” for retail traders using Reddit boards like WallStreetBets to topple hedge fund managers they believe are rigging the system, is down more than 45 percent on the week. Despite the declines, which have resulted prominent “Reddit rally” investors like Dave Portnoy announcing big losses, the message boards remain filled with optimistic posts and speculation that the slide is merely more Wall Street manipulation. “There is a second wave of...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — GameStop and a handful of other stocks whose meteoric rise last month shocked Wall Street began falling back to Earth this week. But the campaign that briefly pushed GameStop up by 1,600% at the expense of hedge funds that were betting it would lose value, known as “shorting,” could be a blueprint for similar efforts with other companies’ shares, some analysts say. “The cat’s out of the bag on the populism message-board trader,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategist at Baird. “I think it will pop up again, where and when and in what (stock) I’m not sure. I do think the larger movement is here to stay.” Some other deeply shorted stocks include Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Bed Bath & Beyond and Macerich Co. The GameStop episode is “a wake-up call that is likely to permanently affect the business models of institutional investors,” analysts at Barclays Capital wrote...
    More On: stock market Barstool founder dumps ‘meme stocks’ and says he took a massive loss GameStopped? Stock plunges for a second straight day Ja Rule to Robinhood: ‘You gotta let people trade, man’ Analyst says AMC stock now a ‘sell’ as price target drops to $1 The market’s GameStop fever appears to have broken, but other stocks are now starting to feel a bit warm. Shares in the much-discussed video game retailer were down over 33 percent by midday Thursday, adding to a steep decline that has the key player in the so-called “Reddit Rally” down more than 81 percent this week. Day traders, meanwhile, appear to be turning their interest to other areas like small pharmaceutical stocks. Stock in AMC Entertainment, a second-favorite “meme stock” for retail traders using Reddit boards like WallStreetBets to topple hedge fund managers they believe are rigging the system, is down more...
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    A pedestrian and cyclist wear facemasks outside a branch of department store chain Nordstrom in Santa Monica, California on May 11, 2020.Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images Nordstrom said Thursday it expects revenue to rise more than 25% in fiscal 2021 from the prior year, with roughly half of its sales coming from its digital business. Last year, the department store chain rang up about a third of its sales online. With shoppers changing their purchasing behaviors in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Nordstrom said it plans to focus its investments on smaller-format stores, building its off-price Rack business and e-commerce, as it tries to win back old customers and reach new ones. Nordstrom's anticipated 2021 sales growth comes in a bit lower than the 26.6% increase expected by analysts, according to a Refinitiv survey. The company also expects earnings before interest and taxes to be positive...
    Dulin and Villiere to start for France in Six Nations against Italy All of the Golden Globe Ambassadors Over the Past 27 Years Jeff Bezoss complicated legacy as CEO of Amazon In 1997, the year Amazon became a publicly traded company, CEO Jeff Bezos promised investors they would be in for a journey. Amazon would not chase short-term profits, he warned in a letter to shareholders. It would focus "relentlessly" on customers. It would act with urgency but prioritize long-term investments. And it would run a lean culture that minimized costs and cut waste. © John Locher/AP In this June 6, 2019, file photo Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention in Las Vegas. Washington state's richest residents, including Bezos and Bill Gates, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor...
    The number of new applications for unemployment benefits dropped 33,000 last week to 779,000, according to the Labor Department, as a continued decrease in daily coronavirus cases offers a glimmer of optimism. Consensus estimates had predicted 830,000 new claims, according to Trading Economics. The Labor Department's weekly unemployment insurance claims report represents the number of people who filed for unemployment the previous week. Because it doesn't reflect the total number of people who are unemployed at any given moment, the report presents a snapshot of the strength or weakness of the job market. While a far cry from the nearly 7 million unemployment insurance claims filed in the early days of the pandemic, Thursday's report is still far above pre-pandemic levels, when weekly claims floated around 200,000. The worst days of the 2008 financial crisis peaked at 665,000 claims in one week, according to data from the Federal...
    On Tuesday, President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen joined Democratic senators for a private virtual meeting, following their meeting on Monday with Republican lawmakers to discuss the GOP alternative to his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, as reported by the Associated Press. Biden and Yellen determined that the Republican bill and its price tag of $618 billion was too small to address the health and economic crises and called on the senators to continue their efforts to pass his legislation. With extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expiring in March, the Biden administration is under pressure to secure relief as soon as possible. Democrats took advantage of their Senate majority, voting 50-49 to begin the process of approving the $1.9 trillion bill without support from Republicans. Following the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed that the president called on him and his Senate colleagues to act...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s snow emergency declaration has been lifted as crews are continuing their push to clear streets as quickly as possible. The days-long winter storm pummeled the area with several inches of snow. “We had the melting pot and the storm of all storms. We had a combination of everything,” Philadelphia Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams said. “We had freezing rain, hail, we had snow that came down immediately at cold temperatures, and we had blustery conditions, so it was one of the most challenging storms that we ever faced in the department.” More than 430 trucks have been tackling snow-covered city streets since Sunday. Fifteen to 20,000 tons of salt has already coated roadways and the snow removal process is far from over. “Our primary and secondary streets are priority because of emergency vehicles, public transportation, people have to get to and from locations,” Williams said. “Now,...
    The online brokerage Robinhood has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times saying that it is 'humbled' after recent controversy over its limits on buying certain stocks during the 'meme stock' frenzy fueled by an army of small investors on Reddit. The ad on Tuesday follows massive backlash against the popular trading app, which at one point last week restricted the purchase of 50 different stocks as it struggled to meet capital requirements. Shares of GameStop, the struggling video game retailer that was the focus of a buying campaign on the Reddit forum WallStreetBets, slid another 40 percent in early trading on Tuesday, signaling that the staggering rally might be at an end. AMC, another target of the campaign, dropped another 30 percent. Spot silver prices were also down, after media reports claimed small investors were targeting the commodity, something that was denied by users of WallStreetBets.
    ROME (AP) — Much of Italy gingerly reopened Monday from pre-Christmas coronavirus closures, with the Vatican Museums welcoming a trickle of visitors to the Sistine Chapel and locals ordering their cappuccinos at outdoor tables for the first time in weeks. While many European countries remain in hard lockdowns amid surging COVID-19 infections and variants, five more Italian regions graduated to the coveted “yellow” category of risk starting Monday. That meant museums and the Colosseum could reopen, sit-down restaurant and bar service could resume during the day and many high schoolers could return to class part-time. “Finally we can breathe again after this long period of staying at home,” waiter Elsafty Rashad said as he set up tables outside La Nonna Betta restaurant in Rome’s Ghetto neighborhood. “Without work, staying at home every day is too difficult for us young people who work, who have to pay rent and everything...
    Robinhood restricted the purchase of 50 different stocks late on Friday, including blue-chip names Starbucks and General Motors, in an apparent act of desperation as the company's cash reserves were stretched to the limit. The move followed a wild week of trading driven by small investors on the message board Reddit, who took on hedge funds that had bet against shares of struggling video game retailer GameStop. Robinhood said in a statement that it had restricted users from purchasing certain shares this week because it struggled to meet deposit requirements with the clearinghouses behind the scenes of stock trading. It was a stunning admission that cast doubt on conspiracy theories accusing Robinhood of trying to tank high-flying GameStop shares for nefarious purposes -- but it revealed how precarious the startup trading platform's financial position may be. Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev said that no outside pressure was put on the...
    Jon Stewart joined Twitter on Thursday, and used his first post to praise Reddit investors for taking on Wall Street and causing GameStop's shares to skyrocket.   The Reddit group called WallStreetBets that boasts some 4.7 million members has been an online rallying spot for those urging people to buy and hold GameStop shares, punishing short sellers by sending prices soaring.  It was then that Robinhood and Interactive Brokers restricted trading in GameStop stocks, which dealt a blow to the Reddit investors.  In response to the controversy, the former Daily Show host, who is a verified Twitter user under the name @Jon_Actual, wrote in his first tweet: 'This is bulls**t. The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years.  Jon Stewart, who just recently joined Twitter, has praised a group of small investors on Reddit for taking on Wall Street by causing GameStop's shares to skyrocket over...
    Wall Street is "losing its mind" after a group of small investors with trading accounts ranging from $500 to $2,500 banded together to take "down the billionaires," Fox Business host Charles Payne told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday. The "Making Money" host addressed the dramatic surge in GameStop's stock price after a group of Reddit users teamed up to buy up the struggling retailer's call options – pushing the company's stock prices to unprecedented levels and hurting market short-sellers. "These hedge funds selling this stock, they don’t own the stock, so they borrow it," Payne explained. "Imagine you borrow a stock that’s trading at $10 and then you drive the share price down and then you buy it back for a dollar. You make the difference, nine bucks." GAMESTOP, AMC GYRATIONS HIT CHARLES SCHWAB, TD AMERITRADE WITH OUTAGES Short-sellers, Payne explained, are investors who speculate the price of a stock or security will fall in value. The strategy involves borrowing shares in order to sell them with the hopes of buying them...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new type of eye surgery has become increasingly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic because many people are finding their glasses fogging up when wearing a mask. “It’s called SMILE laser eye surgery and SMILE is short for small incision lenticule extraction,” Goel Vision Medical Director Dr. Sonny Goel said. SMILE is an alternative to LASIK that was approved by the FDA in 2017. Dr. Goel said he was the first to offer it in Maryland last year. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “Think of it as a small incision LASIK. We’re able to treat it without making a large corneal flap, just making a very small incision up under the upper eyelid,” Dr. Goel said. If you’ve found yourself frustrated while walking around during the pandemic when your glasses fog up, this surgery...
    A new law has become the first to protect human artifacts in outer space.  The 'One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act' prevents companies that do business with NASA from disturbing historic traces of previous missions to the moon. Designed to 'protect and preserve the historic and scientific value of U.S. government lunar artifacts,' the law sets a protective perimeter around the six Apollo landing sites—including Tranquility Bay, where the Apollo 11 lander touched down in 1969. The first law to recognize human heritage in outer space, it protects vehicles and hardware, the remains of experiments and even Neil Armstrong's boot prints. Experts say the measure, which enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress, will become increasingly important as trips to the moon increase in the next few years.  It does not, however, specify penalties for violators.  Scroll down for video A new law ensures Neil Armstrong's 1969...
    VIDEO1:2801:28What $15 an hour minimum wage means for Main StreetPower Lunch While small business owners are cheering President Joe Biden's plans to direct more aid to a Main Street that has been ravaged by the pandemic, they're also debating another of his pledges — hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Workers' rights groups are cheering the move, but advocates for America's smallest businesses are warning such an increase could stall an already challenging economic recovery on the road back to stability from the health crisis. Biden's plans would more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which has not moved since 2009, despite repeated efforts by Democrats to increase pay for low-wage workers. A 2019 report from the Congressional Budget Office projected that hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour gradually by 2025 would increase pay for 17 million workers but...
    VIDEO4:5804:58Jim Cramer on GameStop's jump higherSquawk on the Street The power of the internet is bringing individual investors together to crush Wall Street hedge funds and other investment bigwigs. It's a new trend that's only just getting started, CNBC's Jim Cramer said on Monday. "It's the 'wallstreetbets' people.' And they have ganged up, arguably allowed by free speech purposes, to center on a few stocks," said Cramer, referring to the Reddit forum r/wallstreetbets. The few stocks the "Mad Money" host mentioned are GameStop, Bed Bath & Beyond, and AMC Entertainment — all heavily shorted and all soaring in epic short squeezes. Short-selling is a bet against a stock, in which traders sell borrowed shares in hopes of buying them back lower in the future. They return the borrowed number of shares and pocket the price difference. A short squeeze happens when a stock with a large bloc of short sellers...
    This is the adorable moment a baby elephant and its family walk through an area cleared by lumberjacks.  The incident happened Chowkham village, in north east India, on Monday afternoon.  Locals said the young elephant is called Phantom, while its mother is Maruti and the the second adult is seven-year-old Babulal.   Phantom the elephant was filmed struggling to cross a fallen tree trunk in Chowkham village, in north east India, on Monday afternoon The elephant family are regulars in the village and a local tends to them and uses one for rides Phantom the elephant, pictured in happier times, is a regular in the village  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Simply the NEST! Heartwarming moment a lonely pigeon sits on... You're having a baby! Heartwarming moment five year old girl... Share this article Share The footage shows the young calf...
    Christina Ricci has detailed how she once had to hide knives in the house because she feared her now-estranged husband James Heerdegen could kill her after he allegedly said he would only feel sorry for her if she was 'dismembered into small pieces', court documents show. The 40-year-old actress has also accused Heerdegen of allegedly beating her, throwing her into a fire pit and mocking her with pig noises before she filed for divorce in June last year. Ricci's allegations were included in a request for a domestic violence restraining order against Heerdegen, which a judge approved late on Wednesday. Photos of bruises on her hands, wrists and arms were included in the court documents, which were obtained by TMZ, as proof of Heerdegen's alleged abuse. As a result, a judge ordered Heerdegen to remain at least 100 yards away from Ricci and their 6-year-old son Freddie. He also cannot...
    CNN was eager to celebrate President Trump leaving the White House on Wednesday morning and the hyper-partisan network’s news anchors and executives couldn’t resist offering their opinions about the outgoing commander-in-chief. Jake Tapper, who is billed as a straight news anchor despite regularly offering his thoughts, declared that Trump was "disgraceful" as he prepared to Marine One and head to Joint Base Andrews. BIDEN, HARRIS POST-INAUGURATION MEDIA COVERAGE EXPECTED TO BE MUCH FRIENDLIER THAN TRUMP-ERA VITRIOL "As we watch President Trump’s helicopter, it’s interesting, he really is doing everything he can that’s wrong," Tapper said. "This a textbook case of how not to leave the presidency. Whine and cry, pretend that you didn’t win, incite your supporters, stage an insurrection. And on his way out the door, he pardons a bunch of his cronies." Tapper then rattled off some of the people Trump pardoned, including former campaign chairman Steve Bannon. "You...
    Dave Portnoy knows what it's like to be a small businessman, which is why he started the "Barstool Fund" to help small business affected by the coronavirus pandemic. "That's why I'm so passionate about it," the Barstool Sports founder and CEO told "Fox News Primetime" host Brian Kilmeade Tuesday. "I mean, Barstool's obviously grown, but I consider it a small business and it's no overnight success. "It took me two decades," he added. "We've been doing it two decades, [and it took 10 years maybe before I turned a profit. If this thing [the pandemic] hit at year 10, you rip away basically my entire adult life's work." Portnoy launched the Barstool Fund last month with $500,000 of his own money. As of Tuesday night, a total of 193,731 donors had contributed more than $27.6 million. "It's about trying to help small business in general," Portnoy told Kilmeade, gesturing toward several eerily empty Midtown eateries....
    The ‘Tobin tax’ has just come into effect, but one of its most dire consequences is already beginning to show. The search for alternatives to avoid this extra cost when trading Spanish stocks threatens to push many small investors towards CFDs and other complex investment products that involve more risks but are spared the application of this tax. Although the original spirit of the ‘Tobin tax’ went through limit speculation in financial marketsThe truth is that the Financial Transaction Tax that has just come into force in Spain only affects the net purchase of shares of half a hundred national securities. Derivative products that are usually associated with more speculative strategies and carry more operational risks are out of your scope. So far this has resulted in a barrage of inquiries from small investors. This has been confirmed to Invertia by both operators of various financial firms and sources close...
    A usually busy Main Street in Livingston , Montana after Governor Steve Bullock order the closing of restaurants, bars, and theaters on March 20, 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.William Campbell | Corbis via Getty Images As President-elect Joe Biden lays out his sweeping $1.9 trillion economic plan and response to the pandemic, small business advocates are welcoming additional aid for a Main Street that continues to be hammered by Covid. Biden's American Rescue Plan includes $15 billion in grants to help the hardest hit businesses and $35 billion for small business financing programs. "An economy that is fully re-opened and recovers with relative speed will save countless Main Street businesses and jobs, and provide a spark for new entrepreneurs to launch new businesses and hire," said Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president and CEO, in a statement. She added, small business recovery is a vital part of the overall...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A little help can go a long way, especially now as small businesses deal with the pandemic. Small businesses across the United States are benefitting from an online fundraiser that was started by Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports. A Philadelphia bar owner recently got the surprise call that he is going to be getting a helping hand. Kite and Key co-owner Jim Kirk joined Eyewitness News This Morning on Tuesday. “It was amazing,” Kirk said. “You know, I don’t really get too many facetime calls. When I did, I kind of had an idea. We were watching the game and just so excited. We jumped for joy. Let’s just say I probably used too many of I guess not so correct words at the time. It was really amazing.” Kirk says the money is going to be used to pay for rent. He hopes as many businesses...
    For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. "I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline," said Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings and proms. She was flooded with order cancellations starting in early March as the virus spread and large gatherings and events were abandoned. Sinoway got a Paycheck Protection Program loan last May and used it to pay her three employees. But the loan money fell far short of what she needed to maintain her Port Washington, New York, shop. She was forced to close it and move the business into her home. Millions of business owners like Sinoway are about to get help. The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department are preparing to revive the PPP five months after its first two rounds...
    Before a recent practice, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr pulled Eric Paschall aside and gave him a new assignment: He’d be playing center. “He was like, ‘That’ll give you an opportunity to get the ball in your hands more and attack other bigs,’” Paschall recalled before Wednesday night’s game against the Clippers at Chase Center. “So, I was like ‘That’s fine with me.’” On the heels of Marquese Chriss suffering a broken leg in a scrimmage in Chicago, the Warriors had a hole in their center rotation. Kerr saw an opportunity to fix two problems at once: fill minutes at a position of need and put Paschall, who had failed to make an impact as the starting power forward, in a better position to succeed. Now Paschall, a 6-foot-6, 255 pound brick wall of a player, is thriving. In five games as a small-ball center, Paschall has...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Santa Clara County small businesses have a new lifeline to ring in the New Year — a low-interest loan program of up to $100,000 now available for qualifying establishments. The loan program, proposed by county Supervisors Joe Simitian and Susan Ellenberg, provides three- or five-year term options with a 4.25 percent interest rates for small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees. Qualifying businesses also require revenues of under $2.5 million in 2019 and at least a 25 percent reduction in revenues compared to a prior one-year period, among other guidelines. The loan program is designed to quickly provide financial support. Approved applicants can get their money as soon as two to three weeks after submitting their application. “These funds are available now and are relatively easy to apply for,” Simitian said. “I know people are hurting, and these funds are a step in the...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff visited a Washington, D.C. restaurant Monday night that had dedicated its outdoor Christmas tree to her likeness.  Harris and Emhoff arrived at Italian restaurant Floriana, located on D.C.'s LGBTQ-friendly 17th Street N.W., to take a look at the tree that features Harris as its topper. It also includes cut-outs of Harris' running mate, President-elect Joe Biden, American flags, pairs of Biden's favorite aviator sunglasses, mailboxes and first lady Melania Trump's 'Be Best' ornaments.  Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (right) stands in front of a tree that has been decorated with her likeness  DailyMail.com photographed the tree last month. It includes a Harris tree-topper and cut-outs of President-elect Joe Biden Ornaments included Be Best bulbs, cut-outs of Biden and pairs of his favorite aviator-style sunglasses  Doug Emhoff (left) and Harris (right) take a photo in front of Floriana's 'Kamala...
    Doctor is the upcoming movie starring Sivakarthikeyan in the lead. Directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, this film also marks the debut of Priyanka Mohanan. The shooting of this film has been wrapped up for which the entire cast and crew had a small gathering. The pictures from the wrap up party are all over the internet. Sivakarthikeyan can be seen posing with the film’s leading lady, director and others. Sivakarthikeyan Starrer Doctor to Release in December 2020? Touted to be an action comedy, Doctor is expected to hit the big screen during the time of summer this year. Produced under the banner of Sivakarthikeyan Productions, the lead actor will reportedly be seen in a new avatar. He has also shed a few kilos for the film. Take a look at the pictures from Doctor wrap up party below: #DOCTORWrapUp Wrapping up our #DOCTOR ⭐ing our...
            
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Many Bay Area business owners say they are limping in the New Year but are determined to fight to make it through the pandemic and public health orders. “Moving forward, we do so with a sense of guarded and cautious optimism,” said Dan Holder, owner of Jack Holder’s restaurant in San Jose. Holder says his business has struggled to survive ever-changing public health orders, vacillating between takeout, outdoor and limited indoor dining during the summer and fall. “We were asked to prepare ourselves for outdoor dining. We did. We spared no expense. We all invested quite a bit of money and the goal posts were continually being moved,” says Holder. Holder gave voice to the frustration of many business owners who have not been able to operate their businesses in traditional ways — if at all — during the pandemic. “A small business owner will...
    The “holiday surge” in COVID-19 infections has hit “shocking” levels that has Suffolk County Executive worried about what could happen in the wake of New Year’s celebrations. In the latest numbers released by the county, Bellone said that the infection rate has jumped to 12.8 percent on Wednesday, Dec. 30 after Long Island saw numbers hovering at or close to 1 percent throughout the summer when the state “flattened the cure.” Bellone noted that approximately one month ago, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the county had an overall positivity rate at around 4 percent, which was still considered high at the time after seeing that number bottom out when the weather was warmer. Earlier story - COVID-19: Suffolk Sees 'Surge In Cases,' Says Bellone; Positive-Test Rate Hits 9.1 Percent “To put it simply, today’s COVID-19 numbers are shocking,” he said. “Not only is this the highest number of new cases...
    The “holiday surge” in COVID-19 infections has hit “shocking” levels that has Suffolk County Executive worried about what could happen in the wake of New Year’s celebrations. In the latest numbers released by the county, Bellone said that the infection rate has jumped to 12.8 percent on Wednesday, Dec. 30 after Long Island saw numbers hovering at or close to 1 percent throughout the summer when the state “flattened the cure.” Bellone noted that approximately one month ago, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the county had an overall positivity rate at around 4 percent, which was still considered high at the time after seeing that number bottom out when the weather was warmer. Earlier story - COVID-19: Suffolk Sees 'Surge In Cases,' Says Bellone; Positive-Test Rate Hits 9.1 Percent “To put it simply, today’s COVID-19 numbers are shocking,” he said. “Not only is this the highest number of new cases...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us As the legal marijuana market continues to expand, our four-legged companions have unwittingly gotten caught up in the cannabis craze. While there are plenty of CBD products for dogs and cats on the market, an unintended — and negative — consequence of the expanding business has been animal ingestion of psychoactive THC products. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (known for its Sarah McLachlan-assisted ugly-cry commercial) reports that its 24-hour Animal Poison Control Hotline saw a 765 percent increase in marijuana-related calls between 2008 and 2018. THC products are usually dosed for much larger humans; when they're accidentally ingested by pets, they can cause problems, sometimes major ones. A study of 125 cannabis-related veterinary...
            by Robert Romano  The House has voted to expand direct payments to the American people from $600 per adult and $600 per child in the year-end Covid relief legislation signed into law by President Donald Trump, to $2,000 per adult and $600 per child, a move the President supports. Under the newly signed law, an average family of four will be receiving a $2,400 check via direct deposit from the U.S. Treasury, coming atop the $3,400 they received in the CARES Act in the spring — a combined $5,800 in 2020 alone. The push now would take that number up to $5,200 for the hypothetical family of four, or a total of $8,600 from the Covid relief bills, but the legislation seems to have no pathway in the Senate. The original CARES Act was passed as 25 million Americans were losing their jobs to the...
    Austin Martin’s name is subject to much mic among Jays fans. That’s normal: after all, the chance to add a player of his ability to an already full attack list is enough to create saliva. Over the past few days, I have reported that members of the Jais organization have been inspired by that young man’s work ethic. In everything he does, he gives his all. The time he comes to Toronto may be closer than you think. After all, facing the elderly this summer, he’s fine. The small system is so small that it cannot go into it Short season. According to guys at Sportsnet, his chances of getting started at AA are even better. They said a good month or two in batting could push youngsters to the next level (AAA, Buffalo). At this point, who knows? This explains the reason why it should not be long. Not...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two young boys struck by gunfire on Christmas night in northwest Philadelphia are in stable condition, police said. The gunfire in the East Germantown neighborhood was reported just before 8 p.m. Friday, police said. A 13-year-old was hit on the right arm and an 11-year-old was shot in the left side of his face, police said. Both were taken to Einstein Medical Center and listed in stable condition. Chief Inspector Scott Small said the victims and witnesses who were with them said they were hanging out with a bunch of friends when they heard shots and thought it was firecrackers, WPVI-TV reported. After the boys realized they had been hit, Small said, they ran to the home of a family friend to call for help. Detectives are trying to determine whether they were hit by stray gunfire. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    A pedestrian walks under the marquee at Balboa Theater that notes the theater is closed until further notice in San Francisco, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The $900 billion coronavirus relief package includes a long sought measure to send aid to struggling independent theaters and music venues. But now those cultural centers and small businesses are left waiting for help yet again. The measure was set to become law this week, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to blow up the deal, the result of months of contentious negotiations. It is not clear whether the president intends to veto the bill or hold off on signing it for the weeks remaining in his presidency. The legislation sets aside $15 billion for grants to entities that include museums and zoos. It caps a several-month push for the Save Our Stages Act, a bipartisan plan to buoy small arts and...
    MONESSEN, Pa. (KDKA) — As we count down to Christmas, more people are struggling this year than ever before, but some of those people are taking every opportunity to give back to the community when they can. “We are just a small business, 35-seat restaurant, that is trying to give back something positive,” said Russell Johnson. Johnson owns The Pasta Shoppe in downtown Monessen. On Tuesday, he decided to open his doors for a pop-up kitchen to provide free meals to all healthcare workers, first responders and teachers. TONIGHT: A small family owned restaurant in Monessen is cooking up a storm. They are giving out free meals to healthcare workers, first responders and teachers in a pop-up kitchen. The owner tells me it’s an opportunity to see smiles in a time that is so dark. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/hJGKEZlH8Q — Nicole Ford (@NicoleFordTV) December 22, 2020 “It’s a smile that will...
    By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG and PAUL WISEMAN, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Trubnick is starting to make peace with a gut-wrenching reality: She may never reopen The Barrel Room, her beloved 5-year-old restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district. The sweeping $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress has approved contains billions in aid directed specifically at struggling small businesses like Trubnick’s. But even if she gets the $350,000 she figures she needs before the end of January, Trubnick can’t afford to reopen right away. Her business won't be viable until her regular customers — office workers who commute into the city and go out for lunch and dinner — return from work-at-home exile. She's also contending with California's temporary ban on indoor or outdoor dining. “We can’t open until the summer, even if we got the thumbs-up,” Trubnick said. America’s entrepreneurs welcomed the long-delayed relief package, which...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Trubnick is starting to make peace with a gut-wrenching reality: She may never reopen The Barrel Room, her beloved 5-year-old restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district. The sweeping $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress has approved contains billions in aid directed specifically at struggling small businesses like Trubnick’s. But even if she gets the $350,000 she figures she needs before the end of January, Trubnick can’t afford to reopen right away. Her business won’t be viable until her regular customers — office workers who commute into the city and go out for lunch and dinner — return from work-at-home exile. She’s also contending with California’s temporary ban on indoor or outdoor dining. “We can’t open until the summer, even if we got the thumbs-up,” Trubnick said. America’s entrepreneurs welcomed the long-delayed relief package, which provides $325 billion in aid to small companies and...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been the quietest holiday shopping season Steven Adelson has ever seen since his Cambridge dance supply store opened more than six decades ago. “Sometimes one or two sales,” he said. “Sometimes no sales.” His store, Teddy Shoes, is wedged on a block full of small businesses hoping last minute gift shoppers will come in-person this week, since deadlines for online deliveries are now too close to the holidays for any guarantees. “These days, we’re just struggling. It’s really hard. We’re not seeing very many people,” said Adelson. Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced hundreds of small businesses will get more than $49 million in pandemic relief grants. But there’s only enough money to help about 10 percent of the applicants. Thousands did not make the cut. “The funds for the first round clearly didn’t cover the ground associated with those who applied,” Baker said. The...
    Joe Biden’s choice of Tom Vilsack for agriculture secretary is causing concern for some small farmers due to Vilsack’s relationship with big industrial agriculture businesses and the potential for more regulations under a Democrat administration, reports The New York Times. Farmers have already taken a huge hit due to the U.S.’ trade tiffs with China and the COVID-19 pandemic. They also experienced a nearly 50% drop in net farm income as the prices for corn, wheat, dairy, beef, and other farm products crashed. More U.S. farmers are also filing for bankruptcy as federal payments projected to reach record levels this year fell short of compensating for the pandemic, per the Wall Street Journal. Vilsack served in the same role for nearly the entirety of the Obama administration before he began work as a lobbying executive for the dairy industry. “I think he’ll fold under pressure from the ag lobby, the subsidy...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Christmas is now less than a week away, so businesses big and small are trying to cash in on holiday shoppersHowever, the last-minute shopping rush looks quite a bit different this year.The National Retail Federation said more than 150 million plan to shop on this super Saturday, where the call to shop small remains.RELATED: Don't rack up credit card debt buying holiday giftsAs the Christmas lights glimmer along Chicago's Magnificent Mile, experts said the holiday retail trends are looking dim."There was a downturn in retail sales in December which has never happened before," said Mary Ann Mcgrath, a marketing professor at the Loyola Quinlan School of Business.Mcgrath said the pandemic has pushed even more people to shop online.She said this holiday, season shoppers are also spending less money on gifts.RELATED: Keep the holiday cheer with less spending this yearTop purchases so far include electronics and basic needs."That...
    Spa owner David St. James began reaching for the ringing appointment line on an early December morning. Then a difficult realization set in: It didn’t matter if he picked up the phone. “It’s useless. I don’t need to answer it. We’ve already changed the outgoing message,” said St. James, who runs Royal Thai Massage and Beauty with his wife, Chanispha, a licensed massage therapist who was born in Thailand. The new message delivers the bad news that the spa isn’t operating because of the latest coronavirus protection order and ends with a hopeful, “We will reopen on Jan. 2 of next year.” But no one knows that for sure. The ringing phone was another reminder that nothing the couple has done to make their business safe for customers has helped them avoid another pandemic shutdown. They’ve drenched the welcome mat with Lysol and bought ultraviolet germ-killing machinery, plus a sterilizer...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With the deadline quickly approaching, relief for struggling North Texans appears to finally be in sight. Congress is in the final negotiations on a more than $900 billion COVID relief bill that includes another round of stimulus checks. The latest change to the proposed relief package took money out for states and local governments and added money for a second round of direct payments. Stimulus checks will likely be $600 this time – smaller than $1,200 per person most Americans received from the CARES Act. Direct payments could go out as early as the end of the month if the bill is signed into law by the end of the week. There is also money in the relief plan to help those who are out of work. An estimated 300,000 Texans are set to lose unemployment benefits by the end of the month. The relief bill includes...
    THE FORMER Trump Plaza casino is set to be dynamited and Atlantic City is auctioning off the chance to push the button to demolish it. Trump Plaza, which then-real estate developer Donald Trump opened in 1984, shuttered in 2014 and is slated for implosion on Jan. 29.  8The old Trump Plaza casino is set to be dynamited on Jan. 29Credit: AP:Associated Press 8Donald Trump cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009Credit: AFP - Getty Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small on Thursday announced a fundraiser for the honors of pressing the button, in hopes of raising more than $1million for the city’s Boys & Girls Club. Small, a Democrat, was not shy about criticizing President Trump in his remarks about the auction. “Some of Atlantic City’s iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money...
    While small businesses continue to struggle and, in many cases, permanently close across the country due to pandemic restrictions, large corporations are growing stronger, according to a Washington Post analysis of economic and earnings data. In most U.S. business sectors, big businesses and corporations have prospered despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions, The Washington Post reported. But, small businesses have suffered seeing an overall decrease in revenue. “These are times when the strong can get stronger,” Nike Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said on a September conference call, The Wall Street Journal reported. Nike reported in September net income of $1.5 billion for the period between June and August. Donahoe said Nike was positioned favorably in the “dynamic environment” in a statement following the company’s earnings call. Between April and September, 45 out of the 50 most valuable public corporations profited, The Post reported. The U.S. unemployment rate...
    Police Navidad! Peruvian narcs disguised as Santa Claus and his elf were not exactly spreading cheer on a sleigh when they jumped out of an undercover van and broke down the door of a man who made the naughty list, Reuters reported. "We are the police! We are the green squad! This is an anti-drug operation!" one of the agents was captured on video yelling at the hapless suspect in the Villa El Salvador district of Lima. The crime-fighting Saint Nick and his trusty sidekick – wearing flak jackets under their costumes — tackled the alleged cocaine and dope dealer, making sure he will have a less-than-merry Christmas behind bars. MEXICO PASSES BILL THAT COULD SET BACK US PARTNERSHIP IN DRUG WAR BY DECADES The suspect had been videotaped selling drugs outside his home near a school, a police spokesman said. During the raid, police recovered a bag with hundreds...
    First, pick an exclusive area known as a playground for the rich and famous. Next, add a group of friends, all wealthy and impossibly glamorous women with fabulous homes. Finally, point a camera at them and let the tears, tantrums and fallouts commence. That's been the formula for the Real Housewives reality TV series, which will return to our screens later this month from Jersey — the tiny tax haven 85 miles off the mainland UK. And on an island where everyone knows everybody's business, the show is already ruffling feathers. Here, TANITH CAREY lifts the lid on what's in store . . . A VERY FRUITFUL FRANCHISE The Real Housewives format first hit TV screens in 2006 when it started following the day-to-day dramas of wealthy women in Orange County, California. Pampered pets and Jimmy Choos The tone for the new series is set in the trailer, when Margaret Thompson...
    Hundreds of people have attended a 'Freedom Rally' in a small town in Washington after its mayor refused to enforce the state's COVID restrictions on businesses, citing 'the Constitutional rights of small town America'.    Large crowds waving flags descended on Mossyrock, a rural community in Lewis County, on Saturday chanting against 'government oppression'. Attendees were encouraged to spend money in local restaurants, which were packed with people not wearing masks in defiance of state restrictions. It came after the town unexpectedly voted last month to ignore Washington Governor Jay Inslee's state-wide business restrictions, which are intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Inslee's restrictions prohibit restaurants, bars and gyms from offering indoor services and setting capacity restrictions on retail stores. The rules apply to all Washington counties until January 4. Businesses that don't comply could be hit with fines totaling thousands of dollars.  But Mayor Randall Sasser signed an ordinance...
    EVERTON are confident of fending off interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Juventus and keeping hold of starlet Thierry Small. The 16-year-old left back has been linked with a switch away from Goodison Park over recent months after catching the eye. 2Everton are confident of keeping Thierry HenryCredit: Getty Wolfsburg, Valencia, Monaco and Benfica have also been registered with an interest. He was promoted to the club’s Under-23 side recently and impressed on his debut against Blackburn Rovers. Now U23s boss David Unsworth has told the Liverpool Echo he is confident the ace will stay - and told him there is no better place for him to develop into a first-team regular. He said: “The one thing that we can give Thierry is a clear pathway. “There's always a clear pathway at Everton for all the youngsters so he's in no better place to have a career as a Premier...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- On Chicago's West Side Sunday, the South Shore Drill Team was organizing a community coat drive."There's a need here in the city of Chicago," said Stella Natufe, with the drill team. "So many people are struggling financially due to the pandemic, and Chicago can be a very, very cold place."Natufe calls this a "thank you" for the community."The donations are a combined effort of the purple group covenant army, the Chicago Police Department and a Cook County Sheriff's Department," she said.RELATED: Chicago family honors grandparents by writing to Christmas cards to senior pen palsThe event included coats for all ages, plus hats, gloves and a drill team performance."We do so much to keep children off the streets and keep them active, so being able to give back to the community and show other children that they can do what we do also," drill team member Kira Rutledge...
    LOGAN PAUL trolled Floyd Mayweather’s height in a social media post ahead of their ‘special exhibition fight’. The YouTuber faces the boxing legend in an unprecedented mismatch next February, and can expect to have a FOUR STONE weight advantage. Getty Images - Getty 5 Muhammad Ali in 1963 before his win against Henry Cooper And Paul, 25, who stands at 6ft 2in, took aim at Mayweather’s 5ft 8in frame in a doctored picture. The internet sensation can be seen looking down on retired unbeaten icon, and he captioned the post: “50 and oh my god he’s small.” Paul’s inspiration for the post was a famous picture of heavyweight hero Muhammad Ali taken in 1963 before his win against Henry Cooper. Ali is pictured in the ring with a six-year-old named Patrick Power, as he stands over the youngster. Paul’s latest online jibe comes after...
    Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up as he walked out of a Philadelphia hospital after a follow-up exam on his foot which he fractured while playing with his pet dog Major. The President-elect, 78, appeared to be limping slightly as he left Pennsylvania Hospital around midday Saturday where he had undergone a special CT scan on his injured right foot.  Biden's doctor confirmed Saturday that he is on the mend, with the small fracture 'healing as expected'. He suffered small fractures in his right foot two weeks ago while chasing his beloved German Shephard Major when he got out of the shower.  His doctor said at the time that he would likely have to wear a medical boot for 'several weeks' and he was first spotted wearing it at The Queen theater in Wilmington to introduce his economic team on December 1.  Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up as he walked out...
    PHILADELPHIA – President-elect Joe Biden’s fractured foot has been healing, his doctor said Saturday. Biden made the drive from his Delaware home to a Philadelphia hospital for a special CT scan that was able to obtain a “weight-bearing” image. His doctor, in a statement released after the visit, said the small fracture was “healing as expected” “Weight-bearing CT results were very encouraging,” said Dr. Kevin O’Connor, of the GW Medical Faculty Associates. “No more extensive injury was identified.” The 78-year-old Biden suffered the small fracture two weeks ago while playing with one of his dogs. He wore a walking boot for a few days and has since walked with a noticeable limp. Biden waved to supporters when he moved gingerly to his car outside the Philadelphia hospital. The injury has not curtailed his transition schedule, which next week is expected to include more Cabinet announcement and a campaign...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s fractured foot has been healing, his doctor said Saturday. Biden made the drive from his Delaware home to a Philadelphia hospital for a special CT scan that was able to obtain a “weight-bearing” image. His doctor, in a statement released after the visit, said the small fracture was “healing as expected” “Weight-bearing CT results were very encouraging,” said Dr. Kevin O’Connor, of the GW Medical Faculty Associates. “No more extensive injury was identified.” The 78-year-old Biden suffered the small fracture two weeks ago while playing with one of his dogs. He wore a walking boot for a few days and has since walked with a noticeable limp. Biden waved to supporters when he moved gingerly to his car outside the Philadelphia hospital. The injury has not curtailed his transition schedule, which next week is expected to include more Cabinet announcement and a...
    Oxford scientists say the more effective half-dose regimen of their coronavirus vaccine was not given by 'mistake'. In a hit back against claims that the team had accidentally given people the wrong doses of the vaccine, the researchers said they had known the doses would be smaller because of a manufacturing issue before they injected them. A problem with the equipment that measured the strength of doses meant that one batch was 'over-estimated', so they toned it down to avoid giving people too much. They pressed ahead with the trial, with the blessing of the UK's drug regulator the MHRA, and gave those volunteers – and all other volunteers – full doses for the rest of the study, the team explained as their results were published yesterday. And later, when those people didn't get side effects that were as strong, the researchers found out exactly how much smaller the doses...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- One in three small businesses is on the edge and may not survive the next three months without help. That's the dire forecast by the Bay Area group Small Business Majority. The economy is an important pillar of Building A Better Bay Area.California is home to over four million small businesses. The pandemic has had the hardest impact on ones owned by minorities. They often don't have access to traditional lenders. A public-private partnership of community groups, lenders and government has formed the California Rebuilding Fund to make low-interest loans to help small businesses survive.RELATED: Struggling Bay Area small businesses need your help to survive amid pandemic, Black Friday deals"There's no better bet than on a small business owner who has, you know, pours their heart and soul and effort and time into make their businesses succeed," said Beeth Bafford, vice president at Calvert Impact Capital,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The person who was killed in an intense fire at a Maple Grove business earlier this week has been identified as 52-year-old Michele Mary Hanson. Flames were spotted shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hanson Implement and Storage on Bass Lake Road. By the time fire crews arrived, the building was burning fast and hot. Firefighters worked quickly, knowing there were people inside the burning building. Two others were rescued from the building. The building is a shop space for RV and boat storage and maintenance. A small office space was on the south end of the building, above that space was a small living quarters. Crews worked on putting out hot spots all night and into the morning. When they were able to get closer to what remained of the structure, they found the remains of Hanson. The medical examiner determined she died as a result...
    The world's first satellite launching drone, developed by a US-based space startup, will will be able to carry a new payload into orbit every 180 minutes, the firm claims. Aevum says the massive 80ft long drone, named the Ravn X, is fully autonomous, 70 per cent reusable, and can take off and land on runways as short as a mile long.  Working in partnership with the US Space Force, the firm says it is 'completely reimagining access to space' by focusing on autonomy and better logistics.   The drone can take off from any runway to reach high altitude where it deploys a second stage that takes a small payload the rest of the way to space.  After it has launched the second stage rocket into low Earth orbit, the drone flies itself back to its home runway, lands and then parks up in its hanger. The first launch of a...
    I’ve been a long-term traveler for 5 years, and have bought a variety of microfiber bath towels over the years that were designed specifically for camping and traveling. When you literally live out of two carry-on bags, every inch and ounce counts, so compromise is often necessary. For years, I was willing to adjust to a bath towel that felt a little weird and would only work if you patted yourself dry, instead of rubbing water off as you would with a regular towel. But now that I’ve discovered AYSIBOO Turkish towels, there is no going back. These towels are pre-washed, and made from extremely-quick-drying 100% cotton. They are super soft as soon as you get them, and they continue to get softer every time you wash them. Sized at 37” x 70”, they’re big enough to be used as beach towels, yet only weigh 9.7 ounces, much smaller and...
    VIDEO3:3203:32Why the value stock comeback in 2020 may lastETF Edge The mutual fund industry's migration into the ETF wrapper is well underway. Dimensional Fund Advisors launched two new ETFs on Nov. 18, the first step in its plan to shift six of its tax-managed mutual funds into the ETF format by the end of 2021. The Dimensional US Core Equity Market ETF (DFAU) and Dimensional International Core Equity Market ETF (DFAI) are transparent and actively managed. Each has upwards of 2,000 stocks in its portfolio. "Those ETFs ... combine all the expertise and knowledge that we've accumulated over the past 40 years when managing equities," Dimensional Fund Advisors co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gerard O'Reilly told CNBC's "ETF Edge" on Monday. DFAU and DFAI, respectively up nearly 2% and about 1% since launch invest in large- and small-cap names in the interest of diversification, O'Reilly said. DFAU's top five holdings...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Tracking traffic through small businesses has never been more important as local shops struggle to stay open. “It would break my heart, I would lose my job. I mean I have a family to take care of,” said Jocelyn Sahlman. Sahlman works at Shop Old Gold. The downtown Sacramento business took a hard hit during the pandemic, only bringing in half the revenue it usually does. Like many small local businesses, they banked on the Small Business Saturday tradition to keep them afloat. But this year’s big shopping day only pulled in half the sales it did last year. Sahlman is still grateful for the local support. “A lot of that this weekend, so a lot of early shoppers which is great. It’s just the support has been so amazing. People have been so kind, so supportive,” said Sahlman. That’s not surprising. According to Adobe Analytics, 51%...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom was slammed for urging people to support small, local businesses as the state faces stricter coronavirus restrictions. “Today is Small Business Saturday. California is home to over 4 million small businesses. This holiday season, shop safe and shop local to help support our economy and the over 7 million workers that help keep our small businesses going,” Newsom tweeted the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is an American shopping holiday. Today is Small Business Saturday. California is home to over 4 million small businesses. This holiday season, shop safe and shop local to help support our economy and the over 7 million workers that help keep our small businesses going.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 28, 2020 Twitter users hit back at Newsom for the tweet, characterizing it as tone-deaf in light of coronavirus restrictions in the state. Political commentator Dave Rubin tweeted a video...
    In the future, Volkswagen may have a pretty affordable electric vehicle offering in its lineup. According to Reuters, the automaker is working on a pure electric car around the size of a Polo under a project that the company calls “Small BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).” The publication says Volkswagen is developing the vehicle for the mass market “in anticipation of tougher climate regulations” and that the car will cost anywhere between 20,000 and 25,000 Euros (US$24,000 to $30,000). That price point would make it more affordable than the ID.3 and the upcoming ID.4 and would make it a direct competitor to one of Tesla’s upcoming models. During its “Battery Day” event in September, Tesla said it’s making changes that would halve the costs of building battery cells for its vehicles. That would allow it to push forward with its plans to build a $25,000 EV within the next three years....
    By Yonathan Van der Voort PARIS (Reuters) - People eager to get a haircut stood in line outside barber shops and department stores selling gifts and Christmas decorations were busy on Saturday as France partially reopened following a month-long lockdown. Shops selling non-essential goods such as shoes, clothes and toys reopened in the first easing of a nationwide lockdown that started on Oct. 30 and will remain in place until Dec. 15. Bars and restaurants remain closed till Jan. 20, "Today we have people who had been waiting for weeks while others are coming now so they can look good for Christmas, as one never know what happens next," Remi Thor, a barber in central Paris, told Reuters. A barber at J-Coiffeur in western Paris said that despite his online reservation system, people were showing up anyway without booking and were queuing up outside. "Under current rules, they cannot wait...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Today is Small Business Saturday. It’s one of the busiest days for mom-and-pop shops, and this year it comes during the stay-at-home advisory. For some of these small businesses, it’s their hope to make back some of the losses they received during this pandemic, and it comes at a time where COVID-19 cases are surging. Many small businesses or events like the Holiday Market are laying out safety protocols by having guests wear masks, abide by social distancing guidelines, and providing sanitizer. With capacity limits on how many people can be inside, some small businesses are upping their online services and are utilizing curbside pickup. Here’s why today is important to these businesses last year on this day alone more than $19 billion was spent. According to a study from Ware2Go, 76% of Americans say they are likely to shop small because of the pandemic. Experts say...
    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on the state’s residents to “uninvite” people from their Thanksgiving gatherings. “This is hard, but making difficult sacrifices now will save lives,” Brown said on Twitter. “This Thanksgiving, keep it small. Uninvite them.” This is hard, but making difficult sacrifices now will save lives. This Thanksgiving, keep it small. Uninvite them. pic.twitter.com/4OLOv6s6A0— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) November 24, 2020 A video attached to the tweet scrolls through a list of people to “uninvite” from a Thanksgiving gathering, including “your new boyfriend,” “drunken uncle,” “argumentative aunt,” “favorite aunt,” “bragging brother,” “best friend,” “half-sister,” and “vegan niece." “This holiday, keep your gathering small,” it continued. “Limit groups. Save lives.” Brown ordered a two-week restriction limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people from no more than two households last week, hoping that the new order would help stop the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state. "I...
    Twelve years after meeting, hip hop icon Snoop Dogg and millionaire culinary queen Martha Stewart are still the best of friends. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, the unlikely celebrity duo have been keeping in touch via Zoom and cooking together. Cannabis enthusiast Snoop, 49, told Daily Mail Australia this week that his favourite food to bake with Martha, 79, is 'brownies'. Scroll down for video  Pals: Twelve years after meeting, hip hop icon Snoop Dogg and millionaire culinary queen Martha Stewart are still the best of friends. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, the unlikely celebrity duo have been keeping in touch via Zoom and cooking together  'We love making gumbo together and also brownies for dessert,' Snoop said, but didn't specify if the sweet treat includes any special ingredients. In 2009, the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker couldn't resist making several references to his weed-smoking habit as Martha coached him on making brownies on...
    SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) — With health and government officials now asking people to stay at home to celebrate Thanksgiving, the roads look less congested on what’s supposed to be one of the busiest travel days of the year. AAA predicts travel for Thanksgiving will be 10% down from last year before the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of those are expected to go by car. So we talked to people driving to their destinations off of Interstate 5 to find out why they decided to travel for gatherings. “We’re going to see our daughter and a bunch of friends,” said Arizona resident, Gregory Youngs. The Youngs family from Arizona is on their way to Northern California to spend Thanksgiving with a group of 10 people. “She’s out in the middle of nowhere where she doesn’t come into contact with a lot of people and same with our friends. They live out...
    AN INSTAGRAM model has given fans an eyeful in a tiny Oh Polly bikini that leaves nothing to the imagination.  The £36 set is so tiny that Jessica Rast may as well have been skinny dipping, but she insisted that the top and bottoms always “stay in place.” 5Instagram model Jessica Rast showed off a tiny string bikini by Oh PollyCredit: CO Press Office The bold snaps show Jessica posing in the world’s thinnest bikini, which has tiny straps and fabric so small you need a magnifying glass to spot it.  Her followers agreed that the bikini was extremely difficult to wear without falling out.  Jessica said that despite wearing a small bikini, she has received more praise than harassment.  She wrote: "People praised me a lot and asked where I could get one like that too." 5Jessica's followers asked how she didn't fall out of the eye-popping swimwearCredit: CO...
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