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The panel did not release the documents but described some of them. The panel says it also wants to know more about whether Trump was engaged in discussions regarding the response of the National Guard, which was delayed for hours as the violence escalated and the rioters brutally beat police guarding the Capitol building. The report says that the documents provided by Meadows show that he sent an email to an unidentified person saying that the guard would be present to “protect pro Trump people” and that more would be available on standby. The committee does not give any additional details about the email. Photo from tornado-damaged home lands almost 130 miles awayWhen Katie Posten walked outside Saturday morning to her car parked in her driveway, she saw something that looked like a note or receipt stuck to the windshield.
Derek Chauvin expected to plead guilty in George Floyd civil rights case
Specifically, the indictment says Chauvin kept his left knee on Floyd’s neck even though he was handcuffed and not resisting. The indictment alleges Thao and Kueng were aware Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck, even after Floyd became unresponsive, and “willfully failed to intervene to stop Defendant Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force.” All four are charged with willfully depriving Floyd of liberty without due process, including the right to be free from “deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.”
First members of military are discharged for refusing COVID vaccine
The Air Force has discharged 27 service members for refusing to receive a COVID vaccine, marking the first service members to be involuntarily discharged for balking the rule. A spokesperson for the Air Force said the 27 active duty members discharged received counseling about the vaccines, and when they still refused, commanders made the decision to discharge them for refusing to comply with the Pentagon's vaccine rule, a lawful order. The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. Alex Brandon / APThe Navy, Air Force, and the Army have outlined their process for discharge if service members continue to not comply with the mandate. The Army's deadline for its active duty force is December 15.
USA Gymnastics, USOPC reach $380M settlement with those abused by Nassar
The settlement comes almost three years to the day that USA Gymnastics, facing decertification proceedings by the USOPC and hundreds of lawsuits from victims, filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Indiana. USA Gymnastics and the USOPC have also agreed to designate board seats to survivors and Safe Sport policies designed to provide greater protections for athletes. But the agreement and new measures did not silence the growing demand among victims and their supporters for Congress to remove the current USOPC board and strip USA Gymnastics of it's national governing body status. Instead, USA Gymnastics employees prior to 2015 were told to forward sexual misconduct complaints to attorneys representing the organization — first Jack Swarbrick, and later Scott Himsel, Jamison said. The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General recently determined that Abbott lied to DOJ investigators about applying for the USOPC post.
Kim Kardashian Has Passed the Baby Bar Exam: "I Know My Dad Would Be So Proud"
After several years of studying for her first-year law exam — unofficially referred to as the baby bar — the reality star and entrepreneur shared on Dec. 13 that she had passed the exam on her fourth attempt. "Looking in the mirror," Kim wrote, "I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection." "For anyone who doesn't know my law school journey, know this wasn't easy or handed to me," Kim said, before noting she failed the exam three times in the past two years. Despite its name, the baby bar — a seven-hour test focusing on contracts, criminal law, and torts — is actually quite challenging given that it's in lieu of traditional law school attendance. 10 hour days, daily 4 hour zooms, our in person practice tests week after week," she said.
A partial list of Golden Globe Awards nominees
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A partial list of nominees for the 79th Golden Globe Awards:MoviesBest picture, drama: “Belfast”; “CODA”; “Dune”; “King Richard”; “The Power of the Dog.”Best picture, musical or comedy: “Cyrano”; “Don’t Look Up”; “Licorice Pizza”; “Tick, Tick…Boom!”; “West Side Story.”Best actress, drama: Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”; Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”; Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci”; Kristen Stewart, “Spencer.”Best actor, drama: Mahershala Ali, “Swan Song”; Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”; Will Smith, “King Richard”; Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”Best actress, musical or comedy: Marion Cotillard, “Annette”; Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Don’t Look Up”; Emma Stone, “Cruella”; Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story.”Best actor, musical or comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Don’t Look Up”; Peter Dinklage, “Cyrano”; Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick…Boom!”; Cooper Hoffman, “Licorice Pizza”; Anthony Ramos, “In the Heights.”Animated: “Encanto”; “Flee”; “Luca”; “My Sunny Maad”; Raya and the Last Dragon.”Non-English Language: “Compartment No. 6,” Finland, Russia and Germany; “Drive My Car,” Japan; “The Hand of God,” Italy; “A Hero,” France and Iran; “Parallel Mothers,” Spain. Director: Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”; Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog,”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”; Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”; Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.”TelevisionDrama series: “Lupin”; “The Morning Show”; “Pose”; “Squid Game”; “Succession.”Comedy series: “The Great”; “Hacks”; “Only Murders in the Building”; “Reservation Dogs”; “Ted Lasso.”Limited Series: “Dopesick”; “Impeachment: American Crime Story”; “Maid”; “Mare of Easttown”; “The Underground Railroad.”Actress, drama series: Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”; Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Christine Baranski, “The Good Fight”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Michaela Jaé Rodr
Cardinals-Rams live updates: Hopkins, Prater honor late Demaryius Thomas on their helmets
Check back here for live updates on scores, highlights, items trending on social media, and everything involving tonight's game. Hopkins, Prater honor ex-late teammate Thomas in Cardinals-Rams gameCardinals' wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and kicker Matt Prater are paying their respects to their former teammate Demaryius Thomas, who passed away on Thursday. 88 decal on the back of their helmets during the Cardinals-Rams game. Hopkins played with Thomas on the Houston Texans in 2018, and Prater was Thomas' teammate on the Denver Broncos from 2010 to 2013. 5 L.A. players on COVID-19 list, Cardinals-Rams inactives,The Rams have several players absent from tonight's game because of COVID-19.
Champions League Knockout Stage Power Rankings
Potential last-16 opponents: Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, LilleMaurizio Borsari/Imago Images9. Potential last-16 opponents: Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus, Lille14. BenficaBenfica’s likely claim to fame in this season’s Champions League will be finishing ahead of Barcelona and sending the woe-ridden club tumbling into the Europa League knockout stage. Potential last-16 opponents: Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Lille16. Potential last-16 opponents: Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus.
How did Miss USA and Louisville reporter Elle Smith do in last night's Miss Universe competition?
Last month, Miss Kentucky USA Elle Smith was crowned Miss USA. As part of her title as Miss USA, Smith, a University of Kentucky graduate and a broadcast news reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville, competed Sunday night representing the U.S. in the 70th annual Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel. Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu went on to win the title of Miss Universe in the competition hosted by Steve Harvey and featuring 80 contestants from around the world. More:Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021, Miss USA Elle Smith denied top 5 spotBefore the pageant Sunday, Smith shined the spotlight on the deadly weekend tornados that devastated multiple states, including Western Kentucky. More:Here's how local organizations are working to help after Kentucky tornadoes
Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners, UN report reveals
The Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners and publicly displayed their bodies in extrajudicial killings, a UN report has revealed. More than than 100 former Afghan national security forces and others have been killed since the takeover, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday. The Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners and publicly displayed their bodies in extrajudicial killings since taking power in Afghanistan in August, a UN report has revealed. Al-Nashif's comments came after the United States and other countries harshly condemned the Taliban following a Human Rights Watch report earlier this month documenting 47 summary executions. The Taliban spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti flatly rejected the report and other claims about extrajudicial killings as 'not based on evidences.'
Potter trial opens 2nd week with Wright autopsy details
Dr. Lorren Jackson, an assistant Hennepin County medical examiner, testified Monday that the gunshot wound causing injuries to Wright's heart and lungs is what caused his death. He said with these injuries, one can survive “seconds to minutes.”“Far and away the gunshot wound to the chest was the most significant injury," he said during testimony in which he walked jurors through Wright's autopsy. After Wright was shot, his car drove away and collided seconds later with an oncoming car. Any injuries from the crash were insignificant in terms of what caused Wright's death, Jackson said. Jackson testified that Wright had some cannabinoids, or THC and its metabolites, in his blood from smoking marijuana, but that they didn't factor in his cause of death.
Soccer: Premier League has record 42 positive COVID-19 cases in past week
– The Premier League found a record 42 cases of COVID-19 among players and staff at various clubs over the past week, it said on Monday just hours after Manchester United’s fixture against Brentford was thrown into doubt due to an outbreak at the club. United said they had closed down their training complex following positive COVID-19 tests in the first team. United are scheduled to play at Brentford on Tuesday but the club said they had approached the Premier League to discuss whether the match should go ahead. The Old Trafford club did not say how many individuals had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. “Individuals who tested positive are isolating per Premier League protocols,” the club said in a statement.
Long queues form as UK starts booster blitz against omicron
(Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)People queue on Westminster Bridge for booster jabs at St Thomas' Hospital, London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Britain faces a "tidal wave" of infections from the omicron coronavirus variant and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a huge increase in booster vaccinations to strengthen defenses against it. “We are now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant, omicron,” Johnson said. ADVERTISEMENTAbout 10 people are in U.K. hospitals with COVID-19 caused by omicron, and Johnson on Monday reported the country’s first COVID-19 death involving the variant. The other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are also expected to speed up their vaccination campaigns.
No troops disciplined in US strike killing Afghan civilians
Said concluded that U.S. forces genuinely believed that the car they were following was an imminent threat and that they needed to strike it before it got closer to the airport. He concluded that better communication between those making the strike decision and other support personnel might have raised more doubts about the bombing, but in the end may not have prevented it. And he said the military should have personnel present with a strike team, and their job should be to actively question such conclusions. He also recommended that the military improve its procedures to ensure that children and other innocent civilians are not present before launching a time-sensitive strike. The U.S. is working to pay financial reparations to the relatives and surviving family members, and potentially get them out of Afghanistan, but nothing has been finalized.
Pfizer confirms COVID-19 pill's results, potency against Omicron
WASHINGTON -- Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the Omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the Omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that Omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against Omicron because they don't target the coronavirus' spike protein, which contains most of the new variant's mutations.
UN demands investigation into whereabouts of missing tennis star Peng Shuai
The United Nations on Friday demanded proof of Peng Shuai's whereabouts and well-being as international concern mounted for the tennis star, missing since alleging she was sexually exploited by a former vice-premier of China. Tennis stars, sports bodies and governments and human rights defenders also spoke up for Peng, 35, and demanded information. The WTA, the top world body for women's tennis, has called for proof that Peng is safe. "Given that it also has a zero-tolerance approach to criticism, it is deeply concerning that Peng Shuai appears to be missing," she said. In the email, Peng claims that her earlier accusations are "not true" and says she is "resting at home and everything is fine".
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
The data were gathered from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, during which time omicron was first spotted by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, and may change as time passes. Experts now say that omicron accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in South Africa, according to Discovery Health chief executive Dr. Ryan Noach. Researchers around the world are rushing to figure out what omicron will mean for the coronavirus pandemic now well into its second year. In the weeks since omicron was detected, South Africa has experienced rapid spread of the virus — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng. The U.K. Health Security Agency said Friday that new data from the U.K. confirm that omicron is more easily transmissible than other variants.
AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EST
Insurer agrees to $800M settlement in Boy Scouts bankruptcyDOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case have reached a tentative settlement under which one of the organization’s largest insurers would contribute $800 million into a fund for victims of child sexual abuse. The payment would bring the amount of money in the proposed trust to more than $2.6 billion, which would be the largest sexual abuse settlement in U.S. history. The settlement comes as more than 82,000 sexual abuse claimants face a Dec. 28 deadline to vote on a previously announced Boy Scouts reorganization plan. In return, the local councils and national organization would be released from further liability for sexual abuse claims.
Donald Trump Jr. texted Mark Meadows during the January 6 riot begging him to have Trump make a speech to stop the riots
Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows multiple times to have Trump make a speech to call off the riot. Cheney said Trump Jr. texted Meadows multiple times asking him to get the former president to make a speech. "He's got to condemn this shit ASAP," Trump Jr. texted. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand," Trump Jr. responded. "Please get him on TV," Brian Kilmeade, a cohost of the morning show "Fox & Friends," texted Meadows.
SALT Tax Deduction a Sticking Point for Senate Democrats
ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) -A video feed of a Taiwanese minister was cut during U.S. President Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy last week after a map in her slide presentation showed Taiwan in a different color to China, which claims the island as its own. Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Friday's slide show by Taiwanese Digital Minister Audrey Tang caused consternation among U.S. officials after the map appeared in her video feed for about a minute. The sources, who did not want to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the video feed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw2bfsjTXhA showing Tang was cut during a panel discussion and replaced with audio only - at the behest of the White House. The White House was concerned that differentiating Taiwan and China on a map in a U.S.-hosted conference - to which Taiwan had been invited in a show of support at a time when it is under intense pressure from Beijing - could be seen as being at odds with Washington's "one-China" policy, which avoids taking a position as to whether Taiwan is part of China, the sources said.
Harry Dunn: US citizen Anne Sacoolas to face UK court over death of UK teen
(CNN) Anne Sacoolas, the US woman accused of killing a British teenager while driving on the wrong side of the road in England, will face criminal proceedings in the UK early next year, the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Monday. The 44-year-old is charged with causing 19-year-old Briton Harry Dunn 's death in August 2019 by dangerous driving. "The case will be heard at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 18 January," the CPS said. "Anne Sacoolas has a right to a fair trial. The court did not comment to CNN on whether video-link would be used.
What's in Biden's electric vehicle strategy? 500,000 new charging stations and more
The Biden administration released a federal strategy Monday to go from 100,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country to 500,000 and to bring down the cost of electric cars. Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, now pending in the Senate, includes a $7,500 tax credit to lower the cost of electric vehicles. Electric vehicle savings: How you can save $10,000 on electric vehicles with tax credits, discounts and good timingThe Biden administration wants “to make electric vehicles accessible for everyone,'' Harris said. Another key component of the electric vehicle strategy is to increase domestic manufacturing of EV batteries and components. Even at 2 million, EV sales still would be only about 12% of U.S. new vehicle sales.
Harley-Davidson EV Division to Go Public in SPAC Merger
By Matt GrossmanHarley-Davidson Inc.'s electric-vehicle division plans to go public in a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company, the motorcycle maker said Monday. Harley-Davidson said its LiveWire electric-motorcycle arm would merge with AEA-Bridges Impact Corp., a SPAC, to make LiveWire publicly traded. The deal gives LiveWire an enterprise value of about $1.77 billion.
Curry 'on doorstep' of all-time three-point mark as Warriors win
Curry and the Warriors got off to a slow start, trailed for most of the game and were 55-47 behind at the half. "It was a grind-it-out kind of win," said Curry, who missed a potential record-tying three-pointer in the final seconds. The three-time NBA champion Curry admitted that the record has become a distraction for the team. Andrew Wiggins contributed 15 points for the Warriors, while Draymond Green gathered a team-high nine rebounds to go with 15 points. The Suns beat the Clippers in six games last season in the Western Conference final before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA finals.
More than 40 dead after gasoline truck explodes in Haiti
More than 40 people were killed and dozens injured after a truck carrying gasoline exploded in Haiti, officials said Tuesday. Crowds panic after the blast, which killed 40 and injured dozens more. Hospitals are reportedly overwhelmed and seeking supplies. TwitterHe said some people were using buckets to scoop up spilled gasoline from the street to take back to their house. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices.
Today's Hoda Kotb left shocked as she gets astounding surprise while on the air
Hoda Kotb often has the time of her life on air, especially when she's on Today with Hoda and Jenna. Loading the player...WATCH: Hoda Kotb reveals breathtaking view from New York apartmentThe two discussed how they made their first ever TikTok video together to the song Fancy Like by Walker Hayes, including the dance. As Hoda started to tell a story about her relationship with the song, the phone suddenly rang, leaving both quiet and wary. Suddenly, Walker himself showed up on the screen and both hosts cheered, with Hoda screaming: "Yes! MORE: Hoda Kotb reveals the unexpected family Thanksgiving tradition she'd be lost withoutMORE: Hoda Kotb gets fans talking as she flashes engagement ring in new photoFans were extremely excited to see the two TV hosts get surprised on the air in such fashion, particularly Hoda, as one commented: "What a great FaceTime with @walkerhayes and yes Hoda, play the song and dance."
NFL sets single-day record with 37 new COVID cases among players as one staffer contracts Omicron
The 37 new cases of COVID-19 are the most infections the NFL has recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The league's requirement extends to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals who have previously received the vaccine. A person who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test under the league protocols. The league has been conducting genetic sequencing tests on positive cases to determine exact strains of the virus.
Malta set to be first EU country to legalise cannabis for personal use
Malta is set to become the first European Union country to legalise cannabis at home and for personal use. Under the new law, citizens aged 18 and over will be allowed to possess up to seven grams of cannabis, and cultivate up to four cannabis plants at home. PM Abela has reiterated that under the reformed law, drug trafficking will remain illegal. In the Netherlands, the possession, consumption, and retail sale of up to five grams of cannabis has been tolerated since 1976 in so-called "coffee shops". Meanwhile, in Spain, the production of cannabis is allowed for personal consumption, but not for trade and public use.
NHL postpones 3 Flames games due to COVID-19 outbreak
Boston Bruins' John Moore, left, battles with Calgary Flames' Elias Lindholm during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has postponed the Calgary Flames’ next three games after six players and a staff member entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol over a 24-hour period. Postponed games include Monday night’s game at Chicago, Tuesday’s game at Nashville and Thursday’s home game against Toronto. Calgary is the third NHL team this season to have games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Last month, the Ottawa Senators had three games postponed and the New York Islanders had two games postponed.
Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Kickers
Welcome to Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season! In most leagues, this is the final regular season week before the fantasy postseason. Remember to always churn those last couple bench spots to make sure you're bringing your best options to your lineup. Check out Jen Piacenti's Week 14 waiver wire pickups for guidance on who to target. Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | KICKERS | TEAM DEFENSESWeek 14 Rankings (PPR)QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | FLEX | KICKERS | TEAM DEFENSES (D/ST)KICKER RANKINGSHarrison Butker, KC (vs. LV) Justin Tucker, BAL (at CLE) Matt Gay, LAR (at ARI) Greg Zuerlein, DAL (at WAS) Greg Joseph, MIN (vs.
Russia blocks U.N. move to treat climate as security threat
Russia on Monday blocked a United Nations Security Council draft resolution, under negotiation for many months, that for the first time would have defined climate change as a threat to peace. Russia’s derailment of the measure underscored the challenges faced by the United Nations in uniting the global community to combat climate change, which Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and others have called an existential threat. The possible role of climate change in armed conflicts has long been a subject of discussion at the United Nations and elsewhere. The Ireland-Niger draft would have obliged the 15-member body to include climate change as a factor regarding “any root causes of conflict or risk multipliers.” It also would have asked the secretary-general to make regular reports on how to address the risks from climate change in preventing conflicts. Tirumurti, said any climate issues were best left to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the body responsible for dealing with the global threat posed by warming temperatures.
Dow's nearly 100-point climb led by gains in shares of Walgreens Boots, Dow Inc.
Shares of Walgreens Boots and Dow Inc. are trading higher Tuesday morning, propelling the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. The Dow DJIA, +0.27% is trading 98 points higher (0.3%), as shares of Walgreens Boots WBA, +2.55% and Dow Inc. DOW, +2.08% are contributing to the blue-chip gauge's intraday rally. Walgreens Boots's shares have gained $1.15, or 2.3%, while those of Dow Inc. have climbed $1.01 (1.9%), combining for an approximately 14-point boost for the Dow. Also contributing significantly to the gain are Travelers TRV, +2.36% , IBM IBM, +1.71% , and Amgen Inc. AMGN, +1.30% . Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights, an automation technology provider, using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Stocks start lower after jump in wholesale prices last month
Associated PressStocks are opening lower again on Wall Street Tuesday as traders took in the latest sign that inflation is still running high. The S&P 500 index gave up 0.5% in the early going. Treasury yields rose after the latest report on inflation, which showed that wholesale prices jumped a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, more than expected. Federal Reserve policymakers began a two-day meeting Tuesday at which they’re expected to speed up the withdrawal of economic stimulus measures. That shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses and is important given the Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thousands without heat, water after tornadoes kill dozens
Authorities are still tallying the devastation from Friday’s storms, though they believe the death toll will be lower than initially feared since it appeared many more people escaped a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, than first thought. “We lost a water tower, so we have no water within the city limits. All the power was cut just for safety reasons after everything fell,” O’Nan told NBC’s “Today” show. So we have no resources.”“The resources are gonna take a long time to be restored here,” she added. They left at least eight people dead at the state’s Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory and another 12 were reported killed in and around Bowling Green.
Elon Musk Q&A with TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal
For Elon Musk, Monday evening was a family affair. Waving to his mother Maye Musk in the audience, and balancing his toddler X Æ A-Xii (pronounced “X”) on his knee, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO sat down for a Q&A with TIME Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal. Musk had just been named TIME 2021 Person of the Year, and gathered with TIME editors and members of the TIME 100 community in New York City to discuss his selection. “[Few] individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too,” Felsenthal wrote earlier, explaining the Person of the Year choice. “In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society.”Read more: Why TIME Chose Elon Musk as the 2021 Person of the YearIn a wide-ranging discussion that included democracy and Silicon Valley, the conversation often returned to the subject of risk.
Biden's latest bid to reverse dire polls includes cutting waits for passports and Social Security
It will touch on such activities as renewing passports, applying for Social Security benefits and getting aid after natural disasters. It all comes with Biden's poll average stuck at 43 per cent in a FiveThirtyEight survey average. I think people are accustomed to that now and they’re demanding that government keep up as well.”The goal is to implement most of the order’s changes across 17 federal agencies within the next year. For retirees and the nearly 4 million Americans who turn 65 each year, the order requires that they be able to claim Social Security benefits online more easily. It should become easier to update mailing addresses with the government or change names with the Social Security Administration.
Amazon faces scrutiny over worker safety after tornado strikes warehouse
Questions over worker safety at Amazon are intensifying once again after a tornado struck an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Friday, leaving six people dead and another hospitalized. On Monday, the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration said it opened a workplace safety investigation into the warehouse collapse. “This incident calls into question so much of Amazon’s practices in their warehouses,” said Marcos Ceniceros, an organizer at Warehouse Workers for Justice. 00:32 Drone footage shows collapsed Illinois warehouse after tornadoes sweep US – videoSpeaking to the Intercept on Monday, 12 Amazon workers described concerns over workplace safety. An Amazon spokesperson, Kelly Nantel, said the warehouse received tornado warnings between 8.06pm and 8.16pm on Friday and site leaders directed workers to immediately take shelter.
Britain says Omicron spreading at 'phenomenal rate'
LONDON – The Omicron variant of novel coronavirus is spreading at a “phenomenal rate” so people should get an additional dose of the vaccine because double-jabbed people are vulnerable, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday. Though Javid said there had been no deaths yet confirmed in England, he said Omicron was probably behind around 40% of infections in London and that unless the government acted then the health service could be overwhelmed. “What we now know about Omicron is that … it’s spreading at a phenomenal rate, something that we’ve never seen before, it’s doubling every two to three days in infections,” Javid told Sky News. “That means we’re facing a tidal wave of infection, we’re once again in a race between the vaccine and the virus.”
Two cargo ships collide in Baltic, rescue underway
STOCKHOLM -Two cargo ships collided on Monday in the Baltic Sea between the Danish island of Bornholm and the southern Swedish city of Ystad, the Danish Defence’s Joint Operations Centre said on Monday. The Danish ship appeared to be upside down. The incident happened in Swedish territorial waters and Denmark was helping Swedish authorities with the rescue. A rescue boat has been launched from Bornholm island and a helicopter had also been dispatched from the Danish side. Swedish news agency TT cited a Swedish coastguard spokesman as saying one of the vessels was 90 metres long and the other was 55 metres.
Mask mandate returns to California as virus cases rise
The order comes as the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks. But since then, county governments covering about half of the state’s population have imposed their own indoor mask mandates as case rates surged with new variants. The new mask mandate will cover everyone else, but state officials on Monday were unclear about how it would be enforced. ‘A very tough time’“We know that there’s going to be people who don’t necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren’t going to mask,” Ghaly said. The state also is recommending travelers who visit or return to California to get tested within five days of their arrival.
Solar power advocates slam new California proposal to reduce subsidies
California regulators on Monday proposed significant changes to the state's solar incentive program in a move vehemently opposed by industry advocates. The new policy would reduce payments granted to solar customers for the excess power they generate — a policy known as net-energy metering — and also add monthly charges for customers. Southern California Edison, one of the state's largest utility companies, said the proposed decision is a "meaningful step toward modernizing California's rooftop solar program." The ultimate decision could wind up looking nothing like Monday's proposed decision. A number of parties, including SEIA and the California Solar & Storage Association, submitted proposals for the committee to review in March.
Truck driver sentenced to 110 years for fiery Colorado crash that killed 4
By Keith CoffmanDENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado judge on Monday reluctantly sentenced a Texas truck driver to 110 years in prison following his conviction for vehicular homicide when his semi-trailer crashed into stopped traffic and killed four motorists along a mountain interstate. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was found guilty in October by a jury in Jefferson County, Colorado, of four homicide charges along with multiple counts of assault and reckless driving stemming from the April 2019 fiery crash. Aguilera-Mederos told investigators his brakes failed and he tried to avoid hitting other vehicles after losing control. At Monday's hearing, Megan Harrison, the daughter of one of the people killed, Doyle Harrison, told the judge "my dad was taken away from me." When he addressed the court, Aguilera-Mederos wept as he begged the victims' families for forgiveness and asked the judge for leniency.
MGM Resorts International selling Mirage operations for over $1B
MGM Resorts International has reached an agreement to sell the operations of The Mirage to Hard Rock International for $1.075 billion in cash, according to an announcement from the company. The Mirage is shown on the Las Vegas Strip, Nov. 18, 2009. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)Plexiglass is installed throughout many areas as the Mirage reopens following a COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesMGM Resorts International has reached an agreement to sell the operations of The Mirage Hotel & Casino to Hard Rock International for $1.075 billion in cash, subject to customary working capital adjustments, according to an announcement from the company. “This transaction is a significant milestone for MGM Resorts, and for Las Vegas,” said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO & President, MGM Resorts International.
Britney Spears Has A Message For Diane Sawyer
In a lengthy Instagram post shared Monday, December 13, which touched everything from her career to how funny she finds Kevin Hart, the recently freed pop star weighed in on one of her most controversial moments: Spears’ 2003 Diane Sawyer interview. Spears’ 20/20 interview from the early aughts has been a hot topic of debate and re-examination among fans. The interview was heavily featured in the New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears documentary, and to say it hasn’t aged well is almost too kind. “Do we dare forget the Diane Sawyer interview in my apartment almost 20 years ago,” Spears wrote in what looks like a Notes app post shared to Instagram. Elsewhere in the post, Spears also commented on her career, hinting that her performing days may be over.
Newsom Calls for Gun Legislation Modeled on the Texas Abortion Law
Angered by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to continue allowing private citizens to sue Texas abortion providers, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Saturday called for a similar law giving ordinary residents legal standing to file lawsuits against purveyors of restricted firearms. “SCOTUS is letting private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion? !” Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, tweeted. “If that’s the precedent, then we’ll let Californians sue those who put ghost guns and assault weapons on our streets.
Chris Wallace's Fox News colleagues were reportedly 'shellshocked' by his jump to CNN
Shortly after Wallace's announcement, CNN reported he will be joining the new CNN Plus streaming service. Wallace's contract with Fox News is almost up, and "he turned down an offer for a multiyear extension and pay raise to leave for CNN," The Associated Press reports. The decision to leave was entirely Wallace's, and "it has left many of his colleagues 'shellshocked,'" The Washington Post adds, citing a person at Fox familiar with the decision. Baier and a handful of other journalists will take turns hosting Fox News Sunday for the time being. Wallace's departure is "a major loss for Fox News, no question about it," Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz tells AP.
Supreme Court Won't Block Vaccine Mandate For New York Health Workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Monday to halt a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in New York that does not offer an exemption for religious reasons. The court acted on emergency appeals filed by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who say they are being forced to choose between their jobs and religious beliefs. “Now, thousands of New York healthcare workers face the loss of their jobs and eligibility for unemployment benefits,” Gorsuch wrote in a 14-page opinion that Alito joined. New York is one of just three states, along with Maine and Rhode Island, that do not accommodate health care workers who object to the vaccine on religious grounds. The court had previously turned away health care workers in Maine, who filed a similar challenge, with the same three justices in dissent.
'Dr. Oz' show ending next month, as star runs for Senate
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz will end his “Dr. Oz” syndicated talk show next month, and producers will replace it with a cooking show featuring his daughter. Oz” show, in its 13th season, will air its last episode on Jan. 14, Sony Pictures Television said on Monday.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 14: Running Backs
Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. Byes: Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, PatriotsWeek 14 PPR Rankings: QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | FLEX | KICKERS | TEAM DEFENSES (D/ST)Week 14 Start ‘Em: Running BacksStart of the WeekJavonte Williams vs. Lions (4:05 p.m. Their lowly defense has surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points per contest to opposing running backs this season. Week 14 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | KICKERS | TEAM DEFENSESStart ‘EmJosh Jacobs at Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS)DFS BargainsJavonte Williams vs. Lions ($5,900)Devonta Freeman at Browns ($5,700)D’Onta Foreman vs. Jaguars ($5,100)Week 14 Sit ‘Em: Running BacksSit of the WeekJames Robinson vs. Titans (1 p.m.
Russia says it may be forced to deploy mid-range nuclear missiles in Europe
REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Pool/FilesSummary Minister says Russia has complete lack of trust in NATORedeployment could unwind 35 years of arms control'It will be a confrontation, this will be the next round'MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to what it sees as NATO's plans to do the same. "That is, it will be a confrontation, this will be the next round," he said, referring to the potential deployment of the missiles by Russia. He added: "If NATO sticks with the position not to negotiate about a deal, then we will certainly see Russia deploy the Screwdriver missile at its very western border." NATO says there will be no new U.S. missiles in Europe and it is ready to deter new Russian missiles with a "measured" response that would only involve conventional weapons. But Ryabkov said Russia had a "complete lack of trust" in the alliance.
As US nears 800,000 COVID deaths, 1 of every 100 older Americans has perished
In interviews across the country, older Americans say they have continued to endure the isolation and fear associated with the pandemic long after tens of millions of younger and middle-aged people have gone back to work and school and largely resumed normal lives. Older people are still falling seriously ill in great numbers, particularly if they are unvaccinated, and hospitals in the Midwest, New England and the Southwest have been strained with an influx of patients this month. Worried about their risks, and the ongoing warnings from health officials about the added dangers for older people, many of them are still curtailing travel and visits with grandchildren, and are dining out less.
1 dead, 13 injured in drive-by shooting at vigil near Houston, authorities say
One person was killed and at least 13 others wounded in a drive-by shooting at a candlelight vigil near Houston, Texas, Sunday night, officials said. About 50 people were gathered for an outdoor celebration of life ceremony in Baytown, about 20 miles west of Houston. The vigil was for a recent homicide victim from Baytown, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. At around 6:40 p.m. local time, a vehicle approached and someone from inside began shooting into the crowd, according to sheriff. Disha Allen, in their mid 20s, was pronounced deceased at the hospital following the shooting, Gonzalez said early Monday.
Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy as Arteta punishes disciplinary breach
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and will not be selected for Wednesday’s match against West Ham, throwing the striker’s future at the club into doubt. “Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United,” the club said. Show Download the Guardian app from the iOS App Store on iPhones or the Google Play store on Android phones by searching for 'The Guardian'. If you already have the Guardian app, make sure you’re on the most recent version. In the Guardian app, tap the yellow button at the bottom right, then go to Settings (the gear icon), then Notifications.