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Biden's new climate orders to include pause on federal oil and gas leasing: sources
FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate in front of a drilling rig in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. Tribal lands, which host significant reserves of oil and gas, were not included in the Interior Department order, and will not be included in Biden’s executive order either, according to the sources. Biden’s other climate-related executive orders on Wednesday will include beefing up the use of climate science in policy decisions and setting up an international summit on climate change for April, according to a memo seen by Reuters last week. Advocates for the pause say the federal leasing system is in need of reforms to address its impact on climate change and ensure that taxpayers get fair returns. Of the 26 million acres of federal lands under lease, about half are currently producing oil and gas, according to Bureau of Land Management data from fiscal year 2019.
Josh Hawley issues counter-complaint against Democrats who called for investigation into him over Capitol insurrection
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer then moved to table Paul’s point of order, blocking the effort to preemptively invalidate the impeachment trial. The resolution failed after a majority of senators voted against it, meaning the impeachment trial will go ahead as planned. At the close of the impeachment trial itself, at least 17 Republican senators would need to join Democrats in order to convict Trump. Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that McConnell voted to declare Trump’s impeachment trial unconstitutional. In fact, the minority leader voted against a motion to table Senator Paul’s point of order, which deems the trial unconstitutional.
First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns
And, with a heavy domestic agenda and looming decisions needed on Iran and China, a direct confrontation with Russia is not likely something he seeks. Biden also raised the SolarWinds cyberhack, which has been attributed to Russia. reports of Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan, interference in the 2020 U.S. election, the poisoning of Navalny and the weekend crackdown on Navalny's supporters. “President Biden made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us or our allies,” the White House said. Biden told Putin in the phone call, first reported by The Associated Press, that the U.S, would defend itself and take action, which could include further sanctions, to ensure that Moscow does not act with impunity, officials said.
U.S. judge blocks deportation freeze in swift setback for Biden
By Ted HessonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked a move by new U.S. President Joe Biden to halt the deportation of many immigrants for a 100-day period, a swift legal setback for his ambitious immigration agenda. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, an appointee of former President Donald Trump in the Southern District of Texas, issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the policy nationwide for 14 days following a legal challenge by Texas. The Biden administration is expected to appeal the ruling, which halts the deportation freeze while both parties submit briefs on the matter. In a complaint filed on Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state would face irreparable harm if the deportation freeze was allowed to go into effect. Paxton, a Republican, said it would increase education and healthcare costs as more immigrants remained in Texas illegally.
What Leon Black got for paying convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein $158 million
Article contentLeon Black viewed Jeffrey Epstein as a “confirmed bachelor with eclectic tastes, who often employed attractive women.”The private equity titan was willing to overlook that Epstein had served 13 months in a Florida jail after soliciting an underage prostitute. That was partly because Epstein claimed the girl had lied about her age, while Black, co-founder of Apollo Global Management Inc., believed in second chances, particularly for his well-connected friend. Try refreshing your browser, or What Leon Black got for paying convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein $158 million Back to videoThus continued a relationship between the men that was laid out in a report released Monday by law firm Dechert, commissioned by Apollo’s board after news stories about their financial ties. The investigation found that Black paid Epstein $158 million between 2012 and 2017 — after the sex offender pleaded guilty to felony charges in 2008 — for advisory services that helped expand the wealth of one of America’s richest men. The report made clear that Apollo never retained Epstein for any services and that he never invested in any Apollo-managed funds.
Vaccine appointments canceled amid confusion over supply
An increasing number of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the U.S. are canceling appointments because of vaccine shortages in a rollout so rife with confusion and unexplained bottlenecks. An increasing number of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the U.S. are canceling appointments because of vaccine shortages in a rollout so rife with confusion and unexplained bottlenecks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)An increasing number of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the U.S. are canceling appointments because of vaccine shortages in a rollout so rife with confusion that even the new CDC director admitted she doesn’t know exactly how many shots are in the pipeline. If they don’t know how much vaccine they’re getting, not just this week, but next week and the week after, they can’t plan.”On Monday, Florida Gov. In North Carolina, Greensboro-based Cone Health announced it is canceling first-dose appointments for 10,000 people and moving them to a waiting list because of supply problems.
Senators to be sworn-in for Trump impeachment trial where they will be judge, jury and victim
Senators are being sworn in Tuesday for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump — a case in which the lawmakers will be acting as judge, jury and victim. Leahy is presiding over the trial instead of Chief Justice John Roberts because Trump is now a former president. While some senators have likened their role in the impeachment trial to jurors, they're actually more than that. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThen-Chief Justice William Rehnquist, when he was presiding over the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton in 1999, noted, "The Senate is not simply a jury. The Senate trial is expected to begin the week of Feb. 8 under a deal struck between the parties.
Kellyanne Conway accused of posting topless photo of teenage daughter on Twitter
Kellyanne has more than 3 million Twitter followers, all of whom had the ability to view the nude photo. In videos posted to TikTok on Monday, Claudia first lashed out at people for spreading this information, assuming it was a rumor. While the videos have since been deleted, Twitter users reposted copies of the videos. The incident follows a series of videos Claudia shared to her TikTok last week alleging that her mother has been “physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive” towards her. The videos from Jan. 19 depict Kellyanne not only shouting at but cursing, belittling, and even seemingly hitting her daughter.
Ghislaine Maxwell says grand jury that indicted her was too White, seeks dismissal of sex abuse case
Maxwell, 59, has British and French citizenship and is the daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell. ADUnder the law, juries and grand juries must represent a fair cross-section of the community where the alleged crime occurred. The grand jury process is secret, but the Sixth Amendment protection still firmly applies. ADADThe Southern District of New York, where Maxwell’s case is pending, encompasses parts of New York City and six upstate counties, with jurors and grand jurors often having to commute into the city. In White Plains, where the grand jury in Maxwell’s case was impaneled, jurors come from six upstate counties, including Westchester — a region with significantly smaller minority populations than those in or closer to the city.
GOP largely sides against holding Trump impeachment trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — All but five Senate Republicans voted in favor of an effort to dismiss Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, making clear a conviction of the former president for “incitement of insurrection” after the deadly Capitol siege on Jan. 6 is unlikely. While the Republicans did not succeed in ending the trial before it began, the test vote made clear that Trump still has enormous sway over his party as he becomes the first former president to be tried for impeachment. “I think this was indicative of where a lot of people’s heads are," said South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. Late Tuesday, the presiding officer at the trial, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was taken to the hospital for observation after not feeling well at his office, spokesman David Carle said in a statement. The 80-year-old senator was examined by the Capitol's attending physician, who recommended he be taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution, he said.
MyPillow guy Mike Lindell permanently banned from Twitter
The CEO of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, has been banned from Twitter because of repeated violations of its civic integrity policy. Lindell has continued to falsely claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Last week Lindell had said that several major retailers including Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wayfair told him they would no longer carry his products. According to the Associated Press, “Following the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, Twitter has banned over 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation. Trump, who had urged on the mob, has also had his account permanently suspended.”READ MORE
McConnell backs off Senate filibuster fight with Schumer
McConnell backs off Senate filibuster fight with SchumerAdded: 26.01.2021 4:47 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: www.politico.comSenate Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster easing a standoff with new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as the two negotiated a power-sharing agreement in the closely divided chamber. McConnell said late Monday he had essentially accomplished his goal after two Democratic senators said they would not agree to changing the rules to end the filibuster, which would require a 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation.... More in article.wn.com » Democrats, NATO, Goa Tags: Republicans
Biden orders end of federally run private prisons
But government has to change as well.’'In remarks before signing the order, Biden said the US government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial equity. President Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies. The order to end the reliance on privately-run prisons directs the attorney general not to renew Justice Department contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities. The move will effectively revert the Justice Department to the same posture it held at the end of the Obama administration. GEO Group, a private company that operates federal prisons, called the Biden order “a solution in search of a problem. "
No new players are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 60 years
Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. On Twitter, admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, meanwhile, has sought to clarify the role of its plaque gallery and its museum. So it remains up to the voters to decide how they'll weigh off-field issues when evaluating Hall of Fame candidates. If too many of the top players are left out — particularly if it's for non-baseball reasons — could the Hall lose credibility as a baseball shrine?
'Historic' snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travel
The National Weather Service said at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is expected across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan. Parts of southeast Nebraska and western Iowa could get more than three times that much by Tuesday morning. The weather service forecast the light snowfall that began around sunset Monday in northern Illinois was expected to get heavier overnight, with accumulation totaling about 3 to 6 inches by early Tuesday. Meteorologist Bett Borchardt forecast snowfall could total up to 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) or more before it ends Tuesday evening. The last comparable snowfall in the area occurred in November 2018, when 8.4 inches (21.34 centimeters) of snow fell.
Portland mayor pepper-sprays man harassing him over Covid rules
Portland mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a man following a meal out in the city over the weekend, after he was approached by the resident and confronted about Covid-19 rules. Mr Wheeler had been dining with former Portland mayor Sam Adams when the pair were confronted by a man, who neither recognised, at around 8pm on Sunday outside of McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House. Mayor Wheeler then warned the man that if he did not “back off” that he would be pepper-sprayed. The man refused, and as Mr Wheeler attempted to get into his car, he pepper-sprayed the stranger in the eyes. He also claimed that before Mr Wheeler left, he threw a water bottle to the man he pepper-sprayed so that he could wash his eyes.
Trump Senate trial starts as House delivers impeachment article
An delegation of U.S. House Democrats poised to become prosecutors marched across the Capitol Monday night to deliver a single article of impeachment against Donald Trump, triggering the start of an unprecedented trial of the former president. The nine House impeachment managers selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the impeachment article to the secretary of the Senate at about 7 p.m., with lead manager Jamie Raskin of Maryland reading it aloud on the floor of the chamber. Delivery of the impeachment article, followed on Tuesday by the swearing in of senators as jurors, formally signals the start of the proceedings, though arguments won’t begin until the week of Feb. 8. “We’ll hopefully negotiate something with McConnell on the trial,” Schumer told reporters at the Capitol when asked whether there will be witnesses called. Last year, a group of seven House managers made the same trip with carts of transcripts from House witnesses and hearing testimony.
Democrats reintroduce $15 minimum wage bill with unified control of Congress, White House
The protest was part of a nationwide effort calling for minimum wage to be raised to $15-per-hour. Democrats in the House and Senate reintroduced a bill Tuesday to raise the U.S. minimum wage to $15 per hour, seeking fresh support for the policy during an economic crisis and with control of Congress and the White House. The measure would also end pay below the minimum wage for tipped workers, along with certain teens and people with disabilities. The party has long pushed to raise the federal minimum wage, which has stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009. The Democratic-held House passed a version of the bill, known as the Raise the Wage Act, in 2019.
Widespread internet outages hit Northeast U.S.
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, an iPhone displays the Facebook app in New Orleans. Users across the northeast U.S. reported widespread internet outages Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Verizon reported a fiber cut in Brooklyn via Twitter, although it’s not clear if that issue is responsible for the entire outage. According to DownDetector and user reports on Twitter, the problem appears to extend from Washington to Boston, and is affecting internet and cloud providers as well as a number of Google services, Facebook and other major sites. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
Packers' Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. But he added that his future isn’t necessarily in his control. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers said after the game “there’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included.”“Obviously after the season I had, potentially winning MVP and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly spot on SiriusXM Radio’s “The Pat McAfee Show.” “But there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know, in this business. So to make an absolute statement about something that is not an absolute, I didn’t do it.”
Robert Kraft massage parlor tapes to be destroyed, judge orders
A federal judge in Florida has ruled that videos recorded when New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited a massage parlor should be destroyed, according to court documents. US District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II ruled Friday that footage of Kraft and other customers must be erased because they were filmed during unlawful surveillance, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. However, attorneys for the 79-year-old billionaire fought to get them destroyed because they feared the footage could be leaked. Chief Assistant State Attorney Al Johnson responded that his office “has no interest in maintaining possession of, or releasing to the public, any of the surveillance videos,” the report said. Police say they recorded Kraft paying for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia spa on consecutive days in January 2019.
Stocks slip from highs; investors wait on Fed
The dollar index fell 0.2%, with the euro up 0.21% to $1.2162. The sell-off also caused Japanese stocks to slip 1% and Chinese blue-chips to tumble 2%, their biggest one-day loss since Sept. 9. U.S. gold futures settled down 0.2% at $1,850.90. U.S. crude oil futures settled at $52.61 a barrel, down 16 cents or 0.30%. Brent crude futures settled at $55.91 a barrel, up 3 cents or 0.05%.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Administration Nears Deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 Million More Doses
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Administration Nears Deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 Million More Doses The deal may not accelerate the current pace of vaccination. Biden said his administration was nearing a deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 million more doses by summer’s end. The deal would provide the federal government with 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 100 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, Mr. Biden said. Pfizer had agreed last summer to provide an initial 100 million doses to the United States by the end of March. The Brazilian variant is similar to one first found in South Africa, public health officials said.
3M, IBM share gains lead Dow's 31-point jump
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up Tuesday afternoon with shares of 3M and IBM delivering the strongest returns for the blue-chip average. Shares of 3M MMM, +3.04% and IBM IBM, +2.77% have contributed to the index's intraday rally, as the Dow DJIA, +0.05% was most recently trading 31 points, or 0.1%, higher. 3M's shares have climbed $5.35, or 3.1%, while those of IBM have risen $3.02 (2.5%), combining for an approximately 57-point bump for the Dow. Also contributing significantly to the gain are Johnson & Johnson JNJ, +2.48% , Walgreens Boots WBA, +1.67% , and Microsoft MSFT, +1.65% . Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Violent clashes as Indian farmers storm Delhi's Red Fort
Farmers protesting against new agriculture laws in India have broken through police barricades around the capital and entered the grounds of Delhi’s historic Red Fort, in chaotic and violent scenes that overshadowed Republic Day celebrations. Jaspal Singh, 50, a farmer from Gurdaspur district in Punjab, said nothing would break the resolve of the protesting farmers. Farmers say their plight has been ignored for decades and that the changes, aiming at bringing private investment into agriculture, will only put farmers at the mercy of large corporations. Malkeet Singh, 60, from the Mansa area of Punjab, said it was “now or never” as he walked alongside thousands of fellow protesting farmers. The farmers say the new laws were introduced with no consultation and have demanded their complete repeal.
Alabama tornado kills boy, injures 30
The tornado caused damage for 10-miles, from Fultondale to Center Point, striking an area severely harmed by a much larger tornado a decade ago. The teenager killed was a 14-year-old student in the ninth grade, according to Jefferson County Superintendent Dr. Walter Gonsoulin. Fultondale Fire Chief Justin McKenzie said 30 people were injured and 18 of those had to go to hospital. Injuries range from minor to severe but search and rescue efforts are still ongoing, said James Coker, the director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. The county’s emergency management agency tweeted that several schools would be closed Tuesday for both traditional and remote students, including Fultondale High, Center Point High and Clay-Chalkville High.
NFL: Washington hire King as league's first Black woman assistant coach
FILE PHOTO: Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team coaching intern Jennifer King tosses a ball on. The field prior to the Washington Football Team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo(Reuters) - The Washington Football Team promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach on Tuesday, making her the NFL’s first full time Black female coach. King, who was an intern under Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan during the 2020 season, is the second female assistant coach in the NFL after Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season.
Farmers mass in Indian capital ahead of Republic Day protests
Thousands more, on tractors decorated with the flags of India and farm unions, have been streaming into the capital from neighbouring states for several days ahead of the rally that coincides with India's Republic Day. The government's offer to delay the farm laws for 18 months has been rejected by farm leaders, who want a total repeal of the laws. Police have allowed farmers to rally along pre-approved routes on the outskirts of Delhi on Tuesday. Story continues"Conducting the rally peacefully without any accident would be the concern for farmers as well as police administration." The protests have so far been peaceful, and farm leaders have urged participants in Tuesday's rally to refrain from violence.
At UN, Palestinians urge Biden to reverse Trump's 'unlawful and hostile measures'
The Palestinian foreign minister on Tuesday urged the Biden administration to reverse what it described as the prior administration’s "unlawful and hostile measures" in the region -- as the U.S. pledged to renew relations with the Palestinians. The Biden administration has indicated it wants to strengthen relations with the Palestinians, while keeping close ties to Israel. "In order to advance these objectives, the Biden Administration will restore credible U.S. engagement with Palestinians as well as Israelis," he said. It is likely that, among those steps, the Biden administration will renew funding to the U.N. Palestianian refugee agency (UNRWA) -- from which the Trump administration withdrew funding over concerns it promotes an anti-Israel agenda. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Biden administration has indicated it wishes to take a less hostile approach to the body as seen under the Trump administration.
S&P 500, Dow to open higher on upbeat corporate earnings; Fed meeting in focus
(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow were set to open slightly higher on Tuesday, helped by positive earnings updates from a slew of companies including General Electric and Johnson & Johnson, while the Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting. In a volatile trading session on Monday, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closed at record levels. With the S&P 500 trading at 22 times the 12-month forward earnings, concerns about stock bubbles on Wall Street are sparking fears of a pullback. Investors are keeping an eye out for forecasts from corporate America to justify these higher valuations. ET, Dow E-minis were up 61 points, or 0.20% and S&P 500 E-minis were up 3 points, or 0.08%.
Meet the people paying $55 million each to fly to the space station
Accompanying them will be Michael López-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut who flew to space four times and is now a vice president of Axiom Space, the Houston-based company that is coordinating their trip to space. The company, which is still finalizing the deal with NASA, is planning two flights per year and also is developing a space station of its own that NASA hopes may one day replace the International Space Station, the orbiting lab that has been in space for 22 years. “This is just the first of several Axiom Space crews whose private missions to the International Space Station will truly inaugurate an expansive future for humans in space — and make a meaningful difference in the world when they return home,” Michael Suffredini, Axiom Space president and chief executive, said in a statement. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin are planning to fly paying customers to space, as well. Those trips, although still expensive, cost far less than trips to the space station.
Ex-Zappos CEO was locked in shed with liquor, 'whippets' before fatal fire
He died from complications of smoke inhalation nine days after he was pulled from the shed. The surveillance video showed Hsieh opening the shed door about 3:15 a.m. No one was outside, but an “occasional light smoke” was “wisping from the door,” according to the report. The security camera footage showed “an increase in smoke emanating from the shed along with burning embers,” the report says. The shed where Tony Hsieh was found unconscious, right, at a house in New London, Conn. New London Fire Dept. From inside the shed, Hsieh could be heard in the video footage telling his brother to come back in five minutes, the report says.
Caris LeVert has surgery to treat kidney cancer discovered after Nets trade
Less than two weeks after a potentially life-saving trade, Caris LeVert is on the road to recovery. The former Nets guard, who was dealt to the Pacers as part of the James Harden blockbuster — leading to a physical that revealed a small mass on his left kidney — underwent successful surgery Monday to treat kidney cancer, the Pacers announced Tuesday. After LeVert’s physical held up the trade, the Nets eventually sent cash and an additional second-round pick (via Cleveland) to the Pacers to complete the deal. Caris LeVert underwent surgery to treat the kidney cancer discovered after the Nets traded him to the Pacers. AP“In a way this trade showed and revealed what was going on in my body,” LeVert said last week.
J.T. Realmuto staying with Phillies on $115.5 million contract
Realmuto agreed on Tuesday to a five-year, $115.5 million contract to remain with Philadelphia, according to multiple reports. In the shortened 2020 season, Realmuto had a slash line of .266/.349/.491 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. But new president Dave Dombrowski was able to keep Bryce Harper happy by retaining Realmuto, something Harper lobbied for multiple times. Realmuto on Aug. 6, 2020 Getty ImagesThe Mets were out of the running for Realmuto when they signed James McCann to a four-year, $40.6 million free-agent contract earlier this offseason. The Braves were reportedly in the mix for Realmuto, despite having ex-Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, before Realmuto agreed to his Phillies return.
Trump says he'll 'forever be a champion for the American people'
Donald Trump has said he will 'always and forever be a champion for the American People' in his first official statement since leaving office. 'President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People.' Trump broke his silence since leaving office on Friday and told the Washington Examiner: 'We'll do something, but not just yet.' Biden himself told CNN late Monday that the impeachment trial 'has to happen.' Biden himself told CNN late Monday that the impeachment trial 'has to happen.'
Disney Is Making Changes to Jungle Cruise Rides Due to 'Negative Depictions' of Native Peoples
The ride has been criticized for scenes characterizing native peoples as violentDisney Is Making Changes to Jungle Cruise Rides Due to 'Negative Depictions' of Native PeoplesDisneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida are making long-awaited changes to their Jungle Cruise attractions as an initiative to address the "negative depictions" of native peoples throughout the attraction. "In this particular case, Imagineers created a storyline that builds upon what people love the most while addressing negative depictions simultaneously." Image zoom Credit: Disney"When we consider making changes to a classic attraction, we focus on ways to 'plus' the experience," Chris Beatty, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, said. "The skippers of the Jungle Cruise bring irreverent humor to guests of all ages, and we're excited to be adding to that legacy — along with a new animated skipper figure — by celebrating their adventures and influence." The changes aren't tied to the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed the execution of Democrats in old Facebook posts, report says
In response, Greene did not denounce the suggestion of execution and instead wrote, “Stage is being set. The offices of Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not respond to requests for comment about Greene’s Facebook activity or the campaign for her removal. Instead, Greene wrote that she has had “teams of people manage my pages.”“Many posts have been liked," she said. It’s unclear whether Greene changed her privacy settings or Facebook removed the posts. Before she ran for office, Greene circulated a petition to have Pelosi impeached.
Sekou Smith: NBA reporter dies at 48 after battle with COVID-19
Longtime NBA Reporter and Analyst Sekou Smith Dies at 48 After Battle With COVID-19The NBA community lost another prominent voice. Sekou Smith, an award-winning basketball writer and NBA TV analyst, passed away at 48 years old after a battle with COVID-19. Smith ended up joining Turner Sports in 2009 and worked as a reporter and an analyst for NBA.com and NBA TV. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. Sekou has been part of the NBA family for a long time...Just another awful day and we're all so saddened."
Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88
HOUSTON (AP) — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team. When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid performance by the Rockets. Wall scored 24 points to help Houston to a 107-88 victory over Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards. Wall had 15 points and four assists by halftime, including a left-handed layup that came after a nifty behind the back move and put Houston up 53-45 in the second quarter. He cooled off in the third, but got going again in the fourth to secure the win in his second game back after missing five with a sore left knee.
In Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are pivoting to a kind of anti-Lampard | Barney Ronay
Tuchel was no kind of player at all. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Thomas Tuchel communicates with Kylian Mbappé at PSG, where he seemed a weird appointment. Chelsea to appoint Thomas Tuchel as manager after Frank Lampard is sacked Read moreLampard returned to Stamford Bridge with an idea of reasserting the basic Chelsea identity, the Chelsea of his own playing days. Should Tuchel get the job it is to be hoped the odd long chat with his old boss is in line. A rocky start at Old Trafford In his first Premier League game in charge, Chelsea lose 4-0 at Manchester United.
Kremlin says vigorous efforts needed to extend Russia-U.S. New START arms treaty
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov arrives to the Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference in Moscow, Russia December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovMOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday that vigorous efforts were needed to reach a deal with the United States on extending the New START nuclear arms control pact before it expires next month. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that extending the pact would be in the interests of both countries and benefit the whole world. New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) limits the numbers of strategic nuclear warheads, missiles and bombers that Russia and the United States can deploy.
Biden eyes new goal of 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations a day
President Biden appeared to boost his goal for COVID-19 vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the U.S. could soon be administering 1.5 million shots per day on average. Biden signaled his increasing bullishness on the pace of vaccinations after signing an executive order Monday to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. It was among a flurry of moves by Biden during his first full week to show he’s taking swift action to heal an ailing economy. Biden’s new vaccination target comes after he and his aides faced criticism for his previously stated goal of 100 million inoculations during his first 100 days in office, a pace of 1 million doses per day. Of that amount, 21.8 million doses had been administered, or about 53%.
Senate confirms Antony Blinken as 71st secretary of state
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Tony Blinken, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, Tony Blinken, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Senators voted 78-22 to approve Blinken, a longtime Biden confidant, as the nation’s 71st secretary of state, succeeding Mike Pompeo. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration. He is expected to start work on Wednesday after being sworn in, according to State Department officials.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Borders Tighten Worldwide, Brazil-Based Variant Is Found in U.S.
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Borders Tighten Worldwide, Brazil-Based Variant Is Found in U.S. Several countries, including the U.S., are imposing travel restrictions, citing the danger of more contagious virus mutations. New York has roughly 56,000 bike parking spots on its streets, sidewalks and plazas. By comparison, London has three times as much bike parking, with more than 150,000 cycling spaces on its streets and at least 20,000 additional spaces at Underground and rail stations. Some American cities have increased efforts to create more bike parking during the pandemic. So far, more than 1.7 million people have contracted the virus in Mexico and more than 150,000 people have died.
Vatican clears retired US bishop of multiple abuse claims
DENVER (AP) — The Vatican has cleared a retired U.S. bishop of multiple allegations he sexually abused minors and teenagers, rejecting lay experts' determination that a half-dozen claims were credible and instead slapping him on the wrist for what it called “flagrant" imprudent behavior. Hart, 89, had long maintained his innocence and denied all allegations of misconduct. His attorney, Thomas Jubin, said multiple allegations against Hart were “specious,” with some based on second- and third-hand information, and with some accusers emphasizing that Hart didn't physically touch them. “Despite this, Bishop Hart asks me to convey that he continues to pray for all involved in this case so that they may find peace and healing. He now asks, and I ask, too, that he may now be afforded peace in the twilight of this life as he prepares to meet his God in the next,” Jubin said in a statement.
Let down your hair: New Army rules for ponytails, nail color
WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave. Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. Maj. Michael Grinston, the Army's top enlisted leader during a Facebook Live presentation on Tuesday about the latest changes. “This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team.”
What to know about abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman and the effort to get her on the $20 bill
The Biden administration is speeding up the effort to feature a new face on the $20 bill: abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman. For all the latest news on race and identity:Sign up for USA TODAY’s This Is America newsletterWhy is Harriet Tubman going on the $20 bill? Harriet Tubman debit card from OneUnited raises the questionWhy was the Harriet Tubman $20 bill delayed? The currency process, explained:Should the Harriet Tubman $20 bill be delayed? From 2019:Treasury watchdog to review delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill designTrump's critics saw Mnuchin’s move as part of what they said was Trump’s affinity toward Andrew Jackson.
Winter storms target Midwest, Northeast and the Southwest, with travel conditions becoming hazardous
Major winter storms are forecast to impact a large portion of the U.S. on Tuesday, bringing snow, freezing rain and hazardous travel conditions to the Southwest and a region stretching from the Plains to the Northeast. WINTER STORM BRINGING RAIN, SNOW, STRONG WINDS FROM PLAINS TO THE NORTHEASTForecasters say heavy snow is likely across higher elevations of the Central Plains and Midwest through the end of today, while the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will see smaller totals. "This is historic snow," said National Weather Service meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen, who is based near Omaha, Nebraska, told the Associated Press. Chicago on Monday started warning residents that hazardous conditions were likely during Tuesday morning commutes and some power outages are possible. Sacramento-area National Weather Service forecasters predict an abundance of snow in the Sierra Nevada this week that will make travel difficult.
Walgreens names outgoing Starbucks COO Roz Brewer as CEO
FILE PHOTO: A shuttered Walgreens pharmacy store is seen during the coronavirus outbreak in Times Square in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Tuesday that outgoing Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer has been appointed as the company’s chief executive officer. She will take office from March 15 and succeeds Stefano Pessina who will transition to the role of executive chairman of the Walgreens board, the drugstore chain said in a statement.
R&B artist Trey Songz arrested at AFC Championship game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — R&B artist Trey Songz was jailed overnight after he scuffled with police officers during his arrest for not following coronavirus protocols and other rules at the AFC championship game in Kansas City, police said Monday. Songz, 36, whose name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was released Monday while an investigation continues, Jackson County Sheriff's spokesman LeVanden Darks said. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart with “Back Home” last year. His other two chart-topping albums are “Trigga” and “Tremaine The Album.” He has also appeared in films including “Texas Chainshaw 3D,” “Baggage Claim” and he starred in “Blood Brother” in 2018.
Asia Today: Taiwan quarantines 5,000 after hospital cluster
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........TAIPEI, Taiwan — Health authorities in Taiwan are quarantining 5,000 people while looking for the source of two new coronavirus cases linked to a hospital. The man had stayed at the hospital for three days for health problems unrelated to COVID-19, while his wife looked after him. Taiwan is on higher alert after the latest domestic cluster, which has now seen 15 cases from the hospital in Taoyuan. Most of the cases confirmed in Samut Sakhon have been among migrants from Myanmar working in the fishing industry and factories. More than 10,000 of its total have been recorded since Dec. 15 when the Samut Sakhon outbreak was detected and a second cluster related to gambling dens was uncovered.
Mossimo Giannulli Denied Early Release From Prison
Mossimo Giannulli was denied an early release from prison as he continues to serve time for his involvement in the college admissions scandal. After spending 56 days at the facility, Us confirmed that Giannulli requested to complete the remainder of his sentence in home confinement. Us exclusively revealed last month that Giannulli is “having a rough time” while in prison. They were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters Bella Giannulli, 22, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 21, were admitted into the University of Southern California. “There was a COVID outbreak in the prison, so it was a precaution and not a punishment.”
Beyond Meat stock soars after plant-based snack deal with Pepsi
Beyond Meat Inc. BYND, +33.62% stock jumped 23.3% in Tuesday premarket trading after the plant-based protein company announced a deal to make snacks and beverages with PepsiCo. PEP, -0.17%The two companies have entered into a joint venture, The PLANeT Partnership, LLC, that will use Beyond Meat’s plant-based protein development capabilities and Pepsi’s market and commercial experience to create new products.