Anyone who has ever had a pet knows just how much of an impact that animal can have on their lives. For many people during the COVID pandemic, those bonds have been more important than ever.
- The Telegraph
California condors are among the rarest birds in America. Just not at the home of Cinda Mickols. While there are only 500 in the US, and just 160 in the Golden State, more than a dozen have descended on Ms Mickols’s front porch high up in the Tehachapi Mountains of southern California and “declared war.” The giant, endangered birds, which have a 10-foot wingspan, have defecated all over the roof and decking, scratched the railings and destroyed garden ornaments. “I’ve never seen this number at one time. That’s what was so startling,” Ms Mickols, 68, told The Washington Post. “It wows me. And it smells.”
Dave Bautista turned down 'Suicide Squad' for 'Army of the Dead' because he was offered 'a lot more money'
Dave Bautista said James Gunn wrote a role specifically for him in the upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie.
- The Independent
Liz Cheney secretly organised move to help stop Trump using military to overturn election, report claims
Former advisor to Dick Cheney says ‘Liz is living reproach to all these cowards’
- USA TODAY
Claims that former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley white-washed her name are inaccurate. "Nikki" is Punjabi and she took her husband's last name.
- The Week
Dr. Rajendra Kapila, an infectious disease expert and professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, died of COVID-19 last month while in India. Kapila, 81, died on April 28, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, ABC News reports. India is the world's biggest COVID-19 hotspot, and Kapila went to the country to help care for relatives, his ex-wife, Dr. Bina Kapila, told WABC. She said he only planned on staying in India for a short period of time. In a statement, Rutgers called Kapila a "genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases" who was "recognized worldwide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases." Kapila founded Rutgers' Division of Infectious Diseases, was a founding member of the New Jersey Infectious Disease Society, and "provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents, and fellows," Rutgers said. His wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila, said her husband was fully vaccinated before traveling to India; while it is extremely rare for a vaccinated person to die of COVID-19, most who have died had underlying health conditions and were older, ABC News reports. Kapila's ex-wife told WABC he had heart issues and diabetes. More stories from theweek.comHouse GOP leader Kevin McCarthy apparently pays $1,500 to live in a 12-bedroom, 16-bath penthouseThe insurrectionists are winningElise Stefanik tells Steve Bannon in 2022, Republicans need Trump and 'his coalition of voters'
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Senior Republican ‘privately complaining’ about the ‘coronation’ of Elise Stefanik ahead of Liz Cheney purge, CNN host says
Jake Tapper confirms earlier rumours of discontent within the GOP about Liz Cheney’s potential replacement
- The Daily Beast
ABCJimmy Kimmel mocked California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner for comments she made this week to Fox News host Sean Hannity about the homeless population in her state.Appearing on the Wednesday broadcast of Hannity, Jenner seemed to imply that as governor she would like to remove the state’s homeless population because they are an inconvenience to her and her wealthy friends.“My friends are leaving California,” Jenner had said. “My hangar, the guy across... he was packing up his hangar and I said, ‘Where are you going?’ And he says, ‘I’m moving to Sedona, Arizona, I can’t take it anymore. I can’t walk down the streets and see the homeless.’”After replaying this clip, Kimmel remarked, “Ah, homeless people: can’t walk around them, can’t fly over them.”Seth Meyers Goes After Ron DeSantis and Fox News Over ‘Shocking’ Voter Suppression Party“Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a-hole?” Kimmel asked his audience. “Or does calling that trans person an ignorant a-hole—even though she happens to be a trans person—show that we don’t discriminate against ignorant a-holes, no matter their gender orientation? It’s a tough one. I don’t know, I guess we’ll let the internet decide tomorrow.”Since announcing her bid for office on April 23, the 71-year-old ex-Olympian has had trouble winning over the LGBTQ community, in part due to her past support of President Donald Trump, the fact that some of her current campaign advisers are former Trump aides, and her open opposition to trans rights in sports.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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KMazur/GettyBoybander, bar and nightclub owner, businessman, and entrepreneur are some of the many career hats Lance Bass has worn, but he’s looking to add another: investor in a billion-dollar company.The NSYNC member has joined the new show Unicorn Hunters, from the creators behind The Masked Singer and premiering May 10, which presents the opportunity to industry movers and shakers to share a piece of the pie of the next big disrupter business.In a way, the show is serving as a form of redemption for Bass, who’d already missed a chance to be an early backer of Uber. “I definitely am kicking myself,” Bass confesses to The Daily Beast, describing himself as a conservative investor. “I was like, ‘It’s very revolutionary and I think this could disrupt the taxi market.’ But my gut was like, ‘I don’t know, I’m just not ready.’”Surprisingly, his decision couldn’t even be swayed by Britney Spears, who Bass says was the person who introduced him to the company in the first place.“She was one of the first investors behind it,” he reveals. “I don’t even know if most people know that, but I learned all about it from her.”Artist Reveals Paris Hilton’s Infamous ‘Stop Being Poor’ Tank Was FakeValued at around $80 billion, early investors in Uber made a windfall with the ride-share app, which went public in the spring of 2019. Actor Ashton Kutcher, a notable early investor in the Silicon Valley startup, and his partner turned their initial $500,000 investment into millions.Spears, considering her Las Vegas residency, countless No. 1 songs, and sold-out tours across the world, has a surprisingly low net worth of $60 million, especially when taking into account her early investment in Uber. Currently, the pop star’s finances and how they are handled are under the microscope due to her conservatorship battle with her father, Jamie Spears.But Bass is determined not to let another Uber slip by him again, joining Unicorn Hunters’ expert panel, called the “Circle of Money,” which includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, former White House adviser Moe Vela, and CEO of Livingston Securities Scott Livingston.Similar to Shark Tank, investment seekers come on the show to present their companies to the powerhouse businessmen and women. But there’s a twist: Viewers aren’t just sitting on their couches watching the rich become richer, they also have the opportunity to back the companies pre-IPO—potentially turning a $100 investment into a whole lot more.Much like the everyday viewer, Bass explains that he’s recently new to investing in these types of big firms, normally dealing with much smaller startups. He says he ended up investing in a few of the companies that appeared on the show.For him to hand over his money, Bass believes that not only do the idea and numbers need to be impressive, but he also wants the founders to be passionate about their business.Another important aspect for Bass when backing a company is if it’s eco-friendly. “Everything that I invest in, I always want to have some kind of giving-back element,” he says. “I’m a huge advocate for the planet, I’m an environmentalist. So, the companies that I love to invest in are the ones that are changing the world, the innovation that is going to save this planet.”“There are some really great [companies] that you’re going to see,” Bass adds. “The standout for me is this UV light company that is going to help kill viruses and diseases by light, which is just perfect timing for what we’re going through in this pandemic. Bio farming is another big thing for me. There’s one product that is going to help us grow food in a non-GMO way, which will help solve so much of the hunger problems in this world.”Ultimately, Bass is excited about being a part of the show because it prioritizes making investing accessible. It aims to help bring everyday people into the fold and break down the closed doors of Wall Street.Pointing to the recent interest in stocks and investing due to Robinhood and the GameStop phenomenon, Bass says consumers “are finally realizing they have the power.”“Look what’s happening in the NFT world right now, that is investing,” he maintains. “This young generation, they’re getting used to this and they’re realizing they do have so much power.”“You don’t have to be on Wall Street to make money.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- Business Insider
Ephedra sinica, which contains the key ingredient for making crystal meth, grows wild in Afghanistan's mountains.
- The Independent
Colorado man who made emotional plea for safe return of missing wife appears in court charged with her murder
“If anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you, please, we’ll do whatever it takes to bring you back. We love you. We miss you. The girls need you.”
- The Week
Liz Cheney secretly orchestrated Jan. 3 letter from 10 defense secretaries warning about Trump, friend says
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is almost certainly going to be ousted as No. 3 House Republican next week, even though she voted with former President Donald Trump more often (93 percent) than her likely replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — as Stefanik's conservative critics point out. While Stefanik has morphed from Trump skeptic to enthusiastic booster, Cheney has transformed from one of those "hold-their-noses-and-deal-with-him" establishment Republicans into, finally, Sen. John McCain's political "heir," Susan B. Glasser writes in The New Yorker. After Trump tried to co-opt "the Big Lie" this week to refer to his false claims that he won the 2020 election, Cheney shot back that "the 2020 presidential election was not stolen," and "anyone who claims it was is spreading the big lie." Predictably, House Republicans turned against Cheney and sided with Trump, who "has learned the lesson of previous demagogues: the bigger and more flagrant the untruth, the better to prove the fealty of his party," Glasser writes. "It's all got to do with fealty to Trump and the Big Lie and the fact that Liz is a living reproach to all these cowards," Eric Edelman, a friend of Cheney's, told The New Yorker. Glasser continues: Cheney's rupture with the House Republican Conference has become all but final in recent days, but it has been months in the making. Edelman revealed that Cheney herself secretly orchestrated an unprecedented op-ed in The Washington Post by all 10 living former defense secretaries, including her father, warning against Trump's efforts to politicize the military. The congresswoman not only recruited her father but personally asked others, including Trump's first Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, to participate. ... The Post op-ed appeared on Jan. 3, just three days before the insurrection at the Capitol. [Susan Glasser, The New Yorker] More quietly, Cheney and her husband circulated a 21-page memo among House Republicans on Jan. 3, debunking Trump's false election fraud claims and warning her colleagues about the "dangerous precedent" of voting to overturn the election, Glasser reports. Not even Cheney allies expect her to win this last stand, but "if Trump does manage to reinvent 'the Big Lie' in service of his own corrupt ends, Cheney will at least have forced members of her party into admitting, on the record, that they are making a choice between truth and Trump's untruth — and choosing the latter." Read the entire article at The New Yorker. More stories from theweek.comHouse GOP leader Kevin McCarthy apparently pays $1,500 to live in a 12-bedroom, 16-bath penthouseThe insurrectionists are winningElise Stefanik tells Steve Bannon in 2022, Republicans need Trump and 'his coalition of voters'
- The Daily Beast
Navesh Chitrakar via ReutersAs India logs another 400,000 new infections in a 24-hour period, efforts to contain the worsening crisis have failed and now everyone from middle- class Indians to migrant workers are getting out as fast as they can. Private jets, often used primarily by Bollywood glitterati and business moguls who left weeks ago, are now being booked by the middle class who are spending their live savings to save their lives. JetSetGo CEO Kanika Tekriwal told CNBC’s Street Signs Asia that her company has seen a 900 percent increase in bookings, but it is not her usual clientele. “To say that only wealthy Indians are leaving India on private jets would be wrong,” Tekriwal said Thursday from her own safe haven in Maldives. “In the last 10 days, what we have really seen is anyone who can put together the resources and the means to pool in money for a private jet, or to pool in money just to get out of the country, getting out.”The most popular destinations are Maldives, which fetches around $20,000 for an eight-seat jet with pilot, and Dubai, which runs a whopping $31,ooo for a six-seater with pilot to the United Arab Emirates. Both countries are among the last to allow Indian passengers to enter as long as they test negative for COVID-19 before departure—which, with odds at 2-1 they have it based on spiking contagion rates, is not a guarantee they will get to leave. But it is those without a life savings to spend who are spreading the deadly virus to neighboring countries. Thousands of migrant workers escaping the country have now turned neighboring Nepal into the next hell. Some experts predict that the situation could be even worse than in India and the country’s prime minister, K.P. Sharma Oli, much like India’s Narendra Modi, has been widely criticized for mishandling the pandemic response. The capital city of Kathmandu is now under strict lockdown, but fears are growing that the border city of Nepalgunj, where thousands of migrant workers from India have returned to, could explode with cases. That city has just a dozen intensive-care beds and because most of its medical supplies come from India, it could face shortages soon.Nepal’s positivity rate is inching closer to 50 percent of all those tested, in what is starting to feel like déjà vu as the country tracks almost exactly the same trajectory India did two weeks ago. But because of an even more unprepared health-care system—with 0.7 doctors per 100,000 people, fewer than almost anywhere in the world—many experts worry that Nepal’s crisis could be even deadlier than India’s. Nepal—one of the world’s poorest countries— has just 1,595 ICU beds and 480 ventilators for the entire population of 30 million, according to CNN.“What is happening in India right now is a horrifying preview of Nepal’s future if we cannot contain this latest COVID surge that is now claiming more lives by the minute,” Netra Prasad Timsina, head of Nepal’s Red Cross told CNN in a statement. Also like India, the Nepalese government had allowed mass gatherings and resisted lockdowns, and was criticized for opening its side of Mount Everest to bring in tourists. Now there are reports of an outbreak at its base camp with several climbers posting on social media that they have tested positive despite the government’s denials. Pawel Michalski, a Polish climber, said in a Facebook post that 30 people had been evacuated from base camp after falling ill with the virus. Many Nepali citizens, including its former king and queen, contracted the virus when they attended the Kumbh Mela religious festival, taking a dip in the Ganges alongside thousands of others. Nepal’s own religious festival was allowed to go forward in early April, despite an uptick in cases and the crisis in next-door India. Many blame the prime minister for appeasing voters’ wishes over protecting them.Oli, like former U.S. President Donald Trump did when he suggested ingesting bleach, has offered a number of crackpot remedies, including gargling with guava leaves, which have led many citizens astray. Meanwhile, back in India, the situation worsens with more new cases and grifters exploiting the situation. On Friday, police found another 100 oxygen concentrators in a raid on a restaurant and bar tied to black-market kingpin Navneet Kalra, who is on the lam. Police were tipped off after reports that people were seen lined up waiting outside the establishments walking away with bags that did not seem to be filled with food.Inside, police found boxes of other supplies in high demand, including N-95 masks that had been imported from China and sold at jacked up prices in Delhi. Police have so far recovered more than 500 of the medical devices. The racket was being run through social media. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The actor played Jackson Avery since season six and his last episode airs May 20. Now, he's quitting. Here's how his character is being written off.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday the process of removing all contractors from Afghanistan working with the United States was under way as part of President Joe Biden's withdrawal of forces from the country. The remarks are the clearest indication yet that Biden's April order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 extended to U.S.-funded contractors. Asked whether the Pentagon had issued orders to withdraw not just American troops but also contractors, Austin said: "We're going to responsibly retrograde all of our capabilities that we are responsible for and the contractors fall in that realm as well."
- Business Insider
GOP Rep. Mo Brooks is dodging Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell's attempts to serve him with a lawsuit over the Capitol riot, attorney says
Attorney Phillip Andonian told Punchbowl News that he hired a private investigator when there was no response from Brooks' chief of staff and counsel.
- Associated Press
With tourism shattered by the pandemic, critics say yet another cruise ship dock is the last thing that Mexico’s Caribbean island of Cozumel needs. Cozumel already has three such docks, and before the pandemic it ranked as the world’s busiest port of call for cruise ships. Residents said Thursday that makes it all the more inexplicable that yet another dock is planned for an area of sea floor that is home to a coral reef restoration project.
TIME asked the Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum which myths he has spent the most time debunking
- Miami Herald
If Florida won’t allow Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for passengers and crew, the company’s CEO says it will take its ships elsewhere.
- The Independent
‘I’m a vet ... f*** you all!’: Capitol riot suspect screams at judge and disconnects call during wild hearing, report says
Attempts to mute defendant were unsuccessful and he may face competency hearing and detention
LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the West had to be very careful about the exact nature of Chinese investment in Western economies and think very carefully about investments in strategic assets. China's spectacular economic and military rise over the past 40 years is among the most significant geopolitical events of recent history, alongside the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union that ended the Cold War. The West has struggled to come up with an agreed policy on China and has flipflopped over the years from seeing China as a lucrative source of investment - for example in U.S. government bonds - to seeing China as a threat to global stability and avoiding its 5G technology.