WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A suspected Chinese spy balloon has been flying over the United States for a couple of days, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what would be a brazen act just days ahead of a planned trip to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The incident recalls the lengths to which Beijing and Washington have been willing to go to spy on each other amid rising tensions between the superpowers. Fighter jets were mobilised but military leaders advised President Joe Biden against shooting the balloon out of the sky for fear debris could pose a safety threat, advice Biden accepted, U.S. officials said.
Doctors are warning of a dangerous fungal illness rapidly spreading across the country, especially affecting those living or visiting the California and Arizona areas. If you think it sounds like something from the cutting room floor of "The Last of Us" series, where a parasitic fungal infection devastates mankind, there are some very base-level similarities. Valley fever (also called coccidioidomycosis or "cocci") is a significant cause of pneumonia, said Dr. Brad Perkins, chief medical officer at Karius, a company that provides advanced diagnostics for infectious diseases.
Nikki Haley—former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador—is set to announce her intentions to run for president later this month. Barring any other last-minute eager beavers, Haley will be former President Donald Trump's first official challenger for the 2024 Republican nomination. Personally, I will always remember Haley for her steadfast belief that “women don't care about contraception.” When on The View in 2012, Haley made that bold statement to a room full of women who...seemed to disagree.
If you post a TikTok of you at the gym and receive a stitch from Joey Sergo (@thejoeyswoll), you've probably done something wrong nine times out of 10. Currently, Swoll has over 6 million followers on TikTok and over 2.2 million followers on Instagram. Swoll recently stitched a video with creator Jessica Fernandez (@jessica.frndz) after she posted a video accusing a man of being a “weirdo” to her in the gym.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may have just delivered some harsh payback to fellow Republican Sens. Scott, who confirmed his and Lee's removal, didn't seem to think so. “This is what happens when you challenge leadership,” Scott told the New York Post on Wednesday.
Mahogany Geter, a model in Tennessee, spent her childhood avoiding mirrors. “I felt hideous, like a freak of nature,” Geter, 25, tells TODAY.com. Geter was born with lymphedema in her left leg, which she says caused it to eventually swell to 100 pounds.
The United States has answered President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's plea for rockets that can strike deep behind the front lines of the nearly year-long conflict with Russia. Now Russian forces will need to adapt or face potentially catastrophic losses. The new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), will allow Ukraine's military to hit targets at twice the distance reachable by the rockets it now fires from the U.S.-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
Bill Gates told the BBC he does not think traveling to Mars is a good use of money. "You can buy measles vaccines and save lives for $1,000 per life saved," Gates explained. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he'd rather pay for life-saving vaccines than spend money going to Mars, commenting on how his priorities differ from one of the other richest men on Earth.
U.S. citizens will soon have to apply for permission before their United Kingdom trips and pay a small fee to enter as part of the country's upcoming Electronic Travel Authorization scheme. The ETA scheme is meant to secure the U.K.'s borders by giving them more accurate data on who is passing through, according to a U.K. official for the British Consulate General. The move is part of the U.K.'s plan to fully digitize its borders by 2025.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released bodycam footage showing the moment a driver was pulled from his car just before it went up in flames on the city's strip on Friday, January 27. The video shows LVMPD Convention Center Area Command Officer Derek Stebbins finding the driver unconscious in the crashed vehicle on the Las Vegas Strip. He then pulls the man from the burning car, with the help of a bystander, before flames engulf the driver's side.
The construction of a Chinese-owned corn mill in North Dakota will likely be halted after the U.S. Air Force flagged it as a “significant threat to national security.” Fufeng Group, an MSG and xanthan gum manufacturer based in Shandong province, China, previously bought 370 acres of farmland in Grand Forks through its American subsidiary. The city council approved the company's $700 million proposal to build the mill last year, citing economic development success.
An elementary school teacher in Homestead was charged Wednesday with having sex with one of his students. Davis Augustine Hodge Jr., 30, is facing four counts of using his authority to have sex with a child. Investigators say Hodge used his position as a sponsor of the school's chess club to lure the then-12-year-old into his classroom at the West Homestead K-8 Center after school on Fridays, where they engaged in sexual contact at least four times.
An arrest warrant was issued for Bengals running back Joe Mixon on Thursday afternoon after he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman in downtown Cincinnati last month, according to multiple reports. According to the warrant, obtained by WCPO's Evan Millward, police said Mixon pointed a gun at a woman on Jan. 21 and said, “You should be popped in the face, I should shoot you, the police [can't] get me. Other specifics surrounding the incident — which officials said occurred just one day before their divisional round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills in New York — are not yet known.
Research Highlights: Close review of MRI scans found more intensive high blood pressure treatment (targeted to achieve a systolic pressure less than 120 mm Hg) was more effective than a less-intense treatment goal of 140 mm Hg systolic in achieving a positive structural change in the brain's perivascular spaces: pathways that are important to clearing toxins and other byproducts. If the brain cannot properly clear metabolic byproducts, they accumulate and may contribute to the development of dementia, researchers said. The new findings are from MRI scans of several hundred adults in the SPRINT-MIND trial that previously found intensive blood pressure-lowering slowed cognitive impairment.
A number of experts who follow crypto trading from day to day see no plot to inflate the prices, but a well-functioning market. I don't see a cabal of insiders,” says Andrew Thurman, a researcher at Blockchain analytics provider Nansen. The price movements in Bitcoin are notoriously cyclical by nature.
A Los Angeles County police department is facing intense criticism this week after a video surfaced on social media of two officers fatally shooting a double amputee moving away from them. The short video showed the 36-year-old Black man, Anthony Lowe Jr., missing the bottom halves of both legs, holding a knife but leaving his wheelchair and shuffling away from the officers. Jeffrey Fagan, a Columbia University law professor who is an expert on policing, told Yahoo News in an email that the details of the case call into question whether the use of lethal force was warranted.
A rare Atlantic sturgeon that lived on Earth with the dinosaurs washed up on a beach on the East Coast. A photographer snapped photos of the prehistoric and endangered fish on Assateague Island, which runs between Maryland and Virginia. Atlantic sturgeon can be found from Canada to Florida.
House Republicans removed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from one of her committees on Thursday. The dejected duo called it the "stupidest vote" and panned leadership for making Omar a "martyr." Two disillusioned House Republicans unloaded on their vengeful leadership for inadvertently making a hero out of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar by publicly stripping her of a high-profile committee assignment in what one deemed the "stupidest vote in the world."
The “micro bikini” from Kim Kardashian's SKIMS collection is taking a major beating on TikTok this week after one woman brilliantly illustrated just how impossibly tiny it really is. According to TikTok user @bbysarita's post, the barely-there bikini set leaves very little to the imagination — and might as well be like walking naked on the beach. “If you've been eyeing the SKIMS micro bikini and wondering about the size, these are tortilla chips for scale,” she says in the now-viral TikTok.
A Dave & Buster's employee died days after he was attacked by a cook while at work, according to a Florida sheriff's office. A witness told deputies that the cook, later identified as Cordell Bentley Russell, 34, was in a “bad mood” that day, the report says. The victim said, “Put the food right there,” in a “strong tone,” the report says, and Russell became angry.
Soon after YouTuber Elle Darby asked Dublin's White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge if she could stay for free, NY Mag reports the hotel's owner Paul Stenson shut her way, way down. In a January 16 Facebook post, Stenson screengrabbed Darby's apparent email in which she asked for a comped stay essentially in return for traffic to the hotel. She notes her tens of thousands of YouTube and Instagram followers as proof this arrangement would be beneficial to the hotel.
The U.S. is tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been spotted over U.S. airspace for a couple days, but the Pentagon decided not to shoot it down over concerns of hurting people on the ground, officials said Thursday. The discovery of the balloon puts a further strain on U.S.-China relations at a time of heightened tensions. A senior defense official told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon and it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information.
Charlie Munger is no fan of crypto. As vice chairman of the nearly $700 billion megaconglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, Munger has helped Warren Buffett make billions for investors since 1978 using a strict fundamentals-based approach to acquiring “high-quality businesses.” “A cryptocurrency is not a currency, not a commodity, and not a security,” Munger argued in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Turning the tables:Police: Shark beaten over the head with a hammer at Indian Harbour Beach park Shark bite: Satellite Beach fundraiser to benefit girl who lost lower leg to shark bite Third is Ormond Beach, with eight surf zone fatalities and four shark attacks since 2010. Panama City Beach, fourth on the overall danger list, avoids the shark problem but was named the single most dangerous beach for surfers with 24 surf zone fatalities in the same time period. Second most dangerous for surfers was Daytona Beach.
House Republicans, led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, will demand government spending cuts as a condition of raising the debt ceiling and allowing more federal borrowing so the Treasury can keep paying the nation's bills. President Biden and his fellow Democrats will insist on a “clean” debt-ceiling hike with no conditions. The real political battle, however, is over which side can most effectively trash the other before a last-second deal averts a financial crisis and Congress raises the debt ceiling.
“Streaming is beginning to look an awful lot like the old-fashioned analogue TV it was supposed to replace.”
“Streaming isn’t going away … You’re still going to have a lot of choice for a long time.”
“In the future, [streaming] likely will cost more, have a little less library content and cancel more shows more quickly.”
“Streaming is still a game of content … It’s not a matter of who’s spending more, it’s who’s spending smartly.”
“Streamers are retreating from any sort of creative risk in favor of humdrum, lowest-common-denominator shows.”