The Omicron strain is at least three times more likely to cause reinfection than previous variants, according to a preliminary study.'Probably the fastest-spreading variant' »
Colombian authorities seized hundreds of creepy crawlies as they were being taken illegally to Europe via the airport in capital city Bogota, officials said on Thursday. Two Germans were found with 210 plastic containers they were using to carry the arachnids, which included 232 tarantula spiders, nine spider eggs and a scorpion with seven of its young, as well as 67 roaches. Colombia, which is one of the world's 17 mega-diverse countries and boasts tens of thousands of different species, is a target for wildlife traffickers drawn by its biodiversity.
Ghislaine Maxwell was a boss who made almost impossible demands. No detail was too small — from ensuring that every tissue box was full to checking for holes in Epstein's fence so that Maxwell's Yorkie, “Max,” wouldn't escape. Maxwell — Epstein's former girlfriend — was Epstein's “number 2” and managed Epstein's households, doing most of the hiring and firing of the staff for his homes in Palm Beach, New Mexico, New York and on his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A 3-foot rattlesnake would seem unmissable in a yard, but a photo taken by an Arizona snake wrangler shows how easily they can blend into landscaping. The image, taken in the backyard of a Tuscon home, features a western diamondback that is tough to see at first glance. It was shared on Facebook by Rattlesnake Solutions, a snake relocation service that invited viewers to find the snake.
France's Catholic Church said on Thursday the pope had accepted the resignation of Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit who asked for forgiveness after reports over a relationship with a woman. The 70-year-old cleric, who is bound by the church's celibacy rule, has denied any intimate relationship with the unnamed woman in comments to Le Point magazine, though he acknowledged his behaviour may have been ambiguous. "I have been deeply troubled by the attacks on me ...
Envelopes full of cash and checks were found behind a loose toilet by a plumber doing repairs at celebrity televangelist Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Texas, according to church officials. The plumber detailed the bizarre discovery, made on Nov. 10 at the Houston megachurch, on the morning show of 100.3 The Bull, a country music radio station in the city. There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile,” the caller said, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
The parents of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley have each been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter connected to the horrific Nov. 30 attack that left four teens dead and seven people injured, including a teacher. The decision to pursue criminal charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley—who posted an open letter online in 2016 thanking President-Elect Donald Trump for protecting “my right to bear arms”—is a rarity in the U.S. legal system, which seldom holds parents of school shooters accountable for their child's actions. McDonald said that on Nov. 21, a teacher at Oxford High observed Ethan searching for ammunition on his cell phone during class, and reported it to school officials.
A wildfire tore through the small town of Denton, Montana, destroying dozens of structures on December 1, local media reported. According to the Fergus County Sheriff's Office, 25 residences in the town were a “total loss. This footage, uploaded by the sheriff's office on December 1, shows flames engulfing buildings, as well as a large smoke plume wafting over the area.
The Southern California-based burger chain is beloved by many, but is also no stranger to controversy. Beyond suing other burger restaurants, they've also gotten embroiled with delivery services and even a dry cleaners to protect their brand identity. Michigan's Doll n' Burgers — which launched in May of last year and operates two locations, one in Tecumseh and one in Jackson — has been sued by In-N-Out due to its overall look, according to The Daily Telegram.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until Sunday morning on the Big Island of Hawaii. NWS also warns residents to stay indoors as forecasters predict winds gusting over 100 mph. Aside from the blizzard warning, a Kona low is expected near the islands starting on Saturday night.
Officials have agreed to allow as many as 900 bison from Yellowstone National Park to be shot by hunters, sent to slaughter or placed in quarantine this winter in a program that seeks to prevent the animals from spreading a disease to cattle. An additional 200 bison among the park's more than 5,000 bison could be captured or hunted in the late winter if those numbers are met, federal, tribal and state officials agreed in a meeting Wednesday. Bison routinely leave Yellowstone and head north into Montana each winter, raising concerns that the animals could spread brucellosis to cattle.
“We became like family to each other, and they really meant it,” Ayres said. Ayres, known as B'Lou Crabbe to his loyal fans, and his dog, Shadow, a golden retriever, have been fixtures at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort for nearly two decades. Ayres declined to reveal Shadow's age because “the last time I asked a girl how old she was, I nearly got bit,” he said.
A moment of triumph turned frightening for one Pennsylvania hunter, when she downed her first deer and watched as a group of bears surrounded it and started eating. It happened Sunday, Nov. 28, when Jordan Zabinski was hunting with her husband, Mark Zabinski, in the La Jose area, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Closer inspection of one video shows there may have been as many as five bears, including two cubs, she says.
Along with the Polestar 5 came a bigger surprise — the release of a teaser image of the Polestar 3, which will be a “luxury aero SUV” that will play in the highly competitive midsize EV SUV space, where the Tesla Model Y (TSLA) and upcoming Fisker Ocean (I)) will be fighting for market share. Another key feature of the Polestar 3 is that it will be built in America, whereas the other Polestar models will be built in China (Polestar's parent is China's Geely). We will build in America for Americans,” Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO said.
OXFORD, Michigan—Detailed descriptions of a wish to massacre classmates on his cellphone and in a journal. Authorities on Wednesday identified the teenage suspect in the mass shooting a day earlier at Michigan's Oxford High School as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, painting a picture of a clear-eyed teen who planned and executed a rampage that left at least four students dead and seven others, a teacher among them, injured. Crumbley, a sophomore, was previously flagged by administrators for “behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Wednesday.
A Minnesota sheriff has broken his profession's code of silence to blast the Minneapolis Police Department, saying he's “disgusted” at the agency's reportedly violent practices and calling for an overhaul of the agency from the “top down.” At a Wednesday meeting of an advisory council to the state's Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board, Sheriff Sean Deringer of Wright County unloaded on Minneapolis cops who were caught on their own body cameras allegedly “hunting” protesters in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020. ”I was absolutely disgusted watching that,” Deringer said, adding, “I have defended that agency for the very last time.”
A woman rejected a potential roommate but is second-guessing her decision. No shade, but it's time to stop mooching off your parents' Amazon Prime — here's why She shared the dilemma on Reddit's “Am I the A******? AITA)” forum.
Hosts of “The Five” were reacting to Biden's announcement of new measures to combat the omicron coronavirus variant. We're going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion,” Biden said Thursday. This is a moment we can put the divisiveness behind us, I hope.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has touched a nerve among a certain segment of his fans, expressing skepticism in an online post of the motives of Moderna's CEO in pushing for new vaccinations. On Twitter earlier today, Noah raised an eyebrow and seemed to claim Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel is pushing for new Covid vaccines for monetary reasons. Noah based that on reports so far that the omicron variant symptoms are mild.
Leaders in the Black community of Virginia Beach called Wednesday for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Black man, saying his right to carry a gun for protection was ignored during a night of violence earlier this year on the city's oceanfront. The Second Amendment does not work when it comes to African Americans,” Carl Wright, an activist and former local NAACP chapter president, said at a news conference. He was a legal gun carrier.
The last person to see 2-year-old Emma Sweet said the toddler appeared normal before leaving in her dad's pickup, according to court documents. Not even an hour later, the day took a tragic turn when the truck rolled down an embankment and into a Bartholomew County river. Duck hunters later found her father, Jeremy Sweet, inside the submerged truck.
The Baltimore man who hit two Asian American women with a cinder block inside a liquor store has entered a not criminally responsible plea. His plea: Darryl Doles, the 50-year-old assailant who is facing several charges including attempted murder, made the plea through his defense attorney at the Baltimore City Circuit Court on Thursday, according to CBS Baltimore. Doles was accused of attacking three separate Asian-owned liquor stores on May 2.
As Donald Trump's lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations that could come to a head in the coming weeks and the new year. That includes two major state criminal investigations — one in New York and one in Georgia — and lawsuits concerning sexual assault allegations, a fight over an inheritance and questions of whether he should be held personally liable for inciting the insurrection.
The family of Sativa Transue, a 26-year-old American woman from Spokane, Washington who was found dead in her Cancun hotel room while on vacation with her boyfriend, said she looked like she had been “beaten to a bloody pulp” when Mexican authorities discovered her body on Saturday. “I received a call from the Mexican consulate letting me know my daughter has passed away and that she's been found dead,” Jayme Bolieu, Sativa's mother, told The Daily Beast in an interview. Sativa's mother and sister are still trying to make sense of what happened that Friday night and Saturday morning.
There is a shoplifting epidemic sweeping the United States, and experts say it has cost the retail industry close to $45 billion in the last year. Thieves walk into stores, take hundreds of dollars of items and walk out – many times without being stopped. Store assistants and security guards in certain states just watch because some say they'll actually get fired for intervening.
A CVS customer recorded an employee who allegedly engaged in unsanitary behavior at work, in an incident the shopper referred to as her "final straw" with the pharmacy. Jessica Lasirena (@jessica.lasirena), the patron in question, shared footage on TikTok of a pharmacy employee at an unknown CVS location touching her medication with bare hands after allegedly tending to the cash register and handling money from other customers. In her caption, Lasirena explained that when she went to pick up her medication from the pharmacy, staffers had prepared the wrong prescription.
“I know it doesn’t feel like it, but inflation is both a feature and a bug of a normalizing economy.”
“What is not going to work, and hasn’t worked, is trying to talk people out of the lived reality of higher prices.”
“When inflation expectations rise, actual inflation tends to follow.”
“The Fed must acknowledge that its monetary policy has been a source of inflation, and that it will need to raise interest rates.”
“The supply chain logjams are the core of the problem right now, and that should work itself out over time.”