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The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus - possibly one that causes the common cold - present in the same infected cells, according to researchers. This genetic sequence does not appear in any earlier versions of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, but is ubiquitous in many other viruses including those that cause the common cold, and also in the human genome, researchers said. By inserting this particular snippet into itself, Omicron might be making itself look "more human," which would help it evade attack by the human immune system, said Venky Soundararajan of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based data analytics firm nference, who led the study https://osf.io/f7txy posted on Thursday on the website OSF Preprints.
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.
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.
Tori Spelling is going back under the knife to have her "expired" and "recalled" breast implants removed. During a recent appearance on "Jeff Lewis Live" on SiriusXM's Radio Andy, the 48-year-old revealed her she plans to undergo surgery in February 2022 and have her current breast implants removed. The "Beverly Hills 90210" alum said she will have them replaced with bigger ones that will actually "look smaller" due to their new and improved shape.
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.
A woman from South Carolina recently won a major $10 million lawsuit against Walmart after she accidentally stepped on a rusty nail in one of the retail giant's locations. April Jones of Florence, South Carolina was forced to amputate one of her legs because of the unexpected incident that occurred in June 2015. The lawsuit, which was initially filed in 2017, claimed that as Jones was shopping at Walmart she stepped on the tarnished nail that pierced through her shoe and became “lodged in her foot,” The Washington Post reported.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking the White House to cut back a big Medicare premium hike set to take effect in weeks and tied to a pricey Alzheimer's drug whose benefits have been widely questioned. In a letter Friday to President Joe Biden, the Vermont Independent called on the president to act immediately to prevent the portion of an “outrageous increase” in Medicare premiums that's attributable to Aduhelm, a newly approved Alzheimer's medicine from drugmaker Biogen, priced at $56,000 a year. If Biden agreed and found a way to do it, a planned January increase of $21.60 a month to Medicare's “Part B” premium for outpatient care would be slashed closer to $10.
A Republican lawmaker from Maine who fought against COVID-19 mandates has resigned from his post. Rep. Chris Johansen stepped down from his position months after his wife died of the coronavirus. In his resignation letter, Johansen defended his opposition to COVID-19 rules.
A tech stock sell-off dragged Wall Street lower Friday. Stock market darlings like Nvidia and Tesla led the downturn. The choppy session capped a volatile week weighed down by fears that the Omicron variant would slam the brakes on the economic recovery.
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 ...
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.
Paris Hilton and Carter Reum got married on November 11. Paris Hilton got married last month, saying "I do" to Carter Reum on November 11 at her grandfather's former home. The couple, both 40, planned a three-day wedding celebration, and it featured everything from a carnival party to performances by her famous friends, including Demi Lovato.
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.
A lawsuit stemming from a retention pond crash that killed two children in December 2019 blames the incident on negligence and poor training from the 911 dispatch center, first responders and government officials, and improper design of the pond and dispatch center software. The crash killed 4-year-old James Kleven and 2-year-old Natalie Kleven and severely injured their mother, Brooke Kleven, and baby brother, Hendrik Kleven. A car carrying all four family members slid off the slick road on University Park Drive and went into a retention pond near a Red Roof Inn and across from Ruth's Chris Steak House.
On Nov. 12, 2020, two Gulfport police officers fatally shot Henry Leo Frankowski III in the parking lot of a Dollar Tree store on U.S. 49. Through a public records request to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which investigated the shooting, the Sun Herald obtained footage from the officers' body-worn and dash cameras. The video shows Frankowski withdrawing a gun from his waistband and pointing it at police before the responding officers opened fire, killing him.
Crew members of a Chinese state commercial airline are suspected of spying at U.S. airports, according to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence bulletin obtained by Yahoo News. DHS employees observed the potential intelligence gathering while U.S. officials were conducting inspections of Chinese science researchers leaving the country. The inspections were part of Operation Subtle Fox, a Homeland Security program that targets “high-risk individuals” suspected of immigration and customs violations and who may work as “nontraditional collectors” for Beijing, according to the bulletin.
“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 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 mob of factory employees in eastern Pakistan tortured and burned a Sri Lankan manager on Friday over apparent blasphemy in a "horrific" attack that Prime Minister Imran Khan said brought shame on the country. A police official in the eastern town of Sialkot, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said investigators believed the attackers had accused the manager of blasphemy for tearing down a poster with Islamic holy verses. "The factory workers tortured the manager," said provincial government spokesman Hassan Khawar.
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.
Whether you track your steps with a wearable fitness tracker or through your phone, knowing how much you've walked in a day can be an extremely useful tool for weight loss. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns against a sedentary, inactive lifestyle and recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes a week of high-intensity activity. For additional health benefits, the CDC recommends doubling that goal and fitting in up to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 150 minutes of high-intensity physical activity.
The warning https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2021/203214s031lbl.pdf, the Food and Drug Administration's strictest, flags the risk of cardiovascular death and stroke in patients, who are aged 50 and above or are current or past smokers. Xeljanz, which brought in worldwide sales of $2.44 billion for Pfizer in 2020, is approved in the United States for the treatment of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ulcerative colitis - an inflammatory bowel disease. The drug is now recommended for use only in patients who have had inadequate response or intolerance to one or more TNF blockers, which are a class of drugs used against inflammatory conditions.
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.
A video shows someone who said they were an officer ask to enter a room during the Oxford shooting. In the video, students became suspicious after that person called them "bro." The sheriff said that person was not the gunman, but likely an officer trying to calm the students.
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.”