A small California city that was overrun by visitors four years ago when heavy winter rains produced a “super bloom” of wild poppies has a message for the public after this year's deluge: Do not come. The poppies are beginning to bloom but so far on a small scale — and the canyon where they grow and parking areas are now completely off-limits, Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson told a press conference where she recounted the chaos of 2019. Poppies are found throughout California in spring and summer, but usually not as extensively as the blankets of gold that in 2019 covered slopes near Lake Elsinore, a city of 71,000 in Riverside County about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.
Comic Chelsea Handler made a surprising confession on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night: She's got the hots for Republican Sen. Mitt Romney. Romney got into a spat with Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), the lawmaker busted in a plethora of lies and now facing investigations and calls to resign, on Tuesday night just before the State of the Union address. “I would like to go on the record tonight and say that I am sexually attracted to Mitt Romney,” she declared.
When my five-year-old daughter cries at night for her father, I repeat what I have told her for almost a year: “Daddy has gone on one of his adventures. I don't know what's happened, but I'm doing everything I can to get the answers. I love you, I love Daddy and I miss him.
A former Victoria's Secret sales manager is opening up about a little-known secret in the retail world — one that she hopes will help curb store theft in the future. According to Kenzie Rae (@kenzieraesch), she used to work at an unnamed Victoria's Secret location where she witnessed many instances of shoplifting. In fact, she estimates that someone would steal from the store at least once a day, which resulted in high losses for the struggling lingerie company.
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and it was loaded with the expected right-wing culture-war grievances. Sanders' speech included attacks on LGBTQ rights, critical race theory, the “woke mob” and more. But it also contained one line that probably didn't get the reaction she was hoping.
This includes more than $200,000 a year for an executive who also worked for Ciara and Russell Wilson's family office, the nonprofit confirmed, which raises questions about excess benefit transactions, private inurement and the organization's “free-for-all” governance structure, nonprofit experts said. The Why Not You Foundation also touts the entire impact of partnerships, not its proportional contribution to an endeavor, The USA TODAY Network found, inflating its achievements with “marketing fluff,” experts said.
A broadcast reporter was pushed to the ground, handcuffed and arrested for trespassing Wednesday while covering a news conference about the derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals in Ohio. NewsNation posted video of correspondent Evan Lambert being arrested in the gymnasium of an elementary school in East Palestine where Gov. Mike DeWine was giving an update about the accident. Lambert was held for about five hours before being released from jail, NewsNation reported.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy admitted Wednesday that Republicans “took the bait” by allowing President Biden to turn GOP heckling at his State of the Union address into political gold. The powerful California Republican said Biden effectively used the outbursts by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and other far-right-wingers to win over Americans watching at home.
“They're stomping on his head, my son is on the floor in a fetal position,” the student's mother, Martha Payan, said. Payan said she was at work Wednesday when she got a call from another parent saying her 14-year-old son, a freshman at Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley, had been beaten. At one point in the video, three of her son's attackers are seen hitting and kicking him all at the same time.
When Alyssa was five years old, her mother's boyfriend of 10 months, John Kinsel, moved into their home. I never liked John. He was strict.
A 2020 Chinese state TV clip showed off how fighter pilots could shoot down surveillance balloons. The video shows a pilot tracking and shooting a balloon during an apparent training exercise. China said Monday that the US shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon was "unacceptable."
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was torn apart on Twitter after she seemed to forget that detail in a tweet about President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday. “Hey Joe, YOU CLOSED THEM!” she tweeted, citing a line from Biden's speech in which he said: “In the midst of the COVID crisis, when schools were closed and we were shutting down everything, let's recognize how far we came in the fight against the pandemic itself.” A note appeared below the tweet, pointing out that readers had “added context they thought people might want to know.”
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters on Wednesday addressed the U.N. Security Council at Russia's invitation, condemning Moscow's invasion of its neighbor as illegal - though adding he believed it was provoked - and calling for a ceasefire. "He is lucky to be in New York, in a free country, speak his mind, say whatever he likes, including about the Russian aggression and how wrong that is. If he had been in Russia, with what he said, he might have been in custody by now," Albania's U.N. Ambassador Ferit Hoxha told the 15-member Security Council.
There is no doubt that, like Boris Johnson before him, Volodymyr Zelensky has grown close to Rishi Sunak as another British bastion of Ukraine's quest for freedom from its Russian aggressor. When the two men met in London, there was an apt degree of military precision to the statecraft employed to once again nudge the West into better equipping Ukraine against Vladamir Putin's army. No sooner had the Ukrainian president used his historic speech in Westminster Hall to call for “powerful English planes”, than the Prime Minister had ordered the Ministry of Defence to “investigate” what fighter jets Britain may be able to send to Ukraine.
ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Heartbreaking images continue to emerge from Turkey and Syria as the death toll from Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake rises. On Tuesday, AFP's Adem Atlan photographed father Mesut Hancer holding the hand of his daughter Irmak, 15, after she died beneath rubble in Kahramanmaras, near the earthquake's epicenter. The girl's hand can be seen stretched out from underneath concrete slabs that collapsed on top of her during the fatal quake.
A 24-year-old man now linked to an unusual string of crimes that kept the Dallas Zoo on the lookout for missing animals told police that after he swiped two monkeys from their enclosure, he took them onto the city's light rail system to make his getaway, court records show. Davion Irvin also said he loves animals and that if he's released from jail, he would steal more, the documents said. Irvin, who remained jailed Tuesday on $25,000 bond, was arrested last week after asking questions at a downtown Dallas aquarium about animals there.
Video posted on social media that shows what appears to be a partially nude teacher in a classroom in Clayton County. Channel 2′s Tom Jones was at Jonesboro High School, where he first reported on the viral video on Tuesday. Parents say that they were told the teacher has the benefit of due process, but they're upset he's still roaming the halls and interacting with students like nothing happened.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga. didn't seem to win many friends on either side of the aisle with her antics during President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
A Canadian woman who works at a grocery store in Ontario was left shocked after she received a racist letter at her workplace. Nadine Davis has been working at the FreshCo grocery store in Peterborough, Ont. as a cashier for nearly 18 years. In an interview with The Peterborough Examiner, Davis explained she was "shocked" and fought back tears while saying she couldn't talk about it.
For a surreal moment - just as Joe Biden prepared to deliver his State of the Union speech - his wife Jill Biden stole the show by planting a kiss smack on the lips of the vice president's husband. After sweeping into Congress to cheers, the first lady made her way over to the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, and clasped his hand. They then leaned in for a friendly embrace - but at least one of them appears to have miscalculated and the result was a kiss either on, or very, very close, to the lips.
For the past year and a half, with scant public attention, squads of archaeologists digging at the Miami River site of a planned Related Group residential tower complex have unearthed remarkable finds, consisting of thousands of fragmentary prehistoric tools and artifacts, rare and well-preserved animal and plant remnants, vestiges of ancient structures and human remains — including some relics dating back to the earliest days of civilization on the planet. The discovery, they say, may be the most significant in a series of archaeological finds made at the mouth of the Miami River in the past 25 years that include the Miami Circle National Historic Landmark, thought to be around 2,000 years old. “There are artifacts going back sequentially over those thousands of years,” said William Pestle, an archaeologist and chairman of the anthropology department at the University of Miami, who is not involved in the excavation at the Related site but is familiar with the discoveries there.
A woman on TikTok is blowing the lid off of something that recently happened to her in an effort to expose workplace exploitation. “I had to calm down before making this video, because the audacity,” says Kiki (@kikirough), before explaining in her TikTok that she was one of the thousands of Americans laid off about a month ago. In a nutshell, Kiki says the CEO was in a bind and asked her to do something that no one else in the company knew how to do after her departure.
An elementary school principal and PE teacher are no longer teaching children in Banks County after an investigation found allegations they had sex on campus are true. A third-party investigation, requested by Banks County Superintendent Dr. Ann Hopkins, began after Banks County Elementary School Principal Dr. Dana Simmons raised concerns that PE teacher Dylan Charles had bugged her office. The report states that Dr. Simmons believed Charles had details on Board of Education activities that he should not have.
At a contentious city council meeting Monday night, Goddard Mayor Hunter Larkin invoked the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, suggesting that he—Larkin—was also a visionary attempting to “change the world.” In a move that one Goddard resident likened to “Germany in 1935,” Larkin manipulated existing rules to reclaim a position he'd lost in May 2022 following a news report detailing questionable ties to a local real estate family. After his ouster in 2022, Larkin was arrested for DUI, then launched a bid for the statehouse, promising he would spend his time focusing on “voter integrity, the right to bear arms, protecting the unborn and keeping Critical Race Theory (CRT) out of schools.”
A former Twitter employee has shed new light on the company's dealings with the White House while former President Donald Trump was in office. Anika Navaroli, a former senior member of Twitter's US Safety Policy, testified at a House Oversight Committee hearing that her team had received a request to remove a tweet making fun of the former president. Republicans on the committee have equated Twitter's initial decision to block links to the story with “censorship,” and criticized the company for its interactions with government officials.
“In the current housing crisis, families are faced with frequent moves, evictions, and homelessness.”
“Rent control restricts supply and is economic madness.”
“Should we simply allow the cycles of displacement and segregation to occur without any policy intervention?”
“Rent control is a mistake … Even if it provides short-term relief. It eventually hurts the very people it’s trying to help.”
“The law already protects homeowners from unchecked market forces. It’s time for the law to better protect renters too.”