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It started when CNN's Jeff Zeleny broke in with a question that referenced concerns many Americans hold about the competence of government, after the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and the recent shortage of testing for COVID-19. Zeleny's question opened the floodgates. Biden took to calling on reporters at random, and what started as a very traditional presidential news conference became something else entirely, stretching to nearly two hours.
But Democrats' year of work on writing elections and voting legislation — and GOP opposition to an effort designed to undo state-level ballot restrictions — turned Schumer into a proponent of scrapping the Senate's 60-vote threshold, at least for this bill. He and most of his members have endorsed what they see as a limited change to chamber rules. Even so, Schumer has set the table for a future majority with a slightly bigger margin, whether it's Democratic or Republican, to follow through where he fell short and perhaps go further.
Chris Daughtry is sharing details about the death of his stepdaughter, Hannah Price. In a joint statement released Thursday with wife Deanna Daughtry, the couple revealed that Price, 25, died as a result of suicide while under the influence of narcotics. The couple issued the statement through a representative as a way to clear up the speculation that has swirled since Price's passing at her Fentress County, Tennessee home on Nov. 12.
Nate Fleming, a D.C. politician and Council at Large candidate, was at a gas station in the Northeast over the weekend when he was carjacked at gunpoint in a horrifying incident that was caught on surveillance video.
A Chinese woman who was trapped on a month-long date due to a COVID-19 lockdown in Shaanxi province announced engagement plans to her quarantine date. The woman, Zhao Xiaoqing, aged 28, had arranged a one-day date with Zhao Fei (who is of the same age) from Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, but a day unexpectedly turned into a month-long live-in date when a sudden COVID-19 lockdown measure was put in place. Xiaoqing has been reportedly trapped inside Fei's home along with his parents since mid-December of last year.
Juvenile Court Judge Donna Scott Davenport from Rutherford County, Tennessee announced she is retiring. Davenport faced criticism last year after reports she spearheaded policies for illegally arresting and detaining children. A Tennessee juvenile court judge who received backlash for routinely arresting and jailing children has announced she plans to retire this year.
The widow and two sisters of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin, alleging the actor exposed them to a flood of social media hatred by claiming on Instagram that one sister was an “insurrectionist” for attending former President Donald Trump's Washington, D.C., rally on Jan. 6 last year. The sister, Roice McCollum, protested peacefully and legally; was not among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day and, after being interviewed by the FBI, “was never detained, arrested, accused of or charged with any crime,” according to the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne. The lawsuit comes as Baldwin is immersed in an ongoing investigation into the death of a cinematographer and the wounding of a director last fall after a prop gun the actor was holding on a movie set went off.
What are the odds of catching COVID-19 after a night at the movie theater? Researchers behind the paper analyzed outbreaks and superspreader events and studied factors that hinder and aid the virus' spread, to design a mathematical model that takes many factors into account before giving a percentage risk of infection. Go into a crowded movie theater with poor ventilation and a mostly unmasked audience, and there's a 14% chance of being infected, assuming everyone in the room is silent before, during and after the movie, according to the study data.
Dutch Faro was hiking near Pyramid Lake north of Los Angeles recently when he caught movement in his peripheral vision, prompting him to turn around. When he did, he came face-to-face with a charging mountain lion. “When I turned around and really got a look at it, I could tell it was a … cougar,” Faro told the Sacramento Bee.
Although the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 is ripping through the United States at record rates, some households have been affected unevenly, with some people testing positive for COVID-19 while others in the same household do not. Coronavirus vaccines and boosters are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, but breakthrough infections can occur, usually with milder symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don't have symptoms.
Priced out of the housing market As an overheated housing market – marked by double-digit price increases, bidding wars and inventory shortages – puts the dream of homeownership out of reach of many ordinary Americans, manufactured homes are growing in popularity because their cost is roughly half that of homes built on a permanent site. Unlike a traditional site-built house, which is constructed at its final location using multiple teams of subcontractors, a manufactured home is built in an indoor facility and delivered to its location.
A woman in China watched her dog destroy her house while she was away in quarantine. The woman watched from a surveillance camera as the dog ruined her wardrobe and furniture. A woman required to quarantine for 14 days amid a COVID-19 outbreak in the Chinese city of Xi'an saw her house turned upside down by her dog as she monitored her living room through a surveillance camera.
Workers on Wednesday dismantled a towering statue of President Theodore Roosevelt from outside New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The "Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt," commissioned in 1925 and unveiled to the public in 1940, depicts Roosevelt on a horse, with a Native American man and an African man on foot at his side. The New York City Public Design Commission voted last June to remove it, the museum said on its website.
It is a recurring nightmare for many in the pandemic era — unintentionally having your computer unmuted during a remote work meeting and saying something extremely inappropriate or embarrassing. That nightmare became a reality for state Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, on Wednesday when she swore at her husband in an argument that was inadvertently shared with a Kentucky Senate committee on a livestream for all of the public to hear. "You made me miss roll call… because I couldn't unmute, because you were f---ing cussing," Harper Angel was heard saying in the committee meeting, drawing suppressed laughs from the committee audience and the senator testifying for his bill.
Fox News veteran Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday ripped Republican senators for turning the Senate into “The Jerry Springer Show.” The Senate “used to be 'the world's most deliberative body,'” the conservative commentator wrote on Twitter. Rivera called out the “low-brow rudeness” from GOP senators like Rand Paul (Ky.) and Roger Marshall (Kan.), who both have launched unhinged attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert.
Like Felder, Tracy Jimenez had put off getting screened for cervical cancer but for a different reason: She didn't have health insurance. However, "I did keep going to the emergency room because of really bad back pain I was having," Jimenez, who was 46 years old at the time, tells Yahoo Life. "They told me I had sciatica in my back … They didn't check me to see if I had anything below so I had no idea what was going on."
A man has pleaded guilty to exploiting a worker for 40 years, the UK's labor-abuse authority said. Peter Swailes, 56, was accused of keeping a man in an unlit garden shed without heating for decades. A man in England pleaded guilty to slavery and trafficking offenses in connection with a worker who lived in a tiny shed without light or heating for 40 years, the GLAA said.
Fresno State basketball players Haley and Hanna Cavinder, who could earn close to or more than seven figures this year through Name, Image and Likeness endorsements, have landed an innovative deal with a new clothing company that includes a 25% ownership stake and one of three seats on its board of directors, according to Forbes. The company, Baseline Team, was founded with former Fresno State cross country runners David Vartanian and Mehdi Brahim and its main focus for now is basketball shorts. We gave them 25% of the company for a couple of reasons,” Vartanian told Forbes.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's request to block the release of White House records sought by the Democratic-led congressional panel investigating last year's deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Trump's request to the justices came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Dec. 9 ruled that the businessman-turned-politician had no basis to challenge President Joe Biden's decision to allow the records to be handed over to the House of Representatives select committee. Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, the panel's chairman, and Republican Representative Liz Cheney, its vice chair, in a statement called the Supreme Court action "a victory for the rule of law and American democracy."
A teenager in China who was sold at birth was left heartbroken after finally finding his birth parents and then being rejected by them. Liu Xuezhou, 17, from China's Hebei Province, posted about the heartbreaking reunion on Douyin on Monday, according to South China Morning Post. Liu managed to find his biological parents with the help of local authorities after he was reportedly encouraged to make a post online.
The New York attorney general alleged value inflation by Trump's business in new filings. An apartment was valued at $25 million, documents say, but offered to Ivanka Trump for $8 million. Donald Trump has long denied wrongdoing and says the investigation is politically motivated.
While memory loss could be the result of infection, depression or anxiety or other medical conditions, it may also be due to dementia. A recent study by the University of Exeter highlighted an early symptom of dementia that tends to be overlooked: apathy. Apathy or the loss of interest, enthusiasm or concern, is the "leading neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia" however it often goes unnoticed by families and in care.
Last Thursday, Brianna Kupfer was found dead on the floor of the store by a customer not long after she had sent an ominous text message to a friend, police said. Police say Kupfer was the only employee at Croft House on La Brea Avenue when someone came into the store that afternoon and fatally stabbed her. CBS Los Angeles reports that on Tuesday night, police identified the suspect as Smith.
The Biden administration aims to make 400 million N95 masks available to all Americans for free at pharmacies and community health centers next week, a White House official said per The Wall Street Journal. The masks will be coming from the Strategic National Stockpile, the national repository of critical medical supplies. Taxes 2022: Are Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer Deductible?
When Rebecca Shumard posted to TikTok about going back to work 12 days after giving birth, she was feeling frustrated, fearful, guilty and spent. While those feelings can happen to any mom, and do, Shumard's case wasn't exactly typical. The 26-year-old medical assistant/exercise physiologist had recorded herself sitting at her desk at work, crying because not only was she not with her baby, her daughter was being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after being born at 27 weeks — a mere three weeks past viability.
“Cooking is the No. 1 way you’re polluting your home … You’re basically living in this toxic soup.”
“People (myself included) like cooking with gas! It’s one of the few energy uses that inspires brand loyalty to the fuel consumed.”
“It’s time to start making new buildings all-electric and switching out all those existing gas appliances, including gas stoves.”
“If you're looking for personal ways to protect the environment and your health right now, you have much bigger fish to fry.”
“Market-based solutions have not achieved their desired goals, thus new ways of thinking need to emerge.”