The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday changed its demands against retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre in a lawsuit that seeks repayment of misspent welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. The department dropped its demand of $1.1 million against Favre, acknowledging he has already repaid that money for an unfulfilled pledge of public speeches. But it made a new demand of up to $5 million against Favre and a university sports foundation, saying money from an anti-poverty program was improperly used to pay for a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi.
A Texas woman is out on bond after authorities say she repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend on Thanksgiving after accusing him of “not helping her with the bills,” according to court records. Cassandra Gutierrez, 30, was released on bond Thursday after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the alleged stabbing, which left her boyfriend injured but alive, Law & Crime reports. Gutierrez and her 42-year-old boyfriend had been dating for about a year when investigators said they went out “drinking at a bar” on Thanksgiving, according to an affidavit obtained by the news outlet.
Last year, Vanguard noted that retirement savings actually increased, thanks to strong performance in the stock market. But of course since then, Wall Street's woes have persisted for much of this year, as even otherwise strong stocks have been resoundingly punished. Which means 2023 numbers may drop significantly — though with dollar cost averaging, people who stick it out and keep investing will be rewarded if the market returns to full strength.
A picture has emerged showing the scale of the recent bombardment on Ukraine wrought by Putin's forces. Retired US Army major John Spencer posted what he described as the "insane" photo showing two police officers looking at a fragment pile of Russian rockets that hit Ukraine's second largest city of Kharkiv. Considered an expert on urban warfare, Spencer has been outspoken on his opinion that the US should send more weapons to Ukraine to help the country defend invasion by the Russians.
The FBI alleges he told the daughter "if his feelings were right, he would make her have a child." An Arizona cult leader from a polygamist sect accused of taking more than 20 women and girls as wives felt compelled to marry his underage daughter and "constantly" said he wanted to kiss and touch the teen, federal court documents allege. The FBI alleges in an affidavit filed last week in federal court in Washington and obtained by Insider that Samuel Rappylee Bateman, 46, first said that he wanted to take his daughter — born in 2005 — as his wife in 2019.
Two explosions at major Russian military bases, including the Dyagilevo base near Ryazan just 150 miles from Moscow, mean the war in Ukraine has come right to Vladimir Putin's doorstep. The explosions—which were unmanned drone strikes, a senior Ukrainian official told The New York Times—suggest Ukraine wanted to strike fear right in the heart of Russia. The second explosion struck the Engels-2 base, from which Tu-95 bombers have been pummeling Ukraine's infrastructure over the last month.
Russia's defence ministry has said it has deployed mobile coastal defence missile systems on a northern Kuril island, part of a strategically located chain of islands that stretch between Japan and the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula. Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands, which Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a territorial row that dates to the end of World War Two, when Soviet troops seized them from Japan. The Russian Bastion systems, which have missiles with a flight range of up to 500 km (310 miles), were deployed on the island of Paramushir, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday.
The cause of death for Jack and Kristina Wagner's son, Harrison Wagner, has been determined. News that Harrison was found dead at a North Hollywood parking lot on the morning of June 6. At the time, officials said they did not suspect foul play, but his cause of death was deferred pending additional investigation.
A woman on vacation in Colombia was fatally struck by a boat propeller when she tried to retrieve her sandals, according to media reports. Natalia Andrea Larrañaga Fajardo, 26, visited San Andrés island's White Watta beach on vacation, Colombian news outlet La Razon reported. Fajardo jumped back into the water to retrieve some sandals when the boat propeller struck her, The Archipeilago Press and Radio Colombia Network reported.
The forgotten burial ground is overrun by four-wheel tire tracks near a path strewn with discarded bottles and other trash. More than a century of overgrowth on this West Virginia hillside has erased any trace of the graveyard known locally as Little Egypt, the resting place for dozens of coal miners who died in a 1912 mine explosion. “There are 80 people here that nobody has said a prayer over in a long, long time,” said Ed Evans, a state lawmaker and retired public school teacher as he side-stepped a patch of sunken earth on a rainy summer day.
According to the Energy Information Administration, natural gas is the biggest source of electricity generation in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that October prices for electricity jumped 14.1% from a year ago. And just a few months before in August, this marker recorded its biggest 12-month increase since August 1981. According to Mark Wolfe, executive director of NEADA, the country is “heading towards a period of unaffordable energy prices.
Rudy Giuliani appeared as a witness in his attorney misconduct hearing Monday. Opposing counsel grew increasingly frustrated as Giuliani failed to answer straightforward questions, veered off course, and aired nonsense allegations of voter fraud. "I'm asking you what time it is, and you're telling me how to make a watch," the lawyer told Giuliani at one point.
As a businessman and president, Donald Trump faced a litany of lawsuits and criminal investigations yet emerged from the legal scrutiny time and again with his public and political standing largely intact. The sense of vulnerability has been heightened in recent weeks not only by the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel with a reputation for aggressiveness but also by the removal of a Trump-requested independent arbiter in the case and by judges' unequivocal rejection of his lawyers' arguments. It's impossible to predict how much longer the investigation will last or whether the Justice Department will take the unprecedented step of indicting a former president and current candidate.
A suspected Russian deserter dressed in full camouflage and a ski mask opened fire on police officers in Russia's Rostov region on Tuesday, sparking frantic calls for residents to take cover indoors as a manhunt was underway. The incident—just the latest evidence of Vladimir Putin's flailing war beginning to blow up within Russian borders—occurred in Novoshakhtinsk, just 12 miles or so from the border with Ukraine. Law enforcement sources cited by Russia's TASS news agency and Komsomolskaya Pravda identified the gunman as a deserter, without giving further details.
Herschel Walker, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia, doesn't seem to know what a lot of things are. One of the women who says Walker was violent toward her also claimed she witnessed firsthand just how little control Walker has over his dissociative identity disorder in a Daily Beast report from last week.
Russia rained long-range missiles on Ukraine on Monday, killing two people, destroying homes in the southeast and causing power outages, but Kyiv said its air defences had limited the damage. Air raid sirens blared across the country and men, women and children huddled in the capital's cavernous metro system to take cover during the latest big wave of missile strikes since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has been targeting Ukraine's power grid in intense waves of attacks since October, and state energy company Ukrenergo, which operates the national power grid, said more infrastructure had been hit on Monday Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal later said energy facilities had been hit i...
STORY: The shooter of Lady Gaga's dog walker was given 21 years in prison on Monday. James Howard Jackson pleaded no contest to attempted murder, after shooting and wounding the dog walker while trying to steal the singer's French bulldogs last year in Hollywood. That's the legal equivalent to a guilty plea in California.
Due to wages not keeping up with the rising costs of inflation and companies starting to end remote working opportunities, among other reasons, we've seen a lot of people jump ship. There's now a term to describe just how you and others may currently feel: shift shock. Kathryn Minshew, CEO and cofounder of The Muse, describes shift shock as “that feeling when you start a new job and realize, with either surprise or regret, that the position or company is very different from what you were led to believe.”
A Georgia sheepdog is recovering at home two days after killing a pack of coyotes that attacked his owner's flock of sheep, farmer John Wierwiller said. Casper, a 20-month old Great Pyrenees from Decatur, fought off a pack of coyotes who were threatening Wierwiller's sheep farm, he said. The fight lasted longer than half an hour, left eight coyotes dead and bloodied Casper, with skin and part of his tail torn off, Wierwiller told Atlanta's WAGA-TV.
A hunter took home a two-for-one deer during archery season. Mike Lewis was bowhunting in Nodaway County, in the northwest corner of Missouri, when he shot an antlered buck that had its own accessory attached — an antlered skull. "The deer (Lewis) harvested still had the skull and antlers of another deer locked in its rack," according to Missouri Department of Conservation's post on social media in early November.
A gunmaker promised one of its pistols sold in the U.S. “won't fire unless you want it to” — but a new federal lawsuit argues that's a lie. The lives of experienced gun users, who are suing Sig Sauer, Inc., were “upended” by the company's “dangerously defective pistol,” a complaint filed Nov. 30 in federal court in New Hampshire states. Twenty plaintiffs named in the lawsuit became gunshot victims when their own Sig Sauer P320 Pistol fired unexpectedly, without the trigger ever being touched, according to the complaint representing the plaintiffs nationwide.
STORY: The four-month-old cub, who's still waiting to be named, was initially raised by Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo staff after the mother Africa, a three-year-old female, rejected it after birth. Despite the adverse situation at its birth, the director of Conservation and Animal Welfare at the Department of Zoos and Wildlife Conservation of Mexico City, Rafael Tinajero, said the cub is quite healthy and eating properly: "The black jaguar is also born in the wild but it is very important that they are part of conservation programs. Zoos are wildlife refuges, they are sanctuaries for endangered fauna and what they are looking for is the conservation of these species."
An elementary school principal died in an apparent suicide after jumping from a multistory parking structure at Disneyland in California, officials said. Anaheim Police said they found a man dead when they were called to the amusement park just before 9 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Orange County coroner identified the man as 51-year-old Christopher Christensen, the principal of William T. Newland Elementary School in Huntington Beach.
In its latest Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, the institute said that despite Kyiv not claiming responsibility for the attacks on two Russian military airbases on Dec. 5, Ukraine could just have demonstrated its ability to strike deep inside Russian territory. Its new capability might even interfere with Russia's mass missile attack campaign against Ukrainian civil infrastructure, the institute said. Meanwhile, a senior Ukrainian official hinted on social media that Ukraine was indeed behind the attacks on Russian air bases – a third one of which, near Kursk, was hit early on Dec. 6.
SpaceX's launch services have already become an invaluable resource for the U.S. government, but the company is now jumping into the deep end of the pool it had heretofore only splashed around in. Starshield, a new vertical within SpaceX, will provide "government entities" (think three-letter agencies) with secure communications and bespoke satellite designs. The new brand (possibly a subsidiary) appeared as a new top-line category on SpaceX's website, alongside Dragon, Starlink and Starship, but beyond that has not received any visible promotion or discussion in the company's media channels.
“Democrats succeeded again in making the former President a central campaign issue, and Mr. Trump helped them do it.”
“If you work…to install a Supreme Court that will eliminate constitutional rights, prepare to live with the electoral consequences.”
“Trump pretty reliably put his thumb on the scale for the riskiest and most flawed candidates.”
“The Republicans should have done much better on inflation and the economy. They lacked an effective and transparent message.”
“Where does Trump end and the far-right begin?”