As cases rise in the colder months and amid concerns of a new COVID-19 variant, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a winter coronavirus strategy.'Supply will quadruple this month' »
Craig Wright, a computer scientist who claims to be the inventor of Bitcoin, prevailed in a civil trial verdict Monday against the family of a deceased business partner that claimed it was owed half of a cryptocurrency fortune worth tens of billions. A Florida jury found that Wright did not owe half of 1.1 million Bitcoin to the family of David Kleiman. The jury did award $100 million in intellectual property rights to a joint venture between the two men, a fraction of what Kleiman's lawyers were asking for at trial.
A pregnant 19-year-old woman in India was allegedly decapitated with a sickle by her younger brother, who then posed for a selfie with her severed head along with their mother. The horrific murder—deemed an honor killing after the woman eloped with her fiance without her family's consent—took place in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Sunday, according to the BBC. Both the young man, identified as Sanket Mote, and the pair's mother, identified as Shobhabai Mote, have been arrested in connection with the murder of the woman, named Kirti Avinash Thore.
In an emotional declaration, Vanessa Bryant said she lives in constant fear of crash photos surfacing. "This conduct has caused me tremendous pain and distress," Bryant said in the declaration. Bryant said that Google sometimes auto-suggests "Kobe Bryant crash pictures" and "Kobe Bryant body."
An Amazon delivery driver is drawing all sorts of praise after a customer captured his “hysterical” encounter with her husband. The exchange, captured on a Ring doorbell camera, comes courtesy of a TikTok user named @Stephanielerin. With holiday shopping season in full swing, TikTok has been flush with popular clips involving delivery drivers and their customers.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Saturday shared an image that shows two bobcats camouflaged in a wintry landscape, and asked its Facebook followers: “There are two bobcats in this snapshot from Lincoln County! Can you find both? It's probably not so much a matter of if viewers will spot both bobcats, but how long it will take them.
The heir to the Dutch throne, Crown Princess Amalia, was expected to quietly celebrate her 18th birthday at home on Tuesday, in line with the country's coronavirus lockdown rules and the tradition of the Netherlands' low-key monarchy. The occasion means that Amalia, the eldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander, is now in theory ready to succeed her father as head of state. However Amalia, formally known as the Princess of Orange, said in an approved biography published last month that while she is committed to a life in service of her country, she is not quite ready to begin just yet and would ask for her mother Queen Maxima to act as for a time if for any reason Willem-Alexander had to step down soon.
A purported Christmas card featuring Donald Trump has spread among thousands of social media users. A fake Christmas card of former President Donald Trump that's spreading on Twitter and Facebook is likely using an altered version of a photo taken during his 2019 visit to Buckingham Palace, according to fact-checkers at Reuters. The card features a pixelated, black-and-white image of Trump clad in a tuxedo with a stern expression on his face.
Ariana Grande was accused of “Asianfishing” after photos of her surfaced on the internet in which she appeared to have different facial features. The photos were posted by New York-based photographer Katia Temkin on Instagram and were widely circulated on Twitter. In them, Grande poses in a green oversized blazer with a white ascot tied in a bow around her neck, an outfit she wore on “The Voice.”
Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world's least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force's firing exercises to the media in a display of public firepower that coincides with a recent escalation of Chinese and Russian military moves around Japanese territory. The drills, which foreign journalists rarely have a chance to witness, will continue for nine days and include about 1,300 Ground Self Defense Force troops.
An FBI agent testified at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial about a July 2019 search of Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan home. She said agents sawed open a safe and found diamonds, jewelry, CDs, and hard drives inside. Epstein kept CDs filled with photos in other places of the house as well, the agent said.
Heather Graham is looking extra fit in her latest Instagram snaps. Right before the premiere of her latest film, The Last Son, the 51-year-old actress posted an IG photo dump that included several pics of herself wearing a sequined minidress—and wow, her legs are fierce AF! To stay in shape, Heather is majorly into yoga: "For fun, I would go on a yoga retreat and do four hours of yoga a day," she said.
Billionaire hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt has agreed to turn over $70 million worth of stolen antiquities and will be subject to an unprecedented lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities, the Manhattan district attorney announced Monday. In return, Steinhardt, a philanthropist who is chair of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and co-founder of Birthright Israel, an organization that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel, will not face criminal charges for acquiring pieces that were illegally smuggled out of 11 countries including Egypt, Greece, Israel, Syria and Turkey, prosecutors said.
The only rover on the “dark side” of the Moon—the side of the Moon permanently facing away from Earth—has eyed something peculiar. On the lunar horizon, the Chinese rover, Yutu 2, has spotted a prominent “mystery hut” object. And while it's most likely a hunk of lunar rock… We're personally not ready to rule out an IRL 2001: A Space Odyssey monolith.
"If people don't have more children, civilization is going to crumble, mark my words," said Elon Musk. Musk was responding to a question about how the Tesla Bot could solve some labor issues. The global birthrate has been steadily declining since the 1960s, according to the World Bank.
At first, Henry Bridger II supported Kshama Sawant, Seattle's combative socialist city councilmember. A liberal voter in one of the most liberal neighborhoods in an extremely liberal city, he liked her fresh outlook and support for a $15 minimum wage. Seven years later, Bridger is leading an effort to recall Sawant.
David Letterman wasted no time in ripping former President Donald Trump at the rejuvenated Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Deadline reported. The annual Washington arts and culture event, which was repeatedly snubbed by Trump, and delayed and downscaled by the pandemic, was presided over by President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden. Tonight, it is quite nice, very nice, to see the presidential box once again being occupied,” Letterman said to cheers that turned into a standing ovation for Biden.
Law enforcement and prosecutors have noted the many warning signs that preceded the massacre at Oxford High School last week, including that 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was caught Googling ammunition the day before the tragedy and was found with a picture depicting a violent act that said, "The thoughts won't stop. Help me." But a former neighbor of James and Jennifer Crumbley, who, like their son, are in the Oakland County jail, told the Detroit Free Press that the Crumbleys started displaying concerning behavior years ago that prompted her to make a complaint with Children's Protective Services.
KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said his armed forces were capable of fighting off any Russian attack, as the country marked its national army day with a display of U.S. armoured vehicles and patrol boats. U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged his "unwavering support" to Ukraine in its standoff with Moscow and will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to try to defuse the crisis. Zelenskiy is set to speak to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday.
In a tense arraignment Saturday morning, James and Jennifer Crumbley listened by videoconference from separate jail cells as they were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shootings of four Oxford High School students, who, police say, were gunned down by the couple's 15-year-old son, Ethan. As the judge read each of the charges, one for each of the four students, she asked Jennifer Crumbley if she understood. The arraignment, at which the couple entered pleas of not guilty, capped an extraordinary day and a half during which the Crumbleys, considered fugitives by authorities, were captured in Detroit after an intense manhunt and then placed in the same jail facility in Oakland County, Michigan, that held their son, with each of the three in isolation.
Russia said on Monday it was reinforcing its military base in Tajikistan with 30 new tanks and that its forces at the facility had carried out exercises with missile defence systems, highlighting Moscow's concern about turmoil in Afghanistan. The possibility of Islamist militants in Afghanistan infiltrating Tajikistan and other former Soviet republics in Central Asia is a worry for Moscow, which views the region as a defensive buffer to its south. Russian forces on Monday practiced repelling an enemy aerial attack on military facilities using its S-300PS systems, the Interfax news agency cited the Defence Ministry as saying.
A court order that permitted Keith Smith, on a ventilator in a medically induced coma from COVID-19, to be treated with the controversial drug ivermectin, was issued late Friday afternoon. The order, in response to Darla Smith's petition to compel the hospital to administer the drug to her husband of 24 years, was, to some, kind of confusing, and that led to two days of lawyers negotiating its implementation, frustrating Darla's attempts to have her husband receive the drug. The brief order denied Darla Smith's request for an emergency injunction to force UPMC to administer ivermectin, an anti-parasitic that is not part of the medical center's COVID-19 protocols and is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of the viral disease.
On Friday, Reddit user u/bleachspot asked, "What is something that is illegal but isn't wrong ethically?" People had some incredibly interesting responses. Here's what people shared: 1.
Pope Francis said Monday he accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because the monsignor could no longer govern effectively thanks to the “gossip” about his relationship with a woman a decade ago. Francis was asked en route home from Greece about the surprise decision, which came only days after Archbishop Michel Aupetit put his fate in Francis' hands following French media reports about what he said was an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman. Responding to a question from a French reporter, Francis said there had been some “lapses” with Aupetit involving sexual sins.
“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.”