More than 1,000 flights canceled as major winter storm threatens to produce historic snowfall
More than 1,000 flights within, to and out of the United States have been canceled for Wednesday as severe weather wreaks havoc, with a massive storm threatening to bring record snowfall to parts of the country.
WATCH LIVE: President Biden delivers remarks about aerial objects US military shot down
President Joe Biden plans to deliver his most extended public remarks yet — as early as Thursday — about the unidentified objects that the U.S. military has been shooting down, three people familiar with the matter said.
When toys go wrong: Hidden hazards to watch out for
Make sure the most wonderful time of the year isn’t the most dangerous one. Moms and dads will spend an average of 300 dollars on their kids’ toys this holiday season but before you buy, make sure the toys are safe. According to the US consumer product safety commission, emergency rooms treated over 224 thousand toy-related injuries last year.
Man pleads guilty to stalking, releasing sexually-explicit photos of woman who refused to move with him, DOJ says
A 47-year-old Colorado man has admitted to threatening a Houston woman with releasing sexually-explicit images unless she moved with him across the country, the US Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday.
2.2 million Americans living without clean drinking water, new report shows
More than one and a half million Americans don’t have access to clean drinking water in their homes, and according to a new report, allowing 2.2 million Americans to live without a tap or toilet in their homes is costing the US economy a staggering $8.58 billion each year.
Texas Dreamer, attorney providing a voice for others like him
Just last month, the Biden administration moved to publish a federal rule to protect Dreamers, children brought to the US illegally by their migrant parents. Currently, the Department of Homeland Security is not accepting new DACA applications, to comply with a federal court ruling.
Watch live: Simone Biles to testify before Senate about Larry Nassar
Gold medalist Simone Biles and other star gymnasts are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the investigation into Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who was accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women.
Travel series ‘George Goes Everywhere’ features Houston spots to visit on a budget
If you’re looking for travel ideas that won’t break the bank, there’s a new digital series offering inexpensive tips to help you explore top US cities such as New Orleans, Savannah, Nashville, Boston, New York City, and even Houston.
China bashes US over racism, inequality, pandemic response
China lashed out Wednesday at the U.S. over racism, financial inequality and the federal government's response to the coronavirus in an annual report that seeks to counter U.S. accusations of human rights abuses by China's ruling Communist Party. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING – China took the U.S. to task Wednesday over racism, financial inequality and the federal government’s response to the coronavirus in an annual report that seeks to counter U.S. accusations of human rights abuses by China’s ruling Communist Party. Ad“Vulnerable groups became the biggest victims of the government’s reckless response to the epidemic," it said. “The United States has mountains of human rights problems in its own country," said Li Xiaojin, a human rights official from the State Council Information Office. "However, it is more intensively interfering in the internal affairs of other countries under the banner of human rights.
Spacewalkers finish solar panel prep for station power boost
More mounting brackets and struts need to be installed for new and improved solar panels due to arrive in June. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacewalking astronauts completed the first round of prep work Friday for new solar panels, part of a major power upgrade at the International Space Station. NASA’s Kate Rubins and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi installed mounting brackets and struts for the improved solar wings due to arrive in June. The eight solar panels have degraded over time; the oldest were launched 20 years ago. Noguchi, Glover and two other NASA astronauts will fly SpaceX back in late April or May.
Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030
Ford says it will spend $1 billion to modernize its Cologne, Germany, manufacturing center, converting it into a European electric vehicle factory. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)DETROIT – Ford is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030 in just the latest sign of the seismic technological changes sweeping the auto industry. Ford expects two-thirds of its European commercial vehicle sales will be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030. “We are going all in on electric vehicles,” Rowley said. The investment is part of Ford's goal of spending at least $15 billion on electric vehicles from now through 2025.
Bernie bobblehead inspired by Inauguration Day meme available for pre-order
(Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)Jokesters quickly got to work on a hilarious new gag gift inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders made waves on social media Wednesday as he became the new target for several memes online after trending for his Inauguration Day appearance. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced hours after the inauguration that a Bernie-inspired bobblehead would be included in its political lineup celebrating the new presidency. According to the store website, the bobblehead commemorating the Vermont senator’s viral Inauguration Day meme is high quality and produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and will be individually numbered. The last-minute addition of Sanders is currently available online for pre-order and expected to ship in May.
Bernie Sanders’ viral mittens were crafted by a Vermont elementary school teacher
While most attendees dressed in formal winter fashion, Sanders sported a more casual look complemented with fleece-lined mittens. According to NBC Boston, the mittens that have become a part of several viral memes were made by Jen Ellis, an elementary school teacher whose daughter went to a child care center owned by a relative of Sanders. “I love it that he loves them, and that he wears them,” Ellis said according to NBC Boston. “The fact that these mittens, which were made from recycled and repurposed materials, made it to the national stage is really a shoutout to Vermont,” Ellis said. “I’m really proud that he took them to D.C. and that he was there for this historic moment.”
UK, EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's ambassador
Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 by declining to grant the blocs first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. David Ake, file)LONDON – Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. The EU says he should be given the same status as a national ambassador, like the rest of the bloc's 143 envoys around the world. Stano noted that Britain "was cognizant and supportive of this status while it was a member of the European Union. “Nothing has changed since the U.K.’s exit from the European Union to justify any change in stance on the U.K.’s part,” he said.
Nearly 190,000 ceiling fans recalled because blades detach, fly off
More than 190,000 have been recalled because the blades were detaching while in use. There is a recall on the Mara ceiling fan in matte white, matte black, black, and polished nickel finishes. King of Fans, the Florida company that made the fans, says it received 47 reports of the blades disconnecting. According to CNN, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said two of those reports said a detached fan blade hit someone. If you have this fan, you are urged to immediately stop using it and contact the company for a replacement.
US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense held a briefing with Operation Warp Speed on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. View the briefing below:The Food and Drug Administration held a briefing Saturday following its authorization of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use Friday. View the briefing in its entirety below:The U.S. gave the final go-ahead Friday to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, marking what could be the beginning of the end of an outbreak that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans. The U.S. is considering a second vaccine, made by Moderna Inc., that could roll out in another week. In addition, the FDA insisted that large COVID-19 vaccine studies track at least half the participants for two months to look for side effects, a time period when historically any vaccine problems appear.
Rockets and Second Servings of Houston host ‘Thanksgiving’s on Us’ Food Distribution presented by Kroger
HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets and Second Servings of Houston came together to serve over 1,000 families Thursday. Presented by Kroger, “Thanksgiving’s on Us” is a contactless drive-thru distribution that focuses on providing perishable and non-perishable Thanksgiving-themed items to Houstonians in need for the holiday. “We know Thanksgiving will look different for so many Houstonians this holiday season,” said Rockets Community Relations Director Sarah Joseph. “This is like a blessing for the community and to give a Thanksgiving meal to a family means so much,” said Sharon Houston. This year marked the third food distribution between the Houston Rockets and Second Servings of Houston.
Johnny Depp loses UK libel case over 'wife-beater' claims
“They must have been terrifying.”In court, Depp accused Heard of making up her allegations, while acknowledging wide-ranging drug problems. The judge found that 12 of the 14 instances of domestic violence had occurred and said that was sufficient to rule against Depp. Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 comedy “The Rum Diary” and married in Los Angeles in 2015. “What woman has ever benefited from being a victim of domestic violence?” she asked in court. “Johnny Depp is only going to be able to rehabilitate himself if he accepts this judgment," he added.
UK judge to rule Nov 2 on Depp's libel suit against tabloid
Britains judicial office said Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020, that judge Andrew Nicol will deliver his verdict in writing on Nov. 2, ruling on whether Johnny Depp was libelled by a tabloid newspaper that branded him a wife-beater. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, FILE)LONDON – A British judge will rule next week on whether Johnny Depp was libelled by a tabloid newspaper that branded him a wife-beater — an accusation his lawyer called a “reputation-destroying, career-ending” false allegation. Over several days in the witness box, Depp, 57, branded he allegations a “hoax” and claimed Heard was the aggressor during their volatile relationship. “He has never hit a woman in his entire life — period, full stop, nada,” Depp’s lawyer David Sherborne said in closing arguments. Depp is also suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia over a Washington Post story about domestic violence.
Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million
The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)NEW DELHI – The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. After the virus killed the 27-year-old Chaudhary in late July, his mother wept inconsolably. The virus’s toll is approaching the 1.5 million global deaths each year from tuberculosis, which regularly kills more people than any other infectious disease. For all its lethality, the virus has claimed far fewer lives than the so-called Spanish flu, which killed an estimated 40 million to 50 million worldwide in two years, just over a century ago.
TikTok in Fort Bend County? Judge invites TikTok Global to open headquarters in Houston area
HOUSTON – Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George invited video-sharing social networking service, TikTok Global, to open its headquarters in the county. “Fort Bend County is a unique place,” George wrote in a letter. He also noted the success of the Fort Bend County schools and master-planned communities, which allows the county to serve as a great place to live and work. On Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he spoke with President Donald Trump regarding the TikTok deal.
US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns
TikTok won't face the most drastic sanctions until after the Nov. 3 election, but WeChat users could feel the effects as early as Sunday. The order, which cited national security and data privacy concerns, follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. Trump had said this week that he does not like the idea of ByteDance keeping majority control of TikTok. The administration, however, has provided no specific evidence that TikTok has made U.S. users’ data available to the Chinese government. Some cybersecurity experts question whether the administration's efforts are more political than rooted in legitimate concerns about Chinese threats to data security.
US charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign
Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen listens, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at the Justice Department in Washington. The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and abroad, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers. The Justice Department did not directly link the hackers to the Chinese government. Rosen criticized the Chinese government for what he said was a failure to disrupt hacking crimes and to hold hackers accountable. There was no immediate response Wednesday to an email seeking comment from the Chinese Embassy in Washington.
Chinese diplomats return from Houston consulate shut by US
BEIJING The staff of the Chinese consulate in Houston that was ordered shut by the U.S. government has returned to China. Wearing face masks because of the coronavirus pandemic, they were greeted on the tarmac by Foreign Minister Wang Yi after disembarking from a chartered Air China flight in Beijing on Monday night. In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, staff members from the Chinese Consulate in Houston, USA, arrive at an airport in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. A charter flight carrying employees of the consulate, which was ordered closed by the U.S. government in July amid escalating diplomatic tensions, arrived in Beijing on Monday night. Three days later, China ordered the U.S. consulate in Chengdu to close in retaliation.
For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight
Negotiations over a new virus relief package have all but ended, with the White House and congressional leaders far apart on the size, scope and approach for shoring up households, re-opening schools and launching a national strategy to contain the virus. The White House is not budging, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows briefed GOP senators privately on Wednesday. Because McConnell has such cool support from his ranks for any bill, Democrats are trying to push the White House to go bold. The Democrats said they are waiting for the White House to put a new offer on the table.
Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19
The antibody drugs are very promising and, in contrast, could be available fairly soon," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who is leading government efforts to speed COVID-19 therapies. One company, Eli Lilly, has already started manufacturing its antibody drug, betting that studies now underway will give positive results. Another company that developed an antibody drug cocktail against Ebola Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. now is testing one for coronavirus. Others working on antibody drugs include Amgen and Adaptive Biotechnologies. All the antibody drugs are given through an IV and must make their way through the bloodstream to wherever theyre needed.
Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak
A review by the Kaiser Health News service and The Associated Press finds at least 48 state and local health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states. At least 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession, leaving a skeletal workforce for what was once viewed as one of the worlds top public health systems. In Oklahoma, both the state health commissioner and state epidemiologist have been replaced since the outbreak began in March. She said she knows many public health department leaders who are considering resigning or retiring because of the strain. Our elected officials in positions of power, whether presidents, governors or mayors, they arent supporting staff better or aligning messages," forcing public health officials to bear the political pressure, Brown said.
How social media reacted to President Trumps Executive Order against TikToks parent company
HOUSTON President Donald Trump issued executive orders against TikTok and WeChat Thursday night, prompting reactions from social media users on Twitter. The Executive Order came after the U.S. accused Chinese tech firms ByteWave and Tencent of automatically capturing vast swaths of information from its users, such as location data and browsing information. The executive order is set to go in effect for 45 days. Stephanie Jill Roberts (@Stepherpsu) August 7, 2020Hopefully this supposed Tiktok ban wakes people up to how their data is mined and packaged for sale. Adolwulf MUFC (@Adolwulf) August 7, 2020Ban Facebook instead of Tiktok cheese connoisseur (@Isabellecreager) August 7, 2020instagram: *sees tiktok is getting ban*instagram: this is our chanceinstagram: NOW INTRODUCING REELS dacia (@Dacia_k_) August 7, 2020alright trump can you NOT ban tiktok please.
FDA has fast-tracked promising drug to treat COVID-19 patients and it is in trial at Houston Methodist
HOUSTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked a promising drug to treat COVID-19 patients and it is in trial at Houston Methodist Hospital. The drug is called RLF-100 and is also known as aviptadil. It has been approved by the FDA for emergency use at multiple clinical sites in patients who are too ill to enter the FDA’s Phase 2/3 trials. According to a press release from the drug maker NeuroRX, independent researchers have reported that aviptadil blocked replication of the SARS coronavirus in human lung cells and monocytes. The drug has been successful in reducing lung inflammation and so the FDA now says any doctor at any hospital can request this treatment to help severely ill COVID-19 patients.
Texas biotech facility in College Station tapped to mass-produce potential COVID-19 vaccine
A biotech production facility in College Station could begin manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next year. President Donald Trump, appearing Monday afternoon at a North Carolina Fujifilm facility where the vaccine candidate is being developed for clinical trials, praised the progress of the Novavax vaccine and of other therapeutics. If clinical trials for the Novavax vaccine prove successful, the bulk production will be moved to the College Station facility — “which is quite the place,” the president said Monday — starting next year. Novavax, which has never brought a vaccine to market, received the federal government’s largest-yet vaccine contract of $1.6 billion earlier this month. The A&M System facility was founded in 2012 as one of the U.S. government’s three national biosecurity centers, intended to develop and produce drugs that would fight pandemics and bioterrorist threats.
US wont expel migrant children detained in Texas hotel
The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries. Government data obtained by AP showed the U.S. had detained children nearly 200 times over two months in three Hampton Inn & Suites hotels in Arizona and two Texas border cities. But the Trump administration has not said it will stop using hotels to detain children. Their agreement only covers 17 children known to have been detained as of Thursday at the Hampton Inn in McAllen. The Trump administration responded by questioning Ordin's authority to issue the report.
China tells US to close consulate in Chengdu after closure in Houston
BEIJING China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu in an increasingly rancorous diplomatic conflict. The order followed the U.S. closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston. WHAT HAPPENED: US orders China to close Houston consulate amid swirling accusations of espionage, theftThe Chinese foreign ministry appealed to Washington to reverse its erroneous decision.The Trump administration on Tuesday ordered the Houston consulate closed within 72 hours. The United States has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in five other mainland cities Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan. WATCH: Videos show flames, activity in courtyard of Consulate General of China in HoustonEXPLAINED: Most important things to know about whats going on with the Consulate General of China in Houston
China tells US to close Chengdu consulate in growing spat
BEIJING China ordered the United States on Friday to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades. The measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the United States, said a foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin. On Tuesday, the Trump administration ordered the Houston consulate closed within 72 hours. The United States has an embassy in Beijing and consulates in five other mainland cities Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan. Alongside the eviction of the Houston Chinese Consulate, the risk of the U.S.-China conflict escalating into a Cold War is worrying, Hayaki Narita of Mizuho Bank said in a report.
China faces repeated espionage accusations amid closure of Houston consulate
HOUSTON A video of personnel appearing to burn documents at the Consulate General of China in Houston Tuesday night spread like wildfire overnight. You know I would like to know what those documents held, McCaul said from his Washington D.C. office. McCaul isnt the only one to accuse China of making sinister moves against the U.S. The incendiary actions captured by a Montrose resident in a neighboring building took place after President Donald Trumps administration ordered the shutdown of Chinas Houston consulate Tuesday. This video shared with us by a viewer who lives next to the Consulate General of China in #Houston shows fire and activity in the courtyard of the building.
WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump gives update on coronavirus response in US
Republicans wanted $25 billion but the Trump administration said the $9 billion in unspent funds from a previous aid deal was sufficient. Despite deep differences among Republicans, McConnell is trying to push forward with what he calls a starting point in negotiations with Democrats. Were still on the 20-yard line? Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, referring to White House comments. Where have the Republicans been?The White House negotiators, Mnuchin and Mark Meadows, the presidents acting chief of staff, arrived late at the Capitol. Were still struggling.Congress approved a massive $2.2 trillion aid package in March, the biggest of its kind in U.S. history.
Amber Heard accuses Depp of throwing bottles like 'grenades'
US actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London in London, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Actor Heard's ex-husband Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a "wife-beater." Depp strongly denies all allegations. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Houston fire and police responding to reports of documents being burned at Consulate General of China
HOUSTON Houston police and fire officials are responding to reports that documents are being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston, according to the Houston Police Department. Houston police say they began receiving the reports that documents were being burned just after 8 p.m. at 3417 Montrose Boulevard where the Consulate General of China is located. Houston fire officials confirmed they are responding to the scene and HPD officials were needed for traffic control in the area. Dozens of Houston first responders are at the scene. Please check back for updates.
Video shows flames, activity in courtyard of Consulate General of China in Houston
HOUSTON Houston police and fire officials are responding to reports that documents are being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston, according to the Houston Police Department. This video shared with us by a viewer who lives next to the Consulate General of China in #Houston shows fire and activity in the courtyard of the building. DETAILS SO FAR: https://t.co/2cOeKoap96 pic.twitter.com/0myxe6HIlC KPRC2Tulsi (@KPRC2Tulsi) July 22, 2020Houston fire and police officials milled around outside the building Tuesday night. @HoustonFire and @houstonpolice are responding to reports of documents being burned at the Consulate General of China on 3417 Montrose Boulevard. pic.twitter.com/grUHhqmUz4 KPRC2Tulsi (@KPRC2Tulsi) July 22, 2020This is a developing story.
Houstons Chinese community shocked, fearful after extremely rare US move to close consulate
I cant even imagine whats going to happen, said Helen Shih, a member of the Chinese community in Houston. So whats going to happen to them?The feeling of uncertainly was shared by Brian Liu, another member of Houstons Chinese community. For regular people, for regular businesses, the Chinese Consulate in Houston gives us a lot of convenience. We have people constantly going back and forth getting their visas here at the Chinese consulate going to China. Liu said the Chinese and Chinese American community in Houston love being an active part of the community.
Amber Heard begins 2nd day of testimony in Depp libel trial
US Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. In the first hour of her second day of evidence, Depp's lawyer, Eleanor Laws, sought to show that Heard fabricated injuries, allegations that Heard denied. Depp, 57, is suing The Suns publisher, News Group Newspapers, and the papers executive editor, Dan Wootton, over the article. The Hollywood star strongly denies abusing Heard and was at the court to hear his ex-wife. In the first nine days of testimony at the High Court, judge Andrew Nicol heard from Depp and from several current or former employees who have backed his version of events.
First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing
The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up peoples immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday -- as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. The first-step testing later was expanded to include dozens of older adults, the age group most at risk from COVID-19. Nearly two dozen possible COVID-19 vaccines are in various stages of testing around the world. Candidates from China and Britains Oxford University also are entering final testing stages. The 30,000-person study will mark the worlds largest study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine so far.
21 injured after an explosion and fire on a naval ship in San Diego
(CNN) Twenty-one people were injured after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the US Naval Base in San Diego, US Navy officials said. The ship could burn for days, "down to the water line," San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN's Erica Hill Sunday afternoon. Officials called for San Diego Fire Department's assistance about 9 a.m. local time, Muoz told CNN. The USS Bonhomme Richard is an amphibious assault ship, according to the US Navy. There were 160 people on board when the fire started, according to the Naval Surface Forces.
Walgreens plans to open full-service doctors’ offices in hundreds of its stores
Walgreens plans to open full-service doctors' offices in hundreds of its stores across the US during the next five years. It's part of a bigger effort by the drugstore chain to become a one-stop shop for health care. Walgreens Boots Alliance is partnering with health care company VillageMD to create the 500 to 700 primary care clinics. Walgreens' clinics will open in at least 30 metro area markets during the next five years and then 20 more markets, said Morry Smulevitz, a Walgreens spokesperson. Each clinic will occupy about 25% of an average Walgreens store, Smulevitz said.
How the pandemic may change airlines much-hated $200 rebooking fees
Airlines have done away with their $200 change fees, giving passengers the flexibility they've long desired at a time when few people are traveling. None of the major US airlines have signaled they will abandon change fees altogether. US carriers made more than $3 billion from change fees in 2019 alone, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Getting rid of change fees, airlines hoped, could spur would-be travelers to book flights even if the ever-changing health crisis and local quarantine orders forced travelers to change their plans. Some critics of the change fees point to Southwest Airlines, which is the only major US carrier that doesn't impose them.
Military deploying medical personnel as Texas sees spike in coronavirus patients
"The medical personnel include emergency room and critical care nurses, respiratory specialists and support personnel," the statement continued. In April, the military dispatched hundreds of medical personnel to embed in hospitals primarily in the New York City area -- previously one of areas hit hardest by the pandemic -- as well as elsewhere. The personnel sent to Texas comprise a smaller deployment than those sent to New York earlier this year. US Northern Command said in early April that it was "deploying a combined total of 1,000 Air Force and Navy medical providers to the New York City area." They also planned to deploy a few hundred of them to 11 New York City hospitals that are also seeing a deficiency when it comes to medical staff, Esper added.
9 of the USs wildest, weirdest and most spectacular outdoor art experiences
After months of lockdown, there may be no better cleanse for the human spirit than art. As Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Below are some of the country's best outdoor art experiences. Paul), Franconia Sculpture Park aims to provide an experience that piques the curiosity of both rural and urban audiences. Back in town, the Breckenridge Public Art Collection displays more than 30 outdoor sculptures inspired by the mountains, wildlife, mining history and more.
Study confirms new version of coronavirus spreads faster, but doesn’t make people sicker
Shared information on genetic sequences had indicated that a certain mutant version of the virus was taking over. The study, published in the journal Cell, confirms earlier work suggesting the mutation had made the new variant of virus more common. Other mutations often go along with the G614 mutation, but it's not clear what effect they have. The G614 mutation can be neutralized by convalescent serum -- the blood product taken from people who have recovered from a coronavirus infection, Saphire said. "We might have dodged a bullet with this particular mutation, Saphire said.
Harry Potter fan sites distance themselves from J.K. Rowling over gender identity comments
Two of the biggest "Harry Potter" fan websites have condemned author J.K. Rowling following her publication of a controversial essay on gender identity last month. The statement comes after Rowling published an essay she had written about gender identity on her website. The fan websites said they have implemented new policies to distance themselves from the author, stating that they will no longer cover her personal endeavors (excluding her charity) and won't feature photos or quotes from the author. The fan sites said it was "difficult" to speak out against someone whose work they have "so long admired," but they said that it would be wrong to not use their platforms to counteract the harm that Rowling has caused. "Our stance is firm: Transgender women are women.
US Army soldier charged in plot to ambush his unit overseas
NEW YORK (AP) – The new top federal prosecutor in Manhattan on Monday announced her first case since the weekend's upheaval: the arrest of a U.S. Army soldier charged with plotting a deadly ambush of his unit in Turkey by extremists. In a release, Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss called Private Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, “the enemy within.”His lawyers declined comment. Strauss said he plotted to let members of an extremist group descend on his unit by providing details about its location and security arrangements. She identified the group he tried to work with as the Order of the Nine Angles, also known as O9A, described in the release as an occult-based neo-Nazi and racially motivated violent extremist group. Meltzer, who enlisted in the Army in December 2018 and allegedly reached out to the extremist group in 2019, was arrested June 10.
Secret Service tells press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move
The US Secret Service on Monday evening told members of the White House press corps to immediately leave the White House grounds, a highly unusual decision that did not immediately come with an explanation. The decision came during an ongoing demonstration in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House where protestors were trying to bring down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson that stands in the middle of the park. Last month, Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time as protesters gathered outside the White House, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source. Following that episode, the White House cautioned staffers who must go to work to hide their passes until they reach a Secret Service entry point and to hide them as they leave, according to an email which was viewed by CNN. He remained at the boarded-up building, brandishing a Bible for the cameras, for only a matter of minutes before returning to the White House.
WH adviser: Trump administration preparing for possible second wave of coronavirus in the fall
(CNN) White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that the Trump administration is preparing for the possibility that a second wave of Covid-19 could hit the United States in the fall. Asked by Tapper if the administration is preparing for a second wave in the fall, Navarro replied, "Of course." In a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, Pence blamed the media for inciting "panic" regarding a second wave of coronavirus. "In recent days, the media has taken to sounding the alarm bells over a 'second wave' of coronavirus infections. Some states, like Florida, Arizona, Texas and North Carolina, have seen an increase recently in positive coronavirus cases.
AMC Theatres sets reopening date and new health guidelines for going to the movies
AMC Theatres — the world's largest movie theater owner — announced Thursday that it is set to reopen its more than 600 US theaters next month with new safety and health measures to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The chain, which closed its locations earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, said it will be implementing a health and sanitation program it calls "AMC Safe & Clean." Aron added that AMC was advised by the Clorox company and current and former faculty of Harvard University's School of Public Health while developing the measures. And in areas of the country where masks are not compulsory, AMC says it will "strongly" encourage guests to wear them. The movie theater industry has been ravaged by coronavirus.
Bolton book bombshells: Trump asked Chinas Xi for reelection help and told him to keep building concentration camps
At another meeting during last year's G-20 Summit in Osaka, Bolton writes Trump "stunningly" turned the conversation to the upcoming 2020 election. "He is a liar," Trump told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, adding that "everybody in the White House hated John Bolton." "I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my White House tenure that wasn't driven by reelection calculations," Bolton writes. Despite the objections of his advisers, Bolton writes that "Trump was desperate to have the meeting at any price." "The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn't accept," Bolton writes.
As more people lean on online shopping, think twice about how you pay
The US Federal Trade Commission reports consumers have lost nearly $60 million to fraud overall this year alone, with online shopping accounting for the biggest share (13%). "You can minimize potential damage by using a single, low-limit credit card to make all of your online purchases." Digital payment services like PayPal can also allow you to make purchases without entering your card information on numerous sites. The cybersecurity firm also recommends using a dedicated email address just for online shopping, to prevent attacks disguised as marketing emails from making their way to your main inbox. According to Ostrowski, the sheer amount of data users end up exposing while shopping online can make them vulnerable even long after they stop purchasing.
Some families have been kept apart by coronavirus. These families are still waiting to meet
Across the world, families who were on the brink of adopting a child have had their futures together postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. "There's nothing easy about adoption, there's a lot of just every step, you know, kind of not getting our hopes up too much." He said there were "large numbers of families who are ready" to adopt and "thousands of children waiting." Most children are transferred from foster care to new families through a gradual handover and a series of meetings. "Trust is a really, really important part of this process," she said.
Starbucks is closing up to 400 stores and expanding takeout options
Starbucks said its retail strategy is designed to "enhance the customer experience, expand our retail presence and enable profitable growth for the future." Starbucks said its new pickup stores will better serve "on-the-go" customers while limiting crowd sizes in its cafes. "Our vision is that each large city in the US will ultimately have a mix of traditional Starbucks cafés and Starbucks Pickup locations," the company said in the email. The company's same-store sales plummeted 43% in May compared with the same month last year. Starbucks’ sales outlook is improving somewhat.
US Army open to considering removal of Confederate leaders names from bases
(CNN) US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper are said to be open to holding a "bipartisan conversation" about renaming nearly a dozen major bases and installations that bear the names of Confederate military commanders, according to an Army official. Army installations named after Confederate leaders include Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort A.P. And on Friday, the US Marine Corps announced it had ordered the removal of all public displays of the Confederate flag from Marine installations. The flag of the Confederacy, its symbols and the statues commemorating Confederate leaders have long divided the country. Still, Army bases across the country have continued to bear the names of Confederate military commanders even amid intense external pressure to rename them.
Coronavirus may not be mutating, but experts say there is still potential for danger
(CNN) Covid-19 is not mutating, health experts say, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. CDC chief: Public health system weaknesses exposedThe coronavirus pandemic has "highlighted the shortcomings of our public health system that has been under-resourced for decades," Redfield said Thursday. "When we confront any disease threat, CDC and public health departments must make real-time decisions based on real-time data. President Donald Trump said he took hydroxychloroquine last month, shortly after he found out his personal valet had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. But science shows hydroxychloroquine is not effective as a coronavirus treatment, Fauci said last week, adding there's likelihood of "adverse events with regard to cardiovascular."
Could the historic SpaceX-NASA launch once again be scrubbed due to bad weather?
The primary concern is that rain or even thunderstorms could form near the launch site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida, according to the 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron. The squadron, based at nearby Patrick Air Force Base, provides the weather assessments for launches at the space center. This happens when a giant spark of electricity occurs as a large rocket flies through a strong enough atmospheric electric field. The electric field needed to induce rocket-triggered lightning is much lower than for natural lightning. The Weather Squadron also has to monitor the weather downrange because if the Crew Dragon Capsule encounters a problem, it needs to have a safe splashdown location.