ABC News

NEW YORK — Ronnie Spector, the cat-eyed, bee-hived rock ‘n’ roll siren who sang such 1960s hits as “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain” as the leader of the girl group The Ronettes, has died. She was 78.  Continue reading “Ronnie Spector, ’60s icon who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78”

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Poitier, who broke through racial barriers as the first Black winner of the best actor Oscar for his role in “Lilies of the Field,” and inspired a generation during the civil rights movement, has died at age 94, an official from the Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.  Continue reading “Sidney Poitier dies at 94 -Bahamian official”

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TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) – Have you ever heard of animal rain? Well, the city of Texarkana just experienced it.

A thunderstorm that blew through parts of the ArkLaTex Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 29) left more than just water behind and gave some residents a once in a lifetime experience.  Continue reading “A FISHY DAY: Fish fall from sky in Texarkana”

New York Post – by Dana Kennedy

A Native American tribe in Washington state got a present when a lumber company returned more than 1,000 acres of their ancestral land.

Port Blakely Companies, a 157-year-old company based in the US and New Zealand, returned two miles of waterfront land and 125 acres of tidelands near the southern Puget Sound to the Squaxin Island Tribe, which has lived along the Salish Sea for centuries, the company said in a Dec. 14 releaseContinue reading “Lumber company gives Washington Native American tribe back ancestral land”

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CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) — City Winery is requiring all ticket holders to show proof of a negative COVID test, in addition to being fully vaccinated.

It is believed to be the first such measure at any live entertainment venue in New York City. Continue reading “City Winery is 1st venue to require full vaccination and negative COVID test”

New York Post – by Tina Moore, Steven Vago, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

An NYPD rookie got down and dirty at a raucous holiday bash for her Bronx precinct — giving her lieutenant a raunchy, caught-on-video lap dance at the wild event, according to footage and sources.

The not-so-Finest moment infuriated department higher-ups, who have launched an investigation into Thursday’s incident — and already booted the lieutenant to Transit, sources told The Post. Continue reading “NYPD rookie gives lieutenant lap dance at wild holiday party now under investigation”

New York Post – by Jesse O’Neill, Julia Marsh

A Black Lives Matter leader has vowed there’ll be “bloodshed” if Mayor-elect Eric Adams follows through with his promise to bring back the NYPD’s disbanded Anti-Crime Unit.

New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome debated police reform with Adams during a contentious sit-down at Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday that was livestreamed on Instagram. Continue reading “BLM leader says there will be ‘bloodshed’ after spat with Eric Adams over police reform”

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden

Late last night, the New York Post published a story about what appears to be a federal program secretly moving undocumented migrants arrested at the border – who are mostly teens and young adults – to shelters and other “resource centers” in suburban communities in New York, Connecticut and elsewhere.

The story, which is almost too crazy to believe given what’s going on right now at the southern border, was, quite frankly, as long as it was shocking. And what was almost as surprising is that the Biden Administration has been carrying on with the program – with complete acquiescence from local Democratic Party officials in New York – since at least mid-summer – potentially since as early as April – without saying anything to the press, or anywhere, in any official record.  Continue reading “Biden Secretly Flying In Underage Migrants To NY, Spreading Border Crisis Across US”

Forbes – by Ashlea Ebeling

The Social Security Administration announced key numbers today that affect workers and retirees—a substantial increase in the taxable wage base for workers and the biggest increase in benefits for retirees in decades.

First the wage base news. The maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax will rise 2.9% to $147,000, from $142,800 in 2021. That means a bigger tax bill for about 12 million high-earning workers. The increase in the wage base reflects any real wage growth. The maximum Social Security tax per worker will be $18,228—or a maximum $9,114 withheld from a highly paid employee’s 2022 paycheck. Workers and their employers each pay a 6.2% Social Security tax; the self-employed pay both sides of the tax. (The benefits boost is based on the Consumer Price Index, and a different index measuring wage growth determines annual increases in the wage base.) Continue reading “Maximum Social Security Taxes Will Increase 2.9%, While Benefits Will Rise 5.9% In 2022”

AOL

Older adults without heart disease shouldn’t take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday.

Bleeding risks for adults in their 60s and up who haven’t had a heart attack or stroke outweigh any potential benefits from aspirin, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in its draft guidance. Continue reading “Advice shifting on aspirin use for preventing heart attacks”

Pocket – by Kenneth Partridge

Few songs are more ingrained in the American psyche than “This Land Is Your Land,” the greatest and best-known work by folk icon Woody Guthrie. For decades, it’s been a staple of kindergarten classrooms “from California to the New York island,” as the lyrics go. It’s the musical equivalent of apple pie, though the flavor varies wildly depending on who’s doing the singing.

Continue reading ““This Land Is Your Land”: The Story Behind America’s Best-Known Protest Song”

The Weather Channel

Nicholas’ strong winds are knocking out power to hundreds of thousands across Texas as the storm pushes its way inland.

Nicholas strengthened into a hurricane right before it roared ashore near Matagorda, Texas, overnight. Winds gusted up to 95 mph there and video showed storm surge enveloping coastal roads. Continue reading “Power Outages Climb in Texas After Hurricane Landfall”

New York Post – by Callie Patteson

“Several hundred” Americans remain in Afghanistan following the complete US troop withdrawal, the Pentagon spokesman announced Tuesday, as military leadership failed in its stated mission to remove all Americans from the Taliban-controlled nation by the end of August.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told MSNBC’s Willie Geist that he doesn’t think there is an “exact figure” for the number of Americans left in Afghanistan, sticking to vague language.  Continue reading “Pentagon estimates ‘several hundred’ Americans still in Afghanistan”

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Austin American-Statesman

Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter late Saturday afternoon to announce that he is now testing negative for COVID-19.

“I am told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination I received,” Abbott said in a video announcement posted to the social media service.  Continue reading “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces negative COVID-19 test after Regeneron antibody treatment”

The Guardian – by Cecilia Nowell

Just over 10 years ago, a small group of Indigenous Guatemalan farmers visited Beata Tsosie-Peña’s stucco home in northern New Mexico. In the arid heat, the visitors, mostly Maya Achì women from the forested Guatemalan town of Rabinal, showed Tsosie-Peña how to plant the offering they had brought with them: amaranth seeds.
Continue reading “‘It could feed the world’: amaranth, a health trend 8,000 years old that survived colonization”

Rolling Stone

Eric Clapton said he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Clapton issued his statement in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, July 19th, that vaccine passes would be required to enter nightclubs and venues. Clapton’s statement was shared via the Telegram account of film producer and architect Robin Monotti, who has also been skeptical of the Covid-19 vaccine and expressed other doubts about the U.K. government’s response to the pandemic. (Clapton previously shared a message about his “disastrous” health experience after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine on Monotti’s Telegram page.)  Continue reading “Eric Clapton Will Not Play Shows Where Proof of Vaccine Is Required”

Pocket – by Abby Carney

Recently, while visiting me in Brooklyn, my mom’s eyes went twinkly as she noticed all the wild pokeweed growing around the neighborhood. A woolgathering reminiscence of her childhood in Texas spilled forth: cooking and eating the onion-infused greens straight from the pan; her stoic anticipation as her mother added vinegar to the last dregs of poke-broth, knocking it back like a shot of whiskey. Continue reading “How Did This Poisonous Plant Become One of the American South’s Most Long-Standing Staples?”

SI Live

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Twenty-four hours after the owner of Mac’s Public House was led away in handcuffs for allegedly refusing to close his pub during the pandemic, a large crowd of Staten Islanders assembled outside the Grant City establishment to protest the state’s coronavirus restrictions.

A crowd of about 60 began assembling just after 5 p.m., with many carrying American flags and signs. One read: “Lock up criminals, not Americans.” Continue reading “‘We are being subjugated’: Mac’s Public House protest draws large crowd to Grant City”