A Republican state lawmaker from Pennsylvania revealed Monday that he has COVID-19, confirming the positive test five days after he went to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and went maskless at a packed public meeting to discuss efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. State Sen. Doug Mastriano first revealed the diagnosis in a Facebook live video Monday night, one day after The Associated Press reported that Mastriano was informed of the positive test while at a West Wing meeting with Trump.
Four summers ago, Keesha Sharp found out that her mother had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer -- the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America. Sadly, her mom died in August. However, Sharp, who starred as Monica on this hit sitcom "Girlfriends," and has more recently been seen on "Empire" and "The Good Fight," […]
Boris Johnson suffered the largest backbench rebellion of his premiership on Tuesday after more than 50 Tory MPs voted against the new three-tier system of coronavirus regulations. The measures were passed by 291 votes to 78, paving the way for 99 per cent of England to be placed under the toughest Tier 2 and 3 restrictions when England’s national lockdown ends at midnight. Sir Keir Starmer had asked his MPs to abstain on the vote, all-but guaranteeing the restrictions would be approved, although 15 Labour MPs eventually voted against the proposals.
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Charlize Theron pushing further into the TV space. The actor and her Denver & Delilah production banner have inked a two-year first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max, Variety has confirmed. Under the deal, Theron and her company will develop TV projects for both platforms, looking to add to its TV slate which previously included David Fincher's […]
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the biotech firm Regeneron are investigating whether technology developed for gene therapy can be used to make a nasal spray that will prevent infection with the new coronavirus.
Nearly 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, the most in any month since the dark early days of the pandemic, engulfing families in grief, filling obituary pages of small-town newspapers and testing the capacity of morgues, funeral homes and hospitals. Amid the resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle an influx of patients that is pushing health care systems — and their workers — to the breaking point. Health officials fear the crisis will be even worse in coming weeks, after many Americans ignored pleas to stay home over Thanksgiving and avoid people who don’t live with them.
Furious Conservative MPs warned Boris Johnson on Tuesday night their older constituents have “nothing left to live for” after months without their families, as they voted in droves against today’s new tiered lockdown rules. The Prime Minister heard speech after speech from Tory backbenchers worried about the effect of continued restrictions on daily life for millions, especially for vulnerable older people who have been “denied the touch of the people that they love”. Although Labour’s decision to abstain gave the Government a victory of 291 votes to 78, an unprecedented 55 Conservatives voted against Mr Johnson - the largest rebellion of this Parliament. When the vote came, Mr Johnson, Matt Hancock and Mark Spencer, the Chief Whip, formed a "gauntlet" that MPs had to pass as they went through the voting lobbies. One MP said It had been made very clear to those opposing that there would be consequences.
The English Football Association’s investigation into Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani’s use of the word 'negrito' has generated surprise and irritation in his homeland Uruguay. Cavani wrote the word, which is a diminutive version of 'black' and is often used affectionately in parts of Latin America to describe a person with dark skin or hair, in an Instagram post after he scored two goals in United's 3-2 Premier League win at Southampton at the weekend. When Cavani, 33, was informed the term could be considered offensive he deleted the post and apologised.
Two years ago Egyptian film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy was appointed president of the Cairo Film Festival with a mandate to revamp and relaunch the prominent Arab fest, which had been losing luster due to political turbulence. Having largely accomplished that with last year's watershed edition, Hefzy had to face new challenges this year, […]
Several inches of snow fell in northeastern Ohio on Tuesday, December 1, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.A winter storm warning had been issued for northeast Ohio and lake-effect snow was anticipated for the Cleveland area. More than 50,000 customers were without power as of 11 am on Tuesday, FirstEnergy said.Dave Ray shared this footage from Cleveland on the eastern bank of the Cuyahoga River on Tuesday. Dozens of schools in the area were closed because of the snow. Credit: Dave Ray via Storyful
Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Tuesday efforts to resolve Cyprus’ ethnic division should start fresh and aim to achieve a two-state deal, because decades of negotiations for a federation-based agreement have got nowhere. Tatar said a regional “new state of affairs” that takes into account the discovery of significant gas deposits off Cyprus creates the need for a two-state accord, under which equally sovereign Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can live “side by side.” The Greek Cypriots reject the two-state idea.
Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler launched a savage assault on South Africa's bowlers as England completed a series clean sweep with a nine-wicket win in the third and final Twenty20 international at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Salzburg were rewarded for their early domination in the 28th minute when Enock Mwepu's deflected shot fell kindly to Berisha, who converted from close range, minutes after he had a goal ruled out for offside. Jesse March's side doubled their lead 13 minutes later when Sekou Koita capitalised on a poor clearance from Slobodan Rajkovic and played in Berisha, who rifled a low shot past Lokomotiv keeper Guilherme for his fourth goal in five Champions League games this season.
Several inches of snow fell in northeastern Ohio on Tuesday, December 1, the National Weather Service reported.A winter storm warning had been issued for northeast Ohio and lake-effect snow was anticipated for the Cleveland area. More than 50,000 customers were without power as of 11 am on Tuesday, FirstEnergy said.Jessica Dombos shared this footage from her home in North Ridgeville on Tuesday.Dozens of schools in the Cleveland area were closed because of the snow. Credit: Jessica Dombos via Storyful
An astrophotography enthusiast captured timelapse footage of one of the sun’s most powerful solar eruptions in three years on November 29 from his backyard in Elk Grove, California.Andrew McCarthy recorded this video of the solar flare and posted it to Twitter.McCarthy told Storyful the activity was an M-class or medium sized solar flare.According to space.com, solar flares are categorized by size, from C-class to major X-class flares. They are further ranked on a scale from 1 to 9, with larger numbers meaning larger flares.This solar explosion was measured as an M4.4 flare.Solar flares can trigger radio blackouts. X-class flares, the largest flare, can cause planet-wide radio blackouts on Earth, according to Dr Tony Phillips, author of spaceweather.com.Phillips’s website said that this blast caused a “shortwave radio blackout over the South Atlantic.”“Ham radio operators [amateur radio operators] and mariners may have noticed strange propagation effects at frequencies below 20 MHz, with some transmissions below 10 MHz completely extinguished,” Phillips wrote. Credit: Andrew McCarthy via Storyful
Real Madrid's Champions League hopes are hanging in the balance after they lost 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, leaving their fate in reaching the knockout stages out of their hands heading into the final round of matches. The 13-times European Cup winners went behind in the 57th minute when Shakhtar substitute Dentinho capitalised on a lapse in concentration by defender Raphael Varane to score. Dentinho came on in the first half to replace striker Junior Moraes, who was injured after being hauled down by Varane in a bid to prevent the forward racing towards goal unchallenged.
Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page, the star of “Juno," “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy,” came out as transgender Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. Page, the 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia, said his decision to come out as trans, which also involved changing his first name, came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” Page wrote.
Matt Hancock fought back tears as he told MPs that his step-grandfather had died after contracting Covid-19 in Liverpool. Mr Hancock made an emotional appeal to rebels in his own party, citing the loss of his own step-grandfather to the virus. “In my family, as in so many others, we’ve lost a loving husband, a father, a grandfather to this awful disease,” he said.
“Happiest Season,” from Sony’s Tri-Star Pictures and eOne, was always poised to make history, as the first holiday romantic comedy about a same-sex couple from a major Hollywood studio. Then the pandemic hit, leaving Sony with little choice other than to sell “Happiest Season” to Hulu. That seems to have turned out wonderfully: Variety has learned […]