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The Oscar-nominated star of "Juno" has come out as transgender, introducing himself as Elliot Page Tuesday in social media posts that voiced joy at sharing the news -- but also fear over a possible backlash.
The head of the agency responsible for approving any COVID-19 vaccine for the U.S. was summoned to the White House Tuesday as an increasingly frustrated President Donald Trump complained approval wasn't coming faster. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called in Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and Drug Administration, for a meeting as the agency weighed whether to allow emergency use of the first vaccines that could help defeat the coronavirus. Trump has been livid with the FDA for not moving faster on the vaccine, blaming it in part for his reelection loss.
UEFA is to hold talks over proposals that would see the Champions League group stage transformed to guarantee 10 matches for each side in the competition, according to a report on Tuesday.
Police said they were “utilizing every resource” to capture a suspect who fired multiple gunshots at another driver in a parking lot in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on November 28.Footage from a home-security camera at Park Place condominiums shows a woman leaving a property, entering a vehicle, and reversing out of a parking spot. Another woman stands on the porch of the property, watching as she departs.As the woman reverses, the driver of a pickup truck parked nearby pulls out. The two vehicles nearly collide, and both drivers apply their brakes.Within seconds, the driver of the pickup truck opens their door, jumps out, and fires multiple gunshots toward the woman’s vehicle as she drives off. The witness watching from the porch begins screaming. The shooter gets back in the pickup truck and reverses in the same direction that the woman had driven.The female motorist then drives her vehicle onto the lawn of the property she had left and runs back inside with the witness.The Sterling Heights Police Department asked anyone with information on the pickup truck or the shooter to contact them. Credit: Sterling Heights Police Department via Storyful
All new major roads will have wildflower-friendly verges which could boost the numbers of birds and bees, Highways England has said. Vibrant road verges will be created as standard on new roads over 300 miles in England, using low nutrient soils, which will be seeded with wildflowers or left to grow naturally. More than 97 per cent of meadows have been destroyed since the 1930s amid the intensification of agriculture, making the 238,000 hectares of road verges across the UK a vital habitat for pollinators. NGO Plantlife, which has been calling for wildflower verges to be standard on new roads, says roadside ‘mini-meadows’ are a refuge for many wild flower species, as well as reducing air pollution and providing corridors for wildlife to move. Wildflowers favour low nutrient soils, which can stop them being crowded out by ‘bullying’ plant species such as aggressive grasses, dock and nettle. The Government has pledged to build 4,000 miles of new road by 2025, which could mean substantial new habitats for wildflowers such as harebells, bird’s-foot-trefoil and kidney vetch. Highways England says it will also revise its approach to mowing on verges to better protect wildlife, and hopes to eventually extend wildflower friendly habitats across pre-existing roads. Plantlife says verges are often cut too frequently or at the wrong time. Council staff shortages during Covid-19 may have been good for wildlife as many verges have gone untended. Clare Warburton, Natural England's Green Infrastructure Principal Advisor, said: “This is a step change in the way road verges are designed and managed, and could make a significant contribution to recovering nature on our verges.” The new policy follows a successful pilot project by Dorset Council on the Weymouth Relief Road, where wide chalk cuttings were left bare, with minimal top soil, seeded with wildflowers. The verges are now supporting over 140 plant species and 30 species of butterflies and in the 10 years since construction. Meanwhile they have required little to no maintenance. Dr Kate Petty, Plantlife’s Road Verge Campaign Manager, said: “Our research shows that nearly half of our entire flora grows on our verges, making this an exceptionally important habitat for wildlife, which needs all the help it can get."
Canada is readying a new tax on foreign home buyers to help tamp down on speculative purchases from overseas, cited as a factor behind sharp rises in housing prices in some markets that have left many Canadians unable to afford homes. "Speculative demand from foreign, non-resident investors contributes to unaffordable housing prices for many Canadians," the government said in its Fall Economic Statement. "The government is committed to ensuring that foreign, non-resident owners, who simply use Canada as a place to passively store their wealth in housing, pay their fair share."
Several inches of snow fell in northeastern Ohio on Tuesday, December 1, local media 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.This video from Toledo’s Point Place neighborhood shows that at least an inch of snow had already fallen by early Tuesday morning. Credit: @BrianTheBrachi1 via Storyful
The daughter of one of the soldiers killed by the IRA in the Hyde Park bombing is demanding more than £750,000 in damages from the prime suspect, after recalling how as a four-year-old child she watched her father leave the barracks on horseback, never to return. Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, 19, was one of four members of the Royal Household Cavalry to be killed when Republican terrorists detonated a car bomb close to the Changing of the Guard in July 1982. Yesterday his daughter, Sarah Jane Young, was joined by relatives of the other murdered soldiers as they went to the High Court to demand "substantial damages" from convicted IRA member John Downey. The 68-year-old had been due to stand trial in 2014 for the atrocity, but the case collapsed when it emerged that he had been given a 'comfort' or 'on the run letter', as part of the peace process, which gave him immunity from prosecution. Last year a judge ruled that Downey, who now lives in a luxury lakeside house in County Donegal, was an "active participant" in the bombing and was jointly responsible for the attack, which left 31 other people injured.
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A family in Homer, Alaska, were surprised by a tender scene in their yard on Sunday, November 29, as a mother moose resting on the ground was nuzzled by her calf amid falling snow.Jennifer Gibson captured footage of the mesmerizing moment from her living room. Her seven-year-old son can be heard talking briefly before he’s hushed by Gibson and her husband for fear they may be disturbing the moose family’s “private moment.”Speaking to Storyful, Gibson said, “It was early in the morning, before the sun was up, and my family and I were having a quiet Sunday morning when we noticed the moose outside in our yard.”After spotting the animals, the family watched for approximately a “half-hour” through their living room window as the pair ate grass and played in their front yard. Later in the morning, two more moose showed up on their property and the mother chased them away, according to Gibson.She added, “I took many pictures and videos of these moose … It was a magical morning for us and a rare event to see the moose so up close and personal.” Credit: Jennifer Gibson via Storyful
Formula One driver Romain Grosjean expects he will need psychological help to deal with the traumatic memories of his horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Grosjean was trapped inside the Haas car's flaming wreckage but escaped in scenes that drew awe and admiration around the world. Grosjean was estimated to be inside the raging furnace for nearly 30 seconds but was lucid enough to figure a way out of a near-death situation.
Queen Elizabeth II, who has spent much of the coronavirus outbreak in self-isolation because of her age, will forego her traditional family Christmas, the royal household said on Tuesday.
Russian police arrested a man on Tuesday suspected of killing 26 elderly women, sometimes posing as a social worker to enter their homes before strangling them and stealing their valuables, law enforcement agencies said. Russia's RIA news agency and other state media said investigators believe him to be a serial killer known as the Volga Maniac who preyed on retired women living alone in twelve different regions in 2011-12, most of them near the Volga River. The Investigative Committee that handles probes into serious crimes identified the suspect as a metalworker named Radik Tagirov, 38, who was jailed for theft in 2009 and released in 2010.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris says there is a “hunger crisis in America now” due to the COVID-19 pandemic but promised quick action to address the challenge when in office. Harris said that dealing with the economic fallout of the pandemic “could not be more urgent,” noting the ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases as the weather has gotten colder. Harris referenced the significant number of American adults with children saying their families are going hungry, and the even higher rate of adults saying they’re having trouble paying their “essential” bills.
Facebook’s independent oversight board announced on Tuesday that it’s taking on its first six cases. The board, which Facebook created in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content, could overrule the social media company’s decisions to remove certain pieces of content from its platforms. It has received 20,000 cases since opening its doors in October. Three of the six chosen cases involved content that Facebook removed for breaking hate speech rules. The other three cases involved content removed from Facebook or Instagram for violating rules on nudity, dangerous individuals and organizations, and violence and incitement. The board has opened a week-long public comment period on the first cases, which will be reviewed by five-member panels. There is a 90-day deadline for decisions on the cases to be reached and for Facebook to act on them.
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Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is denying claims that he had a conversation with the president about a possible pardon.The New York Times first reported Tuesday morning that Giuliani had a conversation with Trump “as recently as last week” about a potential preemptive pardon before the president leaves office. However, Giuliani tweeted in response that the conversation never happened.“Fake News. NYT lies again. Never had the discussion they falsely attribute to an anonymous source. Hard to keep up with all their lies,” Giuliani said.Also Read: Former Politico Journalists to Launch Playbook Newsletter Competitor (Report)Giuliani’s spokeswoman told the New York Times, “Mayor Giuliani cannot comment on any discussions that he has with his client.”It remains uncertain what Giuliani would be requesting a pardon for. Last year, he was investigated for business in Ukraine, as well as a plot to unseat the American ambassador in the country. Giuliani has also been a familiar face in Trump’s recent challenges to the 2020 election results, and worked to lead legal recount efforts in several states (though nearly all of the recounts found that Biden still won, sometimes by more votes than the prior count).Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, spoke to the New York Times about the Ukraine inquiry, saying Giuliani is “not concerned about this investigation, because he didn’t do anything wrong, and that’s been our position from day one.”Also Read: Everybody's Talking About James Woods in That 'Bats-' Rudy Giuliani Biopic From 2003Trump hasn’t addressed the incident publicly yet or indicated which way he might lean in pardoning Giuliani. The president is, however, notoriously liberal with issuing pardons, especially for close friends of the campaign or those who have done him favors in the past. Most recently, Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor who was indicted for lying to federal investigators. That decision prompted pundits to assume Trump might grant clemency to other key members of his team as his time in office winds down, in an effort to protect himself from on onslaught of legal challenges.In a recent episode of his morning talk show, Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested Trump use the pardon to just excuse himself and his family of wrongdoing, though it’s not entirely clear if that’s how it works. “I assume that the power of the pardon is absolute, and that he should be able to pardon anybody that he wants to,” Hannity theorized.FakeNews NYT lies again. Never had the discussion they falsely attribute to an anonymous source. Hard to keep up with all their lies.— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 1, 2020Read original story Rudy Giuliani Denies He Asked Trump for a Pardon: ‘NYT Lies Again’ At TheWrap
An appeals court judge appointed by Trump, a Republican, on Friday ruled against his campaign's effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in Pennsylvania based on unsupported allegations of voter fraud. "Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote on behalf of a unanimous U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals panel.
Netflix has picked up the workplace comedy series “God’s Favorite Idiot” from executive producers and stars Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy.The 16-episode series stars Falcone as mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson who finds love with his co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God. The series description also promises “roller skating, a lake of fire and an impending apocalypse.”Falcone is the creator of the series, and will executive produce with McCarthy via their On The Day production company.Also Read: 'The Prom' Film Review: Ryan Murphy Revisits a Midwest High School for a Musical Lesson in ToleranceMichael McDonald, who previously worked on McCarthy and Falcone’s TV Land/Paramount Network series “Nobodies,” will serve as a director and an executive producer.The project marks the sixth collaboration between the husband and wife duo after most recently working together on the HBO Max comedy “Superintelligence,” in which McCarthy starred and Falcone directed. Falcone also directed, wrote and produced the upcoming Netflix film “Thunder Force,” which recently completed production and stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.More to come…Read original story Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Set Workplace Comedy ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ at Netflix At TheWrap