BREAKING NEWS: Biden says there is NO need for a vaccine mandate for domestic travel despite the threat of Omicron and insists masks indoors will be enough

Biden spoke to reporters at the White House FridayHe said current measures are 'sufficient' when asked about requiring vaccines for domestic travel On Thursday Biden flew to the National Institutes of HealthMask wearing will also be required in airports and on mass transit until March 18Previous guidelines on mask wearing were set to expire on January 18  President's COVID plan for winter includes focus on booster vaccinesHe wants FDA to review jabs for kids under 5 'as safely and quickly as possible' His approach 'doesn't include shutdowns or lockdowns,' Biden promisedHe also wants to keep America's borders open for families during holiday season Biden referred to the new Omicron variant as 'concerning' but not 'alarming'

President Joe Biden new travel measures the administration is imposing are ‘sufficient’ to combat the Omicron variant and indicated he a vaccine requirement was not needed for domestic air travel.

He spoke to vaccines and other measures at the White House a day after he spoke at the National Institutes of Health to roll out other measures to deal with rising coronavirus cases and the anticipated spread of the variant. 

‘The measures that I announced yesterday we believe are sufficient to deal with proper medical precautions to deal with the spread of this new variant,’ Biden said, asked if he was considering a vaccine requirement for domestic fliers.

Under the new policy, even vaccinated Americans will need to show proof of a negative test when flying to the U.S. There is not requirement that domestic fliers show either proof of vaccination or a negative test.  

‘The measures that I announced yesterday we believe are sufficient to deal with proper medical precautions to deal with the spread of this new variant,’ President Joe Biden said Friday

Addressing the spread of Omicron, Biden said: ‘We are doing … at NIH as well as among the manufacturers a lot of research to see the extent of how quickly it spreads, how deadly it is, etc. etc. But we do require for travel, we’re going to continue to require people have masks on, masks on, and in in public places and in federal buildings,’ he said.

‘But I don’t at this point … I think I know a fair amount about this issue, but I’m not a scientist. So I continue to rely on the scientists and asking them whether or not we have to move beyond what we did yesterday. Right now they’re saying no.’ He spoke a day after meeting with top government scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Biden spoke about the new travel rules in response to questions at the White House

Biden spoke about the new travel rules in response to questions at the White House

His voice was noticeably lower and he coughed during the event. Biden said he likely caught a cold from his grandson, Beau

His voice was noticeably lower and he coughed during the event. Biden said he likely caught a cold from his grandson, Beau

In addition to the testing measure for international travelers, the administration is extending a mask requirement for bus, rail, and air travel.  

U.S. citizens and other international travelers are rushing to figure out how they will comply with the Biden administration’s new requirement that in-bound passengers present proof of a fresh negative covid test before boarding. 

The new regulations – which Biden announced yesterday and which the Centers for Disease Control put out in a new amended order – require all in-bound international travelers to show proof of a negative COVID test before boarding their flight to the U.S. 

The rule applies regardless of vaccination status, and applies to U.S. citizens as well as foreign visitors. It also applies to those with U.S. layovers en route to other destinations.  

‘If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight,’ according to the amended order released by the CDC Thursday.

In-bound travelers will be required to show proof of a negative covid test no more than one day before their travel. The amended rule applies to U.S. citizens

In-bound travelers will be required to show proof of a negative covid test no more than one day before their travel. The amended rule applies to U.S. citizens


The full 30-page amended order provides more detail on the time frame, requiring ‘a negative pre-departure viral test result for SARS-CoV-2 conducted on a specimen collected no more than 1 calendar day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country.’

Or, travelers can provide documents showing they recovered from covid and are cleared for travel by a doctor, including a positive test result from within the last 90 days. 

The requirement comes amid new warnings about the transmissibility of the Omicron variant. 

It puts a premium on testing facilities in overseas locations – and puts a cost burden on incoming travelers, including Americans. There are already concerns about availability of testing. Foreign visitors previously had a 72-hour window to get a test result – a burden that is easier to meet and usually carries a much cheaper price at paid testing facilities. 

An online search Friday found prices for 24-hour PCR testing ranging from $70 to $130 in such cities as London, Amsterdam, and Dubai. The order goes into effect Dec. 6th.

The change comes amid an increase in travel and the spread of the Omicron variant

The change comes amid an increase in travel and the spread of the Omicron variant

Travelers either must show a negative result or demonstrate they have recovered from covid with a positive test a physician's letter clearing them for travel

Travelers either must show a negative result or demonstrate they have recovered from covid with a positive test a physician’s letter clearing them for travel 

President said Thursday he hopes his new coronavirus plan could 'put the divisiveness behind us,' as he called for more testing, urged booster shots, and new testing requirements for international travelers

President said Thursday he hopes his new coronavirus plan could ‘put the divisiveness behind us,’ as he called for more testing, urged booster shots, and new testing requirements for international travelers

The travel measure is part of an overall push to improve testing as the nation faces yet another coronavirus mutation

The travel measure is part of an overall push to improve testing as the nation faces yet another coronavirus mutation

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the difficulty of getting covid tests in some foreign locales with a 24-hour turnaround. 

‘Well, as we’re implementing any of these policies, we obviously take into consideration – we take into consideration, as you know, in our prior announcement about requirement of vaccination … in countries where that wasn’t available. I will check and see if there’s any exemptions or anything that is going to be applicable in the same regard,’ she said.    

The new plan, going into effect ‘early next week,’ makes no exceptions for vaccination status.  

‘This tighter testing timetable provides an added degree of protection as scientists continue to study the Omicron variant,’ Biden said in a speech Thursday at the National Institutes of Health.  

However, the announcement was vague over whether travelers will have to take a PCR test – which could take days to produce a result – or if rapid tests will be acceptable. Many countries require a PCR test for foreign visitors.

Biden flew to NIH to spell out new efforts to provide boosters, more testing, and vaccines to combat covid and the Omicron variant – and said he ‘strongly’ supports a review of getting jabs to children under 5.  

The president said Americans should be prepared for a rise in coronavirus cases over the winter, but maintained it should simply be a cause for concern rather than panic.

His administration is rolling out a multi-faceted approach to tackle the pandemic after cases of the Omicron variant were detected in California and Minnesota.

That could potentially include further restrictions on domestic travel – asked today about the possibility of a ban on unvaccinated domestic flyers, White House Press Secretary said ‘nothing is off the table.’

In South Africa's Omicron epicenter, Gauteng province, the R rate has increased from one to 3.5 in less than a month, meaning a person ill with COVID-19 will infect 3.5 people on average who come into contact with them

In South Africa’s Omicron epicenter, Gauteng province, the R rate has increased from one to 3.5 in less than a month, meaning a person ill with COVID-19 will infect 3.5 people on average who come into contact with them

As of Friday, 10 cases identified in the U.S. including five in New York City, two in California and one each in Colorado, Hawaii and Minnesota

As of Friday, 10 cases identified in the U.S. including five in New York City, two in California and one each in Colorado, Hawaii and Minnesota

 

Mask-wearing will also be required in all mass transit hubs and airports until March 18. The mandate had been set to expire on January 18.

Biden flew to the National Institutes of Health to spell out new efforts to provide boosters, more testing, and vaccines to combat covid and the Omicron variant – and said he ‘strongly’ supports a review of getting jabs to children under the age of five.

He also introduced stricter guidelines for international travelers – including a COVID test within 24 hours of their flight to the U.S. – extended mask mandates on public transport until March 2022, and said insurers would cover the cost of at-home tests for Americans.

His speech came an hour after the CDC confirmed a second case of the Omicron super-strain had been found in the US, this time in a vaccinated Minnesota man who attended an anime convention in New York last month. The first was detected in California on Wednesday.

The Omicron super variant is at least 2.4 times more likely to reinfect someone than the original strain, according to the first real-world data coming out of South Africa where it is fuelling a meteoric rise in infections.

Government researchers say there has been 35,670 reinfections since the beginning of the pandemic and the risk of reinfection fell to 0.7 during the Beta-fuelled second wave last winter and the third Delta surge this summer compared to the first wave.

South Africa has experienced a massive surge in Covid cases since the variant was first discovered, with the nation reporting 11,535 new cases on Thursday after averaging less than 500 new cases per day only two weeks ago.

The news of the variant’s spread in the U.S. comes on the heels of a holiday party in Norway that is believed to be the largest Omicron variant outbreak to date, with at least 50 vaccinated attendees testing positive.



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Biden has said the emergence of the new variant should not cause panic and insisted it will be beaten by more Americans getting boosters and vaccines and wearing masks indoors.

Republicans in recent days have attacked Fauci for thinking he is ‘The Science’ after claiming any criticism of him is ‘dangerous’.

He also used his speech to attack the political conflict that has arisen with COVID, saying: ‘This is a moment when we can put the divisiveness behind us, I hope’.

‘This variant is a cause for concern, but not panic,’ Biden assured. ‘We’re going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion.’ 

‘The actions I’m announcing are ones all Americans can rally behind, and should unite us against covid-19.’

In perhaps a jab to his predecessor, Biden said: ‘We’re better positioned than we were a year ago to fight covid-19.’

Biden also emphasized that his plan ‘doesn’t include shutdowns or lockdowns,’ but the White House has left the door open for more restrictions and European nations such as Germany and the UK have already reacted with more restrictions.

He did not mention other controversial proposals, such as imposing a quarantine on incoming international travelers – an idea that got floated publicly but was left out. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier Thursday that ‘nothing is off the table’ when asked about vaccine requirements for domestic travel.

The president said parents came up to him at Wednesday night’s White House Hanukkah ceremony. He said parents were asking when they can get shots for three three year olds, with the government only approving shots for those over five right now.

The new requirements on travelers are, at least for now, stricter than some of the country’s allies.

In the United Kingdom for example, fully-vaccinated travelers except for those coming from certain designated countries only need to take a covid PCR test on the second day of their trip. They’re required to isolate until they get a negative result.

The day 2 testing requirement only sprung up earlier this week over Omicron concerns. 

However Ireland is choosing to take a stricter approach, requiring all fully-vaccinated arrivals to produce a negative antigen test within 48 hours before arrival or a negative PCR test within 72. Unvaccinated travelers only have the PCR option.

In South Africa, where the variant was first detected last week, more than 11,000 cases were recorded on Thursday - only two weeks after the nation was posting a daily average of less than 500

In South Africa, where the variant was first detected last week, more than 11,000 cases were recorded on Thursday – only two weeks after the nation was posting a daily average of less than 500



Travelers wear protective face masks at Denver International Airport on November 30. Starting 'early next week' all travelers coming from outside the US will need to produce a negative coronavirus test taken 24 hours prior to arrival

Travelers wear protective face masks at Denver International Airport on November 30. Starting ‘early next week’ all travelers coming from outside the US will need to produce a negative coronavirus test taken 24 hours prior to arrival

People riding a New York City subway in November. Biden also announced today that the requirement to wear masks on mass transit and in transport hubs will be extended until March 18 instead of expiring in January

People riding a New York City subway in November. Biden also announced today that the requirement to wear masks on mass transit and in transport hubs will be extended until March 18 instead of expiring in January

Canada announced on Tuesday that all international arrivals except those coming from the US will have to be tested for covid upon arrival and then forced to isolate until they get a negative result.

France is also stepping up its testing – travelers from outside the European Union will have to present a negative antigen or PCR covid test taken up to 48 hours before their arrival in the country as of December 4. 

Germany only requires US citizens to show proof of vaccination, covid recovery, a negative rapid test result within two days or a negative PCR result within three to enter. Travelers coming from high-risk areas will need to show proof of a negative test regardless of vaccination status. 

While unveiling his plan Biden took a light-hearted break from the concerning news  – joking that it is infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci who is really president. 

‘I’ve seen more Dr. Fauci than I have my wife, we kid each other,’ Biden quipped at the top of his remarks. ‘Look – who’s president? Fauci!’ he said – referencing a figure who has advised presidents for decades but also has become a lightning rod for Biden opponents.  

‘This is a moment when we can put the divisiveness behind us, I hope,’ Biden said in his remarks.

He said the new regulations and proposals are ‘ones that all Americans can rally behind and should unite us in the fight against COVID-19.’

And he emphasized that it ‘doesn’t include shutdowns or lockdowns.’ 

He did not mention other controversial proposals, such as imposing a quarantine on incoming international travelers – an idea that got floated publicly but was left out. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier Thursday that ‘nothing is off the table’ when asked about vaccine requirements for domestic travel.

The president said parents came up to him at Wednesday night’s White House Hanukkah ceremony. He said parents were asking when they can get shots for three three year olds, with the government only approving shots for those over five right now. 

‘Is she going to be okay?’ Biden said a parent asked about a daughter.

‘Let me say this: I strongly support the independent scientific review of vaccine uses for children under five,’ he said. But he also advised parents: ‘The best step is to vaccinate your children. Get them vaccinated.’

The administration also wants to push out more at-home tests – with Americans able to apply for reimbursement from their insurance companies.  

‘This winter you’ll be able to test for free in the comfort of your home and have some peace of mind,’ Biden said.

He said the feds would provide free tests for those who don’t have insurance.  

And he defended efforts to push out U.S. produced machines to the world. We need to go to where it came from in the rest of the world,’ he said, amid reports of the continued spread of Omicron in South Africa, which first announced its appearance last week.

Still, state health officials announced a second case in Minnesota Thursday that could indicate an earlier presence in the U.S, and it has turned up in a host of European countries.

The data out of South Africa is concerning. According to the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 11,535 new Covid cases were recorded in the last 24 hours – a jump of 368 per cent on last Thursday when 2,465 new infections were registered.

Cases have been soaring in the country since Omicron emerged, which experts say appears to be more infectious than Delta and has mutations that may allow it to dodge vaccine protection.  

Biden also touted new ‘surge response teams’ who will go out to assist areas that become covid hotspots as the virus spreads. ‘These teams work,’ he said. 

Biden also touted new rules to ‘strengthen the strengthen international travel rules for people coming to United States.’ Those will require proof of a negative test 24-hours before departing for the U.S.

But the administration did not opt to require a test upon arrival, or a mandatory quarantine, as some nations require. 

Biden launched a review for vaccinating children under five as he ramps up booster shots as part of his winter COVID plan to tackle the Omicron variant. 

The president will address the nation Thursday afternoon where he will kick off an urgent campaign to get all Americans immunized so that the virus can be combated without more lockdowns.  

All inbound international U.S. passengers must get a test within 24 hours from departure, but the plan made no mention of a seven-day quarantine period for international arrivals. 

Immediately with the emergence of the Omicron variant, Biden restricted travel from eight African nations.

The Biden administration’s new plan to fight COVID also emerged just hours before the second U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in Minnesota. The first U.S. case was identified in California, it was confirmed Wednesday. 

One of the most striking proposals in the plan is a push for the Food and Drug Administration to review shots for kids under five shortly after the vaccine was approved for children between the ages of five and 11.

The U.S. would join just a handful of countries which have approved vaccines for children this young: China, Cuba, Argentina and Venezuela. 

The White House says it will provide every resource to the FDA to get shots to the youngest Americans as ‘safely and as quickly as possible.’ 

In the plan there is a requirement for private insurers to cover at home testing costs.

The administration is also extending the mask mandate for public transport until March 18. Originally, the requirements in airports and in airplanes, buses and trains was set to expire in mid-January, but is again being extended with the emergence of the Omicron variant.

A child receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at the Fairfax County Government Center on November 4 in Annandale, Virginia

A child receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at the Fairfax County Government Center on November 4 in Annandale, Virginia

The Biden administration has come to view widespread adoption of booster shots as its most effective tool for combating COVID-19 this winter.

Medical experts say boosters provide enhanced and more enduring protection against COVID-19, including new variants.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned Americans that they may need to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 every year to protect against infection – similar to the flu shot.

He also said Wednesday evening during a town hall with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that it was too early to tell whether an annual ‘booster’ will be needed as new variants emerge.

‘Anderson, to be honest with you, we don’t know,’ he said. ‘We really don’t. You could say we might have this or we might require this, but we don’t know.’

‘It may be we get a durability of immunity. Or maybe not, and if it is not, we’ll have to deal with it depending upon how the outbreak and the global pandemic evolves,’ the nation’s top immunologist and COVID adviser to the president said.

Fauci also insisted that holiday travel is still safe for the vaccinated.

Much remains unknown about the omicron variant, including whether it is more contagious, whether it makes people more seriously ill and whether it can thwart the vaccines.

About 100 million Americans are eligible for boosters under current U.S. policy, with more becoming eligible every day.

Convincing those who have already been vaccinated to get another dose, officials believe, will be far easier than vaccinating the roughly 43 million adult Americans who haven’t gotten a shot despite widespread public pressure campaigns to roll up their sleeves.

And while Biden’s vaccination-or-testing requirement for workers at larger employers has been held up by legal challenges, the president on Thursday will renew his call for businesses to move ahead and impose their own mandates on workers so they can stay open without outbreaks.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) named the Omicron variant as a Variant of Concern. In response, the President took immediate steps to restrict travel from the most impacted countries in order to give the U.S. time to learn more about the variant and prepare.

Since Monday, Biden restricted travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi if the traveler isn’t a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Those eligible to enter the United States from those places must test negative for the coronavirus.

When concerns were raised to Fauci that the travel ban would make countries hesitant to report new variants, the doctor said that had some ‘merit.’

‘We felt, at least I felt, and I know several of the members of the team felt, really badly about that because the South Africans have been extremely transparent and collegial in getting information to us,’ Fauci told CNN on Wednesday evening. ‘It was a very difficult choice to make because we had no idea what was going on when you saw what was coming out, so we felt it was better to be safe than sorry.’

‘And we really are sensitive to and appreciate what the situation is,’ he added. 

‘I would hope that we’d get enough information soon that we could pull back on that as quickly as possible because you don’t want individual countries to feel that when they are honest and transparent that there are negative consequences for them. So I do really feel badly about that.’

In an effort to encourage more people to take the booster doses, the Biden administration is stepping up direct outreach to seniors – the population most vulnerable to the virus.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will send a notice to all 63 million Medicare beneficiaries encouraging them to get booster doses, the White House said. The AARP will work with the administration on education campaigns for seniors.

So far about 42 million Americans, about half of them seniors, have received a booster dose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week broadened its booster dose recommendation to cover all Americans aged at least 18 starting six months after their second dose of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna.

The White House said the CDC was also developing new guidance for schools in an effort to reduce or eliminate current quarantine requirements for those are not fully vaccinated and exposed to the virus.

The new policies, which the White House said will be released in the coming weeks, could include so-called ‘test-to-stay’ policies, in which those who are considered close contacts can continue to go to school but wear masks and undergo serial testing, in a bid to minimize learning loss and disruption.

The administration’s upcoming rule to require private insurers to cover at-home testing is still being drafted, and many details remain to be worked out, including under what criteria they will be reimbursable, officials said.

Those insured by Medicare and Medicaid would not be eligible, but the White House said as many as 150 million people with private insurance would see easier and cheaper access to the at-home tests.

Beginning next week, the White House said, all travelers to the U.S., regardless of nationality or vaccination status, will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding their flights.

That’s down from three days right now for those who have been vaccinated, in an added precaution against the omicron variant.

But the White House has shelved tougher options, like requiring post-arrival testing or requiring quarantines upon arrival in the U.S.

Biden is also extending his directive requiring masks on airplanes and other public transit, which had been set to expire in January, through at least the middle of March, the White House said.

The administration is also informing states that it has more than 60 teams available to help them or their municipalities address surges in cases and public health shortages heading into the winter, with half aimed at bolstering hospital services and 20 targeted at supporting life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments.

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The new linkage center, aimed at connecting homeless addicts with rehab facilities, opened on January 18The center is located at 1172 Market Street at the United Nations Plaza in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco and is equipped to serve up to 100 people at a time Photos taken by DailyMail.com show an illicit drug consumption site that is now littered with needles and crowded with addicts shooting up in broad daylight San Francisco never approved the creation of a supervised consumption site at the linkage center and the site is in violation of state and federal lawsDailyMail.com was the first to report on the operation of the illegal supervised drug consumption site at the linkage center where half a dozen people were seen smoking fentanyl in an outdoor area on the siteThe center is part of Mayor London Breed's Tenderloin Emergency Intervention plan to address public drug use and overdose deaths in the neighborhood   Breed generated national news media coverage last December when she announced the crackdown on open air drug use in the downtown Tenderloin neighborhoodIn addition to helping connect people with service, the center will also help people living on the streets get access to basic things like food, water, bathrooms, showers and laundry  The center operates seven seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., with limited staff due to the impact of COVID-19. However, the center will expand to operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week Read more »

Vandals target Captain Cook's statue on Australia Day and cover it with bright red paint

A Captain Cook statue has been vandalised ahead of Australia Day celebrations. The monument in St Kilda, Melbourne’s southeast, was splattered with red paint . The statue was built to ... Read more »

Could Cooperstown induct 'cheaters'? Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens's Hall of Fame bids get one last chance with voters as other accused steroid users like David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez make their debut on the ballot

Baseball's Hall of Fame will announce its new inductees on Tuesday at 6pm ESTBarry Bonds and Roger Clemens headline a group of accused steroids users who are being considered by voters that have resisted inducting alleged cheats so farBonds and Clemens are in their 10th and final year on the ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but the Era Committee could pick them in 2023Bonds has denied knowingly using PEDs, Clemens has denied taking them at allAlex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are making their first appearance on the ballotRodriguez was banned for the 2014 season by MLB for drug policy violationOrtiz's lone reported positive test for PEDs came during survey testing in 2003 that was supposed to be anonymous. Ortiz has denied using steroidsCurt Schilling is also in his final year, but his support has dried up as the Trump-supporting conservative accused voters of a 'liberal' conspiracy to blackball himSchilling's claims of anti-Trump bias are contradicted by the 2019 induction Mariano Rivera, who chaired Trump's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition Read more »

Video: BREAKING: NYPD cop dies four days after ambush shooting in Harlem that killed his rookie partner

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Boy, four, died when his neck became trapped in six-inch gap between two stair gates fitted one above the other after his mother left him in care of his teenage brother, inquest hears

Draco Chapman died after his neck became stuck in two stair gates in April 2019He was taken to hospital but died in a hospice three weeks later on April 23, 2019Draco got stuck in a gap between stair gates on top of each other, inquest heardCoroner Johanna Thompson said the four-year-old boy's death was accidental Read more »

Video: Boston hospital REMOVES dying father-of-two, 31, from top of heart transplant list because he's not vaccinated: His father says 'my son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns'

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Video: Joe's gift to Putin: Biden threatens Russian leader with 'severe consequences' and warns he'll send troops to NATO allies if he invades Ukraine after visiting Capitol Hill GIFT SHOP as his Iran negotiators resign and he faces conflict in four regions

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Zandvoorders ‘unpleasantly surprised' by the explosion of an old plane bomb

Zandvoort The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service (EOD) and the Defense Diving Group on Tuesday defused a German aircraft bomb from the Second World War. “The 1,000-pounder was about 3,000 meters ... Read more »

Video: Couple who moved their family from London to Cornwall for a dream life in the country reveal how they have woken up with snow in their bed, faced 'tragic' financial setbacks, emergency operations and even been sectioned - but DON'T regret relocating 

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Woman who stabbed her professional boxer boyfriend to death during row at their home is cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter after claiming she was acting in self defence

Kayley Mahood, 30, stabbed her partner Oliver O'Toole, 31, on July 25 last yearMahood insisted it followed a row at their home in Burton-on-Trent, StaffordshireJurors today convicted her of manslaughter but found her not guilty of murderMahood gasped for air as she was remanded and will be sentenced on Thursday Read more »

Video: Terrifying moment blundering snow plow driver sends torrent of icy debris into oncoming traffic - leaving 40 vehicles damaged and 12 people hurt 

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Couple who moved their family from London to Cornwall for a dream life in the country reveal how they have woken up with snow in their bed, faced 'tragic' financial setbacks, emergency operations and even been sectioned - but DON'T regret relocating

Davina Foster, 39, and Todd Read Bloss, moved from London to Cornwall in 2018They sold their house and bought an empty plot of land on Cliff of PerramporthLook after farming animals and let land to campers in summer to break evenDavina admitted the lifestyle had harsh set-backs due to wealthier conditions  Read more »

Joe's gift to Putin: Biden threatens Russian leader with 'severe consequences' and warns he'll send troops to NATO allies if he invades Ukraine after visiting Capitol Hill GIFT SHOP as his Iran negotiators resign and he faces conflict in four regions

Biden visited a local gift shop in Washington, then spoke about UkraineTrip comes as he faces tensions in four regions, with North Korean missile launch, militia attack on U.S. base in UAE, as U.S. fleet keeps China in check Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned against world leaders making deals 'behind Ukraine's back' as threats of a Russian invasion escalate'If anyone makes a concession on Ukraine behind Ukraine's back, first, we will not accept that,' Kuleba told CNN on Tuesday  Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have called for full-chamber briefings as Biden considered deploying up to 50,000 U.S. troops should Russia invade UkrainePentagon Spokesperson John Kirby announced Monday that 8,500 U.S. troops have been put on standby for possible deployment to Eastern EuropeBiden's Deputy Special Envoy for Iran resigned after urging a tougher stance on nuclear talks Read more »

BREAKING NEWS: Biden's Labor Department is pulling its COVID vaccine mandate for private employers after Supreme Court defeat

Joe Biden's Department of Labor announced Tuesday it is withdrawing its extremely controversial vaccine-or-test requirement for private employers  The rule, which would have affected companies with at least 100 workers, was blocked by the Supreme Court earlier this month Republican, conservative organizations and business groups immediately went after the executive order when it was announced in SeptemberA series of court challenges landed it in the Supreme Court, where it was defeated but the court still allowed a vaccine mandate for healthcare worker  Read more »

Gwyneth Paltrow's wildest gift guide yet? Goop unveils VERY raunchy (and pricey) present list for Valentine's Day - including a $38,000 champagne vending machine, $350 crystal whip, and 40 different vibrators

Paltrow, 49, and her team went all out when curating this year's Valentine's Day gift guide, which is a mix of extravagance, ridiculousness, and kinkThe cheeky list has something for everyone and is divided into four categories: The F**k You Edit, The F**k Off Edit, The F**k Me Edit, and The F**k It Edit Paltrow takes sexual pleasure seriously, and the guide includes a total of 40 different vibrators, including two from her Goop Wellness brand But the most over-the-top gift by far is the Moët & Chandon Champagne vending machine that costs $38,000 and doesn't even include the bottles of bubbly There is a $1,135 silent retreat, $77,000 ruby earrings, and a $6,500-per-night private vacation rental for 'Galentine's Day' in Ojai, California, listed  A $380 crystal whip, an $85 leather feather tickler, $55 sea salt and caramel lube, and $95 hand-carved antique oak 'claw' hands also made the cut  Read more »

How the most polarizing politicians are most the popular on social media: News stories about AOC and Ted Cruz get four times the shares as Joe Biden

An analysis of what politicians drive online news traffic has Biden at the bottom of a list of 10 national-level Democrats and RepublicansThe report notes that Democrat Chuck Schumer ranks even lower than himAlongside AOC and Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rashida Tlaib also rank high on the listMore attention online could mean more donors and a larger national profileHowever a majority of news coverage on Cruz and AOC had been negative  Read more »

Referees are 'SPOILING' the Africa Cup of Nations and have turned it into an 'absolute JOKE' as fans are left furious at the number of red cards... with 13 sending offs as many as the last four tournaments COMBINED!

There has been a number of contentious red cards given at Africa Cup of NationsSo far, AFCON has produced 13, as many as the last four tournaments combined Fans have been left furious and have accused referees of 'spoiling' the event Cape Verde pair Patrick Andrade and Vozinha became the latest to be sent off Read more »

Senegal are labelled a 'disgrace' for their 'disgusting' decision to allow star man Sadio Mane to play on after he is KNOCKED OUT following a clash of heads... as he scores opening goal in last-16 tie before being forced off

REPORT:  Senegal defeated Cape Verde in the last-16 of the Africa Cup of NationsThere was plenty of concern for Sadio Mane when he got knocked out coldThe Senegal and Liverpool star collided head on with Cape Verde's goalkeeperFans were unhappy that Mane played on amid a lack of concussion protocol   Read more »

Letting it all out! Group of 'exhausted' Massachusetts moms gather in a field for a 20-minute 'SCREAMING session' in an attempt to vent their pandemic-induced stress, guilt, and anger

Sarah Harmon, a therapist and mother-of-two, organized the event on January 13 at Charlestown High School About 20 mothers attended and screamed together on cueThe women expressed feelings of rage, resentment, guilt, loneliness, and other negative emotions due to the pandemic Many have children too young to be vaccinated and have been juggling work and childcare for two yearsSeveral described the experience as cathartic, saying it was 'amazing,' 'exactly what I need' and 'so nice to feel out of control for the first time' Read more »

AT&T rolls out ultra-fast 5Gbps fiber plans to more than 70 cities - including Dallas and Atlanta - for $110-a-month, with new network making it far easier for families to have multiple virtual calls at once

AT&T is rolling out multi-gig fiber to areas that already have fiber-to-the-homeThis includes customers already able to access the 1Gbps fiber internet speedsThe firm says it should be available for about five million customers initially The aim is to expand this to more of its network, 30 million customers by 2025  Read more »

Amy Schneider breaks a new Jeopardy! record with a 39th straight victory to move behind all-time leader Ken Jennings and raise her earnings to $1.3m

After winning her 39th game and raising her earning pot to $1,319,800 Schneider ranks as number two on the all-time consecutive wins list Schneider, the most successful openly trans person Jeopardy! contestant, currently ranks just behind host Ken Jennings, who has a record 74 winsOn Monday's episode, Schneider beat the 38-game record set last year by Matt AmodioThe two will face off in the next edition of the Tournament of Champions Read more »
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