Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., responded Wednesday to an on-air tirade by former Florida Republican congressman-turned-MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who claimed Paul and other GOP senators want America to "forget" the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as they rebuff Democrats' push to convict President Trump. Paul told "The Story" that Scarborough sounded "deranged" as he accused Paul, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Marco Rubio of Florida and Josh Hawley of Missouri by name of being more concerned about "Senate procedure" than whether or not Trump incited political violence. "This is what Rand Paul wants you to forget," Scarborough said while playing clips of the riot that led to the deaths of five people. Paul told "The Story" host Trace Gallager that if "anybody has 'forgotten' they're a conservative, it's Joe Scarborough." "Joe Scarborough is so unhinged now and so much a hater of all Republicans and things conservative that he doesn't listen to the issues."
January 27, 2021 21:45 UTC
Left-handed starter Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals finalized a $5 million, one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a fourth member of a rotation led by Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. Lester and the team had an agreement in principle in place last week, pending the successful completion of a physical exam. Lester turned 37 this month and will be heading into his 16th season in 2021. Lester pitched 61 innings across 12 starts in the truncated 2020 season, going 3-3 with a career-high 5.16 ERA for the Cubs. Lester is owed a $10 million buyout by Chicago: $2 million on each Dec. 31 from 2022 through 2026.
January 27, 2021 21:45 UTC
The bodies of a family of three were discovered in northern Michigan outside a pickup truck that appeared to have gotten stuck in what sheriff’s office officials are calling an "unfortunate tragedy." The Ogemaw County Sheriff’s office said a snowmobiler discovered the bodies of Amanda Pomeroy, Douglas Dougherty and their baby son, Jacob, shortly before 4:30 a.m. Saturday along Stoney Ridge Road in a remote area of Rose Township. The baby was under a year old and they were last seen visiting family in Ogemaw County. DETROIT TO DISMISS SOME TICKETS ISSUED DURING FLOYD PROTESTSGilbert previously told local affiliate Local 32-WFQX that the family had traveled to the area before. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPDougherty’s sister, Lisa Norton, told Local 32 the victims were not wearing warm-weather clothes when they got stuck while driving along a snowmobile track.
January 27, 2021 21:33 UTC
Former President Donald Trump is expected to meet with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Thursday, Fox News has learned. The meeting will occur in South Florida just weeks after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots that many have blamed on Trump. A source told Fox News that at one point Trump told McCarthy that he bore some of the blame for the Capitol riot. Since leaving office, Trump has stayed relatively quiet given social media giants' decision to ban him from their platforms. "President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American people."
January 27, 2021 21:22 UTC
This week she became the first Native American to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in the children's book "We Are Water Protectors," according to the American Library Association . The Caldecott Medal is a prestigious award given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Michaela Goode is the first Native American to win the Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration. "We Are Water Protectors" was written by Carole Lindstrom, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. The story follows a young Native American girl as she takes a stand against a black snake threatening to poison her people's water, according to the book's description.
January 27, 2021 20:15 UTC
Washington (CNN) Millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for vaccine development and other public health matters were wrongly used for the removal of office furniture, news subscriptions and other administrative expenses by an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, according to an investigation launched by its inspector general into a whistleblower complaint. The anonymous whistleblower made a complaint in 2018 that "alleged that (HHS') Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ... misappropriated millions of dollars that Congress appropriated for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority ... to respond to public health emergencies like outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and -- now -- Covid-19," according to a letter sent by special counsel Henry Kerner on Wednesday to President Joe Biden detailing the report's findings. Although the report by HHS's inspector general doesn't include a single estimate of how much money was misspent, it "contains evidence that -- as recently as (fiscal year) 2019 -- approximately $25 to $26 million" was taken from BARDA's funding and improperly used for ASPR expenses, Kerner wrote. "The report contains evidence that ASPR used BARDA's ... funds -- funds intended for the development of public health countermeasures, like vaccines -- to pay for the removal of ASPR office furniture, ASPR administrative expenses and news subscriptions, legal services used by ASPR, ASPR's internal resource management system, and the salaries of personnel who did not work for BARDA," the letter states. CNN has reached out to HHS for comment about the report.
January 27, 2021 19:07 UTC
The GameStop stock surge began for a legitimate reason: The company announced on January 11 it had added three new directors to its board, including Chewy co-founder Ryan Cohen. Options are bets investors place on a stock, allowing them to buy (a "call" option) or sell (a "put" option) at a particular price. Investors can place relatively inexpensive options bets and sell those options as they rise in value when the stock price gets closer to their wager. In the case of GameStop and other stocks targeted by WSB, traders keep buying options, forcing the investors selling those options to hedge their bets by buying up GameStop stock. With a mega short-squeeze taking place, short-sellers began to hedge their bets, buying more stock to make up for their mounting losses.
January 27, 2021 18:59 UTC
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)]A second police officer who responded to the U.S. Capitol riot has died by suicide, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Acting Chief Robert J. Contee told Congress Tuesday. Contee identified Jeffery Smith, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), as the second member of law enforcement to take his own life after responding to the Capitol riot. Contee also named Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, 51, who died by suicide on Jan. 9. That bravery was matched that day by countless other unheralded MPD officers." "I was stunned at the tepid response from Department of the Army, which was reluctant to send the D.C. National Guard to the Capitol," Contee told members of Congress on Tuesday.
January 27, 2021 17:48 UTC
“I still very much have those tendencies to want to preserve anything that I think is important cultural information. It’s a dilemma I think about often, given how many old photos are in my attic. Scan them and put them up somewhere that other family members can see them. “Perhaps some people will have an interest in saving certain types of photographs,” Morris said. “Then maybe you can disperse the photographs to different family members.
January 27, 2021 17:48 UTC
A woman has gone viral for inexplicably screaming when asked to deplane a Southwest Airlines flight after landing. TravelPulse reports that the incident occurred on a Southwest flight. a flight attendant asked the seated woman, who was filmed from her right side. "M'am, I'm trying to," she said, moving forward up the aisle, before the woman released a bloodcurdling scream. From there, the seated passenger even tried to pull the woman’s coat, as the concerned flight attendant jumped in to intervene.
January 27, 2021 17:44 UTC
Ricki Lake opened up about her decades-long hair loss battle after shaving her head last year. The actress and former talk show host, 52, revealed on Instagram in July 2020 that she made the difficult decision to shave her head after battling hair loss for more than 30 years. "Here goes....I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life," Lake shared at the time. The star is even toying with the idea of writing a book about her struggles with hair loss and the decision to shave her head. Last year, Lake explained that she believes her hair loss began in 1988 when she played Tracy Turnblad in the original "Hairspray."
January 27, 2021 17:26 UTC
Even those who have been vaccinated must provide a negative test result. Even countries with strict testing requirements — including New Zealand and Australia — have reported cases of infectious travelers testing negative before flights. An additional resource is the site TestForTravel.com, which features crowdsourced information on finding coronavirus tests abroad. [What American travelers need to know about getting a covid-19 test in Mexico]Do travelers need to quarantine when they get to the U.S.? While not mandatory, it is strongly recommended, as a negative test result alone doesn’t guarantee a traveler is coronavirus-free.
January 27, 2021 17:24 UTC
The pandemic has cut into Starbucks' traffic, but there are some positive signs for the coffee ... [+] giant. Even as traffic fell, Starbucks noted that tickets—what the company calls individual sales—rose 19% in its most recent quarter. In the most recent quarter, it said mobile orders made up 25% of its U.S. transactions, compared with 17% before the pandemic. If you’re a Starbucks drive-thru customer, you may have noticed long lines lately. Starbucks also is renovating 150 stores that are drive-thru constrained, where space for drive-thru lanes is tight or short.
January 27, 2021 17:23 UTC
Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Barbara Kavovit has officially announced she’s running for mayor of New York City — adding to an already crowded field of Democratic candidates. The Bronx-born Kavovit made it official on her Instagram Wednesday, saying her beloved Big Apple "is in a state of crisis" under Mayor de Blasio’s watch. So if it’s not safe, people don’t want to come to New York City. People don’t want to stay in New York City." "And that’s why I’m running for Mayor of New York City."
January 27, 2021 17:23 UTC
Evacuations were issued for thousands of California residents on Tuesday as an atmospheric river approached the coastline, bringing unusually heavy precipitation and widespread power outages. Evacuation orders are in place for the San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, though many residents told authorities they would not leave their homes -- even as Cal Fire warned of hazardous conditions. "We cannot stress this enough," the California Department of Transportation in District 3 wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Winds in California gusted at speeds of up to 77 mph, with reports of fallen branches, according to SFGate. The Santa Cruz and San Mateo CZU Lightning Complex Fire scorched 86,509 acres last August, The Mercury News reported Tuesday.
January 27, 2021 16:53 UTC