CNN confirmed today that Michael Smerconish, who hosts his eponymous weekly program on the network each Saturday, will fill in for Chis Cuomo, anchoring CNN’s nightly 9 p.m ET slot, when Cuomo Prime Time is usually seen. That program’s host was suspended this week after a new information shed new light on his involvement in his brother Andrew Cuomo’s response to sexual harassment claims. Smerconish has filled in for Cuomo in the past. This week, the network has been airing a second hour of lead-in program Anderson Cooper 360 in the Cuomo Prime Time slot. He also hosts The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM.
December 03, 2021 18:41 UTC
The Dodgers managed to re-sign the versatile Chris Taylor before the collective bargaining agreement expired and owners imposed a lockout Wednesday night. But the Dodgers hold hope that Kershaw will choose them over joining Seager to play for his hometown Rangers. Two of the four Dodgers tendered contracts this week are the best starting pitchers on the roster: Walker Buehler and Julio Urias. Retaining him Wednesday in the hours before the lockout was a victory after the blows the Dodgers took the previous 96 hours. The Dodgers will have their work cut out for them when the lockout ends.
December 03, 2021 18:35 UTC
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Last week blues singer Shemekia Copeland netted her fourth Grammy nomination, earning a nod in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, for her latest, “Uncivil War.” It was a happy note to what has been a difficult pandemic period for the 42-year-old Copeland.
December 03, 2021 18:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law the stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government running through Feb. 18, after congressional leaders defused a partisan standoff over federal vaccine mandates. The White House released a statement noting the bill signing and thanking congressional leaders for their work. The bill keeps the federal government running for 11 more weeks, generally at current spending levels, while adding $7 billion to aid Afghanistan evacuees. The Republican leadership urged members to vote no; the lone GOP vote for the bill came from Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Separately, some health care providers protested the stopgap spending measure.
December 03, 2021 18:13 UTC
The unemployment rate plummeted from 4.6% to 4.2% as a substantial 1.1 million Americans said they found jobs last month. The fall in the unemployment rate was particularly encouraging because it coincided with an influx of a half-million job-seekers into the labor force, most of whom quickly found work. “It looks like the supply constraints are easing a bit with the unemployment rate low and wage growth high” — two factors that often encourage people to search for work. The unemployment rate is calculated from a survey of households. Even as the jobless rate has steadily declined this year, the proportion of Americans who are working or searching for jobs has barely budged, at least until this month.
December 03, 2021 18:12 UTC
(CNN) — An Austrian court has fined a surgeon 2,700 euros ($3,050) for mistakenly amputating the wrong leg of a patient. The 43-year-old surgeon was fined at the Linz Regional Court on Wednesday, with half of the amount suspended, “for committing grossly negligent bodily harm,” Walter Eichinger, the court’s vice president, told CNN. The court also awarded $5,666 in damages to the widow of the patient, Eichinger said. The right thigh was then “amputated without any medical indication,” he continued. Following the mistake, the man needed to have the correct leg removed above the knee as well.
December 03, 2021 18:09 UTC
The L.A. Times has an opportunity to turn its podcasts into a multi-million dollar business, according to Glenn Rubenstein, founder of Adopter Media, a Bay Area-based podcast advertising agency. The L.A. Times hasn’t produced many new shows this year, in part due to the change in podcast leadership, according to Hilton. The publisher’s former executive producer for podcasts and audio, Abbie Fentress Swanson, left for CNN Audio this past summer. “There are so many good investigations coming out of the L.A. Times that are just ripe for audio storytelling,” she added. Those additional revenue sources could help to offset a challenge the L.A. Times faces with advertisers: It does not offer host-read ads.
December 03, 2021 17:06 UTC
Oil City, PA (16301)TodayCloudy skies. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph..TonightCloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low around 30F. Winds light and variable.
December 03, 2021 17:04 UTC
A Cal Fire vehicle drives past a downed power pole in the Alexander Valley two days after the Kincade fire ignited in October 2019. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)Pacific Gas & Electric Co., whose faulty equipment was blamed for sparking California’s worst wildfire of 2019, will pay $125 million in fines and penalties under a settlement reached with state regulators, officials announced Thursday. Under a settlement agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission’s Safety and Enforcement Division, PG&E shareholders will pay a $40-million fine into the state’s general fund. The utility also agreed not to raise rates to cover the $85-million cost for permanent removal of abandoned transmission facilities, bringing the total fines and penalties to $125 million. An investigation by state fire officials found that a faulty PG&E transmission line sparked the Kincade fire, which tore through more than 77,000 acres of Northern California wine country in 2019.
December 03, 2021 17:01 UTC
CNN posted an article on its website Wednesday titled “Why inflation can actually be good for everyday Americans and bad for rich people” by CNN senior editor and business writer Allison Morrow. Since working-class Americans are more likely to rent, they are more likely to have their landlord raise their rent to compensate for the inflation they are experiencing. Traditionally, economists have called inflation “the cruelest tax,” because it hurts the poor, minorities, and people on a fixed income the worst. CNN has reported this fundamental economic principle numerous times, as recently as two weeks ago. On November 17, CNN published an article titled “The Americans who are getting the worst of the surge in inflation.” which stated that inflation-drive price hikes “disproportionately harm low-income, [b]lack and brown families.
December 03, 2021 16:53 UTC
PORTLAND, Ore. - Like most people in the United States, Michael Kerr got word of the new omicron variant on Thanksgiving Day, when the news surfaced on his wife's cellphone. He worries that a continuing threat, from omicron or another variant, will become the new normal. As with previous waves of the virus, all this anxiety comes before much is known about the omicron variant. Neither theory has been confirmed; there is still some chance that omicron will be less destructive than expected. She advised moving from a "fear-based approach" to the pandemic to one that emphasizes coping and problem-solving.
December 03, 2021 16:48 UTC
Share this Story: U.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware - sourcesU.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware - sourcesArticle content WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter. Try refreshing your browser, or U.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware - sources Back to video The intrusions, first reported here, represent the widest known hacks of U.S. officials through NSO technology. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. But in the Uganda case, the targeted State Department employees were using iPhones registered with foreign telephone numbers, said two of the sources, without the U.S. country code.
December 03, 2021 16:38 UTC
The intrusions, first reported here, represent the widest known hacks of U.S. officials through NSO technology. A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the intrusions, instead pointing to the Commerce Department's recent decision to place the Israeli company on an entity list, making it harder for U.S. companies to do business with them. For example, NSO says its intrusion system cannot work on phones with U.S. numbers beginning with the country code +1. In a statement, the Israeli embassy in Washington said that targeting American officials would be a serious breach of its rules. "Cyber products like the one mentioned are supervised and licensed to be exported to governments only for purposes related to counter-terrorism and severe crimes," an embassy spokesperson said.
December 03, 2021 16:33 UTC