Winter storm Orlena steamrolls toward the East Coast, strengthening into a powerful nor'easter

More than 100million people across the Midwest and Northeast face snowy conditions through Tuesday. Meteorologist Bernie Rayno has already called the cold blast 'monumental'.
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Ann-Katrin Berger saves two penalties as Chelsea defeat Atletico Madrid
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Kings of Leon to offer new album as an NFT in music industry first
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‘Bart will celebrate his 10th birthday for the 33rd time’: The Simpsons renewed for 2 more seasons
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Scottish Parliament protest: Climate activist scales Holyrood roof as police race to scene
A CLIMATE CHANGE activist has scaled the Scottish Parliament building holding a banner calling for the topical issue to be taken seriously.
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Inside Politics: Boris Johnson ‘set to breach international law’ over Brexit, says EU
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DWP to repay 200,000 retired woman £13,500 after underpaying them for 20 years
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Rishi Sunak confirms he will slash Universal Credit in October by £20 a week
Grilled after the 2021 Budget, the Chancellor outright confirmed he would not extend the temporary uplift beyond the end of September - despite millions facing the end of furlough and other support at the same time
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New Covid Vaccines For Mutations Fast-Tracked 'Without Compromising On Safety'
Coronavirus vaccines tweaked to deal with variants will be fast-tracked without compromising on safety or effectiveness, the UK’s regulator has said.The approach will be similar to the regulatory process for the modified flu vaccine, to deal with new strains each year, with a brand new approval not required.Scientists have previously said a Covid-19 variant resistant to the current crop of vaccines is likely to emerge at some point, but vaccines can also be adapted quickly.The guidance states coronavirus vaccine manufacturers will need to provide robust evidence that the modified jab produces an immune response. However, lengthy clinical studies deemed not to add to the regulatory understanding of their safety, quality or effectiveness will not be needed.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said researchers are in a better position to measure protection by looking at antibodies in the blood after vaccination, reducing the need to wait and see whether or not people in a trial become infected with the virus.It said this will “significantly reduce” the length of time it takes for the modified vaccine to be ready.The guidance from the Access Consortium – a group made up of regulatory authorities from the UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland – requires that, as well as evidence on immune response, the modified vaccines must be shown to be safe and of the expected quality.It says data from the original clinical trials and ongoing studies on real-world use in millions of people could be used to support any decision by the regulators.Dr Christian Schneider chief scientific officer at the MHRA, said: “Our priority is to get effective vaccines to the public in as short a time as possible, without compromising on safety.“Should any modifications to authorised Covid-19 vaccines be necessary, this regulatory approach should help to do just that.“The announcement today also demonstrates the strength of our international partnerships with other regulators and how our global work can help ensure faster access to life-saving vaccines in the UK and around the world.“The public should be confident that no vaccine would be approved unless the expected high standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met.”Related...How Widespread Are The Covid Variants? Here's How Many Cases Have Been Found'Angry, Ignored, Anxious' – How Asthmatics Feel About Covid Jab ConfusionVaccines '80% Effective At Stopping Over-80s Being Hospitalised'
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Coalition of LGBT+ groups urge government to ‘stop dragging its feet’ on conversion therapy ban
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World Book Day can be the ‘birth of reading’ for many children, says Camilla
The Duchess of Cornwall has said World Book Day “means the birth of reading” for many children, ahead of her appearance at an event to launch the annual initiative.
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Dozens of patients left conscious but unable to breathe after NHS drug errors
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Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham lies in Real Madrid’s hands, says Jose Mourinho
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Covid Cases May Be Rising In Four Regions Of England, New Figures Suggests
Covid cases could be on the rise in four areas of England, new data from one of the country’s biggest studies on the virus reveals. While the ninth React report, published on Thursday by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, shows infections in England have fallen by two-thirds since January’s study, rates of decline have slowed. There was no change in Covid prevalence in in Yorkshire and The Humber between the January and February reports, while cases had risen slightly in London, the South East, East Midlands and the West Midlands. Steven Riley, professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, said between January and February there was a “substantial drop” in cases across all regions of the country.But he added: “The prevalence of swab positivity in England continues to fall but the rate of decline has slowed and there are some areas where prevalence may be increasing.“In London the rate of decline certainly appears to have stopped and there is a possible signature there that it may be going up.”The study, which tested more than 165,000 volunteers between February 4 and February 23, also found higher Covid rates among teachers and nursery workers when compared to the wider population. In January, people who worked in education – including schools, nurseries or childcare – had 20% higher odds of infection compared to those who do not work in these professions.In February, this rose to 43%, according to data from Imperial College London’s React study which has been analysing data from swab tests taken from people across England since May last year.The figures show that people working in healthcare and care homes also have a higher risk of infection.And people who work in public transport are twice as likely as people who do not work in this sector to become infected with the virus, the figures suggest, with key workers overall having a 19% increased risk in February.Health secretary Matt Hancock said that there is “some cause for concern” that progress in the reduction in infections could be slowing down, and even reversing in some regions, with researchers warning that if infection rates start to rise then people who are due their jab imminently could fall ill. The government has continually pointed to the vaccination rollout as the path out of the pandemic, but experts say infection rates need to be as low as possible to give the vaccination programme the best chance of working.The Imperial College London’s React study has been analysing data from swab tests taken from people across England since May 2020.To date more than 1.4 million people have provided swabs so experts can assess infection rates across the country.The study, which has been published as a pre-print, found that that overal the rate of infection in the community was 0.49% – down by two-thirds from January when the rate was 1.57%.But when researchers compared the decline from the first half of February to the second half there was a slower rate of reduction. In the first half of February the estimated rate of infection was 0.51% and in the second half of the month the rate was 0.47%.Steven Riley said: “If we want the vaccination technology and rollout to give the most people the best chance then we do need to get the infection rate lower for a little bit longer.“What we need is to keep infections really low so that people who will get offered a vaccine three or four weeks from now or six weeks from now don’t get infected just before they are offered a vaccine.”Related...5 Announcements In The Budget That Rishi Sunak Won't Be Mentioning On InstagramOpinion: Women Have Been Hit Harder By Covid. Now This Budget Forgets Them AltogetherRevealed: First Place In England To Drop Below Key Covid Threshold Since October
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One Good Thing: A taste of the islands makes lockdown easier
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Self-Proclaimed Billionaire Trump Now Begging Small-Dollar Donors For Money
After years of claiming he was so rich he didn’t need anyone else’s money for his political campaigns, Donald Trump is officially asking small-dollar donors ― many of them lower-income and older ― to send him cash, potentially hurting the Republican Party’s small-dollar program.The request was tucked in near the end of his first public appearance since leaving the presidency January 20, a 90-minute speech Sunday that largely recycled his oft-repeated lies about the November election and his record in office.“There’s only one way to contribute to our efforts, to elect ‘America first’ Republican conservatives. And in turn, to make America great again. And that’s through Save America PAC and Donald J Trump dot com,” he told his Conservative Political Action Conference audience.One Trump adviser said that single request resulted in “millions of dollars” coming in to Trump’s new political committee and predicted it would eat into the Republican National Committee’s efforts to raise money from those donors.“It’ll kill it,” the adviser said on condition of anonymity. “They’re not going to have a small-donor program anymore.”What precise effect Trump’s new fundraising push for his own committee ― which he can use for virtually any purpose, including picking up his personal expenses or paying himself an eight-figure salary ― will have on the party’s efforts are unclear.The RNC has had a healthy small-donor program, which targets those giving $50 or $20 or even $5 at a time, for decades. In 2001, for example, the party raised $40.2 million from donors who gave less than $200, accounting for 63% of the party’s total fundraising that year, according to a HuffPost analysis of Federal Election Commission filings. In 2009, those figures were $56.8 million and 69.8%.From 2001 through 2015, the RNC collected 53.2% of its money from those who gave less than $200. From 2016 through 2020, it was 53.6%.But in those Trump years, the party also received $156 million from a small-dollar fundraising committee it jointly ran with the Trump campaign, adding to the $428 million in small donations it raised on its own, although those solicitations frequently invoked Trump’s name in the email or text message.One Republican close to RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump told her recently that he’s willing to help the party raise money and that he plans to appear at an RNC donors retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, next month, along with other potential 2024 presidential candidates.One former RNC member, though, said Trump’s independent solicitations for Save America PAC are certain to weaken the party’s parallel efforts. “It will definitely have a negative impact and all those people who contributed to the RNC just because of Trump will likely gravitate towards his own small-donor program,” said Steve Duprey, who was pushed out of the committee for being insufficiently loyal to Trump.And a current RNC member, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said a major concern for the party is that Trump will use the money he raises not against Democrats in the coming midterm elections, but against Republicans who voted to impeach him for the January 6 attack on the Capitol he incited or on those who have otherwise criticized him.“It’s the temper tantrum PAC,” the member said, pointing to Trump’s attacks on other Republicans during his CPAC speech. “Trump’s agenda is quite different. It’s all about revenge.”Trump boasted through the years that he did not need money from wealthy donors, from lobbyists or even from small-dollar contributors because he was so rich.The boast, however, was never accurate. Even as he began his campaign in 2015, he funded his trips and staged his rallies using money generated by selling “Make America Great Again” hats and T-shirts. After he became the nominee in 2016, he immediately began soliciting money online from small donors and at traditional fundraisers from wealthy donors.His money machine never let up, even after he won the presidency, allowing him to build a massive campaign operation starting almost immediately ― and also letting him funnel millions of dollars raised back into his own pocket by directing campaign and party spending at his own businesses.All that time, however, Trump continued claiming he did not want or need his donors’ money, and he never asked for donations in a public setting ― until Sunday.The Trump adviser said the former president now understands that a donor giving a few dollars a month becomes emotionally invested in his success and is much likelier to remain a strong supporter. “He now sees the power of a $5 donation. He’s finally got his head wrapped around that,” the adviser said, adding that Trump also needs money to remain relevant enough to run for his old job again in three years. “He needs cash. Cash puts him on the ground; it lets him do his rallies,” the adviser added.According to new FEC filings, Trump on Saturday transformed his old campaign committee, Donald J. Trump For President, into the Make America Great Again PAC, which will allow him to use the $8 million left in it from his failed reelection bid for other purposes. His new webpage states that 90% of all donations go to Save America PAC, which he created in the days following his November 3 loss, while 10% go to MAGA PAC. Donations are limited to $5,000 per year.Trump is the first one-term president in modern times to nevertheless try to remain a force in national politics after losing reelection. He was able to raise $76 million for Save America in the weeks between the election and the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection by claiming, in hundreds of fundraising texts and emails, that the money would let him pursue challenges to the election results and help Republicans hold Georgia’s two Senate seats. In the end, though, he spent none of that money for those purposes.“Republican dollars were probably much more needed in Georgia,” said Paul Ryan, a campaign law expert with the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause, adding that while Trump now claims he will help Republicans in the midterms, he is not required to. “He has shown a total and complete willingness to raise money for a stated reason and to spend it on something else. I have no doubt he will continue doing that.”Related...Donald And Melania Trump Quietly Received Covid-19 Vaccine In January: Reports5 Outrageous Moments From Donald Trump's First Speech Since Leaving The White HouseIt's Been One Year Since Trump Boasted 15 Covid Cases Would Soon Be 'Close To Zero'
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School slammed for asking students to 'pretend they're a slave and write letter'
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Ryan Thomas admits travelling to see daughter 'puts strain' on Lucy relationship
The former Coronation Street actor said travelling to Manchester to see his daughter 'puts a strain' on his relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh in an honest admission
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Ray Quinn's heartbreak as dad died of cancer just weeks after diagnosis
The X Factor star Ray Quinn has admitted he went through a 'dark time' after his dad passed away in November after a short battle with cancer
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WhatsApp update adds voice and video calls to desktop app to let conversations ‘feel as close to in-person as possible’
WhatsApp has added calls to its desktop app, as part of a plan to make “conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible”.
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Are Jason Sudeikis and Keeley Hazell living together in London? Ted Lasso stars pictured in same living room amid dating rumours
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Alec Baldwin DELETES his Twitter account after being skewered over Gillian Anderson remarks
Anderson on Sunday won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series for her portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on The Crown.
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Ioan Gruffudd's wife Alice Evans vows to tell 'divorce story' and claims SELFIE contributed to split
Ioan Gruuffudd's estranged wife Alice Evans has vowed to tell her 'divorce story' as she once again took to Instagram to shed light on their shock split on Thursday.
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Rupert Everett relives Madonna feud and claims ‘screechy barmaid’ comment was ‘meant to be a compliment’
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Arsenal target Ibrahima Konate transfer: Mikel Arteta wants RB Leipzig defender for summer rebuild
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Harry's 'extravagant and dismissive' gesture hints at true feelings about royals
EXCLUSIVE: Prince Harry chatted honestly to James Corden about why he quit the royal family with Meghan Markle, but said he would still life a life of service - but body language expert Judi James says he sent mixed messages
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EastEnders spoilers: Honey Mitchell suffers a devastating fall
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WhatsApp introducing voice and video calling on desktop
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Why we need to talk about coercive control in South Asian communities
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Kate Middleton's mother turns down interview publicity to avoid being 'insensitive' to Prince Philip
Carole Middleton has interviewed with Good Housekeeping to share an insight into her business Party Pieces and her family life which features on the cover of the magazine's April issue.
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Woman turns her London home into a mini jungle with hundreds of plants
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Bitter Brussels set to SUE Britain for breaking EU rules - major court decision today
THE European Union's top court could slap Britain with sanctions over a 2018 legal challenge by eurocrats despite having quit the bloc over a year ago.
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Gemma Collins had all her Botox and fillers dissolved because she ‘couldn’t stand’ the way she looked
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Pakistan Super League 2021 postponed indefinitely after coronavirus outbreak
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Alec Baldwin Hits Back Following Backlash Over Comment About The Crown Star Gillian Anderson’s Accent
Alec Baldwin has deleted his Twitter account again following a backlash over a comment he made about Gillian Anderson’s accent.The 30 Rock star responded to a post about The Crown actor  – who is American but played Margaret Thatcher in the latest series of the Netflix hit – “switching accents” when she accepted her Golden Globe last weekend.Earlier in the day, the actor tweeted out a CNN story titled, “Gillian Anderson’s American accent throws some people off.” He added the message, “Switching accents ? That sounds...fascinating”, apparently a reference to his wife Hilaria, who was engulfed in controversy last year after some accused her of faking her Spanish heritage. Alec quit Twitter in January over the matter.In a lengthy video shared on Instagram, the actor announced he had deleted his Twitter account, and whilst he did not mention Gillian by name, he denied he was having a dig.He said: “Of course you can’t do any irony on Twitter. You can’t do any irony in the United States anymore, because the United States is such an uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now.”The 62-year-old said he was a “huge fan” of the X Files star and his comment was intended to “illustrate the point that multicultural expressions of anyone… that’s your business”.He added he had “not meant at all to be offensive” and described Twitter as being filled with “a-holes” and “a lot of haters”. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta)He said: “But I find that, of course, on Twitter, which is where all the a―holes in the United States and beyond go to get their advanced degrees in a―hole-iness, that I had used it as a news aggregator, and I suppose I will do my best to find other places that are similar in their news aggregation in real time and periodicals I like.”He added: “Twitter is one-third interesting posts… one-third tedious, uninteresting, puerile nonsense, and then it’s one-third, or more maybe, just abject hatred and malice and unpleasantness.”Hilaria, a yoga teacher and influencer, was accused of misleading people over her heritage and faking a Spanish accent after it emerged she was born in Boston and was originally named Hillary.The couple, who married in 2012, announced this week they had welcomed a sixth child together.READ MORE:Gillian Anderson Discusses Challenge Of Playing Margaret Thatcher In The CrownThis Is How The Crown's Gillian Anderson And Emma Corrin Were Transformed Into Margaret Thatcher And Princess DianaThe Crown's Gillian Anderson Shares Hilarious Behind-The-Scenes 'Ibble Dibble' Snaps
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Royal Family LIVE: 'Vengeful institution!' Palace accused of 'preemptive strike on Meghan'
BUCKINGHAM Palace has been accused of launching a "preemptive strike" on Meghan Markle days before her and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah is set to be aired, as the institution announced it would investigate bullying claims made against the duchess.
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Nepal signs peace agreement with communist rebel group
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Family shocked by company boss's sudden death at 41 after 'secret' cocaine use
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GRACE ON THE CASE: My stolen car was already a stolen vehicle! How can I get a refund?
I bought a car on Auto Trader after doing extensive checks. The car was stolen 12 weeks after purchase. I told the police who informed the car was actually a stolen vehicle when I purchased it.
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Fernandes suggests Solskjaer must keep promise to Van de Beek
Man Utd have looked sluggish in attack with Bruno Fernandes looking in need of a rest - and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to keep his promise to play Donny van de Beek more as the season drags on
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David Schwimmer reveals date and location details for filming Friends reunion special
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Tottenham attack ‘exquisite’ says Scott Parker as Fulham boss hails ‘match-winner’ Gareth Bale
Fulham boss Scott Parker is relishing the challenge against an ‘exquisite’ Tottenham attack in an all-London affair at Craven Cottage on Thursday evening.
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