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Florida reports lowest daily coronavirus cases per capita in nation

Florida is reporting the lowest amount of coronavirus cases per capita in the nation after Gov. Ron DeSantis was widely criticized by media outlets for his handling of the virus.
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Kathryn Kates, 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Seinfeld' actress, dead at 73
Actress Kathryn Kates, who appeared in hit TV series including "Orange is the New Black" and "Seinfeld," has died.
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Dog Sitter 'Catastrophically' Disfigured in Brutal Attack, Lawsuit Claims
The sitter suffered serious facial damage including the loss of both ears, her nose and lips, as well as part of her cheek.
France becomes latest nation to ban so-called conversion therapy
Anyone found guilty of using the scientifically discredited practice to try to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity faces up to 3 years in jail.
Python Found Under Toddler's Cot: 'For a Small Child It Could Do Significant Damage'
The snake catcher said that the python could have found a way to strangle the young boy, had it gone unnoticed.
San Jose passes first U.S. law requiring gun owners to get insurance
They'd also have to pay an annual fee. But opponents promised to fight the measure in court. People on both sides of the issue spoke at length before the vote was taken.
Jordan Peterson on Joe Rogan—Five Wildest Moments
The clinical psychologist and author made a mammoth four-hour appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience this week.
Why economists believe 2021 ended on a high note despite Omicron
The Omicron variant put America's recovery through the ringer. But the post-Thanksgiving timing may mean the economic scorecard for the final quarter of 2021 could still look decent.
Scolding the Unvaccinated Left Biden Unprepared for Omicron | Opinion
A full year into President Joe Biden's term, Americans have watched the China-originated COVID-19 virus work its way through half of the Greek alphabet.
Coup Nation
As some would have it, former President Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election was really no big deal.“January 6 barely rates as a footnote, really. Not a lot happened that day,” Tucker Carlson said on the anniversary of the insurrection. “If you think about it, the presidential election was not overturned, the Capitol was not destroyed. The government wasn’t toppled.” Former Vice President Mike Pence said in October that it was just “one day in January,” and accused the press of using that “one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believe we could be strong again and prosperous again and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020.” John Eastman, the author of a memo that laid out a strategy to steal the election in Congress, has on occasion disavowed his own work, telling National Review, “Anybody who thinks that that’s a viable strategy is crazy.”These defenses are weak—true, the election was not overturned, but that was in fact the goal—and they are getting weaker each day. As more information trickles out from the House January 6 panel, in court, and in press reports, one rattling revelation is just how many people were in on the coup attempt. The plotters might have been grasping at straws, and they might have been ragtag and disorganized, but they were not just a handful of fringe actors. They were a whole corps.[David A. Graham: Trump’s coup attempt didn’t start on January 6]The latest news concerns slates of phony electors who gathered in support of Trump in December 2020 in states with results that the president questioned. Each state submits a slate of electors corresponding to the candidate who won the state; the slate is certified by the state’s governor, and its votes are sent to Washington, D.C., where they are counted and certified by Congress. Like so much of the U.S. election regime, this is meant to be an arcane but routine process that achieves a simple result.But Trump loyalists saw in it an opportunity. These phony electors planned to submit their own votes to Washington, even though they wouldn’t be certified by state authorities. In a couple of states, would-be electors signed ballots that they said were, in effect, provisional: If Trump’s election challenges prevailed, they were ready to become the legitimate electors. But others falsely presented their ballots to Congress and the National Archives as the rightful ones, which appears to be a violation of the law.Asking how this was supposed to work misses the point. Congress was never going to accept the fake electors, either by mistake or by design. Instead, this seems to have been part of the Trump camp’s strategy of trying everything, seeing what stuck, and sowing enough confusion and havoc that the January 6 certification wouldn’t happen. After that, perhaps the House would have to elect the president, and because more delegations were controlled by Republicans, Trump could be installed for a second term. Or something like that; trying to understand the chaotic effort too concertedly is probably a mistake.The phony electors were not a secret at the time. They met publicly and Trump-administration officials cheered them on in the press. But when their effort inevitably flopped, they were mostly forgotten, and attention moved on to other aspects of the assault on the election. Now, however, the phony electors have become a focus for the House January 6 committee, The Washington Post reports, and the Justice Department is also reviewing the scheme, a top official told CNN. Among the new revelations is just how closely Trump-campaign officials and the president’s loyal but bumbling consigliere Rudy Giuliani were enmeshed in the ploy. The Post reports: “The campaign scrambled to help electors gain access to Capitol buildings, as is required in some states, and to distribute draft language for the certificates that would later be submitted to Congress, according to the former campaign officials and party leaders.” To their credit, some Republican would-be electors refused to go along with the scheme.[Neal K. Katyal: Investigate them]The new information is important because it once again underscores that the most dangerous parts of Trump’s election-fraud operation were not the ill-conceived riots but the legal machinations before and on January 6, what I’ve called the “paperwork coup.” Tying the fake electors to the Trump campaign and figures like Giuliani could help rectify the uncomfortable dynamic in which foot soldiers have been prosecuted while kingpins remain unscathed.The renewed attention to the phony electors also helps fill in the picture of how large the election-theft push was. On the surface, the whole maneuver looks like the province of a few wild-eyed figures: Trump, Eastman, Giuliani, the attorneys Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, Jeffrey Clark, and Mike Lindell. As more information emerges, though, the size of the front grows.A total of 83 phony electors were submitted—and most electors are deeply involved in party politics at the local or state level, meaning these were not simply random Republican voters but seasoned political activists and operators. (Of the 83, 25 were in the two states—Pennsylvania and New Mexico—that submitted the phony slates provisionally.) The list of other participants in the broader effort has continued to grow too. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’s role was larger than initially understood. The public has met a series of other players: Philip Waldron, an Army veteran turned cybersecurity investigator; the businessman Russell Ramsland; the founder Patrick Byrne; the professional bad penny Bernard Kerik; and members of Congress such as Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.On top of that, of course, are the 2,000 to 2,500 people who officials believe entered the Capitol on January 6. Nearly 800 of them have been charged with crimes. Prosecutors have also brought charges against people who they allege were involved in a January 6 conspiracy but were not present at the Capitol, instead waiting back as a secondary strike force.[David A. Graham: The paperwork coup]Perhaps worst of all, the plotters seem to have gained, rather than lost, support since their plans unraveled. After January 6, a bipartisan consensus formed against Trump and the coup attempt, but since then it has splintered. Members of Congress who rejected all of it on January 7 are now mum at best and supportive at worst, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Not coincidentally, this follows the general public. A minority of Republicans, across multiple polls, are willing to accept the results of the 2020 election. Large swaths believe, falsely, that President Joe Biden won because of fraud. Four in 10 Republicans believe that violence against the government is sometimes justified, according to a Washington Post poll. Only about a quarter say that Trump bears most of the blame for the insurrection.Pence was right to say that not all Trump voters were in the mob of those storming the Capitol on January 6. The scary thing is that as time goes on, more and more of them are joining its already numerous ranks.Photo collage images courtesy of Brent Stirton / Getty; Florian Gaertner / Getty; Spencer Platt / Getty; Roy Rochlin / Getty
UK could make carmakers, not drivers, responsible for self-driving errors
Britain should pass a law regulating self-driving vehicles and include sanctions for companies if anything goes wrong when their vehicles take over control from human drivers, two independent governmental bodies said on Wednesday in a report.
Republicans want Biden to get tough on Putin over Ukraine
Republicans in Congress have clambered over each other to denounce Biden over his comments of a potential Russian invasion, but they're less united on what Biden should be doing differently.
Peter Dinklage slams Disney’s plans for ‘Snow White’ remake: ‘Backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave’
After Dinklage's scolding, Disney announced it was 'taking a different approach with these seven characters.'
San Francisco police report 567% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021
Reports of anti-Asian hate crimes increased more than any other category of hate crime last year, according to the preliminary police report.
Two men arrested in UK as part of Texas synagogue hostage-taker investigation
Two men were arrested in the English city of Manchester on Wednesday as part of the investigation into the hostage standoff in Colleyville, Texas.
Rob Gronkowski to 'take some time' to mull NFL future, reveals 2 things he still wants to accomplish
Rob Gronkowski is going to have to make a lot of decisions in the offseason.
Michigan Mom Repeatedly Uses Racial Slur During School Board Meeting
The woman was complaining about her son getting suspended from his Grosse Pointe high school for saying the n-word on Snapchat.
Here's how NCAA's new 'ridiculously complex' transgender guidelines complicate hot-button issue
The NCAA made a complicated issue even more confusing with its new "ridiculously complex" transgender guidelines that have befuddled almost everyone.
22 most decorated Winter Olympians in history
Take a look at which athletes have taken home the most medals at the Winter Olympics.
Anthony Davis' return sparks Los Angeles Lakers' win over struggling Brooklyn Nets
Anthony Davis' return sparked a spirited defensive effort as the Lakers defeated a weakened Nets squad featuring an upset James Harden.
A humble prediction for what comes after Omicron
Almost two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Kent Sepkowitz writes about what may lie ahead for a fatigued world that's battling the current Omicron wave. This latest variant, he says, should serve as a humbling lesson for infectious disease experts. The variant "broke every 'rule' of pandemic behavior we thought we had established." He adds, "My thinking is this: After four distinct surges, each with a lead viral variant, why would there not be five?" Living in this new abnormal, he says, we have to rely on, instead of predictions, what we know today while "doing our best to dodge whatever is coming at us."
ShowBiz Minute: Robbins, Slim Jxmmi , Cardi B
Peter Robbins, voice of Charlie Brown, dies ages 65; Police: Rapper Slim Jxmmi attacked girlfriend in Miami; Jury awards Cardi B $1.25 million in defamation lawsuit. (Jan. 26)
White House attempts to strengthen federal cybersecurity after major hacks
The White House plans to release an ambitious strategy Wednesday to make federal agencies tighten their cybersecurity controls after a series of high-profile hacks against government and private infrastructure in the last two years, according to a copy shared with CNN.
Federal Reserve Could Offer Hints About Interest Rate Outlook
The central bank is poised to raise rates this year, and officials could signal today how much they’ll go up and how quickly. Follow economic updates.
Trump-backed Herschel Walker reports hauling in nearly $10M since launching GOP Senate bid in Georgia
Herschel Walker, who's backed by former President Donald Trump, reports hauling in nearly $10 million since launching GOP Senate bid in Georgia
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown says team tried to pay him $200K to receive mental health care
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has said that the team offered to pay him $200,000 to step away from the team and commit himself to a mental health facility.
Boris Johnson Faces Judgment Day
Some members of the British prime minister's Conservative Party have called for him to resign from office.
'Protect and Serve': Cop Praised for Completing DoorDash Delivery After Driver Arrested
"I know I'm not who you were expecting, but your driver got arrested," the police officer said when the customer opened the door.
Abcarian: Should kids need parental consent for vaccines? Read this before you decide
A new bill would make it possible for children 12 and over to make their own decisions about vaccinations.
Woman Who Encountered Escaped Lab Monkey 'Not Sick'
The story of Michele Fallon falling ill after a truck carrying laboratory animals crashed in Pennsylvania has led to conspiracy theories online.
Two years after Kobe's death, Vanessa Bryant's pain remains at issue in court
On the second anniversary of the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Vanessa Bryant's pain is a point of dispute in federal court.
Goldie Hawn: COVID trauma is hurting a generation of kids. We've failed them as a nation.
We will survive the COVID pandemic, but I'm not sure we can survive an entire generation whose collective trauma sends them hobbling into adulthood.
E.P.A. Chief Vows to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities From Environmental Harm
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday will announce stepped-up enforcement and monitoring to help disadvantaged communities struggling with polluted air and water.
Op-Ed: OSHA has long failed to protect some of our most vulnerable workers
OSHA's vaccine-or-test mandate has been scrapped by the court, but its struggles regulating large workplaces aren't new.
The Narcotic Pleasures of #Cleantok
Why is it so calming to watch someone organizing a fridge?
New Mexico governor just signed on as a substitute teacher amid steep staff shortages
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham plans to start substituting in an elementary school Wednesday morning.
Water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic plastics, study says. Here's what to do
A new study found toxins called PFAS in a number of stain and water-resistant products on stores shelves in the United States. Here's what you can do to avoid them.
Biden loses media support, sees tougher coverage as political struggles mount: 'No longer seen as competent'
With dueling economic and foreign policy crises, even liberal media figures have begun to distance themselves from President Biden.
Letters to the Editor: Biden isn't failing Black voters; Republicans and a few Democrats are
What more can Biden do for Black voters if all 50 Republicans and two Democrats in the Senate block his agenda?
Granderson: Republicans keep trying to erase history
Florida would only be perpetuating injustice by banning public schools from teaching about gay people and systemic racism.
Letters to the Editor: Elderly women protesting vaccine mandates, what are you thinking?
A reader reacts to a photo of older women at a protest in Washington against vaccine mandates.
What do Manchin and Sinema want?
‘Moderate’ senators have to satisfy both red and blue voters. But Democrats can still reach them.
How the Anti-Vax Movement Is Taking Over the Right
Lee Haywood got the COVID-19 vaccine. He’s seen friends lose their lives to the virus, and watched others struggle to recover. A smoker for 37 years, he believes the medical evidence showing that the vaccine sharply reduces his chances of a severe infection. Yet on the frigid afternoon of Jan. 23, Haywood, a 61-year-old Republican…
Letters to the Editor: Bottled water from a drought-stricken forest — how is this allowed?
Readers express outrage that the federal government is allowing a private company to divert and sell water from the San Bernardino Mountains.
Senators push Biden to fight to preserve the child tax credit
President Biden, eager to salvage his domestic agenda, has hinted he may have to forgo extending the child tax credit.
Death Doulas Used to Be Rare. The COVID-19 Pandemic Changed That
Death Doulas say demand for their services has soared during the pandemic as many people face end-of-life issues
Bloated Central Bank Balance Sheets Are the Real Risk
What would you pay for fixed-income assets now if you knew that the biggest holders will become forced sellers later?
Ukraine, Taiwan, and a weak commander in chief
Newt Gingrich says the situations in Ukraine and Taiwan are both dangerous, and President Biden appears incapable of meeting the dual challenge.