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Knock knock: Wandering cow unexpectedly arrives at family’s front door
This cow’s looking to “moo”-ve right in. Watch as a shockingly polite cow walks up to a family’s home in Mansfield, Texas, and lightly knocks on the front door with her nose. The farm animal waited for a few moments before walking away after no one was home to let her in. According to the...
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Texas vet accidentally euthanizes cat instead of giving rabies vaccine
A Texas woman brought her cat to the vet for a routine rabies vaccine — only to learn the clinic had accidentally put the animal down instead, the devastated owner claims. Michelle Olson, who lives in the Houston area, brought her 8-year-old kitty Sophie into Suburbia North Animal Hospital for the vaccine, ABC 13 reported....
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Nike clearance is an extra 20% off during limited-time sale
Updating your activewear will be a breeze with Nike's latest clearance sale!
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Here’s What’s Disappearing From Netflix in February
This is your last chance to stream Clouds of Sils Maria, Trainspotting, Lincoln, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and more.
Serial burglar ‘Brick Man’ freed by bail reform busted — yet again
A career criminal nicknamed the “Brick Man” by police who has become emblematic of the problems with bail reform has been busted yet again — for yet another burglary, law enforcement sources told The Post Wednesday. Ex-con Anthony Manson, 50, was nabbed early Tuesday for burglarizing a construction site in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, according to...
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard files defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for defamation.
U.S. Sen. Schumer says Bidens have "nothing to do" with Trump impeachment charges
U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday did not slam the door shut on the possibility of Joe Biden or his son Hunter testifying in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he said there was no need to hear from anyone unrelated to the charges.
Prosecutors rip Harvey Weinstein as ‘sexual predator and a rapist’ at trial
Harvey Weinstein wielded his power as Tinseltown's top producer to become one of its most prolific sexual predators, prosecutors claimed Wednesday.
GOP senator says he's 'absolutely' open to having witnesses in impeachment trial
Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Wednesday that he is "absolutely" open to having witnesses testify in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, a position that's at odds with many of his GOP colleagues who've pushed against having additional witnesses.
Phenomenon creates ice 'branches' on frozen lake
Drone footage shows a frozen lake in China featuring icy "branches."
Mark Wahlberg and Dr. Oz are fighting on Instagram about breakfast
"I'm coming for you Dr. Oz. Now, we really got beef."
Menopause Blood Tests Could One Day Predict When a Woman Will Stop Having Periods, Scientists Say
The method could forecast the end of a woman's period one to two years in advance of the menopause.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton step out in Massimo Dutti coats
The Duchess of Sussex may be starting her new life in Canada, but she's clearly still retained her royal style sensibilities.
Why John Roberts admonished the impeachment legal teams at 1 a.m.
John Roberts had been in the chair, presiding over the Senate impeachment trial for nearly 12 hours when he had had enough. He suddenly asserted his presence and made clear his rigorous sense of decorum.
Trump attacks House managers, says he'd 'love' to attend Senate impeachment trial
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would 'love' to attend his Senate impeachment trial while calling it a "disgrace" and attacking the House managers.
Army vet makes third $50K donation to New York animal shelter
A warmhearted Army veteran made his third $50,000 donation Monday to a western New York state animal shelter — a place where he often brings a box of treats for his furry friends because he “just likes dogs.” The gift means Bob Nowakowski has contributed a total of $150,000 to the Niagara County chapter of...
Bezos Phone May Have Been Hacked by Saudi Leader, U.N. Experts Say
Two prominent U.N. rights experts lent their weight to explosive new allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince hacked the cellphone of Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, to “influence, if not silence,” its reporting.
The Concern-Sparking Outlet Challenge Is Yet Another Ill-Advised Challenge That Should Not Be Tried at Home
A viral TikTok video is inciting dangerous copycat behavior
Celebrities react to Los Angeles earthquake with confusion: 'I still don't know what to do'
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck Los Angeles minutes before midnight on Wednesday, causing celebrities to take to their social media accounts to figure out what exactly was going on.
This social network wants you to interact IRL, but may spark a new privacy concern
For many people, social media is synonymous with endless scrolling, constant distractions and blatant attempts to rack up comments, likes and views. But Justin Fuisz is betting on a different kind of social network — one that prioritizes real-life interactions with your good friends.
Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton over 'Russian asset' smear
Gabbard alleges that Clinton’s suggestion that she is favored by Russians was “retribution.”
Jessica Simpson reveals sexual abuse as a child, alcohol addiction in new memoir, 'Open Book'
Jessica Simpson revealed she was sexually abused as a young child in her upcoming memoir, "Open Book," set to release Feb. 4.
Democrats launch opening arguments in bid to snag Trump trial witnesses
House impeachment managers need to convince four Senate Republicans to break with their party.
Legal analysis of opening day of impeachment trial
Republicans voted to not adopt any of the Democrats' 11 amendments to the Senate impeachment trial rules, setting up opening arguments in the case. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joined CBSN to break down day one of the trial.
Another major hotel chain is getting rid of travel-sized toiletries
Accor Hotels is the latest global hotel chain to eliminate travel-sized toiletries from its rooms.
TobyMac’s son Truett McKeehan, 21, died from an accidental overdose
He had taken fentanyl and amphetamines.
Why Shake Shack isn't putting plant-based meat on its menu
Shake Shack Founder Danny Meyer and CEO Randy Garutti tell CNN's Poppy Harlow why the chain is bucking the plant-based meat trend and sticking to vegetables.
Planned Parenthood acting CEO speaks out on abortion in Davos
Planned Parenthood leader Alexis McGill Johnson is defending women's health and reproductive rights while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. CBS News reporter Kate Smith spoke to Johnson about abortion in the U.S. and how Roe vs. Wade is viewed 47 years later.
Gear up for the big game with free shipping at Fanatics
The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are set to battle it out for the top prize in football when the big game kicks off on February 2. And with just over a week until these two teams go head to head in Miami, it's time to ensure you look the part of a proper fan when that fateful Sunday arrives.
How LSU’s Football Championship Win Challenges the NCAA
College sports fans have generally become desensitized to the cognitive dissonances of the NCAA’s amateurism policies. The rules, which prevent the payment of cash or other “extra benefits” to student athletes or their families, are necessary to retain the purity of amateur competition, according to the Association. Without such restrictions, supporters argue, NCAA sports would devolve into just another minor league of professional sports, with capitalism becoming the athletes’ sole driving source of loyalty to their universities. These guidelines usually operate in the public consciousness like a low hum—background noise that doesn’t distract from the compelling sporting events that audiences allow themselves to enjoy. But every now and then, the humming erupts into a roar. And in those moments, viewers are forced to confront the system that they have embraced. Odell Beckham Jr. delivered one of those moments last week.Beckham, the wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns who played for Louisiana State University, was unsurprisingly excited to watch his alma mater challenge Clemson University in the national championship game last week. He was so excited, in fact, that he stormed the field after LSU won the game and began congratulating the team. With the cameras rolling, Beckham made a big show of pulling money out of a fanny pack and stuffing wads of cash into the LSU players’ hands. Later, when he was in their locker room, Beckham bragged on social media that he would recoup the money he handed out simply by selling the cleats of one of LSU’s top players.As performance art, Beckham produced a masterpiece. He was roaring. He was brash. It was shocking. The bold nature of his conduct—intended to mock the NCAA’s amateurism rules on national television—ensured that the Association (and, by extension, LSU) will exercise its power to send a message to others contemplating violations of this nature.Because the NCAA depends on maintaining the status quo, it has gone to great lengths—through litigation, lobbying, and public-relations efforts—to convince the public and its member institutions (i.e. universities) that deviation from the amateurism model will result in the destruction of college sports. LSU dutifully issued a statement last week expressing its intent to cooperate with the NCAA in enforcing these rules, announcing the school’s intent to “rectify the situation.”[Read: The NCAA had to cut athletes a better deal]The NCAA reaps billions of dollars each year from television contracts for its sporting events, and profits from those and other lucrative partnerships are distributed to member institutions. Those funds provide a significant boost to academic programs across the country, but a good chunk of the money is poured back into the athletic programs. Schools often funnel that money toward huge salaries to attract the best coaching talent and to create state-of-the-art facilities to distinguish themselves to recruits. Clemson’s head coach, Dabo Swinney, earned more than $9 million this season—more than most NFL head coaches—while LSU’s head coach, Ed Orgeron, earned nearly $6 million (including a $500,000 bonus for winning the championship). Clemson announced late in 2019 that it would undertake a substantial renovation of its football stadium at a cost of almost $70 million. Similarly, LSU recently unveiled a $28 million upgrade to its football facilities. If these teams had to share their NCAA money with players, they likely wouldn’t be able to afford all of these luxuries.Can the players push back against a possible NCAA order to return the Beckham money? In theory, yes. But they would more than likely be deterred. The NCAA has the power to declare the players ineligible for future competition, and a high-level college football player surely stands to gain more than a wad of cash from Beckham in terms of athletic development, exposure to pro scouts, and reputation-building. Even if a single player refused to return the money (such as the Heisman winner Joe Burrow, whose NCAA eligibility has ended), the NCAA may choose to punish the entire LSU program for its “failure to monitor” violations of the amateurism rules. Most likely, the LSU players will be persuaded to forfeit the cash. Thus, with a healthy dose of institutional pressure, they will presumably join the long list of athletes forced to bend under the power of an amateurism model that has become unmoored from common sense, fairness, and consistency.But with each incident like this one, and the public scrutiny that follows, the league’s contradictions become harder to ignore. Commentators have critiqued the hoarding of wealth by the NCAA and the efforts to keep it away from the athletes who bring in that money. Professional athletes and even TV commentators employed by the very networks that pay so richly to broadcast NCAA games openly mock the credibility of the Association’s model.The unfairness in the LSU case is particularly galling, and it highlights the NCAA’s difficulty in persuading the public that it is enforcing a principled system. Prior to the national championship, Odell Beckham Jr. asked for and received NCAA permission to give every LSU player a set of wireless headphones worth hundreds of dollars. If the NCAA thought that that gift was a permissible practice under the amateurism rules, how can it credibly take the position that the same guy giving the cash equivalent of those headphones to some of those same players violates amateurism rules? It is certainly hard to see much of a difference in the receipt of “extra benefits,” except for the brazenness of the nationally televised one.The roar of this incident will soon return to a low hum. But the NCAA has shown signs that it cannot defend the current model for much longer. Responding to court losses and pressure from state legislatures, the league is exploring a plan to permit athletes to profit from their “name, image, and likeness” within limits that remain to be defined. If that sort of relaxation of the amateurism rules does not destroy college sports, the NCAA will hopefully move toward a more equitable model that allows players to receive a bigger share of the wealth they create.
Greece lawmakers elect country's first female president
Greece’s lawmakers elected their country’s first female president Wednesday, with an overwhelming majority voting in favor of high court judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
‘Breakthrough’ flu vaccine pill could soon be here
A new safe and effective oral flu vaccine is on the horizon that is sure to be a real game-changer.
Harry, Meghan threaten legal action over published paparazzi pictures that show baby Archie
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex are not amused the paparazzi still pursue them, nor that British media still publish their pictures.
Tesla becomes first American automaker worth $100 billion
Tesla’s market capitalization on Wednesday surpassed the $100 billion mark for the first time — an unprecedented achievement for a US automaker that positions CEO Elon Musk for a major payday. Shares of the electric-car maker were up 5.9 percent Wednesday morning, at $579.54, giving the electric automaker a valuation of $104.5 billion. Tesla is...
Column: West Point cadets return to L.A. to deliver message of ethics
St. Genevieve graduate Jordan Blackman and Crespi graduate Nick Ghazarian return as West Point cadets to instruct ethics at LAUSD campuses.
Superstar trio share best racehorse award
Superstar thoroughbreds Enable, Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist have been named as joint winners of the prestigious Longines Best Racehorse Award for 2019.
TobyMac's son died of an accidental overdose
The son of Christian artist TobyMac died from an accidental overdose, a spokeswoman for his family confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
John Kennedy: Many in Washington establishment think Americans are 'morons' for electing Trump
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump is an effort by Democrats to correct the results of the 2016 election.
Taylor Swift drops first ‘Miss Americana’ documentary trailer
Heads up Swifties! After much fanfare, the first official trailer for the Taylor Swift documentary “Miss Americana” dropped on Wednesday. The 30-year-old pop sensation shared the 2-minute clip of the Sundance Festival-featured flick on her Instagram with the caption “it’s been a long time coming.” From the looks of it, the Lana Wilson-directed “Miss Americana”...
Aerosmith responds to drummer Joey Kramer's lawsuit, say it would be a 'disservice' to let him play at Grammys
Aerosmith responded to a lawsuit filed by drummer Joey Kramer against the rest of the band for allegedly preventing him from performing with them at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix Goop Show Is a High-End Infomercial Masquerading as an Investigative Docuseries
Combining Gwyneth’s aura of trustworthiness, real science, New Age nonsense, female empowerment and naked commercialism runs the risk of exacerbating the epidemic of medical disinformation
Stephen Jones endorses Giants’ Jason Garrett hire after awkward Cowboys exit
Best of luck with the Giants. Sincerely, the Cowboys. Despite an awkward ending to Jason Garrett’s 10-year tenure as Dallas’ head coach — following nearly four seasons as the Cowboys offensive coordinator and seven years as their backup quarterback (1993-99) — and an even more strange segue of Garrett then quickly accepting the job as...
Jaguars hire ex-Redskins coach Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator
Former Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden has found his landing spot back on an NFL staff after being fired last October.
Stocks tick up as China virus worries abate; oil drops
World stock markets bounced back on Wednesday, as swift updates from China about the spread of a new flu-like virus raised hopes the outbreak would be contained, while oil prices tumbled as a market surplus forecast outweighed supply concerns.
Told to behave, sides in Trump trial to make their case
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday, beginning several days of argument on whether to remove Trump from office.
Dog with ‘wonky’ face finds forever home after surviving mom’s attack
Brodie, a German shepherd border collie, was attacked by his mom when he was just a 13-day old pup, causing severe facial and cranial deformities.
UN experts say Jeff Bezos’ phone may have been hacked by Saudi Arabia prince
United Nations experts demanded an "immediate investigation" into the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone -- confirming that evidence pointed to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.