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US News | The Epoch Times Thu, 09 Dec 2021 11:45:20 +0000
  • Oil Slips After Restrictions to Counter Omicron Variant LONDON—Oil prices eased after early gains on Thursday after measures by some governments to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, though losses were capped by comments from vaccine makers about the efficacy of their jabs. Brent crude futures fell 47 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $75.35 a barrel by 1004 GMT after touching […]
  • Wells Fargo Expects Inflation to Cool in 2022 But Warns of Risk of ‘Self-Sustaining’ Rent and Wage Increases Wells Fargo said in newly released economic forecast for 2022 that it expects inflation to cool somewhat next year, while warning there’s a risk that COVID-19 interruptions and supply-chain disruptions could trigger “self-sustaining” wage and rent gains and lead to persistent inflation. Consumer spending is expected to be the main driver of U.S. economic strength […]
  • Global Stocks Higher as Investors Await US Inflation BEIJING—Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday as investors waited for U.S. inflation data that might influence the Federal Reserve’s decision on when to roll back economic stimulus. London and Frankfurt opened higher while Tokyo declined. Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Seoul also advanced. Wall Street futures were lower after stocks rose for a third day Wednesday […]
  • Congressman Wants to End China’s Buying Spree on American Farmland China has been buying up agricultural lands in the United States for years, a trend that a U.S. lawmaker said must end in order to safeguard the American food supply chain. For this reason, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) introduced an amendment to the House’s fiscal 2022 agriculture appropriations bill (H.R.4356) in June. In a recent […]
  • Jury Begins Deliberating in Josh Duggar Child Porn Trial FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—A federal jury in Arkansas has begun deliberations in the trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is accused of receiving and possessing child pornography. The jury deliberated for about five hours Wednesday, a week after the trial began in northwest Arkansas. Deliberations will resume Thursday morning. Duggar, 33, faces up to […]
  • AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Prevention Jab Granted Emergency Authorization for Immune Compromised The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 8 issued an emergency use authorization for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 antibody drug designed to help prevent infection in people with compromised immune systems. The drug, called Evusheld, is a combination of two long-acting synthetic antibodies: tixagevimab and cilgavimab, which are derived from B-cells donated by patients who have recovered from the […]
  • US Auto Safety Agency Presses Tesla on Video Game Feature WASHINGTON—Expressing concern about distraction-affected vehicle crashes, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday it is discussing with Tesla Inc the electric carmaker’s software update that lets users play video games on a touch screen mounted in front of the dashboard. Tesla added the games in an over-the-air software update sent to […]
  • Judge Declares Mistrial in Case of Pastor’s Wife’s Slaying INDIANAPOLIS—A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a man charged in the fatal 2015 shooting of an Indianapolis pastor’s wife after learning some jurors knew she had been pregnant — a fact defense attorneys had successfully moved to keep from the jury. Marion County Judge Grant Hawkins declared the mistrial Monday on the […]
  • Analysts Hail Roku-Google Deal; See up to 119 Percent Upside Analysts were optimistic that Roku Inc and Alphabet Inc Google had reached a multiyear distribution agreement for both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to make them accessible on the Roku operating system. Stephens analyst Nicholas Zangler said, “details are scarce.” However, the agreement should permit Roku to collect origination fees on new YouTube TV originations. […]
  • Remains of US Soldier Killed in Korean War Identified HARTFORD, Conn.—Beverly Guliuzza was overcome with a mix of shock, sadness, and relief when military officials told her they had identified the remains of her brother, Benjamin Bazzell, an Army corporal who went missing in action during the Korean War in 1950 when she was just 12. The notification to Guliuzza, now 84 and living […]
  • US Sees ‘Urgent’ Need to Bolster Taiwan’s Defenses to Deter Beijing Attack: Official A leading Pentagon official on Wednesday said bolstering Taiwan’s defenses to deter a possible invasion by communist China is an “urgent” task. Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing is engaging in destabilizing and “intentionally provocative” […]
  • Production Capacity Needs to Double to Meet Demand for Electric F-150, Says Ford CEO The Ford Motor Co. is dealing with a massive production backlog for an all-electric version of its iconic F-150 pickup, says the company’s CEO. The 2022 F-150 Lightning has a backlog of almost three years with nearly 200,000 reservations, reported CNBC.  Ford CEO, Jim Farley, told the news channel that the automaker is doing whatever it […]
  • Biden Announces Ambassador Nominees for Kenya, Iraq, Malta WASHINGTON—U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced the nomination of former Hewlett Packard CEO Margaret Whitman as ambassador of Kenya, a key partner for Washington on issues including counterterrorism. Biden also nominated Alina Romanowski, currently ambassador to Kuwait, to be ambassador to Iraq, and put forward businesswoman Constance Milstein for ambassador to Malta, the White […]
  • Amazon’s Trucking Ambitions Bump Up Against Driver Shortage, Competition LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO— Inc.’s push to recruit big-rig contractors to haul goods across its web of warehouses is colliding with a trucker shortage as the e-commerce company moves what are expected to be record numbers of packages this holiday season. Its project, called Amazon Freight Partners (AFP), enlists independent trucking companies to move goods between Amazon […]
  • Woods to Compete With Son Charlie in Next Week’s PNC Championship Tiger Woods, who is unsure when he will return to the PGA Tour after sustaining serious leg injuries in a car crash, said on Wednesday he would compete with his 12-year-old son Charlie at next week’s PNC Championship in Orlando. The Dec. 18-19 event is a 36-hole tournament with a field typically comprised of major […]
  • Top Oil and Gas Executives at World Petroleum Congress Discuss State of Industry and Climate HOUSTON—Oil and gas will remain the dominant fuel source for decades to come, the industry’s top executives said on Wednesday, making their case not to be under valued as governments seek to reduce carbon emissions to address climate worries. Executives at this week’s World Petroleum Congress in Houston offered a defense of the industry’s efforts […]
  • Strong Government Refinancing Results in Mortgage Applications Increasing: MBA Mortgage applications increased two percent compared to a week earlier driven mainly by an increase in government refinancing, according to data collected from a Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) survey collected for the week ending Dec. 3. The surge was primarily due to the refinance index increasing nine percent from the prior week on a seasonally […]
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger, Driver Hurt in Shootout ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo.—A shootout during a traffic stop at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park wounded a ranger and one of two suspects who were involved in an earlier pursuit with law enforcement. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says the shooting happened after the ranger stopped a driver on the east side of the park […]
  • Trial Begins for Ex-Cop Kim Potter Who Killed Daunte Wright A former suburban Minneapolis police officer who has said she meant to use a Taser instead of a handgun when she fatally shot Daunte Wright in April went on trial on Wednesday. Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center Police officer was identified in April as responsible for the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Wright, whose death […]
  • Visa Launches Global Cryptocurrency Advisory Services Visa is launching a new global network of consultants and product experts providing advisory services to help its clients navigate and understand the world of cryptocurrencies, the company announced Wednesday. The digital payments company revealed in a statement that it is launching its “Global Crypto Advisory Practice” at a time when “digital currencies are taking greater hold […]
  • Mark Meadows Sues Pelosi, Jan. 6 Committee Members as Contempt Case Proceeds Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday sued the House of Representatives panel investigating the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The lawsuit, filed in a Washington D.C. federal court, follows a move to hold him in contempt after he said he would not appear for […]
  • Increasing Number of Nurses Quitting Hospital System in Massachusetts As Massachusetts hospitals continue to hand out red slips to nurses for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine, members of the state’s largest nursing association gave testimony to lawmakers about escalating job pressures that have prompted an alarming number of nurses to quit.  “Morale is low, burnout is high, and many nurses are walking away […]
  • House Votes to Ban All Goods From China’s Xinjiang Over Forced Labor Concerns The House of Representatives late Wednesday passed legislation to ban all goods from China’s remote northwestern region of Xinjiang over concerns about forced labor. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which passed the Democrat-led chamber by an overwhelming vote of 428-1, now heads to the Senate. It would need to pass the Senate and be signed by […]
  • Los Angeles Residents, Small Business Owners Victims of Latest Crime Wave LOS ANGELES—For Tonna, the manager of a shop in the city’s Beverly Grove neighborhood, her experience in recent days is like many other small business owners who have been victimized amid a trend of organized retail crime across Los Angeles. She declined to give her last name. “Recently, it’s become normal,” she told The Epoch […]
  • Senate Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly voted to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the private sector. In a 52-48 vote, mainly along party lines, the Senate voted to pass a resolution of disapproval (pdf) of the rule submitted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is overseen by the Department of […]
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Blasts Fauci’s ‘Fear Mongering’ Track Record on AIDS Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to blast Dr. Anthony Fauci’s track record during the outbreak of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, saying that Fauci engaged in “fear mongering” and discouraged against potentially life-saving treatments. According to Johnson, Dr. Anthony Fauci used his position as director of the National Institute […]
  • Biden Executive Order Makes Cuts to Federal Government Emissions President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday intended to reduce carbon emissions across the federal government, with the goal of net zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050. The measure calls for the use of the federal government’s annual purchasing power of $650 billion to make sweeping changes to the government’s 300,000 […]
  • Buscaino Seeks to End $0 Bail For Non-Violent Felonies, Misdemeanors LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino introduced a resolution Dec. 8 to support the reinstitution of cash bail in Los Angeles County, which was suspended for low-level, non-violent felonies and misdemeanors. In a statement Wednesday, Buscaino said the suspension of cash bail has “created a free-for-all environment where criminals are charged one day and […]
  • Ohio Gov. DeWine Announces Water Grants Worth More Than $100 million Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Dec. 8 announced more than $100 million in grants for municipalities to improve water quality and infrastructure. The grants total $109 million for 101 drinking—and wastewater—infrastructure projects across the state, covering all 88 of the Buckeye State’s counties. They are part of the H2Ohio initiative that DeWine announced in October, […]
  • Group Donates 7,000 LGBTQ-Affirming Books to LA County Elementary Schools LOS ANGELES—Elementary school children in Los Angeles County will soon have access to books containing LGBTQ-affirming content in their public-school libraries, due to a donation from the nonprofit group Gender Nation. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) held a press conference Dec. 8 to “celebrate the donation” of 7,000 LGBTQ-affirming books donated to elementary […]
  • EPOCHTV: Facts Matter (Dec. 8): Non-Citizens Now Allowed to Finance US Ballot Initiatives, Referendums, Recalls In Los Angeles, two parents are accusing a local school of giving their children the vaccine without parental consent, and bribing the children with food and pizza in order to keep them from talking about it. Meanwhile, the Federal Elections Commission just voted on a new rule that will allow foreign nationals (citizens of other countries) […]
  • Mother Says Son Vaccinated in Exchange for Pizza at LA School Without Her Consent A mother in Los Angeles says her son was vaccinated at school without her consent and in exchange for pizza. “I should have been involved,” Maribel Duarte told NBC 4 News, whose 13-year-old son attends the Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South Los Angeles. Duarte also says her son was told to not discuss […]
  • Where You Exercise Just as Important as Exercise Itself: Study LOS ANGELES—Where you exercise is just as important for brain health as exercise itself. That’s the conclusion of a study released today by researchers at University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Arizona, which found that vigorous exercise in a highly polluted area can diminish the positive brain benefits of exercise. “We found […]
  • Border Patrol Pursuit Ends in Crash That Leaves 13 Injured SAN DIEGO—A driver is in custody Dec. 8 after 12 passengers in a pickup truck being pursued by Border Patrol agents were injured in “a mass casualty incident” on Interstate 8 in East County, San Deigo, authorities said. At 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over a black Chevrolet Silverado on Interstate-8 […]
  • City of Hope Acquires Cancer Treatment Centers of America DUARTE, Calif.—City of Hope cancer hospital in Duarte announced Dec. 8 it has reached a deal to acquire Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a nationwide network of oncology hospitals and outpatient care centers. Under the $390 million deal, City of Hope and CTCA combined will employ roughly 11,000 people. The transaction is expected to close in early 2022. “This […]
  • NTD Evening News Full Broadcast (Dec. 8) The House passes three bills to oppose the Chinese regime’s crimes against humanity, Pfizer releases a study about the Omicron variant, and the Senate is expected to vote to overturn President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
  • Maryland School Board Approves Regulation That Allows Schools to Drop Mask Mandates Schools in Maryland can drop masks mandates if they reach a certain vaccination rate if state lawmakers approve a regulation that the state’s school board voted for on Tuesday. The Maryland State Board of Education voted 12–1 to approve a regulation that extends the requirement for children and staff members in schools to don masks. […]
  • House Republican Introduces Resolution to Issue Subpoenas Over ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Letter Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would force key individuals to cooperate with an investigation into actions the Biden administration has taken to potentially crack down on parental protests. If the resolution were adopted, the committee would issue subpoenas to Attorney General Merrick […]
  • Judge Grants Project Veritas Request to Insert Special Master After FBI Raids A federal judge on Wednesday agreed to appoint a special master to shield certain materials from the bureau and prosecutors that the FBI seized from Project Veritas. A special master, typically a retired judge, is appointed in a small number of cases to sift through seized materials and separate out documents that are privileged, or […]
  • DeSantis Touts Big Budget Reserves, Gas Tax Savings, Anti-Flood Projects Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters Dec. 7 that soon he’ll unveil a proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which will include “higher budget reserves than we’ve ever had in the history of the state of Florida.” “We are doing things that matter, that are helping Floridians across the board, and we’re being very […]
  • Hundreds of LA School Employees Fired for Not Getting COVID-19 Vaccine: Officials More than 400 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employees were fired this week for not complying with the district’s vaccine mandate, officials confirmed. Board Vice President Nick Melvoin told the Los Angeles Daily News that more than 400 school staff members were fired this week. A spokesperson for the district told the outlet that […]
  • Small Businesses Faced With Skyrocketing Shipping Costs—If They Can Even Buy What They Need Christmas means more than presents, but some of the gifts that celebrate the season will be sadly lacking this year. According to businesses across the country, supply chain issues and government regulations have made it difficult to get goods for Christmas. The worst problem for businesses is the shipping cost, several local business owners said. […]
  • Navy SEAL Commander Dies After Weekend Training Accident: Navy A U.S. Navy SEAL commander died from injuries he sustained during a recent training accident in Virginia, the Naval Special Warfare Command confirmed on Wednesday. According to the Naval Special Warfare Command, Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois, 43, was wounded when he fell while fast-roping down from a helicopter on Saturday during training. The cause of his fall is under […]
  • Stellantis and Foxconn Announce Partnership for New Line of Automotive Semiconductor Chips Auto giant Stellantis and Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, announced on Dec. 7 that they will partner to develop and supply a new line of automotive semiconductor chips for the auto industry. Supplies of critical semiconductor chips had been a problem for the auto industry, which led automakers to temporarily close factories. It is hoped […]
  • Southern California Authorities on the Lookout for Christmas Thieves As Amazon, FedEx, and other shipping trucks disperse to fulfill holiday orders, southland authorities are on the lookout to catch package thieves. The city of Anaheim launched the annual bait package program to catch anyone attempting to steal orders off porch steps. Through the use of a GPS device, the police department will be informed […]
  • Vulnerable, Moderate Dems Breaking With Biden More Frequently as Midterms Approach News Analysis As the 2022 midterms draw nearer, several Democrats are distancing themselves from President Joe Biden, whose popularity has dwindled since taking office. At the beginning of Biden’s presidency, congressional Democrats marched largely in lockstep with the president. But as his first year in office approaches its end, that situation has changed drastically. Still […]
  • Scott Peterson Resentenced to Life in Prison for Pregnant Wife’s Murder Scott Peterson was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole after he was spared the death sentence over the deaths of his wife and unborn child in the early 2000s. Peterson, 49, was convicted in 2004 for murdering his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn child, Conner. Peterson was originally sentenced to death in […]
  • Maine Student Aid Program Discriminates on the Basis of Religion, Supreme Court Hears A Maine law that excludes families from a student aid program if they choose to send their children to religious schools is flatly unconstitutional and should be struck down, a seemingly sympathetic Supreme Court heard Dec. 8. The program at issue provides tuition assistance for students who don’t have a local public school so they […]
  • Huntington Beach Appoints New Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—The city of Huntington Beach appointed a new mayor and mayor pro tem during its Dec. 7 council meeting. Barbara Delgleize, who was serving as the city’s mayor pro tem, was appointed as mayor due to current Mayor Kim Carr’s finishing up her one-year term. This appointment will be Delgleize’s second mayoral term, […]
  • Faced With Mandates, Ideological Education, More California Parents Now Homeschooling COSTA MESA, Calif.—The demand for homeschooling options in California is on the rise as parents express concern over the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for K–12 students and critical race theory entering into various subjects. Tom Pollitt, founder of the home school program Orange County Christian Schools in Costa Mesa, said parents have been increasingly dissatisfied […]
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