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Helicopter Pilots Spot Sci-Fi-Looking Object In Utah’s Red Rock Country – NPR

This monolith was discovered in rural Utah, but officials do not know its source or reason for being installed. Utah Department of Public Safety/Utah Department of Public Safety hide caption toggle caption Utah Department of Public Safety/Utah Department of Public Safety This monolith was discovered in rural Utah, but officials do not know its source or reason for being installed. Utah Department of Public Safety/Utah Department of Public Safety State officials were flying over southeastern Utah looking for sheep as a part of a routine task. Instead they found something straight out of a sci-fi movie. From a helicopter, officers from Utah’s Department of Public Safety spotted a large metal monolith — a single block of metal or stone — last week. It was sitting in Utah’s red roc...

CDC considering shortening coronavirus quarantine period – Fox News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering shortening the current coronavirus quarantine timeline from 14 days to between just seven and 10, according to an exclusive Wall Street Journal report. The agency reportedly hopes the change will inspire more people to comply with the guidelines. In a statement provided to Fox News, an agency spokesperson said no such changes had been finalized.  “CDC is always reviewing its guidance and recommendations in the light of new understandings of the virus that causes COVID-19 and will announce such changes when appropriate,” the spokesperson said.  Henry Walke, the agency’s incident manager for COVID-19 response, reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the new guidelines would also include a test to ensure a pe...

5 things to know about NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus nursing home controversy – Fox News

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among many state leaders working to quell rising positive cases of the novel coronavirus as the holiday season approaches, though the New York Democrat has faced some criticism over how he has handled the pandemic in certain situations. New York was the epicenter of the domestic outbreak in the early spring, bearing the brunt of cases as the country grappled with the disease and experts raced to share more details on transmissibility, symptoms and prevention methods. Since then, cases in the Empire State have dropped dramatically – and still remain among the lowest in the U.S. Despite praise for flattening the curve, one of the controversies in the state was Cuomo’s regulations regarding nursing home patients, which some argue may have contributed to a large n...

Grammys 2021: The Weeknd and Bob Dylan Surprisingly Absent From Nominations – Pitchfork

During today’s 2021 Grammy nominations, there were two artists who were surprisingly missing from contention: Bob Dylan nor the Weeknd. The Weeknd’s smash hit “Blinding Lights” was eligible for nomination, as was his chart-topping album After Hours. Bob Dylan’s remarkable Rough and Rowdy Ways was also released during the eligibility period (September 1, 2019—August 31, 2020), with its first single “Murder Most Foul” reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart. Since the Grammy nominations require that an artist submit their work for consideration each year, it’s unclear whether either artist did so. For example, Frank Ocean, Drake, Cardi B, and Macklemore have all chosen to withhold music from Grammy consideration in recent years. When asked about the Weeknd’s shutout in an...

African travelers could be required to pay a $15,000 bond to enter the U.S. – CBS News

Prospective tourists and visitors from more than 20 countries, mostly in Africa, could pay as much as a $15,000 bond to obtain a U.S. visa under a new rule from the Trump administration.  The requirements unveiled on Tuesday, the State Department said, are designed to send “a message” to certain nations to encourage their citizens to abide by the conditions of their U.S. visas. The State Department said it selected countries whose citizens have high rates of remaining in the U.S. after their visas have expired.  Under the six-month pilot program starting December 24, U.S. consular officials could start requiring applicants for B-1 and B-2 visas who hail from the selected countries to pay a $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 bond, according to the temporary final rule issued by the Stat...

Trump pardons Corn the turkey as a finishing White House act – POLITICO

He kicked off celebrating a healthy stock market and lauded the country’s farmers, police and military. He also praised the enduring tradition of the turkey pardon, evoking its origins in the days of Abraham Lincoln. But the signs of an unusually troubled year were apparent. Trump lauded the progress on coronavirus vaccines and thanked health care workers for their efforts in controlling the pandemic. And while the president and first lady didn’t wear masks, other attendees had their faces covered. “From our earliest days, America has always been a story of perseverance and triumph, determination and strength, loyalty and faith,” Trump said. “This week in a time that is very unusual but in so many ways very, very good, what we’ve endured and been able to...

Texas hospitals prepare to administer Covid vaccine shots in less than three weeks – CNBC

A worker passes a line of freezers holding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate BNT162b2 at a Pfizer facility in Puurs, Belgium in an undated photograph. Pfizer | via Reuters Texas is preparing to start administering the first Covid-19 immunization shots in less than three weeks — as soon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval to distribute Pfizer‘s or Moderna’s vaccine. It’s a gargantuan task for the second-most populated state in the nation. The coronavirus has swept across the Lone Star State after it reopened its economy in May. It has confirmed more Covid-19 cases than any other state at roughly 1.2 million and has seen the second-most deaths behind New York, losing more than 21,000 Texans to the virus so far, according to data...

Wisconsin recount observers given poop emoji wristbands | TheHill – The Hill

Wisconsin election observers in Milwaukee were given wristbands bearing the poop emoji Tuesday during the fifth day of watching the recount requested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to ‘hollow out government agencies’ Trump’s remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban ‘inflicts concrete harms,’ study says | China objects to US admiral’s Taiwan visit MORE’s campaign. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mary Spicuzza posted a photo of the wristband on Twitter Tuesday, along with videos of workers counting ballots throughout the day.  Today’s recount wristband in Milwaukee. pic.twitter.com/CY2mJg41BJ — Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) November 24, 2020 According to Spicuzza, wristband...

FAQ – Taysom Hill no longer eligible at TE in ESPN fantasy football, is now QB only – ESPN

Nov 23, 2020 Fantasy Staff As the fantasy football regular season winds down, we at ESPN Fantasy would like to alert you to a key positional eligibility change: Taysom Hill is no longer eligible at tight end and quarterback is now his primary position. Below, you will find answers to questions you might have with regard to how this impacts your fantasy team and/or league. 1. What is Hill’s eligibility going forward? Beginning in Week 12, Hill is eligible at QB only. 2. Why the change now, and not last week? Hill played the entire game at QB in Week 11 and is expected to continue in that role, at least primarily, until Drew Brees returns as the New Orleans Saints’ starting quarterback. Early last week, ESPN Fantasy maintained it would not take away Hill’s primary position ...

Cuomo reverses on in-person Thanksgiving plans with family | TheHill – The Hill

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo calls a sheriff who won’t enforce mask mandate a ‘dictator’ New York City to reopen field hospital as COVID-19 cases spike White House largely silent on health precautions for Thanksgiving MORE (D) will change his family’s Thanksgiving plans after receiving backlash, according to a spokesperson. During a radio interview with WAMC Monday, Cuomo said he planned to have Thanksgiving dinner with his daughters and his mother Matilda Cuomo, 89, The New York Times reported. “My mom is going to come up and two of my girls,” Cuomo said. “The plans change. But that’s my plan.” In a reversal, the governor’s plans did change soon after his message got out to the public. Social media users criticized...

Ford orders freezers to make coronavirus vaccine available to employees – Fox Business

Ford Motor Co. has ordered a dozen freezers to store the new COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Pfizer, which announced on Nov. 20 that it was requesting emergency use authorization for its 95% effective vaccine, has said that the vaccine must be stored at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Moderna’s and AstraZeneca’s vaccine must similarly be stored at cool temperatures. Ticker Security Last Change Change % F FORD MOTOR COMPANY 9.45 0.59 6.66% PFE PFIZER INC. 36.60 0.08 0.22% MRNA MODERNA INC. 98.56 -2.47 -2.44% AZN ASTRAZENECA PLC 53.57 -1.13 -2.07% “It’s important to Ford because the health and safety of our employees is our top priority,” Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told FOX Business. “We ordered a doz...

CDC Finalizing Recommendation to Shorten Covid-19 Quarantines – The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon shorten the length of time it recommends that a person self-quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus, hoping that such a step will encourage more people to comply, a top agency official said. CDC officials are finalizing recommendations for a new quarantine period that would likely be between seven and 10 days and include a test to ensure a person is negative for Covid-19, said Henry Walke, the agency’s incident manager for Covid-19 response. Agency…

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