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Nancy is a young, full of life lady who joined the team shortly after the BelleNews site started to run. She is focused on bringing up to light all the latest news from the technology industry. In her opinion the hi-tech expresses the humanity intellectual level. Nancy is an active person; she enjoys sports and delights herself in doing gardening in her spare time, as well as reading, always searching for new topics for her articles.

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Facebook has removed a video of former President Donald Trump from the page of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump.

The social media giant banned Donald Trump from its platform in January following riots by his supporters on the Capitol building in Washington.

Lara Trump, a new Fox News contributor, posted a video of herself interviewing Donald Trump on a range of issues.

Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law later posted a screenshot of an email she received from Facebook warning her of the ban.

“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the account,” an email from “Katelyn” read.

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Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump, instead posted the interview for her own online show The Right View on the video platform Rumble and linked to it from her Facebook page.

“And just like that, we are one step closer to Orwell’s 1984. Wow,” she commented on her Instagram account.

Long-time Trump supporter and Fox News TV host Sean Hannity described the move as “extreme censorship” in a tweet.

Facebook’s suspension of Donald Trump’s account on January 7 – a day after the Capitol riots – is being reviewed by its new Oversight Board, which was set up to rule on controversial moderation decisions.

Defending the ban at the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said: “We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

Former President Donald Trump was also banned from Twitter and YouTube.

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Ten people, including a police officer, have been killed by a gunman following an hours-long stand-off at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

The attack ended with police detaining an injured suspect at the King Soopers market.

The shooting was live-streamed by witnesses and broadcast on YouTube.

Among the dead was 51-year-old Eric Talley, who was the first police officer to respond to the shooting.

“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County,” the area’s district attorney, Michael Dougherty, said.

“These were people going about their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.”

No other details have been released about the nine other victims or a motive for the attack.

The grocery store is located in a busy shopping plaza in Boulder, a north-central Colorado city about 30 miles away from the state capital of Denver.

The supermarket attack comes less than a week after a mass shooting that left eight dead, including six Asian women, at three spas in Atlanta.

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The incident began at about 14:30 local time on March 22 when the suspect entered the supermarket and began firing.

Shoppers and employees of the store said they had to dive for cover or run to safety as the shooting unfolded.

Some of the stand-off was captured on camera by a passer-by, showing victims near the grocery store.

Gunshots can be heard as he runs away from the shop.

The video continues, with police arriving on the scene and surrounding the market.

The Boulder police department later warned people to avoid the area and told them not to “broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see”.

Eyewitnesses said the suspect was armed with a rifle. A police source told CNN it was an AR-15 style rifle, a semi-automatic gun that has been used in several mass shootings across the US.

Aerial footage later showed a handcuffed, shirtless man with an apparent injury to his leg being put onto a stretcher for treatment. Authorities did not say whether he was the suspect or not.

Speaking at a press conference, Boulder police chief Maris Herold confirmed that a suspect was in custody and was receiving hospital treatment.

Maris Herold named the officer killed as Eric Talley, a father of seven who had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010.

The names of the other victims will not be released until relatives have been informed.

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Other than rent, spending money on food is many people’s second-biggest expense. Don’t feel too bad about it, good food is essential for good health. However, heading into troubling the economic times of 2021, the food bill is somewhere we can cut monthly spending. Here are some tips to help cut down weekly shopping bills.

Internet shopping and vouchers

The internet is your biggest resource when it comes to saving money in 2021. The internet allows us to compare prices more easily, opt for the best deals, and seek out vouchers. Iceland Vouchers, for example, can save customers 10% on their food bill. There are plenty of ways to find good deals online thanks to affiliate marketing and the fight for customer’s attention.

It’s much faster to compare the prices between two supermarkets online than in real life, so it’s great to use this to inform our decision – even if we do eventually shop in the physical store.

Making food last longer

Making food last longer is one of the most overlooked forms of waste. Fruit and veg contribute to around 50% of food wastage – a statistic that is damaging the environment. This starts with better education surrounding storing different products. For example, potatoes and onions need to be in a cool, dark place, separate from each other so the gases do not combine. 

It’s also important to organise and utilise the refrigerator people, too. The bottom shelf is the coldest, and thus is where meat and fish should be stored, whilst dairy can take the top shelf. Cheese and other items that get opened then re-used should be re-wrapped in a resealable bag.

Bulk buying

Simple economics tells us that bulk buying is cheaper per unit. The reason for this is because companies save money on postage, packaging, and are happy to entice customers into bigger sales to offload stock. 

Customers can make the most of this by looking at the price per kg (or price per unit) that exists on every label in a shop. For example, the largest box of washing powder will likely be cheaper per kg than the smallest box (presuming it’s the same brand). Alternatively, customers can shop at wholesalers.

The caveat here is only buy in large quantity if you’re 100% sure that you will not waste any, or come to the realisation that you did not need that much.

Frozen over fresh

Frozen food has a bad reputation, but it’s often undeserved. Frozen vegetables have been proven to be fresher than non-frozen vegetables because they’re frozen right after harvest. Not only this, but frozen fruit and veg is significantly cheaper than fresh fruit and veg. Plus, you’re going to sidestep the trap of perishable food waste.

Plant-based diet

Being a strict vegan or vegetarian is a personal choice and opinion. What isn’t up for debate, however, is that meat is expensive per gram compared to plant-based foods. The only meat that is cheap typically highly processesed and therefore very bad for your health.

Cutting down meat, such as meatless Mondays, can be a big money saver. Using black beans instead of mincemeat in a Con Carne, or a vegan burger instead of a steak burger is undoubtedly cheaper and can still provide good levels of protein. Plus, vegan alternatives are getting cheaper as the supply has begun to increase.

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Beijing was covered in thick dust on March 15 as it experienced what its weather bureau has called the worst sandstorm in a decade.

The storm in the Chinese capital caused an unprecedented spike in air pollution measurements – with pollution levels in some districts at 160 times the recommended limit.

Hundreds of flights were canceled or grounded as the sky was covered by an apocalyptic-looking orange haze.

The sand is being brought in by strong winds from Mongolia.

In Mongolia the severe sandstorms have reportedly caused six deaths and left dozens missing.

China’s Global Times media outlet reported that at least 12 provinces in the country, including the capital, had been affected, and the weather was likely to continue through the day on March 15 before improving at night.

The WHO currently sets safe levels of air quality based on the concentration of polluting particles called particulate matter (PM) found in the air.

According to AFP quoting the Global Times, the PM 10 pollution in six central districts reached “over 8,100 micrograms per cubic meter” on March 15. The WHO considers levels between 0-54 as “good” and 55-154″ as “moderate” levels of PM 10.

AFP added that schools had been told to cancel outdoor events, and those with respiratory diseases advised to stay indoors.

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The Chinese capital was historically hit by sandstorms on a much more regular basis, but pollution reduction projects – including prohibitions on new coal-fired power plants, restrictions on the number of cars on the road and reforestation – have significantly improved air quality. Sandstorms like the one seen this week, caused by wind, are harder to control.

Beijing and surrounding regions have suffered from high levels of pollution in recent weeks, with one Greenpeace activist telling AFP that it was a result of “intense” industrial activities. These, he said, exacerbated sandstorm conditions, which were the “result of extreme weather conditions and desertification”.

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A lot can happen in a year. From finding out you’re expecting a new bundle of joy to eventually welcoming your little one, to getting engaged and then married, to adopting pets or buying a house, these milestone occasions are worth celebrating — and not just with those you see on a daily or weekly basis.

When it comes to sharing this important news with more distant friends and family members, though, never underestimate the power of a traditional paper card.

Looking for a thoughtful way to announce news of important milestones? Here are three great ideas you’ll love.

1. Add the News to Your Christmas Card

Sending Christmas cards to family and friends is a warm and welcoming holiday tradition. For many, receiving such wishes is one of the highlights of the season, and perhaps a chance to send and receive a little love from those you can’t be physically close to during the festive season.

Christmas cards are also a great way to update those friends and family members about major changes in your life that have happened in the past year.

When your loved ones are already anticipating a card, they’ll be even more excited to learn about the exciting news that you’re looking to announce. Whether you bought a new house or adopted a pet, adding a note and a photo to your custom Christmas cards is a great way to let everyone on your list know.

2. Send an Engagement Announcement or Save-the-Date

While weddings seem to become more extravagant year after year, the average length of an engagement is surprisingly short. In fact, most couples are only engaged for just 12 to 18 months before they tie the knot.

When you know you’ll only be engaged for a short time, it might be tempting to skip over formal traditions in favor of something quick and easy. But before you text or post to social media about the news, you might want to reconsider.

Sending an engagement announcement or even a save-the-date is a special gesture befitting of the occasion. Not only is it exciting mail for your friends and loved ones to receive, but it also acts as a special moment of your all-too-short engagement period.

3. Mail a Birth Announcement

In a time when social media reigns supreme, it’s no surprise that many parents choose to announce the arrival of their new little bundle of joy via a carefully worded, perfectly photographed Instagram or Facebook post. When you’re excited to share the news and want to show off your little one’s already adorable looks, it’s understandable that you’d opt for social media to get the word out as quickly as possible.

Regardless if you decide to post to social media, mailing a birth announcement is still an important tradition to keep. For grandparents, distant aunts and uncles, and even close friends, a beautiful paper birth announcement — especially one featuring a photo of your little one — is a great keepsake. Whether they display it on their refrigerator until they get to meet your newborn in-person or tuck it away in a scrapbook, it’s a small, simple token that can mean a lot to your friends and family members.

Sharing Your Big Moments

From birth and engagement announcements to sharing smaller milestones on your Christmas card, these are all great ways to celebrate life’s moments, both big and small, with your friends and loved ones near and far!

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Many people feel safer in the comforts of their home, particularly when it comes to any kind of pollution. The outside world can be filled with dust, smog, haze, and other potentially harmful pollutants, which is why many people feel like their indoor air is clean and safe for them to breathe.

While it may seem that your home’s indoor air quality is far better than the outdoors, this is not entirely true. In some cases, indoors tend to be more polluted than the outdoors. The air in our homes can be filled with chemicals from home cleaners and fire-control equipment. In fact, there is a high probability that your home has a heating system that retains allergens indoors. It is not always possible to open the windows to air out your home. However, there are numerous ways for you to improve your home’s air quality:

1.   Regularly Clean Your Home

Air pollution in your home will be significantly reduced once you make cleaning a part of your routine. For one, you will see an immediate reduction of dust, pet dander, and other potential allergens. Start by having a regular schedule of vacuuming your carpets and rugs. Make sure you have a vacuum that comes with suitable filters. If you plan to renovate your home, it will help to replace the carpet flooring with hardwood or tiles to reduce the presence of air allergens.

In addition to cleaning your carpets regularly, you should also pay careful attention to your curtains, cushions, sofas, and bedding. If you have pets that stay indoors, make sure to clean their area, mainly where they spend most of their time. It will also help to reduce your clutter that can accumulate dust.

2.   Change Your AC Filters

Your home’s heating, venting, and air-conditioning system work year-round to make sure that your entire family enjoys the perfect temperature. Part of its function is to maintain the proper air cycle in your home by filtering the air pollutants. That’s why it is necessary to practice proper maintenance of the AC filters. Failure to clean these filters can lead to clogging and eventual breakage, which will drastically drop your home’s air quality.

3.   Air Your Plants

Having indoor plants offers many benefits. Aside from improving the overall appearance of your home, they also improve your air quality. However, they can also be prone to become a breeding ground for mold, dust, and other pests. That’s why it is essential to air them once in a while. It will help if you can bring your plants outside at least twice a week to get the necessary sunlight and air they need.

4.   Air Out Your Home

Indoor air can become stale if there is not steady airflow in your home. Whenever possible, it is best to air out your home. Open your windows to let the air circulate. However, if it is not possible, particularly during the winter season, you can use trickle vents instead. They are highly beneficial for homes in urban settings where the outdoor air is full of smog, smoke, and dust. Having them in your bathroom and kitchen helps, as these areas need it the most.

5.   Avoid Smoking Inside

If you live with a smoker, instruct them to smoke outside of your home. The smoke from cigarettes has over 4,000 harmful chemicals, which can cause cancer, infections, and asthma. If possible, quitting is a better option for everyone.

Maintaining good indoor air quality is crucial for one’s health. Following the above tips will ensure that your home is both clean and safe.

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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has been arrested in the US on suspicion of drug trafficking, authorities say.

The 31-year-old was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC.

El Chapo’s wife is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

The 63-year-old drug lord is currently serving a life sentence in New York for drug trafficking and money laundering.

El Chapo is a former head of the Sinaloa cartel, which officials say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

His trial in 2019 heard shocking revelations about his life, from drugging and raping girls as young as 13 to carrying out the cold-blooded murders of former cartel members and rivals.

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Emma Coronel Aispuro is due to appear in a federal court in DC via video conference, the DoJ said.

As well as facing drug trafficking charges, she is also accused of conspiring with others to help her husband escape from prison in Mexico in 2015.

El Chapo Guzman was sprung from Mexico’s maximum-security Altiplano prison after his sons bought a property near the prison and a GPS watch smuggled into the prison gave diggers his exact location. He escaped by riding a specially adapted small motorcycle through the tunnel.

Court documents said Emma Coronel Aispuro was allegedly involved in planning another prison escape for her husband before he was extradited to the US in January 2017.

Emma Coronel Aispuro has not commented on the charges.

She is a dual US-Mexico citizen and the mother of twins with Guzman. She attended nearly every day of her husband’s three-month trial in New York, during which she heard not only grim accounts of murder and rape, but also claims he spied on her and other mistresses.

El Chapo Guzmán came from a poor family in Sinaloa state, north-west Mexico. His organized crime business grew so big that he entered Forbes’ 2009 list of the world’s richest men at number 701, with an estimated worth of $1 billion.

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Texas residents have been told to boil tap water before consuming it after a deadly winter storm caused power blackouts at treatment facilities.

The huge storm sweeping across the southern US has killed at least 24 people and left millions without power.

Texas has seen widespread blackouts.

Freezing temperatures have also caused water pipes to burst, despite attempts by some homeowners to insulate them from the cold using blankets.

Texas energy grid has been overwhelmed by a surge in demand as people try to keep warm in some of the coldest temperatures there in more than 30 years – hitting 0F earlier this week.

President Joe Biden earlier approved a state of emergency for Texas, which has been blanketed by snow and ice since the storm swept in at the weekend.

A so-called “boil water notice” has been issued for the city of Houston and surrounding areas, affecting nearly 7 million people, with the CDC advising that all water planned for consumption – even if filtered – must be boiled as it may be contaminated.

Only boiled or bottled water should be used, including for brushing teeth, the CDC said.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged those without power – and unable to boil tap water – to try to access bottled water wherever possible.

He told reporters at a press conference: “Power will not be restored fully, I would say, probably for another couple of days.”

Mayor Turner also urged people who had been leaving taps running to prevent pipes from freezing not to do so, in an effort to help conserve supplies.

He tweeted: “Water pressure is very low. Please do not run water to keep pipes from bursting. Turn off water if pipes have burst. Please contact us if you don’t know how to turn off water. Be conservative on water usage today. It is needed for hospitals and fires. St”

Texas homes are not normally insulated for cold weather, meaning that indoor temperatures quickly plummeted after heating systems failed.

Mayor Turner said that businesses and churches were being used as “warming centers” to help shelter some of the most vulnerable, while also providing bottled water to residents.

“We are still in the midst of this winter storm,” he warned, urging people to avoid the roads or travelling in the mornings and evenings, describing them as the “most dangerous times”.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that 1.2 million Texans had so far had their power restored, with more coming “on board”.

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Jewelry can be timeless or temporary. They are often imbued with sentimentality. It could be an heirloom, for instance – a brooch passed down from a grandparent or a parent’s engagement ring. A partner might have purchased a special bracelet to commemorate an anniversary. One the other hand, they may just be fashion accessories. You had a dress that you’d specifically picked out for this date but it was quite an odd shade of blue which you struggled to match a necklace from your existing collection to, so you went out to a mall and searched for a piece you know you’d maybe only wear with this dress (once or twice then, but let’s not kid ourselves as we all have those outfits). Either way, they have a different value to clothes. Jewelry has its own space and rituals of preservation. There’s a delicacy and a preciousness. As such, here are a few ways for how you can maintain your jewelry’s condition.

Photo by Alex Chambers on Unsplash

Why Does It Tarnish?

Jewelry is often associated with precious metals. It’s true: they are made from gold and silver, for instance. However, they are mixed with other metals too because pure gold and pure silver cannot be handled as it’s too soft. It is the other metals – silver, copper, and zinc – which add the strength so it can be worn as jewelry, handled as coins, and stacked as ingots, that cause it to become dull. This is, then, a natural trajectory for jewelry: it will become dull. There’s no avoiding it.

Each piece will have a different composition of gold and silver, as you well know – hence the karat system for determining how much gold is present. Due to this, each will tarnish to its own degree because of the various metals. Each cause will react differently to whichever metal is present in the jewelry.

What causes the dullness and change in color? It’s body oils, water, salt, makeup – most external substances. This is why it’s hard to avoid tarnishing.

Insurance

Before we discuss the wear which can be helped, we should quickly discuss damage of the irreparable kind. Insurance kicks in for such scary situations as theft, fire damage, water damage, vandalism, falling-object damage – all such perils will be named in your policy. Now, this policy will likely be your homeowners insurance or renters insurance. These will cover your jewelry should they be damaged just fine. The majority of claims are made after theft, which is a standard part of most insurance of this kind. There is, though, a maximum for which your insurance will pay out. This may only go up to just over $1000, which could be more than enough, in which case you have nothing to worry about (those silver bangles and fashion-piece hoop earring might be purely functional to you). However, should you have more expensive jewelry, extra coverage is available. You will be able to find a policy which will have a high maximum limit, adjusted to what you need. However, this extra coverage will be reflected in your jewelry insurance cost.

How to Preserve and Clean your Jewelry

Firstly, keeping them dry and clean is a good first step. You may want to look fancy when you’re poolside, with your engagement sitting proud, but this isn’t best practice. Equally, taking it off before washing your hands or the dishes, if you want to be extra vigilant, is ideal. The water will oxidise the copper which might be in your ring or bracelet, leaving green marks on your skin.

Similarly, putting on jewelry after you’ve sprayed perfume, after you’ve put on lotion, after you’ve changed your outfit, after you’ve put hair spray on, after you’ve applied makeup will ensure that harsh chemicals won’t be applied directly onto the jewelry. As the saying goes, jewelry completes a look and it should be put on last so you can fully take in your appearance and because it helps your jewelry’s condition.

On the topic of harsh chemicals, using some cleaners will negatively affect your jewelry. As illogical as it sounds that cleaners can be bad, you should be wary.

Wearing it where is appropriate is also best. As alluded to above, pools, spas, and beaches are probably not a good idea. Neither is donning little pearls or having a necklace on while you exercise because your sweat will be full of salt which corrodes silver. Taking anything you have on or in when you’re heading to bed is also advised and it can quite easily be damaged or even hurt you.

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Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the helicopter which crashed killing Kobe Bryant, his young daughter, and seven other people had probably become disorientated amid fog, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have said.

The helicopter smashed into a hillside near Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020.

Ara Zobayan was among the dead.

Investigators also said the pilot may have felt “self-induced pressure” to complete the flight for Kobe Bryant.

The NTSB has been investigating the circumstances around the crash, and met on February 9 to vote on the probable cause. It is an independent federal agency with no enforcement powers.

In its official finding, the NTSB said the main cause of the crash was most likely the pilot’s decision to keep flying in inclement conditions, “which resulted in the pilot’s spatial disorientation and loss of control”.

During the flight, Ara Zobayan told air traffic controllers the helicopter was climbing out of heavy cloud when it was actually descending.

“This maneuver is consistent with the pilot experiencing spatial disorientation in limited visibility conditions,” said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.

“We are talking about spatial disorientation where literally the pilot may not know which way is up or down, whether he or she is leaning left or right.”

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The NTSB added that “inadequate review and oversight” of safety management processes by the helicopter charter company, Island Express, may have also contributed to the crash.

However, the board did not find that the Sikorsky S-76B had experienced any mechanical problems. The helicopter was not required to have “black box” recorders, which capture flight data and voices in the cockpit, and was not carrying any.

Ara Zobayan violated federal rules and went against his own flight training by flying into thick clouds, safety officials said.

The pilot “was flying under visual flight orders or VFR which legally prohibited him from penetrating the clouds”, but he did so anyway, said Robert Sumwalt.

Investigators also criticized the pilot for banking the helicopter to the left, instead of bringing the aircraft straight up while trying to escape the bad weather.

Ara Zobayan was an experienced pilot who had often flown for Kobe Bryant. The widely respected pilot had logged more than 1,200 hours in the Sikorsky-76 helicopter.

Disorientation can set in when pilots can’t see the sky or landscape, making it harder to judge an aircraft’s altitude and acceleration.

Investigators also said that the close relationship between Kobe Bryant and Ara Zobayan may have compelled the pilot to fly even in unsafe conditions.

In text messages on the eve of the crash released by the NTSB, Ara Zobayan wrote that the forecast seemed to be “not the best”. The next morning, the pilot wrote that the conditions were “looking ok”.

At the time of the crash, retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant, 41, was travelling to a youth basketball tournament with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, two of her teammates, and several other friends.

The fatal crash prompted a global outpouring of support for Kobe Bryant’s family – as well as a number of lawsuits.

Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, sued Ara Zobayan and the companies that owned and operated the helicopter for alleged negligence and wrongful death. Families of the other victims sued the helicopter companies – but not the pilot.

In September, Vanessa Bryant sued the LA County Sheriff’s Department after officers shared unauthorized photos of the crash site. California now has a state law prohibiting first responders from taking unauthorized pictures of people who died at the scene of an accident or crime.

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The White House is seeking to push forward a plan to make anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman the face of a new $20 bill.

A note featuring Harriet Tubman, who was born a slave in about 1822, was originally due to be unveiled in 2020.

The US Treasury said Harriet Tubman would replace former President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner.

The effort was delayed under former President Donald Trump, who branded it “pure political correctness”.

Now President Joe Biden has revived the project, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters the Treasury was “exploring ways to speed up” the process.

The move would make Harriet Tubman the first African American to appear on a US banknote, and the first woman for more than 100 years.

Jen Psaki said on January 25: “It’s important that our notes, our money – if people don’t know what a note is – reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that.”

The women last depicted on US notes were former First Lady Martha Washington, on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and Native American Pocahontas, in a group image on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869.

However, given the complexities of redesigning and producing US banknotes, the bill is not expected to be released any time soon.

In 2019, President Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said the redesign would be delayed until at least 2026. At the time, he said he was focused on redesigning bills to address counterfeiting issues, not making changes to their imagery.

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Donald Trump, an admirer of his populist predecessor Andrew Jackson – whose portrait hung in his office – expressed opposition to the redesign.

While campaigning in 2016, Donald Trump suggested that Harriet Tubman be put on the $2 bill instead.

Born into slavery in about 1822, Harriet Tubman grew up working in the cotton fields in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was the fourth of nine children born to two enslaved parents, Benjamin Ross and Harriet Rit.

As a teenager, Harriet Tubman was hit in the head by an iron weight thrown by an overseer, leaving her severely injured.

She escaped from a slave plantation in 1849, fleeing north to the neighboring state of Pennsylvania.

In the years that followed, Harriet Tubman returned multiple times to Maryland to rescue others, conducting them along the so-called “underground railroad”, a network of safe houses used to spirit slaves from the south to the free states in the north.

Harriet Tubman is estimated to have made some 13 missions to rescue more than 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network.

Later, she became a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, a prominent supporter of the women’s suffrage movement, and a famous veteran of the struggle for the abolition of slavery.

After the war, Harriet Tubman toured eastern cities giving speeches in support of women’s suffrage, drawing on her experiences in the fight against slavery.

Harriet Tubman died in 1913, aged 91, surrounded by her family.

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Given how much Los Angeles has to offer new residents, there’s little wonder as to why it’s such a popular relocation destination. In addition to year-round gorgeous weather and amazing local culture, the City of Angels has ample job opportunities for people in creative fields. As the show business capital of the world, L.A. is the preferred city for scores of artists, writers and performers. If you’re considering a move to Los Angeles, there are a number of preparations you’ll need to make before hitting the road. To ensure that your big move goes off without a hitch, attend to the following tasks before charting a course for L.A.

Get Yourself a Car

You can save yourself a fair amount of time, money and hassle by moving to Los Angeles with a car. As any longtime Angelino will attest, a working vehicle is basically a necessity in L.A. This is the main thing that separates Los Angeles from other major metropolitan areas in the U.S. While the majority of residents in other large cities primarily get around by foot and via public transit, many Angelinos need cars to traverse the city in anything resembling a timely manner.

Unlike other metropolises, Los Angeles was designed to be driven, not walked. The basic layout of the city facilitates the need for vehicle ownership, so if you were hoping that moving to L.A. meant being able to bid farewell to car payments, you’re likely to be disappointed. In other words, if you don’t already own a vehicle, make sure to acquire one before the big move. 

Build Your Savings

While L.A. isn’t the most expensive city in the U.S., it’s not exactly cheap, either. Although cities like NYC and San Francisco are considerably pricier than Los Angeles, you’ll need a fair amount of money to get by in the City of Angels. With this in mind, make a point of building your savings before making a go of it in L.A. This will ensure that you have a nice financial cushion to fall back on if things don’t work out exactly as you planned.

Before setting out for Los Angeles, you should have a minimum of $5,000 saved up. Ideally, you should have $10,000 or more, but $5,000 will do if you absolutely can’t wait to get to L.A. However, keep in mind that $5,000 won’t get you as far in Los Angeles as it will in less expensive locales. So, if you make your move with the bare minimum in your savings account, be prepared to start looking for work immediately.

Conversely, if you have a $10,000+ cushion, you’ll have the luxury of being able to take it easy for a while and find a job at a far more leisurely pace. Taking the time to build your savings may force you to postpone your big move, but this minor hitch in your plan will prove extremely beneficial in the long run. 

Find a Residence That’s Close to Where You Work

Since the majority of Angelinos drive, L.A. is home to some of the most congested traffic conditions in the country. As such, getting from Point A to Point B in the City of Angels can take a frustratingly long time, regardless of how close those two points are. This means your daily commute is likely to eat up a fair amount of time. However, you can minimize your time on the road by finding a residence that’s within comfortable driving distance of your place of business. So, when scouring the city for potential residences, make sure that proximity to work is prominently on your mind. Additionally, if your new place leaves something to be desired space-wise or you haven’t yet decided on a permanent residence, you can safely house any excess possessions by seeking out storage Los Angeles.

It’s easy to see why transplants from all around the country flock to Los Angeles. Not only is L.A. the heart of the entertainment industry, the city itself is rife with one-of-a-kind culture, amazing sights and unique experiences. Furthermore, if you’re looking to break into a creative field, there’s no better place to do it than the City of Angels. However, this isn’t to say that moving to Los Angeles will be a stress-free experience – particularly if you’ve never spent time in L.A. To help facilitate a smoother transition, make sure to take care of the previously discussed preparations in advance of your big move. 

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On inauguration day, President Donald Trump’s office is cleaned out, swept of signs that he and his staff had ever been there, ready for the Biden team to move in.

The cleaning out of White House’s West Wing offices, and the transition between presidents, is part of a tradition that dates back centuries. It’s a process that has not always been imbued with warmth.

Another impeached president, Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, snubbed Republican Ulysses S Grant in 1869 and skipped the inauguration. Ulysses Grant, who had backed Andrew Johnson’s removal from office, was hardly surprised.

Today, however, the transition stands out for its acrimony. The process usually starts straight after the election, but it started weeks late after President Trump refused to accept the result. And the president has said he will not attend the inauguration. Most likely, Donald Trump will instead travel to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Even in the best of times, the logistics of a transition are daunting, involving the transfer of knowledge and employees on a massive scale.

About 4,000 political appointees hired by the Trump administration who will lose their job and be replaced by individuals hired by Joe Biden.

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During an average transition, between 150,000-300,000 people apply for these jobs, according to the Center for Presidential Transition, a nonpartisan organization based in Washington. About 1,100 of the positions also require Senate confirmation. Filling all of these positions takes months, even years.

Four years of policy papers, briefing books and artefacts relating to the president’s work will be carted off to the National Archives where they will be kept secret for 12 years, unless the president himself decides that portions may be released early.

Furniture in the White House, such as the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, most of the artwork, china and other objects, belong to the government and will remain on the premises.

Other items, like photos of the president that hang in the hallway, will be taken down as the White House is transformed for its new occupants.

The Trumps’ personal belongings, such as clothes, jewellery, and other items will be moved to their new residence, most likely at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

This year, the place will be deep cleaned.

President Trump, as well as dozens of others at the White House, were infected with the coronavirus over the past several months, and the six-floor building, with its 132 rooms, will be thoroughly scrubbed down. Everything from handrails to elevator buttons to restroom fixtures will be wiped and sanitized, according to a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees the housekeeping effort.

Incoming first families usually do some redecoration. Within days of arriving at the White House, Donald Trump had chosen a portrait of populist president Andrew Jackson for the Oval Office. He also replaced the drapes, couches and a rug in the office with ones that were gold-colored. On inauguration day, VP Mike Pence and his wife will also make way for Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff. They will be settling into their official residence, a 19th Century residence on the Naval Observatory grounds, a couple of miles from the White House.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take the oath to make them officially president and vice-president, but this will be a much scaled back affair, due to Covid and the recent riots.

The inauguration of a new president is a day that usually follows decades of custom and precedent. A day that follows a routine set in stone. Well, you can forget all that this year.

Here’s everything you need to know about the big day.

What is the inauguration?

The inauguration is the formal ceremony that marks the start of a new presidency, and it takes place in Washington DC.

The only required feature is that the president-elect recite the presidential oath of office.

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Once he utters these words, Joe Biden will then take his place as the 46th president and the inauguration will be complete (but that’s not all – celebrations follow).

Kamala Harris will become vice-president once she takes the oath of office, which usually happens just before the president.

What time is the inauguration?

Opening remarks are usually scheduled for around 11:30 EST and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in around midday. By law, inauguration day is always January 20.

Joe Biden will move into the White House later in the day – his home for the next four years.

Joe Biden Inauguration: Capitol Put on Lockdown After Security Alert

Presidential inaugurations typically involve detailed security plans, but even more so now, after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on January 6.

Officials have ramped up security and closed off large sections of the city. The Secret Service has taken command of the security plans, backed up by some 25,000 National Guard troops, in addition to thousands of police officers.

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Google-owned video service YouTube has become the latest platform to suspend President Donald Trump’s account.

YouTube has prevented the president’s account from uploading new videos or live-streaming material for a minimum of seven days, and has said it may extend the period.

It said Donald Trump’s channel had broken its rules over the incitement of violence.

The president had posted several videos on January 12, some of which remain online.

Google has not provided details of what President Trump said in the video it banned.

The move came hours after civil rights groups had threatened to organize an ads boycott against YouTube.

Jim Steyer – who previously helped coordinate similar action against Facebook last year – had called on Google to go further and take President Trump’s channel offline.

He tweeted after the suspension: “We hope they will make it permanent. It is disappointing that it took a Trump-incited attack to get here, but appears that the major platforms are finally beginning to step up.”

Google said that President Trump could still face his page being closed if he falls foul of its three-strikes policy.

It said in a statement: “After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel for violating our policies.

“It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of seven days.

“Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel, as we’ve done to other channels where there are safety concerns found in the comments section.”

President Trump had already been suspended by Facebook and Instagram following January 6 rioting on Capitol Hill, until at least the transition of power to Joe Biden on January 20.

Twitter has gone further by imposing a permanent ban on the president’s account.

Amazon’s Twitch has also disabled Donald Trump’s account on its platform. And Snapchat has locked his account.

Shopify, Pinterest, TikTok and Reddit have also taken steps to restrict content associated with the president and his calls for the results of the election to be challenged.

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If you owned a business in 2020, you’ve definitely felt the impact of coronavirus. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the worldwide economy, and many businesses that relied on physical locations and interacting to thrive are in danger.

To adapt to the changing economic and technological environment, you need to develop a mobile app for your business. In this article, we’ll give you five reasons to develop your own mobile app.

Mobile Apps Can Put You in the Driver’s Seat

The biggest reason your business needs an app is because your customers spend a large chunk of their day interacting with their mobile devices. To succeed in the modern world, you need to go where the customers are, and to penetrate the mobile space you need an enticing app.

The icon of the app itself serves as advertising for your company on your users’ phone screen, reminding them of your products and deals. In this way, smartphone applications will help you subtly drive consumers into the conversion funnel.

Mobile Apps Can Make Your Business Feel More Personal

One attribute that makes mobile apps a must-have for any business is how much space there is for customization. The nature of an app’s design allows them to use the native capabilities of the platform to provide highly personalized user experience.

Apps also allow it much easier to research and track user behavior and give consumers personalized alerts and exclusive deals. Other smartphone app options include tap-to-call/email, smartphone alerts, and quick and automated app updates.

The effect this has on your customers is that they grow more attached to your company by using your app frequently, and this helps foster customer loyalty and goodwill.

Mobile Apps Can Streamline Your Business Functions

Since apps retain their information internally on smartphones as opposed to sites using data centers, mobile apps minimize the time required to perform each job. Data retrieval works nearly instantaneously on an app and will save more time in performing such actions by tracking their choices (such as default payment form in distribution apps) and configuring the app to match user preferences.

This can cut down on time and provide a seamless experience for your users, where they can pick up where they left off. This added convenience will also boost sales.

Mobile Apps Can Increase Your Engagement With Customers

Mobile apps are excellent tools for connecting directly with your customers. Nowadays, click-through rates for the majority of company actions such as email marketing are small, although push alerts via a mobile app achieve a click-through rate of almost 40%.

Due to this principal element, marketers can now interact with customers without being invasive. While previously you might have had to rely on cold calling your customer base to gather feedback, now you can just send all your users a quick message with your app!

Your Customers Can Use Your Mobile App When They’re Offline

One of the key differences between mobile apps and websites is the capability of mobile apps to function without an Internet connection. While certain applications need internet access to perform essential tasks, they can still give users a simple level of accessibility when in offline mode.

Depending on your business, you can give users the option to download content so they can work on it offline. This will increase the overall time users spend with your app, and it will also make the app more versatile. 

As you can see, there are numerous benefits of developing a mobile app for your business. To create one with low cost and quick development time, check out Builder.ai. Their Builder Studio interface provides the most accessible app builder where you can design your dream app without any coding!

If you want a faster solution, you can try the Studio Store by Builder.ai to explore ready-made apps with complete features designed specifically for companies looking to expand into the mobile space due to coronavirus.

Needless to say, Builder.ai is the best place to meet your mobile app development needs. Be sure to use the above mentioned tips when creating your app, and good luck!

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Hundreds of protesters broke into buildings on Capitol Hill after attending a rally in support of President Donald Trump.

Some were carrying symbols and flags strongly associated with particular ideas and factions, but in practice many of the members and their causes overlap.

Jake Angeli – QAnon supporter

According to images, there were individuals associated with a range of extreme and far-right groups and supporters of fringe online conspiracy theories, many of whom have long been active online and at pro-Trump rallies.

One of the most startling images, quickly shared across social media, shows a man dressed with a painted face, fur hat and horns, holding an American flag.

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The man has been identified as Jake Angeli, a well-known supporter of QAnon. Jake Angeli calls himself the QAnon Shaman.

According to Jake Angeli’s social media presence, he’s attending multiple QAnon events and posting YouTube videos about deep state conspiracies.

Angeli was pictured in November making a speech in Phoenix, Arizona, about unproven claims the election was fraudulent.

His personal Facebook page is filled with images and memes relating to all sorts of extreme ideas and conspiracy theories.

Proud Boys members

Another group spotted at the storming of the Capitol were members of the Proud Boys.

The far-right organization was founded in 2016 and is anti-immigrant and all male. In the first presidential debate President Trump in response to a question about white supremacists and militias said: “Proud Boys – stand back and stand by.”

One of their members, Nick Ochs, tweeted a selfie inside the Capitol building saying: “Hello from the Capital lol.”

Nick Ochs also filmed a live stream inside.

His profile on the messaging app Telegram describes himself as a “Proud Boy Elder from Hawaii.”

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Richard Barnett – the man who entered Nancy Pelosi’s office

A photo that went viral of a man who had entered the office of Nancy Pelosi has been named as Richard Barnett from Arkansas.

Outside Capitol Hill buildings, Richard Barnett told the New York Times that he took an envelope from the speaker’s office and says left a note calling her an expletive.

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Local media reports say Richard Barnett is involved in a group that supports gun rights, and that he was interviewed at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally following the presidential election – a movement that refused to accept Joe Biden’s victory and supports the president’s unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud.

In the interview at the rally organized by ‘Engaged Patriots’ Richard Barnett said: “If you don’t like it, send somebody out to get me ’cause I ain’t going down easy.”

According to the Westside Eagle Observer, the group associated with Richard Barnett held a fundraiser in October with proceeds going towards body cameras for the local police department.

Online influencers

Individuals with large followings online were also spotted at the protests.

Among them was Tim Gionet, who goes under the pseudonym “Baked Alaska”.

Gionet’s livestream from inside the Capitol posted on a niche streaming service was watched by thousands of people and showed him talking to other protesters.

A Trump supporter, Tim Gionet has made a name for himself as an internet troll.

He has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a nonprofit legal advocacy group, as a “white nationalist”, a label he disputed in a comment to The Insider.

YouTube banned Gionet’s channel in October after he posted videos of himself harassing shop workers and refusing to wear a face-mask during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other platforms that have previously shut down Gionet’s accounts include Twitter and PayPal.

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Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States has been blocked by a court in London, UK.

The judge blocked the request because of concerns over the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health and risk of suicide in the US.

Julian Assange, who is wanted over the publication of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011, says the case is politically motivated.

Expressing disappointment at the ruling, the DoJ noted that its legal arguments had prevailed.

Its position is that the leaks broke the law and endangered lives.

The DoJ said: “While we are extremely disappointed in the court’s ultimate decision, we are gratified that the United States prevailed on every point of law raised.”

The US authorities have 14 days in which to lodge an appeal and are expected to do so.

Julian Assange will now be taken back to Belmarsh Prison – where he is being held – and a full application for his bail will be made on January 6.

His lawyer Ed Fitzgerald QC told the court there would be evidence to show Julian Assange would not abscond.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that while US prosecutors had met the tests for Julian Assange to be extradited for trial, the US was incapable of preventing him from attempting to take his own life.

Outlining evidence of his self-harm and suicidal thoughts, Judge Baraitser said: “The overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes despairing man fearful for his future.”

She said: “Faced with the conditions of near total isolation without the protective factors which limited his risk at HMP Belmarsh, I am satisfied the procedures described by the US will not prevent Mr. Assange from finding a way to commit suicide and for this reason I have decided extradition would be oppressive by reason of mental harm and I order his discharge.”

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Julian Assange, who wore a blue suit and green face mask in the dock, closed his eyes as the judge read out her ruling on January 4.

His fiancée Stella Moris, with whom he has two young sons, wept and was comforted by WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, who sat next to her in court.

Speaking outside court after the ruling, she called on President Donald Trump to “end this now”.

She said: “Mr. President, tear down these prison walls.

“Let our little boys have their father. Free Julian, free the press, free us all.”

If convicted in the US, Julian Assange faces a possible penalty of up to 175 years in jail, his lawyers have said. However, the US government said the sentence was more likely to be between four and six years.

He faces an 18-count indictment from the US government, accusing him of conspiring to hack into US military databases to acquire sensitive secret information relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, which was then published on the WikiLeaks website.

Julian Assange says the information exposed abuses by the US military.

However, US prosecutors say the leaks of classified material endangered lives, and so the US sought Julian Assange’s extradition from the UK.

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New Year’s celebrations are being held around the world as many countries struggle to curb new spikes in coronavirus cases.

Fireworks displays and other public gatherings have been canceled from Sydney to New York.

Festivities are being particularly muted in Europe, amid fears over a new more contagious strain of the disease.

France has mobilized 100,000 police to break up New Year’s Eve parties and enforce a night-time curfew. The government has ordered a visible security presence in urban areas from 20:00 on December 31 when the curfew begins. In Paris half of the metro lines will be closed in the evening.

France has had two lockdowns and bars, restaurants and cultural attractions will remain shut into the new year.

Germany is currently under lockdown until January 10. The government has banned the sale of fireworks and placed tight restrictions on the number of people who can gather in public.

Health Minister Jens Spahn said the country would have the “quietest New Year’s Eve” in living memory.

The Netherlands is also under a lockdown, which is set to last until 19 January. Its usual countdown will take place behind closed doors at a soccer stadium in Amsterdam.

Turkey will begin a four-day-long lockdown on New Year’s Eve.

More than 1.8 million people have died with the virus across the world since the start of the pandemic a year ago. More than 81 million cases have been reported.

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One of the first nations to welcome the New Year was Australia. The Sydney fireworks display went ahead, but crowds were not allowed to gather on the city’s harbor to enjoy it.

Many Sydney residents simply watched the pyrotechnics on TV at home, where gatherings are limited to five guests.

In China, the annual New Year light show in the capital Beijing has been called off. Celebrations are being scaled down in cities across the country.

Japan has canceled a traditional New Year event at which Emperor Naruhito and other imperial family members were to greet people.

In India, Delhi and several other cities have imposed a night curfew and other restrictions to prevent large New Year gatherings.

However in New Zealand, where a strict lockdown and border closures have all but eliminated Covid, New Year celebrations were held as usual.

In the US officials have placed restrictions on festivities in many states and cities. In New York the illuminated Times Square Ball will be dropped during the traditional countdown to midnight, but the area will not be open to the public.

Fireworks have been canceled in cities including San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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Los Angeles county residents who get coronavirus vaccine will be able to keep proof of immunization in their iPhone’s digital wallet.

The record will live in the Apple Wallet, usually used for payment cards, boarding passes, or event tickets.

According to officials, it will first be used to remind people to get their second required dose of the vaccine.

However, it could also be used as proof of vaccination in the Covid-19 hotspot of Los Angeles.

Bloomberg first reported news of the county’s partnership with software firm Healthvana.

The digital card could be used “to prove to airlines, to prove to schools, to prove to whoever needs it,” that a recipient has been immunized, Healthvana CEO Ramin Bastani told Bloomberg.

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Los Angeles County has a high level of infection of the disease, with nearly 13,000 new cases reported on December 29, and 227 deaths – bringing the number of those who have died with the disease to 9,782 to date.

The county’s vaccine chief Claire Jarashow told Bloomberg that officials were keen to make sure people came back for their second vaccine dose – as the paper document given to recipients is easily lost.

She said: “We just don’t have the capacity to be doing hundreds of medical record requests to find people’s first doses and when they need to get their second.”

Healthvana has a track record of handling sensitive patient data, having delivered millions of HIV test results to US patients in recent years.

However, there has been some resistance to the idea of a “vaccine passport”, which some fear could be used to deny entry to venues if people are unwilling to share personal medical information.

There are also some potential problems – such as not having the digital vaccine record on all phones, including Android users.

And there is no way to prove that the person holding the phone is the same person who received the vaccine, without some other identifier.

Those people might see this idea as a “hostile approach”, designed to withhold access to getting on board a flight, or attending an event.

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The RV explosion in Nashville on Christmas Day was probably a suicide bombing, law enforcement officials are quoted as saying by media.

Investigators are conducting DNA tests after human remains were found near the site of the powerful blast.

The home of a possible person of interest was searched on December 26 in Nashville’s suburb of Antioch.

The explosion injured three people and disrupted communications systems in Tennessee and four other states.

No motive has yet been established for the explosion, and no-one has yet said they were behind it.

Meanwhile, businesses and TV personalities have offered more than $300,000 to catch those responsible.

Investigators now believe that the blast was likely the result of a suicide bombing, according to two law enforcement sources cited by CNN.

CNN is also quoting an FBI official as saying that agents are not looking for another suspect after the human remains were found.

CBS News says the leading theory now is that the subject may have been killed in the blast.

Newsweek reports that the investigators are trying to find the suspect’s mother to conduct DNA tests.

Nashville RV Explosion Injures Three People and Knocks Out Tennessee Communication System

FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas Korneski earlier said officials had received about 500 tips possibly relating to the explosion.

After visiting the site, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said it was a “miracle” that no-one had been killed.

The governor said he had asked President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration for his state to aid relief efforts.

Officers responded to reports of gunshots just before 06:00 local time on Christmas Day in an area of the city known for its restaurants and nightlife.

Shortly afterwards, they found an RV broadcasting a warning message to leave the area.

The van exploded a few minutes later, the force of the blast knocking an officer off their feet, police said.

The RV blew up outside a building belonging to the telecoms giant AT&T, which also occupies an office tower nearby.

Buildings suffered structural damage, windows were blown out, and trees were felled. Videos posted on social media showed water from damaged pipes running down walls as alarms howled in the background.

Police emergency systems were knocked out across Tennessee.

Phone, internet and fiber optic TV services were also disrupted in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia, according to AT&T.

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is getting ready to tackle its annual holiday mission – tracking Santa’s storybook sleigh ride around the world.

Children and parents across the world can see just how far Santa and his reindeer are from their homes, thanks to a “Santa Tracker” that follows his route around the globe.

For over 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. In 1955, a Colorado Springs newspaper advert invited children to talk to Santa on a hotline.

But the number had a typo, and dozens of children mistakenly dialed the Continental Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, the predecessor to NORAD.

The officers on duty sprang into action and began passing along reports on Santa’s progress – and the tradition was born.

Follow Santa on his Christmas Eve journey on NORAD website…

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On December 20, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new set of guidelines for the next groups of Americans to be eligible for vaccination.

  • Phase 1A: US vaccine distribution has so far 21 million healthcare workers, as well as the three million elderly Americans living in long-term care facilities. Vaccinations for this group began last week.
  • Phase 1B: Americans aged 75 and older, in addition to frontline workers will be next up. This broad category includes some 30 million workers “who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society” with high risk of exposure. First responders, corrections workers, US Postal Service employees, and those who work in education, public transit, grocery stores, manufacturing, food and agriculture will be eligible. This phase is expected to begin in January.
  • Phase 1C: Americans aged 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from Covid-19, and other essential non-frontline workers. This category includes an estimated 129 million people.

Day after the FDA started probing five allergic reactions that happened after people were administered Pfizer and BioNTech SE’s coronavirus vaccine, the CDC has made recommendations on how people with histories of allergies should proceed.

The agency issued the following guidelines on vaccination after allergic reactions:

  • Individuals who had a severe reaction to a vaccine against the novel coronavirus shouldn’t get the second shot.
  • Anybody with histories of severe allergic reactions to vaccines should consult their doctors about the vaccine dose.
  • Individuals who have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in a Covid-19 vaccine should avoid the vaccine formulation containing the ingredient.
  • People with severe allergies to food, pets, latex or environmental conditions as well as people with allergies to oral medication or a family history of severe allergic reactions could still get vaccinated.