Less than a month after President Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper , the White House conducted an abrupt mass firing Friday of nine members of a Pentagon advisory board, putting in their place Trump allies. Per Politico , the removed members of the Defense Business Board received a terse email from...
US stocks climbed on Friday after disappointing November jobs data buoyed hopes for a near-term stimulus deal. The S&P 500, Dow Jones industrial average, and the Nasdaq composite all closed at all-time highs. The US unemployment rate edged downward from 6.9% to 6.7% meeting economists' forecasts. The S&P 500 closed at 3,699.12, up 0.9% on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 30,218.26, up 0.8% (249 points). While the Nasdaq composite saw closing numbers of 12,464.23, up 0.7%.
10 Stealthy Facts About Ninjas. In honor of International Ninja Day, here are ten facts about the mysterious warriors. 1. Ninjas were known for their skills in guerrilla warfare, assassination, sabotage, espionage and infiltration. 2. Though secretive, ninjas adhered to a strict hierarchy that eventually evolved into larger territorial guilds. 3. Ninjas were heroes to the lower classes in Japan, often recruited by those unable to afford the services of the upper-class samurai. 4. Because they didn't carry large swords, Ninjas often used whatever was available as a weapon. 5. Employing secrecy as a means of survival, ninjas also encouraged exaggerated tales of their exploits to incite intimidation. 6. Ninjas wearing all black is a modern day conception. They did their best to blend in to their surroundings. 7. Part of ninja training included in-depth knowledge of various forms of medicines, including a mysterious "black medicine" used to stop bleeding. 8. Ninjas used little "smoke bombs" of ash contained in an eggshell to create confusion or misdirect their enemies. 9. Female ninjas were common. They often used hair pins and nail attachments as weapons. 10. Ninjas would often carry crickets, using their chirps to cover the sounds of their movements
HBO Max, the new subscription-based movie streaming service, is now available for $14.99 per month. The Warnermedia streaming service is offering a 20% discount for new and returning members if you prepay 6 months. HBO Max will give subscribers access to everything on HBO, as well as new exclusive series. According to Business Insider, the streaming service will also include hundreds of movies and TV shows. Warner Bros. will also be releasing its entire 2021 roster of movies on HBO Max at the same time the films premiere in theaters. The 2021 releases will include potential blockbusters like Dune and the newest installment in the Matrix franchise.
A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "subverted...
When Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available?. Government officials have said a coronavirus vaccine may be available before the end of the year. Here’s a breakdown of when the vaccine could actually be distributed. Health care workers and nursing home residents are expected to be vaccinated first, possibly by as early as this month. More health care workers and essential workers, as well as high-risk adults, could potentially receive the vaccine by January or February. Phase 1 of the vaccine for the general public may begin in March, but only for those at high risk. Phase 2 and 3 may occur sometime between April and June, with young adults and children likely having to wait until the final phase. As for costs and availability, the vaccine is expected to be covered by most insurances and be available in most pharmacies and doctors' offices
Jed Leiber was an adult before he learned that his family was once part-owner of a collection of centuries-old religious artworks now said to be worth at least $250 million
A new series follows an American couple living in Liberia who are dedicating their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating endangered chimps, they currently have 63 in their care. (Dec. 5)
The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season is set to blanket multiple states over the weekend, with strong winds, anticipated snowfall in the double digits, heavy rains, and power outages in some areas. The weather event may even turn into a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when a storm system's...
Thousands of yellow-clad supporters have greeted Thailand’s king as he led a birthday commemoration for his revered late father, the latest in a series of public appearances at a time of unprecedented challenge to the monarchy from student-led protesters
Last month, US officials announced President Trump would be pulling a significant number of US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq by January. Now, another country joins the list, in a different part of the world. The Pentagon said Friday that nearly all of the 700 American troops in Somalia...
"This is akin to the Hollywood sign falling down and sliding all the way down the mountain," says Jeff Bock, an industry analyst, about Warner Bros. decision to stream 2021 film slate at same time the films play in theaters_ the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic. (Dec. 4)
Abbott via Facebook TSLA Tesla 594.15 0.65 (0.11 %) Disclaimer Get real-time TSLA charts here " Elon Musk has informed friends that he plans to move to Texas, CNBC reports. The news comes after Musk threatened in May to move Tesla out of California because of its response to the coronavirus. Texas famously has no state income tax, which could save Musk a lot of money on his massive pay package. Tesla's factory in Fremont was required to cease operations for a short period of time. —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020 Even before the tweet, Musk had called California's rules fascist, urging the state on an earnings call to "give people back their goddamn freedom."
Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections Dec. 7 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent’s most politically stable countries
This Day in History: , The Washington Monument Is Completed. December 6, 1884. The Washington Monument stood as the tallest man-made structure in the world at the time. A monument to honor the nation's first president, George Washington, had been a focus of Congress since 1783. The Washington Monument Society began raising funds for the structure in 1832. Though fundraising efforts had fallen well short of the the $1 million budget, construction of Robert Mills' design began on July 4, 1848. . Construction was halted in the mid- 1850s and did not begin again until 1876. Once completed, the 555-foot-tall monument utilized more than 35,000 marble and granite bricks. Today, 800,000 people visit the monument yearly
The U.S. CDC on Friday released guidance encouraging the use of face masks at all times. Based on evidence from studies of the protective effects of masks, the CDC recommends "universal use of face masks". Compelling evidence shows the benefits of cloth face masks to prevent people with COVID-19 from spreading it. Masks also serve as an effective barrier to prevent people without the coronavirus from contracting it. Research indicates that face coverings block up to 80% of the fine respiratory droplets. These respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19 if people infected with the virus don't take precautions.
Britain took delivery of its first shipment of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on Thursday night, and all systems are go for the two-shot vaccinations to begin Tuesday. Many doctors and nurses, having been told they'd be in the first group to get the shots, had made their appointments. Then the government...
Torrential rain brought life-threatening flooding to the Indonesian city of Medan in Sumatra Island on Dec. 4. Rescue crews worked overnight to evacuate residents from the flood waters. At least six people have died.
California to Impose , Its Strongest Virus Measures Since June. CA Governor Gavin Newsom announced the new restrictions on Thursday. Regional stay-at-home orders will be implemented across the state. as the surge in coronavirus cases begins to strain hospital intensive-care units. If we don’t act now our hospital system will be overwhelmed. If we don’t act now we’ll continue to see our death rate climb, Gavin Newsom, CA Governor, via 'The New York Times'. Areas in which the intensive-care capacity falls below 15 percent will feel the affects of the new restrictions, . which include a halt to outdoor dining and the closing of salons and park playgrounds. . On Thursday, more than 2,750 people in the U.S. died due to COVD-19. More than 100,000 people were hospitalized with the disease
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union’s top official are set to discuss the state of play of post-Brexit trade discussions after negotiators paused talks in light of their inability to bridge an array of differences
A massive rockslide in the Grand Canyon was captured on video by a hiker Friday. Jordan Thomas of Indianapolis was on the rim of the canyon overlooking the Colorado River when the rockslide occurred. (Dec. 5)