This Day in History:, President Andrew Johnson Is Impeached. February 24, 1868. Johnson assumed the presidency after Lincoln's assassination. He became the first U.S. president to be impeached. 11 articles of impeachment were approved by the House of Representatives. They arose from Johnson's unpopular and racist post-Civil War Reconstruction policies. and the firing of Lincoln appointed secretary of war, Edwin Stanton. Johnson's Senate impeachment trial began on March 13. He was not convicted, narrowly escaping removal from office
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NFL Salary Cap , Rises $30.6 Million. On Feb. 23, the NFL announced that its 2024 season salary cap will be $255.4 million per team, a record high, ESPN reports. That is 13.6% more than last year's cap and the largest single-year jump since a cap was introduced in 1994. The change could have a significant effect on the free agent market which opens in March. That's because most teams were using salary cap projections between $240 million and $245 million as budget guidelines for the new season. For example, three teams that were originally projected to exceed the cap, the 49ers, Packers and Seahawks, should now fall below the cap, ESPN reports. . For example, three teams that were originally projected to exceed the cap, the 49ers, Packers and Seahawks, should now fall below the cap, ESPN reports. . For example, three teams that were originally projected to exceed the cap, the 49ers, Packers and Seahawks, should now fall below the cap, ESPN reports. . Part of the reason why the NFL was able to increase the cap so much is that the league has finally paid all player benefits that were deferred amid COVID in 2020. "An extraordinary increase in media revenue" also contributed to the increase, the NFL said. Between 2013 and 2020, the salary cap was increased by approximately $10 million to $12 million each year. Between 2013 and 2020, the salary cap was increased by approximately $10 million to $12 million each year. It dropped by almost $17 million in 2021 because of the pandemic. But in 2022, it rose to $208.2 million, and in 2023, it jumped to $224.8 million
This Day in History: Young Muhammad Ali Knocks out Sonny Liston for First World Title. February 25, 1964. Cassius Clay was just 22-years-old when he beat the world champion in a seven round TKO. Liston had been favored to win eight to one. Before the match, Clay had boasted he would knock Liston in eight rounds, as he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”. This proved to be accurate, as Liston couldn't land his punches, leading to a shoulder injury and ultimately ending the match. Two days after celebrating the win with Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X, Clay would become Muhammad Ali. The world heavyweight title would launch Ali's epic career. He is widely considered one the greatest athletes of the 20th century
How to, Save Time by , Strength Training Efficiently. A review paper from 'Sports Medicine' lays out guidelines for time-efficient strength workouts. . According to those scientists, these tips can help you get better results in less time. . 1. , Focus on exercise specific warmups. Rather than 20 minutes of cardio and stretching, . focus on warmups that specifically target the muscles you plan on working. This means doing low-weight or no-weight sets of the same exercise you're about to do. . 2, Do multi-joint, bilateral exercises. The authors of the study say if you can only do 3 exercises, pick these:. Upper body pull like a pull-up or row. Upper body push like a bench press or overhead press. A leg exercise like a squat. . 3. , Aim for 6 to 15 reps. . Find a weight heavy enough that the last few reps are challenging. . To save more time, cut rests in between sets to one or two minutes. . The study stresses that incorporating strength training into your workout is worth your time
Dolly Parton Congratulates Beyoncé , on Reaching No. 1 on Country Chart. Dolly Parton Congratulates Beyoncé , on Reaching No. 1 on Country Chart. Beyoncé's new song, "Texas Hold 'Em," debuted at No.1 on the 'Billboard' Hot Country chart. She's the first Black woman to achieve such a feat, 'People' reports. . Parton took to Instagram on Feb. 22 to congratulate Beyoncé. I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album, Dolly Parton, via Instagram. So congratulations on your 'Billboard' Hot Country number one single, Dolly Parton, via Instagram. Parton went on to say that she "can't wait to hear the full album!". Bey's new album, 'Act II,' drops March 29. A tracklist and featured artists have yet to be disclosed. 'People' reports that Parton previously expressed interest in a star like Beyoncé re-recording one of her biggest songs, "Jolene.". It has been recorded worldwide over 400 times in lots of different languages, by lots of different bands, Dolly Parton, via 'The Big Issue'. The White Stripes did a wonderful job of it, and many other people, Dolly Parton, via 'The Big Issue'. But nobody's ever had a really big hit record on it. I've always hoped somebody might do [it] someday, someone like Beyoncé, Dolly Parton, via 'The Big Issue'
Google Pay Is Shutting Down , in the US. Despite being all but replaced by Google Wallet in 2022, Google Pay has continued to operate in several countries, Engadget reports. . But on Feb. 22, Google announced that Pay will shut down in the U.S. The payment app will be discontinued on June 4. It will continue to be operational in Singapore and India because of "unique needs in those countries," Google said. Google Pay balances can still be transferred to a bank account after June 4 in the U.S. via the Google Pay website, Engadget reports. . Google Wallet currently has five times the users as Google Pay and is used in 180 countries, the tech giant said. That is likely due to the fact that the app doesn't just handle payments. It also stores IDs, transport passes, virtual car keys and more, Engadget reports. . Google's payment system has gone through many changes over the years, . but the latest decision is intended to simplify the company's payment apps under the Google Wallet umbrella
Biden Announces , Over 500 Sanctions on Russia. President Biden announced the sanctions on Feb. 23 in response to the death of Alexei Navalny and Russia's continued war with Ukraine, NBC News reports. . President Biden announced the sanctions on Feb. 23 in response to the death of Alexei Navalny and Russia's continued war with Ukraine, NBC News reports. . President Biden announced the sanctions on Feb. 23 in response to the death of Alexei Navalny and Russia's continued war with Ukraine, NBC News reports. . The sanctions are intended to target those responsible for Navalny's imprisonment and subsequent death. They will also target the country's "financial sector, defense industrial base, procurement networks and sanctions evaders," NBC News reports. . They will ensure Putin pays an even steeper price for his aggression abroad and repression at home, President Joe Biden, via statement. Additionally, export restrictions will be imposed on nearly 100 entities that have supported Russia's military aggression. Additionally, export restrictions will be imposed on nearly 100 entities that have supported Russia's military aggression. The U.S. will also take steps to limit Russia's energy revenues. I’ve directed my team to strengthen support for civil society, independent media, and those who fight for democracy around the world, President Joe Biden, via statement. The president went on to emphasize an urgent need for Congress to pass the Senate's latest foreign aid package since Ukraine is "running out of ammunition.". Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said that previous U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia have been successful, NBC News reports. . Fundamentally, our strategy does not only pertain to slowing down Russia’s ability to build the weapons they want, it also includes speeding up the Ukrainians' ability to defend themselves by providing them with weapons and resources to build their economy, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo, via statement
Try These Foods, If You Are Suffering From Hair Loss. Losing your hair can be attributed to unavoidable reasons such as genetics. Researchers say bad nutrition may also be a factor. To potentially stimulate growth, include the following foods in your diet:. Oysters, shrimp, green peas and oats contain zinc, which improves hair follicle health. Iron helps too, and most of these foods also contain it. Other useful items include omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C and B. Sweet potatoes contain all of these, making this food all the more important for hair health. Other foods that could help your hair include nuts, eggs and prunes. Deficiencies in nutrition do have a negative effect on the hair follicles. It is also recommended that your diet be fortified with vitamins and minerals that are sufficient to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance standards, Hair Club advisor Dr. Angela Phipp, via AOL
Netanyahu Reveals Plan , for Gaza’s Future. The Israeli prime minister presented his plan to the country's security cabinet on Feb. 22. The plan cites the "complete demilitarization" of Hamas, closing Gaza's southern border with Egypt and overhauling the territory's administration and education systems, CNN reports. . The plan cites the "complete demilitarization" of Hamas, closing Gaza's southern border with Egypt and overhauling the territory's administration and education systems, CNN reports. . The plan comes after the prime minister has faced mounting criticism for not having a clear objective for Gaza after Hamas is eliminated. . Meanwhile, a negotiating team was sent to Paris on Feb. 23 to try to reach a deal to end the conflict and release hostages. Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people. Israel's retaliation has left over 29,000 dead in Gaza. Currently, Egypt controls entry and exit to and from Gaza's southern border at the Rafah crossing. Netanyahu's proposed plan would instead give Israel control at that border crossing. Israel said that it will cooperate with Egypt and the U.S. "as much as possible," CNN reports. . While it's not apparent whether Egypt has agreed to any part of Netanyahu's plan, an Israeli official said that the objective was "aligned" with America. . Ultimately, the plan reaffirms that "Israel will have security control over the entire area west of Jordan."
Experts Say Avoid These Foods , for a Healthier Mind. Experts Say Avoid These Foods , for a Healthier Mind. It is never too late to alter your eating habits for a healthier mind. Here are some foods to cut out or keep in moderation. Fried Food. Deep-fried and delicious, these foods make mouths water, but they could be negatively affecting your life. Researchers find that fried food consumption is attributed to higher chances of depression. Carbs. Though carbohydrates don't often taste sweet, our bodies process them much as they would sugar. Though carbohydrates don't often taste sweet, our bodies process them much as they would sugar. Health experts say to try higher quality carbs like whole grains. Nitrates. A common preservative and color enhancer, nitrates are found in deli slices and cured meats. Research shows a link between the consumption of nitrates and depression. Research shows a link between the consumption of nitrates and depression. More recent studies show that nitrates affect gut bacteria in a way that could cause bipolar disorder. Sugars. Studies have connected memory impairments to high-sugar diets. The brain uses glucose, a form of sugar, as fuel. Too much of it leads to less plasticity of the hippocampus, which controls memory. The brain uses glucose, a form of sugar, as fuel. Too much of it leads to less plasticity of the hippocampus, which controls memory. Healthy eating can contribute to sharper focus and a better day!
This Day in History: , U.S. Flag Raised on Iwo Jima. February 23, 1945. After taking the crest of Mount Suribachi, U.S. Marines raised the U.S. flag to the cheers of American soldiers. Several hours later when a second and larger flag was raised, the moment was captured by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. Of the three photos Rosenthal took, one would win the Pulitzer Prize and become the most reproduced photo in history. Three of the six soldiers seen in the photo were killed before the end of the Battle for Iwo Jima in late March. Defeating the 22,000 Japanese defenders on the tiny island was an important strategic victory for the U.S. Only 200 of the defenders were captured alive, 6,000 U.S. soldiers were killed and 17,000 U.S. soldiers were wounded in the battle
China to Send Pandas , to San Diego Zoo. On Feb. 22, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, said that the China Wildlife Conservation Association... ... has made deals regarding "a new round of international cooperation for giant panda conservation" with both the San Diego Zoo and the Madrid Zoo, NBC News reports. . The resurgence of "panda diplomacy" comes as only four pandas remained in the U.S. at Zoo Atlanta. . Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Xiao Qi Ji left the National Zoo in November, and Ya Ya left the Memphis Zoo in April, NBC News reports. . One male panda and one female panda could arrive in San Diego by the end of summer. We are humbled by the potential opportunity of continuing our collaborative conservation efforts to secure the future for giant pandas. , Megan Owen, vice president of wildlife conservation science at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, via statement. A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry also issued a statement. We look forward to further expanding the results of scientific research on the protection of endangered species such as the giant panda.., Mao Ning, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, via news briefing. ... through the new round of international cooperation, promoting people-to-people connectivity and enhancing civilian friendship with relevant countries, Mao Ning, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, via news briefing. NBC News reports that there are currently about 600 pandas in captivity around the globe and 1,800 in the wild
Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Lawsuit , Brought by George Santos. Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Lawsuit , Brought by George Santos. Former Rep. George Santos sued Kimmel on Feb. 17 for airing his Cameo videos on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'. Former Rep. George Santos sued Kimmel on Feb. 17 for airing his Cameo videos on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'. Cameo is a website that lets users request content from celebrities for a fee. Santos alleges that Kimmel created fake profiles to buy videos of him and then aired them in a segment titled, "Will Santos Say It?," CNN reports. . Santos alleges that Kimmel created fake profiles to buy videos of him and then aired them in a segment titled, "Will Santos Say It?," CNN reports. . Defendants openly admitted to deceiving the Plaintiff under the guise of fandom, , Via civil lawsuit. ... soliciting personalized videos only to then broadcast these on national television and across social media channels for commercial gain—, Via civil lawsuit. ... actions that starkly violate the original agreement and constitute clear copyright infringement. , Via civil lawsuit. Kimmel made fun of the lawsuit on Feb. 20. Did anyone else get sued by George Santos this weekend? I am currently embroiled in what may be the most preposterous lawsuit of all time, Jimmy Kimmel, via 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'. He says we deceived him under the guise of fandom soliciting personalized videos, only to then broadcast these on national television. , Jimmy Kimmel, via 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'. And if there’s one thing George Santos will not stand for, it’s using a fake name under false pretenses, Jimmy Kimmel, via 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
It’s Never Too Late , to Train Your Dog, Experts Say. Has your sweet puppy been a bit unruly?. No matter their age, experts say your dog can always benefit from some proper training. No matter their age, experts say your dog can always benefit from some proper training. Here's how to start:. Be Realistic. Dogs are unique and particular creatures. Experts say that sometimes you won't be able to un-train some behaviors in certain breeds of canines. Just like not every human is going to learn to love going to raves, not every dog is going to learn to love going to the dog park, Kayla Fratt, certified dog behavior consultant, via NPR. Say, for example, your dog is intimidating your guests. That might be a breed of dog that was selected for hundreds of years to defend against people walking in your front door. , Kim Brophey, applied ethologist and dog mediator, via NPR. Decide How You Want to Train. There are many methods regarding training your favorite puppy dog. Group classes, one-on-one consulting sessions, board and train, and self-led training are a few of the most common. Experts say to do your best to pick the most appropriate training for unique situations. For example, if your dog is being aggressive with other animals at home, training outside of your home may not be helping your situation at all. Understand the Methods. Dog training methodology often falls into two categories: those who train with positive reinforcement and those who consider themselves more balanced. Positive reinforcement training is the act of rewarding your dog when they do something good in hopes that they repeat their behavior. So-called balanced trainers often employ positive reinforcement training but are more willing to utilize corrections, such as e-collars
Wendy Williams Diagnosed With , Frontotemporal Dementia and Aphasia. Williams was diagnosed with the conditions last year, NBC News reports. . The former talk show host's team issued a statement about her health on Feb. 22. Wendy would not have received confirmation of these diagnoses were it not for the diligence of her current care team, who she chose, and the extraordinary work of the specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine. , Spokesperson for Wendy Williams, via NBC News. Receiving a diagnosis has enabled Wendy to receive the medical care she requires, Spokesperson for Wendy Williams, via NBC News. Williams can still "do many things for herself" amid treatment, her team said. Most importantly she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed, Spokesperson for Wendy Williams, via NBC News. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way, Spokesperson for Wendy Williams, via NBC News. Meanwhile, Williams' family is seeking to free her from a court-appointed legal guardianship, 'People' reports. . In 2022, Wells Fargo petitioned to have Williams placed under a financial guardianship due to cognitive problems she was experiencing. Her accounts were later frozen by the financial institution when her adviser alleged that she was of "unsound mind," 'People' reports.
Nutritionists Say These Common Foods Are Secretly Dangerous. While foods like burgers and candy are known to be unhealthy, there are a surprising number of less-obvious foods than can also be harmful. Here are six common foods that are secretly harming your body. 1. Elderberries, Though they’re popular in natural medicine, elderberries can cause some serious issues if consumed while underripe or undercooked. . 2. Nutmeg, This spice contains a toxin called myristicin, which means that it only takes two to three teaspoons to be lethal. 3. Tuna, Consuming too much can potentially cause damage to your kidneys and nervous system since tuna contains mercury. 4. Sushi, Raw fish is a potential source of salmonella, harmful bacteria and parasites. 5. Baked Potatoes, An inadequately cooled baked potato can cause botulism to form, which is a dangerous spore-forming bacteria. . 6. Honey, Because of the low amount of processes honey goes through, it may also contain bacteria, including botulism spores
Japan’s Nikkei Stock Index , Surges to an All-Time High. The Nikkei 225 reached an all-time high on Feb. 22, AP reports. . It closed at 39,098.68, surpassing the record of 38,915.87 that was set in December of 1989. Shares related to computer chips helped to lead the rally on Feb. 22, AP reports. On Feb. 21, Nvidia reported that its fiscal Q4 revenue jumped from $6.05 billion to $22.1 billion. Accelerated computing and generative AI have hit the tipping point, Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, via statement. Demand is surging worldwide across companies, industries and nations, Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, via statement. Meanwhile, shares in Tokyo Electron, Advantest Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp. were up 6%, 7.5% and 5.1%, respectively. . Prior to the recent surge, Japan's benchmark rate has stayed at -0.1% for more than 10 years, AP reports. . But within the past few months, Tokyo share prices have risen 15%. The past year has seen a 44% increase in share prices. . As Japanese companies show signs of change I think investors are taking a closer look, Hiromi Yamaji, group CEO of the Japan Exchange Group, via an online briefing sponsored by 'The Financial Times'. The generation is changing, Hiromi Yamaji, group CEO of the Japan Exchange Group, via an online briefing sponsored by 'The Financial Times'
4-Day Workweek Made Permanent , for Most UK Companies That Took Part in Trial. In 2022, 61 U.K. firms took part in the world's largest four-day workweek pilot program. New research shows that 54 companies are still continuing the policy, and 31 organizations have adopted the change permanently, 'The Guardian' reports. 55% of managers and CEOs have found that the shorter workweek has had a positive impact on their companies. . 82% reported improved well-being for staff, 50% said it reduced turnover rates, and 32% found that it helped job recruitment. 46% said that productivity improved. Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College and the report's author, said that "real and long-lasting" effects were apparent. . Physical and mental health, and work-life balance are significantly better than at six months. Burnout and life satisfaction improvements held steady, Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College and the report's author, via 'The Guardian'. Although many companies have found a four-day workweek to be a successful model, the U.K. government has "no plans to introduce a four-day working week," a spokesperson said. Ultimately it is for employers and employees to agree what working arrangements work best for them, , U.K. government spokesperson, via 'The Guardian'. ... and we will be making changes to our flexible working legislation in April, including the right to request flexible working from day 1 of a new job, U.K. government spokesperson, via 'The Guardian'
Political Differences Driving, US Migration Habits. 'Newsweek' reports that widespread political tension has driven some Americans to relocate to places with more compatible points of view. The political divide in the United States has become one of the major drivers for people to pick and move across the country. . According to the latest Redfin report, one-third of real estate agents said they had clients who said they were moving solely because of political reasons in 2023. Some of the most common migration routes for homebuyers last year were from blue states to red or purple states: San Francisco to Austin; Seattle to Phoenix; New York to Orlando and other parts of Florida. , Redfin report, via 'Newsweek'. That's due largely to housing affordability, but some homebuyers moved because they wanted to live in a more conservative place, Redfin report, via 'Newsweek'. 'Newsweek' points out that the Redfin survey found that 40% of Texas and Florida residents said they would rather live in a state where abortion is legal. 'Newsweek' points out that the Redfin survey found that 40% of Texas and Florida residents said they would rather live in a state where abortion is legal. Meanwhile, other U.S. residents are returning to states like New York in favor of stricter gun laws, fewer restrictions on abortions and greater acceptance of LGBTQ rights. Many Americans are moving because of political differences and gun control issues, among other reasons. As opinions get more divided and laws change, some folks want to live in places that match their beliefs, Ron Resha, Real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, via 'Newsweek'. Many Americans are moving because of political differences and gun control issues, among other reasons. As opinions get more divided and laws change, some folks want to live in places that match their beliefs, Ron Resha, Real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, via 'Newsweek'. Ron Resha, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, points out that politically motivated migration could impact the 2024 presidential election. . People are looking for places that make them feel secure and comfortable, and this could affect the upcoming political election depending on party preferences, Ron Resha, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, via 'Newsweek'. People are looking for places that make them feel secure and comfortable, and this could affect the upcoming political election depending on party preferences, Ron Resha, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, via 'Newsweek'
Biden Calls Putin , a ‘Crazy SOB’. President Biden called President Vladimir Putin "a crazy S.O.B." while speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Feb. 21, CNN reports. . We have a crazy S.O.B. that guy, Putin, others. And we always have to be worried about a nuclear conflict. But the existential threat to humanity is climate, President Joe Biden, via comment to reporters. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Biden's remarks. I can say that such rude statements from the head of the U.S. state are unlikely to offend in any way the head of another country, especially President Putin but this is a huge disgrace for the country, I mean for the United States of America, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, via statement. So, if the president of such a country uses such language, it should be shameful. , Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, via statement. Clearly, Mr. Biden is demonstrating behavior in the style of a Hollywood cowboy to cater to domestic political interests, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, via statement. At another San Francisco fundraiser, Biden referred to Republicans as a "party of chaos and division.". He said that the GOP is "worse" than Strom Thurmond, a 1940s segregationist. He said that the GOP is "worse" than Strom Thurmond, a 1940s segregationist. I’ve been a senator since ‘72. I’ve served with real racists. I’ve served with Strom Thurmond. , Joe Biden, via statement. I’ve served with all these guys that have set terrible records on race. But guess what? These guys are worse. These guys do not believe in basic democratic principles. , Joe Biden, via statement. Time and again Republicans show they are the party of chaos and division, Joe Biden, via statement. Biden is scheduled to attend another campaign event in Los Altos Hills, CA, on Feb. 22
AT&T and Other Providers , Hit by Widespread Cellular Outages. The outages were reported on the morning of Feb. 22, according to Downdetector.com. T-Mobile, Verizon, UScellular and Consumer Cellular customers reported service issues. T-Mobile, Verizon, UScellular and Consumer Cellular customers reported service issues. but AT&T had the most, with tens of thousands of complaints, CBS News reports. . By 7:30 a.m. EST, 60,000 AT&T customers had no service. Some areas were even having trouble connecting with 911 emergency services. . If you are an AT&T customer and cannot get through to 911, then please try calling from a landline. , San Francisco Fire Department, via X. If that is not an option then please try to get ahold of a friend or family member who is a customer of a different carrier and ask them to call 911 on your behalf. , San Francisco Fire Department, via X. Do not call or text 911 to simply test your phone service, San Francisco Fire Department, via X. AT&T outages have been most prominent in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Louisville, Miami and San Antonio, Downdetector.com reports. In a statement, AT&T said, "We are working urgently to restore service to them. We encourage the use of wi-fi calling until service is restored.". Both Verizon and T-Mobile denied experiencing an outage, saying their users likely had problems when trying to contact someone who uses another carrier. Both Verizon and T-Mobile denied experiencing an outage, saying their users likely had problems when trying to contact someone who uses another carrier. Downdetector is likely reflecting challenges our customers were having attempting to connect to users on other networks, T-Mobile spokesperson, via CBS News
This Day in History:, U.S. Hockey Team Beats the Soviets in the 'Miracle on Ice'. February 22, 1980. The underdog U.S. team defeated the four-time defending gold medal Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. win is considered one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history. The Soviet squad fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. The American team trailed most of the game, finally taking the lead with ten minutes left. When the final horn sounded, the players, coaches and team officials poured onto the ice in celebration. To many Americans, the "Miracle on Ice" represented a Cold War victory
The Cost to Become a US Citizen , Is Increasing. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), fees associated with gaining American citizenship will increase on April 1, 'The Hill' reports. USCIS conducted a comprehensive biennial fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of providing adjudication and naturalization services, Department of Homeland Security, via announcement. DHS is adjusting the fee schedule to fully recover costs and maintain adequate service, Department of Homeland Security, via announcement. Submitting an Application for Naturalization (N-400) will be $725, up from $640. If biometric work is required, the price will be $760. The overall price for submitting the "green card" packet, which includes everything required for legal permanent status, will increase from $1,760 to $3,005. The USCIS' new guidelines also expand eligibility for lower rates. The cost of the N-400 form will only rise from $320 to $380 for those who earn "below 400% of the federal poverty guideline," 'The Hill' reports. . In 2023, the USCIS says that it welcomed over 878,500 new citizens
Trump Confirms 6 Names , on Vice Presidential Shortlist. Donald Trump spoke with Laura Ingraham at a Fox News event in South Carolina on Feb. 20, HuffPost reports. . Ingraham asked Trump if the following names were on his shortlist for potential vice presidential running mates:. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott. Byron Donalds, Kristi Noem and Tulsi Gabbard. Byron Donalds, Kristi Noem and Tulsi Gabbard. Byron Donalds, Kristi Noem and Tulsi Gabbard. Trump confirmed, "They are.". Honestly, all of those people are good. They’re all good. They’re all solid, Donald Trump, via statement. Trump went on to single out Rep. Scott. A lot of people are talking about that gentleman right over there, Donald Trump, via statement. "He has been much better for me than he was for himself," Trump said, referencing the senator's previous bid for the White House. Scott dropped out of the presidential race in November. Other running mates have also been named as possible choices for Trump, including Elise Stefanik, . whom the former president previously described as "a killer," according to NBC News
Google Will Share Oil and Gas Methane Leaks , Viewed From Space. Google and Environmental Defense Fund announced their partnership on Feb. 14, Reuters reports. In March, MethaneSAT will launch and monitor the world's methane emissions in an attempt to locate major sources of the greenhouse gas. The satellite's data will be available later in 2024 through the Google Earth Engine. Google Cloud will help to process the information. Google will also create an oil and gas infrastructure map with the help of AI. MethaneSAT's data will be overlaid on that map to help researchers understand which types of equipment have the most methane emissions. . We think this information is incredibly valuable for energy companies, researchers and the public sector to anticipate and mitigate methane emissions in components that are generally most susceptible, Yael Maguire, vice president of geo sustainability at Google, via Reuters. MethaneSAT's launch comes as governments crack down on methane emissions, Reuters reports. Additionally, while attending the COP28 climate summit, companies such as ExxonMobil and Aramco pledged to reach near-zero methane leaks by 2030. A new EPA rule would allow large methane leaks to be reported by the American public if they have access to accurate detection technology, Reuters reports. The U.S. emits some of the largest amounts of methane in the world
Beyoncé’s New Single , Tops the Country Chart. On Feb. 20, 'Billboard' announced that Beyoncé's new song, "Texas Hold 'Em," debuted at No.1 on its Hot Country Songs chart. The feat comes after speculation arose about whether the genre would be supportive of Queen Bey's country song, NPR reports. . Beyoncé is now the only other solo female artist besides Taylor Swift to mark the achievement. . Beyoncé is now the only other solo female artist besides Taylor Swift to mark the achievement. . The song, which dropped Feb. 11 during the Super Bowl, also "debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart," according to 'Billboard.'. "Texas Hold 'Em" had 19.2 million streams between Feb. 11 and Feb. 15, NPR reports. It also sold 39,000 units and was played on the radio 4.8 million times. . Beyoncé also released another country song, "16 Carriages," which debuted at No. 9 on the Country Songs chart and No. 38 on the Hot 100 chart. It sold 14,000 units, was played on the radio 90,000 times and had 10.3 million streams, NPR reports. . Both songs are part of her upcoming album, 'Act II,' which is set to be released on March 29
Positive Relationships With Adults , May Help Boost Kids' Ability , to Cope With Adversity. According to a recent study, positive bonds with parents and other adults can play a crucial role in fostering mental health in early adulthood. . PsyPost reports that the research also indicated that high levels of family religiosity may increase stress for those who face significant childhood adversity. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) refers to traumatic events occurring up until the age of 17. . ACEs can include instances of abuse, neglect, violence or exposure to substance misuse and mental health problems. The study was motivated by the profound impact ACEs can have on a child's future health and well-being. The study was motivated by the profound impact ACEs can have on a child's future health and well-being. We wanted to find out what can make a difference for children experiencing high adversity, Cristiane Duarte and Sara VanBronkhorst, Study authors, via PsyPost. We’ve known for many years that ACEs are associated with later mental health problems. But we know less about factors that can shield children from these long-term effects of ACEs. , Cristiane Duarte and Sara VanBronkhorst, Study authors, via PsyPost. We wanted to understand these factors so that we can develop interventions that can reduce the mental health problems related to ACEs, Cristiane Duarte and Sara VanBronkhorst, Study authors, via PsyPost. We wanted to understand these factors so that we can develop interventions that can reduce the mental health problems related to ACEs, Cristiane Duarte and Sara VanBronkhorst, Study authors, via PsyPost. The study, published in 'JAMA Psychiatry,' revealed that positive relationships with adults were linked to lower levels of stress and reduced risk of developing anxiety or depression later in life. This finding was true regardless of exposure to adverse childhood experiences. Adults can potentially make a real difference in reducing the risk of later mental health problems, Cristiane Duarte and Sara VanBronkhorst, Study authors, via PsyPost
Experts Explain, Why Cats Rub, Against Their Owners. 'Newsweek' recently spoke with experts to find out why cats rub against their owners. According to the International Cat Association (TICA), this action is called "bunting" and is often a way to express affection. Headbutting is one method, amongst many, cats exhibit to communicate and show affection and admiration to us humans, Vicki Jo Harrison, The International Cat Association (TICA) president, via 'Newsweek'. Rubbing behavior is usually a sign of marking territory, acceptance, or greetings and adoration. The TICA president suggests that a cat rubbing its head or body against you is just a form of greeting and a way for them to say they are happy to see you. You may notice this more when you've been gone for a longer time and return home, Vicki Jo Harrison, The International Cat Association (TICA) president, via 'Newsweek'. According to 'Newsweek,' cats are possessive animals that like to claim humans as part of their territory. Cats use glands in their cheeks and chin to release friendly pheromones that usually mean they are marking you as a friend. Rubbing and head butting is their way to mark you again with their scent. This allows your cat to reclaim their territory, and increase their endorphins, which gives them a sense of calm, happiness and safety, Vicki Jo Harrison, The International Cat Association (TICA) president, via 'Newsweek'. Rubbing and head butting is their way to mark you again with their scent. This allows your cat to reclaim their territory, and increase their endorphins, which gives them a sense of calm, happiness and safety, Vicki Jo Harrison, The International Cat Association (TICA) president, via 'Newsweek'. Cats can also use headbutting and rubbing as a way to indicate something they need. . For example, if your cat rubs against the cabinet that contains their food, they are likely trying to alert you that they are hungry or need fresh water or as a reminder to clean out their litter box, Vicki Jo Harrison, The International Cat Association (TICA) president, via 'Newsweek'
Alabama’s Supreme Court Rules , Embryos Are ‘Extrauterine Children’. The first-of-its-kind ruling was made on Feb. 16. It "could have widespread implications" for in vitro fertilization (IVF) practices, 'The Guardian' reports. . According to Alabama Dr. Mamie McLean, patients are wondering if they can still safely become parents with IVF. They’re worried about what to do with their frozen embryos. They want to be the ones who make the decisions on how best to utilize their embryos – not the Supreme Court, Dr. Mamie McLean, via 'The Guardian'. Frankly, because of the lack of guidance, we don’t know exactly how this translates to our care, Dr. Mamie McLean, via 'The Guardian'. Since each embryo is now considered a person in Alabama, doctors may have issues freezing, thawing, transferring or testing them, 'The Guardian' reports. . It's also not clear if embryos, which are often produced in excess to provide optimal chances for pregnancy, can ever be disposed of if no longer needed. Sean Tipton, chief advocacy and policy officer for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, called the decision a "nonsensical ruling with devastating consequences.". The court, of course, didn’t deign to deal with the real-world implications of their decision, but they are profound, Sean Tipton, chief advocacy and policy officer for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, via 'The Guardian'. If you’re a physician or an embryologist working in that clinic, you now stand ready to be charged with manslaughter or threatened with a wrongful death suit because one of the embryos didn’t happen to survive the freeze-thaw process, Sean Tipton, chief advocacy and policy officer for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, via 'The Guardian'. Providers may also be forced to transfer multiple embryos to patients, which could result in twins, triplets or more, endangering a patient's health.
Ewen MacIntosh, , Star of ‘The Office,’ , Dead at 50. The British actor, who was best known for playing "Big Keith" in BBC's 'The Office,' died on Feb. 19, CNN reports. Just Right Management confirmed his death on Feb. 21. It is with a heavy heart I can confirm the very sad news of our client Ewen’s passing. Ewen was a wonderful actor and an even better human being. , Just Right Management, via statement. He made people laugh and possessed such a kind heart. He touched the lives of all who came into contact with him, Just Right Management, via statement. Ewen suffered from ill health these past two years and passed peacefully on the 19th February from undisclosed causes, Just Right Management, via statement. His family are heartened by and deeply appreciate all the outpouring of love for Ewen but would appreciate the privacy for them to grieve at this very difficult time, Just Right Management, via statement. Ricky Gervais, creator of 'The Office,' took to social media to pay his respects to MacIntosh. 'The Office' co-writer and co-director Stephen Merchant also paid his respects
China Condemns America’s Veto , of Call for Israel-Gaza Ceasefire at UN. On Feb. 20, the U.S. vetoed an Algerian resolution for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza because it would allegedly "jeopardize" negotiations to end the war, BBC reports. . 13 out of 15 U.N. Security Council members supported Algeria's resolution. Proceeding with a vote today was wishful and irresponsible, and so while we cannot support a resolution that would put sensitive negotiations in jeopardy, we look forward to engaging on a text that we believe will address so many of the concerns we all share, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., via statement. We just weren’t able to support a resolution today that was going to put sensitive negotiations in peril– and that’s what we believe this resolution would do, John Kirby, National Security Council spokesman, via statement. Instead, America has proposed a temporary ceasefire to ensure "the safety of and support for the civilians," President Biden said earlier this month. Instead, America has proposed a temporary ceasefire to ensure "the safety of and support for the civilians," President Biden said earlier this month. China has condemned the U.S.' actions, saying the veto sends the "wrong message," BBC reports. . Zhang Jun, China's U.N. ambassador, called America's claims "totally untenable.". Given the situation on the ground, the continued passive avoidance of an immediate ceasefire is nothing different from giving a green light to the continued slaughter, Zhang Jun, China's U.N. ambassador, via statement. The spillover of the conflict is destabilizing the entire Middle East region, leading to rising risk of a wider war, Zhang Jun, China's U.N. ambassador, via statement. Only by extinguishing the flames of war in Gaza can we prevent the fires of hell from engulfing the entire region, Zhang Jun, China's U.N. ambassador, via statement. On Feb. 20, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was "committed to continuing the war until we achieve all of its goals.". Over 29,000 people have been killed in Gaza as part of Israel's response to an attack by Hamas that left 1,200 dead on Oct. 7.
This Day in History:, Malcolm X Is Assassinated. February 21, 1965. Malcolm X was assassinated by rivals of the Nation of Islam in New York City. He had been addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. Founded months earlier, the organization advocated black identity and held that racism — not whites — was the greatest foe of the African American. The Nation of Islam advocated Black nationalism and racial separatism. Malcolm’s new movement steadily gained followers, becoming increasingly influential in the civil rights movement. An estimated 30,000 mourners attended his funeral in Harlem
Black History Icons:, Nina Simone. Eunice Kathleen Waymon was born on February 21, 1933, and passed on April 21, 2003. Here are five facts to celebrate the life of the iconic singer and civil rights activist. 1. She learned to play piano at 3 years old. 2. She began protesting at the age of 12 when she refused to play at her church unless her parents could sit in the front of the hall instead of the back. 3. Simone performed at the famous Selma to Montgomery March. 4. She was called “The High Priestess of Soul.”. 5. Her music addressed racial and social injustice, like her iconic song, “Mississippi Goddam.”. Happy Birthday, Nina Simone!
Capital One , to Acquire Discover. Capital One Financial will buy Discover Financial Services in an all-stock deal worth $35.3 billion, CNBC reports. . The deal is expected to close at the end of 2024 or beginning of 2025. Once the acquisition is finalized, Capital One and Discover shareholders would own 60% and 40% of the combined company, respectively, CNBC reports. . The merger would allow Capital One to increase its credit card offerings and deposit base. Discover has done a better job of bringing in a lot of deposits and [has] access to a lot of institutions to run the debit card network and provide service. , David Schiff, West Monroe’s head of consumer retail and banking, via CNBC. So it gives them a lot of deposit gathering ability, which particularly in the current market is enormously important, David Schiff, West Monroe’s head of consumer retail and banking, via CNBC. The company intends to keep the Discover brand in place. The financial industry hasn't seen many acquisitions that parallel the Capital One-Discover merger, CNBC reports. The deal will likely affect similar "merger activity within the sector," according to David Schiff, West Monroe’s head of consumer retail and banking. It’s a good example of the risk we’re seeing in the market, where the competing interests from regulators for increased control and rigor balance against the competitive demands that are being made quite clearly, in terms of the overall market, David Schiff, West Monroe’s head of consumer retail and banking, via CNBC
Individual Beatles Biopics , Are in the Works. Sam Mendes will direct four films about each member of the Beatles, AP reports. . Sam Mendes will direct four films about each member of the Beatles, AP reports. . I’m honored to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies. , Sam Mendes, via statement. Sony Pictures made the announcement on Feb. 19. Sony Pictures made the announcement on Feb. 19. Theatrical movie events today must be culturally seismic. Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and then some, Tom Rothman, chair and chief executive of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, via statement. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of the late John Lennon and George Harrison have all given the project their blessing. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of the late John Lennon and George Harrison have all given the project their blessing. The films will be told from each of the Beatles' perspectives. We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time, Producer Pippa Harris, via statement. To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege, Producer Pippa Harris, via statement. Sony is shooting for 2027 release dates, AP reports.
Opponents Highlight the, Environmental Impact of , Artificial Intelligence . VentureBeat reports that the CEO of OpenAI has asked for $7 trillion to develop a project aimed at dramatically increasing the world's chip capacity. VentureBeat reports that the CEO of OpenAI has asked for $7 trillion to develop a project aimed at dramatically increasing the world's chip capacity. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said the "wildly ambitious" project would also vastly improve the ability to power advanced AI models. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said the "wildly ambitious" project would also vastly improve the ability to power advanced AI models. However, opponents of the proposed project have expressed concerns over the environmental impact of Altman's plan. . If it does work out, the amount of natural resources that will be required is just mind-boggling. Even if the energy is renewable (which it isn’t guaranteed to be), the quantity of water and rare earth minerals required is astronomical, Sasha Luccioni, Climate lead and researcher at Hugging Face, via VentureBeat. In September of 2023, 'Fortune' reported that AI tools were responsible for a 34% spike in Microsoft's water consumption. . In September of 2023, 'Fortune' reported that AI tools were responsible for a 34% spike in Microsoft's water consumption. . Another study from 2023 revealed that OpenAI's training for GPT-3 consumed 700,000 liters of water. Another study from 2023 revealed that OpenAI's training for GPT-3 consumed 700,000 liters of water. Sasha Luccioni, climate lead and researcher at Hugging Face, has criticized Nvidia for a lack of transparency regarding the company's environmental footprint. Sasha Luccioni, climate lead and researcher at Hugging Face, has criticized Nvidia for a lack of transparency regarding the company's environmental footprint. Nvidia has yet to publish any information about the environmental footprint of their manufacturing, Sasha Luccioni, Climate lead and researcher at Hugging Face, via VentureBeat. Luccioni points out that rather than improving over time, transparency regarding the environmental impact of AI has gotten worse. If you look at the PaLM 1 paper from Google, which was in 2022, and then Palm 2 [released in May 2023], the amount of information they provided drastically dropped, Sasha Luccioni, Climate lead and researcher at Hugging Face, via VentureBeat. Now [companies] don’t even say how long it took [to train], how many chips they used, there’s absolutely no information provided anymore, Sasha Luccioni, Climate lead and researcher at Hugging Face, via VentureBeat
Biden to Announce Sanctions on Russia , for Navalny’s Death. Biden to Announce Sanctions on Russia , for Navalny’s Death. On Feb. 19, President Joe Biden confirmed that his administration will announce sanctions on Russia later in the week. The sanctions are the administration's way of holding Russia accountable for the death of Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader. . What I came to tell you was we’d be announcing sanctions on Russia. We’ll have a major package announced on Friday, President Joe Biden, via statement. National Security Council John Kirby also said that the sanctions were in response to the country's continued war with Ukraine. Navalny, 47, who was serving a 30-year sentence "on charges of extremism and fraud that he denied," was transferred to a Russian penal colony in 2023, NBC News reports. Navalny, 47, who was serving a 30-year sentence "on charges of extremism and fraud that he denied," was transferred to a Russian penal colony in 2023, NBC News reports. On Feb. 16, the penal colony, located above the Arctic Circle, said that Nalvany died. On February 16, 2024, in penal colony No. 3, convict A.A. Navalny felt unwell after a walk, almost immediately losing consciousness, The prison service for the Yamalo-Nenets region, via statement. No further details have been provided about his death. Navalny's widow, Yulia Navalnaya, claims that her husband was murdered, and Russia is attempting to cover it up. Biden seemed to echo those accusations on Feb. 16. Make no mistake, Putin is responsible for Navalny’s death. Putin is responsible. What has happened to Navalny is yet more proof of Putin’s brutality. , President Joe Biden, via statement. No one should be fooled — not in Russia, not at home, not anywhere in the world. , President Joe Biden, via statement. Putin does not only target his [the] citizens of other countries, as we’ve seen what’s going on in Ukraine right now, he also inflicts terrible crimes on his own people, President Joe Biden, via statement
High Niacin Levels , Linked to Heart Disease, Research Suggests. The new report was published in 'Nature Medicine' on Feb. 19, NBC News reports. According to the new research, high levels of the essential B vitamin may increase heart disease risk by causing inflammation and harming blood vessels. Niacin is found in foods such as nuts, fortified cereals, breads, meat and fish, NBC News reports. . Niacin is found in foods such as nuts, fortified cereals, breads, meat and fish, NBC News reports. . Niacin is found in foods such as nuts, fortified cereals, breads, meat and fish, NBC News reports. . According to the Mayo Clinic, 16 milligrams of niacin per day are recommended for men, and non-pregnant women are advised to consume 14 milligrams per day. But Dr. Stanley Hazen, the study's senior author, says that 1 in 4 Americans consumes higher levels than the recommended daily allowance. The average person should avoid niacin supplements now that we have reason to believe that taking too much niacin can potentially lead to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, Dr. Stanley Hazen, the study's senior author, via NBC News. However, researchers have yet to determine what exactly constitutes "too much niacin.". In the 1940s, scientists found that low niacin levels could lead to a condition known as pellagra, which is potentially fatal. Since then, many foods have been fortified with niacin, causing Americans to get plenty of the B vitamin in their diets. . In the past, doctors also prescribed niacin to improve cholesterol levels before statins were developed, NBC News reports. . I don’t think anyone would have predicted that niacin would have been pro-inflammatory. , Dr. Amanda Doran, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, via NBC News. This is a powerful study because it combines a variety of techniques: clinical data, genetic data and mouse data, Dr. Amanda Doran, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, via NBC News
William Byron , Wins Daytona 500. Byron secured his first Daytona 500 victory on Feb. 19, CNN reports. The race was supposed to take place on Feb. 18 but was delayed due to heavy rain. The race was supposed to take place on Feb. 18 but was delayed due to heavy rain. Just before Byron's victory, NASCAR waved a caution flag as Ross Chastain veered into the infield grass. Just before Byron's victory, NASCAR waved a caution flag as Ross Chastain veered into the infield grass. The caution flag caused some confusion as to whether Byron took first place, with the 26-year-old asking, "Did we win it? Did we win it?". The caution flag caused some confusion as to whether Byron took first place, with the 26-year-old asking, "Did we win it? Did we win it?". Crew chief Rudy Fugle verified Byron's victory. . Well, no one told me. And Rudy was crying on the radio, so I was like, ‘Dude, I hope he’s crying for good reason. I guess he was a ball of emotion there, and so I was like ‘Did we actually win or not?’, William Byron, via CNN. Byron's win represents Hendrick Motorsports' ninth Daytona 500 title, CNN reports. Byron's win represents Hendrick Motorsports' ninth Daytona 500 title, CNN reports. Hendrick and Petty Enterprises are now tied for the most wins in the race's history. . Hendrick also celebrated its 40th anniversary of participating in the race. Byron dedicated his victory to his father. I wish my dad was here, he’s sick but this is for him. We’ve been through so much. We sat up in the grandstands together and watched the race. This is so fricking cool, William Byron, via CNN
Apple Says Stop Putting , Wet iPhones in Rice. For years, smartphone users have relied on the rice soaking hack to save their drenched devices. The theory is that the dry rice draws moisture from the phone. But Apple is now officially advising people against this tactic, Gizmodo reports. . The tech company says that doing so can "allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone.". Apple also advised against other hacks such as external heat sources or drying the connector with a cotton swab. Apple also advised against other hacks such as external heat sources or drying the connector with a cotton swab. Instead, the company recommends leaving your device unplugged and gently tapping it with your hand, connector side down. Leave your phone in a dry place with airflow and try charging again after 30 minutes. If you see an alert, there is still liquid in your phone and you should repeat the process. If your phone is dry but still won't charge, unplug the charger from the adapter and your wall, reconnect them and try again, Apple says.
Eye-Catching Fashion , From the People’s Choice Awards. Eye-Catching Fashion , From the People’s Choice Awards. The People's Choice Awards took place on Feb. 18. CNN highlighted some of the night's most glamorous looks. . The People's Choice Awards took place on Feb. 18. CNN highlighted some of the night's most glamorous looks. . The People's Choice Awards took place on Feb. 18. CNN highlighted some of the night's most glamorous looks. . Laverne Cox wore a 1987 Thierry Mugler bustier, opera gloves and a Giuseppe Di Morabito skirt. Ice Spice rocked a burnt-orange Dolce & Gabbana dress with a satin bra top and leopard-patterned tights underneath. . Heeled sandals and Le Vian jewelry rounded out the new artist of the year's look. Billie Eilish stayed true to her own style with baggy pants, big shoes, a sweater vest and tie. . The singer also won an award for TV performance of the year for her work in 'Swarm.'. Kylie Minogue looked glamorous in an emerald green, strapless Raisa Vanessa gown paired with Christian Louboutin sandals. Later that evening, the Australian singer performed her hit song, "Padam Padam.". Markell Washington embraced "cowboycore" with a skirt made of jeans, belts up his torso and a denim cowboy hat. Xochitl Gomez looked stunning in a Gucci dress adorned with pink fabric flowers
House Launches , Bipartisan AI Task Force. House Speaker Mike Johnson and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries made the announcement on Feb. 20, NBC News reports. House Speaker Mike Johnson and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries made the announcement on Feb. 20, NBC News reports. The task force will have 12 members. It will investigate ways that Congress can help to put AI guardrails in place while promoting innovation in the rapidly-growing field. Because advancements in artificial intelligence have the potential to rapidly transform our economy and our society, , House Speaker Mike Johnson, via statement. ... it is important for Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to understand and plan for both the promises and the complexities of this transformative technology, House Speaker Mike Johnson, via statement. Minority Leader Jeffries also issued a statement. Congress has a responsibility to facilitate the promising breakthroughs that artificial intelligence can bring to fruition and ensure that everyday Americans benefit from these advancements in an equitable manner, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, via statement. The rise of artificial intelligence also presents a unique set of challenges and certain guardrails must be put in place to protect the American people, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, via statement. Congress needs to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that America continues to lead in this emerging space, while also preventing bad actors from exploiting this evolving technology, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, via statement. Chairman Jay Obernolte and Co-Chairman Ted Lieu, who both have backgrounds in computer science, will lead the task force.
Happy Birthday, Rihanna!. Robyn Rihanna Fenty turns 36 years old today. Here are five fun facts about the singer and beauty guru. 1. She has her own day in Barbados, Rihanna Day, on February 22nd. 2. Rihanna likes to join the audience in disguise before she performs. 3. She has been named the highest-selling digital artist of all time. 4. She banned umbrellas from her shows after she released her single, “Umbrella,” so fans wouldn't get hurt. 5. She became the first black woman to lead a luxury house under the LVMH brand. Happy Birthday, Rihanna!
This Day in History:, Station Nightclub Fire in Rhode Island. February 20, 2003. 100 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a fire broke out at a rock concert at the West Warwick nightclub. Pyrotechnics used in the stage show of heavy-metal band Great White started the fire. igniting the soundproofing foam along the ceiling. 400 panicked concert-goers attempted to exit the front entrance, causing a pile-up. A local news crew happened to be on scene that evening, reporting on safety issues related to nightclubs. The fire was the deadliest in the U.S. in over a quarter of a century
Here’s Why Some People , Talk in Their Sleep. 'Newsweek' spoke with experts to explain why people talk in their sleep. Dr. Greg Potter, co-founder and chief science officer at Resilient Nutrition, says that the phenomenon of sleep talking is surprisingly widespread. Sleep talking—'somniloquy,' to use the scientific jargon—is a type of parasomnia, a category of sleep disorders made up of unusual behaviors during sleep, Dr. Greg Potter, co-founder and chief science officer at Resilient Nutrition, via 'Newsweek'. Most of us have talked during our sleep, especially in our youth, and sleep talking is usually of no concern. , Dr. Greg Potter, co-founder and chief science officer at Resilient Nutrition, via 'Newsweek'. It's just vocalizations that take place during sleep, many of which are gibberish and most of which are forgotten on waking, Dr. Greg Potter, co-founder and chief science officer at Resilient Nutrition, via 'Newsweek'. A peer-reviewed WebMD article suggests that , "Half of all kids between the ages of three and 10 years old carry on conversations while asleep, and a small number of adults, about 5%, keep chit-chatting after they go to bed.". Lloyd Ripley-Evans, a psychologist at workplace mental well-being platform Plumm, suggests that sleep-talking can be caused by a number of factors. . Your mental and emotional state can interfere with your sleep and could play a significant role in increasing your chance of experiencing sleep talking episodes, Lloyd Ripley-Evans, a psychologist at workplace mental well-being platform Plumm, via 'Newsweek'. According to the experts, for most people who sleep-talk, the condition can be helped by developing healthy sleep habits. . These habits include: limiting consumption of alcohol and caffeine, sleeping in full darkness and getting regular exercise.
Study Shows , How to Offset the Impact , of Prolonged Sitting. CNN took a look at a study which focuses on the health impacts of prolonged sitting and ways people can alleviate some of the increased risk of sedentary jobs. The study was published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. For decades, it has been well understood that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. We’ve known for probably about a decade now that sitting increases your risk for most chronic diseases and increases your risk for early death, Keith Diaz, assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, via CNN. Just like how much fruits and vegetables they should eat and how much exercise they should do, we need to give (people) specific guidance on how to combat the harms of sitting, Keith Diaz, assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, via CNN. Just like how much fruits and vegetables they should eat and how much exercise they should do, we need to give (people) specific guidance on how to combat the harms of sitting, Keith Diaz, assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, via CNN. According to the study, five minutes of light walking every half hour is enough to alleviate some of the associated risks. The researchers suggest that the key is breaking up long periods of sitting with some movement. . CNN reports that scientists still don't fully understand why prolonged sitting is so harmful. Researchers believe that the cause of the harm may revolve around the role of muscles in regulating things like cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The study's lead author, Keith Diaz, suggests that little "activity snacks" like walking one minute every hour had a significant impact on reducing blood pressure.
6 Ways, You Should Be Using Mint, at Home. Apartment Therapy took a look at 6 different ways mint comes in handy at home. . 1. Mint is perfect for an easy DIY household cleaner. This recipe for a cleaning solution works on wood, concrete or tile floors:. Dilute a cup of white vinegar in a gallon of water and add three to five drops of mint essential oil for a clean scent. 2. Try mint in an essential oil diffuser. Adding mint essential oils to a diffuser offers a light, fresh scent to your home. . 3. Mint can be used as an ant repellent. Several studies suggest mint essential oil diluted with water can be an effective ant repellent. . But don't do it around your pets or anywhere they could get to. . 4. Mint is both practical and aesthetic. Not only does a mint plant look nice in a pot, it's great to have fresh herbs around for cooking. 5. Make your own minty DIY Room Spray. Here's Reader's Digest's recipe for a minty room spray: . 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of lemon essential oil, 5 drops of orange essential oil, , and 2 tablespoons of orange flower water. 6. Mint makes a great garbage can freshener. . A little peppermint oil can offer the same effect as buying scented trash bags. Just put the oil on a cotton ball and place it at the bottom of the trash can to help mask odors.
The Best Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Monthly Bills. Recurring monthly expenses can be challenging for many households. Here are 10 of the best ways to cut the cost of your monthly bills. . 1. Switch from cable to a more affordable streaming service. 2. Set up a multiple-line phone plan with family, friends or roommates. . 3. Refinance your mortgage payments and see if there’s a more affordable rate. . 4. If you’ve been a good tenant, try negotiating a lower rent with your landlord. 5. Make sure the majority of your power usage happens at non-peak hours. . 6. Don’t pay for non-essential services like lawn care or house cleaning. 7. Install low-flow fixtures on toilets and shower heads to reduce water usage. . 8. Save on air conditioning and heating costs by sealing any air leaks near windows and doors. 9. If you’re able to, give up private car use for public transportation, carpooling or biking. 10. Utilize coupons and skip brand names when grocery shopping
Next-Generation Particle Collider , Could 'Unveil Universe's Mysteries'. 'The Independent' reports that plans are being developed for a new particle collider that could shed light on some of the biggest mysteries of the Universe. Around the year 2040, the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will complete its mission. . The looming end of the program has left experts looking for what will replace it. According to early estimates, the Future Circular Collider (FCC) will cost an estimated $17 billion. . The collider will be installed in a tunnel with a circumference of about 56 miles between 100 and 400 meters below both French and Swiss territory. . Yielding much higher energy, the collider will smash particles together in the hopes of discoveries that could change our understanding of the Universe. On February 5, CERN announced that a successful mid-term feasibility assessment was able to identify the ideal location for infrastructure related to the project. The FCC will be an unprecedented instrument to explore the law of physics and of nature, at the smallest scales and at the highest energies, Professor Fabiola Gianotti, CERN’s director general, via 'The Independent'. [It] will allow us to address some of the outstanding questions in fundamental physics today in our knowledge of the fundamental constituents of matter and the structure and evolution of the Universe, Professor Fabiola Gianotti, CERN’s director general, via 'The Independent'. Researchers hope the new collider will help unravel the mystery surrounding , dark matter and dark energy. . 'The Independent' reports that if the FCC gains approval, the next-generation collider could be operational by the mid 2040s.
Subtle Signs You've Developed Depression, According to Experts. There are so many different symptoms of depression that many people may not even realize they’re experiencing mental health issues. . Here are 10 signs you’ve developed depression, according to mental health experts. . 1. You feel a complete disregard for your well-being and are careless about safety. 2. Your appetite drastically changes in a short period of time. . 3. You are easily irritable and find yourself feeling more aggressive. . 4. You find yourself withdrawing from others. 5. Your energy levels have dropped and it's impacting your self-care habits. 6. You fill all your time with work to avoid dealing with your emotions. . 7. You experience periods of stress that have a detrimental impact on your health. . 8. Your libido has plummeted compared to normal. 9. Your sleep patterns are drastically altered and you constantly feel tired. 10. You find yourself feeling extremely sensitive to any sort of rejection.