US birth rate falls during pandemic

Despite spending more time at home due to the pandemic, the US is in the midst of a baby bust, not a baby boom. US births have been falling for nearly a decade and 2019 saw the fewest births in 35 years, but the final numbers for 2020 could slip even lower. An estimated 300,000 fewer babies are expected in 2021, according to a study by Brookings Institution think tank. It comes as the pandemic has created a turbulent labour market that has disproportionately hurt working women. Last year, women slightly outnumbered men in the workforce, but their labour market … Continue reading US birth rate falls during pandemic

Police finds 150 missing children in Tennessee

Tennessee law enforcement has recovered 150 missing children after a months-long investigation, the children, between three and 17-years old, were found in three “two-week blitzes” throughout the US state. Five of the children were suspected to be victims of human trafficking, investigators said, and one was rescued as part of a kidnapping probe. The recoveries are among the largest for recent missions by states to find missing children, a number of arrests have been made following the probe, officials said. “I hope this operation changes the course for 150 young lives and leads them to the path of opportunities every … Continue reading Police finds 150 missing children in Tennessee

Thirteen die in southern California crash near Mexico border

In what can be described as a tragic occurence, at least 13 people have died and more were injured after an SUV collided with a trailer truck in southern California, near the US-Mexico border. Twenty-five people were said to have been travelling in the SUV, which would legally have had a capacity for eight or nine. Police say the vehicle drove directly into the path of the truck, which had a full load of gravel, the truck’s driver suffered minor injuries. Fire officials said they were called to an incident in Imperial – about 11 miles (18km) north of the … Continue reading Thirteen die in southern California crash near Mexico border

Man arrested after allegedly trying to drown and then bury wife alive at popular San Diego beach

A California man has been arrested and charged on multiple counts after allegedly trying to drown his wife before attempting to bury her alive in the sand. The incident occurred Wednesday evening at Coronado Beach in San Diego, the City of Coronado Police Department said in a statement on Thursday. Moreno Valley resident Jose Luis Mares III, 23, was arrested last night and charged with attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment and parole violation, police said. Mares and his wife, whose identity was not released, had arrived at the beach Wednesday evening and eventually got into an … Continue reading Man arrested after allegedly trying to drown and then bury wife alive at popular San Diego beach

Rush Limbaugh, provocative US radio host dies at 70

Rush Limbaugh, the controversial US radio personality and political commentator, has died aged 70, his wife Kathryn Adams announced his death on his radio show on Wednesday. He had been suffering from lung cancer. Best known as the host of the long-running talk radio programme The Rush Limbaugh Show, he was a towering figure in the conservative movement for years. Three presidents appeared on his show, and he received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020, but he was as controversial as he was influential, accused of voicing racist, sexist and homophobic views throughout his career. The climate change … Continue reading Rush Limbaugh, provocative US radio host dies at 70

Larry King’s wife Shawn, plans to contest his amended will

Larry King’s wife Shawn plans to contest his will, a source tells ET that the late TV personality amended his will in 2019 leaving his $2 million estate to his five children, two of whom are now deceased. Shawn was not included in the amendment.  The will is dated Oct. 17, 2019, according to multiple reports; King filed for divorce from Shawn two months earlier, in August 2019, after 22 years of marriage. According to ET’s source, Shawn plans to contest the will in court.  King stated in his amended will that he wanted his kids Chaia, Andy, Larry Jr., Chance and Cannon … Continue reading Larry King’s wife Shawn, plans to contest his amended will

Hustler founder and free-speech activist Larry Flynt dies aged 78

Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler magazine and self-proclaimed “smut peddler who cares”, has died aged 78. Flynt died at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, his brother Jimmy Flynt confirmed to Washington Post. His career spanned more than five decades, with Hustler’s launch in 1974 propelling him to fame. However it also attracted controversy, and was the subject of repeated law suits – as well as making Flynt the subject of an assassination attempt. He was shot in 1978 while standing outside a courthouse in Georgia, during a trial for obscenity. The shooting left Flynt a paraplegic, he … Continue reading Hustler founder and free-speech activist Larry Flynt dies aged 78

Coast Guard helicopter rescues skier mauled by bear in Alaska

A skier in Alaska was airlifted from the side of a mountain over the weekend after he was attacked and mauled by a brown bear. U.S. Coast Guard The injured skier is hoisted to a Coast Guard helicopter in Alaska on Saturday. The victim was part of a group ascending a mountain during a backcountry ski outing near Haines, Alaska, on Saturday, according to the US Coast Guard. The man suffered injuries to his head and hands when he was attacked. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said the victim inadvertently awoke the brown bear in a den, a mother that … Continue reading Coast Guard helicopter rescues skier mauled by bear in Alaska

Hacker tries to poison water supply of Florida city

A computer hacker gained access to the water system of a city in Florida and tried to pump in a “dangerous” amount of a chemical, officials say. The hacker briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) in Oldsmar’s water treatment system, but a worker spotted it and reversed the action. Lye is used in small amounts to control acidity but a large amount could have caused major problems in the water. Oldsmar Mayor Eric Seidel said: “There’s a bad actor out there.” No arrests have yet been made and it is not known if the hack was done from … Continue reading Hacker tries to poison water supply of Florida city

Maskless man denied service at restaurant returns to steal food at gunpoint, employees say

A man who was denied service at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in California because he wasn’t wearing a mask returned to the restaurant with a gun and stole food, according to employees. Employees at the Pasadena restaurant told local media that the suspect entered the restaurant Wednesday around 5:40 p.m. and was told he couldn’t order because he was not wearing a face mask, which helps preventsthe spread of COVID-19. He was told he could return if he wore one, but instead came back with a handgun and ordered staff to give him chicken, waffles and syrup. Robert … Continue reading Maskless man denied service at restaurant returns to steal food at gunpoint, employees say

Update: Larry King US TV legend who hosted 50,000 interviews

With his trademark braces, rolled up sleeves and easy style of questioning, Larry King, who has died aged 87 – is one of the legends of US broadcasting, during his six-decade career, which included 25 years hosting his own nightly programme on CNN, King interviewed many of the most famous political leaders, celebrities and sports people of the day. At its peak, his Larry King Live Show on CNN was bringing in 1.5 million viewers a night. When the final episode aired in 2010, it was the longest-running show hosted by the same person. In a recorded message on his … Continue reading Update: Larry King US TV legend who hosted 50,000 interviews

NYC bendy bus left dangling from overpass in Bronx

At least eight people have been injured in New York City after a bus plunged from an overpass on to a road below. New York City Fire Department tweeted an image of the articulated bus dangling from the overpass in the Bronx district on Thursday evening. The rear section was still on the overpass while the nose of the front section was on the access road below. The bus driver was among those injured, officials said, and is reported to be in a serious condition, the cause of the accident is not clear. Continue reading NYC bendy bus left dangling from overpass in Bronx