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WASHINGTON — A heartfelt Patti LaBelle praised her lifelong friend Gladys Knight. Matt Damon playfully teased his friend George Clooney — a lot — while Sheryl Crow gave thanks and a heartfelt rendition of “Baby Baby” to her fellow singer Amy Grant during Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors. Every year the Kennedy Center honors a select group of people for their artistic influences on American culture. 2022 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row from left, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, Tania León, join, back row from left, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, and Bono for a group photo at the State Department following the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Washington. León said during an interview when the honorees were announced that she wasn’t expecting “anything spectacular” when the Kennedy Center initially reached out to her.
BP doubles down on hydrogen as fuel of the future
  + stars: | 2022-12-05 | by ( Ron Bousso | )   time to read: +6 min
[1/2] The BP logo is seen at a BP gas station in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., November 24, 2021. But grey hydrogen becomes "blue hydrogen" if the polluting emissions are captured. The IRA offers a $3 per kilogramme tax credit for clean hydrogen, which brings green hydrogen to par or even below the cost of grey and blue hydrogen, according to analysts. "With the hydrogen production tax credits that are now in place, it has ... allowed green hydrogen to be a lot more competitive," McLeod said. Subsidies will initially allow green and blue hydrogen to compete with grey hydrogen, allowing consumers to switch to cleaner fuel, McLeod said.
Kimberly Burckhalter joined United Airlines as a flight attendant in New York City in 1993, nearly 30 years ago. She is now based in Los Angeles and serves as an international purser on flights between Los Angeles and London, Sydney and the Hawaiian Islands. Ms. Burckhalter’s love for flying comes largely from her grandfather, a longtime TWA employee who started off as a luggage handler and retired as a sales manager.
George Clooney, Gladys Knight among Kennedy Center honorees
  + stars: | 2022-12-04 | by ( )   time to read: +5 min
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, second from left, and his wife, Evan Ryan, left, join 2022 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row from left, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney, Tania León, and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter, back row from left, Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein, along with fellow 2022 Honorees Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, and Bono for a group photo at the State Department following the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Washington. Sometimes the Kennedy Center honors not just individuals but groups; "Sesame Street" once got the nod. Composer and conductor León said during an interview when the honorees were announced that she wasn't expecting "anything spectacular" when the Kennedy Center initially reached out to her. After all, she's worked with the Kennedy Center numerous times over the years going back to 1980, when she was commissioned to compose music for a play. León left Cuba as a refugee in 1967 and eventually settled in New York City.
REUTERS/David 'Dee' DelgadoBEIJING, Dec 4 (Reuters) - More Chinese cities including Urumqi in the far west announced easing of coronavirus curbs on Sunday, as China tries to make its zero-COVID policy more targeted and less onerous after extraordinary protests against restrictions last weekend. A deadly apartment fire last month in Urumqi had sparked dozens of protests against COVID curbs in over 20 cities, a show of civil disobediance unprecedented in mainland China since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012. On Saturday in Beijing, local authorities said purchasing fever, cough and sore throat medicines no longer requires real name registration. "We shouldn't shut down COVID testing stations until we get rid of the COVID test pass." GLOBAL OUTLIERXi's zero-COVID policy has made China a global outlier nearly three years into the pandemic, which started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy says it challenges Fox News for conservative viewers but also wants Democrats. Ruddy said Donald Trump shouldn't run in 2024 because "he's a guy that doesn't need the presidency." Here's why a media CEO who considers Donald Trump a good friend doesn't think his good friend should run for president again. Let's talk about the Arizona call[during the 2020 election]: Fox News called that election within 20 minutes. I would prefer Trump not run because I don't think it's good for him personally.
On January 2, the median member of Congress will be 61.7 years old. On January 3, when the 118th Congress takes over, the median member will be 59.2 years old. Indeed, on the last day of the current 117th Congress, the median member will be 61.7 years of age, the oldest on record. On the first day of the 118th Congress, there will be 107 members over the age of 70. Assuming current membership holds, the median age of Congress will be 61.1, as of December 1, 2024 — just short of the current Congress' advanced age.
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, September 6, 2022. U.S. stock futures are little changed on Sunday night as investors await more economic data ahead of the Federal Reserve's December policy meeting. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell by 35 points, or 0.1%. Investors are expecting a week that could be light on catalysts ahead of that meeting. On the economic front, investors are expecting the November ISM services data at 10 a.m.
Ten years ago, fast food workers took to the streets of New York to strike for a $15 minimum wage. He was making $7.25, the minimum wage at the time. It was just like, oh no, raising the minimum wage, especially for fast workers, are you crazy? Since the launch of Fight for 15 ten years ago, the federal minimum wage hasn't budged. In California, where Perez works, the minimum wage is now $15 an hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
Toonkel said the landlord couldn't gain access to Roberts' apartment because of a "hoarding problem." He didn't specifically address the chickens near Roberts' apartment. Roberts' rent is regulated by New York City rent-stabilization laws, which generally cover buildings built between 1947 and 1974. Roberts told Legal Services NYC, an advocacy group working on his case, that he'd voiced concerns about the state of the building to previous owners. This is heartless," Roberts told Legal Services NYC.
Despite police, county executives and national pundits falsely labeling bail reform a disaster, in the few places like New York state that have tried it, bail reform has been a win for freedom. Bail reform has been a win for fiscal responsibility, saving taxpayers millions of dollars by avoiding the costs of unnecessary mass detention. Laura Gillen, a Democrat and fierce opponent of bail reform who lost her Long Island congressional race, took to Twitter to argue that bail reform was a reason Democrats lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats lost because they ran from the truth about bail reform, amplifying lies instead of championing what should have been their policy win. The truth about bail reform isn’t just a political game — it is a moral imperative.
If the deal is approved by Delta pilots, it is widely expected to act as a benchmark for contract negotiations at rivals United Airlines (UAL.O) and American Airlines (AAL.O). The Atlanta-based carrier's pilots have been working without a new contract for nearly three years after their old contract became amendable in December 2019, fueling frustration. In the draft agreement, Delta promises that pay rates of its pilots will exceed those at United and American by at least 1%. In a year of protests for the industry, pilots at all major U.S. carriers have been demanding higher wages and a better work-life balance. In its memo, Delta's pilot union said more than 25% of the value of the contract agreement is dedicated to quality-of-life related items.
[1/2] Delta Air Lines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, protest outside Terminal 4 at JFK International airport in New York City, U.S., June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonCHICAGO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) has offered a 34% pay increase to its pilots over three years in a new contract, according to a draft agreement seen by Reuters. The pilots will get a raise of at least 18% raise on the date the contract is signed, another 5% after one year, 4% after two years and 4% after three years, it says. Delta pilots have been working without a new contract for nearly three years after their old contract became amendable in December 2019, fueling frustration. They voted overwhelmingly in October voted to authorize a strike if negotiators could not reach an agreement on the new contract.
Two seemingly random attacks in New York City and Philadelphia last week could be connected to a single person, authorities said Friday. Two separate shooting incidents in New York, left, and Philadelphia appear to be linked by a similar looking suspect. Philadelphia Police via YouTubeThe shooter in the Philadelphia attack the afternoon of Nov. 25 used a silver revolver, police said. Investigators believe the shooter arrived by car and then walked up to the victim to carry out the attack with a single shot before fleeing, according to NBC Philadelphia. In the Philadelphia attack, rewards for information leading to an arrest and conviction amounted to $20,000.
Nick Cannon hospitalized with pneumonia
  + stars: | 2022-12-03 | by ( Megan Thomas | )   time to read: +1 min
CNN —Nick Cannon is getting some rest after coming down with pneumonia. “The Masked Singer” host and comedian, who has previously shared that he has lupus, posted images of himself in a hospital bed in an Instagram post on Friday. The busy dad of 11 said he was feeling positive. “I don’t need any well wishes or prayers , just some solid rest and I will be back on the journey to becoming stronger than ever… it’s just pneumonia, nothing I can’t handle.”Before his hospitalization, Cannon performed with his “Wild’N Out Live” tour on Thursday in New York City. “Crazy thing is, last night we was just rocking a sold out crowd at Madison square garden in front of thousands of fans, now I’m all alone in a tiny hospital room,” Cannon concluded his post.
The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrived in NYC from an upstate farm 200 miles away. The Rockefeller Center sees about 500,000 tourists during the holiday season. The 82-foot tree arrived in Manhattan from upstate New York in November and it's illumination is the unofficial indication that it's Christmas time in New York City. Onlookers waited patiently Wednesday night to see its estimated 50,000 multi-colored lights and giant Swarovski crystal star light up the Rockefeller Center, but the tree attracted local attention before it was decorated. NBC's "Christmas at Rockefeller Center" special aired on Wednesday night with many celebrity appearances – including a performance by Alicia Keys.
American Airlines is closing its San Francisco base, potentially displacing 400 flight attendants. The base is home to some of the carrier's most senior flight attendants, two-thirds of whom have been at the airline for 13 years or more, according to the union representing American Airlines flight attendants. In interviews, 10 SFO-based flight attendants told Insider that a myriad of factors make it difficult to leave the Bay Area. The decades of experience with the goal of achieving that lifestyle are now effectively lost, one flight attendant told Insider. Some employees expressed confusion on why they need to leave San Francisco if the carrier will still need to staff SFO flights.
The vote came about after California passed a law last year requiring law enforcement departments to seek approval for use of military-style equipment. We live in a time when unthinkable mass violence is becoming more commonplace," San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in the statement. "We need the option to be able to save lives in the event we have that type of tragedy in our city.”Police Chief William Scott speaks during a news conference in San Francisco in 2019. “We run a very serious risk of misuse by police of a robot to inflict deadly force,” he said. Preston said he hoped that outrage following the first vote in San Francisco would sway more of his fellow board members to vote against the measure Tuesday.
The U.S. Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls increased by 263,000 jobs last month compared with economist expectations for 200,000 jobs. "That sentiment shift has been more powerful than any 'negativity' to be taken from today's jobs report," he said. MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe (.MIWD00000PUS) shed 0.15% on the day but added 1.5% for the week. Earlier it had jumped sharply in response to the jobs data, gaining as much as 0.82%. Gold prices also regained some lost ground from their earlier reaction to the jobs data.
Ron DeSantis on Thursday over his flights of migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in September. Venezuelan migrants gather at the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal in Marthas Vineyard, Mass. Carlin Stiehl / The Boston Globe via Getty Images fileThis is only the most recent lawsuit filed against DeSantis over the flights. DeSantis' immigration move escalated a tactic first used by Texas Gov. “Obviously, it’s sad that Martha’s Vineyard people deported them the next day, DeSantis said of the migrants he sent to Massachusetts in September.
Two New York City teenagers were charged with hate crime assault after they allegedly beat a subway passenger who refused to give up his seat and directed anti-Asian statements toward him, police said. Dream Commisso, 19, was arrested Tuesday on charges of hate crime assault, aggravated harassment, assault, menacing and harassment. The teenagers asked a 42-year-old man to get up from his subway seat, "made anti-Asian statements and punched him multiple times and threatened his life," New York City police said. Authorities are seeking a third suspect in the subway assault, according to a post on the NYPD Hate Crimes' Twitter page. Reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate has collected data on almost 11,500 anti-Asian incidents since March 2020, the group reported in July.
Psychos in the C-Suite
  + stars: | 2022-12-02 | by ( Peggy Noonan | )   time to read: +1 min
Peggy Noonan is an opinion columnist at the Wall Street Journal where her column, "Declarations," has run since 2000. She has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, and has taught in the history department at Yale University. Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer and writer at CBS News in New York, and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up there, in Massapequa Park, Long Island, and in Rutherford, New Jersey. In November, 2016 she was named one of the city's Literary Lions by the New York Public Library.
A 15-year-old boy has died after falling off a train while subway surfing in Brooklyn, police said. Thursday's incident comes after a number of subway surfing cases were reported this and last year. In June, a 15-year-old boy was critically injured after hitting his head while subway surfing on top of a New York City train. Thursday's incident is not the first time a case of subway surfing has turned deadly. In October 2021, a 32-year-old man died after falling on the tracks also while on a J train over the Williamsburg Bridge.
Jessie Cheung’s cosmetic dermatology practices in Chicago and New York City offer a range of aesthetic and wellness treatments, including Botox, fillers and a procedure known as anal rejuvenation. Recently, she said, her patients have been asking for Ozempic to help them lose weight. Though Dr. Cheung doesn’t carry the brand-name drug, her offices are stocked with syringes filled with a cheaper, custom-made version of semaglutide, Ozempic’s active ingredient, created by a drug compounder.
New York has had a rat problem since the 1700s. City officials hope someone with a “general aura of badassery” can finally solve it. The city posted an unusual job listing this week: an opening for a director of rodent mitigation, or a “rat czar.” The ideal candidate—someone who is “highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty”—will be tasked with keeping the city’s rats “in check and on notice,” according to the job posting.
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