Famous Key West buoy burned after 2 set tree on fire
Police are searching for two people who burned a part of Key West's famous Southernmost Point buoy early New Year's Day after setting a fire near the landmark tourism icon. News outlets report two males lit a Christmas tree on fire in front of the buoy around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and the flames charred sections of the colorful, 4-ton cement monument that reads “90 miles to Cuba, Southernmost Point, Continental U.S.A.” The red, yellow, black and white marker resembles a giant marine navigational buoy.news.yahoo.com
"It was torture": Alert restaurant manager uses concealed sign to help rescue abused boy, police say
And this is when he nodded, 'yes,'" Carvalho told a news conference Thursday. Sign Orlando restaurant manager used to help rescue abused boy on New Year's Day 2021. It turned out the boy was a victim of severe child abuse, authorities said. The 11-year-old told Orlando detectives he had ratchet straps tied around his ankles and neck and was hung upside down from a door. Wilson was arrested on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse and child neglect.cbsnews.com
Vaccine rollout remains slow as U.S. cases and deaths soar
Vaccine rollout remains slow as U.S. cases and deaths soar More than 30,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19 just since New Year's Day of 2021. Dr. Rashmi Jain joins CBSN to discuss what's happening with the pandemic and how vaccines could be administered more quickly.cbsnews.com
Deaths of two female soldiers in Texas under investigation
Investigations are underway across Texas after two female soldiers were found dead on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Hours after Graham was found, an Army sergeant was found dead in her vehicle on a Texas interstate on New Year's Day. Drill Sergeant Jessica Mitchell U.S. ArmyPolice found Mitchell after receiving reports about a stranded vehicle in the middle of the highway. At the time of her death, Mitchell, 30, was on holiday leave from her assignment as a dental specialist. The investigation followed the death of Specialist Vanessa Guillén, who was bludgeoned to death at Fort Hood.cbsnews.com
NASA astronauts ring in new year with very different ball drop
DETROIT – Crew members on the International Space Station rang in the new year with a very different ball drop Thursday. How do you drop the ball in zero gravity? Turns out you do not. The globe they used for the ball drop went up, not down. The NASA astronauts also got to celebrate the start of 2021 16 times, since the space station orbits the earth every 90 minutes.
Senate overrides Trump's defense bill veto
Senate overrides Trump's defense bill veto During an unusual New Year's Day session, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to override President Trump's attempt to block a $740 billion defense policy bill. Later in the day a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert, who argued falsely that Vice President Mike Pence has the power to decide the outcome of the election. Weijia Jiang reports.cbsnews.com
No print edition for The Monroe News on Jan. 1
Looking ahead, The Monroe News will feature its annual year-end roundup beginning Saturday and lasting four days. SaturdayIn Saturday’s edition, The News’ staff will announce its picks for Top 10 News Stories of the Year. The News also will feature readers’ picks, in a roundup of top online stories, determined by page views. MondayIn Monday’s edition, The News will feature how local leaders anticipate COVID-19 will shape their role in the community in 2021. TuesdayAnd finally, in Tuesday's edition, The News will honor those who contributed positively to the community in various ways this year, along with memorializing prominent community members who died in 2020.monroenews.com
Winter Weather Advisory issued for Monroe County
The Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect noon on New Year's Day; freezing rain is expected that afternoon and evening. Much of southern lower Michigan and northern Ohio is included in a Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix on New Year's Day. Winter Weather AdvisoryURGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI253 PM EST Thu Dec 31 2020Wayne-Lenawee-Monroe-Including the cities of Detroit, Adrian, and Monroe253 PM EST Thu Dec 31 2020...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST FRIDAY NIGHT...* WHAT...Freezing rain expected. The precip will then quickly transition to freezing rain. Temperatures will slowly inch above freezing Friday evening as the freezing rain diminishes to drizzle.monroenews.com
Low-wage workers in 20 states will get a raise on New Year's Day
Low-wage workers in 20 states will get a raise on New Year's Day Some American workers will start the new year with a financial boost. On January 1, the minimum wage increases in 20 states. CBS MoneyWatch reporter Aimee Picchi shares the details with CBSN.cbsnews.com
Michigan State Police urge people to not drink and drive New Year’s Eve
“We’ve arrested over 70 impaired drivers this month alone,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw. “We know people are still going out, even if there’s nowhere to go.”Shaw said that number will likely increase on New Year’s Eve. You can drink as much as you want, you can smoke as much as you want. The campaign was started in 1997 after Sandra Latham, a Detroit grandmother, was killed by celebratory gunfire sitting in her dinning room. For the 23rd year, Hood is asking residents to put away their guns and find a safer way to bring in the new year.
4 Things to do in Ann Arbor on New Year’s Eve
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The year is almost over and it’s time to celebrate. Wave away 2020 with a big “buh-bye” with these things to do around Ann Arbor on New Year’s Eve. Cut loose with NOW Studios, new to downtown Ann Arbor, at its free virtual NYE express your mess Eleganza Extravaganza. Join Ann Arbor District Library for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration! Print out these coloring pages and games courtesy of City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation for some light-hearted fun.
New Year's Eve gatherings could accelerate COVID-19 spread: "We cannot let our guard down"
With New Year's Eve just one day away, health officials are sounding the alarm about large gatherings to ring in 2021. But gatherings at home and other places could accelerate the spread of COVID-19. "It's very important to avoid large gatherings and small gatherings, and as we approach New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, we cannot let our guard down," Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine warned. And testing negative for COVID-19 doesn't make gatherings safe, LaPook said. Law enforcement is already tamping down on large gatherings.cbsnews.com
Safe things to do during the pandemic on New Year’s Eve in Metro Detroit
DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking residents statewide to celebrate New Year’s Eve locally while remaining low-key. Speaking at a COVID briefing Tuesday, Whitmer specifically asked everyone to stay home for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. “We are coming through the end of 2020 in a stronger position than most, because of you,” said Whitmer. Local 4 reporter Kim DeGiulio did a little digging and found out a few things that are safe to do around Metro Detroit for the upcoming holiday.
House passes bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to pass a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, with 275 members voting for the bill and 134 voting against it. The bill received the needed two-thirds majority of the members voting to pass in the House. Mr. Trump last week urged Congress to increase stimulus checks to $2,000, threatening not to sign the COVID-19 relief economic relief package that gave Americans $600 checks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately jumped on the president's insistence on $2,000 checks, setting up Monday's vote on the House floor. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) heads o the house floor on December 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.cbsnews.com
House passes bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to pass a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, with 275 members voting for the bill and 134 voting against it. The bill received the needed two-thirds majority of the members voting to pass in the House. Mr. Trump last week urged Congress to increase stimulus checks to $2,000, threatening not to sign the COVID-19 relief economic relief package that gave Americans $600 checks. But last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately jumped on the president's insistence on $2,000 checks, setting up Monday's vote on the House floor. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) heads o the house floor on December 28, 2020 in Washington, DC.cbsnews.com
House overrides Trump's veto of $740 billion defense funding bill
The House of Representatives on Monday overrode President Trump's veto of an annual must-pass defense policy bill, teeing up what could be the first time Congress overrides a veto from Mr. Trump only weeks before he leaves office. The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, passed both the House and Senate earlier this month with support from more than two-thirds of each chamber, clearing the thresholds needed to set aside Mr. Trump's veto. The $740 billion defense bill provides funding for military programs and construction projects, and authorizes a 3% pay raise for troops. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle urged Mr. Trump to sign the sweeping defense bill, which has become law for 59 years straight. It remains unclear how many Republicans in the House will break with Mr. Trump and vote to overcome his veto.cbsnews.com
Michigan will not release daily COVID-19 data on 4 upcoming holidays
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials will not release the number of daily COVID-19 cases or deaths on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the state announced. On Wednesday (Dec. 23), Michigan announced 3,443 new COVID-19 cases and 70 additional deaths, bringing the state totals to 469,928 cases and 11,775 deaths. The next update won’t come until Saturday (Dec. 26), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced. “We wanted to give MDHHS staff some time off during the holidays,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. The same will be true after New Year’s Day, with new numbers being posted Jan. 2 and Jan. 4.
AP source: NHL players balk at changing CBA, league moves on
NHL players have balked at changing the collective bargaining agreement and the league is preparing to open the season Jan. 13 after starting training camp on New Year's Day, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “We are certainly continuing to work through all the issues we would need to resolve to start a season,” Deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly said. The league and union agreed to a CBA over the summer that included a 10% salary deferral for the 2021 season and a cap on money left in escrow. Players, however, did not want to renegotiate a deal that’s only a few months old. The league is planning to play between 50 and 60 games in the regular season before beginning the playoffs.
Television special to replace canceled 2021 Rose Parade
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo a 2020 Rose Parade float is seen at the start of the route at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but viewers will still get a show with a two-hour television special on New Year's Day, organizers said. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)PASADENA, Calif. – The 2021 Rose Parade is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but viewers will still get a show with a two-hour television special on New Year’s Day, organizers said. The Tournament of Roses Association said in a Thursday news release that the TV special will include “live-to-tape musical and marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, celebrity guest appearances," and highlights from past Rose Bowl football games. The Rose Bowl college football game that traditionally follows the parade is still scheduled for New Year's Day.
Around 400 arrested in New Year's Day protests in Hong Kong
Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year's Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators. An anti-government protester vandalizes a bureau of the China Life Insurance Company during a demonstration on New Year's Day to call for better governance and democratic reforms in Hong Kong, China, January 1, 2020. Hong Kong toned down its New Year's celebrations amid the protests that began in June and have dealt severe blows to the city's retail, tourism and nightlife sectors. Riot police detain anti-government protesters during a demonstration on New Year's Day to call for better governance and democratic reforms in Hong Kong, China, January 1, 2020. In his own New Year's address, Chinese President Xi Jinping referred to the protests, saying "Hong Kong's prosperity and stability is the wish of Hong Kong compatriots and the expectation for the people of the motherland."cbsnews.com
Over 90,000 Jewish people unite at religious event in New Jersey after violent attacks
East Rutherford, New Jersey Prayers filled MetLife Stadium on New Year's Day as more than 90,000 Jews came together to celebrate a religious event called Siyum HaShas. The event celebrates the accomplishment of studying the entire 2,700-page ancient Jewish text called the Talmud one page a day for seven and a half years. "It's a explanation of Jewish laws that come from the Bible and how we get to where we practice them today," said Aaron Stein, who attended the event. The celebration comes on the heels of violent attacks on the Jewish community in the area. Reuters/Jeenah MoonAaron and Francine Stein came to the event and said they refuse to hide in the shadows.cbsnews.com
If you hit the $237 million Powerball jackpot, this is your tax bill
With no one hitting all six numbers in the Powerball drawing on Wednesday night, the jackpot has surged higher. After more than eight weeks with no big winner, the lottery game's top prize is $237 million for Saturday night's drawing. For Saturday's $237 million Powerball drawing, the cash option is $160.7 million. The 24% federal withholding would reduce that amount by $38.6 million, leaving you with $122.1 million. That would be $59.5 million in all going to Uncle Sam, leaving you with a cool $101.2 million.cnbc.com
'Friends' is leaving Netflix at midnight and won't be available to stream until May
NBC | Getty ImagesOn New Year's Day, the adventures of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey will be gone from Netflix and won't be available to stream until May. "Friends," the hit '90s sitcom, has lived on the streaming service since 2015 when Netflix paid $100 million for the rights to exclusively stream it on its platform. In July, WarnerMedia outbid Netflix, to the tune of around $400 million to $500 million, for the rights to the TV show. In the meantime, "Friends" will not be available to stream. There shouldn't be a long gap between the show leaving Netflix and arriving on the NBC platform.cnbc.com
Record label rejected The Beatles' off these 1962 songsnow tape of the audition could sell for $90,000
On New Year's Day in 1962, a then-unknown band called The Beatles performed 15 songs for British label Decca Records. There is some debate as to whether Decca Records rejected The Beatles or The Beatles rejected an offer from Decca to press their records only if the band paid for it themselves. Whatever the case, The Beatles' then manager Brian Epstein held on to a recording of the audition. Now, Sotheby's London will auction the tape of the Decca audition online, estimating it will sell for 50,000 to 70,000 pounds, or about $65,000 to $90,000. As Sotheby's tells it, Decca Records didn't take the band seriously at the audition.cnbc.com
Tom Fallis' panicked call to 911
At 12:50 a.m. on New Year's Day 2012, a call came into the dispatcher in Evans, Colorado, from Weld County Corrections Officer Tom Fallis. Tom and his wife, Ashley, had hosted a party that night at the home they shared with their three children. The last of the guests had left about 10 minutes before Tom called 911, saying that Ashley had just shot herself in the head.cbsnews.com