Mitch McConnell criticizes House proposal to make Election Day a federal holiday – CNNPolitics

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 22: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate floor after speaking at the U.S. Capitol on December 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Democrats refused to agree with President Donald Trump's demands for five billion dollars to go towards building a wall on the U.S. southern border. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 22: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate floor after speaking at the U.S. Capitol on December 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Democrats refused to agree with President Donald Trump’s demands for five billion dollars to go towards building a wall on the U.S. southern border. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced backlash from Democrats for calling their House bill a “power grab” as it included a provision to make Election Day a federal holiday, among other changes.

The sweeping legislation HR 1, or what Democrats are calling the “For the People Act,” would also require presidential candidates to release their tax returns, adds a matching system for small donations, requires super PACs to disclose their donors who give more than $10,000, and prohibits voter purging.

Source: Mitch McConnell criticizes House proposal to make Election Day a federal holiday – CNNPolitics

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‘Don’t know what to do right now:’ Family left homeless by fire in Westmoreland County

Malcolm Long, who lived in the home, said he woke up to hear his girlfriend’s stepfather screaming for everyone to get out. Long said he tried putting the fire out himself.

“I tried getting water on it and then I saw it was too engulfed to do anything,” said Long. “So I ran down to get my girlfriend and the kids up. Luckily I got them out. I tried going back in to try to get some of my stuff but I wasn’t able to.”

Long said in addition to himself, his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s stepfather, another adult, four children and some pets lived in the house.

He said being forced into the cold was also a bit of a shock.

“I wasn’t even able to grab my clothes. I have what I have on my back. Just lucky everyone’s okay. That’s what I’m happy about.”

However, he said he’s not sure what to do next.

“I’m just overwhelmed. Don’t know what to do right now.”

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Source: ‘Don’t know what to do right now:’ Family left homeless by fire in Westmoreland County

Recall of infant liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart expands over safety worries

 

By Shamard Charles, M.D.

The recall of an infant pain reliever has been expanded over worries that the over-the-counter medication may contain dangerously high concentrations of the drug.

On Thursday, the drug maker Tris-Pharma said that additional lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL — sold in 0.5 oz. bottles at Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar Services — may have higher concentrations of ibuprofen than what’s on the label.

Dangerously high concentrations of the drug raises risks of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach bleeding, and kidney damage.

Source: Recall of infant liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart expands over safety worries

Google+ will bid users farewell on April 2nd

Google made the decision to shut down its social network last year after the revelation of a security vulnerability. It even moved up the website’s final day after the existence of a data bug exposing 52.5 million users’ info came to light. Now, the tech giant has revealed that Google+ will no longer exist after April 2nd, 2019, and it has even detailed the steps it’s taking leading to that day.

Source: Google+ will bid users farewell on April 2nd

University of Iowa student dies during polar vortex; 7 other deaths linked to wintry blast

A University of Iowa student has died after being found unresponsive on campus grounds early Wednesday as a polar vortex  gripped the Midwest in arctic temperatures that have been linked to at least seven other deaths.

Source: University of Iowa student dies during polar vortex; 7 other deaths linked to wintry blast

Woman pinned by headstone sues cemetery in Westmoreland County

A New Jersey woman claims in a lawsuit that she became pinned by a headstone weighing more than 750 pounds while visiting a cemetery in Westmoreland County last fall.

In the lawsuit, Carla Noce says she was decorating a family gravesite at Saint Gertrude Memorial Cemetery and Saint Gertrude Parish in Vandergrift in October 2018 when she stepped back and lightly contacted another headstone that dislodged and struck her, pinning her to the ground by her right foot and leg.

She says the injuries required medical treatment, including surgeries.

Source: Woman pinned by headstone sues cemetery in Westmoreland County

Virginia Gov. Northam faces backlash for comments on 3rd-trimester abortion bill: ‘Morally repugnant’ | Fox News

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire Wednesday after he waded into the fight over a controversial abortion bill that one sponsor said could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth — with critics saying Northam indicated a child could be killed after birth.

Northam, whose office is now pushing back on those claims, appeared on WTOP to discuss The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran, one of the sponsors, sparked outrage from conservatives when she was asked at a hearing if a woman about to give birth and dilating could still request an abortion. The bill was tabled in committee this week.

Source: Virginia Gov. Northam faces backlash for comments on 3rd-trimester abortion bill: ‘Morally repugnant’ | Fox News

Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?

The Earth’s magnetic pole is moving unpredictably, and that movement seems to be accelerating.

The magnetic pole is moving erratically out of the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia so unpredictably that it took scientists by surprise. That 2015 update was supposed to remain valid until 2020, Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, told Nature. [Earth’s Colorful Atmospheric Layers Photographed from Space]

Source: Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?

U.S. farmers receive almost $6 billion in trade aid to date: USDA | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out $5.94 billion as of Jan. 28 to farmers, a representative said on Monday, in aid designed to offset the negative impact of tariff imposition.

The top five commodities that received aid were soybeans, corn, wheat, dairy and sorghum while the top five states were Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska.

The administration of President Donald Trump has pledged up to $12 billion in aid to help offset losses for crops hit by retaliatory Chinese tariffs imposed in response to Washington’s tariffs on Chinese goods.

Source: U.S. farmers receive almost $6 billion in trade aid to date: USDA | Reuters

How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

Record cold temperatures are hitting much of the US this week. In some places, it’s possible you’ll experience weather that’s colder than you’ve seen in your lifetime. Here’s what to know when the chill hits.

Dress Warm

Okay, you knew that. But in case you haven’t had to really bundle up in a while, don’t forget that:

  • Many thinner layers can be just as good as a single really warm one. Maybe you don’t have a warm enough coat, but you could put on a shirt, a sweater, a hoodie, and then your jacket. Wear tights or leggings under your pants.
  • Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • One of your outer layers should be windproof. A thin rain jacket plus a bunch of sweaters may work better than a single warmish coat that’s not windproof.
  • Cover as much exposed skin as possible when you go outside. Consider a balaclava or scarf for your face.
  • A hat really helps, even indoors.

Watch the Wind Chill

Temperature isn’t everything. If you’re concerned about frostbite, the wind chill takes temperature and wind speed into account for a more accurate picture of how cold the winter air will feel on your skin.

Source: How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

Dow rallies more than 250 points on Boeing, Apple results; Fed decision looms – MarketWatch

U.S. stocks surge Wednesday morning, with the Dow powering higher by Boeing earnings, and as technology shares get a boost from better-than-expected quarterly results from Apple and Advanced Micro Devices.

Source: Dow rallies more than 250 points on Boeing, Apple results; Fed decision looms – MarketWatch