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Man charged in road-rage shooting of toddler on Lake Shore Drive

Kayden Swann, the 21-month-old boy shot during a road-rage incident on Lake Shore Drive. | Legal Help FirmDeandre Binion is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and a count of aggravated battery with a firearm in the April 6 shooting of 22-month-old Kayden Swann. A man has been charged in a brazen, midday road-rage shooting on Lake Shore Drive that critically wounded a toddler in early April. Deandre Binion, 25, faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, Chicago police said. Police said he was identified as the person who fired shots on April 6, striking 22-month-old Kayden Swann in the temple. Prosecutors have already charged Jushawn Brown with unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the shootin...

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Jeremy Vuolo: Has He Become the Most-Hated Duggar Husband?

There was a time -- not all that long ago -- when Counting On fans saw Jinger Duggar as a reason to be hopeful for her family's future, Jinger quite literally wore the pants in her household, becoming the first female Duggar of her generation to toss aside the floor-length skirts her mother prefers in favor of a more modern look. For a while, it seemed as though the famous "Free Jinger" liberation campaign had actually paid off. Of course, Jinger was only able to break free from her parents' oppressive customs and ideas once she married Jeremy Vuolo. She always had an independent streak, but it was Jeremy who allowed her to explore it. And since the husband is the supreme ruler of the household in the Duggars' belief system, there was nothing that Jim Bob could do about it...

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First-time homebuyers are getting outbid by big companies

Home shoppers aren’t just competing against each other in bidding wars these days. Landlords, large and small, also are lining up to buy homes to use investment properties, according to a recent study by Irvine-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting highlighted by the Wall Street Journal. About one in five homes sold in 2020 were purchased by investors, both nationwide and in Southern California, the study found. It could be institutional investor groups, publicly traded companies, pension funds, and even large foreign behemoths. Locally, however, mom-and-pop ventures are responsible for most Southern California investor purchases because of the region’s high home prices. First-time homebuyers and other low down-payment buyers (less than 20% down for example) cannot compete. The big boys

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Billionaire investor Mike Novogratz says the record-breaking rally in crypto shows a lack of faith in the Fed – and cites central-bank uncertainty as a reason for bitcoin’s latest surge (BTC-USD)

Summary List PlacementBillionaire investor Mike Novogratz said Thursday the surge in cryptocurrencies is serving as a referendum on the perceived ability of the Federal Reserve to manage risks facing the world's largest economy and suggested people continue to buy into bitcoin.  The US economy is in the midst of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, with growth aided in part by $5 trillion in fiscal federal aid issued by the government during the health crisis. The stimulus is widely expected to push consumer price inflation beyond the central bank's 2% target. The Fed has said it will tolerate higher inflation for a while to accommodate growth. There's a "slim chance" that the Fed can "land the plane" and avoid a massive inflation spike/debt default, Novogratz said Thursday. "The cry...

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Clippers’ Yogi Ferrell makes a quick first impression

LOS ANGELES — Yogi Ferrell needed only a few minutes to endear himself to Clipper Nation. When Terance Mann’s shot to beat the shot clock rimmed off with about 13 seconds left in the third quarter Wednesday, it meant an empty possession for the Clippers, who’d just built a fledgling 3-point lead. Not so fast, though. Not with Ferrell on the floor. The little rascal snuck beneath Brandon Clarke, poking away the rebound from Memphis’ unsuspecting 6-foot-8 forward. Then Ferrell, 6 feet tall and shot out of a cannon, corralled the loose ball, veered back toward the basket and spotted Mann, gliding in and gesturing skyward. It was Ferrell’s first game since signing a 10-day contract with the team Monday, but instinctively, the guard knew what to do, flipping up a perfectly placed lob for Mann,

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Ducks give rookie Jamie Drysdale a pep talk after several rocky games

Jamie Drysdale was on the ice for each of the Kings’ goals in the Ducks’ 4-1 loss Tuesday, after he was on the ice for two goals in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Vegas, after he was on the ice for two goals in Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Golden Knights, and so it was time for a chat with the coach. Ducks coach Dallas Eakins took Drysdale aside to make sure the 19-year-old defenseman’s confidence was still intact, that he wasn’t second-guessing himself, especially after Tuesday’s game. “You get a minus-4 in a game and that can wear on you,” Eakins said. “It can be a big weight on your shoulders or you can realize what it is and get ready for your next game. We had a good chat. Was there a time or two in the game where he could have done something better? Absolutely. “I think he’s got a pretty mature br

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The 10 backpacks our team swears by for long commutes and weekend trips

  Summary List PlacementBackpacks became my go-to item when I started working in an office. Simply put, I found it to be the best way to carry all my daily essentials — laptop, book for the commute, and lunch when I remembered to pack it — without destroying my already tension-prone shoulders. Although the word "backpack" still reminds me of middle school, modern-day styles are anything but childish. It's possible to find a backpack that's equal parts cool and functional, too. A good everyday backpack should fit what you need, come with built-in organization, and shouldn't strain your shoulders and back. Here are the 10 best backpacks we love: Table of Contents: Masthead StickyUpdated on 04/13/2021 by Victoria Giardina: Because backpacks come in different sizes and styles, we turned this t

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Biden eyeing capital gains tax as high as 43.4% for wealthy

By Laura Davison and Allyson Versprille | Bloomberg President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate for wealthy individuals to 39.6% to help pay for a raft of social spending that addresses long-standing inequality, according to people familiar with the proposal. For those earning $1 million or more, the new top rate, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means that federal tax rates for wealthy investors could be as high as 43.4%. The new marginal 39.6% rate would be an increase from the current base rate of 20%, the people said on the condition of anonymity because the plan is not yet public. A 3.8% tax on investment income that funds Obamacare would be kept in place, pushing the tax rate on returns on financial assets higher than rates on some

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The prices of corn, cotton, and wheat have surged more than 50% over the past year — and it’s driving up the cost of everything from Coca-Cola to diapers (COKE, PG, GIS, KMB)

Summary List PlacementCommodity prices have soared over the last 12 months, and consumers are about to start feeling the effects. Corn futures contracts are up 96% over the last year, while cotton and wheat futures contracts are up 54% and 50%, respectively. Lumber is also on a tear, with prices rising over 265% in the past year to a record high of $1326 per thousand board feet on Monday. The meteoric rise for commodities is beginning to have an effect on consumer staples companies, leading them to pass rising costs onto consumers. Coca-Cola's CEO James Quincey told CNBC on Monday that his company will raise prices for its products due to the increasing costs associated with higher commodity prices. Leaders in the consumer staples sector, including Kimberly-Clark, J.M. Smucker, Proctor ...

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The 30 best face moisturizers for every skin type, tested by our team of experts

  Summary List PlacementFinding the right moisturizer for your specific skin type is a feat in and of itself. It takes research and some trial and error to track down your trusty moisturizer — which can of course change based on the season and current state of your skin. We've streamlined the process for you so that you can cut to the chase a little quicker.  The Insider Reviews team, a troupe of professional product reviewers, has tested and covered plenty of face moisturizers. We've sifted through all of our face moisturizer coverage to handpick the best ones for each skin type — dry, sensitive, oily, acne-prone, and mature. We've even included a category for night creams, as well. In general, you want to be sure to pay close attention to a moisturizer's ingredients and consistency when

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Source: Biden to propose hike in capital gains taxes

By Jarrett Renshaw and Trevor Hunnicutt | Reuters WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden will next week propose raising taxes on the wealthy to fund major investments in child care, universal pre-kindergarten education and paid leave for workers, sources familiar with the plan said. Biden will propose raising the marginal income tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, and nearly doubling taxes on capital gains to 39.6% for people earning more than $1 million, according to the sources. Details of Biden’s “American Families Plan” are still being finalized, but the president plans to announce the measures next week before his first address to Congress on Wednesday. Congress, which is deeply divided, must approve the tax measures included in the plan. The proposal, which has been in preparation for weeks,...

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Republican House leader rejects George W. Bush’s condemnation of the party as ‘isolationist, protectionist’ and ‘nativist’

Summary List PlacementHouse Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday dismissed former President George W. Bush's recent condemnation of the GOP as "isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent nativist." McCarthy insisted that Bush's characterization of their party didn't align with "reality" when it comes to House Republicans because the party has more women and people of color in its ranks in Congress than ever before.  "If I looked at the last election, the Republican Party in Congress ... has elected more women than at any time in the history of the Republican Party. We broadened with the number of minorities as well," McCarthy told reporters during a Thursday press conference. "So the description that I heard you say seems quite different than what reality has playing ...

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50 unique gift ideas for Mom, from a custom photo book to an herb gardening kit

  Summary List PlacementAlthough mothers may be challenging to shop for — humbly resigning to the phrase "you don't have to get me anything" — we can safely say she'll love any of the gifts in this guide.  This list can help you find what you're looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she's into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there's a unique gift for Mom, below. Here are 50 of the best gifts for Mom: A face mask set for at-home spa days Mini Loves Mini Masks Set, $56, available at fresh Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the

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Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher will give Thomas Tuchel a ‘headache’ over the summer, reckons Alan Shearer

Gallagher has impressed for the Baggies this season (Picture: Getty Images)Alan Shearer says Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher will give Thomas Tuchel a ‘headache’ over the summer after his impressive season at West Brom. After previous loan spells at Charlton and Swansea in the Championship, the 21-year-old Blues academy graduate has made the step up to becoming a Premier League regular with the Baggies this season. Gallagher has consistently featured for Sam Allardyce’s relegation strugglers, making 24 top-flight appearances, over which he has registered two goals and as many assists. Tuchel will have a conundrum to contend with over Gallagher, says Shearer (Picture: Getty Images)The midfielder’s displays have impressed Shearer, and the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer thi

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I’m a Gen Zer who graduated during the pandemic. Here’s why I think my generation’s obsession with ‘hustle culture’ has become unhealthy.

Summary List PlacementThe old adage that "everybody wants to be their own boss" is one that I strongly reject.  While I'd love to say I aspire to climb the corporate ladder, I realized early on that my childhood dream jobs, like being a doctor or a ballerina, were more about working on a team rather than being considered the "boss" of anything.  I've always preferred avoiding being my own ringleader — but despite my best efforts, I've fallen into the same entrepreneurial ploy as many of my Gen Z peers: the side hustle.  At first, a low-commitment social media gig seemed like an easy way to pad my part-time income while in college.  It was a means to a more financially comfortable end, but my goal was always to have just one job after graduating in spring 2020. Then the pandemic hit, and...

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