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Liverpool could be ‘fighting for their lives’ just to make the top four, reckons Jamie Carragher

Jurgen Klopp is going through a very sticky spell (Picture: Getty Images)Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool could be ‘fighting for their lives’ just to make it into the Champions League places, never mind win the Premier League title, after defeat to Burnley on Thursday night. The Reds suffered their first defeat at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017 thanks to a late Ashley Barnes penalty. The result has left Jurgen Klopp’s side fourth in the table and six points off Manchester United at the top of the division. They have gone five games without a win and now four matches without scoring a goal in a stunning loss of form after a solid start to the season. Liverpool have big Premier League clashes coming up against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Leicester City an...

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The best smoke detectors in 2021

Summary List Placement An effective smoke detector is one of the most important purchases for your personal safety. The X-Sense SC01 is the best smoke detector due to its LCD screen, 10-year battery, and self-monitoring functions. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyFor something so important to home and personal safety, smoke detectors don't seem to get the same attention as home security systems, but this can be a costly mistake. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a working smoke alarm can decrease your risk of dying in a home fire by 54% compared to not having a working alarm — or worse, no alarm at all. Due to the amount of synthetic material in modern furniture and buildings, home fires can spread really fast. According to the US Fire Administration (USFA),

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SCOOP: Trump taps his former chief of staff and impeachment lawyers as the gatekeepers to his papers during his post-presidency

Summary List PlacementFormer President Donald Trump has picked a team of his senior ex-White House and Justice Department aides to play defense against requests for his presidential records, Insider has learned.  Trump has selected his most recent White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, three White House lawyers who represented him during the early 2020 Senate impeachment trial, and the Justice Department's former top attorney to serve as gatekeepers to his official government records.  Every outgoing president picks representatives — usually lawyers — to handle requests for them to disclose their White House records. Trump's picks are particularly significant because he's about to face his second impeachment trial in the Senate, and these representatives are positioned to fight to kee...

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Q&A: The latest on how to get your coronavirus vaccine in the Bay Area

Getting the coronavirus vaccine is still … incredibly complicated. California is allowing residents over 65 to get inoculated, along with health care workers and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The state is also letting teachers, childcare providers, emergency service workers and food and agriculture employees who might be exposed on the job get vaccinated. But the number of people who are technically eligible for the vaccine has expanded far faster than the number of doses available. Cue chaos, bitter resentment and system meltdowns. With so much happening — and changing — so fast, here are some answers to frequently asked questions. Has California met Gov. Gavin Newsom’s goal of 1 million vaccines distributed by now?  It’s not actually clear, because of data is

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Some suburban movie theaters back in business

Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton resumed showing movies on Thursday. | SMG WheatonForced by the state to close over the holidays, cinemas in Wheaton, Schaumburg and elsewhere are reopening after getting the official go-ahead. After a trial balloon that popped last week, some indoor movie theaters in the Chicago suburbs are going forward with plans to reopen, now that it’s legal. Illinoi on Monday loosened COVID-19 restrictions on Cook County and most of the surrounding areas from Tier 3 to Tier 2, allowing movie theaters, among other businesses, to resume in-person operations. Apparently first to open its doors was Studio Movie Grill Wheaton, which was admitting guests to see “Wonder Woman 1984,” “The Marksman” and other hits on Thursday afternoon. Marcus Cinemas in Addison, Country Club Hil...

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Biden signs flood of COVID-focused executive orders

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to manage expectations in his second day in office, saying despite the best intentions “we’re going to face setbacks.” He brushed off a reporter’s question on whether his goal of 100 million coronavirus shots in 100 days should be more ambitious, a point pressed by some public health experts. The 10 orders signed by Biden are aimed at jump starting his national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing, lay the groundwork for reopening sch

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Bernie Sanders’ Inauguration Day pose inspires a new bobblehead

You’ve seen Bernie Sanders bundled up against the chilly Inauguration Day weather, his arms and legs crossed, hands in a pair of homemade mittens. And thanks to clever Americans and their meme magic, you’ve also seen the Vermont senator sitting on a bench next to Forrest Gump, taking a break with construction workers high above a skyscraper, spending some solitary moments at Hopper’s “Nighthawks” diner and hanging out at Yalta with FDR, Churchill and Stalin. Soon you can place him in a tableau of your choosing at home. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee has sprung into action. “As soon as one of our employees alerted us to the viral pictures of Bernie, we checked out Twitter and knew we had to get to work,” co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We think this will b

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Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

Q: Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched? A: Health officials say both doses should be of the same vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart. In the U.S. where Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being distributed, health officials say the vaccines are not interchangeable. In England where shots by Pfizer and AstraZeneca are available, officials also say the doses should be consistent. But in the rare event that the same kind isn’t available or if it’s not known what was given for the first shot, English officials say it’s OK to give whichever vaccine is available for the second shot. Since the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines focus on the spike protein that coats the co...

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What a financial planner tells his clients when they ask what to do with money they didn’t expect to save

Summary List Placement If you managed to save a lot of money in 2020, there are a few ways you can put it to work in 2021 to build wealth.  A financial planner recommends paying down high-interest debt, then increasing your retirement savings to get the maximum match from your employer. Then, consider investing in a Roth IRA, and setting up recurring deposits to sweep extra cash into a brokerage account.  Reach your retirement goals faster with help from a low-cost financial planner. Sign-up for a no-cost, no obligation phone consultation today » Let's face it: 2020 wasn't friendly to our plans. From travel plans to the weekly routines of evenings out with friends, many people found themselves holding onto money they would have otherwise spent. With that decreased spending, many Americ...

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Liverpool’s 45-month unbeaten home run ended by Burnley

Ashley Barnes was felled and scored from the penalty spot for Burnley (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool’s unbeaten home run in the Premier League, which dates back to April 2017, has been ended by Burnley on Thursday night. The Clarets earned an unlikely 1-0 win at Anfield thanks to a late Ashley Barnes penalty kick after the same man was felled by Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the box. Jurgen Klopp’s side were a long way from their best and the German may be regretting starting the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench against Sean Dyche’s men. The Reds dominated possession (72 per cent) and had 27 shots to Burnley’s six, but it mattered not at the final whistle. Liverpool had gone 68 Premier League games at Anfield without losing, with Crystal Palace’s ...

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The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik reveals why she auditioned for Amy Farrah Fowler role

Mayim Bialik has a simple reason for deciding to audition for The Big Bang Theory (Picture: REX/CBS)The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has opened up about the unexpected reason why she auditioned for the role of Amy Farrah Fowler. The real-life neuroscientist and actress starred as the neurobiologist for nine years, first appearing in season three after matching with Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) on a dating website. However, she had a very simple reason for her decision to try out for the hit sitcom. Speaking during an appearance on Canadian talk show The Social, the 45-year-old explained that she was pressed into acting again to secure health insurance following her doctorate in neuroscience. The Blossom star explained: ‘I’m sure you all in the north can understand that I

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Dr. Fauci Shades Trump Administration at First Biden Briefing

MANDEL NGANDuring his first press briefing appearance as a member of the Biden administration, Dr. Anthony Fauci got in a couple of digs at the previous regime. The first question went to Fox News’ new White House correspondent Peter Doocy, who chased that network’s narrative by asking, “How helpful would it have been if Amazon had gotten involved in the federal response to COVID-19 before Biden took office?” “No, I don’t think I could answer that question,” Fauci replied, shaking his head dismissively. “One of the new things in this administration is if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess, just say you don’t know the answer.” at The Daily Beast. Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Assaults on emergency workers are most common Covid-related crime

Police are calling for tougher sentences for those who spit and cough at emergency workers (Picture: EPA/Getty)Assaults on emergency workers made up more than a quarter of Covid-related crimes prosecuted during the first six months of the pandemic, figures show. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it charged 1,688 such offences between April 1 and September 30 2020 in England and Wales. Many of these involved police officers being ‘coughed and spat on’ and others being ‘kicked, bitten and hit with heavy objects’, the CPS said. Director of public prosecutions Max Hill said the attacks were ‘particularly appalling’ and incidents were still taking place. ‘I will continue to do everything in my power to protect those who so selflessly keep us safe during this crisis,’ he said

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Republican congresswoman files articles of impeachment against Joe Biden

Joe Biden officially became US President on January 20 (Picture: Rex/ Getty)A Republican congresswoman has filed articles of impeachment against new US President Joe Biden. Posting a video on social media, Marjorie Taylor Greene told her followers: ‘I’ve just filed articles of impeachment on president Joe Biden. We’ll see how this goes’. Ms Greene previously claimed that Biden should be impeached for an alleged abuse of power, due to his family’s business connections in China and Ukraine when he served as Vice President. She is a long-term supporter of outgoing president Donald Trump, and like him, has claimed that he lost the US election to Biden as a result of voter fraud. The congresswoman was also recently blocked from using Twitter after she violated their rules of use...

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Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche in half-time dust-up during Liverpool vs Burnley

Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche were at odds at half-time (Picture: Sky Sports)Jurgen Klopp appeared furious with Burnley boss Sean Dyche at half-time of Liverpool’s clash with the Clarets as the pair engaged in a heated row in the tunnel. The game was goalless at half-time, but there was a flashpoint on the field just as the whistle went to signal the break. Fabinho and Ashley Barnes had a coming-together, which broke out into a wider spell of handbags, with other players joining in with some pushing and shoving. It was something and nothing, as VAR decided no one deserved a red card and Fabinho was given a booking. However, the two managers appeared to be involved in a serious argument as they left their players on the pitch and made their way down the Anfield tunnel. Klopp ...

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James Argent and Mario Falcone lead tributes to Mick Norcross as Towie star dies aged 57

Mick Norcross has tragically died (Picture: Getty)Towie stars James Argent and Mario Falcone have led tributes to Mick Norcross after his tragic death at the age of 57. Norcross, who owned the famous Sugar Hut nightclub, reportedly died at his home in Brentwood, Essex. Friends and co-stars of the late star have taken to social media to pay tribute. Arg shared a sweet photo of the pair of them, writing: ‘A true gentleman and a very kind man! RIP Mick. ‘Many amazing memories, So sad! My thoughts are with his family.’ Mario penned a message for his late friend, saying the tragedy is ‘very hard to accept’. ‘This one is very hard to accept. I had so much respect and admiration for this man,’ he said on Instagram, next to a photo of the pair of them. A true gentleman &a...

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