Ex-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces run for Congress

NEW YORK — He’s back on the ballot! Former Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he’s running for Congress after months of speculation over where he’d next set his political sights. The ex-mayor made his campaign for New York’s 10th congressional district official in a surprise appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, citing “polls” as the justification for throwing his hat in the ring. “The polls show the people are hurting, they need help, they need help fast and they need leaders who can actually get them help now, and I know how to do it,” de Blasio said. “I do know how to do it from...

World has learned little from coronavirus pandemic and is ‘woefully’ unprepared for the next one: report

The world has learned little from the coronavirus pandemic – and we are not using what we did gain to prevent or deal with another one, a panel convened by the World Health Organization said this week. Globally, we are “woefully” unprepared for the next pandemic, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response said Wednesday, presenting a report commissioned by WHO a year ago. This is not for lack of understanding of what to do, nor is it about the severity of the next pathogen, they said. It’s simply because for some reason there is not enough political will. “If there were a new...

‘24’ actor Mary Lynn Rajskub says Rush Limbaugh forcibly kissed her

Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub played a counterintelligence expert in the spy drama “24,” but in her new memoir, she claims to have been duped into an unwanted kiss from late right-wing broadcaster Rush Limbaugh. According to Rajskub’s book that came out Tuesday, “FAME-ISH: My Life at the Edge of Stardom,” that forced kiss came in 2006 when she was invited to a conservative gathering in Washington, D.C., that was moderated by Limbaugh. The 50-year-old actress recalls being unsure why she was at the event, other than to promote “24,” which aired on Fox. She also remembers that when Limbaugh was intr...

Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect indicted

The 18-year-old accused of killing 10 people at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, was indicted for murder by a grand jury during a brief court appearance on Thursday. Payton Gendron, who is white, specifically targeted Black people in a predominantly Black neighborhood, according to material he allegedly posted online. “Payton, you’re a coward!” someone yelled from the courtroom gallery. Gendron is being held in jail without bail. His next court appearance will be on June 19. Gendron allegedly drove hours from Conklin, New York, to the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo Saturday aftern...

Colin Kaepernick announces graphic memoir for young adults

Colin Kaepernick is planning to share more of his life story, this time with a certain audience in mind. The former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist is scheduled to release a young adult graphic novel, “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game,” next spring. “Change the Game’ is the true story of my high school years—a period punctuated by the trials and triumphs of adolescence,” Kaepernick said in Wednesday’s announcement. “It was during this time that I began to grow unapologetically into my own identity, into my own sense of self. I hope this graphic novel encourages readers to nurture th...

Chris Wallace brings interview show back to CNN after streaming service collapse

Chris Wallace is sticking around at CNN. The longtime Fox News host jumped ship for CNN+ late last year, only to see the streaming service shutter after just a few months. But his show isn’t going anywhere. Instead, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” will move to the network’s linear channel on Sunday nights, Chris Licht, the CEO of CNN, announced Wednesday at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation to advertisers. Licht praised Wallace for his “respectful, authentic and impactful interviews,” which will also be available to watch on HBO Max. “‘Who’s Talking?’ is a rare show built for st...

January 6 congressional committee doesn’t plan to call Trump and ‘unlikely’ to call Pence

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol doesn’t plan to call former President Donald Trump and is “unlikely” to call former Vice President Mike Pence, either. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chair, said it’s “not our expectation” to call Trump since the panel already has heard witnesses relate his actions and behavior. “We’re not sure that the evidence that we receive can be any more validated with his presence,” Thompson told reporters Tuesday. “I think the concern is whether or not he would add any more value with his testimony.” He also said i...

NYC enters ‘high’ COVID-19 alert status

NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams upgraded New York City’s COVID-19 alert status to high on Tuesday due to a surge in people testing positive and being hospitalized for the virus. The change in status from a medium risk alert to high risk comes as coronavirus hospital admissions have increased steadily over the past two months and as more and more New Yorkers are becoming ill. “Now is the time to double down on protecting ourselves and each other by making choices that can keep our friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers from getting sick,” the city’s Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said i...

Amber Heard’s testimony ends as actress says Johnny Depp is ‘lying’ in defamation trial

Amber Heard’s four-day testimony came to an end Tuesday with the actress proclaiming ex-husband Johnny Depp is “lying” in his $50 million defamation trial against her. The comment followed a contentious cross-examination at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Virginia, during which Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez, grilled Heard about her sexual assault accusation against Depp, and about the severed fingertip he suffered in 2015. Heard claims Depp injured his right middle finger when he smashed a telephone in Australia, while Depp claims his fingertip was severed when the actress hurled a b...

Johnny Depp not coming back to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise ‘at this point,’ says producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Captain Jack Sparrow isn’t coming back any time soon. Johnny Depp doesn’t play a role in the foreseeable future of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer told the Sunday Times, even with two more movies on the horizon. “Not at this point,” Bruckheimer said. “The future is yet to be decided.” Instead, the producer said, he’s working on a sequel with a woman as the lead and has been talking to Margot Robbie. Depp, who originated the role of Jack Sparrow in the first “Pirates” movie, said during his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard that he has no interest...

Eric Clapton catches COVID-19 after calling vaccine efforts a ‘mass psychosis’

Eric Clapton, who has railed against lockdowns and vaccines, has tested positive for COVID-19. The 77-year-old English singer has canceled two upcoming concerts, Tuesday in Zurich and Wednesday in Milan, after being diagnosed, his team announced Tuesday. “It is very frustrating that having avoided COVID throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place Eric should have succumbed to COVID at this point in time, but we very much hope he will be sufficiently recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the remainder of the planned performances,” h...

Coronavirus vaccine could have saved 319,000 people, if they had only taken the shot: study

About a third of the 1 million lives lost to COVID-19 could have been saved with vaccines, a new analysis shows. Researchers at the Brown School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Microsoft AI for Health analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The New York Times and came up with not only 319,000 needless deaths but also a state-by-state breakdown of where they could have been prevented. Between January 2021 and April 2022, about every second person who died from COVID-19 since vaccines became available mig...

Buffalo pizza shop closes after mass-shooting threat

A Buffalo pizza shop closed Sunday after a customer allegedly made a mass-shooting threat to employees. Joseph S. Chowaniec, 52, was arrested after allegedly calling Bocce Pizza and threatening to “shoot up Bocce’s like the Tops on Jefferson” while complaining about a pizza he had ordered, Buffalo Police said. The store closed after the phone call. Chowaniec was charged with making a terroristic threat, which carries a max seven-year sentence if convicted. The district attorney’s office confirmed Chowaniec is also accused of making similar threats at Southern Tier Brewing Company, a taproom an...

Amber Heard denies Johnny Depp’s ‘disgusting’ feces accusation as she resumes testimony in defamation trial

Amber Heard denied ex-husband Johnny Depp’s feces-in-bed allegation, calling it “disgusting,” as she resumed her testimony in their defamation trial Monday. The actress told the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse that Depp accused her friend of leaving human feces in their bed after he and Heard got into a fight following her 30th birthday party in April 2016. Heard said their dog, Boo, had bowel issues and was known to relieve himself in their house, and sometimes in their bed. She told the seven-person jury that she wasn’t in the mood to prank Depp after he left their Los Angeles apartment fo...

FDA chief says shuttered baby formula plant could reopen soon, offering hope to ease shortage

The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Monday that a shuttered baby formula factory should reopen within two weeks, potentially easing a serious nationwide shortage. FDA Director Robert Califf said he was “comfortable” with Abbott Nutrition’s prediction that its plant could be up and running again in about two weeks after being closed since February over a bacterial contamination issue. “Abbott ... said about two weeks,” Califf told NBC News. “That’s entirely within the realm of possibility and I think quite likely.” The shuttered plant quickly became a tipping point in the nationwi...