Virginia's new attorney general Jason Miyares (pictured left with new Gov. Youngkin and center being sworn in) announced investigations into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County schools, the center of a sexual assault case that dominated the gubernatorial and attorney general's races. 'One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency - and that's a big issue here,' Miyares said in a statement. 'The Virginia Parole Board broke the law when they let out murders, rapists, and cop killers early on their sentences without notifying the victims. Loudoun Country Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl.' A 14-year-old boy, who identifies as non-binary, was arrested and found guilty of raping a girl in a school bathroom that allowed students to use the restroom of their gender identity. The student was transferred to another district where he allegedly raped another student and the district was accused of covering up the incident.
'We have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn’t be out': Furious father of murdered UCLA student, 24, blames woke politicians and prosecutors in LA after she was fatally stabbed in furniture store
The devastated father of a UCLA grad student who was stabbed to death in broad daylight last week while working in a luxury LA furniture store is slamming politicians for ignoring the recent spike in violent crime. 'We have a lot of politicians that somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of our society and to give them rights and somehow that's the answer to getting votes,' Todd Kupfer (pictured left with his family) said. Kupfer's 24-year-old daughter, Brianna Kupfer, was murdered last Thursday when a male suspect, who is believed to be homeless, walked into Croft House around 1:50 p.m. and stabbed her to death. He then fled through the back door before calming walking down an alley. Police determined that it was a random attack and the suspect did not know the victim. The murder comes amid a huge crime surge in Los Angeles, with homicides in Los Angeles rising 52 per cent last year from 2019, and shooting incidents were up 59 per cent, according to LAPD data. Kupfer says he believes politicians are ignoring this recent spike in violent crime and wants to see change.
Silicon Valley billionaire and Golden State Warriors minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya sparks outrage after saying he 'doesn't care' about China's abuse of the Uyghurs and then issues 'cowardly' attempt to justify comments
Silicon Valley billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya has said he doesn't care about China's human rights abuses of Uyghur Muslims in the country. 'Nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs' he said in comments on his podcast.. Palihapitiya, is a venture capitalist and is co-owner of the Warriors and owns 10%. He made the comments on his 'All-In' technology podcast. 'Of all the things that I care about, it is below my line,' he added. Palihapitiya then attempted to walk back the remarks but was then further criticized for 'lacking empathy' in a post some claimed had been clearly written by a well-paid PR representative. The Uyghurs are an ethnic Muslim minority in China that have endured slave labor, rape and forced sterilizations.
'He told us to get on our knees, but I said no': Hostage details breathless escape from British terrorist inside Texas synagogue after 'hero' rabbi threw a CHAIR at him
Jeffrey Cohen (top) was among four people held hostage on Saturday in a Texas synagogue by a British terrorist, Malik Faisal Akram, 44. All four hostages escaped after 10 hours, but Akram was killed on Saturday evening after the siege ended. Cohen credited the training he received in dealing with active shooter and hostage situations, noting how he called 911 and kept the line open, and positioned himself and the others near the door. Cohen said it was nothing like depicted in films. His account came as questions were being asked as to how Akram was granted a visa, and how he obtained a gun.
'It has to be a level playing field': Michael Phelps says controversy surrounding trans UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas is 'very complicated' and admits 'he does not know what's going to happen' with NCAA rules
Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps, 36, has reacted to the ongoing debate over trans college athlete Lia Thomas competing on women's swim team. 'It's very complicated. We all should feel comfortable with who we are in our own skin. But I think sports should be played on an even playing field,' he said. So far, the NCAA itself has not yet weighed in on the growing criticism over its transgender athlete policy. The NCAA's board of governors is now expected to review the policy later this week. Thomas, 22, sparked controversy after joining the women's swim team and shattering records. She broke two national women's records last month at the Zippy International in Akron, Ohio. Such was her dominance in the 1,650-yard freestyle that second placed swimmer Anna Kalandadze, a UPenn teammate, finished 38 seconds behind her.
'If I wasn't vaccinated I would have died': ESPN host Stephen A. Smith says he spent New Year's Day seriously ill in hospital with COVID
Stephen A. Smith delved into his frightening bout with COVID-19 over the New Year's holiday when he returned to ESPN's First Take on Monday. The 54-year-old sports commentator kicked off his return to set by revealing that he feared he might day after he was hospitalized with a 103-degree fever and double pneumonia. 'I didn't know if I was going to make it,' Smith said, adding that his doctors told him he might have died from the serious illness if he hadn't been vaccinated.
Lara Logan is DROPPED by talent agency UTA after likening Fauci to Nazi 'Angel of Death' Dr. Mengele: Admits she doesn't know if she's still employed by Fox Nation
Lara Logan has been dropped by United Talent Agency, the LA-based representatives confirmed on Monday, after her November 29 comments likening Anthony Fauci to a Nazi, Josef Mengele. Logan's remarks caused widespread outrage and offense, but she refused to apologize and instead criticized the Auschwitz Memorial for condemning her. Logan has not been seen on Fox since, and on January 3 she said she did not know whether she would work again at the network.
Unvaccinated COVID patient, 55, whose wife sued Minnesota hospital to stop them turning off his ventilator is flown to Texas after she won order to continue his care
An unvaccinated COVID patient who was being kept alive by a ventilator has been moved from a Minnesota hospital to a Texas facility to keep him alive. A judge issued a restraining order stopping Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids from turning off 55-year-old Scott Quiner's machine, left. An Anoka County judge granted a petition from Quiner's wife, Anne, seen right with him, that prevented Mercy from disconnecting the ventilator. He was flown to an unnamed facility in Texas over the weekend. Allina Health, which operates Mercy, issued a statement saying it is grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that will meet their needs.
Fauci warns that Omicron may NOT be the 'end' of the pandemic and there is a 'high probability' another variant could emerge
Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, warns that the Omicron variant may not spell the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, told the Davos Agenda virtual event Monday that 'natural vaccination' - or immunity via previous infection - might not be as effective as some believe. Like the emergence of Omicron, there is potential for a new variant to emerge in the future that can bypass the natural immunity provided by infection from the new strain. He says that even if Omicron - which has caused a massive surge in new cases worldwide but is not as severe or deadly as its predecessors - is the final strain of Covid, it will likely become endemic. His warning runs counter to the positive predictions coming from some officials in the UK who believe that the virus could have a 'flu-type' relationship with people by the end of the year based on its current spread. 'I would hope that that's the case. But that would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response of the prior variant,' Fauci said. Fauci has previously made grim projections about new Covid variants, and was even correct about a variant like Omicron emerging. In August, when the Delta variant was first rising in the U.S., Fauci warned that with transmission of Covid so rampant it was likely that a vaccine resistant variant would eventually emerge. Months later, than variant did come about, when South African health officials discovered the highly infectious Omicron variant in late November. He fears that there is a chance another variant emerges that has mutated in a way that allows it to get around protection provided by recovering from Omicron.
Prince Charles invites Harry and Meghan to stay with him in UK in the hope of meeting Lilibet for the first time... but Sussexes' refusal to return without police protection puts reunion in doubt
The Prince of Wales (left) is yet to see his granddaughter face-to-face, after she was born in California in June last year. The offer, which would be the first time the family have fully come together since Harry and Meghan (right, with their two children) decided to quit as working royals, was made just before Christmas, according to the Mirror. However, his son's refusal to return without a substantial level of security from the Met Police is said to have put the reunion in doubt. In recent months, the family have communicated via a series of 'good natured' calls, sources told the paper.
Tiffany Trump marks one-year anniversary of her engagement by sharing never-before-seen photos of the moment billionaire fiancé Michael got down on one knee to propose in the White House Rose Garden
Tiffany celebrated the one-year anniversary of her engagement by sharing two new photos with her billionaire fiancé, Michael Boulos. The pair are seen posing in the White House Rose Garden, with Michael down on one knee. Upon announcing their engagement last year, Tiffany said what an 'honor' it has been to 'celebrate many milestones' in the White House. The former First Daughter shared the news of the couple's engagement on January 19, her father Donald Trump's final day in the White House before his presidency ended. Tiffany's diamond ring was designed by Samer Halimeh, whose store the couple was spotted shopping at in London in 2019. Michael, who is the heir to the multi-billion dollar Nigerian conglomerate Boulos Enterprises, was born in Lebanon and grew up in Nigeria. He reportedly proposed to Tiffany in the Rose Garden at the White House in her father's final days in office.
MEGHAN MCCAIN: Joe Biden's smearing of millions of ordinary Americans as racist is the mark of a man who only wants to be your president if you agree with him - and your master if you don't
MCCAIN: Over and over again on the campaign trail, Biden spoke and pleaded with the American people in an effort to convey that he alone was the antidote to the divisive chaos of the Trump years. He promised to be a president for all Americans and to usher us out of what was one of the most divided times in American history. We all know he hasn't done that. The promise of a united, bipartisan Biden-era has been revealed as a con and a lie. If you disagree with him or his policies, you are no better than racist segregationists. No great president in history has ever inspired his nation by accusing them of being comparable to the worst kind of figures in American history if you disagree with them. The cynical part of me knows deep down he is just doing this to placate his base, but you cannot win elections or hearts and minds by simply playing to one audience.
Has ex-FBI cold case detective solved the 78-year mystery of who betrayed Anne Frank? Team of 23 experts, with a cutting-edge computer program, pored over files for six years - and have now named a prime suspect. The ghastly twist? He was a fellow Jew
Huddled together with her family in a secret annexe, its entrance hidden behind a bookcase in an Amsterdam warehouse, 15-year-old Anne Frank confided to her diary her anxious hopes for final liberation - for future life. 'Will this year, 1944, bring us victory? We don't know yet,' she wrote after hearing the BBC announce the D-Day landings on their wireless set. 'But where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.' But it wasn't to be. Tragically, 1944 brought only capture and, a year later, death for the young Anne. While the Netherlands' liberation by Allied forces began just the following month, on August 4 the Franks - along with four other Jewish people - were discovered after having successfully hidden from the Gestapo for two years.
Distress signals are detected from outlying islands of tsunami-hit Tonga and widespread damage is reported, but the true death toll still unknown: Before-and-after satellite pictures reveal scale of devastation
The Pacific island nation of Tonga was devastated by a huge eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga volcano late Saturday, which sent a huge plume of ash into the atmosphere and triggered a tsunami. The blast severed the island's internet cables meaning news has been sparse, so the number of people killed and injured in the disaster is still a mystery. But the first satellite images taken of the worst-hit islands shows conditions being faced by survivors. One shows how the peak of the Hunga-Tonga volcano was obliterated in the blast (top left), while another (bottom left) shows how the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa inundated with water and ash. Two more images of the same island (bottom centre and right) also show the extent of the ash-fall, appearing to have been taken in black and white when in fact they are colour images.
'Saskatchewan Screamer' storm leaves Northeast and Midwest blanketed in snow and causes coastal flooding as more than 150,000 across US are left without power and 1,400 flights are grounded
An ongoing winter storm battered the Northeast on Monday, blanketing parts of the region with snow and leaving coastal towns flooded. The powerful storm, dubbed the Saskatchewan Screamer, has been linked to at least two deaths and caused havoc at airports, where thousands of flights were either delayed or canceled Monday. In Harpersfield, Ohio, 22.5 inches of snow fell as crews throughout the state worked to clear and deice roads. The white stuff was also falling fast in Buffalo, New York, dumping 16 inches by 8 am. as coastal cities were drenched by rainstorms. More than 150,000 households were without power Monday due to the ongoing storm.
'He really believed he owned these women.' How Hugh Hefner demanded orgies five nights a week, drugged women with 'leg spreader' Quaaludes and hosted weekly 'Pig Nights' with 'ugly' prostitutes, new doc reveals
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was a 'vampire' who manipulated and drugged dozens of young women into taking part in degrading orgies, while masquerading as a champion of sexual freedom, according to a shocking new documentary. 'Secrets of Playboy', a 10-part docuseries premiering on A&E on January 24, is set to lift the lid on the 'dark underbelly' of Playboy, which became a seedy playground for drug use, sexual abuse, and even bestiality. The series delves into the hidden truths behind Playboy with exclusive interviews with insiders, including Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriends Holly Madison (bottom right) and Sondra Theodore, as well as former 'Bunny Mother' PJ Masten.
Betty White's assistant shares one of the final photos of the legendary actress on what would have been her 100th birthday
The late great Betty White would have turned 100 years old on Monday, with her longtime assistant sharing one of the final photos of the actress. White passed away on December 31 from a cerebrovascular accident, which is defined as, 'loss of blood flow to part of the brain, resulting in brain tissue damage,' which also came just six days after she suffered a stroke. The Golden Girls' star's assistant Kiersten took over White's Facebook account on Monday to share the final photo and offer a heartfelt message to her fans.
Kirk Douglas' Beverly Hills home complete with his very own Hollywood Walk of Fame is bought by orthopedic surgeon for $9.015 million - $1.52 million over the asking price
Late actor Kirk Douglas' Beverly Hills home has been sold for $9.015 million, $1.52 million over the asking price, to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Liu. Real estate agent Rochelle Maize of Nourmand & Associates told The Wall Street Journal that an 'unheard of' 31 offers were put in for the late Spartacus actor's home, which went on the market in December for $7.495 million. 'We typically get four to five offers at this price point,' Maize told the publication. 'Usually this type of activity is reserved for a $1 million property.'
Who's bad! Michael Jackson impersonator who also works as wrestler takes down man who pulled his hair on the Las Vegas strip
A man dressed as Michael Jackson whopped a tourist's butt on the Las Vegas strip in video seen of the incident two days ago, gaining more than 1.6 million views. In the minute-long video, a man in a green t-shirt can be seen messing around with famous local Michael Jackson impersonator Santana Jackson, also a professional wrestler, on the streets. It is still not clear what led the two men to publicly fight in the first place, but Jackson explained on his Instagram that the scuffle began after a 'guy came out of nowhere and started hitting' him while he was performing, adding that he had 'to put him down for his own good.'
Bizarre moment women snaps a selfie on top of her rapidly sinking car after crashing through the ice of a frozen Canada river
A woman who crashed through the ice while driving on a frozen river in the outskirts of Ottawa found time to snap some selfies as nearby residents dragged over a kayak to rescue her from the roof of her sinking car. The unidentified woman stood on the roof of her yellow sedan as it sank under the ice of the Rideau River in the suburb of Manotick on Sunday afternoon. She was pictured taking photos of herself on top of the vehicle as it sank further down, with only the roof of the car peering over the cold water by the time she was rescued. In videos posted on social media, two people are seen hauling a blue kayak toward the scene of the accident. The woman gets on top of it and pulled out of the river by a rope tied to the watercraft. 'Oh well. I guess I'll walk,' she seems to say while standing on solid ground. She appeared to be the only woman in the car. She was charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. It is unclear where she came from or where she was headed, though one Twitter commenter claims he saw her 'rip by.'
Tom Brady makes a child cancer survivor's day when he surprises him with tickets to Super Bowl LVI: 'You've inspired so many people'
Tom Brady shocked a young cancer survivor over the weekend when he presented him and his family with tickets to Super Bowl LVI. In a heart-warming video posted to Twitter on Saturday by the NFL, the 44-year-old Tampa Buccaneers star shared how inspired he was by 10-year-old Noah Reeb's battle with brain cancer. Reeb, who came to the quarterback's attention early last year after his diagnosis, looked overjoyed to see a video message Brady recorded for him.
Chilling moment man creeps up on woman and shoves her off Brussels metro platform into path of train - which slams on brakes just INCHES from her head
CCTV footage shows the man prowling behind the woman as she waits for the train before reaching out and pushing her onto the tracks as the metro pulls into the station. The 55-year-old victim is unable to stop herself falling on the tracks and appears to land face first in front of the train. The metro driver was able to pull the emergency brake in time to avoid a fatal accident, Brussel's public prosecutors office said. The 23-year-old suspect, who was not named, was arrested for attempted murder after the incident at the Rogier underground station on the evening of January 14. The woman was not reported to have suffered any serious injuries and was taken to hospital in shock.
'It'll be fire on ice!' Echoes of Cool Runnings as Jamaica's bobsleigh team qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 24 years
The much-anticipated games will mark the first time that Jamaica has qualified for three different bobsleigh events (L-R), securing their place in the four-man, two-man sled and women's monobob categories - It marks the first time in 24 years the country's four-man team will participate. Their four-man team took the final spot in the 28-sled field in qualification, which is the first time since 1998 that the event will have Jamaican representation in the category. However, they missed out on a two-woman place after losing a tiebreaker, but could still make it to China as first alternate if one of the qualified nations give up a spot. Confirming the news on Twitter, the Team Jamaica account paid homage to the 1993 Disney film Cool Runnings (middle) - which was inspired by the country's Olympic debut at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games that they failed to finish - with the quote 'It will be fire on ice'.
Russian stuntman flies through Mercedes minibus going 50mph and lands on the hard ground in daredevil video
The jaw-dropping shows daredevil Evgeny Chebotarev move like a bullet through the Mercedes Sprinter with its front and rear cut open. The 30-year-old lay perched on a wooden frame which the minibus rammed - sending him flying through the moving vehicle. Passengers are sitting inside - one of them calmly reading a book. 'I didn't even notice how he flew by,' said one. Chebotarev - who broke his spine in September in a 131ft jump in a BMW over a river - said of his latest escapade that it was 'the first flight in the world through a minibus'.
We should never have taken the trunk road! Enraged elephant slams into car carrying family with two young children before easily flipping it over in South Africa
Footage, filmed by a passenger in the car behind the stricken Ford, shows the angry tusked mammal barreling into the vehicle in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. There was nothing the car behind could do except sound the horn to try and distract the bull elephant but he was in no mood to stop until he had wrecked his target. Once he had used his tusks, trunks and his 6000kg of weight to roll the car he swivelled it on its sun roof. Satisfied the job was done, the elephant strolled off calmly. A mother and father with their two children aged eight and 10 cowered inside until game rangers who had been summoned by the following car arrived at the scene. A rescuer said: 'They were absolutely terrified and extremely traumatised by what happened and were in fear that the elephant would return and attack them again.'
Travel like a superhero! Bizarre zero emission electric craft that will allow its 'Superman-like' pilot to whizz through air at 160mph completes its first untethered flight
The full-scale electric ZEVA Aero, created by Tacoma, Washington-based firm ZEVA, performed a series of unmanned flight tests in rural Pierce County on January 9. ZEVA Aero completed four flights, totalling more than four minutes of controlled hovering, simulated taxiing manoeuvres at slow speeds and limited vertical climb manoeuvres. The 'personal flying machine' can transition from an upright 'hover mode' to 'forward flight mode' where the passenger faces downwards as they zoom through the air in a 'Superman-like trajectory' (illustration bottom right).
'I'm "too disabled" to compete in the Paralympics': Amputee gold medalist snowboarder slams Beijing organizers after her disability class was CUT from 2022 Games
Brenna Huckaby, 25, earned two gold medals in PyeongChang, for snowboard cross and banked slalom, and she was training to defend her titles in Beijing. But the Paralympics axed her events, in her disability class, because there weren't enough participants. At first, she was told she could compete in a lower-disability class, which would put her at a disadvantage. She trained and qualified, 'proving I was more than capable despite my disability.' Yet now the rules say she can't compete that way, either, so Huckaby has 'fought with petitions, submissions & legal action' and is now using social media. Other athletes in similar positions are also fighting to be included.
'Aw this is pitiful!' TikTokers gleefully mock clip of Georgia residents trying to sled down a muddy hill following rare (and VERY light) snowfall that saw barely anything stick
Actress Brec Bassinger, 22, captured video of dozens of people on a hill in a park in Georgia. Several of the children are attempting to sled down the hill without much luck. Though Georgia was hit by a rare snowstorm on Sunday - with up to 10 inches at high elevations - in some places, not much actually stuck. Videos shows children trying to scoot down a hill mostly covered in brown grass with a few sparse patches of snow.