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Report: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch refuses to wear mask in the courtroom, despite request from Roberts

Outside their usual docket of blockbuster constitutional controversies, Supreme Court justices are divided over something else: face masks. The high court returned to in-person arguments in October, but a recent surge in COVID cases due to the omicron variant has the justices split over safety protocols. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor has diabetes , which puts her at higher risk for a seriou...

Jury orders Cracker Barrel to pay man more than $9M after he's served cleaning liquid

A Tennessee man was awarded more than $9 million after he was served cleaning liquid instead of water at a Marion County Cracker Barrel. William Cronnon was dining at the restaurant in April 2014 for lunch when a waitress accidentally refilled his glass with a mixture of water and Eco-San, a commercial-grade bleach, according to a lawsuit and press release by Cronnon's attorney. "Plaintiff William Cronnon ingested the beverage, which turned out to be a chemical, caustic substance known as Eco...

Nearly 1 million pediatric COVID-19 cases reported last week

Nearly 1 million cases of COVID-19 were reported among children in the United States last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Tuesday. The pediatric case count ending the week of Jan. 13 — 981,488 — reflects a 69% increase from the previous week’s 580,247 cases. The new case count is likely an underestimate of the true number of pediatric COVID-19 cases, the AAP said, because many kids are either tested at home with rapid tests that are never reported to health officials, or not tes...

Louie Anderson receiving cancer treatment in Las Vegas hospital

Louie Anderson has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with cancer. "Iconic comedian Louie Anderson is currently in a Las Vegas hospital being treated for DLBCL Diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. He is resting comfortably," Anderson's publicist, Glenn Schwartz, told TODAY in a statement. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the U.S. and worldwide, according to the Lymphoma Research Foundation . More than 18,000 people are diagnosed...

Texas rejects hundreds of mail ballot applications under new voting limits

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Texas election officials have rejected hundreds of mail-in ballot applications, abiding by a new Republican-backed law just weeks before a March 1 primary kicks off this year's U.S. election cycle. "My friends, this is what voter suppression looks like," Democrat Dana DeBeauvoir, the Travis County clerk, told reporters on Tuesday. The county, home to the state capital A...

Pardoned Kentucky killer sentenced to 42 years in prison

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A man pardoned by Kentucky’s former governor for a 2014 drug robbery killing will return to prison to serve a 42-year federal sentence for the same crime. Patrick Baker was convicted of murder committed during a drug trafficking crime last year in a federal trial. He had been out of prison since 2019 when former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned him for the slaying of Donald ...

Seahawks fire 2 defensive coaches as Russell Wilson's uncertain offseason begins

The Seattle Seahawks are making changes, though the team's biggest question still remains. The team started its overhaul Tuesday, firing defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and defensive passing game coordinator Andre Curtis. The team announced both moves Tuesday. Norton served as the the team's defensive coordinator for four seasons. Curtis spent the past seven seasons with the Seahawks, work...

NBC cancels ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ after four seasons

NBC and Ellen DeGeneres will not be teaming up again for another season of fun and games. “Ellen’s Game of Games,” which has aired on the network for four seasons, has been canceled, Variety has confirmed. This coincides with the conclusion of the comedian’s award-winning daytime talk show, slated to end this upcoming spring with Season 19. DeGeneres served as host and executive producer of the...

'Boogaloo' member sentenced to 2 years on machine gun charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who authorities say is a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and had discussed a willingness to kill police was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. Michael Dahlager, 27, of St. Cloud, pleaded guilty last summer to illegally possessing a machine gun. He admitted during his plea hearing he possessed two devices that convert a ...

Cruising during COVID-19: Cancellation, refund policies vary by cruise line

Travelers may be weighing whether they want to proceed with their cruise plans or postpone them , as COVID-19 cases surge with the highly transmissible omicron variant and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to avoid cruise travel , regardless of vaccination status. If you go, there could be changes to your itinerary, including port stops and more onboard restrictions ...

NBA refs condemn Cowboys QB Dak Prescott for 'condoning violence against game officials'

NFL officials were the target of ire — and projectile trash — in Dallas on Sunday. On Tuesday, NBA officials came to their defense with a stern message for Dak Prescott and the NFL. The National Basketball Referees Association released a statement condemning the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for "condoning violence against game officials." "The NBRA condemns the comments by Dak Prescott condoning ...

Judge blasts 72-year-old cancer patient for overgrown lawn: 'If I could give you jail time on this I would'

A Michigan judge fined and ridiculed a 72-year-old man with cancer for not being able to mow his lawn. Burhan Chowdhury appeared in virtual court on Jan. 10 for a ticket he received in August for failing to maintain his front yard. Chowdhury explained that he is a cancer patient and is "very weak," so he cannot maintain the yard. The Washington Post reported Chowdhury has been battling cancer f...

Who has been subpoenaed so far by the Jan. 6 committee?

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has so far issued 63 subpoenas to individuals and organizations tied to circumstances around the attack. Subpoenas have been sent to close aides and associates of the former president as well as organizers of events that took place prior to the storming of the Capitol — including the rally Trum...

Sidney Poitier's cause of death revealed

Sidney Poitier battled several health issues before his death on Jan. 6. The trailblazing star's immediate cause of death is listed as cardiopulmonary failure, or heart failure, according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ . It notes he suffered from Alzheimer's dementia and prostate cancer. Poitier died at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 94. The document reveals he'd be cremated....

'Full House' star Jodie Sweetin announces engagement to Mescal Wasilewski: 'You're my person'

Jodie Sweetin is engaged to her "person." The Full House alum shared the happy news on social media Monday that her boyfriend of over four years, Mescal Wasilewski, popped the question. She shared a photo of them together, featuring her new ring. Her post began with a Maya Angelou quote: "In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine."...
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