Finland says Russia suspending natural gas supplies
Finland is the latest country to be cut off from an energy supply that is used to generate electricity and power industry after refusing Russia's decree. Italian energy company Eni said this week that it was "starting procedures" to open a euro and a ruble account. Finland refused the new payment system, with energy company Gasum saying its supply would be halted Saturday. Natural gas accounted for just 6% of Finland's total energy consumption in 2020, Finnish broadcaster YLE said. That pales in comparison to big customers like Italy and Germany, who get 40% and 35% of their gas from Russia, respectively.wftv.com
Amber Heard Testifies That She Wants to Move On from Johnny Depp: 'I Want Him to Leave Me Alone'
Jurors in the high-profile trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard saw a photo of Heard today with what appear to be bruises on her face. Heard, who is being sued by her ex-husband Johnny Depp for defamation, returned to the stand after a weeklong hiatus. Jurors were shown a photo of Heard that was taken at a Los Angeles courthouse when Heard filed for a temporary restraining order against Depp in May 2016.news.yahoo.com
Biden reaffirms Jordan's role overseeing Temple Mount
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday reaffirmed his administration's support for Jordan's long-running role as the custodian of Muslim holy sites at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following a meeting with King Abdullah II at the White House. Biden met with Jordan's Abdullah after several rounds of clashes in recent weeks at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site for Muslims. It is built on a hilltop that is also the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount. “The President also recognized the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s crucial role as the custodian of Muslim holy places in Jerusalem,” the White House added in statement. It was believed to be the largest Palestinian funeral in Jerusalem since Faisal Husseini, a Palestinian leader and scion of a prominent family, died in 2001.wftv.com
The FBI found crucial evidence aboard a $325 million superyacht seized in Fiji, which incriminated its oligarch owner Suleiman Kerimov, a report says
Kerimov's yacht was seized Thursday by Fijian authorities at the United States' request, with the help of the FBI and the KleptoCapture taskforce.news.yahoo.com
Russia to not cooperate with other nations aboard ISS until ‘illegal sanctions’ are lifted, Roscosmos director general says
In a series of tweets posted early Saturday morning, the man in charge of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the country’s cooperation with other nations aboard the International Space Station will not be restored until “illegal sanctions” from the U.S., Canada, European Union and Japan on Russia are lifted.
Temperatures will continue to warm up this week in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – The heat is still building in Central Florida. For St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, Central Florida is looking at more heat. Thursday the high goes to 90 degrees. Late Thursday, a cold front marches into Central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico. By Friday, Central Florida goes right back to partly cloudy sky conditions and dry conditions.
2 Apopka women killed in three-vehicle crash in Volusia County
The FHP says two people were killed in a three-vehicle crash near DeLand. DeLAND, Fla. – Two Apopka women were killed Tuesday morning in a three-vehicle crash in Volusia County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The fatal crash was reported around 7:10 a.m. on New York Avenue at DeLand Crossings Boulevard, east of DeLand. The van driver, a 58-year-old Daytona Beach man, suffered minor injuries, troopers said. Westbound lanes of New York Avenue, which is also State Road 44, were closed in the area.
NASA astronauts conduct fifth spacewalk of 2021 as part of upgrades to ISS
This photo provided by NASA shows US astronaut Kate Rubins outside the International Space Station during a space walk on Friday, March 5, 2021. Rubins and Japan's Soichi Noguchi floated outside to complete unfinished work from Sunday's spacewalk. (NASA via AP)NASA astronauts are conducting the fifth spacewalk of 2021 Saturday as part of improvements to the International Space Station. Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover began the spacewalk at 8:14 a.m. with the work expected to last six and a half hours. pic.twitter.com/sLj2CwAqES — NASA (@NASA) March 13, 2021Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com space newsletter, sent every Wednesday afternoon.
Spacewalkers finish solar panel prep for station power boost
More mounting brackets and struts need to be installed for new and improved solar panels due to arrive in June. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Spacewalking astronauts completed the first round of prep work Friday for new solar panels, part of a major power upgrade at the International Space Station. NASA’s Kate Rubins and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi installed mounting brackets and struts for the improved solar wings due to arrive in June. The eight solar panels have degraded over time; the oldest were launched 20 years ago. Noguchi, Glover and two other NASA astronauts will fly SpaceX back in late April or May.
Here’s the latest on where things stand with new $1,400 direct payments
Republicans solidly oppose the $15 minimum wage target as an expense that would hurt businesses and cost jobs. “House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary. Therefore, this provision will remain in the" bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. The relief bill would provide millions of people with $1,400 direct payments. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have state minimum wages that exceed the federal $7.25 hourly floor, with only the District of Columbia currently requiring a $15 minimum.
Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030
Ford says it will spend $1 billion to modernize its Cologne, Germany, manufacturing center, converting it into a European electric vehicle factory. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)DETROIT – Ford is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030 in just the latest sign of the seismic technological changes sweeping the auto industry. Ford expects two-thirds of its European commercial vehicle sales will be electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030. “We are going all in on electric vehicles,” Rowley said. The investment is part of Ford's goal of spending at least $15 billion on electric vehicles from now through 2025.
Roller coaster forecast: Front brings cooler temperatures to Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – A front moving brought rain and storms to Central Florida overnight and will drag cooler temperatures into the region Tuesday. A day after setting some record highs -- Melbourne topped out at 89 degrees Monday, besting the record of 88, set in 1939 -- highs will be in the low to mid-70s Tuesday. [MASSIVE WINTER STORM HITS MOST OF US]Orlando should reach a high around 72. The record high is 87, set in 1944. Even with the recent storms, Orlando has a yearly rain deficit of 1.12 inches.
As Florida increases access to COVID-19 vaccine, state reports 7,400 new cases
ORLANDO, Fla. – In efforts to meet the state’s high demand for a vaccine, Florida is working to increase access to a shot. As of Wednesday, Florida leads the nation with the most reports of a single variant reporting nearly 350 cases of the B.1.1.7 mutation. [READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Central Florida sees uptick in COVID-19 deaths as state reports 7,000 new cases]Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 10. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 7,458 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,798,280 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
UK, EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's ambassador
Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 by declining to grant the blocs first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. David Ake, file)LONDON – Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. The EU says he should be given the same status as a national ambassador, like the rest of the bloc's 143 envoys around the world. Stano noted that Britain "was cognizant and supportive of this status while it was a member of the European Union. “Nothing has changed since the U.K.’s exit from the European Union to justify any change in stance on the U.K.’s part,” he said.
One year later: Looking back on the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in US
On Jan. 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in a man in Washington state. The man returned from Seattle from Wuhan, China on Jan. 15 and began experiencing symptoms, according to the CDC. It took only three days before the second US case was confirmed in Chicago. Since then, Florida has seen more than 1.6 million cases of the disease and more than 24,000 deaths. Over the last year, doctors and public health experts have learned a lot about the virus and its treatment.
Gov. DeSantis looks to AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson vaccines to help expand access for Floridians
Ron DeSantis is looking to the approval of the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines by federal regulators to expand vaccination beyond Florida’s 65 and older population. We may be at the point whereas we get to the end of February, you have a Johnson & Johnson and you have some of these other things. In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he feels optimistic that the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be fully evaluated by the FDA soon. [CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING: Daily ClickOrlando.com newsletter delivered to your inbox]DeSantis echoed Fauci’s optimism, at least for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is contracted with the US government to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine.
Driver who injured West Melbourne officer caught after crashing Jeep during chase, police say
A man suspected of injuring a West Melbourne police officer flipped a Jeep while fleeing from authorities in Rockledge. WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – Police in West Melbourne say a 32-year-old man driving a stolen Jeep accused of injuring an officer was captured Friday afternoon in Rockledge after he crashed fleeing authorities. West Melbourne Sgt. While running from officers, Blake was holding a bag and continued to reach into it, alarming officers, according to the West Melbourne Police Department. Wanted: West Melbourne police are seeking this man and the Jeep he was driving.
Rep. Val Demings says she went into police mode during capitol evacuation
WASHINGTON – US Representative Val Demings said she was in the gallery of the house chambers when they were told the inside of the capitol building had been breached. Demings said that her goal was to be watchful, but helpful as police worked to move them to another location. — Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) January 7, 2021“I was looking into the eyes of my colleagues and we all were not sure how it would end. Her husband, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said that for a brief time during the chaos, he couldn’t reach his wife. “We went through the emotional rollercoaster not knowing if she was safe or not,” Jerry Demings said.
Man commits suicide after confessing to estranged wife’s death, Winter Garden police say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A woman was found slain in her Winter Garden apartment Monday, however, the primary suspect in the case is now also dead after police say he took his own life. [TRENDING: Christmas forecast: Back-to-back cold fronts coming | Florida rolls out daily vaccine report | US prepares to ship second vaccine]Winter Garden police said around 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Promenade Apartments on Winter Garden Vineland Road for a wellbeing check. Felipe died following an apparent struggle but her cause of death is pending an autopsy, according to police. Police said officers learned Felipe fled to an apartment complex in West Palm Beach. Winter Garden police worked with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and West Palm Beach police to locate Felipe but investigators said he took his own life before officers could apprehend him.
Temps may not reach the 60s on Christmas in Central Florida
[TRENDING: Christmas forecast: Back-to-back cold fronts coming | Florida rolls out daily vaccine report | US prepares to ship second vaccine]The good news? If all you want for Christmas is colder weather, you’ll get your Christmas wish too! Our next weather maker will move on Christmas Eve bringing a few thunderstorms with it. Northern counties will spend a good part of the day in the upper 40s before reaching the low 50s. Lows north of I-4 will reach the low 30s.
Missing man found dead with gunshot wound in parking lot of Altamonte Springs Walmart
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – A missing man was found dead with a gunshot wound in his car in the parking lot of Walmart on State Road 434 in Altamonte Springs, according to police. [TRENDING: Christmas forecast: Back-to-back cold fronts coming | Florida rolls out daily vaccine report | US prepares to ship second vaccine]The Altamonte Springs Police Department said the victim was identified as Anthony Bradford. Bradford was found around 11:40 p.m. Sunday and police said he was previously reported missing by his father on Saturday. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 407-339-2441. Check back for more updates on this developing story.
Weather whiplash! Blast of cold Christmas Day follows warm, rainy Christmas Eve
By Wednesday afternoon we start another warm up into Christmas Eve. Afternoon high temperaturesA strong cold front looks to slice through the region Christmas Eve bringing rain chances back to Central Florida. Rain chances increase later in the day Christmas Eve. Cold air spills into Central Florida Christmas morning through Christmas Day. Some south of Orlando may start Christmas off mild, but afternoon highs will likely be held in the 50s.
Florida launches investigation into hacking of its servers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida officials acknowledged Friday that state servers appear to have been compromised by overseas hackers who gained entry by imbedding malicious code into networking software from a Texas-based software company, SolarWinds. The software helps network administrators monitor the performance of their servers and systems. The Florida officials were not prepared to discuss how serious the breach might have been amid conflicting statements and information from some companies involved in investigating the breach. Outside meddling has been an especially sensitive issue in Florida because of previous breaches by Russian hackers. Ron DeSantis ordered his secretary of state to launch a review of election security after revelations that Russian hackers infiltrated election systems in at least two Florida counties.
A little warmer for the weekend, more cold coming for Christmas
Ahead of the front Sunday afternoon, temperatures climb into the low to mid-70s. By Monday and Tuesday, highs will struggle to climb out of the 60s again. Another shot of cold air arrives in time for ChristmasA much bigger cold front arrives Christmas Eve. Once again, ahead of the front, temperatures climb into the mid- to upper 70s both Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will struggle to climb out of the 50s Christmas Day.
Human remains found near International Speedway Boulevard in DeLand, police say
DeLAND, Fla. – DeLand police say they need the public’s help identifying a man who was found dead near International Speedway Boulevard Saturday evening. The human remains were found around 5:30 p.m. in a wooded area near State Road 15A and International Speedway Boulevard, records show. [TRENDING: First doses of vaccine sent across US | OK if drivers can’t see out rear window? | Pilot killed in Fla. gyroscope crash]Authorities have not provided information on the man’s cause of death or whether foul play is suspected. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Bota at 386-626-7422.