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Americans should get ready for the 'roaring 20s' say UCLA economists as they predict 'gloomy COVID winter and an exuberant vaccine spring' - followed by strong economic growth

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Economists at UCLA have predicted another 'roaring 20s' with surging economic growth after effective coronavirus vaccines become widely available. 'The '20s will be roaring, but with several months of hardship first,' they wrote for the quarterly UCLA Anderson forecast, which is due to be released on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. 'These next few months will be dire, with rising COVID infections, continued social distancing, and the expiration of social assistance programs.' 'With a vaccine and the release of pent-up demand, the next few years will be roaring as the economy accelerates and returns to previous growth trends,' wrote Leo Feler, a senior economist with the forecast. 'We expect a surge in services consumption and continued strength in housing markets to propel the economy forward.'  The UCLA forecast assumes mass vaccination of Americans will take place by summer. An FDA panel is set to meet on Thursday to review P

Melania Trump 'just wants to go home' and has already asked what taxpayer funds she gets when she leaves office - despite her husband claiming he will have a second term

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Melania Trump just 'wants to go home' even as President Donald Trump doubles down on his demand the election result be over turned so he can stay in the White House.  The first lady is wrapping up her life in Washington D.C. - taking an inventory of the Trump furniture and art in the White House, asking what kind of staff and budget she gets after January 20th, and thinking about her legacy. 'She just wants to go home,' a source close to Melania told CNN.  Asked how the first lady feels about rumors the president might announce a 2024 bid, the source said: 'That might not go over well.'  Melania Trump just 'wants to go home' and is preparing for life after the White House As Melania Trump looks past inauguration day to life back in the civilian world, President Trump continues his battle to stay in the White House.  'RIGGED ELECTION!,' he tweeted on Wednesday.  'If somebody cheated in the Election, which the Democrats did, why wouldn’t the El

Alabama judge, 38, is sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay more than $72,000 after stealing from disabled veteran and a juvenile court fund

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An Alabama judge has been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay more than $72,000 after stealing from a disabled veteran and a juvenile court fund.  Douglas Lee Patterson, 38, pleaded guilty on October 30 to three felony charges: use of official position or office for personal gain, financial exploitation of the elderly in the first degree, and theft of property in the third degree.  The former Limestone County district judge, who resigned from his $10,800-per-month salary in July, was sentenced Tuesday.  He stole $47,800 from the Limestone County Juvenile Court Service Fund, designated to support the children of the area, and from late disabled veteran Charles Hardy. He was ordered to pay restitution totaling $72,822 to his victims. It is not known what Patterson spent the money on; DailyMail.com has contacted the Attorney General's office for comment. When asked why he took the money Patterson told WBRC: 'I don't know.' He earlier told the court he wa

Writer finds a diary hidden for more than a century in an old San Francisco home that held the secrets behind a love affair that spanned two Danes' lives and their move to America

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A writer and her husband, who purchased an old San Francisco home, discovered a century-old secret diary and love letters that had been hidden in the basement by a Danish man yearning to be with the woman he was truly in love with.   Christina Lalanne shared details of the discovery in her story Castles in the Sky, which was published in The Atavist Magazine. Lalanne and her husband, Mat, were renovating the home, which was built in 1910 by Hans Jorgen Hansen, when the documents were found.  Hansen's name was inscribed in the diary, but his name wasn't the only one. A woman by the name of Anna had also written in it.    According to Lalanne, Mat came across the letters and the diary when they fell from the basement's ceiling one evening while he was resetting the modem for their television.  'Our basement had been torn apart for several months because we were doing a seismic retrofit. The steps I soon heard Mat walking back up were also in need of an upgrade,' Lalan

Ohio State's football team WILL play in Big Ten title game as the conference waives the six-game requirement after Michigan cancelled on the Buckeyes due to a COVID-19 outbreak

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The Big Ten will allow Ohio State to play for a conference title after Michigan's decision to cancel Saturday's rivalry game due to a COVID-19 outbreak left the third-ranked Buckeyes ineligible for the championship against Northwestern.  A vote was expected Wednesday to make the decision official. Removing the minimum would clear the way for Ohio State (5-0) to play in the Big Ten championship game on December 19 against the No. 15 Wildcats. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) escapes from Michigan State linebacker Antjuan Simmons during the first half of a game on Saturday. The Big Ten will allow Ohio State to play for a conference title after Michigan's decision to cancel Saturday's rivalry game due to a COVID-19 outbreak left the third-ranked Buckeyes ineligible for the championship A vote was expected Wednesday to make the decision official. Removing the minimum would clear the way for Ohio State (5-0) to play in the Big Ten championship game on December 19 aga

Florida teen, 17, pleads guilty to strangling his architect mother to death, then calling two friends to help bury the body and stage a robbery at their home after a fight over his D grade

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A Florida teenager this morning entered a guilty plea to charges of strangling his mother to death with his bare hands during an argument about his bad grades, and then disposing of her body in an attempt to cover up the murder.  Gregory Ramos, now 17, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence on Wednesday in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence.  Ramos was 15 when he was accused of strangling Gail Cleavenger, 46, in their home in DeBary on November 2, 2018. He buried her body behind a nearby church. Ramos was charged as an adult and could have faced a life sentence, if convicted at trial.    Gregory Ramos, 17, appears in court on Wednesday to pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the  2018 strangulation death of his mother  Ramos agreed to the plea in exchange for a 45-year prison term. He is seen in court signing the agreement on Wednesday  Ramos was just 15 years old in November 2015 when he strangled his mother, 46-year-old Ga

Rich ARE getting richer: Wages for the top one percent skyrocketed 160% since 1979 while the share of wages for the bottom 90% SHRANK

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Wage growth for the nation's richest people has far outpaced average workers over the past 40 years, according to a new study. In every period since 1979, wages for the bottom 90 percent were continuously redistributed upward to the top 10 percent -- and frequently to the very highest 1 and 0.1 percent, according to a report last week from the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think-tank. The wage data comes from published Social Security Administration information on W-2 earnings, which include realized stock options and vested stock awards.  The study shows that from 1979 to 2019, the top 1 percent saw their wages grow by 160 percent, adjusted for inflation, while those in the bottom 90 percent had annual wages grow by just 26 percent, shrinking their total share of income. From 1979 to 2019, the top 1 percent saw their wages grow by 160 percent, adjusted for inflation, while those in the bottom 90 percent had annual wages grow by just 26 percent Wage growth for the nation'

South Florida medical technician, 41, is released from the hospital NINE MONTHS after she fell gravely ill with COVID-19 as doctors say she needed to relearn how to walk and may have her fingertips amputated

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A 41-year-old South Florida hospital technician who had to relearn how to walk and perform basic daily tasks after being diagnosed with COVID-19 has left the hospital after a nine-month-long stay. Rosa Felipe needed the aid of a walker as she left a rehabilitation center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Tuesday. Felipe has worked at that same hospital as an EEG technician for the past 15 years. Her medical ordeal will likely mean that she will lose her fingertips due to complications that arose from her treatment. The married mother of two children, who had underlying conditions including asthma and diabetes, pleaded with the public to take the virus seriously. Rosa Felipe, 41, an EEG technician at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, walked out of the hospital on Tuesday nine months after she was diagnosed with COVID-19 Doctors said Felipe had to relearn how to walk and that she will need to undergo further rehabilitation after falling gravely ill from the disease Felipe spen