President Joe Biden took a direct hit at Vladimir Putin's inner circle on Tuesday, invoking sanctions on the Russian leader's deputy chief of staff, the head of his security agency and the CEO of the Russian-version of Facebook. The targets on specific Russian individuals comes as part of what the administration is calling a 'first tranche' of sanctions in response to Putin declaring two parts of Ukraine as independent republics. 'Yesterday Vladimir Putin recognized two regions of Ukraine as independent states and he bizarrely asserted that these regions are no longer part of Ukraine and they are sovereign territory,' Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.
Home prices rose 18.8% in 2021 - the biggest increase in 34 years - with Phoenix and Tampa seeing the biggest jumps as COVID drove migration away from the Northeast
Home prices surged 18.8 percent last year, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price index, the biggest jump since its creation and much more than the 10.4 percent jump seen in 2020. Fueled by remote work and booming regional economies, mass migration to the South, Southwest and Mountain West drove some of the sharpest increases in home prices, as demand outstripped supply. The biggest increase in home prices took place in Phoenix, where they rose 32.5 percent. Other hotspots include Tampa, where the jump was 29.4 percent, and in Miami, which saw a 27.3 percent rise. There was also strong price appreciation in San Diego, Las Vegas, Denver and Los Angeles. 'The influx of new investment is pulling in new residents from the Northeast, many of whom have sold homes at prices well above the median in Tampa and Miami, which allows them to bid aggressively for the paucity of homes that are on the market,' said Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, North Carolina.
'They were as dumb as a bag of hammers.' Arrested trucker says police who broke up Ottawa's Freedom Convoy protests acted 'like the Keystone Kops' from silent movies
Trucker Guy Meister, one of nearly 200 people arrested as police broke up the three-week-long Freedom Convoy demonstrations in Ottawa says he was kept zip tied in bitterly cold 5 degree temperatures for 30 minutes as police broke up the protests. He said the local police appeared not to know what they were doing. 'They were like the Keystone Kops,' he said Meister's comments came after leaked text messages appear to show officers gloating about the violence used to end the protests 'It hurts me to say this, but under Trudeau, Canada is no longer a democracy,' Meister told DailyMail.com
A Wisconsin restaurant worker was shot in the face last month after a pair of customers grew angry over a $3 hamburger missing from their order. Shockingly, Anthony Rodriguez (at left with son and inset), 26, survived the January 30 shooting, which left his spine fractured and portion of the bullet still lodged in his throat. 'I do remember just laying on the ground and just bleeding out,' Rodriguez, wearing a neck brace to support his fractured spine, recalled to local outlet WISN-TV last week of the brazen late-night attack at a Wauwatosa George Webb location, where he worked as a server. 'I was in so much shock. I don't really remember being in much pain, but I remember kind of internally freaking out and being very scared and just telling myself, "Wow, I'm probably gonna die here."' A criminal complaint filed by the Wauwatosa Police Department chronicling the incident details how twin sisters Bryanna (top center) and Breanta Johnson (top right), along with two other women, were ordering food from Rodriguez at the eatery, when employees said the group started becoming 'impatient and rude' while waiting for a food order.
Hostage drama at Amsterdam Apple store ends as police RUN OVER gunman after he ran out of the building chasing one of the dozens of captives he held for five hours made a break for freedom
WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Footage shows the assailant chasing a fleeing captive before suddenly being hit by a car in Leidseplein - a square in the centre of the Dutch capital. Amsterdam police said: 'We managed to stop the hostage-taker by hitting him as he ran out. Violent images of that collision can be seen. We now know that the suspect had no explosives on his body and medical personnel are now taking care of him.' A clip earlier showed a man in a headlock with what appeared to be a gun pointed at his head inside the shop. Police said at 9.15pm that 'dozens' of people have left the building since the incident began at around 5.40pm.
Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin's plan to invade Ukraine as 'genius' and called the Russian leader 'very savvy' on Tuesday, hours after he put out a statement saying Russia would have never invaded Ukraine under his watch. Speaking with conservative podcaster Buck Sexton, the former president said: 'I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, "This is genius,"' Trump recalled. 'Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine - of Ukraine -- Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that's wonderful.' 'I said, "How smart is that?'" the former U.S. president continued. 'And he's gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That's the strongest peace force… We could use that on our southern border. That's the strongest peace force I've ever seen. There were more army tanks than I've ever seen. They're gonna keep peace all right.'
Putin's poodle parliament approves his request to 'use force outside Russia' - paving way for attack on more of Ukraine - after he sent 10,000 troops into Russian-held separatist areas: WH finally admits it's an invasion
More than 10,000 soldiers entered separatist-occupied areas overnight, a source with links to Ukrainian military intelligence told MailOnline, with 6,000 sent to Donetsk, 5,000 to Luhansk and 1,500 to the city of Horlivka. 'It is difficult to believe [Putin] could have moved that quickly - but he had a long time to prepare,' the source said. It comes as a White House official declared the Russian military's movement to be an 'invasion.' Meanwhile Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin's order to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk as independent stretches to the entire provinces - not just the areas currently occupied by rebels - raising the prospect he is about to launch a land-grab and spark direct confrontation with Ukrainian troops dug into trenches there.
From teenage romantic to the man who could spark WW3: Fascinating images show how Putin transformed from typical teenager to judo-loving KGB officer...and the President who threatens the world
Vladimir Putin is most often pictured with other heads of state at official gatherings, during displays of military strength in his home nation or - rather famously - enjoying fishing and hunting in the Russian countryside. But that was not always the case. There was a time when a younger Vladimir was captured moodily staring down the camera during class photos at school or when he would pose for the camera dressed in a trendy leather jacket and pout to match. These fascinating images show him during his formative years: From a moody little boy to a romantic teenager; From judo-loving KGB officer to dancing and falling in love; From getting married to having children. Images show Putin, who was known to spoil his two young daughters born in 1985 and 1986, doting on and playing with them in a jarring image for the Russian strongman who has been accused of bringing the world to the brink of war over Ukraine today. The strongman, who born in what was then the Soviet city of Leningrad, now known as Saint Petersburg, has for months massed troops along the border with Ukraine, encircling the nation and coming within striking distance of the capital, Kiev, before ordering troops into two regions held by pro-Russian separatists on February 21.
Why I blame the arrogant, foolish West: Our response to this crisis in Ukraine has been to react with mistrust and abuse, and with blatant attempts to worsen the situation, writes PETER HITCHENS
We have been utter fools, writes PETER HITCHENS (pictured in Moscow in 2007). We have treated Russia with amazing stupidity. Now we pay the price for that. We had the chance to make her an ally, friend and partner. Instead we turned her into an enemy by insulting a great and proud country with greed, unearned superiority, cynicism, contempt and mistrust. I have to endure, often several times a day, listening to people who are normally perfectly sensible and reasonable, raging wildly against Russia and Russians. Once, I was just like them. I had the normal anti-Russian prejudice of so many Western people. But, by great fortune, I am not like them now. I lived in Russia, I knew Russians as friends. I learned to distinguish between what was Russian and what was Communist. Pictured: Vladimir Putin (top right) and Boris Yeltsin (left, bottom right).
Chaos at Ohio Senate race debate as Republican Josh Mandel shouts at audience member who said he should be 'put out' for calling BLM 'thugs' - and then calls his Democratic rival 'like AOC only dumber'
Mandel, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 2012 and 2018, faced off against Democrat attorney Morgan Harper in their second debate at City-God Baptist Fellowship in Cleveland. Roughly 20 minutes into the event Mandel was being grilled about his calling BLM protesters 'thugs' in their first debate when an audience member made a loud noise of agreement. 'And you ain't coming in the black community. Put 'em out,' the female voice can be heard saying. Mandel, who previously served as Ohio's state treasurer, is running in a crowded GOP primary up against a number of other high-profile candidates including Hillbilly Elegy author JD Vance and former Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken.
Two $6m Black Hawk helicopters crash land near Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah after botched landing on mountainside during National Guard training
Two Army Black Hawk helicopters were captured crashing near the Mineral Basin area in Utah (right) during a National Guard training exercise. At 9:30 am two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were damaged during a training exercise when the lead aircraft kicked up snow while landing and portions of the helicopter's blade separated and struck the second helicopter's main rotor blades, Utah National Guard Aviation spokesman Lt. Jared Jones (right) said in a press conference. The crash took place near the Mineral Basin, a backside bowl area at the Snowbird Ski Resort about 28 miles from Salt Lake City. It is still not known if the Black Hawks are still useable and a safety accident investigation underway to find out the cause of accident.
Ahmaud Arbery's family celebrates outside court after his three murderers are convicted of federal hate crimes: Jury rules the three white men chased and shot jogger because he was black
Travis McMichael, his dad Gregory McMichael, and friend Roddy Bryan, who filmed the February 2020 murder in Macon, Georgia, were convicted Tuesday morning. The McMichaels were already serving life without parole after being convicted of murder at state trial and Bryan was serving life with the possibility of parole after 15 years, but he now faces extra time because of the federal conviction. After the verdict, the Arbery family announced plans to file civil lawsuits now that the criminal investigations and trials are complete. It is unclear who they will file charges against. Unlike the state murder trial last year, the federal trial focused mostly on the racial elements of the case and the slurs the men used against Arbery. The men all pleaded not guilty, insisting as they did at their state trial that they chased and killed Arbery because they thought he was a burglar.
Furious woman rams mother-of-two's car outside California McDonald's drive-thru for 'cutting her off' before running her over
A mother-of-two, who goes by Amaro (left), was the victim of a road rage attack at a McDonald's parking lot in Richmond, California, after an unidentified woman (right) accused her of cutting her in the drive-thru lane. Amaro said she was 'terrified' during the attack which happened with two young kids, aged three and five, in her car. The furious woman started throwing items, including a water bottle, at Amaro's car before going back into her vehicle and ramming the victim's van. Amaro, who was no longer recording the incident, got out of her car to stand in front of the suspect's car so that she couldn't drive away from the scene. However, the suspect decided to accelerate, running over Amaro with her front bumper. Amaro was able to hold on to the hood of the car for 150 feet before the suspect hard-braked, prompting her to fall off. The suspect then got out of her vehicle and punched Amaro several times before driving away. Amaro has fully recovered from the incident, but Richmond Police are still on the lookout for the suspect
High school shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, 'tortured baby birds, outlined a plan to rape and murder a female classmate, and admired Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer', say prosecutors who argue he should remain in adult jail
A hearing was held in Michigan to determine whether Ethan Crumbley, 15, should be transferred from an adult jail to a juvenile facility, with prosecutors arguing that he could pose a risk to his peers. A prosecutor said that Crumbley enjoyed torturing baby birds and plotted to stalk, rape, torture and murder a female classmate. Prior to the November 30 school shooting, the suspect allegedly planned to surrender 'so that he could witness the pain and suffering that he caused.'
Holding on for dear life: Moment ice climber cheats death after avalanche slammed into him on frozen waterfall in Colorado
Ice soloist Leland Nisky (inset) cheated death earlier this month after he found himself dangling off an ice ledge 400 feet up The Ribbon (right) in Colorado while a two-minute avalanche was falling on him (left). Hanging on to his tools, the alpinist started axing at the mountainside as soon as the avalanche started so that he could have a fixed position. He then took 'absolutely every ounce of strength he could muster' to keep holding onto his tools before shuffling his feet to the left, seemingly getting himself out of the snowslide.
Phil Mickelson apologizes for 'reckless and offensive' behavior after Saudi breakaway backlash as veteran says he needs 'time away' from golf - but defiantly still insists the sport NEEDS to change
Mickelson recently admitted that he was using the breakaway league as leverage against the PGA Tour, resulting in significant backlash from golf's biggest names. Rory McIlroy accused Mickelson of causing 'chaos and confusion' among his colleagues and now the 51-year-old has admitted that he was 'reckless' and will step back from golf.
Curb appeal! Larry David joins growing list of celebs moving from LA to Meghan and Harry's turf in Montecito after snapping up $5.7million home just blocks away
Larry David joins the long list of celebrities who have left Los Angeles for the small yet ritzy, seaside enclave of Montecito, California, 85 miles up the coast. The 74-year-old Brooklyn native has moved into a renovated four-bedroom, four and half bath house, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean after snapping up the property for $5.7million in October. The 2,858 square-foot Normandy-style home is close enough to the coast to get a nice sea breeze and is an easy trek to the various café's and shops that are popular in the area. Other famous residents of Montecito include, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Ariana Grande, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who moved into a $14.65million estate in 2020. David's new digs - nestled in the 'hedgerows' - is located about two miles away.
'They say I needed money. I have OTHER assets': West Texas GOP wannabe railroad commissioner, 37, divides locals after posting TikTok video of herself TOPLESS while straddling oil pumping jack
Sarah Stogner, 37, tweeted a video of her straddling an oil pumping jack while topless and without pants on on February 13 as a way to garner attention for her campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner, which controls the state's oil and gas. Immediately after posting the video, which has now been viewed more than 104,800 times, Stogner was ridiculed online and had her endorsement from the San Antonio News-Express rescinded.
Tinder Swindler's bodyguard Piotr demands $5.6m and an apology from Netflix claiming he did nothing wrong and was ALSO duped by conman who he claims still owes him $11,000
Piotr Kaluski was depicted in the film as Simon Leviev's right-hand man who was always with him when he texted his trusting female victims asking them for thousands of dollars or euros to escape his 'enemies'. Simon - whose real name is Shimon Hayut - often texted his love interests photos of a bloodied, beaten-up Piotr to prove he was not safe and needed to go on the run with their money. Piotr does not appear in the documentary but he has now hired a lawyer to take Netflix to task. In a letter to the streaming giant that was obtained by TMZ , Piotr's Polish attorney Joanna Parafianowicz demands $5.6million from Netflix, asks the site to remove the film from the internet and asks for a public apology.
Heir she goes! Giggling Kate Middleton whizzes down the slide instead of taking the stairs at the Lego Foundation Play Lab in $80 Zara blazer as she admits working with babies 'makes her broody' and makes William worry she 'wants another one'
The Duchess of Cambridge looked polished in a red Zara blazer as she kicked off her whirlwind solo visit to Denmark today. Kate, 40, is in Copenhagen to promote her work with the The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. The Duchess of Cambridge looked smart in a high street blazer, smart wide-leg black trousers and a white blouse with frill detailing. She finished the look - inspired by the colours of the Danish flag - with simple drop earrings and a black handbag.
'We've done everything together since the day we were born': Identical twin sisters celebrate their 100TH birthday - and reveal keys to their longevity are 'no drinking, no smoking, and living a clean life so we'll go to heaven'
Norma Matthews and Edith Antoncecchi were born near Boston on December 23, 1921. They became outcasts at age 13 when their father left their mother, so they relied on each other for fun and companionship. Both got married within months of one another and had their first babies the same year. They never lived more than two cities apart, and when their husbands both died in 1994, they moved together to Florida, where they share a mobile home. In December, more than 50 relatives flew in to help them celebrate turning 100. They say their long lives are thanks to Jesus and say they can't live without each other: 'We came together, we go together.'
Nurse, 29, claims she was given implants and tummy tuck instead of breast reduction due to a paperwork mix-up - only for the clinic to try to pass it off as 'free bonus surgery'
Mother-of-three Tiffany Mills, 29, (pictured left) from Tampa, Florida, claims she was given huge breast implants, a tummy tuck and lipo after only asking for a breast reduction. Tiffany, a nurse, claims that the clinic admitted to mixing up her medical records with another patient and when she complained was told 'don't be upset, look at it like you got free surgery'. The terrified mother was rushed back to hospital after the implants tore open her skin (inset) leaving her with oozing, open wounds and blood clots in her lungs and legs, with doctors worried she would go into septic shock. Pictured right, Tiffany with her three children, Elliot, four, Noah, six, and Casey, eight.
Newly-engaged Simone Biles reveals she and fiancé Jonathan Owens will have a destination beach wedding and vows she won't be a 'bridezilla' - as she opens up about couple's plans for kids
Houston Texans football safety Jonathan Owens, 26, proposed to Biles, 24, on Valentine's Day with a three-carat diamond ring. On Instagram on Monday, she said the beach is a must-have for her nuptials and they are planning a destination wedding. They'll also hire a wedding planner because they have their 'hands full' building a house in Houston, Texas. She floated some potential honeymoon destinations, including Bora Bora, Thailand, Iceland, and Australia. While kids are 'definitely' in their future - she wants two, he wants three - they are 'taking everything one step at a time.' The couple has been together for two years, but Biles said it feels longer because it was a 'pandemic relationship,' things 'moved fairly quickly.'
Poppy Delevingne and Victoria Beckham arrive to watch UK Vogue editor Edward Enninful's marry his long-term partner Alec Maxwell in A-list event of the year with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell expected to attend
Poppy Delevingne (left) led the arrivals at the the Longleat estate in Wiltshire today as Vouge editor Edward Enninful's prepared for his wedding to his long term partner Alec Maxwell (together top right) in the A-list event of the year. The wedding is expected to have 300 guests, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Donatella Versace with Poppy Delevinge among the first pictured arriving at the stately home in Wiltshire that boasts a 9,000-acre safari park famed for its lions. The English model arrived clutching a Covid test and travelled with Italian model Bianca Brandolini. Anders Christian Madsen, a fashion critic at British Vogue, shared a picture with Vogue Australia fashion editor Christine Centenera and Victoria Beckham - who sported a bridal inspired white dress (top centre). Inset: Marc Jacobs, bottom: guests arriving
Russian beauty queen was left unable to close her EYES or smile after undergoing $5,000 plastic surgery
Yulia Tarasevich, 43, was a runner-up in the Mrs Russia-International beauty contest two years ago, but soon after decided to undergo a range of procedures at a clinic in Krasnodar, southern Russia. The mother-of-two said her face became badly swollen and inflamed after the surgeries, which included a facelift, a blepharoplasty (cosmetic correction of the eyelids) and mini-liposuction. Yulia said she is unable to move large parts of her face despite having recovered from the surgery and has spent £20,000 in attempts to correct the issue, to no avail. She has now filed a criminal complaint against the two doctors involved in her original operations, though they claim the complications arose as a result of a rare genetic defect.
Better off single! Rude text messages reveal VERY entitled behaviour of male daters - including a married man who got angry when a woman rejected an invite to be his 'side chick'
Pupperish has rounded up a selection of text messages from around the world that have gone viral because of the shocking entitled behaviour of men. Pictured left to right: A married man looking for an 'attractive side girl', man who is angry about a lack of single women and a man unhappy with a woman's response to his compliment.
Shark attacked man, 51, biting his arm while he fished ON his boat in the Bahamas before US Coast Guard hoisted him to safety
The crew from Air Station Miami received a callout from the Shear Water fishing boat at around 12.50 p.m. Monday to report a shark attack at Bimini, a Bahamas island chain 80 miles off the coast of Florida. It was reported that the 51-year-old victim was losing blood so they had placed a tourniquet around his arm. The Coast Guard filmed the moment their Dolphin helicopter appeared above the vessel, the wounded fisherman seen clearly lying on the deck. After an officer safely lowers themselves down onto the boat before bringing down a rescue basket. The man is then seen being lifted up to safety and being flown to Miami.
Who needs Midol! Pelvic floor therapist reveals her 'go-to' stretching exercises for alleviating period cramps within MINUTES - and fans insist they really DO work
Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas, a Massachusetts-based doctor of physical therapy, demonstrated the yoga moves in a now-viral TikTok video. She explained in the caption that the stretches are 'some of my go-to's.' Jeffrey-Thomas started with the child's pose and then moved into the pigeon pose. Next up was the cat-cow pose combined with spinal circles. For her final pose, she just rested with her legs on the wall in front of her while lying on her back with her hands on her stomach. Jeffrey-Thomas recommended doing each of the exercises for a minute or longer while focusing on the breath.
Florida gymnast stuns spectators and earns a perfect 10 with a sky-high floor routine set to the Squid Games theme song - after overcoming two ankle injuries that forced her to quit her Olympic dreams
Trinity Thomas, 20, blew the audience away and wowed the judges when she competed at a Southeastern Conference gymnastics meet on Friday. Trinity competed for the University of Florida's Gators, who beat the University of Kentucky's Wildcats 197.575 - 197.35, claiming her 20th all-around win. The young athlete flipped and twirled during the killer floor routine, as the theme song to the popular Netflix series blasted in the background. Afterwards, the crowd went wild, erupting with cheers over Trinity's impressive performance, which was branded 'near-perfect' by commentators. Trinity was one of the few gymnasts to train for both NCAA and elite gymnastics simultaneously after she joined the Gators in 2019. But the star - who is a four-time National Team member - announced she was no longer going to compete in the elite level after suffering ankle injuries in 2020.
Real-life Rapunzel, 14, who hadn't cut her hair for seven YEARS unveils her transformation after her 3ft-long mane was trimmed to a bob
Anano Mirtskhulava, 14, a dancer from Tbilisi, always loved flaunting her long hair, after vowing never to cut it again when she was seven-years-old because it took so long to grow back. At its longest, her hair was almost 3ft long (left). But despite being in love with her glossy Rapunzel-like locks, she decided that it was time for a change. After sharing her new look to TikTok (right), Anano was overwhelmed with positive reactions and has since racked up over 6.7 million likes and 21.3 million views.