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More than 14 million Texans remained without safe drinking water and 20,200 still had no power Sunday evening, as the state continued to battle the devastating fallout from last week’s historic storm. 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner ripped state officials over the disaster, saying Texas’ power crisis was “foreseeable and preventable.” 

“The reality is climate change is real. It is real, and these major storms can happen at any time,’’ he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

“The system needs to be weatherized. You need to maintain adequate reserve. And we need to open up our Texas grid because right now we have a closed grid. 

“Let me just say this, all of what happened this past week was foreseeable and preventable,” Turner seethed. 

Texas is the only state in the continental United States to run its own stand-alone electricity grid and has not been forced to weatherize it because it is not subject to federal oversight. 

Turner said he pushed for a bill in 2011 that would require the company that manages the state’s power grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, to “ensure that there was an adequate reserve to prevent blackouts,” but lawmakers in Austin refused to listen. 

Adding insult to injury, Texans who did not lose power were hit with sky-high electric bills in the wake of the storm as they tried to stay warm, Turner said. 

“For these exorbitant costs — it’s not the consumers who should assume that costs. They are not at fault for what happened this week,” he said. 

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also slammed the Lone Star State for getting caught off guard by the snowstorm. 

“The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and built a system that ignored climate change,” Schumer said during a Lower East Side press conference in Manhattan. 

“It was not what’s called resilient, and now Texas is paying the price,” Schumer said. “I hope they learned a lesson.” 

The storm, which swept across a large swath of the US last week, brought record-low temperatures and unprecedented icing that knocked out power to millions of people in Texas and crippled parts of the state’s water system. 

It also killed more than 70 people nationwide, many of them in Texas.

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Dr. Fauci donates his 3D model of COVID to Smithsonian museum

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has donated his personal 3-D model of the coronavirus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, which honored him with its Great Americans Medal.

“Dr. Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” museum Director Anthea Hartig said.

“His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American,” she added.

Fauci, 80, who has led the nationwide COVID-19 response and is President Joe Biden’s science adviser, was asked by the museum to donate a personal item to mark the pandemic.

He chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he has used to explain the complexities of the virus in myriad interviews.

The model, which was made with a 3-D printer, shows what the Smithsonian’s announcement calls “the various components of the SARS-CoV-2 virion (the complete, infectious form of the virus), including the spike protein.”

“This has been a terrible year in so many respects,” said Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Decades from now, people will be talking about the experience that we went through.”

In 2008, Fauci received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from then-President George W. Bush for his decades of work, dating back to the earliest days of the AIDS crisis.

Previous recipients of the Great Americans Medal include former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell, tennis star Billie Jean King and musician Paul Simon.

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Instagram, OnlyFans millionaire model roasted for error

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Fans of an Instagram and OnlyFans millionaire model are mocking the young woman after she mistakenly referred to Sydney as Australia’s capital.

According to The Daily Mail, Instagram and OnlyFans millionaire model Mikaela Testa, 20, was flooded with mockery after declaring Sydney as the nation’s capital in a recent video.

“We’re flying to Sydney, the capital of Australia,” Testa says at the start of a TikTok video filmed during a flight.

The capital of Australia is Canberra.

Ms Testa acknowledged mistake while hitting back at her critics on Monday

Millionaire OnlyFans star who boasted about earning $162K a month embarrassingly mistakes Australia’s capital city before giving one bold message to her fans

“Imagine not knowing the capital of the country you live in,” one person wrote of the Instagram and OnlyFans millionaire model, who resides in the Gold Coast.

Testa lated acknowledged the mistake in an embarrassed follow-up video.

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“Guys, I know I f**ked up, I f**ked up OK,” she told her followers, news.com.au reported.

“Canberra is the capital of Australia and I knew that, but what makes me think Sydney is the capital is because it’s the biggest.”

Mikaela went on to say she appreciated everyone who was nice about her “mistake” but said some people just “took it and ran”.

TikTok star Mikaela Testa mistakes Sydney for Australia’s capital city

“Thanks for correcting me, I mean, I look really stupid now. But I’m sure there’s a lot of people in this country who think the same thing, so I’m good,” she joked.

The OnlyFans and Instagram millionaire model noted that a number of her followers were nice, but others were very condescending and mean — insulting her intelligence in her direct messages.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Testa has seen massive success on social media modeling platforms and has earned millions.

“She’s since had huge success with TikTok and last year she revealed she spent $1.4 million in 12 months,” the outlet wrote.

Her financial success has seen her move into a Gold Coast mansion with her boyfriend Atis Paul, 19, his sister Anna Paul – who is another hugely successful OnlyFans creator – and the 21-year-old’s boyfriend Glen Thompson.

TikTok star Mikaela Testa mistakes Sydney for Australia’s capital city

According to Yahoo News, the OnlyFans millionaire model has 1.2 million followers on her Instagram and 472,000 followers on TikTok.

She is also known for her lavish lifestyle funded by earning nearly $162,000 Australian dollars a month on the X-rated modeling subscription site OnlyFans.

“Just because it’s not the type of job you would prefer to do, or it’s not hard-work under your standards, doesn’t mean it’s not a real job,” she said previously, The Daily Mail reported.

“Not everyone is cut out to do hard work.”

Mikaela Testa, who is known for her lavish lifestyle on the social media network, has hit back after some of her followers called her out over the mistake.

Influencer’s ’embarrassing’ Aussie capital city mistake

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10 rockets strike Iraqi base hosting US troops

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Ten rockets struck an Iraqi base hosting US troops on Wednesday morning, security sources said.

No fatalities were immediately reported in the attack on Ain al-Asad air base, which also houses Iraqi forces, the sources said.

A Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters that 13 rockets were fired at the base from about 5 miles away.

Monday’s attack is the second time in less than a month US forces were targeted on Iraqi soil.

A Feb. 15 rocket attack against a US military base in Northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and left others wounded, including an American service member.

That strike led to a retaliatory bombing by the US last week on a complex inside Syria used by an Iran-supported militia.

The Biden administration said the airstrikes were intended to deter future attacks on US troops in Iraq.

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