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  • Trump rips Biden and Fauci for coronavirus 'bad calls' and again suggests the pandemic nearly over news

    President Trump attacked Joe Biden and the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign rally in Prescott, Ariz.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:29:58 -0400
  • Marines remove general investigated over alleged racial slur news

    The Marine Corps has removed a two-star general from command of Marine forces in Europe and Africa based on an investigation into allegations that he used a racial slur during a training event, officials said Tuesday. The decision to relieve Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary of command of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, headquartered in Germany, was made by the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger. “Neary was relieved due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to serve in command,” the Marines said in a brief written statement.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:21:37 -0400
  • Rush Limbaugh says he's living 'under a death sentence' after discovering his cancer had spread and became terminal news

    The conservative radio host announced in February that he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he said has since progressed.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:37:56 -0400
  • Heartbreak in the Magic Kingdom: Laid-off Disney workers turn to food banks as coronavirus devastates Florida tourism news

    The coronavirus has led to thousands of layoffs at Disney in Orlando, and devastated the local economy, reports Richard Hall

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:19:49 -0400
  • Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online news

    Fake naked images of thousands of women are being made from social media photos.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:40:05 -0400
  • Trump supporter launches furious rant at Starbucks barista news

    This week a Trump supporter went viral for all the wrong reasons after video surfaced of her yelling anti-Black Lives Matter rhetoric at a Starbucks barista in Santee, California. The clip – which was taken by a concerned customer – shows the agitated woman getting into a heated war of words with barista Alex Beckom, 19, after being politely asked her to wear the Trump 2020 mask under her chin, correctly over her face. Instead of leaving quietly, the woman then accused the coffee shop employee of discriminating against her for her political views as a supporter of the president.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:53:55 -0400
  • Record-setting catch of 110-pound catfish in Georgia has angler under fire. Here’s why news

    Some aren’t happy about what happened to the catfish

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:59:19 -0400
  • Fears of ecological disaster grow over stricken oil tanker in Caribbean news

    Lawmakers from the National Assembly called on the country's government to urgently unload oil from Nabarima to avoid a spill.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:05:44 -0400
  • Justice Department Announces Rule to Bar Some Criminal Illegal Immigrants from Asylum news

    The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced new regulations barring illegal immigrants who have committed certain crimes from obtaining asylum in the U.S., part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to prevent bad actors from gaining entrance to the country."To ensure that criminal aliens cannot obtain this discretionary benefit, the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security have exercised their regulatory authority to limit eligibility for asylum for aliens who have engaged in specified categories of criminal behavior," the DOJ said in a statement.Under the new rule, immigrants who are convicted felons, have been convicted of smuggling or harboring other illegal immigrants or reentering the country illegally, committed certain drunk driving offenses, committed a crime involving gangs, received government benefits illegally, committed drug trafficking or possession offenses, or committed offenses related to false identification will not be eligible for asylum.Notably, immigrants who have committed certain domestic violence offenses, such as battery or extreme cruelty, will also be barred from asylum even if they were not convicted.Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday on a call with reporters that the rule aims to "bring some sanity to the asylum system and our legal immigration system" and to "get the charlatans out of the system and preserve it for those who are deserving of America's tremendous generosity."Cuccinelli said that he expects the rule to help "speed the process along" of vetting asylum seekers, potentially easing the asylum program's current backlog of over a million cases.Asylum seekers who are currently waiting on their cases in the U.S. but are now ineligible for asylum under the new rule "will be deported" when their cases come up, Cucinelli said.The new rule will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.Last year, the administration attempted to deny asylum to all migrants who failed to enter the U.S. through a legal port of entry but that policy was struck down by more than one federal judge, who said it was “inconsistent with” the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:34:26 -0400
  • Obama to make campaign debut for Biden as election nears news

    Former President Barack Obama will make his first appearance on the campaign trail on Wednesday for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:25:33 -0400
  • 12 Everyday Household Items That Are Worth the Investment

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:31:33 -0400
  • 'They only care about votes': As millions slip into poverty, voting may be the only leverage for a 2nd stimulus check news

    Millions of Americans across the country are fed up with elected officials who haven't worked out a second stimulus bill. As more time passes, Americans don’t care how it gets done; they just want something done.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:39:23 -0400
  • Rudy Giuliani said he released his Hunter Biden story to the New York Post because he knew other outlets would scrutinize it too much news

    Giuliani told The New York Times that he chose the Post because other publications would "spend all the time they could to try to contradict it."

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:20:57 -0400
  • Many killed and wounded in Afghanistan visa stampede news

    Chaos broke out when thousands gathered in a stadium in Afghanistan to apply for visas to Pakistan.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:05:46 -0400
  • 10 residents at a Kansas nursing home died after all 62 living there tested positive for COVID-19 news

    Coronavirus infections in US nursing homes had risen last month even though they were on the decline in late summer.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:39:24 -0400
  • Pieces of Halley’s Comet to bring meteor shower this week. Here’s how you can watch news

    You could see up to 20 meteors per hour if you’re lucky.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:35:06 -0400
  • A jailed Philippine activist is forced to attend her infant's funeral in handcuffs and a hazmat suit news

    The death of Reina Mae Nasino's 3-month-old daughter, River, has sparked an uproar over President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on human rights defenders. The underweight infant was separated from her mother, denying her breast milk that could have prolonged her life.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:00:11 -0400
  • Soldiers 'fired on Nigerians protesting police brutality' in Lagos news

    Soldiers opened fire on Nigerians protesting against police brutality in the Lekki district of the commercial capital Lagos on Tuesday, striking at least two people, four witnesses told Reuters. Thousands of Nigerians have demonstrated nationwide every day for nearly two weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), that rights groups had for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders. The unit was disbanded on Oct. 11 but the protests have persisted with demonstrators calling for a raft of law enforcement reforms. "They started firing ammunition toward the crowd. They were firing into the crowd," said Alfred Ononugbo, 55, a security officer. "I saw the bullet hit one or two persons," he said. The condition of those two people was not immediately known. Amnesty International has said at least 15 people had been killed since the protests began. In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday night in Lekki, an upmarket district where the toll gate has been the site of daily protests in Lagos, Africa's biggest city.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:59:55 -0400
  • Florida company warns employees they might lose jobs if Trump doesn’t win news

    Boss has given hundreds of thousands to Republican political causes

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:52:45 -0400
  • U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska news

    U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian military aircraft in international airspace near Alaska, NORAD said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:52:00 -0400
  • With just days to go in the campaign, Trump knocks environmentally friendly toilets news

    In a lengthy digression during his rally in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday, President Trump claimed that Americans have to “flush their toilet 15 times” due to restrictions on water usage.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 14:32:13 -0400
  • Joe Biden supporter who was installing BLM sign arrested for allegedly shooting at passing Trump supporter and son news

    Neighbours said the political signs supporting Democrats had been previously pulled down on multiple occasions

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:12:36 -0400
  • A simulation of coronavirus spread in a classroom found kids in the back corners were safest. Here's why. news

    In a simulation of coronavirus spread in a classroom, students seated in the back corners of the room were safest.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:25:00 -0400
  • Human remains were found by researchers in a dig searching for victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre news

    An estimated 150 to 300 people, who were mostly Black, were killed in the Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred from May 31, 1921 to June 1, 1921.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:56:22 -0400
  • Cyprus, Greece, Egypt to Turkey: drop the rancor, join us news

    The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece on Wednesday renewed an invitation to Turkey to become a partner in reaping the potential benefits of offshore gas deposits, while urging Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has also sent drilling ships where Cyprus says it has exclusive economic rights.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:54:28 -0400
  • Former Mexican defense minister ordered held in U.S. jail without bond news

    Mexico's former defense minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, was ordered held in U.S. custody without bail on Tuesday, pending his trial on drug trafficking charges in a case that could have far-reaching implications for U.S. and Mexican anti-cartel strategy. A U.S. magistrate judge also ordered Cienfuegos, 72, sent to New York to stand trial. Cienfuegos was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last week.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:03:05 -0400
  • OxyContin maker agrees to plead guilty to federal criminal charges in $8 billion settlement news

    Purdue Pharma, the company whose OxyContin painkiller that drove a nationwide opioid epidemic, has agreed to a settlement including $8 billion fines.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:56:44 -0400
  • As wildfires explode in the West, Forest Service can't afford prevention efforts news

    President Trump has repeatedly said that 'forest management' is the key to preventing out-of-control wildfires. Yet across the West, the government has put on hold millions of acres worth of projects to reduce fire risk.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:29:22 -0400
  • A night of flirting at a Broward casino leads to man being drugged, robbed, deputies said news

    What started out as an evening of flirting with a woman at a Broward casino ended with him being drugged and robbed, deputies said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:09:32 -0400
  • Letters to the Editor: It's time for Anthony Fauci to say what he really thinks about Trump news

    Dr. Anthony Fauci has given his honest medical opinion throughout the pandemic, and Trump denigrates him.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:21:01 -0400
  • Biden calls for violence to end in Nigeria after SARS fires at protesters news

    The U.S. must support Nigerians ‘peacefully demonstrating for police reform,’ Biden said. The unrest in the African nation of Nigeria is getting international attention. Witnesses have claimed on social media that military security forces fired on the hundreds of people who were peacefully protesting at a toll gate.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:42:32 -0400
  • Hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels ‘target’ Galapagos Islands news

    Huge fleet evaded trackers on edge of protected zone

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:52:08 -0400
  • The 2021 IKEA Catalog Is Finally Here!

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:31:03 -0400
  • 3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shooting news

    A shooting in a Texas club left three dead and a fourth critically injured, police said, hours after another incident in which an officer was shot dead.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:24:26 -0400
  • Aeroflot Airlines crew members suspected of helping smuggle $50 million worth of stolen iPads, iPhones, and more into Russia news

    The US State Department has revoked 113 visas of Aeroflot employees in connection to the smuggling allegations.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:16:21 -0400
  • Vatican number two says deal with China on appointment of bishops will be renewed news

    Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Wednesday that a controversial deal with Beijing on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in China would be renewed. Asked by reporters on the sidelines of an event at a Rome university if it was a done deal, Parolin said: "Yes, I can anticipate to you that all will go well ... I'll leave you with a positive signal." The accord with Beijing gives the pope final say over the appointment of Chinese bishops and the government allows all of them, including those hailing from a state-backed Church, to recognise the pope's authority.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:50:08 -0400
  • Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election news

    Trump won the presidency in 2016 despite Clinton receiving almost 3m more votes, all because of the electoral college. How does the system work? Who elects the US president?When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state.Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state’s Senate seats. Washington DC is also assigned three electoral votes, despite having no voting representation in Congress. A majority of 270 of these votes is needed to win the presidency.The process of nominating electors varies by state and by party, but is generally done one of two ways. Ahead of the election, political parties either choose electors at their national conventions, or they are voted for by the party’s central committee.The electoral college nearly always operates with a winner-takes-all system, in which the candidate with the highest number of votes in a state claims all of that state’s electoral votes. For example, in 2016, Trump beat Clinton in Florida by a margin of just 2.2%, but that meant he claimed all 29 of Florida’s crucial electoral votes.Such small margins in a handful of key swing states meant that, regardless of Clinton’s national vote lead, Trump was able to clinch victory in several swing states and therefore win more electoral college votes. Biden could face the same hurdle in November, meaning he will need to focus his attention on a handful of battleground states to win the presidency.A chart showing electoral college votes by state The unequal distribution of electoral votesWhile the number of electoral votes a state is assigned somewhat reflects its population, the minimum of three votes per state means that the relative value of electoral votes varies across America.The least populous states like North and South Dakota and the smaller states of New England are overrepresented because of the required minimum of three electoral votes. Meanwhile, the states with the most people – California, Texas and Florida – are underrepresented in the electoral college.Wyoming has one electoral college vote for every 193,000 people, compared with California’s rate of one electoral vote per 718,000 people. This means that each electoral vote in California represents over three times as many people as one in Wyoming. These disparities are repeated across the country. A visual of population per electoral vote by state Who does it favour?Experts have warned that, after returning two presidents that got fewer votes than their opponents since 2000, the electoral college is flawed.In 2000, Al Gore won over half a million more votes than Bush, yet Bush became president after winning Florida by just 537 votes. In all, the US has had five presidents who lost the overall popular vote but won the election.A chart showing recent election outcomes by popular vote and electoral college marginsProfessor George Edwards III, at Texas A&M University, said: “The electoral college violates the core tenet of democracy, that all votes count equally and allows the candidate finishing second to win the election. Why hold an election if we do not care who received the most votes?“At the moment, the electoral college favours Republicans because of the way Republican votes are distributed across the country. They are more likely to occur in states that are closely divided between the parties.”Under the winner-takes-all system, the margin of victory in a state becomes irrelevant. In 2016, Clinton’s substantial margins in states such as California and New York failed to earn her enough electoral votes, while close races in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan took Trump over the 270 majority.A visual showing margins and electoral votes by state gained by Trump and Clinton in 2016As candidates easily win the electoral votes of their solid states, the election plays out in a handful of key battlegrounds. In 2016, Trump won six such states - Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – adding 99 electoral votes to his total.The demographics of these states differ from the national average. They are older, have more white voters without college degrees, and often have smaller non-white populations. These characteristics generally favour Republicans, and made up the base of Trump’s votes in 2016.For example, 67% of non-college-educated white people voted for Trump in 2016. In all six swing states, this demographic is overrepresented by at least six percentage points more than the national average.default The alternativesSeveral alternative systems for electing the president have been proposed and grown in favour, as many seek to change or abolish the electoral college.Two states – Maine and Nebraska – already use a different method of assigning their electoral college votes. The two “Senate” votes go to the state-wide popular vote winner, but the remaining district votes are awarded to the winner of that district. However, implementing this congressional district method across the country could result in greater bias than the current system. The popular vote winner could still lose the election, and the distribution of voters would still strongly favour Republicans.The National Popular Vote Compact (NPVC) is another option, in which each state would award all of its electoral college votes in line with the national popular vote. If enough states signed up to this agreement to reach the 270 majority, the candidate who gained the most votes nationwide would always win the presidency.However, the NPVC has more practical issues. Professor Norman Williams, from Willamette University, questioned how a nationwide recount would be carried out under the NPVC, and said that partisanship highlighted its major flaws. Only Democratic states are currently signed up, but support could simply switch in the future if a Republican candidate faces winning the popular vote but not the presidency.The NPVC is a solution that would elect the president with the most votes without the difficulty of abolishing the electoral college that is enshrined in the constitution.The current system is also vulnerable to distorted outcomes through actions such as gerrymandering. This practice involves precisely redrawing the borders of districts to concentrate support in favour of a party. The result being abnormally shaped districts that disenfranchise certain groups of voters. Today, an amendment that would replace the college with a direct national popular vote is seen by many as the fairest electoral system.According to Professor Edwards III, “There is only one appropriate way to elect the president: add up all the votes and declare the candidate receiving the most votes the winner.”default

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:42:36 -0400
  • 9 people die after getting flu shot in S. Korea, but authorities find no link news

    Nine people have died after getting flu shots in South Korea in the past week, raising concerns over the vaccine's safety just as the seasonal inoculation program is expanded to head off potential COVID-19 complications.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:56:58 -0400
  • President curses and rages at coronavirus coverage during crowded rally news

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:52:06 -0400
  • Fact check: Biden voted to tax Social Security, wants to reform retirement benefits news

    As a senator, Joe Biden voted to tax Social Security benefits. As a presidential hopeful, he does not propose taxing property or retirement accounts.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:03:45 -0400
  • Unmasked man in Washington grocery store speaks out after video goes viral news

    In the viral video, an employee confronts Scott, who said his medical condition prevents him from wearing a mask.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:39:53 -0400
  • These men tried to break into two homes within minutes. Here’s what it looked like news

    The Broward Sheriff’s Office released video on Tuesday of two men they say tried to pull two burglaries from homes within minutes of one another.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:36:46 -0400
  • The Air Force Plans to Retrain Weapons System Officers to Be B-21 Bomber Pilots

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:07:28 -0400
  • A teacher called 911 after a man broke into the house of two students during a remote class news

    Two of her students, teenage siblings, didn't log off at the end of class as they normally did. Then they called for help.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:57:17 -0400
  • A US lab used rockets to launch a semi-truck into a new tractor trailer built to transport nuclear weapons news

    "You've got to be able to ship nuclear assets safely and securely or you don't have a deterrence program," a lab project manager said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:53:25 -0400
  • Utah's Democratic and Republican candidates for governor release joint ad urging civility and a fair election news

    Utah's candidates for governor just made history in a very unexpected way.While Democrat Chris Peterson and Republican Spencer Cox would both like to win the gubernatorial election in just two weeks, they'd also like Utahns to accept the results of the presidential race no matter the outcome. So they banded together for an ad released Tuesday encouraging just that.In what could be the first time two opposing candidates appeared in one ad so close to the election, Cox acknowledged the candidates are in the "final days of campaigning against each other." "But our common values transcend our political differences," Peterson added, namely their belief that "whether you vote by mail or in person, we will both fully support the results of the upcoming presidential election regardless of the outcome.""We are both committed to American civility and a peaceful transition of power," Cox added, and Peterson then encouraged Utah to "be an example to the nation."> Today @SpencerJCox and I are releasing joint public service ads on civility in politics. Working together and the peaceful transfer of power are integral to what it means to be American. Let's reforge our national commitment to decency and democracy. utpol standunited> > — Peterson for Utah (@PetersonUtah) October 20, 2020Cox and Peterson's ad comes as President Trump has repeatedly refused to confirm he'll accept the results of the election if he loses to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.More stories from Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:09:00 -0400
  • Exclusive: Australian writer detained in Beijing told supporter he was a former Chinese spy

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    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 01:31:45 -0400
  • Ivanka Trump mocked for saying she's been using pandemic to learn guitar, as eight million fall into poverty news

    ‘Lucky she doesn’t have to worry about rent or food,’ says one Twitter user

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:54:19 -0400
  • More than 50 former intel officials signed a public letter saying they believe the Hunter Biden story has 'all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation' news

    The former intel officials wrote they believed the arrival of emails to the New York Post, which they dubbed a "laptop op," was a cause for suspicion.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 01:54:38 -0400
  • ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris was warned before child porn arrest by the owner of a gym featured on ‘AGT,’ lawsuit claims news

    Cheer Athletics co-owner Angela Rogers warned 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris about a possible investigation into his conduct, according to a lawsuit.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:18:12 -0400
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