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  • SCOTUS mail-in voting ruling raises alarm: Democrats may “never win another national election" news

    Democrats scored a big win in a Pennsylvania mail-in voting case, but the victory "may only last a matter of days"

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:15:25 -0400
  • Vanessa Guillén, Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died 'in the line of duty,' Army says news

    Guillén's family will receive Army benefits, such as allowances, compensation for expenses, life insurance and a funeral with full military honors.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:30:23 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • GOP senator who mocked Kamala Harris once asked Black supporter about Perdue chicken and Herman Cain news

    Republican Sen. David Perdue is not part of the family who owns Perdue Farms

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 05:00:01 -0400
  • Dr. Birx reportedly asked Pence to remove COVID-19 adviser pushing 'junk science' news

    Dr. Deborah Birx has reportedly been trying to get controversial adviser Dr. Scott Atlas removed from the White House coronavirus task force.A new report in The Washington Post describes the "discord on the coronavirus task force" that has reportedly "worsened" ever since the arrival of Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has no background in epidemiology. Atlas has reportedly "succeeded in largely sidelining" other doctors on the White House coronavirus task force, has challenged analysis from Birx and others with what experts have dismissed as "junk science," and is seen by colleagues as "ill-informed, manipulative and at times dishonest."Birx, who serves as the task force's response coordinator, recently confronted Vice President Mike Pence about Atlas, telling his office he should be removed from the task force and that she "does not trust" him nor does she believe "he is giving Trump sound advice," the Post also reports. Her effort was evidently unsuccessful, and Pence reportedly "did not take sides" in the conflict.The report also describes how Atlas has baselessly claimed to the task force that the United States is close to achieving herd immunity, an idea scientists have rejected, and that all coronavirus restrictions should be lifted. This, the Post says, led Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to demand he produce data to support his claims during a "fierce debate." Atlas over the weekend also falsely claimed that masks don't work in fighting COVID-19, leading Twitter to remove the post."These days, the task force is dormant relative to its robust activity earlier in the pandemic," the Post writes. "Fauci, Birx, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and other members have confided in others that they are dispirited." Read more at The Washington Post. More stories from Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:02:22 -0400
  • U.S. spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rubble grab news

    A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid on Tuesday and momentarily touched the surface to collect cosmic rubble for return to Earth.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:15:07 -0400
  • An idle Venezuelan tanker with millions of gallons of oil is creating panic in Trinidad news

    More than 20 months after a Venezuelan oil tanker carrying nearly 55 million gallons of crude oil was abandoned off the country’s northern coast following tightened U.S. sanctions, inspectors from neighboring Trinidad and Tobago will finally get a chance to see for themselves if the idle vessel’s cargo could lead to a major ecological disaster off the Caribbean coast of South America.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:23:29 -0400
  • With older poll workers sidelined, young Americans step up

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:42:28 -0400
  • Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in Atlantic, expected to reach hurricane strength this week news

    Tropical Storm Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by early Thursday. It is the 26th tropical storm in this historic season.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:52:41 -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
  • Biden's K-shaped tax plan: Earners under $400,000 could see tax cuts, but rates could spike to as high as 62% for richer Californians and New Yorkers news

    "The all-in federal rates would be the highest since 1981," according to a new study from the Tax Foundation.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:14:03 -0400
  • 12 Everyday Household Items That Are Worth the Investment

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:31:33 -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
  • Supreme Court justices chastise Vermont on the limits of police power in 'deer jacking' case news

    Vermont's high court ruled that game wardens had a legal right to wander around the land of a homeowner suspected of illegally hunting deer at night.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:40:00 -0400
  • California's feared surge of virus cases hasn't happened news

    Near the end of September, with coronavirus cases falling and more schools and businesses reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration urged restraint, citing a statistical model that predicted a startling 89% increase in virus hospitalizations in the next month. Instead, state data shows hospitalizations have fallen by about 15% since that warning while the weekly average number of new cases continues to decline even as other more populous states like Florida, Ohio and Illinois see increases. California's good news isn't enough to change what Newsom calls his “slow” and “stubborn” approach to reopening the world's fifth-largest economy.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:43:05 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The 2021 IKEA Catalog Is Finally Here!

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:31:03 -0400
  • Fact check: In 1973, Biden said 'the two-party system' was 'good for the negro' news

    A meme claims Joe Biden said "I know what is good for the negro" in 1973. In fact, he said he thought "the two-party system" was "good for the negro."

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:55:29 -0400
  • Chipotle is killing one of customers' favorite ways to get free food news

    The era of the free Chipotle tortilla has come to an end. The chain is now charging $0.25 for a side tortilla.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:37:57 -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
  • Infectious diseases specialist challenges airlines' COVID safety analysis news

    A campaign by coronavirus-stricken aviation giants to persuade the world it's safe to fly has been questioned by one of the scientists whose research it draws upon.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:50:45 -0400
  • TikTok users are super-gluing vampire fangs to their teeth, and struggling to get them off. Dentists are not happy about it. news

    Users are posting videos, yanking furiously on their fangs to try to remove them. Dentists say it could cause permanent damage.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:18:00 -0400
  • Submarine murderer Peter Madsen surrounded by armed officers after escaping Danish prison news

    Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen took a female psychologist hostage and then escaped from prison in Copenhagen on Tuesday, keeping police at bay for nearby two hours after he wore what police feared was an explosives belt strapped around his abdomen. The 49-year-old escaped from Herstedvester prison at around 10am, seizing the woman and brandishing a "pistol-like object". "He used her as a shield to threaten the staff to open the gate. It was very violent and the staff, therefore, chose to back off," Bo Yde Sorensen, Chairman of the Danish Prison Federation, told Ekstra Bladet newspaper. "The weapon was life-like so the prison guards at the gate did not dare take any chances in relation to the hostage, who they judged to be in life danger. He threatened to kill her if they did not open the gate." Madsen, who murdered a Swedish journalist on his submarine in 2017, made it little more than half a mile from the prison gates.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:55:54 -0400
  • Family of Moscow-Born Teen Who Beheaded Teacher Were from Chechnya Where Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Are Demonized news

    MOSCOW—The man known as "Putin’s attack dog" has spent years promoting a violent response to the publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. When a teenager from a Chechen family beheaded a school teacher in France on Friday for sharing these images with his class, Ramzan Kadyrov, the Putin-backed ruler of Chechnya, took to social media to lecture France about its “unacceptable attitude to Islamic values.”Kadyrov has worked hard to make the French controversy a cause célèbre in the Muslim-majority region of Russia. He gathered hundreds of thousands of Chechens for an anti-Charlie Hebdo rally, just a few days after terrorists killed 12 and injured 11 people at the satirical newspaper’s office in January 2015. That was the biggest rally ever seen in the Northern Caucasus. With a white vest on, Kadyrov spoke to a crowd of about a million people, calling on Muslims to rise against those who “deliberately kindle the fire of religious hostility.”When Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons on September 2 to mark the opening of a trial of those involved in the terror attack, Chechnya’s official Instagram account responded with a call in the Chechen language saying, “May the Almighty punish them for their deeds as quickly as possible.” Two days later Chechen Islamic jurist Salakh Mezhiyev condemned the French publication as part of “the West’s well-planned attack against Islam.” A rain of angry statements followed, and Instagram users called to make Charlie Hebdo “burn in hell.”Parents of Student Arrested After Teacher Beheaded for Showing Anti-Muslim CartoonSvetlana Gannushkina, the head of Moscow’s Civic Assistance Committee, said there could be no doubt what the Chechen leader was advocating. “The message Kadyrov has been sending his people is pretty clear, she told The Daily Beast. “He calls for Muslims to take measures against those mocking Muhammad.”The son of a Chechen émigré family in the suburbs of Paris did just that on Friday. A French teacher of geography and history, 47-year old Samuel Paty, was decapitated in the street in the Conflans Saint-Honorine neighborhood by Abdullah Anzorov, 18, about a week after Paty had shown the Muhammed cartoons to his students.Witnesses heard Anzorov yell during the attack, “Allahu Akbar!” The attacker was later shot dead after firing a plastic pellet gun at police. The authorities have arrested at least ten members of Anzorov’s Chechen family.The teenager himself was born in Moscow and only visited Chechnya as a young child, but Grigory Shvedov, editor-in-chief of the Caucasian Knot media site, told The Daily Beast that Kadyrov’s influence stretched well beyond the republic’s borders. “It has to do with so-called ‘Kadyrovtsy,’ they are responsible for spreading intolerance, hatred of critical thinking,” he said. “The murder in France took place after Chechnya’s main mufti condemned Charlie Hebdo.”Kadyrov, whose hardline policies are fully supported by President Vladimir Putin, did condemn the terrorist attack at the end of his social media tirade, but he also doubled down on his criticism of the cartoonists and those who would challenge Islamic fundamentalism. “While speaking out categorically against any manifestation of terrorism,” he wrote. “I also urge not to provoke believers, not to offend their religious feelings.”Kadyrov has been lecturing on public morality and behavior for years. Enjoying Kremlin-backed power in his republic, he forbade smoking and drinking, banned women from entering state buildings without scarves on, and called for a crusade against his own LGBT citizens in order “to purify our blood.”Chechen nationals across the world continue to follow Kadyrov, watching his videos and messages on Telegram and Instagram. His own Instagram account was blocked after U.S. sanctions, but he continues to spread his message via the republic’s official account.Yekaterina Sokirianskaya, the founder of the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Center think tank, has been researching Chechen émigrés in Europe and the U.S. “Many Chechens in the West are shocked, ashamed, they condemned the murderer for spoiling their nation’s reputation,” she said. “As my own research showed, most young Chechen refugees blend in, learn languages, study and work on the West. They have no other home, since returning to Chechnya would be too dangerous for most of them.“Judging by how much Anzorov rushed to photograph his beheaded victim and publish photographs on Twitter, he was prepared for a demonstratively violent act for some time, using the teacher as a pretext.”The shocking photographs were published on Twitter in a post addressed to French President Emmanuel Macron, which read, “I have executed one of your dogs.”Chechnya watchers in Russia believe that many Muslims who oppose Kadyrov’s domestic policy have been seduced by his criticism of Charlie Hebdo and French politicians who support tolerance and freedom of speech. “Kadyrov makes statements about Muslims in Myanmar, Muslims in Palestine, he has ambitions of becoming the leading voice for all Russian Muslims,” Sokirianskaya told The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:15:20 -0400
  • Florida is voting early. Here’s how many Democrats and Republicans are showing up news

    Floridians braved the rain and fears of COVID-19 to head to the polls in record numbers Monday on the first day of early voting, with slightly more Democrats casting ballots in person than Republicans.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:04:25 -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
  • ‘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
  • An unused Carnival cruise ship could soon become a floating office where techies, YouTube influencers, and 'digital nomads' can live and work remotely news

    The cruise ship-turned-office would fit 2,000 people who would have access to fitness classes, a swimming pool, and a 5,000-square-foot theatre.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:37:58 -0400
  • Fox News rejected Hunter Biden exposé; New York Post writer refused to put his name on it: reports news

    The FBI is investigating whether the story is tied to a Russian influence operation, according to multiple reports

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:38:34 -0400
  • President curses and rages at coronavirus coverage during crowded rally news

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:52:06 -0400
  • Japan to export defense tech to Vietnam under new agreement news

    Japan has been pursuing such pacts in recent years to bolster ties with Southeast Asian countries and sustain its own defense industry.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:19:38 -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
  • Taiwan charges Chinese captain over killing of 'Somali pirates' news

    Officials say the Chinese national ordered the killings while captaining a Taiwanese vessel in 2012.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:41:15 -0400
  • Two weeks from Election Day, how do early voting numbers across US compare to 2016? news

    Americans have voted early at a record pace this election, data show.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:12:50 -0400
  • Germany grants asylum to democracy protestor who fled Hong Kong news

    Germany has granted asylum to a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who fled after being arrested in relation to last year’s mass protests. The 22-year-old university student, who has not been named, was held by the Chinese authorities on suspicion of rioting and faced up to ten years in prison. She is the first person to be granted asylum by Germany in connection with the democracy protests which gripped the city for much of 2019. Hong Kong police have arrested more than 10,000 people in connection with ongoing democracy protests in the city, including the elderly and children as young as 12. “I am grateful to the German government for granting me asylum,” the unnamed activist said in a statement released by Haven Assistance , an activist group. She fled to Germany via Taiwan a few days after she was arrested at a protest last November, and did not tell her family. “It felt surreal, and I was very upset that I needed to leave Hong Kong like that as I knew I might never return,” she told Reuters news agency. The Chinese government denounced the decision to grant her asylum, saying that it was “always opposed to foreign interference in China’s internal affairs on the issue of Hong Kong”.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:48:22 -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
  • Watch the US Navy stealth destroyer Zumwalt fire off a missile for the first time news

    USS Zumwalt went years without a working combat system, but now the Navy is starting to put its weapons to the test.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:10:56 -0400
  • McConnell reportedly warned White House against passing stimulus bill before the election news

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reportedly shut down all hope of passing a COVID-19 stimulus bill in the next two weeks.Discussions on the next relief bill have gone on for months with no actual results since the last package — and the boosted unemployment insurance that came with it — expired after July. But despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continuing discussions Tuesday, people familiar with the discussions say McConnell has called the whole thing off, The New York Times reports.Mnuchin and Pelosi have been in talks for weeks, with Pelosi setting Tuesday as a deadline for both sides getting their "terms on the table." Yet negotiations didn't end and Democrats are still trying to get at least $2 trillion in funding from the White House; Mnuchin offered up a $1.8 trillion package on Monday. McConnell meanwhile said Tuesday "if a presidentially supported bill clears the House at some point we'll bring it to the floor." But behind closed doors in a lunch with Senate Republicans, McConnell reportedly said he told the White House not to accept anything until after the election. He wants to ensure that Republicans up for re-election can avoid the "difficult choice of defying the president" by voting against the bill or "alienating their fiscally conservative base" by approving it, the Times reports.President Trump had previously said he was ending the stimulus talks until after the election, only to change his mind just a few days later. McConnell has been trying to pour cold water on the negotiations for weeks.More stories from Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:34:00 -0400
  • Televangelist Pat Robertson predicts Trump win, then chaos, then the end of the world news

    Pat Robertson has made similar predictions about the end of the world before and been wrong. This time, he foresees "some kind of asteroid strike."

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:27:38 -0400
  • China's Sinovac vaccine to be included in Brazil's immunization program, governors say news

    The Brazilian government will include China's Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 in its national immunization program, state governors said on Tuesday after a meeting with the country's health minister, in addition to one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. This means the experimental Chinese vaccine called Coronavac, which Brazil's largest state of Sao Paulo had hoped to provide to its residents, may also be used to vaccinate Brazilians elsewhere, a major success for Sinovac in a nation of 230 million people. The federal government already has plans to purchase the UK vaccine and produce it at its biomedical research center FioCruz in Rio de Janeiro, while the Chinese vaccine is being tested by Sao Paulo state's research center Butantan Institute.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:37:24 -0400
  • Woman rescued in Zion National Park is 'getting her strength back' news

    "She was unable to take more than a step or two without collapsing," the woman's daughter said. "She told me she was so dehydrated she couldn't open her mouth."

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:40:33 -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
  • Texas doesn’t have to tell voters if their mail-in ballots were rejected until after election: court news

    The ruling allows officials to reject ballots over mismatched signatures without allowing voters to correct them

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:54:29 -0400
  • U.S. government tries to block Titanic expedition as archeologists say human remains could exist news

    A plan to retrieve the ocean liner’s radio received pushback as archaeologists say human remains could still be there.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:22:40 -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
  • 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
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