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Pennsylvania teen fatally shot while watching sunset in park with girlfriend, authorities say
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:52:25 -0400
Jason Kutt, the 18-year-old shot at Nockamixon State Park Saturday died from injuries, according to his family.


Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl Indicted AGAIN Over Voter Intimidation
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:07:53 -0400
Conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman have been indicted in Ohio, once more over a racist robocall aimed at minority voters.Wohl and Burkman, who rose to some level of infamy online for blundering attempts to manufacture sexual assaults allegations against Democratic politicians and other Trump foes, have each been charged in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County with eight counts of telecommunications fraud and seven counts of bribery, a charge that includes attempts to convince people not to cast ballots. The indictment only adds to the growing mountain of criminal and civil problems facing the notorious pro-Trump pair.In late August, a robocall that claimed to come from Wohl and Burkman warned voters not to use mail-in ballots, falsely claiming that the ballot information would be used to enforce vaccine mandates and collect on credit card debts. In the call, which was sent to 67,000 voters in the Midwest, according to prosecutors, a Black woman warned potential voters not to send in mail-in ballots or risk being fooled by “the man.”“The right to vote is the most fundamental component of our nation’s democracy,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said in a statement. “These individuals clearly infringed upon that right in a blatant attempt to suppress votes and undermine the integrity of this election These actions will not be tolerated.”> Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl have been indicted in Ohio over an alleged robo-call operation targeting Black voters in Cleveland and East Cleveland, according to a news release from the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. pic.twitter.com/OOnfJ9dbQ2> > — Nick Castele (@NickCastele) October 27, 2020Michigan’s attorney general charged Wohl and Burkman in a separate case on Oct. 1 for the same robocall, which was also sent to voters in that state. They have also been sued in New York in a civil lawsuit by people who received the call.Wohl, 22, and Burkman, 54, didn’t respond to an immediate request for comment.The pair have claimed they didn’t arrange the robocall. In the Michigan case, however, prosecutors intend to call as a witness the owner of a robocall company who prosecutors say will testify that his company was used by Burkman and Wohl to send the robocalls. Michigan prosecutors have also claimed they have an email from Wohl arranging the robocall’s scripts.Wohl is also facing felony charges in California over alleged violations of securities laws. The FBI is investigating the pair over the leak of juror questionnaires in the trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone, according to sealed court documents obtained by The Daily Beast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Judge rejects Trump request to be replaced in columnist's defamation lawsuit
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:34:08 -0400
A federal judge on Tuesday denied President Trump's request that he be replaced as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.


Head of Virginia military academy resigns amid report of racist culture
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:41:55 -0400
J. H. Binford Peay III, who had been the institute's superintendent for 17 years, told its board he was stepping down after learning on Friday that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and "certain legislative leaders had lost confidence in my leadership ... and desired my resignation." "You have profoundly changed our school for the better," John William Boland, president of the school's Board of Visitors, said in a letter to Peay. Last week, Northam and several top elected officials and lawmakers wrote to the board to express concern "about the clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism" at the college.


Armed villagers guard strategic gateway to Nagorno-Karabakh
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 09:51:11 -0400
Wearing camouflage and holding Kalashnikov rifles, volunteer villagers patrol a winding river in a Nagorno-Karabakh valley, defending a strategic area between the disputed region's capital and Armenia.


Ted Cruz says the swelling national debt will re-emerge as a major concern for Republicans
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:42:27 -0400
Under Trump, Republicans drove up the deficit with tax cuts and spending increases. They are reluctant to back another large coronavirus relief bill.


100,000 people ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in Irvine, California
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:00:48 -0400
At least 60,000 people had already evacuated as of Monday evening, according to the city of Irvine.


Here’s why Miami shark researchers are concerned about a potential COVID-19 vaccine
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:00:00 -0400
Science’s steady march to find a vaccine capable of ending the coronavirus pandemic may come at the expense of another species: sharks.


As Trump says news about COVID should be illegal, WH chief of staff says goal is to 'defeat' virus, not 'control' it
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:42:43 -0400
While President Trump’s chief of staff on Monday attempted to clarify the assertion that the United States is “not going to control” the coronavirus crisis, the president himself complained that the media is too focused on the pandemic.


Kamala Harris fever is gripping India – but not everyone is convinced
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:01:35 -0400
Her comments on Kashmir and her own mixed heritage might be controversial in India, but seeing a first Indian-American in the White House would still be a source of pride pride for many, Stuti Mishra reports from Delhi


30 Philadelphia officers injured, one run over by truck, in protests after police fatally shoot Black man
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:41:30 -0400
Dozens of police officers were injured and more than 30 people were arrested during protests in Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, Jr.


18-year-old freshman at University of Dayton apparently dies from Covid-19
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:01:00 -0400
Michael Lang, 18, died on Thursday “apparently due to complications from" coronavirus after a long hospitalization, officials at the Ohio school said.


Venezuela's Guaido denounces forced disappearance of party coordinator
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:33:27 -0400
Venezuela's Juan Guaido on Tuesday accused the government of illegally detaining an opposition activist, blaming it for what he called the forced disappearance of Roland Carreno of the Popular Will party. Carreno was approached on Monday afternoon by unidentified people in vehicles without license plates, Popular Will said on Twitter. "We alert the world about his forced disappearance and we hold the dictatorship responsible for his physical and mental integrity."


'Murder hornet': First nest found in US eradicated with vacuum hose
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:59:44 -0400
The Asian giant hornets can wipe out a colony of honeybees in hours.


White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Is Now Formally Moonlighting as a Trump Campaign Aide
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:56:46 -0400
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appears to have taken on a new gig. In addition to her role as a government employee, she’s now serving as a senior aide on her boss’s reelection campaign.In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday morning, McEnany was introduced as “Trump 2020 senior advisor and White House press secretary.” A few hours later, Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney introduced McEnany by saying she is “serving now as advisor for the Trump campaign."McEnany’s dual roles for the White House and the Trump reelection campaign immediately set off alarm bells among good government advocates, who said they represent yet another instance of the often blurry lines between the Trump administration and the president’s political operation.“This looks like the latest example of Trump administration officials bending and breaking ethics laws and norms,” said Paul Seamus Ryan, the vice president of litigation for the group Common Cause. “This is unfortunately par for the course for this administration.”Now Kayleigh McEnany Has COVID, Making a Dozen From Rose Garden CeremonyA White House spokesperson said McEnany was not representing the White House during her Fox appearances on Tuesday.“Kayleigh was appearing in her personal capacity as a private citizen,” the spokesperson said.A spokesperson for the Trump campaign confirmed that McEnany is an unpaid advisor, and also said she was appearing on Fox on Tuesday in a personal capacity. The spokesperson said that cable news shows on which she appears “have been instructed not to refer to her with her White House title,” notwithstanding the Fox & Friends introduction on Tuesday that included both her campaign and White House titles.While most of McEnany’s two Fox hits on Tuesday concerned the status of the Trump campaign and the 2020 race, she also weighed in on official administration policy on issues such as COVID relief negotiations with congressional Democrats.“The chances [for a deal] are slim when you have someone like Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House,” McEnany told Varney. “If we’re providing stimulus relief for the American people, it should be just that, for American people, for United States citizens, not a wish-list from the liberal left,” McEnany told Varney.Speaking in front of a backdrop that featured both the White House and the Trump campaign logo, McEnany also rattled off a series of policy proposals that “we offered” in those negotiations.Fox News Reporter Explodes Over Kayleigh McEnany: ‘Stop Blaming the Media, I’m Tired of It!’It’s that sort of blurry line between White House and campaign messaging, and the prospect that taxpayer resources could continue bolstering the president’s reelection effort, that concerns Ryan.“This excerpt is McEnany commenting on federal government policy currently being negotiated by the Trump administration with Congress. This is McEnany doing the work of a [White House] Press Secretary,” he said. “It's permissible for someone who works in the White House to also do campaign work. They just can't mix the two. They can’t try to do the two things simultaneously.”Ryan compared the situation to controversy over illicit politicking by former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who used her official Twitter account to share political messages, leading the Office of Special Counsel to recommend her removal over violations of the Hatch Act, which bars the use of taxpayer resources for partisan purposes.Conway brushed off the recriminations with a simple statement: “Blah blah blah.”The Trump White House, and the president himself, have reveled in the frequent criticism they get over their unprecedented uses of taxpayer resources in the service of the president’s reelection. After coming under fire for putting on a political nominating convention on the White House grounds in August, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted: “Liberals are more upset about the use of government buildings than they ever were about the use of the FBI to target political opponents.”McEnany’s Fox appearances on Tuesday came about two months after White House attorneys waived ethics rules so that she could meet in her capacity as a government official with employees of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, both of which previously employed her.The waiver memo is undated, but metadata in the file posted to the White House website indicates it was created on August 26. That was the day of McEnany’s speech at the Republican National Convention. She also spoke at a Trump campaign rally this month.The White House has also waived ethics rules for another staffer, director of advance Bobby Peede, to permit communications with the Trump campaign. According to Federal Election Commission records, the Trump re-elect has made regular payments from December 2019 through early this month to the firm Event Strategies, where Peede served as a partner prior to joining the White House.The largest of those payments, for nearly $100,000, came on August 24, two days before Peede’s waiver memo was created.\-- With reporting by Justin BaragonaKayleigh McEnany Grilled on Trump’s Sudden Embrace of Mail-In VotingRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


'We want to see it happen': New Yorkers spent hours waiting in the rain to vote early and make a statement
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:45:20 -0400
A common sentiment among voters in Brooklyn was a skepticism around how well the Postal Service and local government could handle voting by mail.


Hurricane Zeta hits Mexico's Caribbean coast
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:21:27 -0400
Hurricane Zeta slammed into Mexico's Caribbean coast late Monday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the Yucatan Peninsula, where authorities warned residents and tourists to shelter indoors.


Fights Erupt During 'Jews for Trump' Rally in Manhattan
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:54:58 -0400
NEW YORK -- Political tensions over the upcoming presidential election escalated on New York City's streets Sunday, as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with counterprotesters during a day of demonstrations.Eleven people were arrested, police said, during skirmishes between opposing sides in Manhattan, where Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer and the city's former mayor, encountered protesters targeting a caravan of cars organized by a group that identifies itself as Jews for Trump. All have been released except for a 36-year-old man who threw eggs in the faces of two police officers, police said.In one video, Giuliani could be seen in the passenger side of a vehicle with the window rolled down as anti-Trump protesters screamed at him.In an interview, Giuliani said that he had encountered the caravan and the protesters while driving down Fifth Avenue after taping his radio show."I would love to have had a campaign commercial of it and put it on in the middle of America and say, 'Who would you prefer for the next four years?" he said. "This group of foul-mouthed people who don't seem to have a vocabulary beyond three words, or these very nice Jewish people who are driving in the car and not saying anything back and not doing anything other than exercising their right to say they're for Donald Trump."According to the police, the pro-Trump caravan passed through Times Square, where it converged with a group of anti-Trump protesters who had marched from Brooklyn. The cars in the convoy were then blocked by counterprotesters, and some drivers got out of their cars to confront the anti-Trump demonstrators.The two sides hurled political slurs -- calling each other "fascists" and "anarchists"-- traded blows, and fought over the Trump supporters' flags before police broke them apart, according to videos posted online.In some videos, a group of people can be seen yelling expletives and throwing eggs and other projectiles at passing cars flying pro-Trump flags in midtown, while in another, a group of people holding pro-Trump banners march on one side of the street as people across the street yell, "New York hates you."The clashes came as the Police Department was preparing for more possible unrest as Election Day approached, including days or weeks of protests in the aftermath of the vote. Hundreds of police officers have been assigned to polling stations for both early voting and Election Day, with thousands more on standby for protests.Top police officials have stressed the need for officers to remain neutral, despite their unions' open embrace of Trump. But officials said an officer crossed the line late Saturday, when he used a police loudspeaker to voice support for the president while arguing with a man on the street in Flatbush, Brooklyn, who called him a "fascist.""Trump 2020," the officer responded. "Put it on YouTube. Put it on Facebook. Trump 2020."The officer, whose name the police withheld, was suspended without pay Sunday after videos of the incident went viral on social media. Department policy prohibits officers from engaging in political activity on duty or in uniform, including endorsing a candidate or party."One hundred percent unacceptable. Period," Commissioner Dermot F. Shea commented on one of the videos of the suspended officer on Twitter. "Law Enforcement must remain apolitical, it is essential in our role to serve ALL New Yorkers regardless of any political beliefs. It is essential for New Yorkers to trust their Police."The Police Benevolent Association, the officer's labor union, declined to comment.It is unclear whether two other officers who were with the suspended officer will face discipline.His suspension is the beginning of a disciplinary process that can take months or even years to play out. But Mayor Bill de Blasio promised quick action."ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences," he wrote on Twitter. "We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated."State Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, expressed concern over the incident, noting that police officers transport ballots from poll sites to the Board of Elections."There must be swift consequences and protections against election interference," he said.Despite the directives from the top, the city's biggest police unions have heartily embraced Trump, whose law and order message resonates with those who feel Democrats have made the city too soft on crime. Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, endorsed the president in a speech before the Republican National Convention. Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, has appeared at the White House and regularly praises Trump in his official messages to officers.The demonstrators detained in Times Square on Sunday afternoon, five men and two women, were expected to be charged with disorderly conduct, police said. Investigators were also looking for at least two people seen throwing projectiles at a pro-Trump caravan as it traveled on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.The caravan, organized by Orthodox Jewish leaders, consisted of dozens of cars and trucks whose participants rode from Brooklyn to Manhattan's Upper East Side on Sunday. Drivers honked their horns and passengers waved American flags.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


60,000 in Southern California to evacuate after wildfire spreads
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:57:22 -0400
A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blaze


'Rescued from this evil': 179 arrested, 45 missing children recovered in Ohio's 'Operation Autumn Hope'
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:38:07 -0400
An operation involving more than 50 law enforcement offices and other agencies led to 179 arrests and the recovery of 45 missing children in Ohio.


Meet the candidates for Joe Biden's presidential inner circle
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:05:31 -0400
If Joe Biden wins the White House this November, the Democratic presidential candidate's aides have privately hinted he plans to build the most diverse Cabinet in American history. Mr Biden is fond of saying the government should "look like the country" it governs, and his team have suggested that several women and people of colour are in line for top posts under a Biden presidency. Given Mr Biden's age – he would be 78 by the time he took office – the Democrat is also under pressure to ensure a younger generation of rising political talent features in his government picks. Mr Biden has promised to be a president for all Americans, vowing to put an end to the country's deeply polarised society. With that in mind, some have suggested Mr Biden may also include moderate Republicans within his administration, particularly those who have endorsed him during the presidential campaign. But if he is to unite his party behind him, he may have to include leading progressive figures like Bernie Sanders within his administration, a move that could turn away moderate conservatives. With so many competing considerations, and the expectation of a historic Cabinet line-up, who is Mr Biden likely to appoint? Here are the runners and riders for some of the key posts.


Turkey's Erdogan says it's time for two-state solution in Cyprus
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:38:35 -0400
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it was time for a realistic proposal about a two-state solution on the divided island of Cyprus to be discussed, and added that the parameters of the current talks were not sustainable. Cyprus was split after a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. The European Union admitted the island into the bloc in 2004, represented by the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government in the south.


Map: State-by-state breakdown of coronavirus travel restrictions
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:34:54 -0400
U.S. states and territories are making new rules for travelers. Find which ones across the United States have implemented travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.


Skull on fireplace mantel identified as man missing since 2012, Tennessee officials say
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:29:57 -0400


People across Italy violently protested new lockdown measures imposed after a spike in COVID-19 cases, setting fires and looting luxury stores
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:01:50 -0400
Protesters clashed with police officers in cities like Turin, Milan, and Naples and in smaller towns. More than two dozen people were arrested.


Hurricane Zeta could hit Louisiana by Thursday. It's the 27th named storm in this hurricane season, nearing the record.
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:58:00 -0400
Only 2005 saw more named storms than 2020. But there's still more than a month left in this year's hurricane season.


2020 polls: The Trump ‘hidden voter’ isn’t a real threat this election - here’s why
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:16:47 -0400
House district-level polling is being closely monitored by experts, as it was the canary in the Trump coal mine in 2016. Thus far, that polling actually predicts an even bigger Biden victory


Viral photo sparks concerns about Indonesia's 'Jurassic Park'
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:52:32 -0400
The viral image has raised questions about the conservation impact on the animal native to Indonesia.


Canadian policeman describes arresting Huawei exec Meng
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:12:57 -0400
A Canadian police officer testified Monday about his arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition warrant, revealing that Washington had requested that data on her phone and laptop be secured so that it could not be "erased remotely."


Young and progressive voters aren’t just ‘settling for Biden’ anymore; they’re going all in
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:05:54 -0400
The general election is a week away, and groups like Settle for Biden hope to be the push that gets young voters and progressives to the polls.


If America had any sense, we would be locking down again now
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:50:01 -0400
Call it what you like — the third wave, the third crest of the first wave, or wave 1(c), but the coronavirus pandemic is once again completely out of control in the United States. Friday, October 23 set a new one-day record with over 85,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections, and the seven-day trend of new cases is accelerating upwards. Most of the Midwest and half of Appalachia are seeing explosive spread, while even formerly successful states like Massachusetts are losing their grip. Multiple states are being forced to open field hospitals or ration care.It is extremely aggravating to remember, but it remains the case that we could at least keep a lid on this thing, and save tens if not hundreds of thousands of lives, by following the same pandemic control strategies experts have been advocating since March. None of that will happen at the federal level until January at the earliest, but individuals, state, and local governments can at least take partial steps to limit the damage.All we need is the same four-part strategy that has been obvious since March. First, the places that are fully in the grips of exponential spread should reimpose a severe lockdown — and I mean the real thing, where people are prohibited from leaving their homes without a pass, which has never happened anywhere in the country. This is the only way to throttle a truly out-of-control outbreak. Second, we build up test-trace-isolate systems where they don't currently exist, or need work (which is most of the country). Third, everyone wears masks when in public and in close proximity to others at all times (ideally N95s or surgical style, but at least a cloth covering). These are probably not strictly necessary when running or biking outside, but they should be mandatory at any public space indoors like a grocery store — as new research demonstrates, they protect other people and the wearers. If you wear a (proper) mask you are less likely to get COVID, and more likely to have a mild case if you do.Finally, the government should keep everyone financially whole with an indefinite economic rescue package. Prevent bars, restaurants, nightclubs, airlines, and other businesses dependent on in-person activities from going bankrupt with subsidies, and protect individuals with super-unemployment, $1,200 checks, and so forth. Just put the in-person economy on ice until the virus is under control, or until there is an effective vaccine that has been delivered everywhere.It's unclear exactly why cases are accelerating now, but probably the weather has a lot to do with it. Contrary to my expectations (at least so far), several wealthy countries in Western Europe that had previously contained the pandemic, like France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, have since lost control. Some are already resorting to a second lockdown. It seems that even in generally well-governed European states, governments were too lax in reopening the economy (especially indoor dining) and reluctant to impose new controls when infections started to rise. As we have seen over and over again, the slightest hesitation can lead to disaster. The virus spreads extremely fast, and contact tracing systems can easily be swamped if there are too many cases to manage, leaving only brute force lockdowns as a last resort, with all their significant drawbacks.As China has demonstrated several times, a hair-trigger aggressive response is far more effective than half-hearted half measures. Every time it has seen a flare-up of the virus, the state has stepped in with gargantuan mass-testing and isolation efforts — testing entire provinces in a matter of days, and throwing any positive cases in mandatory quarantine, as well as strict lockdowns if community spread gets started — to root out and squash the virus. It's a coercive approach, but it gets the bad part over as quickly as possible. As a result, its economy is recovering relatively quickly — while the U.S. and European countries remain in the doldrums, with much of their citizenry still voluntarily avoiding human contact for eight months and counting.Several democratic countries, like Taiwan, New Zealand, and Korea, have also managed to keep the virus contained without such draconian measures. Other European countries that remained cautious, like Norway and Finland, have seen only fairly small spikes so far.Of course, there is no chance whatsoever that any of this will be done in the United States at a federal level, or in most of the states, in the immediate future. President Donald "Superspreader" Trump is outright denying there is any new spike, while Vice President Pence is refusing to isolate despite being exposed, again, to a known COVID-positive person. "We are not going to control the pandemic," admitted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recently. It also appears there is little chance of getting another round of economic rescues through before the election, and none at all between then and January 20, if Biden wins.But we as American citizens can wear masks, and put on our coats to dine outside instead of risking indoor service. States and cities can, where possible, keep up their testing and tracing. Doing what we can to stop the pandemic around our deliberately broken government won't eradicate the virus, but it might still save many lives.More stories from theweek.com Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement The very different emotional lives of Trump and Biden voters Middle-finger voting is driving the entire country mad


Seattle woman still missing three weeks after traveling to Dallas, Texas
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:18:00 -0400
Marisela Botello, 23, was last seen leaving her ex-boyfriend’s house in Dallas, Texas on October 4, 2020. She took a Lyft alone to the entertainment district Deep Ellum. Her family said security video reportedly shows her leaving the Select Start bar at 1 a.m. with an unknown man. Her cell phone and debit card haven’t been used since that night and her other belongings were left behind at her ex-boyfriend’s house where she had been visiting from Seattle for the weekend. She missed her flig


Broward driving school charged $400, gave students test answers so they’d pass, state says
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:42:43 -0400
A Broward driving school can no longer administer driver’s license exams after the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles found it was giving students answers so they’d pass the test.


NASA used a Boeing 747 rigged with a massive telescope to discover water on the moon — take a look at SOFIA
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:00:00 -0400
The former Pan Am Boeing 747SP that took NASA over 10 years to retrofit for space exploration made the finding that will aid humanity's lunar return.


Bitter cold obliterates records in western US as storm dumps snow, ice
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:44:58 -0400
The pandemic has warped many people's perception of time, but some Americans can be excused for double-checking their calendars this week. It seems like Mother Nature has also lost track of time this year. For scores of people living in states across the Rockies and middle of the country, late October is looking more like late January with record-breaking snowfall blanketing states from Montana to New Mexico. According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger, accumulating snowfall was the result of a powerful storm combining with a deep dip in the jet stream October snowfall is fairly typical for most of the region, but the magnitude of the storm system that lunged across the West was "certainly impressive," Deger said. In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, photo released by the U.S. Forest Service shows light snow at Division X of Cameron Peak Fire at the Rocky Mountain Park in Colo. Snow and cold weather on Sunday put a damper on a wildfire that has forced thousands of people to evacuate in northern Colorado and burned part of Rocky Mountain National Park, but fire officials warned it would not be enough to put out the East Troublesome Fire. (U.S. Forest Service via AP) Snowfall totals from the storm ranged from 5 to 25 inches and spanned from Washington down to New Mexico. For some cities, the single storm's snowfall pushed the monthly totals over the edge and led to several broken records. According to the National Weather Service office in Great Falls, Montana, the city shattered its October snowfall record with nearly 28 inches accumulated over the span of only nine days, compared to the record of 18.5 inches set in 1925. Farther east, Minneapolis also broke its October snowfall record of 8.2 inches from 1991, with 9.3 inches having fallen so far this month. Precipitation fell so heavily that more than two dozen airports reported thunder along with falling snow and freezing rain in a three-hour timespan early on Monday, according to AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor Jesse Ferrell. The first measurable snow of the season graces colorful leaves on a tree at peak color, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) On top of the record-breaking snow, many areas felt teeth-chattering cold with temperatures falling well below previous record thresholds. The lowest reading of the weekend came from Potomac, Montana, which dipped all the way down to minus 29 F on Sunday. A photo posted on Twitter by the NWS Missoula office showed the minus 29.2-degree reading on a Nimbus digital thermometer alongside a photo of cattle on a snowy range huddling together looking as though they were attempting to stay warm in that brutally cold air. The sensational photo was shot by Justin Iverson, a third-generation cattle rancher in Potomac who along with his wife owns Iverson Ranch. Iverson, 43, told AccuWeather in an email, "It's rare to have it this cold in October, but we did hit minus 14" last year on Oct. 29. "The combination of 18 inches of snow followed by brutal cold was unprecedented." But, he said, there wasn't "much wind and this weekend was perfectly calm and sunny." He added, "This would have been unimaginably brutal if we had to deal with wind chill as well." A herd of cattle in a snowy field on a ranch in Potomac, Montana, where the temperature plummeted to minus 29.2 degrees F over the weekend. Third-generation cattle rancher Justin Iverson told AccuWeather the historic cold was brutal, but conditions would've been unimaginable in the Blackfoot Valley had there been wind and had the skies not been clear and sunny. (Justin Iverson) As for the cows, Iverson said the temperature often plunges to minus 30 in January and February, and the cattle can handle it. "As long as they have plenty of feed and access to clean water they do fine," he said. But the snow that came in before the Arctic air meant the cattle were forced to make some changes to their routine. "This time of year our cows are usually out grazing the hay meadows, but the snow limited access to the grass so we've been feeding alfalfa hay for the last few days and hope to thaw out and get back to grazing," Iverson said. There was a slew of breathtaking low temperatures recorded around the state. Also in Montana, a record-low temperature of 5 F was recorded in Billings on Sunday, breaking the previous daily record of 18 F from 1997 in the city. The mercury in Glasgow, Montana, plummeted to minus 2 F on Monday morning, shattering the old daily record low of 2 F set in 1919. West Yellowstone also plunged to minus 22 F on Monday morning, obliterating the old daily record low of minus 4 F from 1997. "It's not normal to set this many records in this short of a time - and monumental records," Corby Dickerson, a meteorologist in the NWS Missoula office told AccuWeather. Dickerson has been working as a meteorologist at the NWS for 15 years and described the historic cold snap as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for a forecaster given how early this type of extreme cold swept in. Perhaps, as the NWS Great Falls put it, the "winner" was Bozeman, Montana, which saw the biggest departure from its daily record. Bozeman, which The Washington Post reported has seen an influx of people relocating there from big cities during the pandemic, reached a low of minus 20 F, some 31 degrees below its previous record low of 11. However, the early-season low temperatures and snowfall were made all the more dramatic by a yo-yoing effect, not all too unfamiliar for the Front Range of the Rockies. In Denver, for example, the temperature topped out at 78 degrees last Wednesday and will plunge to Monday's forecast low of 3 F. By Friday, temperatures in the city are forecast to jump back up into the low 60s. "Since it is still October, which is considered a transition month, it is not unusual to see such a dramatic swing in temperature in such a short amount of time for this part of the country," Deger said, adding that the temperature fluctuations are certainly pushing the boundaries for what is considered normal. AccuWeather Meteorologist Maxwell Gawryla added that before the late-week rebound, however, more low-temperature records may continue falling across areas such as Denver as the cold air makes its way southward along the Rockies. Through Wednesday morning, 1 to 3 inches of snow are possible in areas from northern New Mexico to Iowa. In areas of higher elevation in central Colorado and Nebraska, those totals could even climb to 12 inches. Wichita, Kansas, recorded a daily record snowfall of 1.3 inches on Monday, beating out the old daily record of 0.5 of an inch set all the way back in 1913. The accumulation of snow was also the most snow the city has ever picked up this early in the season, according to the National Weather Service. Farther south, falling temperatures could present a significant, long-lasting ice potential across the southern Plains. Minnesota fans watch the team play Michigan while social distancing and bundled up against the cold at an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Minneapolis. Michigan won 49-24. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) "As temperatures plummet from the southern Texas Panhandle into southeastern Missouri, there is potential for up to half an inch of ice accumulation with freezing rain and sleet [through Wednesday morning]," Gawryla said. "Even a thin coating of ice can cause major disruptions and pose a dangerous threat to any travel." The most significant ice accumulations have been observed in central Oklahoma. By midday Tuesday, over 0.5 of an inch of ice was measured in Yukon, Oklahoma, located just northwest of Oklahoma City. Ice built up on trees that had yet to shed their leaves, weighing down branches and causing limbs to snap, including in downtown Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma. In some instances, the branches brought down power lines as they fell to the ground. Tree branches snapped under the weight of ice in Norman, Oklahoma, on Oct. 27, 2020. (Twitter/ @ohheyitssteph) The ice in Oklahoma led to over 300,000 power outages on Tuesday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us. Another 10,000 were without power in Texas in areas where freezing rain accumulated. Power outages may continue to rise before the winterlike storm departs the region. For those residents accustomed to typically warm autumn conditions in the southern Plains, temperatures should return to normal by the end of the week. "Fortunately, following this big storm and cold blast, and the several smaller ones that preceded it last week, it appears the pattern will change to a drier, gradually warmer one across much of the Rockies and Plains as we head through the middle and end of this week," Deger said. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.


Trump planning to axe top security chiefs in White House shake-up if re-elected — report
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 05:43:07 -0400
President reportedly planning clearout of officials seen as disloyal to his administration


Russian leader Putin rejects Trump’s claims about Hunter Biden
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:24:05 -0400
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential campaign.


How the name 'Karen' became a stand-in for problematic white women and a hugely popular meme
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:43:00 -0400
The "Karen" meme depicting women who ask to "speak to the manager" has become nearly ubiquitous online. Here is the meme's history and origin.


Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:39:35 -0400
Vietnam scrambled Tuesday to evacuate more than a million people in its central lowlands as a strong typhoon approached while some regions are still dealing with the aftermath of recent killer floods, state media said. Typhoon Molave is forecast to slam into Vietnam’s south central coast with sustained winds of up to 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour on Wednesday morning, according to the official Vietnam News Agency. The typhoon left at least 3 people dead and 13 missing and displaced more than 120,000 villagers in the Philippines before blowing toward Vietnam.


Teacher's elevator death blamed on human error
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 06:27:27 -0400
Officers found 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor in the elevator on September 14.


Coronavirus in the U.S. is spreading like 'wildfire,' epidemiologist says
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:56:00 -0400
"The U.S. is now seeing a pretty widespread transmission across the board,” said William Hanage, an associate professor of epidemiology.


Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:15:34 -0400
A Philippine police officer was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight after a rooster's blade sliced his femoral artery, an official said Tuesday.


The dark secret at the core of the yachting industry: 15 current and former crew members describe what it's really like to work on a superyacht, from bullying to sexual harassment
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:29:00 -0400
In conversations with Business Insider, yacht crew members described an endless cycle of abuse on board and having nowhere to turn for help.


In pictures: Evacuations as two wildfires rage in California
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:39:28 -0400
Mass evacuation orders are in place as two fast-moving fires engulf thousands of acres near Los Angeles.


Are polls of the presidential race reliable this time?
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:05:56 -0400
President Trump's surprise victory in 2016 has made voters wary of trusting polls of this year's race. Will 2020 polls prove more accurate than they were four years ago?


German embassy in Bangkok becomes flashpoint as demonstrators pressure Berlin on Thai king's legal status
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:41:06 -0400
The German embassy in Bangkok became a new focal point of Thailand’s months-long pro-democracy rallies on Monday as thousands marched on the building to petition Berlin to investigate the Thai king’s use of his powers while residing in Bavaria. Since 2007, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended to the throne in 2016, has spent long periods of time in southern Germany. But his extended presence on German soil has become a diplomatic headache for Berlin during Thailand’s nationwide rallies, where some protest leaders have made bold demands for the monarchy to be reformed – long a taboo subject in the Southeast Asian nation because of strict lese majeste laws. In Germany, Heiko Maas, the foreign minister warned the king against using the country as a base to conduct Thai politics. “We are monitoring this long-term,” Mr Maas said. “It will have immediate consequences if there are things that we assess to be illegal.” His comments came as the embassy’s premises in central Bangkok turned into a potential flashpoint between rival protest groups on Monday.


Cristiano Ronaldo can eat 6 meals and take 5 naps in 'a typical day' — Here's what his routine looks like
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:27:27 -0400
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner often eats breakfast, a snack, two lunches, and two dinners of low-fat, high-protein foods — with naps in between.


Police: Virginia man found in car trunk after crash in Miami
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:07:50 -0400


Fort Sill Just Became the First Training Base to Get the New Army Greens Uniform
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:26:03 -0400