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  • Trump forced to defend Nebraska in contest for single electoral vote news

    With precious few days remaining in the 2020 campaign, President Trump was forced on Tuesday to travel to Nebraska’s Second District to try to fend off a challenge from Joe Biden, who leads in polls tracking the battle for a single electoral vote.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:16:30 -0400
  • Pennsylvania teen fatally shot while watching sunset in park with girlfriend, authorities say news

    Jason Kutt, the 18-year-old shot at Nockamixon State Park Saturday died from injuries, according to his family.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:52:25 -0400
  • Chicago sisters accused of stabbing employee 27 times after being asked to wear a mask news

    Two sisters entered a small shop in Chicago on Sunday when they were approached by a worker who asked them to wear a mask and to use hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 according to Karie James who is a police spokesperson, the Chicago Sun Times reported. The argument escalated and the women Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, are accused of attacking the man. Jessica pulled a knife out of her back pocket and began stabbing the 32-year-old man.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:54:24 -0400
  • Passenger hanging out van window falls and dies after killing bicyclist, Vegas cops say news

    “There’s no reason behind this that I can tell you why it occurred, other than complete stupidity.”

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:40:17 -0400
  • Justice Thomas's wife spreads unfounded Biden claims, asks followers to repost news

    The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 07:24:40 -0400
  • Erdogan vows legal response to Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing him lifting skirt of veiled woman news

    Anger at France deepened in Muslim-majority countries on Wednesday over a Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing Turkey’s president drinking beer while lifting the skirt of a woman wearing a hijab to reveal her naked buttocks. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president, described the cartoonists as “scoundrels” and accused the West of wanting to “relaunch the Crusades”. His office also vowed to take unspecified "legal and diplomatic actions" through the Turkish legal system. His row with France erupted after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a crackdown on Islamists this month, following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Protesters in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu shouted: “Down with France. It insulted our prophet.”

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:56:41 -0400
  • Our Favorite Home Decor Pieces From the Second Annual Etsy Design Awards

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:41:09 -0400
  • Man arrested with two weapons at pro-Trump rally attended by South Dakota governor news

    Governor Noem’s security says she was ‘not in harm’s way’ during incident

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:53:46 -0400
  • Burger King is taking a page out of McDonald's playbook, with Amazon-esque drive-thrus that predict what you want to order news

    A high-tech drive-thru renaissance was already underway before the pandemic made the drive-thru lane even more crucial.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:18:26 -0400
  • Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Despite questions about the 'laptop from hell,' most Americans think the Trumps are more 'corrupt' than the Bidens news

    President Trump has intensified his accusations of wrongdoing by Joe Biden, based on emails supposedly found on a laptop formerly owned by Biden’s son Hunter. But a plurality of voters aren’t buying it — and a majority believe Trump and his family are more “corrupt” than the Bidens.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:53:34 -0400
  • Fighting cock kills police chief in Philippine raid news

    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.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:15:34 -0400
  • 'A big win for justice!': Texas officials scrap rule that would allow social workers to deny LGBTQ, disabled clients news

    After backlash, Texas officials have reversed a rule that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:32:19 -0400
  • Europe's Second Wave of COVID-19 is Being Driven by Two Countries. Here's Why news

    Many countries in Europe are recording more daily COVID-19 cases than the first wave in the spring

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 08:17:48 -0400
  • Cause of Southern California fire that forced thousands to evacuate may be 'lashing wire' news

    The fast-moving Silverado Fire has burned more than 11,000 acres and forced tens of thousands to flee the Irvine area.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:01:00 -0400
  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe told to pack bag for prison over new charge news

    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been summoned to court in Iran and told to pack a bag for prison, as her family called on the British government to urgently change its strategy in securing her release. Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, said she had been told to face an Iranian judge in court next Monday to face a new charge brought against her and that she would be returned to the country's notorious Evin prison. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who holds dual British and Iranian nationality, was detained in Iran in 2016 while visiting her family and convicted on dubious spying charges, as part of an apparent attempt by Iran to use her as a hostage in negotiations with Britain. “Yesterday Nazanin was suddenly told that she will be facing Judge Salavati in Court on Monday November 2. She was told to pack a bag for prison and bring it with her when the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] pick her up, since that is where she will be going after court,” Mr Ratcliffe said in a statement on Wednesday. She had been due to attend a trial in September to face new charges against her, but that hearing was postponed. Mr Ratcliffe added that he recently discussed her case with Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, who is said to have reassured him that diplomatic efforts to free his wife were “ongoing.”

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:34:28 -0400
  • Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ‘More intentionally dishonest than stupid’ news

    Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy and being called out on social media, but this week she was the one taking the offensive against Sunny Hostin for what she believes to be “intentionally dishonest” rhetoric. Hostin, who serves as a co-host and political analyst on The View, slammed the Republican Party on Tuesday for stealing seats from the Democrats and pushing through right-wing judges in their place. “We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades,” Hostin said.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:45:43 -0400
  • ‘White racist cops got my own dad’: Walter Wallace’s young son speaks out news

    An investigation has been opened into the police shooting of Walter Wallace who died in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:17:04 -0400
  • James Comey's wife tried to convince him not to make his surprise October announcement about Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016 news

    Patricia Comey tried to stop her husband from announcing the FBI would reopen its Hillary Clinton email investigation, days before the 2016 election.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:46:33 -0400
  • 'Anonymous' WH official who wrote about officials thwarting Trump reveals himself news

    Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, revealed himself Wednesday as the author of an anonymous 2018 New York Times op-ed that depicted President Trump as a danger to the nation.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:11:00 -0400
  • Fact check: Biden did tell a Detroit worker 'I'm not working for you' during gun rights argument news

    A viral post on social media claims Joe Biden told a factory worker he doesn't work for him. Biden did say that, but the claim is missing context.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:09:42 -0400
  • Pilot killed as Taiwan fighter jet crashes into sea news

    A Taiwanese pilot was killed Thursday after his fighter jet crashed off the island's eastern coast during routine training, the air force said, in the second fatal air crash in three months.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:09:25 -0400
  • Jeff Van Drew, congressman who ditched Democrats for Trump, struggling in reelection race news

    A congressman who switched from the Democratic Party to join Republican ranks is struggling in his ace for reelection.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:03:01 -0400
  • Body of missing hip-hop artist found in trunk after Miami car crash news

    Robert Deupree Avery Coltrain was arrested and charged with illegal transport of human remains and second-degree murder in the death of Brian Trotter.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:17:00 -0400
  • Tourist, 12, and guide lose limbs in shark attack at Sharm El-Sheikh news

    A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide lost a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said on Tuesday. The attack took place on Sunday when two tourists - a mother and her son - and their tour guide were snorkelling in Ras Mohammed national park, the Environment Ministry said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and an initial investigation showed that the attack involved a 2m-long (6-foot) Oceanic Whitetip shark. The ministry did not release details of the injuries, but a statement by Ukraine's State Agency for the Development of Tourism said that the 12-year-old boy was in intensive care, and that surgery had failed to save his arm. An Egyptian health official said that the family's guide had lost a leg, and the mother suffered light injuries. The health official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media. Officials have closed the area of Ras Mohammed National Park where the attack took place. Shark attacks have been rare in the Red Sea coastal region of Egypt in recent years. But in 2010, a spate of shark attacks killed one European tourist and maimed several others off Sharm el-Sheikh. Sharm el-Sheikh resort at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula is one of Egypt's major tourist destinations that offers European tourists a warm and quick escape from frigid winter temperatures on the continent. Divers are drawn by the steep drop-offs of coral reefs just offshore that offer a rich and colourful sea life. Authorities have in recent years sought to revive the vital tourism sector battered by years of instability and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:37:01 -0400
  • Tony Chung: Hong Kong activist detained near US embassy charged news

    Tony Chung was detained as he reportedly planned to claim asylum at the US consulate.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 02:13:25 -0400
  • An Arizona man was arrested after telling a Black YouTuber that he was in a 'no [N-word] zone' news

    YouTuber Andre Abram posted a video that shows a racist conversation with a man who tells him that he's filming in a 'no [N-word] zone'.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:34:18 -0400
  • The Left Doesn’t Fear Amy Coney Barrett, It Fears the Constitution news

    Nothing threatens the progressive project more than the existence of a Supreme Court that adheres to the Constitution. It’s really that simple.That’s what the tantrum over Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is all about. The notion that the same Democrats who shelved the judicial filibuster and now threaten to destroy the separation of powers with a Court-packing revenge scheme -- the same people, incidentally, so fond of smear-drenched confirmation hearings -- are sticklers for process or decorum is simply ludicrous.For one thing, no norms have been undone by the confirmation of Barrett. If Democrats won a Senate majority in 2016, Merrick Garland would already be ensconced in the Supreme Court, election or no election. Many of the same Democrats now feigning outrage over Barrett’s confirmation, including Joe Biden, argued back then that it was the constitutional duty of the Senate to take up a vote. Our living constitution apparently offers contradicting directions from one election to the next.If Trump had nominated Garland to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats wouldn’t have any problem placing him on the Court -- not even on November 2. Liberals act as if they are imbued with a theological right to dictate not only the terms, but also the nominees, of confirmation hearings whether they win or lose elections.And when you’re under the impression that the system exists solely to facilitate your partisan agenda, something will seem “broken” every time you lose. When Barack Obama was unable to pass his agenda after 2010, the system suffered from “dysfunction.” How many times did we hear that term? But now that Democrats are in the Senate minority, employing the very same tools to slow the president, we must “fix” the Electoral College, the Senate, and, most recently, the Supreme Court. If Democrats win back the presidency in 2020, the opposition will no longer be “resisting,” it will be “obstructing.” The filibuster will need fixing again. The media will again obsess over the problem of “gridlock.” History’s trajectory arcs left, and everything else is just an impediment.The Left has been relying on the same brand of fearmongering over Republican-appointed judges for nearly 40 years. The only difference is that the hysteria has been ratcheted up to stratospheric levels. Yesterday, MSNBC's Chris Hayes declared that Judge Barrett’s confirmation had “led to the deaths of probably 100,000 Americans.” (I do appreciate that the host slipped in the word “probably,” as if he were seriously calculating the death tolls, rather than saying something utterly insane.)He wasn’t alone. Ahead of the Barrett vote, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer claimed this “will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate.” For contemporary Democrats, the day the GOP confirmed a wholly capable and highly accomplished woman to the highest Court in the land -- using the process prescribed under which every justice in history has been confirmed -- is as infamous as the filibuster of the Civil Rights Act or the caning of Charles Sumner.To be fair, Schumer argued that a resolution against Trump’s removal earlier this year was also “one of the darker moments in Senate history” and also that passage of the watered-down Republican tax-reform passage was “one of the darkest . . . days in the long history of this Senate.” So, basically, any time Chuck Schumer loses is the new darkest day in history.Once Barrett’s confirmation became a reality, however, Democrats began turning to the real problem. Originalism is the stick in the spoke of progressivism. This crusade has the demagogues leading the idiots. The former are people such as Massachusetts senator Ed Markey, who alleges that “originalism is racist. Originalism is sexist. Originalism is homophobic. Originalism is just a fancy word for discrimination.” The latter are the minions who regurgitate this kind of vacuous talking point because they lack a basic comprehension of legal philosophies or civic education that includes an explainer on “amendments.”None of which is to say the radicalized contemporary Left has nothing to fear. Yesterday, Schumer warned: “A warming planet. Workers falling behind. Dark money flooding politics. The curtailing of the right to choose. The limiting of voting rights. Those are the consequences of this nomination.”What he means, of course, is that an originalist-majority Court may slow progressive environmentalist policies that undermine personal freedom and local sovereignty. He means that the Court may make it more difficult for Democrats to adopt policies that compel workers to join and fund unions and chip away at the Janus decision. He means lawmakers may not be able continue gnawing at Citizens United and weakening First Amendment protections. He means that unlimited third-trimester abortions on demand and funded by the state might be in trouble, that attacks on religious freedom might be blunted, and that states may be obligated to follow their own laws on Election Day rather than concoct rules as they go along.Now, I have little doubt that a textualist court will let down partisan Republicans as well. Originalists disagree with one another quite often. But it is unlikely to overturn the traditional role of the state in American life. None of which means that liberals have to lose, only that to win, they’ll have to do so on the Constitution’s terms. The problem is that many would rather destroy it than do so. That’s what this debate is about. The rest is just noise.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:16:04 -0400
  • US Air Force F-16s intercepted an unauthorized aircraft flying in a restricted area over a Trump rally news

    When President Donald Trump saw the F-16 deploy signal flares, he told a crowd that they were putting on a display for him.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:31:31 -0400
  • Facebook throttled Hunter Biden article after being warned by FBI of 'hack and leak' operations, Mark Zuckerberg says news

    Zuckerberg told Congress that Facebook throttled a New York Post article after being warned by law enforcement about 'hack and leak' operations.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:59:15 -0400
  • Jeff Bezos may be considering purchase of CNN, according to bankers news

    Rumours of the purchase stem from investment bankers discussing the potential sale

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:35:00 -0400
  • Charlie Hebdo sparks Turkish fury with cartoon of Erdogan news

    Turkey on Tuesday accused French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo of "cultural racism" over a front-page cartoon for its latest edition that mocks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:20:07 -0400
  • Here's how former Vice President Joe Biden went from 'Middle-Class Joe' to millionaire news

    Joe Biden has earned millions from book royalties and speaking engagements — mostly following his vice presidency.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:55:00 -0400
  • Venezuela's Maduro says Amuay refinery was hit by a 'terrorist attack' news

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said the country's Amuay oil refinery was victim of a terrorist attack on Tuesday that involved a "powerful weapon", but said the country had gasoline reserves equivalent to 20 days of consumption. An explosion hit a distillation unit at the 645,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) plant on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said, though there were no reports of injuries. "Yesterday, the Amuay refinery - one of the most important refineries in Venezuela and Latin America - was attacked with a long, powerful weapon," Maduro said at a press conference, adding that the government was seeking to determine what kind of weapon was involved.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:54:52 -0400
  • Climate change: China's forest carbon uptake 'underestimated' news

    Scientists put new numbers of Chinese trees' ability to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:18:18 -0400
  • A US embassy staffer drugged and sexually abused at least 23 women and kept the evidence on his iCloud account, prosecutors say news

    Brian Jeffrey Raymond had more than 400 photos and videos that showed the scope of his abuse, according to prosecutors.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:32:33 -0400
  • Lindsey Graham Is Being Boosted by a Tea Party Group That Has Always Hated Him news

    It’s no secret that Sen. Lindsey Graham is in the fight of his political life in the closing days of his campaign to win reelection to the U.S. Senate.“I’m getting overwhelmed,” Graham begged on-air with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last month, as his Democratic rival Jaime Harrison brought in a record-shattering $57 million in donations to unseat him. “Help me—they’re killing me money-wise. Help me.”But with ersatz ally President Donald Trump nowhere to be seen, a group that once despised Graham—and whose most prominent members have spent months propping up bizarre conspiracy theories, posting wildly racist content on social media, and undermining confidence public health guidelines in the midst of the pandemic—are coming to the rescue.The question is, does Graham want their help?“This is not a time for us to be squabbling over differences of opinion,” Pressley Stutts, chair of the Greenville Tea Party, said at an event on Wednesday afternoon, before introducing nearly a dozen grassroots conservative leaders “to stand tall” with Graham.“Sen. Graham is in the race of his life,” said Stutts, introducing conservative activists who lambasted Harrison—or “Harris,” as several of them called him—for being a “Marxist-Leninist” who would impose socialism on South Carolina.Sam Manley, a conservative podcaster, put the stakes of the race directly: “If you ever vote your way into socialism, you’ll have to shoot your way out.”This ringing endorsement for Graham’s re-election—which included Michael LaPierre, who tried to primary Graham this year—amounts to a cease-fire between the Palmetto State’s most well-known elected official and a coterie of some of his most dedicated trolls. During the Tea Party wave in 2010, Graham—once seen as one of the most mainstream members of the Republican Party—became one of the movement’s most loathed “RINOs,” or Republicans In Name Only. Leaders of the state’s Tea Party chapters attempted to recruit then-Gov. Mark Sanford to primary Graham after he voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and one speaker at a Greenville Tea Party rally that year made accused Graham of “trying to sell out your own countrymen” to avoid being outed.For his part, Graham once relished his battles with the state’s most conservative activists, calling the inter-party skirmishes “more fun than any time I’ve been in politics,” but with polls showing Graham in a statistical dead heat with Harrison, the senator is scrambling to resolve those well-documented problems with voters who have largely moved from the Tea Party to Team MAGA—even though the group’s brand of politics couldn’t be less in sync with Graham’s own.Stutts, the group’s chair, is a longtime critic of vaccinations, and has publicly discouraged people from wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic and spread the conspiracy theory that billionaire Bill Gates is working to reduce the human population.Why Hasn’t Trump Come to Lindsey Graham’s Rescue?Stutts has even claimed in an April interview that a potential vaccine for COVID-19 could possibly “contain a microchip” for the government to track its citizens.“Even if it doesn’t contain a microchip, I could foresee the day, because right now you have to show your ID or your passport and here in South Carolina, we have to get that real ID just to fly commercially,” Stutts said on a conservative YouTube vlog at the time. “And I can see the point where they're going to say, okay, show me your vaccination papers next.”At one Greenville Tea Party event in 2018, Stutts even hosted a talk with Jennifer Smith, who described herself as a “naturopath,” who referenced the baseless theory that vaccines cause autism and said that she did not get her newborn son vaccinated for Hepatitus B because he was “not a promiscuous homosexual” or an IV drug user.Among the group’s other featured speakers at recent events include John Guandolo, the leader of a Dallas-based anti-Muslim group who was forced last year to pay $600,000 in a civil lawsuit for assaulting a county sheriff after the man confronted him about passing around hate literature at a meeting of the National Sheriffs’ Association.The group has also held protests against social distancing rules in South Carolina, which Graham has said are critical to stopping the spread of the virus, despite rising rates of infection in the state.“Tired of putting up with an onerous and inept government?” the group posted on Facebook in September. “Join us September 15th and let your voice be heard, too. Our legislators need to know that we've had enough! Show up. Stand up. Speak up! It's your family that has been negatively affected… ThugArmy mount up!!”Greenville Tea Party members and business partners have made even more extreme claims. Dan Harvell, a taxpayer advocate who spoke at Wednesday’s event and said that he was supporting Graham for the sake of “the traditional American values that we will have for our children,” has posted memes claiming that Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, slept her way to becoming San Francisco’s district attorney, and has called former first lady Michelle Obama a “race-baiter.”The Graham campaign did not respond to a request for comment about whether he disavowed the support of the Greenville Tea Party and its members, and neither did the group. But state Democrats called the dynamic of Graham playing along with a group he once despised the latest in a long arc of allowances the senator has made under Trump.“This is yet another demonstration of the extreme lengths Sen. Graham is going to in order to save his flailing campaign,” said Manuel Bonder, coordinated campaign spokesperson for the South Carolina Democratic Party. “Instead of scrambling to consolidate his support amongst fringe conspiracy theorists who know he is a hypocrite, Sen. Graham should focus on leading South Carolina through this crisis and delivering the relief working families and businesses desperately need.”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.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:00:21 -0400
  • 'Quick, quick, quick': Trump rushes McSally at rally as she fights to hold her Senate seat news

    The president hurried Arizona Sen. Martha McSally before calling up three out of state politicians to address the crowd.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:57:04 -0400
  • 'One step closer': Virginia judge rules Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond can be removed pending possible appeal news

    An attorney for the plaintiffs says his clients will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. Four other statues have already come down.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:18:32 -0400
  • Nevada dad accused of throwing newborn baby off balcony during argument news

    Clarence Martin, Jr. allegedly suffered from “mental issues.” A newborn was allegedly thrown from the second-floor balcony by her father on Saturday around 4 a.m. in  Las Vegas. Clarence Martin, Jr. was arguing with the infant’s mother, Nicole Poole, when he snatched her away to the balcony of their apartment and didn’t return with her moments later, according to People.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 21:43:00 -0400
  • Top Facebook India Executive Leaves the Company Following Controversy Over Hate Speech news

    Facebook’s top policy official in India, Ankhi Das, stepped down from the company on Tuesday following reports this summer by TIME and the Wall Street Journal that detailed links between senior Facebook staff and India’s ruling party. A Facebook spokesperson told TIME that Das’s departure “has nothing to do with the parliamentary inquiry or the media reports.”

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:56:38 -0400
  • Mother’s body decayed for years in home she shared with her adult children, TN cops say news

    Police found her skeleton buried under a pile of clothes on a bed

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:24:17 -0400
  • I flew on a newly upgraded JetBlue plane and despite less legroom and slimmer seats, the refresh is exactly what the airline needed news

    Though long overdue, Jetblue's new cabin brings its aircraft into the modern era with better in-flight entertainment than most US carriers.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:13:00 -0400
  • Typhoon-battered Philippines bracing for another strengthening tropical system news

    After a brutal blow from Typhoon Molave, many of the hardest-hit communities in the Philippines will have little time to recover as another tropical system sets its sights on the nation. Early Wednesday morning, local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) began to issue advisories on a tropical depression in the Philippine Sea. As of Wednesday evening, local time, this system was well east of the Philippines, churning about 2,000 km (over 1,200 miles) east of Manila. By Thursday, the depression had strengthened to Tropical Storm Goni. The storm is referred to as Rolly by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). As this tropical storm tracks westward over the open waters of the Philippine Sea, it will stay in an environment featuring low vertical wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures: two main atmospheric ingredients needed for further strengthening. Through the end of the week, this system will continue to strengthen as it churns westward across the Philippine Sea toward the Philippines and will likely achieve severe tropical storm status by the start of the weekend. As it approaches the Philippines, the system will likely reach a strength equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale in the Atlantic and East Pacific Ocean basins. "The storm can reach typhoon intensity before reaching the Philippines Saturday night or Sunday, local time," AccuWeather's lead international forecaster Jason Nicholls said. The impacts from Goni will be felt as early as Friday across portions of the Philippines. CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP "Regardless of intensity, flooding rains and gusty winds are expected across the central or northern Philippines Friday night through Sunday, local time," Nicholls said. Rainfall amounts on the level of 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8 inches) will be common across the island groups of Luzon and Visayas while portions of Mindanao can receive 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches). An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 405 mm (16 inches) is forecast across the central and northern Philippines. Heavy rain from the system will cause flash flooding issues across portions of the northern and central Philippines as well as elevate the risk for mudslides across mountainous terrain. The risk for mudslides will be especially high across portions of the country that were recently soaked by Molave. While heavy rainfall will likely create issues for residents, damaging wind gusts will be an even greater concern with Goni. Residents wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wade through a flooded road from Typhoon Molave in Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The fast moving typhoon has forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) Forecast to be a dangerous severe tropical storm or even a typhoon at landfall, winds from Goni will certainly pack a serious punch. Dangerous wind gusts on the order of 185 km/h (115 mph) will be likely near where the system makes landfall with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 210 km/h (130 mph). As the system tracks west across the Philippines, widespread wind gusts of 65 to 95 km/h (40 to 60 mph) will cover a large swath of the country. Areas along the track of Goni will more commonly receive 95- to 130-km/h (60- to 80-mph) wind gusts. These strong wind gusts can bring down power lines and cause significant damage to trees and poorly constructed structures. Structures already weakened by the blow from Typhoon Molave will be in peril. "Goni is expected to follow a path similar to Molave as it crosses the Philippines and may eventually go on to impact Vietnam next week" Nichols said. Due to the anticipated flooding rainfall and damaging winds, Goni will be a 3 on the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale for Tropical Cyclones. The AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale was developed to help people make better decisions around tropical systems, bringing improvement upon the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale by also factoring in flooding rain, storm surge and economic damage and loss. Since Oct. 13, three named tropical systems have made landfall over the Philippines. Just five days after Tropical Storm Saudel, known in the Philippines as Pepito, made landfall, Typhoon Molave took aim at the weather-weary nation. Typhoon Molave, known in the Philippines as Quinta, was the most recent storm to strike the nation and brought disastrous, even deadly impacts for some residents. After it first made landfall on October 25, Molave went on to record a total of five landfalls across the Philippines; the last of which occurred over the province of Oriental Mindoro. Oriental Mindoro, a province with a thriving agricultural industry, suffered heavy economic losses as a result of Typhoon Molave. Across the province, an estimated 2 billion PHP (41.3 million USD), worth of damage was done to crops as a result of Molave, according to ABS-CBN. Some farmers in the area had 100 percent of their crops destroyed by Molave. These same areas will likely experience the wrath of Goni over the weekend. At least four deaths in the Philippines have been blamed on Typhoon Molave, according to ABS-CBN. To add insult to injury, even more tropical trouble may be on the way for the Philippines after Goni exits the area at the end of the weekend. Following Goni, another system may eye the Philippines in early November. AccuWeather forecasters are closely monitoring another area of disturbed weather near Micronesia for development late this week. "This system can strengthen into Tropical Storm Atsani by the time it passes south and east of Guam this weekend or early next week," Nicholls said. "Potential Atsani can then impact the northern Philippines late next week." Keep checking back on and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:01:19 -0400
  • A North Carolina pastor is accused of peeing on a woman while she was sleeping on a Delta flight news

    "I jump up and I seen his private area out and I screamed and that woke everybody up," Alicia Beverly told a local news outlet on October 14.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:35:14 -0400
  • Egypt says freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims offended news

    Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people, following the display of images in France of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims see as blasphemous. Sisi also said he firmly rejects any form of violence or terrorism from anyone in the name of defending religion, religious symbols or icons. The Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar university, one of the world's most eminent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, also called on the international community to criminalise "anti-Muslim" actions.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:30:14 -0400
  • Biden headed for historic margin in California, poll shows news

    The final UC Berkeley poll of California voters shows Biden is likely to defeat Trump by the largest margin for a Democratic presidential candidate in state history.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:17:34 -0400
  • GOP leaders want 3 officials to resign over false ad plot

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:24:12 -0400
  • Former school principal in Florida apologizes for Holocaust remarks, asks to keep job news

    A former principal, whose Holocaust comments prompted national outrage, apologized and asked to keep his position at a Florida high school.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:04:09 -0400
  • Judge rejects Trump request to be replaced in columnist's defamation lawsuit news

    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.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:34:08 -0400
  • Scientists discover a massive coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier Reef news

    Australian scientists working to map the seafloor around the northern Great Barrier Reef made a major discovery earlier this month, finding a 1,600-foot-tall detached coral reef.This is the first newfound reef in 120 years, NBC News reports. It is taller than the Empire State Building and almost a mile wide at its base. The reef is off the coast of North Queensland, and researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute first observed it on Oct. 20. On Sunday, an underwater robot was dispatched to take measurements and explore the reef. The institute's co-founder, Wendy Schmidt, said in a statement that this "unexpected discovery affirms that we continue to find unknown structures and new species in our ocean."Marine geologist Robin Beaman, who is leading the expedition, said the team is "surprised and elated by what we have found." They will continue to explore the area until Nov. 17, and the underwater imagery being captured and mapping data being collected will help people understand this new reef's role within the Great Barrier Reef. More stories from How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 01:20:00 -0400
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