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40 amazing gifts for cat lovers and owners
40 amazing gifts for cat lovers and ownersThese are the best cat gifts of 2020 (Photo: Litterbox / Camryn Rabideau / Kaori Tsutaya)— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. For the cat lover who loves lists: Personalized cat stationeryBest cat gifts: Personalized cat stationery (Photo: Rifle Paper Co.)What’s better than a set of high-quality stationery? For the cat that eats plants: Cat grassBest cat gifts: Cat Grass (Photo: Cat Ladies)Cats absolutely love doing things they shouldn’t, like clawing furniture and eating plants. For the one with a mask collection: Cat face masksBest cat gifts: Cat face mask (Photo: Etsy / ToughCookieClothing)Know someone who’s collecting face masks this year? For the young cat lover: A kitty night lightBest cat gifts: Cat night light (Photo: GoLine)Little ones love this adorable night light that’s shaped like a big fluffy white cat.
AVCA/USA TODAY Super 25 national high school volleyball rankings Week 9
USA TODAYHere are the Week 9 Super 25 volleyball rankings via the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Due to COVID-19, many states are moving the start dates of their season, or in some cases will be competing in Spring 2021. Teams who are competing in the Fall 2020-21 season as of Aug. 14 will be eligible for inclusion in the poll. That includes teams with delayed start dates, through October. Options for recognition of teams competing in Spring 2021 will be decided at a later date.
Opinion: After strong start in Year 2, Cardinals QB Kyler Murray appears poised to meet elite expectations
Murray entered this season with weighty outside expectations after winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and being named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2019. “I don’t really worry about the outside noise,” said Murray, who chose the NFL over professional baseball after being drafted No. That’s just what comes with it.”Nearly midway through the season, Murray projects to dramatically surpass last year's numbers in every major statistical category. Studying Murray’s game, former NFL quarterback and analyst Trent Dilfer said his success stems from growth when it comes to the intangibles. “There’s still a lot of work left, and I think that’s got to be the motto of the team.
Judge grants 9-month delay to Duchess Meghan in privacy lawsuit against British newspaper
Associated PressLONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday granted a request by the Duchess of Sussex to postpone the trial of her invasion of privacy lawsuit against the publisher of a British newspaper that published portions of a private letter she wrote to her father. During a hearing in London, judge Mark Warby granted the application to delay the trial for around nine months, from a scheduled Jan. 11 start date to the fall of 2021. The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for the delay request should remain confidential. Associated Newspapers is contesting the claim at the High Court in London. Early this year, the couple announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said was the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media.
Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat
Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said the number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits fell more than 700,000 to 7.76 million. The still-elevated number of jobless claims underscores that a full recovery from the pandemic recession remains far off. Some research suggests that by September, unemployed Americans had spent about two-thirds of what they had saved. The outlook for the economy over the next six months fell particularly hard, according to the Conference Board, a business research group. With roughly 20 million Americans unemployed, the pandemic recession is still causing hardship for many families.
10 things to buy in case of a second wave of COVID-19 before they sell out
10 things to buy in case of a second wave of COVID-19 before they sell outThese items are likely to sell out again. That means you might want to stock up on a few items, just in case. When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, we saw several household essentials and other entertainment items sell out swiftly. To be more prepared in the event of a second wave, you might want to make sure you have enough rolls of toilet paper and face masks. Below, are 10 items you might want to buy in case they sell out during a second wave.
Musicians to serenade voters at polling locations
Musicians to serenade voters at polling locationsMusicians to serenade voters at polling locations around the country to create a positive, unifying experience and ease voters' anxiety generated by a campaign season that spewed misinformation and stoked divisions, fear and hate.
International Space Station flies over Hurricane Zeta
International Space Station flies over Hurricane ZetaAs the International Space Station flew above Hurricane Zeta on Oct. 28, astronauts aboard the station were treated to a stunning view of the storm.
2020 CMA Awards: Luke Combs, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and more set to perform
Country music hitmakers Luke Combs, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and more take stage this November at the 54th annual CMA Awards in Nashville. McEntire joins co-host Darius Rucker for a to-be-detailed tribute performance, a news release said. Lambert performs her new single "Settling Down," while Morris delivers 2020 breakout "The Bones," Church offers new song "Hell of a View" and Combs plays "Cold As You." Lambert tops nominations for the 54th annual CMA Awards, earning seven nods — including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Combs follows with six nominations, including his first entry into Entertainer of the Year — a trophy considered by many to be country music’s top prize.
Black Friday 2020: The best deals to to shop from Home Depot, Amazon and more
Black Friday 2020: The best deals to to shop from Home Depot, Amazon and moreShop and save early on Black Friday deals. We may only be in October, but already, many customer-loved stores are running early Black Friday 2020-worthy sales that are every bit as good as Amazon's recent Prime Day savingspalooza. We've scoped out the best of the best, with events from big box retailers, such as Kohl's and Macy's, to Amazon, which is getting its holiday deals underway with its big Holiday Dash event. Less than $25Less than $50Less than $100Less than $500Macy's just dropped the price on its Pyrex 12-Piece Storage Set. The store's next round of Black Friday deals is set to go live on the 13.
Dennis Quaid, Christina Aguilera among stars vetted by health contractors for US virus ad
“For us, the ‘enemy’ is the virus,” Caputo said, according to the memo. Because public health policy around the coronavirus pandemic has become so politically polarized, it’s unclear how well a confidence-building campaign from the government would play. And Trump has alienated much of the medical establishment with his dismissive comments about basic public health measures, such as wearing masks. Antony and Quaid were among just a few celebrities who were approved for the campaign, according to the documents. “Yet, documents produced by the contractors indicate that the Trump Administration vetted spokespeople based on their political positions and whether they support President Trump.”
These unique lodging spots offer COVID-weary travelers social-distanced splendor
These hotels offer all kinds of lively experiences, from the original bnb – bed and breakfast inns – to luxury treehouses. That route inspires thousands of travelers each year to make a stop in secluded areas like Big Sur. Post Ranch Inn’s enviable location on a ridge high above the Pacific Ocean makes its tree house rooms are ideal for those looking for a relaxing, secluded getaway amongst nature. Big Cypress Lodge features rooms that are designed to bring the great outdoors inside with a variety of rooms that offer rustic elegance and vintage log cabins. It also has a butler’s pantry, complete with dark-blue cabinets and a herringbone backsplash to enjoy meals in the privacy and comfort of your own space – ideal for social distancing.
NBA mock draft: Is LaMelo Ball worth the risk as the No. 1 pick?
Ball is the riskier pick, but the reward could be higher for the team that takes a chance on the heavily hyped Ball brother. Cleveland Cavaliers • Obi Toppin • Dayton • Redshirt sophomore • Forward • 6-9 • 220 poundsAt 22, Toppin is older than most of his counterparts, and his high motor and tenacious dunking translate to immediate production. Boston Celtics (from Memphis Grizzlies) • Cole Anthony • North Carolina • Freshman • Guard • 6-3 • 190 poundsThe Tar Heels had an unexpectedly horrific campaign and Anthony's knee injury played a major part. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver Nuggets) • Isaiah Stewart • Washington • Freshman • Forward • 6-9 • 250 poundsStewart became a consistent big man with promising potential as a finisher and rim protector. Toronto Raptors • Jahmi’us Ramsey • Texas Tech • Freshman • Guard • 6-4 • 195 poundsRamsey’s athleticism and perimeter defense will get him by, initially.
The five biggest questions facing college football in Week 9
Parity has been one of the stories of the SEC season as teams below Alabama and Georgia have taken turns knocking off each other. Cincinnati, meanwhile, is slowly working its way into College Football Playoff contention. A look at the top questions for Week 9 in college football:Does Penn State have a chance against Ohio State? This still has the makings of one of the best games of the season. After trouncing SMU 42-13 last week, the Bearcats may have already passed their toughest test of the regular season.
Philadelphia police discover van loaded with explosives amid unrest over fatal shooting of Black man
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia remains on high alert after police reportedly found explosives inside a van following multiple nights of protest over the shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health problems. The city fell mostly silent Wednesday after officials instituted a citywide curfew following several nights of unrest over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. By 7:30 p.m., just 15 people had gathered for a "Justice for Walter Wallace Jr" protest in Center City. Both Kenney and Outlaw pledged to address the lack of coordinated mental health services. “We need to do a better job.”Police shootings amid mental health crisis:Police have shot people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Jeff Van Gundy loses out on Rockets coaching job to Stephen Silas
It doesn’t appear Jeff Van Gundy will be returning to the NBA sidelines next season. Van Gundy was considered a finalist for the Rockets opening to replace Mike D’Antoni. Instead, that coveted job will go to Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas. The former Knicks coach has been a lead NBA analyst for ESPN since his last coaching job — also with Houston — in 2007. The Thunder are the only team still looking for a head coach now and Van Gundy has not been linked to that opening.
Celebrity Vetting and ‘Helping the President’ to Defeat Coronavirus Despair
WASHINGTON — A $265 million public campaign to “defeat despair” around the coronavirus was planned partly around the politically tinged theme that “helping the president will help the country,” according to documents released on Thursday by House investigators. Michael R. Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, and others involved envisioned a star-studded campaign to lift American spirits, but the lawmakers said they sought to exclude celebrities who had supported gay rights or same-sex marriage or who had publicly disparaged President Trump. The actor Zach Galifianakis, for instance, was apparently passed over because he had declined to have Mr. Trump on his talk show “Between Two Ferns.” (Mr. Galifianakis did have President Barack Obama on the irreverent show.) Ultimately, the campaign collapsed in late September amid recriminations and investigation. He is on medical leave battling cancer.
Quarantine Soundscapes
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Virtual Volunteering Still Offers Benefits
Ms. Brynen would help out with setup and at the event; nowadays, she focuses on phone calls. She connects each week via Zoom with a young environmental engineer in Colombia who is hoping to advance her career by improving her English. Ms. Brynen used computers regularly in her public television job, so the transition “from life to Zoom” hasn’t been difficult, she said. Not all of the new volunteer activity is virtual. In northern Minnesota, a community garden program has seen a new infusion of older volunteers, said Lynn Haglin, vice president at the Northland Foundation, a Duluth-based group that organizes and funds the work.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Finally Picked the Perfect Captain
Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, Episode 3 “People of Earth” past this point. The Captain of the ship on Star Trek: Discovery is like the Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher from Harry Potter: they’re only gonna last a year. With Pike leaving Discovery, and the crew headed to the future last season, Saru and Burnham tabled the discussion of who would take charge. Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays on CBS All Access. Where to watch Star Trek: Discovery
Cowboys’ Jerry Jones cut Dontari Poe because he was ‘30 pounds overweight’
Dontari Poe’s inability to keep his weight down cost him his job, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones told ESPN. Jones was referring to Poe kneeling during the national anthem to peacefully protest racial inequality and police brutality. Jones would not say if that had a role in the decision to let Poe go. “We have a platform here, but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and [Poe] was not up to the standard.
BLM mob violently chases Jewish men showing ‘solidarity’ at Philadelphia protest
Jewish men who said they were trying to show “solidarity” with Black Lives Matter protesters were violently chased away by the mob and ridiculed as being part of the “synagogue of Satan,” according to disturbing video posted online. The minute-long clip circulating on social media shows three men standing in the street during the protests sparked by the deadly police shooting of troubled local black man Walter Wallace. You don’t live here,” someone asks the men, referencing the Amalek tribe, which the Jewish Virtual Library says was the first enemy of the ancient Israelites. “Y’all know we the real Jews, right?” continues the raspy-voiced man, who appears to be the one filming the clip. Y’all gotta go,” another man tells them, as others start ganging up on them, shouting for them to leave.
Sen. Ron Johnson says special counsel may need to investigate Joe Biden if he wins
Sen. Ron Johnson said he’s not a “big fan of special counsels” but one may need to be appointed to investigate Joe Biden if he wins the election to get to the bottom of his links to his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China, as revealed in The Post’s reporting. The Wisconsin Republican was asked about a special counsel during an interview Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.”“You know, I am not a big fan of special counsels, but if Joe Biden wins the presidency, I don’t see how you avoid one,” Johnson told host Maria Bartiromo. All this evidence is going to be buried, so I think we have to have a special election if Joe Biden wins.”Congressional Republicans have urged Attorney General William Barr to name a special counsel to investigate the Democratic presidential nominee before the Nov. 3 election. In one email sent to Hunter Biden, an adviser on the board of Burisma thanked the son for giving him the “opportunity” to meet his father. The Biden campaign has said the alleged meeting was never found on the former vice president’s official schedule.
Former Miss America Leanza Cornett dead at 49
Former Miss America Leanza Cornett, who was crowned in 1993, has died at age 49. Her death was announced late Wednesday by the Miss American Organization on social media. “We are devastated by this sudden loss in our Miss America family and we are deeply sorry for her family and close friends for their loss,” the statement read. I ask that you please keep them as well as Leanza’s parents and her family in your prayers.”Cornett, who was crowned Miss Florida in 1992, was a contributor for “Entertainment Tonight” after winning the Miss America title. She also portrayed a reporter in numerous TV programs, “The Tick,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Weeds.”In her journey to becoming Miss America, she was the first contestant to focus on AIDS awareness and prevention as her focus.
Georgia girl who weighed 7 pounds when she died had rare disorder: attorney
A 5-year-old Georgia girl allegedly starved to death by her parents had a rare chromosome disorder that stopped her from gaining weight, the couple’s attorney said. But their attorney said Wednesday that Kylie had a disorder called 1p36 deletion syndrome that made it difficult for her to eat and drink, as well as to swallow. “She had a hard time keeping weight on from birth,” attorney Corinne Mull told the newspaper. “This is a medical issue, not a starvation issue. “When Kylie was born she was diagnosed with a rare condition and only expected to live 2 years,” the post read.
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate in Jeddah
A Saudi man was arrested after he stabbed a guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah — one of three attacks Thursday against France, which has come under fire over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. “We appeal to our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to be on maximum alert,” the statement added. Neither Saudi nor French authorities gave any indication of the motivation for the attack. According to radio station Europe 1, he shouted “Allahu akbar!”It was not immediately clear if the incidents in Saudi Arabia and Avignon were directly linked to the attack in Nice. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia condemned cartoons offending the Prophet Mohammad, but held back from joining calls by other Muslim countries for action against images of the prophet being shown in France.
Khloé Kardashian defends Kim’s birthday trip, talks COVID-19 battle
Khloé Kardashian and her family are standing behind Kim Kardashian and her controversial decision to throw a luxe vacation for her 40th birthday. “I haven’t heard a lot about it, but I did hear that people were upset that we all went out of town. I don’t really know the extent of it,” Khloé says on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airing Thursday. I hope you had fun pretending things were normal, but spare a thought for those of us staying in the real world.”Khloé also opened up about her battle with COVID-19 earlier this year, saying it was “super scary” being “really, really sick.”“I just was quarantined in my room for 16 days. We had to wait until I had negative test results for me to leave.
Illinois cop’s bodycam was off during fatal shooting of black man
An Illinois police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man and seriously wounded his girlfriend turned on his bodycam after opening fire on the couple, video shows. There also did not appear to be any gunshot damage to the windshield or rear window, attorney Antonio Romanucci said. “This officer had an ‘Oh crap’ moment after the shooting, and pushed the [body camera] button,” Romanucci said. “He knew to push the button and say, ‘You tried to run me over.’ Those were his first words. An investigation into the shooting by state police, with assistance from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI, is ongoing.
US GDP jumps 7.4 percent in third quarter, a record-setting rebound
The US economy staged a record-setting rebound from the coronavirus crisis in the third quarter, the feds said Thursday — but there’s still a long way to go before the nation makes a full recovery. America’s gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced here — grew by roughly 7.4 percent from July to September as consumers and businesses emerged from the pandemic-related lockdowns that led to a 9 percent contraction in the second quarter. Economists were expecting an annualized 31.9 percent jump after the second quarter’s 31.4 percent plunge. “A record surge in third-quarter GDP will likely mark the beginning of the recovery, after a recession which abruptly started in the fourth quarter of last year and likely ended in the second quarter,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, senior US economist at Bloomberg Economics. The Federal Reserve, which has pushed Congress to pass another stimulus bill, expects GDP to shrink by 3.7 percent this year following growth of 2.3 percent in 2019.
AOC wears $14,000 outfit for anti-Trump Vanity Fair cover shoot
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rocked designer duds worth more than $14,000 for her Vanity Fair cover shoot — to attack President Trump as a “motherf–ker” for not paying federal income tax. The Bronx-born bartender-turned-politician was even gifted a $2,850 fringed suit from Loewe, the Daily Mail reported. The congresswoman, 31, also wore Christian Louboutin heels, Hirotaka earrings and a Mejuri necklace with her Loewe suit. “It’s legitimately hard being a first-generation woman … and being working class, trying to navigate a professional environment,” she said. “It continues to take me so long to try to figure out how to look put-together without having a huge designer closet.”
Biden calls son Hunter ‘smartest guy I know’ as brother refuses to talk business deals
Joe Biden is shrugging off a torrent of new allegations linking him to his family’s allegedly corrupt business practices, calling his son “the smartest guy I know” — as his brother refuses to take questions on the matter. Biden went on to say that Obama convinced him to go home and reconsider after talking to his family. Biden’s mention of Hunter comes one day after his brother Jim Biden refused to answer questions when approached by Fox News outside his home about his family’s overseas business ventures. “I don’t want to comment about anything,” Jim Biden told the network. Asked if he cared to answer questions, he responded, “Nope.”With Post wires
The Finance 202: Trump failed to deliver a Rust Belt revival, imperiling his reelection chances
ADADAnd counties in Midwestern swing states that took a chance on Trump after backing President Obama in 2008 and 2012 are faring worse. Trump pulled off an upset in 2016 when he won the state by less than one percent. Twenty-three of the state’s 72 counties flipped from supporting President Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. This year, voters in the state who flipped from Obama to Trump appear to be enduring more financial pain that the broader population. It exceeds the amounts raised from Wall Street executives in support of Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 cycles.
Malaysia PM: Muslims have right to ‘kill millions of French people’
The Prime Minister of Malaysia said Muslims have “a right to be angry and kill millions of French people” just hours after an attacker yelling “Allahu akbar!” beheaded one woman and killed two others in a church in France. Macron has also vowed to fight “Islamist separatism” in wake of the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb on Oct. 16. He is very primitive in blaming the religion of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting school teacher. The French in the course of their history has killed millions of people. “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”Mohamad also said “the West” shouldn’t impose its views and values on others.
Craig Carton’s official WFAN return sets up intriguing ratings war
Craig Carton is officially returning to WFAN a little more than three years after being arrested and later convicted for fraud. WFAN is a different station than the one Carton left in 2017 as it is now fully dominated by gambling ads. Chris Oliviero, who oversees WFAN, ultimately decided that Carton was his best option to challenge ESPN New York. Originally, WFAN tried to recruit ESPN’s Bart Scott to return and partner with Carton. That is why, ultimately, despite spending a year in a federal prison, Carton is back on the WFAN.
His son’s touchdown run inspired millions. Now he faces his own fight with brain cancer.
ADNow Andy Hoffman is struggling with his own fight with brain cancer. AD“I was diagnosed July 19, when I had a seizure,” Hoffman, 42, an attorney, said in a recent phone conversation. It was really debilitating and I really had to battle back in terms of mobility and I did that. ADHis cancer was diagnosed in 2011, when he was 5, leading to two brain surgeries and chemotherapy. We know we have been given a lot of challenges, but together as a family, we will continue to fight.
Pelosi reveals that she and Mnuchin were miles apart in stimulus talks
ADAD“Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue,” Pelosi wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Politico Playbook. It’s not happening, right?”Pelosi replied: “Well, that’s when people said, ‘Accept the deal.’ And I was like, ‘What deal? Stocks have been falling as coronavirus cases rise, and the president campaigns around the country accusing Democrats of focusing obsessively on “covid, covid, covid” in their quest to deny him a second term. AD“The American people are suffering, and they want us to come to an agreement to save lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy as soon as possible,” Pelosi wrote. Negotiations have sputtered off and on between Pelosi and Mnuchin, with Trump an erratic force at times calling off talks altogether only to urge an even bigger number than the $2.2 trillion bill approved by House Democrats at the beginning of the month.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
A Canadian youth soccer club has been forced to hire private security after parents repeatedly lashed out against coronavirus restrictions in a “horrific and borderline violent” manner. “Enough is enough,” Chilliwack FC wrote in a Tuesday message to the families of players, who range in age from 4 to 9 years old. To be prepared for a potential outbreak, contact tracers also collect spectators’ personal information before games. Some parents have reacted so badly to the new rules “that it can be considered a potential violence in the workplace issue,” the club wrote. After witnessing the amount of abuse directed at volunteers and contact tracers, officials opted to hire private security officers, and said Tuesday that they were prepared to ban parents who become belligerent when asked to comply with the rules.
Weekly unemployment claims dip slightly in last report before election
The data represents what economists say is a disconcertingly high number of new jobless claims that persist seven months into the pandemic. Economists continue to warn about the effect to the economy from the White House and Congress’ inaction on another round of stimulus. ADThe economy has begun to flash more warning signs in recent weeks. Companies announcing layoffs in recent weeks include aerospace giant Raytheon, financial services company Charles Schwab, and Disney World. Indeed Hiring Lab economist AnnElizabeth Konkel noted that the weekly claims remain more than 5 times higher pre-Covid averages.
‘There’s no help coming before the election’: Indiana’s RV capital faces its worst coronavirus outbreak alone
Trump has long disparaged efforts to fight the virus, clashing at times with his own public health officials. Disease detectives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were dispatched with state health officials’ help to study the outbreak. The report didn’t include any revelatory findings and was of little help with the current outbreak because it was so dated, health officials said.) Public health officials have been calling local companies and churches, reminding them of the importance of face masks and social distancing. ADMertz, the county health officer, said she has listened to the state health agency’s suggestions and followed its recommendation guidelines.
Trump’s immigration policy on DACA, travel ban and family separations will be hard to fix
(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)The legal immigration system, to be clear, has long been broken. The 2020 fiscal year closed with about 11,800 refugees resettled in the United States; over the three decades pre-Trump, the United States averaged more than six times that figure annually. To be sure, many of the president’s immigration policy changes have already been reversed, paused or have yet to take effect. Chief among the victims is the agency that handles most of the legal immigration system: U.S. That means more than reversing the current president’s depredations; it requires something much more difficult: actually fixing the U.S. immigration system.
Opinion | Trump is hopping in a truck and just getting the hell out
He was getting the hell out of this and going back to his good life, waiting for him somewhere at the end of the road. He was a trucker among truckers and he was getting the hell out of this and getting back to his great life. It was easy to forget that, when you were a simple man in a simple truck, getting the hell out of this as fast as you could. These things they wanted were so much harder than they looked and they were so mean about wanting them. He could get into a truck any time and drive the hell away from it all, any time he wanted.
Opinion | New York Times, CNN sullied by ‘Anonymous’ charade
With Taylor’s admission, the newspaper’s opinion section has to answer for the disclosure it ran on his op-ed: “The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. But now that we know who “Anonymous” is, we are learning that promise was iffy at best. Taylor served as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the secretary at DHS. We asked CNN what it had to say about a contributor doing such a thing on air. Yet that’s the mind-set with which the New York Times and CNN are now associated.
Opinion | Trump must accept the election results if he loses. Will his opponents do the same if he wins?
Journalists granted themselves permission to call the president a liar, often when he simply voiced an opinion. ADFinally, social media giants disproportionately target conservative voices while protecting Biden. Social media is where constructive dialogue goes to die, but it’s also where the national conversation resides. Does anyone doubt that Trump will be holding a rally at 1 a.m. on Election Day while Biden snores? But a question repeatedly asked of Trump should be more often asked of his foes: If Trump wins, will they accept the results?
Trump campaign makes play for Latino voters in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania doesn’t usually come to mind as a hub for Latino voters. ADThe Trump campaign believes its summer push helped registered more Latino voters, and points to a robust Spanish-language advertising and rapid response campaign, and a steady stream of visits by various surrogates. ADCharlie Gerow, a GOP strategist of Brazilian descent in Harrisburg, believes the ground work by the Trump campaign over the summer with Latino voters will “pay huge dividends” on Election Day. On a recent call with campaign surrogates, the Republican National Committee boasted of Biden’s poor Latino outreach in Pennsylvania, according to a Trump campaign staffer. But they’re still concerned about misinformation that has taken hold — as are Biden campaign officials and Democratic strategists.
A Black voting rights activist confronts the ghosts of racial terror in North Carolina
In 1897, Black men in North Carolina voted in large numbers, but in 1900, the state stripped most of the right to vote. White men were running through the dirt streets, firing as they went. They began plotting to regain control of the government with the aim of removing Black men from public office and disenfranchising Black voters. Black men occupied three of 10 alderman seats after the Fusionists claimed power. To stir up racist sentiment, North Carolina Democrats exploited White fears that Black men who became successful would sexually violate White women.
As Election Day nears, Trump ponders becoming one thing he so despises: A loser
The president’s comments reflect his long-running failure to shift the nation’s focus from the rapidly worsening pandemic in recent months. With Election Day approaching, the virus is surging across the country, with record cases in recent days and growing hospitalizations and deaths. During a speech Wednesday in Wilmington, Del., Biden referenced a Trump rally in Omaha at which thousands of supporters were left stranded waiting for buses in near-freezing weather. On the day of Trump’s visit, Wisconsin recorded 71 covid-19 deaths, the most of any day since the beginning of the pandemic. Trump trails Biden nationally by a wide margin, and his deficit in several swing states remains significant.
Election 2020 live updates: Trump, Biden converging on key battleground state of Florida
Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 percentage points nationally, 53 percent to 43 percent, according to an average of national polls since Oct. 12. New Post-ABC News polls show Biden with a slight lead in Michigan and a much more substantial advantage in Wisconsin. Check out news, analysis and fact checking about allegations involving the voting process here. Here’s what we know about when to expect results, including in key swing states. Policy: Where Biden and Trump stand on key issues defining the election.
Bruce Springsteen calls for an 'exorcism' in the White House, insults Trump and the first family
Bruce Springsteen said the White House is in need of an “exorcism” in the latest installment of his radio show, “From My Home to Yours,” that was focused both on Halloween and the upcoming 2020 election. LAW FIRM HACKERS PLAN TO RELEASE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, DIDDY, U2'S BUSINESS DEALS ON DARK WEB“There’s no art in this White House. There are no pets in this White House, no loyal man’s best friend, no Socks the family cat, no kid’s science fairs, no time when the president takes off his blue suit, red tie uniform and becomes human. Except when he puts on his white shirt and khaki pants uniform and hides from the American people to play golf,” he says. “There are no images of the first family enjoying themselves together in a moment of relaxation.
Florida man mauled by leopard after paying for 'full-contact experience' with big cat
A Florida man was mauled by a black leopard after paying the owner of a private animal sanctuary for a “full-contact experience” with the rare cat, a report said. Turner had paid $150 to “play with” the black leopard and “rub its belly” behind Poggi’s home, according to an FWC report. FLORIDA DEPUTIES SAY ARSONIST WEARING TRASH BAGS TORCHED A DOZEN GARBAGE TRUCKSThe animal charged Turner once he walked into the enclosure. One of Turner’s ears was ripped apart and his scalp was “hanging from his head” following the attack, the report said. Poggi, who is licensed to have the leopard, was charged with allowing full contact with an extremely dangerous animal.
Marvell to buy Inphi, creating $40B semiconductor giant
Marvell Technology Group has agreed to buy Inphi Corp. for about $10 billion in cash and stock, making for the second mega chip deal this week. Continue Reading BelowThe chipmaker plans to reorganize the combined company and domicile in the U.S., creating a $40 billion semiconductor powerhouse. Under the terms of the agreement, Inphi shareholders will receive $66 cash and 2.323 Marvell shares for each Inphi share they own. Marvell shareholders will own 83% of the combined company while Inphi shareholders will control the remaining 17%. AMD TO BUY XILINX IN $35B TECH MEGA-DEALThe transaction is expected to create $125 million in synergies that will be realized within 18 months of closing.
David Guillod, 'Extraction' and 'Atomic Blonde' producer, arrested on suspicion of sex assault
David Guillod, a producer for “Extraction" and “Atomic Blonde," was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault just months after being charged with drugging and assaulting women, California authorities said. Guillod’s defense attorney, Philip Cohen, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that his client had been arrested but could not offer further details. DAVID GUILLOD, 'EXTRACTION' AND 'ATOMIC BLONDE' PRODUCER, FACES 11 SEX CRIME CHARGES, INCLUDING KIDNAP FOR RAPEGuillod was out on bail after surrendering in June to authorities in Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles. According to Guillod's IMDB page, he has served as executive producer of a number of big Hollywood films. He produced "Extraction" featuring Chris Hemsworth, 2019's "The Intruder" featuring Dennis Quaid, "Bent," "April Flowers" and "Atomic Blonde" among others.
Trump-shaped fruits are in 'big demand' before election, Chinese farmer says
A farmer in China is reaping success with fruits and vegetables uniquely grown to look like President Trump, especially during the last two presidential election cycles. KRISPY KREME GIVING AWAY FREE DOUGHNUTS ON ELECTION DAYThe farmer began growing fruits and veggies inspired by Trump with original plastic molds during the 2016 race, and says there’s been “big demand” for the items — which SWNS has dubbed “Trumpkins” — ever since, and especially as U.S. voters cast their ballots for the upcoming election. Ding will spend between two and three weeks cultivating each crop of the presidential produce, with the fruits and veggies growing to be about 9 inches tall and selling for $40 a pop, according to SWNS. "A lot of people will order them just to put on display, and not eat them. CLICK HERE FOR FOX NEWS' CONTINUING CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEThe Trump-shaped pumpkin mold is currently listed for $39 through the Fruit Molds website, where apolitical shoppers can also score pumpkin molds for skulls and Frankensteins.
Former Miss America Leanza Cornett dead at 49
Leanza Cornett, who won the title of Miss America in 1993, has died. Cornett's death was confirmed by the Miss America Organization in a statement on Wednesday. "It is with great sadness the Miss America Organization relays the news our beloved Miss America and friend, Leanza Cornett, has passed away," the organization wrote on Facebook. She won the title of Miss Florida in 1992 before going on to secure the crown for the Miss America pageant the following year. The Miss America Organization said it does not have any information regarding services for Cornett at this time.
Asteroid discovered 170 years ago could be worth $10,000 quadrillion
An asteroid that was discovered nearly 170 years ago could be worth as much as $10,000 quadrillion, experts believe. The space rock, known as “16 Psyche,” was discovered on March 17, 1852, by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis, but a newly published study notes it could be almost entirely comprised of iron and nickel. The study's lead author, Dr. Tracy Becker, estimates its worth approaching $10,000 quadrillion. “We were able to identify for the first time on any asteroid what we think are iron oxide ultraviolet absorption bands,” the researcher explained. “To understand what really makes up a planet and to potentially see the inside of a planet is fascinating.
Deer with head stuck in plastic pumpkin rescued by New Jersey animal control officers
This is like that episode of “The Office” where Dwight gets his head stuck in a pumpkin, only much, much sadder. Animal control officers in Montclair, N.J. were alerted to a wildlife emergency on Tuesday, after concerned residents reported seeing a deer running through town with its head stuck in a plastic pumpkin decoration. The responding officers of Montclair Township Animal Control were later able to capture the deer in a net, and subsequently film their attempt to free the helpless jack-doe’-lantern from its plastic pumpkin prison. COLORADO WILDLIFE OFFICERS FREE BUCK WITH ANTLERS STUCK IN HAMMOCKIn the footage, the deer is seen in the officers’ net, sitting motionless by a fence. But once the officers pull the pumpkin off its head, the deer begins kicking and flailing, and eventually breaks through the net on its own.
Falcons' Matt Ryan specifically tells Todd Gurley to avoid touchdown in loss to Lions, video reveals
Atlanta Falcons star Matt Ryan told running back Todd Gurley to run the clock out and avoid a touchdown in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions before he did the opposite. FALCONS' TODD GURLEY WASN'T TRYING TO SCORE GO-AHEAD TD VS. LIONS: 'I WAS MAD AS HELL'“Hey, don’t score. Don’t score. Don’t score. Get down,” Ryan told Gurley.
Matthew McConaughey stopped Jennifer Garner from quitting 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Jennifer Garner might not have been in “Dallas Buyers Club” if it wasn’t for Matthew McConaughey. The “Peppermint” star revealed in a recent interview that she was prepared to quit after having an emotional breakdown on set. “There was never a 10-minute break,” the “Peppermint” star said. '”JENNIFER GARNER SHUTS DOWN PREGNANCY SPECULATION AFTER HALLOWEEN PHOTO RAISES QUESTIONSThe mom of three got emotional as she said, “And sweet Matthew McConaughey pulled me aside and said, 'What is going on with you?'" The actor, she explained, paused filming and told the crew Garner needed a break.
Marine vet Joey Jones slams media's 'abhorrent' double standard after Tony Bobulinski's allegations ignored
The mainstream media's treatment of Hunter Biden's ex-business associate Tony Bobulinski is in stark contrast to a key witness in the Trump impeachment hearings, retired Staff Sgt. JOE BIDEN COULD BE COMPROMISED BY CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY: REP. CRENSHAWBobulinski said he raised concerns in 2017 to the former vice president's brother Jim Biden about Joe Biden’s alleged ties to a possible joint venture with a Chinese energy firm. "And then to say this for some reason Tony Bobulinski is a Russian disinformation person. Like maybe, respect his service just a little bit and hear what he has to say, and then check it out." He was the devil incarnate when he worked for the president, and now he's Jesus Christ the savior because he doesn't like the president," Jones added.
New York City luxury buildings hire armed guards for possible Election Day unrest
New York’s ultra-rich are quietly preparing for civil unrest on Election Day — by hiring armed guards to stand watch over their luxury Manhattan buildings. ELECTION DAY PREPARATIONS: RETAILERS, BUSINESS OWNERS BRACING FOR POTENTIAL UNREST, OFFICIALS SAY“There will be officers with submachine guns,” the source said. Added another luxury building board member said high-end residents have been warned to take precautions by the NYPD. Even “B” level buildings like Manhattan House, at 200 E. 66th St., on the Upper East Side are hiring extra security. She is one of many New York residents who plan on being out of Manhattan on Election Day.
Election 5 days away: Trump, Biden to hold dueling rallies in Florida battleground
President Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to hold dueling campaign rallies in Florida — a crucial battleground state vital to winning the White House — with just five days left in the presidential race. Following the Florida rally, the president will travel to North Carolina, another marquee state, for a campaign rally in Fayetteville. In the final leg of the campaign, Biden is seeking to frame the battle for the White House as a referendum on Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Later this week, Biden will stump in three more states that Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, part of his effort to rebuild the "blue wall" that his Republican opponent knocked down in 2016. In Michigan, Biden will hold a campaign rally with former President Barack Obama.
Live Updates: Trump, Biden fight for Florida in dueling campaign events
The race is on for Florida, and President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are both stumping in the Sunshine State on Thursday. The candidates will hold dueling rallies in Tampa, the western anchor of the critical I-4 swing region in the extremely crucial general election battleground state. The president will hold an early afternoon rally outside of Raymond James Stadium, which is home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former vice president Biden will headline a socially distanced drive-in car rally. Biden arrives in Tampa after holding a campaign event earlier in the day in Democratic-rich Broward County in southeast Florida.
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day. At least 35 million mail ballots had been returned or accepted as of early Wednesday, according to data collected by The Associated Press. That surpasses the 33.3 million total mail ballots returned during the 2016 election, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Yet an estimated 1.9 million ballots were still outstanding in Florida, along with 962,000 in Nevada, 850,000 in Michigan and 1 million in Pennsylvania. In Florida, 4 million of a record 6 million mail-in ballots requested had been returned as of Wednesday morning.
Supreme Court could still overturn Pennsylvania mail-in ballot deadline extension after election
"That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution." But nevertheless with the ballots segregated those votes could be discounted if the U.S. Supreme Court rules the deadline extension unconstitutional. The question is how strictly that provision in the Constitution should be interpreted, and whether the state supreme court exceeded its authority in changing the state law. And on Monday, before Barrett was seated on the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court rejected a request by Democrats in Wisconsin to reinstate an extended deadline for ballots to be received. He said that the case presented a different issue than the Pennsylvania case because the Wisconsin deadline was extended by a federal district court at first, while the Pennsylvania deadline was extended by its state supreme court.
Philadelphia to release police body camera footage, 911 calls in Walter Wallace Jr. shooting
Philadelphia officials have said they will release the police body camera footage and the 911 tapes in connection with the officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., an armed Black man reportedly with a mental health history, following three nights of unrest in the city and elsewhere in the country. PHILADELPHIA POLICE BOMB SQUAD, ATF ON SCENE AFTER EXPLOSIVES FOUND IN VAN: REPORTSAlso on Tuesday into Wednesday, nine PPD vehicles were damaged and the city reported nine ATM explosions, city officials said. Since the unrest began following Wallace Jr.’s death, police made 172 felony and misdemeanor arrests and reported damage to 17 PPD vehicles. Officials previously said officers fired 14 shots during their Monday evening confrontation with Wallace Jr., who was armed and charged at police despite their orders that he drop the knife. Officials have not said how many times Wallace Jr. was shot.
The Pre-Market Rundown 2: October 29, 2020
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United to expand rapid result Covid-19 testing for some passengers
United to expand rapid result Covid-19 testing for some passengersUnited Airlines said on Thursday it plans to offer pre-flight Covid-19 testing for some travelers going to London next month. The trial will run from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11. United said it will pay for Abbott Laboratories' rapid tests for Monday, Wednesday and Friday departures between Newark, N.J. and London. CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports.
International Paper CEO Mark Sutton on quarterly earnings beat
International Paper CEO Mark Sutton on quarterly earnings beatInternational Paper reported adjusted earnings of $0.71 cents per share Thursday, beating the consensus estimate of $0.48. Revenue was also above Wall Street forecasts. Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO of International Paper, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.
U.S. GDP grew 33.1% in the third quarter, vs 32% estimate
U.S. GDP grew 33.1% in the third quarter, vs 32% estimateComing off the worst quarter in history, the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace ever in the third quarter as a nation battered by an unprecedented pandemic put itself back together. CNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman break down the numbers.
U.S. weekly jobless claims total 751,000, vs 778,000 expected
U.S. weekly jobless claims total 751,000, vs 778,000 expectedCNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the initial jobless claims for week ending Oct. 24, 2020.
Merck CEO: We should plan to continue social distancing 'well into 2021'
Merck CEO: We should plan to continue social distancing 'well into 2021'"I don't see the therapeutics that we have — or the vaccines that are coming — as a silver bullet," Merck CEO Ken Frazier told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday. "I think for the foreseeable future we're still going to have to practice basic mask wearing, social distancing, hygiene — I think that's with us for a while, and I would say certainly well into 2021, we'll still be trying to observe these public health measures."
Here's how corporate America is encouraging employees to vote
Here's how corporate America is encouraging employees to voteThere's been an effort by corporate America to help employees get time off to vote in the 2020 elections. Ken Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, and Jeff Sonnenfeld, associate dean for leadership studies at Yale School of Management, join "Squawk Box" to discuss the push from the c-suite for employees to vote.
European Central Bank signals additional action to support recovery
European Central Bank signals additional action to support recoveryThe European Central Bank signaled Thursday additional action to come, saying it will recalibrate its instruments as appropriate. CNBC's Steve Liesman reports.
ECB hints at more stimulus in December as new coronavirus lockdowns are imposed
The European Central Bank hinted at more monetary stimulus on Thursday, as the two largest economies in the region prepare for a second national lockdown. The bank decided to keep its rates and wider monetary policy unchanged, but suggested that additional policy action in the euro zone could come as soon as December. In September, the ECB estimated a contraction of 8% in euro zone GDP this year, followed by a rebound of 5% in 2021. The latest statement from the ECB suggests that policymakers will adjust their monetary policy based on those upcoming forecasts. "Growth forecasts will be slashed come December, prompting the ECB to provide more stimulus," he said via email.
The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace ever in Q3—Three experts break down what it means
The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace ever in Q3—Three experts break down what it meansComing off the worst quarter in history, the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace ever in the third quarter as a nation battered by an unprecedented pandemic put itself back together. Michelle Girard, chief U.S. economist at NatWest Markets, Stephanie Kelton, professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University, and Michael Strain, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.
Vast migration of over 14 million Americans coming due to rise in remote work, study shows
The vast migration driven by the pandemic comes after many companies such as Facebook announced plans to permanently shift jobs to remote work and hired a director of remote work in September to help in the transition. According to a recent survey from Intermedia, 57% of small and medium-size businesses plan to offer remote work plans to employees for the long term. What's more, SMB owners have observed that employee availability has increased by 19% by shifting to remote work. "Remote work is the fastest gamechanger for the U.S. economy since World War II when almost overnight there was a mobilization of production to provide arms for war." This is an early indicator of the much larger impacts that remote work could have in increasing economic efficiency and spreading opportunity."
United CEO Scott Kirby on expansion of rapid testing for some passengers
United CEO Scott Kirby on expansion of rapid testing for some passengersUnited Airlines said on Thursday it plans to offer pre-flight Covid-19 testing for some travelers going to London next month. The trial will run from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11. United said it will pay for Abbott Laboratories’ rapid tests for Monday, Wednesday and Friday departures between Newark, N.J. and London. United CEO Scott Kirby joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.
Strategist breaks down which data points best gauge consumer, business confidence
Strategist breaks down which data points best gauge consumer, business confidenceComing off the worst quarter in history, the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace ever in the third quarter as a nation battered by an unprecedented pandemic put itself back together. Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the data.
Coach-owner Tapestry says women are paying more for their handbags during the pandemic
Women are spending more money when they're shopping for handbags during the coronavirus pandemic, Coach owner Tapestry's latest quarterly results show. And it could be, in part, because consumers are buying bigger, pricier bags to stow away bottles of hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Management explained that the gains were fueled largely by the handbag maker cutting back on promotions, thereby selling more items at higher price points. "We're focused on driving [average unit revenue] by being close to our consumer and delivering products that our consumers value," Chief Executive Joanne Crevoiserat told analysts. Tapestry shares were up more than 9% in premarket trading.
U.S. weekly jobless claims total 751,000, vs 778,000 expected
Initial weekly U.S. jobless claims came in at 751,000 for the week ending Oct. 24, down 40,000 from the previous week. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected initial jobless claims to come in at 778,000. It was the lowest initial claims total since the week of March 14, when they came in at 282,000. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected 778,000 new claims for last week. "We had expected that the steep decline we saw in claims last week would be too big to repeat, but downside momentum in claims remains intact," Jefferies economist Thomas Simons said in a note.
Covid: Merck CEO says vaccine won't be a 'silver bullet,' predicts mask use for the 'forseeable future'
As coronavirus cases continue to surge to record highs, the U.S. is racing to develop and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine under the federal government's Operation Warp Speed program. Frazier said "he's very optimistic that in the near future" there will be positive results coming from late-stage clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics. Merck is developing two separate potential coronavirus vaccines, though the company jumped into the race later than its peers. The company acquired Austrian vaccine maker Themis Bioscience, which is developing a Covid-19 vaccine with Institut Pasteur and the University of Pittsburgh and began its phase one trial in August. Frazier told CNBC on Thursday that he expects interim data from the drug's trials in early 2021.
You may be able to score a free Thanksgiving dinner this year by shopping at Walmart
Over a third of Americans say they will spend less on Thanksgiving this year, according to a recent survey of over 1,000 people by cash-back shopping app Ibotta. Ibotta is teaming up with Walmart and brands like Campbell's, Butterball and Coca-Cola to launch a program that aims to provide free Thanksgiving dinners to at least 1 million American families this year. To redeem the cash-back offer on these Thanksgiving dishes, new users need to download the Ibotta app or newly launched Ibotta Browser Extension, unlock the offer and shop for your Thanksgiving items at Walmart. Current Ibotta app users will need to download the browser extension from their computer and log in before proceeding to the company's app, website or browser extension to unlock the offer. "We wanted to do something where we could reach at least a million Americans.
Watch ECB President Christine Lagarde speak after latest policy decision
[The stream is slated to start at 08:30 ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is giving a press conference after the institution's latest monetary policy decision. The bank opted to keep its rates and wider monetary policy unchanged on Thursday, but hinted at possible policy action in December. Analysts have been expecting an increase monetary stimulus before the end of the year, as lockdowns are re-imposed in Germany and France amid rising Covid-19 cases and a deteriorating economic outlook.
Pinterest shares are soaring — up 38% — after delivering a monster quarter
Shares of Pinterest surged more than 38% Thursday, as investors rallied around the company's blowout third quarter earnings that indicated advertising demand revved up after a difficult period due to the Covid-19 pandemic. CEO Ben Silbermann said on the company's earnings call advertisers "want to be around positivity as they build their brands, and that's contributing to our growth as well." He also said he expects Pinterest's shopping tools to take off with consumers and brands as the company embeds shopping ad units into more places on the app. MKM Partners, while upgrading the stock to Buy, said Thursday that it also expects the company's shopping tools to grow. "It is still early days as far as shopping on Pinterest is concerned," the firm said.
As the Dow enters a correction, two market analysts break down the move
The Dow Jones Industrial Average have now entered a correction, falling more than 10% from its February peak. The blue-chip index has been hard hit this week as spiking Covid cases in the U.S. ignited fears over the economic recovery. "That is driving the markets and has been driving the markets for the past several weeks," Sanchez told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Wednesday. In the same interview, TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon reminded investors that the Dow is only a small slice of the market — and it's been underperforming for a long stretch. "The last time the Dow was actually outperforming the Nasdaq was in 2000-2002 when we had the Nasdaq sell off," he said.
Here's what every major analyst expects from Amazon's earnings report on Thursday
Wall Street analysts believe Amazon is poised to deliver another blow-out quarter when the e-commerce giant reports third-quarter earnings on Thursday after the bell. Consumers have flocked to the "stay-at-home" stock and analysts say the company will continue to benefit through the holiday season even as the econonmy re-opens and online sales grow. Amazon has also invested heavily in its shipping infrastructure and investors will be looking for signs the company is prepared to handle the expected demand. Other key catalysts to watch include Prime Member adds and revenue from digital advertising and the company's Amazon Web Services cloud business. Here's what analysts expect from Amazon's earnings report:
Disneyland Paris shuts down again as France enters lockdown
London (CNN Business) Disneyland Paris is temporarily closing again as France enters a second nationwide lockdown to curb a surge in coronavirus infections. The theme park will be shut from January 4 through February 12. France's President Emmanuel Macron announced a new nationwide lockdown on Wednesday that he said will last until December 1 "at minimum." Non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars will be closed starting Monday as the country battles a surge in coronavirus cases that hospitals warn could cause capacity issues. All 12 of its parks in North America, Asia and Europe were closed between March and May.
'The Joe Rogan Experience,' a podcast that has sparked outrage, is a huge hit for Spotify
Thursday's earnings report comes amid a week of backlash against Spotify after Joe Rogan hosted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his podcast Tuesday. When Spotify added "The Joe Rogan Experience" to the platform, the episodes that featured Jones and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes were absent. Vice's Motherboard reported Spotify employees challenged management about Rogan's presence on the platform, specifically citing his comments about transgender people. For the third quarter, Spotify reported 144 million paid subscribers, up 27% from the year prior and at the high end of its forecast. For the next quarter, Spotify estimates that there will be 150 million to 154 million paid subscribers and revenue of $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion.
Jobless claims fall to 751,000 in last report before election
New York (CNN Business) In a sign that the labor market is slowly continuing to improve, 751,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday in its last report before the presidential election. That's down 40,000 from the prior week , which was revised slightly higher. Unemployment claims have been drifting downward in recent months, but they remain far higher than they were prior to the pandemic. In recent weeks they have fallen below 800,000 for the first time since claims first spiked in March as coronavirus-fueled shutdowns began. That's up nearly 15,000 from the week before.
'The Conners' star Michael Fishman talks losing son to drugs
(CNN) Michael Fishman is sharing his story of loss and grief in an attempt to help others. "The Conners" star appeared Wednesday on "Tamron Hall" and talked about his teenage son, Larry, who died in June from an overdose. The actor, who also shares two children with his ex-wife Jennifer Briner, said Larry had previously been in foster care when he came into Fishman's life. "I feel like I came to Larry maybe later than I wish I could," Fishman said of the teen. "I think for parents, you know, you wish you had more time."
MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand Entering Free Agency
0 of 30Eric Gay/Associated PressWith the MLB offseason now officially underway, it's time for an updated version of our leaguewide power rankings. For our first offseason reshuffling, teams are ranked based on their 2021 outlook. We'll put together fresh versions of these power rankings throughout the offseason, with clubs shifting according to their wheelings and dealings. For now, this serves as a baseline for those future editions of our offseason rankings. This was my ninth year authoring our weekly MLB power rankings here at Bleacher Report, and debating the rankings each week remains one of my favorite parts of the job.
New York wedding and birthday party lead to 56 Covid cases, nearly 300 in quarantine
A wedding and birthday party in suburban New York turned into two Covid-19 “superspreader” events that infected more than 50 people and left nearly 300 in quarantine, officials said. Out of the 91 attendees, 30 people later tested positive, consisting of 27 guests, two employees, and an outside vendor, Bellone said. Six school districts in Suffolk County have already been affected by the positive cases and associated risk of exposure, officials added. The public health violations come two weeks after a Sweet 16 “super-spreader” party at Miller Place Inn in Suffolk County was fined $12,000, Bellone said at the time. More than three dozen people who tested positive were linked to the event, including 28 students and nine adults, officials said.
Lockdown blues shove stocks, oil back into the red
LONDON (Reuters) - European stocks and commodity markets fell again on Thursday, after a return to national lockdowns in some of the region’s biggest economies triggered the worst global selloff in months. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, October 27, 2020. The common currency fell to a 10-day low against the dollar and a hundred-day low against the yen. In the currency markets, the U.S. dollar edged up and riskier currencies remained subdued. The dollar, which hit a nine-day high in the previous session, was up 0.3% against a basket of six currencies.
Facebook gains court backing in document row with EU regulators
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook FB.O on Thursday won backing from Europe's second-highest court in a row with EU antitrust regulators over what the U.S. company says are excessive demands for data after a judge set specific conditions for access to its documents. Facebook alleged that EU antitrust regulators were seeking information beyond what was necessary, including highly personal details. The General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. Facebook, which said it has already provided more than a million documents to EU antitrust enforcers, welcomed the court ruling. Failure to comply with the regulators request for documents can lead to daily penalties of 8 million euros ($9.5 million).
Bunkering down
Ten people have been killed by rocket fire in Sderot since June 2005 and dozens more have been injured. The visual landscape of Sderot is shaped by some 200 bomb shelters scattered around the city. A city initiative in recent years brought artists to paint many of the bomb shelters. School yards feature block-shaped shelters or blast walls illustrated with idyllic nature scenes, urban graffiti, or primary colours. “Painting the bomb shelters makes the rocket reality a bit more normal even though it is completely abnormal,” said Bedein.
Guilty plea expected Thursday in campaign finance case linked to Giuliani ex-associates
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first of four men charged in a campaign finance case implicating former associates of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is expected to enter a guilty plea on Thursday. Such a hearing signals a guilty plea from a defendant who, like Correia, previously pleaded not guilty. The Ukraine-born Parnas and another former Giuliani associate, Belarus-born Igor Fruman, were also charged in the marijuana scheme, as was the fourth defendant, Ukraine-born Andrei Kukushkin. Giuliani, who is also a former New York City mayor, told Reuters last October he was paid $500,000 for work he did for Fraud Guarantee. The case is U.S. v. Parnas et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.
ConocoPhillips posts smaller-than-expected loss as oil prices recover
(Reuters) - Oil producer ConocoPhillips COP.N, which is buying Concho Resources Inc CXO.N for $8.3 billion, posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday as it benefited from a recovery in crude oil prices from pandemic-driven lows. ConocoPhillips reported a loss of $500 million, or 42 cents per share, compared with third-quarter 2019 earnings of $3.1 billion, or $2.74 per share. Third-quarter production was 1.2 million barrels of oil and gas per day, 4% below last year’s levels. As oil prices collapsed in the spring during global coronavirus lockdowns, ConocoPhillips said it would curtail more output than any North American producer, reducing its output by 460,000 barrels per day by June. It expects to exit the year making 1.1 million barrels of oil and gas per day.
Oil extends losses with 5% slump on renewed lockdowns
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell 5% on Thursday to their lowest since mid-June, extending the previous day’s sharp decline on the potential impact renewed coronavirus lockdowns will have on oil demand. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. “As lockdowns begin to bite on demand concerns across Europe, the near-term outlook for crude starts to deteriorate,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi. “[We] believe it is increasingly unlikely that oil production will be stepped up from January,” Commerzbank said. Oil had initially rebounded slightly from overnight losses in Asian morning trade on technical support and the prospect of tighter short-term supply as Hurricane Zeta slams Louisiana.
Putin praises Trump for role on global oil markets ahead of U.S. election
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia October 21, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday for his role in stabilising global oil markets, but criticised his administration for sanctioning Russia 46 times. Putin made the comments at an investment forum in Russia five days before Trump runs against Democratic rival Joe Biden in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.
Blades boss Wilder frustrated after Lundstram rejects new deal
Lundstram, who signed from Oxford United in 2017 and helped the Blades win promotion to the Premier League, is in the final year of his contract, and Wilder said the club would listen to offers for the 26-year-old in January. “I am very frustrated about it. Cards on the table, I believe John should have signed it,” the manager told reporters before Saturday’s home game against Manchester City. “We have offered him a very good contract that is up there with the top players at the club and he has made the decision with his agent that he doesn’t want to sign. The manager added that French forward Lys Mousset, who has not played this season due to a toe injury, could return at the start of December.
Make Science Great Again: U.S. researchers dream of life after Trump
It is the kind of work he once performed in the United States - and hopes to again soon. Against the advice of researchers, Trump announced plans in 2017 to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, an international accord to fight global warming. Biden, by contrast, has promised to fight climate change and to use scientific research and advice to tackle the pandemic. He moved to the French city of Toulouse, he said, to escape the politics that has engulfed U.S. climate science. He works primarily in the hope of informing policy, an endeavor that “was no longer relevant under the Trump administration,” he said.
Moderna says on track to report late-stage COVID-19 vaccine data next month
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder(Reuters) - Moderna Inc MRNA.O is on track to report early data from a late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate next month, the company said on Thursday, offering the clearest timeline yet on when the world will know whether the vaccine is effective. Moderna, which has no approved products on the market yet, is among a handful of companies in final trials for the vaccine, along with large drugmakers like Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N and Pfizer Inc PFE.N. “I believe that if we launch our COVID-19 vaccine, 2021 could be the most important inflection year in Moderna’s history,” said Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. The company said it was in talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility on a tiered pricing proposal for its vaccine.
Disneyland Paris to close again as France orders second virus lockdown
FILE PHOTO: Visitors enjoy the Mad Hatters Tea cups at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co’s Disneyland theme park in Paris will close again as France heads back into lockdown to fight a second wave of coronavirus infections, the company said on Thursday. Disneyland Paris had shut down in March to help fight the pandemic and reopened in July. Schools will stay open [L1N2HJ2WO]. The company announced in September that it was laying off 28,000 workers, most of them at U.S. theme parks.
Saudi Arabia says will open Umrah pilgrimage to Muslims from abroad from November 1 - Saudi media
FILE PHOTO: Muslims, keeping a safe social distance, perform Umrah at the Grand Mosque after Saudi authorities ease the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, October 3, 2020. Ministry of Hajj and Umrah/Handout via REUTERS/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will open the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims from other countries from Nov. 1, Saudi media reported on Thursday, as the kingdom relaxes measures it had taken to check the spread of the coronavirus. “The Umrah pilgrimage is allowed for Muslims from across the world,” Saudi state TV said, citing a statement from the Ministry of Pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia closed its borders in February to foreign Umrah pilgrims, and in March stopped its own citizens and residents from taking part. In July, it allowed a limited number of domestic pilgrims to perform the Hajj.
Formula One statistics for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
(Reuters) - Some statistics for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix at Italy’s Imola circuit, the 13th race of the season:FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Portuguese Grand Prix - Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal - October 23, 2020 Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen during practice Jose Sena Goulao/Pool via REUTERSLap distance: 4.909 km. Anti-clockwise Imola hosted the 1980 Italian Grand Prix and then from 1981 became home to the San Marino Grand Prix until 2006 when Michael Schumacher won for the seventh time. TITLEMercedes will take their seventh successive constructors’ title if Red Bull fail to score 34 points more than them. That means they need only a fourth place finish (12 points) to become champions even if Red Bull are first and second with the fastest lap (44 points). Ferrari have won 238 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 112 and Red Bull 63.
Mercedes set for seventh team title and F1 first at Imola
(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is closing in on a seventh Formula One championship but his dominant Mercedes team should get there first at Imola on Sunday. “It’s a track with lots of history but one that the Mercedes works team has never raced on before, so there are quite a few unknowns heading into the race weekend,” said team boss Toto Wolff. The race weekend will run to a two-day format, with no Friday practice but an extended session on Saturday before qualifying. McLaren’s Lando Norris, who was only six years old when Raikkonen finished fifth for the same team in 2006, raced at Imola in Italian Formula Four. “With it only being a two-day race weekend, it’ll definitely make things interesting by missing out on two free practice sessions.
WHO's COVID vaccine scheme to offer insurance coverage to poor nations
FILE PHOTO: Small bottles labelled with "Vaccine" stickers stand near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBRUSSELS (Reuters) - A vaccine scheme co-led by the World Health Organization is setting up a compensation fund for people in poor nations who might suffer any side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines, aiming to allay fears that could hamper a global rollout of shots and prolong the pandemic. The scheme is being set up by the promoters of the COVAX vaccine facility, which is co-led by the WHO and GAVI, a vaccine alliance.
Oil extends losses with 5% slump on renewed lockdowns
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell 5% on Thursday to their lowest since mid-June, extending the previous day’s sharp decline on the potential impact renewed coronavirus lockdowns will have on oil demand. FILE PHOTO: An oil refinery and storage facility is pictured south of downtown Houston January 30, 2012. “As lockdowns begin to bite on demand concerns across Europe, the near-term outlook for crude starts to deteriorate,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi. “[We] believe it is increasingly unlikely that oil production will be stepped up from January,” Commerzbank said. Oil had initially rebounded slightly from overnight losses in Asian morning trade on technical support and the prospect of tighter short-term supply as Hurricane Zeta slams Louisiana.
Lagarde comments at ECB press conference
FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde gestures as she addresses a news conference on the outcome of the meeting of the Governing Council, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachFRANKFURT, Oct 29 (Reuters) - The European Central Bank left policy unchanged on Thursday, resisting pressure to unveil more stimulus amid a new wave of the pandemic, but provided the clearest hint yet of fresh easing at its next meeting in December. Following are highlights of ECB President Christine Lagarde’s comments at a news conference after the policy meeting. SLOWING SERVICES“While activity in the manufacturing sector has continued to recover, activity in the services sector has been slowing visibly.”
ECB keeps stimulus unchanged but hints at December action
But the ECB otherwise left unchanged the parameters of its hallmark Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme. That leaves the ECB with little choice but to extend and expand its 1.35 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP), a move that is likely to come at the bank’s next meeting on Dec. 10. Addressing the rapid deterioration of the outlook is likely to be the focus of ECB President Christine Lagarde’s 1330 GMT news conference and economists expect her to provide clear hints that more stimulus is coming. With Thursday’s decision, the ECB also remains on track to buy another several hundred billion euros worth of bonds through other asset purchase schemes. It kept its deposit rate unchanged at a record-low minus 0.5% while the main refinancing rate remains at zero.
Poland's PM warns of big numbers of coronavirus cases next week
FILE PHOTO: Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrives on the second day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. Olivier Matthys/Pool via REUTERSWARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that the number of daily coronavirus cases may be significant next week due to protests against an abortion ruling last week. Poland has been rocked by huge demonstrations, most of them peaceful, since its top court ruled last Thursday that abortion due to foetal abnormalities was not permissible under the constitution. The country reported another daily record of coronavirus infections and deaths on Thursday with new 20,156 cases and 301 deaths related to COVID-19.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. This will require aggressive mitigation to control both the silent, asymptomatic spread and symptomatic spread,” one state’s report said. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
Masks good, ventilation better at cutting COVID risk at indoor events - study
BERLIN (Reuters) - Face masks and limits on numbers are important, but good ventilation technology is the most essential ingredient of all in reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading at public events indoors, according to a German study. Slideshow ( 2 images )And researchers say the study’s results have implications for containing the epidemic among the broader population too. Around 1,500 volunteers with face masks, hand sanitiser and proximity trackers attended an indoor pop-concert in Leipzig in August to assess how the virus spreads in large gatherings. “The most important finding for us was understanding how crucial it is to have good ventilation technology. This is key to lowering the risk of infection,” said Stefan Moritz, leader of the RESTART-19 study at the University Medical School in Halle.
Disneyland Paris to close again as France orders second virus lockdown
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Disneyland Paris is seen in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, as the theme park prepares to reopen its doors to the public following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co’s Disneyland theme park in Paris will close again as France heads back into lockdown to fight a second wave of coronavirus infections, the company said on Thursday. Disneyland Paris had shut down in March to help fight the pandemic and reopened in July. Schools will stay open [L1N2HJ2WO]. The company announced in September that it was laying off 28,000 workers, most of them at U.S. theme parks.
Labour Party suspends former leader Corbyn after anti-Semitism report
FILE PHOTO: Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waits for the General Election results of the Islington North constituency to be announced at a counting centre in Islington during Britain's general election, London, Britain December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party on Thursday suspended former leader Jeremy Corbyn in light of comments he made after a report said the party was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination in its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism. “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation,” it said in a statement. “He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”
Thai protesters target royal spending at Bangkok rally
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai protesters criticised spending by King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s palace and held a “fashion show” that parodied members of the royal family at a rally in Bangkok on Thursday that drew thousands of people. Protesters flash lights from their mobile phones while taking part in a protest against the government and to reform monarchy in Bangkok, Thailand, October 29, 2020. Speakers at the rally denounced what they said was wasteful spending by the royal family at a time Thailand’s tourist-reliant economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Protesters have called for reforms to the monarchy to reduce the king’s powers. The Thai protesters also seek a new constitution and the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader who rejects their accusations he engineered last year’s elections to keep power.
Spain's Catalonia region closes its borders to contain pandemic
FILE PHOTO: Police officers speak to a man while on patrol in a police vehicle during the first day of the night-time curfew set as part of a state of emergency in an effort to control the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Barcelona, Spain October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho DoceBARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia announced on Thursday a 15-day ban on entering and exiting its territory, the latest in a series of restrictions taken by Spanish regions to try and contain rampant COVID-19 contagion. Catalonia, home to the city of Barcelona, is one of the virus’ hotspots and has already some of the toughest measures in place in the country, including a 15-day shutdown of bars and restaurants, which will also be extended. It announced the new measures as the parliament in Madrid debated a nationwide state of emergency, which the central government wants to last until May to give regions legal backing for taking such restrictive measures. “The government is aware that citizens are tired after months of effort and sacrifices, of not being able to do what they used to do before, to hug people, our family and friends,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told parliament.
Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands remain above 10,000 in past 24 hours-data
FILE PHOTO: A patient infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is carried on a stretcher to a trauma helicopter to be transferred from the Flevo Hospital to Germany, where hospitals are helping by taking over Dutch coronavirus disease patients now that the number of hospital admissions continues to rise, in Almere, Netherlands October 23, 2020, REUTERS/Piroschka van de WouwAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands remained above 10,000 over the past hours, near a record high, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) on Thursday showed. The RIVM said the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 was 10,264, just below a high of 10,343 on Oct. 26. The number is being closely watched by the Dutch government, which is weighing tighter curbs.
Merkel lashes out at populists who say coronavirus is harmless
BERLIN (Reuters) - Populists who argue the coronavirus is harmless are dangerous and irresponsible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, defending a circuit break lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. It affects us all, without exception,” Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding new restrictions to reduce social contact were “necessary and proportionate”. She said populists who question the seriousness of the crisis were putting lives at risk. Worried hospitals will be overwhelmed, Merkel announced on Wednesday a month-long lockdown from Nov. 2 to include the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres. “The winter will be hard - four long, hard months - but it will end,” said Merkel.
Labour suspends ex-leader Corbyn after anti-Semitism failings exposed
Corbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response. “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation,” Labour said in a statement. The party added it had removed the Labour whip from Corbyn, meaning that the former leader will no longer be able to take part in House of Commons votes as a Labour lawmaker. “It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. “Never again will we fail to tackle anti-Semitism and never again will we lose your trust.”
Bulgarian president self-isolates after COVID-19 contact
FILE PHOTO: Bulgarian President Rumen Radev waves after meeting protesters at an anti-government demonstration in Sofia, Bulgaria, July 23, 2020. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File PhotoSOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is self-isolating after his secretary general tested positive for coronavirus and will continue to carry out his duties remotely, the president’s office said on Thursday. Bulgaria has closed universities, high schools and nightclubs for two weeks among other curbs aimed at containing a spike in new COVID-19 cases. Some 45,461 Bulgarians have tested positive for the disease since March and 1,197 have died. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Central Bank Governor Dimitar Radev are also in self-isolation after testing positive for the infection.
Spotify adds more subscribers as music streaming gets back on track
STOCKHOLM/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify added more subscribers than expected in the third quarter and forecast strong growth in the current quarter as the music streaming service expands into more markets. Spotify expects 150-154 million total premium subscribers in the fourth quarter, versus analysts’ forecast of 151.5 million. Third-quarter revenue rose 14% to 1.98 billion euros ($2.34 billion). Analysts were expecting 2 billion euros. Spotify lowered the top end of its revenue guidance range for the fourth quarter to 2.2 billion euros from 2.25 billion.
For this world traveler, life shapes leadership choices
NEW YORK - James Riley, 59, is used to being on the go as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s chief executive. For example, Mandarin Oriental partnered with The Oberoi Group in India in September to offer loyalty program members benefits across both companies’ properties. Riley spoke to Reuters about the life experiences that shaped his leadership choices in 2020. I think I can learn more from reading about Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow or the writings of Cicero than I can from reading business books. For business, it would be to each and every one of the Mandarin Oriental hotels, to make sure they’re still in a great place.
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S&P 500, Nasdaq rise at open on upbeat dataThe S&P 500 and Nasdaq opened higher on Thursday after upbeat economic data allayed some worries about surging coronavirus cases, while technology heavyweights found support ahead of quarterly earnings reports. The S&P 500 opened higher by 6.54 points, or 0.20%, at 3,277.57 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 59.60 points, or 0.54%, to 11,064.47 at the opening bell.
Moderna says on track to report late-stage COVID-19 vaccine data next month
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder(Reuters) - Moderna Inc is on track to report early data from a late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate next month, the company said on Thursday, offering the clearest timeline yet on when the world will know whether the vaccine is effective. The company, one of the front-runners in the global race to produce a vaccine, said its independent data monitoring committee is expected to conduct an interim review of its ongoing 30,000-volunteer late-stage trial in November. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has signed deals with the U.S. government and several other countries, and is in talks with a WHO-led group for supply of the vaccine. The company said it was in talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility on a tiered pricing proposal for its vaccine.
Thai protesters target royal spending at Bangkok rally
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai protesters criticised spending by King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s palace and held a “fashion show” that parodied members of the royal family at a rally in Bangkok on Thursday that drew thousands of people. Speakers at the rally denounced what they said was wasteful spending by the royal family at a time Thailand’s tourist-reliant economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus. “It wouldn’t be a problem if this wasn’t our money,” student leader Jutatip Sirikhan told the crowd. Protesters have called for reforms to the monarchy to reduce the king’s powers. [nL8N2HJ7WH]The Thai protesters also seek a new constitution and the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader who rejects their accusations he engineered last year’s elections to keep power.
Value of Canada building permits jump 17.0% in September from August
FILE PHOTO: Single family homes are seen in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer GauthierOTTAWA (Reuters) - The value of Canadian building permits rose by 17.0% in September from August, the biggest monthly increase since May, Statistics Canada said on Thursday. Some municipalities reported that builders began to submit applications earlier as a precaution against potential shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic, StatsCan said. The residential sector saw higher intentions for both the single-family and multi-family components, while all three non-residential components also increased. The value of building permits were up in six provinces, with Ontario recording the largest increase.
Canadian dollar turns lower for the month as oil slumps
FILE PHOTO: A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto, January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mark BlinchTORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar fell to a four-week low against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Thursday as oil prices tumbled, with investors concerned that rising coronavirus infections could derail a global economic recovery. The Canadian dollar CAD= was trading 0.4% lower at 1.3379 to the greenback, or 74.74 U.S. cents. For the month, the loonie was down 0.4%, having been up as much as 1.8% just eight days ago. U.S. crude CLc1 prices were down nearly 6% at $35.16 a barrel, while the safe-haven U.S. dollar .DXY climbed against a basket of major currencies.
Facebook gains court backing in document row with EU regulators
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook on Thursday won backing from Europe’s second-highest court in a row with EU antitrust regulators over what the U.S. company says are excessive demands for data after a judge set specific conditions for access to its documents. Facebook alleged that EU antitrust regulators were seeking information beyond what was necessary, including highly personal details. The General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. Facebook, which said it has already provided more than a million documents to EU antitrust enforcers, welcomed the court ruling. Failure to comply with the regulators request for documents can lead to daily penalties of 8 million euros ($9.5 million).
Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday. In political rallies, Trump has often claimed that Biden would take a softer approach to China. But due to the political sensitivities of easing U.S. pressure on China, questions remain about the prospect that Biden will act swiftly to decrease tariffs if he is elected. Immediate consultation would be needed “to identify areas where we can bring collective leverage on China,” Prescott said. “But they’ve been alienated, they’ve been insulted by President Trump, and that’s made our hand with China even weaker than it should be.”
Meghan Markle wins bid to delay court battle with UK newspaper
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is suing Associated Newspapers over articles in the Mail on Sunday that included parts of a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Judge Mark Warby said on Thursday he had granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave “a confidential ground” for doing so. “My conclusion is that the right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application,” he said. Lawyers for Meghan say the publication of the letter to her father was a misuse of private information and breached her copyright. Meghan and Harry are now living in Los Angeles with their baby son Archie, having stepped down from their royal roles at the end of March.
U.S. economy notches record growth in third quarter
Gross domestic product rebounded at a 33.1% annualized rate last quarter, the Commerce Department said in its advance estimate on Thursday. That was the fastest pace since the government started keeping records in 1947 and followed a historic shrinkage rate of 31.4% in the second quarter. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the economy expanding at a 31% rate in the July-September quarter. The economy slipped into recession in February. Though claims have dropped from a record 6.867 million in March, they remain above their 665,000 peak seen during the 2007-09 Great Recession.
ECB keeps stimulus unchanged but hints at Dec action
But the ECB otherwise left unchanged the parameters of its hallmark Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme. That leaves the ECB with little choice but to extend and expand its 1.35 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP), a move that is likely to come at the bank’s next meeting on Dec. 10. Addressing the rapid deterioration of the outlook is likely to be the focus of ECB President Christine Lagarde’s 1330 GMT news conference and economists expect her to provide clear hints that more stimulus is coming. With Thursday’s decision, the ECB also remains on track to buy another several hundred billion euros worth of bonds through other asset purchase schemes. It kept its deposit rate unchanged at a record-low minus 0.5% while the main refinancing rate remains at zero.
Putin says equipment a problem in production of Russian COVID-19 vaccines
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia May 22, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was facing challenges scaling up production of its main COVID-19 vaccine due to problems with equipment availability, but hoped to start mass vaccinations by the end of the year. “There is one question right now and that’s providing for the industrial production (of the vaccine) in the necessary volumes,” Putin said, speaking by video link to an investor forum in Russia. “We know that many European countries have already signed contract for deliveries of the vaccine from Britain,” Putin said. “Unfortunately, our colleagues there have seen some setbacks, they are making their vaccine on the basis of the monkey adenovirus,” Putin said.
ECB keeps policy unchanged but signals easing in December
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank left policy unchanged on Thursday, resisting pressure to unveil more stimulus amid a new wave of the pandemic, but provided the clearest hint yet of fresh easing at its next meeting in December. Others among the 19 countries that use the euro are also shutting much of their services sectors, a blow to the fledgling recovery. The ECB warned that the pandemic posed risks to economic growth and it would reassess whether more support is needed at its December 10 meeting, when new projections become available. Banks, flush with liquidity, borrow for minus 1% and their biggest fear is deteriorating credit quality, not the availability of cheap funding. Nevertheless, once the ECB has unveiled fresh economic projections at its Dec. 10 meeting, it is likely to extend and expand its 1.35 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme and improve funding conditions for banks.
Masks good, ventilation better at cutting COVID risk at indoor events: study
BERLIN (Reuters) - Face masks and limits on numbers are important, but good ventilation technology is the most essential ingredient of all in reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading at public events indoors, according to a German study. REUTERS/Thilo SchmuelgenAnd researchers say the study’s results have implications for containing the epidemic among the broader population too. Around 1,500 volunteers with face masks, hand sanitiser and proximity trackers attended an indoor pop-concert in Leipzig in August to assess how the virus spreads in large gatherings. “The most important finding for us was understanding how crucial it is to have good ventilation technology. This is key to lowering the risk of infection,” said Stefan Moritz, leader of the RESTART-19 study at the University Medical School in Halle.
Blades boss Wilder frustrated after Lundstram rejects new deal
Lundstram, who signed from Oxford United in 2017 and helped the Blades win promotion to the Premier League, is in the final year of his contract, and Wilder said the club would listen to offers for the 26-year-old in January. “I am very frustrated about it. Cards on the table, I believe John should have signed it,” the manager told reporters before Saturday’s home game against Manchester City. “We have offered him a very good contract that is up there with the top players at the club and he has made the decision with his agent that he doesn’t want to sign. The manager added that French forward Lys Mousset, who has not played this season due to a toe injury, could return at the start of December.
Up to 23 million people in U.S. could move thanks to remote work, survey finds
The survey showed 14 million to 23 million people plan to pack up, many of them from big U.S. cities. The trend is no surprise since the pandemic made it dangerous to commute on mass transit and work in crowded offices. Some 20,000 people participated and results of the three surveys show 6.9% to 11.5% of households plan a move because of remote work opportunities. Several tech companies, including Facebook Inc FB.O, Twitter Inc TWTR.N, Square, Dropbox Inc DBX.Oand Stripe, are giving employees the option to choose permanent remote work with some requiring a pay cut for those leaving the expensive cities. “It’s very hard to rebuild new relationship capital in the work from home environment with people you’ve never met…It’s hard to create serendipity.”
Mercedes set for seventh team title and F1 first at Imola
(Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is closing in on a seventh Formula One championship but his dominant Mercedes team should get there first at Imola on Sunday. “It’s a track with lots of history but one that the Mercedes works team has never raced on before, so there are quite a few unknowns heading into the race weekend,” said team boss Toto Wolff. The race weekend will run to a two-day format, with no Friday practice but an extended session on Saturday before qualifying. McLaren’s Lando Norris, who was only six years old when Raikkonen finished fifth for the same team in 2006, raced at Imola in Italian Formula Four. “With it only being a two-day race weekend, it’ll definitely make things interesting by missing out on two free practice sessions.
Formula One statistics for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
(Reuters) - Some statistics for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix at Italy’s Imola circuit, the 13th race of the season:Lap distance: 4.909 km. Anti-clockwise Imola hosted the 1980 Italian Grand Prix and then from 1981 became home to the San Marino Grand Prix until 2006 when Michael Schumacher won for the seventh time. TITLEMercedes will take their seventh successive constructors’ title if Red Bull fail to score 34 points more than them. That means they need only a fourth place finish (12 points) to become champions even if Red Bull are first and second with the fastest lap (44 points). Ferrari have won 238 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 112 and Red Bull 63.
S&P 500, Nasdaq rise at open on upbeat data
FILE PHOTO: The New York Stock Exchange is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq opened higher on Thursday after upbeat economic data allayed some worries about surging coronavirus cases, while technology heavyweights found support ahead of quarterly earnings reports. The S&P 500 .SPX opened higher by 6.54 points, or 0.20%, at 3,277.57 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC gained 59.60 points, or 0.54%, to 11,064.47 at the opening bell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 38.97 points, or 0.15%, at the open to 26,480.98.
Vodafone Idea second-quarter revenue slips on subscriber losses
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian telecom operator Vodafone Idea Ltd reported a 0.5% drop in second-quarter revenue on Thursday, as subscriber losses to rivals overshadowed benefits from a move to hike tariffs last year. The company’s subscriber base slipped to 271.8 million subscribers as of September-end from 311.1 million subscribers a year ago, indicating a decline in market share for the joint venture between Vodafone Group and India’s Idea Cellular. The debt-laden company re-branded itself last month and approved a fundraise of up to 250 billion rupees ($3.38 billion), as it looks for ways to pay about 500 billion rupees in government dues. Consolidated revenue fell to 107.91 billion rupees from 108.44 billion rupees a year earlier. Consolidated loss came in at 72.18 billion rupees for the period ending Sept. 30, compared with a loss of 509.22 billion rupees a year earlier.
Lagarde comments at ECB press conference
FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde gestures as she addresses a news conference on the outcome of the meeting of the Governing Council, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachFRANKFURT, Oct 29 (Reuters) - The European Central Bank left policy unchanged on Thursday, resisting pressure to unveil more stimulus amid a new wave of the pandemic, but provided the clearest hint yet of fresh easing at its next meeting in December. Following are highlights of ECB President Christine Lagarde’s comments at a news conference after the policy meeting. CAUTIOUS CONSUMERS“Consumers are cautious in the light of the pandemic and its ramifications for employment and earnings.”SLOWING SERVICES“While activity in the manufacturing sector has continued to recover, activity in the services sector has been slowing visibly.”
Keir Starmer: Labour’s anti-Semitism ‘day of shame’
LONDON — The U.K. Labour Party was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination,” an investigation into anti-Semitism in the party by the national human rights watchdog found. Corbyn’s successor Keir Starmer called it a “day of shame” for the party, accepted the EHRC report’s findings in full, and pledged to implement its recommendations. Since it was launched, Corbyn stood down as leader following the party’s December 2019 general election defeat, to be replaced by current leader Keir Starmer. AdvertisementCaroline Waters, interim chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “The Labour Party made a commitment to zero tolerance for anti-Semitism. Our investigation has highlighted multiple areas where its approach and leadership to tackling anti-Semitism was insufficient.
India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki says no urgent need to cut car taxes
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, India’s biggest carmaker, said on Thursday there was no immediate need for the government to cut taxes on cars to boost sales even as it warned of uncertainty in demand after December. “At this point when there is no lack of demand for what can be produced (so) giving relief would be quite unnecessary,” Bhargava said. It would, however, be hard to predict the sales situation from January, since short-term demand for cars is expected to have been largely met by then, he said. Maruti reported a net profit of 13.72 billion rupees ($186 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30, missing an average analyst estimate of 15.04 billion, according to Refinitiv data. The carmaker, which saw domestic car sales rise 18.6% to 370,619 units during the quarter as demand for small cars made a comeback, was hit by higher raw material costs and tax expenses.
Justin Turner Failed to be a COVID-19 Role Model
As Vanessa Tyson watched the final out of the 2020 World Series from her childhood home in Whittier, Calif., the moment overwhelmed her. She’d been waiting 32 years, since 1988, to savor another World Series win. Then she found out that one of her favorite players, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, left the game in the eighth inning because he tested positive for COVID-19. This is awful.”Turner’s actions overshadowed what should have been a euphoric moment for baseball: being able to crown a World Series champion during a pandemic. So a baseball player could have skipped potentially turning a World Series celebration into a superspeader event.
EU needs to recruit beyond the bubble: Report
The EU institutions’ current selection process for staff “hampers geographic and socio-economic diversity,” according to a report out Thursday. The European Court of Auditors said the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) — which is responsible for selecting staff to work for the EU’s institutions and agencies — “should reconsider how it selects new recruits for the EU civil service.”EPSO’s recruitment processes (so-called competitions) “are the gateway to a career in the EU civil service, but no longer meet the EU institutions’ current recruitment needs,” Annemie Turtelboom, the ECA member responsible for the report, said in a press release. It says the system met recruitment needs when the EU was expanding its staffing between 2004 and 2007, but is inefficient for today’s more specific role requirements. In one example given, just 159 candidates were shortlisted for a general role that had 25,379 candidates applying for it. Also according to the report, Belgium and Luxembourg remain the two countries where most respondents begin the process toward an EU job and many applicants “are or have been employed in EU institutions.”The report says that managers told the ECA that candidates recruited through EPSO “were not of a noticeably higher calibre than staff they had recruited through other channels.”
New Czech health minister named amid spiraling coronavirus crisis
The previous health minister, Roman Prymula, was forced to resign for breaking his own lockdown rules | Martin Divisek/EPAPRAGUE — Czech President Miloš Zeman on Thursday appointed Jan Blatný as the country’s health minister to succeed Roman Prymula, who was forced to resign after being photographed violating his own lockdown restrictions. He takes over the ministry at a critical time in the Czech Republic’s struggle to contain the pandemic. The Czech Republic now has the second-highest per capita weekly rate of infections in the EU, trailing only Belgium. The president of the Czech Medical Chamber, Milan Kubek, told Czech Radio-Radiožurnál that some 15,500 health professionals, including more than 2,900 doctors, are currently infected. The outgoing health minister had previously mandated the closure of schools and all non-essential shops and ordered the wearing of face masks indoors and in most outdoor situations.
Labour suspends former leader Jeremy Corbyn
LONDON — The Labour Party announced Thursday it had suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn pending an investigation. The former Labour leader had earlier responded to a report by the U.K.’s Equality and Human Rights Commission which found that the party was “responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination” in its handling of complaints of anti-Semitism within its ranks under Corbyn’s leadership. “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation,” a spokesperson said. “He has also had the whip removed [been suspended] from the parliamentary Labour Party.”AdvertisementCorbyn — who remains a talismanic figure for many on Labour’s left wing — responded to the findings shortly after their publication saying that, while he regretted that it “took longer” to tackle the issue than it should have done, and that “one anti-Semite is one too many,” the “scale of the problem” had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media.”At a press conference, his successor Keir Starmer, who described it as a “day of shame” for the party, declined to directly criticize his former leader, saying the report’s findings showed a “collective failure of leadership.” However, he added that those who claimed accusations of anti-Semitism were “exaggerated or a factional attack” were “part of the problem” and should be “nowhere near the Labour party.”
Meghan Markle Wins Bid To Postpone Trial For 'Confidential' Reason
During a hearing in London, judge Mark Warby granted the application to delay the trial for around nine months, from a scheduled Jan. 11 start date to the fall of 2021. The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for the delay request should remain confidential. Chris Jackson via Getty Images The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers over five February 2019 articles in the Mail on Sunday and on the MailOnline website. Associated Newspapers is contesting the claim at the High Court in London. Markle, an American actress and star of TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, one of the grandsons of Queen Elizabeth II, in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
U.S. election won’t resolve the world’s China angst
U.S. election won’t resolve the world’s China angst Presented by NoomAs the United States hunkers down for one of the most consequential elections in its history, it’s focused, rightly, on the question of whose votes get counted, how quickly and how justly. Tokyo, Delhi and Canberra want a more consistent U.S. yet fear a post-election over-correction could mean America underestimates China (again). Democratic nominee Joe Biden's supporters say Beijing wants President Donald Trump to win; Trump supporters say Beijing wants Biden to win. "The massive rollout of facial recognition technology is partly exploitation of the psychology of the silent majority,” Lao told China Watcher. — “I'd originally envisioned the story as a ‘tale of two caves,’ Mao's in Yan'an and Xi's in Liangjiahe, both quasi-shrines for red pilgrimages that spin the two leaders' legends,” Su tells China Watcher.
Trump's job rating could tell us a lot about his ballot performance
In 1996, the October NBC/WSJ poll had Bill Clinton’s approval at 56 percent; he got 49.2 percent in that three-way race. In 2004, the late October NBC/WSJ poll had George W. Bush’s approval at 49 percent; he got 50.7 percent of the vote. And in 2012, the October NBC/WSJ poll had Barack Obama’s approval at 49 percent; he got 51.1 percent of the vote. His job rating in our most recent national NBC/WSJ poll was 44 percent. Which means in states like Florida and elsewhere, Trump will need to overperform his current job rating to win.
I Want To Be Happy For My Pregnant Friends, But Sometimes It’s A Struggle. Here’s Why.
It’s not that we aren’t happy for our pregnant friends. We want to be included when you and all our other mommy friends get together with the kids for playdates. With each and every post on their pregnancy journey, their changing shape and their ultrasound photos comes a new reminder of the pain you want to forget. Like when one of my pregnant friends asked me if I was jealous she was pregnant and I wasn’t. Despite the fact that it seems like everyone else can sneeze and get pregnant, it’s actually a fairly common struggle many couples face.
Around 751,000 people filed for first-time jobless benefits last week, in last employment snapshot before Election Day
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week for the first time continued at historically high levels, reaching 751,000, slightly better than analyst predictions. Thursday's data from the Department of Labor represents the last economic snapshot before the presidential election. “That initial bounce we got in employment that was the easy part,” Ryan Sweet, senior director of economic research at Moody’s, told NBC News. “The longer you’re unemployed, the less likely you’re going to find a job — and the longer you’re unemployed, you might just drop out of the job market altogether,” Sonders said. "A surge in the virus also dampens job seeker interest in opportunities that aren’t remote.
GDP rose at 33.1 percent annualized rate last quarter, but blowout figure is not what it seems
Last quarter saw a record-high jump in economic growth: The government’s initial GDP calculation came in at 33.1 percent for the quarter on an annualized basis. That’s what a lot of this is,” said Dan North, senior economist at Euler Hermes North America. “The utility of a number like GDP is to get it all in one shot,” said Ross Mayfield, an investment strategy analyst at Baird. Market observers say the GDP bounce is too little, too late to move the needle with voters. This is bad news for the fourth quarter, North said.
Agency that cares for migrant kids was not told Trump admin was separating families, says report
In 2017, the administration launched a pilot program for separating migrant children and parents in El Paso, Texas. The program lasted about six months, during which time more than 1,100 children were separated from their parents, according to court documents. Lawyers responsible for reuniting separated families recently disclosed in court that they have been unable to find the parents of 545 children separated in the 2017 pilot program. “As administration officials had predicted, the government lacked the capacity to track separated family members. Efforts to reunify separated children continue to this day."
Florida man accused of changing Gov. Ron DeSantis' address in voter database
A Florida man is accused of changing the address of Gov. Ron DeSantis in the state's voter database. Anthony Guevara, 20, from Naples, was arrested Tuesday after investigators said he used a computer to change the governor's voter information. On Tuesday, authorities obtained a search warrant and spoke to Guevara, who admitted to changing the governor's information, the report states. His attorney, Mike Carr, said that his client thought that changing the governor's information was a prank and "had no evil intent."
Perdue, Ossoff face off in Georgia Senate debate, attack goes viral
Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close. The outcome could have national implications over which party controls the Senate, with Democrats hoping Ossoff could give the party their first U.S. Senate win in Georgia since 2000. The number one thing that will bankrupt us is the Green New Deal and socialized medicine,” Perdue said. Wednesday night’s event was the first debate where Perdue and Ossoff met in person. The debate was initially scheduled for Oct. 19 but was postponed so Perdue could return to Washington for a procedural vote on GOP-backed coronavirus relief legislation.
Mail-in ballots extended deadlines in two battleground states approved by Supreme Court
She also repeated her line from earlier today in Tucson that there’s been talk about her values. Trump’s job-approval rating in the battleground is also 47 percent, per the poll. Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close. More than half, 51 percent, of likely voters support the former vice president while 47 percent said that they back Trump. The candidates were tied at 48 percentage in the NBC News/Marist poll from September conducted in Florida.
Biden vows to pass LGBTQ rights legislation in first 100 days
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to make passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act a top priority, hoping to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days should he win Tuesday’s election. He outlined his agenda for LGBTQ rights in an email interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, a nationally known advocate for gay rights since the 1970s. “I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days - a priority that Donald Trump opposes,” Biden said of the Republican incumbent he is challenging. The Trump administration opposed the Equality Act, saying it would “undermine parental and conscience rights,” and has also restricted queer rights in the name of religious liberty. The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in 2019, but the legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Economy grew at 33.1 percent rate in third quarter of 2020
SEE NEW POSTSEconomy grew at 33.1 percent rate in third quarter of 2020 The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter of 2020, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday. That's up from the second quarter of this year when real GDP decreased 31.4 percent — a drop fueled by a global pandemic that brought the economy to a halt. Share this -The economy is showing signs of recovery. Anastancia Cuna and her daughter Nyeleti, 13, in a park near their home in Peabody, Mass., on Oct. 25, 2020. Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close.
The economy is showing signs of recovery. Many Black Americans are not.
SEE NEW POSTSThe economy is showing signs of recovery. Anastancia Cuna and her daughter Nyeleti, 13, in a park near their home in Peabody, Mass., on Oct. 25, 2020. She left her job and became one of the tens of millions of Americans whose economic livelihoods were upended this year. Perdue and Ossoff met in Savannah for their second debate of the race, which polls indicate is extremely close. #GASen #GASenDebate pic.twitter.com/5iW8wsrpGq — Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) October 29, 2020 Share this -
The Latest: Paris Masters tennis to be held without fans
The Latest: Paris Masters tennis to be held without fansFans wearing protective face masks watch the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)Fans wearing protective face masks watch the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Paris Masters tennis tournament will be held without fans next week as France enters a second lockdown phase amid the coronavirus pandemic. The indoor tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris from Nov. 2-8 was initially allowed to have 1,000 fans for day sessions and none at night. The French Tennis Federation says fans will be refunded for their tickets.
Trump rule requires health plans to disclose costs up front
Trying to pull back the veil on health costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Oct. 29, will finalize requirements for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. Trying to pull back the veil on health costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Oct. 29, will finalize requirements for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. ADVERTISEMENTA related Trump administration price disclosure requirement applying to hospitals is facing a federal lawsuit from the industry, alleging coercion and interference with business practices. The idea behind the new regulations on insurers is to empower patients to become better consumers of health care, thereby helping to drive down costs. The Trump administration’s initiative drills down more deeply to try to get at the prices actually paid by insurers.
Judge grants 9-month delay to Meghan’s lawsuit against paper
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles during her visit with Prince Harry to Canada House, in London. The former Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, made the request ahead of a preliminary hearing on the case scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP, file)FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles during her visit with Prince Harry to Canada House, in London. The former Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, made the request ahead of a preliminary hearing on the case scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29. The decision followed a hearing held in private, and Warby said the reason for the delay request should remain confidential.
Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris to play CMAs
FILE - Eric Church performs at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 28, 2017. Church will perform at this year's CMA Awards in Nashville. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File)FILE - Eric Church performs at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 28, 2017. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs and more are set to take the stage at the CMA Awards in November. The country music awards show promised that the genre’s biggest stars will be together in one room again for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak started.
European Central Bank: Just wait until December
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2020 file photo, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde attends a news conference during the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany. The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its stimulus programs despite growing concern that a renewed surge in COVID-19 cases could stall the economy’s recovery from the deep downturn early this year. Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2020 file photo, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde attends a news conference during the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany. The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its stimulus programs despite growing concern that a renewed surge in COVID-19 cases could stall the economy’s recovery from the deep downturn early this year. Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its current economic stimulus but signaled that more could be coming at its December meeting given that risks are growing as surging coronavirus infections threaten Europe’s economy.
UN weather agency: Moderate to strong La Nina this year
BERLIN (AP) — The La Nina climate phenomenon has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns across the world, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. A La Nina usually means a more active Atlantic hurricane season, with more and perhaps stronger storms. The World Meteorological Organization in Geneva said La Nina, characterized by abnormally cold sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is “expected to be moderate to strong” this year. The global declaration of a La Nina event is used by governments to help plan responses in vulnerable sectors like agriculture, health, water resources and disaster management, the WMO said. ADVERTISEMENTThis year’s La Nina is expected to bring drier than usual conditions to East Africa during the planting season, which the U.N. weather agency called “a further worrying development which may add to the food security challenges in the region.”In North America, La Nina typically brings more rain to the north of the continent and less to the south.
The Latest: EU leaders condemn deadly French church attack
French policemen and forensic officers stand in front of Notre Dame church after a knife attack, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)French policemen and forensic officers stand in front of Notre Dame church after a knife attack, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France , (all times local):2:35 p.m. ___11:20 a.m.An attacker armed with a knife has killed three people at a church in the southern French city of Nice.
Nagorno-Karabakh fighting grinds on amid more peace talks
Fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Thursday, as the latest cease-fire agreement brokered by the U.S. failed to halt the flare-up of a decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. (AP Photo)YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh ground on for a fifth week Thursday as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan prepared for more talks on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. ADVERTISEMENTAzerbaijan’s Defense Ministry denied using aviation and accused Armenian forces of shelling the Terter, Goranboy and Barda regions of Azerbaijan. The latest fighting between regional, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces began Sept. 27 and has involved heavy artillery, rockets and drones. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that to end hostilities, Armenian forces must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh.
AP Explains: The rule that made the modern internet
Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today. Under the U.S. law, internet companies are generally exempt from liability for the material users post on their networks. That didn’t sit well with politicians, who worried that outcome would discourage newly forming internet companies from moderating at all.
Jon Stewart will be back in the host’s chair for Apple TV+
Jon Stewart will be back in the host’s chair for Apple TV+FILE- Jon Stewart presents the Pat Tillman award for service on July 18, 2018, at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Stewart will return to television as host of an Apple TV+ public affairs show, the streaming service said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Stewart will return to television as host of an Apple TV+ public affairs show, the streaming service said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show” and with a new home at Apple TV+. ADVERTISEMENTEach season of the show will have a companion podcast to “continue the discussion,” Apple TV+ said.
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Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters
Voters have been ushered to the polls by fleets of minivans, with bicycle parades and on horseback in Indian Country. Often unable to knock on doors or chat in person because of virus concerns, advocates have had to adapt. In Native American tribal communities devastated by the coronavirus, from job losses to sickness and death, advocates are mindful of causing further stress. Some voters are wary of catching the virus by voting in person, but they’re also concerned about the mail-in option. Like Gehman in New Mexico, Rhada Pyati in Philadelphia has devoted untold hours to writing letters as part of Vote Forward.
Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat
For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. The still-elevated number of jobless claims underscores that a full recovery from the pandemic recession remains far off. The outlook for the economy over the next six months fell particularly hard, according to the Conference Board, a business research group. One-quarter of all adults say their family’s financial condition worsened in September compared with February, before the pandemic, according to a survey by the Urban Institute.
Khloe Kardashian confirms she had coronavirus in video
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Khloe Kardashian watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles. The reality star confirmed her previous diagnosis in a Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, sneak peek clip of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The bedridden Kardashian spoke in the video with a hoarse voice. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Khloe Kardashian watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Khloe Kardashian says she had tested positive for the coronavirus. The reality star confirmed her previous diagnosis in a Wednesday sneak peek clip of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” The bedridden Kardashian spoke in the video with a hoarse voice.
Iraqi Family Identifies Their Son As ISIS Teen At Center Of Navy War Crimes Trial
The teenager in the video was at the heart of a war crimes trial last year. Now, NPR has been able to identify the dead fighter based on information from Iraqi officials and confirmation from his family. Naser, Khaled's father, had been an Iraqi intelligence officer under Saddam — a career that included a posting at the Iraqi Embassy in Malaysia. But he was actually captured in Mosul, according to an Iraqi commander interviewed by Navy investigators. Then, in late 2016, as U.S. and Iraqi forces moved in, ISIS forced the family to move to Mosul as human shields.
U.S. Economy Grows At Record Pace But Still Has A Long Way To Go
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3 Dead In Apparent Terrorist Knife Attack At Church In Nice, France
3 Dead In Apparent Terrorist Knife Attack At Church In Nice, FranceEnlarge this image toggle caption Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images Valery Hache/AFP via Getty ImagesA man used a knife to attack people at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France, Thursday, killing three people, authorities say. The mayor called the attack on the church an attack on the Christian world. "The attacker kept repeating 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great) even while under medication," Estrosi said in a media briefing outside the church, according to Radio France Internationale. "The knife attack comes two weeks to the day of the beheading of a French school teacher in a town north of Paris," NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports for our Newscast unit. The attack in Nice took place on the day Muslims celebrate the anniversary of Muhammad's birth.
Trump Vs. Biden Poll Shows A Close Race, But 4 Key Groups Favor Joe Biden, IBD/TIPP Presidential Poll Shows
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ARK Invest's Cathie Wood Reveals Her Successful Playbook
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India Crosses 8 Million Coronavirus Cases; Second Only To U.S.
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How To Spot Major Stock Market Tops: Track The Distribution Days
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Regeneron Stock Up On Advances For Covid-19 Treatment, Lung Cancer Drug
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) late Wednesday posted positive data for its Covid-19 treatment candidate and early Thursday said regulators approved its lung cancer drug for priority review, and Regeneron stock rose early. REGN-COV2 is aimed at mild-to-moderate Covid-19 patients who are at high risk of poor outcomes. In premarket trading in the stock market today, Regeneron stock rose 2% to 578. On Wednesday, a rough day for the market overall, Regeneron stock fell 2.7%. After hitting an all-time high of 664.64 in July, Regeneron stock sports a Composite Rating of 97.
Monster Beverage Energized, Clears Key Mark
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Nio Stock Rises On A Key Milestone As Wall Street Sees 'Strong EV Leader In the Making'
Nio (NIO) announced a key production milestone as Morgan Stanley turned more bullish on the electric-car maker. He cited stronger-than-expected demand and strong backlog for Nio's EC6 electric coupe SUV, a potential rival to the Model Y. He kept an overweight rating while raising his price target on Nio stock to 33 from 20.50. Nio Stock, Electric Car StocksShares of Nio rose 1.5% to 27.95 early on the stock market today. Nio stock is extended from an Aug. 25 breakout past a 15.55 buy point, meaning shares are not in buy range.
Forget AT&T’s Lofty 7.8% Yield. Its Dividend Looks Safe.
Against this backdrop, the stock has recently sold off, pushing up the yield to a lofty 7.8%. When AT&T reported solid third-quarter earnings last week, it boosted its free cash flow guidance to at least $26 billion for the year. That would put the dividend payout ratio, which in this case measures the percentage of free cash flow paid out in dividends, in the high-50s. A lower payout ratio is preferable in part because it means the company’s free cash flow is less stretched and there’s more financial flexibility. Exxon Mobil’s dividend, by contrast, exceeds free cash flow, forcing the company to use other sources such as asset sales to fund the payout.
ECB signals it’s likely to boost stimulus in December
Growth forecasts will be slashed come December, prompting the ECB to provide more stimulus,” said Claus Vistesen, chief eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a note. In the statement, the ECB said policy makers will “carefully assess the incoming information, including the dynamics of the pandemic, prospects for a rollout of vaccines and developments in the exchange rate,” the Governing Council said. It will also continue to make net purchases under its asset purchase program, or APP, at a monthly pace of 20 billion euros. Those purchases will be accompanied by purchases under the additional €120 billion temporary envelope until the end of the year. ECB President Christine Lagarde will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Frankfurt time, or 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
Overstock.com Stock Pops After the Online Retailer Reports a Surprise Profit
Overstock.com reported a surprise profit for its third quarter, crushing Wall Street’s expectations. The e-commerce firm (ticker: OSTK) reported earnings of 50 cents a share, well ahead of the 2 cents per share net loss that analysts had anticipated, according to FactSet. The company’s sales of $731.7 million also beat expectations for $585.6 million. Johnson said quarterly gross sales in Overstock.com’s retail business doubled year-over-year, while the number of new customers jumped 141%. The stock was up 13% to $81.30 shortly after the market opened Thursday.
Walgreens Boots, Chevron share losses contribute to Dow's 184-point drop
Behind declines for shares of Walgreens Boots and Chevron, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is declining Thursday morning. The Dow DJIA, -0.02% was most recently trading 184 points (0.7%) lower, as shares of Walgreens Boots WBA, -2.25% and Chevron CVX, -1.01% have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday decline. Walgreens Boots's shares have fallen $0.89, or 2.6%, while those of Chevron have fallen $1.41, or 2.1%, combining for an approximately 15-point drag on the Dow. Merck MRK, -1.19% , UnitedHealth UNH, -1.25% , and Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -0.89% are also contributing significantly to the decline. Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Stocks rebound after worst day since June
Stocks opened modestly higher Thursday after suffering the biggest rout since June amid a continued stream of corporate earnings and mixed data on the job market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% added 6 points to open near 26,526, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.45% gained 10 points, 0.3%, to trade near 3,281. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.94% jumped 74 points, 0.7%, and was near 11,079. That program's claims jumped last week. Shares of Moderna Inc. MRNA, +1.89% bounced higher Thursday after the company said it is "actively preparing for the launch" of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Crocs benefiting from stay-at-home shift, celebrity collaborations
Crocs Inc.’s CROX, -1.20% earnings reached record heights in the third quarter thanks to the stay-at-home shift caused by the coronavirus pandemic and marketing collaborations with a number of big-name celebrities. Crocs stock has surged 44.3% over the past three months, and shares are up 28.7% for the year to date. “Investors’ top question is if the quarter represents the peak of the ‘fad,'” wrote UBS in a note. “We don’t think so because in addition to fashion, the stay-at-home phenomenon and highly effective marketing are fueling Crocs and the benefits of these trends likely continue through 4Q. “UBS rates Crocs stock neutral and raised its price target to $57 from $48.
Coronavirus caution offsets upbeat corporate results from Shell and Lloyds
U.K. blue chips edged lower on Thursday, as upbeat corporate earnings from Royal Dutch Shell and other corporate titans were countered by investors wary England would join Germany and France in locking down. The FTSE 100 UKX, -0.85% slipped 0.2%, after losing 2.6% on Wednesday and closing at six-month lows. The European Central Bank met analyst expectations but perhaps disappointed the market a bit by leaving interest rates and its asset purchase program unchanged. Flutter Entertainment FLTR, +8.01% shares rose 7%. The U.K. government only sets the coronavirus rules for England, and Wales already is in a lockdown.
Carnival's AIDA Cruises to suspend November cruises
Carnival Corp. CCL, +2.27% said Thursday its Germany-based AIDA Cruises will suspend cruises for the month of November, following new restrictions imposed by the country to limit the spread of COVID-19. AIDA said it "fully supports" the government's moves. The suspension comes just a couple weeks after AIDA restarted cruises on a phased-in basis. Carnival's stock bounced 0.6% in premarket trading Thursday, after it plunged 19.9% over the past three days to close Wednesday at the lowest price since May 14. The stock has dropped 75.8% year to date through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.44% has gained 1.3%.
Walmart using four stores to test online fulfillment strategies
Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.02% said Thursday that it is using four of its stores as test centers to develop strategies for using its locations to serve customers and for online order fulfillment. These test stores will use a rotating set of technologies and physical changes to find the best solutions. Among the processes already being tested are ways to increase the speed at which inventory makes it to the sales floor, and ways to help associates get to the right locations to pick items for online orders. This is just one step in an evolution of the retail giant's stores, according to a post from John Crecelius, senior vice president of associate product and next generation stores for Walmart U.S., who made the announcement on the Walmart website. Walmart stock has gained nearly 18% for the year to date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% is down 7.1% for the period.
ECB signals it’s likely to boost stimulus in December
Growth forecasts will be slashed come December, prompting the ECB to provide more stimulus,” said Claus Vistesen, chief eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a note. In the statement, the ECB said policy makers will “carefully assess the incoming information, including the dynamics of the pandemic, prospects for a rollout of vaccines and developments in the exchange rate,” the Governing Council said. It will also continue to make net purchases under its asset purchase program, or APP, at a monthly pace of 20 billion euros. Those purchases will be accompanied by purchases under the additional €120 billion temporary envelope until the end of the year. ECB President Christine Lagarde will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Frankfurt time, or 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
Stocks rebound after worst day since June
Stocks opened modestly higher Thursday after suffering the biggest rout since June amid a continued stream of corporate earnings and mixed data on the job market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.01% added 6 points to open near 26,526, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.47% gained 10 points, 0.3%, to trade near 3,281. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.92% jumped 74 points, 0.7%, and was near 11,079. That program's claims jumped last week. Shares of Moderna Inc. MRNA, +2.01% bounced higher Thursday after the company said it is "actively preparing for the launch" of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Walgreens Boots, Chevron share losses contribute to Dow's 184-point drop
Behind declines for shares of Walgreens Boots and Chevron, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is declining Thursday morning. The Dow DJIA, -0.04% was most recently trading 184 points (0.7%) lower, as shares of Walgreens Boots WBA, -2.40% and Chevron CVX, -1.07% have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday decline. Walgreens Boots's shares have fallen $0.89, or 2.6%, while those of Chevron have fallen $1.41, or 2.1%, combining for an approximately 15-point drag on the Dow. Merck MRK, -1.15% , UnitedHealth UNH, -1.17% , and Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -0.92% are also contributing significantly to the decline. Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Tupperware Brands Corp. Stock Quote (U.S.: NYSE)
Tupperware Brands Corp.Tupperware Brands Corp. operates as a direct-to-consumer marketer of products across multiple brands and categories. It operates through the following geographical segments: Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand, and beauty and personal care products through the Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller, NaturCare, Nutrimetics and Nuvo brands. The company was founded on February 8, 1996 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.
ECB signals it’s likely to boost stimulus in December
Growth forecasts will be slashed come December, prompting the ECB to provide more stimulus,” said Claus Vistesen, chief eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a note. In the statement, the ECB said policy makers will “carefully assess the incoming information, including the dynamics of the pandemic, prospects for a rollout of vaccines and developments in the exchange rate,” the Governing Council said. It will also continue to make net purchases under its asset purchase program, or APP, at a monthly pace of 20 billion euros. Those purchases will be accompanied by purchases under the additional €120 billion temporary envelope until the end of the year. ECB President Christine Lagarde will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Frankfurt time, or 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
Coronavirus caution offsets upbeat corporate results from Shell and Lloyds
U.K. blue chips edged lower on Thursday, as upbeat corporate earnings from Royal Dutch Shell and other corporate titans were countered by investors wary England would join Germany and France in locking down. The FTSE 100 UKX, -0.85% slipped 0.2%, after losing 2.6% on Wednesday and closing at six-month lows. The European Central Bank met analyst expectations but perhaps disappointed the market a bit by leaving interest rates and its asset purchase program unchanged. Flutter Entertainment FLTR, +8.01% shares rose 7%. The U.K. government only sets the coronavirus rules for England, and Wales already is in a lockdown.
The U.S. Economy Bounced Back — but It Still Has a Long Way to Go
A waiter wearing a protective mask serves drinks outside a restaurant in New York City. Jeenah Moon/Getty ImagesThe U.S. economy grew by 33.1% during the third quarter, beating forecasts for 30.9%—but it still has a long way to go to return to pre-coronavirus levels. The stock market, however, has barely reacted to the release. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have declined 55 points, or 0.2%, while S&P 500 futures have ticked up 0.1%, and Nasdaq Composite futures have risen 0.4%.
Walmart using four stores to test online fulfillment strategies
Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.02% said Thursday that it is using four of its stores as test centers to develop strategies for using its locations to serve customers and for online order fulfillment. These test stores will use a rotating set of technologies and physical changes to find the best solutions. Among the processes already being tested are ways to increase the speed at which inventory makes it to the sales floor, and ways to help associates get to the right locations to pick items for online orders. This is just one step in an evolution of the retail giant's stores, according to a post from John Crecelius, senior vice president of associate product and next generation stores for Walmart U.S., who made the announcement on the Walmart website. Walmart stock has gained nearly 18% for the year to date while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.00% is down 7.1% for the period.
Carnival's AIDA Cruises to suspend November cruises
Carnival Corp. CCL, +2.27% said Thursday its Germany-based AIDA Cruises will suspend cruises for the month of November, following new restrictions imposed by the country to limit the spread of COVID-19. AIDA said it "fully supports" the government's moves. The suspension comes just a couple weeks after AIDA restarted cruises on a phased-in basis. Carnival's stock bounced 0.6% in premarket trading Thursday, after it plunged 19.9% over the past three days to close Wednesday at the lowest price since May 14. The stock has dropped 75.8% year to date through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.47% has gained 1.3%.
Etsy blows past expectations with mask sales and more
Etsy Inc. handily beat Wall Street’s earnings expectations Wednesday, which the online marketplace attributed to its unique offerings. Etsy ETSY, -6.81% shares fell 1% in after-hours trading after closing at $139.64, down 4.21%, in the regular session. Etsy provides a platform for sellers and buyers, and the company said it saw 14.8 million new and reactivated buyers in the third quarter. In a sign of our pandemic times, face-mask sales constituted 11% of Etsy’s gross merchandise sales, although the company pointed out that its GMS excluding mask sales was $2.2 billion, up 93% from the year-ago period. Revenue more than doubled to $451.5 million from $197.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
Tupperware sales in North America jump 42% as consumers increasingly eat at home
Tupperware Brands Corp. TUP, +14.46% stock catapulted more than 35% in Wednesday trading after third-quarter earnings got a bump from the surge in consumers eating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales in North America jumped 42% year-over-year, reaching $146.3 million, according to the earnings release. Tupperware reported third-quarter profit and sales beat consensus and increased year-over-year. On Wednesday, the company also announced that its charitable foundation has made a $1 million donation to the National Park Foundation. Sales in other parts of the world grew as well, with Europe up 23% to $121.2 million, and South America up 4%to $69.6 million.
Crocs benefiting from stay-at-home shift, celebrity collaborations
Crocs Inc.’s CROX, -1.20% earnings reached record heights in the third quarter thanks to the stay-at-home shift caused by the coronavirus pandemic and marketing collaborations with a number of big-name celebrities. Crocs stock has surged 44.3% over the past three months, and shares are up 28.7% for the year to date. “Investors’ top question is if the quarter represents the peak of the ‘fad,'” wrote UBS in a note. “We don’t think so because in addition to fashion, the stay-at-home phenomenon and highly effective marketing are fueling Crocs and the benefits of these trends likely continue through 4Q. “UBS rates Crocs stock neutral and raised its price target to $57 from $48.
Budweiser Brewer Anheuser-Busch Blew Past Beer Sales Expectations. It Is Still Scrapping Its Dividend.
Anheuser-Busch InBev scrapped its interim dividend on Thursday because of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, even as the world’s largest brewer posted third-quarter results that showed growth far stronger than expectations. AB InBev (ticker: BUD), which owns brands including Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois, is no exception. Last month, the Financial Times reported that Ab InBev had begun the process of replacing its longtime chief executive. “Our third-quarter results reflect our fundamental strengths as the world’s leading brewer and the resilience of the global beer category,” Brito said. AB InBev’s innovation during the pandemic is also impressive—including leveraging its appliance that serves draft beer at home.
Jobless Claims at Lowest Level of Covid Crisis. Can They Keep Improving?
It also marked a new low in claims data since the economic shutdowns spurred by the coronavirus pandemic put millions of Americans out of work. The four-week moving average of initial claims data fell to 787,750 from 812,250. Economists had expected that 778,000 Americans sought initial claims and that 7.7 million would seek continuing claims. While the downward trajectory of newly unemployed persons is positive, levels are still at historic highs due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For comparison, this time last year saw 217,000 initial claims filled and 1.7 million continuing claims.
ECB Keeps Policy Unchanged but Hints at December Decision
The European Central Bank on Thursday kept its monetary policy unchanged, but sent the clear signal that its next economic forecast in December will trigger a “thorough reassessment” of its current stance. In other words, the ECB is nearing the moment when it will have to loosen its policy even further, to help the eurozone economy weather the devastating consequences of the Covid-19 second wave. The central bank’s key interest rate was kept unchanged at minus 0.5%. So it wasn’t pressed to decide an increase of this so-called quantitative easing program, which may happen at the December meeting. The ECB is also perpetually challenged by the low level of inflation in the eurozone, which has prevented the central bank from reaching its only official goal ever since 2013.
GDP soars by record 33.1% annual pace in third quarter, but coronavirus resurgence threatens U.S. economic recovery
What the third-quarter showed was a record rebound in consumer spending and a revival in business investment, two of the key pillars of the economy. Consumer spending skyrocketed by a 40.7% annual clip, the government reported Thursday, almost double the previous record set shortly after World War Two. After an explosion in spending in the second quarter, the federal government also cut back during the summer. U.S. imports surged at a 91% annual rate as Americans spent a portion of their government stimulus on foreign goods. Economists polled by MarketWatch had already penciled in a much smaller 3.2% increase in fourth-quarter GDP before the latest outbreak.
U.S. jobless claims fall 40,000 to 751,000 in latest week
Allied Pilots Association President Eric Ferguson during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol last month, The airline industry has laid off thousands of workers. The numbers: The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits slipped further in the latest week and hit the lowest levels since the pandemic began in mid-March, government data released Thursday showed. New claims fell by 40,000 to 751,000 in the seven days ended Oct. 24. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 770,000 reading. This is the fourth decline in the past five months.
Stocks rebound after worst day since June
Stocks opened modestly higher Thursday after suffering the biggest rout since June amid a continued stream of corporate earnings and mixed data on the job market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.00% added 6 points to open near 26,526, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.46% gained 10 points, 0.3%, to trade near 3,281. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.92% jumped 74 points, 0.7%, and was near 11,079. That program's claims jumped last week. Shares of Moderna Inc. MRNA, +2.01% bounced higher Thursday after the company said it is "actively preparing for the launch" of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. Stock Quote (U.S.: Nasdaq)
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. engages in the provision of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. It operates through the following business segments: Financial Services; Healthcare; Products and Resources; and Communications, Media, and Technology. The Financial Services segment consists of banking and insurance services. The Healthcare segment involves healthcare and life sciences. The Communications, Media, and Technology segment includes communications, information, media and entertainment, and technology.
Ralph Lauren Corp. Cl A Stock Quote (U.S.: NYSE)
Ralph Lauren Corp. Cl ARalph Lauren Corp. engages in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products. The firm offers apparel, accessories, home furnishings, and other licensed product. The North America segment consists of sales of Ralph Lauren branded apparel, accessories, home furnishings, and related products made through the Company's wholesale and retail businesses in the U.S. and Canada, excluding Club Monaco. The Asia segment covers the sales of Ralph Lauren branded apparel, accessories, home furnishings, and related products made through the Company's wholesale and retail businesses in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The company was founded by Ralph Lauren in 1967 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
Walgreens Boots, Chevron share losses contribute to Dow's 184-point drop
Behind declines for shares of Walgreens Boots and Chevron, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is declining Thursday morning. The Dow DJIA, -0.01% was most recently trading 184 points (0.7%) lower, as shares of Walgreens Boots WBA, -2.36% and Chevron CVX, -0.98% have contributed to the blue-chip gauge's intraday decline. Walgreens Boots's shares have fallen $0.89, or 2.6%, while those of Chevron have fallen $1.41, or 2.1%, combining for an approximately 15-point drag on the Dow. Merck MRK, -1.12% , UnitedHealth UNH, -1.27% , and Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -0.88% are also contributing significantly to the decline. Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Fidelity National Information Services Inc. Stock Quote (U.S.: NYSE)
Fidelity National Information Services Inc.Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. engages in the business of technology, solutions and services for merchants, banks and capital markets businesses. It operates through the following segments: Merchant, Banking, and Capital Markets. The Banking segment is focused on serving all sizes of financial institutions for core processing and ancillary applications solutions; digital solutions; fraud, risk management and compliance solutions; electronic funds transfer and network services; payment; wealth and retirement; item processing and output services solutions. The Capital Markets segment is focused on serving global financial services clients with array of buy- and sell-side solutions. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL.
Kraft Heinz Stock Is Surging. Beating Earnings Estimates Is Becoming a Trend.
Thursday morning, Kraft Heinz reported solid third quarter earnings. Kraft stock, as a result, is rising. It’s the seventh consecutive earnings “beat” since weak 2018 performance pushed the stock lower and, eventually, led to the hiring of a new chief executive. Kraft stock is surging 3.2% to $30.16 in Thursday morning trading. Barron’s recently wrote positively about Kraft stock, believing the dividend could be maintained while operations were improved and debt paid down.
What Joe Biden’s tax plan could mean for you: no step-up in basis on inheritances and a bigger child tax credit
The current tax rate on such profits is 30.8%. This is a refundable credit, which means you don’t have to have any federal income tax liability to collect the credit. The Biden tax plan would increase the maximum refundable child credit to $4,000 for one qualifying child or $8,000 for two or more qualifying children. New credits for homebuyers and rentersThe Biden plan would create a new refundable tax credit of up to $15,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers. The Biden tax plan would restart the 12.4% Social Security tax on wages and net SE income above $400,000.
eBay Inc. Stock Quote (U.S.: Nasdaq)
eBay Inc.eBay, Inc. operates as a commerce company, which engages in the provision of investments and acquisitions to help enable commerce on platforms for buyers and sellers online or on mobile devices. It operates throught the following platforms: Marketplace, Classifieds and StubHub. The Marketplace platform include online marketplace located at www.ebay.com, its localized counterparts and the eBay mobile apps. The Classified platform focuses in collection of brands such as mobile.de, Kijiji, Gumtree, Marktplaats, eBay Kleinanzeigen and others. The StubHub platform gives online ticket platform located at www.stubhub.com, its localized counterparts and the StubHub mobile apps.
What a win for Donald Trump could mean for your taxes: possible payroll tax cuts and lowering rates on long-term capital gains
Extend existing individual tax rate cuts beyond 2025The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) lowered five of the seven individual federal income tax rates for 2018-2025. What about other TCJA individual tax provisions? New tax breaks to spur business activity and create jobsWithout providing specifics, President Trump has called for a new “Made in America” tax credit. Several COVID-19 federal tax relief measures for businesses will also disappear unless things change. While we may or may not see any tax cuts in 2021-2022, we probably won’t see many tax increases in those years if President Trump is reelected.
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Gold prices retreat further as U.S. dollar extends rise
Gold futures early Thursday headed lower ahead of U.S. data reports on GDP and weekly jobless claims and a meeting of the European Central Bank. The moves add to the descent of gold toward a one-month low on Wednesday as bears pointed to a rising U.S. dollar eroding appetite for bullion. Investors have been reacting to news of rising cases of COVID-19 throughout the world that could debilitate the global economy. An update from the ECB, less than a week from the Federal Reserve’s policy update was, also on investors’ minds. A bounce back in line with expectations would still see the economy significantly smaller than it was before the pandemic.
Pinterest Soars, Ford Gains, and the Dow Is Sliding Again
Text sizeStocks are losing steam despite an early move higher, following a sell- off on Wednesday that put the major indexes on pace to suffer their worst week since the week ending March 20. In Thursday’s trading, Wall Street will have its eye on a flood of economic data set to be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Initial claims for unemployment benefits are expected to come in below 800,000 for the week ended Oct. 24, showing an improving trend but remaining above historic highs. The Street will also be watching for third-quarter gross domestic product figures which are expected to show a sharp rebound as pandemic restrictions were lifted.
Coronavirus caution offsets upbeat corporate results from Shell and Lloyds
U.K. blue chips edged lower on Thursday, as upbeat corporate earnings from Royal Dutch Shell and other corporate titans were countered by investors wary England would join Germany and France in locking down. The FTSE 100 UKX, -0.86% slipped 0.2%, after losing 2.6% on Wednesday and closing at six-month lows. The European Central Bank met analyst expectations but perhaps disappointed the market a bit by leaving interest rates and its asset purchase program unchanged. Flutter Entertainment FLTR, +8.01% shares rose 7%. The U.K. government only sets the coronavirus rules for England, and Wales already is in a lockdown.
A Biden Presidency Could Complicate Your Estate Taxes and Planning. Start Preparing Now.
Text sizeConcerned about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s desire to raise estate and capital gains taxes and change the taxation of capital assets upon death, some wealthy individuals are reconsidering their estate-planning strategies. Gift and estate tax considerations: For 2020, the gift and estate tax exemption amount stands at $11.58 million per person and $23.16 million per married couple. Just recently, he spoke to a 73-year-old client worth $17 million who was considering making an $11 million gift this year to get ahead of any potential changes in the estate and gift tax exemption. Capital gains tax considerations: Beyond the gift and estate tax exemption, some wealthy individuals are concerned about a potential increase in the capital gains rate. If you sold everything today, you’d have a capital gain of $10 million and pay $2.38 million in federal income taxes alone.
ECB Keeps Policy Unchanged but Hints at December Decision
Text sizeThe headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Getty ImagesThe European Central Bank on Thursday kept its monetary policy unchanged, but sent the clear signal that its next economic forecast in December will trigger a “thorough reassessment” of its current stance. It will then “carefully assess the incoming information, including the dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic, prospects for a rollout of vaccines, and developments in the exchange rate, the central bank said in a release, in a rare overt acknowledgment that the current strength of the euro is beginning to be a problem it has to tackle head on.
DuPont Earnings Beat Estimates Because China Is Leading the Global Recovery
Text sizeIn another sign that the global economy is improving, sales and earnings at global chemical company DuPont exceeded Wall Street estimates. DuPont (ticker: DD) said Thursday it earned 88 cents a share from $5.1 billion in sales in the third quarter. Wall Street was looking for 75 cents in per-share earnings from $5 billion in sales. After withdrawing earnings guidance in April because of the pandemic, the company provided full-year 2020 guidance in this report. When giving guidance, DuPont Executive CEO Ed Breen said the company assumes no change in the path of the current economic recovery.
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The sensors and connectors company saw particularly strong rebounds in China and in auto demand across the globe. Management sees a full recovery in its business by the end of 2020.
Budweiser Brewer Anheuser-Busch Blew Past Beer Sales Expectations. It Is Still Scrapping Its Dividend.
AB InBev (ticker: BUD), which owns brands including Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois, is no exception. Last month, the Financial Times reported that Ab InBev had begun the process of replacing its longtime chief executive. Ab InBev said on Thursday that revenue in the third quarter of 2020 was $12.8 billion, 4% higher than last year on an organic basis. “Our third-quarter results reflect our fundamental strengths as the world’s leading brewer and the resilience of the global beer category,” Brito said. AB InBev’s innovation during the pandemic is also impressive—including leveraging its appliance that serves draft beer at home.
Nokia Stock Crushed After Cutting Profit Outlook. The New CEO May Be Clearing the Decks.
Text sizeTelecom-equipment maker Nokia reported a third-quarter profit that didn’t set off any alarm bells. But its stock slumped on Thursday, falling as much as 18% in Helsinki, as Nokia cut its 2020 profit view and guided toward a 2021 outlook worse than analysts expected. Nokia reported its earnings per share, on an adjusted basis, were steady in the third quarter as revenue fell 7%. But Nokia trimmed its profit outlook for the year—which at this point means, the fourth quarter—now seeing operating margins of 9% instead of a previous estimate of 9.5%. Amit Harchandani, a Citi analyst, wondered why Nokia hadn’t guided toward the weaker outlook earlier.
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Kraft Heinz Stock Is Surging Because Beating Earnings Estimates Is Becoming a Trend
Text sizeThursday morning, Kraft Heinz reported solid third quarter earnings. Kraft stock, as a result, is rising. It’s the seventh consecutive earnings “beat” since weak 2018 performance pushed the stock lower and, eventually, led to the hiring of a new chief executive. Kraft stock is surging 3.2% to $30.16 in Thursday morning trading. Barron’s recently wrote positively about Kraft stock, believing the dividend could be maintained while operations were improved and debt paid down.
Overstock.com Stock Pops After the Online Retailer Reported a Surprise Profit
Text sizeOverstock.com reported a surprise profit for its third quarter, crushing Wall Street’s expectations. The e-commerce firm (ticker: OSTK) reported earnings of 50 cents a share, well ahead of the 2 cents per share net loss that analysts had anticipated, according to FactSet. The company’s sales of $731.7 million also beat expectations for $585.6 million. Johnson said quarterly gross sales in Overstock.com’s retail business doubled year-over-year, while the number of new customers jumped 141%. The stock was up 13% to $81.30 shortly after the market opened Thursday.
Jobless Claims Are at the Lowest Level of the Crisis. Can They Keep Improving?
It also marked a new low in claims data since the economic shutdowns spurred by the coronavirus pandemic put millions of Americans out of work. The four-week moving average of initial claims data fell to 787,750 from 812,250. Economists had expected that 778,000 Americans sought initial claims and that 7.7 million would seek continuing claims. While the downward trajectory of newly unemployed persons is positive, levels are still at historic highs due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For comparison, this time last year saw 217,000 initial claims filled and 1.7 million continuing claims.
The U.S. Economy Bounced Back in a Big Way — but It Still Has a Long Way to Go
The U.S. Economy Bounced Back in a Big Way — but It Still Has a Long Way to GoText sizeA waiter wearing a protective mask serves drinks outside a restaurant in New York City. Jeenah Moon/Getty ImagesThe U.S. economy grew by 33.1% during the third quarter, beating forecasts for 30.9%—but it still has a long way to go to return to pre-coronavirus levels. The stock market, however, has barely reacted to the release. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have declined 55 points, or 0.2%, while S&P 500 futures have ticked up 0.1%, and Nasdaq Composite futures have risen 0.4%.
Marvell Announces $10 Billion Deal in Latest Chip Merger
Text sizeEarly Thursday, Marvell Technology Group said it had reached a deal to acquire data center component chip maker Inphi for $10 billion. Combining the two businesses further sets up Marvell as a more formidable competitor in the infrastructure and data center markets. The deal marks the second major semiconductor acquisition announcement this week following Advanced Micro Devices’s deal (ticker: AMD) to buy Xilinx (XLNX) for $35 billion. Tamer, who will join the Marvell board, agreed the deal was a good one. In addition to the acquisition, Marvell reported preliminary fiscal third-quarter revenue of $735 million to $765 million.
Forget AT&T’s Lofty 7.8% Yield. Its Dividend Looks Safe.
Against this backdrop, the stock has recently sold off, pushing up the yield to a lofty 7.8%. When AT&T reported solid third-quarter earnings last week, it boosted its free cash flow guidance to at least $26 billion for the year. That would put the dividend payout ratio, which in this case measures the percentage of free cash flow paid out in dividends, in the high-50s. A lower payout ratio is preferable in part because it means the company’s free cash flow is less stretched and there’s more financial flexibility. Exxon Mobil’s dividend, by contrast, exceeds free cash flow, forcing the company to use other sources such as asset sales to fund the payout.
The Level Bolt and Level Touch smart locks are a cut above the competition in design and usability
I tested out both of its current offerings, the Level Bolt and the Level Touch, and found that they're well-designed, user-friendly smart locks that are a cut above the competition when it comes to aesthetics and feature set. The basicsLevel's debut product, the $229 Level Bolt, works with existing deadbolts and just replaces the insides with a connected locking mechanism that you can control from your smartphone via the Level app. It also leaves the thumb turn intact, however, meaning from all outward appearance it isn't at all obvious that you have a smart lock at all. With the Level Touch, you get all of the above, plus a feature I've come to find indispensable: touch control. As for installation of the Level Touch, it's also very easy – no more difficult than installing any deadbolt you might buy at the hardware store.
Three permanent side-effects of COVID-19 that are pretty creepy
Some patients with COVID-19 have persistent skin-related symptoms long after their initial infection has cleared. Coronavirus may cause sudden permanent hearing loss in some patientsThey said while the causes are not very clear, the condition sometimes follows a viral infection, such as flu or herpes. According to the scientists, the virus also generates an inflammatory response and an increase in the chemicals that have been linked to hearing loss. An analysis of more than 80 studies reporting complications experienced by COVID-19 patients has revealed that about one-third of them have abnormalities in the frontal lobe of the brain. Since the brain cannot regenerate, Haneef cautioned that any damage to the organ will more than likely be permanent.
There's an important link between vitamin D and coronavirus
Vitamin D, a hormone which is processed in the kidneys, is well known for assisting the body in helping to fight off infections, like the flu or a cold. Professor Adrian Martineau, lead researcher, said of the ongoing work, "There is mounting evidence that vitamin D might reduce the risk of respiratory infections, with some recent studies suggesting that people with lower vitamin D levels may be more susceptible to coronavirus." Given we've now transitioned into autumn, Vitamin D (found in sunlight) is going to be harder to come by naturally, says Claire Barnes, a nutritional therapist for Bio-kult. "Seasonal Affective Disorder has been associated with low serotonin and low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supplementation during the winter months has been shown to improve mood and is recommended as adequate vitamin D cannot be obtained from food alone."
Kylie Jenner Showed Off Her Natural Hair And It's Super Short And Blonde
Jenner even pulled her new cropped caramel hair into a messy ponytail to complete the comfy and cosy look. Guerrero – who is the mastermind behind Shay Mitchell and Chrissy Teigen’s bob hair – replied to the post via his own Instagram story, writing: '@kyliejenner is trying to play me.' Photo credit: Kylie Jenner - InstagramPhoto credit: Kylie Jenner - InstagramThe short 'do comes days after Jenner’s older sister Khloé debuted a faux micro bob, swapping her caramel-coloured extensions for a platinum-blonde crop which hairstylist César DeLeön Ramirêz revealed was ‘Parisian inspired’. Is there any look Kylie can't work? Jenner isn’t the only celebrity in recent months to undergo a short crop with the likes of Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid similarly opting for the chop.
Girl hospitalized after attempting to recreate viral TikTok: ‘This could happen to any child'
A girl in Roseville, Mich., was hospitalized after trying to imitate a TikTok magic trick. According to WDIV, doctors said they had “never seen anything like it” when two parents rushed their 8-year-old daughter Dhakota to the hospital. She was copying a “magical” stunt shared by TikTok user gregsabbak in which he pretended to swallow a die and then made it reappear after five seconds. “She said she couldn’t swallow,” her father told WDIV. “This could happen to any child,” the father told WDIV.
Merkel plans circuit-break lockdown for Germany
Germany may be about to reimpose a coronavirus lockdown almost approaching the level of the sweeping measures that hit last spring. The plan will be to try and agree on nationwide rules in favor of a confusing patchwork of local measures. Germany is Europe's largest economy and was widely praised for its pandemic handling earlier in the year, keeping infection and death rates low. Almost all regions of Germany face an exponential increase in infection rates and local health authorities have become unable to trace all infections. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said ”If we wait until the intensive care units are full, it will be too late."
Analysis: Trump sanctions could give Biden a bargaining chip in deal talks with Iran
The move, just before the Nov. 3 U.S. election, followed sanctions on 18 banks in Iran that Washington imposed earlier this month. Biden supports returning to diplomacy with Iran if it comes into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal Washington struck with Tehran and five other world powers. Analysts have said Monday's action was among moves by the Trump administration attempting to make it harder for a potential Biden White House to lift sanctions. "The new sanctions do not create a legal barrier to relieving sanctions under Biden," said Henry Rome, a senior analyst at the Eurasia Group, a consultancy. Alireza Miryousefi, the spokesman for Iran's mission to the United Nations, pointed to the duplication as over reliance on sanctions by the Trump administration.
Mexican president slams European coronavirus lockdown measures
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday blasted European countries for adopting strict lockdowns to stem the spread of coronavirus, suggesting they smacked of authoritarianism. Germany and France were on Wednesday preparing to announce restrictions approaching the level of spring's blanket lockdowns as COVID deaths across Europe surged. National or local authorities have already imposed nighttime curfews in several European countries, including France, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Speaking at a regular news conference, Lopez Obrador voiced regret at the measures being taken in Europe and urged governments to show more faith in their populations. Lopez Obrador called on Mexicans to practice personal hygiene, social distancing and act responsibly.
FBI agents urge Biden and Trump not to fire Christopher Wray
An organization representing thousands of current and former FBI agents is urging President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden, to commit to retaining FBI Director Christopher Wray until his 10-year term expires. “FBI Special Agents respect Director Wray’s leadership and look forward to continuing to work with him to protect this great country from national security and criminal threats,” said Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, in a statement and letters to both Trump and Biden. In recent days, sources close to Trump have fueled stories suggesting Trump is preparing to fire Wray after the election, and may remove other members of his national security team who he has criticized for similar reasons. Biden, on the other hand, has given no indication about whether he would seek to retain Wray, whose term would expire in 2027. O’Hare argued that keeping Wray on would help insulate the FBI director from politics — the reason a 10-year term exists in the first place.
FBI Agents Association: FBI Director Christopher Wray Should Complete 10-year Term
The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), representing more than 14,000 active and retired FBI Special Agents, released letters today sent to President Donald Trump and to former Vice President Joe Biden in support of FBI Director Christopher Wray. The letters urged both candidates to allow Director Wray to complete his statutorily-created, ten-year term for "the stability, credibility, and integrity of the Bureau." "Collectively, our members strongly support Director Wray continuing his ten-year term," writes O’Hare. O’Hare emphasized the importance of insulating the position of FBI Director from politics, writing, "Director Wray operates independently from partisan activities, and his nomination and acceptance of the position were predicated on that fact. The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) is the only organization dedicated to providing support and advocacy to active Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
One of Georgia's largest and most diverse counties has seen a 238% increase in voting compared to the 2016 election, and that could radically shift results
Within that number, Georgia's most diverse county — Gwinnett County — is showing the greatest increase in early in-person votes so far this election, when compared with the same period four years ago. A visit to several polling places this week offered some of the reasons people gave for voting early. By late last week, after 11 days of early voting, voters in the suburban area northeast of Atlanta had cast 117,488 ballots in person — a 238% increase over 2016. A visit to several polling places this week showed some of the reasons people gave for voting early. Gonzalez said his organization was encouraging Latinos to vote early and had doubled his staff size to eight people since 2016.
FBI agents back Christopher Wray in letters to Trump, Biden and warn that firing him could 'damage' bureau
FBI agents voiced their support Wednesday for embattled Director Christopher Wray, warning President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden that his untimely removal could "undermine stability" within the federal government's premier law enforcement agency. Christopher Wray in the spotlight: How will the next FBI director deal with President Trump? President Trump weighing firing of FBI Director Christopher Wray after election"Unanticipated changes in bureau leadership are challenging and can undermine stability," the association said in separate letters to the president and the Democratic nominee. Video: Christopher Wray on Chinese threat to U.S. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: FBI agents back Christopher Wray, urge Trump, Biden not to fire him
AOC calls Trumps college comment 'classist'
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wednesday called President Trump's comments about her education 'classist.' Trump posed the question about whether Ocasio-Cortez went to college earlier in the week at a rally in Pennsylvania. (Oct. 28)Video TranscriptALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: The president is running around saying, did she even go to college? There are plenty of people in this country that don't have a college degree, that could have absolutely run this country far better than President Trump has. And so his gloating about people, and mocking of food service workers and people who don't have college degrees, is classless.
The Latest: Winfrey boosts Biden at get-out-the-vote event
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):8:35 p.m.Joe Biden is getting a boost from Oprah Winfrey in the final days of the presidential campaign. While President Donald Trump won all but Minnesota in 2016, Democrats are increasingly optimistic Biden can win at least Michigan and Pennsylvania back, and he’s making a play for Ohio as well. ___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:The presidential campaign shifts west as President Donald Trump visits an Arizona town across the Colorado River from Nevada. The Biden campaign announced the rally on Wednesday but hasn’t said where it will be held. President Donald Trump won Michigan by just under 11,000 votes four years ago, making it his closest margin of victory in any state.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Rep. Ted Yoho that she won't be 'so nice next time' following harassment incident
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Tom Williams/CQ Roll CallThe day after Rep. Ted Yoho verbally attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Capitol steps, she warned him that she won't be "so nice" if it were to happened again, Vanity Fair reported. Following an incident of harassment on the US Capitol steps Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Rep. Ted Yoho that she won't be "so nice" if it were to happen again, Vanity Fair reported. Read more: Republican Rep. Ted Yoho reportedly called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'f---ing b----' on the Capitol stepsReporters who were nearby witnessed the incident. The congresswoman told Vanity Fair that she felt Yoho's actions were coming close "into the zone of harassment, discrimination."
France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread
“We are deep in the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels. German officials have agreed to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters and other leisure facilities in a bid to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. French President Emmanuel Macron announced a second nationwide lockdown from midnight Thursday until Dec. 1, but said schools would remain open. The loud but peaceful rally contrasted with angry scenes in the last few days, when anti-mask protesters clashed with police in the German capital, the Czech Republic and in several Italian cities. The Czech Health Ministry said the country’s daily increase in new infections hit a record high of 15,663 on Tuesday — more than was reported Wednesday in Germany, which has eight times the population.
Lindsey Graham Is Being Boosted by a Tea Party Group That Has Always Hated Him
Win McNamee/GettyIt’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. 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. !”Greenville Tea Party members and business partners have made even more extreme claims.
Germany to go into circuit-break lockdown as coronavirus surges
By Sabine Siebold and Andreas RinkeBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will impose an emergency month-long lockdown that includes the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres to reverse a spike in coronavirus cases that risks overwhelming hospitals, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. To make the measures more palatable especially for smaller companies, Germany will offer financial aid to those hurt by the new restrictions. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/3mxsgbX)Deaths jumped by 85 to 10,183, heightening fears for the health system after Merkel warned it could hit a breaking point if infections continue to spiral. Merkel and Germany's 16 state government leaders will reconvene two weeks into the partial lockdown to assess the effectiveness of the measures. ($1 = 0.8461 euros)(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Andreas Rinke; Additional reporting by Michael Nienaber, Holger Hansen and Michelle Adair; Writing by Madeline Chambers and Maria Sheahan; Editing by Janet Lawrence, Nick Macfie and Lisa Shumaker)
Fox News Cuts Off Lindsey Graham In The Middle Of His Latest Money Plea
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been using his airtime on Fox News to appeal for more money from viewers. Graham, who is locked in a tight race against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, begged for cash twice during Laura Ingraham’s show on Tuesday. However, that’s less than half the record $57 million raised by Harrison over that same period, something Graham hasn’t been shy about mentioning during his increasingly desperate appeals on Fox News. CNN collected them into a supercut:In which @brikeilarcnn rolls the tape of Lindsey Graham repeatedly appearing on Fox News over the past few weeks to plead for money. Earlier this week, the group called him a “sniveling weak crybaby.”On Tuesday, The Lincoln Project inserted Graham’s fundraising appeal into “The Ring” horror movie:Love HuffPost?
Malaysia summons French diplomat over alleged anti-Islam speech
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's foreign ministry said it had summoned France's charges d'affaires in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to express concern over alleged hate speech and defamation of Islam. The Southeast Asian nation was among several Muslim-majority countries that have denounced remarks by French officials, including President Emmanuel Macron, defending the display of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a French school classroom. "Malaysia is of the view that such elevated tension does not bode well for the peaceful co-existence of all religions." French officials said the beheading was an attack on the core French value of freedom of expression and defended the right to publish the cartoons. Macron said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values.
Three dead in knife attack in French church
Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. Police said two people were confirmed to have died in the attack and several were injured. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice's Jean Medecin avenue, the city's main shopping thoroughfare. The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's department said it had been asked to investigate the attack.
A mutated coronavirus strain causes most new COVID-19 infections in Europe and was spread within the continent by tourists, scientists say
Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty ImagesMost new COVID-19 cases in Europe come from a mutated variant of the coronavirus spread from Spain by tourists, scientists said in a report Thursday. The coronavirus variant was first identified in northeastern Spain in June and was carried abroad by tourists and other travelers, the scientists said. The majority of new COVID-19 cases in Europe stem from a mutated strain of the coronavirus that has been traced back to Spain and was spread across the continent over the summer by tourists, scientists said in a report Thursday. "This variant, 20A.EU1, and a second variant 20A.EU2 ... account for the majority of recent sequences in Europe," the scientists said. The variant is mainly contained within Europe because of the lack of intercontinental travel during the pandemic, the scientists said.
Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat whose office defended the deadline extension in court, hailed the high court’s decision in a statement. “North Carolina voters had a huge win tonight at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court upheld the State Board of Elections’ effort to ensure that every eligible vote counts, even during a pandemic,” he said. The election board and the state judge “worked together to override a carefully tailored legislative response to COVID,” Gorsuch wrote.
U.S. Economy Expands at Record 33.1% Pace After Covid-19 Plunge
Personal spending fueled the surge in growth, climbing an annualized 40.7%, also a record, while business investment and housing also posted strong increases. A separate report showed applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell more than forecast last week. The rebuilding of inventories added 6.6 percentage points to the quarterly growth pace, and will likely continue to be a prop in the current quarter as companies add to stockpiles that were whittled down during lockdowns. The third-quarter figures are also in line with generally solid corporate reports during the latest corporate earnings season. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.
Nice attack: France raises alert status to 'terror attack emergency' after three stabbed to death - latest updates
France raises its alert status to "terror attack emergency" - PM CastexThe police believe the attacker, who has been named as 'Brahim', aged 25, was acting alone. 12:07 PMFrance raises alert status to 'terror attack emergency'France has raised its alert status to the highest possible level of "terror attack emergency", French prime minister Jean Castex has announced. The "Islamo-fascist" assailant "didn't stop shouting Allahu Akhbar even under medication" after being shot and arrested, said Mr Estrosi, leaving "no doubt that this was a terror attack". Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said: "Everything suggests that this is a terror attack." “France is the target of a high terror threat,” he said, noting that on October 25, a news agency close to al Qaeda “reiterated” the terror group’s call to attack France.
Jim Mastro would let Noah Sewell run the ball 'in an absolute second'
Jim Mastro would let Noah Sewell run the ball 'in an absolute second' originally appeared on NBC Sports NorthwestWith Oregon recruiting at unprecedented levels, the program brought in elite talent this past cycle headlined by five-star linebacker Noah Sewell. “Can Noah Sewell play Wildcat? “I watched that guy as a sophomore hurdle people playing that and running the ball, running power, running outside zone. But, what does running backs coach Jim Mastro think about letting Noah Sewell run the ball? However, the running backs coach did add he would also like to add Sewell to his running backs room, at Cristobal's discretion.
Q3 GDP: US economic activity rose at a record 33.1% annualized pace after pandemic-induced slump
And the question is how much momentum does the economy have coming out of the end of the quarter? But if we looked just at the data, there's actually still a lot of momentum in the economy. So I don't think they've hit the economy yet. So I think that's the balance of where-- where we are at present. But there's just-- there's still a lot of momentum and a lot of saving on balance sheets.
How the 6 swing states will play in the election, markets
The result is that people with lower income are less incentivized to save for retirement.That’s a problem for small business owners too. Instead of allowing contributions to be deducted from income people would be eligible for a refundable tax credit. So if that person contributes $100 during the year she will get a $26 credit against the taxes she owes. “You’re disincentivizing those small business owners from having that plan any more,” Brian Graff, the CEO of the American Retirement Association, told FOX Business. “Not only is it unfair to those small business owners, it’s going to reduce the likelihood that they’re going to offer those benefits to their employees.
How Facebook, Twitter policies have changed since 2016 in the name of voter integrity
Facebook and Twitter have made a number of significant policy changes since the 2016 election in the name of voter integrity and news accuracy. The website has also removed more than 100 networks worldwide engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior since 2017, including 30 networks so far in 2020. Russian troll farms and other foreign operatives used Facebook and Twitter in 2016 to push political messages to American users – many of whom use social media as a way to get their news – in an attempt to influence the election. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE STORIES ON FOX BUSINESSAdditionally, Facebook came under fire after the 2016 election when The New York Times, The London Observer and The Guardian uncovered documents showing how Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm, improperly harvested data from Facebook users to help political campaigns reach voters. Facebook has testified before Congress more than 20 times since 2016.
Marvell to buy Inphi, creating $40B semiconductor giant
Marvell Technology Group has agreed to buy Inphi Corp. for about $10 billion in cash and stock, making for the second mega chip deal this week. Continue Reading BelowThe chipmaker plans to reorganize the combined company and domicile in the U.S., creating a $40 billion semiconductor powerhouse. Under the terms of the agreement, Inphi shareholders will receive $66 cash and 2.323 Marvell shares for each Inphi share they own. Marvell shareholders will own 83% of the combined company while Inphi shareholders will control the remaining 17%. AMD TO BUY XILINX IN $35B TECH MEGA-DEALThe transaction is expected to create $125 million in synergies that will be realized within 18 months of closing.
United Parcel Service Charts May Struggle in the Weeks Ahead
In this daily Japanese candlestick chart of UPS, below, we can see that prices were weakening the past three months before yesterday's gap lower. The daily On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line was weakening from August and tells us that sellers of UPS were quietly more aggressive. In this weekly Japanese candlestick chart of UPS, below, we can see an "evening doji star" top reversal pattern that preceded this week's sharp decline. The weekly OBV line has turned lower telling us that sellers are now more aggressive than buyers. In this daily Point and Figure chart of UPS, below, we can see a potential downside price target in the $133 area.
US economic growth shatters record at 33.1%, but fails to snap coronavirus recession
The U.S. economy grew at a record-shattering pace in the third quarter as businesses reopened from the coronavirus shutdown, but the nation remains in a deep hole from the COVID-induced recession. The previous post-World War II record was a 16.7% increase in 1950. Because third-quarter growth is measured against second-quarter growth -- a historically low baseline -- any bounceback at all would generate huge growth. WILL A RECORD GDP SURGE BOOST TRUMP'S REELECTION ODDS? Personal consumption increased by 40.7%, a record, last quarter.
Another 751,000 Americans filed for jobless aid last week as layoffs remain high
The number of Americans applying for state unemployment benefits remained persistently high last week, indicating the pace of layoffs is still elevated as a resurgence in coronavirus cases threatens to derail the economy's recovery. Continue Reading BelowThe latest jobless claims figures from the Labor Department, which cover the week ending Oct. 24, show that 751,000 workers sought aid last week, about four-times the pre-crisis level. More than 65 million Americans ? roughly 40% of the nation's labor force ? have sought jobless aid since the coronavirus lockdowns began in mid-March. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected 775,000 new claims. Please check back for updates.
Millions of Americans plan to move to more affordable areas amid pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has given many Americans more job flexibility – and, in turn, tens of millions plan to relocate. One of the biggest motivators, for more than half of households, was the desire to live in a house that was at least 10% more affordable, the study showed. In San Francisco, the price of a one-bedroom apartment fell more than 24% in September. Overall, in the 100 largest U.S. cities, average one-bedroom rents fell 1% year-over- year during the same time period. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS
Power outages top 2M as Zeta roars through South, could take days to get back
Millions across the South are without power Thursday as a fast-moving Zeta barrels northeast as a tropical storm with dangerous winds threatening to spread more misery along the East Coast. Continue Reading BelowThe storm is still packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is located over northeast Georgia, heading northeast at 39 mph. By dawn Thursday, over 2 million customers across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia were without power, according to the website PowerOutage.US. Those who lost power in Zeta may have to wait days for the lights to be back on. In Georgia, utility Georgia Power advised that due to already saturated soil, the high winds of Zeta are likely to bring down trees.
Building a Position in This Homebuilder
HOV Stocks quotes in this article: XHBInvestors have been waiting for their chance to buy the homebuilders, but for the past six months, the stocks have climbed steadilyNow that this sector is finally pulling back, are investors about to get their chance? While stocks pulled back sharply over past few days, the homebuilders, represented on the chart below by the S&P Homebuilders SPDR ...
New York Lays the Groundwork for Legalizing Cannabis
Several key people in key positions in the State of New York have signaled an increasing openness to the idea of legalizing adult use cannabis. He spoke about how bordering states that have legalized adult use cannabis are pushing for New York to consider making changes. Elliot Choi, counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLP's New York office said, "The size of the New York market cannot be overstated. The potential of legal New York adult-use cannabis sales have been estimated at $1.5 billion a year by 2023, although depending on the levels of taxation, a well-embedded illegal market may continue to thrive. Despite salivating over potential tax revenue, April is still a pretty aggressive timeline for New York to develop and administer a legal cannabis program.
Qualcomm and Broadcom Stock Have Nearby Support
Cramer reiterated that he likes Qualcomm (QCOM) and Broadcom (AVGO) . The On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line has rolled over but we can also see a potential zone or band of support in the $115-$110 area. In this daily Point and Figure chart of QCOM, below, we can see a potential downside price target in the $111 area. In this daily Point and Figure chart of AVGO, below, we can see a potential downside price target in the $309 area. Like the QCOM chart this target is near the lower end of potential support.
DuPont Electronics Sales Lift Adjusted Profit Ahead of Estimates
The Wilmington, Del., company posted a net loss of $79 million, or 11 cents a share, for the latest quarter, swinging from profit of $372 million, or 50 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. The FactSet analyst consensus called for 75 cents in the latest quarter. Revenue slid 6.1% to $5.1 billion from $5.43 billion in the year-earlier quarter. The analyst consensus called for $5.01 billion. That compares with the analyst consensus of $3.03 for adjusted EPS and $20.12 billion for revenue.
Tapestry Up as Earnings Lifted by Digital and China
Shares of Tapestry jumped on Thursday after the luxury-goods company reported first-quarter earnings and sales that topped analyst estimates. The parent of Coach, Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade reported net income of 83 cents a share against 7 cents in the year-earlier quarter. Analysts were expecting Tapestry to report earnings of 21 cents a share, or an adjusted 22 cents, on revenue of $1.07 billion. We drove a meaningful sequential improvement in topline trends, supported by strength in Digital and China," Tapestry Chief Executive Joanne Crevoiserat said in a statement. Meanwhile, net sales for Kate Spade totaled $240 million, compared with $306 million in the prior-year period.
Morning Bell With Jim Cramer: Don’t Buy Shopify Now
TheStreet's Katherine Ross and Cramer discussed buying Shopify, Bed, Bath & Beyond's turnaround plan, and Raytheon earnings. Shopify Stock: Buy or Sell? Cramer said that Shopify does many things that are right but investors shouldn’t buy the stock at the level it is at now. Raytheon Stock: Buy or Sell? Want to be alerted before Jim Cramer buys or sells any stock?
Stocks Mixed as Economy Surges but Sharp Virus Rise Makes Outlook Murky
Gains were capped by a worrying rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Europe and concerns that measures to mitigate the spread of the virus could derail an economic recovery. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 51 points, or 0.2%, to 26,468, the S&P 500 rose 0.29% and the Nasdaq was up 0.66%. Weekly jobless claims fell 40,000 to 751,000, down from the upwardly revised 791,000 in the previous week. "Much of the economic outlook depends on the trajectory of the coronavirus and the ability for businesses to remain open." Stocks finished sharply lower Wednesday as investors' fears about the pandemic's impact on economic activity heightened.
16 culture picks: Kamasi Washington’s Michelle Obama score, Kristina Wong onstage
Kamasi Washington and Kristina Wong lead our weekly list of online concerts, streaming theater productions, virtual art exhibitions and other culture for your viewing consideration this weekend. Kamasi WashingtonThe jazz saxophonist and composer performs his score for the documentary “Becoming: An Intimate Portrait of Michelle Obama” on a new installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Sound/Stage” series of pandemic concerts filmed at the Hollywood Bowl in August. holocaustmuseumla.org“Triumph!”The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival presents this two-part showcase featuring theater, dance and storytelling by female writer-performers. Register at operasb.orgAdvertisement“Dementia”The Latino Theater Company streams an archival performance of Evelina Fernández’s examination of homosexuality, teen pregnancy and other topics. Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.
They want to give the caretaker the house she lives in without imposing a tax burden
A caretaker for the property lives in a smaller house next door that is also owned by our family. Our wish would be to give the smaller house in which she lives to her as a gift, but we know the annual payment of property taxes would likely be too great a financial burden for her to live there as a retiree. Trusts face high tax rates, however, and cost money to set up and administer. Plus, you have to find people willing to be trustees and backup trustees who are likely to outlive the caretaker. Here’s another good one:AdvertisementDear Liz: Selling off collectibles is a long, time-consuming undertaking.
Dunkin' Beats Forecasts, Defers Dividend as It Talks to Inspire
The company reported net income of $74 million, or 89 cents a share, compared with $72.4 million, or 86 cents a share, a year ago. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 93 cents, beating FactSet's call for 80 cents. Revenue totaled $361.5 million, up from $355.9 million a year ago, and ahead of FactSet's consensus of $345 million. Dunkin' said it ended the third quarter with $341 million of unrestricted cash held in the U.S., excluding cash reserved for gift cards and advertising funds. "Given the ongoing discussions, the board of directors has decided to defer action with respect to a cash dividend for the fourth quarter."
Royal Caribbean Posts Quarterly Loss, Sees Loss for Full Year
Royal Caribbean posts a third-quarter loss as the cruise-ship operator continues to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Royal Caribbean (RCL) - Get Report posted a third-quarter loss as the cruise-ship operator continues to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Royal Caribbean reported a net loss of $1.35 billion, or $6.29 a share, compared with net income of $883.2 million, or $4.20 a share, in the year-earlier period. The latest adjusted loss came to $5.62 a share, missing FactSet's forecast for a loss of $5.12. Royal Caribbean said that as of Sept. 30 it had liquidity of about $3.7 billion and had raised an additional $1.15 billion during October.
What does it take to pull off a drive-in dance show? L.A. Dance Project explains
Last month L.A. Dance Project premiered its drive-in dance series, which included “Solo at Dusk,” a work choreographed by former Batsheva Dance Company members Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber. AdvertisementL.A. Dance Project drive-in dance performances are the new normal for companies during the pandemic. (Josh S. Rose)Developing a COVID-19-compliant season began during the early days of the pandemic, L.A. Dance Project Executive Director Lucinda Lent said. LA Dance Project drive-in performances are held in the parking lot of their downtown studio. (Benjamin Millepied)For choreographers Smith and Schraiber, working with L.A. Dance Project was an ideal environment for creating dance during the pandemic.
In the hospital? You can still vote in California and most other parts of the country
AdvertisementAt least 37 other states allow emergency voting for medical reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In California, New York and several other states, hospital employees and volunteers can help a patient complete an emergency ballot application. Did you know that you can vote from your hospital bed if you’re a registered voter hospitalized around Election Day? She did research and learned patients could vote in the hospital using an emergency ballot — something none of her co-workers knew. Those who say yes get emergency ballot applications, which the hospital has been sending to the L.A. County registrar-recorder for verification.
Bestsellers List Sun., Nov. 1, 2020
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Atria: $28) After a botched bank robbery the perpetrator takes eight hostages in an apartment. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: $27) A woman is summoned to a mysterious home in rural Mexico to rescue her newlywed cousin. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World: $27) The author weaves ethics, history, law, science and personal narrative into a book that illuminates how racism works. Ottolenghi Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage (Ten Speed: $35) A vegetarian cookbook from the longtime culinary collaborators. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Vintage: $18)5.
US Economy Sees Record Growth In Q3 on COVID Re-Openings, But Gains Unlikely to Continue as Second Wave Accelerates
The world's biggest economy notched a record growth rate over the three months ending in September, but rising coronavirus infection rates mean the gains won't be repeated over the final months of the year. The U.S. economy grew the most on record over the third quarter as trillions of coronavirus relief from Congress and the Federal Reserve supported household and business spending. The gains, however, still leave the broader economy notably weaker than at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 10.7 million jobs lost. "In order to put GDP back onto the path which could reasonably have been expected in the absence of Covid, third quarter growth would have had to be about 63%." Consumer spending surged 40.7%, the Commerce Department said, but hasn't yet offset the 33.2% slump recorded over the second quarter.
U.S. economy rebounded to grow at record 33% rate last quarter
Yet the recovery from the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s remains far from complete. With no further federal aid in sight this year, Goldman Sachs has slashed its growth forecast for the current fourth quarter to a 3% annual rate from 6%. Trump has drawn generally solid public support for his handling of the economy. Though the unemployment rate, at 7.9%, is down significantly from 14.7% at the start of the pandemic recession, it is still historically high. The economy is still roughly 10.7 million jobs short of recovering all the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic.
Essential California: L.A.'s tragic surge in deadly violence
Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles is far from alone in dealing with a surge in deadly violence. Los Angeles TimesAdvertisementSupport our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles TimesHEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENTSan Jose leaders have nixed a plan to kill feral pigs with bows and arrows. CALIFORNIA ALMANACLos Angeles: sunny, 80.
After decades of abuse, oceans could offer a climate change solution
Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)ME: We should talk about climate change. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)Even after months of devastating and deadly blazes, fire season is far from over. Become a Los Angeles Times subscriber. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)The federal government approved designs for the first small nuclear reactors, to be built in Idaho.
Column: While decrying ‘socialized medicine,’ Trump spends billions on COVID drugs
Lilly says the drug may be more effective the earlier the virus is treated, rather than by the time a patient is hospitalized. AdvertisementMoreover, Azar, the member of the Trump administration who engineered the $375-million purchase from Lilly, is — wait for it — a former top Lilly exec. But the broader issue of a government role in healthcare R&D is an important one. Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ assistance, programs for healthy kids — these are all examples of socialized medicine, and somehow we’ve avoided turning into the Soviet Union. If there’s a workable vaccine for COVID-19 or an effective therapeutic treatment, make no mistake: you’ll have paid for it.
Security experts, FBI warn that cybercriminals seeking ransom are targeting hospitals
Independent security experts say it has already hobbled at least five hospitals this week and could potentially affect hundreds more. Advertisement“We are experiencing the most significant cybersecurity threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement. He’s concerned that the group may deploy malware to hundreds of hospitals over the next few weeks. AdvertisementThe United States has seen a plague of ransomware over the past 18 months or so. Neither security researcher would identify the affected hospitals.
Watch live: Mayor Walsh speaking about coronavirus
Mayor Martin J. Walsh is scheduled to speak Thursday about COVID-19 in Boston. Watch live here at 2 p.m.
What is west of Worcester, anyway?
But as several readers informed me, you aren’t supposed to use the term “Berkshires” until you’ve crossed into Berkshire County. I’m from Boston, and part of being able to utter that statement is an oath to defend it. There are just 11 cities and towns that physically border the Atlantic between Boston and Cape Cod, the Route 3A towns. As I was being yelled at for my use of the term Berkshires, I was also accused of being the sort of coastal elite who thinks everything west of Worcester is Western Mass. Western Massachusetts is a perfectly fine name for everything west of Worcester.
No deal yet, but Dunkin’ Brands reports higher sales last quarter
The coffee chain reported sales in the US were up about 1 percent in the third quarter from the same period last year, while in the second quarter, sales were still down nearly 19 percent. Dunkin' stores are recovering, despite the ongoing pandemic that continues to take a toll on smaller businesses after seven months in the United States. Dunkin' Brands also owns Baskin-Robbins, and the company said store sales in the US at the ice cream chain were up 6.5 percent in the third quarter compared to last year. Overall, third-quarter revenues at Dunkin' Brands increased 1.6 percent, year over year, to $361.5 million. Given the ongoing discussions, the company’s board of directors has “taken no action with respect to a cash dividend” for the fourth quarter," Hoffmann said.
Patriots running back James White says his mother is ‘doing better’ in recovery from car crash that killed his father
Obviously, a lot going on in her mind and things of that nature, but she’s continued to progress. In September, Patriots running back James White lost his father, Tyronne, in a car crash in Florida. While his mother’s condition has improved, White said that it’s still “a tough situation.”Advertisement“She’s just trying to wrap her mind around everything,” White said. White sat out that game as well as the following game against the Raiders to grieve and be with his mother in South Florida. Advertisement“It’s still an opportunity that I have to play this game, so I don’t try and take that lightly,” White said.
Nine RI communities have positive COVID-19 test rates above 5 percent
If you have friends or relatives who would like their own free copy of this daily briefing about Rhode Island, tell them they can sign up here . ICYMI: Rhode Island was up to 31,944 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after adding 425 new cases. AdvertisementThe good news is that Rhode Island is offering more coronavirus tests each day than ever before, often exceeding 10,000 a day. ? Did you know that one of the world’s most famous ghost hunters lives in Rhode Island? AdvertisementSubscribe to BostonGlobe.comWHAT’S ON TAP TODAYEach day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island.
Opinion: Measures I and J are investments in our community
Our local San Jose City and Evergreen Valley community colleges have long been an asset in our community. As UC and CSU costs continue to rise, thousands of local students are locked out of higher education. The California Community College system is the state’s most cost-effective system of education and quality job training. California Community Colleges are underfunded. Voting yes on Measures I and J is more important than ever for our local recovery and economy.
California GOP congressional candidate used N-word, pushed QAnon conspiracy
An Inland congressional candidate in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election has used the N-word, said being born in America doesn’t make you American and spread QAnon conspiracy theories alleging that top Democratic officials are involved in child sex trafficking. While the Fourteenth Amendment states explicitly that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States,” Cargile described that as a loophole that should be closed. “For me, the issue of QAanon has coalesced around the single issue of human and child trafficking,” he said. “And so I will support any group or institution that opposes human and child trafficking. 19 Torres referred to “Pizzagate,” a conspiracy that a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C., was using its basement for child trafficking.
GDP rose at record 33 percent rate last quarter in rebound from coronavirus plunge, but recovery incomplete
With no further federal aid in sight this year, Goldman Sachs has slashed its growth forecast for the current fourth quarter to a 3% annual rate from 6%. The economy is still roughly 10.7 million jobs short of recovering all the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. The economy shrank at a 5% annual rate in the first three months of the year. Economists at Goldman Sachs have already slashed their growth forecast for the fourth quarter to a 3% annual rate from 6%. Millions have dropped out of the work force and are no longer looking for work, artificially reducing the unemployment rate.
New unemployment claims fall slightly to 751,000 as virus resurges
Rising confirmed virus cases in nearly every state, along with a cutoff in federal aid, are threatening to weaken the economy in the coming months. WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March, but it’s still historically high and indicates the viral pandemic is still forcing many employers to cut jobs. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said the number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits fell more than 700,000 to 7.76 million. AdvertisementThe still-elevated number of jobless claims underscores that a full recovery from the pandemic recession remains far off. Job growth has slowed for three straight months, leaving the economy still 10.7 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level.
7 amazing Bay Area things to do Halloween weekend, Oct. 30-Nov. 1
1 WATCH: Halloween hum-dingersWe have enough recommendations to keep Halloween lovers glued to the tube all weekend, and then some. 2 PLAY: More Halloween funThere’s more to Halloween weekend than watching slasher movies on TV. There are Halloween attractions all over the Bay Area, from pandemic-proof haunted houses to drive-in movies, even an opera. 4 PLAY: Take a hike — or a kayakOK, you can’t spend an entire weekend binging on scary stuff on TV and scarfing Halloween treats (trust us, we’ve tried). And one episode in particular is chock full of Bay Area landmarks.
Redwood City’s downtown fire station spared from closure, but police may lose nine vacant positions
Firefighters breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the Redwood City city Council decided not to slice $2 million out of its budget and close a fire station, but looming deficits may force other cost-cutting measures, including a police department hiring freeze that reform supporters are praising. The proposal originally included a 5.6% reduction to the fire department’s budget, which would have meant “browning out” Engine 9 at the department’s downtown Redwood City station. But after public outcry from firefighters and residents, staff revised the budget proposal before Monday’s council meeting and instead recommended tapping money from the city’s reserve funds to leave the fire station alone. “We have been working with the department on fire safety since our area was identified as very high risk for wildfires,” Rasmussen told the council. We just need to keep a positive attitude.”Meanwhile, the council is still considering a citywide hiring freeze, including for nine vacancies in the Redwood City Police Department that could save $2.5 million.
Hurricane Zeta sweeps across the South, killing two
Zeta weakened over central Alabama but its strong winds continued across portions of the state and the Florida Panhandle early Thursday. Power outages were reported across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, according to the website PowerOutage.us. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left to go. It weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph as it moved into southern Mississippi a few hours after landfall. And Atlanta was under a tropical storm warning for the second time ever.
9-year-old SF Giants fanatic loses baseball cards in Creek Fire; San Jose man gives her 25,000-card collection
If there’s no game, Reese pores over her card collection at the table with her sister, Rylee. Reese’s collection of 200 cards she’d compiled over three years was burned to ashes. He had over 25,000 baseball cards stored and organized in the garage of his South Bay home. Reese proposed a bedroom with black and orange walls plastered with some of her new baseball cards. A brand new baseball card collection helped ground them again; Reese is rebuilding her collection wherever they go.
Downtown San Jose affordable homes complex gets Google financing
SAN JOSE — A large residential complex that’s being developed in downtown San Jose near Google’s proposed transit village has landed some key financing from a unit of the tech titan. McEvoy Apartments, a complex that’s being developed in downtown San Jose by First Community Housing, has obtained a loan from Google Endeavor LLC, a subsidiary of Google, property documents that were filed on Oct. 27 show. Google Endeavor provided $29 million in financing to McEvoy Street LP, which is an affiliate of First Community Housing, loan documents filed on Oct. 27 with county officials show. In addition to the pair of residential towers, McEvoy Apartments will also feature rooftop gardens, a courtyard, and gathering areas. The location of McEvoy Apartments a short distance from the Diridon rail hub is expected to bolster the development greatly, First Community Housing opined.
Other zoos and aquariums have reopened. Why is the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium still closed?
But most of the COVID-19 cases in Monterey County aren’t in the coastal communities of Monterey or Pacific Grove, next to the aquarium. “We are seeing our numbers go down,” said Karen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Monterey County Health Department. “The fate of California’s zoos and aquariums are going to remain in jeopardy for months if not years,” she said. Nearly 79% of the COVID-19 cases in Monterey County are among Latinos, who make up 61% of the county population. “I’ve been directly in contact with aquarium leadership and supervisors in Monterey County,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency.
Milpitas: Eight running for two City Council seats
(Stephen Balsbaugh/Staff archives)Councilman Anthony Phan is vying for one of two Milpitas City Council seats. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)Sound The gallery will resume in secondsPlanning Commissioner Evelyn Chua is running for Milpitas City Council. Licensed nurse Julian Jose Nool Hilario Jr. is running for a seat on the Milpitas City Council. (Pauline Lubens/Mercury News)Candidate Tiffany Vuong is running for Milpitas City Council. Suraj Viswanathan, a cricket cage and supply shop owner, is running for Milpitas City Council.
Bay Area could be worst hit by outward pandemic migration
At least 1 in 5 residents in high-priced cities say they have already moved or expect to — a possible harbinger of signficant change in the Bay Area. Smaller communities left behind in the rush of highly educated professionals to tech hubs like the Bay Area, Seattle and New York will likely benefit from the dispersal of employees, he said. Outer suburbs and resort regions like Lake Tahoe and Sierra Foothilll towns have seen rapidly rising demand and prices, as Bay Area workers seek respite from the pandemic. But Georgiades expects the Bay Area to bounce back with another wave of workers in their 20s and 30s seeking good jobs and big city life. Ozimek also does not expect remote work to turn the Bay Area and similar high-tech hubs into ghost towns.
Santa Clara County education board race flooded with money in proxy battle between charters, unions
That’s a trend unions are hoping to end by opposing three board incumbents who have been consistent votes for charter schools: Grace Mah, Joseph DiSalvo and Anna Song. In the Area 1 race, 13-year board incumbent Mah, who is running against Caswell, has raised about $323,300 since the first filing period ended in mid-September. She also picked up several individual donations totaling $50,000 from publicly outspoken anti-charter advocates, including many who have long opposed the Bullis Charter School in Los Altos. Caswell said in an interview she’s been “blown away” by the amount of money Mah has raised. “The people that gave me money have particular interests in certain things but I wouldn’t be a rubber stamp for or against (charter schools).
Craving New York-style pizza? Try this drive-thru restaurant inside a Mesa gas station
But now they've set up their new fast-casual restaurant New York Pizza & Wings in a spot where most wouldn't go seeking out a New York slice: inside a Chevron gas station in Mesa. How New York Pizza & Wings got its startRecchia was born and bred in the restaurant industry. A New York pizza convert, he moved to Arizona 12 years ago and opened the now-shuttered Fat Boys New York Pizza in Mesa and Chandler. What's on the menu at New York Pizza & Wings? Price: Grandma's NY Pie $13; Cheese pizza slice $2.75; Pepperoni slice $3.25; 6 piece chicken wing $7.50; Zucchini sticks with marinara $7.50.
From ages 18 to 65, these Arizona voters celebrate their first time casting ballots
Barron is one of many first-time voters in Arizona. Coming of age and votingFor some voters, the 2020 election offers the first opportunity to vote in a presidential election, or any election at all. A registered Republican who supports Trump, she feels the presidential election is a battle for the future of the country. ARIZONA 2020 BALLOT: Voters guide for Nov. 3 general election"So, I'll be voting on Election Day just for sentimentality, basically," Bautista said. After dropping off their ballots, he and his dad went to Burger King to celebrate, to remember the day they voted.
Donald Trump's use of the Thin Blue Line flag is a scam
Lots of police unions have endorsed President Donald Trump, and he has taken to flashing images of the Thin Blue Line flag, meant to support law enforcement, at his rallies. He should be pointing out that a person can support law enforcement and social justice. At the same time, I’d like to believe – and DO believe – that good police officers don’t condone the actions of bad ones. Law enforcement people. And as for the scam in Trump’s use of the Thin Blue Line flag, ask yourself this: What is the biggest physical danger members law enforcement face these days?
Poll: Biden holds small lead over Trump with Latino voters in pivotal Florida; lead grows in other battlegrounds
The margin between Biden and Trump among Latino voters is much smaller than another recent poll of Latino voters released earlier this week. While the majority of both male and female Latino voters support Biden, there is a gap between their level of support. According to the poll, 71% of Latina voters say the support Biden while 20% of Latina voters support Trump. Comparatively, 57% of male Latino voters say they support Biden while 36% support Trump. When broken down by gender, 65% of Hispanic female voters say they support Biden, while 25% support Trump.
Sen. Martha McSally is toast after Trump berated her. But what about Trump's other hacks?
President Trump’s humiliating spectacle summoning Sen. Martha McSally like a pet took the last ounce of dignity and self-respect from the former fighter pilot. Quick, quick, quick. Doug Ducey and state treasurer Kimberly Yee, who’s been proudly donning Make America Great Again hats? ROBERTS: Trump's disrespect of McSally was hard to watchJust like McSally, Ducey turned into one of those Trump faithful servants that Arizonans hardly recognize any more. Unfortunately for Arizonans, Ducey isn’t on the Nov. 3 ballot to toss him out, too.
Election 2020 in Pa.: Updates on candidates, races, news
Trump’s rallies — which feature large crowds of mostly maskless supporters — come as Pennsylvania continues to report the most new COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic. Dozens of local physicians have urged Trump to cancel the large gatherings, citing a recent data analysis in USA Today that showed cases rose at a faster rate after Trump rallies in at least five counties around the country, including Lackawanna and Dauphin Counties in Pennsylvania.
This Upper Dublin High School grad is using his Hollywood connections to get people registered to vote
Head to the link in my bio to take action with @headcountorg now! You won't want to miss this, I promise! (Too young to register? Share this with friends and family who can. We can all make a difference.)
A Facebook post about a homeless girl planted the seeds for Friends of Fairview Give Back
While Laneader shies away from attention, it recently found a way to shine on her. Last month, The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden named her a Disciple of Mercy Award winner. The annual honor recognizes Catholics (Laneader is a member of the Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, NJ) who “exemplify mercy by reaching out to those who are poor and vulnerable on a local level here in the Diocese of Camden.”
The U.S. economy rebounded to grow at a record 33% rate last quarter, but data show the recovery is far from complete
The government reports the quarterly GDP changes as annual rates. That means the change for any given quarter is calculated as if it had occurred for an entire year. Using another way to view the figures, the GDP peaked in the fourth quarter of 2019 and then fell 10.1% over the next two quarters. Looked at that way, the economic fall was more than twice the 4% drop during the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
United Airlines to offer free coronavirus testing on select Newark-to-London flights
"We believe the ability to provide fast, same-day COVID-19 testing will play a vital role in safely reopening travel around the world and navigating quarantines and travel restrictions, particularly to key international destinations like London," said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer for United. "Through this pilot program, we'll guarantee that essentially everyone on board has tested negative for COVID-19, adding another element to our layered approach to safety. United will continue to lead on testing, while at the same time exploring new solutions that contribute to the safest travel experience possible."
U.S. unemployment claims fell to 751,000 last week, but the coronavirus resurgence could lead to more job losses
Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said the number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits fell more than 700,000 to 7.76 million. The decline shows that some of the unemployed are being recalled to their old jobs or are finding new ones. But it also indicates that many jobless Americans have used up their state unemployment aid — which typically expires after six months — and have transitioned to a federal extended benefits program that lasts an additional 13 weeks.
Yes, the Sixers won the press conference, but it’s going to take more than that | Podcast
Off the Dribble NewsletterAs the Sixers move through an important offseason, we’ll give you the news and analysis to catch you up on what’s going on every week.
CBRE move to Dallas will bring future job growth to what is already its largest office
But the company’s move to Dallas will bring more jobs as CBRE grows in the years ahead, CEO Robert Sulentic said Thursday. “This is such a prominent place for growth for our company,” Sulentic said. And Sulentic, who was previously the head of Crow, has been working out of the Dallas office for years. "Our investment management business — CBRE Global Investors — is headquartered there. From Texas, he went to a Crow office in New Jersey.
Here are Arlington’s small businesses of the year for 2020
The Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced its three small businesses of the year, selecting an architecture firm, veteran placement organization and leadership development organization to receive the honor. The three small businesses met the chamber’s criteria of growth, relevant innovation and championing economic and community prosperity. Each year, the chamber honors three types of small businesses: for-profit, nonprofit and veteran owned. The Stoglin Group, Inc. is the veteran-owned small business of the year. All three small businesses will be honored on Friday at 12 p.m. on the chamber’s Facebook page.
3 dead, 1 injured, after separate shootings in Milwaukee
Three people, including two 18-year-olds, died and another was injured in separate shootings about four hours apart in Milwaukee on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The killings bring the Milwaukee Police Department’s official homicide count to 161 on the year, five short of the city’s 1991 record. Three men died: two 18-year-olds in Sherman Park and Park West, minutes apart, and a 42-year-old in Walker’s Point, according to police. Then, at 8:57 p.m., police responded to another shooting about a mile and a half east, on the 2200 block of West Clarke Street in the Park West neighborhood. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS or the P3 Tips app.
Pandemic stories from across America: some ‘feel OK,’ others ‘can’t do it’ (LIVE UPDATES)
The latestPandemic stories from across America: some ‘feel OK,’ others ‘can’t do it’An out-of-work travel agent whose mortgage payments were deferred now worries about losing her house. A couple can’t pay their bills after the $600 unemployment bonus ran out. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have edged closer to financial calamity, while others have finally landed full- or part-time jobs. Here are some of their stories:Naperville woman: ‘I feel OK’In Naperville, Rachel Metcalfe, 23, is starting to see her health and her finances emerge from the depths. “The Board remains considerate of rising COVID-19 cases in Illinois and understand the importance of adhering to safety guidelines for the good of all citizens.
US economy grows at a record rate but recovery is incomplete
The third quarter GDP gain was powered by a record 40.7% increase in consumer spending. Americans began shopping again after the spring shutdown, which had sent consumer spending plunging by a record 31.4%. With no further federal aid in sight this year, Goldman Sachs has slashed its growth forecast for the current fourth quarter to a 3% annual rate from 6%. In the January-March quarter this year, GDP had contracted at a 5% annual rate before a record-setting 31.4% annual tumble in the spring. Even with the third quarter rebound, the economy remains 3.4% below the peak of output set in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Ransomware assault threatens US health care system: FBI
BOSTON — Federal agencies warned cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. health care system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. Employees described chaotic conditions impeding patient care, including mounting emergency room waits and the failure of wireless vital-signs monitoring equipment. Four health care institutions have been reported hit by ransomware so far this week, three belonging to the St. Lawrence County Health System in upstate New York and the Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Increasingly, ransomware criminals are stealing data from their targets before encrypting networks, using it for extortion. A total of 59 U.S. health care providers/systems have been impacted by ransomware in 2020, disrupting patient care at up to 510 facilities, Callow said.
3 dead in knife attack at French church; country raises its alert level to maximum
PARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, French authorities said. France’s prime minister said the country’s threat level will be raised to its maximum following the attack. Prime Minister Jean Castex rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper’s editorial meeting in 2015. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices with a butcher knife.
GDP U.S.: Economy grew 33.1% annualized in Q3 as businesses reopened
But while business reopenings fueled a vigorous rebound, it doesn’t offset the prior loss because the economy was smaller after the big drop. And the numbers are skewed by strong gains in May and June, when states began allowing many businesses to restart in phases. Consumer spending skyrocketsConsumer spending jumped 40.7%, the largest increase on record, after tumbling 33.2% in the second quarter. Residential investment vaults higherHousing construction and renovation rose 59.3% after a 64.4% plunge in the second quarter. Government spending risesGovernment spending fell 4.5% on drops in both federal and state and local outlays.
Vigil set for bicyclist killed when pushed in east Las Vegas
A vigil will be held in east Las Vegas Thursday afternoon for a bicyclist killed Sunday when a man leaned out of a car and intentionally struck her. Michelle “Shelli” Weissman (Courtesy Sheryl Dialbert)Michelle “Shelli” Weissman (Courtesy Sheryl Dialbert)A vigil will be held in east Las Vegas Thursday afternoon for a bicyclist killed Sunday when a man leaned out of a car and intentionally struck her. The vigil for Michelle “Shelli” Weissman, 56, of Las Vegas, will be at 4 p.m. near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. “Come join us to honor our friend and family member, Shelli,” organizers wrote in a Facebook post titled A Vigil to Honor Shelli Weissman. Police said the driver of the vehicle, Rodrigo Cruz, 22, of Las Vegas, has been charged with murder.
Biden has wide lead over Trump with Nevada Latinos, poll finds
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a wide lead over President Donald Trump among Nevada Latinos, according to a new poll released Thursday morning. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden talks at the same time during the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a wide lead over President Donald Trump among Nevada Latinos, according to a new poll released Thursday morning. The Telemundo Poll: State of the Latino Vote in Nevada found that 62 percent of the 500 Latino likely voters surveyed planned to vote for Biden, compared to 29 percent for Trump. He also was the choice for nearly two-thirds of respondents under 50 years old and 59 percent of those over 50. Both candidates received wide party-line support, with 49 percent of independent voters selecting Biden to Trump’s 32 percent and 13 percent undecided.
Pedestrian critical after being hit by truck in central Las Vegas
A pedestrian was struck by a truck and gravely injured in south Las Vegas early Thursday. A pedestrian was gravely wounded when struck by a truck at West Sunset Road and South Valley View Boulevard about 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, according to Las Vegas police. (Glenn Puit/Las Vegas Review-Journal)A pedestrian was struck by a truck and gravely injured in south Las Vegas early Thursday. Las Vegas police Lt. Daryl Rhoads said police closed the intersection of West Sunset Road and South Valley View Boulevard for the 4:36 a.m. crash. Rhoads said a truck was headed eastbound on Sunset at Valley View with a green light “when the truck hit a subject in the roadway.”The truck had a U.S.
Las Vegas restaurants offer Halloween and Day of the Dead treats
(Sugar Factory)Day of the Dead at China PoblanoChina Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host its Day of the Dead celebration from Friday through Nov. 3. Halloween at Morton’sMorton’s The Steakhouse, 400 E. Flamingo Road, is celebrating Halloween with the Spooktacular three-course menu from Friday through Sunday for $45. Insomnia has introduced a pumpkin cheesecake cookie, Peanut Butter Choco-Lantern Cookie and Moon Cookie Cake with Halloween center. Halloween drinks at Sugar FactorySugar Factory at Fashion Show mall is celebrating Halloween with two special drinks through the end of the month. More Joy of Hot DogThe neon-lit Joy of Hot Dog trailer has reopened at 506 Fremont St. and is featuring some new dogs.
University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson archive
NEW YORK — The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. The August Wilson Archive will reside in a state-of-the-art home in Hillman Library’s renovated Archives & Special Collections, the university said Thursday. “This acquisition is about more than bringing August Wilson back home to Pittsburgh,” said Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in a statement. Next up this December is “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” directed by Tony-winner George C. Wolfe and adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Washington says “The Piano Lesson” is the next Wilson work he hopes to bring to the screen.
Cromwell on Las Vegas Strip opens Thursday as adults only
The Cromwell, the last Strip resort with its lights still off, is set to reopen to adults only Thursday. A view of the Cromwell along the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)The Cromwell, the last Strip resort with its lights still off, is set to reopen to adults only Thursday. The boutique property’s hotel and gaming floor will be open seven days a week for those 21 and over, according to a Thursday statement from parent company Caesars Entertainment Inc. After The Cromwell opens, Caesars will have one more Las Vegas property to reopen: Rio, located near the Strip.
Sia marks directorial debut with long-anticipated feature film, ‘Music’
Sia’s musical drama “Music,” her directorial debut, is ready for the big screen. The idea for “Music” first came to Sia about 15 years ago, she says, when she wrote a short story. The film features Hudson as Zu, who takes in her special-needs half-sister Music, played by Maddie Ziegler. I’m Sia, I have to make something very good. I love directing.”There are several cameos in “Music,” Sia promises, including comic Tig Notaro.
How to have a safe Thanksgiving during coronavirus, according to CDC
Thanksgiving might look different during the coronavirus pandemic, especially if you’re used to hosting a large get-together. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are some activities that can act as a safe alternative to a traditional big Thanksgiving family dinner. This list ranks your favorite Turkey Day activities by how risky they are: low, moderate or high. (Madeline Buiano, The Active Times)
Florida’s unemployment claims take another sharp decline
“The economy faces a number of headwinds including the resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases, which after all is the genesis of the economic downturn which began in March," he said. "There’s a cost both at present and in the weeks to come for individuals, businesses and the broader economy from the failure of elected officials in Washington to agree to new stimulus legislation.”
The Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-way goalie tryout mirrors a past competition — but they don’t plan to anoint one as ‘the guy’
Background: Delia has been with the Hawks since signing as a free agent in July 2017. He shined during the 2018 Calder Cup playoffs, helping engineer series shutouts of the Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose. Jeremy Colliton coached Delia at Rockford from 2017-18 to the early part of the following season before Colliton was promoted to Blackhawks coach in November 2018. Delia, who was called up for two games in March 2018, got tapped again in December of that year as an emergency loan when Corey Crawford sustained a concussion. He split starts with Cam Ward until Crawford’s return in late February 2019.
Grubhub loses $9.2 million in 3rd quarter, but beats forecasts
In June, Grubhub agreed to be acquired for $7.3 billion by Just Eat Takeaway.com, an Amsterdam-based food delivery company. The combined firm will be headquartered in Amsterdam, with a North American headquarters in Chicago. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.
East Chicago girl, 8, dies a week after being shot in family’s living room
East Chicago Deputy Chief Jose Rivera said previously that officers were sent to the 4500 block of Magoun Avenue around 10 p.m. Oct. 22 after the city’s Shotspotter system detected several shots fired in the area. As they were en route, Rivera said, they were alerted that a girl a few houses from where the shots were detected had been shot.
South Shore West Lake expansion project breaks ground; 4-year construction cost estimated at $945M
The rest of the funding will come from state and local governments, with more than $300 million of that from the state. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and most of the cities and towns in Lake County also have committed funds for the project.
Bend man missing after crash in southern Oregon, officials say
Oregon State Police are searching for a Bend man after his vehicle was discovered badly damaged in a crash on a southern Oregon highway earlier this week, officials said. On Tuesday around 5:30 p.m., troopers responded to a call of a single-vehicle crash near milepost 37 on Oregon 62 in Jackson County. They found a badly damaged Ford Explorer with no one inside, authorities said. Investigators believe the driver was 33-year-old Matthew Lang, who has not contacted family or friends since the time of the crash. Investigators asked anyone who has seen Lang to contact Oregon State Police at 800-442-2068.
Readers respond: A senator in need?
It’s pathetic when the multimillionaire wife of a U.S. senator goes begging for money to keep her business going. (“The Strand, famed NY bookstore owned by wife of Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, asks public for support,” Oct. 23). Well, actually Ron Wyden occasionally lives with his family in New York City, but he purportedly represents a state 2,500 miles away. The senator married well because his wife’s daddy left her the Big Apple’s most well-known bookstore, The Strand. The senator and his wife get about a million bucks a year from book sales and another million from renting space in real estate.
Portland metro Thursday weather: Early fog; then mild, dry afternoon
Portland will start Thursday with fog in some areas, especially west of the city and in metro Vancouver. Much as it did Wednesday, the fog could increase through the early morning hours, but then will burn away for mostly clear skies. Areas south of Portland may not be so lucky. #pdxtraffic If you're heading south - NWS has issued a dense fog advisory for the mid-Willamette Valley. A weakening front moving in from the coast overnight and into Friday morning will bring clouds and some light rain to Portland.
Weekend of Oct. 24: How former Oregon high school players are faring in Division 1 college football
Last week we posted a list of the nearly 100 athletes we found on Division I FBS college football rosters in 2020. This week and throughout this strange, coronavirus-altered college football season, we’ll focus on the former Oregon high school football players logging stats at the Division I FBS level this season. Most of the Division 1 college football players from Oregon high schools play in the Pac-12, which starts Nov. 6-7. But the Mountain West started last weekend, and Nevada’s Cole Turner had a huge game in the Wolf Pack’s debut. ---Andrew Peasley, Utah StateSophomoreQuarterbackLa Grande High SchoolPeasley got in the game late during Utah’s lopsided loss at Boise State.
U.S. economy rebounded to grow at record 33% rate last quarter
With no further federal aid in sight this year, Goldman Sachs has slashed its growth forecast for the current fourth quarter to a 3% annual rate from 6%. The economy is still roughly 10.7 million jobs short of recovering all the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. The economy shrank at a 5% annual rate in the first three months of the year. Economists at Goldman Sachs have already slashed their growth forecast for the fourth quarter to a 3% annual rate from 6%. Millions have dropped out of the work force and are no longer looking for work, artificially reducing the unemployment rate.
Uchimura positive for COVID-19 just a week before key meet
TOKYO - (AP) -- Two-time defending Olympic champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test was reported by the Kyodo news agency on Thursday and comes just over a week before an international gymnastics meet in Tokyo that will test countermeasures against the virus. The meet on Nov. 8 will involve eight gymnasts each from Japan, Russia, China and the United States. The positive test could be a setback in trying to convince the world it will be safe to hold the postponed Tokyo Olympics next year. Uchimura has said, because of shoulder injuries, he will not attempt to defend his overall title next year and will compete instead on the horizontal bar.
Phoned-in threat sparks evacuation at Waterford High School
Administrators followed safety protocols and directed students and staff to leave the building at 20 Rope Ferry Road, they said. There were no reports of injuries.
Jared Kushner in April interview: Trump took ‘country back from the doctors’ and US is starting ‘comeback phase’ of pandemic
“As he has said numerous times, the cure cannot be worse than the disease,” she said. "When it was in the best interest of the country to shut down, he did so at the advice of top health officials. However, as president, he must take a holistic approach to the virus and consider the devastating effects of lockdowns and the consequences of keeping our economy shut down for an extended period of time. "
UConn women sweep Big East preseason awards: Huskies come in first in poll, Christyn Williams player of the year, Paige Bueckers top freshman
Nelson-Ododa and Westbrook, UConn’s only other upperclassmen, are also tasked with shouldering the load on the court and as junior leaders. Nelson-Ododa, a second-team All-AAC selection as a sophomore who averaged 10.9 points and 8.5 rebounds last season, will once more be relied upon to hold things down in the paint for a Husky team that lacks proven frontcourt depth. Westbrook is seeking to play her first game as a Husky after sitting out last season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules and is coming off a pair of knee surgeries in June and December 2019. She had previously played two seasons at Tennessee and notched a team-high 14.9 points and 5.3 assists as a sophomore.
Iowa doctors warn coronavirus spread risks overwhelming hospitals if it continues
State data indicates a 14-county region in the southeast corner of Iowa has fewer than 19% of its hospital beds available, but a doctor at a major hospital in the region said even that can be deceiving because there aren’t always enough nurses and other necessary staff to tend to the beds that may appear to be available. Beds to be usable must have available doctors, nurses, physician assistants and respiratory technicians and when they get sick or must be quarantined, hospitals may not be able to put a patient in some of the beds due to staff shortages.
COVID-19 shuts down Bridgeport DMV office
The closure is announced on the state Department of Motor Vehicles website. The announcement doesn’t state the exact reason for the shutdown, but refers to contact tracing, which is when investigators follow up positive COVID-19 tests by reaching out to those who had contact with an infected person.
Today in History, October 29, 1929: Stock market crashed, starting Great Depression
On this date in:1618Sir Walter Raleigh – the English courtier, military adventurer and poet – was executed in London for treason. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America’s “Great Depression” began. 1960A chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, killing 22 of the 48 people on board. 1971Duane Allman, guitarist and leader of the Allman Brothers Band, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia. 1998Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he’d blazed for America’s astronauts 36 years earlier.
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse offering home delivery, Thanksgiving meal kits
It’s the Jeff Ruby experience,” Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment CEO Britney Ruby Miller said in a statement. Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment will continue to offer curbside pickup of cook-at-home meal kits as well as standard takeout service. Jeff Ruby’s is offering Thanksgiving Family Meal Kits for the first time ever. Jeff Ruby’s Thanksgiving Meal Kits are $300 and serve six to eight guests. Curbside pick-up of Meal Kits may be scheduled for November 23, 24 or 25 at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Downtown.
Trio charged in Wyandotte double stabbing
Three men have been charged in connection with a double stabbing that happened in Wyandotte on Saturday, officials said. Each were charged with assault with intent to murder, a life felony, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony, assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony, and being habitual offenders-fourth offense. He has previous convictions for unarmed robbery and drug possession. He has previous convictions for drug possession and breaking and entering a vehicle. He also has previous convictions for domestic violence and intimidating witnesses.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 is beating Xbox in the online black market
Jackie DavalosBloombergSony Corp.’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Series X haven’t hit stores yet, but the video game console showdown has already begun in the online black market. There are more listings on EBay for the new PlayStation than the Xbox Series X, according to ShelfTrend, which tracks activity on the auction website. More than 9,300 PlayStation pre-orders have changed hands since September, almost double resales of the new Xbox, the research firm said. PlayStation 5 pre-orders sell for an average price of $871, while the Xbox Series X goes for $720, MarkSight said. When they go on sale in early November, the high-end version of the new PlayStation and Xbox will sell for $500.
Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat
Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said the number of people who are continuing to receive unemployment benefits fell more than 700,000 to 7.76 million. The still-elevated number of jobless claims underscores that a full recovery from the pandemic recession remains far off. Some research suggests that by September, unemployed Americans had spent about two-thirds of what they had saved. The outlook for the economy over the next six months fell particularly hard, according to the Conference Board, a business research group. With roughly 20 million Americans unemployed, the pandemic recession is still causing hardship for many families.
Lions inch toward hosting fans at Ford Field, welcoming 500 friends and family on Sunday
The Detroit Lions are moving slowly toward having fans at Ford Field, welcoming 500 friends and family of the team's players and coaching staff for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. “Hosting friends and family this Sunday against the Colts is a great step toward our goal of welcoming fans back to Ford Field this season," team president Rod Wood said in a statement. We continue to collaborate with local, state and national health officials on increasing capacity for our remaining home games." In line with state guidelines, the Lions didn't allow fans for the first two games of the 2020 season. More: Lions show off their sure-handedness during record-setting streakDetroit's public health order, announced earlier this month, limits indoor gatherings to 500, the exact number being allowed by the Lions this weekend.
Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto markets recover
Associated PressFrankfurt, Germany – German automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. After-tax profit was 2.75 billion euros ($3.23 billion), down 31% from 3.99 billion euros for the same July-September quarter a year ago, pre-COVID-19, but far better than the 1.53 billion euro loss in the second quarter. Car sales in September increased over the same month a year earlier for the first time this year, by 3.3%. A key driver of the rebound was China, Volkswagen Group’s single largest market, where sales rose 3% over the entire July-September quarter. The company says that it expects full-year operating earnings to be “severely lower” than in 2019 but still in positive territory.
Lions inch toward hosting fans at Ford Field, welcoming 500 friends and family on Sunday
The Detroit Lions are moving slowly toward having fans at Ford Field, welcoming 500 friends and family of the team's players and coaching staff for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. “Hosting friends and family this Sunday against the Colts is a great step toward our goal of welcoming fans back to Ford Field this season," team president Rod Wood said in a statement. We continue to collaborate with local, state and national health officials on increasing capacity for our remaining home games." In line with state guidelines, the Lions didn't allow fans for the first two games of the 2020 season. Detroit's public health order, announced earlier this month, limits indoor gatherings to 500, the exact number being allowed by the Lions this weekend.
Two charged with Larry Householder on HB 6 nuke bailout corruption case ready to cop pleas
At least two of the five people charged in the federal corruption scandal involving former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder were set to finalize plea deals with prosecutors Thursday. The federal court docket in the case listed plea agreements for Juan Cespedes and Jeffrey Longstreth, though the documents were not yet accessible. Attorney Mark Collins, representing Juan Cespedes, said a court hearing for his client would take place today. Hearings were set for 2 p.m.Thursday for Cespedes and 3 p.m. for Longstreth, with court docket entries noting plea intents for both. mkokac@dispatch.com@ohiocapital blogMore:Cincinnati, Columbus sue to block nuclear bailout feesMore:FirstEnergy's PAC held $158,000 in checks for Ohio politicians after FBI probe broke
How mid-level Ohio political operative Jeff Longstreth found himself at heart of Householder scandal
Longstreth wasn't a key player in Ohio politics until Householder needed someone to help him stage a political comeback. If convicted, Householder, Longstreth and their alleged co-conspirators each face up to 20 years in prison. While attending Ohio State University, Longstreth worked on the campaigns of state Sen. James Carnes and U.S. Rep. Bob Ney. After Mottley left the House, Longstreth led the Ohio Housing Council, an association of affordable housing professionals. Two years later, Longstreth worked on another conservative cause: challenging U.S. President Barack Obama's new health care law.
Union County motorcyclist killed in Delaware County crash
A Union County man was killed early Thursday morning after a motorcycle crash in Delaware County. The State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred around 3:15 a.m. on Route 37 in Scioto Township near milepost three. The patrol said 37-year-old Anthony Yates, of Richwood, was operating a 2002 Honda motorcycle headed west on Route 37 when he failed to maintain control. Yates went off the right side of the road, hitting a sign and a ditch. Yates was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Aldi plans store in Upper Arlington's Kingsdale Shopping Center
Aldi hopes to open a grocery store on the former Barnes & Noble site in Upper Arlington's Kingsdale Shopping Center. The grocery chain submitted a proposal to the city for an 18,726-square-foot grocery store at 3280 Tremont Road in Kingsdale. Plans call for a 1-story building with 145 parking spaces. White said Aldi stores typically need 80 parking spaces, allowing neighboring CVS and Panera Bread to use the remaining 65 spaces. “Aldi plans to construct an attractive store meeting the expectations of the surrounding community," White wrote to the city.
Two charged with Larry Householder on HB 6 nuke bailout corruption case ready to cop pleas
At least two of the five people charged in the federal corruption scandal involving former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder were set to finalize plea deals with prosecutors Thursday. The federal court docket in the case listed plea agreements for Juan Cespedes and Jeffrey Longstreth, though the documents were not yet accessible. Attorney Mark Collins, representing Juan Cespedes, said a court hearing for his client would take place today. Hearings were set for 2 p.m.Thursday for Cespedes and 3 p.m. for Longstreth, with court docket entries noting plea intents for both. mkokac@dispatch.com@ohiocapital blogMore:Cincinnati, Columbus sue to block nuclear bailout feesMore:FirstEnergy's PAC held $158,000 in checks for Ohio politicians after FBI probe broke
Jonah Goldberg: GOP disdain for big cities is a losing strategy
“God bless real Michigan. God bless real America. God bless the greatest president in our lifetime, Donald Trump,” Ted Nugent recently declared at a Michigan rally. Real America — a term beloved by Richard Nixon — tops the long list of conservative catchphrases capturing the sense of grievance dominating so much of the right these days. Real America is “flyover country,” a term used more by those who resent it than by those who actually use it as a term of derision.
Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday. The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt. FBI spokesman Leonard Peace did not immediately return a message seeking comment. “There's no doubt RPW is now at a disadvantage with that money being gone,” Hitt said. The party and campaign needs money late in the race to make quick decisions, he said.
The Latest: EU leaders condemn deadly French church attack
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Nice, France, (all times local):EU Council president Charles Michel, who chairs the meetings of the EU’s 27 leaders, expressed his “solidarity with France and the French” in a message posted on Twitter. “My thoughts are with the victims of the heinous attack on Nice and their loved ones. All of Europe is with you,” Michel wrote. EU leaders were expected to meet later Thursday during a video conference. The Elysee press service said French President Emmanuel Macron was still planning to attend the meeting despite a planned trip to Nice in the afternoon.
UN weather agency: Moderate to strong La Nina this year
BERLIN (AP) — The La Nina climate phenomenon has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns across the world, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. A La Nina usually means a more active Atlantic hurricane season, with more and perhaps stronger storms. The World Meteorological Organization in Geneva said La Nina, characterized by abnormally cold sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is “expected to be moderate to strong” this year. The global declaration of a La Nina event is used by governments to help plan responses in vulnerable sectors like agriculture, health, water resources and disaster management, the WMO said.
Searchers in western Alaska look for 7 missing boaters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Search teams have looked in western Alaska for more than a week without success for seven boaters who went missing while seal hunting. Quinhagak Tribal Police Chief John Peter said a 22-foot (6.7-meter) aluminum boat with three men left the village Oct. 17 and headed to the community of Bethel, where they picked up four more people. The group was last seen Oct. 20 on Eek Island, the closest community to Quinhagak. They had about 10 gallons (38 litres) of gas when they left Eek Island, but Peter said that might not have been enough for the trip back to Quinhagak because the boat was weighed down by the passengers and other objects.
Tennant: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Tennant Co. (TNC) on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $11.7 million. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 63 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and restructuring costs, were 90 cents per share. The maker of products for cleaning floors, parking lots and hospitals posted revenue of $261.9 million in the period. Tennant shares have fallen 23% since the beginning of the year.
Airbus reports new pandemic losses, but stops bleeding cash
PARIS (AP) — Struggling plane maker Airbus says new European virus lockdown measures are making its life “a bit more difficult,” as it announced 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion) in pandemic-related losses for the third quarter Thursday amid a slower-than-expected recovery in air travel. But CEO Guillaume Faury said Airbus has already repeatedly adapted its operations to cope with the virus and is not predicting major disruptions from the new restrictions, notably those announced in France and Germany on Wednesday. “We will have to live with the circulation of the virus for long period of time,” he said. “Yes, it’s making our life a bit more difficult, but these kind of measures — which by the way, are necessary — are part of what we have to deal with.”The Toulouse, France-based company said it managed to stop losing cash in the third quarter after a devastating first half of the year, as airlines collapsed or grounded most of their planes. It maintained its forecast that air traffic won’t return to 2019 levels until 2023-2025.
Cullen/Frost: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. (CFR) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $95.1 million. The San Antonio-based bank said it had earnings of $1.50 per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.19 per share. Cullen/Frost shares have decreased 32% since the beginning of the year.
We help you plan your week ahead in entertainment
The limited-capacity event offers reserved balcony and table seating, available for purchase in pairs starting at $20 or in groups of four. TRAIL OF TREATS: A safe, socially distanced Treat Trail event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Scissortail Park’s playground, 300 SW 7. NIGHTMARE ON NINTH STREET: Celebrate Halloween from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with Factory Obscura, 25 NW 9, and the interactive attraction’s neighbors. Factory Obscura’s “Mix-Tape” exhibit will be open with timed entry, and a treat-filled egg hunt will take place on the street and inside Factory Obscura and Cargo Room. For details or to book Factory Obscura entry tickets, go to www.factoryobscura.com or www.facebook.com/factoryobscura.
Schneider National: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Schneider National Inc. (SNDR) on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $44.5 million. On a per-share basis, the Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company said it had profit of 25 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 31 cents per share. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 31 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.12 billion.
Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farm
Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farmTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — More than 35,000 chickens are to be culled at a Dutch farm after a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was discovered there, the agriculture ministry announced Thursday. The outbreak came despite the government last week ordering all birds on poultry farms to be kept indoors after tests confirmed a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza in two dead wild swans found in a village near the central city of Utrecht. The government did not immediately report the exact strain of bird flu that infected chickens on the farm. The agriculture ministry tightened controls Thursday around the infected farm in the village of Altforst, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the capital, Amsterdam. Another 34 farms are situated within a 10-kilometer (6 mile) radius of the infected location.
HomeTrust Bancshares: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ HomeTrust Bancshares Inc. (HTBI) on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $5.8 million. The Asheville, North Carolina-based bank said it had earnings of 35 cents per share. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. The holding company for HomeTrust Bank posted revenue of $39.1 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $34.1 million, also beating Street forecasts.
European Central Bank: Just wait until December
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its current economic stimulus but signaled that more could be coming at its December meeting given that risks are growing as surging coronavirus infections threaten Europe’s economy. The decision comes amid growing concern that a renewed surge in COVID-19 cases in Europe could stall the recovery from a deep downturn early this year. ECB head Christine Lagarde said Thursday that recent data show the economy “is losing momentum more rapidly than expected” and that there had been “a clear deterioration in the near term outlook.”The bank's promise to review its position in December came in an unusual introductory paragraph to its regular statement about bond purchases and interest benchmarks. The ECB said it will assess the dynamics of the pandemic and prospects for vaccine rollout as well as new staff estimates about inflation and growth.
Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in US under Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — The suburbs wouldn't be the suburbs anymore, the economy would sink into its worst depression ever and police departments would cease to exist. Even America's older adults would be left to figure out how to get by without heat, air conditioning or electricity. This is the apocalyptic version of American life that President Donald Trump argues would be the dire consequence of turning over the White House to Democrat Joe Biden. "He’ll bury you in regulations, dismantle your police departments, dissolve our borders, confiscate your guns, terminate religious liberty, destroy your suburbs,” Trump said in one of many over-the-top pronouncements about Biden in the campaign's final weeks. Campaign rhetoric can often become heated and hyperbolic as candidates scrap for every last advantage before the votes are counted.
Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fatal shooting of another Black man on America's streets by police — with subsequent unrest — has brought the fraught issues of policing and racism in the nation back to the fore of the presidential election in its closing days. Philadelphia police say Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was shot earlier this week in the throes of a mental health crisis after he ignored officers' repeated orders to drop a knife. The encounter, caught on video, spurred violent unrest in Philadelphia, and now has both President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden calibrating how to address some of the same questions that roiled American cities — and the presidential campaign — earlier this year as they negotiate the end game for a race in which Pennsylvania is a critical battleground. In Philadelphia and its suburbs, voters are weighing how to factor the issue into their election calculations.
Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat
Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat shares emailFILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. Applications for unemployment aid fell 40,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. As temperatures fall, restaurants and bars will likely serve fewer customers outdoors. Those trends could force employers to slash more jobs during the winter.
Bank7: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Bank7 Corp. (BSVN) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $4.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Oklahoma City-based bank said it had earnings of 48 cents per share. The company posted revenue of $13.3 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $11.9 million, beating Street forecasts. Bank7 shares have fallen 52% since the beginning of the year.
US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted political views of hundreds of celebrities for a planned $250 million ad blitz aimed at portraying President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak in a positive light, according to documents released Thursday by a House committee. A political appointee at the department suggested creating a government-funded campaign to rival the World War II icon Rosie the Riveter, according to the documents, and taglines like “Helping the President will Help the Country.”None of the celebrities agreed to participate — they may not have known they were being vetted — and the campaign has been put on hold. Director Judd Apatow believes Trump “does not have the intellectual capacity to run as president,” according to a list of more than 200 celebrities compiled by one of the firms. Singer Christina Aguilera “is an Obama-supporting Democrat and a gay-rights supporting liberal,” the list says, and actor Jack Black is “known to be a classic Hollywood liberal.” A public service announcement by comedian George Lopez was “not moving forward due to previous concerns regarding his comments regarding the president,” according to the documents.
Nokia profit up, new CEO pledges to boost 5G investments
HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Thursday reported improved third-quarter earnings largely in line with expectations, but acknowledged it faced challenges in the race for 5G cellular networks. Nokia said it would invest more in the new generation of broadband technology and revamp business strategy under its new CEO, who said the company would do “whatever it takes” to achieve 5G leadership. The company based in Espoo, Finland reported that net profit for the July-September period was up 14% to 305 million euros ($358 million). Sales were down 7% to 5.3 billion euros. The quarterly report was the first one issued since CEO Pekka Lundmark took over the company’s top spot on Aug. 1.
NTSB release details in crash that killed 7 motorcyclists
Zhukovskyy’s lawyer have argued that an independent analysis of the crash showed one of the motorcyclists was drunk and actually was the one who hit Zhukovskyy’s pickup and caused the crash. The documents also include details, some of them reported previously, about Zhukovskyy’s troubled driving history that included four convictions and two accidents. Zhukovskyy was driving for Westfield Transport, a company based in Massachusetts, at the time of the crash. The company had a history of violations before the crash and the documents released Tuesday provided further details of the troubled company. The company shut down shortly after the crash and no number could be found for the owner.
Inhofe, Broyles trade barbs in final days of campaign
With only a few days of voting left this election season, Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Democratic challenger Abby Broyles are still slugging it out and more or less calling each other liars. Keeping with her general campaign theme that the 85-year-old Inhofe is out of touch with the average Oklahoman, in the past week Broyles put up billboards featuring two young girls with pre-existing medical conditions. “Jim Inhofe wants to strip away their healthcare,” says the text.
Fantasy Football: Which vices are worth it?
According to a Lines study, more than half of fans/fantasy football players are worried the pandemic will cancel the season at some point. But as a fantasy manager — I am not as “concerned.” I would just be disappointed. But: I love fantasy football, and have played it literally for decades. I think sports and by extension fantasy sports are a part of our makeup; we work hard and play hard. AI: As much as I love fantasy football as much as the next gal and guy — I would not under any circumstances want COVID to keep the season alive.
US economy grew at 33% rate in Q3 but recovery is incomplete
A passer-by walks past a store closing sign, right, in the window of a department store, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Boston. Americans may feel whiplashed by a report Thursday, Oct. 29, on the economy's growth this summer, when an explosive rebound followed an epic collapse. The government will likely estimate that the economy grew faster on an annualized basis last quarter than in any such period since record-keeping began in 1947.
US jobless claims aid fall to 751,000, virus resurges
FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School.
Most common types of employment discrimination
Workplace discrimination, while illegal, continues to persist. Stacker used data from the Center for Public Integrity to uncover the most common types of employment discrimination and the laws that address them.
European Central Bank holds off on strengthening stimulus
FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Christine Lagarde president of the ECB looks up prior to deliver her speech before the European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The head of the European Central Bank says that the economic recovery “risks losing momentum” due to the second wave of coronavirus infections and that the chief monetary authority for the euro countries could add more stimulus if that becomes necessary.
Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe sounds alarm
American National Guard troops with medical training are headed to the Czech Republic to work alongside doctors there. With cases surging in many central European countries, firefighters, students and retired doctors are being asked to help shore up buckling health care systems. Now, with the virus ripping through their hospitals, many health workers have been sickened, compounding the shortfall. Over 13,200 medical personnel across the Czech Republic have been infected, including 6,000 nurses and 2,600 doctors, according to the doctors’ union. With one of the highest infection rates in Europe, the Czech Republic’s hospitals are desperately looking for volunteers.
Reef taller than Empire State Building found off Australia
A "massive" new reef measuring about 1,600 feet has been discovered in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, making it taller than some of the world's highest skyscrapers. Scientists found the detached reef, which is the first to be discovered in more than 120 years, in waters off North Queensland while on an expedition aboard research vessel Falkor, ocean research organization Schmidt Ocean Institute announced Monday. The reef was first discovered on Oct. 20 as scientists completed an underwater mapping of the seafloor of the northern Great Barrier Reef, which is still facing a crisis as recent studies have shown that it has lost 50% of its coral populations in the last three decades, with climate change a key driver of reef disturbance. At 500 meters high, the newly discovered reef is taller than the Empire State Building in New York (381 meters to the top floor), the Sydney Tower in Australia (305 meters) and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (451.9 meters).
Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man's death
Wallace's wife, Dominique, is pregnant and was scheduled to be induced Wednesday, according to the family’s attorney, Shaka Johnson. Johnson said Wallace had nine children, two of whom briefly spoke at a news conference late Tuesday, along with Wallace’s mother and father. Outlaw said earlier the officers involved in the shooting were taken off street duty as they investigate. She said the officers’ names and other identifying information, including their race, would be withheld until the department could be sure releasing the information would not pose a threat to their safety. Neither had a Taser or similar device at the time of the shooting, Outlaw said, noting the department had previously asked for funding to equip more officers with those devices.
Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, 59 missing in Vietnam
“We must reach the landslide site the fastest way. Other villagers in Phuoc Loc were advised to flee to safety given the unstable mountain slope. The three landslide-hit areas lie in the mountains of the hard-hit province of Quang Nam in a coastal region still recovering from floods that killed 136 people and destroyed hundreds of houses earlier this month. Four people were killed by falling trees and collapsed houses in Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces when the typhoon slammed into the coast Wednesday. Navy search and rescue boats found the bodies of 12 of 26 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday off Binh Dinh province, state media said.
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
In the state's April primary, some 80,000 ballots arrived after Election Day. Voters in the state appeared to be heeding the call to return ballots early, with only about 287,000 ballots outstanding out of some 1.8 million that were sent. Nevada voters have more time to return their ballots, which are not due until Nov. 10 if postmarked by Election Day. In Florida, 4 million of a record 6 million mail-in ballots requested had been returned as of Wednesday morning. The state was on pace to eclipse the return rate of 2016, when 81% of 3.3 million requested mail-in ballots were returned.
Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
In the state’s April primary, some 80,000 ballots arrived after Election Day. Voters in the state appeared to be heeding the call to return ballots early, with only about 287,000 ballots outstanding out of some 1.8 million that were sent. Nevada voters have more time to return their ballots, which are not due until Nov. 10 if postmarked by Election Day. In Florida, 4 million of a record 6 million mail-in ballots requested had been returned as of Wednesday morning. The state was on pace to eclipse the return rate of 2016, when 81% of 3.3 million requested mail-in ballots were returned.
Deadline for casting early ballots in Virginia is Saturday
ROANOKE — The deadline for casting early ballots in person for this year's presidential election is fast approaching. The Roanoke Times reports that the deadline is Saturday. To vote early, voters can visit their general registrar’s office or a satellite voting site. Election officials are also urging people to return absentee ballots as soon as possible, if they haven't done so. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday.
US economy grew at 33% rate in Q3 but recovery is incomplete
Though the unemployment rate, at 7.9%, is down significantly from 14.7% at the start of the pandemic recession, it is still historically high. The economy is still roughly 10.7 million jobs short of recovering all the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. In the January-March quarter this year, GDP had contracted at a 5% annual rate before a record-setting 31.4% annual tumble in the spring. Zandi said he thinks GDP will regain pre-pandemic levels by spring of next year, with GDP expanding 4.2% for 2021. "Many of the jobs in retailing, leisure and airlines have been permanently lost," he said, "and those folks will have to find different work, and that will take time."
Deadline for casting early ballots in Virginia is Saturday
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The deadline for casting early ballots in person for this year's presidential election is fast approaching. To vote early, voters can visit their general registrar’s office or a satellite voting site. Election officials are also urging people to return absentee ballots as soon as possible, if they haven't done so. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday. And local registrars must receive them by noon on Nov. 6 in order for them to be counted.
UFC on ESPN+ 39: Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireIn a featherweight bout on the main card, Andre Fili and Bryce Mitchell meet at UFC on ESPN+ 39 Saturday at the UFC's APEX facility in Las Vegas. Fili (21-7) checks into the octagon standing one inch taller than his counterpart, while he has a four-inch reach advantage. Mitchell is 3-0 since making his UFC debut, including an impressive unanimous-decision win over Charles Rosa at UFC 249 last time out. Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell betting oddsOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Get some action on UFC on ESPN+ 39 by placing a legal sports bet at BetMGM.
Black Friday 2020: The best deals to to shop from Home Depot, Amazon and more
We may only be in October, but already, many customer-loved stores are running early Black Friday 2020-worthy sales that are every bit as good as Amazon's recent Prime Day savingspalooza. We've scoped out the best of the best, with events from big box retailers, such as Kohl's and Macy's, to Amazon, which is getting its holiday deals underway with its big Holiday Dash event. Shop our top picks from the sale, which runs through Thursday, November 19, below. The store's next round of Black Friday deals is set to go live on the 13. Not only will you earn 20% off with your spend of $60 on select purchases, you can also shop cat- and dog-specific deals on the site.
Best Buy just dropped a surprise Black Friday 2020 Sale and these are the best deals
Black Friday 2020, for instance, is getting a major face-lift from popular retailers such as Walmart, Wayfair and now, Best Buy, with the latter’s first wave of festive discounts beginning right now. When does Best Buy Black Friday start? What time does Best Buy open on Black Friday? While the store will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 26, most Best Buy locations will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, which falls on November 27. The best Best Buy Black Friday dealsTVsHeadphonesAmazon devicesApple devicesHome appliancesLaptopsComputer monitors and accessoriesSpeakers and soundbarsExercise machinesThe product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered.
Film Producer David Guillod Arrested in New Sexual Assault Case
Detectives from LAPD’s special assault unit conducted a search and arrest warrant at his Sherman Oaks residence on Wednesday night. LAPD detectives are interested in other victims of Guillod who have yet to come forward. If you have any information, call the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division at (213)-486-6910. He was charged with rape, kidnap to commit rape and rape of a drugged victim for four alleged attacks that occurred between 2012 and 2015. Guillod was most recently the executive producer of the 2020 Netflix film “Extraction” starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca and Joe Russo.
Jerry Falwell sues Liberty University for ouster, blames anti-Trump forces
Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Thursday said he is suing the school over his ouster after allegations of his and his wife’s involvement in a sex-related scandal. In a statement, Falwell said the school wrongly believed his accuser, a former family friend, and that anti-Trump forces, notably the Never-Trump Lincoln Project, funded and promoted the allegations. “Other than God and my family, there is nothing in the world I love more than Liberty University,” said Falwell. That man, Giancarlo Granda, alleged that he eventually had sex with Falwell’s wife and that Falwell knew. “These statements had the effect of affirming false claims that an individual made publicly against Mr. Falwell after years-long attempts at extortion against Falwell and his wife Becki.
Louisville's KFC Yum Center awards PepsiCo Inc. pouring rights in 10-year contract
PepsiCo Inc. has been awarded pouring rights at the KFC Yum Center in downtown Louisville, the food and beverage giant announced Thursday. "At the same time, we will promote the Yum Center in a big, big way. The Coca-Cola Co., a rival to PepsiCo Inc., previously held pouring rights since the venue opened in 2010, according to Yum Center general manager Eric Granger said. As part of the partnership, PepsiCo Inc. will work together with the Yum Center on community programs through the former's Pepsi Stronger Together initiative. The KFC Yum Center is one of four early polling sites in Jefferson County, and it has been the least busy site.
KHSAA announces new date for state field hockey championship game
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced the state field hockey championship game that was postponed Monday has been rescheduled for Nov. 12. The championship will match Sacred Heart (15-4) against Christian Academy (16-1). The game was postponed Monday after a single positive test for COVID-19 came back from a participant in Saturday’s semifinals at CAL. Related coverage: KHSAA moves state volleyball tournament from Louisville“In order to give contact tracers, the local health department and school health officials time to properly conduct their follow-up protocol, the championship game will be delayed to a future date,” the KHSAA said Monday. Sacred Heart and CAL have met three times this season, with CAL holding a 2-1 edge.
A New Way to Plug a Human Brain into a Computer: via Veins
The hard part of connecting a gooey, thinking brain to a cold, one-ing and zero-ing computer is getting information through your thick skull—or mine, or anyone’s. The whole point of a skull, after all, is keeping a brain safely separate from [waves hands at everything]. So if that brain isn’t yours, the only way to tell what’s going on inside it is inference. For decades, technologists have been trying to get brains to interface with computer keyboards or robot arms, to get meat to commune with silicon. It involves mounting electrodes on an expandable, springy tube called a stent and threading it through a blood vessel that leads to the brain.
Panda toys, laser beams and pagan rites: Thursday's best photos
Cheonan, South Korea Farmers point laser beams at migrating birds, believed to have been the source of an outbreak of avian influenza in the regionPhotograph: Cheonan city government/EPA
France goes on maximum alert after attack at church kills 3
French policemen stand next to Notre Dame church after a knife attack, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Alexis Gilli)French policemen stand next to Notre Dame church after a knife attack, in Nice, France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and injured several others. Castex rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack and later returned to announce the alert level increase.
LVMH agrees $15.8bn takeover of Tiffany
The new takeover price was set at $131.5 (£101.6) a share, down from $135 in the original deal, the companies said on Thursday, bringing the total price tag to about $15.8bn. “We are as convinced as ever of the formidable potential of the Tiffany brand and believe that LVMH is the right home for Tiffany and its employees during this exciting next chapter,” he said. “Tiffany and LVMH have also agreed to settle their pending litigation in the Delaware chancery court,” the companies said in a statement. Tiffany in return sued LVMH in a Delaware court, seeking to force the French group to honour the original deal. New York-based Tiffany retains a resonance as the go-to purveyor of engagement rings that only a handful of rivals can match.
French bookshops ask to be treated as essential services during new lockdown
French authors, booksellers and publishers are imploring the French government to allow bookshops to stay open because reading is “essential”, as the country enters a national four-week lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. France’s second lockdown, announced on Wednesday evening by president Emmanuel Macron, begins at midnight on Thursday. All non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, are to close, while individuals will require sworn declarations to leave home. France has more than 3,000 independent bookshops, and the trade associations pointed to an “extraordinary appetite for reading among the French”, particularly over recent months. The first French lockdown saw bookshops closed, with the majority also suspending online orders in order to protect staff, customers and delivery services.
Basmati battle: Pakistan fights Indian bid for EU recognition of rice
A new ingredient has been added to the boiling pot that is the relationship between India and Pakistan: basmati rice. Around two-thirds of basmati imports to the EU are from India and the rest from its northern neighbour. The granting of GI status solely to Indian basmati rice would be a hammer blow to Pakistani exporters. Meanwhile, India’s exports of basmati rice have been shrinking owing to a failure of its producers to meet increasingly strict EU standards on the use of pesticides. A growing proportion of Indian basmati exports go to Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East – a trend that New Delhi wants to reverse.
Where Wes Anderson films 'accidentally' come to life
There’s something about director Wes Anderson’s style that’s instantly recognisable. Immaculate composition, symmetrical lines, pastel colours, idiosyncratic and strangely alluring sets are trademarks in films from The Darjeeling Limited to The Grand Budapest Hotel. But a new photography travel book, Accidentally Wes Anderson, is full of places in the real world that look as though they are from one of his films (but aren’t). “It started as a travel bucket list for me and my wife Amanda in 2017, inspired by images of places around the world that reminded me of a Wes movie,” said Koval. I am still confused about what it means to be deliberately me, if that is even what I am, but that is not important.”• Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval is published on 29 October (Trapeze, £25).
Kim Kardashian is having a luxurious lockdown. Why are people so surprised? | Niloufar Haidari
It was a textbook offering of the luxury lifestyle content that has earned Kim K 190 million followers. People who are mad about Kim K forcibly quarantining her 50 nearest and dearest for two weeks so that they could celebrate her birthday (undeniably hilarious and also classic Kim) are fundamentally missing the point about both Kim Kardashian and celebrity itself. Kardashian, her entire family, and anyone else who shares a tax bracket with her, are delusional. Maybe Kim’s mistake wasn’t having the private island party, or even sharing tone-deaf photos of it with us, but attempting to relate to us. As a wise Kardashian once said: “Kim, there’s people that are dying.”• Niloufar Haidari is a freelance writer from London who has written for Vice, Vogue and Crack Magazine
Sam Smith: Love Goes review – heartbreak album plays it safe in hard times
Love Goes comes six months later than planned, renamed from To Die For. Sam Smith: Love Goes album coverAccordingly tweaked, Love Goes comes accompanied by a statement from Smith talking up its “experimental” nature and the collaborators who boldly “embraced my creativity and direction and allowed me to be whoever I wanted to be in the studio that day”, imploring fans to “listen with an open heart”, which seemed to suggest they might be in for a shock. Then Smith told Zane Lowe that they were “not ashamed” that Love Goes was tamer, creatively, than 2017’s The Thrill of It All. Sam Smith: Diamonds – videoThe lyrics stick fast to romantic misery, from infidelity to perfidious swine interested only in Smith’s bank balance. These are perennial topics for Smith, though as they told Lowe, their first two albums were inspired by unrequited love; Love Goes is apparently their “first proper heartbreak album”.
Scariest ghosts in cinema – ranked!
But a sad backstory is no excuse for leaving the taps running and trying to drown living children in their bathtubs. Delbert Grady in The Shining (1980)The Shining at 40: will we ever fully understand what it all means? Mary Meredith in The Uninvited (1944)For sale at a suspiciously low price: big old mansion on a Cornish clifftop. Santi in The Devil’s Backbone (2001)The orphanage kitchen is haunted by a pasty-faced little boy spectre with an upwards-gushing head wound. Jennet Goss in The Woman in Black (1989)The Woman In Black: why did Britain's scariest horror film disappear?
Canary Islands under pressure as 11,000 migrants arrive in 2020
Spain’s migration secretary has acknowledged that the Canary Islands are struggling to cope with the arrival of more than 11,000 migrants so far this year, but says the government is working to increase reception capacity, manage migration and stop people dying at sea. According to figures from the International Organisation for Migration, 11,006 migrants have arrived in the Canaries since January this year, with 4,925 arrivals in October alone. Last year, 2,557 migrants arrived in the archipelago, up from 1,307 in 2018. “It’s true there are quite a few NGOs helping the migrants who’ve arrived and things are a bit overwhelming at the moment,” said Jalloul. “We’ve had such big groups arriving that we’ve had to use schools, sports centres and hotels to accommodate them.
Western Australia criticised by rights group for isolating family members with strict border closures
The government of Western Australia has been criticised by a rights group for its long-running border closure, which has seen families kept apart. Western Australian police is receiving 3,000 applications per day for exemptions to the state’s hard border, which was put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the police commissioner revealed on Wednesday. Sophie McNeill a researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), said: “People are being separated from their families for months. We interviewed one young father in Queensland who has not seen his kids for 10 months and he has been rejected twice.”She added: “We are calling for much more transparency. The system is really arbitrary and the police make all the decisions.”Ms McNeill said HRW was not calling for the hard border to be lifted, but calling for change to a system that is “not working, and causing huge amounts of distress to people”.
For most Americans the crisis is far from over whatever the GDP numbers may say
But no matter what Trump says the headline GDP figures do not show an economy that has escaped the ravages of Covid-19. GDP shot up 33% on an annualized rate in the third quarter after dropping 31% in the second quarter. Only one in four Americans has a job that allows them to work from home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally the unemployment rate is now 7.9%, for Black Americans it is 12.1% and for Black teens (16-19) it is over 20%. But Covid-19 is not finished with the US, or the rest of the world, and for far too many Americans this crisis is still far from over.
US election polls tracker: who is leading in swing states, Trump or Biden?
With the presidential election just days away, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the electionUS election polls tracker: who is leading in swing states, Trump or Biden? Joe Biden is leading ?Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election. Each day, the Guardian’s poll tracker takes a rolling 14-day average of the polls in ?eight swing states. MethodologyThe Guardian poll tracker tracks the latest polls in eight crucial swing states. The Guardian is collating polls in each of these ?states, as well as another set of national polls.
First Thing election special: supreme court deals mail-in ballot blow to GOP
The court rejected Republicans’ pleas to overturn Pennsylvania’s three-day extension to its absentee ballot deadline. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Protesters and police face off in Philadelphia for a second night following the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. Trump and Biden are blitzing the swing statesFacebook Twitter Pinterest Air Force One lands at a Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday. How athletes got into the politics gameFacebook Twitter Pinterest LeBron James tweeted a video on Wednesday to say his mother had voted in Ohio. Last Thing: ‘To call Trump beyond satire is an admission of defeat’Facebook Twitter Pinterest Actor and Simpsons star Harry Shearer.
US economy bounces back but deeper trends hint at enduring woe
Even before the figures were released the Trump campaign released ads boasting: “FASTEST GDP GROWTH IN HISTORY.”Big issues remain for the economy, however. The annual rate suggests the economy will continue on its current trend for the rest of the year. The unemployment rate fell to 7.9% for the US population overall in September. GDP is the broadest measure of the economy and includes personal consumption, business investment, government spending and net exports. The figure has often been criticized as a measure of economic health - GDP growth has, for example, done little to address growing income inequality.
Fox News's Tucker Carlson mocked for 'lost in the mail' Biden documents claim
Host says documents are authentic, damning … and have gone missing in transitThe Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been mocked for his attempt to explain why he could not produce some documents he had promised relating to Joe Biden. He said the only copy of the papers, which he claimed added to claims about Biden’s son Hunter, had been lost. In a segment delivered to camera, Carlson said:On Monday we received from a source a collection of confidential documents related to the Biden family. Tuesday morning we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened and the contents were missing. Carson’s story of the lost documents cut little ice on social media:Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) BREAKING: Documents Tucker Carlson never actually had that would allegedly blow up the election were so important that they were sent via DHL, and now can’t be found despite copiers, iPhone cameras and security cameras.
White House coronavirus taskforce warns of 'unrelenting' spread
‘Turning pain into purpose’: why the Covid crisis is driving Arizonans to the polls Read moreFauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the US. The White House coronavirus taskforce has warned states in the middle and west of the country that aggressive mitigation measures will be necessary, according to weekly state reports obtained by CNN. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the midwest, upper midwest and west. This will require aggressive mitigation to control both the silent, asymptomatic spread and symptomatic spread,” one state’s report said. The taskforce reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
Why the Stardust trailer is every Bowie fan's worst nightmare
That’s how long it takes before Flynn opens his mouth to speak, and the illusion cruelly shatters. Asked his name at American passport control, the actor grimaces shyly and says, “David Bowie” with all the conviction of a camp thespian from RADA with adenoid issues impersonating Kenneth Williams. The film’s tagline is Meet David Before Bowie. Only without the folk rock or the glam. Because this is a Bowie musical, without any Bowie music.
Revolut's billionaire founder has a plan to transform banking
It’s 9am on a Monday morning and Nikolay Storonsky, the chief executive of digital bank Revolut, is sipping a takeaway coffee inside his start-up’s Canary Wharf headquarters. “I just have my certain rhythm.”Storonsky, 36, is sitting in a small conference known at Revolut as “The Quiet Room”. The webcam he’s using is so high on the wall that it makes the video feed resemble CCTV footage from a police interview room. Both men are on our Tech Hot 100 list of the UK's richest tech start-up founders. But Storonsky’s larger stake in Revolut means he is now worth just over £1bn - the only boss of a British tech start-up to have amassed a ten-figure paper fortune - and has hit Number 1.
Spotify bounces back after lull caused by lockdowns
Spotify said more than 320 million people were now using its streaming service every month, with numbers of those listening to music and podcasts surpassing pre-pandemic levels. The world’s largest streaming audio service said it had added 21 million monthly active users in the three months to the end of September, beating its own expectations. The latest release means Spotify has pulled further ahead from Apple Music, its closest competitor, which has around 60 million paying customers. The company said listening had recovered to "normal usage" in the third quarter, after a lull earlier this year when many consumers stopped travelling or commuting. The Swedish company did, however, experience a dip in average premium revenue per user, after it launched family plans in various regions to help drive subscriber numbers higher.
No more job cuts at Airbus despite €2.7bn loss
During the three months, Airbus took €2bn of charges while revenues sank more than a quarter to €11.2bn, resulting in a €767m loss. For the nine months, revenues fell 35pc to €30.1bn, generating a €2.7bn loss. Airbus delivered 145 new planes in the quarter, taking the total for the year to 341, down from 571 last year. At its quarterly results this week the US aerospace giant announced a further 7,000 job cuts, taking the total the 30,000, meaning it is cutting a fifth of its workforce. Airbus shares dipped 3pc to €59.88 - less than half the level they were trading at before Covid-19 hit.
EY restructuring partner quits for Alix as Big Four exodus continues
Another top insolvency partner has quit EY to join AlixPartners, an independent rival, as the Big Four struggle to retain talent because of conflicts of interest with their audit practices. Joe O'Connor is the third senior EY restructuring partner to jump ship this year as the war for talent intensifies ahead of an expected wave of work for advisers as distressed companies battle the effect of the pandemic on their finances. Partners at the Big Four - EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC - are increasingly prevented from taking on work due to the potential for conflicts of interest with the firms’ audit practices. The firms are being forced to ringfence their audit practices after failing to raise red flags over accounting scandals at a string of audit clients. EY was unable to act on major financial restructurings at the likes of Debenhams and Thomas Cook because of its audit work at the companies.
Spain's toxic Covid politics risks permanent damage
As Spain became the first western European country to reach one million confirmed cases of coronavirus last week, the country’s leaders were busy trading insults in parliament as the Left-wing coalition government faced a no-confidence motion launched by the far-Right Vox party. Outside the heated debating chamber Spain’s second wave continues to grow in intensity, raising the spectre of a return to the nightmarish days of late March and April, when Covid-19 patients saturated hospital wards and corridors, with others left untreated in care homes in their thousands. Amid public frustration, party leaders have seen their approval ratings slide, with only one front-line politician, Economy Minister Nadia Calviño, a technocrat with a non-combative style, earning a five out of 10 pass grade in the latest survey by the CIS state pollster. Faced by spiralling Covid contagion and record numbers of cases, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez moved at the weekend to impose a second state of emergency on Spain, and called for unity. The main Popular Party opposition described the government’s wish for the state of emergency to last for two months before the next parliamentary renewal as “a legal outrage”.
Free school meals row: Will the Government U-turn on the issue?
England striker Marcus Rashford is again putting pressure on the Prime Minister to extend free school meals over the Christmas holidays. "Even those who do not support extending free school meals as a principle are baffled that the Government hasn't bothered to think up an alternative." The political row was fuelled by a Labour Opposition Day motion last week on whether to extend free school meals over the Christmas holidays. Looking backThe campaign for free school meals has been led by England striker Marcus Rashford. "Short of drowning a basket of puppies live on air," she wrote of the Government's handling of the free school meals debacle, "I can't think of a worse communications fail."
Britain's Covid response is utterly mad – here are 10 reasons why
There are probably more drivers of the Covid response that could be listed, but you can see the many-tentacled head of the medusa that is petrifying society. Unfortunately the solid, quantifiable evidence of benefit of the current approach to Covid simply does not exist. Yet the costs of such isolation seem highly suspect, since data suggests that very few cases of Covid are caught or spread by travellers. So we might as well start travelling again, since the risks, in a majority of countries, are rather similar. And the more people who understand the multifaceted reasons why this is the case, the sooner we will all get our lives back.
The evolution of Marcus Rashford: From raw teenager to incisive finisher and feeder of the nation
His four brilliant goals in United’s blisteringly unexpected start to their Champions League campaign is proper reward for his application. But now, free of injury, he oozes the kind of confidence that allows him to come off the bench and rampage. There is something else about Rashford’s return to complete fitness this season: it has coincided with his much-heralded activism on child welfare. And Rashford has more than a bit of hinterland. Now the man helping to feed the nation is gorging himself on goals.
How does Greece's new colour-coded areas system work and what does it mean for holidays?
"Santorini is a great destination to visit almost all year long,” says Markos Chaidemenos, managing director of luxury resort chain Canaves Oia. “During Autumn the weather is warm and comfortable and the island is less packed. Yellow level 2 means increased monitoring and green means that there are very few cases,” he told listeners. Several other regions, including the capital Athens, Greece’s second city Thessaloniki and a number of Cyclades islands, are currently listed as – less critical – orange zones. With Aegean, Wizz Air and other airlines flying into Athens, however, it’s still possible to enjoy an autumn break in Greece.
French ski resorts cancel winter openings as country goes into second lockdown
Ski resorts in France have been forced to postpone the start of the winter season as the country prepares to go into a second national lockdown. Val Thorens, the first major resort to open in the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées, has announced it has cancelled its opening-weekend celebrations and postponed the start of the winter season. Neighbouring Val d’Isere, which is one of the most popular ski resorts for British holidaymakers, was due to open on November 28 – these plans have now been scrapped. While, for now, the new lockdown only impacts a minority of resorts that are currently open or were due to open in November, the future of France’s remaining ski resorts hangs in the balance. Nick Williams, managing director of Mountain Heaven, which operators catered and self-catered chalets in a number of French resorts, says business is now almost non-existent for the start of the ski season.
Don’t let Baby Yoda fool you –for adults, Disney+ is a dud
Where it falls down, in particular, is “original content”. Compared to its competitors Disney + simply isn’t trying. Disney +, by contrast, appears to regard original content as an inconvenient contractual obligation. True, Disney has teased subscribers with the promise of Marvel shows featuring Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany’s Vision and others. Granted, Disney recently rolled out a second big budget drama in The Right Stuff – described by Variety as a “solid, unremarkable space story”.
Meet the Young Artists Week, Linbury Theatre and online, review: a rewarding chance to spot the stars of tomorrow
The past roll call of alumni who have gone on to glory include such British luminaries as Sally Matthews, David Butt Philip. And despite the current restrictions, this autumn’s showcase has gone ahead, though most of the concerts have perforce been available online only. Three of the current crop of singers – British soprano Alexandra Lowe. Much more fun is to be had online, where I recommend three short films shot in the Royal Opera House’s Paul Hamlyn Hall. Further concerts by all these promising singers, joined by the ebullient Tongan tenor Filipe Manu, continue until Saturday, streamed via the Royal Opera House’s YouTube channel and Facebook pages.
Tier 3 regions: Private members clubs sidestepping alcohol service rules using licensing agreement loophole
Some private members clubs in Tier 3 regions may have been getting around alcohol service rules by exploiting a loophole in the wording of their licensing agreements. But because of the wording of a club premises certificate - held by the likes of political clubs and working men's clubs - alcohol is not sold to members but "supplied". Some councils believe that because the Government has omitted the word "supply" from its regulations, social clubs are not breaking the rules. Guidance published on the Association of Conservative Clubs' (ACC) website explained that club members own the alcohol in common. Preston City Council said on its website that club premises do not need to abide by the Tier 3 restrictions when they are serving alcohol to members.
Spiced chicken rolls with sweet-sour cucumber recipe
The good thing here is that the chicken doesn’t have to have come straight out of the frying pan, so there’s no last-minute cooking. It can be cooked and kept warm in a low oven, or just served slightly warmer than room temperature. I like to use cheap and ordinary soft rolls (easier to hold), but if you want to use wraps or a fancier bread, feel free. I see no need for your best sourdough! Prep time: 10 minutes, plus 4 hours marinating time | Cooking time: 30 minutesSERVESSixINGREDIENTSFor the marinade and chicken3 fat garlic cloves, crushed200ml soy sauce4 tbsp light brown sugar2 tsp rice vinegar50ml sesame oil8-12 chicken thigh fillets (depending on size – some can be very small)For the gochujang mayo135g mayonnaise2 tsp gochujang½ garlic clove, gratedgood squeeze of lime, to tasteFor the sweet-sour cucumber1 ridge cucumber (ridge cucumbers are less ‘wet’)1 shallot, very finely sliced4 tbsp rice vinegar3 tsp caster sugarpinch of salt1 red chilli, halved, deseeded and finely slicedTo serve6 bread rollswatercress and corianderMETHOD
Why middle-class generosity is fashion's last hope for lockdown Christmas success
From hoarding loo roll to breaking quarantine, the pandemic hasn’t always brought out the best in us. But when it comes to shopping it clearly has – at least according to retailers, who have noticed huge spikes in gift-giving over the last few months as we choose to spend money on friends and family rather than ourselves. Fashion platform LovetheSales.com, which analyses the data of six million UK shoppers across 1,000 retailers, has noticed a 24 percent rise in gift-giving compared with this time last year – and a 52 percent increase in customers opting to buy personalised jewellery than they were at the same time in 2019. Notonthehighstreet.com has observed a similar pattern, with more users than ever ordering goods to be gift-wrapped and delivered elsewhere. Milestones that might previously have been marked by a trip abroad, a party or even a dinner out are now being celebrated with jewellery and watches.
The Countdown: Kellyanne Conway, Miles Taylor and the speculation game
For White House officials, Anonymous was seen as Someone Who Is Not Like Us. One suspect was a deputy national security adviser, Victoria Coates. A cultural historian and intellectual, she was seen as a likely traitor. On Wednesday she came out with a statement to say she was pleased that the "bizarre and malicious" allegation was cleared.
Duchess of Sussex's High Court privacy trial adjourned for 'confidential' reasons
The Duchess of Sussex’s High Court privacy case against the Mail on Sunday has been adjourned until Autumn next year for “confidential” reasons. The Duchess is suing the owner of the newspaper for publishing extracts from a "private and confidential" letter she sent her father in 2018, claiming it was a breach of privacy and copyright. A trial was scheduled to begin in January, but this morning High Court judge Mr Justice Warby considered an application by the Duchess's lawyers to adjourn the trial until "much later next year". Granting the application to adjourn the trial, Mr Justice Warby said: "The right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application to adjourn. "That means that the trial date of January 11 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be refixed for a new date in the autumn."
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola back as manager
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Font believes the best way to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to entice former boss Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City. Bayern's 8-2 hammering of Barcelona in August sparked Messi's protracted attempt to leave the club, but a long-mooted reunion with Guardiola at City never materialised. "Most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club, like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol," Font told Sky Sports News. Upon leaving the club, Bartomeu revealed Barcelona had agreed to the join a future European Super League.
US growth surged in summer but recovery is slowing
The US was not hit as badly as many countries this spring, when countries around the world went into lockdown. The economy shrank 9% in the second quarter, compared to a roughly 20% contraction in the UK, 13.8% decline in France and 9.7% fall in Germany.
Labour suspends Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism report
In a statement, it said: "The equality body's analysis points to a culture within the party which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it."
Borat fundraiser for film's black grandmother raises $110,000
"In that kind of situation, you can't help but have patience because you're trying to help somebody - at least, that's what I thought," she said.
Clash of cultures in France between freedom of expression and Islamic blasphemy beliefs
A clash of cultures is gripping France and impacting French interests in the Muslim world. President Emmanuel Macron, a strong supporter of secularism and free speech in his country, praised Mr Paty as a "quiet hero". President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went as far as calling his French counterpart mentally damaged. Image: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Mr Macron 'needs treatment on a mental level'He also urged a boycott of French products. Lord Ricketts, a former UK ambassador to Paris and former national security adviser, described what is happening in France as a "big cultural clash".
France attack: Person carried out of church on stretcher
Three people have died and several others are injured after a knife attack took place near the Notre Dame church in Nice, France.
Rhian Sugden sizzles in semi-sheer pink lingerie
Rhian Sugden drove her fans wild when she shared a picture of herself wearing pink semi-sheer lingerie on Instagram on Thursday. Too glam to give a damn: Rhian Sugden sizzled in semi-sheer pink lingerie as she shared a behind the scenes snap from her calendar shoot on Instagram on Thursday'Thanks @stephanie_lauren_makeup for painting my face and @barbarabeautique for my gorgeous spray tan.' Rhian also wears the same incredible set on the front cover of her 2021 calendar. She shared another stunning shot on Sunday on Instagram when she slipped into racy lace lingerie for a stunning photoshoot. Rhian elaborated: 'For the last year people have picked up on my darkening freckles that have appeared under my eyes.
US economy rebounds to grow at record 33% rate in third quarter
The US economy grew at an annual rate of 33.1% in the third quarter, by far the largest quarterly gain since records began in 1947. It follows a historic 31.4% decline during the second quarter, as the US was among many world economies hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The US government reports quarterly GDP changes as annual rates, meaning that the change for any quarter is calculated as if it had occurred for an entire year. However, the GDP is still below where it was in the fourth quarter of last year before the pandemic began, with further government help in doubt. This was well below the record 6.867 million seen in March but still above the 665,000 seen at the peak of the 2007-09 recession.
Coronavirus: Woman who lost her father to COVID-19 without saying goodbye campaigns for change
A woman in Italy who lost her father to coronavirus without saying a final farewell is campaigning for change. Sergio Dalla Volta — one of Italy’s leading cardiologists — died at Padua hospital at the end of August. But measures implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19 meant the 92-year-old's daughters couldn't visit him in hospital. Maurizia and Alessandra have already won a concession from Padua hospital and they now want others elsewhere in the country to follow suit. She said medical workers are “angels, they do everything to relieve the psychological suffering of all, but at the cost of taking it upon themselves".
Poland abortion protests reflect a deep schism in country's society
Last week, Poland became the only European Union country to remove a right to legal abortion from its citizens. But for many Polish women, the ruling merely tightened the rules on terminating pregnancies in a country that already had some of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. Even before last week, many Polish women sought abortions in neighbouring Germany or the Czech Republic. Within the country, women are now only legally allowed abortions when a pregnancy endangers a woman’s health or life, or if it results from rape or another illegal act. Nationwide protestsGiven the deep divisions in Polish society, it seemed inevitable that women angered by the ruling would take to the streets to protest.
Budget furniture king Akio Nitori discounted his way to a fortune
Ten years later, every one of Nitori Holdings’ products must survive a furniture torture chamber before they’re ready for showrooms. “They went through every molecule of our operation,” said Tommy Kullberg, president of Ikea’s Japanese business at the time. A deflationary environment has punished most of the country’s traditional retailers, driving department-store sales down every year but one since 1998, according to the Japan Department Stores Association. The turning point for Nitori came during a 1972 trip to California, where he spent a week touring Sears department stores and Levitz Furniture outlets. When it comes the real-estate side of the business, Nitori has been a contrarian.
Couple who are STEP-SIBLINGS divide TikTok with their bizarre videos
Posting under the joint account alphafamilia, the couple, from the US, have built up a 600,000-strong following with videos showing them kissing, role-playing and acting out different trends. The couple receive mixed comments on TikTokIn one recent clip Diana and Jordie reenacted their first kiss, which they claimed happened during a family movie night. Their videos often show Diana dressed in provocative costumes including a maid, 'sexy' clown, and a police woman in short shorts. TikTok users are divided, with one critic saying: 'I'm going to ask TikTok to remove the video so you can't hurt anyone else with this.' Their videos often show Diana dressed in provocative costumes including a maid (pictured), 'sexy' clown, and a police woman in short shorts
Comet's icy interior is 'fluffier than froth on a cappuccino'
Data from the European Space Agency's robotic Philae lander has revealed that Comet 67P's icy interior is 'fluffier than froth on a cappuccino'. Analysis of a giant dent made by Philae on the comet's icy boulders during its 'second touchdown' in 2014 provides new insights into the softness of the exposed ice. Although the first and third landing points were identified previously, the location of the second site had remained unknown until now. It rebounded from its initial touchdown site and embarked on a two-hour flight, during which it collided with a cliff edge and tumbled towards a second touchdown location – which had remained unknown. On the basis of a new landing trajectory analysis, O’Rourke and colleagues set out to identify the second touchdown point of the Philae lander.
Ed Sheeran responds to Marcus Rashford's call for free half term meals
Ed Sheeran has responded to Marcus Rashford's call for deprived children to receive free half term meals by opening a breakfast club at his west London bistro. The multi-millionaire singer has provided a hot breakfast to any child who qualifies for free school meals through his Notting Hill restaurant, Bertie Blossoms. The Portobello Road business is the latest to get behind Rashford's initiative after Tory MPs rejected the Manchester United striker's push to extend free school meals during the week long break. Come on in: Bertie Blossoms will offer free breakfasts to those who qualify for free school meals between 8am-11am for the rest of the half term break'We have proved that even when we have little, we still have something to give. Rashford has used his social media profile to highlight examples of businesses that have pledged to help with meals for local children.
Devon Windsor showcases her washboard abs in a black bikini before cocktail class with Olivia Culpo
And Devon Windsor displayed her model physique in a stylish black bikini, as she made the most of her Mexican getaway at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal on Wednesday. The supermodel, 26, basked in the sunshine at the luxury resort before joining pals, Olivia Culpo, Sophia Culpo, and Kristen Louelle, for an afternoon of cocktail making. Enviable: Devon Windso r displayed her model physique in a stylish black bikini , as she made the most of her Mexican getaway at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal on WednesdayDevon flashed her taut midriff in a shimmering black bikini top and wrap skirt as she snapped a selfie in the. The model posed next to her handcrafted alcoholic beverage, while displaying her collection of silver jewellery. Joining in on the action: Her famous pal, Olivia, 28, looked effortlessly chic in a white shirt, denim shorts and statement earrings
Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn confirms show will be back for series four
Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn has confirmed the exciting news that her hit Netflix show will be back for another series. Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn has confirmed the exciting news that her hit Netflix show will be back for another seriesIn the meantime fans of super villain Christine can see her next in an episode of MTV Cribs. 'You guys are used to seeing me selling other people's home, but I thought it was time to show them my home,' Christine told This Morning from her Los Angeles house. Christine lives in her LA home with her husband Christian Richard, a retired tech entrepreneur, and told This Morning that it's her dream house. Quinn and Richard married last December in a gothic winter wonderland-themed wedding during the third season of Selling Sunset,Before starring in Netflix's Selling Sunset, Quinn appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles and Hot Tub Time Machine as an actress.
Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh pose for edgy Marie Claire shoot
Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh shed light on their 'instant sisterly bond' while filming Marvel superhero movie Black Widow. Thespians Scarlett and Florence commanded attention as they posed up a storm in edgy ensembles for the publication's accompanying photoshoot. On emulating a sibling-like relationship on-screen, British screen star Florence shared: 'I think maybe the tiredness did add to my not being so self-aware. Scarlett added: 'I look for women who I feel I can relate to on some level, that I have empathy for. Fighting with My Family's Florence looked equally stylish in sophisticated white co-ords, which she dressed up with a tiny black bralet.
Leomie Anderson talks being the first black Victoria's Secret Angel
Supermodel Leomie Anderson has declared that she will use her position as the first black Victoria Secret's Angel to be 'everything that I wanted to see when I was growing up'. Leomie Anderson has declared that she will use her position as the first black Victoria Secret's Angel to be 'everything that I wanted to see when I was growing up'Leomie described the experience of being the first black Angel as 'bittersweet'. Leomie began walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015, and was made a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2019. Leomie admitted that there's still a long way to go when it comes to equality in the fashion industry. 'How many black makeup artists, photographers, editors, journalists, how many people of colour do you have in those roles?
Kourtney Kardashian slammed for calling herself 'Moana of Montunui'
Kourtney Kardashian has been slammed for branding herself 'Moana' in photos from sister Kim's controversial island getaway - with fans accusing her of cultural appropriation. The reality star, 41, shared a montage of thong-bikini clad photos from Marlon Brando's resort in Tahiti on Wednesday, captioned: 'I am Moana of Motunui.' Kim wrote: 'Now that I have your attention...this a reminder to VOTE. In a third image, Kim was flanked by one of her friends as they made their way to dinner on the tropical private island. One person wrote: 'You are really telling us to vote from your private island?'
Lily Allen says she hasn't seen husband David Harbour in 45 of the 48 days since they got married
Lily Allen has revealed she hasn't seen her new husband David Harbour in 45 of the 48 days since they got married. Long-distance: Lily Allen has revealed she hasn't seen her new husband David Harbour in 45 of the 48 days since they got married (pictured)Detailing the reality of juggling their two-month marriage with their busy schedules, the media personality said: 'I got married 48 days ago. I hadn’t seen my husband for 45 days after I got married'. According to TMZ, Lily and David registered to marry in Sin City with a license valid for 12 months. They originally sparked engagement rumours in May, when Lily revealed a distinctive looking ring on social media.
Ranting anti-abortion protesters call British film-maker 'Jihad Jane'
This is the shocking moment ranting anti-abortion protesters call a British film-maker 'Jihad Jane' and accuse her of 'dressing like a w***e' outside a clinic in Alabama. A furious Christian fundamentalist wearing a 'Repent or Perish' t-shirt tells Ms Khan in the footage. Another man wearing a red 'Make America Goodly Again' hat says to Ms Khan: 'You wicked pedophile approving Muslim.' When Ms Khan approached the demonstrating men to ask them about their views she came under vile sexist and Islamophobic attack herself. For her documentary, Ms Khan also visited a clinic in Kansas with high windows.
'Damning' inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism finds that the party broke the law under Jeremy Corbyn
A further 18 cases were 'borderline', involving local councillors, local election candidates and Constituency Labour Party (CLP) officials. A spokesperson for the Labour Party said: 'In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. This afternoon Mr Corbyn denied he was 'part of the problem' and told broadcasters he would not quit Labour:'Of course not. I am proud to be a member of the Labour Party, I joined the Labour party when I was 16, I've fought racism all my life, and I'll fight racism for the rest of my life,' he said. Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge said Jeremy Corbyn had 'shamed' the party by sitting 'at the centre of a party that enabled anti-Semitism.'
Oregon health official dresses as a CLOWN to announce Covid-19 d
An Oregonian health adviser has dressed up as a clown to announce the state's coronavirus death toll. Claire Poche, a senior member of Oregon Health Authority, had a big red smile painted across her face and wore bright yellow trousers for the solemn announcement. 'As of today, there have been 38,160 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, with 390 new cases being reported today,' she said. 'Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608.' British writer Douglas Murray commented on the video: 'Oregon.
Philadelphia cops are filmed smashing windows of SUV carrying a child before dragging out driver
A video showing a large group of Philadelphia police officers smashing up a car that apparently carried a family with children has surfaced online. Baton-wielding officers are seen surrounding the vehicle and smashing its windows, before opening the doors and dragging the driver out, beating them. The officers begin to hit the car with their batons, smashing its windows and forcing the driver's door open. The two officers each fired at least seven rounds — at least 14 total shots — but police could not say how many times Wallace was struck. Philadelphia: Protesters march down a West Philadelphia street.
PIERS MORGAN: Twitter let Iran spew Holocaust-denying lies yet blocked a NY newspaper
Not least because New York is home to 1.1 million Jews, the largest Jewish community anywhere in the world outside of Israel. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey told senators yesterday that the platform does not ban Holocaust-denying tweets. When I interviewed him for CNN, he told me: 'The nice thing about Twitter is it is inherently public. Why have you blocked the New York Post's account from tweeting a front-page story concerning a presidential candidate and his son's self-evidently dodgy business conduct in foreign countries? Piers Morgan's new book Wake Up: Why the World's Gone Nuts is out now, published by Harper Collins.
Economy grows record-shattering 33.1% from July to September
The U.S. economy experienced record growth in July, August and September of 33.1 per cent, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced Thursday. The surge in GDP growth will recoup a little over half of the 10.6% plunge in output in the first half of the year. On its way back - but still a ways to go: The economy grew at 33.1 per cent,the biggest jump since the government started keeping records in 1947. Growth will slow through 2021 and the recovery will get more difficult as some structural issues with the economy persist.' The accumulation of inventory likely offset the trade hit to GDP growth.
COVID: Porn star Siffredi tests positive - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi has tested positive for COVID-19 along with his wife and says he infected the rest of his family because he flew back home to Budapest after two rapid tests bought in a pharmacy produced two negative results. "I and my wife have COVID and, due to fast tests bought in a pharmacy in Italy, we have also infected our children," said the adult film star, 56, who comes from Ortona in Abruzzo. "When we got back from Rome," Siffredi told ANSA over the phone, "we started to feel ill but, after no fewer than two negative tests, we calmed down and embraced our children again. "The result was everyone is infected and with symptoms, even my elder son's girlfriend as well as the home help and her husband who are over 70. Siffredi retired from the porn world in 2004 for his family's sake but returned to it in 2009 saying he was disappointed with the state of the industry.
Abraham Accords good for peace says Di Maio in Israel - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio welcomed the Abraham Accords normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after meeting his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem on Thursday. "The signing of the Abraham Accords is a positive contribution towards peace and stability in the Middle East," Di Maio told a news conference. "The gradual approachment of the Arab world and Israel will contribute to regional stability and to the recognition of Israel's right to exist in security. "This is one of the cardinal points of our foreign policy in the Middle East. "We hope that the Abraham Accords can give a push to re-launching the peace progress with the resumption of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians in view of a two-States solution that is just, sustainable and practicable".
COVID: Singer Vanoni tests positive - English
(ANSA) - MILAN, OCT 29 - Veteran Italian singer Ornella Vanoni has tested positive for COVID-19, she said on her Facebook page Thursday. The 86-year-old star said she was well. "It's got me! I'm well," read the post under a photo showing her lying among pillows in bed with the blankets pulled up to her hair.
Pope praying for victims of Nice attack - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice's Basilica of Notre Dame in which three people were stabbed to death. "It is a moment of pain in a time of confusion," said Vatican Spokesman Matteo Bruni. "Today's attack sowed death in a place of love and consolation, the house of the Lord. "The pope has been informed of the situation and is close to the Catholic community in mourning. "He is praying for the victims and for the loved ones, and for violence to stop and we go back to looking at each other as brothers and sister, and for the beloved French people to be able react united to evil with good".
2 dead as car ploughs into bus queue - English
(ANSA) - PAVIA, OCT 29 - Two people are dead and one injured after a car driven by an 85-year-old man ploughed into their bus queue near Pavia on Thursday. The driver reportedly lost control and swerved into the line of people at the bus stop in the Tre Re district of Cava Manara. The victims were said to be a 73-year-old woman and a young man. The injured person was taken to Pavia's Policlinico San Matteo Hospital. The driver and a companion in the front seat of he car are in shock.
33.6% of pensioners get less than 1,000 a mt - INPS - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Some 33.6% of Italian pensioners have to get by on less than 1,000 euros a month, pensions and social security agency INPS said Thursday. In its annual report, INPS added that around 1.5 million pensioners get a maximum of 500 euros in their monthly cheque. Women with children on average get smaller cheques than those without children, by some 5,700 euros a year. The COVID pandemic and furloughs and lay-off aid have resulted in payroll staff getting pay packets an average 300 euros a month lighter, INPS said.
Unemployment could be 25% without govt aid - Catalfo - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Labour Minister Nunzia Catalfo said Thursday that Italy's unemployment rate could have climbed as high as 25% without the government's aid packages after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the presentation of the annual report of pensions-and-social-security agency INPS, Catalfo said: "as the INPS report shows, we protected jobs, workers and businesses in order to tackle the pandemic. "The COVID fund and halt to dismissals averted an employment haemorrhage that would have affected millions of workers and the consequences would have been terrible for the whole country," she added. "As the ECB's bulletin highlighted, unemployment could have reached 25% without these measures". She said that the government measures adopted since March to support business and families were worth around 50 billion euros.
Pope praying for victims of Nice attack - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice's Basilica of Notre Dame in which three people were stabbed to death. "It is a moment of pain in a time of confusion," said Vatican Spokesman Matteo Bruni. "Today's attack sowed death in a place of love and consolation, the house of the Lord. "The pope has been informed of the situation and is close to the Catholic community in mourning. The pontiff "asks the Lord to bring them comfort and entrusts the victims to his mercy.
'A day that never ends': Impressions of déjà vu as French press reacts to lockdown
'A day that never ends': Impressions of déjà vu as French press reacts to lockdownIN THE PRESS © FRANCE 24By: Laurent BERSTECHER 6 minIN THE PRESS – Thursday, October 29, 2020: We take a look at reactions in the French newspapers as the country braces for a second lockdown. We then turn to Germany, where authorities have also announced a new "lockdown light", and see how the announcement has been received in the press. Finally, we focus on China, where a man has been arrested for throwing money out of a 30th-floor window.
UK judge delays Meghan privacy case trial to late 2021
Meghan Markle is suing British publisher Associated Newspapers, which publishes the Daily Mail and MailOnlineAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)A London judge on Thursday agreed to delay the trial phase of Meghan Markle's high-profile lawsuit against a British newspaper group for privacy and copyright breaches. Judge Mark Warby said he had approved an application by the Duchess of Sussex's lawyers for the trial to be adjourned from January until "much later next year". "That means that the trial date of January 11, 2021, will be vacated and the trial will be refixed for a new date in the autumn." Meghan, who with her husband Prince Harry is waging an increasingly public war with some media outlets, is suing the publishers of the Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and MailOnline. He and Meghan now live with their young son Archie in the United States, where they have set up a charitable foundation.
Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir says Muslims 'have right to kill French'
Mahathir launched an extraordinary outburst on Twitter after an attack in southern France saw three people killedAdvertising Read moreKuala Lumpur (AFP)Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that Muslims had a right "to kill millions of French people", shortly after a knife-wielding man launched a deadly attack in Nice. Shortly afterwards, Mahathir -- who was prime minister of Muslim-majority Malaysia until his government collapsed in February -- launched an extraordinary outburst on Twitter. Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past." Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims' religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French. But the move has inflamed tensions, with protests against France erupting in several Muslim countries, with some urging a boycott of French goods.
Vendee Globe to set sail behind closed doors
"The start of the Vendee Globe will take place as planned on November 8 at 1:02 p.m. behind closed doors, without an audience," the organisers said on their website a day after French President Emmanuel Macron had announced a new national lockdown to battle Covid-19. The start, which attracted 300,000 people in 2016, will be broadcast live on the official website and on "numerous" television channels. "The Vendee Globe 2020-2021 will remain as a symbol, that of our will to continue living despite the difficulties that our country is going through and in the scrupulous respect of the sanitary rules set by the State," organisers said. This is in stark contrast to the 2.25 million people that usually visit the village in the weeks leading up to departure. In 2016, the immediate economic benefits were estimated at 35 million euros ($41 million) by the organisers.
Africa roundup: Star-studded champions Sundowns fire blanks
Injured Mamelodi Sundowns forward Kermit Erasmus was sorely missed as they were held by Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the South African Premiership. The 2016 African champions were surprisingly eliminated from a cup competition by Bloemfontein Celtic then rebounded last weekend by hammering long-time rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a league opener. Defending champions Sundowns lacked unfit forward Kermit Erasmus and long before the end ran out of ideas to penetrate a massed Tshakhuma defence backed by Zimbabwean goalkeeper Washington Aribi. EgyptEgypt football legend Hany Ramzy is raving about the way record eight-time African champions Al Ahly are playing under recently hired South African coach Pitso Mosimane. SudanAl Hilal Port Sudan, the last club apart from Al Merrikh and Al Hilal Omdurman to be crowned Sudan Premier League champions, have been promoted back to the top flight.
Moderna already has $1.1 bn in deposits for Covid-19 vaccine
Moderna has already taken in $1.1 billion in deposits for a Covid-19 vaccine that will be launched following the completion of clinical trials and regulatory approvalAdvertising Read moreNew York (AFP)Moderna said Thursday it took in $1.1 billion in deposits in the third quarter for a coronavirus vaccine that it is "actively preparing" to launch. The biotech company, releasing quarterly results, completed its enrollment earlier this month for the phase-3 trial of "mRNA-1273," a vaccine candidate for Covid-19. "I believe that if we launch our Covid-19 vaccine, 2021 could be the most important inflection year in Moderna's history. Moderna, among the furthest along in developing a vaccine for Covid-19, has signed supply contracts with the US, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Israel and Qatar and is in talks with other parties, including the European Union. Moderna said there would be two interim analyses of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate and that the company is committed to "full transparency" in the development of the vaccine.
Knifeman kills three at French church, ratcheting up terror fears
The body of a man was also found inside, while a third person succumbed to injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby bar. He told AFP that one victim was a church employee of about 45 years old. Just days later, an 18-year-old man from Pakistan seriously injured two people with a meat cleaver outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices in Paris. Just a few days later, two teenagers murdered an 85-year-old priest as he conducted mass at his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France, an attack later claimed by the Islamic State group. Zekri called on French Muslims to cancel festivities to mark the Mawlid, or the Prophet's Birthday, which ends Thursday, "in solidarity with the victims and their loved ones."
Start screening for colorectal cancer 5 years earlier: experts
For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending doctors should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 45 — five years earlier than current guidelines. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers. The Canadian Cancer Society says colorectal cancer is expected to be the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada in 2020 (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). The society estimates 9,700 Canadians will die from colorectal cancer, or 12 per cent of all cancer deaths this year. Some Canadian resources include the Wellspring, Cancer Connect at the Canadian Cancer Society, and Colorectal Cancer Canada.
People with Down syndrome face major risk of dying of COVID
People living with Down syndrome have 10 times the risk of succumbing to COVID-19 than those without the genetic disorder, a sobering new study reveals. “From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been concerned about our community, especially given the complex medical histories of many of our loved ones,” said Kandi Pickard, president and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society. “This recent study confirms our concerns.”Researchers examined data from more than 8 million people that were part of a COVID-19 risk assessment project in the U.K. that began in January. Forty per cent were killed by COVID-19, 17 fell victim to pneumonia/pneumonitis and 35 per cent died from other causes. The National Down Syndrome Society has put together a factsheet that explains some other issues of concern.
More than 80% of COVID patients vitamin D deficient: study
More than 80 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Spain had a vitamin D deficiency, according to a new small study. They found that of the 216 COVID-19 patients, 82.2 per cent had a vitamin D deficiency, compared to 47.2 per cent of the control group. It was also found that men had “especially lower” vitamin D levels than women. Those most at risk of a vitamin D deficiency are those over 65 and people with dark skin. The only natural food sources of vitamin D in Canada are fatty fish and egg yolks.
Police seize almost 75,000 marijuana plants after chopper needed to access remote cultivation site
Specifically, the 18 investigations on public or private land in and around the Los Padres National Forest yielded 74,600 marijuana plants, 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of harvested marijuana and 84 firearms, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO). That necessitates using helicopters to transport personnel in and to haul cannabis, trash and supplies out of the grow sites. “These marijuana cultivation sites are littered with legal and illegal pesticides and herbicides as well as trash,” the VCSO notes. Given the low overhead costs, illicit weed cultivation is very profitable, with the product is destined for the black market. Working with local, state and federal agencies, the VCSO “will continue to enforce local and state marijuana cultivation laws,” the statement adds.
Cook this: Bakewell tart from The British Baking Book
Article contentOur cookbook of the week is The British Baking Book: The History of British Baking, Savory and Sweet by Regula Ysewijn. To try another recipe from the book, check out: Chelsea buns and Staffordshire oatcakes. Try refreshing your browser, or Cook this: Bakewell tart from The British Baking Book Back to videoA precursor to frangipane in a shortcrust base, the highly regional Bakewell tart “is a glorious thing to make,” says Regula Ysewijn. “If you go to the town of Bakewell, you trip over bakeries selling ‘the one original Bakewell tart and Bakewell pudding,’” explains Ysewijn. “I’m obsessed with Bakewell tarts and Bakewell puddings because there’s lots of legend and lore about their history,” she says.
Russian Photo Colorist Brings New Life to Historic Photographs
Russian Photo Colorist Brings New Life to Historic PhotographsA former German language professor, Olga Shirnina is best known worldwide by her online alias, klimbim, with which she signs her unique artwork. Shirnina colors historical photographs using Photoshop, offering a new take on history and the figures that shaped her world. Behind this seemingly straightforward coloring exercise are hours of meticulous research — after all, the eye colors of the Russian imperial family aren’t the first thing mentioned in the history books. Here is a look at some of the defining moments of Russian history in the colors of the present:
Charlie Hebdo ‘Could Not Exist’ in Russia – Kremlin
A satirical magazine that mocks religion, politics and culture like France’s Charlie Hebdo would not be able to exist in Russia, the Kremlin said Thursday after France saw its second deadly terror attack in two weeks. When asked whether Russia could publish a magazine similar to Charlie Hebdo, Peskov told Kommersant FM radio: “No, it couldn’t.” “Every faith lives in full respect of each other. That’s why the existence of such a publication is impossible here, including when taking into account our existing laws,” Peskov said, pointing out that Russia is home to around 20 million Muslims. Peskov declined to answer whether it is acceptable to caricaturize the Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims take offense at depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, while France has a proud secular tradition dating back to the Revolution.
U.K. Labour's 'day of shame': Report finds it broke laws over anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found serious failings in the party’s leadership in addressing anti-Semitism, and an inadequate process for handling complaints, after launching an investigation into allegations made under the previous leadership of left-wing veteran Jeremy Corbyn. Try refreshing your browser, or U.K. Labour's 'day of shame': Report finds it broke laws over anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn Back to videoCorbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response. On Thursday, it was reported that he has been suspended from Labour and had the whip removed from the parliamentary Labour Party. Starmer said he accepted the report “in full” and would implement all its recommendations. “It is a day of shame for the Labour Party.
Spotify declines to remove Joe Rogan podcast with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
Some employees shared instructions on how to transcribe the episode to find content violations to report. The company doesn’t ban specific guests, Chief Legal Officer Horacio Gutierrez said in an email to some employees. Spotify also weighs the context of commentary made on shows, Gutierrez said, according to a person with knowledge of the message. “Not all of you will agree with every piece of content on our platform,” Gutierrez wrote. The Slack discussion by employees looking to report the podcast suggests there’s internal debate about the company’s stance, though not all employees agree the episode violated Spotify’s policies.
Three dead, including one woman beheaded by knife-wielding attacker at church in Nice, France
Article contentA knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist incident at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said. Try refreshing your browser, or Three dead, including one woman beheaded by knife-wielding attacker at church in Nice, France Back to videoEstrosi said the attacker had repeatedly shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” or God is greatest, even after he had been detained by police. One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said, adding that a woman had tried to escape from inside the church and had fled into a bar opposite the 19th century neo-Gothic building. “The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to hospital, he is alive,” Estrosi told reporters. “It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
US-China tensions: American troops not planning attack on Chinese territory, Beijing says
The US defence secretary has dismissed reports American troops are preparing for an attack on China, according to Beijing. Photo: US Navy
Singapore to allow in visitors from mainland China ahead of travel bubble with Hong Kong
China was the top country of origin for international travellers to Singapore in 2019. Photo: Bloomberg
Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest
“This election is a matter of economic survival for Michigan,” the president said, arguing that the state’s economy was strong before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Gretchen Whitmer for moving aggressively to shut down much of the state’s economy to slow the virus’ spread. ADVERTISEMENT“The tragic truth of our time is that COVID has left a deep and lasting wound in this country,” Biden said, scoffing at Trump’s pronouncements that the nation is turning a corner on the virus. The former vice president plans to travel to Iowa, which Trump took by 10 points in 2016, later in the week. First lady Melania Trump was on the road, too, making her first solo campaign trip of the year in Pennsylvania.
Former Prime Minister Of Malaysia Endorse Killing Of French People
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Thinks Muslim has rights to kill French people. But now, two times former Prime Minister of Malaysia endorsing terror attack on the people of France. This Islamic radical man called Mahathir Mohamad is none other than 4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Hard to believe but yes this man was Prime Minister of Malaysia for two times. Instead of condemning the violence, the former Prime minister has blamed France for been targeted by Islamic terrorists.
US economy grew at 33% rate in Q3 but recovery is incomplete
The government will likely estimate that the economy grew faster on an annualized basis last quarter than in any such period since record-keeping began in 1947. The government will likely estimate that the economy grew faster on an annualized basis last quarter than in any such period since record-keeping began in 1947. ADVERTISEMENTThe third quarter GDP gain was powered by a record 40.7% increase in consumer spending. In the January-March quarter this year, GDP had contracted at a 5% annual rate before a record-setting 31.4% annual tumble in the spring. Even with the third quarter rebound, the economy remains 3.4% below the peak of output set in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Duval County judge leading vote-counting board donated to Trump 12 times. That's not allowed.
Duval County senior Judge Brent Shore has served as chairman of the canvassing board because of his role as a county judge. Duval’s Canvassing Board is Elections Supervisor Mike Hogan, City Councilman Michael Boylan and county Judge Gary Flower. Florida law requires the head of the board be a county judge unless none are able to serve. In a statement, he said, “Every Florida county canvassing board member is a current or former elected official, and many have political affiliations. We hope the Duval County Canvassing Board will grant all of the requests the Democratic Party and media organizations have made for more transparency.”
The $16 Million Was Supposed to Clean Up Old Oil Wells; Instead, It’s Going to Frack New Ones
So Lynn Helms, director of the state's Department of Mineral Resources, proposed a different use for the funds: paying oil companies to hydraulically fracture new wells. Money that was supposed to clean up old oil wells will instead be used to bring new ones to life. Helms has said the sites will be cleaned up next spring, once the ground thaws, using state funds instead. The Main Street Lending Program, in particular, was adjusted in ways that benefited oil companies, many of which were already saddled with high debt loads before the coronavirus struck. "This is like a taxpayer bailout to the oil industry to get them to do something they would do anyway."
Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party’s chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday. The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt. Invoices were altered so when the party paid them, the money went to the hackers instead of the vendors, Hitt said. Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016 and it remains a key swing state this year. Trump planned his third visit to the state in a week on Friday.
US GDP surged a record 33% in the 3rd quarter as the economy reopened, roughly double the next-biggest jump
US gross domestic product grew at a record 33.1% annualized rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. The jump followed the second quarter's 31.4% annualized slump and roughly doubled the next-biggest increase in history. Experts have said a full recovery may take years, as the pace of GDP growth is set to moderate significantly in the last three months of 2020. But the V-shaped trendline in GDP growth glosses over the recovery's nuances. Consumer spending enjoyed a sharp bounce-back before easing to a more moderate growth rate.
Donald Trump Is Again Going to Win
In 2013, when I met Donald Trump for the first time, I concluded that he could be a successful politician. I concluded early on that Donald would win in 2016. Said Smith, “It’s easy enough to find editors these days who say they saw Donald Trump coming, hard to find ones who are telling the truth about that. Yet I have further reasons for believing Donald will win next week. In the Republican primaries more people voted for just one candidate, Donald Trump, than turned out for all the Democratic candidates.
Taiwan marks 200 days without domestic COVID-19 infection
Taiwan hit 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, highlighting the island s continued success at keeping the virus under control even as cases surge in other parts of the world. Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has recorded 553 cases of COVID-19, and just seven deaths. Local media has been paying close attention to reports of people who tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan. Authorities said Wednesday that they received notice from Japanese and Thai health authorities that three people who had recently left the island tested positive. Yet Taiwan is still undoubtable a success in light of the global scale of the pandemic — more than 44 million reported cases and 1.1 million deaths.
Jeremy Corbyn suspended from Labour Party over antisemitism report reaction
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the party and has had the whip removed. A party spokesman said: "In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party." He tweeted: "I've made absolutely clear those who deny there has been an antisemitism problem in the Labour Party are wrong. An hour later, the party said it had suspended Mr Corbyn.
Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam
Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam Vietnam’s state media say Typhoon Molave has blown away from Vietnam after killing at least 35 people and leaving dozens of others missing in the country’s central regionHANOI, Vietnam -- A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country on Thursday after setting off landslides, sinking boats and knocking out power to at least 1.7 million people. Rescuers dug up eight bodies Thursday morning in Tra Van village in Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses. The victims had taken shelter in the community as the typhoon approached, the official Vietnam News Agency reported. Quang Nam, a tourist draw for an ancient town and Hindu temples, is about 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Hanoi. The typhoon left at least 16 people dead in the Philippines before moving across the South China Sea to Vietnam.
Man arrested in Saudi Arabia after alleged knife attack at French consulate
Saudi Arabian police have arrested a man outside the French consulate in Jeddah after he allegedly stabbed a guard, amid heightened anti-France sentiment across the Muslim world and apparent terrorist attacks in two French cities. The French embassy in Riyadh released a statement confirming the incident. “The French consulate general in Jeddah this morning was subjected to a knife stabbing incident targeting a security guard – an employee of a private security company – and immediately the Saudi security forces arrested the perpetrator,” it said. “The security guard was taken to a hospital, and his health condition remains stable. He acknowledge the pain caused by French colonialism in north Africa, but the speech was poorly received in the Muslim world.
Labour suspends Jeremy Corbyn over EHRC report comments
Labour has suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn after he said antisemitism in the party was “overstated” following a damning report from the equality watchdog. A Labour spokesman said: “In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. It cites “serious failings in the Labour party leadership in addressing antisemitism and an inadequate process for handling antisemitism complaints”. However, the former Labour leader said he had been obstructed by party officials in trying to tackle the issue. My team acted to speed up, not hinder, the process.”He said: “Anyone claiming there is no antisemitism in the Labour party is wrong.
Large Covid outbreak in China linked to Xinjiang forced labour
More than 180 cases traced to garment factory where Uighurs must take up work placementsChina’s largest coronavirus outbreak in months appears to have emerged in a factory in Xinjiang linked to forced labour and the government’s controversial policies towards Uighur residents. An official in nearby Kashgar told Caixin that the plant, Shuchang Garment, was a “satellite factory” for producing clothing, curtains and bedding. The outbreak in Shufu county is among the largest China has recorded in more than two months. An outbreak in Urumqi, the capital, in August, prompted officials to swiftly enter a state of “wartime” lockdown. Researchers say that while it is possible ex-detainees are working in the factory, there is no evidence to suggest so.
Pakistan’s top Islamic body approves construction of Hindu temple
Council of Islamic Ideology approves construction of new temple in Islamabad, saying Islamic law allows minority Hindus a place of worship. Pakistan’s state-run council of clerics, which advises the government on religious issues, has given its approval for the construction of a new temple for minority Hindus, ruling that Islamic law allows minorities a place of worship. Some of those Muslims had threatened to try to stop the temple’s construction by force, raising tensions. He had promised $600,000 for the temple’s construction. Khan, who has promised equal rights for minorities, is expected to issue a formal order to allow the temple’s construction.
U.S. GDP booms at 33.1% rate in Q3, better than expected
The gain came after a 31.4% plunge in the second quarter and was better than the 32% estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones. Increased consumption along with sold gains in business and residential investment as well as exports fueled the third-quarter rebound. Decreases in government spending following the expiration of the CARES Act rescue funding subtracted from GDP. Some 228,000 people have died in the United States from the virus, which has infected nearly 9 million in the country. The economy has been in a technical recession since February, as first-quarter growth declined at a 5% pace.
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate Oct 29, 2020 17:41 ISTSaudi Arabia's state-run news agency is reporting that a Saudi man has been detained after stabbing and slightly wounding a guard at the French Consulate in the city of Jiddah. The Saudi Press Agency report on Thursday offered no motive for the attack. However, it comes amid heightened tensions after an assailant decapitated a French middle school teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad for a class on free speech. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper's editorial meeting in 2015. On Thursday, authorities say an attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the French city of Nice.
Man arrested after Gov. Ron DeSantis attempts to vote, finds out someone changed his address
Authorities found the request was made using a computer with the IP address of a user who was subscribed to Comcast. Investigators contacted Comcast, who told them the IP address belonged to Rosa Acevedo, who lives in Naples.
France: Knife attack in Nice leaves three dead, several injured
Three people were killed and several injured in the French city of Nice on Thursday morning in a knife attack that has been described by local officials as "terrorism". Hours after the Nice church attack, police shot dead a man with a weapon reportedly threatening people and shouting "Allahu Akhbar", in Avignon, southern France, as the country was placed on high alert. Sources told the newspaper it remained unclear whether the man killed by police was holding a real or fake weapon. It was not immediately clear if the incident in Saudi Arabia was linked to the attack in France. Muslims in France have also seen a backlash, with a number of verbal and physical attacks reported against Muslim women.
Ahead of U.S. election, Trump ends a U.S. restriction applying to Israeli settlements
ARIEL, West Bank (Reuters) - The Trump administration lifted a decades-old ban on Wednesday that had prohibited U.S. taxpayer funding for Israeli scientific research conducted in Jewish settlements in occupied territory, drawing Palestinian condemnation. Slideshow ( 3 images )With Tuesday’s U.S. election approaching, President Donald Trump’s move was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and could resonate with evangelical Christian voters who support Israeli settlement in the West Bank. The West Bank settlement of Ariel, the site of an Israeli university, was chosen as the venue for a ceremony opening a new avenue of U.S. scientific cooperation with Israeli researchers. Palestinians, who seek the West Bank for a future state, said the move made Washington complicit in what they termed Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. The Trump administration last year effectively backed Israel’s right to build West Bank settlements by abandoning a long-held U.S. position that they were “inconsistent with international law”.
Former Marines charged in conspiracy to illegally manufacture, sell firearms
“The Marine Corps will continue to assist the investigating authorities in any way we can. Joseph Butterfield, a Marine Corps spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday. Duncan served in the Marine Corps from Sept. 9, 2013, to Sept. 8, 2018, as a cryptologic language analyst, rising to the rank of corporal. His service awards include the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Duncan is charged with conspiracy to manufacture guns and ship them between states, according to the release.
We Spoke to 2 Doctors Who Both Advised Against Visiting Santa This Year
One of the most fun parts of the holiday season for children is visiting Santa Claus. We spoke with two doctors who are experts in pediatrics and epidemiology about what they suggest families do this holiday season. Unfortunately, the traditional Santa sitting in the corner of a store or mall fits many of these high-risk criteria." If I've Chosen to Take My Kids to Visit Santa, What Are Best Practices? What Are Safe Alternatives to Visiting Santa?
The Craft: Legacy's Lovie Simone Talks Modern Witchcraft, Finding Your Power, and a Tabby Spinoff
It probably also helps that Zoe Lister-Jones helmed the sequel rather than an all-male creative team like the first. Unlike the coven of The Craft, Tabby (Simone), Lily (Cailee Spaeny), Lourdes (Zoey Luna), and Frankie (Gideon Adlon) already know that they're important and that "your difference is your power." "[Legacy] reinforced what I knew witchcraft to be," Simone explained. If the Powers That Be are reading this, that is more than enough material for a spinoff focusing on Tabby and her witchy ways! Given her previous work, she's developed a craft for being able to slip out of herself and react authentically as the character.
I Tried This Sugar-Free Simple Syrup, and It's Now a Staple in My Coffee and Cocktails
), and when Swoon Zero Sugar Simple Syrup ($12) came across my desk, I couldn't wait to try it. The problem is one ounce of regular simple syrup is 70 calories and 17 grams of sugar. You can use Swoon just like simple syrup, and substitute it in the same ratio in recipes. To me, it tastes just like regular simple syrup and I don't notice a weird aftertaste like some sugar-free sweeteners have. Instead of a jar of simple syrup, I now keep my fridge stocked with Swoon.
10 Frightfully-Good Horror Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in November
Think spooky season ends with Halloween? Netflix is delivering plenty of creepy content this November, so you can get your chills and thrills even after Oct. 31 has passed. From cult classics to brand-new series and movies, Netflix's scary-good selection for October is getting plenty of new additions, and we can't wait to watch them all. Perhaps you enjoy your horror flicks with a side of humour. No matter what you're into, Netflix's latest horror movie and TV show debuts have something for everyone, so we hope you're ready to get spooked.
These Beauty Care Package Ideas Will Help You Feel Close to Friends, Even From Afar
Not only will sending a beauty care package to your friends put a smile on their faces, but it can be fun for you to put together, too. The best part about sending a handmade care package is that it shows the recipient just how well you know them. For the friend who never misses their skin-care routine, get them a refill on a few of their favourite products. The key to putting together an impressive and thoughtful beauty care package is including items that A) you know they'll use and B) reflect their personality and interests. Ahead, find beauty care package gift ideas for every type of beauty person in your life that you can customise and personalize this holiday season.
James Is Determined to Learn From His Mistakes on The Bachelorette — "I've Got to Reassess the Problem, Which Was Me"
James Boggia was sent home from The Bachelorette after he behaved poorly at the final cocktail party dinner. The contestants and the Bachelorettes were able to anonymously ask questions of each other, and Becky Miles was asked which of Elly Miles' suitors was her type. She listed off positive qualities about Frazer, Joe and Adam — and totally left out James. It was a disappointing end to James' journey, after he had established a rather steamy connection with Elly on their date to the Bachelorette pad. Here, POPSUGAR Australia talks to James about whether he and the contestants were represented fairly on the show and how he plans to learn from his mistakes on The Bachelorette.
SAS Australia's Firass & Shannan's On-Air Feud Has Spilled Over IRL, Here's What We Know
Just about everyone is ready to see Firass Dirani withdraw from military-style reality TV series SAS Australia, but probably no one more so than some of his own teammates. In a later interview with news.com.au, Shannan again shared his poor opinion of Firass' behaviour, "I honestly believe that he's a sociopath in his behaviour." Just last week, after ep 2 aired, Firass blamed poor editing for making him appear as a "villain" on the show. However, SAS Australia directing staff Mark 'Billy' Billingham dismissed his claim telling news.com.au: "He should be actually grateful to be edited the way they did. "He drew attention to himself for all the wrong reasons" constantly roll his eyes when being interviewed or spoken to by the SAS Australia instructors.
Will Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Run For President?
A presidential run isn't the end goal for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "I think it's part of our cultural understanding of politics, where if you think someone is great, you automatically think they should be president," she said. Ocasio-Cortez added, "I don't want to be a saviour, I want to be a mirror." Many of her peers and colleagues think she's got what it takes. He told Vanity Fair, "She absolutely has the talent, the dynamism, and the leadership ability."
We Made the Viral "Perfect" Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, and Yeah, Can Confirm
If you've been searching your whole life for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, crisp on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle, then you're going to be obsessed with this recipe. Coined the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies by pastry chef Ravneet Gill and published in The New York Times, this cookie is said to be pretty life-changing. Top with a bit of flaky salt and you might never go back to another chocolate chip cookie recipe – except maybe Chrissy Teigen's Chex Mix ones. Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Ravneet Gill, New York Times Notes If you don’t have Maldon salt, use another flaky salt or even kosher salt. Make sure the dough balls are evenly spaced out among two baking sheets, as they will spread.
How This Wedding Catering Service Did the Seemingly Impossible and Thrived During COVID-19
When gathering restrictions were first implemented, Sydney-based events catering company Shared Affair were in complete shock. Shared Affair is a company with heart, luxury, and deep love of gathering and bonding over delicious food at its core. Nikki shared that it's the business' passion for quality food-service that has truly set them apart in this time. "Shared Affair is based around shared meals, grazing tables and big family-style banquets. With the support behind the Grub Club so strong, Shared Affair may even continue the service when events return in full swing.
How to Pay More Attention to Your Clit So You Can Have Better (& Multiple) Orgasms
So how do we figure out what we like when it comes to clit stimulation? She goes on to explain that one of the simplest ways to have a clitoral orgasm is to use your hands. "Air-tech toys stimulate the clit by sending pressure waves to the area without direct contact, increasing blood flow and sensitivity. Adding sex toys to the mix, this way either partner can stimulate the clit manually during sex. Scroll to shop Vanessa's recommended clitoral sex toys.
The People Who Could Really Use a Present This Year Are Those Who Have Moved Back Home
For a whole host of reasons, there are a bunch of younger people who have moved back in with their parents this year. Maybe their college classes were all being held online, maybe their job was asking them to work remotely, maybe they wanted to spend more time with family amidst the pandemic, the list goes on and on. Whatever the case may be, there's no doubt that they could probably use a little cheering up right about now, and these are the 16 gifts we'd recommend. Most people in this position want to make their bedrooms an oasis, because it feels like the one part of the house that's completely in their control. Plus, a little chocolate and wine always works too.
Looks Like Charlize Theron's Daughter Is a Makeup-Artist-in-Training in These Cute Photos
Charlize Theron's daughter could be gearing up for a future in the beauty industry, since she's getting her practice in early. On Tuesday, Charlize shared a couple of cute photos amid a makeover from her child. It's unclear whether Charlize is getting her full face done by her older daughter, Jackson, or her younger daughter, August, but clearly a love of a good look runs in the family. In fact, Charlize's real-life makeup artist, Kate Lee, joked she might be out of a job. Something tells us Kate doesn't have anything to worry about right now, but we'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more glam looks from the Theron family in the future.
Steph Claire-Smith's Pregnancy Announcement Dress Is Reversible & Comes in Black, Just Sayin'
Steph Claire Smith and husband Josh Miller are expecting their first baby together in April 2021! Steph posted a pic of Josh kissing her bump with the caption, "Mini Miller due April 2021 ???? We are absolutely overjoyed, grateful and loving the journey so far. Meanwhile, Josh's caption read, "Our little family is getting a little bigger soon. The pics were adorable, we'd be lying if we said we weren't distracted by Steph's dress. If Steph's first official maternity look is any indication of the looks to come, her pregnancy style is going to be epic.
These Aussie Female Artists Have Designed Limited-Edition Blood Donation Bandages & They’re Totally Adorable
POPSUGAR Australia has partnered with Australian Red Cross Lifeblood to support those who need it most. Donating blood is one of the easiest and consistent ways we can have a positive impact on the lives of others. The local creatives have all added their personal flair to the white bandages that you'd usually receive after donating blood, adding dashes of bright colour, intricate patterns and quirky illustrations. Lifeblood is giving them away to donors between now and the end of November. Learn more about the female artists below.
Young Melbourne Artist Describes Her "Very Stressful" Experience After Painting Pip Edwards for the Archibald
Lauren Ferrier, 25, first asked Pip over Instagram if she'd be willing to sit for the painting. But Louise would not provide the signed form until Pip had seen the portrait. "I'm sure Pip wouldn't want to be seen as a woman who would stop a young artist from pursuing their dreams." She sold the painting for $400 earlier this month and sent it to the buyer before a payment had been made. P.E Nation allegedly demanded the painting be forfeited to the company.
A Sk-Influencer Reveals Her 5 Favourite SPF50+ Formulas For Your Face & They All Pair Well With Makeup
I've had a girl crush on sk-influencer Hannah English ever since I saw her genius hack for applying sunscreen over makeup on Instagram. One flick through her feed and you'll find honest SPF reviews (check out #todaysspf), clever makeup hacks and scientific explainers on buzz ingredients and complicated formulas. That's right, Hannah is also a scientist, so when she reviews a product, you know she's assessing more than just the look and feel of the formula, she's savvy when it comes to the ingredients and the formulations, too. Since Summer is fast approaching, I decided to ask Hannah to give us five of her favourite SPF50+ formulas for your face so you can add one to your skincare routine, you're welcome. Scroll to read and shop Hannah's picks.
If He Got to Hometowns, The Bachelorette’s Sam Was Only Ready to Introduce Becky Miles to His Friends
Sam Vescio was sent home from The Bachelorette ahead of hometowns after stressing that he needed more time with Becky Miles before he could introduce her to his family. Sam's energy was immediately attractive to Becky from the moment he arrived at the mansion, and saw him earn one-on-one time because he made her laugh with his attempt at ventriloquism at the talent show group date, and a pasta-making date at the Bachelorette pad. While they seemed to get along really well, it seemed that Becky had a stronger connection with some of her other suitors, choosing to spend extra time with Shannon after the babysitting group date, and to take steampunk kitesurfer Adrian on the final single date before hometowns. POPSUGAR Australia talked to Sam about his firm position on meeting the family and who he thinks has won Becky's heart.
It May Be Too Late To Mail Back Your Ballot. Election Officials Stress Other Options
Postal Service. DeJoy has pledged to prioritize election mail and supply additional resources to process it, including expedited handling, extra deliveries and special pickups. Postal Service's number one priority between now and the November election is the secure, timely delivery of the nation's Election Mail," Postal Service spokesperson Martha Johnson told NPR in a statement. The Postal Service said 523 million pieces of election mail, including ballots and campaign literature, have been processed, an increase of 162% over the 2016 general election. But some worry that not all ballots get properly identified as election mail flagged for priority processing.
When I Have No Time to Cook, I Turn to These 5 Plant-Based Lunches
I've been fighting off quarantine cooking fatigue for a few weeks now. Preparing dinner doesn't bother me quite as much (I can save a lot of money by whipping it up myself), but making healthy and plant-based lunches from scratch while working from home can sometimes feel like a chore — especially if I don't have a ton of time. I've figured out some ways to give myself more of a break on my lunch break, though. On top of meal prepping the night before, I'm rotating in these quick and easy plant-based lunches ahead. From veggie-crush flatbreads to pumpkin soup, keep reading to check out my favourites.
PSA: You Can Shop 30% off Selected Fashion, Accessories and Beauty at the Iconic Right Now
Christmas has officially come early because The Iconic have just announced a 30% off sale on selected items. There's over 30,000 pieces across fashion, shoes, accessories and beauty and we honestly don't know what to buy first. The sale has already started and officially ends at 11:59pm on Sunday 1st November 2020. Here, we've rounded up a few of our favourite items that we've already added to cart. It's the perfect opportunity to give your wardrobe a major refresh before summer, but honestly, we never need an excuse to online shop.
New audio tapes show how Trump bet against science
(CNN) The failed bet laid by President Donald Trump to ignore science and prioritize his political goals early in the pandemic, revealed Wednesday in fresh detail by new Jared Kushner tapes , is backfiring in devastating fashion at the critical moment of his reelection bid. Several Trump aides on Wednesday tried to defend Trump's handling of the virus but only served to expose his negligence. Campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN's "New Day" that "we are moving in the right direction" after a White House document boasted Trump had ended the pandemic. And Alyssa Farah, the White House communications director, conceded that the choice of words was poor but said the US is "rounding the corner." In the op-ed, Taylor slammed Trump for "amorality," "reckless decisions" and "erratic behavior" -- and he sparked a White House hunt for his identity.
The Craft: Legacy Features a Cameo That Leaves Us With a Lot of Questions
If you were hoping that The Craft: Legacy would include a reunion with the first film's coven, we're sorry to disappoint you right off the bat. Lily's coven arrives just in time to reveal that they've unbound their magic after getting a message from Tim beyond the grave. If you weren't able to guess where this was heading when it was revealed that Lily's birth mother resides in a psychiatric hospital, you're going to be really shocked when she turns around! That's right, Lily's birth mother is Nancy Downs herself, played by Fairuza Balk. Maybe we'll learn the other witches in the coven also have ties to four that came before them?
I Thought Emily in Paris Might Be the New Generation's Sex and the City, but I Was Wrong
Emily in Paris follows a 20-something marketing executive from Chicago, played by Lily Collins, who moves to Paris after the company acquires a boutique French firm. It was almost comical to see how far removed the show was when it came to how marketing, fashion, and social media really work. ADVERTISEMENTIt was almost comical to see how far removed the show was when it came to how marketing, fashion, and social media really work. Gone are the days of only dressing in full designer pieces to be considered "fashionable"; today's consumer is looking for a unique mix. I just wish more of the pieces felt attainable for young women," my colleague Sarah shared.
Costa Coffee's New Range Is Perfect For Terry's Chocolate Orange Fans Everywhere
A total of four new drinks have just been added to the Costa repertoire, including two Quality Street inspired flavours — and we have all the details. First up it's the Quality Street Purple One Latte and Quality Street Purple One Hot Chocolate, each complete with your very own "Purple One" chocolate, because it's no secret that it's one of the first to mysteriously disappear from the box. Following suit comes the minty classic, the After Eight Hot Chocolate. ADVERTISEMENTFinally, the pièce de résistance: the Terry's Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate, which is a Costa Signature Hot Chocolate infused with a specially formulated orange syrup and topped with creamy orange goodness. The new festive range lands nationwide at Costa on 3 Nov. and will even be available from Costa Express machines in select stores, too.
No Costume? No Problem! These Last-Minute Ideas Are Almost Too Easy to Make
Life gets busy, and it's easy to forget about planning your Halloween costume. Fortunately, there are tons of last-minute ideas for women that are the perfect balance between easy and creative. Take a peek at these supersimple costume ideas that you can put together in no time. Now get spooked! — Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
The Craft: Legacy's Lovie Simone Talks Modern Witchcraft, Finding Your Power, and a Tabby Spinoff
It probably also helps that Zoe Lister-Jones helmed the sequel rather than an all-male creative team like the first. Unlike the coven of The Craft, Tabby (Simone), Lily (Cailee Spaeny), Lourdes (Zoey Luna), and Frankie (Gideon Adlon) already know that they're important and that "your difference is your power." "[Legacy] reinforced what I knew witchcraft to be," Simone explained. If the Powers That Be are reading this, that is more than enough material for a spinoff focusing on Tabby and her witchy ways! Given her previous work, she's developed a craft for being able to slip out of herself and react authentically as the character.
The Wickedly Magical Ending of Craft: Legacy Leaves a Possibility For More Sequels
A lot goes down in The Craft: Legacy — so much so that you may get lost in the sauce by the time the climax hits the screen. At her new school, Lily's humiliated by Timmy (Nicholas Galitzine), an overcompensating jock who turns the unexpected arrival of Lily's period into a class spectacle. As the witches revel in their strengthened power, they decide to experiment by turning their magic on Timmy. According to Adam, people like Lily are too soft and don't deserve power — just like Timmy, who Adam admits he killed. Free from the dangers of Adam's poisonously faux-woke self, Lily and her mother travel to meet Lily's birth mother, a former witch herself.
This Bizarre 2020 Scent Candle Smells Like Joe Exotic, Banana Bread, and Hand Sanitiser
While we're grateful that 2020 has opened up a lot of necessary conversations, there have also been some truly bizarre moments that have kicked off the decade. To sum up the more wholesome times that we'll all be reminiscing about for many years to come, candlemaker Flaming Crap released "The 2020 Scent" candle that boasts a bountiful aroma of banana bread, hand sanitiser, and Joe Exotic's aftershave — is it weird that we really want to smell it? The limited-edition scent features "four fragrant layers" to take you on "a sensual journey through the year", says Flaming Crap's website. "Featuring subtle scents of banana bread, hand sanitiser, DIY and wood musks, alongside budget aftershave and an earthy essence, that 2020's TV icon — Joe Exotic from Tiger King would use to attract his next mate." The candle is absolutely hilarious, vegan-friendly, and made with kerasoy wax and recycled paper labels.
20 Fast-Paced HIIT Mini Resistance Band Workouts To Build Endurance
For your next at-home workout, try adding a mini resistance band into the mix. When combined with a fast-paced, performance-building HIIT component, the mini band (or booty band) will build up your strength and tone your muscles, while the HIIT aspect of your workout will stretch your endurance al the way to its limit. The best part of this kind of routine is that it's adaptable to your workout needs in the moment, whether you want to place the band around your legs to maximise your squats and lunges, or use it to tone your back, arms, or abs instead. Paired with HIIT, which stands for high intensity interval training, your body's conditioning will continue to outperform itself, as you alternate between intense anaerobic exercise with recovery periods and use the mini bands for extra strength. Ahead, find twenty mini resistance band HIIT workouts you can add to your weekly exercise rotation.
Sam Smith, Cutest Human, Shares Their Dewy Skin-Care Routine in a Delightful Video
It's official: Sam Smith has sealed their status as the cutest human on the face of the planet. The singer-songwriter recently spilled their entire beauty routine in an at-home video for Vogue, and all 16 minutes are a sheer delight to watch. Smith began by splashing cold water on their face, a tip their dad and, randomly enough, Pharrell Williams, gave them back in the day. Before moving on to share their favourite makeup products, Smith reminisced on their relationship with makeup, from the moment they came out at age 10 to the present. Keep reading ahead to shop each of Smith's favourite skin-care and makeup products, and watch their entire video above to hear their helpful beauty tips.
This Low-Impact Workout Set to Ariana Grande's "Positions" Is All About the Legs
We can always count on Ariana Grande to come out with a good-vibes-only hit and brighten our day, and that's what she did with "Positions." We also always look for new songs to break a sweat to, and this one makes the cut. Maddie Lymburner, the fitness YouTuber otherwise known as MadFit, choreographed a quick workout to "Positions" that's full of squats, lunges, knee drives, and fun dance moves (cue the hip rocks and body rolls). There's a lot of repetition here, so it's easy to follow, and the low-impact nature of the routine makes it doable for all fitness levels. Take a look at the workout above, and check out more of Lymburner's videos like this 2000s dance cardio and this session inspired by Taylor Swift.
What's This? Madelaine Petsch Challenged Herself to a Spooky Skeleton Makeup Tutorial
Some Halloween makeup looks are meant to be glam, while other makeup looks are meant to make you jump anytime you look at yourself in the mirror. To test her own spooky beauty skills, Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch challenged herself by following a Halloween makeup tutorial by Beautification by Marta, and the final look — while not exactly accurate — was still super bone-chilling. Petsch only followed the audio of the video and had no idea what the finished look was supposed to be. Still, we definitely think her skeleton look was pretty bone-chilling. See Petsch's full skeleton makeup video above, and read up on how to give yourself a Halloween makeover here.
Sabrina Star Lachlan Watson Gets Cosy With Alexander McQueen's New Autumn It Bag
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Lachlan Watson was one of our favourite stars to see at Spring 2020 fashion week, because their genuine love for style is so contagious. Recently, they showed their love for Alexander McQueen by posing with the brand's new autumn It bag, the Tall Story. And Watson isn't the only celeb who is loving McQueen's new Story bag, Lady Gaga and Blonde actor Ana de Armas are also keeping the purse close by. The Tall Story is Alexander McQueen's newest addition to the Story family of handbags for Autumn/Winter 2020, joining the house's three other bag styles — the Story Book, Story Bag, and Story Shoulder Bag. Ahead, check out where to buy Alexander McQueen's Tall Story, and a few stars who love the bag.
Set Your Alarms — Dua Lipa Is Giving an Online Performance Next Month
The Queen of pop Dua Lipa has just announced an exclusive online performance, dubbed Studio 2054. It's clear that the show is set to be a big one. The show is set to take place on 27 Nov. 2020, with tickets for the extravaganza going live this Friday at 8 a.m. on Dua Lipa's website and the option to sign up for early access. In anticipation of the show, the singer shared a teaser on Twitter and Instagram and even hosted an Instagram live with actual Sir Elton John. We can't believe it either — check it out ahead.
10 Chilling Thriller and Mystery Books Coming This November
October may be high season for mysteries, but thriller fans know mystery books are great all year-round. In fact, November is full of gripping new thriller and mystery reads. This month's selection includes an old-fashioned whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie, twisty domestic dramas, and a noir debut that might just be an instant classic. No matter what kind of thriller you're in the mood for, one of these new releases is sure to satisfy your craving for a dark and engrossing tale. And once you've blazed through November's thriller and mystery releases, don't forget to check out October's list for even more suspenseful reads.
I Tried This Sugar-Free Simple Syrup, and It's Now a Staple in My Coffee and Cocktails
), and when Swoon Zero Sugar Simple Syrup ($12) came across my desk, I couldn't wait to try it. Simple syrup may seem like a pretty niche product, but my husband and I always have a homemade batch of it in our fridge. The problem is one ounce of regular simple syrup is 70 calories and 17 grams of sugar. You can use Swoon just like simple syrup, and substitute it in the same ratio in recipes. To me, it tastes just like regular simple syrup and I don't notice a weird aftertaste like some sugar-free sweeteners have.
Please Follow This Grandpa's Twitter For the Most Wholesome Gardening Content Imaginable
To date, he's grown 3-foot-long carrots, a 2-foot-long cucumber, and a 152-pound pumpkin that could basically double as Cinderella's carriage. What Gerald and Liz don't eat fresh, transform into a chutney or jam, or toss in their new dehydrator, they donate to local nursing homes in need. Looking to connect with fellow fans of gardening, Gerald joined Twitter last February, and since then, the grandfather has amassed more than 170,000 followers who flock to his page for glimpses at what he lovingly refers to as his "big veg." If you need to add some especially wholesome content to your newsfeed, be sure to keep up with Gerald on his Twitter account and equally as heartwarming personal website. Get a preview into his one-of-a-kind Twitter aesthetic by browsing some of my personal favorite tweets ahead.
These Beauty Care Package Ideas Will Help You Feel Close to Friends, Even From Afar
Not only will sending a beauty care package to your friends put a smile on their faces, but it can be fun for you to put together, too. The best part about sending a handmade care package is that it shows the recipient just how well you know them. For the friend who never misses their skin-care routine, get them a refill on a few of their favorite products. The key to putting together an impressive and thoughtful beauty care package is including items that A) you know they'll use and B) reflect their personality and interests. Ahead, find beauty care package gift ideas for every type of beauty person in your life that you can customize and personalize this holiday season.
Every Celebrity Cameo in Sarah Cooper's Netflix Special, Everything's Fine
Everything's fine. Well, at least that's the title of Sarah Cooper's new Netflix special anyway, recalling the infamous wall quote from The Good Place. Directed by Russian Doll's Natasha Lyonne, the political comedy special finds a sweet spot of dark humor in 2020's trying times, with plenty of Cooper's signature presidential TikTok lip-syncing. Much like many a Saturday Night Live sketch cold open, the show is full of cheeky cameos from your favorite celebs. Read ahead to see who pops up and what fun role they play in Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine, from Winona Ryder as Lacey Groin to Megan Thee Stallion as herself!
This is Why We Need to Celebrate Latina Equal Pay Day
To raise awareness of this unjust fact, Oct. 29 will mark Latina Equal Pay Day, which is the day when Latina pay catches up to that of white, non-Hispanic men from the previous year. Particularly during this pandemic, when jobs have been lost and futures are uncertain, drawing attention to Latina Equal Pay Day is vital if we want change to happen. "Not only do we need to celebrate Latina Equal Pay Day, we need to honor it! "Organizing is our greatest power — we're calling on everyone to join us in the fight for equal pay. It is for the good of all Latina workers, our economy, and all workers."
Grant Me the Grace of Lizzo Casting Her Mail-In Ballot in a Star-Spangled Bralette
After months of urging her fans to vote in the 2020 election, Lizzo cast her mail-in ballot, and she made sure to do it in patriotic style. In a video shared to her Instagram account on Oct. 28, she showed up to her local ballot box in a glittery, star-spangled bralette inspired by the American flag and a pair of white denim shorts. Lizzo paired the look with glittery Jimmy Choo x Timberland boots, layered necklaces, a reflective silver face mask, and a glossy red clutch to hold her ballot before sliding it into the ballot box. I believe this is the beginning of making voting ACCESSIBLE and FAIR so that this country reflects its people. Take a closer look at her outfit ahead, and find out more about how to safely cast your vote this election season.
Yes, The Bachelorette's Dale Moss Was a Party City Model, and of Course, We Have Photos
Well, I think we all found Dale Moss's wince-worthy gig! The former NFL player may be finding fame as the stealer of Clare Crawley's heart on this season of The Bachelorette, but now he's definitely reached infamy for being a Halloween costume model for Party City. On Oct. 22, a Bachelorette fan spotted the Wilhelmina International model sporting three costumes on the website, noting that if anyone thought he looked familiar, it's because of a previous side hustle. Fans also found the 32-year-old South Dakota native on a bag of photo props holding up a sign that reads "Hubby." When a Bachelor Instagram fan account posted the Party City pics online, Dale told his fans that it could be worse, saying, "Love it!
Bake a Batch of These Low-Carb Almond-Butter Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Cookies
If you love the perfectly spiced taste of pumpkin pie, grab a can of pumpkin and bake these cookies! Soft, chewy, and under 100 calories, they're bursting with that fall flavor you crave but much healthier. These seven-ingredient cookies are grain-free, so they're low in carbs and low in sugar, but they offer a decent amount of protein — three grams per cookie! Another bonus? Since this recipe is vegan, you can go ahead and lick the bowl clean!
How to Choose a Weighted Blanket That's Equally Effective and Comfortable
Enter: the weighted blanket! Your weighted blanket should be about 10 percent of your body weight. When I used a weighted blanket that was technically the right weight for me, I started feeling claustrophobic, like I was trapped. If you struggle to roll over under your weighted blanket or start to feel like it's too heavy, it's OK to go lighter — it just might not offer quite the same benefits. ADVERTISEMENTChoosing a weighted blanket is a very personal decision.
We Spoke to 2 Doctors Who Both Advised Against Visiting Santa This Year
One of the most fun parts of the holiday season for children is visiting Santa Claus. We spoke with two doctors who are experts in pediatrics and epidemiology about what they suggest families do this holiday season. Unfortunately, the traditional Santa sitting in the corner of a store or mall fits many of these high-risk criteria." ADVERTISEMENTIf I've Chosen to Take My Kids to Visit Santa, What Are Best Practices? What Are Safe Alternatives to Visiting Santa?
We're Just a Little Bit Obsessed With Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire's IRL Friendship
Alexis Rose and Stevie Budd may not have much in common on Schitt's Creek, but IRL, the actresses who play them couldn't be closer. For five years and six seasons, Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire spent endless hours together on set, and judging from all their cute pics together on social media, the two have forged a bond for life. It's a beautiful friendship that almost never happened because — as Annie revealed to Vulture during an April 2018 interview — she originally auditioned to play Stevie but knew she could never pull off the role once she saw Emily perform. "I don't want to live in a world where Emily doesn't play Stevie!" And we don't want to live in a world where these two aren't besties.
Here's What the "Fittest Woman on Earth" Eats in a Day (Spoiler: It's a LOT of Carbs!)
In this video she shows us exactly what she eats in a day, and includes the macros for each meal that she calculates using My Fitness Pal. She said she understands that it seems like a lot of carbs for one meal, but that's because she'll be exerting a lot of energy during her training. Toomey also fuels up during her workout, because she's often at the gym for four to six hours. Within 30 to 60 minutes after her training, she has a shake with protein and carbs to help with her recovery, made with a scoop of 1st Phorm Loop D Fruit protein powder. She hopes sharing what she eats in a day leading up to a competition will be helpful to others.
Try This Top Fitness Instructor's Tips For Easing Back Into Workouts After a Hiatus
In fact, you could say I was one of those people who fully embraced the at-home gym lifestyle. But as much as I thrived with my running challenges, online workout classes, and experimental workouts, even I needed a break. Naturally, I encourage and support rest days, but for me this turned into a rest week. I took so much time off that I found myself a little nervous to rejoin my favorite online workout class. Think of the big pictureBe sure to focus on total work time rather than pace if you're focusing on a cardio workout, explained Samuela.
Kelsea Ballerini Dressed as Elle Woods For Halloween, and Reese Witherspoon Is a Big Fan
It's hard to imagine anyone besides Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, but we have to admit, Kelsea Ballerini makes a pretty good sorority-girl-turned-lawyer. Just a few days before Halloween, on Oct. 28, the country singer revealed her costume on TikTok, where she re-created the iconic Legally Blonde scene where Elle introduces the "bend and snap." Kelsea put her own spin on Elle's style, wearing a printed pink suit set, sparkly double-heart earrings, and white pumps. The adorable TikTok video, which she shared on both her Instagram and Twitter, caught the attention of Reese herself, who totally approved. Ahead, get a closer look at Kelsea's full ensemble and spot-on impression.
Alicia Silverstone Gave Bebe Rexha the Ultimate Clueless Quiz, and OMG, I'm Totally Buggin'
Alicia Silverstone will always be our real-life Cher Horowitz, but we might've found someone who knows Clueless better than she does — Bebe Rexha! The "Baby, I'm Jealous" singer recently sat down with Silverstone for Billboard's "Quizzed" segment to test her knowledge of the movie's plaid-clad Beverly Hills blonde. The clip starts out with Silverstone asking Rexha a series of "true or false" questions, which she aces with almost no hesitation. Eventually, the tables turn and Rexha puts Silverstone in the hot seat. Watch the video above to see Silverstone try to stump Rexha in a nostalgic return to Clueless's best moments.
I'm Only Wearing Loungewear, and You Can't Stop Me — Here Are My Favorites
When it comes to comfortable clothing, you're going to have a challenging time trying to talk me out of wearing my cozy lounge pants. Sure, I have soft jeans and tons of stretchy workout tights, but nothing beats wearing flattering loungewear. I have pants with elastic waistbands and waist ties, some with prints, and even some with fun details like tassels and cargo pockets. So if you, too, are living for loungewear and looking to add to your at-home game, you've definitely come to the right person. I'm always hunting for new pieces I can add to my rotation, and right now, these styles are at the top of my list.
Meditation Could Help Support Your Gut Health — Here's What You Need to Know
Meditation Could Help Support Your Gut Health — Here's What You Need to KnowWhen my stress levels peak, that frazzled feeling of anxiety tends to come along with physical side effects. Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino, DO, Senior Physician at Parsley Health, gave me more insight into why stress relief, like meditation, is commonly discussed with digestive health. The gut-brain axis is basically the complex, bi-directional pathway between the brain and the GI tract," Dr. Tolentino says. "Our gut also has its nervous system, the enteric nervous system, that can communicate with the brain and regulates certain digestive processes and functions." The second way to utilize mindfulness for your digestive health is by practicing mindful eating, Dr. Tolentino says.
When I Have No Time to Cook, I Turn to These 5 Plant-Based Lunches
I've been fighting off quarantine cooking fatigue for a few weeks now. Preparing dinner doesn't bother me quite as much (I can save a lot of money by whipping it up myself), but making healthy and plant-based lunches from scratch while working from home can sometimes feel like a chore — especially if I don't have a ton of time. I've figured out some ways to give myself more of a break on my lunch break, though. On top of meal prepping the night before, I'm rotating in these quick and easy plant-based lunches ahead. From veggie-crush flatbreads to pumpkin soup, keep reading to check out my favorites.
How Casting Your Ballot in the 2020 Election Could Help End Voter Suppression
Although plenty of people stayed home voluntarily due to apathy, lack of enthusiasm, or not feeling educated about the issues, voter suppression also played a significant role. It's impossible to say whether or not voter suppression influenced the outcome of the 2016 election, but it's worth noting that most nonvoters were young, nonwhite, and less affluent — and they skewed Democratic. What Is Voter Suppression? Although voter suppression has the potential to affect everyone, "the target of voter suppression by bad actors, both foreign and domestic, tend to be Black voters, young voters, and the elderly," Ufot said. "The only tactic they have left is voter suppression."
Anne Hathaway's Response to Having More Kids: "I Didn't Mean to Blink My Thoughts Out"
"Sorry, I didn't mean to blink my thoughts out," she said. like some minutes I'm like, 'Yes, absolutely,' and some minutes the world scares me too much. It's a slim window and it's a closing window but it still feels like we have that opportunity, that we can give them a better future than the worst, worst, worst prognosis, but, you know, it's now. "Some minutes I'm like, 'Yes, absolutely,' and some minutes the world scares me too much." "We went with it, and I was like, 'Yes, yes.
Barack Obama Reminds Voters That "We Have Control" in The Shop Teaser With LeBron James
Image Source: Getty / Lisa O'Connor / Streeter LeckaLeBron James and Barack Obama are teaming up for a special episode of HBO's The Shop: Uninterrupted. In a teaser shared on Oct. 28, LeBron spoke about his mother, Gloria, sending him a video of her rocking an "I Voted" sticker after hitting the polls. "You tell her Barack and Michelle give her much love and respect for that." ET and will be available to stream on HBO Max. And if you don't have HBO Max, don't worry — non-subscribers will be able to stream the special for free on YouTube and HBO's website from Oct. 31 to Nov. 28.
Celebrities Are Getting Into the Halloween Spirit With Some Scary-Good Costumes
Everyone knows Halloween is all about the creative costumes, and our favorite celebrities are giving us plenty of inspiration this year. Ahead of the spooky holiday on Oct. 31, some of your favorite stars have been giving glimpses of their looks. While Glenn Close channeled her iconic character, Cruella De Vil, from the 1996 live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians, Dancing With the Stars went full force for their Halloween special as everyone dressed up as iconic movie villains. And, we're still not over Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten's Chucky costumes. See what other stars are getting in the Halloween spirit ahead, then look back at some of the best celebrity couples costumes over the years.
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry Serenade Fans With a Catchy Voting Song: "For Daisy Dove"
Image Source: Getty / Phillip FaraoneOrlando Bloom and Katy Perry created a different kind of voting PSA to motivate Americans in the 2020 election. On Wednesday, the couple posted a song — to the tune of "Rise and Shine" — encouraging fans to vote in person, rather than relying on a mail-in ballot. Orlando captioned the video of himself and Katy with coffee mugs in hand. As a citizen of the UK, Orlando won't be casting a ballot, but he does have his kids top of mind as he sings their voting tune. This little ditty is gonna be for Daisy Dove," he said, referencing their 2-month-old daughter.
The Craft: Legacy's Lovie Simone Talks Modern Witchcraft, Finding Your Power, and a Tabby Spinoff
It probably also helps that Zoe Lister-Jones helmed the sequel rather than an all-male creative team like the first. Unlike the coven of The Craft, Tabby (Simone), Lily (Cailee Spaeny), Lourdes (Zoey Luna), and Frankie (Gideon Adlon) already know they're important and that "your difference is your power." "[Legacy] reinforced what I knew witchcraft to be," Simone explained. If The Powers That Be are reading this, that is more than enough material for a spinoff focusing on Tabby and her witchy ways! Given her previous work, she's developed a craft for being able to slip out of herself and react authentically as the character.
It's Official — Netflix's The Baby-Sitters Club Has Been Renewed For Season 2
The Baby-Sitters Club reboot hit Netflix on July 3, and we're already ready for more. In case you weren't aware, by the time The Baby-Sitters Club ceased publication in 2000, there were 213 books in the series. Grace is a huge lover of dogs, so she wished that Kristy's first-ever Baby-Sitters Club job as a dog-sitter had made it into the first season. But who knows, perhaps the Baby-Sitters Club can expand to include more dogs in the reboot? If Netflix needs a bit more inspiration, we've already made a list of the best Baby-Sitters Club books of all time.
Bad Bunny Is Making His Mark on the Music Industry, and He's Doing It With Love
Bad Bunny (née Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio) has quickly become one of the biggest Latinx superstars of our time. But at the end of the day, all of those achievements are just added bonuses for Bad Bunny whose goal is simply to continue doing what he loves. When I asked Bad Bunny what motivates him to continue raising his voice and spreading awareness, he said love is his motivation. But Bad Bunny isn't just talking the talk — he's walking the walk by making a conscious effort to work with more women in the music industry. Though he didn't reveal the exact projects he has in store for us, Bad Bunny did say he's been collaborating with women from various facets of life.
This entrepreneur is competing with DoorDash — by delivering only from Black-owned restaurants
He’s the founder of Black and Mobile, the self-proclaimed first Black-owned food delivery service in the country to exclusively deliver for Black-owned restaurants. Alongside widespread calls for criminal justice reform, people began encouraging others to support Black-owned businesses to help Black communities achieve economic justice. It was very hard because I didn’t have any other major Black-owned businesses like mine to turn to for advice. A lot of people didn’t know about the Black-owned businesses that we post up and promote. I didn’t like how, once he was murdered, other companies and people wanted to support Black businesses and Black people like things like this weren’t happening to us long before George Floyd.
It sure looks like Trump’s national security adviser is campaigning for him in swing states
Just a week before the election, Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien is visiting key swing states in what appears to be a naked attempt to boost his boss’s reelection chances — a move some say is consistent with a broader administration campaign. National Security Council spokesperson John Ullyot told me that during his travels in these states, O’Brien “held important meetings” crucial to understanding industry’s role in keeping America safe. “The important work of protecting our national security continues regardless of domestic political events,” he said. The staffer said there’s no indication Trump ordered O’Brien to those states, but suggested the national security adviser knows he’s on a shortlist for defense secretary in the president’s second term. While that in itself is not unusual for a national security adviser to do, O’Brien comments veered into the political.
Biden has a big lead in the polls, but can we trust them?
Common sense says a 5 percentage point lead is better than a 2-point lead and a lead in October is better than a lead in July. It says Biden has an 8.6-point national polling lead, which is a bit bigger than Clinton’s lead was at the height of her 2016 convention bump. National polling in 2018 was accurate, but national polling was accurate in 2016 as well. The good news for Biden is his national polling lead really is a lot bigger than that. Biden’s national lead is currently simply too big to be plausibly overcome by state-specific polling error or Electoral College bias.
“I am humbled by what we’ve been able to create”: Small business owners on when they knew they’d made it
Maria and Jason Darling, owners, Cute Nail Studio; Austin, TexasJason: I’ve been doing my nails since I was 20 — I’m 42 now. Once it started going, once the rainbow hit the outside of the building, I was like, this is going to happen, and it’s going to be cool. Camille Hay, owner, Romy Studio; Washington, DCI started in early 2019, so it’s still fairly new to me, having a small business. I want to create a space that, when people come into the space, they feel like, ‘I’m so happy to be here. Every time I open that door, I am humbled, even today, by what we’ve been able to create.
Brands are scrambling to sell you stuff before the election
“During the election in 2016, we assumed there would be a couple of days where we would go dark on media,” she recalls. In the past two presidential cycles, consumer spending dropped 6 percent year over year during the week of the election, according to Epsilon’s Abacus database. However, for other brands, this preparation has as much to do with the messaging they’ll put out. With the election, she says, brands have to be prepared to shift their messaging and timing based on the outcome. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone understand this presidential election: Contribute today from as little as $3.
Daylight saving time 2020 ends Sunday: 8 things to know about “spring forward, fall back”
The first thing to know: Yes, it ends in the fall, just as the decrease in daylight hours is becoming noticeable. The idea is that in the summer months, we shift the number of daylight hours we get into the evening. Hence “saving” daylight hours for the most productive time of the day. 2) Isn’t it “daylight savings time” not “daylight saving time”? In 2015, Stromberg made the compelling case that the daylight saving time shift into the evening should be extended year-round.
Young Latinx voters could be the ones who finally flip Arizona
Share All sharing options for: Young Latinx voters could be the ones who finally flip ArizonaKassandra Alvarez remembers the anxiety she felt growing up in Arizona. Used to intimidate thousands of immigrants in the state, SB 1070 was a turning point for growing engagement of Latinx voters in Arizona, according to local organizers. Young Latinx voters who were activated by SB 1070, like Alvarez, could be a deciding factor in flipping the state for Democrats. And Latinx voters’ overall share of the state’s electorate has grown from 19.6 percent in 2016 to 24.6 percent in 2020. Multiple voters told Vox that they felt like Biden’s outreach to Latinx voters in the state has been lacking, however.
Exclusive: Biden leads Trump by 12 points in a national UT Dallas poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by more than 10 points in a national poll by researchers at the University of Texas Dallas. The results, which are part of UT Dallas’s Cometrends survey, found Biden with 56 percent support and Trump with 44 percent support. The poll — which included 2,500 respondents — is one of several recent surveys showing Biden ahead of Trump at the national level. Currently, the FiveThirtyEight national polling average has Biden ahead, with 51.8 percent support, and Trump with 42.9 percent support. Biden is peeling off some RepublicansThe UT Dallas survey reveals that Biden appears to be winning over a segment of Republicans.
Why the record low Arctic sea ice this October is so alarming
Historically, during the winter, sea ice has covered a vast swath of the Arctic Ocean, which fills much of the Arctic Circle. Sea ice has hit a record low for OctoberThe overall drop in sea ice is starkly evident in the chart below. 2020 produced frightening signs of the precariousness of Arctic sea ice. The decrease in ice has already affected indigenous people who use the sea ice to hunt for whales and seals. Where a white sea ice surface would have reflected sunlight, the dark water absorbs heat, which further reduces ice growth.
Kim Kardashian’s performative quarantine
pic.twitter.com/p98SN0RDZD — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 27, 2020For Kim, the things that truly matter are simple: dancing with friends, whale watching, riding bikes, kayaking, and watching movies on the beach, which they did during their time on the Tahitian island. Even before Kim Kardashian’s birthday, people have expressed frustration with those in their circle who not only are going on vacations but continue to share photos of them. At this point, the most surprising aspect of Kim Kardashian’s birthday trip is why any of it is surprising at all. Despite the fact that California, where the Kardashians live, has advised against all forms of nonessential travel, this doesn’t actually mean anything. When Kim Kardashian acknowledges how wonderful and blessed her life is, for instance, what should that really mean?
Miles Taylor: Anonymous Trump DHS official who wrote New York Times op-ed comes forward
People from across the political spectrum mocked the revelation that the much-heralded Anonymous was so little-known, suggesting the New York Times overhyped the whole thing. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020What was the “Anonymous” op-ed in the New York Times? Sleuths in the Trump administration, meanwhile, fingered the wrong culprit, incorrectly blaming former Deputy National Security Adviser Victoria Coates. I also didn’t realize the definition of “senior administration official” could be *this* expansive. But does that make him senior enough to be called a “senior administration official”?
How Trump could win the 2020 election and the Electoral College
But that on its own wouldn’t provide Trump enough electoral votes. Experts who picked up on signs that Trump could win in 2016 are generally not seeing the same signs this time around. That would give Biden a decisive win with 357 electoral votes. He also needs to come up with 11 electoral votes from places where Biden’s lead is bigger. (The RealClearPolitics average showed Clinton leading by 2.1 percentage points; Trump won by 0.7 percentage points, so Trump’s margin was underestimated by 2.8.)
The Covid-19 tipping point doctors fear most is getting closer
You can only be in so many rooms.” Here’s what we know about the falling Covid-19 mortality rate — and why it might start rising again soon. This time, they looked at the March to August period and all Covid-19 hospital patients (so not just the sickest patients who wind up in critical care). Here, too, they found the mortality rate among patients declined — 26 percent in March to 8 percent in August. Critical care doctors have long had a playbook for handling ARDS patients in ICU. When she started treating Covid-19 patients in the spring, it felt like practice was changing every few days.
The Supreme Court’s latest decision looks like a win for voting rights. It’s really a threat.
The Supreme Court handed down an odd order Wednesday that appears, at least at first glance, to be a victory for voting rights. In mid-September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a decision allowing many ballots that arrive up to three days after Election Day to be counted. The Pennsylvania Republican Party asked the US Supreme Court to reverse the state Supreme Court’s ruling — a highly unusual request because state supreme courts are supposed to have the final word on how to interpret a state’s law. The state Supreme Court decision holding that these ballots will be counted remains in effect, for now. Because the Court was deadlocked at 4-4, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling stood.
5 fact-checks from the Senate’s hearing on social media
1) Though Republicans say social media companies are broadly censoring conservative speech, the evidence doesn’t support the claim. Many conservative lawmakers, encouraged by President Trump, have long alleged that tech companies are censoring Republicans on social media. In fact, Trump himself has repeatedly stated that, without social media, he wouldn’t be able to “get the word out” to the people. 2) Ted Cruz claimed social media companies are the biggest threat to free speech in the US. And while getting Pichai’s name right is a less important point in the scope of the broader issues at stake around social media, it’s not insignificant, either.
How 4 small businesses have shifted to online sales
You’d be forgiven for thinking that now, maybe more than ever, it’s easy to run a small business. It amounts to an ad for a suite of integrated marketing tools for merchants on Instagram, a platform that I’ve personally come to rely on for my own small business. For the most part, migrating a brick-and-mortar business online is still easier said than done. “The really hard part during Covid was that so many businesses moved online, so I had to decide where the cutoff point was [with wholesale accounts]. These are common practices for online businesses, but again: You need the margins to sustain them.
The Instagram aesthetic that made QAnon mainstream
At first glance, the memes under the hashtag #SaveTheChildren don’t look that different from anything else you’d expect to see on Instagram. After three years of leaving QAnon largely unchecked, Facebook said in August it had removed hundreds of QAnon Facebook Groups and Pages for “discussions of potential violence.” But as that was happening, membership on Facebook Groups and Pages branded as anti-child trafficking grew a stunning 3,000 percent — and inside those groups, users predominantly shared QAnon content. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you haven’t, please consider helping everyone make sense of an increasingly chaotic world: Contribute today from as little as $3.
Georgia’s two super-competitive Senate races, explained
Georgia, a once-solidly Republican state, has not one but two competitive Senate races this year. Then there’s a less conventional — and far more crowded — special election race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. If no candidate clears a threshold of 50 percent, Georgia Senate races go to a federal runoff election, scheduled for January 5, 2021. Perdue is conservative and business-friendly, and a staunch defender of the president in a historically Republican state. The Democratic side has mostly cleared for Warnock, but polls show Republican voters are split between Loeffler and Collins.
Netflix's 'Holidate' is a silly, sexy good time
Late October is certainly premature for Christmas festivities (unless you are a department store), but Netflix's first holiday movie of 2020, Holidate, is evergreen. “Human beings aren’t meant to be alone on holidays,” Jackson says urgently, with big Love Actually “at Christmas you tell the truth” energy. The holidate concept is but the latest installment of our favorite rom-com trope: The fake relationship. But in Holidate, this is just absurd enough to feel a little tongue-in-cheek and make us laugh more than cry. On their inaugural New Year's holidate, Sloane roasts romantic comedies for their predictability, calling them "cockamamie."
Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Respect’ gets pushed back by seven months
In keeping with the volatile times, entertainment studio giant MGM has decided to push back Aretha Franklin’s biopic which stars Jennifer Hudson as the lead, by seven months. The movie, Respect, which happens to be Franklin’s album title, was originally set for January 15 release, will not hit theatres on August 13, 2021. Aretha Franklin has personally chosen Jennifer Hudson to play her role before she passed away at the age of 76 in 2018. Respect, the movie has been written by Thelma and Louise and Nashville creator Callie Khouri. During her lifetime, Franklin won a whopping 17 Grammys, starting with Respect in 1966, Chain of Fools in 1969.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ ‘The White Tiger’ gets its first trailer
If you are an avid reader and the name The White Tiger sounds extremely familiar, it is. Once a shocking event in the book takes place, the characters’ lives further dive deep into themes such as corruption, class and poverty in India. The movie, which stars powerhouse actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas reprising the role of ‘Pinky Madam’ has released its first trailer. It will make you uncomfortable, and most importantly it will entertain you,” Chopra Jonas added. The White Tiger is directed by Ramin Bahrani who is previously responsible for projects like HBO’s Fahrenheit 451, Goodbye Solo and At Any Price.
Coinbase launches crypto debit card in the U.S.
Coinbase's Visa cryptocurrency debit card is coming to the U.S. The card works like any other Visa debit card, and is accepted wherever Visa is accepted. The card allows users to to spend crypto directly from their Coinbase account. There are other minor difference between the U.S. card and the card that's offered in Europe. For example, customers in the U.S. can sign up for and manage their card directly in the Coinbase app (elsewhere, Coinbase has a separate app for managing the card), and they can spend any cryptocurrency they hold on Coinbase (in other regions you are limited to a smaller list of coins).
Facebook shares specifics on how many QAnon accounts it banned
In an update to a blog post discussing Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, the company shared how many QAnon pages, groups, and accounts it removed from both Facebook and Instagram. According to Facebook, the company has removed 1,700 Pages, 5,600 Groups and around 18,700 Instagram accounts “representing QAnon” since August, when it first began rolling out policies pertaining to QAnon content. Facebook explained that while the QAnon Instagram accounts were larger in numbers than Facebook Groups related to the conspiracy, the Groups had many more followers than the Instagram accounts. As part of its policies, the company removed around 2,400 Pages, 14,200 Groups, and about 1,300 Instagram accounts those militarized movements ran. An internal Facebook study that leaked over the summer found that more than three million of the platform's users had joined QAnon-related Facebook Groups.
Sindh Police launches its online TV channel to create law and order awareness
Sindh Police Security Division has introduced a web TV channel of their own to create awareness among the public about law and order in the city. The web TV has been launched on the directives of the Division Chief, Maqsood Ahmed Memon. Memon believes that the video content from their channel will be instrumental in strengthening coordination between the public and the police. He added that the police from the channel will also broadcast and highlight their good work and integrated units of the Security Division and show public service messages. The web channel is expected to play a vital role in reducing the communication gap between the police and the citizens of Sindh.
On Nicole Kidman's fabulous coats in HBO's 'The Undoing'
Coats are a big deal in New York, more so than in many other places in the country. Grace is a character squarely in Nicole Kidman’s HBO miniseries niche: a rich white lady whose husband is up to some bullshit. Later in the first episode of The Undoing, Grace and her husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant, wow) attend a fundraiser for their son’s private school with the dress code "fancy glam." Image: hboThis year is a sad one for the New York coat. You might be a tense thriller about 5th Avenue oligarchs and homicide, but the coats are killer, too.
In the 70s Bradford to Rawalpindi bus ticket was £75
There was a time when you could easily travel on a bus service from Bradford to Rawalpindi in the 1970s for just £75. The bus service was called ‘Shaheen Express’ that introduced a holiday package to Pakistan in which a passenger would travel on a 12 day journey from UK to Rawalpindi. Around 40 passengers travelled in one bus with their families and luggage. A video documentary of the splendid nostalgic journey is making social media rounds giving details of how the bus drivers made preparations for the long journey. As per the Getty image documentary, passengers received tents for sleeping at night and tinned food which included chicken curry, meatballs and mincemeat and the bus would have a qualified mechanic, and some folk Pakistani music along the way.
MoITT launches Google CS's First Program to learn coding
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Syed Amim-ul-Haque inaugurated the Google Computer Science (CS) First Program to help students learn coding along with other relevant information technology related skills in Islamabad today. It is pertinent to note that Googol CS First Program is a free computer science curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn. CS First is one of many Google initiatives focused on computer science education. Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque inaugurated Google CS First Program to help students learn coding along with other IT skills in #Islamabad on October 28, 2020.#GoogleCSFirst #DigitalEconomy #ICT #Education @GooglePakistan #TelecomFoundation pic.twitter.com/6Fp1P1nDAe — Ministry of IT & Telecom (@MoitOfficial) October 28, 2020MoITT said the program will enable teaching grassroots programme that will equip students with information technology skills and help develop applied coding techniques. The program aimed to introduce computer science skills and concepts in children between the ages of 9 and 14 so they could be digitally equipped with IT skills to lead the next generation of technological pioneers and developers.
WHO to hold emergency meeting on COVID-19 today as countries including Pakistan face the second wave
The World Health Organization's (WHO) to hold emergency meeting today pertaining to COVID-19 second wave. The Emergency committee states:"The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding COVID-19, will be held on 29 October. The EC will issue a statement following this, with recommendations to WHO and the Member States,"WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Total active cases as of today are 11,695 out of which 908 have tested positive in the last 24 hours. Punjab reports 103,587 and Sindh reports 144,765.
Finally, a sanitation drone – Future Blink
A drone from Texas Medical Center Supply can spray sanitizer and disinfectant from the air. Dubbed SaniDrone, it also has an app for adjustable spray control and a video view.
Lock&Stock app for students launches in Pakistan to keep them off their phones
The mobile app rewards students with a ‘key’ every minute they lock their mobile phones and use those keys to avail discounts on food, leisure, and retail brands. Craig Fernandes, Co-Founder, and CEO of Lock&Stock said, “Digital addiction among students is on the rise with especially 16-18-year-olds spending hundreds of hours glued to their smartphones. Our brand purpose is to improve the lives of students and we aim to fight digital addiction among students from around the world”. The mobile app further allows students to add their friends to a custom leaderboard to compete against each other. The app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and App Store.
SCAD Savannah Film Festival 'Small Town Wisconsin' Review: A Comedy-Drama On The Need For Self-Correction
Small Town Wisconsin is directed by Niels Mueller and written by Jason Naczek. Small Town Wisconsin is like a Bollywood film i.e. I keep saying that Small Town Wisconsin has comedy but it’s not slap-stick in nature. If it wasn’t for his performance, I think every thing about Small Town Wisconsin would have fallen flat on his face. Small Town Wisconsin is one of the best movies of this year.
PlayStation 5 Pre-Orders Are Through The Roof And That Could Be Bad News
Pre-orders were poorly communicated from Sony and from retailer to retailer, which led to a lot of confusion among consumers. PS5 pre-orders also sold out very quickly, leaving a lot of people out in the cold. The fact that pre-orders sold out is obviously good news for Sony, which wants to sell as many consoles as possible. Speaking to Reuters, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said that in the US, the company pre-sold as many PlayStation 5s in 12 hours as it sold PlayStation 4s in that console’s first 12 weeks of availability. That’s certainly nothing to stick your nose up at, and it means demand for the PlayStation 5 is through the roof.
Apple Watch Series 6 Review: The Best Smartwatch Did Get Better, But Only Just
Apple Watch Series 6: Design and Build QualityThe Apple Watch Series 6 looks just like the Apple Watch Series 5 with the same sized curved glass display, curved square watch case, spinning crown button, right side button, same band attachment design, similar heart rate sensor on the back, and same magnetic charging puck. If you've liked the look of Watch Series 5 you'll like the look of the Watch Series 6. Apple Watch Series 6: DisplayTurn on the display of the Apple Watch Series 6 and you may also note the always-on retina display is 2.5 times brighter than the Series 5. Apple has also made changes to how the always-on display works on both the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 6. Apple Watch Series 6: Battery LifeThe more features that come with the Apple Watch, the harder it is to get through an entire day without your Apple Watch battery taking a powder.
Google Nest Audio Review: Fi-nest Smart Speaker At Its Price
Now, the latest one from the Mountain View-based tech giant, the Google Nest Audio, aims to drastically improve the audio experience over its predecessor - Google Home. For instance, I could group the Google Nest Hub, the Mi Smart Home Speaker, and the Google Nest Audio to collectively play audio on all the speakers at once. Google Nest Audio Review: Sound PerformanceAs mentioned earlier, it’s clear that Google placed an emphasis on the sound output of the Nest Audio. Google Nest Audio Review: Microphone PerformanceThe Nest Audio sports 3 microphones and the smart speaker did a pretty good job of picking up my voice. Google Nest Audio Review: Final VerdictThe Google Nest Audio is an upgrade in almost every aspect when compared to its predecessor, the Google Home.
Facebook Shares Specifics On How Many QAnon Accounts It Banned
In an update to a blog post discussing Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, the company shared how many QAnon pages, groups, and accounts it removed from both Facebook and Instagram. According to Facebook, the company has removed 1,700 Pages, 5,600 Groups and around 18,700 Instagram accounts “representing QAnon” since August, when it first began rolling out policies pertaining to QAnon content. Facebook explained that while the QAnon Instagram accounts were larger in numbers than Facebook Groups related to the conspiracy, the Groups had many more followers than the Instagram accounts. As part of its policies, the company removed around 2,400 Pages, 14,200 Groups, and about 1,300 Instagram accounts those militarized movements ran. An internal Facebook study that leaked over the summer found that more than three million of the platform's users had joined QAnon-related Facebook Groups.
‘The Whiter Tiger’ Trailer: Adarsh Gourav Is The Hero Of Priyanka Chopra-Rajkummar Rao’s Film About Class Conflict
After teasing us with first look, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has shared the trailer of the highly-anticipated film The Whiter Tiger. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he steal the show from Chopra and co-actor Rajkummar Rao. Of course, it is coupled with crime and corruption, with a side of an unusual casting of Chopra and Rao. The White Tiger releases in select theaters in December and will premiere on Netflix on January 22, 2021. SEE ALSO: ‘The White Tiger’: Priyanka Chopra Looks Convincing While Rajkummar Rao Means Business In The Film’s First LookCover Image: Netflix/YouTube
Randall's Black Rage Fatigue Is The Realest Thing 'This Is Us' Has Ever Shown
There was a lot that could have gone wrong with the Season 5 premiere of This Is Us. The Season 5 premiere showed what happens when Randall reaches the natural conclusion of his experience: the fuck-’em plateau. Sad things happen, and happen, and happen until sadness is just a part of our lives, running in the background like a forgotten laptop program using up a chunk of our CPU. It’s the sadness that comes with the incomprehensible volume of terrible things that Black people deal with. Sad things happen, and happen, and happen until sadness is just a part of our lives, running in the background like a forgotten laptop program using up a chunk of our CPU.
Harley-Davidson Is Releasing An Electric Bicycle So You Can Say You Ride A Harley
On Nov. 16 Harley-Davidson is revealing its newest bike: an actual bicycle. The Serial 1 is the first electric bicycle in what will be a new product line from the American motorcycle maker. Harley-Davidson introduced its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, last year, but hit production issues (with the battery) quickly. It will be an electric-assist bicycle, meaning when you pedal the electric motor a battery will provide some extra power for your ride. Image: harley-davidson Old-school vibes.
5 Times 'The Office' Stars Fully Broke When Filming The 'Women's Appreciation' Episode
"He is flat out breaking," Kinsey replied. Image: the office / nbc / netflix"I wrote a timecode down between four minutes and 36 seconds and four minutes, 40 seconds. "In the DVD commentary, you said you kept laughing and laughing and laughing. "So I had to sit there, very stoic as Steve as Michael just got to throw these lines at me. Be sure to listen to the full podcast episode for more behind-the-scenes stories about filming "Women's Appreciation."
On Nicole Kidman's Fabulous Coats In HBO's 'The Undoing'
Coats are a big deal in New York, more so than in many other places in the country. Grace is a character squarely in Nicole Kidman’s HBO miniseries niche: a rich white lady whose husband is up to some bullshit. Later in the first episode of The Undoing, Grace and her husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant, wow) attend a fundraiser for their son’s private school with the dress code "fancy glam." Image: hboThis year is a sad one for the New York coat. You might be a tense thriller about 5th Avenue oligarchs and homicide, but the coats are killer, too.
'The Craft: Legacy' Is The Sparkly Savior Your Halloween Deserves
Call the corners, drink of your sisters, slap on a cat-eye, and have at it with the glitter: The Craft: Legacy is here and it’s spectacular. 'The Craft: Legacy' is here and it's spectacular. Keeping with the great tradition of being both totally obsession-worthy and kind of a mess, The Craft: Legacy never takes itself too seriously. Keeping with The Craft's great tradition of being both totally obsession-worthy and kind of a mess, The Craft: Legacy never takes itself too seriously. The Craft: Legacy is now available to stream through Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and more.
‘Two Weeks to Live’ Trailer: Maisie Williams Is Off To Kill Her Father’s Murderer. Again.
I don’t know about you but I can rarely keep my hands off something that has Maisie Williams written over it. Starring in HBO’s limited series Two Weeks to Live, Williams is a newly-minted adult who is almost always seen convincing her mother, played by a remarkable Sian Clifford of Fleabag fame, that she can fend for herself. Also, who doesn’t want to see an armed Maisie Williams discover herself and do choreographed action sequences? Two Weeks to Live will premiere on HBO Max on November 5. SEE ALSO: ‘The Whiter Tiger’ Trailer: Adarsh Gourav Is The Hero Of Priyanka Chopra-Rajkummar Rao’s Film About Class ConflictCover Image: HBO Mas/YouTube
Microsoft Reveals Iranian Hackers Targeted Prominent Conference Attendees
Microsoft recently revealed that Iranian-government-backed hackers pretended to be conference organizers to target over a hundred high-profile conference attendees with spoofed email invitations. As reported by TechCrunch, these hackers who impersonated conference organizers for Munich Security Conference in Germany and the Think 20 Summit in Saudi Arabia belong to a hacking group called Phosphorus (or APT35). Microsoft revealed that the hacking group sent spoofed emails to former government officials, policy experts, and academics. The nationalities of the targeted victims haven’t been revealed by Microsoft and the activity didn’t aim to have any impact on the upcoming U.S. elections. Instead, hackers initiated the attacks for “Intelligence Collection purposes”, said Microsoft customer security and trust chief Tom Burt.
Tiger Shroff To Reunite With Ahmed Khan For ‘Baaghi 4’ After ‘Heropanti 2’
It’s raining sequels for Tiger Shroff and how! And they will do it with the OG makers, under Sajid Nadiadwala’s banner. SEE ALSO: Heropanti 2 First Look: Tiger Shroff, Ahmed Khan Team Up For Another High-Stakes Action FlickOfficial handle of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment took to Instagram to make the announcement with a picture of the trio of the moment and wrote, “NGE Family is pleased to announce that our Tiger Shroff is now a part of 2 action franchises. With Sajid Nadiadwala’s Heropanti2 going on floors, Baaghi4 makes its way soon! SEE ALSO: ‘Unbelievable’: Tiger Shroff’s Debut As A Singer Doesn’t Land Like His MovesCover Image: Tiger Shroff/Instagram
How They Did It Ft. Tejas Goenka
Well, there is an accounting and business management solutions software which is almost like a household name for many small and medium businesses not just in India but all around the world: Tally! Tejas Goenka, Manager Director at Tally Solutions speaks to us about the growth, journey and trends they’ve seen in the many years of operations. What are the trends they’ve seen with the way small and medium businesses have used Tally? What are the challenges they’ve seen businesses facing during the last couple of months? -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Host: Priyanka GanwaniProducer: Priyanka GanwaniEditor: Dhiresh ThakurCreative Lead: Siddharth AlambayanCatch Season 01 of How They Did It if you haven’t already!
Microsoft Actually Made An Xbox Series X Fridge And Here's How You Can Claim It
The Redmond-based company has introduced the Xbox Series X refrigerator. Xbox Series X Fridge giveaway. Follow and retweet with #XSXFridgeSweeps for a chance to win the Xbox Series X Fridge. In fact, you'll never be able to, because Microsoft is giving away the Xbox Series X fridge in a competition. SEE ALSO: Microsoft Xbox Series X, Series S India Prices Announced, Pre-Orders Begin 22nd September
SCAD Savannah Film Festival 'Spell' Review: It's Man Versus Witchcraft In This Jarring Horror Movie
And I have a slight feeling that Spell is going to be added to that part of the list. And in a horror movie with confusing writing, storytelling, cinematography, and editing, if you can elicit such a reaction, that is great, in my honest opinion. They just play their part and in a movie like Spell, that’s more than enough. I sincerely hope that they get to work in a better horror movie in the future and showcase their range. SEE ALSO: SCAD Savannah Film Festival Herself Review - Clare Dunne Shines In This Stirring Movie On MotherhoodCover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India
SCAD Savannah Film Festival 'Herself' Review: Clare Dunne Shines In This Stirring Movie On Motherhood
Herself is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Malcolm Campbell and Clare Dunne. That’s good directing. Clare Dunne, Molly McCann, and Ruby Rose O’Hara form the heart of the movie with an excellent supporting cast around them. Protect Dunne, McCann, and O’Hara at all costs. SEE ALSO: SCAD Savannah Film Festival Small Town Wisconsin Review - A Comedy-Drama On The Need For Self-CorrectionCover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India
Turns Out The Govt Doesn’t Know Who Made Aarogya Setu App And Twitter’s Turned Detective
Remember when the current government said that it doesn’t have the details and data about the migrant workers that died during the still ongoing Coronavirus pandemic? All of it came to the fore, according to a Hindustan Times report, when an RTI query was filed by one Saurav Das. As it turns out that the NIC has no information about who created the the COVID-19 contact tracing app that was made compulsory for air/rail travel among other things. ? pic.twitter.com/MD4QtXXrvC — Rofl Gandhi 2.0? (@RoflGandhi_) October 28, 2020Hey, at least we can all laugh about our collective misery, amirite? via GIPHYSEE ALSO: Biden Trolls Trump On His COVID Failures With A Fake Error PageCover Image: Twitter
Twitter Rolls Out 'Topics' Feature In India To Help Users Follow Their Interests
Twitter, a popular social media platform recently announced a new feature called “Topics” in India that will let users find, follow, and discuss their interests and likes. Users can search for topics by clicking on the icon with three horizontal lines on the Twitter app and then tap on Topics. Users will get to see ‘Suggested Topics' where they can follow the ones that they’re interested in. "The addition of Hindi Topics demonstrates our commitment to diversity of conversations across languages. We are excited to see these vibrant conversations flourish on Twitter in India," states Manish Maheshwari, MD, Twitter India.
'Aashram Chapter 2 - The Dark Side' Trailer: Bobby Deol Is Back And He's Not In The Mood For Sermons
All that said, I am excited because the first season had impressed me a lot and left on a pretty harrowing note. So, the trailer for the second season is quite confusing because it shows Satti, Pammi, and Babita all siding with Baba Nirala. Also, Darshan Kumaar's Ujagar Singh has pretty much gone rogue and he's probably the only person who can take down this heinous nexus. I think one of the many criticisms that Season 1 of Aashram had faced is that it was a lot of build-up to basically nothing. SEE ALSO: Aashram Review - Prakash Jha Show Is 'Raajneeti' On Steroids With Stellar PerformancesCover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India
Thomas Brodie-Sangster from 'The Queen's Gambit' chooses his ultimate chess squad
Thomas Brodie-Sangster plays a chess master in Netflix's new series 'The Queen's Gambit.' From 15 geniuses, we had him choose his ultimate 5-person chess squad. Read our full review of 'The Queen's Gambit' here.
LinkedIn Launches New Tools To Help Find Jobs That Suit A Candidate's Skill
LinkedIn wants to help job seekers and employees alike who were displaced by COVID-19 find new jobs amid the pandemic. The Microsoft-owned social networking site has announced a new service called Career Explorer tool, available worldwide in beta in English starting today. In addition, the platform seeks to prepare job seekers for opportunities in tech-related careers by identifying top digital skills among professionals. Finally, LinkedIn has added new virtual interview preparation tools for in-demand jobs such as project manager and software engineer. SEE ALSO: LinkedIn Cuts 960 Jobs Globally As Recruitment Falls Due To Pandemic
Parliamentary Panel Summons Airtel, Jio, Uber, And Others Over Data Security Issues
A parliamentary panel has recently issued a notice to telecom operators Reliance Jio, Airtel, ride-hailing companies Ola and Uber, as well as Truecaller over concerns related to the issue of data protection and security. SEE ALSO: Reliance Jio Plans To Launch 5G Smartphones For As Low As Rs 2,500As reported by Press Trust Of India (PTI), the joint committee of parliament has been chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi who is examining the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019. And Airtel and Truecaller have been asked to depose on November 6, 2020. The Personal Data Protection Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad last year and it seeks to offer protection of personal data of individuals and establishment of a data protection authority for the same. Speaking of user data, Airtel recently came under scanner after its privacy policy stated that it can collect users' sensitive personal data including sexual orientation, genetic information, and political opinion and can also share the same with third parties.
Here’s how scientists tracked, traced, and destroyed the first 'murder hornet' nest found in the U.S.
Scientists located the nest in Washington state by attaching small tracking devices to the hornets and following them back to their nest. They then removed the nest using a vacuum hose while wearing specialised protective gear. Entomologists warn that the term 'murder hornet' is misleading, implying immediate danger or a threat to people. The insects do not look to attack humans, although the invasive species could pose a threat to Western honey bees.
Best Buy's Black Friday ad is here and the deals have already started
Save up to 50%: Best Buy unveiled its 2020 Black Friday ad on Oct 29. Best Buy, home to some of the best GIFs of Black Friday stampedes past, may actually be considered late to the Black Friday ad scan game this year. Best Buy (now selling kitchen items, too) is still riding the high from its "Prime Day" successes. Beats' best tone down the exaggerated bass that Beats used to be known for but keep the energetic sound. No Instant Pot deals have been officially announced by Best Buy for Black Friday at this time.
Long Lines For Last Day Of On-Demand Voting, Applications For Mail-In Ballots
Credit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comThere were long lines and confusion at three county election offices on Tuesday, the last day on-demand voting was offered and that voters could apply for mail-in or absentee ballots. She said she wasn’t leaving until she spoke with county election staff about casting her ballot. Unlike voting on election day, on-demand voting did allow people in line by the deadline to cast their ballot past 5 p.m. He said people were confusing the on-demand voting with more expansive early voting that other states offer. Credit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comCredit: Tom Sofield/LevittownNow.comThis form requires JavaScript to complete.
Tactile pregnancy test prototype allows blind and partially sighted women to check results privately
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has built a tactile pregnancy test prototype, which allows users to feel their results. The test features nodules that become raised when the result is positive. The prototype is part of RNIB's Design For Everyone campaign, which challenges designers and businesses to put accessibility first.
Samsung Galaxy wireless earbuds are at their lowest price ever
SAVE $40: The Samsung Galaxy True wireless buds are on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for just $89.99 as of Oct. 28 in an early Black Friday deal. The Samsung Galaxy buds are sitting at their lowest price ever in an early Black Friday deal as of Oct. 28. SEE ALSO: These are the wireless earbuds that are truly worth your moneyAirPods aren't the only wireless earbuds on the market, despite the fact that everyone seems to want them. The Samsung Galaxy True wireless buds give you a wireless charging case, quality sounds, and a comfortable fit with three different adjustable eartip and wingtip sizes. Grab the Samsung Galaxy True wireless buds at Amazon or Best Buy for the cheapest we've seen them, just $89.99, before this deal ends.
Why does America have so much voter suppression? — How Did We Get Here?
Voter suppression has been a constant topic in the 2020 election, but its roots go back to the very foundation of the United States. So, how did we get here?
The Questionable Line Items of Illinois’ COVID-19 Spending
Series: Illinois Newsletter Dive Deeper Into Our ReportingProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Last week, we published Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far, a story and look-up tool that examines Illinois’ COVID-19 related spending. Learn More Grenades, Bread and Body Bags: How Illinois Has Spent $1.6 Billion in Response to COVID-19 So Far Fighting — and adapting to — the coronavirus in Illinois has been costly. Dive Deeper Into Our Reporting Our newsletter is written by a ProPublica Illinois reporter every week. The most questionable line items we came across were a series of purchases made by the Illinois State Police.
Jeering sign-wavers. Caravans of honking trucks. Voter intimidation or free speech?
The potential for such violence and claims of voter intimidation led sheriff’s departments in Laredo, Tex., and Pinellas County, Fla., last week to station deputies outside early-voting stations. There also have been reports of law enforcement officers in Miami and Brooklyn displaying or vocalizing their support for Trump outside the polls. It includes the man filmed in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., this week driving circles around a voting station while repeatedly asking, “Where’s Hunter?” through a bullhorn. I spoke to both sides and they were both respectful.”ADADMonica Fell, the event’s organizer, wrote on Facebook after the event that “there was NO voter intimidation. ADThere is no legal recourse against people expressing their views — however noisily — if they are positioned far enough outside of a polling station, Brannon said.
N.Y. Early Voter Rights: Stay On Line, Ask for Accessible Accomodations
Nicholas LaLota is the Republican Commissioner of the Suffolk County Board of Elections. LaLota says voters will typically allow older voters or voters with disabilities to head to the front of the line. “There is no law that allows or requires Boards of Elections to place voters with disabilities at the front of the line," LaLota said. Lotta also says any voter who is on line before closing time has the right to cast a ballot. Nassau County had 60,000 early voters.
Bucks Co. Scrambles To Handle Last-Day Early Voting Crowds
BUCKS COUNTY, PA — Election officials in Bucks County were scrambling Wednesday morning to handle voting requests from crowds of people who showed up Tuesday on the last day of early voting at three county locations. Tuesday was the last day for what's called absentee in-person voting, in which a voter shows up at a county election office, requests an absentee ballot, then fills it out and turns it back in on the spot. Mail-in and absentee voters who requested a ballot may still drop those ballots off at one of three Bucks County drop boxes through Election Day next week. Like other counties in Pennsylvania and around the country, Bucks is handling a record number of early-voting and mail-in ballot requests due to the coronavirus outbreak. In 2020 This year, as many as 200,000 of Bucks County's 470,000 eligible voters are expected to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot — a dramatic increase over previous presidential elections.
WilCo Elections Chief: There Are No Mail-In Drop-Off 'Boxes'
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — Bottom line, and before anything else: There are no "drop boxes" in Texas — let alone Williamson County — at which mail-in ballots can be received. The resident was confused upon hearing this, particularly given a recent gubernatorial order limiting such drop-off sites to one per county — a decree suggesting the existence of such drop-off boxes. Reached by Patch on the telephone, Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis said the woman was not misinformed. Despite numerous media reports describing such drop-off sites as "boxes," Davis said there is no such thing. In limiting drop-off boxes, Abbott cited a need to "strengthen voting safety in Texas."
West Virginians Were Promised an Economic Revival. It Hasn’t Happened Yet.
Continued growth in natural gas production was going to spark an industrial renaissance, bringing construction of a giant collection of spinoff factories. And now, as the COVID-19 crisis worsens in West Virginia and around the country, the state faces a grim reality. “It was quite a shock all across West Virginia,” Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, told a local television station. “The emergence of downstream manufacturing in the Appalachian Basin will support long-term supply growth in West Virginia,” the report said. Still, as coal continues to decline, West Virginia political leaders seem to only try harder to prop up the industry.
How Cops Who Use Force and Even Kill Can Hide Their Names From the Public
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office provided a copy of the use-of-force report to USA TODAY and ProPublica in response to a public records request. Marsy’s Law passed first in California in 2008 and, through a well-funded campaign by the woman’s brother, is the law in 11 other states. (Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)A Brooksville, Fla. man in a mental health crisis required staples in his head after Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy Chris Morito repeatedly hit him in the head with a flashlight. Two members proposed similar versions of Marsy’s Law: Nocco, the Pasco sheriff, and Timothy Cerio, Scott’s former chief legal adviser. Most departments refused to share details about investigations and discipline or even officers’ names.
Election misinformation sent to voters in Mendham, NJ
People in New Jersey can still vote in person, but at limited polling locations and with a provisional ballot. A provisional paper ballot is like a mail-in ballot and ensures that someone only votes once. Trump’s campaign sued New Jersey for its decision to have a mostly mail-in election. Not only does it confuse voters, but it also makes them distrust mail-in voting and maybe even election results. Some towns are also posting election information.
How to Follow a Local Political Race
Likely (Republican or Democrat): These seats are not considered competitive at this point, but they have the potential to become engaged. These seats are not considered competitive at this point, but they have the potential to become engaged. Lean (Republican or Democrat): These are considered competitive races, but one party has an advantage. These are considered competitive races, but one party has an advantage. To look up specific campaign fundraising details by candidate or race type, check out ProPublica’s Election Databot.
This Will Change Your Life
Less than 1 percent of the independent distributors who sell essential oils and related products through the Utah-based multilevel-marketing company Young Living reach that top ranking. Young Living is a $1.5 billion brand, according to its most recent revenue report, and it is notorious for swirling together fact and fiction. More recently, Business Insider reported that some Young Living distributors had been advertising essential oils on social media as potential cures for COVID-19. “I don’t know the percentage of Young Living people who are in this,” she told me. “What I do know is the percentage of the people that I met through Young Living that are into it.
Jenisha Watts Joining The Atlantic as Senior Editor for Projects
As The Atlantic grows capacity and ambition for its largest journalism ventures, the editors announced today that Jenisha Watts has been hired as a senior editor on The Atlantic’s special projects team. Watts will begin with The Atlantic on November 4; she was most recently the culture editor of The Undefeated. “Jenisha is a brilliant editor and a creative thinker with a deep Atlantic sensibility. Special projects have been reimagined and expanded at The Atlantic under the leadership of managing editor Gillian White. Watts will contribute to some of The Atlantic’s most ambitious work in her new role, working alongside special projects editor Ellen Cushing, senior editor for experimental storytelling Yuri Victor, projects assistant editor Faith Hill, and with writers and editors across the newsroom.
The 2020 Election Is the Coronavirus Election
Here’s our guide to not going crazy the week before an election. One question, answered: Is there a safe way to exchange candy this Halloween? Most kids gather treats outdoors, in the company of family members or close friends, and enjoy them at home. Before you decide whether or how to trick-or-treat, you should evaluate local data about transmission and decide if you’re comfortable doing any nonessential activities. If you decide to trick-or-treat, plan with your neighbors to modify the activity for more safety.
Anonymous Failed
Instead, time has proved the opposite: When Trump wanted to do something, there was nothing anyone could do to stop him. The only thing that could deter the president was his own short attention span and lack of managerial competence. Like Kelly, Nielsen tried a bit to restrain Trump, but she was no more successful. Now DHS is led by Chad Wolf, who has proved that no order from Trump can faze him. The family-separation debacle, perhaps the most morally outrageous of the administration, took place in the summer of 2018, and it casts an unflattering light on Taylor’s op-ed.
‘Religious Equality’ Is Transforming American Law
It contends that despite Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination laws, the city itself considers various factors—including religious, economic, and racial considerations—when determining the placement for a child. According to the agency, if Philadelphia provides any exceptions to its general anti-discrimination policy, it must provide exceptions to that rule to religious adoption agencies as well. To not do so, the agency argues, constitutes religious discrimination, which is a violation of religious freedom as guaranteed by the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, he agreed with the plaintiffs that the Commission discriminated against religious cake artists by not applying Colorado’s anti-discrimination policy evenly. But be that as it may, Kennedy, perhaps without quite realizing it, accepted the plaintiffs’ expansive definition of religious discrimination and ran with it.
Why Many White Men Love Trump’s Coronavirus Response
Other wrinkles of our current political moment could further explain why so many Trump supporters approve of the president’s pandemic response. Shana Kushner Gadarian, a political scientist at Syracuse University, pointed out that understanding the failures of Trump’s pandemic response might require intimate knowledge of other countries’ public-health systems—a tall order for the average person. But another prominent scholar of the American right believes Trump support among men, in particular, is rooted in something more psychological. Many white men feel that their gender and race has been vilified, says the sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild. Or as Kurtis told me when I asked him how he felt about Trump getting the coronavirus, “Trump’s willing to accept that risk to win for the American people.
The Science of Changing a Loved One’s Vote
This month, I interviewed more than 20 people who had tried to convince a family member to vote for a particular presidential candidate, or to vote at all, in the 2020 election. Related Stories This Article Won’t Change Your MindThe Art of Navigating a Family Political Discussion, PeacefullyThe Election Is in Danger. In September, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez encouraged her supporters to “use your relationships” and talk with loved ones about voting. For those who seek to change a loved one’s mind, the first step is to figure out who is worth trying to persuade. Experts told me that it isn’t, as a rule, easier or harder to convince someone to vote than it is to convince them to vote a certain way.
Joe Biden’s Jared
Whenever lefties wanted something from the White House, they went to Jared. “Bernstein was always a conduit that progressives had to get into Obamaland,” says Alex Lawson, the director of Social Security Works, who tangled with Team Obama. But the rest of Obama’s economic team were nothing like Bernstein. On a snowy Tuesday in December 2008, Bernstein and the other economic advisers huddled in Chicago to put together a stimulus. When Obama threw out the idea of the government bankrolling a national power grid, Summers reportedly shot it down.
Dwight Schrute Was a Warning
That reason is Dwight Schrute. Dwight, Dunder Mifflin’s best-performing paper salesman and its worst-performing person, is a category error in human form. In an extended scene in The Office’s fifth season, Dwight takes it upon himself to give his colleagues a lesson about fire safety. What viewers know—and what the workers of Dunder Mifflin soon find out—is that the answer is Dwight: Dwight is going on. A prank Jim and Pam play on him leads to Dwight getting a job interview from a competing paper company.
The Everlasting Joy of Terrifying Children
It’s so wonderful.” For a stretch in the 1990s, when Stine’s Fear Street and Goosebumps series had exploded in popularity, the author was writing at least a book a month. They were easily digestible—episodic in a way that captivated readers who’d been raised on comic books and Saturday-morning cartoons. But Stine’s stories are also a throwback to an even earlier age of children’s literature. But the Victorians also reinvented children’s literature, sweeping away the previous century’s didactic spelling books and etiquette guides and replacing them with stories written for the sheer pleasure of reading. Yet by the mid-19th century, fairy tales were all around, and they didn’t force lessons the way earlier children’s literature had.
Melania and Stephanie and Me
), she also presents Melania and Trump as having something I wouldn’t have guessed: affection, and perhaps also respect—two great dealmakers, tipping their hats to each other. Most telling, perhaps, is the advice Melania gives Wolkoff when she says she’s going to confront her husband about all the golf he plays on the weekends. Melania counsels her not to do it: He will golf anyway, and she will only introduce tension into the marriage. It seems that Melania does whatever she wants, Donald does the same, and on the occasions when the planets align and they’re in the same place, Melania makes sure that he is happy to see her. One thing Melania did not want to do was go out on the campaign trail in 2016.
How ‘America First’ Became America Alone
“America First” had, effectively, become America alone. The issue of nuclear weapons even provided a brief moment of understanding with Angela Merkel, we were told. Determining a coordinated response has proven much more challenging.” In the case of China, Trump identified a problem none of his predecessors had confronted. The same is true of Trump and the way his foreign policy has taught the world to think differently about America. James Melville, the former U.S. ambassador to Estonia who served under Trump, told us the president had been “disastrous” in this regard.
Trump Wants To Keep The Suburbs White. Black Women Say That’s Fine By Them.
It’s a fear that has constructed white suburbs as fortresses, built to keep Black people from accessing them, and resource-deprived Black neighborhoods that have become ripe for exploitation. In the aftermath of World War II, the federal government created white suburbs and by extension the white middle-class through housing policies that underwrote the development of all-white suburbs. The real problem, as they see it, is not a Black exodus to the suburbs; it’s the gentrification of Black neighborhoods in the city. What Jackson wants is the government to invest in Black homeowners and neighborhoods, like they did for white families and the suburbs. In the Twin Cities area, 75% of white families own their homes compared to just 25% of Black families.
Land Managers Can’t Burn the West Fast Enough
Federal land agencies are growing more and more suppression-focused, while prescribed-fire initiatives continue to take the back burner on federal lands. Tribes have been taking greater authority over their land management and reintegrating the cultural burning practices that they historically performed. Photos: Dozens of wildfires burn across CaliforniaFire managers might have been able to reverse this trend back in the 1980s and ’90s—if they’d been given appropriate funding, policy changes, and resources for aggressive prescribed-burning programs. I don’t think we’re setting the terms anymore.”Some fire managers have taken a more radical approach to forest management: using wildfires to help meet fire-management objectives. The rest are suppressed in the so-called initial-attack stage or eventually burn themselves out and are, by and large, uneventful.
Supreme Court Leaves Pennsylvania Ballot Deadline For Now
WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by Pennsylvania Republicans to rush a decision by Election Day on their latest challenge to the state’s extended absentee ballot deadline. Wednesday’s order, which newly sworn-in Justice Amy Coney Barrett didn’t participate in, leaves in place a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that means the state will accept absentee ballots that arrive by mail by Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. But the case remains pending before the US Supreme Court. 3 ballots altogether, since the court created a situation in which Pennsylvania voters are relying on the Nov. 6 deadline in a previous order. He continued farther down: “[T]he question presented by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision calls out for review by this Court — as both the State Republican and Democratic Parties agreed when the former applied for a stay.
Republican States Tried To Stop Facebook’s Effort To Register Voters
What he didn’t mention, however, was the resistance the voting information campaign faced from Republican-led secretaries of state. In their letter, the six Republican secretaries of state said some of the information Facebook planned to use in its Voter Information Center was incorrect. Facebook moved forward with the voting information center, leading the six secretaries of state to send their letter in early September. As of Tuesday, Facebook’s voter information center was still operational for addresses in West Virginia, according to a test by BuzzFeed News. “This voter information center was supportive of democracy,” Littlewood said.
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Trump Supporters Were Hospitalized After Being Stranded In The Freezing Cold At A Rally In Nebraska
Evan Vucci / APThousands of people, many of whom were older adults, were left stranded for hours Tuesday night in the freezing cold following a Trump rally at an airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, with several being hospitalized. One older adult was reported to be "frozen cold unable to move with an altered mental status." "Is there any place you would rather be than a Trump rally on about a 10-degree evening? It's cold out here, but that's OK," Trump said, mentioning that he had just been in Wisconsin and Michigan, where it had also been cold. Thousands of people left out in the cold and stranded in #Omaha, #Nebraska after a #Trump rally.
The "Anonymous” Figure Who Claimed To Be Resisting The Trump Administration Actually Defended Its Controversial Immigration Policies
“They served as gatekeepers, White House liaisons, executors of policy," one source said of Miles Taylor and his high-ranking DHS colleagues. “They had their hands in virtually every policy that Nielsen looked at,” the former official said. A former administration official said Taylor was heavily involved in negotiations over the program, which has exposed vulnerable immigrants to rape, torture, kidnapping, and other documented violence, according to immigrant advocates. As he and others supposedly worked to secretly undermine the administration, Taylor publicly defended President Donald Trump’s immigration policies that were criticized as xenophobic and politically motivated to appease his base. So, no,” says @MilesTaylorUSA, when asked by @AndersonCooper if he is the author of the op-ed book written by someone called Anonymous.
Border Officials Turned Away Unaccompanied Immigrant Children More Than 13,000 Times Under Trump’s Pandemic Policy
Immigrant children at the Gateway International Bridge, in Matamoros, Mexico, eat a meal provided by the United in Christ Ministry of Los Fresnos, Texas, a group that brings dinner every Thursday in rotation with other volunteers. The Department of Homeland Security has expelled unaccompanied immigrant children from the US border more than 13,000 times since March, when the Trump administration gave the agency unprecedented powers to close off access at the border during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an internal document obtained by BuzzFeed News. Previously, unaccompanied children were sent to government-run shelters as they attempted to pursue their asylum cases. But the Trump administration has argued that the policy is necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the US and has been a key tool for border agents. Critics say the government is using the public health orders as an excuse to violate federal laws that govern the processing of unaccompanied minors at the border.
US Senators Can't Be Bothered To Pronounce The Google CEO's Last Name Correctly
Michael Reynolds / Getty Images Google CEO Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai is a billionaire who has been running Google, a $1.5 trillion company headquartered in Mountain View, California, and its parent company, Alphabet, for the last five years. On Wednesday, a panel of Democrat and Republican senators questioned Pichai, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, about hate speech, election disinformation, and moderating content five days before Election Day in the United States. One of them really stood out: Most of the senators mangled Pichai’s last name (which is pronounced "pih-chai"). It didn’t last, because soon afterward, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, and Sen. Mike Lee reverted to “Pick-Eye.”It's kind of awful how many Senators mispronounce Sundar Pichai's name. Twitter: @mmasnick / Via Twitter: @mmasnick
New York Times Cooking Facebook Group Has Drama Over Politics
The New York Times Cooking Community, a private Facebook group run by the New York Times, has a few rules, one of which is: "There are many places to express your political views; this is not one of them." The post was swiftly deleted, and a New York Times group moderator posted that the man's post "was removed because he shared a political view in support of a candidate in it, and that breaks one of our group rules." Milchtein said it was interesting to see it all go down, considering the group members are typically relatively privileged people who like sharing expensive cookware and fancy ingredients. "When I think of a New York Times reader, I'm thinking of people who are highly educated and have spare time to cook elaborate meals in the evenings," she said. As for the New York Times, the moderators are actually enjoying the political food.
Herman Cain’s Life And Death Were More Complicated Than That
On Father’s Day earlier this year, Melanie Cain Gallo drove to her parents’ house to drop off a gift for her dad, Herman Cain. But Herman Cain never did. “Herman Cain Tweets Coronavirus Not That Deadly — Despite Having Died From It,” one read. I wish more had been done.” The day after Cain’s death, the question came up at a White House press briefing. “I will not politicize Herman Cain’s passing,” said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Spotify Is Defending Alex Jones' Appearance On "The Joe Rogan Experience"
In public, Spotify is staying quiet about an appearance by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday on its flagship podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, despite banning Jones' own podcast last year. But in an internal email sent from a top executive, the company is defending the booking. The email, which did not name Jones directly, also outlined “talking points” that top management should recite if asked about the interview. “In closing, we appreciate that not all of you will agree with every piece of content on our platform,” Gutierrez wrote. Joe Rogan says kids are "getting polio from taking vaccines" after Alex Jones spreads conspiracy that Bill Gates is trafficking vaccines that get 100% of people sick.
Who Is Really In Charge On Portland’s Streets?
US Marshals deputized 56 Portland police officers earlier this year and won’t release them despite official requests. The city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, requested that the federal government “withdraw the designation” and return the officers to fully local control. Nathan Howard / Getty Images Federal officers disperse a crowd during a protest at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility on September 18, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. The state attorney general sought an injunction that would remove the federal officers from the city’s streets, but a federal judge rejected it. Nathan Howard / Getty Images Protesters and police face off on September 26 in Portland, Oregon.
The Supreme Court Rejected Trump’s Efforts To Force North Carolina To Toss Out Ballots That Arrive After Election Day
The US Supreme Court rejected a bid by President Donald Trump’s campaign to narrow the window for absentee voting in North Carolina, voting 5-3 to allow officials to count ballots that arrive by Nov. 12, as long as they are postmarked on Election Day. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the court's three liberal justices to allow the extension to stand. The court’s newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was sworn in this week, did not participate in the decision. As in that case, Gorsuch argued that state legislatures should decide how to run an election, and courts should not be second-guessing those decisions. Many of the decisions coming down about voting rights this close to the election have been decided in a similar fashion.
“Rachael Ray" Crew Members Are Fighting To Keep Their Jobs During The Pandemic
BuzzFeed News spoke with nine crew members who preferred to remain anonymous fearing retribution from the show and the entertainment industry. Then in August, management told crew members that Ray was going to continue filming alone in her own home and no one would be returning to the studio. Despite the change in plans, crew members said they were told they’d be paid through October and executives would reevaluate the situation as the months went on. “It’s terrifying,” one crew member said. Some crew members also said producers won’t return phone calls or emails.
The Electoral College Still Favors White Voters
Smaller values mean the voters of that demographic have less power under the Electoral College. Still, the pattern is clear: White voters disproportionately live in states that have the most impact on the presidential election. The chart below compares the Voter Power Index — for each state and district with electoral votes — to the percentage of registered voters there who identify as white and non-Hispanic. The vertical pink line represents the proportion of registered voters, nationally, who identify as white and non-Hispanic. The dots are sized by the number of registered voters in the state or district.
Science’s English dominance hinders diversity—but the community can work toward change
Science’s English dominance hinders diversity—but the community can work toward changeWhen Valeria Ramírez Castañeda was a biology master’s student at the University of Los Andes in Colombia, the thought of writing her thesis in English gave her a headache. Ramírez Castañeda tried, but after weeks of frustration she gave up. “We’re closing knowledge for a bunch of people,” Ramírez Castañeda says. When proofreading and English editing are needed, existing publishing fees should pay for these services, Ramírez Castañeda says. Because institutions also benefit from published papers, Ramírez Castañeda continues, they should offer translation and proofreading services to their researchers.
Delete offensive language? Change recommendations? Some editors say it’s OK to alter peer reviews
Some editors say it’s OK to alter peer reviewsFiona Fidler, a metaresearcher at the University of Melbourne, was outraged. With colleagues, they’ve now surveyed 322 editors at high-impact journals across ecology, economics, medicine, physics, and psychology on when they think altering peer-review reports is justified. There’s little dispute that editors should intervene when peer-review comments are hostile. Red lines A survey of 322 editors at high-impact journals has found a wide range of attitudes toward altering peer-review reports. She emailed Marcoulides, who replied that the journal computer system sometimes blended and distorted reviewer comments.
India's COVID-19 cases have declined rapidly—but herd immunity is still far away, scientists say
India's COVID-19 cases have declined rapidly—but herd immunity is still far away, scientists sayScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. The encouraging projections come from the National Supermodel Committee, which modeled the past and future of India’s epidemic at the government’s request. (The study also concluded that by flattening the curve, India’s lockdown last spring saved up to 2.6 million lives.) T. Jacob John, Christian Medical CollegeMore detailed data could also shed more light on India’s perplexingly low mortality rates, often touted by the government. A study published this week estimated that long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to 15% of COVID-19 deaths globally.
Controlling monkey brains with light could get easier thanks to open data project
Controlling monkey brains with light could get easier thanks to open data projectWhen neuroscientist Sébastien Tremblay set out to manipulate monkeys’ brains with light, colleagues had sobering advice: “It’s more difficult than it sounds.” Tremblay, who works in neuroscientist Michael Platt’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania, uses light to activate or silence precise groups of neurons and probe their role in brain function. In optogenetics, researchers endow brain cells with a gene for one of several opsins, light-sensitive proteins from microbes. Depending on the opsin, researchers can excite or inhibit neurons by shining light on them, usually via an implanted optical fiber. About half of the experiments in monkey brains looked for changes in neural activity after cells were hit with light; 69% found a strong effect. Scaling up Monkey brains have been harder to manipulate with light than mouse brains, in part because they’re much larger.
The ‘very, very bad look’ of remdesivir, the first FDA-approved COVID-19 drug
The ‘very, very bad look’ of remdesivir, the first FDA-approved COVID-19 drugScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. On 8 October, the company inked an agreement to supply the European Union with its drug remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19—a deal potentially worth more than $1 billion. At best, one large, well-designed study found remdesivir modestly reduced the time to recover from COVID-19 in hospitalized patients with severe illness. The European Union, meanwhile, decided to settle on the remdesivir pricing exactly 1 week before the disappointing Solidarity trial results came out. The drug reduced the median time that severely ill, hospitalized COVID-19 patients took to recover from 15 days to 11 days.
Antibody-producing yeast vanquishes deadly gut infection in mice
C. diff infections occur most often in elderly people who receive antibiotics for an unrelated illness. Although most people given antibiotics targeting C. diff recover, the bacterium returns in one in six cases. Recently, fecal transplants from healthy people have been shown to quell stubborn C. diff infections by replacing the missing beneficial gut microbes. The colon tissue of yeast-treated mice also had less inflammation and none of the tissue damage from C. diff toxins seen in control mice. The researchers then tested their daily yeast treatment in mice that already had a C. diff infection, dosing them for 4 days.
‘Another piece of populist propaganda’: Critics slam the Brazilian government’s new COVID-19 drug
‘Another piece of populist propaganda’: Critics slam the Brazilian government’s new COVID-19 drugScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. On 19 October, the Brazilian government organized a high-profile ceremony to announce what it billed as a new breakthrough in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic: the antiparasitic drug nitazoxanide. “We are announcing something that will begin to change the history of the pandemic,” science minister Marcos Pontes said. Bolsonaro has been a tireless advocate of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, even after large clinical trials showed it didn’t work. “The results of this study do not justify prescription of this drug for treatment of COVID-19,” she says.
The universe teems with weird black holes, gravitational-wave hunters find
The universe teems with weird black holes, gravitational-wave hunters findLess than 5 years ago, physicists rocked the scientific world when they first spotted gravitational waves—fleeting ripples in space and time—set off when two gargantuan black holes billions of light-years away swirled into each other. They also shed light on mysteries such as how such black holes pair up before merging. Now the team has catalogued 37 additional black hole mergers, one likely neutron star merger, and one possible merger of a black hole and neutron star from the first half of its third observing run, from April through September 2019. In particular, if one of the black holes spins in the opposite sense of the orbit, the pair would more likely come from the mingling of black holes that had already formed. Researcher have even been able to probe how the number of black hole mergers may have changed over cosmic time, Fishbach says.
Tayshia Adams Is Just As Stoked For Her Bachelorette Debut As You Are
Now that Tayshia Adams has made her grand entrance on The Bachelorette, she celebrated her debut on Instagram with a nod to her status as Clare's mid-season replacement. one of the contestants can be heard asking just moments before Tayshia's debut. Tayshia wrote on Instagram alongside a winking emoji and a photo of herself posing in a white, feathered corset. Jamie wrote along with a video of Tayshia watching herself appear on TV at the end of last night's episode. Even though it's been months since the news first broke, Tayshia's Instagram post is the first official comment she's made about stepping in as the Bachelorette.
7 Sex Positions For When You're Tired But Horny
While it might be tough to muster the strength to go to yoga, you can definitely have great sex, even when you're out of energy. In fact, sleepy sex can still be great sex, Marla Renee Stewart, MA, a sexologist and relationship coach, tells Bustle, especially since fatigue often takes the pressure off of performing. When you're in a "hazy," half-awake state, she says sex can feel extra intimate, as you'll be focused on the sensations more than anything else. Why It Works: This is a great position to relax into, but you still get to be in control. With the right moves, you can still have some great sex even when you don't feel like swinging from the rafters.
'Death On The Nile' Will Feature Lady Gaga's Tiffany & Co. Diamond
Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile is coming to the big screen, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, and more. Perhaps the most massive endeavor is the re-creation of the iconic 128-carat Tiffany Diamond, which is the center of Gadot’s storyline throughout the film. And, though none is quite as jaw-dropping as that single diamond, Gadot dons a full array of other white and yellow diamond Tiffany & Co. jewelry throughout the showing. And, when it does arrive, Tiffany will be curating a global selection of white and yellow diamond pieces to be sold alongside the film, just in time for the holiday season. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.Getty ImagesWatch the trailer for Death on the Nile below:
How To Buy Bobbi Brown's New Line Jones Road In The UK
Four years ago, Brown stepped away from her brand, and has been working on something extra special ever since. Here's everything you need to know about her new project, including how to buy Bobbi Brown's new line 'Jones Road' in the UK. Jones Road is a brand new makeup brand from Brown, who created the line based on the principle that the world doesn't need more beauty products, but it does need better ones. Brown — who over the years has branched out into the world of wellness — sees her new project as exploring the relationship between health and beauty. Miracle Balm Jones RoadWhile I know this all sounds great, I do have some potentially devastating news for British fans, as Jones Road currently is only being sold in the U.S. market.
Chrissy Teigen's Pregnancy Loss Essay Gets Support From John Legend, Gigi Hadid, & More
Nearly a month after announcing the loss of her pregnancy, Chrissy Teigen opened up about the experience in a moving essay, which she shared on Medium on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Shortly after posting, she was met with support across social media from celebrities, including Khloé Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell, and of course, husband John Legend. Teigen started her essay with gratitude for those who sent sympathetic messages her and Legend's way in the wake of their loss. In her Medium post, Teigen further detailed the health conditions and diagnoses that lead to her eventual pregnancy loss, and opened up about how they said goodbye to their son. Model Emily Ratajkowski, who recently announced her own pregnancy, called Teigen "incredible," while Ellen DeGeneres emphasized the impact of sharing her story.
No, Clare Didn't Make Chris Harrison Eliminate Zach J. On Her Behalf
"There was no coming back from that," Harrison told ET, explaining that Clare had made up her mind about him during that upsetting interaction. "Clare clearly saw Zach was not the man for her, that was not gonna happen. As a result, Harrison explained that he didn't think it would be right to force the pair to endure the evening portion of their date, especially since Clare was already planning to send Zach home. The host and producer then decided to step in and send Zach home on Clare's behalf, in order to avoid upsetting them further. Despite stepping in to send Zach home, Harrison told ET that Clare was fully in control during her time as Bachelorette, and that her decisions were hers alone.
Emma Roberts & Garrett Hedlund's Romance Has Been A Whirlwind Affair
Roberts, 29, has made a name for herself with several big roles throughout her career. The pair were reported to have split in March 2019, which is where Roberts' timeline with Hedlund begins. March 2019The same media reports that announced the end of Roberts and Peters' engagement also reported that the actor had begun dating Hedlund. According to Us Weekly, the two were spotted holding hands while walking around Los Angeles shortly after Peters moved out of Roberts' home. BG020/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty ImagesJune 2020Reports surfaced on June 25 that Roberts and Hedlund were expecting a child together, but neither responded to the speculation.
Adele & Skepta Aren't Actually Dating, Sorry
Singer-songwriter (and now self-proclaimed cat lady) Adele just addressed her love life on social media — well, kind of. Thank you to the most wonderful cast, crew, writers and producers," Adele wrote alongside an image of her on the world-famous stage. "I'm going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am!" While Adele has now confirmed that she and Skepta are not a couple, it's no secret that the two are good friends. In sum, it appears that, for now, Adele is living her best single cat lady life with her son by her side.
Are 'RHOC's Braunwyn & Sean Still Together? They're "Redefining" Their Marriage
Despite sparking divorce rumors in recent months, RHOC star Braunwyn and her husband Sean are still together — sort of. In the second episode of RHOC Season 15, Braunwyn admitted that she and Sean were just "going through the motions" of marriage and hadn't had sex, or even held hands, since she got sober. Since then, the mom of seven has explained in interviews that she and Sean are living in separate homes while they "redefine" their 20-year marriage. Even so, she explained to the magazine that she and Sean are still married and have "every intention" of staying together. He's there," Braunwyn said.
India Oxenberg Feels "Safe Again" After Keith Raniere's 120-Year Prison Sentence
Nearly two years after his arrest, NXIVM leader Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison following convictions on charges of sex trafficking, racketeering, and possession of child pornography. India and Catherine Oxenberg reacted to Raniere's sentence on Tuesday, Oct. 27, telling People that "the world is a safer place with Keith Raniere behind bars." India, a former member of DOS, celebrated all the victims and officials who worked to expose Raniere's actions in a statement. She went on to thank the U.S. District Court and the FBI for their efforts in seeking justice for Raniere's victims. In an interview with Vanity Fair, India spoke about facing Raniere again as she read her victim impact statement.
Khloé Kardashian Describes Her "Crazy" Coronavirus Symptoms In New KUWTK Teaser
Khloé Kardashian revealed that she had COVID-19 earlier this year in a new Keeping Up With the Kardashians teaser, released on Wednesday, Oct. 28. "That really scares me for her, 'cause I can tell that she's now getting scared and that she's really nervous about it." Luckily, Khloé has since recovered, recently joining her family on a private island vacation to celebrate Kim's 40th birthday. Production has also started once again on KUWTK, which will end its 14-year run with its 20th season, set to air in early 2021. According to Kris, Khloé is having the hardest time coming to terms with the show's end.
Yes, Hilary Duff Knows Her Mask Disguise In 'A Cinderella Story' Did Pretty Much Nothing
For decades, fans have lamented Austin's inability to recognize Sam under her flimsy white mask during the masquerade dance scene. The actor also questioned Sam’s decision to wear a wedding dress. "Cinderella did not wear a wedding dress,” Duff said. “That was fully a wedding dress. Wearing a wedding dress to meet your pen pal at a high school dance is admittedly strange, yes, but the extravagant outfit choice does, in fact, make sense plot wise.
Everything We Know About Archer Season 12
FXX renewed Archer for Season 12, with the new episodes slated to premiere in 2021 on FXX, FX, and Hulu, according to Variety. Fans are eager to learn more about Season 12 of Archer, and while many details are still being hammered out, here's what we know so far. 1. Who's In The Archer Season 12 Cast? When Will Archer Season 12 Premiere? What Is The Plot Of Archer Season 12?
How To Boost Your Vitamin D Levels Now It's Getting Darker
But fear not; here's how to get vitamin D during lockdown, when you aren't spending time in the sunshine. It is therefore more important than ever to ensure your vitamin D levels are stable. With that said, here’s everything you need to know about vitamin D.Why Is Vitamin D Important? Vitamin D is a mineral, which helps to regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate in your body. Consider Other Lifestyle ChangesCarson advises taking a look at your wider lifestyle when considering vitamin D levels.
Cody Won ‘Big Brother All-Stars’ After Steamrolling The Whole Season
Fans saw this coming from a mile away, but now it's official: Cody is the winner of Big Brother All-Stars. He won unanimously with all nine jurors, which has only happened one time in Big Brother history. (Dan Gheesling won unanimously in Season 10.) The first time Cody played, he let his Final 2 partner Derrick Levasseur make most of the strategic game moves. That future includes leaving the Big Brother bubble to come back to a pandemic.
7 Podcasts That'll Keep You Up To Speed On The 2020 Election
With the general election taking place in less than a week, now is the time to stock up your knowledge arsenal with podcasts to help you follow the 2020 election. Though we're mere days away from election day, there's still plenty of time for more confusion to arise. Other popular political podcasts from Crooked include Pod Save the World, which focuses on foreign policy, and The Wilderness, which is mentioned below. 2 FiveThirtyEight's 'Politics' FiveThirtyEight's Politics podcast approaches American political elections like the midterms and the 2020 election from the analytical perspective famously championed by FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver. 4 'Political Gabfest' Political Gabfest is a podcast run by Slate, and was voted Favorite Political Podcast by listeners on Apple Podcasts.
Here's Your Horoscope For Today: October 29, 2020
In this Oct. 29 daily horoscope, Bustle's resident astrologer Mecca Woods, founder of My Life Created, shares the astrological events happening today that will affect every zodiac sign. Read below to see what the stars mean for your zodiac sign today, and make sure to check out your October 2020 monthly horoscope. If Your Zodiac Sign Is Aries (March 21-April 19)Margaret Flatley/BustleChill might be in short supply today, which could make you eager to do something drastic. If Your Zodiac Sign Is Gemini (May 21-June 20)Margaret Flatley/BustleA friend or someone in your social circle could push your buttons today. If Your Zodiac Sign Is Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)Margaret Flatley/BustleWhen it comes to your creative gifts, don't doubt yourself.
How To Watch Election Night Coverage With Friends & Family On Zoom
If you’re looking to host a virtual 2020 election party, you’ve got plenty of ways to make sure you can watch the results with your friends and family. Many candidates are holding virtual election night parties rather than having large gatherings as per usual. If you’re looking to host your own virtual watch party, here are some things to you'll want to keep in mind when holding an election party on Zoom. Take BreaksWhether from physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion, everyone’s going to need to take a few breaks throughout election night. Even if the results aren't final Tuesday night, you can still spend your virtual election party keeping each other sane.
What You Can Do To Support Your Local Food Bank
So here's how to support your local food bank. There are alternatives to food banks and the Independent Food Network has also mapped out other food aid services. If you’d like to donate money to help support your local food bank you can access the donation pages on either The Trussell Trust or The Independent Food Network which supports a number of food banks. How to volunteerAnother way to help your local food bank is by offering your time. You can either contact your local food bank once you’ve located it to ask if they’re in need of any help.
'RHOC' Star Gina's Boyfriend Travis Has Been Living With Her For Over 6 Months
She may have confirmed their relationship about a year ago, but RHOC's Gina Kirschenheiter and boyfriend Travis Mullen didn't make their coupling Bravo official until the series' Season 15 premiere. In the episode, fans learned that in the gap between seasons, Gina had met her "forever person," and they were already living together. He's compassionate, he's kind, he's kind of nerdy, but he's also really sexy," Gina said in a confessional, adding that Travis and her ex-husband Matt have "no relationship" but are "respectful" of each other. As for what else there is to know about Travis, his Instagram account is set to private, though he does frequently appear in Gina's social media posts. According to Travis' LinkedIn page, he works in investment banking and is currently a private equity partner at Alpine Creek Capital Partners in Orange County.
Lidl Is Bringing Back Their Melting Chocolate Cottage For Christmas 2020
Lidl is bringing back the dark chocolate and salted caramel cottage that was unveiled last year and if you want to give your yuletide table an elite touch then you need to get your hands on it. With its gold, glittery exterior and soft, chocolatey centre, Lidl’s melting dark chocolate and salted caramel cottage is the ultimate Christmas dessert if you’ve got a sweet tooth. It has a white chocolate snowball, salted caramel, chocolate cookie dough, and decadent white chocolate mousse centre which melts when you pour chocolate sauce down the chimney. The melting dark chocolate and salted caramel cottage is the centrepiece to Lidl’s festive season range in 2020. You’ll also be able to pick up Christmas classics like mince pies, chocolate santas, and Christmas cookies.
RHOC Star Kelly's Husband Rick Has Worked For Fox News For Over 20 Years
After confirming rumors she was "very much in love" at the RHOC Season 14 reunion last year, Kelly Dodd married Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal in an "intimate" Santa Rosa, California, ceremony on Oct. 10. At the time, Kelly had just broken up with Dr. Brian Reagan, accusing the plastic surgeon of "using" her for publicity. Fast forward a couple months, and, Rick proposed to Kelly with a four-carat pear-shaped ring in New York City that November. Now a New York-based senior news correspondent, Rick has worked for Fox News since 1997, reporting from such locations as Paris, Iraq and, more recently, from Puerto Rico during Hurricane Dorian. Rick was also previously married to professional poker player Beth Shak for nine months until their divorce in 2017.
How To Dress Just Like Audrey Hepburn
For Nicole Wilson, a New York City-based vintage fashion blogger, dressing isn't just a matter of going to the closet and picking out something to wear. Wilson created the blog Darling In Dots, which focuses on curated vintage fashion and vintage-inspired lifestyle, with a specific focus on the '60s. "I think I like the 1960's because there's still an element of glamour," Wilson says, "But it's still very wearable today." Her ultimate inspiration, though, is everyone's favorite '60s queen. Audrey Hepburn's character has a classic, glamorous look, but she's a strong female character for the '60s."
How Borat 2 Was Able To Feel So Timely
But when Collider reported that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm wasn't only shot, but that it was also finished and ready for audiences, even the most fervent of fans were surprised. Just when — and how, given the pandemic — did Baron Cohen find the time to put another Borat film together? Borat Subsequent Moviefilm sees Baron Cohen reprise the titular role in order to lampoon America and, more specifically, its government. While there were videos posted on Twitter of the disturbance, nobody was able to identify the disruptor as Baron Cohen. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is very much a current movie.
How To Make Colin The Caterpillar Toffee Apples
Just in time for spooky season M&S have unveiled a recipe for Colin Caterpillar toffee apples. Alongside gingerbread rum punch and beastly bangers, they’ve released a recipe for Colin toffee apples. Empty the toffee sauce into a bowl and roll your apples in until they’re coated thoroughly. Then roll the chocolate apples in the sponge and sprinkle mix and chill for another 15 minutes. If you can’t imagine anything better than a Colin the Caterpillar themed halloween (because what could beat that) you can also pick up Frankencolin cake.
21 Halloween Movies That Aren't Scary at All
There are plenty of Halloween movies that aren't scary at all, meaning those who aren't big on slasher films can still get into the spirit of the year's spookiest season. So many non-scary movies out there are either about Halloween, are associated with Halloween, or feature ghosts, witches, and goblins. So take a look at these 21 Halloween movies that aren't scary at all, and you'll have no trouble falling asleep on October 31. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)Most Peanuts specials are heartwarming, but this one just hits different, especially if you love Halloween. Hocus Pocus (1993)About as iconic as Halloween movies come, Hocus Pocus is the non-scary Halloween movie to watch this year and every year.
These Stories About Trying To Win An Ex Back Will Make You Think Twice
There's no bigger feeling of desperation than trying to figure out how to get your ex back. After a breakup — especially if you're the one who got dumped — it feels like you'll literally die if you don't figure out a way to get your ex back into your life. Needless to say, those overwhelming feelings of panic and sadness can cause you to do some pretty ridiculous things. That being said, just like some breakups are worse than others, some post-breakup bargaining is worse than others, too. Word to the wise: Getting a tattoo on your arm for your ex after they break up with you might not be the move.
What's The Best Opening Line For Dating Apps?
The pickup line: heavily debated by artists, scholars, and poets — or just millennials who are trying to shoot their shot. So, what makes the perfect opening line to send to someone you matched with on an app? In a recent article sharing what to talk about on dating apps, Bustle talked to Veronica Grant, a life and dating coach. Pickup lines feel gross if you're at a bar, and the same goes for online." Everyone has their own style, but when it comes to opening lines, the important thing is to not think too much about it.
The America's Favorite Houseguest Winner On Big Brother *Almost* Redeems The Season
More than a million votes were cast to name Da'Vonne America's Favorite Houseguest during the Big Brother All-Stars season finale. It came down to her and Tyler (who previously won the honor on Season 20), but it was ultimately Day who took home the $25,000 prize. She's played the game three times now and has always been a fan favorite. The way that she used her platform, as well as her fearless game play, is what won her the America's Favorite Houseguest title in the end. It would have been great to see Day win the whole season and become the show's first Black champion.
Everyone's Buying These 3 Fashion Items From 'Emily In Paris'
The latest Netflix sensation to take your laptops and televisions by storm is Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins. But independent of the storyline itself, Emily in Paris fashion seems to be a hit. Fashionista recently reported on numbers generated by shopping platform Lyst, which prove that Emily in Paris outfits are spiking on search. It seems that, no matter your opinion on the show itself, you're at least searching for some of the fashion. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.
What To Do With Your Extra Hour On Halloween This Year
Even if you’re spending the night at home, there are plenty of ways to celebrate that extra hour on Halloween. You can also say a quick prayer for parents who will have an extra hour of sugared-up kids. That’s one more hour to snack on candy, chill at home with your favorite Halloween movies, or sip on one more Halloween drink. To each their own extra Halloween hour! SleeeeeeepIt doesn’t matter what time you end up pouring yourself into bed — you get an extra hour of glorious sleep.
Applications For The Great British Bake Off 2021 Are Already Open
And if you discovered you have a serious talent for baking during lockdown then you may be wondering how to apply for The Great British Bake Off 2021. The Great British Bake Off has its own dedicated website where baking hopefuls can out in their bid to be in the tent, and it's already accepting applications for the twelfth series. Future Nadiya Husseins or Candice Browns must be aged 16 or above on 1st January 2021 to enter. Season 12 of the beloved program will fall between April and August 2021, so it's important for you to clear out your calendar. And it's not out of the realms of possibility that 2021 will have exactly the same set up.
Jamii Founder Khalia Ismain Proves There’s Power In Being A Doer
Today, we hear from Khalia Ismain, the founder of Jamii, a discount card and discovery platform for Black-owned businesses in the UK. The result was Jamii, a discount card and discovery platform for 180 Black-owned businesses across makeup, hair, skincare, clothing, homeware, stationary, and more. Whose applause means the most to you? Their applause means a lot to me. [The brand’s founder] Cherelle has been working on her cards for so long – for about three, going on four, years.
Lilly Singh Shares The Career Advice Trevor Noah Gave Her
Here, late-night host Lilly Singh tells Bustle about the business advice she'd give her younger self, how she recharges, and the honest advice Trevor Noah gave her. "During season two, I’m going to make sure that I remember and that it’s more than me just going through the motions. I’m going to give myself that gift." As Singh transitioned to Hollywood, she tapped Trevor Noah for advice. Cindy Ord/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesBelow, Singh shares her pre-show rituals, how she unwinds, and the advice she refutes.
New IPOC Report Criticises The Met’s Stop & Search Practices
The Independent Office For Police Conduct (IPOC) has released its findings from five investigations it conducted into the stop and search of Black men by Metropolitan Police officers. In their report, the IPOC states that the Met's tactics are "undermining" the legitimacy of stop and search. Writing about the rules around stop and search, the gov.uk website says: "The police can stop and question you at any time – they can search you depending on the situation." The IPOC said officers demonstrated a "lack of understanding" when it came to why their actions were deemed to be discriminatory. “Stop and search is a necessary policing tool, but it must be used in the right circumstances and with care," said Naseem.
20 Punny Halloween Costumes For Couples
", the question of what you and your significant other should be for Halloween has plagued couples for ooky-spooky centuries. Fortunately, with the help of the internet and these punny Halloween costumes for couples, you and your partner don't have to fret. If you need some help, check out these 20 punny couple costume ideas that are sure to get the Zoom party started. Ceiling FansFor a classic punny costume, sport some foam fingers and t-shirts decorated with phrases like "I LOVE CEILINGS" and "CEILINGS ARE #1." If you want to forgo a punny costume, the two of you can still wear a costume inspired by TikTok trends.
2021 Boston Marathon won't be held in April, moved to fall due to COVID-19
Metrowest Daily News Staff ReportMetrowestdailynews.comThe 2021 Boston Marathon will not be held in April. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced Wednesday afternoon that the 125th Boston Marathon, traditionally held on the third Monday in April — Patriots’ Day — will be postponed until at least the fall of 2021. “By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike. “We are optimistic that the Boston Marathon will continue its tradition of celebrating the spirit of community and athletic excellence next fall. The 2020 marathon was held virtually over 10-days as a virtual experience due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hurricane Zeta damage: See aftermath photos, video from across Louisiana, New Orleans
– As the sun rises Thursday, the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta will be assessed across southeastern Louisiana. The storm made landfall around 4:10 p.m. as a Category 2 storm near Cocodrie, Louisiana. Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the United States this year, marking a record high for the country. Active season:Hurricane Zeta sets yet another 2020 hurricane season recordThe first reported death that occurred as a result of Hurricane Zeta was in New Orleans. Cut Off, LouisianaNew OrleansGrand IsleGrand Isle's "burrito levee" has three major breaches in it after Category 2 Hurricane Zeta slammed the southeastern Louisiana coast, according to a tweet from the Jefferson Parish.
Judge allows John Hinckley, the man who shot Reagan, to publicly display his music, artwork
Ben FinleyAssociated PressThe man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can now publicly display his writings, artwork and music, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Hinckley, who shot and wounded Reagan in 1981, must inform his treatment team of his plans to display his works. Hinckley was 25 when he shot Reagan in March 1981. Barry Levine, who represents Hinckley, said at a September court hearing that Hinckley should eventually be granted unconditional release. Around the time that then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011, Hinckley told one of his doctors: “Wow.
Duchess Meghan seeks to postpone trial in privacy lawsuit against British newspaper
Danica KirkaAssociated PressLONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex is seeking to delay the start of the trial in her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper over its publication of excerpts from a letter she wrote to her father. The former Meghan Markle made the request ahead of a preliminary hearing on the case scheduled for Thursday, court documents said. The postponement application is the latest episode in the legal tussle that has served as a prelude to a 10-day trial scheduled to start in January. The request will be considered Thursday by High Court Judge Mark Warby during an online hearing that will begin in private. The newspaper published excerpts of a letter Meghan wrote to her father after her and Harry’s wedding in May 2018.
On This Day: 29 October 2008
On This Day: 29 October 2008Daniel Craig Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" had a royal premiere in London.
‘Extraction' producer David Guillod arrested for sexual assault after 11 previous sex-crime charges
Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — “Extraction” and “Atomic Blonde” producer David Guillod was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault only months after being charged with drugging and assaulting women in Santa Barbara, authorities said. Guillod’s defense attorney, Philip Cohen, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that his client had been arrested but could not offer further details. Guillod was out on bail after surrendering in June to authorities in Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles. The Santa Barbara County district attorney’s office has charged him with 11 felony counts involving four women, one of them a former assistant. Previously:Criminal Minds' star fires back after ex-manager accuses her of 'piggybacking' on #MeTooAnd:'Extraction' producer David Guillod charged with 11 sex-crime counts in Santa Barbara County
Fact check: Thin Blue Line flag has taken a prominent place at Trump rallies
At issue: A Thin Blue Line flag that was prominently featured behind Trump at an Oct. 24 rally in Waukesha. That blue stripe is meant to symbolize police officers as the “thin blue line” between order and chaos. First the anti-Black Lives Matter flag flew outside his rallies, then beside the American flag. In a June 8 article by the Marshall Project, “The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag,” Andrew Jacob, president of Thin Blue Line USA said: “The flag has no association with racism, hatred, bigotry. And the Thin Blue Line flag has become a prominent part of the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement, which arose to counter the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is America: I’m a Black person who loves Halloween. Please stop ruining it for me
I love Halloween. Documenting the brutal mob violence:America's lynching history is now onlineMore than 4,300 people were lynched in 20 states, according to a groundbreaking study published by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2017. The Black horror renaissance is here to save Halloween 2020As you might've guessed, horror is my favorite movie genre. Don't get me wrong, I'm always here for more wholesome fare like "Halloweentown" or "Hocus Pocus," but what's Halloween without a good scare? "Black people have always loved horror but horror didn’t always love us," Tananarive Due, the executive producer of the documentary "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror" said.
Biloxi, Mississippi pier destroyed by Hurricane Zeta
Biloxi, Mississippi pier destroyed by Hurricane ZetaThe City of Biloxi reported widespread damage and warned against travel on October 29, following the landfall of Hurricane Zeta.
Three people dead in knife attack in France
Three people dead in knife attack in FranceThree people have been killed in a knife attack at a church in France that authorities believe is linked to terrorism.
Former CDC director: For COVID-19, attempt to build 'herd immunity' is a losing strategy
That turned out not to be the case then, and a herd immunity approach is likely to be inadequate now in the battle against the novel coronavirus. The current discussions of herd immunity often concern hypothetical possibilities and are not based on evidence. No herd immunity figure is meaningful without population density, plus information on the frequency and types of contacts between people. The campaign to eradicate smallpox provided real-life experience demonstrating the inadequacy of herd immunity as a concept or valid target. Vaccines are only part of the solutionThose who advocate a herd immunity approach for controlling the coronavirus have not studied the lessons of the past.
Joe Biden's biggest problem is that there is no vaccine for Trumpism
Christian SchneiderOpinion columnistAs the 2020 presidential election hurls itself at us, there is one thing upon which the far right and far left agree: The COVID-19 pandemic should be over within days after Nov. 4. Alas, despite these extremes being so far out there that they meet again in the back, neither is right. Trump is not entirely to blame for the virus’ spread, and Joe Biden’s election will not be a panacea in stopping it. Biden's plan won't be effectiveSure, Biden has a “plan” to solve COVID-19, and it contains all the commonsense proposals: vaccine funding, paid leave, more protective equipment and more funding for testing. Voters can handle 'Saturday Night Live' jokes about Joe Biden.
Fiat Chrysler CEO says Ram will offer electric pickup
Get ready for an electric Ram pickup. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley confirmed on Wednesday that Ram will join the rush to produce an electric truck, an area that promises robust competition with Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Rivian and Lordstown Motors already planning to launch their own models. The news from Manley came in the same week GM announced a more than $100,000 price tag for its GMC Hummer electric pickup. Industry expert Rebecca Lindland said planning to make an electric truck is understandable for FCA. She noted that even though electric vehicle demand "wallows in the single digits, we could start to see pull-demand from millennial buyers as EV models penetrate into larger segments like pickup trucks and crossovers, so an electrified Ram pickup makes a lot of sense."
Halloween candy catapults, chutes and ziplines: How some will greet trick-or-treaters in 2020
"One-way trick or treating," however, is suggested as a safer alternative. Across the country, people are getting creative — building unique gadgets to hand out candy in a fun, but COVID-cautious way. This year she is planting a candy garden near the bottom of the driveway at her Indiana home. — Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier TimesPhoto gallery:Trumps host socially distant trick-or-treating at White HouseSpooky zipline, candy drone and cannonIn Michigan, a family's spooky zipline is getting attention on Twitter. "Candy cannons" have also become popular — from reimaged t-shirt cannons to homemade pipes aimed for trick or treaters on the sidewalk.
Stretch your money: Here are 6 employer benefits that can save you a lot
It pays to see if your employer offers a 401(k) match, which will get you free money for retirement, plus tax savings, just for making contributions. If your employer offers a fitness subsidy or gym reimbursement, you could shave a lot of money off your out-of-pocket costs. Plus, you may be entitled to reimbursement for skill-specific classes you take in person or online, so have a look at what your employer offers. The decisions you make could save you a lot of money, so you really don't want to rush through them. Editorial content from The Ascent is separate from The Motley Fool editorial content and is created by a different analyst team.
Man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot also threatened to hang Trump, Obama online
Barry Croft, a Delaware resident, railed against numerous present and former elected leaders in private Facebook posts, special agent Kristopher Long said. Croft is one of six purported members of an extremist paramilitary group accused of scheming to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Trump incites domestic terrorismIt said one Facebook post in May showed an image of Trump with a caption reading, “True colors shining through, wanna hang this mf'er too!! !%"Other profanity-laced posts spoke of hanging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “for war crimes against humanity," the affidavit said. But investigators say some cased Whitmer's vacation home in northern Michigan and agreed to buy explosives and tactical gear.
First ladies aren't on the ballot, but Jill Biden will be a force in the White House
As a former military spouse, I want to tell you how important Dr. Jill Biden was to me personally, and how amazing she will be as our nation’s first lady. Jill Biden knows veteransBearing an inherent distrust in all things political, I wasn’t sure if this was real. Jill Biden has already signaled she will reinvigorate this important White House initiative. Jill Biden is an intelligent, modest, energetic, and compassionate partner who will make a tangible, positive difference for our country as first lady — and we need all the help we can get. Mary Winnefeld is an advocate for veterans, military service members, and their families, and is co-founder of SAFEProject.us, whose mission is to help reverse the nation’s fatal drug overdose epidemic.
Trump raved about his COVID treatment, but hardly anyone can get it. We need a better plan.
Monoclonal antibodies are genetically engineered antibodies that could both treat and prevent COVID-19 infection. Because monoclonal antibodies could help prevent infection, the figure also includes household members of confirmed cases and health care workers with direct patient exposure. Plan for antibodies, not just vaccinesThe Trump administration has also neglected to plan for distribution of monoclonal antibodies. The Trump administration has announced that distribution of monoclonal antibodies will be similar to distribution of the antiviral drug remdesivir. Monoclonal antibodies are a promising treatment and, together with a vaccine, have the potential to turn the tide of this pandemic.
Nature gap: Outdoor recreation isn't just for white people. Invite Black youth outside.
“There are cultural barriers that we deal with within our own community that’s, ‘Oh, that’s not for us. Black people often find power, confidence and healing in returning to natural spaces they were once harmed by or excluded from, said Marcia. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects nearly 33,000 acres in Northeast Ohio, and follows the Cuyahoga River for about 22 miles. But in 2010, the National Park Service reported fewer than 1% of all national park visitors were Black. But over the summer, the presidential election cycle spurred political displays in natural spaces that have been tough for Harvey to stomach.
United will give free airport COVID-19 tests on select flights to London: 'We have to show that it works'
The good news for passengers: the test, required of all passengers over age 2 on select flights from Newark, is free.Other airport and airline COVID-19 test options are as pricey as $250 per person for on-site tests. Despite the negative tests, United said passengers will still have to wear masks and follow other coronavirus safety protocols on the flights to London. Passengers will be given an Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test, a rapid molecular test that will be administered by Premise Health. Lab-based PCR tests, which take longer to process, are generally the most accurate COVID-19 tests available, but United said the Abbott ID tests are more sensitive to virus detection than other rapid tests, including antigen tests. Earnest said the prices of COVID-19 tests for travel in general should come down as competition increases.
ShowBiz Minute: Jeremy, Kardashian, Ciara
ShowBiz Minute: Jeremy, Kardashian, CiaraPorn star Ron Jeremy pleads not guilty to new rape charges; Khloe Kardashian confirms she had coronavirus in video; Russell Wilson, Ciara fund charter school in Seattle area.
Tiffany agrees to $15.8 billion revised sale price, merger with LVMH, owner of Louis Vuitton, Sephora and Hennessy
Luxury goods giant LVMH has officially landed its gem. The Paris-based conglomerate, which has a portfolio including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Bulgari and Hennessy, will acquire New York's famed jeweler Tiffany for $15.8 billion, the companies said. The sale price is slightly lower than the $16.2 billion the two companies announced in November 2019. The buyout has been approved by the boards of both companies, and it's expected to close early next year. Tiffany had sued LVMH asking the court to make the luxury goods company abide by the merger agreement.
Two men, company that ran Pennsylvania hotels convicted of sex, drug trafficking
Faizal Bhimani, 43, and Nazim Hassam, 64; Om Sri Sai, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation; and the Pocono Plaza Inn hotel, formerly known as the Quality Inn in Stroudsburg, were convicted Friday of sex trafficking and drug trafficking charges after a two-week jury trial. The investigation expanded after Stroud Area Regional Police and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office uncovered more widespread sex and drug trafficking in Monroe County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Bhimani also traded discounted and free rooms for sex, prosecutors said. “This was a novel prosecution, and the first time a hotel or its manager or owner have been charged with and convicted of sex trafficking in Pennsylvania,” said U. S. Attorney David J. Freed said sex trafficking cases are among the most serious his office prosecutes.
'Radium Girls' tells the 'invisible history' of the fight for workplace justice
It’s taken them nearly a century, but "Radium Girls” will have their story told on the big screen. "The (story of) 'Radium Girls' is a perfect example, but it’s not just untold history – it’s invisible history. As detailed in "Radium Girls," women working with radioactive paint in factories were instructed to lick their brushes, unaware of the toxic materials they were ingesting. By 1927, more than 50 women had died from radium paint poisoning, according to a 2014 NPR report. In 2017, author Kate Moore released the book "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women."
Former Kansas basketball player Silvio De Sousa faces aggravated battery charge
Topeka Capital-JournalLAWRENCE, Kan. — Silvio De Sousa’s abrupt departure from the Kansas men’s basketball program has gained new context. “He was not aware of the details from that incident until a couple weeks ago, which he then shared with me. We mutually agreed that was the best course of action.”De Sousa two weeks ago cited personal challenges in his decision to leave the team. “I do not know what my next plan will be right now, but I will decide that when the time is right. This was not an easy decision to leave the basketball program, but it’s the best thing for me to do right now.”
Americans say they are better off under Trump, but is America? Trump by the numbers
Americans say they're better off, but not due to TrumpAnd yet the same percentage — 56% — say Trump “does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does,” Gallup says. It’s an extraordinary disconnect: Americans say they’re better off, but they don’t give the incumbent president credit. President Trump, who talks constantly about how prices are coming down because of him, isn’t fooling anyone here, including senior citizens, who appear to be abandoning him. Trump vs. Biden: Opinion contributors assess the final presidential debate19: The number of women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct over the years. 17: How many percentage points Trump trails Biden among voters older than 65 — a group the president won in 2016.
Best Buy Black Friday 2020: Sale features TV deals, laptop and tech savings with some specials available early
Best Buy has revealed its Black Friday sale ad earlier than ever with "thousands of deals on the season’s hottest tech." "As we’ve said, Black Friday isn’t just one day this year – it’s months long" Best Buy said in a news release. Best Buy announced in July that it would keep stores closed on Thanksgiving, a change from past years amid the coronavirus pandemic. Best Buy isn't the first to provide an early look at the savings. Nov. 22: Black Friday sale starts with "nearly all deals" from the ad available.
Space Force's second-in-command Gen. David D. Thompson tests positive for COVID-19
WASHINGTON – Gen. David D. Thompson, the second-in-command for the United States Space Force, has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement published Wednesday evening, the Space Force confirmed that Thompson, its vice chief of space operations, was tested after a close family member who he was in contact with also tested positive. Representatives from the Space Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY. The Force's announcement ended with a reassurance that it "remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call." Space Force head Gen. John Raymond tested negative in the last 24 hours, a representative told the news organization, as did Gen. C.Q.
Target reveals 'Black Friday Now' deals with series of weekly sales running throughout November amid COVID-19
Target's Black Friday 2020 will be a series of week-long sales throughout November, instead of the traditional short holiday shopping extravaganza. Here's how the holiday shopping season is different amid COVID-19. Target Black Friday Now weekly dealsTarget says this year "nearly all" of the "Black Friday Now" deals will be available for an entire week, both in stores and online. Last week, Target said stores were adapting new measures to make it easier for holiday shoppers to safely shop for gifts. Target price match guaranteeTarget is extending its Price Match Guarantee from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24.
Republicans have already packed the Supreme Court. Unpack it by making it bigger.
Todd GitlinOpinion contributorNow that President Donald Trump has named a third of the highest bench in the land, the Supreme Court is already firmly packed. With life-and-death decisions facing a Republican-skewed Supreme Court, it’s imperative, and a high priority, for a new Congress to vote to unpack the courts — just as assuredly and constitutionally as McConnell blithely refused a confirmation hearing or vote on President Barack Obama’s final Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. A majority of Congress has the right to adjust the size of the Supreme Court and has done so seven times. As is well known, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed to enlarge the Supreme Court in 1937, when it had formed the habit of striking down New Deal legislation. Nor is concern about the extremity of the Supreme Court's powers limited to Democrats.
Eric Holder on the gendered impact of voter suppression
Holder: The most reliable voters, as a group, are African American women. And so, if you look at all of the things that are being done to suppress the African American vote, the Democratic vote, the people who suffer the most under these suppression tactics are African American women. And if you want to neuter the Democratic Party, you have to keep Black women away from the polls. Holder: In the wake of this, people are not really understanding the impact to Black women around police violence and the need for police reform. But we are missing an awful lot when we don’t focus on what’s happening to African American women under similar circumstances.
Tiffany, LVMH agree to end bitter legal battle in new merger deal
Tiffany & Co. and LVMH are heading back to the altar. The ritzy retailers said they will end their bitter legal battle as they announced a revised merger deal announced Thursday — less than two months after LVMH moved to cancel the blockbuster wedding. The revised deal — now worth about $15.9 billion based on Tiffany’s number of outstanding shares — is expected to close early next year if the blue-box jeweler’s shareholders approve it. The deal has already received regulatory clearance, and both companies’ boards have approved the terms, according to a news release. The two companies’ Delaware court battle was slated to go to trial in January had they not agreed to drop the dispute.
Record Economic Growth Expected, but Problems Remain: Live Updates
ET Record Economic Growth Expected, but Problems Remain: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Here come the last big economic numbers before the election. The Commerce Department will release its preliminary estimate of economic growth in the third quarter. France is expected to report on Friday a jump in growth during the third quarter, when summer vacations helped fuel a temporary economic revival. The government has calculated that 60 billion euros is lopped off economic activity for every month in which a total lockdown is active. Factories, farms and construction sites will stay open, along with some public services, to limit potentially wider economic damage.
Gilead Sciences raked in nearly $900M from COVID-19 drug remdesivir
Gilead Sciences sold nearly $900 million worth of its coronavirus treatment remdesivir from July to September, the company announced this week. The California-based drugmaker on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenues of $873 million from its antiviral drug, which was the first COVID-19 treatment to be fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, helped Gilead post an 18 percent increase in its total product sales and a net profit of $360 million, a significant improvement from a nearly $1.2 billion loss in the year-earlier period. This was the first full quarter for which Gilead reported sales for remdesivir, which the FDA cleared for emergency use in coronavirus patients in May before granting it full approval last week. Gilead has said Veklury helps shorten recovery times for hospitalized coronavirus patients by five days, but a recent World Health Organization study concluded that it had no significant effect on patients’ chances of survival.
DHS proposes revamping H-1B visa program to protect American workers
The Trump administration has proposed revamping the H-1B visa selection process for high-skilled foreign technology workers by scrapping the existing lottery and replacing it with a system based on wages to protect American workers, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Getting rid of the computerized lottery system would prod employers into offering higher wages or seeking workers with higher skills, instead of trying to fill vacancies with low wage workers that reduce Americans’ pay, Homeland Security said in a statement released on Wednesday. “The Trump administration is continuing to deliver on its promise to protect the American worker while strengthening the economy,” acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in the statement. “The current use of random selection to allocate H-1B visas … hurts American workers by bringing in relatively lower-paid foreign labor at the expense of the American workforce.”The proposed change, which has to undergo a 30-day public comment period, would affect the approximately 85,000 H-1B visas awarded each year.
NYPD’s sergeants union blasts Biden, Sanders for Walter Wallace tweets
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get updates on the 2020 presidential election and moreThe NYPD sergeants union took aim this week at Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden for their tweets about Walter Wallace, the knife-wielding man shot and killed by Philadelphia police this week. Walter’s life mattered.”“FACT: Walter Wallace was armed with a knife & trying to kill 2 uniform police officers,” the union shot back. The SBA responded, “Walter Wallace was a career criminal ARMED WITH A KNIFE. Wallace, 27, was fatally shot by cops in West Philadelphia on Monday after police say he ignored orders to drop a knife. His killing — which sparked riots and looting in the City of Brotherly Love — was caught on camera.
Bank programs seek to widen the path to Black homeownership
ADThey’re rolling out ambitious initiatives aimed at tackling the consistently lower homeownership rates for African Americans and other minorities in the United States. Studies by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have consistently shown that Black mortgage applicants are denied conventional home loans at higher rates than Whites. Even today, decades after redlining was outlawed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology data shows Black Americans still pay more than any other group to own a home. The homeownership gap between Black and White Americans has widened since the Great Recession, from 28.1 percentage points in 2010 to almost 30 percentage points this year. The reasons for the lower rates of Black homeownership are varied and complex, experts say.
United to offer free coronavirus testing on select Newark-to-London flights
Even with proof of a negative coronavirus test, travelers will still be required to follow local quarantine requirements. U.S. citizens can travel to the United Kingdom but must quarantine for 14 days. Increasingly, the aviation industry sees testing as a key strategy for restarting travel — particularly international travel, which has been hardest hit as countries have closed borders and imposed strict quarantines. According to the most recent update from trade group Airlines for America, international travel was down 77 percent compared with a year ago. The airline already has seen benefits from the testing program it launched for passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco.
Cops attacked with fireworks during violent night in Washington, DC
Rioters lobbed fireworks at Washington, DC cops and tried to storm into a precinct during a second night of violence sparked by the death of a black man who crashed while being followed by police. “I wish hate for all of y’all,” one woman could be heard screaming at the officers. Other footage showed dozens of protesters banging on the doors as they tried to bully their way into the 4th District police station. Police eventually used spray and flash bangs on protesters to move them back after also being attacked with rocks and bricks, NBC Washington said. D.C. police classified Hylton-Brown’s death as a traffic fatality, NBC said.
‘Big Brother: All Stars’ finale: How the show barely redeemed itself after a very boring season
“Big Brother,” which debuted in 2000, is billed as a “social experiment”: Stick 16 people in a house with cameras and microphones everywhere and have them vote each other out, one by one. This year was “Big Brother: All Stars,” theoretically meaning that the most legendary players in “Big Brother” history would return to compete. From the first week, members of that alliance (and Enzo, secretly aligned with Cody) won the majority of competitions. This win was especially validating to many viewers, as Da’Vonne has become adored by fans over the years, especially for her priceless reactions in response to the madness of the “Big Brother” house. “Big Brother” has had a long, ugly history of houseguests making racist comments, as well as a lack of diversity: A Black contestant has never won the show.
Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit
On Tuesday, Catherine Sopp, 82, filed a federal civil rights, disability discrimination and wrongful death suit against Page and Baltimore County, on behalf of herself and Eric Sopp’s two teenage sons. The video shows Page then moved to the driver’s side of the car and as Sopp stood up, Page fired eight times. ADThe shooting was investigated by the Baltimore County police homicide unit and its findings turned over to Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin. Baltimore County police protocol called for Page to request help from a mobile crisis team, a critical incident support team or another officer trained in crisis intervention, the suit said. But “neither Officer Page nor Officer [Raymond] Wheeler,” who also arrived on the scene but did not shoot, “received any training on responding to such circumstances.
Is it safe to travel for Thanksgiving? Here’s what health experts are doing for the holiday.
In D.C., Monroe said, health experts have found about 25 percent of new cases involve people who had been attending small social gatherings at homes. “To me, it’s not worth the risk.”If he did travel, he said, car travel carries a lower risk of transmitting or contracting the virus. If people decide to travel for the holiday, how should they travel? For him, he said, “the safer thing to do is hunker down.”If you’re traveling, are you staying overnight at other people’s houses? He suggested not visiting or inviting someone to Thanksgiving dinner who might have underlying health conditions and be high risk.
Interactive theater online is a two-way street
— there seemed few innovative opportunities for the theater world to engage audiences who were stuck at home on their laptops. And in the process, theater is reclaiming for these trying times its rightful status as the most intimate of art forms. Sojourn artistic director Michael Rohd, who staged in-person versions of “The Race” in previous presidential election years, sees the new interactive formulas as theatrical progress. These online meetups often provide a richness of topical conversation that eludes the town halls staged by TV news networks. But it may be that interactive programming finds it broadest audience as an escape from political realities.
Should college students go home for Thanksgiving this year? Here’s what experts say.
Here’s what experts say parents and students should be considering to reduce the chances of infecting family members, whether they return at Thanksgiving or closer to Christmas. ADMany colleges and universities have been regularly testing their students, and some have rolled out special guidances for holiday travel. At the State University of New York, for instance, all on-campus students will have to test negative before they can leave for Thanksgiving break. But experts cautioned against being lulled into a false sense of security by a single negative test. ADIf students travel by plane, train or bus, they should strictly follow safety measures such as mask-wearing and hand hygiene, Omer said.
Classic toys are making a comeback during the pandemic
Classic toys also have strong appeal for adults who want their children engaged in open-ended play for long periods of time. Analysts expect toy sales to be a bright spot in a holiday season mired by recession and high unemployment. Among the season’s most popular toys, according to NPD: Little Tikes, Barbies and Hot Wheels. ADBut the pandemic has created its share of challenges: unpredictable demand, supply chain hiccups and a trucking shortage that is keeping some toys from making it to stores. “It has been a tale of two anxieties: The pandemic hit and we panicked that people would stop buying toys.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Taiwan on Thursday celebrated its 200th day without recording a single locally transmitted coronavirus infection, a milestone no other government can claim. But the opposite happened, because Taiwan had learned from past epidemics and took the virus seriously from the start. As soon as China reported the first coronavirus case to the World Health Organization in December, Taiwan began screening passengers on flights from Wuhan. By late January, the government was using records from its national health system to identify people who had recently developed respiratory problems and have them tested for the coronavirus. Immigration databases were similarly leveraged to allow doctors to prioritize testing people who had recently traveled to hot spots.
Fact-checking Trump’s closing arguments on covid-19
When comparing the 20 countries most affected by the coronavirus, the United States is fifth in deaths per 100,000 people. The United States is now past both numbers. After the first peak in early spring, US death rates from COVID-19 and from all causes remained higher than even countries with high COVID-19 mortality. The Pinocchio TestThe United States is not “rounding the turn.” Coronavirus cases are spiking across the country. His boast that the United States has 42 percent less excess-mortality deaths than Europe is premature at best and shaky in any case, considering the dearth of reliable data.
How Trump waged war on his own government
Vindman retired in July after what his attorney called a campaign of White House intimidation and retaliation. ADADThe career staff takes policy direction from every White House, following the lead of political appointees. Longtime public servants worry the purges already have cut into public trust in a government on the cusp of producing a coronavirus vaccine. Public service may have lost its luster just as it needs a new generation to backfill a workforce preparing to retire. After concluding her review, Knight was instructed by a White House lawyer to tell Bolton that the coronavirus pandemic had delayed final approval.
Jimmy Orr, who played for Colts and Steelers, dies at 85
Jimmy Orr, a Super Bowl champion wide receiver who played 13 years in the NFL between the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Tuesday. “Rest in peace to another NFL legend, JIMMY ORR. Orr was wide open on a flea-flicker but quarterback Earl Morrall never saw him and threw an interception. Orr would get his Super Bowl ring during the 1970 season. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMBill Curry, Orr’s former teammate at Georgia, tweeted: “My wonderful friend/teammate Jimmy Orr died last night.
Zeta sweeps through South with damaging winds, flooding rains on path to Northeast
The tropical storm is still packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph as it's located over northern Georgia, racing to the northeast at 40 mph. HURRICANE ZETA DRIVES INLAND, KILLS 1, KNOCKS OUT POWER TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN LA., MISS. The storm will continue to bring very strong winds east and south of its track, which could bring damage along the way. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) notes that damaging winds in Alabama and Georgia will shift into eastern Tennessee, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia. This will bring rough weather conditions into Friday with accumulating snow across interior sections of the Northeast and New England.
Dodgers' Max Muncy shades MLB commissioner over 'piece of metal' comment
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy took a subtle jab at MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in an Instagram post on Wednesday. The picture showed Muncy holding the World Series trophy after the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Manfred did apologize, but at least one player hasn’t forgotten. Even as there was a limited capacity at Globe Life Field for the World Series, the broadcast was still able to pick up the boos from the crowd when Manfred was introducing the 2020 champions. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMAgainst the Rays, Muncy was 7-for-22 with a double, home run, and six RBI.
Khloe Kardashian responds to backlash over Kim Kardashian's birthday party: ‘I get it’
Khloe Kardashian addressed the backlash over her sister Kim Kardashian’s lavish 40th birthday party. I don't really know the extent of it," the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star told DeGeneres. KARDASHIANS CONTINUE TO POST VACATION PICS AMID BACKLASH FOR PRIVATE ISLAND COMMENTSSome people also criticized the Kardashian family and friends for potentially putting staff at the island at risk of the coronavirus. Criticism aside, the “Revenge Body” star told DeGeneres, "It was such a beautiful experience and I want Kim to focus on just how beautiful it was and what she did for everybody. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPReps for Kardashian did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Election 2020 polls show Biden with slim lead in Florida, wider lead nationally, with 5 days to go
President Trump is polling close behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Florida, according to one poll, as national polls continue to show Biden leading. BIDEN AND TRUMP TO TANGLE IN TAMPA ON THURSDAYAn NBC News/Marist poll released Thursday found Biden with 51% of likely voters' support and Trump with 47% in Florida. NBC News/Marist found Trump and Biden tied at 48% support among likely voters in September. In addition to Florida, Biden continues to poll well in battleground state Michigan. A New York Times/Siena College poll released Wednesday found Biden at 49% support among likely voters and Trump at 41%.
Man arrested outside French consulate in Saudi Arabia after attacking guard: reports
A Saudi man was arrested Thursday after stabbing a guard at the French Consulate in the port city of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia’s state media reported. The man used a “sharp tool” to wound the guard, Reuters reported, citing state media. “We appeal to our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to be on maximum alert,” the embassy said. The French Consulate is located about 10 miles south of the U.S. Consulate. The man had reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said it was briefly tracking reports of a potential attack by "missiles or drones."
Hillary Clinton to serve as Democratic elector for NY
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that New York voters who choose the Democratic ticket for president on their ballots will technically be voting for her, along with the 28 others who will serve as presidential electors if their party wins in their state. If recent history is any indication, Clinton will all but certainly get to participate when electors submit their votes on Dec. 14. HILLARY CLINTON 'SICK TO MY STOMACH' OVER POSSIBLE SECOND TRUMP TERM“I’m an elector, so I’m pretty sure I’ll get to vote for Joe and Kamala in New York, so that’s pretty exciting,” Clinton told SiriusXM’s “Signal Boost” show. According to New York Board of Election records, the 2016 Democratic nominee is not the only prominent Democrat on this year’s list of electors. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is an elector, as is New York Gov.
Mewawalla: Many regulators talk of breaking up Big Tech, but they are missing the point
Mewawalla: Many regulators talk of breaking up Big Tech, but they are missing the pointCyrus Mewawalla of GlobalData discusses how the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet took heat from U.S. lawmakers, and says the best solution for the serious problems in the industry would be to give legal control of data to the consumer.
Shares of DraftKings have dropped 34% in October
Shares of DraftKings have dropped 34% in OctoberShares of DraftKings were down 34% in October. CNBC's "Squawk Box" crew discusses what could be behind the drop.
Senators grilled Big Tech CEOs on Wednesday. Here's what you need to know
Senators grilled Big Tech CEOs on Wednesday. Here's what you need to knowCEO's from Twitter, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet testifyed before a Senate panel and the exchanges became heated. CNBC's Ylan Mui joins CNBC's "Squawk Box" with the details.
Firestone: The market is doing a balancing act, trying to hang in there for positive news on a vaccine and stimulus
Firestone: The market is doing a balancing act, trying to hang in there for positive news on a vaccine and stimulusKaren Firestone of Aureus Asset Management says despite the recent sell-off in stocks, there are still very strong pockets of the market...anything consistent with being remote will keep leading.
Southern Company CEO on earnings, the economy and the future of the energy sector
Southern Company CEO on earnings, the economy and the future of the energy sectorSouthern Company reported mixed quarterly earning results. The utility posted an adjusted profit of $1.22 per share, which beat estimates by $0.01, but revenue was below Wall Street forecasts. Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the company's results as well as what he's seeing in the broader economy and the direction the energy sector is headed.
Doctors worry coronavirus pandemic may hit LGBTQ people harder than most
The social and economic disparities are hitting the transgender community "very hard," Clinton said in a phone interview with CNBC, adding transgender people already faced extra obstacles before the pandemic. Doctors are concerned the pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and schools and left people without jobs, may hit the LGBTQ community harder than most others. They also experience higher rates of illicit drug use, homelessness, isolation, anxiety, depression and suicide and often face barriers to health care, medical experts say. But doctors and health experts are unsure how severe the impact on the LGBTQ community is because data is so limited. Doctors fear the impact on LGBTQ people could be substantial when considering the social, economic and health risk factors the community already faces.
Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning on the utility company's mixed quarterly earnings results
Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning on the utility company's mixed quarterly earnings results"I think America is learning to live with the Covid virus," Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday. "My sense is, as customers and as businesses are prone to do, we will adapt to these changing."
Markets have been a bit too complacent, says Citi Private Bank investment strategist
Markets have been a bit too complacent, says Citi Private Bank investment strategistKen Peng from Citi Private Bank goes through the latest market sell-off, and what to expect from markets after the U.S. elections.
Former U.S. chief technology officer analyzes Senate hearing with Big Tech CEOs
Former U.S. chief technology officer analyzes Senate hearing with Big Tech CEOsCEOs from Twitter, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet testified before a Senate panel and the exchanges became heated. Aneesh Chopra, president of CareJourney who served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the implications of the hearing and what may come next for social media regulation.
Economists expect the largest ever increase in GDP—Here's what it means
Economists expect the largest ever increase in GDP—Here's what it meansThe government is set to report a massive 33% gain in GDP, and it will quickly become part of the political debate about the recovery. CNBC's Steve Liesman joins CNBC's "Squawk Box" to explain what the number really says about the rebound.
Blueprint Capital CEO on why Trump will keep the White House and what it means for markets
Blueprint Capital CEO on why Trump will keep the White House and what it means for markets"Hillary Clinton seemed to have all of the momentum going into election night, and we all woke up the next day with a hangover," Jacob Walthour, CEO and co-founder of Blueprint Capital Advisors, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday. "We have that situation here again in 2020 where you have Trump behind in the polls, but you're also seeing some real momentum on his part, and I think investors are making a mistake if they're paying attention to what national polling data shows."
Gottlieb: U.S. Covid cases are unlikely to peak until after Thanksgiving
Gottlieb: U.S. Covid cases are unlikely to peak until after Thanksgiving"We're really not going to see this sort of start to peak until after Thanksgiving," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina and former FDA commissioner, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday. "I think after Thanksgiving, that's going to be a turning point when the infection levels get high enough in many parts of the country that we start to see a policy reaction and also consumer behavior start to change."
Here are Thursday's biggest analyst calls of the day: Pinterest, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond & more
Shoppers exit a Bed Bath & Beyond store in New York. (This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.) Here are the biggest calls on Wall Street on Thursday:
Here's which political party may be better for Big Tech
Here's which political party may be better for Big TechCNBC's Jon Fortt breaks down the arguments over which political party is friendlier for mega-cap tech stocks.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden holds narrow lead in new Florida poll with 5 days left
There are five days until Election Day. President Trump continues his ambitious campaign schedule, while Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, is slated to hit the trail with a more scaled-back schedule. Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are looking to expand their electoral map by focusing on traditionally red states such as Texas, Georgia and Arizona. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, have sought to flip previously blue states Nevada and Minnesota. Both campaigns are focusing a great deal of their time and resources on the so-called "blue wall" states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which Trump flipped in 2016.
United Airlines to begin trial of free passenger Covid tests on London flights
The trial will run from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11 on some flights from its hub in Newark, New Jersey, to London's Heathrow. United will pay for the rapid molecular Abbott ID Now tests, for Monday, Wednesday and Friday departures. United earlier this month started offering Covid tests, which travelers pay for, to some passengers traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii. The launch coincided with Hawaii's removal of a two-week quarantine requirement for inbound travelers if they had a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours. The tests ahead of the London flights will be conducted at Newark airport at a United Club lounge and customers have to make an appointment ahead of time.
Democrats' growing influence in North Carolina meets resistance in this House district
He is being challenged for the seat in North Carolina's 9th District by first-time candidate Cynthia Wallace. "My pitch to [voters] is, you're going to get someone that's focused on kitchen table issues, and her No. Running in a purple state in a district that leans Republican, Wallace has focused on issues that have been fairly safe for Democrats across the country, such as health care. In the 9th District, we just see that in a microcosm all in one district." The election will test how willing voters are to break from Trump and other Republicans running in the state.
Yum Brands quarterly revenue rises 8%, fueled by higher Taco Bell demand
Yum Brands on Thursday reported that its quarterly revenue rose 8%, fueled by Taco Bell's return to positive same-store sales growth. Taco Bell reported same-store sales growth of 3%. Last quarter, the chain saw its same-store sales fall 8%, hurt by lower demand from early morning and late-night customers. KFC's global same-store sales fell 4%, despite U.S. same-store sales growth of 9%. The pizza chain's quarterly same-store sales rose 6% in the United States.
Tapestry shares surge after Coach owner's sales fall less than expected, boosted by China, e-commerce
Coach owner Tapestry reported Thursday quarterly results that topped its own estimates, driven by triple-digit e-commerce growth and a strong rebound in China. For its fiscal second quarter, Tapestry is calling for a low-double-digit sales decline. Excluding one-time charges during the latest quarter, Tapestry earned 58 cents per share, outpacing analyst expectations for 23 cents per share, from Refinitiv. Coach sales fell 9% from a year earlier to $875.4 million, while Kate Spade sales fell 21% to $240.4 million, and Stuart Weitzman sales dropped 35% to $56.4 million. And this holiday season, it expects e-commerce sales will make up nearly 50% of all North American holiday sales.
Reopening trade is faltering, but one group should hold up better than others, two traders say
However, one area of the recovery trade could rebound better than the others, two traders said Wednesday. Stocks pegged to the reopening of the economy — particularly airlines, hotels and cruise lines — have been hit hard this week as rising coronavirus case counts take the wind out of the recovery. "I do think people are starting to get a little antsy here, are starting to look to travel. And the second is how much debt did they have to take on in order to deal with the initial cratering of demand that happened, and are they going to be able to service that debt going forward?" "So, I think debt is the big problem here."
Europe gears up for more economic pain as Germany and France impose national lockdowns
"Scarring will occur with each iteration," analysts at High Frequency Economics said in note on Wednesday about the new lockdowns. French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday a second nationwide lockdown starting Friday, with only schools and factories remaining open — in contrast to March, when these were also shut. Germany has weathered the economic crisis relatively well to date, in comparison with its European peers. "Rising infections rates in Europe and the U.S. could dampen demand for German export goods," Deutsche Bank said. Michele Tantussi | Getty Images News | Getty Images
Man arrested after stabbing at French consulate in Saudi Arabia
Cars drive along the New Corniche seafront development on June 23, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A man in his forties has been arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after attacking a security guard at the French consulate in the kingdom's coastal city, Saudi state media SPA reported Thursday. The attack resulted in "minor injuries," Saudi authorities said, and the victim has been transported to a hospital for treatment. "The Embassy of France firmly condemns this unjustifiable attack against a diplomatic post," the French embassy in Saudi Arabia said in a statement shortly after the attack, thanking Saudi authorities for their rapid response to the case. French police have arrested the assailant and are treating the killings as a terrorist attack.
Moderna says it's preparing global launch of Covid vaccine as it takes in $1.1 billion in deposits
Medical syringes are seen with Moderna company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on October 12, 2020. Moderna is prepping for the global launch of its potential coronavirus vaccine, already taking in $1.1 billion in deposits from governments awaiting the potentially lifesaving drug, the biotech firm said Thursday in its third-quarter earnings report. "We are actively preparing for the launch of mRNA-1273 and we have signed a number of supply agreements with governments around the world," Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said in a press release. Moderna, a frontrunner in the Covid-19 vaccine race, said last week it had completed enrollment for its 30,000 participants late-stage trial. As of last week, more than 25,650 participants had received the second of the company's two-dose Covid-19 vaccine.
What to watch today: Stock futures mixed after Wednesday's steep sell-off on Covid worries
That's down from the original $135 per share deal the two sides had agreed to last November, prior to the pandemic. Pinterest (PINS) earned an adjusted 13 cents per share for its latest quarter, 10 cents above estimates, with revenue also above forecasts. Visa (V) came in 3 cents above estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.12 per share. EBay (EBAY) earned an adjusted 85 cents per share for its latest quarter, 8 cents above estimates, with revenue also beating consensus. Etsy (ETSY) beat estimates by 10 cents, reporting quarterly profit of 70 cents per share, while revenue also topped Wall Street forecasts.
Halfway through earnings season, the coronavirus resurgence is overshadowing great results
That's the story of earnings season so far. "Lockdown light" still has a bad ring to it. We are now halfway through a spectacular third quarter earnings season. The S&P 500 is 8% below where it started on the day earnings season began Oct. 13. It's simple: Wall Street doesn't live on past earnings reports, however good they may be.
5 things to know before the stock market opens on Thursday
Wall Street tries to recover from Wednesday's massive sell-off, stock futures fallNew York Stock Exchange building is seen at the Financial District in New York City, United States on March 29, 2020. Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures pointed to a mostly lower open on Thursday morning as the market struggled to recover from its worst day in months. S&P 500 futures were 0.1% lower and Nasdaq 100 futures eked out a gain of 0.3%. Graeme Jennings | ReutersThe number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 80,662 on Wednesday, topping a previous high of 79,303, while 996 additional Covid-19 deaths were reported, according to a tally kept by NBC. Coronavirus cases have been rising sharply in the U.S. as well as in Europe, leading some states and countries to reimpose more restrictive social distancing measures.
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Comcast, Spotify, Pinterest, Tapestry & more
The shares rose 2.4% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. Spotify fell 3.9% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. Pinterest (PINS) – Pinterest earned 13 cents per share for its latest quarter, 10 cents a share above estimates. EBay (EBAY) – EBay earned 85 cents per share for its latest quarter, 8 cents a share above estimates. Etsy (ETSY) – Etsy beat estimates by 10 cents a share, reporting quarterly profit of 70 cents per share.
Akamai sees doubling in malicious internet traffic as remote world's bad actors boom, too
"People are working remotely, and are less secure, and lots of enterprises still haven't totally caught up with security," he said. Quarter-over-quarter — Akamai reported its Q3 results this week — the cybersecurity and cloud computing company has tracked a doubling of what Leighton called "malicious traffic" as telecommuting makes for easier targets. Akamai Technologies ' CEO Tom Leighton is impressed by the amazing traffic levels on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic, and the world technology infrastructure's ability to handle it. But during the stay-at-home boom, the web and cybersecurity expert also has been closely watching a boom in bad actors. "A lot of devices are not secure," Leighton said.
Coronavirus live updates: Gottlieb says U.S. cases unlikely to peak before Thanksgiving as nation sets daily case record
Average daily Covid-19 cases in the U.S. set another all-time high on Wednesday, marking the fourth consecutive day the nation topped its prior day record. The seven-day average of daily new U.S. cases was 74,183, a 24% rise from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Rising cases in Europe prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to implement a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars and some other facilities, beginning Nov. 2, and French President Emmanuel Macron imposed a new nationwide lockdown that goes into effect from Friday. The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
United Airlines to offer free covid testing for passengers on select routes
Washington (CNN Business) In what could be a glimpse into the future of pandemic air travel, United Airlines will begin offering free coronavirus tests to passengers on select routes. United hopes the move will not only increase traffic on mostly empty transatlantic flights, but also spark international cooperation to break down travel restrictions. United says those who test negative for coronavirus will be allowed to board the flight. "It would be a requirement for everyone on board to have that negative test result prior to flight," said McMillan. Although the move does not allow travelers arriving in the United Kingdom to bypass its mandatory 14-day quarantine, United hopes the trial will serve as a proof of concept.
Something big will be missing from Apple's earnings tonight
New York (CNN Business) Apple's quarterly earnings announcement Thursday afternoon will look different than in past years: The report won't include the new iPhone 12, Apple's ( AAPL ) highly anticipated, first ever 5G smartphone . (iPhone sales during that quarter fell 9%, a narrower rate of decline than in previous quarters, in line with analysts' expectations of strong early iPhone 11 demand.) This year, however, the iPhone 12 release was delayed by several weeks because of the pandemic. "It will not be apples to apples with a typical September quarter with no iPhone launch until October," Wedbush analyst Dan Ives told CNN Business. Though early sales of the iPhone 12 won't be included in Thursday's quarterly revenue report, analysts have indicated that early demand for the new smartphone is strong.
Opinion: Cuts to Medicare services would be disastrous for the country
That's because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed cuts to certain Medicare services , including breast cancer screening, radiation oncology and physical therapy, along with other medical specialties. Per the HHS , "A five percent annual reduction to the valuations of all non-primary care services and procedures, as determined by the Secretary, under the Physician Fee Schedule will pay for the cost of these payments." But in the process, this move would complicate the lives of patients who need to see specialists, including specialists like myself in radiology. Doctors' offices of all kinds are beleaguered, having worked nonstop since March. The issue, of course, is that doctors' offices aren't charities — they're businesses.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled as Vanity Fair's latest cover star
Written by Oscar Holland, CNNAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been unveiled as Vanity Fair's latest cover star, less than a week before she concludes her bid for reelection in New York's 14th congressional district. Credit: Tyler Mitchell/Vanity FairIn an accompanying interview , Ocasio-Cortez discussed the pressures of the job and her political ambitions, while appearing to downplay reports about friction between her and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez also used the interview to reveal threats to her safety made since she became the youngest woman ever to serve in congress. The interview is accompanied by a series of images by photographer Tyler Mitchell. Beyond politics, the in-depth interview sees Ocasio-Cortez discussing her decision to buy a French bulldog and wondering whether to "freeze my eggs."
David Hockney's most important landscape painting could sell for upwards of $35 million next month
The original article can be seen hereDavid Hockney's 1980 landscape painting "Nichols Canyon" will go on offer at the upcoming Phillips contemporary evening sale, scheduled to take place on December 7th. The painting carries an estimate of around $35 million, according to a press release from Phillips, and is billed as "unequivocally the most important landscape by the artist in private hands." David Hockney's "Nichols Canyon" (1980) Credit: Courtesy Phillips"Nichols Canyon" marked Hockney's embrace of landscape painting following a brief foray into photography in the 1970's, and was included in the landmark 1981 exhibition "A New Spirit in Painting" at the Royal Academy in London. The painting will be on view at Phillips London until November 1st, then travel to Hong Kong, and finally New York before heading to auction. In February, his iconic painting The Splash (1966) sold at Sotheby's London for £23.1 million ($29.8 million).
Millions left without power as Zeta batters Gulf Coast
Zeta pummeling areas from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic with strong winds and heavy rainfall. CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers has the latest. Source: CNN
Nice knife attack: At least two people killed in French coastal city
At least two people have been killed in a knife attack in Nice, France according to local mayor Christian Estrosi who described the attack as a "terrorist" incident.
Record GDP won't mean much to investors
You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) The US economy probably grew at a record pace during the summer months. Economists polled by Refinitiv expect GDP grew by an annualized, seasonally adjusted rate of 31%. The third quarter GDP data will be useful in demonstrating that once the economy can operate without social distancing restrictions, it's very resilient. Also today: The first look at US third quarter GDP arrives at 8:30 a.m. Coming tomorrow: GDP data for Europe will provide a look at the third quarter recovery — just as countries like France and Germany enact new lockdowns.
Opinion: Why Trump still appeals to Texas conservatives
(CNN) When I moved from California to Texas in 2006, I felt an overwhelming sense of coming home. And it was in Texas that I left the ranks of news and began my career in conservative talk radio and television. He explained that his vote for Trump was an expression of his conservative values and said, "Less government is best." When it comes to what conservatives want from our federal government, David, from Midlothian, Texas, expressed frustration with the tumult and vitriol in Washington, DC. Join us on Twitter and FacebookOf course, Texas conservatives aren't looking to eliminate government.
The US is close to having 'exponential spread' in some areas, and the hardest part may still be ahead, former FDA official says
Worst number of cases yetThat's as the country continues to report the most number of cases we've seen to date. But the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has soared 23% in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data. The seven-day average of new tests performed has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. South Dakota's test positivity rate is 23%, the state's health department said Monday. As of Monday, at least 37 states had growing numbers of new Covid-19 cases this past week compared with the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins data.
White House lists ending Covid-19 pandemic as an accomplishment despite cases spiking to record levels
(CNN) The White House included ending the coronavirus pandemic on a list of the Trump administration's science and technology accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans tested positive for Covid-19 in just the last week. A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy news release made the claim in announcing a document highlighting the administration's science and technology achievements over the past four years. "Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC," the news release sent to reporters read. "From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease." When asked for comment on including ending the pandemic among the administration's first term accomplishments, office spokeswoman Kristina Baum pointed to the full report.
12 ways the Trump administration botched America's response to Covid-19 (Opinion)
And a number of administration errors have led to the current dire circumstances. Sometimes you can pinpoint a public health error (the crisis of lead in the drinking water in Flint , Michigan, being a clear example). In an academic paper, I've offered a possible definition : "a public health error occurs when one or more stakeholders in a public health system commit a cognizant, negligent act of commission or omission that fails to achieve necessary public health outcomes." Given this definition, the current administration has committed multiple public health errors that have harmed the national Covid-19 response. Just like surgeons go to great lengths to avoid leaving instruments inside of patients, we must avoid errors in public health.
Dietitians share their top picks for stocking your pantry this fall
Here are the six healthy staple items that registered dietitians say you should keep on hand. They also tend to be even less expensive, come in bulk, and in Siegel’s opinion, they taste much better than canned beans, though she added that Eden Foods makes unsalted canned beans that she likes. “But, having variety with legume pastas means extra protein, so you don’t need to worry about adding a protein source to the meal. Albacore contains nearly three times as much mercury as skipjack tuna, which is what’s used in most “chunk light” canned tuna, she said. Dairy milk is a good source of protein, but counting on plant-based milks as a source of protein can be tricky.
Hurricane Zeta slams Gulf Coast as Category 2 storm
After making landfall in Louisiana, Hurricane Zeta is racing up the East Coast, causing deaths, damage, and power outages to more than a million people. NBC’s Morgan Chesky reports from New Orleans, and TODAY’s Al Roker forecasts where the storm is headed next, plus snow in the Northeast.
FBI probes ransomware attacks on US hospitals
Hospitals nationwide are on high alert after a stark warning from several U.S. agencies that cyber-criminals could be targeting them. The attacks utilize ransomware, which can block hospitals from accessing information on their own patients. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY.
Knife attack at French church kills at least 3
Overnight a deadly knife attack took place at a church in Nice, France, taking at least three lives. Police are investigating it as a terror attack. NBC’s Matt Bradley reports for TODAY from Paris.
Strong earnings help stocks regain poise
BusinessStrong earnings help stocks regain poisePostedAfter a big slide the day before, European stocks opened with gains on Thursday, helped by stronger than expected results from firms including VW, Shell and Sanofi. Julian Satterthwaite reports.
Justin Turner under fire for World Series celebration after positive COVID test
After Dodgers star Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus during the final game of the World Series, he was pulled from the game. But he still joined the on-field celebration afterward, and Major League Baseball is investigating. NBC national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY from Los Angeles.
Japan's women wrestlers fight to win
The Japan on which Kris Hernandez has pinned her dreams is the thud of body slams, sweat, and garish costumes - the world of professional women's wrestling. "I was on the edge of my seat with every move, thinking 'Oh my God, how come they are not dead? She quit her teaching job and shared a house with women wrestlers, living off savings as she began a tough daily training regime including gymnastic moves. "I would walk four hours across Tokyo to get to practice, do three-hour training and then get the train back," she said. "If I saved the train fare one way, it would be all right."
LVMH, Tiffany patch up differences, agree deal
BusinessLVMH, Tiffany patch up differences, agree dealPostedU.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co has agreed with LVMH to slightly lower the price of its acquisition by the French luxury goods group, ending a bitter legal dispute between the two, the companies said on Thursday. Francis Maguire reports.
Gold holds steady, tracks dollar as election caution kicks in
FILE PHOTO: Gold bars at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoSpot gold was flat at $1,877.01 per ounce by 1028 GMT. “No one really wants to take any aggressive positions ahead of the election,” said StoneX analyst Rhona O’Connell. But gold, considered an inflation-hedge, was still up 24% this year, helped by near-zero interest rates globally and unprecedented stimulus measures. On the physical front, the World Gold Council expected gold demand to improve into year-end in traditional top buyers China and India after slumping for most of this year.
Scarred by war but home at last, two Libyan families pray for peace
“After we returned, there was nothing left.”To the east in Benghazi, the Alis had to leave their Misrata Street neighbourhood when fighting engulfed Libya’s second biggest city in 2014. They returned in 2018, so desperate to get home that they ignored official warnings about landmines and unexploded bombs. They left the farm in the Ain Zara district when Haftar launched his war last year, returning only after his retreat. Street after street in the neighbourhood shows the scars of fighting, with electricity lines cut, and shops and houses burned out. The destruction reached the Bouzids’ farm a few minutes’ drive away down a rough track.
EU court sets conditions for EU antitrust regulators to access Facebook documents
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators can access some Facebook documents under certain conditions, Europe’s second-top court said on Thursday in a case triggered by what the U.S. social media giant says are excessive demands for data. The Luxembourg-based General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. “Those documents shall then be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation, in the presence (virtual or physical) of an equivalent number of Facebook Ireland’s lawyers,” the court said.
Factbox: U.S. Supreme Court rules against Trump as legal battles over election continue
FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court of the United States is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. BIDEN WINS-- NORTH CAROLINA BALLOT EXTENSIONThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday left in place North Carolina’s extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to review the decision on an expedited basis. On Oct. 19, the court deadlocked 4-4 on an emergency request by Republicans to halt the lower court decision. By a 6-4 vote, it reversed a lower court ruling that the measure amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax.
Ralph Lauren misses revenue estimates, sees more pandemic pain ahead
FILE PHOTO: A security guard stands outside the Ralph Lauren store during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(Reuters) - Ralph Lauren Corp RL.N missed revenue estimates for the second quarter on Thursday, as fewer customers spent on its high-end apparel and accessories during the COVID-19 pandemic. The luxury apparel retailer said it expects third quarter and full year earnings to continue to be adversely affected by the pandemic that has dulled consumer demand. Net revenue fell about 30% to $1.19 billion in the quarter ended Sept. 26, missing analysts’ average estimate of $1.21 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The company reported a net loss of $39.1 million, or 53 cents per share, compared with a profit of $182.1 million, or $2.34 per share, a year earlier.
UK's Labour leader apologises after damning anti-Semitism report
LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour party apologised after a report found the party responsible for unlawful harrassment and discrimination in its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism under previous leadership. “I am truly sorry for all the pain and grief that has been caused,” Labour leader Keir Starmer said at a news conference on Thursday. He said that the party would implement all the report’s recommendations in full.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
Moderna says preparing for launch of experimental coronavirus vaccine
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo(Reuters) - Moderna Inc MRNA.O, one of the front-runners in the race to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus, said on Thursday it was preparing to launch the experimental vaccine and had already received $1.1 billion in deposits for supply. Moderna, which has no approved products on the market yet, is one of the handful of companies in final trials for the vaccine, along with large drugmakers like Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N and Pfizer Inc PFE.N. “I believe that if we launch our COVID-19 vaccine, 2021 could be the most important inflection year in Moderna’s history,” said Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. The company said it was in talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility on a tiered pricing proposal for its vaccine.
Taco Bell growth helps Yum beat comparable sales estimates
(Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc YUM.N reported a smaller-than-expected drop in comparable sales on Thursday, helped by a spike in online orders for its tacos as pandemic fears kept customers at home. Grubhub will likely be bought by European online food-ordering company Just Eat Takeaway.com NV TKWY.AS for $6.9 billion. Yum’s comparable sales fell 2% for the KFC owner in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but beat the average analyst estimate of a 3.74% slide, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Taco Bell posted comparable sales growth of 3%, well above the estimate of a 1.75% rise. At Pizza Hut, the company’s pizza chain that has long been grappling with stiff competition from Domino’s Pizza and others, comparable sales were down 3% and slipped 4% at KFC.
Greenland 'proud' its role in U.S. security recognised as air base sore point resolved
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The United States and Greenland have agreed to strengthen economic and trade ties after resolving a dispute over a service contract to a U.S. air base in the north of the Arctic island. The Thule Air Base has been a sore point between the United States, Greenland and Denmark since the Pentagon in 2014 awarded a service contract to a U.S. company, breaking a decade-long agreement of keeping it in Danish-Greenlandic hands. “The case is of great importance to Greenland in principle,” Greenland’s foreign minister, Steen Lynge, said in a joint statement between Greenland and Denmark released late on Wednesday. The Thule base mainly operates a missile warning system and space and satellite surveillance. As part of the deal announced on Wednesday, Greenland and the United states also agreed to strengthen ties on trade, mining, education and tourism.
UK's Labour responsible for unlawful harassment over anti-Semitism, report says
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s main opposition Labour party was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination in its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism under the previous leadership of left-wing veteran Jeremy Corbyn, an equalities body said. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain March 9, 2020. “The investigation has identified serious failings in the Labour Party leadership in addressing anti-Semitism and an inadequate process for handling anti-Semitism complaints,” the EHRC said in a statement. The EHRC said the Labour Party was responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act: political interference in anti-Semitism complaints; failure to provide proper training to handle the complaints and harassment. “Our investigation has highlighted multiple areas where its approach and leadership to tackling anti-Semitism was insufficient,” Caroline Waters, interim chair of the EHRC, said.
Rise in at-home cooking helps Kraft Heinz beat sales expectations
(Reuters) - Kraft Heinz Co KHC.O beat third-quarter revenue expectations on Thursday, as consumers bought more of its packaged foods and condiments for at-home cooking, sending its shares up about 4% in premarket trading. The company, known for brands from Philadelphia cream cheese to Heinz ketchup, said quarterly sales grew 6% to $6.44 billion, beating analysts’ average estimate of $6.32 billion, according to Refinitiv data. Compared to its peers, Kraft generated the highest increase in sales over the past 12 weeks at U.S. retail stores. It rose 9.8% for Kraft, 5% for Kellogg and 8.7% for General Mills GIS.N, according to data provided to Guggenheim by Nielsen. For the full year, Kraft raised its forecast for adjusted core earnings to high single digits from mid single digits.
NYSE-owner ICE third quarter profit beats on virus-driven market volatility
FILE PHOTO: A nearly empty trading floor is seen as preparations are made for the return to trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid(Reuters) - Intercontinental Exchange Inc ICE.N, owner of the New York Stock Exchange, beat Street estimates for third-quarter profit on Thursday, boosted by higher trading volumes due to coronavirus-driven volatility in the market. Analysts had expected a profit of 99 cents per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The market volatility fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic has helped stock exchanges as trading volumes go up, even as the broader economy is experiencing the worst downturn in decades. ICE, however, reported a fall in profit as expenses were higher, mainly related to the company’s acquisition of mortgage tech firm Ellie Mae during the quarter.
France raises security threat level to highest, PM says
French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech and attends a debate with members of the French National Assembly about new COVID-19 measures as a second wave of the coronavirus disease sweeps France, at the parliament in Paris, France, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauPARIS (Reuters) - France has raised the security alert for French territory to the highest level after the knife attack in the city of Nice, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday. Castex also told French National Assembly that the government’s response to the attack would be firm and implacable.
ConocoPhillips posts smaller-than-expected loss as oil prices recover
FILE PHOTO: The logo for ConocoPhillips is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo(Reuters) - Oil producer ConocoPhillips COP.N, which is buying Concho Resources Inc CXO.N for $8.3 billion, posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday as it benefited from a recovery in crude oil prices from pandemic-driven lows. Excluding curtailments and other items, ConocoPhillips’ third-quarter production came in at 1.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), 4% below last year’s levels. Concho Resources had earlier this week reported a small decline in its third-quarter production. ConocoPhillips’ adjusted net loss of 31 cents per share in the third quarter was 1 cent below analysts’ average expectations, according to Refinitiv IBES data.
Sony, OmniVision receive U.S. licences to export sensors to Huawei: Nikkei
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Sony booth during the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Steve MarcusTOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp 6758.T and OmniVision Technologies Inc have been granted licenses by the U.S. government to resume image sensor shipments to China's Huawei Technologies, Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday. Some display and image sensor-related suppliers are receiving U.S. licences as those components are considered less related to cybersecurity concerns, Nikkei Asia said, citing a chip industry executive.
Record-breaker Jones to lead Wales against Scotland
(Reuters) - Alun Wyn Jones will become the most capped player in test history when he leads a much-changed Wales in their Six Nations finale against Scotland in Llanelli on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Wales v France - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - February 22, 2020 Wales' Alun Wyn Jones reacts Action Images via Reuters/Peter CziborraLock Jones will earn a 149th cap, including nine for the British & Irish Lions, and move ahead of former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw on the all-time list. Alun Wyn said he’s been waiting for someone to come along like him. Other changes see Gareth Davies come in at scrumhalf and Owen Watkin start at inside centre. Replacements: 16-Sam Parry, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-James Davies, 21-Lloyd Williams, 22-Rhys Patchell, 23-Nick Tompkins.
Wales wing wizard JJ Williams dies aged 72
(Reuters) - One of Wales’ and the British & Irish Lions greatest ever wingers, JJ Williams, has died at the age of 72, his former club Bridgend Ravens confirmed on Thursday without revealing a cause of death. Williams was central to both teams success in the mid-to-late 1970s, helping Wales to Grand Slams in 1976 and 1978, and four Triple Crowns between 1976 and 1979. He scored 12 tries in 30 tests for his country, but it was with the Lions where he perhaps left his greatest mark. Williams’ score against New Zealand in 1977 was a fifth for the Lions, and puts him second only to Ireland’s Tony O’Reilly on the all-time list following the latter’s six on two tours in the 1950s. Williams was also a sprinter who represented Wales at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, with all three of his children also finding success in athletics and son Rhys crowned European champion in the 400 metres in 2012.
Column: Coronavirus and the great workplace debate
Remote working has become a necessity for some and highly desirable for many others, accelerating a trend already in motion. But what makes the coronavirus crisis different is that communications technology now enables them to stay there after the epidemic is brought under control. POPULAR COMPROMISEBlended working, where employees split their time between working remotely and from a central office has emerged as a popular compromise for a post-pandemic workplace solution. Among these, employees and employers both have to maintain workspace, paying for space used only part of the time. But the need to continue travelling to a central location suggests the need to remain within easy commuting distance.
West Bank Palestinians' olive trees burn as U.N. urges protection for harvest
BURQA, West Bank (Reuters) - For many West Bank Palestinians, the olive tree is both a revered cultural emblem and an economic necessity - but it has also become a focal point of a struggle between them and Israeli settlers for a land they both claim. The Oct 23 report by humanitarian affairs office UNOCHA has also logged 19 disruptions “by people believed or known to be Israeli settlers,” with 23 Palestinian farmers injured. In Burqa, Israeli settlers “stoned and physically assaulted Palestinian olive pickers on three occasions, triggering clashes”, UNOCHA said. Palestinians claim the West Bank for a future state. Israeli security forces intervened, firing tear gas and stun grenades towards Palestinians, who threw stones back.
EU court sets conditions for EU antitrust regulators to access Facebook documents
FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/IllustrationBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators can access some Facebook FB.O documents under certain conditions, Europe's second-top court said on Thursday in a case triggered by what the U.S. social media giant says are excessive demands for data. The Luxembourg-based General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. “Those documents shall then be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation, in the presence (virtual or physical) of an equivalent number of Facebook Ireland’s lawyers,” the court said.
European stocks rebound as earnings support; focus on ECB meet
(Reuters) - European stocks recovered slightly on Thursday on the back of strong earnings from oil major Royal Dutch Shell and chip equipment supplier ASM, but sentiment remained fragile a day after lockdown fears sparked a sharp selloff. The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX rose 0.3% after closing at a five-month low in the previous session, while the German DAX .GDAXI advanced 0.6% and UK's FTSE 100 .FTSE and France's CAC 40 .FCHI rebounded from multi-month lows. Real estate .SX86P, oil & gas .SXEP and technology stocks .SX8P rose more than 1%, leading sectoral gains. UK's Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L rose 2.5% as the company lifted its dividend after easily beating third-quarter profit forecasts. In the busiest day for European reporting season, telecom stocks took a beating as Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia NOKIA.HE slumped 17.2% after it cut its full-year profit forecast.
Lukashenko shakes up security team to stamp out Belarus protests
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday in an attempt to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Lukashenko is still betting on stifling the protests,” said political analyst Alexander Klaskovsky. Barsukov will be responsible for Minsk, Vakulchik for Brest on the Polish border, and Karayev for Grodno, near the borders with Poland and Lithuania. The emphasis on security in regions bordering NATO countries is consistent with repeated allegations by Lukashenko that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
If Biden wins, what would a U.S. climate change pledge look like?
BRUSSELS/WASHINGON (Reuters) - If he wins next Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden has pledged to give the country a leading role in global efforts to curb climate change. FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoPresident Donald Trump, who has rejected mainstream science on climate change, does not have a plan to address global warming. That is because under the Paris Agreement progress towards curbing climate change is measured by countries’ pledges to rein in emissons this decade. A Biden administration could get a boost from climate policies already in place in many states, cities and businesses.
Britain stands steadfast with France after beheading - PM Johnson
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as he meets with his Iraq's counterpart Mustafa Al-Kadhimi (not pictured) at Downing Street, in London, Britain October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country stood steadfast with France after an attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday. “I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica,” Johnson said on Twitter in both English and French. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance.”
EU Commission head condemns suspected terrorist attack in Nice
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned on Thursday the knife attack that killed three people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice. Calling it an “odious and brutal attack”, von der Leyen said the whole of Europe stood in solidarity with France and remained united and determined “in the face of barbarism and fanaticism”.
Ant Group's Shanghai retail book for $34.4 billion listing 872 times oversubscribed
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Ant Group, an affiliate of Alibaba, is pictured at its headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoHONG KONG (Reuters) - The domestic retail book of Ant Group Co Ltd’s $34.4 billion dual listing was 872 times oversubscribed as individual investors in China scrambled for a slice of the world’s largest initial public offering (IPO), a company filing showed. The oversubcription equates to investment interest of about 4 trillion yuan ($596.76 billion). Hangzhou-based Ant, backed by e-commerce behemoth Alibaba BABA.N, is selling 1.67 billion shares on the Nasdaq-style STAR Market before a so-called greenshoe option for a 15% overallotment of shares. The remaining 16% of the Shanghai leg had been allotted to non-strategic institutional investors who subscribed for about 76 billion shares, roughly 284 times the initial tranche, according to Ant’s filing on Monday.
Sony, OmniVision receive U.S. licences to export sensors to Huawei: Nikkei
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Sony booth during the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Steve MarcusTOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp 6758.T and OmniVision Technologies Inc have been granted U.S. licences to resume shipping some image sensors to China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. U.S. curbs on Huawei Technologies, which cite security concerns, have banned global suppliers from selling it chips, including image sensors, which use U.S. technology, without a special licence since Sept. 15. Samsung Electronics' 005930.KS display unit has received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain display panel products to Huawei, a source told Reuters. Last month, Intel Corp INTC.O said it had received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei.
Siemens agrees to sell Flender to Carlyle Group in $2.4 billion deal
Slideshow ( 2 images )ZURICH (Reuters) - Siemens SIEGn.DE has agreed to sell its Flender mechanical drives business to U.S. buyout group Carlyle Group CG.O for 2.025 billion euros ($2.39 billion), the German engineering group said on Thursday. The sale is the latest step in Siemens's attempts to slim down its business to focus on factory automation, transportation, and smart buildings after floating its turbines and generators supplier Siemens Energy ENR1n.DE last month and spinning off its Healthineers SHLG.DE division in 2018.
Meghan Markle wins bid to delay court battle with newspaper
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks during a school assembly as part of a visit to Robert Clack School in Essex, Britain March 6, 2020, in support of International Women's Day. Ben Stansall/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper delayed after a London court ruled last month the paper could amend its case to include details from a recently published biography. “My conclusion is that the right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application,” Mark Warby, the judge said. “That means the trial of 11 January 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be re-fixed for a new date in the autumn.”
Dutch PM Rutte tells French people "you are not alone" after attack in Nice
FILE PHOTO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives on the second day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. Olivier Matthys/Pool via REUTERSAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the French people “you are not alone” after a deadly knife attack in the southern city of Nice on Thursday. In a French message posted on Twitter he said: “We say to the French people: In the fight against extremism you are not alone. The Netherlands stands beside you.”
Trump, Biden to take campaign battle to critical battleground: Florida
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstOpinion polls show Biden with a significant edge nationally, but his lead is tighter in battleground states. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed Trump had essentially moved into a tie with Biden in Florida, with 49% saying they would vote for Biden and 47% for the president. In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia prosecutor issued a stark warning for Trump campaign poll-watchers not to overstep their bounds as they search for voter fraud. The Trump campaign has said it is recruiting an “army” of 50,000 volunteers to monitor polling places, an effort Democrats say could suppress the vote.
EU says escalating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 'unacceptable'
YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - The European Union said an escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was “unacceptable” and called for new peace talks as Armenia and Azerbaijan once more traded accusations of shelling in and around the mountain enclave on Thursday. Three ceasefires have failed to hold and civilians were killed on either side of the conflict on Wednesday. The EU executive urged the sides to return without delay to “substantive negotiations” on a peaceful settlement as last agreed in Washington on Oct. 25. The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Thursday it had suffered 51 more casualties, taking its military death toll to 1,119 since fighting erupted on Sept. 27. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
Vatican condemns Nice church attack, says terror never acceptable
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis attends the weekly general audience in Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican, October 28, 2020. Vatican Media/?Handout via REUTERSVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Thursday condemned the attack that left three people dead at a church in Nice, France, saying terrorism and violence were never acceptable. “Today’s attack sowed death in a place of love and consolation, the house of the Lord,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement. Terrorism and violence can never be accepted.” He said Pope Francis had been informed and was praying for the victims. The pope hoped the French people would “respond in a united way to evil with good.”
India passes bleak landmark of 8 million coronavirus infections
Slideshow ( 3 images )MUMBAI (Reuters) - India crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, with a daily rise of 49,881 infections, health ministry data showed. The world’s second most populous nation also has the second highest tally of infections after the United States, which has recorded 8.8 million. Cases in India have dipped sharply from September’s peak, but experts warn the current festival season could bring another spike. The death toll has been low relative to infections, with 517 new deaths in the last 24 hours carrying the total to 120,527, the ministry said.
Labour leader Starmer apologises for anti-semitism failings on 'day of shame'
LONDON (Reuters) - British Labour leader Keir Starmer on Thursday apologised for his party’s failure to deal with anti-semitism in its ranks after an official report said it was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination. FILE PHOTO: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer delivers his keynote speech during the party's online conference from the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster, Britain September 22, 2020. Corbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response. “It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. Corbyn said anti-Semitism was “absolutely abhorrent, wrong and responsible for some of humanity’s greatest crimes”.
Saudi man arrested in Jeddah after knife attack on guard at French consulate
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi man was arrested in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after attacking and wounding a security guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday, local police said. The French Embassy said the consulate was subject to an “attack by knife which targeted a guard”, adding the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger. “The French Embassy strongly condemns this attack against a diplomatic outpost which nothing could justify,” it said in a statement. France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of a school teacher by a man of Chechen origin. The attacker had said he wanted to punish the teacher for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson.
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Breakingviews - Corona Capital: Vaccines, Shell, China/cars, KFC
LONDON/ZURICH/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. LATEST- Vaccine boost- Shell surprise- VW in China- KFC’s mixed bucketSHOT IN THE ARM. Vaccine sales were up nearly 14% to more than 2 billion euros in the three months to September. British peer GSK reported a similar surge on Wednesday; sales of its flu vaccine business grew 21% in the third quarter. The bucket is only half full at Yum China.
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Republican moderate Susan Collins fights for her political life in Trump eraU.S. Senator Susan Collins is fighting for her political life in a race that could decide control of the Senate, having enjoyed years of popularity as an independent-minded moderate before fellow Republican Donald Trump entered the White House.
Breakingviews - Arnault’s Tiffany tantrum was not worth the fuss
Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault attends the global tech conference Viva Technology at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 21, 2017. Bernard Arnault’s sudden reconciliation with his less-sparkly target Tiffany is puzzling. The tiny discount the two sides agreed to on Thursday cannot come remotely close to justifying the hit that Arnault’s spoiled-brat tactics rendered to LVMH’s reputation. Under the new deal terms, LVMH will pay $131.5 per share in cash to acquire Tiffany instead of the $135 per share agreed last year. But the heavy-handed tactics LVMH employed may have consequences beyond Tiffany.
Tesla plans to open about 52 new service centers in 2021: Electrek
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Tesla is seen at a Tesla Supercharger station in Dietikon, Switzerland October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann(Reuters) - Tesla Inc plans to add at least one new service center every week in 2021, Electrek reported on Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter. The electric carmaker has been expanding its network of service centers and Superchargers to keep up with its growing fleet. Last week, analysts at Brokerage RBC noted that Tesla’s investment in service and quality has not been enough to keep up with its increasing sales and has the potential to damage the brand. “Service could be particularly important as Tesla continues to try to expand outside its core market.”The company, which has repeatedly said that it needs to expand its service center locations, operates 466 service centers around the world, according to Electrek.
From Facebook to TikTok, U.S. political influencers are paid for posts
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoThe tactic of paying so-called influencers and publishers for creating and posting political content is taking off across social media sites. A TikTok spokeswoman said its ban on political advertising also prohibited paid political influencer content. PAID POSTSInconsistent disclosure practices and a lack of transparency tools make it difficult to track political paid partnerships online. She said TikTok removes undisclosed paid political content when it becomes aware of it. While the Federal Trade Commission requires social media influencers and creators to clearly label sponsored posts, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) governs political ads.
TC Energy sees higher costs for Coastal Gaslink pipeline
(Reuters) - TC Energy Corp TRP.TO said it expects costs for its Coastal Gaslink pipeline in British Columbia to rise compared to the previously disclosed estimate due to increased scope, permit delays and COVID-19 impacts. The Coastal Gaslink pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from Montney to LNG Canada’s liquefaction facility under construction near Kitimat, British Columbia, has faced opposition from environmentalists. The construction of Coastal Gaslink was expected to cost over $6.6 billion, and once the pipeline was in operation, an additional $42 million was forecast to be spent each year. The project is targeted to be brought in service in the second half of 2022. TC Energy’s comparable earnings fell to C$893 million ($677.23 million), or 95 Canadian cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from C$970 million, or C$1.04 per share, a year earlier.
Nice mayor visits scene of French church attack
Rough CutsNice mayor visits scene of French church attackPostedMayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter a knife attack had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the suspect.
Shopify revenue beats estimates as online boom pulls in more merchants
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Shopify is seen outside its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie(Reuters) - Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify Inc beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter revenue on Thursday, as more brick-and-mortar businesses listed on its platform to tap the pandemic-driven surge in online shopping. Boom in online orders from consumers sheltering at home during the outbreak boosted sales across e-commerce firms, encouraging small- to medium-sized businesses to create an online presence. Shopify generates revenue by selling subscription to merchants looking to join its e-commerce platform and by charging them payment processing and transaction fees along with other paid logistics services. Revenue, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, came in at $767.4 million, a 96% surge on-year, and above analysts’ estimate of $663.4 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Sony, OmniVision receive U.S. licences to export sensors to Huawei - Nikkei
FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China, Sept. 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp and OmniVision Technologies Inc have been granted U.S. licences to resume shipping some image sensors to China’s Huawei Technologies, Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. U.S. curbs on Huawei Technologies, which cite security concerns, have banned global suppliers from selling it chips, including image sensors, which use U.S. technology, without a special licence since Sept. 15. Samsung Electronics’ display unit has received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain display panel products to Huawei, a source told Reuters. Last month, Intel Corp said it had received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei.
Contract worker killed at Canada's Trans Mountain Expansion Project site
(Reuters) - A contract worker was fatally injured at a construction site that is part of the government-owned Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Edmonton, Alberta on Oct. 27, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) said. Work at the site has been halted and two CER safety specialists are overseeing Trans Mountain’s investigation of the incident, the regulator said in a statement dated Wednesday. The Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project will twin the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline between Strathcona County, Alberta and Burnaby, BC, creating a pipeline system with the nominal capacity going from about 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 890,000 bpd.
Factbox: Key details from fifth plenum of China's Communist Party
Below are some key details from the communique of the plenum, the fifth meeting of the Central Committee since the once-in-five years Communist Party congress in 2017, as released by state media on Thursday. GDP GOALSParty leadership said in the communique that the value of China’s gross domestic product is expected to exceed 100 trillion yuan ($14.92 trillion) this year. In the communique, the party said the model would be promoted, combining efforts to expand domestic demand with supply-side reforms. REFORMSThe party said in the communique that China would deepen reforms in all aspects, but gave few details. (This story corrects to say this year’s GDP is expected to exceed 100 trillion yuan, not reach 100 trillion yuan)
TSX futures rebounds from sharp selloffs in prior session
(Reuters) - Futures for Canada’s main stock index were set to join a global recovery on Thursday, a day after TSX posted its worst day in over four months over worries about surging coronavirus cases in Europe and the United States. FILE PHOTO: The Art Deco facade of the original Toronto Stock Exchange building is seen on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Chris HelgrenDecember futures on the S&P/TSX index were up 0.57% at 7:00 a.m. ETThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended 2.71% lower at 15,586.57 on Wednesday. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.59% and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.96%.
Tougher new rules for tech giants, more power to enforcers: EU's Vestager
FILE PHOTO: Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager addresses the media at the German Economy Ministry in Berlin, Germany September 7, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager also proposed new powers for enforcers to tackle market failures in digital markets and to stop new ones from emerging. Under the proposed Digital Services Act, online platforms will have to check sellers’ identities before they can use their services in a move aimed at countering illegal and dangerous content. The second set of rules called the Digital Markets Act is targeted at online gatekeepers. Vestager said the second pillar of the Digital Markets Act was to set up a harmonised market investigation framework across the 27-country bloc.
Tougher new rules for tech giants, more power to enforcers - EU's Vestager
FILE PHOTO: Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager addresses the media at the German Economy Ministry in Berlin, Germany September 7, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoEuropean Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager also proposed new powers for enforcers to tackle market failures in digital markets and to stop new ones from emerging. Under the proposed Digital Services Act, online platforms will have to check sellers’ identities before they can use their services in a move aimed at countering illegal and dangerous content. The second set of rules called the Digital Markets Act is targeted at online gatekeepers. Vestager said the second pillar of the Digital Markets Act was to set up a harmonised market investigation framework across the 27-country bloc.
Japanese gymnast Uchimura tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of key meet
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura has tested positive for COVID-19 ten days before he was due to take part in an international meet seen as a major test of Tokyo’s capacity to hold events ahead of next year’s Olympics, organisers announced on Thursday. Oct 2, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes on the rings during the 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Montreal Olympic Stadium. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports/FilesThe meet is set to be the first international event to be held at a Tokyo Olympic venue since the Games were postponed in March due to the new coronavirus pandemic. He will be re-tested on Nov. 4 and 5 and could still take part if both tests are negative. In an interview with Reuters earlier this week, Watanabe said he hoped this meet would open the door towards holding a successful Olympics next year [L8N2HH0E2].
Tesla plans to open about 52 new service centers in 2021- Electrek
FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo(Reuters) - Tesla Inc plans to add at least one new service center every week in 2021, Electrek reported on Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter. The electric carmaker has been expanding its network of service centers and Superchargers to keep up with its growing fleet. Last week, analysts at Brokerage RBC noted that Tesla’s investment in service and quality has not been enough to keep up with its increasing sales and has the potential to damage the brand. “Service could be particularly important as Tesla continues to try to expand outside its core market.”The company, which has repeatedly said that it needs to expand its service center locations, operates 466 service centers around the world, according to Electrek.
'A star is born' - Pedri dazzles for Barca in Turin
TURIN (Reuters) - Barcelona’s 17-year-old midfielder Pedri may not have got on the scoresheet in his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over Juventus but the teenager was the unmistakeable star in a victory that gave life to his wounded side and put him on the map. “Knowing the age he is, what he did tonight was outstanding,” said Barca coach Ronald Koeman. Before joining Las Palmas in July 2019, Pedri had never been at a professional club, developing as a player at amateur side CF Juventud Laguna. “Pedri arrived as a practically unknown figure for most Barca fans but has made an immediate impression for his tactical reading of matches,” said newspaper AS. “In Turin he confirmed that there is a boy who is banging at the door with enough force to knock it down.”($1 = 0.8461 euros)
Golfing great Nicklaus endorses Trump for re-election
FILE PHOTO: U.S. golf great Jack Nicklaus hits off the 3rd tee during the par 3 contest held on the final day of practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo(Reuters) - Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus said that he has cast his vote for President Donald Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another four years in the White House. Nicklaus, an 18-time major winner, said Trump has already delivered on his promises in the past 3-1/2 years, while being “more diverse than any other President” before. Soon after Nicklaus' endorsement, Trump replied on Twitter twitter.com/realDonaldTrump: "Jack, this is a Great Honor. Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, is a native of Ohio, a state Trump won in the 2016 election.
Britain pressed to follow French and German lockdowns as COVID rates surge
FILE PHOTO: People make their way amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nottingham, Britain, October 28, 2020. Steven Riley, the author of the study, said the government should decide quickly if it wanted to follow France and Germany. However Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said he did not think it was inevitable that the UK would follow France and Germany in imposing nationwide restrictions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who addressed parliament on Thursday, said her government had moved quickly to prevent intensive care facilities being overwhelmed. The United States has also seen a surge in new coronavirus cases in the run up to next week’s presidential election, with more than 80,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths reported on Wednesday.
Column: Coronavirus and the great workplace debate - John Kemp
Remote working has become a necessity for some and highly desirable for many others, accelerating a trend already in motion. POPULAR COMPROMISEBlended working, where employees split their time between working remotely and from a central office has emerged as a popular compromise for a post-pandemic workplace solution. Among these, employees and employers both have to maintain workspace, paying for space used only part of the time. The solution for employees is less obvious, since there are fewer options for multiple uses of dedicated workspace at home. But the need to continue travelling to a central location suggests the need to remain within easy commuting distance.
Analysis: Biden presidency for Turkey would mean tougher U.S. stance but chance to repair ties
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. To date, he has refused to impose sanctions on Ankara for buying the Russian S-400 missiles, which Washington says compromise NATO defenses. While overruling advisers is common in Trump’s policy playbook, his instinct to go lightly on Turkey has prevented severely fractured ties between Ankara and Washington from total collapse. “That means Erdogan will not be able to upend U.S. policy with one call to the White House,” he said. To repair the transatlantic alliance, analysts said, Biden will have to work with Turkey, or at least try.
India's September infrastructure output contracts 0.8%
FILE PHOTO: Women carry firewood on iron beams laid over a canal next to the construction site of a metro rail station in Kolkata, India, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s infrastructure output in September contracted 0.8% from a year earlier, government data released on Thursday showed. Infrastructure output, which comprises eight sectors including coal, crude oil and electricity and accounts for nearly 40% of industrial output, contracted 14.9% in the six months through September from a year earlier, the data showed
Lukashenko shakes up security team to stamp out Belarus protests
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday in an attempt to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Lukashenko is still betting on stifling the protests,” said political analyst Alexander Klaskovsky. Barsukov will be responsible for Minsk, Vakulchik for Brest on the Polish border, and Karayev for Grodno, near the borders with Poland and Lithuania. The emphasis on security in regions bordering NATO countries is consistent with repeated allegations by Lukashenko that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman killed in second incident
NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, while a gunman was shot dead by police in a separate incident. Within hours of the Nice attack, police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun in Montfavet, near the southern French city of Avignon. SOLIDARITYFrench President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Nice, Estrosi said. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of middle school teacher Paty by a man of Chechen origin. Since Paty’s killing, French officials - backed by many ordinary citizens - have re-asserted the right to display the cartoons, and the images have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the killed teacher.
Man arrested in Jeddah after knife attack on guard at French consulate
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday, Saudi state TV reported. The French Embassy said the consulate was subject to an “attack by knife which targeted a guard”, adding the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger. “The French embassy strongly condemns this attack against a diplomatic outpost which nothing could justify,” an embassy statement said. The attack happened after a knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in the French city of Nice earlier on Thursday. France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of a school teacher by a man of Chechen origin.
Moderna says preparing for launch of experimental coronavirus vaccine
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder(Reuters) - Moderna Inc, one of the front-runners in the race to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus, said on Thursday it was preparing to launch the experimental vaccine and had already received $1.1 billion in deposits for supply. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has signed deals with the U.S. government and several other countries, and is in talks with a WHO-led group for supply of the vaccine, which is in large, late-stage human trials. Moderna, which has no approved products on the market yet, is one of the handful of companies in final trials for the vaccine, along with large drugmakers like Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc.“I believe that if we launch our COVID-19 vaccine, 2021 could be the most important inflection year in Moderna’s history,” said Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. The company said it was in talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility on a tiered pricing proposal for its vaccine.
Elite sport to continue in France despite lockdown - minister
French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/FilesPARIS (Reuters) - Elite sport will continue in France despite a nationwide lockdown announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said. This is why I wanted to confirm to you that the continuity of the sport which is practised as a profession is today assured,” Maracineau told a parliament session overnight. France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try to contain the pandemic, which is threatening to spiral out of control, Macron said in an address to the nation on Wednesday. And then we will be allowed to compete because travelling for professional reasons is allowed,” Maracineanu added.
French police shoot dead person who threatened passerby with a weapon
PARIS (Reuters) - French police shot dead a man in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon in southern France, after he had earlier threatened passersby with a handgun, police said, confirming media reports. According to French radio station Europe 1, the man had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).
If Biden wins, what would a U.S. climate change pledge look like?
BRUSSELS/WASHINGON (Reuters) - If he wins next Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden has pledged to give the country a leading role in global efforts to curb climate change. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoPresident Donald Trump, who has rejected mainstream science on climate change, does not have a plan to address global warming. That is because under the Paris Agreement progress towards curbing climate change is measured by countries’ pledges to rein in emissons this decade. The Biden campaign has not yet set an economy-wide emissions target for 2030, but his climate plan features a goal to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035. A Biden administration could get a boost from climate policies already in place in many states, cities and businesses.
Putin says Russian COVID-19 vaccines effective, eyes mass vaccinations
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia October 22, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russian COVID-19 experimental vaccines were effective and that Russia hoped to start mass vaccinations by the end of the year. Putin was speaking by video link to an investor forum in Russia.
Chinese, U.S. military chiefs hold crisis communication, says China defence ministry
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese and U.S. military chiefs held talks on crisis communication this week, amid heightened tensions between the two military superpowers this year in the South China Sea, with the United States denying a report on a possible drone attack. Chinese and U.S. militaries held a video conference meeting about crisis communication on Oct. 28-29, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Thursday. Esper said the United States “has no intention of creating a military crisis with the Chinese,” according to Wu. “We urge the U.S. to walk the talk, keep its promise, and take measures to prevent provoking China military in the air and sea,” Wu said, adding that China will resolutely counter-strike if provoked with an attack at sea. Both militaries will exchange views via video conferencing on humanitarian aid in mid-November and on maritime security before the end of the year, Wu said.
Olympics: Japanese gymnast Uchimura test positive for COVID-19 ahead of key meet
Oct 2, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes on the rings during the 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Montreal Olympic Stadium. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports/FilesTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura has tested positive for COVID-19 ten days before he was due to take part in an international meet seen as a major test of Tokyo’s capacity to hold events ahead of next year’s Olympics, organisers announced on Thursday. Organisers said it was unclear whether Uchimura, who is a three-time Olympic gold medallist, will be pulling out of the Nov. 8 meet that will also feature athletes from China, Russia and the United States.
EU court sets conditions for EU antitrust regulators to access Facebook documents
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators can access some Facebook documents under certain conditions, Europe’s second-top court said on Thursday in a case triggered by what the U.S. social media giant says are excessive demands for data. The Luxembourg-based General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. “Those documents shall then be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation, in the presence (virtual or physical) of an equivalent number of Facebook Ireland’s lawyers,” the court said.
Marvell to buy Inphi in $10 billion chip deal to bolster data center, 5G business
(Reuters) - Chip supplier Marvell Technology Group Ltd on Thursday said it has agreed to buy peer Inphi Corp in a $10 billion cash-and-stock deal aimed at broadening Marvell’s footprint in data centers and 5G network infrastructure. Inphi has also won deals to help Microsoft string together its data centers with high-speed optical connections and to connect various parts of 5G networks. Data centers and 5G infrastructure “are our two key markets” Marvell Chief Executive Matt Murphy told Reuters in an interview. Under the deal, Marvell will give Inphi shareholders $66 in cash and 2.32 shares of stock in the combined company for each share of Inphi. After the deal, Marvell shareholders will own about 83% of the combined company, with Inphi shareholders owning about 17%.
China's premium car buyers drive VW back to profit
The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on car in a showroom of a Volkswagen car dealer in Brussels, Belgium July 9, 2020. “The coronavirus remains a central problem,” Volkswagen Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter said in a conference call with reporters. Volkswagen said its net liquidity rose to 24.8 billion euros from 18.7 billion at the end of the second quarter. Excluding one-time items, third-quarter operating profit was 3.2 billion euros ($3.8 billion), down from 4.8 billion euros a year earlier, but up from a second quarter loss of 1.7 billion. Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot manufacturer PSA Group both also posted solid results this week.
UK Labour leader Starmer apologises for anti-semitism failings on 'day of shame'
LONDON (Reuters) - British Labour leader Keir Starmer on Thursday apologised for his party’s failure to deal with anti-semitism in its ranks after an official report said it was responsible for unlawful harassment and discrimination. Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer leaves Lambeth Palace following a press conference in London, Britain, October 13, 2020. Corbyn’s tenure was marred by persistent complaints of anti-Semitism in the party and criticism of the leader’s response. “It is a day of shame for the Labour Party. “This is inexcusable and appeared to be a result of a lack of willingness to tackle anti-Semitism rather than an inability to do so,” Caroline Waters, interim chair of the EHRC, said.
Airbus to stop burning cash, defends higher output plan
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Airbus is pictured at the entrance of the Airbus facility in Bouguenais, near Nantes, France, July 2, 2020. Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said Airbus had learned much about how to adapt during the seven-month-old crisis. But suppliers worry in case Airbus is unable to meet the new goal, leaving them with bills for investing in new capacity. Some analysts expect Airbus to cut wide-body rates again after halving A350 output to five a month. Faury said Airbus had reactivated planning for a worst-case no-deal Brexit, though he did not expect this to be needed.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
Oil extends losses with 4% slump on renewed lockdowns
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell 4% on Thursday to their lowest since mid-June, extending the previous day’s sharp decline on the potential impact renewed coronavirus lockdowns will have on oil demand. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S., November 22, 2019. “[We] believe it is increasingly unlikely that oil production will be stepped up from January,” Commerzbank said. Rising Libyan oil production is also weighing on sentiment. Oil had initially rebounded slightly from overnight losses in Asian morning trade on technical support and the prospect of tighter short-term supply as Hurricane Zeta slams Louisiana.
Stephen Colbert Takes Naughty Swipe At Trump For Advertising On ‘The Late Show’
Stephen Colbert discovered that President Donald Trump advertises a lot on “The Late Show.” (Watch the full monologue video below.) “Wow,” a surprised Colbert said Wednesday. “Has he seen how I talk about him on this show?”A CNN study revealed that the president’s reelection campaign has aired nearly 1,200 commercials during Colbert’s almost nightly bashing of Trump. “Well, I guess it wouldn’t be the first time Trump’s paid someone to spank him,” Colbert cracked. Oh yeah, he danced after that one.
Robots get private view of major pop art show
The show displays work featuring Colbert’s cartoon lobster, the central character in his paintings and sculptures. Telepresence robots - remote-controlled robots on wheels with cameras and a tablet screen are on offer for those who don’t attend in person. “It’s quite incredible to be driving round Saatchi,” said Josh Corden, an artist and preview invitee. Auctioneer Simon de Pury attended the show through a telepresence robot which he controlled from his home in Monaco. “This is a wonderful way of attending an auction preview or an exhibition preview.
Netherlands to cull 35,700 chickens after bird flu outbreak
Commercial farmers in the Netherlands are being ordered to keep their chickens indoors | Sander Koning/AFP via Getty ImagesDutch animal health authorities today announced a cull of 35,700 broiler chickens after an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the eastern village of Altforst. The embargo covers poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding as well as other animals and animal products from poultry farms. AdvertisementZoos, petting zoos and bird owners have additionally been told to shield their poultry and waterfowl to prevent them from coming into contact with wild waterfowl droppings. Action to counter the new strain of bird flu, which is thought to have spread from western Russia and Kazakhstan, has also been taken in France and Poland. No human infections from the H5N8 bird flu strain have been reported and the risk of transmission is considered low.
Poll: Biden notches narrow lead in Florida
Still, Biden appears to have gained ground since last month, when the previous version of the survey had the Democratic nominee and the Republican incumbent in a dead heat among likely voters, 48-48 percent. The RealClearPolitics average of Florida polling, which includes surveys from Oct. 20-27, shows Biden and Trump tied in the state. But Biden has grown increasingly competitive in Florida, as well as in the other Sun Belt battlegrounds of Georgia and Texas — traditionally Republican strongholds. Trump, for his part, has sought to expand his 2016 map to flip Minnesota and Nevada, which were won by then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton four years ago. The NBC News/Marist poll was conducted Oct. 25-27, surveying 743 Florida likely voters.
Maruti Suzuki, India's top carmaker, misses second-quarter profit estimates, flags demand uncertainty
Maruti, which sells every second car in the country, saw an 18.6% jump in domestic car sales to 370,619 units. But total expenses rose 7.8% as cost of materials stood at 88.62 billion rupees ($1.20 billion) and tax expenses spiked 76%. India’s biggest automaker by market capitalization reported a net profit of 13.72 billion rupees for the three months ended Sept. 30, missing estimates of 15.04 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv data. The company had posted a profit of 13.59 billion rupees for the second quarter last year. Revenue from operations rose more than 10% to 187.45 billion rupees.
Meghan Markle wins bid to delay court battle with newspaper
Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, arrives to meet academics and students during a roundtable discussion on female access to higher education with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper delayed after a London court ruled last month the paper could amend its case to include details from a recently published biography. “My conclusion is that the right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application,” Mark Warby, the judge said. “That means the trial of 11 January 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be re-fixed for a new date in the autumn.”
Philadelphia Police Vow To Release 911 Tapes, Body Camera Video Of Black Man's Killing
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw pledged to release the video evidence once the department shares it with the family of Walter Wallace Jr. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. His family’s lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Both Outlaw and the mayor pledged to address the lack of coordinated mental health services.
'Do-or-die moment': Latino Biden supporters canvass in battleground states against Trump
Latino Democrats in battleground states have been hitting neighborhoods, trying to boost the digital work and phone banking they began when the pandemic hit. Miguel Martinez, 34, of San Antonio, helped ensure that Texas Organizing project canvassers were OK to go door to door to turn out Latino voters in the city for Joe Biden. Trump's Latino supporters extol his economic record before the coronavirus and his anti-abortion stand, and some support his immigration record. Hispanics are the second-largest voting group behind whites — with 32 million eligible voters — and Latino voters' turnout increased significantly in the 2018 midterms. One Trump supporter said Trump is "going to take all of you out of this country — you should go back to Mexico."
Three dead, others injured in suspected terrorist attack at French church
Three people have been killed and others injured in what police described as a terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday.
New York wedding and birthday party lead to 56 Covid cases, nearly 300 in quarantine
A wedding and birthday party in suburban New York turned into two Covid-19 “superspreader” events that infected more than 50 people and left nearly 300 in quarantine, officials said. Out of the 91 attendees, 30 people later tested positive, consisting of 27 guests, two employees, and an outside vendor, Bellone said. More than half of the guests, 26 people, tested positive for the coronavirus and 132 being forced to quarantine, he said. Six school districts in Suffolk County have already been affected by the positive cases and associated risk of exposure, officials added. More than three dozen people who tested positive were linked to the event, including 28 students and nine adults, officials said.
France, Germany on lockdown as Covid-stricken Europe braces for tough winter
LONDON — Surging coronavirus cases across Europe are triggering new national lockdowns as the continent again shows clear signs of becoming Covid-19's global epicenter. The spiraling situation prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a new national lockdown until Dec. 1. "The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated," he said in a televised speech. All bars and restaurants in Germany and France will now close — but unlike earlier lockdowns in spring, schools will remain open. Fabrizio Bensch / ReutersThe World Health Organization said the European region — including Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia — accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases last week.
Biden holds 4-point lead in Florida, poll shows
SEE NEW POSTSBiden holds 4-point lead in Florida, poll shows Biden holds a 4-point lead over Trump in the key battleground state of Florida, according to the final NBC News/Marist poll of the state before Tuesday's presidential election. The candidates were tied at 48 percentage in the NBC News/Marist poll from September conducted in Florida. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally in a new poll released Thursday by CNN, which was conducted by SSRS. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." Quick, quick, quick.
Collins on defensive at final debate, ducks Trump re-election question
PORTLAND, Maine — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and the judiciary in their final debate before Election Day. As in the past, Gideon pointed out that Collins hasn’t said whether she’ll vote for Trump. Collins did not vote for Trump in 2016, but wrote in another Republican. The moderator, Steve Bottari, pointedly asked Collins if Trump deserved to be reelected to another four-year term. Gideon used Trump’s judicial appointments to attack Collins on women’s reproductive rights, and on health care.
Judge allows John Hinckley to publicly display his artwork
The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can now publicly display his writings, artwork and music, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Hinckley, who shot and wounded Reagan in 1981, must inform his treatment team of his plans to display his works. Hinckley was 25 when he shot Reagan in March 1981. Barry Levine, who represents Hinckley, said at a September court hearing that Hinckley should eventually be granted unconditional release. Around the time that then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011, Hinckley told one of his doctors: “Wow.
Ossoff's attack on Sen. Perdue goes viral in Georgia Senate race
SEE NEW POSTSOssoff's attack on Sen. Perdue goes viral in Georgia Senate race David Perdue lined his own pockets – trading medical stocks and dumping casino shares – while he lied to us about the threat of a virus that's now killed over 220,000 Americans. More than half, 51 percent, of likely voters support the former vice president while 47 percent said that they back Trump. Share this -Poll: Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally Biden leads Trump by 12 percentage points nationally in a new poll released Thursday by CNN, which was conducted by SSRS. Referring again to Taylor, Trump said, "in my opinion, he should be prosecuted." Quick, quick, quick.
Trump rushes Sen. McSally at rally as she fights to keep seat
During a Wednesday rally in Arizona, the president rushed Sen. Martha McSally on stage before calling up three out of state politicians to address the crowd. Sen. McSally, a Republican, is fighting to keep her seat.
Gender gap among Latino voters seen in some families
Behind in national polls, the president is putting up a fight for Latino voters in key swing states with Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Latino men are a growing share of local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military, he said, which all lean Republican. Hispanic voters in Florida lean more Republican than Hispanic voters nationally, largely driven by Cuban Americans and Venezuelan exiles in the state. Fifty-six percent of Cuban voters in Florida backed Republicans, while 56% of other Hispanic voters in the state backed Democrats. The gender gap tends to benefit Democrats as Hispanic women have voted in some recent elections at higher rates than men.
Tanzanian opposition leader rejects presidential election
Chadema Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu smiles as he shows his finger marked with ink after casting his vote at Ntewa Primary School's polling station in Ikungi town Singida region, Tanzania, Wednesday. Opposition challenger Lissu has urged people to go into the streets to protest if election results are announced Thursday without being counted properly. (AP Photo)Chadema Presidential Candidate Tundu Lissu smiles as he shows his finger marked with ink after casting his vote at Ntewa Primary School's polling station in Ikungi town Singida region, Tanzania, Wednesday. Opposition challenger Lissu has urged people to go into the streets to protest if election results are announced Thursday without being counted properly. The other top opposition party, ACT Wazalendo, announced that its presidential candidate in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, Seif Sharif Hamad, was arrested Thursday for the second time in a week.
US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on Xinjiang
US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on XinjiangFILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, an Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. The United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China’s Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups, the U.S. envoy for women’s issues said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The Trump Administration withdrew the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2018, citing what it said was a bias against Israel and the human rights track records of member countries. China was reelected to the council earlier in October in a move condemned by major democratic nations and human rights groups. China has maintained that there are no human rights abuses in Xinjiang, denouncing reports to the contrary as fabrications.
Report slams UK’s Labour Party for tolerating anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn's successor Keir Starmer has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. Jeremy Corbyn's successor Keir Starmer has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. ADVERTISEMENTCurrent Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has vowed to root out anti-Semitism, said the report marked a “day of shame” for the party. Starmer, elected in April, has vowed to stamp out prejudice and restore relations between the party and the Jewish community. “If you’re anti-Semitic, you should be nowhere near this party,” Starmer said.
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate
Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper’s editorial meeting in 2015. “We appeal to our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to be on maximum alert,” the statement said. In Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest sites in Islam, there has been criticism of France but much-more muted than in other countries. From 2003 to 2007, al-Qaida-linked militants carried out attacks in Saudi Arabia aimed at destabilizing the Western-allied monarchy, including deadly bombings of residential compounds housing foreigners. A 2004 armed assault on the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah blamed on al-Qaida killed five employees.
Tiffany agrees to revised terms on LVMH takeover deal
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, people walk past a Tiffany jeweler shop on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. LVMH and Tiffany have worked through their differences, with the famous jewelry company agreeing to be purchased by the luxury goods company for slightly less than what they initially agreed on. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, people walk past a Tiffany jeweler shop on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. LVMH and Tiffany have worked through their differences, with the famous jewelry company agreeing to be purchased by the luxury goods company for slightly less than what they initially agreed on. “We are as convinced as ever of the formidable potential of the Tiffany brand and believe that LVMH is the right home for Tiffany,” LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said in a prepared statement Thursday.
China’s leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power
China's leaders vowed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, to speed up its development as a self-reliant "technology power" amid a feud with Washington that is cutting access to U.S. components and hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions. China's leaders vowed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, to speed up its development as a self-reliant "technology power" amid a feud with Washington that is cutting access to U.S. components and hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant “technology power” as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing’s industrial ambitions. ADVERTISEMENT“Science and technology should be self-reliant as a strategic support for national development,” said a party statement. It promised to “accelerate the building of a science and technology power” but gave no details.
Election 2020 Today: Wooing Florida, getting out the vote
Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020 , five days until Election Day:HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election . TODAY’S TOP STORIES:WOOING FLORIDA: Trump and Biden will hold competing rallies hours apart in Tampa, Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican president’s pathway to reelection. ADVERTISEMENTGET OUT THE VOTE: In the best of times, it’s a massive logistical challenge to get millions of people out to vote. SUPREME COURT RULINGS: The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day .
Germany Sees Generational Conflict Over Pandemic As Virus Spreads
Germany Sees Generational Conflict Over Pandemic As Virus SpreadsEnlarge this image toggle caption Michael Probst/AP Michael Probst/APGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a limited lockdown in a bid to stop the exponential growth in coronavirus cases, currently doubling every seven days. She also announced that businesses forced to close will receive subsidies from the government that will partially cover their losses. Graf, a 38-year-old architect, says she's not looking forward to the lockdown but says restricting bars' opening hours makes sense. In an attempt to close the generational divide, Merkel added that "going out and partying will still be there post Corona. Literally, though, it means 'I won't grow old' – and that's the scenario Merkel and Germany's state governors are trying to prevent.
Biden Tax Plan: Six Ways It Might Affect You
Biden Tax Plan: Assembling The Jigsaw PuzzleTo flesh out Biden's tax plan, the Tax Policy Center (TPC) — which is a nonpartisan joint venture of two prominent think tanks, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution — put the jigsaw puzzle together. The overall result is a written analysis of the Biden tax plan by Mermin and five other TPC tax experts. The Biden tax plan would replace the current tax deductions for contributions to traditional 401(k)s and IRAs with a new across-the-board 26% tax credit. Known widely as the Trump tax cuts, the Biden tax plan would repeal the TCJA tax cuts for taxpayers with incomes topping $400,000. The Biden tax plan would restore the estate tax rules of 2009.
For October, 3 Romances That Give You Exactly What You Want
For October, 3 Romances That Give You Exactly What You WantHarlequinRomance has a reputation for being essentially the same story every time — people meet, sparks fly, obstacles get in the way, and all ends happily — to which many readers reply YES, PLEASE and THANK YOU. These three romances deliver what we crave from our romances: relatable characters, families and communities who work hard and love hard to ensure a happy ever after for all. In Diana Quincy's Regency romance, Her Night With A Duke, one night with the duke is only the beginning. This friends-to-lovers, small town romance takes places in 1891, in the English town of Wedgeford, during "The Trials," a yearly event which draws participants from all over England. The romance is beautifully developed — they're already half in love on page one, and the story is one lovely surrender.
Comcast Earnings, Revenue Fall Amid Weak NBCU Results But Top Expectations
Comcast stock rose as revenue also topped estimates, despite weak results at NBCUniversal amid the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts expected Comcast earnings of 50 cents a share on revenue of $24.73 billion for the period ended Sept. 30. Comcast Earnings: NBCUniversal Results WeakNBCUniversal revenue fell nearly 19% to $6.72 billion as theme park and movie studio sales plummeted, the company said. Comcast stock climbed 2.5% to near 43 before the market open on the stock market today. Heading into the Comcast earnings report, the cable TV firm had a Relative Strength Rating of only 55 out of a possible 99.
12 Winning Stocks Completely Shield You From The Market Sell-Off
S&P 500 stocks are crumbling right and left as fear heats up. But the S&P 500 has run into serious trouble after the Oct. 12 high. That's what makes S&P 500 stocks shielded from the sell-off worth paying attention to. Can these S&P 500 leaders maintain their shield as the market suffers? S&P 500 Companies Deflect Sell-OffStocks up 30% or more from Jan. 1 through Oct. 12, that are up from the October peakCompany Symbol % Gain YTD To Oct. 12 Ch.
Moderna Third-Quarter Earnings Show Soaring Revenue, R&D Costs
Early Thursday, Moderna (MRNA) reported skyrocketing revenue and steeply rising research and development costs for the third quarter as it strives to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, and MRNA stock rose in premarket trading. In Q3 2019, Moderna reported a loss of 37 cents a share on $17.1 million in revenue. It said it's received $1.2 billion in customer deposits for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, up from $400 million three months ago. In premarket trading on the stock market today, MRNA stock rose more than 2.5% to 67.60. With its gains this year, MRNA stock sports a Relative Strength Rating of 97.
Dow Jones Futures Fall With Apple Earnings Due; Pinterest Skyrockets 34% On Earnings
Dow Jones futures and S&P 500 futures signaled modest losses, while Nasdaq 100 futures rallied early Thursday, following Wednesday's stock market sell-off. Dow Jones Futures Today: GDP DueEarly Thursday, Dow Jones futures fell 0.3% vs. fair value, while S&P 500 futures moved down less than 0.1%. Coronavirus Stock Market RallyAccording to IBD's The Big Picture, the coronavirus stock market rally is starting to falter amid heavy institutional selling. Dow Jones Leaders: MicrosoftAmong the top Dow Jones stocks, software giant Microsoft looked to rebound from Wednesday's 5% drop. Be sure to follow Scott Lehtonen on Twitter at @IBD_SLehtonen for more on growth stocks and the Dow Jones futures.
Shopify Earnings Top Views, Stock Rises As Beat Smaller Vs. June Quarter
Shopify stock rose on the news even as the size of its third quarter beat came in a bit smaller vs. the June quarter. Shopify stock rose 4.3% to near 1,071 before the market open on the stock market today. Heading into the earnings report, Shopify stock traded about 9% below an entry point of 1,130.10. Shopify Earnings: GMV Growth Tops EstimatesGross merchandise volume from merchant customers jumped 109% to $30.9 billion, vs. estimates of $27.46 billion. Ahead of the Shopify earnings report, the company had a Relative Strength Rating of 96 out of a possible 99, according to IBD Stock Checkup.
Idexx Laboratories Earnings Growth Soars With Stock In Buy Zone
Before Thursday's market open, Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) reported earnings of $1.75 per share on $721.79 million in sales for the third quarter. In response, Idexx stock rose modestly. XOn average, analysts polled by FactSet had projected Idexx earnings of $1.43 per share on $672.5 million in sales. Idexx stock rose 2.5% to 434 in premarket trading in the stock market today, after shares touched a record high of 444.97 on Tuesday. On Oct. 12, Idexx stock hit a buy point of 407.96 out of a flat base.
ALXN Stock: Alexion Pharmaceuticals Earnings Beat, Biotech Hikes 2020 Guidance, As Promised
Before Thursday's market open, Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) reported adjusted earnings of $3.24 per share on $1.59 billion in sales for the third quarter. In response, ALXN stock rose . Alexion stock rose 4.4% to 119.94 in premarket trading in the stock market today. Shares of ALXN stock have fallen out a buy zone since breaking out of a cup-with-handle base at a 120.91 buy point on Oct. 7. On Oct. 9, ALXN stock touched a 15-month high of 128.57.
Calix Stock Pops As Coronavirus Drives Push To End Rural Digital Divide
This year's rally in Calix stock owes much to closing the digital divide and bringing high-speed internet services to rural America amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company went public in 2010, but Calix stock had underperformed until Covid-19 came along. Analysts expect Calix stock to get a boost from RDOF spending in late 2021 or most likely 2022. Calix Stock: A Shift To Cloud Software ModelNew software offerings include "Calix Cloud," an analytics platform that leverages network data and subscriber behavioral data. One near-term worry among analysts following Calix stock is that the coronavirus-driven spending hike to bridge the digital divide could suddenly evaporate.
Spotify Beats Targets For New Subscribers In Q3, But Sales, Earnings Miss
Streaming music leader Spotify Technology (SPOT) added more subscribers than expected in the third quarter but came up short on sales and earnings. The Spotify earnings news pushed SPOT stock lower in early trading on Thursday. In the year-earlier quarter, Spotify earnings were 40 cents a share on sales of $1.93 billion. Spotify added 6 million new paying subscribers in the third quarter, ending the period with 144 million premium subscribers. On Wednesday, ahead of the Spotify earnings report, SPOT stock dropped 3.9% to 276.14.
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