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JUST IN: Bill Clinton Leaves Hospital After Several Days of Treatment for Blood Infection
Former President Bill Clinton has been discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment for a blood infection. Clinton has been staying at the UC Irvine Medical Center for the last few days as he recovered from a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream. Doctors have been optimistic about the former president’s recovery, and on Sunday, Clinton was shown leaving the hospital alongside his wife, Hillary Clinton, as they head home to Chappaqua, NY. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña released a statement from Dr. Alpesh N. Amin of UC Irvine, who explained the former president’s recovering condition. Statement from Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, Chair, Department of Medicine and Executive Director, Hospital Medicine at UC Irvine Health, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating President Clinton pic.twitter.com/n3mJHesjfC — Angel Ureña (@angelurena) October 17, 2021Watch above, via CNN.
17 US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, group says
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. The message says that the mission's field director is working with the U.S. Embassy and that the field director's family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry's base while everyone else visited the orphanage. A U.S. government spokesperson said they were aware of the reports on the kidnapping. "The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State," the spokesperson said, declining further comment.
Convicted murderer Robert Durst has COVID, is on ventilator: LA Times
Last month a jury found Durst guilty of shooting Berman, 55, in the back of the head at her Beverly Hills home. Try refreshing your browser, or Convicted murderer Robert Durst has COVID, is on ventilator: LA Times Back to videoIt was not clear where Durst, 78, is being treated. Last month a jury found Durst guilty of shooting Berman, 55, in the back of the head at her Beverly Hills home. Evidence from the trial indicated Berman helped provide Durst with a false alibi in McCormack’s disappearance. Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because he feared she would reveal what she knew to authorities.
Hollywood strike over long hours and low wages averted before imminent walkout by 60,000 workers
The entertainment union that represents film and TV workers has reached a last-minute agreement with producers, averting a strike that would have seen work stopped and widespread disruption to the entertainment industry. Both sides confirmed the news on Saturday after reaching an agreement on a three-year contract that will now go to union members for ratification. “This is a Hollywood ending,” said Matthew Loeb, president of the union, in a statement. On 4 October the union announced that membership had voted in favour of the strike, bringing producers back to the negotiating table. A walkout would have not just impacted movie and pre-recorded TV production, but also daily live television including talk shows.
Myanmar opposition welcomes ASEAN's junta snub, wants summit invite
Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on February 1, presides an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. However, the opposition said it would accept inviting a truly neutral alternative Myanmar representative, as decided over the weekend by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to its Oct. 26-28 summit, in an unprecedented snub to the military leaders behind a Feb. 1 coup against Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government. "ASEAN excluding Min Aung Hlaing is an important step, but we request that they recognise us as the proper representative," said its spokesman Dr. Sasa. A spokesman for Myanmar's military government blamed "foreign intervention" for the decision which it said was against the objectives of ASEAN, the ASEAN Charter and its principles.
Refresh this blog throughout the games to track bad beats, movement on the live betting line, halftime bets and more. 10 Michigan State (-3½, 48½, -165) at Indiana (+145), 9 a.m.— No. 2 Iowa (-11, 43, -430), 12:30 p.m.— No. 13 Mississippi (-1, 81½, -115) at Tennessee (-105), 4:30 p.m.— No. 18 Arizona State (+105) at Utah (-1½, 51, -125), 7 p.m.— Hawaii (+450) at UNR (-14½, 61½, -600), 7:30 p.m.
China launched a hypersonic missile and it surprised the US Department of Defense.
attribution: Business InsiderI read about this story the other day in a headline on Financial Times. China's new hypersonic missile demonstrated an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise, report saysChina demonstrated advanced space capability by testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, the Financial Times reported, citing five sources familiar with the test. The hypersonic glide vehicle launched by the Chinese military circled the globe in low-orbit space before speeding towards its target, sources told the paper. "We have no idea how they did this," another source told the paper. News of the test comes amid increasing tensions between China and the US, as China increases its military activity near Taiwan.
NFL BAD BEATS BLOG: Underdog Jaguars win on final play
Bad beats, live line movement, halftime bets and more. Refresh this blog throughout the games to track bad beats, movement on the live betting line, halftime bets and more. Matthew Wright kicks a 53-yard field goal on the final play, and the Jaguars win outright as 3-point underdogs, +135 ML in the neutral-site game in London. The Jaguars have tied the Dolphins at 20 on a 54-yard field goal with 3:40 to play. The Dolphins are -170 on the live line (Jaguars +138).
U.S. and Canadian warships sailed through Taiwan Strait last week
Share this Story: U.S. and Canadian warships sailed through Taiwan Strait last weekU.S. and Canadian warships sailed through Taiwan Strait last week American Navy ships have been transiting the strait roughly monthly, to the anger of Beijing, which has accused Washington of stoking regional tensions Photo by Royal Canadian Navy/Sailor 1st Class Valerie LeClair/Handout / ReutersArticle content A U.S. and a Canadian warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait late last week, the American military said on Sunday, at a time of heightened tension between Beijing and Taipei that has sparked concern internationally. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or U.S. and Canadian warships sailed through Taiwan Strait last week Back to video China sent around 150 aircraft into the zone over a four-day period beginning on Oct. 1. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Share this article in your social networkAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro envoy extradited to US to face charges
Venezuela said Saturday it would suspend negotiations with the opposition party after a member of its team was extradited to the U.S. on money laundering charges. The Socialist government named Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, as a member of the negotiating team in talks with the opposition in neutral Mexico. Talks were set to resume Sunday following, and opposition leader Juan Guaido condemned the decision. The decision to suspend talks will add further strain to an already difficult political situation in Venezuela. Maduro last entertained talks with the opposition party in 2019 – a two month stretch that was the fourth attempt since 2014 for a meeting of the minds in the country, according to The Hill.
Casey Martin, who successfully sued the PGA Tour for the right to use a cart because of a circulatory disease, reportedly has his right leg amputated
In this June 15, 2012, file photo, Casey Martin drives to the fifth green during the second round of the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Martin, the Oregon golf coach who successfully sued the PGA Tour for the right to use a cart because of a rare circulatory disease, recently had his right leg amputated in what he told Golf Digest was always going to be “my destiny.” (Eric Risberg/AP)
Ethics watchdog files a complaint against Jen Psaki
A prominent outside government ethics watchdog has filed an ethics complaint claiming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she talked up former Virginia Gov. Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, an ethics group that regularly hounded the Trump administration when multiple officials talked politics or promoted merchandise from the White House grounds, announced the complaint a day after Psaki's comments. Administration officials are schooled in the law when they sign on, and Psaki served in the Obama White House. 'The Biden administration should not follow the Trump administration down that path.' The complaint comes after former Obama ethics official Walter Shaub rapped Psaki for brushing back on a reporter's question the ethics of Hunter Biden's art sales.
Ed Orgeron: Inside coach's swift LSU football collapse, exit
When Tom Herman chose to coach Texas and not LSU, Orgeron, originally from about 100 miles south of Baton Rouge, landed his dream job. A record-tying 14 LSU players were selected in the draft, five of them in the first round. Since the completion of that season, LSU has gone 9–8, and the program’s two long-standing pillars—a strong, feisty defense and a lethal rushing attack—have cratered. “I mean, what are you supposed to say?” The friend acknowledges that “it all went downhill from there.”A couple of weeks later, LSU players staged their march. From a statistical standpoint, it was the worst defensive year in LSU football history.
Group of American missionaries reported as kidnapped by gang members in Haiti
Associated PressInvestigators believe a 1,200-foot (366-meter) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. A team of federal investigators trying to chase down the cause of the spill boarded the Panama-registered MSC DANIT just hours after the massive ship arrived this weekend off the Port of Long Beach, the same area where the leak was discovered in early October. During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 16-inch (40-centimeter) steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. j.g.
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Reuters VideosA Long March-2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft, which means "Divine Vessel" in Chinese, blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu at 12:23 a.m. Beijing time (1623 GMT on Friday).China began construction of what will be its first permanent space station in April with the launch of Tianhe - the first and largest of the station's three modules.The astronauts Zhai Zhigang, 55, Wang Yaping, 41, and Ye Guangfu, 41, are to work and stay on Tianhe, the living quarters of the future space station, for six months.A send off ceremony was held for three Chinese astronauts on Friday (October 15) before they boarded Shenzhou-13 spaceship for the country’s longest crewed mission to date.In the latest mission, astronauts will carry out tests of the key technologies and robotics on Tianhe needed to assemble the space station, verify onboard life support systems and conduct a host of scientific experiments.
NASA's asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds
The paleoanthropologist behind the fossil Lucy discovery, Donald Johanson, had goose bumps watching Lucy soar — “I will never look at Jupiter the same ... absolutely mind-expanding.” He said he was filled with wonder about this “intersection of our past, our present and our future.”“That a human ancestor who lived so long ago stimulated a mission which promises to add valuable information about the formation of our solar system is incredibly exciting,” said Johanson, of Arizona State University, who traveled to Cape Canaveral for his first rocket launch. Lucy’s $981 million mission is the first to aim for Jupiter’s so-called Trojan entourage: thousands — if not millions — of asteroids that share the gas giant’s expansive orbit around the sun. Some of the Trojan asteroids precede Jupiter in its orbit, while others trail it. Despite their orbits, the Trojans are far from the planet and mostly scattered far from each other. So there’s essentially zero chance of Lucy getting clobbered by one as it swoops past its targets, said Levison of Southwest Research Institute, the mission’s principal scientist.
Vanessa Bryant asked to undergo psychiatric exam to evaluate 'emotional injuries' from crash pix
Vanessa Bryant is being asked to undergo 'a physician-ran test on her mental state' to assess and 'evaluate' the extent of her alleged emotional distress regarding the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash images. It was added: 'The County brings this motion to compel IMEs of the Plaintiffs, which are necessary to evaluate the existence, extent and nature of Plaintiffs' alleged emotional injuries. 'Plaintiffs cannot claim that they are suffering from ongoing depression, anxiety and severe emotional distress and then balk at having to support their claims.' 'Unable to defend the indefensible conduct of its employees who took and shared horrific photographs of Plaintiffs’ deceased loved ones. Currently Bryant's attorney, Luis Li, is seeking the phone records of a retired fire department captain who took photos at the crash scene and was almost fired over it following an investigation.
Chicago Sky win their first WNBA championship over Phoenix Mercury
CHICAGO — Allie Quigley scored 26 points and Candace Parker added 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to help Chicago win its first WNBA championship with a 80-74 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday. Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points and 15 assists for the Sky, who won the series 3-1, rallying from a 72-65 deficit with 4:42 left. Chicago scored the next nine points to take a two-point lead on Stefanie Dolson’s layup. Courtney Vandersloot (22) helped lead the Chicago Sky to their first WNBA championship on Sunday. Kahleah Copper, who had been a force in the first four games of the finals, earned MVP honors of the championship.
'Anyone but Orban': Hungary's opposition votes for who will try to unseat strongman leader in next year's elections
Peter Marki-Zay, a conservative provincial mayor, will challenge Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at an election next year after winning in an opposition primary vote, according to results. The primary was designed by a six-party opposition alliance formed last year in an effort to combat a mainly first-past-the-post election system that favours Mr Orban and his ruling right-wing Fidesz party. The vote, Hungary's first ever primary contest, aimed at selecting just one contender to oppose Mr Orban - as well as single candidates in each constituency to go up against Fidesz - in the election due next April. Opinion polls have put the opposition alliance neck-and-neck with Fidesz, and Mr Marki-Zay best-placed to defeat the nationalist premier. After the first primary round last month that saw more than 600,000 people take part, Mr Marki-Zay and Ms Dobrev were the final candidates battling it out.
AP Top 25 College Football Poll, Rankings: Week 7
Associated PressEric M. Smith, who was 13 when he killed a 4-year-old boy with a rock in western New York, has been granted parole, corrections officials said on Saturday. Smith, now 41, appeared for the 11th time before the Board of Parole on October 5 and was granted release as early as Nov. 17, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said in an emailed statement. Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 for luring Derrick Robie into woods near the younger boy's home and striking his head with a rock.
Taylor's blunder, other missed chances put LA in NLCS hole
ATLANTA (AP) — If Chris Taylor could do it all over, he would've stopped at second base on Cody Bellinger's ninth-inning single. The Los Angeles Dodgers had trouble getting all the way around the bases throughout Saturday night's NL Championship Series opener. The Dodgers were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, leaving manager Dave Roberts to lament several missed chances. “I think we out hit them; they just outscored us, which is part of the game," Trea Turner said. On Taylor's baserunning mistake, Albies thought Taylor was headed straight to third.
NASA's Lucy launch Saturday to target eight mysterious asteroids
Photo courtesy of NASAAn illustration depicts the Lucy spacecraft near an asteroid in the Trojan Belt area of the solar system. Image courtesy of NASAAn illustration depicts the trajectory of the Lucy mission spacecraft as it travels billions of miles to investigate the solar system's oldest asteroids. United Launch Alliance plans to launch the probe on its multibillion-mile trek during a 75-minute launch window starting at 5:34 a.m. EDT. Lucy will send back data and photos of the asteroids, said Jessica Lounsbury, a Lucy project systems engineer for NASA. Like the skeleton, the Lucy mission is geared to revolutionize knowledge of the past and formation of the solar system, according to NASA's mission profile.
Iranian court upholds new jail term for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
The Iranian British woman was handed a new one-year jail sentence after spending five years in prison. An Iranian court has upheld a verdict sentencing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to another year in prison in Tehran, prolonging a detention that began in 2016. The appeals court upheld a verdict issued in April, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told The Associated Press news agency on Saturday. The court also upheld a one-year ban on travel abroad, meaning she cannot leave Iran to join her husband and six-year-old daughter for nearly two years. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at the Tehran airport in April 2016 as she was returning home in Britain after visiting her family and handed a five-year jail sentence for plotting the overthrow of Iran’s government.
U.S. will provide condolence payments to families of Kabul drone strike victims
U.S. will provide condolence payments to families of Kabul drone strike victimsEnlarge this image toggle caption Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi/AP Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi/APThe U.S. Department of Defense says it will provide money to the families affected by the botched drone strike on Aug. 29 that killed 10 civilians, including up to seven children, in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has not been specified how much the condolence payments would be. With the planned drone strike, U.S. forces were aiming to target ISIS-K members behind the Aug. 26 attack at the Kabul airport that killed more than 150 people, including 13 U.S. military members. Originally, the Pentagon said the drone strike was a success, even though some civilians had died in the attack. Ex-gratia condolence payments are not a requirement when there is property damage, personal injury or death caused by U.S. military forces.
Braves walk off again to beat Dodgers in thrilling NLCS Game 2
ATLANTA — The 106-win Dodgers from the regular season have met their match in these resilient Braves of the NL Least. The Braves also won the first two games of the NLCS last year against the Dodgers before losing in Game 7. Eddie Rosario celebrates his walk-off hit to win it for the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday. Riley, who delivered a walk-off RBI single in Game 1, followed with his latest big hit. The Braves mob Eddie Rosario after his walk-off hit to win Game 2 of the NLCS.
Lawsuits demand unproven ivermectin for COVID patients
NEW YORK (AP) — Mask rules, vaccination mandates and business shutdowns have all landed in the courts during the COVID-19 outbreak, confronting judges with questions of science and government authority. Now they are increasingly being asked to weigh in on the deworming drug ivermectin. At least two dozen lawsuits have been filed around the U.S., many in recent weeks, by people seeking to force hospitals to give their COVID-stricken loved ones ivermectin, a drug for parasites that has been promoted by conservative commentators as a treatment despite a lack of conclusive evidence that it helps people with the virus. The lawsuits, several of them filed by the same western New York lawyer, cover similar ground. The families have gotten prescriptions for ivermectin, but hospitals have refused to use it on their loved ones, who are often on ventilators and facing death.
Ron Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia, and Billy Joel, Is Dead at 83
Ron Tutt, the Dallas-born drummer best known for touring with Elvis Presley from 1969 to 1977 as part of the TCB (Taking Care of Business) Band, has died according to a statement on the official Graceland website. In addition to his work with Presley, he recorded and toured with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia for years on numerous side projects. As a well-regarded session player, he can also be heard on records by The Carpenters, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and hits by Billy Joel like “Piano Man.” Tutt was 83 years old. Tutt, usually called Ronnie, joined Elvis’s group after his successful 1968 “comeback special,” taking the seat vacated by Presley’s longtime drummer D.J. In the mid-1970s he began recording and touring with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, both with the side project Legion of Mary (a collaboration with Merl Saunders) and the Jerry Garcia Band.
Apple just fired one of the leaders of the #AppleToo movement
ReutersAn Apple employee who led fellow workers in publicly sharing instances of what they called harassment and discrimination at the company said on Thursday that she had been fired. Janneke Parrish, an Apple program manager, said the iPhone maker informed her on Thursday that she had been terminated for deleting material on company equipment while she was under investigation over the leaking of a company town hall to media. Parrish said she deleted apps that contained details of her finances and other personal information before handing her devices in to Apple as part of the probe.
1 dead, 1 critical in second shooting at Grambling State University
One person is dead in a shooting early Sunday morning at a Louisiana university, just days after a person was killed in a similar incident on campus. A shooting occurred at about 1:15 a.m. in the quad area at Grambling State University, located between Monroe and Shreveport, according to a statement from the school Sunday. pic.twitter.com/eTI0ssCOgI — Grambling State Univ (@Grambling1901) October 17, 2021Louisiana State Police confirmed its detectives were investigating. The school cancelled its homecoming events for Sunday and classes on Monday, offering counseling services to students and staff. Louisiana State Police issued an arrest warrant Friday for a suspect in the death of Damarius Murphy at Grambling State University.
AP source: No one else in NFL cited with email violations
The NFL also has categorized comparisons of Gruden's correspondences with Allen to those by top league counsel Jeff Pash as a mischaracterization. The person said that the league finds those emails “in a different category” as a part of Pash's job, and “appropriate.”Pash has been a conduit between the NFL office and teams for years. The timeline of when the NFL was made aware of the content of the emails also has come into question. Such knowledge came toward the end of the investigation of the Washington franchise, with the investigating firm viewing the emails as beyond the scope of their probe. When the league became aware of some emails potentially of concern, it began to review those.
Russia COVID-19 cases hit record daily high as deaths spike with infection surge and sluggish vaccine rollout
Russia has reported a record number of new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours with cases hitting 34,303 - the highest since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, the number of daily COVID deaths in Russia stood at 997 - just five fewer than the record-high of 1,002 seen the previous day. Image: Only 29% of the country's population have been fully vaccinatedOverall, the country's coronavirus taskforce has registered almost eight million confirmed cases and 223,312 deaths - the highest number in Europe. The highest concentrations of cases are found in urbanised areas of western Russia and along the Pacific Coast such as Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. Based on this, Russia would rank as the fourth hardest-hit nation in the world, ahead of Mexico.
AP Top 25: Cincinnati moves to No. 2 as Iowa drops to No. 11
Cincinnati moved up to No. Cincinnati is 6-0 and a spot ahead of undefeated Oklahoma. Oklahoma State moved up four spots to No. Oklahoma State (6-0)9. Michigan State (7-0)10.
17 missionaries kidnapped by gang in Haiti
Associated PressA woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something." Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 p.m. Wednesday after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line. An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that “something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said.
Kyle Rittenhouse victim sues, claims Kenosha police conspired with vigilantes
The lone surviving victim of a deadly August 2020 shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is suing the city and its leaders, claiming police conspired with vigilantes. Now, Grosskreutz is suing the city of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, retired Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis and interim Chief of Police for the Kenosha Police Department Eric Larsen, as well as other Kenosha officers, according to the complaint filed in a Wisconsin federal court. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office and Kenoshoa Police Department did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News. Grosskreutz was one of three victims Rittenhouse shot on Aug. 25. Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) to Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, in response to a call on social media to protect businesses there.
IOC's Juan Antonio Samaranch says Beijing Games about unity
Next year’s Beijing Games have triggered protests over China’s human rights record, but the International Olympic Committee’s point man for the event, Juan Antonio Samaranch, said the event is about bringing young people together. Samaranch, the head of the coordination commission for the Beijing Olympics, which start Feb. 4, said the Games were only about unity. Despite his observation, human rights activists protested in Athens on Sunday ahead of Monday’s torch-lighting ceremony for the Games in ancient Olympia. The IOC is also facing criticism for awarding China two Olympics — the 2008 Summer Games as well as next year’s winter edition — with human rights groups saying no improvements have been made since the 2008 Games. However, unlike this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games, which banned all fans due to the pandemic, local fans will be allowed to attend the Beijing Olympics.
Islamic State claims mosque bombing in south Afghanistan
Damaged wall of a mosque is seen following a suicide bombers attack in the city of Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers, killing several people and wounding others, according to a hospital official and a witness. (AP Photo/Sidiqullah Khan)Damaged wall of a mosque is seen following a suicide bombers attack in the city of Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending Friday prayers, killing several people and wounding others, according to a hospital official and a witness. (AP Photo/Sidiqullah Khan)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and wounded scores more.
Key figure in land development scandal to return from US on Monday
Investigators from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office carry boxes containing items they seized during a search of Seongnam City Hall in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on Oct. 15, 2021, as part of an investigation into a land development scandal. (Yonhap)A key figure in a sprawling land development scandal is expected to return home from the United States early next week, legal sources said Saturday. Nam played a key role in the residential development project in Seongnam, south of Seoul. He is said to be a close associate of Lee Jae-myung, who is now governor of Gyeonggi Province, which includes Seongnam. Kim and Yoo denied the charges against them.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. After a tour, the vice president will make remarks and meet with officials from the Interior Department and other federal and state agencies, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. In August, federal officials declared the first-ever water shortage at the Colorado River. As a result, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a drought gripping much of the West.
Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill
Biden said Friday that although he expects the package to shrink, “we're going to come back and get the rest” after it's passed. And we're going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. They're all key items for progressives, but moderates have balked at the original $3.5 trillion price tag. One almost certain reduction would be in the proposal for free community college. “I doubt whether we will get the entire funding for community colleges but I’m not going to give up on community colleges as long as I’m president,” Biden said.
A Capitol Police officer is accused of telling a Jan. 6 suspect to hide evidence
A Capitol Police officer is accused of telling a Jan. 6 suspect to hide evidenceEnlarge this image toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesA veteran officer with the U.S. Capitol Police was arrested Friday for allegedly encouraging a suspect in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to hide evidence of their involvement in the attack. During the Jan. 6 siege, Riley was not inside the Capitol building, court papers state, but was instead responding to reports of explosives by the headquarters for the Democratic and Republican parties. "Im [sic] a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance," Riley allegedly wrote to the suspect, whom the indictment does not name. The suspect then allegedly sent multiple videos of themself in and around the Capitol building to Riley. In one message cited in the indictment, Riley instructed the suspect to, "get off of social media."
VA-Gov: Hillary Clinton Helps Boost GOTV Efforts For Terry McAuliffe (D)
Terry McAuliffe (D. VA) & Hillary ClintonReceived this e-mail last night from former First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Help my friend Terry McAuliffe take on Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidate by signing up to volunteer for Democrats in Virginia today. We must unite behind a proven leader like Terry McAuliffe, who has taken on Republican extremism before — and won. Friendly reminder:Former President Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia governor's race. But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct.
Netflix sacks employee for revealing cost of Dave Chappelle's controversial comedy special
Netflix has fired an employee for disclosing confidential financial information about what it paid for Dave Chappelle's controversial comedy special "The Closer," which has been criticised for making fun of transgender people. The employee, who wasn't named, shared "confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company," the streaming giant said. Netflix said the information was referenced in a Bloomberg news article, which reported that the company spent $24.1 million on "The Closer," which first aired last week. The article also mentioned the lower budgets for a 2019 Chapelle special, a Bo Burnham special and the nine-episode hit "Squid Game." The streaming giant said a review of its internal access logs pinpointed the information to a single person, who "admitted that they downloaded and shared sensitive company information externally."
Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists
The former coal plant, in a touristy region known for its glacial lakes and riesling wines, was converted to natural gas by Greenidge and began producing electricity in 2017. Bitcoin mining at the plant, which has a 106-megawatt capacity, started in earnest last year. “For decades, this region has been told it would see new industries and opportunities,” Greenidge said in a prepared statement. As the value of Bitcoin goes up, the puzzles become increasingly more difficult, and it requires more computer power to solve them. Plant opponents suspect Greenidge of pulling a bait-and-switch, applying to run a power plant but planning to run a mining operation that is taking up more of the plant's power.
Jussie Smollett loses bid to dismiss criminal case, trial to begin Nov. 29
Share this Story: Jussie Smollett loses bid to dismiss criminal case, trial to begin Nov. 29Jussie Smollett loses bid to dismiss criminal case, trial to begin Nov. 29 Smollett is accused of lying to police by reporting he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in the city in January, 2019 Photo by Matt Marton / APArticle content Actor Jussie Smollett has lost his bid to dismiss a criminal case against him and will now face a jury trial next month. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Jussie Smollett loses bid to dismiss criminal case, trial to begin Nov. 29 Back to video His attorney told the court the actor had already performed community service and handed over $10,000 US as part of a previous deal with Cook County prosecutors to drop charges. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Share this article in your social networkAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Taiwan's Foxconn shows off three electric vehicle prototypes
A Foxtron Model C electric vehicle (EV) is seen unveiled at a Foxconn event in Taipei, Taiwan October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Fabian HamacherTAIPEI, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Taiwan tech giant Foxconn (2317.TW) unveiled its first three electric vehicle prototypes on Monday, underscoring ambitious plans to diversify away from its role of building consumer electronics for Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and other tech firms. The vehicles - an SUV, a sedan and a bus - were made by Foxtron, a joint venture between Foxconn and Taiwanese car maker Yulon Motor Co Ltd (2201.TW). Foxtron Vice Chairman Tso Chi-sen told reporters that electric vehicles would be worth a trillion Taiwan dollars to Foxconn in five years time - a figure equivalent to around $35 billion. Foxconn this month bought a factory from U.S. startup Lordstown Motors Corp (RIDE.O) to make electric cars.
Escape artist Jonathan Goodwin hospitalized after accident during 'America's Got Talent' rehearsal
Escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured Thursday night while practicing for a segment of "America's Got Talent: Extreme," the television show said Friday. "During a rehearsal last evening for 'America’s Got Talent: Extreme,' an accident occurred in which escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while performing his act," a spokesperson for the show said in a statement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition." "America's Got Talent," a reality talent show, was created by Simon Cowell in 2006 and has broadcast for 16 seasons on NBC. "America's Got Talent: Extreme" is a spinoff that was in production when Goodwin's accident occurred.
China Q3 GDP growth seen hitting 1-year low, raising heat on policymakers
On a quarterly basis, growth is forecast to ease to 0.5% in July-September from 1.3% in the second quarter, the poll showed. Global worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China's property sector into the broader economy have also intensified as major developer China Evergrande Group wrestles with more than $300 billion of debt. China releases third-quarter GDP data on Monday (0200 GMT), along with September factory output, retail sales and fixed-asset investment. September industrial output is expected to rise 4.5% from a year earlier - the lowest since May 2020. Retail sales growth is expected to pick up to 3.3% from 2.5% in August.
Basilashvili upsets second seed Tsitsipas at Indian Wells
Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia hits a forehand return to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their quarter-final match at the Indian Wells tennis tournament in the California desertAdvertising Read moreIndian Wells (United States) (AFP)World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas was ousted in the quarter-finals at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Friday, falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to the 29th seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Basilashvili beat Tsitsipas for the first time in three career meetings and recorded his first win over a world number three player. Basilashvili had never won a round in Indian Wells until this year's tournament. My energy level was going up and down but I am happy with the way it ended and I kept my energy level up," said Basilashvili, the son of a Georgian national ballet dancer.
Red Sox vs Astros: ALCS Game 1 live updates
We’ll post updates throughout the night, plus commentary on the game action from Globe Red Sox reporters Peter Abraham and Alex Speier. Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros begins at 8:07 p.m. Friday. The team views the lefthander as having struggled due to faulty mechanics that have a fairly straightforward fix. AdvertisementThe Red Sox believe his direction toward the plate had been off. — 5:05 p.m.Houston’s starting pitcher, Framber Valdez, owns a 2-1 record with a 1.59 ERA in four career appearances (two starts) against the Red Sox.
Earthquake on Indonesia resort island Bali kills at least 3
Three people were killed and another seven were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali early Saturday. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.8 quake was centred 62 kilometres northeast of Singaraja, a Bali port town. Known as the "island of the gods," Bali is home to more than four million mostly Hindu people in the mainly Muslim nation. The last major earthquake was in January when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500.
'They were ambushed': 1 deputy killed, 2 others wounded in shooting outside Texas bar
One constable deputy was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting outside a Houston bar early Saturday morning, police said. Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief James Jones told reporters the deputies were trying to arrest someone when they were shot from behind with a rifle. The Harris County constable deputies had been working a “police-related extra job” at the 45 Norte Sports Bar at about 2:15 a.m. when they went to assess a disturbance outside, Jones said. It’s unclear if the constables were able to return fire, and the investigation is ongoing, Jones said. "We hope to have a suspect in custody soon and hope for swift and quick justice for that individual," said Herman.
Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury tests positive for COVID-19, will miss Sunday's game
Associated PressTEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury and two assistants will miss the Cardinals’ game Sunday at Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19. Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen also will be sidelined for the NFL’s only unbeaten team. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who has head coaching experience in Denver, and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split head coaching responsibilities for Arizona (5-0). Additional offensive duties will be assumed by other members of the offensive coaching staff, the team said Friday.
Celebrities join Prince William for Earthshot Prize award
Yemi Alade, left, and Emma Thompson pose for photographers upon arrival at The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, in London, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Garfitt)Yemi Alade, left, and Emma Thompson pose for photographers upon arrival at The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, in London, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Scott Garfitt)LONDON (AP) — Celebrities joined Prince William in London on Sunday for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aimed at finding new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth’s most pressing challenges. Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo were joining Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards at Alexandra Palace in north London. William and his charity, The Royal Foundation, launched the Earthshot Prize last year, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “Moonshot” speech that challenged and inspired Americans to go to the moon.