Qatar says officials behind the forced examinations of women at its international airport after an abandoned baby was found earlier this month have been referred to prosecutors for possible charges
New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing euthanasia—and narrowly against legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The euthanasia proposal, which appeared as a referendum question on ballots in the country's Oct. 17 election, passed with around 66% of the vote, the Guardian reports. The law will take effect...
Officials in El Paso County, Texas ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities on Thursday after a coronavirus outbreak overwhelmed the area’s medical resources. Hospitals in El Paso have built tents to house COVID-19 patients. (Oct. 30)
Facebook's US and Canada daily user base dropped to 196 million for the third quarter,. This is compared to 198 million for the second quarter, the company said in its earnings release. Facebook's monthly active users also dropped, by one million, down to 255 million. "As expected... we saw Facebook DAUs and MAUs in the US & Canada decline slightly from the second quarter 2020 levels which were elevated due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," CFO Dave Wehner. Many Facebooks users are moving towards Instagram and Tiktok.
Women’s rights organizers are preparing for what they say will be the largest protest so far in over a week of mass nationwide street demonstrations in Poland
Bette Midler Reveals 'Hocus Pocus' Reunion , Will Feature A-List Cameos. In a recent 'Late Night' interview, Midler announced that the reunion mockumentary is titled, 'In Search of the Sanderson Sisters.'. After 27 years, the two girls, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, and I have reunited for this one night only Hulaween extravaganza, Bette Midler, via 'Entertainment Tonight'. Other A-list stars to make an appearance include Meryl Streep, Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Close, Kenan Thompson. Sarah Silverman, Martin Short, Adam Lambert and Billy Crystal. John Stamos will cameo "as the Handsome Devil.". The 'In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover' is a one-night only event. It will be broadcast on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8p.m. ET. The event costs ten dollars
Trump and Pelosi are both hoping for an economic relief package after the election. "Right after the election, we'll get it one way or the other," Trump said on a podcast interview. "First and foremost the American people need help. They need real help," said Pelosi. However, there are still significant differences between the White House and Democrats. This is true on numerous issues, according to reports at Business Insider.
Experts have been warning of a "twindemic" during the fall and winter months, with both coronavirus and seasonal influenza potentially running rampant in the US—and states have begun reporting patients who do indeed have both viruses simultaneously . The latest co-infection to be reported is out of Solano County, California,...
Over 62,000 PPE Items Found in Oceans and on Beach Shorelines. During last month’s annual International Coastal Cleanup event organized by Ocean Conservancy, a total of 62,210 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items were recovered. These items, including single-use masks and rubber gloves, were gathered from beach shorelines and oceans around the world. . Dr. George Leonard, a chief scientist with the nonprofit organization, called PPE waste a “significant threat” to marine life. . According to ‘Environmental Science & Technology,’ an estimated 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves are being used monthly across the globe. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, pointed out how oblivious people are to the impact their PPE is having on the environment. . People may not realize that these blue masks and gloves have plastic in them … what we're using just for a couple of minutes can last on Earth for thousands of years, Chad Nelsen, via ‘People’. He added that with no end to the pandemic in sight, we’re just “scratching the surface” of this new threat. . If we are not concerned or careful, it could become a big setback and a disastrous situation for oceans, Chad Nelsen, via ‘People’
Debris fell from a supertall skyscraper nearing completion in New York City as the top of a crane spun in the wind Thursday evening. No one was injured and the crane is stable, officials said. (Oct. 30)
Paul Rudd apparently just can't stop doing adorable things . The latest? The actor was spotted handing out cookies to people waiting in line for early voting in New York City, per the Hollywood Reporter . "I want to say thank you for coming out and doing your part and voting," a...
Customs agents in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong have seized 100,000 counterfeit face masks and arrested one person in what the government called the largest operation of its kind on record
The US set another record for highest number of new coronavirus infections reported in a single day, with 87,164 new cases Thursday, CNN reports. It was the third time in a one-week period that a new daily case record was set, NBC News reports. The New York Times reports...
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the traditional Thanksgiving feast is being downsized. A California turkey farmer says fewer people at Thanksgiving tables could mean consumers will buy smaller turkeys, or none at all. (Oct. 30)
Among their many unique talents, octopuses can taste objects with a mere touch of a suction-cup-covered tentacle. According to Gizmodo, a team of researchers has finally gotten to the bottom of how these cephalopods perform this mysterious feat. They discovered a distinct population of cells located on the tips of the suckers, which they named 'chemotactile receptors.' A second type of cell within the suction cups converts mechanical stimulation into signals the brain can understand as touch, among other senses. The nervous system of an octopus is distributed, in which the arms contain two-thirds of its total neurons and can function independently from the brain. That's why a severed octopus arm can still try to reach out and grab things. Yikes!
Kanye West Features Kardashian Kids in Yeezy Christian Academy Video . West first announced the Yeezy Christian Academy via Twitter in September. On Thursday, the 43-year-old rapper shared a video of his and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North, . alongside Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick's kids, Mason and Penelope, . with other children in a Yeezy Christian Academy video message promoting hope. Dear future, we still believe in you. We believe in our families. In our future, we will hear. Our future has homes for everyone. , Children, via Yeezy Christian Academy Twitter video. Our future has food for everyone. Our future has love. Jesus loves everyone. Let's lead with love. Our future is waiting on us! , Children, via Yeezy Christian Academy Twitter video. It is not yet known if the school is a certified learning institution or if it will be open to the public
As President Donald Trump crosses the country in a last-minute frenzy of campaign stumping, he's given short shrift to down-ballot Republican senators. Speaking in Arizona on Wednesday, CNN reports Trump offered a mortifyingly dismissive introduction to the state's vulnerable GOP senator, Martha McSally. Martha, just come up fast. Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick. You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don't want to hear this, Martha. Come on. Let's go. Quick, quick, quick. Come on. Let's go. US President Donald J. Trump Polls have shown McSally facing a tough reelection battle against her Democratic challenger, former astronaut Mark Kelly. And as they have in other tighter-than-expected Senate races, Trump's divisive behavior has been blamed for dragging down McSally's prospects. While she is still courting Trump supporters, she refused to say whether she was proud of the president during a recent Senate debate with Kelly.
A co-founder of a news site has resigned over an article critical of Joe Biden, kicking off an allegation of censorship and an argument over whether it was Glenn Greenwald or the Intercept that abandoned the fundamentals of journalism. "The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial...
Millions of Americans Plan to Relocate to More Affordable Areas Amid Pandemic. According to a survey conducted by Upwork, about 14 to 23 million U.S. households — up to 11.5% — plan to move to a different city or region. The percentage was even higher among residents in major cities — 20.6%. . As our survey shows, many people see remote work as an opportunity to relocate to where they want and where they can afford to live, Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek, via statement. This is an early indicator of the much larger impacts that remote work could have in increasing economic efficiency and spreading opportunity, Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek, via statement. The majority of respondents intend to move at least two hours from their current location in search of a home that is at least 10% more affordable. Though big cities may take a hit, Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek believes the shift will provide more opportunity for both workers and employers. In the remote world organizations can find talented workers wherever they live; and this opens up opportunity for companies to build a well-skilled workforce, Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek, via statement
Twenty-five years after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, the apex predator holds people's fascination, attracting visitors from all over the world. Now, the next chapter of wolf reintroduction is taking place in Colorado. (Oct. 30)