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Election 2020 Today: Wooing Florida, getting out…

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be holding competing rallies hours apart in Tampa, Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican’s pathway to reelection

500-year-old frozen Incan children

The extraordinary story of 500-year-old frozen Incan children. #science #history #incas

In 'Lost' Interview, Bob Dylan Reveals 'Lay Lady…

In a 1971 interview with his friend and fellow musician Tony Glover, Bob Dylan talked about anti-Semitism and changing his name, among other topics—but the conversations were never used for the Esquire article Glover was planning, and were not made public until now. Glover's widow is putting typed transcripts...

AP Top Stories October 29 A

Here's the latest for Thursday October 29th: Millions of mail ballots still outstanding; Curfew in Philadelphia after protests and violence; Hurricane Zeta leaves damage on Gulf Coast; Czech Republic implements curfew to fight coronavirus.

Hurricane Zeta Batters Louisiana and Mississippi

Hurricane Zeta is battering the Gulf Coast with life-threatening conditions and storm surge. According to CNN, the dangerous system has descended upon Louisiana and Mississippi. The Category 2 storm made landfall with dangerous winds reaching110 mph. The eye of the storm passed over New Orleans at roughly 7:30 p.m., EDT. According to a tweet by the New Orleans government, winds were beginning to pick back up after the eye's passing. The National Hurrican Center reports that Zeta is moving at 25 mph and will increase in speed as the night continues.

Health contractors vetted stars' politics for US…

Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted the political views of hundreds of celebrities for a health education advertising campaign on the coronavirus outbreak

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Second COVID-19 Wave Sends France Back Into…

Second COVID-19 Wave Sends France Back Into National Lockdown. Starting Friday, France will enter its second national lockdown. The announcement comes as new COVID-19 cases rise at an alarming rate in the country. France saw a record 52,010 new cases on Saturday, with the number of intensive care patients rising from 148 to 2,918. . Under these new restrictions, non-essential businesses, bars and restaurants will be closed. . People will only be allowed to leave their homes to perform essential work, go to medical appointments, care for relatives and shop for essentials. . Citizens will also be allowed one hour for exercise, though everyone will be required to fill out a form to justify why they are leaving their homes. . Schools will remain open and, unlike the country’s first lockdown, home care visits will be allowed. . The measures will apply until at least December 1, at which time they’ll be reassessed every two weeks. . In a public address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the country must “apply the brakes.”. The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated … Like all our neighbors, we are submerged by the sudden acceleration of the virus, Emmanuel Macron, via Reuters

Limiting Random Interactions May Help Limit COVID…

Researchers have found that dividing large groups into smaller sub-groups that don't intermix can help contain COVID-19. The limiting of interactions without wider lockdowns helps stop the spread of the virus. These findings were shared in an analysis published Tuesday by the journal Chaos. According to UPI, the goal is to limit "random" interactions between people in affected communities. As a result, these separations can curtail the spread of disease before it can expand across larger areas and populations.

Khloe Kardashian Had Coronavirus

Khloe Kardashian had COVID-19, the reality star reveals in a preview of an upcoming episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Khloe, whose symptoms and test were revealed when the series returned in September , says in the clip that she experienced symptoms including vomiting, headache, and a burning sensation in...

Sheets of rain pelt Alabama

AccuWeather's Bill Wadell captured footage of rain pelting Evergreen, Alabama, during Hurricane Zeta on Oct. 28.

More Americans on Both the Right and Left Want a…

More Americans on Both the Right and Left, Want a Gun. FBI data reveals that gun sales have spiked to near-record numbers since the beginning of the pandemic. In Michigan, September gun sales were up almost 200 percent from the same month in 2019. Gun buyers in recent years say they made the purchase due to a destabilized political climate. Some gun buyers say that nationwide protests led by groups from both the right and the left have been a strong motivator for their purchase. Past gun sale spikes have been driven by worries about the passage of stricter gun legislation. Concerns about the 2020 presidential election are also motivating purchases of guns. Maybe I’m just looking at the news too much, but there are hints of civil war depending on who wins. , Ashley Johnson, via 'The New York Times'. Everybody is arming themselves against their neighbor. This feeds the separatism of the country, Toni Jackson, via 'The New York Times'

Merkel warns Germans of a 'difficult winter' as…

Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Germans to expect a “difficult winter” as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the country hit a new high

Hurricane floods casino parking garage

Floodwaters from Hurricane Zeta engulfed the parking garage of a hotel-casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on Wednesday, as Hurricane Zeta moved through the low-lying coastal area after coming ashore in Louisiana. (Oct. 29)

MLB Is Not Happy With Infected Player's Maskless…

Justin Turner's maskless celebration on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series—just two innings after he was pulled from the game due to his coronavirus test coming back positive—was in clear disregard of Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols, the league says in a statement...

Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto…

German automaker Volkswagen says 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

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How astronauts use bathroom in space

How astronauts use bathroom in space #space #science #nasa

This Time, SCOTUS Hands Democrats the Victory

The Supreme Court's latest decision on the election is a win for Democrats: North Carolina can count ballots received up to nine days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3, the high court ruled Wednesday. Republicans and the Trump campaign filed two separate appeals asking...

In Miss., a love story in the time of coronavirus

With US coronavirus cases surging, the AP Road Trip team met a Mississippi man longing for his wife, hospitalized with COVID-19 for four months. This is a love story. But also a story of the virus, who it strikes, and who takes it seriously. (Oct. 29)

Fauci Says US Must Adhere To Strict Mask Use To…

Business Insider reports the White House said, "we are not going to control the pandemic." However, Dr. Anthony Fauci disagrees and fresh scientific evidence is on his side. The evidence shows we already have the tools at our disposal to get the virus under control. Fauci told JAMA on Wednesday that universal mask-wearing "really, really does" make a difference. This backed up a recent article he and his colleagues wrote regarding masks. However, mask-wearing needs to be nationally mandated and worn above the nose to work.

France braces for monthlong lockdown as virus…

Some doctors expressed relief but business owners despaired as France prepared to shut down again for a month to try to put the brakes on the fast-moving virus

Khloé Kardashian Reveals She Had Coronavirus

Khloé Kardashian Reveals She Had Coronavirus. A preview clip of an upcoming 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' episode was released on Wednesday. It starts with Khloé's sister, Kim, saying, "We're just anxiously awaiting the results for Khloé to see if she has it or not." . "I mean, my gut tells me she does just because she's so sick," Kim continues. Khloé' then confirms that she tested positive for the virus. Just found out that I do have corona. I have been in my room. It's gonna be fine, but it was really bad for a couple days, Khloé Kardashian, via 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' clip. Khloé says some of her symptoms included hot and cold flashes, headaches, vomiting, coughing and shaking. . We're all gonna get through this ... May God bless us all, Khloé Kardashian, via 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' clip

Trump Has $270 Million Forgiven

The NY Times reports that President Donald Trump has had more than $280 million in debt forgiven since 2010. According to Business Insider most of it was linked to money he owed lenders for the construction of a massive skyscraper in Chicago. Trump borrowed money for the Trump International Hotel & Tower from Germany's Deutsche Bank and Fortress Investment Group. Trump failed to pay the money bank. The lenders initially gave him more time. According to tax return records and loan documents viewed by the NY Times eventually Deutsche and Fortress forgave the debt.

France Is Putting a 'Brutal Brake' on Virus

France's President Emmanuel Macron says the time has come to put a "brutal brake" on transmission of the coronavirus before the country's hospitals are completely overwhelmed. Macron announced Wednesday that a full national lockdown will begin Friday and last until at least Dec. 1, the Guardian reports. Daily deaths in...

Hurricane Zeta at sunset

Mayor LaToya Cantrell captured footage of Hurricane Zeta at sunset in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Oct. 28.

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Scientists Worried by Alarming Delay in Arctic…

Scientists Worried by Alarming Delay in Arctic Sea Ice Refreezing. The seasonal refreezing of Arctic sea ice has come to an alarming standstill this year. . Despite the fact that it’s already late October, ice has not formed in a key region off the coast of Siberia. . It is the first time in recorded history that the Laptev Sea has yet to freeze this late into the year. . An altered melting and refreezing timeline could have detrimental effects on the world. . Usually, the ice that forms along the Siberian coastline spreads across the Laptev, carrying nutrients across the Arctic. . The ice travels all the way to the Fram Strait, a passage between Greenland and Svalbard, where it finally melts in the Spring. . However, a later freeze increases the likelihood of the ice melting before it reaches its final destination. . As a result, plankton across the Arctic will receive less nutrients, reducing their capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere. . This in turn contributes to global warming, causing higher temperatures and even less ice formation. 2020 is another year that is consistent with a rapidly changing Arctic. Without a systematic reduction in greenhouse gases, the likelihood of our first ‘ice-free’ summer will continue to increase by the mid-21st century, Zachary Labe, Colorado State University, ‘The Guardian’

3 dead in knife attack in French church…

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, the third attack in two months in France

Today in History for October 29th

Highlights of this day in history: 'Black Tuesday' on Wall St. as the Great Depression begins; Osama bin Laden admits ordering the Sept. 11th attacks; Suez crisis heats up Mideast; McKinley assassin executed; John Glenn returns to space. (Oct. 29)