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New this week: 'This Is Us,' Baby Yoda, 'The…

This week’s new entertainment releases includes the returns of Baby Yoda in season two of “The Mandalorian” and “This Is Us” on NBC

Not-So-Close Race Also One of the Most Expensive

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "very likely" to win re-election to Congress next month in her Bronx district, according to FiveThirtyEight.com . More precisely, in a sample of 40,000 simulations, AOC defeats GOP challenger John Cummings 99 times out of 100. It may be surprising, then, to learn that the seemingly...

Senators debate Barrett ahead of confirmation vote

Senators continue debating the merits of Amy Coney Barrett's expected confirmation to the Supreme Court. Republicans are expected to overpower Democratic opposition and vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee Monday evening. (Oct. 26)

Murkowski Will Vote To Confirm

On Saturday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Murkowski was opposed to confirming a Supreme Court judge to the court so close to the election. She decided to back Barrett due to her judicial philosophy. "I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court," Murkowski said. "I have no doubt about her intellect," she said from the Senate floor. Business Insider reports that Barrett is on the verge of confirmation.

Dolphins players say they're excited about Tua's…

Tua Tagovailoa’s winning personality helped the Miami Dolphins avoid any locker room backlash when he was promoted to replace popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick

Tom Brady Sets New All-Time Passing Touchdown…

Tom Brady Sets New All-Time Passing Touchdown Record . As Brady took the field on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders, . he trailed Drew Brees by three career touchdowns. But the Buccaneers quarterback managed to throw four touchdowns, aiding the team in their 45-20 win. His 559th touchdown pass went to Tyler Johnson on third-and-goal with 3:13 remaining, . landing him ahead of Brees by one. Since leaving the Patriots, Brady has thrown 18 touchdowns in his first six games with the Buccaneers.

Meadows Repeats: We Can't 'Control' the Virus

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says Joe Biden and other Democrats are taking his comments about COVID-19 out of context. How it's playing out: Original comments: On Sunday, Meadows appeared on CNN and declared the US was "not going to control the pandemic" but would instead "control the...

Zeta becomes the latest storm to aim for Gulf…

Zeta will lash the Yucatan Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rain before it targets the U.S. later this week.

Putin Rejects Trump’s Claims of ‘Corrupt’ Deals…

Putin Rejects Trump’s Claims of ‘Corrupt’ Deals Between Hunter Biden and Ukraine . On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against Donald Trump. He responded to unverified claims made by Trump about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and his business ties in Ukraine. . In his televised remarks, Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump and said that Hunter’s business “doesn’t concern us.” . Yes, in Ukraine [Hunter] had or maybe still has a business, I don't know. It doesn't concern us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians, Vladimir Putin, via NBC News. He then said Hunter’s company made “good money” and that he doesn’t see “anything criminal” about it. . He had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from everything he made good money. I don't see anything criminal about this …, Vladimir Putin, via NBC News. Putin was also asked about Trump’s recent comments concerning Putin’s ties to the former mayor of Moscow, whose widow has been allegedly linked to Hunter. Putin was visibly annoyed by the questioning. He went on to say that he knew nothing of a relationship between Hunter and the widow.

Fox News anchors quarantine after virus exposure…

Several Fox News Channel executives and on-air personalities were exposed last week to a person on a private plane who later tested positive for COVID-19

Susan B. Anthony headstone covered in plexiglass

People putting their "I Voted Today" stickers on women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony's headstone will see something new this year: A plastic cover. (Oct. 26)

Vaccine Candidate Has Good News for Seniors

Bad news about COVID is easy to find these days, whether in the US or overseas . But now comes a dose of good news from the makers of one of the leading vaccine candidates. AstraZeneca, which is teaming with Oxford University, said Monday that its vaccine produces an immune response...

Kushner says Black people must 'want to be…

Presidential adviser Jared Kushner says President Donald Trump wants to help Black Americans, but they have to “want to be successful” for his policies to work

Squirrel supercools itself to survive arctic…

This squirrel can supercool itself to survive arctic winters. #science #nature #amazing

Alleged Recipient of Bogus COVID Loan Made Flashy…

Bold move, Florida man. So say the feds, who accuse a Dade City man of receiving a federal COVID-19 loan under false pretenses and using the money to buy himself a $106,000 Mercedes and a Ford F-250 pickup worth $66,000, reports TampaBay.com . In a release , the Department...

Trump slams Biden energy plans in Pennsylvania

President Donald Trump is focusing on challenger Joe Biden’s policies on energy as he campaigns in Pennsylvania. Trump claims that Biden would “abolish the entire U.S. oil industry.” Biden says he wants to end federal subsidies. (Oct. 26)

Dunkin' Brands Leaps 18%

On Monday, Dunkin' Brands surged 18%. The New York Times reported that Dunkin' Brands held preliminary talks to go private in a deal worth at least $8.8 billion. Dunkin' confirmed that it is in talks to go private. Inspire Brands would buy out Dunkin' for $106.50 per share. Business Insider reports that increase represents a potential upside of 20% from Friday's close. Inspire Brands is a private-equity backed firm that owns Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, and Jimmy John's. "There is no certainty that any agreement will be reached." Dunkin' said in a statement.

Under Trump, US no longer leads world on refugee…

Refugees from places like the Congo and Iraq have seen their protections in the U.S. fade over the last four years as the Trump administration chips away at policies once designed to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people

California Court Rules Uber and Lyft Must Make…

California Court Rules Uber and Lyft Must Make Drivers Employees. On Thursday, a California appeals court told the ride-sharing companies that their drivers can no longer be classified as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft can appeal to the California Supreme Court within the next 30 days. Both companies have contributed to a nearly $200-million campaign, Prop. 22, in an effort to keep drivers as independent contractors in California. According to NPR, it's the most expensive ballot campaign in the state's history. Today's ruling means that if the voters don't say Yes on Proposition 22, rideshare drivers will be prevented from continuing to work as independent contractors, ... , Uber spokesperson Matt Kallman, via NPR. ... putting hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work and likely shutting down ridesharing throughout much of the state, Uber spokesperson Matt Kallman, via NPR. Uber and Lyft claim the gig economy laws of California do not apply to them since they are "tech platforms" rather than "transportation businesses.". San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera says both companies have been "breaking the law for years.". This is a victory for the people of California and for every driver who has been denied fair wages, paid sick days, and other benefits by these companies, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, via NPR

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Favored To Win Reelection

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the overwhelming favorite in her reelection race in New York's 14th Congressional district. Her Republican opponent, John Cummings has still raised $9.6 million — seemingly a sign of how keen conservatives are to challenge her. "I guarantee you 75% of his contributors don't know anything about him," a Republican strategist told The New York Times. More then $30 million has flowed into the campaign, most of it going to Ocasio-Cortez and Cummings.

Before SCOTUS Vote, Democrats Have Request for…

The presidency may be up in the air, but a different vote is sure to be a winner for Republicans: The Senate will vote Monday evening to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The outcome is not in doubt after Sunday's legislative action , though one aspect of the...

Winter preview continues across much of central US

Snow and icy conditions will remain a concern as Arctic air stays in place from the Rockies to the southern Plains.

US Experiences Second-Highest Single-Day Increase…

U.S. Experiences , Second-Highest Single-Day, Increase in New COVID-19 Cases. A Reuters analysis of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has found an alarming acceleration. . With 76,195 new cases reported, October 22 officially clocked the second-highest single-day increase so far. . It was just short of the one-day record high of 77,299 new cases, which occurred at the peak of the pandemic on July 16. . India is the only other place to have reported more cases in a single day — 97,894 cases on September 17. . The U.S. recorded 916 new COVID-19 deaths on October 22, and over 1,200 the previous day. . COVID-19 deaths are up 13 percent from last week, and the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is at a two-month high. . There are nearly 41,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the U.S. . During Thursday night’s presidential debate, President Donald Trump said the U.S. was “rounding the turn” on COVID-19. . More and more people are getting better … We’re rounding the turn. We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away, Donald Trump, via Global News

Stanley Cup visits children's cancer center in…

Even during a pandemic, the NHL champion Tampa Bay Lightning brought the Stanley Cup to a local children’s cancer center so that kids and their families could see and take pictures with the famed trophy

Virus cases surging in Texas border city

At least one El Paso, Texas, hospital has added overflow tents to house patients as the border city sees a surge in coronavirus cases (Oct. 26)