Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway…

It could be a landmark election year for the legal marijuana industry

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Still Another Governor Could be a Target

An Ohio man said he was asked to help arrest, try, and sentence Gov. Mike DeWine. Under the plan, DeWine's penalty could be exile from the state or execution for his supposed crimes, reports. An activist opposed to DeWine's handling of the coronavirus pandemic confirmed that she called...

Today in History for October 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Cuban missile crisis fuels Cold War clash at UN; China's UN seat changes hands; 'Charge of the Light Brigade' battle takes place; Author Geoffrey Chaucer dies; Golfer Payne Stewart killed in plane crash. (Oct. 25)

How Do Votes On Election Day Get Counted?

When the polls close on Election Day and no more voting is allowed, the election judge at each polling place has poll workers seal all the ballot boxes. The boxes are sent to a central vote-counting facility. This is usually a government office, such as a city hall or county courthouse. There, if paper ballots are still used, election officials manually read each ballot and add up the number of votes in each race. Where punch-card ballots are used, election officials count the ballots by hand, then run them through a mechanical punch card reader, which prints out a tally. For absentee/mail-in ballots, they're first cross-checked against voter registration records, to ensure there's no fraud taking place. On Election Day—but never before—state election officials count the mail-in ballots, and add the tally to the ballots cast in-person. With newer, fully computerized voting systems, the vote totals are transmitted automatically, or via removable digital media, to the central counting facility.

Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese GP for record 92nd…

British driver Lewis Hamilton has made Formula One history by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 92nd career victory

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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

Patreon Boots Off QAnon Stans

Patreon has become the latest online platform to give QAnon conspiracy theorists the boot. Please excuse me while I play the world’s smallest violin. “Going forward, creator accounts that advance disinformation promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory will no longer be supported on Patreon,” the company said in a blog post announcing its updated policies this week. Only “a small number” of the platform’s creators actually promoted QAnon with their work, Patreon continued, but it decided to take decisive action after seeing “a number of other online platforms become overrun with pages and groups actively focused around QAnon disinformation.”

Trump: 'I Can't Help' Some GOP Senators

Behind closed doors, President Trump has told GOP donors that Republicans will have a hard time holding onto their Senate majority in the election, and that he won't do all he can to help. "The Senate is very tough,” Trump said. "There are a couple senators I can't really get...

Meteorologists keeping a close eye on…

Experts are highlighting the area for about a 60% chance of development early this week. While conditions may not be ideal for development, a weak low pressure area may still try to develop.

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

Finland shocked by therapy center hacking, client…

Finland’s interior minister has summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers who are seeking ransom from clients

AP Top Stories October 24 P

Here's the latest for Saturday October 24th: Murkowski's nod gives Barrett extra boost; Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days; Obama criticizes Trump for walking out of interview; 16th century combat sport growing in popularity.

Colorado to Get a Very Colorado Break on Wildfires

Dry, windy conditions have made it tough for crews to contain the two largest wildfires in Colorado history. Officials are counting on help from above: a quick snowfall. "We're going from critical fire danger ending at 7pm to a midnight winter storm watch," said a National Weather Service meteorologist. Snow...

AP source: Raiders get 4 linemen back for game vs…

The Las Vegas Raiders will be able to play four of their starting offensive linemen against Tampa Bay after they got one more day of negative tests for COVID-19

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Fire is used to keep trains running during bitter…

Fire is used to keep trains running during the bitter cold. #trains #winter #science

Pence's Chief of Staff Tests Positive

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff became the latest in a flurry of top White House officials to test positive for the coronavirus even as President Trump insisted Saturday that the country is "rounding the turn." "Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for...

Trump jokes about bright sun as he campaigns in NC

U.S. President Donald Trump addressed supporters at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday, hours after he cast his ballot in early voting in Florida. (Oct. 24)

Five Facts About U.S. Presidential Elections

To vote in a presidential election, you need to be an American citizen, be at least 18 years old on Election Day, and vote in the state in which you reside. Candidates tend to focus their campaigns on 'swing states,' where candidates from both parties have won in recent elections. The party with the most seats in each house gets the top leadership positions. That party has an enormous influence on which laws are considered and voted on.

The Latest: Meadows says 'we're not going to…

With COVID-19 cases surging in the United States, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is acknowledging that the Trump administration can’t stop the spread and is focusing instead on getting a vaccine

Trump Says Israel and Sudan Have Agreed to…

Trump Says Israel and Sudan , Have Agreed to Normalize Relations. President Trump made the announcement on Friday, less than two weeks before the election. According to CNN, before talks of normalization could move forward, . Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok requested that the country be removed from the state sponsor of terrorism list, which it has be on since 1993. Trump signed an executive order to implement Sudan's removal from the list. According to CNN, if both the House and Senate pass veto-proof joint resolutions of disapproval within 45 days, . Congress can overturn the decision to remove Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list

Gardner Defends Senate Seat Against Hickenlooper

Former Governor John Hickenlooper will face first-term GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado 2020 US Senate's race. Hickenlooper has a long track record in Colorado. He is the former two-term mayor of Denver. He is also the former governor, serving from 2011 to 2019. Since 2014, Colorado has become a reliably Democrat at the federal and state levels.

Fox Host Apologizes After Wildfire Segment

Fox News turned a few heads Friday with its choice of music during a segment on wildfires, Mediaite reports. Special Report with Bret Baier was using footage from Fox 31 in Denver as it reported on a fire that's been raging in Colorado for over a week. "At least five...

Amid record-breaking Colorado wildfires, Mother…

Spreading snowfall and freezing temperatures are expected to expand from Southwest to Midwest and Plains, leaving an October football game covered in snow.

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FDA Approves Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19

FDA Approves Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19. U.S. regulators have approved the use of remdesivir, an antiviral medicine, for COVID-19 treatment. . It is officially the first drug to win full approval for COVID-19 treatment from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug, otherwise known as Veklury by Gilead Sciences Inc., reportedly cuts COVID-19 recovery time down from 15 days to 10. . Those results were found in a large study led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. . However, a study conducted by the World Health Organization found that the drug did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients. . Nevertheless, the drug has been authorized for emergency use since the spring. . President Donald Trump even received it when he was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. Gilead is charging $2,340 for a typical treatment course for those covered by government health programs. For those with private insurance, the cost of treatment is $3,120. Out-of-pocket payments depend on a person’s insurance, income and other factors.

For transgender activists, election stokes hopes…

Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election

Kamala Harris travels to Ohio to urge early voting

Democrat vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris traveled to Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday to attend a campaign event.Joe Biden's