Asian shares have logged moderate losses after the S&P 500 dropped 3.5% as markets shuddered over surging coronavirus cases that are bringing fresh pandemic shutdown measures
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...
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)
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.
The fatal shooting of another Black man on America’s streets by police has brought the fraught issues of policing and racism back to the fore of the presidential election in its closing days
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
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.
Polls show Joe Biden ahead nationally and in key states, but do we believe it? Jonathan Jakubowski and Christos Makridis are among those saying no: "We predict that President Trump is going to win the 2020 presidential election—and win big," they write at the Hill . They argue that Trump...
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'
An alleged former Taliban commander accused of kidnapping an American journalist in Afghanistan 12 years ago has been arrested and brought to the US. According to an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday, 42-year-old Haji Najibullah faces charges including hostage taking, conspiracy, and kidnapping, and could get a life...
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican’s pathway to another term
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't vote Monday because someone had gone online and changed his address in a state database, WESH reports. Authorities tracked the hacker via an IP address and arrested Anthony Guevara, a 20-year-old Naples man, on two counts including felony voter fraud. Authorities say Guevara had accessed...
President Donald Trump is using the final days of the campaign against Joe Biden to maintain a whirlwind schedule. Speaking in Goodyear, Arizona, Trump slammed Biden as "the worst candidate ever to run in the history of a presidential election." (Oct. 28)
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.
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
"Anonymous" has emerged. Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at Homeland Security, says he is the author of a scathing op-ed and a book about President Trump that roiled Washington over the past two years, the New York Times reports. "Much has been made of the fact that these writings...
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’
President Donald Trump spoke during a campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday about his experience contracting COVID-19, saying he "felt like superman" after receiving an experimental antibody cocktail. (Oct. 28)