Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible…

Taiwan says recent proposed purchases of U.S. missiles and other arms systems will boost the island's ability to credibly defend itself, amid rising threats from China

What it takes to dismantle a 'murder hornet' nest

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists successfully eradicated an Asian giant hornet nest by vacuuming the hornets out of the nest Saturday, Oct. 24, just two days after finding the nest in a tree on private property in Blaine, Wash. #science #nature #hornets

Jamie Foxx Heartbroken Over Sister's Death at 36

Jamie Foxx's younger sister has died at age 36, the actor revealed in a heartbroken Instagram post Monday. "My heart is shattered into a million pieces... my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned... I say transitioned because she will always be alive... anyone who knew my sis... knew that she...

Senate Republicans celebrate Barrett confirmation

Republican Senators celebrated the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett by a deeply divided Senate late Monday. The vote installs President Donald Trump's nominee days before the election. (Oct. 27)

Bostonian Burns Ballot Box

A 39-year-old Bostonian was charged with lighting a fire in a ballot drop box and damaging dozens of ballots. Newser reports Worldy Armand was taken into custody late Sunday after officers on patrol saw a man who matched the description of the suspect. Armand allegedly set the fire around 4am in a ballot drop box outside the downtown Boston Public Library. The FBI is investigating. There were 122 ballots inside the box when it was emptied Sunday morning. Among them, 87 were still legible and able to be processed. Voters can check online whether their ballot was processed. Those affected can either vote in person or by a replacement ballot that will be mailed to them.

K-pop band TWICE reveals its daring side on new…

TWICE, a popular K-pop group known for its catchy lyrics and colorful aesthetics, has released its second full album, a collection that invites listeners into the band’s more daring side

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Kanye West Says God Inspired Him to Run for…

Kanye West Says, God Inspired Him, to Run for President. Kanye West opened up about his 2020 presidential run in a new episode of the 'Joe Rogan Experience' podcast. . The 43-year-old rapper talked about how God came to him in 2015 and inspired him to pursue politics. It was something that God put in my heart back in 2015 … A few days before the MTV Awards it hit me in the shower. , Kanye West, to 'Joe Rogan Experience'. He said that he felt “all this joy” move through his body and soul, describing it as the “spirit” of God. . When I first thought of it, I just started laughing to myself and all this joy came over my body, through my soul. I felt that energy. I felt that spirit, Kanye West, to 'Joe Rogan Experience'. West later said that he would consider running for governor instead of president if that was “God’s plan" for him. However, he believes that his “calling” is to be “leader of the free world.” . West also said revealed that he was inspired to run for president because of Donald Trump’s 2016 win. When I saw Trump win, [I could see] that you can win if you come from outside of politics, Kanye West, to 'Joe Rogan Experience'

Is Travel Safe This Holiday Season?

The novel coronavirus continues to spread across the US, reports Business Insider. However, some travelers are booking vacation plans with an eye toward safety and risk mitigation. Before booking a cheap flight or hotel deal, it's important to consider the risks associated. There are many risks with flying, renting a car, staying in a hotel, or booking an Airbnb during COVID-19. Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to keeping yourself and others safe through this. It is most important to wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer, and wash your hands often.

Supreme Court Hands GOP a Victory in Wisconsin

The Supreme Court has spoken, and Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline won't be extended. In a win for Republicans, the high court sided with an appeals court that put the 6-day extension on hold . The extension had originally been issued by a lower court judge who sided with Democrats and civil...

Snowy hills at sunset

Driving through the snowy hills of Pueblo, Colorado, Reed Timmer captured footage of the sunset on the evening of Oct. 26.

Pence's Chief of Staff Tests Positive For…

Pence's Chief of Staff , Tests Positive For Coronavirus. In addition to Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Marc Short's positive test, . at least three other of Pence's aides have tested positive for the coronavirus as well. Pence's spokesperson said that he and "Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health.". Pence is currently campaigning for the 2020 presidential election. ... the vice president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the C.D.C. guidelines for essential personnel, Devin O’Malley, Spokesperson for Vice President Pence, via 'The New York Times'. 'The New York Times' reports that White House chief of staff Mark meadows attempted to prevent the news of the outbreak from going public. Meadows stated on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he was concerned about "sharing personal information."

Asian shares slip after Wall St's worst day in a…

Shares have fallen in Asia after surging coronavirus cases and waning hopes for U.S. economic stimulus gave Wall Street its worst day in a month

Wash. state scientists remove 98 'murder hornets'

Washington state Department of Agriculture workers destroyed the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the US, the agency said Monday. 98 Asian giant hornets were removed from the nest in Whatcom County, 13 of them still alive. (Oct. 26)

Gulf Coast Braces for Possible Record No One Wants

Yet again, the Gulf Coast is bracing as another hurricane roars toward it. Zeta, the 27th named storm of the 2020 season, was upgraded to a hurricane Monday, NBC News reports. It made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Mexico's eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday, the AP reports. It's expected...

Embattled Malaysian PM gets respite but survival…

A key ally’s reaffirmed support for Malaysia’s prime minister offers him a respite after his failed bid to declare a coronavirus emergency, but his political survival still hangs in the balance

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Dog with permanent smile finds forever home

Springsteen's Joyful Takes on Aging

At age 71, Bruce Springsteen has released a new album that's receiving praise from reviewers and fans as, remarkably, one of his best. Letter to You , which is accompanied by a streaming film, is largely a look back, built around the closeness of the E Street Band, David Brooks writes...

Today in History for October 27th

The Federalist Papers published in New York City; President Theodore Roosevelt is born; Egypian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin win Nobel Peace Prize; Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918. (Oct. 27)

Astronomers Say The Man In The Moon Has Far More…

Scientists used to say there were millions of tons of ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the moon’s poles. Now, HuffPost reports a pair of studies in the journal Nature Astronomy says there's far, far more potential water available. Twenty percent more, to be exact. A team led by the University of Colorado's Paul Hayne says more than 15,400 square miles of lunar terrain have the capability to trap water in the form of ice. However, lead researcher Casey Honniball says the molecules are so far apart that they are in neither liquid nor solid form. To be clear, this is not puddles of water. Casey Honniball, Lead Researcher Postdoctoral fellow, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Greater access to water could allow astronauts and robots more places to land, and support future lunar bases. Scientists believe the moon's water came from comets, asteroids, interplanetary dust, solar wind, or even lunar volcanic eruptions.

California braces for more fire danger from winds

California is bracing for another round of fire danger from gusts even as crews battle two southern blazes that have left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders

Jay-Z Launches New Cannabis Brand

Jay Z Launches New Cannabis Brand. Jay-Z has officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram. In a press release, Monogram is described as seeking to “redefine what cannabis means.” . The brand’s website says Monogram marks a “new chapter” in cannabis. Defined by dignity, care and consistency. It is a collective effort to bring you the best, and a humble pursuit to discover what the best truly means. Progress is endless, Monogram, via statement . The website also describes Monogram’s creation process, boasting of “expert growers” who give every plant “personalized attention.” . Our batch-by-batch approach and unique potency designation allow us to highlight the nuances in between harvests and tell you the story of every flower, Monogram, via statement . The brand, Monogram, is Jay-Z's first product collaboration since he became the chief brand strategist of Caliva last year. At the time, he said he chose to partner with the Northern California-based dispensary because they were “the best partner for [his] endeavor.”

Amy Coney Barrett Is Now Supreme Court Justice…

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is to be the next Supreme Court Justice, filling the seat left by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Business Insider reports the Senate on Monday voted to confirm Coney Barrett along party lines in a 52-48 vote. Only one Republican, US Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, voted against Barrett's nomination. The 48-year-old was confirmed just eight days before Election Day, and to vociferous opposition from Senate Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday celebrated Barrett's impending confirmation. This is something to really be proud of and feel good about. We made an important contribution to the future of this country. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Amy Coney Barrett Will Be 115th Court Justice

Republicans got their wish Monday night: The Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court a mere eight days before the election. The vote was 52-48, with no Democrats voting in favor and Susan Collins of Maine the only Republican to vote against, reports the Hill . The 48-year-old...

Keeping NYC parks clean during the pandemic

Public parks are valuable to communities across the country. AccuWeather's Dexter Henry looks at how an organization in New York City is helping to maintain these spaces.

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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.

Bomb at seminary in Pakistan kills 7 students…

A powerful bomb blast has ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least seven students and wounding 112 others

Amy Coney Barrett takes oath to join Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett is pledging to carry out her duties as a Supreme Court justice “without any fear or favor” toward government or her own beliefs. Barrett spoke after taking the first of two oaths that will allow her to join the high court. (Oct. 26)