With two weeks left until Election Day, Joe Biden has surged to his biggest lead to date over President Trump among likely voters in any Yahoo News/YouGov poll.Lead up 3 points since last poll »
A Chinese animal park has promised to improve safety after one of its workers was fatally attacked by bears in front of a tourist bus. The accident at the Shanghai Wildlife Park took place on Saturday in the zoo's "wild beast area". Video reportedly of the incident, which was shared on social media, shows a group of tourists yelling as they watch the bears from inside a bus.
Dr. Deborah Birx has reportedly been trying to get controversial adviser Dr. Scott Atlas removed from the White House coronavirus task force. A new report in The Washington Post describes the "discord on the coronavirus task force" that has reportedly "worsened" ever since the arrival of Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has no background in epidemiology. Atlas has reportedly "succeeded in largely sidelining" other doctors on the White House coronavirus task force, has challenged analysis from Birx and others with what experts have dismissed as "junk science," and is seen by colleagues as "ill-informed, manipulative and at times dishonest."
Last week: Biden hits double-digit lead in national average, surges in Florida, Michigan National average USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 51.9%, Trump 42.1% (Biden +9.8) Last week: Biden 52.1%, Trump 42.0% (Biden +10.1) Net change: Trump +0.3 RCP: Biden 51.3%, Trump 42.4% FiveThirtyEight: Biden 52.5%, Trump 41.7% At this point in 2016: Clinton +6.5 Swing state averages Arizona: Biden +3.8 USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 49.3%, Trump 45.5% Last week: Biden 48.5%, Trump 45.2% (Biden +3.3) Net change: Biden +0.5 Florida: Biden +2.7 USA TODAY average of averages: Biden 48.7%, Trump 46.0% Last week: Biden 48.5%, Trump 44.5% (Biden +4.0) Net change: Trump +1.3 Georgia: Biden +1.3 USA TOD...
A Taiwanese diplomat ended up in hospital in Fiji this month after two Chinese diplomats stormed into a reception trying to gather information on who was attending, Taiwan's foreign ministry said on Monday, in an unusual escalation of tensions. China, however, disputed the account. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has ramped up pressure on Taipei to accept Chinese sovereignty, including sending fighter jets near the democratically run island.
The Department of Justice has announced charges against six Russian intelligence officers in connection with a series of majorly "disruptive and destructive" cyberattacks. The DOJ on Monday said that a federal grand jury had indicted six Russian computer hackers, officers of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), for their role in a series of "computer intrusions and attacks" conducted from 2015 through 2019 "for the strategic benefit of Russia." This allegedly included malware attacks against Ukraine's electric power grid, as well as efforts to disrupt France's 2017 elections and the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Those living through one of the world's longest lockdowns were granted more freedom to move about on Monday (October 19). Australia's city of Melbourne lies in the state of Victoria, the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak. Melbourne's more than 5 million people have been living under a strict lockdown for more than 100 days.
MOSCOW—The man known as "Putin's attack dog" has spent years promoting a violent response to the publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. When a teenager from a Chechen family beheaded a school teacher in France on Friday for sharing these images with his class, Ramzan Kadyrov, the Putin-backed ruler of Chechnya, took to social media to lecture France about its “unacceptable attitude to Islamic values.” With a white vest on, Kadyrov spoke to a crowd of about a million people, calling on Muslims to rise against those who “deliberately kindle the fire of religious hostility.”
Donald Trump's former national security adviser has warned the president “will not leave graciously if he loses” in his re-election bid against Joe Biden, saying in a new interview: “Whether he carries it to the extreme, I don't think we know. John Bolton, who served as national security adviser from April 2018 to September 2019, told CNN's Jake Tapper another four years of a Trump presidency could cause “irreparable injury” to the nation — while suggesting the president was preparing to contest the results of the November vote, should Mr Biden secure a victory. Let's be clear: Trump will not leave graciously if he loses,” Mr Bolton said, adding: “He will not leave graciously.
A German court has ruled that a Muslim doctor should not be granted citizenship after he refused to shake hands with the woman presenting him with his naturalisation certificate. According to the administrative court of Baden-Württemberg, the Lebanese man had forgone his right to become German because his refusal to shake the bureaucrat's hand was evidence that he saw her as “posing the threat of sexual seduction.” The judges explained that obtaining German citizenship was dependent on the applicant being able to demonstrate that he lived according to the values set out in the German constitution, which enshrines sexual equality.
Climate change and human activity are harming Antarctica and threatening wildlife from humpback whales to microscopic algae, more than 280 scientists and conservation experts say in urging protections for the icy region. The coalition - all women - called for creating a new marine protection area around Antarctica, as governments on Monday began a two-week meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Two Antarctica areas are already protected: The South Orkney Islands and the Ross Sea.
A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles (about 60 kilometers) off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday. The Miami Herald said the passengers were later transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard. The cruise ship was in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach when it came upon the struggling boat, whose passengers were of various nationalities, cruise line officials said.
A U.S. Postal Service carrier has been arrested on charges of stealing one Miami-Dade County mail-in ballot that was sent to a Miami Beach resident earlier this month, federal authorities said Monday. Crystal Nicole Myrie is also accused of stealing 10 gift cards and four prepaid debit cards not in her name, as well as 36 political flyers and 150 other pieces of mail found in her car, according to a criminal complaint. Between Oct. 5-16, Myrie “embezzled letters, postal cards and mail which came into her possession intended to be carried or delivered by her,” according to the complaint filed by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.
She may be on the verge of becoming America's first lady if her husband wins the White House, but don't expect Dr Jill Biden to give up her teaching career. For Dr Biden, who has four university degrees, says she plans on continuing to work full time as a community college professor even if her husband becomes the world's most powerful politician. If that plays out Dr Biden, who has five grandchildren, would become the first first lady to to have a career outside of the White House.
France reported a massive increase of the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 on Monday, while also becoming the eighth country in the world to report more than 900,000 cases since the start of the outbreak. The daily data showed the partial curfew imposed on nine major cities, including Paris, since Saturday has yet to yield some results. Experts say it takes two weeks on average for containment measures to show their effectiveness.
The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border. Wang Ya Long from China's People's Liberation Army, was apprehended inside Indian-controlled Ladakh's Demchok area and was to be released soon, the army said in a statement. It said the soldier “had strayed” across the de facto border along the eastern section of what's known as the Line of Actual Control, a loose demarcation separating Indian- and Chinese-controlled areas.
The claim: Kamala Harris failed the bar exam on her first attempt, while Amy Coney Barrett graduated at the top of her law school class Some of the most-watched moments from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee were her exchanges with Sen. Kamala Harris. One user took to Facebook to compare the qualifications of the conservative Supreme Court nominee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee. "Kamala Harris failed the bar 1st time.
Reporters at The New York Post were reluctant to put their names on the bombshell story alleging corruption on the part of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden over concerns that the information was inaccurate, it has been reported. The New York Times reported that the story was primarily written by one staff member who refused to put their name on the piece. The Times' information is attributed to two New York Post reporters who spoke on condition of anonymity over fears that the paper - owned by Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch - would retaliate.
British billionaire James Dyson, the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, and his wife are selling their three-storey Singapore penthouse about a year after buying it for a reported S$74 million ($54 million). Perched atop Singapore's tallest building, the Tanjong Pagar Centre, the five-bedroom "super penthouse" is equipped with a 600-bottle wine cellar. "An offer has been accepted on the Wallich penthouse," said a spokesman for Dyson's firm.
Trump, a Republican, was spending his Sunday in Nevada, a crucial battleground state he hopes to wrest away from Democrats after narrowly losing it in 2016. Recent opinion polls show Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden leading in the state. Early in-person voting in Nevada began on Saturday.
Pakistani police briefly detained the son-in-law of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, accusing him of leading a crowd in a chant against the military at the tomb of the country's founder. The arrest of Mohammad Safdar came after Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League opposition party joined a series of nationwide protests against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Police detained Safdar at a Karachi hotel room where he was staying with his wife Maryam Nawaz, who addressed a large anti-government rally Sunday.
Investigators on Sunday hunted for clues behind a thunderous explosion that leveled a strip mall, injured five people and rattled residents for miles on a peaceful morning in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The blast Saturday ripped through a shopping center in downtown Harrisonburg where businesses included a family owned halal market, a musical instrument store and recording studio and a nail salon and barber shop. Nearby James Madison University said in a Facebook post that three students from the school's Army ROTC program who had been participating in a 10-mile race were among the injured.
President Donald Trump interrupted a classified intelligence briefing on Afghanistan in the early months of his presidency to order milkshakes, per Politico. Trump has garnered a reputation as a president who routinely ignores intelligence briefings, and reportedly prefers visuals over written briefings. This same disinterest is viewed as a major contributor to Trump's haphazard response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A woman convicted of cutting a pregnant woman's body open before kidnapping her baby is set to be the first inmate who is a woman to be put to death by the American government in more than 60 years. The Justice Department said Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted of fatally strangling the woman, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on 8 December at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute in Indiana. She will be the ninth federal inmate put to death since the Justice Department resumed executions in July after a nearly 20-year hiatus.
Tropical Depression 27 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Epsilon, the 26th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center said the storm could head northwest toward Bermuda and cross the island as a Cat 1 this weekend — the third hurricane to pass near or over the island this season. As of the 5 p.m. update, Tropical Storm Epsilon was stationary about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda with 45 mph maximum sustained winds.
“Until solar and wind power take more of the energy load, I like not paying an arm and a leg to heat my house.”
“It is imperative to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible.”
“Any kind of ban on fracking would cause severe damage to our stressed economy.”
“Climate scientists are urging us to leave all fossil fuels in the ground so that they’ll never be burned. That includes natural gas.”
“Any immediate economic repercussions to the economy can be offset if oil-and-gas companies are made to pay their fair share.”