At least a dozen people attending a crowded Trump campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, were taken to local hospitals after being overcome by the 87-degree heat, authorities said.Days after Omaha supporters stuck in cold »
A NASA spacecraft tucked more than 2 pounds of asteroid samples into a capsule for return to Earth after losing some of its precious loot because of a jammed lid, scientists said Thursday. They won't know the precise amount of the cosmic haul from asteroid Bennu, more than 200 million miles (322 million kilometers) away, until the capsule parachutes into the Utah desert in 2023. We've still got a lot of work to do” to get the samples back safely, said lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona.
But when pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer announced on Oct. 16 that it would delay applying to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization to distribute the vaccine it was developing, Trump softened his declarations, saying a vaccine would be coming “within weeks. On a corporate earnings call on Tuesday, Pfizer revealed it had so far been unable to conduct an analysis of a phase III clinical trial to determine whether its vaccine is safe and effective, STAT reported. Without that analysis, the FDA will not grant an emergency use authorization.
A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for hiding a loaded firearm at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed to USA TODAY. Officers say Marcia Temple hid her purse behind a planter before proceeding through security metal detectors at the Disney Ticket and Transportation Center on Oct. 8, according to a redacted incident report provided by the sheriff's office. Temple was spotted ditching her purse by a hospital worker who was conducting temperature checks at the security checkpoint.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Central Committee, the largest of the ruling Communist Party's top decision-making bodies, have concluded a four-day meeting on China's economic and social policy goals for the next five years. Below are some key details from the communique of the plenum, the fifth meeting of the Central Committee since the once-in-five years Communist Party congress in 2017, as released by state media on Thursday. Party leadership said in the communique that the value of China's gross domestic product is expected to exceed 100 trillion yuan ($14.92 trillion) this year.
The remnants of Hurricane Zeta were far from land over the Atlantic on Friday, but people across the South were still digging out from the powerful storm that killed six people. The wind effects of Zeta, which came ashore in Cocodrie, Louisiana, and barreled northeast, were felt all the way from the Gulf Coast to southern New Jersey. At the height of the outages, as many as 2.6 million people were without power across seven states from Louisiana to Virginia.
Filmmaker Michael Moore said on Thursday that he was wary of polls for the 2020 presidential election which show Donald Trump trailing in the race behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden.Â Moore warned that the Trump vote is â always being undercountedâ because his supporters are suspicious of the so-called â deep stateâ . â Itâ s awful news that Biden is ahead by seven points in Michigan and I have to fight against this constantly,â said the documentary filmmaker while appearing on Hill.TV.Â Moore pointed to a poll from July in Michigan that showed the Democratic challenger leading Mr Trump by 16 points.
For the first time this year, all New York voters had three options to cast a ballot: Early voting, traditional Election Day voting and, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee voting. Some context: Election-reform advocates say what's happening in New York is evidence of an energized presidential electorate eager to participate in early voting, which lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo first adopted last year after dozens of other states had already done so. It's also laid bare the system's growing pains.
The mother of a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is among those slated to testify Friday during a hearing in Illinois to decide if her son should be extradited across the border to stand trial on homicide charges. Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyers also planned to call an expert on self-defense, a prison-safety consultant and two former homicide detectives in a long shot bid to convince Judge Paul Novak in Waukegan, Illinois, not to turn their client over to Wisconsin authorities. The case has become a rallying point for some conservatives who see Rittenhouse as a patriot who was exercising his right to bear arms during unrest in Kenosha following the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.
Most people living in tiny seaside villages on the west coast of Scotland are unlikely ever to come face to face with a president of the United States. The residents of Turnberry, Ayrshire, probably never expected that they would either â until the New York businessman who bought the villageâs golf courses and hotel in a 2014 deal entered the White House two years later. Four years on and a week away from another election, everyone in Turnberry has an anecdote about Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent candidate for the American presidency.
Unlike the political climate, the weather on Election Day looks to be rather tranquil across the U.S., forecasters said. "It should be a fairly quiet weather day across the nation on Tuesday," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert told USA TODAY Thursday. Another expert, Seattle-based meteorologist Cliff Mass, wrote on his blog earlier this week that "the forecast for Election Day over much of the U.S. is extreme.... extremely pleasant, with minimal storminess and precipitation."
A former U.S. embassy worker in Mexico is believed to have drugged and sexually assaulted as many as two dozen women, filming many of them while they were unconscious, according to federal prosecutors. Brian Jeffrey Raymond was arrested earlier this month in San Diego, where he had moved after leaving his job in June. The FBI started investigating after Mexican police responding to a call May 31 found a woman naked and screaming from the balcony of an embassy-leased apartment in Mexico City.
A record surge of coronavirus cases in the United States is pushing hospitals to the brink of capacity and killing up to 1,000 people a day, the latest figures show, with much of the country's attention focused on Tuesday's presidential election. The United States broke its single-day record for new coronavirus infections on Thursday, reporting at least 91,248 new cases, as 21 states reported their highest daily number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally of publicly reported data. More than 1,000 people died of the virus on Thursday, marking the third time in October that milestone has been passed in a single day.
The driver of a Ford Mustang in Dania Beach checked under the hood of the car and found a 10-foot Burmese python. The driver called officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife and Conservation Commission, who removed the reptile. The FWC was not immediately available to answer questions about the incident, but it is likely the officers killed the snake because it is an invasive species that preys on native mammals, birds and other reptiles.
Two members of a white supremacist group were arrested Thursday and accused of intimidating a Michigan family, authorities said. Justen Watkins, 25, of Bad Axe, and Alfred Gorman, 35, of Taylor, were charged with gang membership, unlawful posting of a message and using computers to commit a crime, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office. The charges followed an investigation by Michigan State Police and the FBI into a group called The Base and a December 2019 incident in which a family in Dexter saw men in dark clothing shining a light and taking photos on the front porch of their home.
Trump 2020 campaign adviser Kayleigh McEnany discusses the media coverage of Hunter Biden on 'Fox & Friends.
Most new COVID-19 cases in Europe come from a mutated variant of the coronavirus spread from Spain by tourists, scientists said in a report Thursday. The coronavirus variant was first identified in northeastern Spain in June and was carried abroad by tourists and other travelers, the scientists said. There isn't enough data to suggest this variant, known as 20A.EU1, is more deadly, the team from the University of Basel, ETH Zürich in Basel, and SeqCOVID in Spain said.
Politics aside, there is one outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election that could bring some relief to Pentagon planners: a clear-cut victory. In the months preceding the election on Tuesday, U.S. military officials have been forced to contemplate the possible fallout from a contested election, including protests like those in June over racial injustice that brought the National Guard to the streets. A contested vote could stir the kind of wild speculation that forced America's top general to assure lawmakers the military would have no role in settling any election dispute between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
The United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China's Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups, the U.S. envoy for women's issues said Thursday. Citing reports of forced birth control, home visits and sexual violence in detention centers, Ambassador-at-Large on Women's Issues Kelley Currie said such practices show a “pervasive pattern of targeting women.” “It's really remarkable to me as someone who used to work at the U.N. the complete lack of curiosity or concern we see from the U.N. on what are really grave allegations and very widespread and quite disturbing human rights abuses,” said Currie, who also serves as the U.S. representative at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a hit among Americans with nearly half saying they feel worse about the senatorâs job performance over the last four years, according to a new poll. Only 16 per cent of respondents said they felt better about Mr McConnell, a Republican senator for Kentucky, and his job performance over the last four years. This compared to 44 per cent of respondents saying they feel worse about his performance, according to an Independent poll with JL Partners.
A pair of popular two-term state governors have put Democrats within striking range of winning control of the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's election, and with better than a bare 50-seat majority. Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who both ran for president before jumping into the Senate campaign, could complete a Western sweep of Republican-held Senate seats, along with fellow Democrat Mark Kelly in Arizona. Such an outcome would all but give Democrats the Senate majority, if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the White House and the party maintains its majority in the House of Representatives.
Like many U.S. cities, where economies have been ravaged by the pandemic, Oakland has seen a surge in gun violence, including six killings of juveniles since June and a 40% increase in homicides overall. To the south, in Los Angeles, the picture is equally bloody, with the city on pace to have more than 300 homicides for the first time since 2009. Beyond California, major cities from Minneapolis to Milwaukee to New York and even smaller communities like Lubbock, Texas, and Lexington, Kentucky, are all confronting the same grim pattern, with some places, like Kansas City, Missouri, and Indianapolis, setting records for the number of killings in a single year.
The dispute has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on October 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils the cartoons in a civics lesson on freedom of speech. France has allowed displays of the cartoons, which are considered blasphemous by Muslims. Macron paid tribute to Paty, describing him as a "quiet hero" dedicated to instilling the democratic values of the French Republic in his pupils.
Assailants shot and killed three politicians from India's ruling party in Kashmir Thursday, police said, blaming militants fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region. Militants fired at the three members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, in southern Kulgam district, police said in a statement. The three were taken to a hospital, where they died, it said.
A pioneering nuclear fusion experiment based in Oxfordshire has been switched on for the first time. Mast Upgrade could clear some of the hurdles to delivering clean, limitless energy for the grid. Fusion differs from fission, the technology used by existing nuclear power plants, because it could release vast amounts of energy with little associated radioactivity.
76% of campers and staffers at a faith-based retreat for high school boys in Wisconsin came down with COVID-19 after a single camper developed symptoms. The camp implemented some mitigation strategies, like requiring the 152 attendees to quarantine at home for a week before travel, but didn't require mask wearing or social distancing. Attendees who didn't contract COVID-19 had tested positive for antibodies prior to arrival, providing evidence of their potential protective power.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”