Coronavirus testing numbers are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.'Don't misinterpret the numbers' »
President-elect Joe Biden is adding to his list of potential defense secretaries a retired US Army general, according to an Axios report published Friday. Lloyd Austin is a Black four-star general with over four decades in the military. If confirmed, Austin would be the first Black defense secretary in the US.
The high-profile epidemiologist who led Sweden's no lock-down strategy in the spring appears to be being sidelined by the government after his prediction that greater immunity would mean a lighter second wave proved badly wrong. "There's certainly a split, and I'm pretty sure that many in the government have rather lost faith in the Public Health Agency," said Nicholas Aylott, an associate politics professor at Stockholm's Södertorn University. Dr Tegnell has always insisted that his Public Health Agency has never pursued a herd immunity strategy, but he repeatedly suggested in the summer that his counterparts in Norway, Finland and Denmark would face a tougher task over the winter because of lower levels of immunity in their populations.
In an attempt to undermine media projections of Joe Biden as the new president-elect, a top aide to President Donald Trump has tweeted a doctored front-page headline of The Washington Times. The Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh shared a picture of the conservative publication with its splash headline reading "President Gore,” a reference to former vice-president Al Gore's race against George W Bush in 2000. The Democratic presidential nominee, Mr Gore, like his 2016 counterpart Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote but ultimately lost the election after a five-week legal battle with Mr Bush over who had received Florida's 25 electoral votes.
Supporters of a firebrand Iraqi cleric shot dead five people on Saturday, according to medical officials, in overnight clashes with anti-government protesters in southern Iraq. The anti-government demonstrators attempted to bloc the path of a rally supporting Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr. Followers of the populist cleric also wounded 40 others in the clashes, according to two medical officials.
British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert paid tribute to her supporters and the diplomatic efforts to secure her freedom after more than two years in an Iranian jail. A specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage charges. But she was released Wednesday (November 26) in exchange for three Iranians who had been detained abroad - according to Iran's state broadcaster.
White rice is highly processed and can spike blood sugar levels, which may increase the risk of diseases like diabetes if eaten regularly, like every day. Because of how the body processes white rice, Harvard Medical School has said that it has the same effect as eating "pure table sugar," which is not great for overall health. It's not as healthy to eat white rice as it is to eat brown rice or less processed alternatives that contain more nutrients, protein, and fiber.
For many members of Generation Z, President's Donald Trump defeat in the 2020 election was the first loss in their voting lives. Business Insider recently spoke to the senior members of five college Republican groups across the country for their reaction. While they said they were pleased with some of Trump's accomplishments in office, they were largely critical of his personality and had mixed feelings about Trump's future in the GOP.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been accused of overseeing a “killing spree”, after he extended a ban on cities in the state imposing their own mask mandates. On Wednesday, Mr DeSantis extended an executive order issued in September, which prevented local governments from fining residents who refused to wear face masks, or from closing restaurants not complying with coronavirus measures. The decision on 25 September prompted the start of the state's third phase of pandemic measures, which allowed restaurants and bars to open at 100 per cent capacity.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Friday. Kim's government also ordered diplomats overseas to refrain from any acts that could provoke the United States because it is worried about President-elect Joe Biden's expected new approach toward North Korea, lawmakers told reporters after attending a private briefing by the National Intelligence Service.
Stores were noticeably empty this Black Friday, as coronavirus cases continue to spike nationwide. The flagship Macy's location New York City — typically one of the busiest stores on Black Friday — didn't see the familiar crowds of shoppers and tourists. Many large retailers like Target and Walmart extended Black Friday sales across multiple days or weeks, and shorten store hours to discourage large crowds.
Karen Lima bought her wedding dress without trying it on first. Karen Lima and Robson Costa got married in 2018 after being together for 10 years. Before setting a wedding date, Lima saw her dream wedding dress on Pinterest: a gold Kyha Studios gown covered in head-to-toe sparkles.
Former CIA director John Brennan called senator Ted Cruz “unworthy to represent the good people of Texas” as the two argued online about the killing of a top Iranian scientist believed to lead the nation's secretive nuclear programme The Republican senator, who has long opposed the Obama administration's Iranian nuclear deal and advocated for a tough posture towards the country, accused the former intelligence official of siding with “Iranian zealots” after he condemned the roadside shooting ambush of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, who American and Israeli intelligence believe is behind a secret programme to design an atomic warhead.
A Tennessee grandmother — facing criminal charges after a statewide search for a 3-year-old girl who went missing over the Thanksgiving holiday — has been located, state authorities say. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has charged Belinda Wilson, 54, with child neglect/endangerment and custodial interference in the disappearance of her granddaughter Zella Linklater, the agency announced Friday. Linklater was found safe and her grandmother is now in custody after the two were located in the woods, according to authorities, who did not reveal the exact location they were found at.
When people move into tiny houses, they don't realize how difficult it is to travel. For starters, you need to have access to a U-Haul or a bigger truck to attach your home to, which can get costly. You also have to tie down most of your belongings in the home so that they don't fall and break while moving.
Donald Trump has raged at Twitter after the platform suspended a personal account belonging to a Pennsylvania state senator who presided over a conspiracy-filled “hearing” among GOP lawmakers to amplify false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The president – in a series of posts tagging One America News Network, which was suspended from YouTube this week for promoting a false Covid-19 “cure” amid its wall-to-wall far-right content – said state Senator Doug Mastriano was “banned” after the platform and “fake news, working together" sought to “SILENT THE TRUTH. He said: "Can't let that happen.
Dr. Tim Mahoney, the mayor of Fargo, the state's most populous city, recently implemented a mandatory mask order to help address the growing number of cases. There's no penalty for not abiding by the city's face covering mandate, but Mahoney says more people have been wearing masks since it was implemented on October 19. In North Dakota, where the novel coronavirus has infected more than 72,000 people and claimed more than 840 lives, Dr. Tim Mahoney, a physician and the mayor of Fargo, signed an order in late October requiring people to wear face coverings while indoors with people from outside their personal households after the state recently experienced one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country.
A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to threatening to shoot a Black family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Douglas Matthew Gurkins, 34, pleaded guilty three months ago to threatening the family in 2014. According to documents from the US Department of Justice, Gurkins will also be subject to three years of supervised release.
An Arkansas man, who decorated the front of his home with a Black Santa Claus, received a racist letter in the mail from an unidentified person pretending to be Santa Claus, according to Fox 16. Chris Kennedy said he was "extremely angry" after he read the letter that asked him to "please remove your n--ro Santa Clause yard decoration," Fox 16 reported. "I am a Caucasian white man to you and have been for the past 600 years," the letter said, WCNC-TV reported.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claims to have acquired incriminating documents about Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe – and then lost them in the post. In a bizarre segment on Wednesday night's show, Carlson alleged that his team mailed the documents from New York to Los Angeles after receiving them from a “source” on Monday, but that the bundle never arrived. Without providing any further details or evidence, Carlson said the “damning” documents had “vanished” en route, heavily implying foul play.
Shawn Mendes spoke to British GQ for a new interview and said that pressure to be the "pinnacle of fitness" led him to wake up two hours early so he could exercise. The "Wonder" singer said he got into this fitness routine out of fear that if he wasn't physically fit, he'd lose fans. Mendes credited girlfriend Camila Cabello with helping to change his perspective and be more comfortable with his body.
Gwyneth Paltrow shared her Thanksgiving Day with two of the people she's most thankful for — her children. The actor-turned-entrepreneur went on an outing with her look-alike 16-year-old daughter, Apple, and her 14-year-old son, Moses, on Thursday, and she captured a sweet photo as they honored another member of the family who couldn't be there. The photo, which shows Paltrow standing in between the kids she shares with her ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, is one of only a few pics she's ever shared on Instagram that features both teens together.
Dominion Voting Systems, a provider of election infrastructure, responded on Thursday to the pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's accusations that it took part in vote rigging. In a point-by-point rejoinder, Dominion said Powell was "alleging a bizarre election fraud conspiracy" that would be impossible to carry out. Powell was until recently part of President Donald Trump's legal team.
Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant at the Harrods department store in London will feature a $106 (£80) burger. The pricey Wagyu burger comes with a beef patty, seared Wagyu sirloin, truffle Pecorino cheese, cep mayonnaise, and fresh black truffles. Other dishes at the new Gordon Ramsay Burger restaurant include a $56 (£42) lobster and shrimp burger and a $28 (£21) hot dog.
Martha Stewart has a Monte Cristo recipe that swaps out ham for turkey to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. While it's not a new recipe — Stewart released it in 2014, and reshared it following this year's holiday — it's a hit with her fans with many planning to make the sandwich this weekend. Stewart's recipe calls for eight ingredients including turkey, cranberry sauce, and cheddar cheese, and it can be made ahead of time.
Donald Trump appears to have already backtrack on his pledge to leave the White House if Joe Biden wins in the Electoral College in December. On Thursday, Mr Trump said he would leave the White House if Mr Biden beats him in the Electoral College. On Friday, he backtracked on the pledge and appended a number of additional conditions that Mr Biden would have to meet to ensure the president's peaceful exit from the White House.
“Donald Trump defeated Donald Trump.”
“The victory was a vindication of a style of American politics that many feared was gone forever.”
“Mr. Biden’s victory — and Mr. Trump’s defeat — is a testament to the resilience of American democracy.”
“Trump’s 2020 reelection bid was doomed by his boorish behavior. Time and again, he refused to act like a president.”
“Biden took the opportunity to unite the Democratic Party.”