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' »
GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman slammed President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans in a recent interview with Forbes, saying that the party's refusal to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden's win is a "massive grift." "They're worried about committee assignments, they're worried about the team," Riggleman said of Republicans who are standing with the president. Riggleman, a first-term lawmaker representing Virginia's 5th Congressional district, was defeated in his June renomination bid and will leave Congress in January 2021.
Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos, died Friday at the age of 46 following injuries sustained in a fire more than a week ago. Hsieh was injured in a fire on November 18 in New London, Connecticut, a spokesperson for his company confirmed to Insider. The fire was still under investigation as of Saturday, New London Fire Chief Thomas Curcio told Insider.
Supporters of exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Friday they would lobby state prosecutors in several European countries to investigate accusations of torture by Belarusian authorities. Belarus has been rocked by months of anti-government protests after veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in an Aug. 9 presidential election that his opponents say was rigged, a charge he denies. Western countries have accused Belarusian security forces of using excessive force in their crackdown on the protesters and have imposed sanctions targeting specific officials.
On Nov. 2, police received a call from a local jewelry salesman, Jay Brett Rind, reporting an accidental shooting at his apartment in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. According to an affidavit filed in court on Nov. 5, Rind told dispatchers that he'd met an old friend, 21-year fire department veteran James Gilliard, for dinner to offer him the “deal of a lifetime.” Rind planned to move to Mexico, and suggested he give his old pal, whom he'd met years prior when Gilliard owned a local pawn shop, two guns.
Outgoing president Donald Trump has shrugged off his latest election lawsuit defeat in Pennsylvania by falsely claiming he won the state "by a lot". Mr Trump alleged, without evidence, that president-elect Joe Biden's votes in Pennsylvania were created "out of thin air" in early morning tweet on Saturday. The post, flagged by Twitter as misleading, came hours after a Philadelphia federal court dismissed his legal team's challenge to the election result there.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday evening that he will not take a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in a series of statements he has made expressing skepticism toward coronavirus vaccination programs. In statements broadcast live over multiple social media platforms, the right-wing leader added that Congress was unlikely to require Brazilians to take a vaccine. Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world, and Bolsonaro has for months played down the seriousness of the pandemic despite being infected with the virus in July.
The latest information from the Hermit Kingdom comes from South Korean lawmakers, who spoke to reporters on Friday after having a private meeting with the National Intelligence Service NIS , the country's chief intelligence agency. The other person was allegedly a top government official who was caught violating restrictions placed on goods from outside the country amid the pandemic, AP reported. North Korea's economy has borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic as the country was forced to seal its border with its biggest trading partner, China, back in January.
A photo of Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, cradling a COVID-19 patient in his ICU in full PPE is going viral this Thanksgiving. "My concerns for the next six to 12 weeks is that if we don't do things right, America is going to see the darkest days in modern American medical history," Varon told CNN. On the eve of Thanksgiving, Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, told CNN "America is going to see the darkest days in modern American medical history" over Christmas if we don't change course fast.
Donald Trump is reportedly weighing whether to launch a 2024 re-election bid on the day of Joe Biden's inauguration. On Saturday, The Daily Beast cited three sources who confirmed he is considering a 2024 run, and two of them said he had floated the idea of holding an event on 20 January. According to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter, the president has privately bragged that he would still remain in the spotlight, even if Mr Biden is in the Oval Office, because the media finds Mr Biden “boring.”
Spirit Airlines inaugurated service between Newark and Boston on November 18, becoming the fifth carrier on the busy route. The two daily flights join a competitive sector dominated by American, Delta, United, and JetBlue, primarily serving business travelers and offering bonus perks for flyers. We flew on the first flight from Newark to Boston to see if Spirit's dirt-cheap fares held up to the competition on the 200-mile route.
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.
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.
Chartered United Airlines flights from Brussels to Chicago are carrying Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, according to The Wall Street Journal. The flights represent one leg of a chain, which will extend from Chicago to distribution hubs around the US. Pfizer's vaccine must be stored in -103 degrees Fahrenheit, so the flights reportedly have special FAA approval to carry 15,000 pounds of dry ice.
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.
Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, said she has to keep "piles of cash" at home due to US sanctions. She said: "The government is paying me cash for my salary because I don't have a bank account." Lam earns $672,000 per year and is one of the highest-paid leaders in the world, according to the BBC.
In September, Christopher Blackwell married his fiancée Chelsea Moore at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Blackwell is incarcerated in the Washington state prison, and there were a number of constraints placed on the ceremony. The couple wasn't allowed to stand less than six feet apart, Christopher and George, the wedding's witness, were strip-searched, and Chelsea even had her dress and heels measured.
The eastern United States is bracing itself for the first heavy storm of the season, with torrential downpour and snow expected from Tennessee to Michigan on Monday, and rain then drenching neighbouring regions. The storm is expected to form over the deep south on Sunday, with heavy rain. Strong to severe thunderstorms could also develop in the warm, humid air ahead of the storm from the southeast on Sunday to the eastern Mid-Atlantic on Monday.
A man dressed as an Amazon delivery driver is stealing packages instead of delivering them in Richmond, Virginia, according to local police. Wearing a company vest, he approaches homes carrying dummy boxes and switches them for full ones delivered by Amazon, the police said. Police in Richmond, Virginia, said on Friday they were searching for a man dressed as an Amazon delivery driver who was stealing packages from doorsteps rather than dropping them off.
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.
Chris Krebs, the cybersecurity director who Donald Trump terminated over claims the 2020 election was the most secure on record, has said recent allegations made by the president and his allies were “farcical”. Mr Krebs, who was removed as director of the Department for Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on 17 November, made the remarks in an interview with CBS News, which will air on Sunday. In a pre-released excerpt, Mr Krebs told the CBS 60 Minutes program that Trump campaign allegations around foreign interference with US voting machines, as well as the tabulation of votes in foreign countries, were both baseless.
Black Friday sales at Macy's New York flagship store are an annual tradition, kicking off the holiday shopping season. To understand how Black Friday 2020 compares to years past, one only needs to look at Macy's New York flagship store. The store's Black Friday deals — typically kicking off after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade — are a symbolic start to the holiday shopping season across America.
Congratulations are in order for Bella Robertson! The 18-year-old former “Duck Dynasty” star got engaged to her boyfriend, Jacob Mayo, after six months of dating. Mayo shared a series of photos on his Instagram, showcasing the moments leading up to the engagement, a shot of the actual proposal and a few adorable after shots to celebrate the moment.
With Justice Amy Coney Barrett anchoring a new, arch-conservative majority of justices, Chief Justice John Roberts is no longer the one in power. In the first major public act of Donald Trump's Supreme Court, the majority ruled against New York attendance restrictions to religious services to limit the spread of COVID-19. Barrett's arrival in the seat held by Ruth Bader Ginsburg means the chief's vote is no longer necessary if conservatives are seeking expansive rulings in the cultural and social issues that matter to them.
A Pennsylvania college basketball player described as a "team leader" has died in a Thanksgiving day car crash. Jermaine Knight, of Stewartsville, New Jersey, died on Thursday after the car he was travelling in overturned in Harmony Township, authorities said. Knight, 20, represented Philadelphia's Rosemont College as a point guard.
“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.”