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How Kamala Harris and Jill Biden are subverting myths about America's stepmoms

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 02:30

How Kamala Harris and Jill Biden are subverting myths about America's stepmomsFor millions of American women, Harris and Biden represent resilience and tenacity.


Key al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan, as death toll from suicide bombing at Kabul education centre rises to 24

Yahoo News - Sun, 10/25/2020 - 00:41

Key al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan, as death toll from suicide bombing at Kabul education centre rises to 24Afghan forces said they had killed a top al-Qaeda militant wanted by the United States, as the death toll from a blast in the capital rose to 24 on Sunday. Abu Muhsin al-Masri, an Egyptian national believed to be the number-two for the Islamist militant group in the Indian sub-continent, was targeted in central Ghazni province, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said in a statement. It did not provide further details about the operation or when it was carried out. A source at the intelligence agency, who did not want to be named, told AFP that an aide to al-Masri who was "in contact with the Taliban" was also detained. Al-Masri, who also goes by the name Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf, is on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. A US warrant for his arrest was issued in December 2018, after he was charged with providing support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation and plotting to kill US nationals, according to the FBI.


Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 22:32

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, died at the age of 78 on Sunday, the company said.


Offset livestreamed himself being detained by Los Angeles police on Instagram Live

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 22:18

Offset livestreamed himself being detained by Los Angeles police on Instagram LiveThe Migos rapper shared a live video to his Instagram that showed police removing him from a vehicle. He was later released.


Hurricane force gusts prompt extremely critical fire risk in California

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 20:28

Hurricane force gusts prompt extremely critical fire risk in CaliforniaMeanwhile, record shattering cold brings heavy snow and wind chills below zero to Colorado.


Venezuela opposition figure Lopez headed to Spain: family

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:54

 familyLeopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan opposition figure who has sheltered at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas for 18 months, has now fled the country, his father told AFP Saturday.


Offset arrested following confrontation with police filmed on Instagram Live

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:33

Offset arrested following confrontation with police filmed on Instagram LiveIt is not immediately clear why he was pulled over, but the police officers in the video said that they were told the rapper or people around him, were waiving guns around. After his 2018 arrest, Offset was released on $17,000 bail.


Police in Ohio are reportedly investigating a group that recruited for a plot to arrest Gov. Mike DeWine for tyranny

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:23

Police in Ohio are reportedly investigating a group that recruited for a plot to arrest Gov. Mike DeWine for tyrannyThe plot came to law enforcement's attention when a man reported a group had tried to recruit him to the plan, Ohio's WSYX reported.


Looters raid Nigeria food warehouse as unrest spreads

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:13

Looters raid Nigeria food warehouse as unrest spreadsSeveral thousand people ransacked and looted a government food warehouse in central Nigeria on Saturday in the latest in two weeks of unrest sweeping over Africa's most populous country.


Colombia surpasses one million Covid-19 cases: ministry

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:05

 ministryColombia on Saturday surpassed the benchmark of one million cases of Covid-19 registered in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, the health ministry announced.


Biden says he won't return Trump's attacks on his children because 'it's crass' to target a political opponent's family

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 17:42

Biden says he won't return Trump's attacks on his children because 'it's crass' to target a political opponent's family"Look, I'm running against Donald Trump, not his children," Biden said in an interview with "Pod Save America."


'Not just numbers': The women disappearing in Peru

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 17:17

 The women disappearing in PeruThousands of women go missing in Peru every year and many are never found.


Chicago police called to domestic incident at home of former CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, multiple sources say

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 17:12

Chicago police called to domestic incident at home of former CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, multiple sources sayThe victim refused medical attention, according to police.


Two Notre Dame students killed, 1 injured after being hit by car

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 16:56

Two Notre Dame students killed, 1 injured after being hit by carA vehicle is believed to have hit the three students, who were walking in the street, and then crashed into a house.


The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes. Here's why and how.

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 16:35

The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes. Here's why and how.The 2020 presidential election again highlights one of the most confusing and controversial parts of the U.S. elections: The Electoral College.


Cops Nab Kansas Dad After 2 Boys Killed, 2 Girls Abducted

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 16:31

Cops Nab Kansas Dad After 2 Boys Killed, 2 Girls AbductedKansas police have arrested a man they say abducted his two young daughters from a home where two boys were found dead.Donny Jackson, 40, was found on the highway in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday night. The girls, 7-year-old Nora and 3-year-old Aven were with him and are safe, authorities said.The arrest came hours after an Amber Alert was issued and a manhunt spread to three states.Cops actually had Jackson in their grasp much earlier in the day. Around 12:30 p.m., police stopped his vehicle on Highway 169 near the Oklahoma border, while the girls were in the car, but let him drive on.The reason for the traffic stop wasn’t specified but it wasn’t related to the abduction. In fact, it wasn’t until 45 minutes later—when cops got a call from a home in Leavenworth—that they discovered the slain boys and learned that Nora and Aven were missing.The relationship between the boys and the girls was not given, but Jackson’s Facebook page contains photos of two brothers posing for first day of school photos.His account is also full of postings denying the usefulness of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and mocking the Black Lives Matter movement, religious aphorisms, conspiracy theories, and cryptic comments.“When you have to lie to the mother’s body to carry your seed, do not expect the abomination to succeed,” one Sept. 10 comment read.“Why do they call it the bible belt?” he wrote on Aug. 31. “Disciplinary action requires a belt occasionally.”Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Maj. James Sherley said police “have had dealing” with Jackson in the past.“Investigators are still trying to ascertain what had gone on in the family dynamic that has gotten us to this point,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Snow due to hit Colorado wildfire areas

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 16:07

Snow due to hit Colorado wildfire areas"We don’t anticipate it will be a season-ending event, but we do believe it will help us a great bit," said a fire incident spokesman.


Opposition leader flees Venezuela, heads towards Spain and the United States

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 15:46

Opposition leader flees Venezuela, heads towards Spain and the United StatesVenezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López escaped from the South American country and was traveling on Saturday to Spain, where he will spend time with his family before eventually heading towards the United States to continue the efforts to outs the Nicolas Maduro regime, sources close to the former political prisoner told el Nuevo Herald.


Americans Should Brace for 100,000 New COVID Cases a Day, Experts Say

Yahoo News - Sat, 10/24/2020 - 15:41

Americans Should Brace for 100,000 New COVID Cases a Day, Experts Say“You should be prepared for how bad it’s going to get.”The words of Dr. William Haseltine, an internationally renowned infectious disease expert, summarized the resounding—and sobering—takeaway from several public health experts and epidemiologists who spoke to The Daily Beast on Saturday, hours after the U.S. smashed its previous record of new daily COVID-19 cases. The country hit 83,757 reported infections in one day on Friday, while hospitalizations rocketed across the nation by 40 percent.The problem, experts say, isn’t Friday’s number. It’s the upward trajectory.“It’s going to get a lot worse,” said Dr. Haseltine, who was at the heart of the U.S response to the HIV/AIDS and anthrax crises. “We’re looking at easily an excess of 100,000 infections a day and overwhelmed hospitals all over the country.”Haseltine said that prediction was supported by several factors: The weather will only get colder, forcing people indoors. Flu season is approaching. The holidays will tempt people to gather in groups. There are no silver bullets coming. The smaller—but still devastating—peaks in the spring and the summer were largely contained to specific regions of the United States.“Now it’s just about everywhere across the country,” said Haseltine, noting that cases are impacting more age groups, environments, and facilities. While many states saw clusters originating in meatpacking plants, prisons, and retirement facilities earlier in the year, they’re now being traced more often back to private family gatherings, religious services, bars, athletic events, colleges, high schools, and more.That news might be shocking to anyone who believed President Trump’s declaration this week that the country is “rounding the corner” on the pandemic and that the virus is “going away.”But Haseltine’s prediction that “we’re not even near the peak” of the latest surge was backed by other experts who spoke with The Daily Beast on Saturday.“What we can hope for,” said Haseltine, “is that this will plateau at 100,000 [new cases per day], and that enough people will get enough scared and that enough hospitals will get overwhelmed” that it convinces the American public to wear masks, social distance, and exercise caution.Dr. Jennifer Horney, founding director and professor in the University of Delaware’s epidemiology program, noted that Haseltine’s prediction was consistent with the latest published results from the forecasting team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. Its report on Friday in Nature estimated a cumulative total of 511,373 deaths across the United States by Feb. 28, 2021. A Pervasive Myth To be clear, more Americans are, every day, gaining increased access to quicker and effective tests, raising a question that Horney called a “pervasive” myth: Are dramatic COVID-19 case increases just a reflection of the fact that we’re testing more people?In short: No.Experts surveyed by The Daily Beast on Saturday pointed out that hospitalization and fatality rates are also increasing—robust indications of trends—and that positivity rates in several states are too high to be accurately reflecting a full picture of the number of infections.“Hospitalizations don’t yet reflect what happened this week,” Haseltine said.Even still, hospitals all over the country—from Amarillo, Texas to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kansas City, Missouri and Milwaukee, Wisconsin—reported this week that they were overwhelmed and approaching capacity.Dr. Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, agreed with Haseltine’s prediction, saying he would “also remind people” that the number of confirmed cases is only “a fraction of the total.”In June, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the number of confirmed cases likely represented only 10 percent of true infections. That means on the days that the country saw 60,000 new cases, there were actually closer to 600,000. While Delaware’s Dr. Horney noted that such case representation has likely improved with access to testing, it hasn’t improved enough not to be reflecting a true rise in cases across the nation.And, worryingly, none of the experts interviewed by The Daily Beast said there was any evidence of change at the institutional, state, local, or individual level that would curb the deadly virus’s worrying trend. ‘Failure of Leadership’“There’s a failure of leadership, failure of governance and failure of social solidarity in the Western world,” said Haseltine. “The Chinese taught the world what to do. You can stop the infection without a vaccine, without a drug—and stop it forever. It’s not that they’re totalitarian, it’s that they did what public health officials told them to do. What is wrong with the rest of us?”On that point, both Redlener and Horney agreed.“The dearth of federal leadership has become so apparent and has had such a tragic impact,” said Horney. “The secret in all of these kinds of emergencies is to have strong guidance with enough flexibility to make it locally relevant.”The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s projection published on Friday in Nature also found “that achieving universal mask use—95 percent mask use in public—could be sufficient to ameliorate the worst effects of epidemic resurgences in many states” and that such compliance “could save an additional 129,574 lives” through the end of February 2021. Even 85 percent mask compliance, said the forecast, could save an additional 95,814 lives.“It’s not too late to talk about a national mask mandate, which is one of the few tools we have to deal with this since we don’t have a vaccine,” said Redlener, echoing a sentiment vocalized a day earlier by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official.But without a national mandate, state and local health departments are left to make their own ordinances, the result of which has been headline-grabbing in-fighting from Texas to Georgia.In Illinois, the state’s public health director broke down in tears on Friday, begging the public to follow health guidelines.“If you’re talking about COVID fatigue from having to keep wearing a mask, think about the COVID fatigue for health-care workers, respiratory therapists, who are going to have to go through this whole episode again of trying to fight for people’s lives, because we couldn’t figure out how to control this virus by doing some of the simple measures that have been prescribed,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.Without a federal strategy, said infectious disease experts, pandemic-weary Americans have been left to make their own decisions in the public interest, to decipher mixed messages from departments and politicians, to understand that eating indoors at restaurants may be technically allowed, but not responsible. There will always be people who trust a corporation’s analysis that its product is safe—or who believe their individual liberty is more important than the public good.“We are always emotional and sometimes rational, it’s just human nature,” said Haseltine. “Belief trumps facts every time.” ‘Be Prepared’Horney’s advice to the public is to “double down” and make plans now. Whether you live in New York or South Dakota, in a city or rural environment, on a college campus or in a retirement community: “Get your flu shot. Wear your mask.” The more lax people are, the worse cases will get, and the worse off every community will be, she said.“Be prepared—and not in this joking sort of way about running out of toilet paper—in the real way,” she continued. “If your kids are in school, be ready for them to pivot to remote learning.”As Redlener said, the nation is in a “battle” between pandemic fatigue and pandemic fatalities.“This virus is anything but slowing down,” Redlener warned, and if Americans don’t begin to take it much, much more seriously, he said, “We’re in trouble.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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