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70% of Americans support same-sex marriage — a new high — a new survey finds

A new survey indicates there’s been a sea change in public support for same-sex marriage. More than two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage — record-high numbers, according to the 2020 American Values Survey. In the survey, published this week by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a random sample of over 2,500 respondents from every…

Hormel is giving away bacon-scented face masks so you can smell bacon everywhere you go

Bacon makes everything taste better, but does it make everything smell better? Hormel, the food company typically known for its pre-packaged meat, is putting that theory to the test with its “Breathable Bacon” face mask. Yes, you read that right: Hormel makes a bacon-scented face mask. This is right up Homer Simpson’s alley, no doubt.…

Kobe and Gianna are two rising baby names of 2020. Karen’s on the decline

Baby names typically trend as a reflection of the times, and it should come as no surprise that two names have experienced a major boost in popularity: Kobe and Gianna. The rise is no doubt propelled by the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna earlier this year. Kobe, Gianna and seven…

James Randi, famed magician and skeptic, dies at 92

James “The Amazing” Randi loved magic. He was a celebrated escape artist who broke records set by Houdini and performed everywhere from the White House to Niagara Falls (dangling upside down over the falls in a straightjacket, naturally). And with his long white beard, he certainly fit the part of a wizard. But he had…

Inside the search for the parents of 545 children separated at the border

Dora Melara heads into remote parts of Honduras, looking for clues in cases she never imagined would take this long to solve. Sometimes, the people she’s seeking are nowhere to be found. “There are places where you practically have to climb mountains to get there. And when you arrive, they say, ‘He doesn’t live here…

Six California firefighters lost their homes while battling the flames. Days later, a CNN Hero provided RVs for them to shelter them

As a wildfire tore through Berry Creek, California, last month, it destroyed the homes of six of the community’s seven volunteer firefighters along with the department’s fire station. Yet that did not stop the team from working around the clock, evacuating neighbors, extinguishing the flames, and fighting to save remaining homes. Within days, 2019 CNN…

White supremacist group talked about paramilitary training in secret vetting calls

Young men hoping to join a White supremacist group spoke about hosting paramilitary trainings and how to legally bring firearms to those events, according to secret recordings of vetting calls published by the Southern Poverty Law Center Thursday. Some 83 hours of calls with more than 100 participants linked to The Base group were analyzed…

Judge drops third-degree murder charge against former officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death, but second-degree murder charge remains

A Hennepin County judge has dropped a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. Chauvin still faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25, which sparked nationwide protests and a reckoning over race and policing this summer. Chauvin, who…

Colorado officials are warning that two major wildfires could merge

A rapidly growing wildfire prompting mandatory evacuations in northern Colorado is threatening to merge with the state’s largest wildfire in history, fire officials said. The Rocky Mountain National Park closed Thursday, and mandatory evacuations were issued for parts of Estes Park, as firefighters continue battling the East Troublesome Fire. The blaze started on October 14…

White woman caught on video yelling obscenities at a Black Starbucks barista over face mask

A White female customer was caught on video shouting a string of obscenities at a Black Starbucks barista in Southern California, after the customer refused to properly wear a face covering inside the store. The encounter, which took place on Sunday in the suburban San Diego city of Santee, escalated after the barista, 19-year-old Alex…

A Colorado woman cited after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dog

A Colorado woman was cited with two misdemeanors for illegally raising a young deer that attacked and gored one of her neighbors, according to state wildlife officials. The buck attacked a woman walking her dog on Friday in Black Forest north of Colorado Springs, according to a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The victim…

The legendary Mel Brooks takes to social media to share his support of Joe Biden

Comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks has never made a political video, until 2020. Brooks’ son Max posted an endorsement message from his father to his Twitter account Wednesday. “My father, @MelBrooks, is 94. He has never made a political video. Until now,” it said. Brooks is seen sitting in a chair in front of a…

A pandemic didn’t deter this 102-year-old from voting

Ora Smith was born the same year that a deadly infection overtook the country and turned life upside down. The 102-year-old was born in 1918, when a deadly strain of influenza plagued the US and led to over 675,000 deaths in the country. So when one of the most pivotal elections of her lifetime fell…

Investigators find a mass grave while searching for 1921 Tulsa race massacre victims

A mass grave was found this week in the cemetery where archeologists have been searching for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, an Oklahoma state archaeologist announced Wednesday. The outlines of at least 10 coffins were found at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and state archaeologist Kary Stackelbeck said she has a “high…

A Tennessee town is discouraging trick-or-treating this Halloween because of Covid-19

A small Tennessee town is discouraging door-to-door trick-or-treating this Halloween because of concerns over Covid-19, but there will still be events in the community for tiny ghouls, ghosts, pirates and princesses. The Town of Mountain City said in a notice posted on its Facebook page that there would be drive-by trick-or-treating at a local community…

The widow of a police officer who died of Covid-19 has a warning for undecided voters

It’s impossible to measure how much Alice Roberts has lost to Covid-19. Since the virus took her husband Charles “Rob” Roberts on May 11, she lost a life partner, a cook and the person who constantly made her laugh. Her children have lost a father, the person who helped them with schoolwork and rooted for…

1 in 4 American workers has thought about quitting over Covid-19 stress, poll says

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the world unfathomable stress, but a recent survey of workers points to where the virus has really applied pressure. The survey, conducted by AP-NORC and SAP, asked 1,015 full-time and part-time employees what their views were on the impact of the virus on the workplace. The results are mostly what…

Rescued hiker Holly Courtier was dehydrated, hurt and ‘praying to be found’ in Zion National Park, her sister says

Holly Courtier, the 38-year-old woman rescued after disappearing for nearly two weeks in Utah’s Zion National Park, was severely dehydrated and had lost 15 pounds when she was found earlier this week, her older sister told CNN. “The doctor was shocked she was so dehydrated. Her potassium levels were extremely low,” Jaime Strong, Courtier’s sister,…

5 things to know for October 21: Coronavirus, election, economy, Nigeria, Google

Before you get your flu shot, there’s one very important thing experts recommend you do: Get a good night’s sleep. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)…

San Francisco’s ‘CAREN Act,’ making racially biased 911 calls illegal, is one step closer to becoming a law

It may soon be illegal to make discriminatory, racially biased 911 calls in San Francisco. The “CAREN Act” (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) was introduced in July at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Shamann Walton. The ordinance is one step closer to becoming a law. On Tuesday, the board unanimously passed…

South Carolina deputy killed and two others injured after traffic stop altercation

A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina has died and two other deputies were hospitalized as a result of an incident during a traffic stop Tuesday on I-85, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said. Two people who were in a vehicle that had been stopped were injured, the sheriff said at a media briefing. Master Deputy…

Army says Vanessa Guillen died ‘in the line of duty’ and affords family some benefits

The death of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen occurred “in the line of duty,” Fort Hood officials announced Tuesday. The designation paves the way for Guillen’s family to be entitled to certain Army benefits. “Typically, these benefits include compensation to immediately help the family with expenses, funeral with full military honors, the Service members’ Group Life…

Experts find human remains while searching for the 1921 Tulsa race massacre victims

At least one set of human remains were found at a cemetery where experts are searching for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race Massacre, an Oklahoma state archaeologist announced Tuesday. The remains were found at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, inside of a wood coffin and near an unmarked temporary grave marker about 3…

Houston police officer killed in apartment complex shooting

A Texas police officer was shot and killed and another was injured Tuesday at an apartment complex, authorities said. Sgt. Harold Preston, 65, and another two officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call at south Houston apartment building, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a news conference. “It’s a big loss,” Acevedo told…

Following a week rocked by a mayor’s scandal and resignation, Anchorage Assembly chooses first female, openly gay acting mayor

Anchorage Assembly Chair Austin Quinn-Davidson is set to make history when she steps into the role of acting mayor Friday. The current mayor of Anchorage, Ethan Berkowitz, submitted his resignation last week after admitting to an inappropriate but consensual relationship with a local news anchor, according to KTUU. “It is with profound sadness and humility…

The University of South Carolina student newspaper staff is going on hiatus amid burnout concerns

Student journalists at the University of South Carolina are putting themselves first. Citing burnout and mental health concerns, staffers at the Daily Gamecock — USC’s independent student newspaper — said they will not be producing any content for almost two weeks. “We haven’t been sleeping. We’ve forgotten to eat. We’ve been staring at screens for…

Vermont coronavirus cluster traced to hockey teams and a broomball league

Vermont state health officials say an outbreak of nearly three dozen Covid-19 infections can be traced to games played at a hockey rink earlier this month. At least 34 cases have been tied to youth and adult hockey leagues, as well as a broomball league, involving teams that either practiced or played at Montpelier’s Central…

University of Michigan students given immediate stay-at-home order amid a spike in Covid-19 cases

All University of Michigan undergraduate students are now under an emergency stay-in-place order, after data shows that Covid-19 cases among Michigan students represents more than 60% of all local cases. The order came from the Washtenaw County Health Department on Tuesday, and is set to continue until November 3. “The situation locally has become critical,…

A Texas woman died on a plane of Covid-19 in July

A Dallas-area woman died due to Covid-19 while on a flight in Arizona in July, a Dallas County official said. The woman was in her 30s and had “underlying high risk health conditions,” Dallas County said in a news release. The woman died in late July on the tarmac at a New Mexico airport, Judge…

It’s time for the World Series and it’s going to be a weird one

It is time for the World Series, and it’s going to be a weird one! A shortened schedule, unfamiliar ballparks, crowds of permanently-smiling cardboard cutouts — like everything else that’s happened in this 500-year-long year, there was almost nothing about this baseball season that was normal. But, like the tides and the phases of the…

35 years after his murder, a victim is identified — because of his belt buckle

More than 35 years after his body was discovered, a murder victim in Florida was successfully identified by police because of a belt buckle his family member recognized. William Ernest Thompson, who would have been 85 years old if he were alive, was ID’d after a person searching for their missing uncle read the story…

The 4 threats facing voters this election — and how you can beat them

As the US grapples with an election season rampant with mistrust and conspiracy theories, federal officials are warning Americans about threats to undermine the integrity of the vote — and how to avoid them. Mail-in ballots, massive turnout and the pandemic could combine to delay the outcome of this year’s presidential election, providing a wide…

Wildfires force closure of national forests in five Colorado counties

National forest land in five Colorado counties will temporarily close due to “unprecedented and historic fire conditions,” according to federal officials. “The new starts and explosive growth of fires throughout the northern Colorado Front Range over the past week, including the Cameron Peak, Cal Wood, and Lefthand Canyon fires, has led to this decision,” said…

10 people have died after every resident of a Kansas nursing home got Covid-19

Ten people living at a Kansas nursing home have died after an outbreak of Covid-19 infected every resident, according to a news release Monday from the Norton County Health Department. All 62 residents at the privately owned Andbe Home in Norton have tested positive for the virus, the release states. “Steps are being taken to…

Florida officials say several people charged in flying squirrel trafficking operation

At least seven people have been arrested and charged in an “elaborate organized enterprise” to smuggle Florida’s flying squirrels — protected wildlife in the state — and sell them, investigators announced Monday. Up to 10,000 traps were set up across the state to capture the flying squirrels and as many as 3,600 of the animals…

5 things to know for October 20: Covid-19, economy, US election, Russia, Iraq

Sky watchers, take note. The Orionid meteor shower peaks early tomorrow morning, lighting up the darkness with the remnants of Halley’s Comet. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign…

NASCAR reinstates driver Kyle Larson after he was suspended for saying a racial slur

Six months after NASCAR suspended driver Kyle Larson for using a racial slur, organization officials are welcoming him back. The racing governing body barred Larson indefinitely in April, after he said the N-word during a virtual racing event. Larson has since apologized for his actions. “I was rightly suspended by NASCAR and fired from my…

Small tsunami generated by magnitude 7.5 earthquake that prompted evacuation orders

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake near Sand Point, Alaska, generated a tsunami, Scott Langley with the National Tsunami Warning Center said Monday afternoon. Langley said the tsunami sent two waves, each measuring 130 centimeters (4 feet, 3 inches) high. But observers onshore reported the waves appeared to be 1.5 feet (45.7 centimeters) and 2 feet (61…

A California shark lab tagged a record number of sharks off the southern coast this year

A shark lab in California tagged more sharks off the southern coast this year than ever before, raising questions researchers are unable to answer. Despite the coronavirus pandemic limiting team members and lab time, California State University’s Long Beach Shark Lab director Chris Lowe told CNN his team still tagged 38 sharks in 2020, triple…

At least 18 West Virginia Covid-19 outbreaks linked to church services, governor says

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said on Monday that at least 18 active Covid-19 outbreaks were traced to church services in the state. The outbreaks were reported in 13 counties: Berkeley, Doddridge, Harrison, Logan, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel, and Wood. “We all know that church is a place that absolutely this…

New York bars wedding of a Brooklyn rabbi’s grandson expected to draw 10,000 people

A wedding at a Hasidic Jewish synagogue that was expected to draw up to 10,000 people has been barred by a New York state order, according to officials. A grandson of the grand rebbe (rabbi) of Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar in Brooklyn planned to get married Monday, according to a statement attributed to the synagogue…

Appeals court rules Ghislaine Maxwell’s 2016 deposition transcript will be unsealed

Jeffery Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, has lost a court battle to keep a 2016 deposition sealed. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday denied the effort of Maxwell’s attorneys to reverse the decision of a lower court that ordered the transcript to be made public. “(T)he District…

Legendary NHL broadcaster Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick announces his retirement

After 47 years, Mike “Doc” Emrick, is stepping away from the broadcasting booth. Emrick, 74, has served as the lead play-by-play voice for the NHL on NBC for the last 15 years and is considered the preeminent voice of the league. While he will no longer be calling games, he will continue to contribute to…

Indiana police recruit fired for participating in a Neo-Nazi internet forum

A police recruit in Lafayette, Indiana, has been terminated after an internal affairs investigation determined he participated in an online Neo-Nazi chat forum, authorities announced Saturday. A Twitter user brought recruit officer Joseph Zacharek to the attention of Lafayette Police Department late Friday, identifying him as having participated in the now defunct forum “Iron March”…

The New York plastic bag ban is finally being enforced in businesses across the state

Remember that plastic bag ban in New York? Don’t worry, they didn’t forget. Enforcement of the law started Monday, October 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced last month. The ban — approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March 2019 — took effect on March 1 of this year but was not…

Teachers and social workers search for students who are ‘missing’ in the pandemic

In California’s Robla School District, the littlest of the 2,000 students are in pre-K, then there are the kindergartners up to sixth graders. On any given day, up to 200 of them are missing from the school’s virtual lessons. First, the teachers reach out, calling and sending messages. Then school principals try to make contact…

5 things to know for October 19: Coronavirus, stimulus, election, Whitmer, France

This year’s historic wildfire season just won’t let up. New blazes in Colorado have destroyed homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate, and new fires are burning in Utah, too. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need…

Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series to face off with the Tampa Bay Rays

The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series. The Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in a pivotal Game 7 of the National League Championship series Sunday. The team will now go head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Rays when the World Series starts Tuesday in in Arlington, Texas, at the newly-opened Globe Life…

Missing hiker found in Zion National Park, family says

A hiker missing in Zion National Park for nearly two weeks has been found alive, her family said Sunday. Holly Courtier, 38, was last seen entering the Utah park October 6. The National Park Service said search and rescue teams found Courtier on Sunday after receiving ” a credible tip from a park visitor that…

Shipping containers in Los Angeles becoming homes for the homeless

Jonelle Kilgore tapped away at his online homework with Jasmine the puppy on his lap in their South Los Angeles home. The 12-year-old boy and his dog sat on a couch in not just any home, but one made from four recycled shipping containers. “I like it, I liked moving in here,” Jonelle told CNN…

Boxer Teófimo López has become the youngest four-belt champion in history

Teófimo López Jr. solidified his place in boxing’s pantheon by becoming the youngest four-belt champion in the history of the sport. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn defeated Vasyl Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-weight champion from Ukraine, by unanimous decision Saturday night in Las Vegas. He now holds four world lightweight titles. “I think…

Officers deploy crowd control agents at protesters outside an ICE building in Portland

Tensions between protesters, federal officers and Portland police escalated Saturday night outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in the city. Protesters gathered at Willamette Park before moving to the ICE building and surrounding neighborhoods, CNN affiliate KATU reported. About 100 people outside the building were chanting when Federal Protective Service officers came out…

Evacuations ordered in Colorado and Utah as crews battle new blazes

Blazes roaring through Colorado and Utah have pushed people from their homes and caused damage that officials have not yet been able to assess. Two wildfires are believed to have broken out in Utah on Saturday, burning more than 3,000 acres in less than a day, according to posts on Twitter from Utah Fire Info.…

Mexican restaurant takes political stand with sign declaring ‘No Love, No Tacos’

A Mexican restaurant in a small town in Iowa has wrapped itself in the middle of political discourse after some customers of the popular eatery took offense to a yard sign the owner placed outside. The sign advocated equality and social justice, but some found it too politically correct and wrote letters to the owner,…

Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the World Series after winning the American League pennant

The Tampa Bay Rays won Game 7 of the American League Championship series to clinch the American League crown and advance to the World Series. The Rays defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 in the deciding game Saturday night in San Diego’s Petco Park. The Rays await the winner of the National League Championship series between…

A French bulldog is wearing a different Halloween costume every day this month

There’s a dog in Texas dazzling more than 13,000 followers on Instagram with his Halloween costumes. Toad, known by his handle Goodboy.Toad, is delighting fans with #toads31daysofhalloween, a hashtag people can follow to see him wearing a different Halloween costume every day of October. In less than two weeks, his owners have already dressed him…

Colorado residents asked to make evacuation plans as the CalWood Fire breaks out

Colorado officials are asking residents in Jamestown to make evacuation plans as firefighters continue battling the newly sparked CalWood Fire. The fire began around noon Saturday north of Jamestown, according to Gabi Boerkircher, spokesperson for Boulder Officer of Emergency Management. Close to 900 homes are in the evacuation area, a tweet from the Boulder Office…

University of Florida head football coach tests positive for Covid-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement he posted on Twitter on Saturday. “I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC and our public health officials,” Mullen tweeted. “I am proud…

Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kidnap Wichita mayor over Covid-19 mask mandate

The mayor of Wichita, Kansas, says a man charged with threatening to kidnap him was upset over the city’s COVID-19 mask ordinance. Meredith Dowty, 59, is facing a criminal threat charge after officials were “alerted to threatening statements directed toward city of Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple,” according to a news release from Wichita police. According…

Crowds gather for Women’s March to protest Trump and Supreme Court nominee

Demonstrators wore pink knit pussyhats and black face masks honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday for the second Women’s March of the year. Women and allies gathered in Washington, DC, and several other cities around the country to protest President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme…

Chicago is the ‘rattiest city’ in America for the sixth year in a row

Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants. The Windy City has topped the list of the rattiest cities in the United States for the sixth year in a row. Orkin, an Atlanta-based pest control service, ranks US cities based on the number of new rodent treatments from September 1 to…

California’s record-breaking wildfires consume nearly 1 million acres in a month

California’s record-breaking wildfires have consumed about 1 million acres in just the past month, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The worst wildfire season in state history has been one of shocking superlatives. CalFire reported Saturday that more than 4.1 million acres have burned across the state in 2020 — nearly 1…

Explosion injures 3 in Harrisonburg, Virginia

At least three people were hurt in an explosion Saturday morning near downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia, a city spokesman says. Officials received a call about a blast and fire at a two-story commercial building, Director of Communications Michael Parks said. Parks told CNN that officials are working to contain a three-alarm fire that spread to at…

US government to execute first woman since 1953

The federal government, continuing its string of executions this year, has set the dates for two more, including the first woman in more than six decades. Lisa Montgomery is expected to receive lethal injection on December 8, the Justice Department says. In 2004, she was convicted of strangling a Missouri woman who was eight-months pregnant,…

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