A wild turkey's five-month reign of terror in Oakland ended Thursday when it fell for a sting operation. The aggressive turkey, called Gerald, had been terrorizing Grand Lake residents and prompted the closing of the city's Morcom Rose Garden, KGO reports. "I swear I was getting flashbacks to the velociraptor...
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider On Friday, McDonald's filed a motion to dismiss a $1 billion racial-discrimination case filed by Black former franchisees. McDonald's legal counsel, former US attorney general Loretta Lynch, said in a statement that "there are legal deficiencies in the complaint that merit dismissal at this early stage." Black former franchisees sued McDonald's in late August, alleging they were forced to close or sell more than 200 locations due to "systematic and covert racial discrimination" at the fast-food giant.
California Court Rules Uber and Lyft Must Make Drivers Employees. On Thursday, a California appeals court told the ride-sharing companies that their drivers can no longer be classified as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft can appeal to the California Supreme Court within the next 30 days. Both companies have contributed to a nearly $200-million campaign, Prop. 22, in an effort to keep drivers as independent contractors in California. According to NPR, it's the most expensive ballot campaign in the state's history. Today's ruling means that if the voters don't say Yes on Proposition 22, rideshare drivers will be prevented from continuing to work as independent contractors, ... , Uber spokesperson Matt Kallman, via NPR. ... putting hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work and likely shutting down ridesharing throughout much of the state, Uber spokesperson Matt Kallman, via NPR. Uber and Lyft claim the gig economy laws of California do not apply to them since they are "tech platforms" rather than "transportation businesses.". San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera says both companies have been "breaking the law for years.". This is a victory for the people of California and for every driver who has been denied fair wages, paid sick days, and other benefits by these companies, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, via NPR
Former Governor John Hickenlooper will face first-term GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in Colorado 2020 US Senate's race. Hickenlooper has a long track record in Colorado. He is the former two-term mayor of Denver. He is also the former governor, serving from 2011 to 2019. Since 2014, Colorado has become a reliably Democrat at the federal and state levels.
A health board in Idaho reacted to the news that the county's main hospital was out of room for new patients by throwing out the local face mask mandate. The Kootenai County board voted 4-3 Thursday to pull back to just a recommendation that residents wear masks to contain the...
U.S. Experiences , Second-Highest Single-Day, Increase in New COVID-19 Cases. A Reuters analysis of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has found an alarming acceleration. . With 76,195 new cases reported, October 22 officially clocked the second-highest single-day increase so far. . It was just short of the one-day record high of 77,299 new cases, which occurred at the peak of the pandemic on July 16. . India is the only other place to have reported more cases in a single day — 97,894 cases on September 17. . The U.S. recorded 916 new COVID-19 deaths on October 22, and over 1,200 the previous day. . COVID-19 deaths are up 13 percent from last week, and the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is at a two-month high. . There are nearly 41,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the U.S. . During Thursday night’s presidential debate, President Donald Trump said the U.S. was “rounding the turn” on COVID-19. . More and more people are getting better … We’re rounding the turn. We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away, Donald Trump, via Global News
President Donald Trump stumped in the battleground state of Florida Friday, slamming rival Joe Biden for his remarks on oil and insisting the U.S. can never have a "female socialist president,” referring to Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. (Oct. 23)
The Dow ended the week on a down note, and a familiar reason is getting the blame: uncertainty over a COVID relief package in Congress. The index fell 28 points to 28,335, while the S&P 500 gained 11 points to 3,465, and the NASDAQ rose 42 points to...
Julio Urías is perfect in the postseason with a 4-0 record as the Los Angeles left-hander gets set to start Game 4 of the World Series against Tampa Bay
A closer look at the now-infamous scene involving Rudy Giuliani in the new Borat film suggests it was edited to appear worse than it was, writes Allahpundit at Hot Air . And he's not alone. You can watch the scene here . It shows Giuliani on a bed in the presence of...
It may be hard to believe but some voters still have not made up their minds. While most voters know exactly who their candidate is, undecided voters are still weighing their options. Depending on the poll undecided voters can make up roughly as much as 10% of the electorate. That means undecided voters can swing an election. Undecided voters tend to be from all walks of life, so it's difficult to know just how to appeal to them. Most undecided voters are not fixated on one issue, like economy or health care. Undecided voters are often late deciders. The country won’t know how much undecided voters mattered until after the election.
A top adviser to President Donald Trump says a key second-term priority on immigration, if the president is reelected, would be using agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States
Trump Says Israel and Sudan , Have Agreed to Normalize Relations. President Trump made the announcement on Friday, less than two weeks before the election. According to CNN, before talks of normalization could move forward, . Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok requested that the country be removed from the state sponsor of terrorism list, which it has be on since 1993. Trump signed an executive order to implement Sudan's removal from the list. According to CNN, if both the House and Senate pass veto-proof joint resolutions of disapproval within 45 days, . Congress can overturn the decision to remove Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said on Wednesday that he did not cast a ballot for Trump. He was sharing a bit about his 2020 presidential election choice, according to Business Insider. Romney was a leading GOP presidential candidate in 2008 and served as the party's standard bearer in 2012. Romney was the only Rep. senator who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial in 2020. He has shown that loyalty to your party does not mean turning a blind eye to wrongdoing within your party.
A police shooting in an Illinois city this week has left a Black teen dead and his girlfriend hospitalized, with protesters and family members demanding that the feds get to the bottom of what happened. Per CBS News , police in Waukegan say that 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette was the passenger in...
Temperatures in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, were below zero degrees Fahrenheit on Oct. 23. Steam from Old Faithful rose, even when it wasn’t erupting.
FDA Approves Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19. U.S. regulators have approved the use of remdesivir, an antiviral medicine, for COVID-19 treatment. . It is officially the first drug to win full approval for COVID-19 treatment from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug, otherwise known as Veklury by Gilead Sciences Inc., reportedly cuts COVID-19 recovery time down from 15 days to 10. . Those results were found in a large study led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. . However, a study conducted by the World Health Organization found that the drug did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients. . Nevertheless, the drug has been authorized for emergency use since the spring. . President Donald Trump even received it when he was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. Gilead is charging $2,340 for a typical treatment course for those covered by government health programs. For those with private insurance, the cost of treatment is $3,120. Out-of-pocket payments depend on a person’s insurance, income and other factors.
Democratic vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has made a direct appeal to Black men in Atlanta, blasting President Donald Trump as “racist” and vouching for Joe Biden as a man capable of addressing systemic racism and leading a diverse country
Local artists in Andersson, South Carolina paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died in August after a quiet battle with colon cancer at just 43 years old. (Oct. 23)