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An American is testing positive for COVID-19 every 1.2 seconds. Zeta has been blamed for at least six deaths. But all is not lost: Doodle the dog dressed up for Halloween.
It’s Ashley with the news to know.
But first, this isn’t your typical space rock: There’s a massive metal asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion (that’s 15 more zeroes). ️
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Where does America stand in its battle against COVID-19?
Experts say “there’s no way to sugarcoat” this. The U.S. set a record this week for new coronavirus cases over a seven-day period with more than 500,000 infections. Daily deaths are also climbing, along with hospitalizations rates that have been rising steadily for more than a month. Globally, India surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases Thursday, moving closer to surpassing the U.S. for the most infections in the world.
The stats are scary: An American is dying every 107 seconds of COVID-19. An American is testing positive every 1.2 seconds.
As winter approaches, America is facing a crucial fork in the road: “We might see a larger surge due to the pandemic fatigue Americans are experiencing,” says Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease expert. “Americans are tired of adhering to public health guidelines and getting tested.” She repeated the familiar plea of public health experts: Masks. Social distancing. Hand washing. Please follow risk mitigation strategies until a vaccine is developed.
6 dead, millions powerless as Zeta roars across southern, eastern US
Zeta, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, continued to lash portions of the eastern U.S. Thursday with heavy rain and high winds as the potent system made its way out to sea. The storm, which made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, knocked out power to more than 2.6 million homes and businesses and has been blamed for at least six deaths in the South. Power outages due to the storm darkened early voting locations across parts of Georgia, where almost 1 million homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday.
What everyone’s talking about
3 dead in ‘terrorist’ knife attack in French church
Three people were killed at a church in Nice, France, on Thursday in a knife attack that the city’s mayor says was an act of terrorism. One victim, according to the BBC, was said by the mayor to be “virtually beheaded,” while another victim’s throat was slit. The third victim died later of injuries. The shocking attack was the third such incident in two months, and comes mere weeks after a French teacher was decapitated after showing caricatures of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in class. The attacks appear to be linked to an ongoing trial for the 2015 killings at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper that published the controversial caricatures. On Wednesday, Islamic State extremists issued a video calling for renewed attacks on France.
The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes
If a presidential candidate gets the most “votes,” it won’t necessarily mean they’ve won. Let’s talk about the Electoral College, one of the most confusing and controversial parts of U.S. elections:
- The presidency is decided not directly by voters, but by the 538 members of the Electoral College.
- When we vote for president, we actually tell our state’s electors to formally elect the candidate of our choosing.
I’m from Hawaii, where we have 4 electoral votes. California, on the other hand, has 55. Electoral College votes are generally distributed based on population, but highly populated states like California and New York, which tend to favor Democrats, have proportionally fewer votes. Critics say this gives less populous states too much power — and they’re working to dismantle it.
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Happy Halloween from Doodle
Some love Halloween for the candy. Some love it for the costumes. I just love it because it’s a great excuse for Short List readers to send me pictures of their pups. Here’s one just in time for Election Day: Love him or hate him, Doodle the rescue pug mix sure rocks this very presidential Halloween costume.
Thinking of dressing your dog up for socially-distant festivities this weekend? Here are 15 entertaining Halloween costume ideas for your pets.
A break from the news
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