Scientists captured 2 'murder hornet' queens in Washington State
- However, two queens managed to survive and were captured by entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).
- The entomologists said in a Facebook post that they were able to vacuum out 85 hornets from the nest, all of which managed to survive.
- The Asian giant hornet nest was originally discovered on October 22 in a tree cavity near Blaine, Washington.
- First discovered in Washington state in December 2019, Asian giant hornets are an invasive species not native to the US.
- A small group of Asian giant hornets is capable of killing an entire honey bee hive in a few hours, the WDSA said.
- And honey bees are not the only reason these creatures are nicknamed "murder hornets." Multiple stings from Asian giant hornets can kill a human, according to experts at Washington State University.
Louisville officer shot while executing a warrant at Breonna Taylor's home has sued her boyfriend
- Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly claims he is entitled to damages for medical treatment, trauma and pain he suffered after he was fired upon by Walker, who was with Taylor, 26, the moment she was fatally shot by police.
- In response, Mattingly, who was at the entrance of Taylor's home, fired six shots down the hallway, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a news conference in late September.
- Detective Myles Cosgrove, who was also in the doorway, shot 16 times, and former detective Brett Hankison fired his weapon 10 times, "including from an outside sliding glass door and through a bedroom window," Cameron said.
- Two of them told journalists this week that prosecutors were dismissive of their questions and there was an "uproar" when the grand jurors realized Louisville police officers would not be charged in Taylor's death.
Georgia Republican congressman tests positive for Covid-19
- He said he notified the Office of the Attending Physician in Congress and is in the process of reaching out to people he has seen in recent days.
- Ferguson's announcement came shortly before Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's press secretary announced Friday that the governor had been "recently exposed to an individual who received a positive test result for Covid-19" and would quarantine.
- After being notified Friday, Kemp was tested for Covid-19, Hall said.
- Ferguson is one of over a dozen House lawmakers on Capitol Hill from both parties who have previously announced that they had tested positive for coronavirus dating back to the early days of the pandemic.
- A handful of Republicans, including President Donald Trump, tested positive for the virus in September after attending a White House nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
McConnell targets early 2021 for new stimulus bill
- Talks between the administration and congressional Democrats -- led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- over another stimulus package have floundered for months and members in both parties have expressed hope that getting past the election would remove some of the intense politics that they believe have kept the sides from reaching an agreement.
- A delay could also affect a new president, should former Vice President Joe Biden win the White House, by putting off much-needed economic stimulus and requiring Biden to make it a first order of business for his administration.
- His remarks came after Pelosi sent her own letter to Mnuchin earlier Thursday that emphasized just how divided the two sides remain on the details of a potential stimulus bill and hit the Trump administration for not accepting Democratic demands on key issues including funding for state and local governments, school safety provisions, childcare and unemployment insurance.
Why Jews should vote for Joe Biden
- I have devoted my life to fighting anti-Semitism, defending Israel's security and seeking restitution for Holocaust survivors.
- In remarks he delivered during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Policy Conference earlier this year, Biden said, "Israelis wake up every morning facing an existential threat from their neighbors -- a rain of rockets from Gaza ...
- When I successfully negotiated billions of dollars in European compensation and restitution payments to Holocaust survivors on behalf of the American government, I had no greater supporter than Joe Biden, first in his capacity as the top Democrat responsible for European issues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later as our nation's vice president.
- Drawing on his deep and abiding decency, humanity and empathy, Biden will work every day to heal and unite our divided country, and to appeal to the best of America.
An ultra-rare coin celebrating Julius Caesar's assassination sells for a record $3.4 million
- London (CNN) - An ancient gold coin described as a "naked and shameless celebration" of the assassination of Julius Caesar, featuring a portrait of one of the men who killed him, has set a new record for a coin sold at auction.
- Bought by an anonymous bidder for £2.7 million ($3.5 million), the "aureus" coin features a portrait of Marcus Junius Brutus -- one of the ringleaders in the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC.
- Brutus subsequently killed himself after losing the Battle of Philippi to Caesar's nephew and heir, Octavius, and friend Mark Antony.
- The previous record price for a Roman coin was set in 2008, when a bronze sestertius of the Emperor Hadrian sold for around $2.5 million.
- The previous record for any coin was held by ancient Greek gold stater, which sold for $3.25 million in 2012.
Olya Sharypova: Ex-girlfriend of tennis star Alexander Zverev alleges abuse, player says 'simply not true'
- Olya Sharypova, 23, says Zverev tried to strangle her with a pillow in a hotel room in New York before she fled barefoot in fear of her life.
- Screenshots of Whatsapp messages sent by Sharypova and shown to CNN Sport appear to suggest the alleged incident happened on August 23, 2019.
- Sharypova described the incident without naming Zverev in an Instagram post Thursday but has confirmed she was referring to him in an interview with Russian outlet Championat.
- In later posts to her Instagram story, Sharypova thanked people for their support since the story emerged and posed a series of questions to Zverev.
- Sharypova provided CNN photos of clothes outside a hotel room, alleging her items had been removed by Zverev.
- From two pictures posted during the first of two weeks of September 2019 on her Instagram feed, Sharypova would appear to have remained in New York after the alleged incident.
Election Day is also a referendum on Trump's era of 'fake news'
- In the 2000s Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" were "fake news." In 2014 BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman started using the term to describe malicious made-up stories that preyed on peoples' fears.
- I say that I share in the responsibility because, in the weeks leading up to Election Day, I used my platform on CNN to call attention to this "fake news" plague.
- And it's "a great little case study in how our information environment works." Trump redefined the term and stripped away the original context; world leaders with authoritarian tendencies used it as a cudgel; and "so our ability to actually have a focused conversation about, you know, actual fake news" was impaired.
- CNN has a regularly-updated guide to "false and misleading content online." This week the Washington Post and The New York Times both reported on lie-filled text messages that are making the rounds.
House Oversight Committee moves to subpoena border agency over lewd social media posts
- Washington (CNN) - The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee plans to subpoena US Customs and Border Protection for documents relating to inappropriate or derogatory social media posts or the Facebook groups that had such posts, according to a memo obtained by CNN.
- Last year, media reports revealed the existence of secret Facebook groups with an apparent nexus to CBP that were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.
- House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney criticized the border agency for not providing sufficient information to the committee about the incident, more than a year after the committee launched its investigation.
- While the agency shared similar information with the House Oversight Committee, Maloney is requesting more detailed information on the personnel who engaged in misconduct.
- The House Oversight Committee will issue a subpoena to compel acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan to turn over the requested documents by November 13.
NFL legend endorses Trump for president
- The endorsement comes a little more than a week since Favre asked Trump during a town hall how professional sports leagues should promote an anti-racism position without alienating fans.
- Favre mostly avoided making political statements throughout his playing career and since retiring in 2010.
- But in July, he was photographed golfing with President Trump.
- The two "discussed the importance of sports as a critical unifying and uplifting part of the safe reopening of America," White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern said, according to CNN affiliate WTMJ.
- While NFL team owners have donated millions to Trump's campaign in the past, Favre is one of the few former or current NFL players to endorse the President.
- In 2017 and 2018, he criticized Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest police violence against Black Americans and said they should be fired.