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Light snow dusts the trees near the Cameron Peak Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado on Friday.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 18:16

The fires are burning across more than 400,000 acres and have reached Rocky Mountain National Park.

Voters approach a polling location in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 13 — the first day of voting in the state. More than 7 million votes have been cast in Texas already.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 17:45

With about a week left, Americans have already cast 62 million early ballots, putting the 2020 election on track for historic levels of voter turnout.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks during a news conference on Oct. 20 about the steady increase in new coronavirus cases in the state.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 17:39

The state saw more than 8,000 new cases last week. Gov. Jared Polis has enacted a mask mandate and limited social gatherings but has encountered pushback.

Hurricane Zeta is forecast to make landfall in Louisiana on Wednesday night.×
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 17:32

Zeta is the 11th hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, and would be the fifth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana this year — the most since the state started keeping records in 1851.

Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican court — one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy and the other charged with aiding and abetting the alleged abuse, which allegedly took place at the St. Pius X youth seminary. The seminary's residents are known as the "pope's altar boys" and serve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 16:53

A 28-year-old priest is charged with sexually abusing an altar boy over a five-year period in a Vatican City youth seminary. Another priest, the former rector, is charged with covering up the abuse.

Cars line up Friday at a coronavirus testing site at the University of Texas at El Paso. The area has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks, and a two-week curfew is now in effect in El Paso County.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 16:31

The judge said he was "left with no choice" but to impose a countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. He noted El Paso County has seen a 160% increase in its positivity rate in the last three weeks.

A family celebrates the approval of a new constitution in Santiago, Chile. After decades, the constitution from the country's years of dictatorship will finally be thrown out.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 16:13

One year after Santiago's streets were jammed by protesters, they were filled Sunday with revelers. More than 7.5 million people voted, setting a new record for voter participation, officials said.

On average, each U.S. nursing home is connected to seven others through shared staff, a study by Yale and UCLA researchers suggests. Rigorous infection control measures can curb the spread of the coronavirus, but many workers say they still don't have sufficient masks and other personal protective equipment.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 15:49

Most nursing homes are connected by shared staff to seven others. Instead of limiting workers to one facility to curb COVID-19 spread, advocates urge better pay and more PPE for nursing home staff.

A statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson stands behind cannons at the entrance to the barracks at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Superintendent J.H. Binford Peay III resigned Monday amid allegations that the school's culture was hostile to Black cadets.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:53

Superintendent J.H. Binford Peay III resigned on Monday amid allegations that the school's culture was hostile to Black cadets. The state is now investigating "structural racism" at VMI.

A federal lawsuit alleges that Uber's star rating system discriminates against drivers of color and those with accents. According to the suit, Uber terminates drivers whose ratings get too low.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:47

The suit alleges Uber's rating system, which is based on passenger reviews, discriminates against drivers who are not white or who have accents. Uber says the allegation is untrue.

Researchers have detected water molecules in Clavius crater, in the moon's southern hemisphere. The large crater is visible from Earth.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:45

The breakthrough suggests that water, vital to life on Earth, could be distributed across more parts of the lunar surface than the ice that has previously been found in cold and dark places.

United Airlines employees work at ticket counters at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Oct. 14. United and other airline stocks have been hard-hit by the pandemic economic slowdown.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 13:47

Investors are also discouraged by the lack of progress in talks between Congress and the White House over another coronavirus relief bill.

Japan plans to ramp up its use of solar panels, such as these shown in Yufu, Oita prefecture in 2019.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 13:46

The country joins the European Union and other countries that have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint to zero over the next few decades.

Smoke rises after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, on Saturday.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 13:42

The U.S.-brokered truce — the third attempt by outside powers to end hostilities that erupted a month ago — went into effect early Monday. But the two sides quickly accused each other of violating it.

Paris is under nightly curfew, starting at 9, to curb the spread of rising coronavirus cases.
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 13:39

There's a curfew in Paris, and Londoners aren't allowed to invite neighbors to dinner. People are already exhausted of social distancing, but some places are introducing even more draconian measures.

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