The election wasn’t Modi-fied. The party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered a defeat at the polls in West Bengal state on Sunday, as anger grows over his handling of the coronavirus crisis. He’d been expected to make significant gains in the polls, but a key critic’s party won the state instead.The defeat came as the country recorded a new high in deaths: 3,689. Meanwhile, Britain and France are sending supplies, and Australia’s government is under fire after banning its citizens from returning from India. From today, Australians arriving home from India face huge fines or up to five years in jail.
2. North Korea Threatens ‘Crisis’ for US and South Korea
The U.S. “is a human rights wasteland,” North Korea said yesterday, after U.S. President Joe Biden criticized the country in his speech to Congress and the State Department called it one of the most repressive states in the world. Washington faces a “crisis beyond control in the near future,” Pyongyang said, adding the U.S. “has no right to even discuss human rights” due to its own social inequality and racism. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister also threatened South Korea after defectors sent propaganda pamphlets across the border via balloons. Biden and his South Korean counterpart are to meet in Washington later this month.
3. Jailed Restaurateur Owes Black Man He Enslaved $546,000
A white restaurant manager jailed for enslaving and torturing a Black man with intellectual disabilities has been ordered to pay double the amount of reparations by an appeals court. Bobby Paul Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in 2019 for the forced labor of John Christopher Smith, who worked 100-hour weeks at the South Carolina restaurant, unpaid, for years. Edwards also tortured Smith, once burning him on the neck with hot metal tongs for not delivering fried chicken to the buffet quickly enough. The court says Smith is owed $546,000, not the original $273,000, in back wages and overtime.
4. Epic Games Goes to Court to Challenge the ‘Apple tax’
Get ready for an Epic legal battle. Epic Games and Apple faceoff in court today in one of the tech industry’s biggest antitrust lawsuits. Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to testify, as is Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney, who accuses Apple of unfairly restricting competition. The App Store is the only way to install software on iPhones, but Epic argues the 30 percent it has to pay the company for sale of digital goods in its games is extortionate. Apple is expected to argue the success of other mobile phone producers means it is not a monopolist. The trial is expected to run all month.
Sen. Mitt Romney, the only GOP member who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump twice, was booed while speaking at a Republican convention in his home state of Utah at the weekend. At least eight people were killed in anti-coup protests in Myanmar over the weekend. And 46 people have died in clashes at the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistanin the worst fighting the region has seen in years.
Coronavirus Update: The U.S. will start trade talks with the WTO on wider global distribution of vaccines.Britain’s Prince Harry has called for equitable distribution of vaccines at a charity concert in Los Angeles.
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Today on The Carlos Watson Show: Get to know the real Chelsea Handler. The famed comic keeps Carlos laughing while discussing how she fights against injustice, and encourages us to “get out of your own a**holes” and approach others with empathy. Of course, she also gives us the latest scoop on her relationship status. Watch here.
What a landing! Four NASA astronauts became the first crew since 1968 to make a nighttime splashdown when they returned from six months at the International Space Station over the weekend. Their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule landed in the Gulf of Mexico in the early hours of yesterday morning, off the coast of Panama City. “For those of you enrolled in our frequent flyer program, you’ve earned 68 million miles on this voyage,” SpaceX mission control joked. The Spacecraft, dubbed Resilience, broke the record for the longest-serving U.S. vessel on the ISS. The next NASA SpaceX crew heads to the space station on October 23.
2. How Are Champ and Major Feline About a First Cat?
Is the U.S. President a cat or a dog person? Joe Biden is sticking to his promise of being a president for all Americans, and reaching across the — animal — aisle. His rescue dogs Champ and Major will soon have something to chase other than secret service members: The first family is getting a cat. After two biting incidents since his arrival at the White House, Major has had remedial training and is apparently ready for life with a cat. The new addition may mean less work for staffers; It’s hard to type when someone’s sitting on your keyboard.
3. Portland Protesters Had Abnormal Periods After Tear Gas
Not a coincidence. That’s what scientists are saying after research showed women who were tear gassed at last year’s Portland anti-racism protests have been having unusual menstrual cycles. Portland women have reported having unusual spotting, having their periods immediately after inhaling police tear gas — or periods lasting weeks. In a survey of over 2,200 adults who were exposed to the substance last summer, 54 percent experienced abnormalities, according to the published data. Most research on the effects of tear gas is decades old and was trialed on men. Researchers are now trying to find out just what about tear gas caused the results.
4. Tourists Will Be Floored by Colosseum Renovations
Walk in the footsteps of gladiators. But don’t worry, you don’t have to fight to the death — just bring a sunhat and your camera. Rome’s Colosseum is getting a new floor which will allow visitors to view the 2,000-year-old building from ground level. Currently the archaeological treasure is floorless. Tourists can look down at the area where slaves prepared for bloody battles but can’t look up and see the surroundings from the gladiators’ viewpoint. The Italian ministry of culture says the renovations at the historic site, which used to get 25,000 daily visitors before the pandemic, should be completed by 2023.
5. Caitlyn Jenner: We Need to Protect Girls' Sports in Schools
One of the most famous trans women in the world has a take you might not expect on trans participation in sports. The former Olympic champion, who recently announced her intention to run as a Republican for California governor, says children born as biological boys should not be allowed to compete in girls’ sports at school. “It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” she said. The topic has recently become a staple of the culture wars, and dozens of states are currently considering legislation that would ban athletes from competing based on gender identity.
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