Canadian town Asbestos votes to change its toxic name
"I was born in Asbestos and I want to die in Asbestos," said one resident.
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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Season 2: Everything You Need to Know About the Curious Death of JoAnn Romain
"The Lady in the Lake" is hands down the most interesting episode of Volume 2.
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Shawn Mendes Shares His Life on Tour With Emotional ‘In Wonder’ Trailer
Mendes fans are getting an early holiday gift when the film drops on Netflix Nov. 23.
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NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns
KESTER, Belgium — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some folks claim to have seen mysterious Russians in the area. Over the years, rumors have swirled that it might be a base for U.S. nuclear warheads. It’s easy to see how the...
Trump and Biden prepare for final presidential debate
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will have their mics muted when their opponent gets 2 minutes to speak during their final debate Thursday night. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid and CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joined CBSN to discuss the reactions from both campaigns, and their strategies moving forward.
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Speaks with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex About Building a Better Tech Industry
When Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian decided to take action in support of racial equality and Black Lives Matter this June, he made a surprising move: stepping back to let someone else lead. He resigned his position on the company’s board, and publicly urged the social media platform to replace him with a Black board member.…
As deadline nears, Democrats far outpacing Republicans in mail ballot requests in Pennsylvania
One week ahead of the deadline to request an absentee ballot in Pennsylvania, Democrats are significantly outpacing Republicans in ballot requests in what may be the most crucial state in a presidential election that is leaning more heavily on mail ballots than ever before because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas restaurant's funny signs lift spirits during coronavirus pandemic
These signs of the times are spot-on.
Starbucks barista hailed for keeping calm during wild rant by anti-masker
A Starbucks barista is going viral for keeping her cool when a California customer went on a wild rant after being asked to wear her mask — even randomly screaming “f–k Black Lives Matter” at the black teen. Alex Beckom, 19, said she asked the customer to wear a face covering in the java joint...
Spencer Davis, ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ singer, dead at 81
The Welsh singer died from pneumonia on Monday, Oct. 19.
What to do about Crazy Uncle Trump
The whole point of the crazy uncle routine is not to be right, but to get attention by getting a rise out of everyone else. And from that perspective, Trump's routine is working, writes Michael D'Antonio.
Anti-Trump GOP Group Blasts 5 Republican Senators for 2016 SCOTUS Stance Ahead of Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Vote
The ad campaign features the comments of Sens Ted Cruz, Chuck Grassley, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson and Rob Portman from 2016, which contradict their current roles in rushing a Supreme Court confirmation ahead of the election.
Virtual fans, block buttons, Blake Shelton's thoughts on red sauce... 'The Voice' returns
"The Voice" season premiere included Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in their red chairs and virtual fans.
Kindergartener sees dad after 8-mo deployment
Over 3 Million Absentee Ballots Requested in Swing State Michigan, More Than Double Compared With 2016
The number of absentee ballots requested is higher than the amount of votes received by Trump or Clinton in 2016.
A Handful of Asteroid Could Help Decipher Our Entire Existence
Many millions of miles from Earth, an asteroid and a spacecraft are traveling together. The asteroid, as wide as a skyscraper is tall, is ancient, almost as old as the solar system itself. The spacecraft, dispatched more recently, circles the asteroid like a tiny mechanical moon. Tonight, if everything goes as planned, the spacecraft will swoop toward the asteroid, touch its surface, and snatch some rocks before backing away again.As NASA counts down the hours to this maneuver, a simple question comes to mind: Why? Asteroids have historically not been kind to Earth, as the truncated story of the dinosaurs can attest. No Hollywood scenario involving asteroids bodes well for us, either. This particular asteroid, known as Bennu, has a 1-in-2,700 chance of striking Earth in the late 22nd century, and would probably cause catastrophic damage across the planet.For most of human history, the only way for scientists to get their hands on an asteroid was to wait for small chunks of one to fall through Earth’s atmosphere and smash into the ground. Incoming rocks can break apart and even vaporize during their fiery descent, so the world’s inventory of meteorites—the names given to asteroids once they’ve made it through the atmosphere—consists of only the hardiest samples. On Earth, too, meteorites are exposed to the same environmental conditions that smooth down terrestrial rocks over time, and the details of their cosmic origins erode.[Read: The mysterious exploding asteroid]The spacecraft circling Bennu is designed to bring asteroid samples home in pristine condition, without the drama and damage, so that scientists can explore the mystery of how we got here in the first place. Right now, Bennu isn’t a threat to our existence, but rather a thrilling target for discovery: The asteroid samples could contain hints about the early forces that shaped Earth, flooded its surface with oceans, and enriched the water with the molecules that helped life emerge.“We’re probably missing a ton of information about these asteroids just because we have this awesome atmosphere that’s protecting us from these things,” says Hannah Kaplan, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and a member of the Bennu mission.A trip to an asteroid and back is the only way to bring home these cosmic souvenirs intact. Like astronauts, samples return to Earth tucked safely inside a heat-shielded capsule. Japan’s space agency, JAXA, has deployed such missions to two asteroids; the first mission returned with samples in 2010, and the second is currently on its way back to Earth. NASA’s mission to Bennu, known as OSIRIS-REx, which stands for—take a deep breath here—Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer—is expected to bring home the biggest haul from an asteroid yet, the largest sample return since the Apollo astronauts came home with pieces of the moon.[Read: The secrets of moondust]OSIRIS-REx has spent nearly two years in orbit around Bennu, accumulating a trove of data about its surface. Observations suggest that the landscape is covered in organic molecules, and the terrain bears the markings of a watery past. Kaplan and her colleagues have spotted bright streaks across some of Bennu’s boulders that might be made of the mineral carbonate, left behind by flowing water. Several billion years ago, as the solar system was swirling into shape, Bennu was part of a much bigger asteroid, with ice flecked throughout the rock. In the heat of those early years, some of the asteroid’s ice melted and flowed through its interior, leaving behind the hollowed tracks that scientists can see in boulders today.Scientists believe that the solar system’s more ancient asteroids might have been responsible for delivering water to early Earth. Remarkably, the origin of our oceans, unmatched in the solar system, remains a mystery, one that bits of Bennu could help solve. “We are really curious to see if the water that is bound up in Bennu’s hydrated minerals has signatures that are similar to water on Earth,” Daniella DellaGiustina, an OSIRIS-REx scientist who works at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, told me. Researchers are also keen to see whether the organic materials they snag from Bennu resemble the ancient precursors that led to life on Earth.[Read: How to get an asteroid named after you]Asteroids likely shaped the trajectories of other worlds in the solar system and beyond. “If they really did bring water and organic materials to Earth, then presumably they would have brought them to Mars. They would have brought them to Venus,” Andy Rivkin, a planetary astronomer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory who studies asteroids, told me. “And those sorts of processes would presumably be going on in other solar systems."Sampling an asteroid is a dangerous task, and, in some sense, the OSIRIS-REx isn’t equipped for the particular challenges of Bennu. Telescope observations from afar had suggested that Bennu’s surface would resemble a sandy shore, and engineers designed the mission with that image in mind. The spacecraft instead revealed a rugged, boulder-filled landscape that occasionally ejects coin-size particles into space. “That was a scary moment,” Kaplan said of the team’s reality check. “How are we going to get a sample back from this thing?”The team eventually selected a sampling site that appeals to not only the scientists on the team, who want to collect the most intriguing samples, but also the engineers, who would like to avoid destroying the spacecraft. Propelled by its thrusters, OSIRIS-REx will leave its cozy orbit around Bennu and navigate to a small clearing about the size of a few parking spots, surrounded by boulders the size of buildings. In a matter of seconds, a robotic arm will stir up the regolith with nitrogen gas and then sweep the floating detritus into its grasp, before the spacecraft returns to its orbit.[Read: The mysterious origins of Mars’s trailing asteroids]NASA won’t know how much material the spacecraft will have scooped up right away. Later this week, engineers will command OSIRIS-REx to spin itself around, a clever move to calculate how much new mass the probe has acquired. If mission managers feel they have enough, the samples will be stowed away until the spacecraft’s return to Earth in late 2023. If not, they will need to decide whether to attempt a second—or even a third—touchdown. Olivia Billett, a systems engineer and the OSIRIS-REx science lead from Lockheed Martin, which built the spacecraft, considers this the worst-case scenario, since the descent puts the spacecraft at risk. “That’s a decision that I really hope we don’t have to make,” she told me. The mission is designed to fetch just more than two ounces (about 60 grams) of material. In astronomy, scientists are used to working with tiny samples, extracting cosmic insights from even the smallest grains. But when you’ve traveled millions of miles, you want to bring home as many souvenirs as possible.The journey home will be more familiar, but still risky. Keiko Nakamura-Messenger, a NASA scientist who will curate the Bennu samples, remembers the pain of one NASA mission in the early 2000s, the agency’s first sample-return attempt since the Apollo era. A spacecraft had successfully sampled solar wind, the sun’s constant stream of high-energy particles, but the return capsule crash-landed after its parachute failed to deploy. Nakamura-Messenger and her colleagues spent days scouring a Utah desert for remnants of the capsule and washing away contaminants. They recovered enough material, even after this minor disaster, both to reveal new information about the sun and the solar system, and to store some particles for future scientists to study. In comparison, the haul from Bennu could be a treasure trove.“No matter what, it’s going to be really, really precious,” Nakamura-Messenger told me. “We’re not going to waste a single grain.”
Why a Democratic landslide in November could crush the GOP for the next decade (or more)
With independent political handicappers revising upwards the likelihood of Joe Biden winning the presidency and Democratic gains in the Senate and House in recent days, there is now a reasonable chance that we may be looking at a major landslide up and down the ballot in two weeks' time.
Camila Cabello inspired every song Shawn Mendes ever wrote
"'They're all about you. Like, every song I ever wrote.'"
Mark Meadows: Trump didn’t declassify Russia docs in tweets
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday said in a federal court filing that President Trump’s tweets were not official orders to declassify FBI Russia probe documents. Meadows wrote under penalty of perjury that he “conferred with the President concerning his intentions with respect to two statements he made on Twitter on October...
New On Amazon Prime Video November 2020
Amazon is giving us The Pack, Small Axe, Uncle Frank and more this month.
Funeral homes offer limousine rides to the polls nationwide
Some voters could ride in style to the polls on Election Day courtesy of funeral home limousines, offered to chauffer older residents to voting booths
Tom Petty 70th birthday concert to feature Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, more
Beck, Chris Stapleton, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks and many more will perform, virtually, on Friday to celebrate the late Tom Petty's 70th birthday.
Watch this production car break world speed record
SSC North America announced that its Tuatara model has reached an average speed at 316.11 miles per hour during two record-breaking dashes outside Las Vegas.
Wisconsin early voting kicks off amid surge in coronavirus cases
Wisconsin voters headed to the polls as the state grappled with a spike in infections that has turned it into one of the country's latest pandemic hotspots.
Still Battling Her Own Scandal, Katie Hill Says She “Jumped the Gun” on Al Franken
Former Rep. Katie Hill is still figuring out how to survive her scandal.
New Jersey teacher allegedly bilked investors out of over $300,000
A New Jersey teacher scammed investors out of more than $300,000 in a Ponzi-like scheme over the span of five years, prosecutors said. Suzette R. Hart, who teaches English as a second language at Hackensack High School, was arrested on Oct. 13 on a count of theft by deception after an investigation launched in May...
Pandemic takes a toll on women in the workforce
A new report by the McKinsey consulting firm examines the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on women in the workforce. Jess Huang, one of the co-authors of the report, joins CBSN to talk about the findings.
Reba McEntire gets cozy with boyfriend Rex Linn, reveals her nickname for him in new pic
Reba McEntire and her boyfriend Rex Linn are going strong. The country music icon shared a photo of the pair smiling wide while enjoying a getaway.
Black Lives Matter sues Jackie Lacey, husband over gun-waving incident at family home
Protesters file a civil suit in a March incident when Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's husband, David, allegedly aimed a firearm at them.
Shawn Mendes bares it all in new Netflix documentary, ‘In Wonder’
"You first get on the stage and ego comes rushing in," he explains. "I'm just a guy and I love music. Time to surrender."