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Gabby Petito's family attorney says fiancé Brian Laundrie 'is not missing, he is hiding'

Along with the search for missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, local and federal authorities in Florida are looking for Petito's fiance Brian Laundrie after his family told police they haven't seen him since Tuesday.
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What to Expect From the 'American Horror Story' Season 10 Finale
"American Horror Story: Double Feature" is set to end on Wednesday, October 20, with the finale of the "Death Valley" arc.
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Newlywed Couple Tragically Killed Just Two Days After Their Wedding
Jessiah Plemons and Lily Rose had also taken in the groom's old sister's two young children, aged two and five, prior to their sad passing.
NYC to announce vaccine mandate for municipal workers: Source
The move comes after certain workers had been required to be vaccinated.
How Sabrina Spellman's 'Riverdale' Season 6 Crossover Will Work
"Riverdale"s Season 6 has been confirmed to start with Kiernan Shipka playing Sabrina Spellman in a "CAOS" crossover – but what exactly will she be doing during the "Rivervale" event?
A Party Without Purpose | Opinion
Despite labeling themselves the party of the working class for half a decade, most Republicans still do not share the same values their voters do.
Miss France pageant faces lawsuit for requiring all contestants to be at least 5-foot-5, unmarried and child-free
Miss France, the country's 101-year-old beauty pageant, is being sued by a feminist activist group over alleged discriminatory entry requirements.
Miss France pageant faces lawsuit for requiring all contestants to be at least 5-foot-5, unmarried and child-free
Miss France, the country's 101-year-old beauty pageant, is being sued by a feminist activist group over alleged discriminatory entry requirements.
5 things to know for October 20: Covid, Congress, Capitol riot, supply chain, Haiti
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
Queen Elizabeth II cancels trip, advised to rest for a few days
Tributes Paid to 'Dragon Ball' Voice Actor Chris Ayres After His Death Aged 56
Chris Ayres was best known for voicing "Dragon Ball" character Frieza.
Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to play Australian Open: minister
Novak Djokovic will not be able to enter Australia to defend his Australian Open title unless he is fully vaccinated for Covid-19, the country's immigration minister said on Wednesday, putting the Serb's grand slam record bid in doubt.
In-N-Out Burger clashes with San Francisco over vaccine mandate: 'We refuse to become the vaccination police’
As San Francisco requires proof of vaccination to dine indoors, In-N-Out Burger is refusing to become the "vaccination police."
Woman Asks Hinge Matches for Their Most Controversial Opinion and They Don't Disappoint
"Men and women are never going to be equal… It's simple biology. Socially, yes, we can be equal, but physically no."
'Nature' celebrates 40 years of documenting wildlife
Fred Kaufman, executive producer of long-running PBS show "Nature," discusses how the series has evolved - and captured climate change - over the last four decades. (Oct. 20)
Abcarian: If you can't save money, time and the planet with Uber and Lyft, then what is the point?
Good news for taxi drivers: App-based ride services like Uber and Lyft have failed us miserably.
What Biden told lawmakers at the White House
And it's a unanimous committee vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt.
Handing out midseason awards for 2021 college football season
An eventful college football season has completed Week 7, which means its time to start handing out first-half awards for players, coaches and teams.
Oklahoma's Caleb Williams makes his debut in Week 7 college football quarterback rankings
After playing limited minutes in his team's first five games, Oklahoma's Caleb Williams is in the top 10 of the Week 7 quarterback rankings.
White House under pressure to act on voting rights, but it's not ready to blow up the filibuster
The White House is under mounting pressure to get results on voting rights legislation, but sources tell CNN the Biden administration still isn't ready to try to jam it through the Senate by force -- even though the Senate's latest voting bill is expected to falter yet again on Wednesday.
Burger spot says it won't be 'vaccination police'
San Francisco temporarily shut down an In-N-Out hamburger restraurant's indoor dining, because it didn't comply with a rule to check the COVID-19 vaccination status of customers. In-N-Out called the rule "intrusive and offensive." (Oct. 20)
Op-Ed: Sure, resolve to stage more plays by women. It still won't make up for all we've lost
May the season of the female and nonbinary playwright at Center Theater Group mark a new beginning for women who've continued to write no matter what.
An Army vet falsely claimed he was paralyzed. He got $1 million in payouts — and spent some on a BMW, feds say.
Veterans Affairs gave William Rich funds to buy a specially adapted car for his alleged leg paralysis. He used it to buy a BMW instead, feds say.
Off-duty D.C. police officer fires gun to thwart armed carjacking in Georgetown
Police said one suspect is in custody and the gun was found.
End gerrymandering: Senate can safeguard democracy by outlawing partisan redistricting
Dozens of states still do not have redistricting commissions. In several, 1 party controls the legislature. Quickest solution is for Congress to act.
When Was the Last Time Japan's Mount Aso Erupted and How Active Is the Volcano?
The Aso Volcano has been erupting sporadically for decades, according to the NASA Earth Observatory website.
Fact Check: Jen Psaki's Claim on Police Officer COVID Deaths
The White House press secretary referred to COVID deaths among police officers when discussing vaccine mandates.
Why 'independent' redistricting commissions don't really end gerrymandering
National Republican Redistricting Trust: Even when redistricting commissioners are genuinely nonpartisan, biased voices aren't shut out entirely.
Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' Cast: Every Actor in the New Live-Action Remake
The Netflix adaptation of Shinichirō Watanabe's sci-fi anime "Cowboy Bebop" is set to be released on November 19.
Student loan forgiveness is a lot closer for some borrowers, and they are pumped
Thousands of teachers, nurses and other public servants are learning they could have some of their federal student loan debts erased months — and even years — earlier than expected.
Commentary: Julio Urías set to start NLCS Game 4 for Dodgers, ready or not
The Dodgers have made 20-game winner Julio Urias more of a utility pitcher, and he is set to go on two days' rest for Game 4 of the NLCS.
Los Angeles Turns Supply-Chain Mess Into Biggest Covid Rebound
The area’s employment growth and performance in the stock market has topped its U.S. peers.
Meghan McCain reveals biggest regret -- and it has nothing to do with 'The View'
EXCLUSIVE -- Conservative firebrand Meghan McCain doesn’t regret walking away from "The View," or standing up for what she believes in. However, the "Bad Republican" author has one regret that has nothing to do with television, politics or ideology.
How the controversy over Dave Chappelle’s special put Netflix on blast
When it comes to the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle's "The Closer," Netflix seems to not only have a blind spot, but to have hit a nerve affecting both employees and boldfacers.
Sen. Josh Hawley: America under Joe Biden is a land of scarcity and want
Long a land of abundance, the United States has become a land of scarcity under President Joe Biden.
Don’t put your kids on the title of your home. There’s a better way for them to inherit the property.
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | In a nutshell, it might be better for your mom to put the home in a living trust that allows her to control the home while she is alive and allow you to inherit the home through the trust upon her death.
Fiona Hill testified against Trump. Now she’s worried Biden isn’t doing enough to save democracy.
A former Trump administration official issues a stark warning.
As White House tries to finalize vaccine mandate, dozens of groups seek last-minute meetings
Companies like Walt Disney and industry groups have sought more clarity, while others have sought to slow the process.
Editorial: 'Forever chemicals' are everywhere. It's time to rein them in
PFAS or "forever chemicals" break down slowly in the environment and have been linked to several negative health effects. It's good that the U.S. EPA is taking steps to regulate them, as California has done.
Former CIA analyst David McCloskey on Syria conflict
Michael Morell talks with former CIA analyst David McCloskey about how policy decisions made during the Obama administration paved the way for realities on the ground today.
Letters to the Editor: Common Core, phone addiction and other reasons kids are learning less
Readers suggest reasons for the drop in student test scores, including the adoption of new curriculums and attention spans shorted by technology.
Sharon D Clarke Is Ready to Bring Change to Broadway in 'Caroline or Change'
"It's all about change and how far we've come. How change has to be less talk and more action," Sharon D Clarke tells Newsweek about her star-making turn as Caroline Thibodeaux in the revival of the musical 'Caroline or Change.'
Hamas Is the Beneficiary of Joe Biden's Delusional Diplomacy | Opinion
Support for Hamas is becoming a cost-free vote for many Democrats.
Granderson: Arbery case shows the worst chapter of Georgia's history is current events as well
The defense for three white men relies on a Civil War-era law intended to let white citizens harass and kill Black Americans.
Billy Porter bares his soul in ‘Unprotected’
The “Pose” and “Kinky Boots” star interrogates his traumatic upbringing in a stirring new memoir.
A rock star’s favorite guitar was stolen. One of his biggest fans tracked it down in Japan.
“I became completely obsessed with it,” said Internet sleuth and super fan William Long. “I had a great time looking for it. It was fun.”
Northern Virginia school systems fine-tune online learning, launch virus testing
Fairfax will roll out random testing for students, redoubling efforts to stop transmission.
Cooperating Is Easier With a Little Coercion
The coronavirus pandemic has engendered lots of altruism. This is welcome but also unsurprising, since a group of people facing a threat typically relies on collective action to keep self-interest in check. Cooperation and generosity are part of our evolutionary heritage, and they usually require only light pressure to foster. Most people are happy to wear a mask in a hospital or on an airplane, for example, because they want to be seen as neighborly.This winter, COVID-19 will continue to demand our attention, and we’ve unfortunately exhausted our store of soft-touch options to rouse those inner angels. More will be required if we are to leverage one of our greatest natural advantages as a species: the impulse to help others.From the start of the pandemic, we have seen a mix of selfless and abhorrent behaviors. A puzzling feature of human nature is that they exist in a delicate balance.[Annie Lowrey: The Americans who knitted their own safety net]On the one hand, Americans have donated their time to sew cloth masks, staff food banks, and comfort those struggling with loneliness. A group in Minnesota matched hundreds of volunteers with people who needed child care. Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn who had recovered from COVID-19 broke their Sabbath to drive through the night to Pennsylvania hospitals in order to donate their serum. Many employers continued to pay their employees even though they were not at work. And despite the financial stress of the pandemic, recent statistics show that charitable giving actually rose 2 percent in 2020, compared with 2019.Doctors and nurses—as well as members of less heralded professions, such as custodians, grocery-store clerks, and home health aides—have assumed personal risk of infection and death. And the extraordinarily rapid development of vaccines and medicines to treat COVID-19 has reflected an extensive and generous sharing of knowledge by scientists around the world, as well as the volunteerism of study participants.On the other hand, we’ve also seen that a serious pandemic can inflame ignoble tendencies. In the United States, the coronavirus pandemic has unleashed all sorts of antisocial behaviors, including people coughing and spitting on masked shoppers and politicians targeting Asian Americans or Latin American immigrants. We’ve seen fistfights break out in grocery stores, during school-board meetings, and on planes over infection-control regulations. And from those who are unwilling to get vaccinated, we’ve seen steady resistance to helping their more vulnerable neighbors.Some people are clearly more altruistic than others. But even these super-cooperators can’t do all the heavy lifting alone. Haphazard or individual-level efforts to be helpful are rarely sufficient to keep cooperation going in a larger population. For one thing, a cooperator surrounded by noncooperators will usually stop being helpful—for who wants to be a chump? Yet devolving to an “every man for himself” dynamic is injurious to all. That’s no way to fight a plague.And so the survival of our species has depended on the evolution of innate responses to keep these so-called free riders mostly in check, to make sure that there are enough people willing to run into burning buildings to save lives and a lot fewer who light fires. Evolution has equipped us with tools to help tip the balance toward cooperation. And we need to use all of those tools in our current predicament.What are these responses shaped by our evolution? The first is that cooperation is more likely when a group faces a shared enemy. That we already have, in the form of this nasty virus.Another is that people are more likely to cooperate if they anticipate future interactions with the same people. This is one reason people are likely to wear a mask at work with familiar colleagues but skip it when they shop in a grocery store.Repeated interactions also tend to foster the reciprocation of kindness, and hence encourage more and more altruistic behavior. Vaccine and mask mandates by companies, schools, and other places where people see one another repeatedly are sound practices not only because they indicate respect for customers and employees, but also because they promote the reciprocal altruism that leads to optimal public-health practice more generally.Furthermore, people are typically more willing to follow rules regarding physical distancing or masking if they understand them primarily as a way to help others. Our ongoing public-health messaging can exploit this quality. One study evaluated whether it was more effective to tell people, “Follow these steps to avoid getting the coronavirus,” or to tell them, “Follow these steps to avoid spreading the coronavirus.” It turns out that the emphasis on the public threat of the virus is at least as effective as, and sometimes more effective than, the emphasis on the personal threat—though perhaps not as much for the minority of selfish holdouts.But what if individual motivations and gentle forces are not enough? Here, the interpersonal nature of contagious disease—namely that individual actions that increase or reduce one’s personal risk at the same time increase or reduce the risks one imposes on others—creates the collective-action problem in the first place and justifies more forceful, even coercive, measures by schools, work sites, and the government. Because we have not yet been able to respond as effectively to the pandemic as we must, we may need to deploy them.One evolutionary feature that fosters cooperative behavior is the human inclination toward what I call “mild hierarchy,” a kind of social order that is neither too unequal nor too egalitarian, neither too punitive nor too permissive. To assure that if person A is kind to person B (e.g., by wearing a mask, staying home when sick, or getting vaccinated), then person B will reciprocate, we have evolved the capacity and desire for centralized enforcement—precisely so as to tamp down on selfishness and abuse. We tolerate policing by our leaders (up to a point) because it’s a more efficient way of encouraging collective action than a pitchfork at a neighbor’s door or one-on-one attempts to enforce reciprocity.[Read: Six rules that will define our second pandemic winter]We also practice punishment and ostracism, both of which can, in the right circumstances, foster cooperation. Shunning transgressors comes naturally to us precisely because, in our ancestral past, it was useful for our collective survival. Research studies in labs around the world, including my own, have shown the necessity of such pressures to avoid a tragedy of the commons, where all suffer because of free riding. For instance, in one study in my lab involving hundreds of people arranged into dozens of groups, the ability of people to shun those who did not act altruistically helped reinforce good behavior in everyone.Of course, peer pressure or the fear of ostracism can also compel people to take actions that injure themselves or their own communities. There has been a spate of sad cases recently of conservative media figures dying from COVID-19 after denouncing the vaccines or other public-health measures in order to signal membership in their political group. People working together must still be aiming at healthy objectives. This is another way in which leadership is crucial: to set worthy goals.A broad collective effort will be required to avoid yet more deaths and virus-induced shutdowns this winter. Given that the actions of some people can put the health of others at risk, we must be willing to leverage the full range of our evolutionary impulses toward cooperation. Some of these less appealing evolutionary capacities for enforcing cooperation—which sounds oxymoronic—may be required.Indeed, President Joe Biden announced a broad series of interventions last month, including requiring all employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccination and doing the same for federal workers and others. “We’re in a tough stretch, and it could last for a while,” Biden said in an address from the White House. “What makes it incredibly more frustrating is we have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner.”From the viewpoint of our innate capacities for cooperation, both Biden’s practical responses and his emotional framing are to be expected. We do not need to see these actions in a negative or even authoritarian light. They are not simply the workings of our political system. They are rooted in our ancient past, helping us survive.Seen from an evolutionary perspective, putting our thumb on the scale of the COVID-19 response allows our natural impulse toward goodness to flourish. And such efforts are in keeping with our fundamental instincts to be altruistic and cooperative in the first place. As Albert Camus argued in his novel The Plague, “What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of the plague as well. It helps men and women to rise above themselves.”