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Strong wind pushes wildfire along California coast

Blustery winds surged through California on Tuesday after downing trees, fanning wildfires and shutting off power to about 21,000 customers. A blaze west of Santa Barbara, northwest of Los Angeles, quickly spread to thousands of acres. (Oct. 12)      
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‘Real Housewives of New York’s Eboni K. Williams Discusses Challenging Reality TV Stereotypes About Black Women on ‘The View’
"I think reality TV owes everything to Black women. I think it's built on the backs of Black women."
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Thousands of California parents, students to protest Newsom’s vaccine mandate
Thousands of parents in California will protest Monday against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school students, saying they don’t want to “co-parent” with the government.
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California Records Driest Year Since 1924 Amid Extreme Heat, Fires and Drought
A total of just 11.87 inches of rain and snow fell across California in the 2021 water year—less than half of the state's average precipitation.
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Belarus Kicks Out French Ambassador After EU Fails to Recognize Lukashenko's Re-election
President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory for a sixth presidential term, but the election was marred by claims of widespread voter fraud.
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Who Is Allison Williams? ESPN Reporter Joins List of Media Personalities Out Over Mandates
Williams announced her separation from ESPN in a video posted to Instagram on Friday. Last month, she had said she was looking forward to returning to her job.
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The Trailer’s guide to the New Jersey governor’s race
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is seeking a second term in Trenton against Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican former state legislator and businessman. Here’s what we’ve found in our reporting, and what you need to know to follow it down the stretch.
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Is hurricane season dead? Or could La Niña help provide one last punch
As we get into the latter part of the busiest three-month period of hurricane season (August, September, October), can we start to take a deep breath and exhale?
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GOP Rep warns US could lose ‘new Cold War’ with China following missile launch
Rep. Mike Gallagher is warning that America could lose the "new Cold War" with China in the next decade, after Beijing's launch of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile.
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Greta Thunberg 'rickrolls' climate concert with dance moves
The Swedish climate activist danced to Rick Astley's eighties hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" in front of a thrilled crowd.
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How William Shatner Turned a Flight of Fancy Into a Lyrical Pitch for the Planet
Star Trek's Captain Kirk, now 90, returns from space with a message for everyone, including Jeff Bezos
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Cody Simpson delights fans with unintentionally X-rated pic
The Aussie singer gave fans a thrill over the weekend when he shared photos on Instagram that showed a bulge in his pants as massive as the outback.
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The BDS movement shows its hypocrisy by boycotting Israel but not China
The Irish novelist Sally Rooney exemplifies a leftist double standard.
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What Colin Powell’s Death Really Means About the Vaccines
He was fully vaccinated against the virus. He also had blood cancer
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Atlanta police bust street racers doing donuts in parking lot, video shows
Street racers in Atlanta were recorded on police helicopter video doing donuts in the East Point Shopping Center on Saturday night as officers rushed onto the scene.
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In nationalizing Virginia’s tight governor’s race, candidates and parties escalate a trend
The first reading of the nation’s politics, how nationalized themes play in Virginia will inform the politics of 2022 and beyond.
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These are the US cities with the worst air pollution
The was research released by non-profit Environment America Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and US PIRG Education Fund at the beginning of the month.
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Italy's President Calls Violent Protests Over COVID-19 Passes 'Painful' for Nation
Speaking before the University of Pisa, Italian President Sergio Mattarella called violent riots over vaccine mandates "painful and surprising."
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Reps. Stefanik & Foxx: Dems want to control your kid's education. We're putting parents in the driver's seat
Democrats seem to believe that America’s schools and schoolchildren are better off with parents on the sidelines – a position that is dangerously detached from reality.
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GOP Senator Thinks Donald Trump Will Not Even Win Nomination for President in 2024
Sen. Bill Cassidy was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Donald Trump during his second impeachment.
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Memphis Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson Jr. agrees to four-year, $105 million contract extension
Jaren Jackson Jr.'s four-year, $105 million extension is the third largest contract signed in Memphis Grizzlies history.      
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The author whose story inspired Netflix’s Maid on why welfare is broken
Margaret Qualley as Alex in Netflix’s Maid, based on the memoir of the same title by Stephanie Land. | Ricardo Hubbs/Neflix How Stephanie Land went from Vox article to book deal to Netflix show. When Stephanie Land moved out of her abusive boyfriend’s house at age 29, she was a single mother, unemployed, with no savings and no college degree. So she did what she had to in order to keep herself and her daughter alive. She moved into a homeless shelter and then into subsidized housing, enrolled in every government program she could, and got a job as a maid. It was all only barely enough to keep her going. Land eventually drew on the back-breaking, grueling experience of cleaning houses for an essay that she would publish on Vox in 2015. Titled “I spent 2 years cleaning houses. What I saw makes me never want to be rich,” the piece went massively viral. It was full of voyeuristic details about what Land learned about her clients from cleaning their homes, and in its descriptions of the difference between Land’s precarious existence and her clients’ lavish lifestyles, it seemed like a perfect encapsulation of the US’s ever-widening income inequality. To date, it’s garnered over 1.3 million page views. In 2019, Land turned the experience into her memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, which became a New York Times bestseller. And now, Land’s book has become a Netflix series. With Maid now streaming, Land returned to Vox for some full-circle perspective. Over the phone, we discussed the failure of the welfare system in the US, why her experience publishing with Vox in 2015 was not wholly great, and why the narrative of a poor white woman is so attractive to Hollywood. Our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, is below. One of the things that both your book and the Netflix show are so good at laying out is the incredible number of hoops you have to jump through to receive government assistance. What were some of the biggest frustrations you had to deal with during your time in the system? Honestly, it was child care. The last time I tried to get a child care grant, my youngest daughter was 1. It was probably in 2015, right around when the Vox article came out. I had been freelancing for a little while. You have to hand in three months of income, and they do their calculations. And it turned out that I was $100 over the limit for [continuing my] child care grant. When my caseworker told me that, I was just kind of like, “Really? Like, for 100 bucks?” My income at the time was so variable. I was extremely honest with my income, and as a self-employed person I could have lied a little bit, but I didn’t. And so when I was talking to [my caseworker], she said, “Well, it looks like your work hours are from 9 at night to 2 in the morning, so you don’t really need day care.” I said, “Well, that’s not ideal!” I would much rather work during the day and not lose that amount of sleep. It’s the child care grants. I mean, I was audited. They called me and threatened to remove my child care grant immediately because I had handed in a handwritten pay stub at one point. It’s terrifying, because I can’t work without child care, and that was the most important thing that I had. The book does a really great job of laying out that problem. You describe having to choose between child care and the work that you need to do to survive. So what do you think needs to change about the way we approach child care in America so that people don’t have to keep making those kinds of choices? I argue for universal child care all the time. I think they’re trying to cover that in the infrastructure bill that they’re trying to pass. Child care is part of the infrastructure of our country, because parents need to have a safe place to bring their children while they’re working. It’s just as important as the road that they’re driving on. It was such a struggle just to have that support. It was baffling to me. And it’s all wrapped up in work requirements. I never really understood why I constantly had to prove that I was working. It just seemed like my value and my worth as a human being were completely wrapped up in how many hours I was working a week at a very low-wage job. That’s something that you also write about in the book and that comes out in the show as well. This sort of sense of judgment that you get from strangers and even from close friends who would say things like, “Oh, you’re welcome,” about receiving government assistance. There seems to be a lot of people who have this idea that people on welfare are just lazy and taking advantage of hardworking taxpayers. So what do you wish that people who had that idea understood about the experience? The SNAP program is such a small part of the federal budget. It’s something like 1.3 percent. It’s such a small amount, but because it is so visible, people kind of feel personal about it. When I pull out my SNAP card at the grocery store, people start to look at all the things that I’m buying, like, “Oh my god, she got blueberries! Those are $5. Why didn’t you just get grapes?” They feel some kind of connection because they believe that their tax dollars are buying me organic milk. Another thing that’s really quite haunting about your experience, and that I think the Netflix show does a really great job of evoking, is just how much time and mental energy gets taken up keeping track of a budget when you’re making minimum wage. What was the hardest part of making that money stretch? A lot of it was just being able to afford toiletries and tampons and toilet paper. I remember very specifically standing in the grocery store aisle. I really needed to buy a sponge, and I was trying to think, “How much money do I have on my credit card balance?” Because usually I would pay the minimum payment on my credit card, and that was the money that I had to purchase all of those things like toothpaste and shampoo and diapers if I needed them. So that’s one memory that I have, of just trying to figure out if I could purchase a $2 sponge that I needed, and deciding that I couldn’t. It’s also really striking, looking at this story, how much our system seems to incentivize survivors of domestic violence to stay in relationships that can be damaging, and the way it keeps pushing people to fall back on their existing personal connections, which might not be the most healthy. What do you think needs to change in our system to move away from that model? I think emotional abuse needs to be recognized as violence. It’s domestic violence, and it’s deadly. Once emotional abuse really takes hold, you are controlled in almost every way. Abusers will most often turn you against all of your friends and family and isolate you. They will take away your self-worth, and they financially control you. They control your phone, your vehicle, just everything. And that’s when the physical abuse starts to happen. Often up until that point, you don’t believe that you’re in an abusive relationship because they haven’t hit you. And then they start hitting things near you, but that’s still “not really domestic violence” until you have bruises. For me in that situation, not only did the court system tell me that a reasonable person wouldn’t feel threatened, they saw me as the bad person because I was removing a child from a stable environment and a stable home. My abuser was seen as the better parent because he had a house and a full-time job and had resources, and I was homeless. In the book, you write about the sheer physical pain that comes with cleaning houses, and how that can be exacerbated by a lack of medical benefits. How common is it for house cleaners not to get any basic benefits? I don’t know how every cleaning company handles their employees, but as far as I know just from talking to agents with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, it’s incredibly common to not have any kind of benefits whatsoever. If you’re working for a cleaning company, your pay is usually cut in half. They will charge a client what they charge, but then they will pay you a very low amount. What comes with that is insurance, so if you are hurt or if you damage something, then you have the company to pay for all of that. But you also risk losing your job if you mess up in any way. And then if you go on to be self-employed, you don’t have that safety net of workers comp, or even unemployment insurance if you lose your job, like so many domestic workers did at the beginning of the pandemic. You’re also just so vulnerable. I remember going to really shady places. Sometimes there was no cellphone coverage. I was a single mom and I had just dropped my kid off at day care and she was sick, and there was no way for anybody to contact me. And I also didn’t know what kind of situation I was going into. It’s pretty scary. There’s no sick pay, there’s no vacation days, and there’s just nothing for you if you get injured. Then you also write about having to pay for your own gas and cleaning supplies and other equipment. How does that end up cutting into the paycheck? I was making at one point $9.25 an hour. I did the math and figured out it was actually about $6 an hour with all the gas. And I had to wash my own cleaning rags and the clothes that I worked in, and that wasn’t covered in my paycheck either. At one point, I finally made enough of a stink that they offered me a little bit of pay for mileage, and then my boss offered to wash my rags. But that was after six months of struggling and finally just saying, “I can’t afford to do this.” On top of the low wages and physical pain, there’s also having to deal with the way clients treated you. We see a lot of disdain for people who clean houses in popular culture — I’m thinking of the influencer Rachel Hollis, who was heavily criticized a few months ago for referring to her house cleaner as “the woman who cleans my toilets.” What is it like for you, having done that work, to see that sort of sneering, dehumanizing attitude playing out in the culture at large? I think that’s the reason why I can’t bring myself to hire my own house cleaner. I felt that so much. I remember one time I went to clean a person’s house who was the same age as me. They had a really nice place and a couple of kids, and their kids’ bedrooms were just immaculate and like something that I wished for my own kid. And as she was walking me through, she pointed to a couple of spots that I had missed on a light switch. She said, “Can you just make sure that you get this next time?” I just remember thinking, “Really? You’re going to point that out to me?” It was just so demeaning. I mean, every single time that I had to get on my hands and knees to scrub something and the client was home, it was just a really horrible feeling. There were times that I would be cleaning, and the client was home and they answered the phone and they said, “Oh I can’t talk, the maid is here.” It was a really odd feeling. I wish that type of work held the same amount of dignity that [my clients’] work did. I’m not really sure why it doesn’t. Because domestic work is the work that makes all the other work in this country happen. In 2015, you published a piece on cleaning houses for Vox. Then in 2019, you published the book. And now it’s a Netflix series. Can you walk me through what happened to get you from one to the other? The Vox essay was my first big paycheck as a freelance writer. It was something that I had worked on in college and beyond. I saw a call for pitches through another publication, I think it was Literary Mama. They put out an email that said these people are looking for personal essays. So I emailed Vox and entitled it “Dear Editor,” and sent them a couple of paragraphs that I thought were really good. And they emailed back immediately and offered me $500. That was like the most money I’d ever seen. I was just falling all over myself. The morning that it was published online, my friend actually called me on my flip phone and said, “Are you okay?” And I said, “Yeah, why?” And she said, “You need to go look at your computer.” That essay went so viral. I really wasn’t set up for that amount of virality. I started getting hundreds and hundreds of emails through the contact form on my website, and they were all so angry. I was called dumb. God, what did they call me? They called me a roach. They called me a bum. A leech on society. I was called dirty a lot. That essay was edited to make me a very unlikable character. At the time I was just like, “Fine, whatever. Just pay me my money!” But now that I have some experience, I definitely would have pushed back on some of those edits. [The editor of Land’s essay is no longer employed at Vox.] I received hate mail for so long and at such magnitude that I remember going out for a walk in the woods with a friend of mine and feeling so exposed and raw. It just really affected me. But on the other hand, an agent from New York reached out to me that morning and asked me if I had a book in the works and I lied and said yes. I wrote up a couple of chapters and a book proposal, and we had a book deal 11 months later. After that, every time I pitched an editor and included a link to that essay, they said, “Oh my goodness, you’re the woman behind the house-cleaning essay!” My freelancing career really took off after that. I still get hate mail from that essay every once in a while. Oh god, I’m so sorry you had to deal with that. So you get this book deal. And then how does that become a Netflix deal? I have a wonderful agent at CAA, Michelle Crows, and she sent out advance copies of the book. So I ended up talking to different groups of producers and directors and people who were interested in this story. John Wells and Margot Robbie were my last call. Up until that point, a lot of people really wanted to do a straight adaptation of the book. And to me, that sounded horrible. Because it’s such a white person story, and it’s such a privileged story. In memoir, you’re tied to your experience, and I was very isolated. I didn’t talk to anybody. I kept thinking about the movie trailer guy saying, “One white woman dipped into poverty — and how she got herself out.” John Wells and Margot Robbie proposed fictionalizing it, and bringing in a really diverse cast, and making the story look like the real world does. I love that, and so that was why I went with them. I’m glad you brought that up because I know you’ve written about how the ways we talk about poverty can feed into a lot of ideas about systemic racism. For instance, the way we talk about poor Black people as welfare queens, and all of the political baggage around the idea of the white working class. I don’t think this is necessarily present in the book, but you can see a way in which the idea of a white single mother is politically attractive to certain agendas in a way that it might not be if it were the story of a woman of color who is having to navigate this treacherous system. Is that disconnect something that you’ve seen in the reception of this story? It’s something that I talk about every chance I get. I knew right off the bat that my story was very attractive to publishers because it was marketable. I am a very palatable and very likable poor person because I am white. I could look like your cousin or your neighbor for a lot of the population who purchases memoirs and reads these books. Going into that, I had a moment of realizing that I was being lifted up. And what am I going to do with that? So even though I am a pretty shy introvert, I realized that they’re listening to me. And because they’re listening to me, then hopefully that will open up space for other people to share their stories. We don’t listen to people of color. We especially don’t listen to people who are in systemic poverty or systemic racism, which go hand in hand. And we especially don’t listen to people who are still in that situation and who are angry. One thing that I’ve seen on social media that honestly really encourages me is that people are angry, and they’re talking about their anger, for that thing that you’re talking about: It’s a white woman’s story who’s being lifted, when the majority of domestic workers are women of color. I’m grateful that they are able to talk about that anger. I want them to have space to talk about how angry they are about the systems that are in place that keep them in poverty. I talk a lot about how the government assistance program is broken. But it is almost impossible if you’re a person of color in this country or you’re an immigrant. What is the biggest thing that you hope people who read the book and watch the show take away from them? I hope they gain some empathy for people who are in poverty, especially the people who are experiencing homelessness. I think we have this idea in our heads that it’s always the person who is sleeping on a sidewalk, when that’s really not the case. There are many, many families in this country who are sleeping in their vehicles and taking their kids to school and going to work. And it’s a real tragedy. I hope that people start to realize that and have some compassion, and take that compassion with them when they go to the voting booth. And vote some people into office who have lived experience in the margins, or have empathy for those who do.
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The Barbra Streisand Institute is launching at UCLA
The Barbra Streisand Institute at UCLA will focus on four areas the singer and actress is most passionate about.
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Halloween Sign Branding Trick-or-Treaters 'Lazy Entitled Freeloaders' Sparks Debate
Kids should avoid this house as the owners put up a sign saying: "If you want candy, GET A JOB!!"
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Kidnap of US missionaries, families by 400 Mawozo gang in Haiti brings strife home to Ohio
Seventeen people – seven women, five men, five children, all Americans except one Canadian – were seized Saturday in Haiti by a gang.       
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'Chonky' Cat Sits Like a Human in Baby Bouncer After Claiming Toy As His Own
A video of a ginger cat climbing inside a baby toy and putting its legs through the holes has gone viral online—and the internet finds its adorable.
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Why Giannis Antetokounmpo is primed to win his third MVP and other NBA awards predictions
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The Volcanologist’s Paradox
On March 16, 2017, Mount Etna almost killed Boris Behncke. He was on the volcano’s snow-covered flanks, accompanying a film crew from the BBC. Serpents of lava were slithering out of a southeastern crater, but Behncke, a volcanologist at Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, felt no need to take his hard hat out of his bag. They were more than a mile away from the crater, seemingly far from harm’s reach.Suddenly, flashes of steam erupted from the ice—lava had snuck into the snowbank and was violently vaporizing it, launching red-hot debris into the air. Everyone bolted downslope; some were knocked off their feet by the blasts, others pelted by a Hadean hail of volcanic rock. A small, scorching-hot chunk of matter shot at Behncke, careening through his backpack like a bullet through Jell-O. That he had not whipped out his hard hat proved oddly fortunate: If he had put it on his head, that volcanic shard would have sliced through his abdomen.That day, Behncke thinks, “haunted all of us for a while,” he told me. But the same evening, he watched the eruption unfold on TV and said to himself: “This is beautiful. It’s spectacular!”This is the volcanologist’s emotional paradox. Eruptions “are very spectacular. I do admire them,” Behncke, who lives on Etna’s slopes, 13 miles from the summit, told me. “But we are things in their way.”Roughly 40 volcanoes are erupting on Earth at any given moment. Most do so harmlessly. Some cause great devastation. Right now, lava is cascading out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Spanish island of La Palma, and every day lives are upturned and homes are lost.Somewhat perversely, this ongoing destruction is accompanied by a kaleidoscope of aesthetic wonders: Incandescent ink, with hues of crimson and burnt orange, pours into the cerulean sea; streaks of purple lightning dance around skyscraper-high lava fountains; curtains of molten rock spill out of a newborn lithic coliseum, creating the youngest land on Earth.When volcanologists watch eruptions like this, the boundary between awe and horror “is a very narrow edge,” Behncke said.Some eruptions tip easily over that edge, in one direction or the other. The 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano, for example, triggered mudflows that killed 23,000 and still haunts many volcanologists to this day. “There was nothing beautiful there,” Behncke told me. In contrast, this past March, the first eruption in 800 years on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula was forecast well in advance, fully expected to be nonexplosive and nonthreatening, and seemed likely to be confined to uninhabited valleys. Locals and volcanologists alike greeted it with wonderment, and the baby volcano—which had built itself from scratch from a series of lava-spewing fissures—was soon the backdrop to gigs, wedding proposals, and impromptu lava-fueled cooking; researchers had countless chances to conduct cutting-edge science.But between these two endpoints are dangerous eruptions, the most deleterious effects of which can be curtailed through forensic examination of a volcano’s history, scientific documentation of eruptions in real time, and monitoring by an array of technologies. No amount of preparation, though, prevents all harm. There is often some degree of loss—of communities, livelihoods, or lives—and managing and studying these active volcanoes during their outbursts can bring up a mélange of emotions. Emily Mason in 2018, walking towards the origin point of a lava-seawater interaction plume (Evgenia Ilyinskaya / USGS) Take Cumbre Vieja. Since it started erupting on September 19, its first outpouring after a half-century interregnum, the southwestern corner of La Palma has been invaded by molten rock. Hundreds of homes and plenty of farmland have been annihilated, but careful monitoring and preemptive mandatory evacuation orders have so far prevented any fatalities. Similarly, when Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano expunged 320,000 Olympic-size swimming pools’ worth of lava from fresh wounds in its eastern flank in the spring and summer of 2018, it destroyed more than 700 homes, but thanks to the work of scientists and the authorities, no one perished. No volcanologist would disagree that Kīlauea’s outburst, like the eruption at La Palma, was ruinous. But it was the first time that many volcanologists who made it to Hawaii had seen lava up close—and it granted them an otherworldly, often breathtaking experience.At the time, Emily Mason was a doctoral student of volcanology at the University of Cambridge, and her visits to the rivers and fountains of molten rock gushing from Kīlauea’s eighth fissure—by that stage, the focal point of the eruption—gave her an emphatic introduction to the double-sided emotion an eruption can raise. “When you’re stood in front of something as phenomenal as the lava flows coming out of fissure eight … it was like a river rapid, a torrent of lava … It’s hard to think of anything else, despite the fact that you’re acutely aware that you’re probably standing on top of someone’s house that’s been buried,” she told me. “It’s very surreal.” Jessica Ball, a volcanologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s California Volcano Observatory, felt much the same way. “I had a moment where I just stopped and said: ‘I can’t believe I’m seeing this,’” she told me. “It’s incredible; it’s dangerous. And you’re standing in the middle of this apocalyptic-looking neighborhood.”At the same time, the eruption presented researchers with a bounty of volcanological treasure: a chance to listen to a seismic soundtrack to determine changes in upcoming explosivity; an opportunity to see how this giant volcano’s dramatically deflating summit forced lava out of its flanks; a front-row seat to a massive, lava-spewing eruption that made future effusive eruptions more forecastable around the world. To be able to conduct so much revelatory research was unquestionably thrilling.These more positive emotions can sit uneasily with volcanologists. But it isn’t difficult to see where their involuntary astonishment comes from. “There is this sense of us waiting for these eruptions with bated breath,” Mason said. “We’re so excited for when they do actually happen that it is easy, momentarily, to forget how devastating they are.”“Scientists like to sometimes divorce themselves from emotions, but it’s impossible to do that,” Ball told me. “This is your career; this is what you’ve worked toward all your life, and suddenly it’s in front of you.” Penny Wieser and Emily Mason collect fresh lava channel overflow samples at Fissure 8. (Evgenia Ilyinskaya / USGS) For Richie Robertson, a volcanologist at the University of the West Indies, this notion of waiting a lifetime for an idiosyncratic fireworks show is especially apt. La Soufrière, on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, blew its top in 1979—when Robertson was in his senior years of high school. He decided to become a volcanologist after noticing that none of the scientists dealing with the response hailed from St. Vincent and thinking, as he recalls: “How is it we, as people in St. Vincent, don’t have anybody here who knows enough about the volcano?”In December 2020, a toothpaste-like slurry of lava began to ooze from La Soufrière’s peak, and the following April, a seismic cacophony and a hyperventilating summit suggested that an explosive eruption was incoming. An evacuation was ordered on April 8—and the booms began the very next day. After it became clear that the evacuation had prevented a loss of life, Robertson’s initial nerves faded somewhat, and he could not help but marvel. “Those mushrooming clouds going up in the air and expanding, and looking like they’re alive, and at night you see lightning flashing and you can see the pyroclastic flows snaking in the valleys—all of that is spectacular to see,” he told me. The volcano is far quieter today, but he remains in awe of La Soufrière. “It’s still as majestic and dangerous and interesting as it ever was—perhaps even more so now.”The unyielding power of eruptions, which affect every single sense, gives volcanoes a somewhat deific status. They are akin to giant, primordial, tempestuous beasts. As they go about their business, hissing and writhing, they remain “impervious to the lifetimes of humans,” says Ailsa Naismith, a volcanologist at the University of Bristol. And, like the gods of old, they seem omnipotent: They make new land, tinker with the atmosphere, incubate life, and, sometimes, trigger biocidal cataclysms.Eruptions “show that the planet is alive,” Stavros Meletlidis, a volcanologist at Spain’s National Geographic Institute, told me. They are the outward expression of a planet’s healthy geologic heartbeat. It is only human to be moved by their presence.Yet, especially in the early days of an eruption, as emotions seesaw between awe and lamentation, the danger that volcanoes pose can exert a stronger pull. Meletlidis, who has been monitoring and responding to the eruption on La Palma, understands that the fountains and rivers of lava appear beguiling from a distance. But conditions on the ground have become a litany of desolation. He went to visit a friend one recent Saturday; the next day, lava bulldozed through his friend’s house. “Right now, we’re in an emergency, and we should treat it like an emergency,” he told me.This attitude, shared by many of his peers, seems to stem at least in part from his own origin story. Many were inspired to become volcanologists by the lethal eruption of America’s Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, whose jaw-dropping dimensions and astounding ferocity shocked the nation. Meletlidis was 15 years old and living in Greece. In the pre-internet age, he first saw the scale of the devastation in an issue of National Geographic.As he surveyed the images of the eruption-sterilized landscape, he became enamored of the scientists who gave everything—including, in that case, their lives—trying to monitor the convulsing volcano and provide lifesaving data to the public. That’s when he decided to join their ranks and do his best to outsmart these godlike, lithic entities.At the moment, Meletlidis is trying to outmaneuver Cumbre Vieja. Any thought of exciting scientific advances will wait. “People are more important than the eruption,” he said. Eruptions, he told me, can be hypnotizing, enchanting, and spectacular—but right now, when he looks at those streams of molten rock eroding and demolishing neighborhoods, all he sees is a calamity.
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Top Biden officials keep being MIA during crises
As the Biden administration faces crises in Afghanistan, the southern border and the national supply chain, key officials, including the president, have declined to make visibility a top priority.
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Colin Powell dies from complications of COVID-19 at 84
Powell was fully vaccinated but had been treated for a type of blood cancer that can severely compromise the immune system.
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Kieran Culkin Told 'You're Awful' by Presenter in Awkward 'Succession' Interview
"He's the most awful person though isn't he?" Lorraine Kelly told Kieran Culkin on British morning TV.
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Matchup Roundup: New UFC and Bellator fights announced in the past week (Oct. 11-17)
All the UFC and Bellator fight announcements that were broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie in the past week.      Related StoriesTwitter reacts to Norma Dumont's win over Aspen Ladd in ho-hum UFC Fight Night 195 headlinerAriane Carnelossi calls out Felice Herrig after UFC Fight Night 1955 biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 195: Did Aspen Ladd's coach go too far? 
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Photos: Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state and military leader, dies at 84
Colin L. Powell, who helped guide the U.S. military to victory in the 1991 Persian Gulf War as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then struggled a decade later over the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a beleaguered secretary of state under President George W. Bush, died Oct. 18 at 84.
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Amazon to hire 150,000 workers for the holidays
Biggest online retailer offering signing bonuses of as much as $3,000 as shopping crunch time fast approaches.
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Ahmaud Arbery's mom concerned but "hopeful" ahead of murder trial
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday with 600 people reporting to a Glynn County courthouse.
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Drone Company Rushes to Rescue Trapped Dogs in Daring Life and Death Mission
A drone company in Spain is awaiting last-minute approval from Spanish authorities to utilize a cargo drone to rescue dogs surrounded by lava flow.
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Colin Powell’s vintage 1950s selfie resurfaces in wake of his death
The black-and-white snap Powell took of himself posing in front of a mirror resurfaced on October 18, 2021 after his death from COVID-19.
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Prince William’s ‘bold ambition’ with Earthshot Prize Awards has made Prince Charles 'very proud of my son'
The Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne after his father, the Prince of Wales.
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War movie depicting brutal defeat of US Army tops China’s box office
Chinese propaganda film depicting the defeat of the US Army has become a box-office smash in the communist country.
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Lance Bass shares first photos of his twin babies
Last week, Bass shared the exciting news that he and Turchin were officially parents to boy and girl twins, saying, “The baby dragons have arrived!!"
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Channing Tatum wades into Dave Chappelle controversy: 'He has hurt so many people'
Channing Tatum voluntarily entered the controversial debate surrounding Dave Chappelle's latest Netlfix standup special, “The Closer.”
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States move to shore up child care as Biden’s agenda looks uncertain
And tributes flow about Colin Powell, who died today from covid-19 complications.
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Capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region hit by airstrikes, eyewitness and local forces say
The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN.
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Woman arrested in New York City, accused of attempting to set fire to Jewish school
Sharee Jones, 39, was arrested Sunday after attempting to set a Jewish school on fire in Brooklyn, New York.       
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Ethiopia's Tigray region hit by airstrikes, eyewitness and local forces say
The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN.
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Pennsylvania School Boards Association Breaks Ties with National Group Seeking to Identify Anti-CRT Parents as ‘Domestic Terrorists’
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association apparently severed its ties with the NSBA after the group sought federal help to identify parents as "domestic terrorists."
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John Dickerson reflects on Colin Powell's life and legacy
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications. Powell was the first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. CBS News chief political analyst John Dickerson joined CBSN to reflect on Powell's life and legacy.
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First ever wearable ‘erection tracker’ can detect if you’re at risk of diseases
A ring worn around the penis could help men figure out what’s causing their erectile dysfunction, and could even signal a deadly disease.
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Woman's Lung Cancer Shrinking After She Took CBD Oil Prompts Caution From Scientists
Experts have said more research is needed to prove that self-medicating with CBD oil is what caused the woman's tumor to shrink.
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