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UK Speaker: We can't let mob rule smash democracy

Following high-profile attacks on democratic institutions, including the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, UK Parliament Speaker Lindsay Hoyle feels an urgent responsibility to champion political freedoms.
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Watch live: AG Merrick Garland faces Senate over politicization of DOJ
Attorney General Merrick Garland is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to face questions about the politicization of the Justice Department amid several controversies.
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Oil Executives to Face Congress on Climate Disinformation
The heads of Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron and BP will testify Thursday in the first congressional inquiry into industry efforts to hinder action on climate change.
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BMW-powered 2022 Range Rover is the biggest ever
The 2022 Range Rover will be the first ever offered with three rows of seats and is available with a BMW V8 engine.
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Tom Cotton on 'Fox & Friends': Joe Biden and Democrats will only make things worse
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) warned Joe Biden and the Democrats will only make things “worse” for the economy as working Americans grapple with heightening inflation and a supply chain crisis across the country.
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'Inventing Anna' Release Date, Cast, Plot—All We Know About Julia Garner's New Drama
"Inventing Anna" is the upcoming Netflix drama starring Emmy winner Julia Garner about the real-life fraudster, Anna Sorokin.
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After a devastating wildfire, a California community faced another crisis: PTSD
It’s been three years since the Camp Fire swept through Northern California, but many residents still face serious mental health issues. Is what’s happening there a warning to the rest of us?
‘Hypnotic’ on Netflix: That Confusing Ending, Explained
That's... not how hypnosis works.
Cider-braised pork shoulder goes from weekend project to weeknight dinner in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot allows an aspirational pork shoulder become an attainable weeknight feast.
'Colin in Black & White' explores Colin Kaepernick's formative years
Colin Kaepernick possesses greater gifts as an athlete and activist than as a TV personality, which becomes apparent watching "Colin in Black & White," a series that -- much like NBC's "Young Rock" -- revisits a famous person's early life, here by awkwardly mixing documentary and dramatic elements.
The Game Fans Love Too Much to Spoil
When this creator put restrictions on sharing his game’s secrets, his fans actually listened.
Jeff Bezos wants a low-orbit office park to replace the ISS
Blue Origin wants to build a commercial space station that NASA astronauts could eventually visit. | Courtesy of NASA Blue Origin thinks all kinds of companies will want some space in space. After more than two decades in orbit, NASA is preparing to retire the International Space Station. The habitable satellite only has permission to operate until 2024, and while it’s likely that the space station’s funding could be extended until 2028, NASA plans to decommission the ISS and find a replacement by the end of the decade. Cue Jeff Bezos. The billionaire’s spaceflight company, Blue Origin, has released its proposal for a new, commercial space station called Orbital Reef. With the help of several other companies, including Sierra Space and Boeing, Blue Origin plans to build a satellite that’s slightly smaller than the ISS and houses up to 10 people. The design includes desk space, computers, laboratories, a garden, and 3D printers. The goal, the company says, is to bring the “mixed use business park” concept into orbit and lease out office space to interested parties, including government agencies, researchers, tourism companies, and even movie production crews. Blue Origin’s plan is predicated on the idea that the end is coming for the ISS, which NASA is still figuring out how exactly to remove from orbit. While space stations have been helpful for space exploration, Blue Origin senior vice president Brent Sherwood argued in a recent op-ed that private companies now have the capabilities to take over much of the burgeoning economy in low-Earth orbit, or LEO. Blue Origin is even building a space tug, a transport vehicle that moves cargo between different orbits, that could reportedly be used to salvage parts from the ISS and incorporate them into Orbital Reef’s systems. NASA doesn’t mind the corporate takeover of low-Earth orbit. The agency’s first space station, SkyLab, was only in orbit for a few months before NASA let the vehicle descend and decompose into the atmosphere.The space agency has been weighing defunding the ISS, which is full of aging hardware, for several years, and has already set asideup to $400 million to fund new, privately built and operated space stations through its Commercial LEO Destinations program. Eventually, NASA hopes that it can send its astronauts to these stations instead of paying to maintain the ISS. Overall, the plan could save the government more than $1 billion every year. “This is technology that is over 20 years old at this point. When you expose that infrastructure to radiation, solar weather... things are going to break down,” Wendy Whitman Cobb, a professor at the US Air Force’s School of Air and Space Studies, told Recode. “Having these commercial space stations will be a way of America keeping their foot in low-Earth orbit while focusing more of their resources on Moon and Mars exploration.” In the meantime, NASA is currently focusing on the Artemis program, an ambitious plan to establish a long-term human presence on the Moon. The agency intends to send people to the Moon for the first time in decades as soon as 2024, and hopes the project will eventually serve as a stepping stone to future exploration of Mars. Private companies, including Blue Origin, have desperately fought for a role in this prestigious mission, and especially a lucrative contract to develop pivotal moon landing technology. SpaceX won that contract earlier this year, prompting Bezos’s company to sue NASA and lobby the Senate to reverse the decision. Those efforts have yet to bear fruit, so Bezos now seems to be turning his attention back to the low-Earth orbit economy, where there are more customers and less competition from Elon Musk. But there’s reason to believe that the Orbital Reef project may not succeed in the near future — or at all. Blue Origin still hasn’t launched humans into orbit, a feat SpaceX achieved last month during the Inspiration4 mission. Blue Origin also lists its New Glenn reusable launch system and Boeing’s Starliner crew vehicle as pivotal parts of the Orbital Reef plan, but both vehicles have yet to conduct a problem-free space flight. Courtesy of Blue Origin Blue Origin has released conceptual renderings of what the Orbital Reef station could look like. Blue Origin isn’t the only company vying to replace the ISS. About 12 other firms have already sent space station proposals to NASA’s Commercial LEO Destinations program. Just last week, a space company called Nanoracks announced that it was also developing a space station, in partnership with its majority owner Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin. At the same time, NASA has already agreed to pay the space company Axiom Space $140 million to help build at least one module, or detachable space station component, that will be conjoined to the ISS.That module will eventually be spun out and attached to several other modules to form a separate, fully functional space station when the ISS winds down operations. That approach is supposed to make it easier to transfer the hardware that’s currently aboard the ISS onto a new vehicle. In a statement, a NASA spokesperson described the current moment as “a renaissance for human spaceflight.” They added, “As more people fly to space and do more things during their spaceflights, it attracts even more people to do more activities in low-Earth orbit and reflects the growing market we envisioned when we began NASA’s Commercial Crew Program 10 years ago.” For NASA, it’s also critical that at least one of these companies succeeds, and the agency told Recode it could fund up to four of the proposals.After all, time is running out on the ISS, where malfunctions and outdated technology and equipment are common. Without private companies stepping in to build an alternative, the US government risks a future where it has a human presence on the Moon and Earth, and nowhere in the middle. This story first published in the Recode newsletter. Sign up here so you don’t miss the next one!
Rare ‘penis plant’ blooms for first time in nearly 25 years
The imposing plant — an aptly-named amorphophallus decus-silvae — flowered at the Leiden Hortus Botanicus in The Netherlands on October 19, with excited crowds flocking to take in the phallic phenomenon.
Astronomers spot first planet outside of Milky Way galaxy: ‘It’s a beautiful thing’
The newly minted M51-ULS-1b orbits two stars — one living and one dead — within the Whirlpool galaxy, about 28 million light-years away from Earth.
You Can Help Train NASA Mars Rovers to Avoid Danger From Your Sofa
The public are being asked to label images taken by NASA's Perseverance and other Mars rovers in order to train an algorithm that will aid Martian navigation.
Michigan Senate votes to end tax on menstrual products
The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would eliminate the so-called “tampon tax” on menstrual products, sending it to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who is expected to sign it into law.
Having the ‘kissing disease’ as a kid, teen may increase your chance of developing multiple sclerosis
In order to reach these conclusions, researchers from Sweden and the United Kingdom used data from nearly 2.5 million Swedish people.
Man's Refusal to Buy 'Expensive' Engagement Ring for Girlfriend Sparks Fierce Debate
A high-earner who refuses to buy his girlfriend an expensive ring despite living with her rent-free for six months has provoked strong opinions online.
Author who inspired 'The Social Network' says Facebook may not be our friend
Ben Mezrich, author of "The Accidental Billionaires," which was made into the 2010 film "The Social Network" speaks to CNN's Brianna Keilar about Mark Zuckerberg and the current turmoil at Facebook.
Author who inspired 'The Social Network' says Facebook may not be our friend
Ben Mezrich, author of "The Accidental Billionaires," which was made into the 2010 film "The Social Network" speaks to CNN's Brianna Keilar about Mark Zuckerberg and the current turmoil at Facebook.
‘The Entire Country Was Basically On Fire.’ Facebook Watched as Trump Ignited Hate Across America
Facebook’s own internal, automated controls predicted with almost 90% certainty that Trump's message broke rules against inciting violence
Tristan Thompson shares rare photos of daughter True with son Prince
The Sacramento Kings player had True, 3, and Prince, 4, pose for photos at an arcade while spending the day together.
What we know (and don't) about the accidental shooting on the set of 'Rust'
Authorities are giving updates on Wednesday about their investigation into the fatal incident. Criminal charges remain possible in the case.
Texans and Dolphins have Deshaun Watson have deal in place – with one big problem
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has reportedly approved the trade, but on the condition that Watson's legal issues are settled before the deal is done, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Katie Couric Opens Up About Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Kaepernick Controversy on ‘The Late Show’: “We Made A Mistake”
"We all make judgement calls... sometimes our human emotion gets involved in it."
Who Is Ali Abulaban? TikTok Star Accused of Killing Wife and Friend
Ali Abulaban is a TikTok star who recently pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder of his wife, Ana, and friend Rayburn Barron, who died on October 21.
Watch this Jeep crash and then tip over in test
In a random audit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a driver-side small overlap front crash test for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. This is the first time a vehicle has tipped over in an IIHS crash test.
Jeep crashes and then tips over in test drive
In a random audit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a driver-side small overlap front crash test for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler. This is the first time a vehicle has tipped over in an IIHS crash test.
McConnell endorses Herschel Walker, solidifying GOP establishment support for Senate candidate in Georgia
The Senate minority leader's support indicates the GOP's establishment leaders have all but set aside their initial reservations about Walker and allegations about his past.
Likes, anger emojis and RSVPs: the math behind Facebook's News Feed — and how it backfired
In late 2017, Facebook had a big problem: users were commenting on, "liking" and resharing posts less than they had in the past.
Bride wears special wedding dress for husband, who is blind
Like most grooms, Anthony Ferraro, who is blind, had no clue what his fiancée was planning for her wedding dress. But when she walked down the aisle, he was shocked by the custom dress and kind gesture she had created for him.
WaPo editor joins liberal critics targeting Kyrsten Sinema for wearing denim on Senate floor
The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty joined a throng of liberals expressing their disapproval of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's, D-Ariz., choice of attire Tuesday as she complained about her wearing a denim vest on the Senate floor.
Netflix drops epic official trailer for ‘Cowboy Bebop’ live-action series
A week after tantalizing anime audiences with a thrilling teaser, Netflix has finally dropped the official trailer for its live action "Cowboy Bebop" series.
Jack Ciattarelli says Phil Murphy is 'failing' New Jersey: 'This is the worst place to do business'
New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli said on Wednesday that he is running for election because Phil Murphy is failing the Garden State and the state has been the worst to conduct business.
96-year-old German woman tried for atrocities at WWII Nazi camp
In Germany, a 96-year-old woman is facing charges of accessory to the systematic murder of more than 11,000 people at a Nazi concentration camp where she served as secretary. Charlie D'Agata is at the courthouse and highlights how this case reflects a race against time in the hunt for justice, as both eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and those responsible for it succumb to old age.
Heavy rain pounds parts of Northeast as hurricane force winds knock out power to thousands
A powerful Nor'easter blasted parts of New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts overnight, pushing ocean waves over the top of homes along Cape Cod, downing trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands across the region. Mola Lenghi reports.
'Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water': Nintendo Switch Release Date and Cost
Cult horror game "Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water" has been remastered for next-gen consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Biden heads abroad with most of his ambassadorial picks stranded in the Senate, stunting U.S. diplomatic efforts
To date, only four of Biden’s choices to be a U.S. ambassador to a foreign government have been approved by the Senate — three of them just on Tuesday. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is blocking many of them.
Husky's Adorable Guilty Reaction to Chewing a Door in Half Viewed 10M Times
Some dog lovers blamed the owner, writing: "Huskies aren't made to be locked inside all day, they are pack animals."
Merck will allow drug makers in other countries to make its COVID-19 pill
The drug, known as molnupiravir, has shown promise in treating the disease. The agreement to license its production could help millions of people in the developing world gain access to it.
Bitcoin tumbles amid filing for ETF that would bet against the crypto
The application comes just a week after the SEC allowed the first bitcoin futures ETF, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, to begin trading.
Oklahoma man allegedly killed then buried employee under customer's septic tank, authorities say
A body believed to be that of a man missing in Oklahoma since September was recovered Thursday and his boss has been arrested for homicide.
Jonas Brothers to be roasted in Netflix comedy special
The Jonas Brothers are set to get roasted.
Netflix Drops Trailer for Kevin Hart’s ‘True Story’
It's Kevin Hart's first dramatic role, and there's a murder involved.
Washington Post fact-checker admits he repeatedly punted McAuliffe's COVID claims that got 'Four Pinocchios'
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler appeared to offer plenty of leniency for Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over a claim he repeatedly made, which apparently reached a boiling point.
The 11 most popular items from Kelly Clarkson's home collection on Wayfair
Shop top-rated Kelly Clarkson Home items hand-curated by the singer herself, including curtains, area rugs, ottomans, and more—all on Wayfair.
Shedding its racist roots, a Mississippi high school football team dominates the state
Greenville Christian Academy, a small private school built to circumvent desegregation laws, is dominating Mississippi high school football. Now boasting a student body that is 70% Black - the team is all Black - the Delta area school is ranked number one, despite being badly outmanned by larger programs. Jan Crawford has the details.
"Ghost gear" initiative aims to recover lost and abandoned fishing gear
More than 600,000 tons of lost and abandoned fishing gear is believed to end up in the world's oceans every year. CBS News correspondent Nancy Chen reports on the effort to clean up "ghost gear" from Portland, Maine.
Infighting: Democrats ‘Pissed Off’ over Faltering Negotiations with Manchin, Sinema
Far-left Democrats' frustration on Wednesday is growing over the faltering $3.5 trillion reconciliation negotiations with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ).