Mystery of the coronavirus origin: Experts still seeking answers – National

China or Italy? Bats or pangolins? More than 11 months since the first cluster of coronavirus cases were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are still questions about the exact origins of the virus and how it jumped from animals to humans. Experts believe the zoonotic COVID-19 disease came from a Chinese […]

American Thanksgiving feared to become coronavirus superspreader event – National

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral out of control in the U.S., with the nation averaging 172,000 new cases per day, hospitalizations reaching all-time highs and the death rate totalling more than a quarter-million people. And as cases continue to climb the day before the American Thanksgiving holiday many say the large amounts of […]

Secret Jewish wedding in New York drew thousands of unmasked guests – National

Thousands of unmasked ultra-Orthodox Jews packed into a massive synagogue in Brooklyn earlier this month, deliberately skirting coronavirus rules to attend a secret wedding that may have become a super-spreader event. A recently-leaked video from the wedding shows thousands of people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood. The […]

Deputies bust 80-person sex party at New York swingers club – National

New York authorities say they caught more than 80 people violating COVID-19 orders in various sexy ways over the weekend, during a second-wave bust at a swingers club in Queens. New York City sheriff’s deputies say they broke up an “illegal bottle/swingers club” early Sunday, where attendees were disregarding a strict limit on public […]

‘Carrots refused to concede’: Trump haunted by 2018 turkey pardon – National

U.S. President Donald Trump and a turkey named Carrots appear to have at least one thing in common: They both refuse to concede after losing a fair and open election. Millions of social media users have watched and recirculated an old clip of Trump pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving in 2018, amid his ongoing […]

A 2020 space oddity? Mysterious metal object found in Utah desert – National

A mysterious slab of metal stands silently in the desert, leaving Earth’s primates puzzled. That’s how the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey begins. It’s also the way things are playing out in Utah in 2020, after biologists made a baffling discovery in the state’s southern desert. Read more: Famous alien-hunting telescope shut […]

Trump supporter charged after breathing forcefully on protesters – National

A 61-year-old man who breathed on protesters while wearing a Trump innertube has been charged with assault, after a heated encounter outside the president’s Virginia golf course on Saturday. Raymond Deskins, 61, of Sterling, Va., faces one count of misdemeanour assault after a citizen obtained a warrant through a county magistrate, according to the […]

Florida man wrestles alligator to save puppy in dramatic video – National

A Florida man wrestled an alligator, saved his new puppy and managed not to drop his cigar in a harrowing rescue captured on surveillance footage. The incident happened in late October around a backyard pond in Estero, Fla., local station WBBH reports. Read more: Owl saved from ragged, ‘peak 2020’ Christmas tree at Rockefeller […]

‘Frankenstein’s monster’: Where we’re at in Trump’s fight to challenge U.S. election results – National

Time is running out for United States President Donald Trump and his legal team to challenge the results of the U.S. election, and many of his lawsuits alleging voter fraud and widespread irregularities are falling short. So far, Trump’s campaign has pursued legal action against six states that voted in favour of president-elect Joe […]

Trump lawyers mix up Michigan and Minnesota in bungled voter fraud claim – National

U.S. President Donald Trump‘s lawyers mixed up two states while trying to claim he should’ve won a third this week, in an unforced bungling of an affidavit filed in court. The error played out in the middle of the outgoing president’s increasingly desperate attempts to overturn the results of the election he lost to […]