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Powerful earthquake strikes Turkey and Greece, killing at least 19 - CBS News
The earthquake rattled cities and unleashed a tsunami that flooded streets in western Turkey.
The death toll is climbing by the hour after a powerful earthquake struck the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Samos. At least 19 people are dead and hundreds are injured after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit early Friday, rattling cities and unleashing a tsunami that flooded streets in western Turkey. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said 17 people died and 709 people were injured, Reuters reported. Two teenagers, a boy and a girl, died on Samos. It's not yet clear how many people have been crushed in their own homes in Turkey, a country that's infamous for poor quality construction. Rescue workers are searching through the rubble for survivors and bodies. Duygu Kati, a high school principal, told CBS News she safely evacuated all her students. She said the building almost collapsed. Because it's positioned on a number of major fault lines, Turkey is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, according to Reuters. More than 17,000 people have died as a result of earthquakes in the nation in recent decades. Greek seismologist Akis Tselentis told a state broadcaster that there's a heightened risk of aftershocks powerful enough to topple buildings because the earthquake's epicenter had a shallow depth, The Associated Press reported. Emergency services personnel search a collapsed building for survivors after a powerful earthquake struck on October 30, 2020, in Izmir, Turkey. Usame Ari / Getty Turkey and Greece are currently fighting over exploration rights in the Mediterranean, Reuters reported — but both leaders tweeted about the need for solidarity during times of crisis. "Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together," wrote Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. "That two neighbors show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life," Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.
October was worst month for the Dow since March as coronavirus was spreading - CBS News
Investors lost $1.7 trillion this week as concerns mount about COVID-19 and next week's presidential election.
Investors lost nearly $1.7 trillion this week as stock markets tumbled amid renewed concerns about the coronavirus spreading and pre-election jitters in the U.S. The Commerce Department reported on Thursday that the nation's gross domestic product rebounded in the third quarter, although economic growth has recovered only two-thirds of the activity lost since COVID-19 erupted in March. The Dow Jones industrial average slid as much as 500 points on Friday before paring those losses to close down 0.6%, or 158 points, at 26,502. The S&P 500 dropped 1.2%, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq fell 2.4%. For all of October, the Dow sank nearly 6%, or 1,600 points, marking the biggest monthly drop since March. The S&P 500 declined 3.5% for the month. A Nation In Need: A Stimulus Checklist38:29 Also driving the losses this month were concerns by investors that some top-performing stocks, especially in tech, are due to lose altitude after soaring in recent months. That piled on top of fears about the potential economic toll of surging coronavirus counts around the world, Washington's inability to deliver emergency relief for cash-strapped Americans and uncertainty surrounding the upcoming presidential election. "Today, you have investors who are taking profits in the tech stocks that they expected to do well in the third quarter," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. "And now the focus once again is on COVID-19, and investors are just selling ahead of a weekend." The U.S. reported nearly 89,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday — a new single-day high during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Wall Street strategists had attributed a rise in stock prices in September and early October partly to expectations of Joe Biden winning the White House, and possibly a sweep of Congress by Democrats. "[A]t the risk of stating the obvious, the changing dynamics of coronavirus outbreaks in the US and elsewhere are still by far the most important factor setting the tone in financial markets," Oliver Jones, senior markets economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to investors. "That much has been illustrated again by the sharp falls in equity markets this week, which seemed to be connected mainly to worries about renewed rises in virus cases in the U.S. and particularly in Europe." Much of the market's focus Friday was on Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google's parent company. They are four of the five biggest stocks in the S&P 500 by market value, which gives their movements outsized sway on the index, and they have helped drive Wall Street's huge rally since March. Economic recovery a key issue in campaign15:26 Although the four tech giants this week reported quarterly profits that topped analyst forecasts, investors found reasons for concern. Apple dropped 6% after investors fretted over weaker-than-expected revenue from its iPhones and sales in China. Amazon fell 5.5% and Facebook lost 6.7%. Twitter, another high-profile tech stock, slumped 20.6% on Friday, the largest loss among stocks in the S&P 500. It also reported better-than-expected earnings for the latest quarter, but investors focused instead on its disappointing growth in daily users. Google-parent Alphabet was an outlier and rose 4.4% after reporting growth in digital ad spending. Additional reporting provided by the Associated Press.
Biden vs Trump: 2020 election live updates - CBS News
Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will be in the battleground states in the West.
Joe Biden on Thursday contributed an op-ed to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's leading news source, expressing his commitment to a denuclearized, and reunified Korean Peninsula. Biden wrote that, as president, he would "stand with South Korea, strengthening our alliance to safeguard peace in East Asia and beyond, rather than extorting Seoul with reckless threats to remove our troops." "I'll engage in principled diplomacy and keep pressing toward a denuclearized North Korea and a unified Korean Peninsula, while working to reunite Korean Americans separated from loved ones in North Korea for decades," reads the op-ed. The piece is unprecedented for Yonhap, which said in a note above the op-ed that it "marks the first of its kind to a South Korean media company in the year of the U.S. presidential election." Biden has repeatedly contrasted his vision for the peninsula with the actions of President Trump. During the second and final presidential debate earlier this month, the Democratic candidate said Mr. Trump has made friends with autocratic leaders, including Kim Jong Un. "He embraces guys like the thugs in North Korea and the president in China and Putin and others," Biden said. Throughout his presidency, Mr. Trump has praised the North Korean dictator, and said at the most recent debate that it was not a bad thing to have a "good relationship" with him. Biden said that logic was akin to saying "we had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded Europe, the rest of Europe." The former vice president said he wouldn't meet with Kim until he agreed to draw down his nuclear capacity.
Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, sued by Louisville police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly for emotional distress - CBS News
"Walker's conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality," the lawsuit notes.
An officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor has filed a civil suit against the 26-year-old's boyfriend for emotional distress, assault and battery on the night she was killed. The lawsuit claims Louisville Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly experienced "severe trauma, mental anguish, and emotional distress" because of Kenneth Walker's actions on March 13. Mattingly and two other officers entered Taylor's apartment early in the morning that day with a warrant in an attempt to carry out a drug investigation. Walker, a licensed gun owner who said he thought the officers were intruders, allegedly fired a shot that hit Mattingly in the leg. Police opened fire, killing Taylor. Taylor had no criminal record and no drugs were found. "Walker's conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality," the lawsuit said, citing one of the legal standards for intentional emotional distress. Walker was initially arrested and charged with attempted murder over the shooting, but those charges were later dropped. Walker subsequently sued the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department and also sought immunity based on the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. Walker's attorney called Mattingly's lawsuit a "baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny." "Kenny Walker is protected by law under KRS 503.085 and is immune from both criminal prosecution and civil liability as he was acting in self defense in his own home," attorney Steve Romines said in a statement obtained by CBS News. "Even the most basic understanding of Kentucky's 'Stand Your Ground' law and the 'Castle Doctrine' evidences this fact. One would think that breaking into the apartment, executing his girlfriend and framing him for a crime in an effort to cover up her murder would be enough for them," he added. "Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicates otherwise." In a statement obtained by CBS News, Mattingly's attorney Kent Wicker voiced his support for his client. "Mattingly was shot and nearly killed by Kenneth Walker. He's entitled to, and should, use the legal process to seek a remedy for the injury that Walker has caused him," Wicker said. Taylor's death sparked widespread protests and demands that the officers involved face accountability. Dozens showed up in pouring rain and bitter cold Thursday night for a "Say her name" march, reports CBS Louisville affiliate WLKY-TV. "Until we get some justice, there will be no celebration. There's no time for leisure, there's no time for recreation," said Aaron Jordan, one of the organizers. A grand jury indicted one officer in relation to shooting a neighboring apartment, but no officers were charged directly for their role in Taylor's death. Recently, two grand jurors have come forward to accuse Attorney General Daniel Cameron of misrepresenting their position on potential indictments and not presenting them with the full range of potential charges.
Leanza Cornett, former Miss America, dies at age 49 - CBS News
The Jacksonville native, a mother of two, suffered a brain injury after a fall earlier this month.
Leanza Cornett, who was crowned Miss America in 1993, has died. She was 49. A family spokesperson told CBS News affiliate WJAX-TV that Cornett died Wednesday. No cause of death was given but the station had reported the Jacksonville native, a mother of two, suffered a brain injury after a fall earlier this month. Sad update tonight: A family spokesperson tells @ActionNewsJax Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993 and #Jacksonville native, has died from injuries suffered in a fall earlier this month. Details: https://t.co/6ViSaZA97ahttps://t.co/BG2pkazh9N — Ryan Nelson (@RyanANJax) October 29, 2020 Cornett's death was confirmed by the Miss America Organization in a statement. "Leanza had a bright and beautiful spirit and her laugh was infectious. We know she meant so much to so many, including all of you," the statement reads. "We are devastated by this sudden loss in our Miss America family and we are deeply sorry for her family and close friends for their loss." Leanza Cornett crowned Miss America in 1993. Miss America Organization Cornett, who was crowned Miss Florida in 1992, sang in the Christian Music Group "Area Code" in the early '90s, WJAX reported. She also performed as Ariel in Walt Disney World MGM Studios' "Voyage of the Little Mermaid Show," and held a career as a network TV broadcaster. At the time of her fall on October 12, a family spokesman told WJAX that the injury "required a decompressive craniectomy" in order to "treat brain swelling and manage bleeding." Friend Elizabeth Tobin Kurtz told WJAX that Cornett used her platform in the '90s to become a champion of AIDS awareness. Kurtz said Cornett was often seen wearing a red ribbon, a common symbol of AIDS support. "If you look at some of her yellow pageant dresses, you'll see that she's wearing the red ribbon for awareness," said Kurtz. "Leanza worked tirelessly to bring awareness, to reduce the stigma and to spread love." Notable deaths in 2020126 photos
Officers didn't have body cameras on during fatal shooting of Black teen, attorneys say - CBS News
Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed by police on October 20 in a shooting that also left his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, hospitalized with injuries.
The Illinois police officer who fatally shot Marcellis Stinnette and wounded in girlfriend last week did not have his body camera turned on during the shooting, which led to his firing from the Waukegan Police Department, authorities said Wednesday. The officer, who has not been identified, only turned on his body camera after the shots were fired. The city on Wednesday released six videos of footage from the night of October 20. Two videos taken from the officer's body camera and dashcam only showed moments after the incident took place. Mayor Sam Cunningham said the city allowed the family of Stinnette and Tafara Williams to view the footage before it was made public. "While it was determined that audio and footage was available from dash and body-worn cameras of portions of the incident, the body-worn camera of the officer involved was not activated to properly archive the time of the shooting," Cunningham said in a statement. "While I intend to allow justice to run its course and not compromise the integrity of the process, I must balance that with my commitment to the families and the community to always maintain transparency. Police have said an officer was "investigating an occupied vehicle" when the couple fled the scene on the night of October 20. Later, a second officer spotted and approached their vehicle, which they said began moving in reverse toward him. The officer said he fired his semi-automatic pistol out of fear for his safety. After viewing the footage, attorneys for Stinnette and Williams disputed that the officer feared for his safety. Attorney Antonio Romanucci said the officer turned his body camera on immediately after the shooting and said, "You tried to run me over." The attorneys claimed the comment was an "intentional" effort to create a false narrative. "I don't see any basis at all for this officer to have pulled out his gun and shot as many times as he did in this car, wounding Tafara and killing Marcellis," Romanucci said. The site of a prayer vigil held for Marcellis Stinnette on October 27, 2020, in Waukegan, Illinois. Kamil Krzaczynski / Getty The shooting is under investigation by Illinois State Police and the FBI. "You guys took away my only brother, from my mother," said Dhanellis Banks, Stinnette's older sister. "This is not fair. He was innocent. He was a passenger. This is not right."
Live Updates: COVID-19 news from across the United States - CBS News
"There is an imminent risk to you, your family members, your friends, your neighbors, and the people you care about," said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.
A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the tightly knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the spike on family gatherings, multiple generations living in the same household and younger people going out to shop or conduct business. The crisis – part of a deadly comeback by the virus across nearly the entire U.S. – has created one of the most desperate hot spots in North America and underscored how intricately connected the two cities are economically, geographically and culturally, with lots of people routinely going back and forth across the border to shop or visit with family. In El Paso, authorities have instructed residents to stay home for two weeks and imposed a 10 p.m. curfew, and they are setting up dozens of hospital beds at a convention center. Also, the University Medical Center of El Paso erected heated isolation tents to treat coronavirus patients. As of Tuesday, Ryan Mielke, director of public affairs, said the hospital had 195 COVID-19 patients, compared with fewer than three dozen less than a month ago, and "it continues to grow by the day, by the hour." In Juarez, the Mexican government is sending mobile hospitals, ventilators and doctors, nurses and respiratory specialists. A hospital is being set up inside the gymnasium of the local university to help with the overflow. Juarez has reported more than 12,000 infections and over 1,100 deaths, but the real numbers are believed to be far higher, because COVID-19 testing is extremely limited. El Paso County recorded about 1,400 new cases Tuesday, just short of the previous day's record of 1,443. The county had 853 patients hospitalized for the virus on Monday, up from 786 a day earlier.
Hospitals across 38 states report increase in coronavirus patients - msnNOW
Dozens of states are seeing a spike in the number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus compared to two weeks ago.
The coronavirus is spreading faster than ever in the U.S., with the highest one-week average of new cases since the pandemic began. Thirty-eight states are reporting increases in the number of hospitalized patients compared to two weeks ago. The situation is especially dire in seven states — Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas — where many intensive care units are near or at capacity. Average daily deaths have also edged back up to about 800 Americans per day, according to Johns Hopkins University. It's a level not seen in more than a month. In Utah, hospitals pushed to the brink are preparing to ration care. Dr. Todd Vento, the top infectious disease doctor at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, told CBS News, "I would say that if you don't think that your daily actions affect others that you've never met, you're wrong. Everything we do that circulates the virus eventually makes it so that it might get to someone who ends up in the hospital." In the Midwest, the surge has been especially hard. Wisconsin saw 5,262 new cases, according to state health officials, which is its highest daily uptick in cases since the pandemic began. Illinois saw 4,000 new cases, and daily deaths have risen 58.3%, the state Department of Public Health reported. "We have got to reverse the trend and slow the spread of this virus," said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. COVID-19 cases in kids are also rising — up more than 14% in two weeks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. And now, a British study suggests coronavirus antibodies might only last months — similar to those for the common cold. The average number of new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has jumped by more than 45% in the last two weeks. In the city of Newark, where the coronavirus positivity rate is topping more than 11%, new restrictions are in effect. "It's not panic. It's calculated strategies to do what we know works here in Newark," Dr. Mark Wade, director of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, told CBS News. Starting Tuesday night, all non-essential businesses and indoor dining in Newark will shut down at 8 p.m. until at least November 10. Meanwhile, on the vaccine front, drugmaker Pfizer announced Tuesday that it plans to apply for emergency-use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine in November.
Jamie Foxx's sister, DeOndra Dixon, has died at 36. "My heart is shattered into a million pieces." - CBS News
Dixon, who had Down syndrome, was an ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.
Jamie Foxx is mourning the death of his younger sister, DeOndra Dixon, who was 36. Foxx opened up about his sister's death in a moving Instagram post on Monday, writing that his heart is "shattered into a million pieces." Foxx said Dixon, who had Down syndrome, had "transitioned." "I say transitioned because she will always be alive... anyone who knew my sis... knew that she was a bright light," Foxx wrote. "I can't tell you how many times we have had parties at the house where she has got on the dance floor and stolen the show." The actor and singer, 52, said he knows his sister is "in heaven now dancing with her wings on." He said while his pain is "unbelievable," he smiles thinking of the great memories Dixon left, including dancing in the music video for his song "Blame It" and dancing at the Grammys. "Deondra you have left A hole in my heart but I will fill it with all of the memories that you gave me," Foxx's post continued. "I love you with every ounce of me... our family is shattered but we will put the pieces back together with your love... and y'all please keep my family in your prayers." Dixon was an ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, which also remembered her with a post on Instagram. Actor Jamie Foxx poses for pictures with his sister DeOndra Dixon on November 12, 2016. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images According to her bio on the Global Down Syndrome Foundation website, Dixon was born in Dallas, Texas, and participated in the Special Olympics for more than nine years. She later moved to California with Foxx and her family. "I am proud of myself. I have a job at my school. I am the Ambassador for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and I won the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award! I am special," she wrote in the bio. Dixon also said she felt she was "born to dance." "I want to be a professional dancer. My brother has given me a chance to do some special things," she wrote, noting that she danced in his music video and at the Grammys. "Lots of kids with Down syndrome never get a chance to shine or chase their dreams," she continued. "Each one has something to offer and each one has a dream." According to Entertainment Tonight, Dixon is the daughter of Foxx's mother, Louise Annette Dixon, and his stepfather, George Dixon. Several celebrities left messages on Foxx's post about his sister. "So so sorry Jamie. I know how much you loved your sis. She was so blessed to have you. Rest well Deondra!" Viola Davis commented. "Oh noooo Jamie Im so sorry for your loss! She was the most beautiful soul in the world. Sending you all my light," wrote Eva Longoria. "Here for you brother!" wrote Foxx's "Just Mercy" co-star, Michael B. Jordan. "No words can ease what you're going through but the Jordan's are here for you and your family!!'
Southern California wildfire explodes, forcing approximately 60,000 people to evacuate - CBS News
Around 60,000 people have been ordered to leave Santiago Canyon as powerful Santa Ana winds trigger a Red Flag Warning in the region.
Approximately 60,000 people have been ordered to evacuate after a wildfire broke out early Monday in Santiago Canyon east of Irvine amid powerful Santa Ana winds, CBS Los Angeles reports. The Silverado Fire — located in Orange County some 42 miles south of Los Angeles — was reported just before 7 a.m. near Limestone Canyon Regional Park. The wildfire has destroyed at least 4,000 acres with zero containment, officials tweeted. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for about 60,000 residents in the Orchard Hills neighborhood, the Orange County Fire Authority reported. Officials said some 500 personnel are battling the Silverado Fire, and they said two crew members, ages 26 and 31, were critically injured with second- and third-degree burns. Homes have been threatened, although there have not yet been any reports that structures have been damaged or destroyed, according to CBS LA. Officials have said they have not yet determined the cause of the fire. Fire officials tweeted video showing flames in windy conditions as they charred what appeared to be dry brush. #SilveradoFire Update:• 4,000 acres• 0% containment • 500 personnel battling the fire For evacuation and shelter information visit https://t.co/B1Oah5k8G8pic.twitter.com/PzxuixON5j — OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) October 26, 2020 The fire jumped the 241 Freeway from east to west, forcing the road to close between Santiago Canyon Road and the 133 Freeway. Several schools have been evacuated. "The wind is crazy, my family has been through it in Malibu," evacuee Ruby Johnson told CBS LA. "It's a crazy thing, never had to experience it ourselves. You can replace clothes and things, but you can't replace your lives. I've got all the pictures and valuables, so we're ready to go." Wind gusts in the area were reaching up to 70 miles per hour. Crews were battling the fire on the ground and in the air with the assistance of several other agencies, but have said all air support has been grounded due to the high winds. A picture tweeted by the National Weather Service in Los Angeles showed a satellite view of Southern California where some smoke from Monday's wildfire can be seen: GOES image over California shows clear skies with offshore winds for most of the state. Can see some smoke from the #SilveradoFirepic.twitter.com/F6xoNRg4im — NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 26, 2020 A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of the Southland through Tuesday night due to Santa Ana winds, dry conditions and low humidity. Because of the confluence of variables, the National Weather Service reported the region is seeing the most dangerous wildfire conditions since October of 2019, when the Saddleridge, Tick, Getty, Easy and Maria fires destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to flee in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Peter Martinez contributed to this report.