Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zoo

Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zooZoo staff were alerted by "an unusual amount of roaring" coming from the lion pen on Monday and arrived to find the 12-year-old female lion Zuri in a fight with the 10-year-old male lion Nyack, the zoo said in a statement. "She had Nyack by the neck. A necropsy found that Nyack died of suffocation from injuries to the neck.



Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY Times

Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY TimesThe Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained. Such an interpretation would reverse the expansion of transgender rights that took place under the previous administration of President Barack Obama. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to comment on what she called "allegedly leaked documents" but cited a ruling by a conservative U.S. district judge as a guide to transgender policy.



U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday

U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on FridayThe next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The Mega Millions is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games including one called Powerball.



Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners

Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earnersU.S. President Donald Trump said the administration was studying a tax cut for middle-income earners that could be rolled out some time around the beginning of November, just before pivotal congressional elections. Trump mentioned the proposed tax cut in the same week the U.S. government ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $779 billion deficit, the Treasury Department said on Monday, as previous Republican-led tax cuts squeezed revenues. The deficit figure was the highest in six years.



New York witches aim hex at Supreme Court's Brett Kavanaugh despite death threats

New York witches aim hex at Supreme Court's Brett Kavanaugh despite death threats"It gives the people who are seeking agency a little bit of chance to have that back," Madara said. Seated at a desk phone among bird skulls and crystal balls at Catland Books, the occult shop she co-owns, Madara said the Kavanaugh hex is expected to be the most popular event the store has hosted since its 2013 opening, including spells aimed at President Donald Trump. Madara declined to provide details of what the latest ritual will entail.



U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday

U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on FridayThe next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.



Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river

Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared riverDozens of environmental activists cycled from Montenegro's capital to the Albanian border on Saturday to protest over the neighboring nation's construction of a dam on the Cijevna river that flows through both countries. As governments hurry to meet renewable energy goals set by the Paris climate change agreement, plans to build almost 3,000 small hydro-power plants have sparked protests across the Balkans this year.



Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections

Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional electionsA U.S. indictment charging a Russian national with playing a prominent role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" to influence the U.S. midterm elections suggested that Russian influence operations have become more sophisticated since a campaign to impact the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 that amplified news articles and social media posts by pushing them wider and posted links to domestic media with specific messages attacking individuals and political parties, among other tactics. Court documents cited examples of advice the group's organizers gave operatives on how to position: - An article on former U.S. Senator John McCain's opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border.



Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home

Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral homeThe remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found stashed in a Detroit funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the discovery "deeply disturbing." The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the Michigan city. No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said. Unrefrigerated boxes containing about 36 sets of remains were recovered from the Perry Funeral Home along with another 27 sets of remains in a freezer, police said.



USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist caseThe University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. More than 400 women have since accused Tyndall of sexual abuse, some in a federal lawsuit covered by the settlement and others in state lawsuits that are still pending.



Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane MichaelIn total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.



'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner

'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator WarnerThe indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said. "It is critical for Congress to step up and immediately act to employ much-needed guardrails on social media.



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