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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    Monument of slaves in Stone Town, Zanzibar on Sept. 24, 2013. Historical Memorial with sculptures and chains near the former African slave trade place in slave market.

    Slavery is on the midterm ballot in Colorado as voters will get a chance to technically abolish it within the state come November midterm election, according to CNN.

    While the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery in most forms when it was ratified in 1865 after the Civil War, it still allowed “involuntary servitude” as a legal punishment. The Constitution has not changed and 15 other states have similar language regarding slavery, the network stated.

    The ballot measure in Colorado will change the wording of its state constitution to read, “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude,” the broadcaster noted.

    “I hope that this puts forth the message that our past doesn’t have to be our future, that by and large we as Americans are interested in fixing our mistakes and that there’s hope for our future,” Jumoke Emery, with Abolish Slavery Colorado, told CNN.

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    According to Teen Vogue, eight Florida teens filed a lawsuit in April 2018 against Governor Rick Scott, the State of Florida and some of the government agencies within the state. The reasoning behind the lawsuit is the plaintiffs’ belief that the Florida government has not properly acknowledged, prevented, or attempted to aid the climate change crisis, stating in their claim that: “the state of Florida has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    The driving force behind this lawsuit is Delaney Reynolds, the 18-year-old founder of The Sink or Swim Project, who is hopeful that a win on their behalf will force the Florida government to address climate issues and implement change.

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    Sugar Cookies

    A student at a Sacramento high school may have added a very morbid ingredient to a sugar cookie recipe, according to a report from Fox 40. Authorities say that there are claims that the high schooler might have included her grandparent’s ashes in the cookies and handed them out to some of her fellow students at the Da Vinci Charter Academy.

    One student reportedly came home and told his parents that there was a girl at school bragging that she had baked her grandmother’s remains into the baked treats.

    “This girl is going around telling everyone, basically at this point, that she had brought in these cookies to school with human ashes in them,” the student said in an interview with Fox 40.

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    coffee plant disease

    It’s called coffee leaf rust, or coffee rust, it’s untreatable, and it once completely changed the world’s coffee game. Now, the terrible disease is back and it is hitting Latin America hard.

    “We are in the middle of the biggest coffee crisis of our time,” said Josue Morales, a producer and exporter in the coffee industry in Guatemala.

    He’s right. Every day, more of the world’s coffee supply is destroyed by a rampaging, untreatable plant disease that’s got a reputation for demolishing entire coffee industries on a country-wide level.

    Around 70 percent of coffee farms in Central America have been affected by coffee leaf rust, according to NPR, and things are not improving.

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    YouTube Goes Down For Millions Worldwide, No Cause Revealed — YouTube TV Service Also Out During NBA Opener

    The video streaming service YouTube, ranked by Alexa as the second most heavily trafficked online site in the world, suddenly went down on Tuesday night, according to media and Twitter reports.

    At about 9:40 p.m. United States Eastern Daylight Time, the Team YouTube Twitter account posted a statement, but revealing no cause for the massive outage.

    UPDATE:As of about 10:45 p.m. Eastern, YouTube service appeared to be restored in at least some regions, though outages persisted in many areas.

    “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated,” the Twitter posting stated.

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    Branson Duck Boat Crash

    Branson duck boat operator filed paperwork invoking a 1850s maritime law asking a federal court to limit its liability to close to zero in the accident.

    According to a CNN report, Ripley Entertainment, operator of Branson Duck Vehicles, filed paperwork asking the court to use the roughly 168-year-old law called Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act to declare they aren’t liable for the accident because the boat was properly maintained and prepared for the voyage on the fateful night of July 19. After the amphibious vehicle sank in Table Rock Lake, it was a complete loss. Because of that, the company believes that the old law applies.

    “Except as provided in section 30506 of this title, the liability of the owner of a vessel for any claim, debt, or liability described in subsection (b) shall not exceed the value of the vessel and pending freight,” reads the law.

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    Mega Millions Winning Numbers: Find Out The Winning Combination For $667 Million JackpotMega Millions Winning Numbers: Find Out The Winning Combination For $667 Million Jackpot

    The Mega Millions winning numbers are in, and one person has the chance to be $667 million richer tonight.

    Tuesday’s drawing was the second-highest in the history of the multi-state lottery and the fourth-highest of any drawing of all time. The huge jackpot led to a rush in sales and nationwide interest for Tuesday’s drawing (the winning numbers and a link for payouts can be found below.

    The drawing came at a time when the Powerball jackpot also reached $345 million. As USA Today noted, both generated considerable interest and hopes that one lucky winner could potentially win more than $1 billion by bagging both — though those odds are infinitesimal, the report noted.

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    Gun on an American flag

    A 15-year-old male student from Dinwiddie High School has been arrested after being found in possession of an unloaded .45 caliber semi-auto handgun, according to school officials.

    WTVR reports that while the weapon was unloaded when it was discovered, the student also had ammunition for the weapon in his school bag, according to the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Department.

    The gun was uncovered because a member of staff at the school had overheard the student talking about it, and reacted quickly to alert authorities to the situation. The teacher reported the student around 12:30 p.m., according to the school. After school administrators located the male student, he was taken into custody by police without incident, and confiscated the gun and ammunition from him.

    According to the student, the gun came from a house where he had slept the previous night, and legally belonged to an adult.

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    A man has died fro ma rare disease after eating squirrel brains

    A man who had a fondness for eating squirrel meat has appeared to have contracted the deadly variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), otherwise known as mad cow disease. He reportedly contracted the rare disease after eating squirrel brains from animals he had caught himself. As yet, it is unclear whether or not he intentionally ate squirrel brains or whether the meat was tainted with brain matter.

    According to Newsweek, a report presented at IDWeek delved into the case involving a 61-year-old hunter and the contraction of the rare and deadly disease.

    The case first presented itself in 2015 when the man went to a hospital in Rochester, New York, suffering from an inability to walk. Prior to that point, the man had been “experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality,” according to Live Science. It has since been established that the man died from the fatal disease.

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    Elder Shirt Lofts

    Hilary Brooke Thornton, a white woman from St. Louis, made headlines last week when she tried to stop a black man who was trying to enter his own apartment inside her building, the Elder Shirts Lofts, and threatening to call the police on him.

    As with other recent incidents of this nature, video footage of the encounter went viral, and Thornton quickly found herself fired from her job as the manager of Tribeca Luxury Apartments, according to Fox St. Louis.

    D’Arreion Toles had been returning home from work when he found Thornton trying desperately to block his way into the building, and demanding proof that he lived in the building. Even after he opened his apartment with the key, she continued to watch him skeptically.

    Toles recorded the incident with her, and later shared it to his Facebook page, after which it went viral.

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    Marijuana activist Chris Lawson makes a speech on stage during a rally in support of legalizing marijuana on June 5, 2004 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

    On Wednesday Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, becoming the globe’s largest country where recreational marijuana can be legally purchased, as reported by the Associated Press.

    When the clock struck midnight in Newfoundland, Canada’s most eastern province, stores began to open and legal sales started being made. Among those taking part in the new marketplace is Tom Clarke, who spent three decades illegally dealing marijuana before opening a shop in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.

    Speaking to the Associated Press, Clarke said, “I am living my dream. Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now.”

    The only other country where recreational marijuana can be purchased is Uruguay, which legalized it in 2017.

    According to a survey conducted by the Associated Press, the first day of legalization will see 111 shops open for the country’s 37 million residents, with the market expected to grow rapidly.

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    The YouTube outage has been restored

    In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine a life before social media and the likes of such platforms as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. But users have been forced to consider this as YouTube crashed today.

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, YouTube unexpectedly went offline late on Tuesday, October 16.

    At first, some users suspected the “503 Internal Server Issues” error codes might be a problem from their end. However, it quickly became apparent that the issues were coming from YouTube’s end and not from users’ devices.

    According to Heavy, reports of YouTube being down began to surface late on Tuesday, October 16. YouTube responded quickly and posted a message via their official Twitter account.

    “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music access issues,” the statement from Team YouTube read.

    “We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”

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    U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) (L) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) face off in a debate at the KENS 5 studios on October 16, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. A recent poll show Cruz leading O'Rourke 52-45 percent among likely voters.

    The President weighed in on the second debate between Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in San Antonio, Texas by calling O’Rourke “a flake” and saying he would ” blow it all!”

    The Texas debate marked a change in O’Rourke’s normally relatively civil tone towards Cruz, taking the offensive in the wake of a recent CNN poll that projected him slightly behind Cruz with only three weeks to go.

    Cruz currently tops O’Rourke by a margin of 52 percent to 45 percent, with only about 9 percent of respondents saying there is a chance they’d change their minds before election day.

    O’Rourke was quick to refute what he called “dishonest” claims from Cruz that he supported a $10-a-barrel tax on oil, telling the crowd, “It’s why the President called him ‘Lying Ted,’ and it’s why the nickname stuck — because it’s true.”

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    Woman holds Mega Millions lottery tickets

    There was no lucky winner that hit the $667 Million Jackpot Tuesday night. That means that the drawing on Friday will be worth $868 million paid in installments or a lump sum of $494.5 million in cash, reports abc7ny. The Tuesday drawing had already hit all-time records as the second-highest in the history of the Mega Millions lottery.

    The Tuesday prize was also the fourth-highest of any drawing ever, and the previous record for being the highest was $656 million — that big win was scored by three winners in three different states back in 2012.

    On the other hand, the $868 million that’s up for grabs this Friday is the highest in the history that the multi-state lottery’s ever seen. What’s more, if you were to win Friday’s Mega Million jackpot, you would wind up with about $494 million after paying Uncle Sam.

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    Prison

    If you ever wondered what Chinese comedy was like, just imagine an internet celebrity singing a funny rendition of the Chinese national anthem. Imagine the Chinese celebrity wearing a furry headband with antlers. As she sings “March of the Volunteers,” she waves her arms about like a confused orchestra conductor.

    While it seems funny, the Chinese government has weighed in to make it absolutely clear that such a demonstration on a live video channel is most certainly not funny. In fact, it’s a crime.

    The New York Times provides digs into the matter.

    “It seemed to be a lighthearted moment. But the police in China saw it differently. The woman, Yang Kaili, 20, a Chinese live-streaming star with tens of millions of followers, was detained for five days for singing the national anthem in a “disrespectful” manner while broadcasting live.

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    a mississippi grandmother is charged with murder

    A Mississippi grandmother has been charged with murder in the gruesome death of her toddler granddaughter, who was found stabbed and baked in an oven, WABC-TV (New York) is reporting.

    Carolyn Jones, 48, has been charged with murder in the death of Royalty Marie Floyd, in the Mississippi Delta town of Shaw.

    Authorities say that Jones’ brother turned up at the family home on Monday night and found Royalty in the oven, dead, having been burned and stabbed. He called the police.

    So gruesome was the crime scene, and so serious this crime, that Shaw police called in the county sheriff’s office for help.

    Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. said he’s never seen anything like this in his two and a half decades wearing a badge.

    “I’ve been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now. This is one of the most horrible things I’ve seen in doing law enforcement. The hardest part… is to see a child victim.”

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    Gavin McInnes speaking to a crowd

    According to Slate, in New York City on October 12, there was a violent altercation between the ‘Proud Boys’–a far-right group–and anti-fascist demonstrators.

    Gavin McInnes, the founder of the ‘Proud Boys,’ was giving a speech inside The Metropolitan Republican Club, while the anti-fascist protestors were gathered outside. It is noted by Slate, that McInnes was also a co-founder of Vice Media, but left the company in 2008.

    But how did a man who has been quoted by The Huffington Post as saying, “[maybe Jewish people were] ostracized for a good reason,” have his beginnings with a now-liberal news and documentary network? The connection cannot be so cut and dry.

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    Melania Trump makes a public speech.

    Melania Trump was on a plane that had to turn around to make an emergency landing due to smoke in the cockpit, ABC News is reporting.

    The First Lady was on her way to Philadelphia to visit Thomas Jefferson University Hospital when the aircraft that she was a passenger on suffered some sort of malfunction. A Fox News reporter who was on-board with Mrs. Trump said that they noticed “a thin haze of smoke and smell [of] something burning.”

    About ten minutes later, the smell was so strong that Secret Service agents and other passengers had to hold towels over their noses, and the aircraft was forced to turn around. The aircraft landed safely at Joint Base Andrews, according to Fox News.

    Once the plane and its passengers were on the ground safely, the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, issued a statement saying that the smell was from “a malfunctioning [communications] unit.”

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    Jamal Khashohhi, Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, Middle East Eye

    One day after Donald Trump, in an Associated Press interview, appeared to accept the claim of Saudi Arabia’s king that the country’s crown prince was not involved in the alleged horrific murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report by a London-based Middle East news outlet says that it has linked nearly half of the alleged Saudi hit squad believed to have killed the 60-year-old columnist directly to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who now rules the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    The new report also says that after apparently dismembering and murdering Khashoggi, the reported killers went to the home of Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi, where they had dinner. As the Inquisitr reported, an earlier MEE report said that the Saudi assassins began dismembering Khashoggi while the journalist remained alive, as they listened to music through earphones.

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    Mark Zuckerberg in front of a blue background giving a speech

    Facebook shareholders are backing a plan to remove Mark Zuckerberg as Chief Executive Officer of the company. The move comes after a series of scandals rocked the company. According to Reuters, some shareholders feel that the scandals have been mishandled, and they advocate for replacing the 34-year-old executive.

    The proposal likely won’t result in Zuckerberg’s removal as Facebook CEO, since he holds control of the board with 60 percent of voting power, but it indicates the level of concern that some people have about the management of the company.

    “Facebook plays an outsized role in our society and our economy. They have a social and financial responsibility to be transparent – that’s why we’re demanding independence and accountability in the company’s boardroom,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said.

    Along with Stringer, state treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania support the proposal, which was originally suggested by hedge fund Trillium Asset Management in June of this year.

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