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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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    tornado alley is shifting east

    Tornado Alley, the part of the Western and Midwestern United States where tornadoes are most likely to occur, is shifting eastward, and climate change is almost certainly at least partially to blame.

    There is basically no part of the United States, or indeed the world (with a few exceptions), that is 100 percent safe from tornadoes. But in the U.S., the overwhelming majority of them have occurred in the so-called “Tornado Alley.” Depending on which scientist you ask (there’s no official definition), Tornado Alley extends roughly from northern Texas, northward into much of western Kansas and eastern Colorado, and into parts of Nebraska and South Dakota.

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    A police officer interacts with someone he's pulled over.

    Amid myriad news reports in recent years of unarmed individuals being shot and/or killed by police, freshmen entering Texas public schools this year will be required to watch a new video in their classrooms, detailing their rights and expectations if they ever have to interact with police officers when they get pulled over on the side of the road.

    The video is a requirement for all students to watch from this point forward, starting with the class of 2022. If students do not have it on their academic record as having watched the video, the will not be allowed to graduate when they complete their senior year, according to reporting from the Washington Post.

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    Cassie and Diddy attending a gala

    Rapper Sean “Diddy” Comb’s and on-again, off-again girlfriend, Cassie, seem to be in the ‘off-again’ category at the moment. HNHH reported that the long-term, contentious relationship has hit another major road bump, and this one might be permanent. Cassie has even stopped following Diddy on social media. Meanwhile, Diddy has been spotted out and about with model Jocelyn Crew.

    Diddy and the 26-year-old Jocelyn Crew have apparently been dating for at least one month. During that time period, the rumored couple has attended a Drake concert and spent time together in Miami. Of course, this is far from the first time that Diddy and Cassie have split up. In the past, Diddy has also been linked to Gina Hunyh during one of his rough patches with Cassie.

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    New research looks at how dogs perceive what we say to them

    We’ve all done it, talking to our pets like they are humans and then wondering how much of our talk they actually understand. Now, a new study has revealed the way in which dogs listen to their owners and how they interpret what we say to them.

    At the commencement of the study, researchers were expecting to find “that dogs neurally discriminate between words that they know and words that they don’t.”

    As to be expected, dogs do know verbal commands. In addition, dogs also likely try to interpret words we say to them that they are not used to hearing in an effort to understand us. This is possibly due to the fact that dogs are always trying to please their owners.

    According to Business Insider, 12 dogs participated in the study. They were given fMRI scans “so neurologists could see the dogs’ brain activity when they were told certain commands.”

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    Fears Grow Over Fate of Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    The Washington Post reports that Saudi Arabia has found its own way to combat negative press and comments rising from the disappearance of American-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The journalist, who worked for The Washington Post, disappeared earlier this month when he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi has not been seen alive after he made this journey on October 2. Since, officials from Turkey have come forward to say they have proof that Khashoggi was murdered inside the building.

    Khashoggi was critical of the Saudi royal family, particularly the current crown prince.

    But you won’t see much of this reflected on Saudi Twitter accounts. Around 9 am on Tuesday morning, Saudi accounts began flooding Twitter with hashtags promoting a “message of love for Mohammed bin Salman,” the country’s crown prince. Another hashtag prompted users to “unfollow enemies of the nation.”

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    In 202, a city in China aims to replace streetlights with an artificial moon called an illumination satellite

    Chengdu, a city in southwestern China, is planning to launch an artificial moon into orbit over their city as a replacement for streetlights.

    According to the Daily Mail, the artificial moon will be capable of throwing light as far as 80 miles away, replacing the need for streetlights in the area. Called an “illumination satellite,” this moon will be capable of being “eight times as bright as the real moon” and will create a “dusk-like glow” over the city.

    People’s Daily states that this fake moon will be set for orbit in 2020, according to Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd.

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    Jayme Closs

    Missing Wisconsin teen, Jayme Closs, 13, is still unaccounted for two days after the discovery of her murdered parents. Initially considering her a potential runaway, police are now asking for assistance to help locate the girl, saying she could be in real danger. They also reiterate the fact Jayme is not a suspect in her parents’ murder. An Amber Alert has been issued.

    The bodies of James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were discovered on Monday in Barron, located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. Investigators are still at a loss to identify why the couple was murdered. They are also hoping to locate their daughter, Jayme Closs, who has been missing since then.

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    Donald Trump, Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, Jamal Khashoggi torture, Turkey, Turkish newspaper

    As Donald Trump and the Saudi Arabia royal family on Wednesday were, according to a Washington Post report, scrambling to concoct an explanation for the murder of Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi — an effort one expert quoted by the Post called a “cover up” — horrifying new details of the 60-year-old writer’s killing emerged in the Turkish press.

    The newspaper Yeni Safak (New Dawn) on Wednesday reported that “numerous” audio recordings of Khashoggi’s gruesome torture-killing by a hit team of Saudi assassins exist, and that “sources” had described the grim contents of those recordings to the paper.

    The Yeni Safak report appears to corroborate an Inquisitr report, based on information first reported by Middle East Eye, that the Saudi agents began mutilating and dismembering Khashoggi while he was still alive.

    According to the Turkish report, “sources indicate that Khashoggi was tortured before he was killed. His fingers were allegedly cut off during the interrogation process before he was decapitated.”

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    Shauna invites fans to a party.

    Shauna Sexton showed off her curves in her latest Instagram snap, and it also came with a special invite for fans to join her and other Playboy playmates to a party on November 1. They’re encouraging people to buy tickets to the event at the Taos Las Vegas, which starts at $15 general admission for females. Males have to pay more, at $20 for general admission. The most expensive option is for the Birthday Diamond Table Package, which costs $3,500. It’s one more Halloween party that people can enjoy, although it’s also being marketed for Dia de los Muertos.

    In the photo Sexton posted online, she’s wearing a black, lacy halter bra and matching bottom. The top had a revealing cutout in the middle, while the model flaunted her derriere in a thong. She wore her hair down and placed her left hands on her head.

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 09: Barbie dolls are displayed during the exhibition "Barbie, life of an icon" at the Museum of Decorative Arts as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear

    According to Vice News, in 2015, Barbie broke out of her usual role as a childhood toy and became a video blogger. But how in the world does a doll have a vlog? A multi-person team, a black suit, and some animation.

    In some ways, a day on set of Barbie’s vlog is starkly different from those of typical YouTubers. The girl behind the doll is America Young, who has been wearing a “motion-capture suit” since the vlog’s creation three years ago. As Young acts out what’s been prepared for Barbie that day, the team of animators bring on-screen Barbie to life. Once the final touches are in place, Barbie looks like your everyday, modern vlogger.

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    Mom and baby

    Simplistic notions of what family should look like are quickly becoming anachronistic. Old expectations are being replaced by new realities. Forty percent of births are to unmarried women. This is no longer an area where negative stigma is automatically attached.

    That is not the only area of change. BuzzFeed.News reports the latest findings.

    “Across the U.S., the total fertility rate is decreasing and the average age when women give birth to their first child is increasing — which means women are having fewer children and waiting longer to start a family, if they decide to have children at all. However, there are differences in these measures between rural and urban areas, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).”

    There have always been differences in fertility rates between urban and rural populations. It is just that the differences are getting more pronounced. BuzzFeed continues.

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    Nikki Haley

    United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley reportedly spoke at a secret conservative gathering a few days before quitting her job, and it has been alleged she had no clue what the role entailed before accepting it.

    According to the Daily Mail, Haley gave a speech before the Council for National Policy, where a group of some of the most powerful conservatives in the U.S. gathers, at a conference in Charlotte on October 4, only five days before announcing her resignation.

    Harper’s reporter Max Blumenthal managed to infiltrate the super secretive conference and noted that Haley revealed she was initially offered the position of Secretary of State (the highest level cabinet position) by President Donald Trump in 2016, but that she declined the offer.

    “I thought the job should go to someone who didn’t have the same learning curve,” said Haley, who at the time was still the governor of South Carolina.

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    Jamal Khashoggi wrote about the need for free speech

    Jamal Khashoggi wrote of the need for a free press and of Arab governments’ attempts to stifle free speech in his final column, Business Insider is reporting.

    Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor at The Washington Post, wrote on Wednesday night that she had been in possession of Khashoggi’s final column for some period of time, but that she and her team had been sitting on it until they heard from Khashoggi again.

    “I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post.”

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    Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, pleads the Fifth, while seated next to Lou Anna Simon,(R), former president of Michigan State University, during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing, on June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on preventing abuse in Olympic and amateur athletics and ensuring a safe and secure environment for athletes.

    Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny has been arrested after allegedly tampering with evidence in the investigation of the former team doctor and convicted sex criminal Larry Nassar, according to The Guardian.

    The indictment alleges that Penny told staff to remove documents from Karolyi Ranch, which related to Nassar’s abuse, after he found out authorities were sent to investigate the ranch, per The Guardian.

    An investigation was launched into the ranch at the request of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after the scandal broke, saying that “recent, shocking allegations of sexual assault of athletes at the Karolyi Ranch in Walker County are deeply disturbing.”

    The massive 2,000-acre training center became the U.S. Women’s National Team official training center in 2001 and a U.S. Olympic training site in 2011. Nassar served as the national team’s doctor for much of that time.

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    Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson arrives for the funeral of the Rev. Jerry Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church May 22, 2007 in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    Evangelical preacher Pat Robertson is urging Americans to “cool the rhetoric,” after details emerged that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was butchered by a Saudi Arabian hit squad at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to The Huffington Post.

    Khashoggi was a Saudi citizen and Washington Post columnist who never emerged from the Saudi consulate after going in to pick up documents on October 2.

    Since details of Khashoggi’s slaying have come out to the public — including a horrible audio clip allegedly confirming that the journalist was tortured and dismembered while still alive, as reported by the Inquisitr— many U.S. officials have called for the kingdom to face repercussions.

    South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, for example, has called for the U.S. to “sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia.”

    Robertson thinks people are getting a bit too up in arms about the murder, however.

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    President Trump makes public comments.

    On Thursday, President Trump threatened to deploy the military to the U.S.-Mexico border to close it against migration from the south, according to MarketWatch. The president used his Twitter account to warn that if Mexico does not intervene against an “onslaught” of Central American migrants coming to the United States, that he “will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE THE SOUTHERN BORDER!”

    President Trump’s Twitter outburst comes at a time when a caravan of approximately 4,000 South American migrants continues to travel north. The group started in Honduras with only 160 people, but the caravan continues to grow as it picks up new participants along the way, making slow progress towards the U.S. border. The exodus has nearly reached the Guatemala-Mexico border, which has caused President Trump to increase pressure on the Mexican government to halt their progress.

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    Jamal Khashoggi, Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, Turkey

    Police in Turkey investigating the October 2 disappearance and reported murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi are combing the Belgrad Forest, a 21-square-mile wooded area about 12 miles north of Istanbul, in their search for Khashoggi’s remains, media reports out of the Middle East said on Thursday morning.

    After poring over footage from more than 150 surveillance cameras placed throughout Istanbul, forensic investigators have figured out the locations of 14 vehicles entering the grounds of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 2, according to a report by the London-based Mideast news source Middle East Eye. According to the MEE report, the surveillance footage revealed that sometime after the 14 vehicles entered the compound, a single black van emerged.

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    Protesters burn a confederate flag at a protest.

    A Portland, Oregon, demonstration turned ugly this week when a man was caught on video verbally assaulting a woman whose husband died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The footage was shot by Brandon Farley as part of a longer video documenting a protest in Portland by the pro-Trump group Patriot Prayer. In Farley’s footage, the protester can be seen harassing a woman wearing an NYPD hat and a USA shirt, according to the video posted on the New York Post.

    Right wing protesters and left wing protesters — some allegedly belonging to the far-left group Antifa — clashed over the weekend in Portland, Oregon. During the event, one individual began verbally harassing a woman in the crowd. While standing behind the woman at an intersection, he asks her why she is blocking his path.

    “Why you trying to block me? I’m f***ing trying to walk here,” he asks.

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    Red and blue police lights flash at night.

    Police office Stephen Barone, of Hartford, Connecticut, was caught on video warning a group of men he was “trigger-happy” — and has since been fired, NBC Connecticut reports. The announcement came Wednesday from the Hartford Police Department.

    The Facebook video showed the officer, a 10-year member of the department, talking to a group of seven men whom he suspected were trespassing, according to the Hartford Courant.

    “If anybody wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger happy guys, not gonna lie,” Barone can be heard saying in the video that went viral in August. Barone added that he would get paid overtime if he has to shoot someone.

    In another video released by the city a month later, Barone is heard listing the inconveniences of shooting someone on duty, as the Hartford Courant relays. He explained that firing his weapon would make him ineligible for overtime, and he would have to sell his cars and move from his “nice house.”

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    Great white shark swimming near nets and schools of fish

    Keane Webre-Hayes was attacked by what was at least a 10-foot shark on Sept. 30, resulting in him getting 1,000 stitches to repair where the shark tore into his face, back, shoulder and torso. The attack hasn’t dampened his spirit, though, and per People magazine, the 13-year-old is vowing to hit the ocean waters and swim again.

    After the terrifying encounter and contending with the painful bites the shark gave him, it would be understandable if the teen never wanted to set foot in the ocean again. However, when Webre-Hayes went back to school, he enthusiastically told a packed classroom, “[I] definitely wanna get back out there, and go surfing again, really, really soon.”

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