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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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    FRANKLIN, TN - OCTOBER 31: A man exits an early voting polling place at the Williamson County Clerk's office, October 31, 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Across all states, more than 24 million votes have already been cast early for the upcoming midterm elections. As of Wednesday evening, 43 percent of the voters are Republican and 41 percent are Democrat, according to NBC News.

    On this exact day four years ago, meaning 6 days before midterms in 2014, just under 13 million votes had been cast. That’s an increase of 11 million votes, and that’s dramatic.

    By the time election day arrived in 2014, a total of 21 million early votes had been cast. This year’s early voting has already surpassed that number, and there are still several voting days left on the calendar.

    Along with the District of Columbia, 37 states allow early voting in some form or another.

    Analysts are combing through the data, and already some trends are emerging, according to CNN.

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    Willie McCovey is presented with a plaque at AT&T Park.

    The baseball world is mourning the loss of all-time great Willie McCovey, who passed away from what is being reported as a “long battle with ongoing health issues,” on Wednesday afternoon, October 31. He was 80-years-old.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that McCovey had been hospitalized at Stanford University Medical Center since late last week. As has occasionally been the case for the past several years, McCovey was rushed to receive medical care due to a serious infection. According to his daughter, Allison McCovey, the beloved slugger died in the company of family and friends, perhaps signifying that his loved ones gathered with some understanding that it would likely be his final physical relapse.

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    Assorted prescription pill bottles.

    Michael Flick has quit his job as the principal of a Pennsylvania high school after revealing that he helped himself to students’ prescription drugs that were being kept in the nurse’s office.

    On October 24, the nurse at Malvern’s Great Valley High School noticed that there were pills missing from a cart that was locked up in her office and alerted authorities, reported NBC News.

    An audit revealed that a total of 93 pills had been taken from six different prescription bottles that belonged to five different students at the school. The missing controlled substances were mainly drugs used to treat ADHD.

    After surveillance footage caught Flick entering the locked room, police questioned him on Friday, October 26, and he admitted that he was the one who had stolen the drugs.

    On Tuesday, October 30, the police arrested Flick and arraigned him on multiple theft and drug charges.

    After posting bail, the 44-year-old married father of three wrote a resignation letter to the school district.

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    Vegan joke goes wrong.

    British magazine editor William Sitwell made some jokes in a private email about vegans, according to Yahoo. It ended badly for him, as he was forced to quit his position at Waitrose Food magazine. The editor stated that it was “the right and proper move,” while others believe the comments weren’t bad enough to justify a career-ending incident. While nobody at the magazine pressured him to leave the job, vegans who heard of the comments, along with the Humane Society International, rallied to have the man fired. This was Sitwell’s offending message in response to a freelancer’s pitch for stories on vegan cooking.

    “How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?”

    The freelancer in question, Selene Nelson, was the one that received this message. She said that the comments were “seriously bizarre.”

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    Flowers outside the Tree of Life Synagogue

    The mother of Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old man who pulled an AR-15 on a synagogue full of worshipers on Saturday morning in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, killing 11 people in the massacre, is reportedly utterly distraught at her only son’s actions.

    According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rev. Mark Schollaert has been trying to help Barbara Bolt since she learned of Bowers’ involvement in the shooting.

    Bolt has also had to talk to authorities as they try to understand what happened and why, and Schollaert has been helping her come to terms with the tragedy. Bolt requested that Schollaert make a statement to the press on her behalf, as she is too devastated to speak to the media.

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    After Mail Bomb Attacks On CNN, Donald Trump Says Slamming Media As 'Enemy Of The People' Is 'Doing A Service'

    After a week in which three mail bombs were sent to the offices of the cable news network CNN, according to the New York Times, Donald Trump has defended his repeated condemnations of the media as “the enemy of the people,” saying that he actually feels he is “doing a service” by using the emotionally fraught phrase.

    The bombs were sent, allegedly, by Florida resident Cesar Sayoc — a registered Republican and ardent Donald Trump supporter, as Inquisitr reported.

    In an interview for a new HBO program run by the political site Axios, Trump also said that portraying the media as an “enemy of the people” is “my only form of fighting back. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t do that.”

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    Harvey Weinstein at the New York State Supreme Court

    An aspiring actress who has declined to be named has added her own story to the growing class action lawsuit against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

    According to court documents for the amended Manhattan federal racketeering lawsuit that was filed on Wednesday, the woman, who has been called Jane Doe in the papers, alleges she was only 16-years-old and a virgin when Weinstein tried to force her to have sex with him in order to further her career, per Page Six.

    Jane Doe explains that she had agreed to meet the now disgraced movie mogul for a business lunch in 2002, and instead Weinstein picked her up and took her back to his Soho apartment.

    “Weinstein wasted no time in aggressively and threateningly demanding sex,” reads the accusation. He continued by telling her that if she wanted a career as an actress she would have no choice but to give in to him.

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    Kate Hudson in a blue dress speaks to an audience

    The actress, author, entrepreneur, and mother Kate Hudson is adding a new title to her list of accomplishments. The 39-year-old was just appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food Programme, a humanitarian group that feeds over 90 million people in 80 countries. According to People, Hudson is ready to take the compassion and skills she has learned as a mother and extend them to those families in need.

    “As a mother, I understand the vital importance of proper food and nutrition play in the life of a child,” the Deepwater Horizon actress said in a press release. “The work of the World Food Programme is so much more than just feeding people, it’s about strengthening families, rebuilding communities, and ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to the food they need to not only survive, but thrive.”

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    robert bowers pleades not guilty

    Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers appeared in court on Thursday morning, where he, through his attorney, pleaded not guilty to all of the 44 charges against him, WGBA-TV (Green Bay) is reporting.

    Appearing in his prison-issue jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, Bowers, 46, appeared before a judge to answer to charges related to last Saturday’s mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, which claimed 11 lives.

    Bowers looked about the room, and periodically at his attorney, as a judge read off each of the 44 criminal counts against him, 32 of which are punishable by the death penalty. Asked whether or not he understands the seriousness of the charges and the penalties for each, Bowers quietly answered “yes” each time. Then, through his attorney, public defender Michael J. Novara, he entered a plea of not guilty.

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    Rotana and Tala Farea appear in mugshots.

    The dead bodies of Saudi Arabian sisters Tala Farea and Rotana Farea were discovered in the Hudson River along Manhattan on October 24. The two sisters were bound together when they were found, and police investigating their deaths have released a sickening detail about the way in which the sisters died.

    According to NBC News, authorities believe that the girls, 16 and 22 years old respectively, were alive when they went into the river.

    Tala and Rotana were bound together with duct tape around their hands and feet, and were fully clothed when their bodies were pulled from the water. They had been bound facing one another. At this stage, suicide “remains a leading theory” among investigators. Even so, the first theory — that they had jumped from the George Washington Bridge — seems considerably unlikely given that their bodies do not appear to have suffered any impact trauma. Such trauma would almost certainly have occurred when falling from such a significant height.

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    a florida woman is charged with leaving kids in a hot car with meth in it

    A Florida woman has been charged with various criminal counts after she allegedly left her two children in a hot car with a bag of methamphetamine on the floor while she went shopping.

    As KCPQ-TV (Tacoma) reports, Nicole Buffington, 24, is behind bars today after the Tuesday incident in Hudson, a coastal community about 45 miles north of Tampa. Police were called to the discount store Dollar General after receiving reports of two small children left in a hot car alone. When police arrived, they got the kids to safety and then located their mother, allegedly Buffington, and brought her outside.

    Authorities say that the kids had been in the car for approximately 20 minutes, between about 12:06 p.m. and 12:29 p.m. At the time, according to AccuWeather, the temperature in nearby Tampa was as high as 81 degrees. It is not clear, as of this writing, if the windows were open any amount to allow for ventilation, or whether or not the air conditioner was on.

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    Stock photo of a nightclub bouncer's back in club with a blurred woman in the background.

    A 22-year-old woman allegedly choked a nightclub bouncer unconscious after thinking the man grabbed her buttocks, but police say he didn’t, TV station KOIN 6 is reporting.

    Kierah Lagrave, 22, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree strangulation, which is a felony, but she has since been released on her own recognizance. According to the report, police in Plattsburgh, New York, said that the Plattsburgh woman was at the Five1Eight nightclub the night of Oct. 20 when someone approached her from behind.

    Surveillance video taken at the nightclub shows the 125-pound woman walking up behind a bouncer and choking him until he falls unconscious to the floor, City Police Chief Levi Ritter has said, according to the TV station. Ritter added that the footage also shows one of Lagrave’s friend slapping her on the buttocks right before she charges after the bouncer, the report continues.

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    Ron Wyden

    Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is pushing new legislation that would see CEOs and other high ranking executives arrested and charged if their companies mishandle consumer data. Engadget reports that “Senator Wyden wants to jail execs who don’t protect consumer data.”

    “Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a draft the Consumer Data Protection Act, which would create new protections for consumer information and strict punishments for those found to be abusing user data. The proposed bill would send senior executives to jail for 10 to 20 years if they fail to follow the guidelines for data use.”

    Senator Wyden’s proposal includes expanding the oversight powers of the FTC to include companies that handle information of more than a million people, and that make more than a $1 billion in revenue. These companies would be obligated to submit reports on data breaches and the like, such as the one that Google recently tried to bury because they didn’t want the bad press.

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    Cops

    The concept of pre-crime has been circulating among authorities, philosophers, and the general public since The Minority Report novel turned into a Tom Cruise blockbuster in the early 2000’s. What exactly is pre-crime? The idea is when an offense is going to occur and measures are taken to prevent its happening. BBC reports that thanks to Tech firm and PredPol, authorities in some cities are using this technology and data analytic algorithms to improve crime detection by a range of 10 to 50 percent.

    According to anthropology professor Jeff Brantingham, PredPol — which stands for predictive policing — was inspired by experiments that were ran by the University of California and the Los Angeles Police Department.

    “That study demonstrated that algorithmically driven forecasts could predict twice as much crime and, when used in the field, prevent twice as much crime as existing best practice.”

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    Student dies from Bacterial Infection

    Samantha Scott was a busy college student and talented coxswain for the women’s rowing team at Kansas State University. She was living life to the fullest until she started to feel an usual pain and swelling in her throat only two weeks ago. Like most anyone would, she assumed the symptoms were just the start of a cold and didn’t pay them much attention.

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    ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 25: A man holds a popster of Jamal Khashoggi during a candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on October 25, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    After American-based Washington Post jounalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in early October, Turkish officials have staged a huge search for his body. Now, they’re saying there’s a good reason the remains haven’t been recovered.

    The body no longer exists…because it was dissolved in acid.

    Turkish officials say that Khashoggi was strangled shortly after arriving at the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He was then dismembered. Now, officials are pursuing a lead that the body was actually dissolved in acid in an effort to erase all traces of this crime, Business Insider reports.

    Authorities in Turkey believe that the body was destroyed either in the consulate or in the consul general’s home nearby. And their theory isn’t just based on wild assumption. Investigators combed both the consul and the home for days after it became public knowledge that Khashoggi was murdered after entering the consulate building.

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    Michigan Dad Accidentally Ran Over His 3-Year-Old Son While Trick-Or-Treating -- Twice

    A Michigan family reportedly survived a frightful Halloween night after a father accidentally ran over his 3-year-old son not just once, but twice while they were trick-or-treating.

    The incident happened in Grand Haven Township, where the unnamed father was driving his children around the neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. As WZZN reported, the 3-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were sitting on the floor of the family’s Dodge Caravan while the rear doors were open. The boys reportedly had their legs dangling from the side of the car, and at some point, the younger boy either jumped or fell out of the van.

    Other families who were trick-or-treating in the same subdivision saw the boy fall and yelled for the father to stop driving, WZZN reported. The father stopped the car and put it in reverse, running over the boy’s lower body. He then put the car in drive and started to drive forward, hitting the boy again.

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    A baby sleeps in the bed.

    Police arrested a Phoenix mother after she reportedly admitted to smothering her baby several times.

    Citing court documents, KVOA reported that Emily Morissette smothered her child three different times. The third time was almost fatal. The child may have died at the time, had it not been for hospital staff who revived the baby.

    Court documents alleged that the 21-year-old woman caused her 2-month-old baby to stop breathing by putting her hand over his mouth on three different occasions between July 23 and July 27. Morissette was questioned by the police on October 25, during which she admitted putting her hand over the infant’s mouth until he stopped breathing.

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    Jane Fonda make a peace sign with her hand

    Megyn Kelly and Jane Fonda may not have had the best relationship, but the writer, actress, and political activist still hoped Kelly would succeed as host of the Megyn Kelly Today show. According to People, Fonda told Entertainment Tonight that she feels “badly” for the host, whose show was canceled after she made offensive comments about wearing blackface.

    The 80-year-old Barbarella star says that she was pulling for Kelly.

    “I feel badly, because, you know, I wanted her to make it, I did,” said Fonda.

    “That’s always how everyone learns is through making mistakes, you know. It’s through failure that we grow and learn. I know that has been true for me, and I think it is for everybody.”

    Fonda and Kelly’s relationship had a rocky start when Kelly awkwardly asked the star about her plastic surgery in a September 2017 interview.

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    a vegan woman was fined for threatening to kill her mother

    A vegan woman has been fined a total of €900 (about $1,027) for threatening to kill her Italian mother for making meat sauce, The Telegraph is reporting.

    We all know that one vegan who is enthusiastic about their diet to the point of being borderline militant, but an unnamed 48-year-old woman, who for the sake of simplicity will be referred to as “Ms. V” for the remainder of this article, might have taken things too far.

    Ms. V recently moved into a small apartment with her elderly mother in an unnamed Italian town in the Emilia Romagna region, and almost right away problems started developing. Ms. V apparently demanded “no sensory nor olfactory contact” with animal products; in other words, she didn’t want to touch or even smell anything involving meat or animal products.

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