Deadly Hurricane Matthew is closing in on Florida after killing roughly 300 people in Haiti. We’ve got some answers about the creepy clown hysteria in the US. And Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
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At least 283 people have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, according to officials.
US President Barack Obama has declared states of emergency in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a series of stern warnings about Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, urging people take shelter from a “monster” storm.
“If a direct landfall occurs this will be unlike any hurricane in the modern era,” the US National Weather Service said. The storm is packing flooding rain, battering winds, and dangerous storm surge.
These photos show the devastation Hurricane Matthew has already caused. And this smiling (?) Fox News anchor said the hurricane will kill everyone and their children.
Workers carry a dead body after Hurricane Matthew passed Jeremie, Haiti. Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
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One of Donald Trump’s lawyers said they met with him in pairs to avoid lies.
In another 1993 deposition, one of Trump’s lawyers stated outright that a story Trump told about nearly dying in a helicopter crash was “absolutely not true.”
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WTF is with the creepy clown hysteria? You have questions, we have answers.
You may have noticed that the US is having a serious ~clown~ crisis (yes, you read that right). It’s got schools on lockdown, parents are paranoid, and the police are pissed off. A teenager was stabbed to death during an alleged dispute over his clown mask in Pennsylvania, and nearly 30 people have been arrested nationwide in connection with clown hoaxes, social media threats, robberies, or stabbings.
At least four schools were forced to go on lockdown and one entire school district had to be shut down due to violent clown-related threats. Dozens of schools have had to ramp up security and absentee rates have increased.
Soylent food bars might be making some people throw up.
Soylent, the company behind the sludgy meal replacement products designed to provide “maximum nutrition with minimal effort,” first introduced the Soylent Bar in August 2016.
Since the snack bar’s launch, a small number of users have claimed they experienced nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea after consuming the bar, which, according to the company, provides 12.5% of daily nutritional requirements. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Soylent said that after investigating the complaints, it is “very confident in the safety of the bars.”
Photos from Soylent community member Raylingh show a strange yellow residue on the bar’s packaging. Via imgur.com
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Nobel Prize: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring peace to his country. Santos’s government narrowly lost a referendum on a peace deal aimed at ending the country’s 50-year civil war with FARC guerrillas earlier this week.
Extremism in Europe: Almost half the adults in 12 European countries hold anti-immigrant nationalist views, a major new study shows.
In the UK: Steven Woolfe, the favorite to become the UK Independence Party’s new leader, was recovering in a hospital in Strasbourg on Thursday afternoon after an “altercation” with party colleagues at the European Parliament.
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American girl: Clinics are popping up across the country to help kids as young as 3 years old who might be transgender, but some say it’s too much, too soon. While doctors argue, some families don’t have time to wait.