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The mysterious silver monolith in the Utah desert has disappeared

A tall, silver, shining metal monolith discovered in the desert in southeastern Utah — which prompted theories of alien placement and drew determined hikers to its secret location — has now disappeared, the state’s Bureau of Land Management said Saturday. The monolith was removed by an “unknown party” sometime Friday night, the agency said in…MORE

Colorado governor and spouse test positive for Covid-19

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his spouse have tested positive for Covid-19 and are both asymptomatic, according to a statement from the governor’s office. “This evening, Governor Polis and First Gentleman (Marlon) Reis learned that they have tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement reads. Both are feeling well and will continue to isolate in their…MORE

Detroit Lions fire head coach and general manager

The NFL’s Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, announcing in a tweet Saturday that both were “relieved of their duties.” “They’re both very fine men and we wish them nothing but the best in the rest of their careers,” Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp said in a video…MORE

McConnell suspends in-person lunches for GOP senators

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suspending in-person lunches for GOP senators, according to his press secretary Doug Andres, ahead of the Senate’s return next week. Democrats suspended their in-person lunches in the spring as a precaution because of the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus cases are surging across the country — and in Congress. At least…MORE

Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses another election case brought by Republicans

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Saturday night from US Rep. Mike Kelly and other Republicans, after they had tried to invalidate absentee voting and block the certification of votes in recent weeks. The dismissal adds to a growing number of losses in court for Republicans and supporters of President Donald Trump, who have…MORE

An Oregon mink farm has reported a Covid-19 outbreak

An Oregon mink farm has reported an outbreak of coronavirus among mink and farmworkers. Ten mink samples submitted all came back positive for coronavirus, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) said in a news release on Friday. The farm has been placed under quarantine, meaning “no animal or animal product can leave the farm until…MORE

Black Friday looks very different this year. Here’s why analysts are optimistic

Black Friday shopping isn’t the same this year with the ongoing pandemic and recession. Traditional brick-and-mortar stores saw a 52% drop in Black Friday traffic compared to last year, according to a report from Sensormatic Solutions. Shopping traffic on Thanksgiving Day dropped by 95%, as many stores closed to give their employees time off and…MORE