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Observers say Tanzania’s presidential vote is already flawed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania’s opposition faces a new obstacle in its quest to unseat President John Magufuli in Wednesday’s election: It says the government has made it difficult to accredit thousands of opposition electoral observers who want to ensure the vote is fair.

“Without them, fraud can occur easily,” Zitto Kabwe with the ACT Wazalendo party, a major player in an opposition coalition, told The Associated Press. He warned that the issue could lead to violence, saying his party won’t allow polling stations to operate without the observers, “and that’s why it’s an explosive issue.”

At stake is one of Africa’s most populous and peaceful countries and, at least before the COVID-19 pandemic, one of its fastest-growing economies. The populist Magufuli has been criticized for severely stifling dissent since his 2015 election win, notably barring opposition parties from holding most public gatherings.

The president leads the ruling Chama Cha

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Factbox: Samsung’s Lee Leaves Behind $21 Billion Wealth for Inheritance | Top News

By Joyce Lee and Hyunjoo Jin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Lee Kun-hee, South Korea’s richest person and chairman of Samsung Electronics Co, died on Sunday, leaving behind considerable assets subject to be potentially inherited by his surviving family as well as inheritance tax.

Here is a rundown of his net worth, which Forbes says amounts to $20.9 billion, and expected inheritance tax.

Lee was the wealthiest stock owner in South Korea, and had stakes in four listed Samsung companies valued at about 18.2 trillion won ($16.1 billion) as of Friday’s closing price.

His stock ownership included 4.18% of Samsung Electronics common shares and 0.08% of preferred shares, worth about 15 trillion won in total; a 20.76% stake in Samsung Life Insurance worth about 2.6 trillion won; a 2.88% stake in Samsung C&T worth about 564 billion won; and a 0.01% stake in Samsung SDS worth about 1.67 billion won, according to

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California girds for most dangerous fire weather of year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, which has endured its worst wildfire season in history, is bracing for the most dangerous winds of the year, a forecast that prompted the largest utility to announce plans to cut power Sunday to nearly 1 million people to guard against its equipment sparking new blazes.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the outages would start in far Northern California and ultimately could affect 386,000 customers in 38 counties, with many of the shutoffs concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area. At a Saturday night briefing, utility officials said high winds were expected to arrive midday Sunday and reach 40 to 60 mph (64 to 97 kph) with higher gusts in the mountains. Winds that strong can topple trees and send branches into power lines.

Some of the largest and deadliest fires in recent years were started by utility equipment being damaged by high winds,

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Fox News attracts 15.4 million viewers for final Trump-Biden debate, topping broadcast, cable competitors

Fox News Channel attracted 15.4 million viewers during Thursday’s final presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a larger audience than all broadcast and cable news competitors.  

The debate averaged 61.7 million viewers across six networks, down from the 68.1 million who tuned in for the first Trump-Biden showdown Sept. 29. With Election Day fewer than two weeks away, the debate offered both candidates their last chance to make their case in front of a large national audience watching and listening on TV, radio and online. 

ABC finished second with an average of 11.2 million viewers, followed by NBC with 10.6 million. CNN averaged 7.5 million viewers during the debate, while MSNBC rounded out the top five with 6.9 million and CBS finished last by averaging 5.7 million viewers. The FOX network aired NFL “Thursday Night Football” instead of the debate.  

Fox News finished ahead of CNN

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Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at weekend rallies that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic, despite surging cases around the country and more positive infections at the White House.

Trump’s remarks came Saturday, hours before the White House announced that a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence had tested positive for the virus. Pence has been in close contact with the adviser, the White House said, but still planned to keep traveling and holding rallies around the country.

The revelation of another high-ranking administration official testing positive for the virus coupled with the administration’s decision to continue business as usual punctuated a day that marked the starkly different approaches that Trump and Biden are taking to campaigning in the age of the novel coronavirus.

Pence’s office confirmed late Saturday

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Image of 7-headed snake is an old hoax

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Turns out humans aren’t the only ones who like to stay in shape, just ask the snakes at this zoo in Australia.

The claim: Image shows a seven-headed snake that was discovered in Honduras

In the age of flying snakes and pets bringing in two-headed reptiles, an old hoax about a seven-headed snake has recently resurfaced on social media. 

“The Bible spoke of seven headed serpent it was found in honduras,” reads the caption of a Facebook post accompanied by an image of the alleged seven-headed snake. 

The user who shared the photo has not returned USA TODAY’s request for comment. 

Fact check: ‘Hungover’ refers to aftereffects, not the practice of sleeping over a rope

Photo is edited and a hoax

The image of the snake that has been circulating online is actually a photo of a normal snake that has been manipulated throughout the years. 

The original

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Pence to Keep up Travel Despite Contact With Infected Aide | Washington, D.C. News

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite his exposure to a top aide who tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Saturday.

Pence himself tested negative, his office said. Under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, the vice president is considered a “close contact” of his chief of staff, Marc Short, but will not quarantine, said spokesman Devin O’Malley.

O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit” and “in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” Those guidelines require that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

O’Malley said Pence and his wife, Karen, both tested negative on Saturday “and remain in good health.”

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4 Pence Aides Test Positive for the Coronavirus

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At least three top aides to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few days, people briefed on the matter said, raising fresh questions about the safety protocols at the White House, where masks are not routinely worn.

Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for Mr. Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, said that the vice president’s chief of staff, Marc Short, had tested positive. A person briefed on the diagnosis said it was received on Saturday.

“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health,” Mr. O’Malley said. “While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with

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The Latest: India’s cases keep downturn with 50K infections

NEW DELHI — India’s daily coronavirus cases have dropped to nearly 50,000, maintaining a downturn over the last few weeks.

The Health Ministry says 50,129 new cases have taken the overall tally to nearly 7.9 million on Sunday. It also reported 578 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 118,534.

The ministry also said India’s active coronavirus cases were below 700,000 across the country and almost 7.1 million people had recovered from COVID-19.

India is second to the United States with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus. Last month, India hit a peak of nearly 100,000 cases in a single day, but since then daily cases have fallen by about half and deaths by about a third.

Some experts say the decline in cases suggests that the virus may have finally reached a plateau but others question the testing methods. India is relying heavily on antigen tests,

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Lee Kun-hee of Samsung passes away at 78

“Chairman Lee was a true visionary who transformed Samsung into the world-leading innovator and industrial powerhouse from a local business,” the statement said Sunday.

Under Lee’s three decades of leadership, Samsung Electronics transformed from a small television maker into the world’s biggest producer of smartphones, electronic displays and memory chips. Since he inherited the company in 1987 from his father Lee Byung-chul — who founded Samsung as a small trading company — Lee Kun-hee embarked on a quality improvement drive to shed Samsung’s reputation for cheap copycat appliances.

“Change everything except for your wife and children,” Lee Kun-hee told an emergency meeting with executives to address what he saw as a “life-or-death situation,” facing the company. Sunday’s company statement commemorated his innovation-driven leadership by referring to that moment: “His 1993 declaration of ‘New Management’ was the motivating driver of the company’s vision to deliver the best technology to help advance

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