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Loose Screws Help Defector Give Korean Guards the Slip – The New York Times

Asia Pacific|Loose Screws Help Defector Give Korean Guards the Slip South Korea said its sensors had malfunctioned, allowing a North Korean to defect undetected, in the military’s most embarrassing border security breach in years. South Korean soldiers patrolling the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas in April.Credit…Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Nov. 27, 2020, 3:43 a.m. ET SEOUL, South Korea — It’s the most heavily fortified border in the world. The 2.5-mile Demilitarized Zone separating South and North Korea is guarded by tall barbed-wire fences, minefields, sensors and nearly two million troops on both sides. But one man got through because of loose screws. When the North Korean man, a former gymnast in his late 20s, crawled over the fence on the south...

AstraZeneca mulls additional trial to further investigate COVID vaccine efficacy: report – Fox Business

AstraZeneca is considering an additional global trial to further investigate the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, according to comments from the company’s CEO Pascal Soriot on Thursday. Soriot told Bloomberg in an interview that the company would potentially launch a fresh study to evaluate whether a lower dosage of its vaccine would perform better than a full dosage. “Now that we’ve found what looks like a better efficacy we have to validate this, so we need to do an additional study,” he said. An AstraZeneca spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement that there is “strong merit in continuing to further investigate the half-dose/ full dose regimen.” “We are further evaluating the data and will work with regulators on the best approach for further evaluation,...

Walmart has incredible savings on 4K TVs, Nintendo games, and more for Black Friday – Entertainment Weekly

Here’s exactly what to shop. Meredith has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Meredith may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. November’s biggest tradition might be the carving of the turkey (or, for TV lovers, watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), but for major discount shoppers, it’s waiting all night outside of a big-box store with the hope of grabbing rarely-on-sale items like luxury TVs, video games, and more. Things are a bit different this year, though: Most stores have been discouraging in-person shopping as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and many retailers have already kicked off their biggest markdowns of the year online, a few days ahead of actual Black Friday.  But one thing is for sure: Walmart’s Blac...

Game Recap: Cowboys Lose to Washington, 41-16 – DallasCowboys.com

It was with heavy hearts that the Dallas Cowboys took the field for their annual Thanksgiving game, still grieving from the loss of strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul. So perhaps they could be somewhat forgiven for coming up short in their matchup against the Washington Football Team, falling to their division rivals, 41-16. Also not helping was the fact that the Cowboys lost two key players on the team’s very first drive. On an offensive line that has seemingly been snake bit all year, both starting tackles, Zack Martin and Cam Erving, were sidelined due to injury early in the game. Without those two, particularly the cornerstone Martin, the Dallas offense struggled with Ezekiel Elliott rushing for only 32 yards on 10 carries, the team totaling just 60 yards on the gr...

Space trash cleanup: ESA signs off on first-ever mission – Deutsche Welle

The European Space Agency is paying millions to a start-up to incinerate a large piece of space junk. Thousands of defunct satellites are still circling the Earth, threatening spacecraft that are still in use. A Swiss company is set to launch our planet’s first space cleanup mission after the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday they were signing a €86 million ($102 million) deal with the representatives of the Swiss start-up. The firm, ClearSpace, hopes to launch a special satellite by 2025 that would be able to snatch pieces of space debris in the Earth’s orbit. Currently, thousands of defunct satellites and many more smaller pieces of trash are circling the planet, posing an ever growing collision risk to working satellites and even the International Space Station. &...

Delta plans to trial ‘quarantine-free’ flights between US and Italy – The Guardian

Delta plans to continue to block the middle seats in passenger cabins to ensure social distancing. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP The US airline Delta has announced the first “quarantine-free” transatlantic flights, with pre-departure Covid testing enabling passengers to escape 14 days’ isolation on arrival in Italy. The trial flights will start next month between Atlanta and Rome, the first of the type of transatlantic corridor that UK airlines have been seeking to establish to open up travel on their most lucrative routes. Passengers must test negative three times: first, a PCR test will be taken in the 72 hours prior to departure, then a rapid test before boarding in Atlanta, and a further rapid test on arrival at Fiumicino airport in Rome. The trial, starting on relaunched services from...

Iowa reports second day of more than 40 COVID-19 related deaths Thursday – KCRG

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) – The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 41 more Iowans died of COVID-19. It’s the second straight day of more than 40 Iowans dying due to the virus. The state also reported 3,331 more Iowans tested positive for the virus over the last 24 hours. As of 10:30 a.m. on November 26 the state’s website showed a total of 222,278 Iowans have tested positive and a total of 2,312 Iowans have died from the virus since the pandemic began. According to the data the state makes available, the positivity rate over the last 24 hours was 38.4 percent. The total number of Iowans hospitalized with the virus continues to drop, even as ICU and ventilator usage remains high. There are currently a total of 1,269 Iowans hospitalized with the virus, with 193 having been admitted in t...

Health officials’ warnings put to test as Thanksgiving arrives, threatening deeper COVID-19 crisis in L.A. County – KTLA Los Angeles

by: Los Angeles Times Posted: Nov 26, 2020 / 08:36 AM PST / Updated: Nov 26, 2020 / 08:36 AM PST Members of the Hobbs-Brown family dine on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Beach.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) Weeks of warnings and pleas will be put to the test on Thursday as Thanksgiving arrives amid the worst pandemic in America in more than a century. Federal, state and local authorities have urged people to stay home for Thanksgiving and cancel travel plans. Although airports were far less busy than normal for the holidays, it was clear some people were traveling. But the bigger question comes with the Thanksgiving meal. Officials fear large traditional gatherings indoors may become superspreader events, increasing cases as California is already seeing unprecedented levels of coronavirus...

Redmi’s first smartwatch announced for $45 – The Verge

Xiaomi’s budget sub-brand Redmi has never released a smartwatch before, and its first entry turns out to be what you’d expect: a pretty uninspiring design at a pretty attractive price. The Redmi Watch just launched in China for 299 yuan, or about $45. The watch has a 1.4-inch rectangular display with curved glass, and it comes in black, white, and blue color variants. The silicone strap is available in black, white, blue, green, and pink. There’s a single button on the side of the watch, with everything else being handled by the touchscreen or the Mi Fit app on a paired smartphone. Other specs include NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, a heart rate monitor, and waterproofing up to 50m. Xiaomi claims that battery life will be good for up to 7 days, or 12 days if you use a power-saving mode. The UI and wat...

Oculus Quest 2 Black Friday Deals Feature Five Game Bundles – Road to VR

We’re keeping an eye on the best Oculus Quest 2 Black Friday 2020 deals, don’t blink or you might miss the best Quest sale of the year! Updated – November 26th, 2020 The Best Oculus Quest 2 Black Friday 2020 Deal Image courtesy Facebook It doesn’t look like Oculus will be discounting Quest 2 hardware this year, instead the company is focusing on game deals. We’ll continue to monitor for Quest 2 Black Friday discounts, but for now here’s the MSRP that you should expect to pay for the headset: Oculus Quest 2 (64GB) – $300 on Amazon Oculus Quest 2 (256GB) – $400 on Amazon We also have a complete country-by-country list of official retailers where you can buy the headset. Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset (no PC needed), but it also has the ability to plug into a gaming PC to play PC VR title...

Black Friday 2020: Shopping or picking up orders? Here’s when Macy’s, Walmart, Kohl’s, Target, other stores open. – USA TODAY

Fewer shoppers are expected to head into stores this Black Friday but don’t expect the parking lot to be empty. More shoppers will pull into spots to pick up online orders than ever before. Curbside pickup is one of the biggest ways Black Friday has changed amid the coronavirus pandemic as many take fewer trips into stores and place more online orders. And this year, retailers have pushed shoppers to just that with more deals sold only online. Many stores have also designated more parking spaces to help meet the anticipated curbside rush. Kimberly Palmer, a personal finance expert at NerdWallet, suggests this is one of the best ways to safely save this holiday season. No holiday shipping delays here:60 retailers offering curbside pickup on Black Friday Black Friday or Cyber Monday?:B...

Dr. Fauci revealed something about COVID-19 that’s worrying experts even after people recover – BGR

Experts like White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci are stepping up their warnings to people about the condition loosely described as “long COVID.” This is the condition whereby people end up recovering from the coronavirus itself by still present symptoms long after the fact, sometimes months after the fact. To date, more than 12.4 million coronavirus cases have been identified in the US, along with more than 258,000 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. A few months ago, Ok Go lead singer Damian Kulash and I were talking about his band’s then newly-released music — specifically, a new song the group had recorded while all social distancing from each other and which was an artistic product that could only have been produced during the coronavirus era. Eventua...

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