Fall colors filled the Adirondack Mountains in New York on Tuesday, October 3, as foliage in the north of the state neared peak.This footage was posted to X by user @RodneyChaiWX and shows the view from the Rocky Peak Ridge in Keene.The trees were also in their autumn beauty in Maine, Vermont, Utah, Colorado, and Michigan. Credit: @RodneyChaiWX via Storyful
The Sphere venue at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sphere, transformed into a giant pumpkin on October 2, in the lead-up to Halloween.Footage filmed by Alan Saldana shows the display on Monday night.Last Friday, the venue held its grand opening with a dazzling spectacle at U2’s inaugural concert for their three-month residency.According to reports, the venue boasts a 250-foot, 16K resolution LED wraparound screen, 16,000 speakers, and around 17,500 seats.“The venue is powered by cutting-edge technologies that ignite the senses and enable audiences to share experiences at a never-before-seen scale,” Sphere says on its website. Credit: Alan Saldana via Storyful
Metro Bank, the high street lender, is drawing up plans to raise hundreds of millions of pounds of new capital in weeks in a bid to strengthen its troubled balance sheet.
A local photographer used a drone to capture a striking display of mottled autumnal colors in rural Maine on Tuesday, October 3.Footage uploaded to X by Camp of the North shows a drone’s view as it glides over a landscape of vivid orange, green, and reddish trees in Bancroft, Aroostook County.According to foliage tracker Explore Fall, Maine experiences its peak foliage color in early October, and approximately 10 million people travel to New England to enjoy the vibrant displays across the northeast around this time. Credit: Camp of the North via Storyful
The Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, released video on Wednesday, October 4, showing damage to the Grand Mosque in Sarmin, an opposition-controlled city in Idlib province, which they said was caused by a regime-launched missile.Earlier that day, the group said a girl was killed and six other people were injured in a series of strikes.Those reports were corroborated by local journalists and news channels working in Sarmin. Credit: Syria Civil Defense via Storyful
STORY: The collapse in the Old Havana tourist district gutted the insides of the decrepit building that was home to 13 families and 54 people. It wrenched terraces off its facade and trapped many people beneath piles of rubble and rebar.Rescuers worked into the daylight hours on Wednesday (October 4) to find two people who remained in the wreckage following a second partial collapse early in the morning as wind and rain lashed the city.One person had been killed and two others were hospitalized in critical condition, the municipal government said in a statement.The building collapse is the latest in a series of disasters that have beset crisis-racked Cuba, including a gas explosion that destroyed Havana´s Saratoga Hotel in 2022 and a massive tank farm fire in Matanzas, an hour east of the capital, several months later.
A thick layer of fog hovered over the Hudson River on Wednesday, October 4, obscuring New York and New Jersey skyline views.Weather officials warned of changes in visibility due to the fog in the region and urged caution for morning commuters.Videos and photos posted to social media from New Jersey and New York showed the dense fog hanging over the river and hiding communities on both sides.This footage of the lingering fog, seen from Upper Manhattan, was captured by Dana Offenbach. Offenbach said the fog was hiding the George Washington Bridge and Fort Lee, New Jersey. Credit: Dana Offenbach via Storyful
Hurricane Hunters flew through Tropical Storm Philippe on Tuesday, October 3, as it moved away from the Virgin Islands.Forecasts indicated Philippe would continue to move northward and impact the northeastern United States this weekend, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.The storm continued to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as it moved toward Bermuda, which would see its effects on Thursday, according to the NHC.Philippe knocked out power and caused road and school closures across Caribbean nations on Tuesday, according to news reports.This footage captured by the Air Force Reserve 403rd Wing’s Hurricane Hunters during a flight shows lightning activity within the storm. Credit: Hurricane Hunters via Storyful
A dense fog that emerged from the Hudson River on Wednesday, October 4, was captured by a man in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.Footage posted on Facebook by Noel Tumibay showed the fog as seen from a high-rise condo building in Cliffside Park, across from Upper Manhattan, on Wednesday morning. Credit: Noel Tumibay via Storyful
Tropical Storm Philippe brought light showers as it brushed past the US Virgin Islands on Wednesday morning, October 4, but weather officials warned that heavier rain could cause flash flooding through Wednesday night and Thursday.This footage showing the waterfront in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas was posted by the owners of Gladys’ Cafe, who said they filmed it around 8 am.All schools were closed on Wednesday due to the weather and ferries between islands were canceled shortly after 12 pm. Credit: Gladys’ Cafe, St. Thomas via Storyful
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has described his frustrations with the prime minister's decisions to scrap the northern leg of HS2. He questioned why the government never prioritised the north for investment and treated the region as "second-class citizens".
A student at Morgan State University has told Storyful of the “scary” moment he found himself confronted at gunpoint by police sweeping the campus during a shooting incident on Tuesday, October 3.Freshman Evan Grant recorded the footage here as police burst in on him and a friend.“The blitz was scary because it wasn’t anticipated, [or] the guns and loud noise,” he told Storyful.“My friend and I were sitting in the room when they suddenly burst in and instructed us to stay still,” Grant said. It was a “scary moment, especially knowing that the shooter was still hiding at that time,” he said.Police in Baltimore, Maryland, said they were searching for a suspect or suspects following the shooting, in which five people were wounded.The five victims, aged between 18 and 22, were being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, Acting Police Commissioner Richard Worley said. Credit: Evan Grant via Storyful
STORY: The tourists were captured running out of the room immediately seconds before the explosion occurred and flames engulfed the doorway.According to Fire and Rescue New South Wales, a faulty e-bike battery left on charge is suspected to have caused the incident.One backpacker in his twenties sustained minor burns and 70 people were evacuated from the building, the fire department said in a statement.
STORY: The crash happened shortly before 8:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) on a straight and normally very busy road that connects Mestre to the historic centre of Venice and runs alongside a railway. The bus dropped more than 10 meters to the ground below.Five Ukrainians, a German and the Italian bus driver were among those killed, Venice's prefect Michele Di Bari, the local representative of the interior ministry, said on Wednesday. He did not comment on the nationality of the others killed."We presume the driver may have fallen ill," Veneto regional president Luca Zaia told Rtl 102.5 radio. Witnesses' accounts and CCTV footage might give additional clues, he said.The bus had been ferrying the tourists back to a campsite in nearby Marghera after a day out in Venice.
The Princess of Wales has visited the Vsi Razom Community Hub in Bracknell to learn about the support it is providing the Ukrainian community. There she helped pack a box of essential items and sat with children at an arts and crafts table.
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Rishi Sunak axed the northern leg of HS2, set out a plan to phase out smoking and announced sweeping education reforms as he promised to create a “brighter future for everyone”. With a general election expected next year, Mr Sunak said he was prepared to change the “broken” political system and offer change, despite the Conservatives having been in power since 2010.
STORY: Abortion access and women's rights are now in the spotlight of Argentina's presidential election race. The election frontrunner, Javier Milei, opposes abortion. He wants to hold a referendum on whether the 2020 legalization of abortion before the 14th week of pregnancy should be repealed.He also wants to shut the ministry of women, gender and diversity, which he has called a type of "affirmative action" that is degrading towards women.Milei's stance has caused fears among feminists of a risk of backtracking on gains in women's rights in recent years. But it has helped him win votes among young Argentine men who feel disenfranchised......as well as conservative female voters. Valentina Brites is an 18-year-old student, who supports Milei. "Javier (Milei) does not hate women. What Javier proposes is equality on the basis of the law. When I attend law classes, I realise that the laws are there. The laws are there to protect us and that there is no need for a Ministry or something to represent us because the laws already represent us.”Milei's critics accuse him of ignoring the existence of gender violence and discrimination in Argentina. Last year a woman was murdered every 35 hours. Women earn 27% less than men.Women, like feminist activist Nelly Borquez, marched in Buenos Aires late September to mark International Safe Abortion Day. Many wore green and waved green handkerchiefs, an echo of earlier protests that contributed to the 2020 law change on abortion. "Milei is someone who is another example of a patriarchy that wants to push back our rights. But he's going to find us back on the streets."Ayelen Mazzina, the country's women's minister said she had invited Milei to the ministry to learn about its work. But he had declined. "He (Javier Milei) doesn't want Ministry of Women because he doesn't believe in equality, he doesn't believe in social justice and he doesn't believe that gender violence exists."One of Milei's closest contenders is Patricia Bullrich, who is the most high-profile female candidate. She would leave abortion laws unchanged, though also close the women's ministry.She said she would prioritize fighting femicide, narrowing the wage-gap and improving women's healthcare. Silvia Lospennato, who is leading Bullrich's gender policy said Bullrich offered a middle ground between what she saw as Milei's anti-feminist stance and the government's overly bureaucratic model. Argentina has led the region in progressive policies on gender equality and LGBT rights for years. In 1991, it was the first Latin American country to implement a gender-quota law in politics. It legalized same-sex marriage in 2010.
Dense fog hovered over the Hudson River on Wednesday, October 4, giving evocative views of the George Washington Bridge from New York City.Weather officials warned of changes in visibility due to the fog in the region and urged caution for morning commuters.Videos and photos posted to social media from New Jersey and New York showed a thick band of fog hanging over the skyline. This timelapse footage of the fog rolling over the George Washington Bridge was captured by Ron S Gejman on Wednesday morning. Credit: Ron S. Gejman via Storyful
Some parts of the UK could be hotter than Ibiza this weekend as forecasters predict temperatures could reach as high as 27C (80.6F).
STORY: World government bonds went through an unrelenting selloff on Wednesday (October 4).And that has driven U.S. 30-year Treasury yields to 5% for the first time since 2007, while German 10-year yields were at 3%.Those moves could speed up a global slowdown - hurting stocks and corporate bonds.It comes with a growing sense that interest rates in major economies will stay higher for longer to contain inflation.And ever resilient U.S. economic data and a sharp unwinding of traders' positions for a bond rally have also hit home.The U.S. Treasury market is considered the bedrock of the global financial system.It has seen 10-year yields jump 20 basis points to 4.8% this week alone. They are up almost 100 bps this year, having jumped over 200 last year.Bond yields move in the other direction to prices, and asset managers who had held bonds expecting prices to rally are now giving up.One leading analyst told Reuters there was 'huge momentum' behind the sell off in Treasuries because positioning in the market has been wrong.Both U.S. & German yields were up, while Australian and Canadian 10-year bond yields also surged over 20 basis points this week.British 30-year government bond yields hit a fresh 25-year high above 5% on Wednesday, too.The speed of the bond rout caused alarm across equity markets.That drove the safe-haven dollar to its highest in months against the euro, pound and Japanese yen. World stocks also hit their lowest since April on Wednesday.
At least three people have died and 23 army personnel were reported missing after flash flooding overwhelmed parts of India’s Sikkim and West Bengal provinces on Tuesday, October 3, according to local reports.The flash flood was caused by a sudden cloudburst over Lhonak Lake in north Sikkim, according to Asian News International (ANI).The chief minister of the neighboring West Bengal province, Mamata Banerjee, said in a post on X that she was “deeply concerned on getting the news of 23 soldiers missing” after their vehicles were swept away in the flash flood in Sikkim.She also said that “all steps have been taken to evacuate people in the districts of Kalimpong, Darjeeling, and Jalpaiguri to safer places.”Up to 4,000 people were evacuated in and around Rangpo, in Sikkim province, on Tuesday, ANI reported.This footage by the North Bengal Frontier BSF shows soldiers assisting residents affected by the flash flooding. Credit: North Bengal Frontier BSF via Storyful
A man says he was declared dead by social security and tax officials - which left him unable to drive, vote or claim tax returns for four years. Jeff Athey, now 28, was stated as passed away by the US Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2017. Jeff, a writer, actor and producer from New York City, had to fight for several years to get "legally resurrected". From 2017 to 2021, Jeff was unable to renew his driving licence, which meant he couldn't. His voter registration was removed, leaving him unable to cast his vote in the 2018 midterm elections. And whilst able to pay taxes, he couldn't claim tax returns. Jeff first realised he had been declared dead when his tax return was denied in March 2019. He immediately went to a local SSA office and was met with an employee who had no idea how to carry out his request. Jeff said: "They weren't upset because they had to do it. I think it bothered them because they had no idea how." The SSA asked him for documentation to prove he was alive - which he provided - and corrected their records in April of the same year. Unfortunately, this did not correct the records of any other organisations including the voter registration office or the IRS. Jeff said: "They send a notification to everyone else when you die but they don't when you're resurrected. "When I tried contacting the IRS it was impossible. I would get lost in a phone maze and then they wouldn't talk to me because I appeared dead. "I was paying taxes the whole time but I couldn't get any money back." Jeff was forced to contact the voter registration office to register again which allowed him to vote in the 2020 presidential elections. Jeff remained dead in the eyes of the IRS until 2021, when he reached out to a congresswoman Yvette Clark. Yvette Clark's office intervened and Jeff was finally "resurrected". He was then able to claim his tax return, which amounted £2,480 ($3,000) over four years. The ordeal has had a deep effect on Jeff, who lost faith in the organisations running his country. Jeff said: "I was just a 20-something, I didn't have an answer to what was happening and every answer that people proposed seemed too expensive and too scary. "It makes me more anxious and frustrated to deal with any government agency. "The issue for everything was that no-one in the system was talking to anyone else, it was always up to me to find out and inform everyone."
A woman who can talk to the dead discovered her four-year-old son has the same talent - after she spotted him speaking to "no-one". Erica Russo, 36, discovered she has "psychic and intuitive abilities" in 2017 after getting a sense she needed to meditate - during which "spirits began to show up". The mum-of-two then started communicating with people who are no longer living - including her neighbour's dead dad - and used "intuition" to predict future events. Erica reckons everyone has the ability to connect to psychic intuition, but most people never do. She is able to communicate with the dead by entering a "meditative state" to summon spirit guides which can connect her to the spirit world. She may not always be able to converse with them - but can always feel a presence when she has connected to the spirit - and can let her client know they're being watched over and loved. She learned her youngest son Kyle, now nine, had already connected to the spirit world at the age of just four. While this doesn't happen often for Kyle, and he hasn't had many full conversations with spirits, he has no fear when he senses a presence - and Erica feels he is particularly "sensitive" to spiritual presences. Erica, a psychic medium and intuitive life and business mentor, from New Fairfield, Connecticut, US, said: "A few years back I looked out the window of my home office, Kyle was outside talking to someone - I thought he was speaking to my husband at first, but he wasn't. "Then I logged onto Zoom and did a reading with a client, and the spirit that came through was my client's deceased son. "When I spoke to Kyle outside afterwards, he said he had been speaking to a boy who was here to see his mum. "My jaw just dropped - that's when I found out my son was a medium." Erica said, like her son, she had always been "sensitive" growing up, but only started to listen to her "intuition" in her late twenties. When her intuition told her to meditate, she did and said spirits began to show up in her meditation. She said: "The first one was when I spoke to my neighbour's deceased dad, who I had never met. "I shrugged it off for a while because it was so peculiar, but my neighbour confirmed his name." She began taking classes, finding mentors and reading books about spirituality and psychic phenomena. She said: "Hollywood portrays it to be very extravagant and it's not the case, everyone has felt the energy in some form. Everybody is psychic." She began offering readings to help others connect to their own psychic and intuitive abilities. Erica explains mediumship and psychic are two different things - with a medium connecting to someone in the spirit world, while being psychic is intuiting future events. But she feels they go hand in hand - where "a psychic perceives, a medium receives." Erica says on one occasion she sensed the presence of a friend who had passed away. Erica said: "I had to get an emergency tooth extraction and drove 45 minutes to the ER. "I was sat in the waiting room, and I had this 'download' come in that told me my friend was laid to rest close by. "I never went to his funeral, so I never knew, but I Googled his obituary, and his grave was just eight minutes from the hospital. "I went to find him to lay some flowers, but when I got there, I didn't know which grave was his out of about 1,000 there. "I stepped out the car and looked up at the sky and asked him to show me where he was, and I felt someone gently pushing my body towards a specific row of graves, then it stopped. The grave was right there. "When I saw it, I broke down in tears, it was like a miracle unfolding. Spirit is so incredibly intelligent." Erica spends most of her time mentoring people to hone their intuition - whether that's to become a medium themselves, or to help someone work through their limiting beliefs and overcome challenges. She believes it's her "life's purpose" to fulfil this role and mentor others to develop their spiritual awareness through online courses. A year-long mentorship course, with coaching programs, energy sessions unlimited access to Erica's advice costs $30k. Years of research have helped Erica's senses to become strong - and it seems at just a few years old, her son is just like her. While she feels all children are sensitive to spirit energy, some are more sensitive than others, and Kyle is very "highly attuned". She said as well as speaking to someone, Kyle has had nights where he has felt a "negative energy" in his room and been unable to sleep. Erica said he once had a dream that his grandmother had caught covid, and three days later, it happened. She said: "I know he's open to receiving psychic information. "I won't push him if he doesn't want to learn anything more about it, but I think he would be a great psychic medium one day." Kyle said: "I remember someone talking to me but nobody was there, so I just kept responding. It was really weird. "I wasn't really afraid because I didn't really believe in ghosts, I was just weirded out. "Before, I've felt like in my dreams people are talking to me but nobody is there - I hear voices and I talk to them but I'm not afraid."
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has demanded a replay of their Premier League match against Tottenham after a goal was wrongly disallowed.