In Bangkok, authorities are attempting to determine if nine babies born to surrogate mothers were all fathered by the same Japanese man.
Police received a tip about the condominium filled with nine babies, seven nannies, and a pregnant 20-year-old. Investigators say the nannies earn 10,000 baht ($310) a month to care for the infants, and the surrogate was hired for 300,000 bhat ($9,300). They briefly spoke with a man who claimed to be the lawyer of the babies' biological father. "If the Japanese man admits that all these children are his babies, we would ask him why he wanted to have so many babies," deputy national police chief Aek Angsananont told Reuters.
Surrogacy in Thailand has been in the news lately, with one 21-year-old saying she was hired by an Australian couple to carry their twins, but was left with the baby boy who was born with Down syndrome. The number of cases is causing officials to worry that Thailand is becoming the center of unregulated surrogacies, and in need of an overhaul of its laws. Catherine Garcia
The New York Giants announced Tuesday that they've cut kicker Josh Brown from the team. The announcement followed last week's release of journals, letters, and emails in which Brown admitted he'd been abusive toward his wife, Molly Brown. ABC News reported that in one journal entry, Brown wrote, "I have abused my wife."
The Giants have maintained they did not know about the documents before they were released last Wednesday. "We believed we did the right thing at every juncture of our relationship with Josh," team president John Mara said in statement. "Our beliefs, our judgments, and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility."
In a statement Tuesday, Brown apologized and said he has "never struck his wife, and never would." "I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of the New York Giants, Mr. Mara, or any of those who have supported me along the way," Brown wrote, promising to tell "more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic."
The NFL placed Brown on the commissioner's exempt list Friday, which meant he couldn't attend practice or games, but could still collect his base salary of $1.15 million. Prior to that, he served a one-game suspension, sitting out the first game of the 2016 season for "violating a protective order against his wife in 2015," Sports Illustrated reported. Though Brown was arrested over that incident, he was not charged.
Brown and his wife have filed for divorce. Becca Stanek
Apocalyptic political ad suggests a nuclear bomb could wipe out a million people if Trump gets elected
In case the thought of Election Day doesn't already fill you with dread, this political ad should do the trick. The apocalyptic spot — created by former Sen. Bill Bradley's (D-N.J.) new super PAC, 52nd Street Fund — reminds the people of Ohio that a Donald Trump presidency could mean the death of a million people. "That's more than all the men, women, and children living in Columbus, Ohio," the ad booms, while a mushroom cloud explodes onscreen.
The cause of death, the ad suggests, would be a nuclear weapon placed within reach of Trump. Watch the imagining of nuclear destruction, below. Becca Stanek
With Apple users not yet recovered from the devastating elimination of the headphone jack, Apple has just deleted yet another staple of our modern lives. Photographs of the new MacBook Pros obtained by MacRumors appear to show that Apple has now taken the escape key away from us, too:
HI THERE IS NO ESCAPE KEY ON THE NEW MAC pic.twitter.com/agoCGLwEpw
— Owen Williams⚡️ (@ow) October 25, 2016
WHY REMOVE ESC KEY
AND LEAVE FN KEY pic.twitter.com/p3z3MWJgDh
— Owen Williams⚡️ (@ow) October 25, 2016
2016 but a mac https://t.co/YcTyswPlyO
— darth™ (@darth) October 25, 2016
RIP ESC. Jeva Lange
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Tuesday during a luncheon on New York's Long Island that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Powell, who served under George W. Bush, said Clinton will serve with "distinction" and cited her "experience and stamina," Newsday's Robert Brodsky reported. Powell said Donald Trump, on the other hand, seems to be "selling people a bill of goods." He also noted the Republican candidate's lack of experience and that he's insulted a "huge swath of people," Brodsky reported.
Powell's announcement comes just one month after his emails bashing the Clinton and her husband were leaked. "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect," Powell wrote about Clinton in one email dated July 26, 2014, per The Hill. "A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home." Becca Stanek
Donald Trump really, really, really hates wind power. How much? Well, Trump has been ranting online about wind farms for even longer than he's been ranting about Hillary Clinton:
Terrible. Wind farms are provided permits by the US government, which causes the "programmatic" killing of bald eagles.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2012
Wind farms are killing many thousands of birds. They make hunters look like nice people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2012
It's Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2012
Appearing on Herman Cain's morning talk show on WSB on Tuesday, Trump found himself blasting windmills once again, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Our energy companies are a disaster right now," Trump explained to Cain, adding, "Wind is very, very expensive, and it only works when it's windy."
"Right," confirmed Cain.
That was hardly the last of it:
Trump: In all fairness, wind is fine. Sometimes you go — I don't know if you've ever been to Palm Springs, California — it looks like a junkyard. They have all these different —
Cain: I have.
Trump: They have all these different companies and each one is made by a different group from, all from China and from Germany, by the way — not from here. And you look at all these windmills. Half of them are broken. They're rusting and rotting. You know, you're driving into Palm Springs, California, and it looks like a poor man's version of Disneyland. It's the worst thing you've ever seen.
And it kills all the birds. I don't know if you know that … Thousands of birds are lying on the ground. And the eagle. You know, certain parts of California — they've killed so many eagles. You know, they put you in jail if you kill an eagle. And yet these windmills [kill] them by the hundreds. [The Herman Cain Show via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
You heard the man. Make birds great again — anything short of that would be downright quixotic. Jeva Lange
When talking about his various endorsements in a Tuesday morning interview with local news station WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, Donald Trump claimed that he'd been "largely" endorsed by the military — "at least conceptually." "We've had tremendous veteran endorsements because the veterans have been treated so unfairly," Trump said.
The claim is questionable on multiple levels — namely, what is a "conceptual" endorsement? It would seem only Trump knows the answer to that.
Then there's the fact that the law explicitly prevents federal agencies from making political endorsements. The Department of Defense has a "set of guidelines that tightly restricts any active duty military or civilian personnel from publicly choosing political sides," NBC News reported, which all but rules out active military members endorsing Trump. Those laws also mean Trump couldn't possibly have that endorsement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that he often boasts about having.
As for retired members, Trump hasn't exactly won them over in droves, either. NBC News reported Trump has gotten an endorsement from about 88 retired military figures; for comparison's sake, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was endorsed by more than 500 retired military members. Becca Stanek
With just a month to go until the premiere date for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, we're finally getting our first official glimpse at modern life in Stars Hollow. On Tuesday, Netflix offered up a two-and-a-half minute glimpse into all that awaits our favorite mother-daughter pair in the four-part mini-series, which will be released Nov. 25.
While Lorelai and Rory are still noshing on obscene amounts of junk food, not much else seems to have stayed the same for the Gilmore girls. Lorelai's notoriously stuffy mother Emily is wearing a T-shirt, bookworm Rory is floating around jobless, and Luke and Lorelai are — finally! — in a relationship.
Details about what's up with the rest of the crew — including Sookie, Dean, Jess, Logan, Miss Patty, Lane, and Kirk — are scarce, but the trailer confirmed they all will definitely be making appearances.
Watch the trailer below — and be prepared to start your Thanksgiving countdown now. Becca Stanek