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The Thanksgiving COVID surge is here! Experts says this is just the beginning as 213K more people test positive, infections rise in 36 states and hospitalizations show three peaks of the pandemic with a record 104,600 inpatients

The first signs that the United States is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases following Thanksgiving are appearing, as a further 213,000 people test positive, hospitalizations continue to rise, and infections climb in 36 states. There are currently a record 104,600 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, yet experts warn that the surge in the past few days is only the beginning of the Thanksgiving spike as they warn that December could be the most deadly month of the pandemic so far. Only North Dakota and New Mexico have recorded a drop in their seven-day average for new cases in the past week compared to the week before, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, with 36 other states continuing to see increases. South Carolina had the worst spike with its seven-day average for new daily cases jumping by 82 percent, followed by a 76 percent increase in Maine and a 74 percent increase in Massachusetts. The COVID Tracking Project says that nearly every state has reported a peak number

Driver is facing a $1MILLION fine or seven years in jail after sinking a car and trailer in a dangerous prank - but he claims his foot slipped because he was wearing gumboots

Internet sensation Willem Powerfish could be fined $1million or spend seven years behind bars for allegedly sinking his car and boat trailer carrying a tinnie in a river.  The 35-year-old, whose real name is Willem Ungermann, posted a video of himself allegedly reversing his Ford Falcon off the Fingal Road boat ramp into the Tweed River in northern New South Wales on November 20, 2019.  Ungermann's four-minute clip, titled 'Boat Ramp Session Vol 3', now has a total of almost two million views across Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Willem Ian Ungermann , who goes by Willem Powerfish online, filmed himself allegedly reversing a car (pictured in background) off the Fingal Road boat ramp into the Tweed River in northern New South Wales on November 20, 2019 NSW Police allege they were called to the scene by shocked bystanders who witnessed the Coolangatta man jackknife the car into the trailer multiple times.  It is also alleged the 'dangerous' stunt was filmed by a f

Portland police and protestors clash in broad daylight as demonstrators rally against the eviction of a black and indigenous family who will be forced to leave their home

Protesters outraged with at least a dozen arrests at a home where a family was removed in September hurled rocks at officers, sprayed a fire extinguisher at them and damaged police vehicles on Tuesday. The violence happened in broad daylight, and by evening, Mayor Ted Wheeler sent out a statement saying he was authorizing Portland Police 'to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation ... There will be no autonomous zone in Portland.' 'It's time for the encampment and occupation to end,' Wheeler said in a statement that also acknowledged the issues the protesters want to fix, such as housing and health care.  Protesters who have camped for months to prevent a Black and Indigenous family from being forced to leave a home took the property back on after morning clashes with police 'There are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform. Illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among

BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump's lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for COVID as Rudy Giuliani is treated in hospital - after she went maskless to a White House party for senior staff

Jenna Ellis, one of Donald Trump's campaign lawyers, is the latest on the president's team to test positive for coronavirus, a report revealed Tuesday, as his top lawyer Rudy Giuliani continues to receive treatment at the hospital after contracting the disease. Ellis, 36, has begun informing associates she tested positive, three senior White House officials told Axios, after she attended an East Wing event Friday as a guest of Trump's trade aide Peter Navarro. Sources who attended the indoor Christmas party at the White House said she was not wearing a mask. It is unclear whether Ellis posed a risk to other attendees. 'She had the nerve to show up at the senior staff Christmas party knowing everyone was furious with her for constantly stirring Trump up with nonsense,' a senior administration official said. Donald Trump's lawyer Jenna Ellis tested positive for coroanvirus, a Tuesday report revealed, after she went maskless to an indoor White House Christmas Party

Shark attack closes popular beach where man was mauled to death by a man-eater just two weeks ago

A youth worker has survived a shark attack at a popular tourist beach where a man was killed by one of the deadly animals two weeks ago.  Surfer Sam Heseltine narrowly escaped with his life after the shark bit down on his board at Cable Beach in Broome on the state's north-west coast about 7am on Wednesday morning.   He was taken to hospital in shock but was uninjured in the attack.  A photo of the board taken when the Broome local made it back to shore showed the shark had left visible teeth marks near the fin.  A shark attack has closed Cable Beach in Broome, north-western Western Australia, where a man was killed by one of the deadly animals two weeks ago A friend of the surfer said he was 'a bit shaken' by the near-miss but was otherwise unharmed. He seems fine, a bit shaken obviously, but he's a pretty solid guy,' the friend told ABC News. 'Initially he thought he'd just hit another surfer just next to him,' he said.   'The other guy that was in

How cops are conducting mysterious experiments to prove Tupperware mum, 33, 'burned her husband alive while he slept in an armchair' - as she denies setting the father-of-five alight

Police are conducting mysterious experiments in an effort to prove a woman incinerated her husband alive. Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Wednesday amid allegations she doused her husband Daniel in accelerant and torched the father of five in January. Surtees continues to deny she murdered the doting dad in cold blood. Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates' Court in January charged with setting her husband on fire while he allegedly slept on an armchair Surtees worked as a Tupperware lady before she allegedly set her husband on fire as he sat on a couch outside their front door Police were called to the couple's Boundary Road home around 8.30pm on January 25, 2020 where they found the father with severe burns. Pictured above are the charred remains of the armchair where Mr Surtees is alleged to have been sitting Little has been said publicly about how police put their case against the former Tuppe

'California has become complacent and entitled': Elon Musk CONFIRMS he has relocated to Texas after listing his seven Golden State properties for sale amid feud with lawmakers over COVID shutdown

Elon Musk has confirmed he has relocated to Texas following a feud with California lawmakers over government shutdowns amid the COVID-19 crisis.  The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX made the announcement on Tuesday during an interview with The Wall Street Journal.  The 49-year-old South African, who has lived in California for almost two decades, says the state has become 'complacent' when it comes to innovation.  'They do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don't win the championship anymore,' he told the publication.  Musk claimed that California - and, in particular, Silicon Valley - 'has been winning for a long time'. 'I think they're taking it for granted a little bit,' he stated.  Elon Musk has confirmed he has relocated to Texas following a feud with California lawmakers over government shutdowns amid the COVID-19 crisis. He did not say whether his partner, Grimes, and their young son are also moving

MP who likened the overseas travel ban to North Korea slams government for extending international border closures and accuses them of not considering separated families

An MP who likened Australia's ban on overseas holidays to North Korea has accused the government of ignoring the long-term effects of separating families and friends. Australia on March 20 became one of the very few countries in the world to prevent their citizens from leaving for social reasons as visitors were barred from entering. Health Minister Greg Hunt on Tuesday announced the biosecurity emergency would be extended for another three months, which means overseas holidays and family visits are can't occur until at least March 2021. Zali Steggall, the independent federal member for Warringah on Sydney's Northern Beaches, in August compared Australia's travel ban with Kim Jong-un's Communist dictatorship. An MP who likened Australia's ban on overseas holidays to North Korea has accused the government of ignoring the long-term effects of separating families and friends. Zali Steggall , the member for Warringah, is pictured with fellow independent MP Helen Hai

Judge dismisses Mike Flynn's prosecution after Donald Trump issues 'full pardon' to his fired national security advisor but warns it does NOT mean the general was innocent

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, two weeks after a pardon from the president effectively ended the case. The order from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan was largely procedural in light of the pardon from President Donald Trump, which wiped away Flynn's conviction for lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation. Sullivan made clear in a 43-page order that he was compelled to dismiss the case because of the pardon.  But he also stressed that a pardon, by itself, did not mean that Flynn was innocent. Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts during the presidential transition period with the Russian ambassador. President Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser. Flynn is seen above with his lawyer Sidney Powell in September. Judge Emmet Sullivan said he was required to dismiss the case after the pardon. 'Because the law rec

Teenage 'right wing extremist', 18, arrested on terror offences in his suburban NSW home was allegedly sharing 'mass shooting' propaganda online and had tried to buy weapons to make a homemade bomb

An 18-year-old with 'extreme right-wing ideology' is expected to be charged with terrorism offences after he allegedly indicated plans for an attack on Australian soil. The teenager, from Albury on the NSW and Victoria border, was arrested at his suburban home and shoved into a police van on Wednesday morning. An investigation was launched in August after investigators 'became aware of online posts containing extreme right wing ideology' - fearing the teenager may be plotting an attack. Police noticed the teenager's tone in his controversial online posts had escalated and he attempted to access weapons and instructions to make a homemade bomb online.  NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrests 18-year-old Albury man on Wednesday Police claimed a number of mainstream social media platforms were being used by the teenager, including closed groups that he used to share extremist content.  Investigators allege he used social media forums and apps throughout the year to