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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:16 AM
— Sen. Al Franken, (D-Minn.), will make an announcement on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday as to whether he will resign his seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Franken is expected to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.
Franken has been accused of inappropriate conduct by several women. On Wednesday, more than 20 fellow senators called for Franken to resign.
What happens to his seat if he does? Here’s a look at the process of filling the seat.
A person who would be a senator from Minnesota must:
Be at least 30 years old
Be a resident of Minnesota
Be a U.S. citizen for at least nine years
Who makes the decision on a replacement?
According to state law, Minnesota’s governor is authorized to fill the vacancy if a senator resigns. The governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, can make temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies, but a special election must be held to fill the seat until the next scheduled election of that seat is held.
When would a special election be held in this case?
In Minnesota, if the seat is vacated at least 11 weeks before a scheduled primary, then a special election must be held the following November. There is a primary set for Aug. 14, 2018, in Minnesota, so that would mean that a special election would have to be held in November 2018 if Franken resigns before May 29, 2018. Minnesota’s other senator, Amy Klobuchar, (D), is up for re-election in that election.
The winner of the special election would serve out Franken’s term, which ends in January 2021. If that person wants to stay in the seat for the six-year term that begins in January 2021, he or she would have to face re-election in November 2020.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM
OYMYAKON, Russia — As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.
According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.
Oymyakon bottoms out at -62C or -80F. Now that is cold https://t.co/WY9OQvcwVY— Jim Edds (@ExtremeStorms) January 15, 2018
Bit colder than usual in Siberia over next few days. Watch some stations like Oymyakon for -70°F pic.twitter.com/nt9PUa5WUo— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) January 14, 2018
In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.
That's what happens when the temperature reaches -79°F in Oymyakon, Russia. pic.twitter.com/pXR1Z7NKtI— Dose (@dose) January 15, 2018
A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.
Anyone moaning about the weather...could be worse, this is village of Oymyakon in Russia where it is currently -62c!!!! pic.twitter.com/6RONaURGSh— Greigsy (@Greigsy) January 16, 2018
Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.
As temperatures sink to -60C in Yakutia, heroic Chinese tourists take a swim!— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) January 15, 2018
Amazing scenes as Russia’s iciest region of Yakutia plunges to near record lows, and even the thermometer in the world’s coldest village breaks downhttps://t.co/UpCiM5WIZg pic.twitter.com/1lpqOgEFu8
It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:22 AM
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — A driver sank a Cadillac Escalade Tuesday while backing up his boat into Lake Weir, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
The man, whose identity wasn't released, was reversing his SUV on a boat ramp at the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area when he was unable to put the vehicle back in park, deputies said.
The vehicle followed the boat into the lake, well past a pair of signs that bear an arrow and the words "caution end of ramp."
The driver escaped the vehicle and was uninjured.
Divers with the Sheriff's Office helped a tow truck driver retrieve the SUV from the water.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — I’m sorry. A what?
Texans who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not everyone in warmer regions has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it.
Or not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could “one day save your life.”
Accordingly, on an oddly icy Texas morning, the state’s residents are forced to get creative.
Just among the Austin American-Statesman’s newsroom staff, reported ice scraper substitutes included: a drawer’s worth of spatulas, several credit cards, a plastic cup and a plastic level.
A little research shows we weren’t far off some common stand-ins:
Check out what some other Texans have resorted to:
I used a kayak paddle as an ice scraper this morning. If you live in Austin and drive to work. What did you use? If answer is ice scraper, well, good for you.— Mose Buchele (@MoseBuchele) January 3, 2018
Other tips for de-icing your windshield include idling your car (but that could be illegal in some parts of the country), spraying your window with either a saltwater solution or an alcohol solution or sprinkling salt on it directly.
You should not use hot (or even lukewarm) water to melt the ice on your windshield. The difference in temperature can shock the glass and cause it to crack.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:26 PM
— Jerry Miller’s daughter was taken from him shortly after she was born in 1978 in Covington, Kentucky.
At that time, he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and his chances of recovery were slim, according to WAVE.
His wife was 17 years old the newborn would be too much to take care of, so she was given up for adoption.
Over the years, Miller remarried. He had three children and moved to Hanover, Indiana, according to WAVE.
But he never forgot about the baby he held for 30 minutes that day nearly 40 years ago. He tried to find her, using private detectives. His last hope was social media.
"Please everyone share this,” his daughter wrote in a post that has since been made private on Facebook. “My dad is looking for a daughter that was adopted while he was very ill and was unable to gain custody in 1978.”
The post went viral, and media groups also shared the story.
"If she doesn't see it, I'll probably go to my grave regretting it,” Miller told WAVE. "Wondering if she's dead or alive. If somebody is taking care of her the right way.”
Miller stopped wondering Sunday, when they reconnected.