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Trump, Biden eye Pennsylvania on final campaign weekend
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will focus on Pennsylvania during the final campaign weekend, a state many experts say could be the tipping point deciding who wins the White House. Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016 by less than 1% of votes cast, or about 44,000 votes.is among the most important of a half-dozen battlegrounds with its 20 electoral college votes. Trump plans rallies Saturday in Bucks County north of Philadelphia and at airports in Reading and Butler north of Pittsburgh. Biden, the former vice president, will deliver a speech in Philadelphia on Sunday. He and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will “fan out across all four corners of the state” Monday with their spouses, according to Biden’s campaign.
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Is Halloween canceled? No, but experts stress caution
In a year that’s been terrifying in its own real-life ways, many parents across the country may be asking themselves this Halloween — “should we stay, or should we go?” And that’s because experts highlighted the different levels of risk for activities associated with the spooky night. The CDC recommends avoiding higher risk activities such as traditional trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating and indoor costume parties or haunted houses. Looking for safer alternatives? Consider pumpkin carving at home, participating in a virtual costume contest or having a home “scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search.”
Halloween during COVID: What a drive-thru spooky experience is like
USA TODAY’s Carly Mallenbaum takes us inside several pandemic-friendly Halloween drive-thrus in Los Angeles, California.
Get ready for a Halloween full moon
Can 2020 get any spookier? Halloween night will feature the moon event of the year: A rare full moon, aka “blue moon.” The Halloween full moon is known as a “blue” moon because it’s the second full moon of the month. Despite its nickname, the moon won’t appear blue on Halloween night. It’ll be the same color it’s always been. Fun fact: The last time that a full moon was seen in all U.S. time zones on Halloween was 1944, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. And the next time we’ll see an equally spooky Halloween full moon is 2039, so plan your werewolf costumes accordingly.
The meaning behind full moon names
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Let’s ‘fall back,’ folks
Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, so get ready to “fall back.” The official time for people to turn the clocks back an hour is at 2 a.m, meaning the time will go back to 1 a.m. You might get an “extra” hour of sleep that day, but it will also begin to get darker earlier in the day. The amount of daylight will shorten each day until the winter solstice on Dec. 21. Daylight saving time was first enacted by the federal government during World War I as a way to conserve coal. “Old time,” as it was described in archives of the Delaware News Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, was reinstated after about a year, but daylight saving time persisted in various forms until the federal government passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966.
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Machu Picchu to reopen with new safety protocols after 7-month closure
Peru’s majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is expected to reopen Sunday after seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long closure of Peru’s No. 1 tourist draw, standing at an altitude of 8,170 feet, has hammered the local economy, marking the second time it has been shut down since it opened its doors to tourism in 1948. Before entering, visitors will have their temperatures taken and will be required to wear masks and stand at least 2 meters apart. Groups, including a guide, cannot be larger than eight people, and children under 12 will not be allowed.
Contributing: The Associated Press