Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other goings-on in the United States, Latin America, and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.
Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
- The U.S. Coronavirus death rate surpassed 250,000 this week, a number that’s now higher than worst-case predictions the White House gave last spring. Infections are expected to rise and deaths could continue to see increases as hospitals around the country face strains because of the virus. [WaPo]
- Central Americans are grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Iota, which has been marked the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year. The hurricane left at least 30 people dead in its wake and is expected to cause mudslides and floods in the coming days as rain continues. Many Nicaraguans, which was especially hard hit, have fled their homes and headed to neighboring countries. [BBC]
- A federal judge in D.C. has ruled the Trump administration cannot turn away minors at the border without due process because of COVID-19, saying that the government’s citing public health risks as a reason for the expulsion of migrant children exceeds the authority of an emergency decree from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [NYT]
- Illegal gold mining excavations in Ecuador have caused a landslide that killed five people, including a minor. The landslide occurred in Esmeraldas, one of Ecuador’s poorest provinces, not far from the country’s border with Colombia. [NYT]
- The National Science Foundation will close a huge dish radio telescope at the renowned Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico after it sustained months of damage that now make it a danger to keep. An auxiliary cable broke in August, tearing a 100-foot hole in the reflector dish and damaged the dome above it, and this month, one of the telescope’s main steel cables snapped. Still, closing the telescope is a blow to scientists, since it’s one of the world’s largest. [AP]
- Cardi B responded to criticism after she was named Billboard’s Woman Of The Year. “For you crybabies like, ‘But she only got one song!’ Yeah, I got that song, bitch,” she said. “You know, the one that sold the most? The one that streamed the most? The one that had Republicans crying on Fox News about it. The one that have a song that’s about to be six times platinum in three months. The one that had your grandma popping her pussy on TikTok. Yeah bitch, that one.” [Billboard]