USA Today reports One World Trade Center is open for business. Today, 13 years after the September 11th terrorist attack, publisher Conde Nast began moving into their offices. One World Trade is a 104-story skyscraper and also America's tallest building. In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo called One World Trade Center a "symbol of the resilience of the people of New York." He said today "we remember that strength and courage will always conquer weakness and cowardice."
Midterm elections take place tomorrow! The Pew Research Center reports voter turnout in the midterm elections is historically lower than in presidential election years, and says its a trend that dates back as far as the 1840s. This year, the most talked-about initiatives deal with the legalization of medical marijuana and an increase in the minimum wage. For a quick recap of what to look for in your state before tomorrow's election, check out this guide by the NY Times. Also check out this video of celebrities imploring you to Turn Out for What.
On Friday, one of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft broke up during a test flight and crashed over the Mojave Desert. The British company exists with hopes of providing spaceflights to tourists. The crash killed the pilot and was the second space-related disaster in a week, according to CNN. The U.S. government's investigation into the crash could take up to a year, meaning space tourism will be put on hold. The AP reports the incidents cast doubt on the safety of space tourism.
AAA reported over the weekend that the national average for gas dropped below 3 dollars since 2010. Gas prices dropped below the mark in Delaware and New Jersey, and Pennsylvania is expected to follow suit in the next few week. CBS News reports the Energy Information Administration acknowledges the "pace and duration" of this boom in oil production remains uncertain.
Over the weekend, our spirits were lifted when we got an extra hour of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time and turning the clocks back on Saturday at 2 a.m. If your body is ever struggling with a time change, check out these tips courtesy of the Huffington Post:
-Some of our genes operate on internal clocks and messing with sleep can upset almost all of them. This includes our body temperature, blood sugar and possibly even our mood.
-Darkness is our biggest clue that it's time for bed. Artificial light from lamps, a television or even our photos and laptops tricks our mind into thinking we should be awake, rather than wind down for bed.
See the full list of tips here.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed two record-breaking tightrope walks on television in a live Discovery special last night. The Huffington Post reports he first walked across the Chicago River on a rope between two buildings at a starting height of 588 feet. He walked upwards rising 83 feet, setting a record for the steepest tightrope walk. His second walk was performed blindfolded. He then set the record for the highest blindfolded walk. And what did you do last night?
Now that Halloween is over, you can be sure you'll see Christmas decorations and holiday movies in stores and on your television. Here's one to look out for: Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. You can watch the newly released trailer for the Lifetime movie here. If it looks like something you'll want to curl up with a ball of yarn and cup of hot chocolate for, put it in your calendar. The movie premieres Saturday, November 29th at 8 p.m.