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‘Headless chicken monster’ found floating in deep ocean is really sea cucumber

It looks like how everyone is describing it, a “headless chicken monster,” and when you see a photo of it, it may make you ask, “What is it?”

It’s actually a sea cucumber that lives in the depths of the Antarctic Ocean that has a transparent body and a webbed veil, USA Today reported.

The official name, despite the descriptive “headless chicken monster” moniker, is Enypniastes eximia.

Even scientists who study the creatures of the deep admit to its similarity to tonight’s possible dinner entree. 

“It looks a bit like a chicken just before you put it in the oven,” said Dirk Welsford, program leader for the Australian Antarctic Division. He was one of the researchers who found the odd animal.

It was originally only photographed one time in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the New York Times reported.

But now it has been found swimming, or floating, in the waters of the Southern Ocean, 2,500 miles from Australia, the Times reported.

So how did the researchers get the rare images of the creature?

The camera attaches to toothfish longlines in the Southern Ocean, CNN reported. A toothfish longline is used to catch the fish using weighted lines that sink in the deep water, according to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

The camera attached to the line operates for a long time, under the pressure of the water depths, and is in pitch black surroundings, CNN reported.

Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: 7 stunning photos of nature's light show

The Orionid meteor shower, which occurs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 every year thanks to debris from Halley's Comet, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky.

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Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo by John Ashley Fine Art Photography, Facebook

2. Standen, East Grinstead, England

Photo by @simon_halstead, Twitter

3. Japan

Photo by Kouji Ohnishi, Facebook

4. Normanton, England

Photo by @Michiko_Smith, Twitter

5. Iceland

Photo by @clukinmarvelous, Instagram

6. Long Island, New York

Photo by @GSBImagesMBusch, Twitter

7. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Photo by @charnick_wx, Twitter

Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

World Series 2018: Schedule, times released

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet in the 114th World Series, and Major League Baseball announced the dates and times for the Fall Classic on Sunday.

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The Red Sox led the majors with 108 wins this season and eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox are 5-0 on the road this postseason as they seek their fourth crown in 15 years.

The Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 win on Saturday night, landing their 23rd pennant. 

>> 2018 World Series: Some things you might not know

The World Series will open at Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, and all games will be televised nationally on Fox. ESPN Radio will carry the games on radio. 

Here is the schedule for the best-of-seven World Series:

 Game 1 - Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:09 p.m.

Game 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:09 p.m.

Game 3 - Friday, Oct. 26,  8:09 p.m.

Game 4 - Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m.

x-Game 5 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m.

x-Game 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m.

x-Game 7 - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m.

x-If necessary

Amy Schumer backs Colin Kaepernick, won't appear in Super Bowl ads 

Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.

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In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? 

Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.

In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.

In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.

She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.

“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” 

>> Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show

Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.

Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.

Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.

It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.

UK woman who delayed chemo to give birth dies of cancer

A British woman who delayed chemotherapy so she could save her unborn baby’s life died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with ovarian cancer, the Daily Mail reported.

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Gemma Nuttall, 29, of Lancashire, was diagnosed with the cancer in 2014, while she was 16 weeks pregnant, People reported, citing a GoFundMe page set up by the woman’s mother, Helen Sproates.

“It is with an utterly broken heart that I have to tell you all that my beautiful warrior lost her battle early this morning,” Sproates wrote on Facebook. “We fought so hard but we just couldn’t do it anymore — I am one very proud but devastated mum right now — Sleep tight Gemma — My world will never be the same again.”

Doctors gave Nuttall the option to terminate the pregnancy to receive chemotherapy for her tumor, but she decided to delay treatment until she gave birth to her daughter, Penelope by emergency C-section in March 2014, The Sun reported.

Penelope is now 4.

After the child was born, Nuttall underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Doctors found cervical cancer and were able to remove the tumor, and Nuttall spent the next two years cancer-free, People reported. But in April 2016 she was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and lung, the magazine reported.

Actress Kate Winslet stepped in, and with the help of “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, auctioned three dinners with “Jack and Rose” and raised $1.35 million in early 2018.

Winslet said Nuttall’s death was “tragically sad” and called her “a beacon of strength,” the Daily Mail reported.

“My heart breaks for her mum and daughter,” Winslet told the newspaper.

Cancer-stricken toddler Brody Allen, who got an early Christmas, dies

A 2-year-old Ohio boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer, whose town and family gave him an early Christmas, died Friday morning, the Journal-News reported.

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Brody Allen passed away around 6 a.m. Friday, his father, Todd Allen, posted on Facebook

"This morning at 6 a.m. Brody passed quietly, and peacefully in the arms of his mother Shilo," Allen wrote. "He did not suffer. He was surrounded by his family and I have no doubt many angels. While our sadness is immeasurable and we will miss his smiling beautiful soul, we are also comforted in knowing that today our son has touched the face of God." 

Oncologists in Cincinnati told Brody’s parents in August that the toddler had less than two months to live. Doctors originally believed the boy had an ear infection, but it was something much worse as specialists discovered that Brody was born with an aggressive brain cancer that grew into four untreatable tumors, WCPO reported. 

Allen said his son’s cancer -- embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes --- is so rare that only 300 other people have been diagnosed with the condition, WCPO reported.

In September, Brody’s family decided to bring the Christmas holidays to him, decorating their home with lights, candy canes and polar bears, the television station reported.

>> Ohio boy with inoperable brain cancer gets early Christmas

Hundreds of people in Brody’s hometown of Colerain Township staged a Christmas parade last month, WCPO reported.

Colerain Township officials on Friday set aside a location for well-wishers to leave memorials, the television station reported. All items left there will be given to the Allen family, police said.

"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brody Allen," Colerain Township said in a news release. "Brody captured our attention and love over the past few months as he and his family bravely battled the disease that has ultimately taken his life."

Donations can be made to the an official Brody Allen Gofundme pageWCPO reported.

There are 107 days until Super Bowl LIII: Is Atlanta prepared?

There are 107 days left before Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosts Super Bowl LIII, and massive preparations are ongoing in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman of Operations Brett Daniels is one of an army of local leaders who have spent more than two years preparing for the big game, which will be played Feb. 3.

The collaboration is unbelievable," Daniels said. "Every different scenario has been factored in. Everything you can imagine has been thought of."

At a media briefing Friday, Daniels announced specific downtown road closures. 

All of Andrew Young International Boulevard through the Georgia World Congress Center Campus will be closed to traffic for 10 days. 

On Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday, Northside Drive will be shut down between Ivan Allen Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. So will MLK and Mitchell streets from Northside Drive to Centennial Olympic Park Drive. 

MARTA trains will run 24/7 from Friday through Sunday. 

Jeffrey Parker, the CEO of MARTA, said the transit system expects some of the highest ridership the city has ever seen. 

“I’m not going to be on who’s going to win the game, but I’ll bet that it’ll be the highest ridership, transit ridership, of any Super Bowl, so we have a lot of work to do," Parker said. "But we’ve also done a lot of work in preparation.”

Jon Barker, the vice president of event operations with the National Football League, said he has high confidence that the city is prepared. 

“Without a doubt, (I have a) high level of confidence, especially with everything we’ve seen here, all the meetings that we’ve had, the years of planning that have gone into this," Barker said. "Yeah, confidence level is extraordinarily high for this Super Bowl.”

Public safety is also obviously a huge concern. 

Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields won't release too many specifics of her department’s public safety plan, but said people can expect a huge police presence on the Georgia World Congress Center Campus and expanding security perimeters as you get close to the Super Bowl itself. 

"We are in a good space," Shields said. "We are on point where we should be and it's good."

Shields said collaboration among the many organizations planning for the Super Bowl is essential. 

"There's a lot of nuances you have to consider and anticipate, which is why it's imperative that we have so many diverse people," Shields said. 

Daniels said there's always the unknown, but they are ready for it. 

“You have to rely on your teammates and know that you can count on them," Daniels said. "And when something does change and you get that curve ball, they're ready for it.”

"We’re ramping up to that place where we’re ready to execute," Shields said. "We want to play our game.”

Harry, Meghan ditch shoes, break royal protocol for beach appearance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to Australia has been all about the photo op. And today’s visit to a beach is no exception as the royal couple broke protocol and got rid of their shoes to walk in the sand.

And it was Harry who decided to get rid of this shoes and put his feet in the sand, Sky News reported. After he removed his footwear, Meghan followed suit and handed her espadrilles to her prince on Bondi Beach. 

>>Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

They were there to meet a surfing community group called OneWave and participate in “Fluro Friday.”

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“Fluro Friday” is a time when surfers don neon and flowers to discuss mental health issues, BBC reported

Prince Harry has been candid about his struggles with depression after his mother, Princess Diana’s, death more than 20 years ago.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” Harry has said, according to The Guardian.

Harry and Meghan took part in an “anti-bad vibe circle,” Insider reported.

One Wave’s founder, Grant Trebilco, suffers from bipolar disorder. 

And it’s a combination of surfing and talking that get him through his mental health issues.

>>Read: Meghan Markle channels Princess Diana in first visit after royal baby announcement

“The things that really saved me was surfing and the other thing was talking about it,” Trebilco told The Guardian. “Two of my closest friends started sharing their stories about depression and I never knew.”

Prince Harry, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, have started their own foundation, Heads Together, to help people deal with mental health. 

>>Read: Meghan Markle pregnant, expecting first child with Prince Harry

After the morning session on the beach, Harry and Meghan went to Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Australia, to talk to the students about their social justice project and youth empowerment, The Guardian reported.  

After, Harry climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the flag for the Invictus Games

Harry founded the games for wounded and sick members of the military. The games will run from Oct. 20 through Oct. 27 in Sydney.

Banksy's shredding prank was supposed to totally destroy artwork

The director’s cut did not quite follow the plan.

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The British street artist whose “Girl With Balloon” artwork self-shredded after being sold for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Oct. 5, suggested that the painting was supposed to be totally destroyed, and that the machine jammed, the BBC reported. 

As art patrons gasped, Banksy’s work began passing through a shredder hidden in its frame and stopped about halfway through its destructive operation.

In a clip posted to YouTube called “Shred the Love: The Director’s Cut,” a man is shown building the frame and then completely shreds a copy of “Girl With Balloon.” A caption in the video notes that “In rehearsals it worked every time.”

>> Banksy artwork self-destructs

“It does look like paper coming out, but there is a chance it could be a fine linen,” said Danielle Howe, who works at John Jones, a London-based canvas supplier, told The New York Times. “(But) it’s difficult to determine without looking at the work in person.”

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, repeated that the auction house was not privy to Banksy’s stunt, the BBC reported.

“Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren’t,” Banksy said in an Instagram post on Thursday that pointed people to the YouTube video.

In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Branczik said Sotheby’s had asked Pest Control, Banksy’s official authentication body, if the frame could be removed before the auction.

“Pest Control said very clearly: The frame is integral to the artwork,” Branczik told the magazine. "Which it was. Just not in the sort of way that we thought.”

The buyer of the artwork has kept it, the Times reported. It has been renamed “Love Is in the Bin,” after Pest Control issued a new authentication certificate, the newspaper reported.

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