A devastating earthquake at the Iran/Iraq border Sunday evening killed more than 300 and injured thousands of others. The BBC reports the epicenter of the quake was located near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad. Preliminary readings indicate the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3. A number of hospitals were severely damaged, and one aid agency said at least 70,000 people were in need of shelter. The quake, which was the deadliest to hit that region since 2012, is only the sixth earthquake in the world with a magnitude of 7.0 or more this year.
Boise Police are investigating a Nov. 11 crash involving a car and motorcycle on State Street near Glenwood Street. BPD said both vehicles were traveling westbound, but the motorcyclist attempted to pass the car on the right side, using the bike lane. When the car made a right turn into a driveway, the motorcycle slammed into the car, killing the motorcyclist. The Ada County Coroner has not released the name of the deceased. Meanwhile, Idaho State Police are investigating a Nov. 11 two-vehicle crash near Jerome that killed two people. ISP reported two passengers riding in a minivan were killed when car failed to yield for a stop sign and collided with the minivan. Investigations continue into both fatal accidents.
Page Six, the New York Post's go-to web site for all things celebrity, reports that in the shadow of numerous sexual harassment scandals, "Hollywood is dreading award season." After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 683 members to increase its diversity, Page Six says predictions are now skewing toward films about—and made by—women, such as Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig; and Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins; and steering away from masculine themes, such as Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan.
Liz Smith, once the queen of tabloid gossip, died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 94. Known as the "Grand Dame of Dish," Smith's columns included scoops on everyone from Marlon Brando to Donald Trump. She wrote for The New York Daily News, The New York Postand Newsday—a 33-year run that morphed onto the internet when her columns appeared on newyorksocialdiary.com.
With Thanksgiving a week and a half away and Christmas right around the corner, lots of high-calorie holiday drinks are on tap. BuzzFeed has a look at some drink orders at Starbucks it thinks will have you asking, "Are these customers OK?" Among them was a venti (20 ounces) pumpkin spice latte with eight shots of espresso, seven pumps of pumpkin sauce and a pump of maple pecan sauce—$11.85 before tax. Here's another: a venti salted caramel mocha frappucino with five pumps of frap roast, four pumps of caramel sauce, four pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of mocha, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, double blended and topped with extra whipped cream. The barista needed two stickers to print out the order.