Santa Is Finally Part Of The Government
A man named Thomas Patrick O’Connor, who legally changed his name to Santa Claus in 2005, was elected to the North Pole, Alaska City Council on Tuesday. The 68-year-old won with just 58 write-in votes -- there are roughly 2,000 people in North Pole -- while his opponent got 26. He reportedly ran on a platform promising to fix the town's budget. And lest you think he just took good ol' Saint Nick's name -- nope, Santa Claus looks exactly like Santa Claus.
Fundraising Numbers For Candidates Released
On Thursday, we found out the amount of money presidential candidates raised for the quarter ending on Sept. 30, and in case you didn't realize -- there's a a lot of money going into these campaigns. Overall, Democrats raised more than Republicans, with the party's two leading candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, taking in $30 million and $26 million, respectively. On the other side, Ben Carson led the way with $20 million, while Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz each took in around $13 million. Donald Trump reportedly raised $4 million -- though he has said he is self-financing his run.
No Netflix -- Not Chill
On Thursday, the unimaginable happened: Netflix went down. If you're one of the lucky ones, and didn't realize, don't worry -- it's back up now. The streaming site wasn't the only one to go offline yesterday, though. According to reports and Twitter users, HBOGo, Expedia, Chase Bank and others went offline. It was actually UltraDNS, a web content delivery service, that took the hit, due to a server issue.
Daily Fantasy Sports Dealt Another Blow
The same week that it was reported that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice were looking into the legality of Daily Fantasy Sports sites, the industry took a hit from one local government. On Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board ruled that DFS is gambling, and, thus, sites must get a liscense from the Nevada Gaming Commission if they want to be available to users in that state. "This decision deprives these fans of a product that has been embraced broadly by the sports community, including professional sports teams, leagues and media partners," a spokesperson for FanDuel, one of the industry's leading sites, said. Nevada has become the 12th state to prohibit at least one DFS site.