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In Austin, Texas, men are more than 6 times as likely to ghost someone than in other U.S. cities, according to the Singles in America survey by Match.

The big picture: They are also 5 times more likely to breadcrumb, almost 4 times more likely to become relationship "zombies" and 4 times more likely to constantly check their phone on a first date.

  • "Ghosting" is a relatively new dating term referring to the act of disappearing without explanation from all communication with someone after weeks or months of regular texting, messaging, calls and/or dates.
  • A "zombie" will come back to text or interact on social media with someone they ghosted a while before.
  • "Breadcrumbing" consists of regularly messaging someone via text, dating apps or social media with no real intention of starting a relationship.
  • "Benching" is when you don’t really want to date someone seriously, but want to keep them “on the bench” for those lonely nights. This is done by consistent yet infrequent communication.

Sound smart: Benching differs only slightly from breadcrumbing, in that, breadcrumbing requires no in-person communication.

  • "Orbiting" is one of the newest online dating terms, which refers to the act of cryptically viewing or liking a love interest or ex's social media accounts. "The way it feels to be orbited depends on your relationship to the orbiter," according to the New York Times.

Go deeper: Our special report on the future of dating

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The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.