Suspect in murder of 5 people held without bail at club in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The suspected shooter potentially charged with hate crimes in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub has been held without bail in a first court appearance. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, appeared Wednesday from prison via video and was seen slumped in a chair with visible injuries to his face and head. Aldrich appeared to be prompted by defense attorneys when asked by the judge to provide her name. According to the police, 17 people were injured by gunfire in the attack last weekend. The suspect faces murder and hate crime charges. Aldrich’s attorneys say in court filings that the suspect is non-binary, but have not elaborated.
‘Missing my baby’: Six dead in Virginia Walmart shooting
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Family and loved ones mourn the loss of the six people killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia. These included Lorenzo Gamble, a 43-year-old caretaker who was a father of two. Kellie Pyle was a 52-year-old mother with wedding plans. Michelle Johnson described her late son Brian as a happy guy who loved his family and friends. A longtime employee, 70-year-old Randy Blevins, was affectionately known as “Mr. Randy” by a former collaborator, Shaundrayia Reese. A makeshift memorial to Tyneka Johnson was erected on a lawn in front of Walmart. Authorities have not released the name of the sixth person killed Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy.
Ukraine is working to restore power after a devastating Russian attack
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Kiev’s mayor says 70% of the Ukrainian capital is without power a day after Moscow unleashed another devastating rocket fire on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. The mayor said Thursday that engineers would do their best to get power back as soon as possible. He said water supplies had been restored to about half of Kyiv on the left bank of the Dnieper. A renewed Russian attack on Ukraine’s infrastructure caused power outages across much of the country, further crippling Ukraine’s already struggling power grid and adding to the misery of civilians as temperatures plummeted. Russia’s strikes come as its forces suffered battlefield setbacks in the war it started nine months ago.
GOP’s Lisa Murkowski wins re-election in Alaska Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has won re-election, defeating a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump. Murkowski beat Kelly Tshibaka in the November 8 leaderboard contest. The race also included Democrat Pat Chesbro and Republican Buzz Kelley, who suspended his campaign after the primary and supported Tshibaka. Murkowski was the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial last year and was up for re-election this year. Trump was not convicted. But her vote was a sore point raised by Trump, who had vowed to fight her.
Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new habits
The holiday travel rush is already underway and could spread to more days than usual this year. Travel experts say the ability for many people to work remotely allows them to leave early for Thanksgiving or return home later. The crowds are expected to match those of 2019, the last Thanksgiving before the pandemic. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 2.3 million travelers Tuesday, up from more than 2.4 million screened Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2019, but the numbers were higher on Monday. AAA forecasts nearly 55 million people in the US will travel at least 50 miles from home this week, up year-over-year and down just 2% from 2019.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict catches up with the World Cup in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become the latest political flashpoint at the first World Cup in the Arab world — not to mention that neither Israeli nor Palestinian national teams are taking part in the tournament. Thousands of Israeli football fans are expected in Doha for the World Cup, although Israel has no diplomatic relations with Qatar. Israelis have made themselves at home in Doha with an informal consular presence and a studio for Israel’s national public broadcaster. Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have taken a different route, flying from Jordan and Egypt respectively. Some hope to make a political statement at the world’s biggest sporting event.
Russian Duma gives final approval to LGBTQ ‘propaganda’ law
MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s lawmakers have finally approved a bill that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country. The new bill extends the ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. This law, often referred to as the “gay propaganda” law, bans the depiction of homosexuality to anyone under the age of 18. It was adopted by the Kremlin in 2013 to promote “traditional values” in Russia. The new law bans all advertising, media and online resources, books, films and theatrical productions believed to contain such “propaganda,” a concept only loosely defined in the law.
Longtime reform leader Anwar was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister. It’s a victory for the political reformers who have been embroiled in a struggle with Malayan nationalists for days after a split general election resulted in a hung parliament. The Malaysian king appointed 75-year-old Anwar as the nation’s 10th head of state and said he was satisfied Anwar was the likely candidate with majority support. Anwar took his oath of office in a simple ceremony at the National Palace. Anwar’s Alliance of Hope led Saturday’s election with 82 seats, fewer than the 112 needed for a majority. The right-wing National Alliance won 73 seats. Anwar emerged victorious after other smaller blocs agreed to support him in a unity government.
Foxconn apologizes for wage dispute at factory in China
BEIJING (AP) – The company that assembles Apple Inc.’s iPhones has apologized over a wage dispute that sparked worker protests at a factory where anti-virus controls have slowed production. Employees complained that Foxconn Technology Group changed the wage terms offered to attract them to the factory in downtown Zhengzhou. Foxconn is trying to rebuild its workforce after employees left over complaints of unsafe conditions. Foxconn blamed a “technical error” in hiring new employees and promised they would receive the promised wages. During protests this week, police punched and kicked workers at the factory. The row comes as the ruling Communist Party tries to stem a surge in infections without shutting down factories.
Empty streets, cranes: The city that was built for the World Cup in Qatar
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Less than a month before hosting the World Cup Finals, Lusail City is strangely quiet. The elegant neighborhood 20 kilometers north of Doha was built to accommodate World Cup fans and hundreds of thousands of residents of host country Qatar. It houses the golden, bowl-shaped stadium that will host the World Cup final, but its empty streets raise questions about how much use it will have when more than a million football fans leave the small Gulf Arab nation for the tournament.