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Bombed, not beaten: Ukraine’s capital goes into survival mode

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Residents of Ukraine’s bombed but undaunted capital roamed the streets with empty bottles in search of water and huddled in cafes for heat, light and electricity after the latest attack by Russian missiles. In scenes hard to believe in such a hip and swanky city, some Kievans resorted to collecting rainwater from drains while repair teams worked Thursday to reconnect the utility. Many defiantly switched to survival mode after the previous day’s final salvo of missiles plunged the city of 3 million and much of the country into the cold and darkness of winter.

US aid to Ukraine puts Pentagon weapons stocks under pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) – The intense firefight over Ukraine is prompting the Pentagon to reconsider its weapons inventory. If another major war broke out today, would the US have enough ammunition to fight? This question worries Pentagon planners not only as they aim to fuel Ukraine for a war with Russia that could drag on for years, but also as they anticipate a possible conflict with China. US defense production lines are not designed to support a large land war. And some lines, such as for the Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, were previously shut down. That’s putting pressure on US arms reserves and has officials questioning whether US stockpiles are large enough.

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.

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 many people’s ability 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.

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.

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.

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 the 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.

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