KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of Ukraine's bombed capital clutched empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafés for power and warmth Thursday, switching defiantly into survival mode after new Russian missile strikes a day earlier plunged the city and much of the country into the dark. In scenes hard to believe in a sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kyiv residents resorted to collecting rainwater from drainpipes, as repair teams labored to reconnect supplies. Friends and family members exchanged messages to find out who had electricity and water back. Some had one but not the other. The previous day's aerial onslaught on Ukraine's power grid left many with neither.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The Walmart supervisor who shot and killed six co-workers in Virginia seemed to target people and fired at some victims after they were already hit and appeared to be dead, said a witness who was present when the shooting started. Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in a store break room to begin their overnight shift late Tuesday when team leader Andre Bing entered and opened fire with a handgun. While another witness has described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she observed him target certain people. “The way he was acting — he was going hunting," Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday marks a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, but inflation is weighing on consumers. Elevated prices for food, rent, gasoline and other household costs have taken a toll on shoppers. As a result, many are reluctant to spend unless there is a big sale and are being more selective with what they will buy — in many cases, trading down to cheaper stuff and less expensive stores. Shoppers are also dipping more into their savings, turning increasingly to “buy now, pay later” services like Afterpay that allow users to pay for items in installments, as well as running up their credit cards at a time when the Federal Reserve is hiking rates to cool the U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers holding out for big deals — and some much-needed relief from soaring costs on just about everything — may be disappointed as they head into the busiest shopping season of the year. While retailers are advertising sales of 30%, 50% and 70% off everything from TVs to gadgets, many items will still cost more than they did last year because of inflation and finding a true bargain may prove to be a challenge. From September through October, shoppers paid roughly 18% more for furniture and appliances than they did a year ago, according to a recent major data analysis by analytics company DataWeave, which tracks prices for hundreds of thousands of items across roughly three dozen retailers including Amazon and Target.
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Iran's political turmoil appears to overshadowing also Iran's second match at the World Cup, with pro-government fans harassing anti-government fans outside the stadium in Qatar. Iran plays Wales in their second match in Group B on Friday. Some Iran fans confiscated Persian pre-revolutionary Iranian flags from supporters entering the stadium and shouted insults at those wearing shirts with the slogan of the country's protest movement, “Woman, Life, Freedom.” Small mobs of men angrily chanted “The Islamic Republic of Iran” at women giving interviews about the protests to foreign media. Many female fans were visibly shaken as Iranian government supporters surrounded them with national flags and filmed them on their phones.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The co-owner of the Colorado Springs gay nightclub where a shooter turned a drag queen’s birthday celebration into a massacre said he thinks the shooting that killed five people and injured 17 others is a reflection of anti-LGBTQ sentiment that has evolved from prejudice to incitement. Nic Grzecka’s voice was tinged with exhaustion as he spoke with The Associated Press on Wednesday night in some of his first comments since Saturday night's attack at Club Q, a venue Grzecka helped build into an enclave that sustained the LGBTQ community in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs. Authorities haven’t said why the suspect opened fire at the club before being subdued by patrons, but they are facing hate crime charges.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault on Israel's democracy. Netanyahu, 73, who is on trial for corruption, will likely be buoyed by a loyal and comfortable governing majority that could grant him a lifeline from conviction. Defenders of the justice system say the proposed changes would allow legislators to abuse their authority and disrupt the tenuous balance of powers that keeps them in check.
LONDON (AP) — Rishi Sunak has been Britain’s prime minister for a month. In the tumultuous world of U.K. politics in 2022, that’s an achievement. Sunak, who took office a month ago Friday on Oct. 25, has steadied the nation after the brief term of predecessor Liz Truss. Britain's first prime minister of color, Sunak has stabilized the economy, reassured allies from Washington to Kyiv and even soothed the European Union after years of sparring between Britain and the bloc. But Sunak’s challenges are just beginning. He is facing a slowing economy, a cost-of-living crisis — and a governing Conservative Party that is fractious and increasingly unpopular after 12 years in power.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu was given 11 years and 6 months for a 2020 rape, and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” in a 2018 incident in which he and others allegedly assaulted two women they had gotten drunk. The court said the three victims in the rape case had also been drunk and were unable to resist. It said a combined 13-year sentence was agreed on and Wu would be immediately deported after serving his time.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday that he is granting "amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation. The billionaire's announcement came after he asked in a poll posted to his timeline to vote on reinstatements for accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” The yes vote was 72%. “The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.” Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last last weekend before reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump, which Twitter had banned for encouraging the Jan.
Anwar Gill of La Salle shoots a three-pointer against Temple during the first half at the Palestra. La Salle used an 11-2 run over the final four minutes of the half to take a 29-21 lead into the break. La Salle never cut the deficit closer than nine again. Temple, after a poor shooting effort in the first half, was 6-for-11 from beyond the arc in the second half. La Salle is back at the Palestra on Saturday for a game vs. Penn (2 p.m., ESPN+).1 day ago The Philadelphia Inquirer
Spotify Wrapped — the annual compilation of users' most listened to tracks on the music streaming platform — dropped Wednesday. Spotify Wrapped also has a feature that tells users how much time they spent listening to certain songs. WrappedEarlier this month, an alternate to Spotify Wrapped began taking off on social media. Instafest, a free web app created by developer Anshay Saboo, generates a music festival lineup based on Spotify listening habits. To see your Spotify Wrapped, users have to use the mobile version of the music streaming service.2 days ago Philadelphia Inquirer
Bill Brooks, Newark, [email protected] common denominatorTo determine how to stop or at least reduce mass shootings, we need only do a simple root cause analysis. When looking at the data from mass shootings over the last several decades, there are some common threads that the data uncover for us. But there is only one thing that is common to all mass shootings: easy access to guns. In a recent editorial, it was noted the School District spends $3.9 billion annually to educate 120,000 students. Hopefully, a new mayor will take on these challenges and ensure the School District is run in an accountable and efficient manner.2 days ago The Philadelphia Inquirer
(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) Read moreIt’s easy to look at the NBA championship odds board and be somewhat discouraged if you’re a Philadelphia 76ers fan. Yet the 76ers are still in the top tier of the NBA championship futures market. Because if they keep winning, their NBA championship odds will start shrinking. Here’s a fresh look at odds to win the 2022-2023 NBA championship, including where Philadelphia fits in the mix. That quartet’s NBA championship odds currently sit at +1800.2 days ago The Philadelphia Inquirer
A co-defendant — Kelly Meggs, who led the antigovernment group's Florida chapter — was also convicted of seditious conspiracy, while three other associates were cleared of that charge. Jury selection for a second group of Oath Keepers facing seditious conspiracy charges is scheduled to begin next week. On Jan. 6, Oath Keepers wearing combat gear were seen on camera shouldering their way through the crowd and into the Capitol. After the riot, Rhodes and other Oath Keepers went to an Olive Garden restaurant to celebrate, according to prosecutors. Three other Oath Keepers previously pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy.2 days ago Philadelphia Inquirer
The U.S. men’s soccer team advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup with a dramatic 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday. It took all of six seconds for Iran to win its first free kick in a dangerous position. Two minutes later, Christian Pulisic headed a Musah cross right at Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. He latched on, headed the ball into the middle, and Pulisic charged in to crash the ball into the net. A big chance came in the third minute of stoppage time, when Musah committed a foul deep in his own half.2 days ago Philadelphia Inquirer
Widespread demonstrations are unprecedented since the army crushed the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Surgeons work by flashlight as Ukraine power grid batteredKHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Dr. Oleh Duda, a cancer surgeon at a hospital in Lviv, Ukraine, was in the middle of a complicated, dangerous surgery when he heard explosions nearby. World Cup Viewer's Guide: Ronaldo gets rematch with UruguayDOHA, Qatar (AP) — Ronaldo gets his rematch four years after Uruguay knocked his Portugal team out of the World Cup. (AP) — Two people were extricated from a small plane early Monday in Maryland, several hours after they crashed into power lines, causing widespread outages in the surrounding county. 'Gaslighting' Merriam-Webster's word of 2022NEW YORK (AP) — “Gaslighting” — mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster's word of the year.4 days ago Philadelphia Inquirer
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts meets with Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love after the Eagles beat the Packers 40-33 on Sunday, November 27, 2022 in Philadelphia. The Eagles defense, though, didn’t have one of its better days, just a week after it accounted for Sirianni’s dubious decision making and the offense’s sloppiness. And on Sunday night, the run game worked like gangbusters. » READ MORE: Is a contract extension for Jalen Hurts inevitable? It wasn’t quite as dramatic as Super Bowl LII, or a playoff game, but the Eagles have an offense equipped to win in the postseason.4 days ago Philadelphia Inquirer