Bombed, not beaten: the capital of Ukraine switches to survival mode
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of Ukraine’s bombed but undaunted capital are picking up empty bottles in search of water and thronging cafes for electricity and heat 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.
Witness: The Walmart shooter appeared to target specific individuals
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A witness says the Walmart supervisor who shot dead six employees in Virginia appeared to target people and shot some victims after they had already been hit and appeared dead. Jessica Wilczewski said workers were gathered in a Walmart break room to begin their night shift late Tuesday when team leader Andre Bing stepped in and began firing a pistol. While another witness described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she saw him attack certain individuals. She said he looked people in the face and figured out who he was going to shoot.
Inflation looms over shoppers heading into Black Friday
NEW YORK (AP) – Black Friday marks a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, but inflation is weighing on consumers. Increased prices for groceries, rent, gas and other household expenses have weighed heavily on shoppers. As a result, many are reluctant to spend unless there’s a big sale and are more selective about what they buy – in many cases swapping out for cheaper stuff and less expensive deals. Shoppers are also putting more into their savings, increasingly turning to “buy now, pay later” services like Afterpay, which allow users to pay for items in installments and top up their credit cards at a time when the Federal Reserve is… Interest rates hiked to cool US economy.
Shoppers are looking for deals, but inflation is making bargains elusive
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers waiting for big deals — and some much-needed relief from the rising costs of almost everything — may be disappointed as they head into the busiest shopping season of the year. While retailers are offering 50%, 60%, and 70% off everything from TVs to gadgets, many items will still cost more than they did last year due to inflation, and finding a real bargain can prove a challenge. Shoppers paid about 18% more for electronics and home appliances in September through October than they did a year ago, according to analytics firm DataWeave. They paid almost 3% more for toys.
Iranian government supporters confront protesters at the World Cup
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Political unrest in Iran is also casting a shadow over Iran’s second game at the World Cup, with pro-government fans harassing anti-government fans outside the stadium in Qatar. Unlike in the first game against England, the Iranian players sang along with their national anthem before the game against Wales. Some Iranian fans confiscated Persian pre-revolutionary Iranian flags from supporters entering the stadium and berated those wearing shirts with the slogan of the country’s protest movement, “Woman, Life, Freedom.” Small groups of men angrily chanted “The Islamic Republic of Iran” at women giving interviews to foreign media about the protests. Many female fans were visibly shaken as Iranian government supporters surrounded them with national flags.
Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid new ‘kind of hate’
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The co-owner of Club Q in Colorado Springs said anti-LGBTQ hatred has evolved from prejudice to incitement. In one of his first interviews since Saturday night’s mass shooting, Nic Grzecka told the Associated Press that politicians calling transgender people “groomers” breed violence. Grzecka grew Club Q into an enclave that supported the LGBTQ community in conservative Colorado Springs. On Saturday, a gunman killed five and injured 17 at Club Q. Grzecka and community leaders are working to rebuild an LGBTQ support system to facilitate healing.
EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to return to office, from where he could seek to fix his years of legal troubles through new legislation pushed by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an attack on Israel’s democracy. Netanyahu is on trial for corruption. He is poised to return to power with a comfortable governing majority that could grant him a lifeline out of conviction. Defenders of the justice system say the proposed changes would allow lawmakers to abuse their authority and upset the tenuous balance of power that keeps them in check. Netanyahu, 73, denies wrongdoing and sees the charges as part of a witch hunt against him.
British voters like the new leader, Sunak, but not his party
LONDON (AP) – In his first month as Britain’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak has stabilized the economy, reassured allies from Washington to Kyiv and even reassured the European Union after years of sparring between Britain and the bloc. But Sunak’s challenges are just beginning. He faces a stagnant economy, a cost of living crisis and a Conservative Party that, after 12 years in power, is fragile and increasingly unpopular. Opinion polls suggest the British public is fond of the 42-year-old former investment banker, who has brought some measure of calm following the turmoil under Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. But voters have less sympathy for the Conservatives, and the divided party doesn’t give Sunak much leeway.
China sentences Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison
BEIJING (AP) — A court in Beijing has sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. The trial of the former member of the South Korean group EXO was held in camera in June to protect the privacy of the alleged victims. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Friday Wu was convicted of a 2020 rape and the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” in a 2018 incident in which he and others allegedly assaulted two women who got drunk. The court said the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and unable to defend themselves.
Singing street guards are the surprise stars of the World Cup in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The 2010 World Cup in South Africa had Shakira. The 1998 tournament in France had Ricky Martin. The unofficial soundtrack of the World Cup in Qatar quickly becomes the incessant chant of the street marshals, better known as the Last Mile Marshals. Sitting in highchairs more commonly used by lifeguards at swimming pools across Doha, these migrant workers have become a staple of the Middle East’s inaugural World Cup. They point visitors flocking to this Arabian Peninsula nation in the right direction in their search for public transportation. It’s an important crowd control measure as some 1.2 million fans are expected to flood Qatar, a country of 3 million people.