Shootings in Colorado gay clubs were a “violation” of safe space
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In the mostly conservative city of Colorado Springs, Club Q has long been a focal point for members of the LGBTQ community — a safe place where many felt they could just be themselves. But that was shattered this weekend when a gunman entered the club while people were drinking and dancing, killing five people and injuring 25 others. As the community mourns the lives lost, many are also mourning because it happened in a place that has become a haven for many who yearn to conform. Stoney Roberts, a non-binary trans person, says they grew up at Club Q, and it’s such a place for LGBTQ people to “take a deep breath and be authentic.”
Ukraine to civilians: leave Liberated Areas before winter
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian authorities are evacuating civilians from liberated areas in southern Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. They fear that the damage to infrastructure is too great for people to survive the winter without electricity, heat and water. The World Health Organization has warned that millions of people in Ukraine are at risk of a “life-threatening” winter. Also on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife made a rare joint public appearance to observe a minute’s silence at a memorial in Kyiv for the victims of Ukraine’s 2014 pro-European Union protests. And the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant had damaged no key equipment and found no nuclear safety concerns.
January 6 sedition trial of Oath Keepers founder goes to jury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people were convicted in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol that left dozens of officials injured, lawmakers ran for their lives and shook the foundations of American democracy. Now, for the first time, jurors in the case against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates will decide whether a defendant’s actions amounted to inflammatory conspiracy. The court hearing ended Monday after prosecutors spent weeks trying to argue that Rhodes and his gang of anti-government extremists were not whipped into impulsive madness by President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, but came to Washington to seek the transfer of power to stop the President . The jury begins deliberating on Tuesday morning.
Alabama suspends executions after third failed lethal injection
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is seeking a pause in executions and is ordering a full review of the state’s death penalty system after an unprecedented third failed lethal injection. Ivey issued a statement Monday saying she had both asked the attorney general to withdraw requests for execution dates for two inmates. She also called for the prison system to conduct a full review of the state’s execution process. The move comes just days after the uncompleted execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith became the state’s second such case in which it was unable to kill an inmate in the past two months.
Bale saves Wales 1-1 draw with USA at World Cup
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Gareth Bale converted an 82nd-minute penalty to equalize Tim Weah’s first-half goal and give Wales a 1-1 draw with the United States for both nations on their return to the World Cup . Weah is the son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberian President George Weah. The United States was back in the World Cup after missing out on the 2018 tournament and appeared to be on course to victory. But Walker Zimmerman plowed Bale from behind with his back to the Welsh star’s goal and Bale converted the penalty for his 41st international goal.
Earthquake in Indonesia kills at least 162 people and injures hundreds
CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — An earthquake has collapsed buildings on Indonesia’s densely populated main island, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds. Local residents fled into the streets, some covered in blood and debris. Officials collected the casualty figures of those injured and killed by the quake in the remote area. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said the number of confirmed dead had risen to 162, including many children. He says more than 13,000 people whose homes were badly damaged were taken to evacuation centers.
Consumers could pay a price if railroads and unions fail to agree
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Consumers could quickly see higher gas prices and shortages of some of their favorite groceries if railroads can’t agree deals with all 12 of their unions before next month’s deadline after the latest reject vote Monday. Eventually, Congress may have to step in to protect the economy. Votes by the two largest railroad unions on Monday follow three other unions’ decisions to walk away from their deals with the railroads, which the Biden administration helped broker ahead of the original strike deadline in September. Seven other smaller unions have agreed to the five-year contracts, which include 24% pay increases and $5,000 in bonuses. But all 12 must agree to the contracts to prevent a strike.
Biden opens holidays, pardons chocolate and chip turkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s vacation time in the White House. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill head into the holiday season. Biden attended the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon Monday. The First Lady accepted the official White House Christmas tree. And both Bidens made their way to North Carolina later Monday to share an early Thanksgiving meal with service members and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The burst of holiday activity follows the president’s granddaughter’s wedding at the White House and his 80th birthday over the weekend.
NASA Capsule Hums Moon, Last Big Step Before Lunar Orbit
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA’s Orion capsule has reached the moon, whipped around the other side and passed within about 80 miles. The close approach came on Monday when the crew capsule and its three test dummies were on the far side of the moon. Because of the communications failure, Houston air traffic controllers didn’t know if the critical engine burn went well until the capsule emerged from behind the moon. It is the first time a capsule has visited the moon since the Apollo program 50 years ago. Orion took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Wednesday for a three-week flight.
In the midst of Musk’s Twitter mayhem, athletes and celebrities are coping just as much as we are
Similar to many of Twitter’s hundreds of millions of users, professional sports stars and entertainment celebrities have struggled with the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the microblogging app ever since Elon Musk acquired it and began cutting staff and making other changes to do. Even the people paid to advise the athletes, actors, and singers aren’t exactly sure how to proceed as Twitter evolves — or maybe disappears altogether. And the famous people with millions of followers on Twitter aren’t exactly sure if the disappearance of the popular website would be the disaster from heaven that some make it out to be.