Bombed, not defeated: the capital of Ukraine goes into survival mode
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of Ukraine’s bombed-out capital clutched empty bottles for water and crowded cafes for power and warmth Thursday, switching defiantly into survival mode after new Russian missile attacks the day before plunged the city and much of the country into darkness .
In scenes that are hard to believe in the sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kyiv residents resorted to harvesting rainwater from sewer pipes while repair crews worked to restore supplies.
Friends and family members exchanged messages to find out who got their electricity and water back. Some had one but not the other. The previous day’s air attack on the Ukrainian power grid left many without any of them.
Cafes in Kiev, which by some small miracle quickly became oases of comfort on Thursday.
Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, woke up to find that the water had been reconnected to his third-floor apartment, but the electricity was not. His freezer thawed during a power outage, leaving a puddle on the floor.
Witness: The Walmart shooter appeared to be targeting specific individuals
CHESAPEAKE, Virginia (AP) — A Walmart supervisor who shot six associates in Virginia appeared to target people and shot some of the victims after they were already hit and appeared dead, said a witness who was present when the shooting began.
Jessica Wilczewski said employees had gathered in the store’s break room to start the night shift late Tuesday when team leader Andre Bing walked in and opened fire with a pistol. While another witness described Bing as shooting wildly, Wilczewski said she saw him aim at specific individuals.
“The way he was behaving – he was going hunting,” Wilczewski told The Associated Press on Thursday. “The way he looked at people’s faces and the way he did what he did was picking people out.”
She said she saw him shoot people who were already on the ground.
“All I know is that he made sure the person he wanted to kill was dead,” she said. “He went back and shot corpses that were already dead. Make sure.”
Gay club owner: Shooting emerges amid new ‘kind of hate’
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — The co-owner of the Colorado Springs gay nightclub where the shooter turned a drag queen’s birthday celebration into a massacre said he believes the shooting, which left five dead and 17 injured, reflects anti-LGBTQ sentiment that has evolved from prejudice to incitement.
Nic Grzecka’s voice was tinged with exhaustion as he spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday night in some of his first comments since Saturday’s attack at Club Q, a place where Grzecka helped build the enclave that sustained the LGBTQ community in conservative Colorado Springs.
Authorities have not said why the suspect opened fire on the club before being subdued by patrons, but they face hate crime allegations. The suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, has not admitted or spoken about the incident.
Grzecka said she believes targeting the drag queen event is related to the art form being cast in a false light in recent months by right-wing activists and politicians who complain about the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children. While general acceptance by the LGBTQ community has increased, this new dynamic has created a dangerous climate.
“It’s another thing to walk down the street holding my boyfriend’s hand and spit (unlike) a politician referring drag queens to their children’s groomer,” said Grzecka. “I’d rather be spat on the street than hate becomes as bad as where we are today.”
Biden brings Thanksgiving cakes to the Nantucket rescuers
NANTUCKET, Massachusetts (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday delivered at least a half-dozen pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters during a Thanksgiving show of appreciation, and his little grandson walked away with a red fire hat atop his blonde curls.
“Oh wow,” Biden said as he saw Beau Biden, who is almost 3, walk out of the headquarters building wearing a hat. The president was with firefighters who lined up outside the building to greet him.
Biden expressed his appreciation for firefighters and other emergency personnel earlier in the day when he and his wife Jill spoke by phone with the hosts of the NBC broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
“I want to thank the firefighters and police officers who provide first aid. They never take a break,” he said during the interview. The Bidens later spoke Thursday with units from each of the six branches of the U.S. military stationed in Europe, at sea, at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, the White House said.
“We remember them every day,” he said during the broadcast. “May God bless our soldiers.”
Neymar injured, Richarlison scored for Brazil at the World Cup
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — As Neymar limped off the pitch with an ankle injury, Richarlison came through the “Seleção”.
The spectacular acrobatic kick followed an easy strike from close range as Richarlison scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday at the World Cup.
After the match, the Tottenham striker learned about the extent of Neymar’s injury.
“The most important thing for us is for him to be 100% ready for the next game,” said Richarlison, whose first goal came after a reinforcement started by Neymar. “When I get to the hotel, I’ll go see how she’s doing.”
Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar had sprained his right ankle. He declined to speculate whether he could play in the team’s next game against Switzerland on Monday.
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Musk talks about giving ‘amnesty’ to suspended Twitter accounts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said Thursday he is granting an “amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts say will result in an increase in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.
The billionaire’s announcement came after he asked in a poll posted on his timeline to vote on reinstating accounts that did not “break the law or engage in egregious spam.” The “yes” vote was 72%.
“People have spoken. The amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase meaning “voice of the people, voice of God.”
Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last weekend before reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump, who Twitter banned for encouraging an uprising on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. Trump said he would not return to Twitter, but did not delete his account.
These online surveys are not scientific and can easily be influenced by bots.
Shoppers hunt for deals, but inflation makes deals elusive
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers expecting big deals — and much-needed relief from the rising costs of just about everything — may be disappointed as they enter the busiest shopping season of the year.
While retailers are announcing 30%, 50% and 70% off sales on everything from TVs to gadgets, many items will still cost more than last year due to inflation, and finding the real bargain can prove challenging.
Shoppers paid around 18% more for furniture and appliances between September and October than a year ago, according to a recent major data analysis by data analytics firm DataWeave, which tracks the prices of hundreds of thousands of items across around three dozen retailers, including Amazon. and Purpose. They paid about 2% more for toys.
The situation was slightly better for consumers buying clothes – according to DataWeave, they paid almost 5% less compared to last fall. Meanwhile, shoe prices have held steady.
“It’s just a weird time for everyone to figure out what’s the right price and what’s the real price,” said Nikki Baird, vice president of strategy for Aptos, a retail technology company. “Consumers are really bad at calculating discounts and retailers are fully aware of this and are doing everything they can to take advantage of it.”
Christmas shopping starts with inflation-suppressing sentiment
NEW YORK (AP) — While Black Friday will mark a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, uncertainty remains.
The US labor market remains strong, consumer spending is resilient and inflation is falling. However, increased prices for food, rent, gasoline and other household expenses have taken a toll on shoppers.
As a result, many are reluctant to spend money unless there is a big sale and are more selective about what they buy – in many cases buying cheaper stuff and cheaper stores.
Shoppers are also getting more involved in their savings, increasingly using buy-now, pay-later services like Afterpay, which allows users to pay for items in installments, as well as launching credit cards as the Federal Reserve raises rates to cool down US economy.
Such financial difficulties can lead buyers to look for bargains.
High-flying balloon figures perform in the Thanksgiving Day parade
NEW YORK (AP) — Crowds of spectators lined the streets of New York City Thursday as colorful, high-flying balloons helped kick off the holiday season at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
An annual tradition that dates back almost a century, it filled the streets as a procession of giant inflatables and floats flowing over 40 blocks from Central Park to Herald Square.
Children balanced on metal barricades and hung from scaffolding to watch the balloons against mostly sunny skies and a light breeze.
“Blue blue. There’s blue,” yelled 6-year-old Divyam Kumar as his father helped him and his 4-year-old brother, Aanu Aryan, to balance on the metal railing.
The young man was referring to the star of the animated series Blue’s Clues – not to be confused with the international cartoon sensation Bluey, an Australian cattle pup making his parade debut.
2 brothers, 2 teams, 2 opposing experiences at the World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Joy for Spain’s Williams family Wednesday at the World Championships. Then despair for the same Williams family, who are also from Ghana, on Thursday.
The Williams brothers, Iñaki and Nico, managed to mark both sides of their family’s heritage in an extraordinary way at the World Cup in Qatar, playing for two different countries. Both were born in Spain, but their parents are from Ghana.
Nico was part of the young Spain squad that beat Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday in the most convincing performance of the tournament. He came on as a second-half substitute to make his World Cup debut in Spain’s record tournament victory.
A day later, Iñaka’s older brother played his first World Cup match for Ghana, losing 3-2 to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.
It meant a complicated 24 hours at the family home in Spain with celebrations for 20-year-old Nico, no doubt quickly followed by expressions of sympathy for 28-year-old Iñaki. The same goes for the two brothers who Ghanaian coach Otto Addo said both feel as much Spanish as Ghanaian.