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Russia knocks out the power that's keeping millions of Ukrainians warm
UKRAINE-1ST-LEDE:BLO — Russia’s onslaught against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure plunged the country into wintry darkness, threatening to trigger another refugee exodus and underscoring Kyiv’s need for more air defense systems.
Temperatures dropped below zero as night fell on Wednesday with millions of Ukrainians without heat, light or water after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces fired scores of missiles against its neighbor’s power infrastructure.
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Sources identify employee who killed 6 inside Virginia Walmart
VA-WALMART-SHOOTING-2ND-LEDE:VP — CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Seven people died in a shooting inside a Chesapeake Walmart late Tuesday night when a store employee opened fire with a pistol, starting in the break room, the police chief said.
The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot, Chief Mark Solesky confirmed Wednesday. The man’s name has not been released because next of kin have not been notified, Solesky said.
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Trump tax order is latest rebuff by Supreme Court that he remade
TRUMP-COURT-CASES:BLO — WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court, which often backed Donald Trump as president, is giving him little deference now that he’s not.
The court’s terse two-sentence order Tuesday, letting a House committee get six years of Trump’s tax returns, marked the fourth time the justices have rejected him over documents since he left office. The cases have produced only a single public dissenting vote from a court that has a 6-3 conservative majority and three Trump appointees.
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At least 1 dead, 18 injured in twin blasts at Jerusalem bus stops
ISRAEL-BLASTS:DPA — TEL AVIV, Israel — At least one person was killed and 18 people were injured in explosions at two different bus stops in the greater Jerusalem area on Wednesday.
One person died in the hospital after suffering critical injuries, a spokesperson for the ZAKA rescue service confirmed.
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UK’s top court quashes Scotland’s bid for new independence vote
SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE:BLO — EDINBURGH, Scotland — The U.K.’s top judges threw out an attempt by the Scottish government to bypass Westminster and call a second independence referendum, thwarting nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for a vote next year.
The Supreme Court was asked by Scotland’s top legal adviser to assess whether the Scottish Parliament had the power to legislate unilaterally for a consultative referendum. The London-based court ruled unanimously that a vote would need to be approved by the U.K. government, as it was when Scotland held a previous referendum in 2014.
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'Another horrific and senseless act of violence.' Biden, other leaders bemoan mass shooting in Virginia
VA-WALMART-SHOOTING-REACTION:VP — CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Local, state and federal leaders on Wednesday issued condolences and calls for action following a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake that left seven dead, including the gunman, and wounded four others Tuesday night.
Several leaders, including President Joe Biden, noted that the tragedy occurred just as Americans began to gather with families for the holiday season.
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Club Q shooting suspect ordered held without bond in first court appearance
COLO-NIGHTCLUB-SHOOTING:DP — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The suspect accused of killing five people at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs over the weekend was ordered held without bond during an initial court appearance Wednesday.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, appeared via video from the El Paso County jail, clad in an orange jumpsuit and seated slightly slumped over in a wheelchair behind their two defense attorneys.
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Fragments of a troubled young life emerge, but mysteries about Anderson Aldrich remain
COLO-NIGHTCLUB-SHOOTING-SUSPECT:LA — In the months before Anderson Aldrich allegedly opened fire on a Colorado Springs, Colorado, LGBTQ nightclub, killing five and wounding 18 others, their mother posted in a Facebook group for women in the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asking for help for her child.
In February, she asked for recommendations for a “trauma/PTSD therapist,” writing in a comment that it was for a “21-year-old,” the same age as Aldrich at the time.
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4 students shot near Philadelphia high school
PHILLY-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:PH — PHILADELPHIA — Four Overbrook High School students were shot Wednesday morning near their school, just after they were dismissed early for the Thanksgiving holiday.
All of the students were in stable condition and were expected to survive. But the shooting prompted messages of sadness and outrage across the community — including from Gov. Tom Wolf, who released a statement saying that “enough is enough.”
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NYPD to increase security for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
THANKSGIVING-PARADE-SECURITY-NY — NEW YORK — Along with Baby Yoda, SpongeBob SquarePants and Smokey the Bear balloons, revelers can expect to see an increased police presence along the route of the 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.
Recent mass shootings prompted the boost in security, officials said Wednesday.
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Police share little new information on University of Idaho killings, address stalker story
CMP-IDAHO-SLAIN-STUDENTS:ID — BOISE, Idaho — Authorities investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students still don’t have a suspect in custody and released almost nothing new about the killings at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Moscow.
Police gave a broad outline of the investigative steps being taken, including collecting DNA and photographic evidence from the home where the victims were found.
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Former pro boxer bought AK-47, planned mass shooting at Miami gym, police say
MIAMI-GYM-THREAT:MI — MIAMI — A former professional boxer has been arrested after Miami police say he bought an AK-47 rifle and was preparing to shoot up a gym.
Azea Agustama, 39, of North Miami, was jailed early Wednesday and charged with two felony counts of issuing written threats to commit a mass shooting, and one count of threatening to kill.
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Georgia Supreme Court orders state’s abortion law back into effect during legal process
GA-ABORTION-1ST-LEDE:AT — ATLANTA — Georgia’s 2019 abortion law that restricts the procedure once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity will be back in effect during the legal process, the state Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday.
The ruling was unanimous with the exception of Justices Nels D. Peterson, who was disqualified, and Andrew Pinson, who did not participate.
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Latinos stuck with Democrats in 2022 elections, poll shows
ELECTIONS-DEMOCRATS-LATINOS:LV — RENO, Nevada — Despite efforts by Republicans to make inroads with Nevada’s Latino voters, early CNN exit polls show that outreach was largely unsuccessful.
The CNN exit polls, which compared more than 2,900 voter responses in the U.S. Senate race and the governor’s race, showed 62 percent of respondents who identified as Latino voted for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto over her opponent, former attorney general Adam Laxalt. In the governor’s race, Gov. Steve Sisolak received 62% of the Latino vote, compared to Republican Joe Lombardo’s 37%.
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Former DA was indicted after Ahmaud Arbery shooting. More than a year later, case remains paused
ARBERY-EXDISTRICTATTORNEY:AT — ATLANTA — It has been more than 14 months since former Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson was indicted, accused of hindering the police investigation in the aftermath of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.
But Johnson, who was granted bond, has yet to have her initial court appearance — an arraignment that typically occurs within a few weeks or months of an indictment and during which a defendant is formally made aware of the charges and enters a plea.
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Legal team for once-prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh questions blood DNA evidence in murder case
MURDAUGH:CS — COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorneys for accused double murderer Alex Murdaugh have asked a state judge to prohibit testimony at trial about “blood spatter patterns” on Murdaugh’s T-shirt and want to get copies of all communications published between the state and one of its witnesses.
In a 96-page motion, filed Wednesday in Colleton County criminal court, attorneys Dick Harpootlin and Jim Griffin contend that an April leak purportedly from a state’s scientific witness about “high-velocity impact spatter” was improperly shared with news website FitsNews.
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Group of Cubans land in Key Colony Beach on a boat. Migrant numbers soaring at record clip
USCUBA-MIGRANTS:MI — MIAMI — The steady arrival of migrants continued in the Florida Keys on Wednesday with a group of 19 people from Cuba in Key Colony Beach, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
They arrived in the MIddle Keys city on a small wooden boat, Walter Slosar, the Border Patrol’s head agent of Miami operations, said in a statement on Twitter.
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California’s ‘tripledemic’ of viruses is on the rise. Here’s how to care for a sick loved one
CALIF-VIRUSES:SA — Trying to avert a heavy surge in respiratory illnesses, California’s leading public health officials once again stressed on Tuesday that state residents should do all they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, as they gather for the holidays.
“As we prepare for Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings, we need to continue being vigilant in preventing the rapid spread of winter viruses,” said Dr. Erica Pan, the state epidemiologist. “It is concerning to see the rise in RSV and flu in babies, young children and our elderly population. It is crucial we are aware of prevention methods, but also, how to care for our loved ones at home, and what symptoms to be aware of for parents to seek care for their children.”
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US economy shows signs of slowing as Fed hikes filter through
ECONOMY-FED:BLO — Fresh evidence Wednesday pointed to a slowing U.S. economy and a cooling labor market that suggests steep interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve are starting to have a broader impact.
Business activity contracted for a fifth month in November and applications for unemployment benefits rose last week to a three-month high. While consumer sentiment and new-home sales improved, both remain depressed and indicate a weaker spending appetite and subdued housing demand.
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Disney finally gets break in China with theater release for 'Avatar 2'
MOVIE-AVATAR-CHINA:BLO — Walt Disney Co.’s "Avatar" sequel has been given a release date in China, according to people familiar with the matter, a boon in a key market for the entertainment giant as it looks to move beyond this week’s management upheaval.
"Avatar: The Way of Water," a follow-up to the 2009 hit movie, was cleared for a Dec. 16 release date, raising the earnings potential for one of Disney’s biggest films of the year. Previous blockbusters were denied entry amid deteriorating relations between China and the U.S. That limited access has weighed on some of Hollywood’s top studios, as box office earnings of some American titles in China could exceed revenue earned back at home.
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Buffy Sainte-Marie shines despite sabotage in new documentary 'Carry It On'
MUS-SAINTE-MARIE-QA:LA — The coffeehouse musicians that were the dominant force in the U.S. during the folk-heavy 1950s and early '60s have been experiencing a mini-renaissance lately. It started with excitement over Joni Mitchell's return to the stage, then Bob Dylan's new museum and book and now a documentary spotlighting one of the era's top voices as "Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On" hits PBS this week.
The 81-year-old Canadian Cree Nation singer's career has spanned the decades with huge hits in the '60s like "The Universal Soldier," "Cod'ine" and "Until It's Time for You to Go," through her Oscar-winning tune, "Up Where We Belong," in 1983 and even to 2015, when her "Power in the Blood" album was named the winner of the Polaris Music Prize. Her songs have been covered and rerecorded by many artists including Donovan, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand and Glen Campbell. Her activism on behalf on Indigenous people has never wavered, and she's also an accomplished visual artist as well.
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Beatles’ New York debut, Shea Stadium concert among highlights at new Prudential Center Grammy museum exhibit
MUS-BEATLES-EXHIBIT:NY — NEW YORK — A new Beatles exhibit shows much more than a day in the life of the Fab Four.
“Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!” at the Prudential Center’s Grammy Museum Experience in Newark, New Jersey, explores the English band’s unprecedented popularity in the United States, including many milestone moments in New York City.
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Beatles’ Ringo Starr selling statues of his signature ‘peace and love’ hand gesture for charity
MUS-STARR-STATUES:NY — Ringo Starr has come up with a new way to spread his signature “peace” greeting among his die-hard fans.
The former Beatles drummer is selling 500 life-size statues of the famous hand gesture for an online charity.
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How 'Andor' staged the first rebellion in the 'Star Wars' universe
VID-ANDOR-GILROY-QA:LA — "Star Wars" has always been about rebelling against authority, but prior to "Andor," visitors to the galaxy far, far away had never been so deeply immersed in the workings of the revolution. Zeroing in on a single character's radicalization and the effects of his actions on a community, showrunner Tony Gilroy's Disney+ series explores the nascent rebellion with a keen focus on how financially unstable and politically perilous it is for its organizers. And with returning star Diego Luna, Gilroy revisits the steely Cassian Andor, a character he helped shape in 2016's "Rogue One."
In building out this show, Gilroy was faced with a question: How do you make a prequel to a prequel? The answer was to make something wholly original. "Why would I want to do anything that anybody had done before?" he asked in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.
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Commentary: ‘Star Wars’ has always been political. ‘Andor’ made it must-see TV
VID-ANDOR-COMMENTARY:LA — Despite what some people — and at least one giant media company — might have you believe, “Star Wars” has always been political.
“It is a period of civil war,” explains the opening scrawl of George Lucas’ 1977 space opera, now formally known as “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” The original trilogy of films goes on to show how a farm boy with special powers, a gruff but loyal smuggler and a courageous and capable princess pull off the seemingly impossible and help a scrappy rebellion take down an intergalactic authoritarian regime.
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Brazilian journalist says Qatar police harassed him for carrying flag with 3-color rainbow: ‘They thought it was the LGBT flag’
SOC-WORLDCUP-JOURNALIST-FLAG:NY — A Brazilian journalist covering the World Cup said he was harassed by police in Qatar for carrying a regional flag featuring a three-color rainbow “because they thought it was the LGBT flag.”
Victor Pereira, a reporter covering the tournament for several outlets in the northeast state of Pernambuco, said Qatari officers came after him and a group of fellow Brazilians outside the Lusail Iconic stadium Tuesday following Saudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 win against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
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World Cup: German players protest FIFA rainbow ban, call human rights nonnegotiable
SOC-WORLDCUP-NOTES:LA — AL RAYYAN, Qatar — German players placed their hands over the mouths during their pregame photo and wore rainbow-colored stripes on their warmup shirts and cleats before Wednesday's game with Japan, the most dramatic protest yet against FIFA's efforts to keep World Cup teams from protesting Qatar's dismal human rights record.
Germany was one of seven European teams that planned to have its captain wear a OneLove armband to promote tolerance, diversity and LGBTQ rights in Qatar, where same-sex relationships are banned. FIFA responded Monday by threatening to issue a yellow card to any player wearing the armband.
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World Cup TV and streaming schedule on Fox and Telemundo for Nov. 24
SOC-WORLDCUP-SCHEDULE-THURSDAY:PH — Thanksgiving Day brings a feast of World Cup soccer from the early morning to the afternoon, with some of the world’s biggest stars in the spotlight.
Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay make their debuts in Qatar on Thursday. And if you’re a Philadelphia Union fan, you’ll want to wake up early to watch Cameroon. Olivier Mbaizo is the first Union player to make a World Cup team, and while he probably won’t play, hopefully he’ll at least get on TV at some point.
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USMNT-England prediction: A 72-year unbeaten streak is on the line
SOC-WORLDCUP-US-ENGLAND-PREDICTION:PH — American soccer doesn’t treasure its history the way baseball and other sports do. But this country’s traditional national pastime can barely match a quirk of history that will be at stake when the U.S. men’s soccer team plays England at the World Cup on Black Friday (2 p.m. ET, Fox, Telemundo, Peacock).
This country and its old colonial parent have met four times in World Cups: 1950 and 2010 on the men’s side, and 2003 and 2019 on the women’s side. England, the country that invented and claims to still rule the game, went winless in all four.
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