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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.

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.

Biden brings Thanksgiving cake to first responders in Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden has delivered pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters for Thanksgiving. The President, First Lady Jill Biden, and their nearly 3-year-old grandson, Beau, visited the Nantucket Island Fire Department Headquarters with emergency responders. Earlier in the day, Biden expressed his appreciation for those who risk their lives to help others when speaking to the hosts of NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York over the phone. He later spoke on the phone to US soldiers who are away from their families over the holiday. Biden has a more than 40-year tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving on the island of Massachusetts.

Iranian footballer arrested at World Cup exam

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran has arrested a prominent former member of its national soccer team over his criticism of the government. The arrest was reported by state-affiliated media on Thursday. It comes as authorities grapple with protests across the country that have cast a shadow over the team’s participation in the World Cup, where they will play Wales on Friday. The player was reportedly arrested for “insulting the national football team and propaganda against the government”. He had expressed his sympathy for the family of a woman whose death in the custody of Iran’s vice squad sparked recent protests. He also called for an end to the crackdown on protests in the western Kurdish region of Iran, where he is from.

Musk says he’s granting ‘amnesty’ to suspended Twitter accounts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New Twitter owner Elon Musk says he’s granting “amnesty” to suspended accounts, which online security experts say will lead to a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation. The billionaire’s announcement on Thursday came after he asked in a poll published on his Chronicle to vote on the reinstatement of accounts that hadn’t “broke the law or engaged in egregious spam.” The yes vote was 72%. After a similar highly unscientific poll last weekend, Musk reinstated the account of former President Donald Trump, who had been suspended from Twitter for promoting the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Trump has said he will not return to Twitter but has not deleted his account.

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. According to analytics firm DataWeave, shoppers paid about 18% more for electronics and home appliances in September through October than a year ago. They paid almost 3% more for toys.

Christmas shopping begins with anti-inflation sentiment

NEW YORK (AP) – While Black Friday will mark a return to familiar holiday shopping patterns, uncertainty lingers. The US job market remains strong, consumer spending is resilient and inflation has slowed. But increased prices for groceries, rent, gas and other household expenses have hurt 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 digging deeper into their savings, increasingly turning to “buy now, pay later” services and topping up their credit cards. Such financial hardships could help keep shoppers on the lookout for bargains.

Soaring balloon figures are the stars of the Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) – Crowds of spectators have lined the streets of New York as colorful soaring balloons help usher in the holiday season at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual tradition filled the streets as a procession of giant bouncy castles and floats streamed more than 40 blocks from Central Park to Herald Square. International cartoon sensation Bluey the Australian cattle pup made her parade debut on Thursday morning. It was as tall as a four-story building and as wide as seven cabs. Stuart, the one-eyed minion, was there too. This year’s parade included 16 giant balloons, 28 floats, 40 new and historic bouncy castles, 12 marching bands, 10 performance groups, 700 clowns and a Santa Claus.

2 brothers, 2 teams, 2 contrasting experiences at the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The Williams brothers managed to pay incredible tribute to both sides of their heritage at this World Cup in Qatar by playing for two different countries. They were both born in Spain but their parents are from Ghana. Young 20-year-old Nico was part of the Spanish side that shone 7-0 against Costa Rica on Wednesday. Joy for the Williams family. Big brother Iñaki made his debut World Cup appearance for Ghana a day later in a 3-2 defeat by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. despair for the same family.

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