Suspect in murder of 5 people held without bail at club in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The suspected shooter potentially charged with hate crimes in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub has been held without bail in a first court appearance. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, appeared Wednesday from prison via video and was seen slumped in a chair with visible injuries to his face and head. Aldrich appeared to be prompted by defense attorneys when asked by the judge to provide her name. According to the police, 17 people were injured by gunfire in the attack last weekend. The suspect faces murder and hate crime charges. Aldrich’s attorneys say in court filings that the suspect is non-binary, but have not elaborated.
“Body Drop” as a Walmart executive kills 6 in an attack in Virginia
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Police and witnesses say a manager at a Virginia Walmart pulled out a pistol and fired wildly into the break room before a routine staff meeting, killing six people and injuring at least six others. It was the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days. Chesapeake Police said the shooter, who appeared to have shot himself, was dead when they found him. He was identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, an overnight team leader who had been with Walmart since 2010. There was no clear motive for Tuesday night’s shooting. Staff member Briana Tyler says the stocking team was gathered in the break room when Bing turned and opened fire on the staff.
China extends lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit single-day record
BEIJING (AP) — China is extending lockdowns, including in a city where factory workers clashed with police this week, as the number of COVID-19 cases hit a single-day record. People in parts of Zhengzhou, which has a total population of 6.6 million, have been told to stay at home for five days except to buy groceries or receive medical treatment. Residents are also tested daily. Across China, the number of new cases reported on Thursday was 31,444, the highest since the virus was first detected in late 2019. The daily average is rising, although the number of cases in China remains small compared to other countries. The ruling Communist Party remains committed to its “zero COVID” strategy, which aims to isolate every case and eradicate the virus.
Brazil’s electoral authority rejects Bolsonaro’s move to invalidate votes
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of Brazil’s Elections Authority has rejected a request by President Jair Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party to nullify ballots cast on most electronic voting machines, which would have overturned the Oct. 30 election. He also ordered the suspension of government funding for the Liberal Party coalition pending a 23 million reais ($4.3 million) fine over malicious litigation. De Moraes had issued a prior ruling that conditioned analysis of the motion for an amended report to include the results of the first round of voting on Oct. 2, in which Bolsonaro won more seats than anyone else in either House of Congress, and he established one 24 hour period.
GOP’s Lisa Murkowski wins re-election in Alaska Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has won re-election, defeating a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump. Murkowski beat Kelly Tshibaka in the November 8 leaderboard contest. The race also included Democrat Pat Chesbro and Republican Buzz Kelley, who suspended his campaign after the primary and supported Tshibaka. Murkowski was the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial last year and was up for re-election this year. Trump was not convicted. But her vote was a sore point raised by Trump, who had vowed to fight her.
Writer who accused Trump of rape in 1990s files new lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — A writer who has accused former President Donald Trump of rape filed an expanded lawsuit against him in New York on Thursday, minutes after a new state law allowing victims of sexual violence went into effect to sue for attacks decades ago. E. Jean Carroll’s attorney filed the legal documents electronically because the Adult Survivor’s Act temporarily waived the state’s standard time limits for sexual assault claims. Carroll previously sued Trump because he denied raping her. But she had previously been barred from suing the alleged rape because too many years had passed. Trump says Carroll’s claims are a hoax.
Malaysian king appoints reform leader Anwar as prime minister
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s king has appointed reformist opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as the country’s prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after divisive general elections resulted in a hung parliament. Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said Anwar would be sworn in later on Thursday. Anwar’s Alliance of Hope led Saturday’s election with 82 seats, fewer than the 112 needed for a majority. Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s right-wing National Alliance won 73 seats, with its ally Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party emerging as the largest single party with 49 seats. Anwar emerged victorious after other smaller blocs agreed to back him for a unity government.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict catches up with the World Cup in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become the latest political flashpoint at the first World Cup in the Arab world — not to mention that neither Israeli nor Palestinian national teams are taking part in the tournament. Thousands of Israeli football fans are expected in Doha for the World Cup, although Israel has no diplomatic relations with Qatar. Israelis have made themselves at home in Doha with an informal consular presence and a studio for Israel’s national public broadcaster. Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have taken a different route, flying from Jordan and Egypt respectively. Some hope to make a political statement at the world’s biggest sporting event.
Most Ukrainians are without power after new Russian strikes
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – A fresh spate of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure has caused power outages across much of the country and neighboring Moldova, causing further damage to Ukraine’s already ailing power grid and adding to the misery for civilians throughout the winter begins. Several regions reported attacks in quick succession on Wednesday, and Ukraine’s Energy Ministry said that “the vast majority of electricity consumers have been shut down.” According to authorities, three people were killed and 11 injured in a strike in Kyiv, and in the wider Kyiv region another four people were killed and 35 injured.
Teen Gavi leads Spain to a 7-0 win over Costa Rica at the World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Spain’s young side started the World Cup with a goal threat with a 7-0 win against Costa Rica. Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio and Ferran Torres each scored a goal in the first 31 minutes. Torres, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Álvaro Morata all contributed to the lead in the second half. Olmo’s goal was Spain’s 100th at World Cups. The country became the sixth nation to score more than 100 goals in the tournament. It was the first time Spain had scored seven goals in a World Cup match.