Following is a summary of breaking US domestic news.
Arizona Attorney General wants a report on problems with voting machines
Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office has requested that Maricopa County officials file a report on the problems with the voting machines that caused some delays in the battleground state during this month’s midterm elections. A letter from Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright, dated Saturday, is asking county officials to report by Nov. 28 on the specific issues related to the printers at each location, as well as how poll workers were trained.
As Biden turns 80, Americans are asking, “What’s too old?”
Joe Biden turns 80 on Sunday, becoming the first 80-year-old president in US history. He will celebrate his birthday with a brunch hosted by his wife Jill, a celebration that received an extra boost this weekend with his granddaughter’s wedding at the White House on Saturday.
Blizzard hits western New York, restricting travel ahead of Thanksgiving
Snowfalls of more than 6 feet in western New York state on Saturday prompted local officials to further restrict traffic and forced airlines to cancel flights in the Buffalo area ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday week. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called in the National Guard and dispatched about 150 members to help with snow removal and the needs of residents in the hardest-hit parts of Erie County.
Two largest US railroad unions report contract reconciliation on Monday
The two largest U.S. railroad unions, representing conductors and engineers, are due on Monday to announce the results of votes on an interim deal reached in September amid growing fears that a possible work stoppage would cause significant damage to the U.S. economy and vital could jeopardize supplies of food and fuel.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) — who represent about half of all unionized rail workers — are expected to report results. Seven of the 12 unions involved in the talks have approved the deal, while three have voted against but have agreed to extend a strike period to at least December 4.
Two militants sentenced to death for killing a US blogger have fled courts in Bangladesh
Two Islamist militants who were sentenced to death for killing a US blogger critical of religious extremism fled a crowded court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday. Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi engineer, was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in February 2015 while he was returning home with his wife from a book fair in Dhaka. His wife, blogger Rafida Bonya Ahmed, suffered head injuries and lost a thumb in the attack.
US House Republican McCarthy is planning a special committee on China
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the US House of Representatives, said Sunday he would form a special committee on China if elected speaker of the chamber, and accused the Biden administration of failing to take a stand against Beijing.
“China is the No. 1 country when it comes to intellectual property theft,” he told Fox News in an interview.
Colorado Springs police are investigating the motive in a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub
Colorado Springs police were expected to release more details on Monday about the weekend’s shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub that killed five and injured 25 others in what lawyers suspect is a hate crime. More details may also come to light about the well-wishers, whom police described as heroes for rushing the gunman and stopping the attack late Saturday night at Club Q in Colorado’s second largest city.
At least one dead after a Cuban migrant ship capsized off Florida coast, Coast Guard says
The US Coast Guard said Sunday it recovered the body of one person after a ship carrying Cuban migrants capsized off Florida’s Little Torch Key, adding it rescued nine people and searched for five others. Survivors told rescuers there were originally a total of 19 people on the homebuilt vessel and that four people drowned immediately after it capsized, Coast Guard spokeswoman Nicole Groll said.
US Justice Department appoints war crimes expert as special counsel for Trump investigation
US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed Jack Smith, a war crimes prosecutor, as the special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigations into Donald Trump, including the former president’s handling of sensitive documents and efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Garland’s announcement came three days after Trump, a Republican, announced that he would run for president again in 2024. Garland said Trump’s candidacy and Democratic President Biden’s stated intention to run for re-election necessitated the appointment of a special counsel.
Factbox: The Major Winners of the 2022 American Music Awards
The 2022 fan-voted American Music Awards were presented Sunday at a ceremony in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater hosted by Wayne Brady. Below is a list of winners in key categories;
(With agency contributions.)