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.
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.
Reformist leader Anwar is poised to become Malaysia’s next prime minister
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reformist opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is poised to become Malaysia’s new prime minister after a political party agreed to back a unity government after inconclusive elections. Any agreement must be approved by the Malaysian King. Last Saturday’s election stalemate resulted in a deadlocked parliament that sparked a renewed leadership crisis in Malaysia, which has had three prime ministers since 2018. Anwar’s multi-ethnic alliance has 82 seats in parliament, fewer than the 112 needed for a majority. Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s Malay-centric bloc won 73 seats. The United Malays National Organization said it will now support a unity government not led by Muhyiddin. If all 30 members of the UMNO alliance support Anwar, he will secure the majority for the formation of a government.
10 days later, no suspect, no weapon in the Idaho student killings
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Ten days after four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in their rooms, police said Wednesday they still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon and they continue to ask for tips and surveillance video. Moscow Police Department Captain Roger Lanier said at a press conference that his department is putting all of its resources into solving the case and that investigators are ready to see through the Thanksgiving holiday. Authorities gave no indication that they were any closer to making an arrest, but stressed that they are continuing to process forensic evidence collected at the house where the students were killed.
Most Fed officials supported slower rate hikes at the last meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) – Most Federal Reserve officials at their most recent meeting pledged to reduce the scope of their rate hikes “soon” — just ahead of raising its benchmark rate by a sizeable three-quarters point for a fourth straight month. Central bank policymakers saw “very little sign of inflationary pressures easing”. Still, a “substantial majority” of officials believed that smaller rate hikes “would probably soon be appropriate,” according to minutes of their Nov. 1-2 meeting. The Fed is widely expected to raise its short-term interest rate, which affects much consumer and corporate credit, by half a point at its next meeting in mid-December.
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 game.