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.
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.
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 match.
WHO, CDC: A record 40 million children are missing measles vaccine dose
LONDON (AP) – The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say measles vaccination has fallen significantly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a record high of nearly 40 million children dying in the past missed a dose of vaccine for a year. In a report released Wednesday, the WHO and CDC said there were about 9 million measles infections and 128,000 deaths worldwide last year. WHO and CDC said continued immunization declines, weak disease surveillance and delayed response plans due to COVID-19, and ongoing outbreaks in more than 20 countries mean “measles poses an imminent threat in every region of the world.”
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.
Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new habits
The holiday travel rush is already underway and could spread to more days than usual this year. Travel experts say the ability for many people to work remotely allows them to leave early for Thanksgiving or return home later. The crowds are expected to match those of 2019, the last Thanksgiving before the pandemic. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 2.3 million travelers Tuesday, up from more than 2.4 million screened Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2019, but the numbers were higher on Monday. AAA forecasts nearly 55 million people in the US will travel at least 50 miles from home this week, up year-over-year and down just 2% from 2019.
$740M in Crypto Assets Recovered So Far in FTX Bankruptcy
NEW YORK (AP) – The company tasked with freezing the assets on failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX says it has managed to recover and secure $740 million in assets so far. That’s a fraction of the potential billions likely to be missing from the coffers of bankrupt companies. The numbers were released Wednesday by cryptocurrency custodian firm BitGo, which shut down FTX in the hours after the company filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 11.
Prayers go on, sometimes out of sight, in pre-season football
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Across America, most high school football seasons are coming to an end. It will close the first year since the Supreme Court ruled it’s okay for a public school coach near Seattle to pray on the field. The decision sparked speculation that prayer would become an even bigger part of matchday, although it appears that this has not been the case. Outside of Detroit, coaches have found ways to pray for their various rosters if they wish. Some keep it behind closed doors to avoid possible anti-Islamic ridicule from fans in other communities.