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X-ray discovers cat trapped inside checked bag at New York’s JFK airport
Security agent spotted cat inside bag last week and saved it from being transported on to aircraft luggage hold A cat that sneaked into an air traveller’s luggage was trapped there until it was discovered by an X-ray machine at JFK airport in New York, possibly saving it from a grim fate in an aircraft luggage hold, travel authorities said. NBC News reported that the cat’s brush with potential tr
The best path to peace is not talks with Putin, but helping Ukraine to win this war | Timothy Garton Ash
There will come a time for negotiations – but calls to reach a deal with the Kremlin now are more wrong-headed than ever As we mark the end of the ninth month of the largest, most brutal war in Europe since 1945, the worst thing we can do for peace on our continent is to push for peace negotiations with Vladimir Putin. The best thing we can do for peace is to increase our military, economic and h
Mary Peltola, first Alaska Native in Congress, wins bid to retain seat
Peltola made history to become the first woman to represent the state when she won a special election in August Mary Peltola, a Democrat and the first Alaska Native to serve in Congress, has won her bid to retain the state’s sole seat in the House of Representatives. Peltola made history when she won a special election this summer to replace the Republican Don Young after his death. She is also t


‘It was flight or die’: witnesses describe horror of Colorado Springs shooting
Patrons at Club Q flipped over tables for shelter after shots suddenly rang out across the venue Deanne VanScyoc said she had dropped to the floor behind a pool table at Club Q and called 911 as the first shots rang out just before midnight, hitting people at the bar. VanScyoc was facing the entrance from behind a glass wall when the shooter came in, she said. The shooter turned right and fired a
Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift chaos triggers US Senate antitrust hearing
Several politicians voice concerns about dominance of ticket sales company after botched release for singer’s tour A US Senate antitrust panel will go ahead with a hearing on the lack of competition in the country’s ticketing industry after Ticketmaster’s problems last week managing the sale of Taylor Swift tickets. Tickemaster’s parent company, Live Nation, has blamed presale problems for Swift’
Canada get everything except the points against Belgium in World Cup return
Les Rouges are still hunting their first ever World Cup goal, yet one can’t help but marvel at how far they’ve come The opportunities came one after another. From distance and from close range. From corners, free kicks and open play. The fearless upstarts from Canada who have spent the past couple of years upending North American’s football long-standing order had arrived on the global stage and
LA officer ‘violated policy’ by firing shots that killed teen in dressing room
Bystander Valentina Orellana-Peralta, 14, was killed last year when police officer shot at assault suspect in store A Los Angeles police officer who killed a 14-year-old girl in a clothing store last December was found to have violated police department policy when he fired multiple shots during an incident at the store, including one that struck and killed the teen. This week’s findings by the c
Saleh insists Zach Wilson’s Jets career is ‘not over’ as he benches misfiring QB
QB irked teammates by denying blame for offense’s struggles Mike White will step start Sunday’s game against Bears Zach Wilson has gone from being the future of the New York Jets franchise to an underachieving benchwarmer. Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision on Wednesday to sit Wilson and replace him with Mike White as the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Continue r
Teachers’ union head accuses Pompeo of stoking hate with ‘filth’ comments
Republican ex-secretary of state called Randi Weingarten ‘most dangerous person in the world’ and said teachers taught ‘filth’ Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has denounced the former secretary of state Mike Pompeo for calling her “the most dangerous person in the world” and asserting that the nation’s schoolteachers teach “filth”. Speaking to the Gua
‘It’s the guns’: violent week in a deadly year prompts familiar US responses
Thanksgiving week has seen 22 people killed and 44 injured by guns, as 2022 is shaping up to be one of the worst years in recent memory It was the final hour of extended store opening on Tuesday at the Walmart Supercenter in the commercial heart of Chesapeake, Virginia’s second-largest city. Shoppers scrambled to make last-minute purchases for Thanksgiving. Then shots rang out. Shortly after 10pm
Man arrested in Florida over killings at Oklahoma marijuana farm
Suspect to face murder charges after car tag reader flags his vehicle in Miami Beach A suspect was arrested in Florida after four Chinese nationals were killed at a marijuana farm in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma state bureau of investigation said. In a statement on Facebook, the bureau said the suspect, Wu Chen, 45, was arrested by police in Miami Beach after a car tag reader flagged the vehicle he was
Georgia state supreme court reinstates six-week abortion ban
Lower court’s ruling overturning the ban put on hold while state supreme court considers an appeal The Georgia state supreme court on Wednesday reinstated the state’s ban on abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy. The high court put a lower court ruling overturning the ban on hold while it considers an appeal. A Fulton county superior court judge, Robert McBurney, ruled on 15 November tha
Biden upgrades US-Palestinian relations by naming special representative
Hady Amr, held in high regard by Israeli and Palestinian diplomats, appointed to Washington-based role Joe Biden has appointed a new special representative for Palestinian affairs, a significant upgrade in relations with Ramallah, despite the fact the American diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, closed by Donald Trump in 2019, is yet to reopen. The White House informed Congress on Tuesday that it ha
Judge blocks New York restrictions on guns on private property
John Sinatra strikes down key provision, in victory for gun owners challenging state law that went into effect in September A federal judge has blocked the state of New York from restricting the carrying of guns on private property under a Democratic-backed law adopted in September. A Tuesday ruling by John Sinatra, a US district judge in Buffalo, struck down a provision in the law that made it a
Three Georgia jail guards charged over beating caught on video
Officers face battery charges for September attack on Black man detained for traffic violation and drug possession Three employees at a sheriff’s office in Georgia were arrested and charged after video was released showing them beating a detained suspect. Jarrett Hobbs, 41, was being held at the Camden county jail, about two hours outside Savannah, on 3 September for a traffic violation and on dr
I used to go to great lengths for a drink before a football match. But there is joy to be had without booze
After the alcohol ban in Qatar, there is the possibility that England could win the World Cup roared on by sober fans Watching football without a drink was once unthinkable. Then again, there were all sorts of things I wouldn’t have countenanced without the benefit of alcohol: going to a wedding, say; or any party; or any kind of date. The list was long. The length of your list is as good a way a
Gene therapy at $3.5m a dose approved for US adults with hemophilia B
Hemgenix frees patients from repeated treatments but initial cost makes it most expensive medicine in the world US drug regulators have approved a one-off gene-therapy treatment for adults with the genetic blood disorder hemophilia B that frees patients from repeated treatments but costs $3.5m a dose, making it the most expensive medicine in the world. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ap
Colorado Springs shooting suspect makes first court appearance via video
Speech of suspect in nightclub attack appears slurred as they are ordered held without bail The alleged shooter facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub was ordered held without bail in an initial court appearance on Wednesday, as the suspect sat slumped over in a wheelchair. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, could be seen with injurie
Arizona Cardinals reportedly fire assistant coach Kugler over groping allegation
Offensive line coach dismissed by team after Mexico trip ESPN reports 56-year-old was subject of groping allegation The Arizona Cardinals have fired offensive line coach and run game coordinator Sean Kugler. The Cardinals haven’t confirmed Kugler’s dismissal but the coach was no longer listed on the team’s website on Tuesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury told The Arizona Republic that Kugler was fired f
Alaska firefighters rescue baby moose trapped in home
The 500lb one-year-old moose fell through a basement window and became trapped, requiring six people to help get him out Firefighters in Alaska got an unusual request for assistance last Sunday, from Alaska wildlife troopers. “They were looking for some help getting a moose out of a basement,” said Capt Josh Thompson of Central Emergency Services on the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading...
Biden administration ‘dragged feet’ on Mohammed bin Salman immunity ruling
Legal experts raise questions about run-up to granting immunity in civil case involving murder of journalist When the Biden administration filed a legal brief last week calling for the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to be granted sovereign immunity in a civil case involving the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it said it was strictly a legal determination that did not reflect i
Why Isabella Bird, the Victorian explorer forgotten by history, became my heroine | Ruby Wax
Cutting open bears, wrangling cows: retracing her voyage across the Rocky Mountains made me realise how extraordinary this woman was Everyone has heard of Amelia Earhart, the great aviator. Or Florence Nightingale, the revered statistician. But what about Isabella Bird , the 4ft 11in Victorian adventurer who rode 800 miles across Colorado solo on a horse? The tragedy is that this pioneering explo
Supreme court paves way for congress to view Trump’s tax returns | First Thing
Order ends three-year battle to see returns former president has long refused to release. Plus, the latest from the Qatar World Cup Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. The US supreme court will allow a congressional committee to receive copies of Donald Trump’s tax returns , ending a three-year battle by the Democratic-led body to see the documents the former p
‘The success is inspirational’: the Fight for $15 movement 10 years on
Federal lawmakers failed to increase the minimum wage, but US workers made other gains, and they are setting their sights on new goals Ten years ago next week, 200 fast-food workers walked out at 20 New York City restaurants, demanding $15 an hour in pay. At the time, many observers scoffed at $15 as an absurd, pie-in-the-sky demand. As the movement’s anniversary approaches, the Fight for $15 mov
How Putin is preparing children to ‘die for the motherland’ | Ian Garner
Russia is turbocharging its indoctrination of young people, using games and influencers to draw them into a militarised Youth Army It might seem that Russia’s government has lost the support of its young for good. Western media cover stories of young Russians fleeing conscription and attacking military recruiters. And the handful of reliable surveys of Russian public opinion suggest that, while a
I’m a Pulse survivor. Rightwing anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric made the Club Q massacre inevitable
Brandon Wolf was at the Orlando club when a gunman opened fire. His community knew another tragedy was coming I woke up on Sunday morning to a call from a CNN producer asking if I would come on the news to talk about what had happened in Colorado Springs. I had no idea what she was saying, but as a Pulse survivor I could feel it in my gut. While she had me on the phone, I tried to get up to speed
My generation of US players was jealous of cocky England. Beating them was a joy | Eric Wynalda
I was part of the team that beat England in 1993. My advice for the Americans on Friday? The game rewards bravery and punishes cowards What a strange World Cup this is. It’s happening inside a bubble and underneath a cloud that everyone’s pretending isn’t there. Talking to our players in Qatar, nobody can escape the fact that so many people died building these stadiums . This is the cloud under w
Football v soccer: can the World Cup win a US TV battle with the NFL?
Two games from Qatar clash with a gridiron tradition on Thursday. It could be a barometer for soccer’s future in the United States At a World Economic Forum dinner in Davos in 2020, Fifa president Gianni Infantino was all smiles as he gushed over the generational impact the United States was going to


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