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‘It’s reflection’: Veteran helped disarm gunman at gay club

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An Army veteran who helped subdue an assailant at a gay club in Colorado Springs credits his military training and instincts with helping him disarm the attacker. Rich Fierro told reporters Monday how he grabbed the gunman’s body armor and began beating him. Authorities say Fierro and another man, Thomas James, detained the shooter after he began firing rounds inside Club Q on Saturday night. The rampage killed five people and injured 17. His daughter’s boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, was among those shot dead.

Indonesian earthquake survivor afflicts 11 family members as she rebuilds

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — Enjot was tending her cows on the hills around her home when the earth trembled, collapsing her home, seriously injuring her sister-in-law and her two children and killing 11 other relatives. The 45-year-old man is one of thousands of Indonesians affected by Monday’s magnitude 5.6 earthquake, which killed hundreds, injured thousands and disrupted untold numbers of lives. Enjot, who like many Indonesians has only one name, now spends her days rebuilding her life and visiting her sister-in-law and her children in an overwhelmed hospital.

“Stock up blankets”: Ukrainians prepare for a horrible winter

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Officials say Ukraine could face rolling blackouts through March because Russian airstrikes have caused what they call “colossal” damage to the power grid. To cope with the harsh winter, the authorities are urging Ukrainians to stock up on supplies and evacuate the hardest-hit areas. Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s power grid and other infrastructure for weeks. That attack has caused widespread blackouts and deprived millions of Ukrainians of electricity, heat and water. The head of Ukraine’s power grid operator says the attacks have damaged virtually all thermal and hydroelectric power plants. In another development, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced $4.5 billion in aid to bolster Ukraine’s economic stability and support basic government services.

Ronaldo will leave Manchester United ‘with immediate effect’

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Manchester United says Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the Premier League club “with immediate effect.” The 37-year-old striker conducted an explosive interview on the eve of the World Cup. He criticized the coach Erik ten Hag and the owners of the club. United said last week it had “initiated the appropriate steps” in response to Ronaldo’s comments. United say the club “thanks him for his immense contribution in two spells at Old Trafford.”

Runoff in Georgia: Why a Senate seat is crucial for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But keeping Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s seat in the Georgia runoff next month could be crucial to his success. If Warnock wins the runoff against Republican Herschel Walker, the Democrats will have 51 seats. That would make it much easier to legislate than in the current 50-50 Senate, the closest possible balance of power. For the past two years, Democrats have had to rely on Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties. The seat would give Democrats the ability to pass bills while losing a vote and likely an additional member on committees.

A rail strike is looming and the impact on the US economy could be wide-ranging

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — American consumers and nearly every industry will be hit if freight trains come to a standstill next month. One of the largest rail unions rejected his agreement Monday over concerns about demanding schedules and a lack of paid sick time. The United States has not seen a prolonged rail strike in a century. Many companies only have raw materials for a few days and space for finished products. If a strike lasts a few days, manufacturers of food, fuel, cars and chemicals would feel the pressure, as would their customers. That’s not to mention travelers who would be stranded because many passenger railroads use track owned by freight railroads.

Driver faces charges in accident at Apple Store

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arraigned Tuesday on charges he crashed his SUV into the front window of an Apple Store in Massachusetts. Monday’s crash in Hingham, southeast of Boston, killed one person and injured many others. Bradley Rein, 53, was arraigned Tuesday morning. Rein told police that her right foot got stuck on the accelerator. The court pleaded not guilty on his behalf to charges of reckless operation motor vehicle manslaughter and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. The person who died was identified as Kevin Bradley, 65, of New Jersey. Apple says it was supporting recent construction at the store.

Bison’s relocation to native lands revives a spiritual bond

BULL HOLLOW, Okla. (AP) — Bison have all but disappeared from the Great Plains. Decades later, there’s a nationwide resurgence of indigenous tribes seeking to reconnect with the shaggy, hunchbacked animals that hold a central place in centuries-old traditions and beliefs. Since 1992, the federally chartered InterTribal Buffalo Council has helped relocate surplus bison. They reach places like the Badlands, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks to 82 member tribes in 20 states. Collectively, they manage more than 20,000 of the animals on their land. A prominent native leader says the goal is to “restore the buffalo in Indian Territory because of that cultural and spiritual connection that Indians have with the buffalo.”

Taylor Swift ticket issue could boost political engagement

On the heels of a disorderly ticket release for Taylor Swift’s first tour in years, fans are angry. They are also energized against Ticketmaster. While researchers agree there’s no way to know how long the energy could last, the outrage shows one way young people are becoming more politically involved through fan culture. This isn’t even the first time a fandom or artist has approached Ticketmaster. And Swifties says it’s not just about getting a ticket. The ticket debacle has spurred broader conversations about economic inequality and political action.

Meeting again? Tips for a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, more friends and families will gather again this Thanksgiving. The American Automobile Association predicts that travel in the US will almost return to pre-pandemic volumes. That means it’s time to go over the basics to keep you and your guests safe, healthy, and sane. Among the best tips from food safety experts? Skip the turkey, wash your hands, refrigerate any leftovers within two hours, and perhaps leave the Thanksgiving fried turkey to the professionals.

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