Musk restores Trump’s Twitter account after online poll
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk has restored Donald Trump’s account on Twitter, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2021, hit the US attacked the Capitol, as did Congress ready to certify Joe Biden’s election victory. Musk made the announcement after conducting a poll asking Twitter users to click “yes” or “no” on whether Trump’s account should be restored. Whether Trump would actually return to Twitter is unclear. Trump has said in the past that he would not rejoin Twitter even if his account were restored. He has relied on his own much smaller social media site, Truth Social.
Massive snowfall buries cars and continues to fall in western New York
BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Snow piles taller than most people have buried parts of western and northern New York. Snowfall of up to 77 inches has been reported in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. A lake-effect storm, caused by cold air picking up moisture from warmer lakes, has battered areas east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for the third straight day. Snowfall in some places was among the highest ever recorded in the region. Up to 2 feet of snow was dumped in some Michigan communities south of Lake Superior and east of Lake Michigan.
Biden at 80: A ‘respect of fate’ is considering second White House bid
WASHINGTON (AP) – The oldest president in US history is celebrating a milestone birthday. Biden turns 80 on Sunday, and questions are swirling about whether he has the acuity and stamina to run for president again if he chooses to do so. He says he intends to run but omits it, saying he is “a great respect for fate.” He has a record as a campaign winner and has enjoyed great legislative success in recent months. But polls of voters show he’s concerned. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision at age 82 to step down from leadership and let a new generation rise could spill over into Biden’s thinking
House GOP pushes Hunter Biden probe despite thin majority
WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite their flimsy majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans have doubled down this week to use their new power to probe the Biden administration and particularly the president’s son. But her midterm failure has heartened a White House that has long been preparing for this moment. Republicans secured much smaller margins than expected, with Biden supporters and Democrats feeling voters had punished the GOP for their reliance on conspiracy theories and lies fueled by Donald Trump about the 2020 election. Democrats outside the White House have mobilized to fight what they believe will be a steady stream of misinformation from inside the House.
Last-minute objections threaten historic UN climate deal
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A last-minute fight to cut emissions and the overall climate goal is delaying a potentially historic deal that would create a fund to compensate poor nations who are victims of extreme weather conditions caused by carbon of rich countries are deteriorating pollution. “We work extremely long hours. There was a good mood earlier today. I think more people are more frustrated with the lack of progress,” Norway’s climate change minister, Espen Barth Eide, told The Associated Press. He said it was important to ramp up emissions from fossil fuels and maintain the target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, as agreed at last year’s Glasgow climate summit.
‘We survived’: Kherson comes to life after Russian withdrawal
KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) – Residents of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson cannot escape the memories of the horrific eight months they spent under Russian occupation: missing people, mines everywhere, power and water shortages and explosions day and night Russians and Ukrainian forces continue to fight. But despite these difficulties, Kherson residents are expressing a mixture of relief, optimism and even joy – not least at the freedom they regained a week ago to speak at all. People are no longer afraid to leave their homes or fear that contact with Russian occupying forces could lead to a prison or a torture cell. They gather in city squares to charge phones, fetch water and show their gratitude to Ukrainian soldiers.
The new special counsel can look back on a long career in the fight against corruption
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prosecutor appointed as special counsel to oversee investigations related to former President Donald Trump has a long career addressing public corruption and war crimes. Jack Smith was appointed head of the Justice Department’s public integrity unit in 2010 after she became involved in a botched case. Colleagues who have worked with Smith describe him as a tenacious, fast-working and passionate prosecutor who operates free of political affiliation and who takes a relentless approach to his cases. The investigation Smith is overseeing has obvious political implications, as it involves a former president and current White House hopeful.
North Carolina holiday parade truck crashes, killing girl
RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Police say a vehicle towing a float for a North Carolina holiday parade crashed, killing a girl attending the event. A Raleigh Police Department press release said the driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child has been charged with reckless driving and other felonies. Witnesses told WTVD-TV that people attending the Raleigh Christmas parade heard the truck’s driver screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and was unable to stop it before the crash. No one else on the parade was injured in the collision.
Karim Benzema’s world title hopes ended in injury
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Karim Benzema’s hopes of winning the world title with France have been dashed before he has even played a game in Qatar. France’s defending champions suffered a major blow with the news that their star striker is out of the tournament after tearing a muscle in his left thigh during training. The French Football Federation says “Real Madrid’s striker is being forced to forego participation in the World Cup.” The Ballon d’Or winner attended his first full training session with Les Bleus on Saturday when he was injured due to pain in his left hand had to dismount thighs. France play their first game against Australia in Group D on Tuesday.
Intel project in Ohio sparks housing fears in a tight market
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Intel’s announcement of a $20 billion manufacturing operation bringing thousands of jobs to central Ohio has been hailed as an economic boon. But it has also raised concerns about the impact on a region already suffering from housing shortages. Melissa Humbert-Washington is vice president of programs and services at Homes for Families, an agency that helps low-income families find housing. She says the project has housing advocates wondering where everyone will live. The project is expected to attract 10,000 or more workers over the next few years. The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio says the region needs about 19,000 new multifamily and single-family homes annually, but only averages about 8,200 a year.
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