Walmart shooter left ‘death notice’, bought gun on day of kill
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Authorities investigating the fatal shooting of six people at a Walmart said the gunman bought the gun just hours earlier and left a note on his phone detailing grievances against employees. Chesapeake, Virginia police issued a news release Friday saying they conducted a forensic analysis of Walmart supervisor Andre Bing’s phone. Police say he is the shooter and was found dead late Tuesday at the scene of the shooting with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. In the note released by police, he said colleagues harassed and mocked him. Police said in their release that he used a 9mm handgun legally purchased Tuesday morning, hours before the shooting. The publication said he had no criminal record.
‘Miracle’: Missing cruise passenger found in water
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a passenger who fell overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued on Thanksgiving after likely being in the water for hours. The 28-year-old man was reported missing Thursday afternoon as the ship, the Carnival Valor, headed for Cozumel, Mexico. According to Carnival Cruise Line, the man was with his sister at a bar on the Carnival Valor at 11 p.m. Wednesday and went to the bathroom. His sister reported him missing the next day. Lt. Coast Guard Seth Gross said the man was responsive when found and confirmed he was the missing cruise passenger after being lifted into a helicopter.
China sentences Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison
BEIJING (AP) — A court in Beijing has sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. The trial of the former member of the South Korean group EXO was held in camera in June to protect the privacy of the alleged victims. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Friday Wu was convicted of a 2020 rape and the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” at a 2018 event where he and others allegedly assaulted two women who got drunk. The court said the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and could not consent.
Woman dies while hiking in Utah’s Zion Park, husband rescued
SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — A woman died and a man was rescued and treated for hypothermia after encountering extremely cold weather while hiking in Utah’s Zion National Park. The National Park Service says the couple were on a permitted 16-mile hike through an area known as the Narrows on Tuesday and Wednesday. The woman, 31, and man, 33, have not been identified. The park’s rescue team responded Wednesday morning and found the man on a trail that other hikers were helping and took him to the Zion Emergency Operations Center for treatment. Rescuers provided emergency assistance to the woman but found that she had died.
Lake is seeking election transcripts in the Arizona County trial
PHOENIX (AP) — Kari Lake, the defeated Republican nominee for Arizona governor, has filed a public lawsuit demanding Maricopa County turn over a variety of documents related to the election. Lake has refused to acknowledge that she lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs and for weeks has drawn attention to voters who said they experienced long lines and difficulties in voting on Election Day in Arizona’s largest county. Her attorney, Tim LaSota, says in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that the county failed to honor public records requests filed Nov. 15 and 16. The applications aim to identify voters who may have had trouble casting their vote.
NASA’s Orion capsule is entering a distant orbit around the moon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Orion capsule is now orbiting the moon in an orbit that spans tens of thousands of kilometers. The capsule and its three test dummies entered lunar orbit on Friday, more than a week after the start of the test flight. It will remain in this wide but stable orbit for almost a week before heading home. As of Friday, the capsule was 238,000 miles from Earth and is expected to reach a maximum distance of nearly 270,000 miles in a few days. NASA is considering this as a dress rehearsal for the next moon flyby in 2024 with astronauts. A moon landing by astronauts could follow as early as 2025.
The Giants-Cowboys set an NFL regular-season attendance record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Thanksgiving afternoon game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys set the mark for the most-watched NFL regular-season game of all time. The Cowboys’ 28-20 Thursday win on Fox averaged 42 million viewers, according to Nielsen, beating the 41.55 million average for Monday night’s December 3, 1990 game between the Giants and San Francisco 49ers on ABC. The average viewership record numbers go back to 1988. The average viewership for the three Thanksgiving Day games was 33.5 million, surpassing the previous peak of 32.9 million set in 1993 when only two games were aired.
Oddball’s 6-foot statue “Lobsta Mickey” returns to Boston
BOSTON (AP) — A long-forgotten and somewhat unsettling statue of Mickey Mouse with giant lobster claws for hands has made its way back to Boston. The 700-pound statue, named Lobsta Mickey, was commissioned by Disney. It was last seen at the city’s Quincy Market almost two decades ago. It entertained tourists and shoppers before disappearing from view and delving into the city’s lore. It was sold at an auction organized by Disney in 2005. Creative director of Boston sneaker store Concepts, Deon Point was fixated on tracking down the 6ft creation before finally spotting a listing for the mouse/crustacean relic on eBay. It is now in the store’s showroom.
US FCC bans sale and import of Chinese technology from Huawei, ZTE
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. bans the sale of communications equipment from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricts the use of some Chinese-made video surveillance systems, citing an “unacceptable risk” to national security. The five-member Federal Communications Commission said Friday it voted unanimously to pass new rules blocking the import or sale of certain technology products that pose security risks. It’s the latest in a year-long escalation of US restrictions on Chinese technology that began with President Donald Trump and continued under President Joe Biden’s administration.
World Cup fans are put off by prices, beer limits commute by air
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Traveling at this World Cup should be easy in tiny host country Qatar after fans have had to travel long distances between cities at the last three tournaments. The eight stadiums in Qatar are located in or near the capital. So fans don’t have to go too far to get to the games. The country has labeled its World Cup as environmentally sustainable, in part because of its compactness. But the reality is very different. Tens of thousands of overseas fans are taking shuttle flights between Doha and neighboring Dubai because of high hotel prices, housing shortages and alcohol restrictions.
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