A judge ruled that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection on January 6, 2021, but the ruling in a Colorado court determined that he could still appear on the primary ballot. This comes as a legal victory for Trump, as several courts have rejected attempts to keep him off the ballot based on the provision in the 14th Amendment that bars officials who engage in insurrection from holding office.
Despite the judge's finding that Trump incited the insurrection, she concluded that the provision in question does not apply to him. The provision specifically mentions certain offices and "officers of the United States," but does not explicitly mention the presidency. Trump's campaign spokesman hailed the ruling as "another nail in the coffin of the un-American ballot challenges."
However, this does not necessarily mean that the fight is over. Legal experts argue that the basis of the ruling is open to debate and could be appealed to higher courts. While courts have rejected efforts to bar Trump from the presidential ballot in the upcoming elections, the debate over the application of the 14th Amendment to the former president is likely to continue in future legal proceedings.
Israeli airstrikes on Saturday have resulted in the deaths of over 80 people in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Gaza, raising concerns about the safety of civilians seeking refuge. The airstrikes targeted crowded UN shelters in the Jabalia refugee camp, killing at least 50 people in a UN-run school and 32 members of a single family. Photos outside an Indonesian hospital showed over 20 bodies wrapped in bloodstained sheets. The largest hospital in north Gaza, al-Shifa, has been nearly emptied of patients and medical staff due to the ongoing bombings.
Fears are growing for the safety of the hundreds of thousands of civilians who have sought refuge in southern Gaza, as Israeli plans to expand their operations continue. The Israeli military had urged residents of Jabalia to leave the area in a social media post in Arabic, but declined to comment on the strikes. The UN condemned the deaths, emphasizing that shelters are meant to provide safety for civilians. UN officials called on Israel to end the violence against innocent civilians.
The situation in Gaza has been dire for weeks, with Israel urging civilians to head south to protect themselves. However, nowhere in Gaza is deemed safe for civilians, as innocent lives continue to be lost in the ongoing conflict.
Authorities in Los Angeles are seeking to identify a person of interest in connection with a fire that caused significant damage to a section of the I-10 freeway near downtown Los Angeles. The fire, which occurred on November 11, was determined to be arson by Cal Fire officials. Surveillance footage captured images of a man believed to be connected to the incident.
Cal Fire released photos of the person of interest, described as a 6-foot-tall man weighing between 170 to 190 pounds. He was seen wearing a black hoodie, blue shorts, and gray shoes with a green scarf, knee brace, and a dark backpack. The individual also appeared to have visible burn injuries on his left leg.
The fire, which started in a storage yard beneath the I-10 freeway, burned for three hours and spread over an area equivalent to six football fields. More than 160 firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze. Approximately 16 people living underneath the highway were evacuated to shelters.
The I-10 freeway remains closed indefinitely as authorities assess the damage and determine the necessary repairs. If you have any information about the person of interest in this case, please contact the Cal Fire Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408.
Argentina is facing a critical presidential runoff election this Sunday, with the country grappling with its worst financial crisis in years. The two candidates vying for the presidency are Javier Milei, a far-right libertarian economist, and Sergio Massa, the current center-left Economic Minister responsible for the country's failing finances. As the economy suffers from skyrocketing inflation, increasing poverty rates, and a depreciating national currency, the stakes of this election are high.
Javier Milei, known for his eccentricities and brash statements, has gained popularity among young voters through social media. He advocates for minimal state intervention in the economy and views taxation as a form of repression. Milei's style includes wielding a chainsaw at campaign rallies and making grandiose claims to represent a lost world as a lion. On the other hand, Sergio Massa has been overseeing Argentina's economy during its downturn as the current Economic Minister. The polls show that the race is too close to call.
Given the dire economic situation and the competing ideologies of the candidates, this presidential runoff has become one of the most important elections in recent Argentine history. The outcome of the election will determine the future direction of the country's economic policies.
Former President Trump has accused the judge presiding over his civil fraud trial in New York of being a "complete and total puppet" of New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump claimed that Judge Arthur Engoron undervalued his properties in order to make him look bad. He also accused the judge's law clerk of politically biased behavior. Trump's comments came after the temporary lifting of a limited gag order, which prevented him and his attorneys from discussing Engoron's staff. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a staunch Trump supporter, added to her original ethics complaint against Engoron, claiming that he wrongly denied Trump's motion for a mistrial. Despite the pushback, Engoron has already ruled that Trump and his business are liable for fraud. The case centers around allegations that the Trump Organization falsely inflated and deflated the value of its assets for financial gain.
A security guard was killed and a gunman was shot dead by a state trooper in a shooting incident at the New Hampshire Hospital in Concord on Friday. The attacker has been identified as John Madore, a transient who had previously lived in the area. Authorities say Madore used a 9mm handgun to shoot Bradley Haas, who was working security at the hospital's front lobby entrance. Haas, a former police chief and Army veteran, died protecting patients, staff, and visitors. New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella praised Haas as a hero and expressed condolences to his family.
The state trooper who killed Madore has not been identified as the investigation is ongoing. However, authorities have lauded the trooper's actions as heroic and credited them with saving a lot of lives. The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation.
After the shooting, authorities investigated a suspicious vehicle on the hospital's campus, a U-Haul. The incident prompted a response from Governor Chris Sununu, who extended condolences to Haas's family and thanked law enforcement for their quick response to the scene. The shooting has prompted an outpouring of support and condolences from the community.
Families desperate for news as rescue efforts are temporarily suspended over fears of more cave-ins
Rescue teams in Uttarakhand, India have been working tirelessly for a week to save 40 construction workers trapped in a collapsed highway tunnel. The workers became stranded when a portion of the tunnel caved in, hindering rescue efforts in the fragile mountain terrain.
Efforts to reach the trapped workers were temporarily paused after a "large-scale cracking sound" was heard, causing a panic among rescuers. There were concerns of further collapse, leading to the suspension of work. A high-powered drilling machine had been used to drill about 25 meters into the collapsed tunnel before the pause.
Rescuers have been supplying the trapped workers with light, oxygen, food, water, and medicines. They have also been able to communicate with them via walkie-talkie. However, as the days pass without any significant progress, families anxiously wait for news of their loved ones.
The rescue operation is challenging due to the effects of drilling vibrations on the already fragile terrain. The 4.5km tunnel, part of a project to connect Hindu shrines, is seen as one of the ambitious undertakings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
Authorities have not given a reason for the collapse, but the region is prone to landslides, earthquakes, and floods. Accidents on construction sites are not uncommon in India.
Source: CNN, News Agencies, Times of India
The body of 19-year-old Corporal Noa Marciano, who was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on October 7, has been found dead in the Gaza Strip, adjacent to Shifa Hospital. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) expressed their condolences to Marciano's family and pledged to continue supporting them. The IDF also recovered the body of Yehudit Weiss, a 65-year-old hostage and mother of five, who was killed by Hamas. The IDF has accused Hamas of utilizing civilian buildings, including hospitals, for illicit purposes such as weapon storage and tunnel construction. The IDF recently released videos exposing Hamas' tunnels underneath three major hospitals in Gaza. The recovery of Marciano's body comes three days after the IDF announced her death while in Hamas captivity. Marciano, a soldier in the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps 414th unit, was serving at the Nahal Oz IDF base when it was attacked by terrorists. Hamas is believed to be holding around 240 hostages, some of whom they have claimed were killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. The IDF continues to search for terror infrastructure in the hospital complex to verify their allegations against Hamas.
An attorney for former President Trump expressed satisfaction with the recent ruling in Colorado that allowed Trump to remain on the primary ballot. Despite the judge's acknowledgement that Trump had incited the January 6th insurrection, she ruled in Trump's favor, stating that the 14th Amendment's wording does not specifically apply to the presidency. The lawsuit, brought forth by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and others, aimed to remove Trump from the state's ballot. Although the outcome of the case was in Trump's favor, CREW celebrated the ruling for recognizing Trump's role in inciting the insurrection.
While recent court decisions have dealt setbacks to the theory that Trump is disqualified from running again due to the 14th Amendment, experts believe the fight is not over. Colorado District Judge Sarah Wallace's ruling is open to debate and likely to be appealed to higher courts. Some legal experts argue that it makes no constitutional sense for the provision in question to apply to all federal officials who support an insurrection except for the president. Despite the recent victories, the efforts to remove Trump from future ballots are expected to continue.
Authorities in Los Angeles are searching for a person of interest in connection with the fire that destroyed part of the 10 Freeway in downtown L.A. The fire broke out on November 11 in a storage yard underneath the freeway and quickly engulfed the area, damaging fire engines and melting steel guardrails. The person of interest is described as approximately six feet tall, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds, and between the ages of 30 and 35. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue shorts, and gray shoes with a green scarf. Authorities believe he may have burn injuries on his left leg.
CalFire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, has determined that the fire was intentionally set and is asking the public for any information that may help in their investigation. The freeway has been closed indefinitely as hazmat crews assess the damage and structural engineers determine the extent of the repairs.
The closure of the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles has caused significant traffic congestion and has led some residents to question the city's car-centric transportation system. Advocates for alternative modes of transportation see this as an opportunity to reimagine the future of transportation in Los Angeles. However, the repairs to the freeway are expected to be completed by Tuesday, restoring this vital artery for commuters.
US President Joe Biden's main adviser on the Middle East, Brett McGurk, stated that there would be a "significant pause" in the Israel-Hamas war if the hostages held by militants in Gaza are freed. Hamas terrorists seized around 240 hostages on October 7, resulting in Israel's relentless bombardment and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed the lives of 12,300 people so far.
McGurk emphasized that a release of a large number of hostages would lead to a "significant pause" in the conflict and a surge of humanitarian relief. Efforts by Qatar have already resulted in the release of four captives, including two American citizens, and Israel has freed another. However, the fate of several remaining hostages remains unknown.
US officials, including President Biden, have engaged in negotiations with Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in order to secure the release of the remaining hostages. French President Emmanuel Macron has also joined the discussion, as eight of the captives are French citizens.
The hope is that the release of hostages will open the door to increased aid for Gaza, including food, medicine, and fuel. The situation remains tense as both Israel and Hamas continue to blame each other for the breakdown of negotiations.
The 72nd Annual Miss Universe competition is set to take place in San Salvador on November 18th, and it is already breaking barriers and making history. The Miss Universe Organization has announced its exceptional selection committee, which includes trailblazing models, music icons, and business leaders who bring a diverse range of expertise to the event. Among the committee members are Halima Aden, the first hijab-wearing model signed by a major agency, Mario Bautista, an emerging Mexican singer-songwriter, and Janelle Commissiong, the first woman of color crowned Miss Universe. The committee promises an unparalleled event with its diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
In addition to the distinguished selection committee, the Miss Universe 2023 pageant is also making history with its contestants. For the first time, the pageant includes two mothers and two transgender women competing for the crown. The Miss Universe Organization has been at the forefront of promoting diversity, inclusivity, and representation in the pageant, allowing transgender candidates to participate since 2012 and opening the pageant to mothers and wives starting in 2023. This year, Michelle Cohn from Guatemala became the first married woman with children to win the Miss Universe Guatemala crown and will be competing in the 2023 pageant.
With a distinguished selection committee and groundbreaking contestants, the 72nd Annual Miss Universe competition is set to be a historic event that celebrates diversity and empowers women from all walks of life.
The 72nd annual Miss Universe pageant is just around the corner, set to take place in El Salvador on November 18. With representatives from 90 different countries, the competition promises to be a display of beauty, talent, and diversity. The preliminary competition, featuring the swimsuit and evening gown segments, took place on November 15, while the national costume show is scheduled for November 16. This year's edition also marks a historic moment as mothers and married women are allowed to compete for the first time, showcasing a shift towards inclusivity. Among the trailblazers are Maria Camila Avella Montanez from Colombia and Michelle Cohn from Guatemala, the first mothers and married women to participate. Rikkie Valerie Kolle from the Netherlands and Marina Machete from Portugal will also contribute to the historic narrative as the second and third transwomen to compete in Miss Universe. Additionally, Pakistan will make its debut in the competition, symbolizing a step towards global inclusivity. The coronation night on November 18 promises to be a historic occasion, as the world eagerly awaits to crown the next Miss Universe.
Noelia Voigt, the current Miss USA, is vying for the title of Miss Universe 2023. The preliminary competition took place in San Salvador, where Voigt made her debut in a stunning red dress by designer Dhey Galaviz. The dress, adorned with crystals and featuring cutouts and sheer paneling, embraces the red trend that is taking over the fashion world this year.
Voigt, who was born to an American Venezuelan couple, has previously worked with Galaviz and wore one of his designs during the Miss USA 2023 competition. Along with the evening gown round, the preliminary phase of Miss Universe 2023 also featured a swimsuit competition, where Voigt sported a shiny purple one-piece swimsuit from the first collaborative merchandise line released by the Miss Universe Organization.
Voigt expressed her gratitude and excitement for representing the USA and all its diverse cultures and backgrounds on Instagram after her debut at the competition. Since winning Miss USA, she has been actively promoting anti-bullying campaigns and her children's book, "Maddie the Brave."
The 72nd annual Miss Universe competition will culminate on Sunday in El Salvador, with John Legend performing. Voigt hopes to become the 10th American to win the title of Miss Universe. Will she be crowned the winner? Stay tuned to find out.
The 2023 Miss Universe pageant's national costume competition featured a range of creative and eye-catching outfits that paid homage to various countries and themes. Miss Ecuador's costume paid tribute to the Ecuadorian railway system, complete with a steam-producing chimney and a train designed to look like railway tracks. Miss Great Britain wore a costume inspired by the Oxford English Dictionary, while Miss Denmark's costume represented a mythical ocean dragon and the spirit of Viking sailors. Miss Brazil's costume featured blue macaw parrots to highlight the species' endangered status. Miss El Salvador received rapturous applause for her volcanic gown, which lit up to represent an eruption of hot lava. The competition is taking place in San Salvador, El Salvador, with 84 countries represented. This year's competition also includes the first-ever married contestants and two transgender women representing the Netherlands and Portugal. The winner of the best national costume will be announced on Saturday night, along with the new Miss Universe.
The Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador is drawing attention to President Nayib Bukele's efforts to change the global perception of his violence-stricken nation. The competition, touted by Bukele as a symbol of the country's transformation, is seen by critics as a distraction from human rights abuses and erosion of democracy. Constitutional scholars and watchdogs have raised concerns about Bukele's plan to run for re-election, despite clear term limits outlined in the constitution. Meanwhile, the Miss Universe pageant comes at a crucial time for Bukele, just months before the presidential election in February. It remains to be seen how the event will impact public opinion of the leader and whether it will divert attention from the allegations of rights abuses. Bukele's government did not respond to requests for comment on the issue.
Over 85 women from around the world will compete in the international beauty pageant, which will be held this Saturday, November 18 in El Salvador. The Miss Universe 2023 final is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT, with the winner being crowned at the end of the event. The pageant will take place at the National Gym in El Salvador.
The Miss Universe Organization is dedicated to promoting gender equality and empowering women. Past winners have gone on to make a difference in various fields such as entertainment, politics, fashion, and social causes. This year's pageant will feature contestants from 84 countries and territories.
Hosted by Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo, along with Maria Menounos as co-host, the competition promises to be a memorable one. Backstage correspondents will include Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall. Grammy-winning artist John Legend will also perform during the event.
Viewers can catch the Miss Universe 2023 Pageant on USA Network and Telemundo International at various times depending on their location. Don't miss the chance to see who will be crowned the most beautiful woman in the universe.
If you're in the market for a new vacuum, now might be the perfect time to buy. Amazon's Black Friday sale is in full swing and one of the standout deals is the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum, which is currently 55% off. According to camelcamelcamel, this is the lowest price the vacuum has been since last year's Black Friday sale.
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With over 40,000 people purchasing the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum in the past 30 days, it's clear that this deal is popular. If you've been waiting for a good discount on a name-brand vacuum, now is the time to buy.
In a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, White House adviser Brett McGurk stated that a "significant pause" in the war between Israel and Hamas can only occur if the hostages taken by Hamas are released. McGurk emphasized the importance of Hamas releasing all hostages, including women and children, in order to create a surge in humanitarian relief. He explained that previous attempts at reaching a bargain, where Hamas would release hostages in exchange for fuel and humanitarian supplies for Gaza, had not succeeded. McGurk stressed that a pause in fighting and an increase in humanitarian aid would only come once hostages are released.
The Biden administration has been focused on temporary tactical pauses in Israel's military operation to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid, the movement of civilians to safer areas, the evacuation of Americans and other foreign nationals, and the release of hostages. It is estimated that at least 240 people have been taken hostage by Hamas since their attack on Israel on October 7. Israeli airstrikes and a ground invasion in response to the initial attack have resulted in the deaths of over 11,100 Palestinians, including over 4,600 children, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the strikes until all the hostages are released.
The US is actively involved in negotiations to free the hostages and is considering tactical recovery plans in collaboration with international partners. The goal is to find a solution that minimizes risk and ensures the safe release of the hostages. Although progress has been made in discussions between Israel and Hamas, a formal agreement has not yet been reached.
Israel's top general, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, announced that the army is close to dismantling Hamas's military operation in the northern Gaza Strip, indicating that military operations will soon extend to areas where hundreds of thousands of civilians are taking refuge. The air force dropped leaflets near Khan Younis, a region previously considered relatively safer, signaling an upcoming shift of ground forces into the southern part of Gaza. The head of the National Security Council warned that these recent operations are just the beginning and that they will continue until the military abilities of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are neutralized.
Meanwhile, fighting continued around al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza's largest city as Israeli troops stormed the facility after claiming it was a center for Hamas operations. Israeli officials have presented little evidence to support this claim, but a concrete shaft with electrical wiring and a metal structure resembling a ladder was photographed by New York Times personnel during a visit to the hospital.
The situation in Gaza is worsening as U.N. aid deliveries have been suspended due to fuel shortages and a communications shutdown. The World Food Programme warns that civilians are at immediate risk of starvation, and the lack of access to food supplies is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian crisis in the region.
As the war in Gaza enters its seventh week, there seems to be no end in sight, despite international calls for a ceasefire or humanitarian pauses. The conflict, triggered by a cross-border raid by Hamas militants, has resulted in significant casualties on both sides.
The United Nations has been forced to halt deliveries of food and other necessities to Gaza due to a communications blackout caused by a lack of fuel. The blackout has cut off Gaza's 2.3 million people from one another and the outside world, posing a growing risk of widespread starvation. The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, was unable to bring in its aid convoy on Friday due to the communication cutoff. Israel has barred the entry of fuel and has also blocked food, water, and other supplies. The trickle of aid from Egypt falls far short of what is needed. Israel claims that fuel would be diverted by Hamas for military purposes. The Israeli government has announced that it will allow two tanker trucks of fuel into Gaza each day for the U.N., but this is only half of what the U.N. said it needs for the lifesaving functions of the people in Gaza. Phone and internet services have been partially restored after a limited quantity of fuel for generators was provided, but the blackout still poses a significant obstacle to humanitarian operations. Click to read more.
President Joe Biden has been reported to have delivered two different messages on the Israel-Hamas war to pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel Americans. One letter showcased Biden's support for Israel against Hamas's "terrorism," while the other emphasized the US administration's efforts to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip. The letter sent to pro-Israel individuals invoked the Holocaust and pledged continuous support to Israel. On the other hand, the letter to pro-Palestinians focused on aid to Palestine and made no mention of the Holocaust or US support for Israel. While the letters do not contradict each other or Biden's policies, crafting different versions of a letter on the same topic that vary so much in emphasis is uncommon for the White House. This incident reflects the political tightrope that Biden is trying to navigate as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian elements of his coalition fray over the war. With less than a year to go before elections, Biden is careful to address the concerns of both groups while maintaining his administration's stance on the conflict.
American entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to launch his massive new rocket, Starship, in its second flight test. The vehicle's maiden flight in April ended abruptly in a fiery explosion just four minutes after liftoff. However, engineers at SpaceX have made "more than a thousand" modifications to the rocket's systems in an effort to improve reliability.
The launch window is scheduled to open at 07:00 local time in Texas. The mission will involve sending the top part of the two-stage vehicle, known as the Ship, almost one full revolution around the Earth. The goal is to have the uncrewed craft make a controlled splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.
If successful, Starship could revolutionize space travel by becoming a fully reusable rocket capable of carrying over a hundred tonnes into orbit in a single launch. This would significantly lower the cost of space activities and support Musk's vision of establishing a human settlement on Mars.
The first flight test in April revealed significant challenges, with engine failures, loss of control, and an explosive ending. However, SpaceX follows the mantra of "test early, break it, and learn," and the engineers have used these lessons to make extensive modifications to Starship's design. The upcoming test will determine if these changes have improved the rocket's performance and durability.
SpaceX's second attempt at launching the Starship rocket is poised to provide crucial insights into the viability of Musk's ambitious space exploration plans.
Boomerang's, a popular neighborhood bar in Urbana, is undergoing an ownership change, but customers can expect few changes to the beloved establishment. Stuart Candlin and Deana Davis have been in charge of Boomerang's for just over three months and are focused on maintaining its status as a neighborhood bar and music venue. While some menu items have changed names and recipes have been updated, the overall goal is to provide a familiar experience for locals. There are also new suppliers for certain menu items, such as chicken wings, which have received positive reviews from customers. Pricing will remain competitive, as Candlin acknowledges the impact of the economy on everyone. Live music will continue to be a staple at Boomerang's, with Candy Foster scheduled to perform before Thanksgiving. Candlin's aim is to preserve the Boomerang's name while making necessary updates and improvements. With the support of the local community, the new ownership hopes to maintain Boomerang's as a favorite spot for residents to gather and enjoy good food and music.
If you're feeling nostalgic, you could also consider finding a treasured toy from the past. One throwback option is the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle from 1973, which can be found at the Toy Shack in Las Vegas. In a world dominated by online shopping, taking a stroll through a physical toy store can be a fun and unique experience.
While supply chain concerns and inflation have affected the availability and pricing of many goods, reports of toys selling out are not as common as in previous years. With Amazon Prime subscriptions estimated to reach 150 million this year, the way people shop for toys has also changed.
For grown-ups looking for toy options, there is a new "kidult" moment happening. The Toy Insider suggests the Harry Potter Tamagotchi Nano, Pokemon puzzles, DZNR plush collectible toys, and the Yellowstone Party Game as great options for adults who still love to play.
Overall, the hottest Christmas toy of 2023 is anyone's guess, but these top contenders and nostalgic throwbacks are sure to bring joy to many this holiday season.