A 15-year-old boy in Michigan opened fire on his classmates Tuesday, killing at least three students and wounding several others.Local police said the victims included a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl.One of the wounded was a teacher and the rest were students at Oxford High School, about 40 miles north of Detroit.Undersheriff Michael McCabe told reporters the suspect was believed to have acted alone, and was arrested without resistance."The deputies took the suspect into custody within five minutes of the original 911 call. They recovered a handgun from the suspect."McCabe added that the suspect divulged nothing to police, and demanded a lawyer after his parents advised him not to speak.U.S. President Joe Biden offered his condolences while touring a college in Minnesota, while Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer rushed to the scene and spoke to reporters alongside local police.Whitmer declined to discuss specific gun control policies out of respect for the victims' families, but the shooting is likely to refuel political debate over the issue.Officials say the shooter's motive remains unknown.
A fiery sunset painted the sky in hues of orange in London, Kentucky.Johnnie Nicholson filmed a video on November 30 that shows the sun transforming the line of clouds into coral shades. Nicholson told Storyful that it was the second night of such a spectacular sunset “thanks to some perfectly timed cloud cover.” Credit: Johnnie Nicholson via Storyful
Biden was speaking to reporters on the tarmac of an airfield in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after an event at a nearby technical college to promote his infrastructure agenda.When asked about Trump's shock travel restrictions without informing allies, Biden responded, "Unlike Trump, I don't shock our allies."Earlier in the day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans against travel to Niger, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Trinidad and Tobago, citing COVID-19 concerns.The CDC now lists about 80 destinations at "Level 4: Very High" classification after the White House announced new travel restrictions in response to the new Omicron coronavirus variant.
Police in Southlake, Texas, released footage showing a suspect throwing fireworks into a portable toilet on a construction site on November 18.Southlake Police and Fire Departments said a white or silver Ford F-150 pulled into a construction area at 1371 Brumlow Avenue at around 7:45pm and a white male sprinted to a portable toilet on site.“He lit some fireworks, tossed them in, and raced back to the truck huffing and puffing. He was probably pooped from that sprint,” they said.Police said the fire department responded quickly and that they were seeking information about the suspects or the vehicle.“Stinks for these criminals, because this isn’t a mere criminal mischief. No friends, this is Arson, and it’s a second degree felony. The fire damaged the building, a trailer, and of course the $5,000 Porta Potty. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that no one was hurt or killed,” they added. Credit: Southlake Police and Fire Departments via Storyful
A 16-year-old who was injured when a man drove an SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, returned home from hospital on November 30.At least six people were killed and 48 others were left injured following the incident on November 21.Video shows Erick Tiegs returning home with a fire truck escort. Erick’s father Don Tiegs is a Caledonia fire fighter and paramedic, according to the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, who posted the footage.Don Tiegs said on Facebook that Erick was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital Wisconsin after the incident with a “broken femur, broken ribs, bruised lung, small pneumothorax” and a possible scull fracture.The suspect in the case Darrell Brooks has been charged with six counts of intentional homicide, according to reports citing court documents. Credit: Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin via Storyful
The Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa could be the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious Delta variant. That’s according to Adrian Puren, the Acting Executive Director of South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases - or NICD. He spoke to Reuters on Tuesday. "We thought what will outcompete Delta? That has always been the question, what would outcompete Delta in terms of transmissibility at least." The discovery of Omicron has caused global alarm, with countries limiting travel from southern Africa for fear it could spread quickly even in vaccinated populations and the World Health Organization saying it carries a high risk of infection. If Omicron proves even more transmissible than the Delta variant, it could lead to a sharp spike in infections that could put pressure on hospitals. Puren said scientists should know within four weeks to what extent Omicron can evade the immunity generated by vaccines or prior infection, and whether it leads to worse clinical symptoms than other variants. Anecdotal accounts by doctors who have treated South African COVID-19 patients say Omicron appears to be producing mild symptoms, including a dry cough, fever and night sweats, but experts have cautioned against drawing firm conclusions. Puren said it was too early to say whether Omicron was displacing Delta in South Africa.. Anne von Gottberg, a clinical microbiologist at the NICD, said it looked like infections were rising throughout the country… But cautioned against linking that with Omicron just yet:"In fact some of those admissions might have started before the emergence of Omicron. We are also seeing that there was an increase in influenza cases in South Africa just in the last month or so, and so we need to be really careful to look at the other respiratory infections..." Leaders in southern Africa have criticized swift travel restrictions by the United States and other nations as unfair and crippling to their tourism and other sectors. South Africa has reported close to 3 million COVID-19 infections during the pandemic and over 89,000 deaths, the most on the African continent.
After pleading guilty earlier this year to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel, the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday by a U.S. judge. Before being sentenced, 32-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded with the U.S. District Judge to show her mercy...saying in Spanish through an interpreter quote: "With all due respect, I address you today to express my true regret for any and all harm that I may have done, and I ask that you and all the citizens of this country forgive me.” In June, Coronel pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money and of engaging in financial dealings with the Sinaloa drug cartel. Her defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman spoke to the media after the sentencing, saying his client was swept into the world of drug trafficking while still a minor, and deserved mercy:"...her role was simply to be the wife. That's what her role was, period...The guidelines reflect somebody who's involved with a very large conspiracy, of which they're a very tiny person. And that's what the facts showed. That's what the judge saw. It's what the government saw. We've been saying this from the beginning…” Coronel, a U.S.-born former beauty queen married Guzman while she was a teenager. She was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington in February. As part of her plea agreement with prosecutors, Coronel admitted to acting as a courier between Guzman and other members of the Sinaloa cartel while he was being held in Mexico's Altiplano prison following his 2014 arrest. Guzman used those communications to plan his 2015 escape from the prison, through an underground tunnel built by the cartel leading to the shower in his cell. The drug lord was recaptured in January 2016 and extradited one year later to the United States. He was convicted in February 2019 of drug trafficking, conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and other charges, and later sentenced to life in prison.
Lego has launched its Carousel of Creativity festive display which celebrates kids’ imaginations. The installation has taken over part of London’s Covent Garden. Fans can enjoy brick-built characters who challenge the norm from a fire fighting dragon to a princess racing driver. The display also features LEGO creations from kids across the UK.
Christmas Island red crabs gathered on the beach to release their eggs at high tide during the crabs’s annual migration, on November 28.Henrique Kwong filmed a video that shows female crabs crawling on Flying Fish Cove beach and raising their claws before releasing their eggs into the ocean.Female Christmas Island red crabs can produce up to 100,000 eggs during the annual crab immigration and mating event. The mother crabs will spawn before dawn “on a receding high-tide during the last quarter of the moon”, according to Park Australia website. Credit: Henrique Kwong via Storyful
Wall Street took a beating for the second time in three seasons as health crisis jitters and interest rate worries spooked investors.Tuesday's sell-off put the finishing touches on what was a down month for the Dow and the S&P 500.Looking at Tuesday's closing action:The Dow slumped 652 points. The S&P 500 lost 88. The Nasdaq fell 245.Wall Street followed the weak tone set in Europe after the head of drugmaker Moderna told the Financial Times that existing COVID-19 vaccines would be less effective against the new Omicron variant.But the selling really picked up after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the Senate banking committee it was time for the Federal Reserve to pull back some of its support for the economy."We now look at an economy that's very strong and inflationary pressures that are high and that means it's appropriate, I think, for us to discuss at our next meeting, which is in a couple of weeks whether it will be appropriate to wrap up our purchases a few months earlier."The Fed had been buying $120 billion in bonds each month to help prop up the economy. Powell also said it was time to retire the word transitory when referring to the current inflation surge.Greg Hahn, chief investment officer at Winthrop Capital Management, said Powell's testimony was a needed change in tone, even if it caught the markets off guard."The Fed has to remove its bond purchase program before they can move interest rates higher. That's our view of how they'll unwind, start to unwind the stimulative monetary policy. So getting the bond, the bond purchase program out of the way quicker is going to set a path for the Fed to start to move interest rates higher, potentially by June of next year."The thought of a less-accommodative Fed just as investors face the uncertainty of a new COVID-19 variant was too much for Wall Street to take at the same time.Oil prices dropped sharply. Crude oil fell 4-1/2 percent to less than $67 a barrel - to lows not seen since August.
Boxing Day actor and director Aml Ameen has applauded the debut silver-screen performance of his co-star, Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock, as the film held its world premiere in London. The Christmas movie is the UK’s first black British festive romcom.
At least three students were killed and at least six other people, including one teacher, were wounded during a shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30, local officials said.A 15-year-old sophomore student at the high school has been taken into custody, according to local police.Brendan Gutenschwager, who took this video, wrote in a tweet, “Ambulances and school buses are heading towards the Oxford Meijer [supermarket], where students were evacuated after a shooting at Oxford High this afternoon.”This is a developing story. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
Ed Sinclair says he wrote Landscapers role for his wife Olivia Colman! At the new TV drama series' London premiere tonight, Ed told our reporter Jodie McCallum that he wrote the role of the real life Susan Edwards for his wife Olivia Colman. The pair posed together on the carpet and Ed shared what it was like working with his wife. .
Boris Johnson has pledged to hire a person devoted to UK food and drink exports in every embassy in the world. It comes as the Prime Minister and other ministers enjoyed the fare of the UK food and drink industry as a special market was put on especially for them in Downing Street.
Ellen White became England Women’s record scorer as a hat-trick against Latvia took her on to 48 goals for her country. The Manchester City striker scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s Women’s World Cup qualifier at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium to eclipse Kelly Smith’s mark of 46.
STOLTENBERG: "There will be a high price to pay for Russia if they once again use force against the independent sovereign nation of Ukraine."BLINKEN: "Any renewed aggression would trigger serious consequences."That’s NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking at the NATO alliance summit in Latvia Tuesday, warning Russia would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine.That same day, speaking at an investment forum in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country will be forced to act if NATO deploys certain missiles into Ukraine, which he calls a red line.But on the frontline of the conflict in Ukraine, in ruins of European neighborhoods smashed by artillery fire, and in towns near an active war zone between the government and pro-Russian separatists, some residents talking to Reuters say they've resigned themselves to the idea that a wider conflict between Ukraine and Russia could come at any time.This is the town of Kramatorsk, Ukraine, where 34-year-old Roman Balaboiko lives. He's a veteran of the war against the separatists, a volunteer in a helicopter squadron evacuating wounded troops.He says he keeps a bag ready in case of a new offensive.BALABOIKO: "For people in the United States, and in Europe as well, and even for some people in our country it may feel a bit scary. And because of that, people start speculating and wondering, people start fantasizing even more over whether it will happen or not, and how.""Yes, it's a fact Russia is amassing troops at the border with Ukraine, but I'll say it again: We here in Donetsk and the Luhansk region have got used to the idea that if a large-scale attack happens, we'll be the first to feel it and realize it. I think people here are tired of being afraid."Kramatorsk is about 30 miles away from the actual front line, where Ukrainian soldiers and residents have told us that the separatists launch artillery strikes every day, trying to provoke a response.And Moscow dismisses Western concerns of an intervention by Russian troops as alarmist. It also denies being a party to the separatist movement, though Reuters has previously gathered evidence that Russian troops and weapons have been involved.On the other side of the front is the town of Horlivka, now held by separatists. Aleksander Studenikin and his wife, Irina, are literally living in the basement of a destroyed school building. Their house was destroyed years ago.STUDENIKIN: "Believe it or not, all I want is for them to stop shelling. I could agree to that now. But they won't stop. It's to their benefit to keep the fighting going."
The Harry Potter cast are reuniting for the 20th anniversary: Return to Hogwarts HBO Max special but will David Thewlis aka Remus Lupin be involved? He told our reporter Jodie McCallum that 'we'll have to wait and see!' David stepped out to premiere his new TV series Landscapers with co-star Olivia Colman. .
Hahn says investors will need to stick to companies with proven track records in good and bad times.He favors tech giants like Microsoft.