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Intruder Attacks Pelosi’s Husband Calling ‘Where’s Nancy’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say an intruder attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer at the couple’s San Francisco home early Friday, looking for the Democratic leader and shouting, ” Where’s Nancy, where’s Nancy?” The assault came 11 days before heated midterm elections. Police say they were called to the couple’s home, where they discovered David DePape and Paul Pelosi struggling with a hammer – then the intruder beat Pelosi with it before being subdued. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington in The assailant’s cries echoed chants during the U.S. Capitol insurrection, when rioters searched menacingly for her in the hallways.

Russia’s hope for Ukraine victory revealed in battle for Bakhmut

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — Russian soldiers are slowly closing in on a town in eastern Ukraine they have been trying to seize for months. Bakhmut remained in Ukrainian hands during the war despite Moscow’s aim to seize the entire Donbass region bordering Russia. While much of the fighting over the past month has been in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, the escalating battle around Bakhmut demonstrates Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire for gains visible after the clear setbacks of his troops. Taking Bakhmut would sever Ukraine’s supply lines and open a path for Russian forces to move towards other Ukrainian strongholds to the east. Mercenaries from the shadowy Wagner group would lead the charge.

Wall Street rally marks first weekly winning streak since summer

Wall Street closed sharply higher, capping another strong week with gains led by Apple and other companies that posted even bigger profits over the summer than expected. The S&P 500 rose 2.5% on Friday and marked its first consecutive weekly gain since August. Equities have recently rallied, partly on hopes that the sharp interest rate hikes that have rattled the market will ease later this year. More recently, many large US companies have reported higher-than-expected earnings, although the bag remains decidedly mixed. Apple, Intel and Gilead Sciences jumped on strong reports, which helped offset a disheartening forecast from Amazon.

Musk now has the chance to defeat Twitter’s many fake accounts

Twitter’s endless fight against spam accounts is now a problem for new owner Elon Musk. He pledged in April to defeat the scourge of robots or “die trying!” He then cited bots as a reason to give up buying the social platform. Now that the billionaire has closed the deal, he must deliver on his promise to clean up the fake profiles that have been bothering him and plaguing Twitter long before he expressed an interest in acquiring it. The bot count is important because advertisers – Twitter’s main source of revenue – want to know roughly how many real humans they reach when buying ads.

Outrageous rock ‘n’ roll star Jerry Lee Lewis dies at 87

Indomitable and often outrageous rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has died aged 87. Spokesman Zach Farnum said Lewis died Friday morning at his Mississippi home near Memphis. Of all the big names to emerge in the 1950s after Elvis Presley, no one personified every parent’s fear of the dangers of rock ‘n’ roll better than Lewis, with his sly tenor and cocky sneer. Her talent, energy and ego collided with piano perfection on hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Lewis’ infamous private life included a marriage to his 13-year-old cousin who later alleged physical and mental cruelty.

Group can monitor ballot boxes in Arizona, US judge rules

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has refused to bar a group from monitoring open-air ballot boxes in Arizona’s largest county, saying it could violate its constitutional rights. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Liburdi issued the ruling on Friday. Local and federal law enforcement have been alarmed by reports of people watching open-air ballot boxes around the clock in Maricopa County — Arizona’s most populous county — and rural Yavapai County. in the run-up to the midterm elections. Some poll watchers showed up armed and wearing bulletproof vests.

Musk has taken over Twitter. Then some users started testing chaos

NEW YORK (AP) — Shortly after Elon Musk took over Twitter, some conservative figures wasted no time jumping onto the platform and recirculating long-debunked conspiracy theories in an attempt ironic to “test” if Twitter’s misinformation policies were still enforced. While no immediate policy changes were announced on Friday afternoon, that didn’t stop users from cheering — or bemoaning — what they expected to be a quick buy-in to Musk’s pledges. to reduce moderation in what he said is an effort to promote free speech. Musk tweeted on Friday that there would be no major content decisions or account reinstatement on Twitter until a content moderation board “with very diverse views” convenes.

The family of the financier of the last American slave ship breaks the silence

The descendants of the Alabama man responsible for illegally bringing 110 African captives to America aboard the last American slave ship have broken generations of public silence. People close to Timothy Meaher called his actions more than 160 years ago “wrong and unforgivable” in a statement published on NBC News. He says what Meaher did had consequences that have impacted generations of people. Descendants of Africans still live in a community in Alabama founded after they were freed from slavery following the end of the Civil War in 1865. The leader of a descendants organization says the group has recently been in contact by e- mail with the Meaher descendants.

Uvalde families make last push for Election Day reshuffle

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The Uvalde school massacre has cast a shadow over Texas’ midterm elections, escalating Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign against Democrat Beto O’Rourke and sparking a campaign blitz television advertisements. A Republican congressman on Thursday joined calls for the resignation of the Texas state police chief, reflecting lingering anger five months after the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers. But with more than 2 million votes already cast in Texas, the Uvalde families who have been the most outspoken since the May 24 attack face a surge for bigger upheavals on Election Day, including a change of governor.

Power outages worsen in Ukraine; fighting rages on many fronts

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities have warned of longer power cuts around the country’s biggest cities amid repeated Russian missile strikes on energy infrastructure. The Kyiv region governor said residents can expect harsher and longer power outages in the coming days. Kyiv’s mayor said the capital’s electricity supply was down 50% from pre-war levels. And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said up to 4 million Ukrainians faced power outages due to Russian attacks. Heavy fighting was reported in the eastern region of Donetsk. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defense minister to ensure newly mobilized reservists are properly trained and equipped for combat.

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