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.
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.
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
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."
Hahn says investors will need to stick to companies with proven track records in good and bad times.He favors tech giants like Microsoft.
Hahn says the market has long told Powell that it did not believe inflation was transitory and the Fed is now playing catch up.Even with the steep drop in stock prices Tuesday, Hahn says the Fed needs to start reducing its bond purchases, which will pav the way to raise rates to battle inflation.
Patches of dense fog hindered morning commuters in parts of California’s Bay Area on November 30, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.Footage filmed by Twitter user @absolutepepper, who said it was taken in Oakland, shows the fog hovering over the city’s skyline.“What’s with the patchy haze? Usually it covers San Francisco and the Bay — today it’s winding through a few parts of Oakland, flowing like a stream!” she wrote in a tweet. Credit: @absolutepepper via Storyful
Speaking at a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Tuesday, Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the best preparation for the Omicron variant is to be vaccinated, and for those who are eligible to get a booster shot. Walensky said the new variant has not yet been detected in the U.S.
President Emmanuel Macron attended the ceremony, one of France's highest honors.Baker, who also served in the French Resistance during World War Two and was a prominent civic rights activist after the war, is the first Black woman and sixth woman to enter the Pantheon.Baker became a French citizen in 1937. She died in 1975 and was buried in Monaco. In accordance with her family's wishes, Baker's remains have not been moved to the Pantheon.To represent her presence there, a symbolic coffin was carried to the steps of the mausoleum containing handfuls of earth from four locations: her U.S. hometown of St. Louis, Paris, Monaco and Milandes, in the Dordogne region of France, where Baker owned a castle.
Lululemon and Peloton - two of the most recognizable names in the exercise gear market - just took their growing legal battle up a notch. Lululemon threw the latest punch on Monday when it followed through with a threat to sue Peloton over "copycat products" in Peloton's new clothing line. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court - seeks triple damages for what Lululemon called "willful" infringement of six design patents. Peloton and its lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Lululemon's legal action comes a week after Peloton brought its own lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, seeking a declaration that Lululemon's claims had no merit. The dispute centers on Peloton's September launch of a private-label apparel brand after its five-year co-branding relationship with Lululemon came to an end. Lululemon is accusing Peloton of producing knock-offs and wants them pulled from shelves. But Peloton says in its lawsuit that customers would not have trouble telling the companies' products apart, and that Lululemon's designs were not special enough to merit patent protection.
Josephine Baker's adopted son shares memoriesof the famed Black French-American singer and dancer(SOUNDBITE) (French) SON OF JOSEPHINE BAKER AND AUTHOR OF A BIOGRAPHY, JEAN-CLAUDE BOUILLON-BAKER, SAYING: "As a mother she was very simple. As soon as she got home, it was over. She dropped her luggage, her dresses and she was Mum. She cooked spaghetti and stuff. Because she tried to compartmentalise, she didn't want us, her children, to access her career, to her life. We guessed, we knew, but we couldn't see it. We needed to be the children around their mother. That's all."Baker also served in the French Resistance during World War TwoThe civil rights activist will be buried the Paris Pantheonalongside other French icons, such as Victor Hugo and Voltaire(SOUNDBITE) (French) MANAGER OF 'HOTEL JOSEPHINE', SOPHIE POUYOUNE, SAYING:"A Black woman in the Pantheon, it is something very interesting. It shows that the French culture is opening up to things different from literature or only certain types of art. We get conscious that Paris is a broad city and that cabaret is also a form of art. And I think that is excellent news."
Lagerfeld, who died in 2019, was an icon of the fashion industry who was celebrated as much for his distinctive personal style of gloves, sunglasses and white ponytail as he was for the fashion he designed for Chanel and other fashion houses.The collection of belongings, being auctioned by Sotheby's auction house, has items from his personal wardrobe, and the furniture, accessories and art which decorated his many homes.Elaborate trunks and suitcases that Lagerfeld took with him when he travelled, three Rolls-Royce cars, and a pair of chrome-plated dumbbells owned by the famously body-conscious designer, are also included in the sale.After the Monaco leg of the auction, on Dec. 3-5, the sale moves on to Paris later in December, then on to Cologne early next year.
A dog who escaped from a boarding facility over the Thanksgiving holiday was caught and reunited with her owner.This footage, shared on November 29 by Dog Days Search & Rescue, shows Mochi the dog and her owner rejoined in Crossville, Tennessee.According to Dog Days Search & Rescue, Mochi escaped from the facility her owner placed her in and was on the run for six days. Dog Days chased her based on sightings and set traps in various places.Describing the reunion in the video’s caption, the organization wrote, “Mochi cried, her owner cried, we cried!” Credit: Casey Heussner / Dog Days Search & Rescue via Storyful
Wearing face-masks, the contestants posed for pictures with the Holy City in the background.Israel said it would host the Miss Universe beauty pageant in the Red Sea resort of Eilat on Dec. 12 despite imposing travel restrictions to try to stave off the Omicron coronavirus variant.On Saturday (November 27) Israel announced it would ban foreigners from entering the country, lengthen quarantines for citizens and residents returning from abroad and reinstate controversial cellphone surveillance designed to track infections.However, Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said that Miss Universe participants would be granted waivers while possibly undergoing PCR testing every 48 hours and other precautionary measures.One contestant was diagnosed with COVID-19, Israeli media reported.Senior health ministry official Sharon Alroy-Preis said Israel was putting together a safety plan for Miss Universe and could limit admission to the pageant from countries deemed to be high-risk.
Syria hosts its first international basketball game in yearsLocation: Damascus, SyriaDate: November 29, 2021Hundreds of fans attended a World Cup qualifying matchbetween Syria and Kazakhstan(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BASKETBALL FAN, TAHA, SAYING:"I cannot describe how I feel. We have been waiting for this for a long time. I couldn't miss such a historical moment, I'm here to watch and hopefully we will win and we will qualify."All sports activities were suspended in Syria in 2011after a conflict erupted between government forces and opposition fighters(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BASKETBALL FAN, MAZEN HINDI, SAYING:"It is a very important step to see a team coming to play in Syria for the first time since 2010, which was when the last sports match was played between Syria and Iraq in the Asian Cup qualifiers that were held in Qatar in 2011. The teams played at Abaseen stadium where 45,000 people attended the game. Today we are reliving the same experience at al-Fayhaa stadium in Damascus, hopefully it will be a good beginning, people have missed this and today at al-Fayhaa stadium, we can see audiences from across Syria. This is very important in order to resume sport activities and take steps towards easing the ban on Syrian sports in the near future."
An owl swooped by a wildlife center in North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands on Monday, November 29, and took a short nap in a tree.This footage, recorded by Ocracoke Wildlife Center director Rebecca Carbis, shows the owl on Ocracoke Island.“Look whooo came by the Wildlife Center for a quick nap in the sun today!” wrote the center in a Facebook post. “This is likely one of the two hatched this past spring by a Great Horned Owl pair that nested in the village. It is so nice to see them healthy and sticking around the area so far!” Credit: Rebecca Carbis via Storyful
Lava flowing from the volcano destroyed more homes on Tuesday as authorities at the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (PEVOLCA) said the concentration of toxic gas in the air was still deemed "high."La Palma local authorities said on Monday (November 29) the lava had covered 2,780 acres of land so far and the eruption had damaged or destroyed nearly 2,700 buildings, forcing the evacuation of thousands from their homes on the island.The volcano first erupted on September 19 and has been active ever since, showing no sign of abating, experts say.