The Semeru volcano in East Java, Indonesia, erupted on December 4, sending huge clouds of ash into the sky.This footage shows the sky above houses in the Lumajang Regency blocked out by thick clouds of dark ash. The Semeru volcano is located in the same region.Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management said “Mount Semeru experienced an increase in volcanic activity as indicated by the occurrence of hot clouds falling,” and that they were “currently trying to establish a sectoral evacuation point in Kamarkajang Field, Sumberwuluh Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency.”Details of possible casualties and the extent of the damage caused were not known by the time of writing.The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) in Darwin, Australia, said that the ash was drifting south-west. Credit: @ini_pika via Storyful
A total solar eclipse was observed for a number of minutes over Antarctica in the early hours of December 4.Antarctica was best positioned to see the phenomenon, according to Space.com.NASA said this stream was taken from Union Glacier, Antarctica. Credit: NASA via Storyful
The video was filmed on December 1 and 2 at the summit, near the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFH Telescope) observatory.CFH Telescope representative, Mary Beth Laychak told Reuters in a message that there were no staff at the summit presently as they observe the area remotely from their Waimea offices.The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a rare blizzard warning expecting at least 12 inches of snow with wind gusts at about 100mph at the Big Island summits on their Friday (December 3) weekend forecast.NWS added in a tweet that snowfall for the highest elevations (above 11,000 ft) in Hawaii is "fairly common."
Dense fog was observed in central Florida on Friday, December 3, reducing visibility in the area.This footage, filmed by Nicholas Krasznavolgyi, was taken in the Pinellas County city of Tarpon Springs. It was filmed during a dense fog advisory, which remained in place on December 4.The National Weather Service warned of hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility. Credit: Nicholas Krasznavolgyi via Storyful
A reported medical emergency at a vigil in Oxford, Michigan, cased panicked mourners to flee on the evening of December 3, three days after a shooting at a local high school.Crowds had gathered in downtown Oxford on Friday evening to pay their respects to the four students killed by the 15-year-old gunman, and those wounded in the attack at Oxford High School.According to local reports, an individual fainted during the vigil, creating panic in the crowd.Brendan Gutenschwager, who took this video, said “a medical emergency caused a panic in the crowd after people began yelling for help for an individual that had fainted in downtown Oxford. It took several minutes for things to calm down and the vigil to resume, with many going home immediately after the incident”. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
Large crowds gathered in Oxford, Michigan, on the night of December 3, to pay tribute to the victims of a high school shooting that left four students dead.According to local reports, a medical incident during the vigil caused some panicked mourners to flee.Brendan Gutenschwager, who took this video in downtown Oxford, said that “over a thousand” people attended the vigil to mourn the victims of Tuesday’s shooting. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
A reported medical incident at a vigil in Oxford, Michigan, sent panicked mourners fleeing on the evening of December 3, three days after a shooting at a local high school.Crowds had gathered in downtown Oxford on Friday evening to pay their respects to the four students killed by the 15-year-old gunman, and those wounded in the attack at Oxford High School.According to local reports, an individual fainted during the vigil, creating panic in the crowd.This video, taken by journalist Jason Colthorp, captures chaotic scenes in downtown Oxford on Friday.“Police who immediately knew this was a medical emergency were trying to calm people down but it took several minutes before the vigil resumed and many people just went home and many of them in tears,” Colthorp wrote in a tweet. Credit: Jason Colthorp | WDIV via Storyful
China announced in March broad changes to the former British colony's electoral system, reducing the number of directly elected representatives and increasing the number of Beijing-approved officials in an expanded legislature.Candidates in the election, scheduled for Dec. 19 after being postponed for more than a year due to the coronavirus, are also vetted for their patriotism."Just ignore them," Law said in an interview from London at the Reuters Next conference. "We should not give any legitimacy to the election, we should not pretend we have an election - it is just a selection by Beijing."A spokesman for the Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Law's remarks. Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam said in September that the aim of changes to the electoral system is to ensure "patriots administer Hong Kong."China has said Law is a "criminal suspect wanted by the Hong Kong police" for national security offences.In the interview, Law, who fled Hong Kong in 2020 and was granted asylum by the United Kingdom, said China was becoming more isolated on the international level.The system of democracy in Hong Kong, he said, was dead but its spirit lived on in the hearts of the people."Democracy, if you are talking about a system, it is definitely not there - but if you are talking about the spirit of the people, fighting for democracy, it is still there."
Italian firefighters improvised a system of ropes and descended down a 20-meter-high wall at a dam in Caccamo, Sicily, to save a dog that had fallen into the dam’s waters, footage released on December 3 shows.Video uploaded by the Italian fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, shows firefighters from Palermo Province rescuing the small animal at Rosamarina Dam. According to local reports, the dog was in danger of drowning when it was rescued. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
A suspect dubbed the “snake burglar” by police has been successfully evading motion-triggered alarms in Riverside, California, and made off with $8,000 from a hair salon’s safe, along with products, early on November 26, police said.Security footage sent to Storyful by Riverside Police on December 3 first shows the suspect entering the Rustic Roots hair salon on Indiana Avenue at around 5 am and crawling slowly on the ground through the premises. In that footage, the suspect is seen wearing a red cap and and dark hooded sweatshirt.Officer Javier Cabrera, a public information officer with Riverside Police, told Storyful that the suspect managed not to set off the motion-triggered alarms that would have alerted police, and made off with products as well as $8,000 from a safe in the salon. The salon’s owner alerted police to the break-in after returning to work and reviewing their security footage.The suspect also broke into a nearby veterinary clinic that morning, wearing a white T-shirt and without the red cap, Cabrera said. Further footage shows the suspect in a parking lot as he approached the veterinary clinic, and again crawling past cameras to try to avoid triggering alarms. Cabrera said the suspect kicked in a window at the front of the clinic to gain access, and again “slithered around the ground” to avoid detection. However, after about 10 minutes inside, he triggered an alarm and quickly fled the scene.Cabrera told Storyful that two other local businesses were broken into that morning, and that the suspect in those burglaries may be the same person. He added that a nearby pizzeria was broken into about a week earlier, and when the owner checked the security footage they saw a man crawling along the floor. Credit: Riverside Police via Storyful
In a rare move, prosecutors on Friday filed criminal charges against the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley - the Michigan teenager accused of fatally shooting four classmates in the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021. "These charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send a message: that gun owners have a responsibility." Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said James and Jennifer Crumbley are facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter for buying their son the weapon used in the shooting and for failing to heed warning signs.McDonald said four days before the rampage James Crumbley brought his son with him when he purchased the handgun used in this week's attack at Oxford High School. She also detailed chilling social media posts from Ethan and his mom Jennifer in the days following the purchase:"On or about November 26, 21, Ethan Crumbley's social media post revealed photos of the semi-automatic handgun along with the caption "Just Got My New Beauty today" including an emoji with hearts.... Subsequent to the purchase of that weapon, one of Jennifer Crumbley's social media posts on about 11/27/21 read quote, "Mom and son day testing out his new Christmas present." End quote."The prosecutor described drawings and writings made by the alleged gunman in the lead up to the shooting suggesting the possibility that he was planning to open fire – but the parents refused to act. “A drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words quote: ‘The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.’ End quote.” The Crumbleys met with school officials about the drawings on the morning of the rampage, but according to McDonald, did not pull Ethan out of school. When Ethan’s father heard reports of the shooting, prosecutors say he immediately drove home to look for the gun which was missing. “Further investigation revealed that the handgun purchased by James Crumbley was stored unlocked in a drawer in James and Jennifer’s bedroom.” Parents are rarely charged in connection with children's school shootings. Unlike some states, Michigan does not legally require gun owners to keep their firearms secured from children. Ethan Crumbley faces two dozen charges and is being held without bond.
A tech stock sell-off dragged Wall Street lower Friday. Stock market darlings like Nvidia and Tesla led the downturn. The choppy session capped a volatile week weighed down by fears that the Omicron variant would slam the brakes on the economic recovery. A mixed jobs report from the Labor Department didn’t help, either. Hiring slowed in November, but wages rose and the unemployment rate dropped sharply. Fiduciary Trust International’s Carin Pai said investors deemed that report strong enough to keep the Federal Reserve on its path to accelerate its tapering of bond purchases. “We did get a message from the Fed that they are going to likely or potentially consider moving more aggressively. I think in response to some of the inflation data, right I mean. We're continuing to see higher inflation.” The Dow fell two-tenth percent. The S&P 500 lost eight-tenths of a percent. And the Nasdaq dropped nearly 2%. On the week, all three indexes lost ground. The Nasdaq’s biggest decliner: DocuSign, plunging 42%. The electronic signature software company that saw heavy demand amid the health crisis issued a weak revenue forecast, warning that demand for its software had slowed faster than it expected. Nvidia declined more than 4%. The Federal Trade Commission sued to block the gaming chip maker’s $80 billion planned acquisition of British chip technology provider Arm.Shares of Didi Global plummeted. The Chinese ride-hailing firm surprised the markets with a U-turn just months after its public debut. Didi said it’ll withdraw from the New York Stock Exchange and re-list in Hong Kong.
Blinken said the United States is resolutely committed to making sure Taiwan has the means to defend itself. He also said that China had been trying to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait in recent years.
A police official in the eastern town of Sialkot, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said investigators believed the attackers had accused the manager of blasphemy for tearing down a poster with Islamic holy verses."The factory workers tortured the manager," said provincial government spokesman Hassan Khawar. "A total of 50 people so far have been identified and arrested."Khan condemned the killing and said he was personally overseeing the investigations and that those guilty would be punished."The horrific vigilante attack on a factory in Sialkot and the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan," he said in a message on Twitter.Television footage showed crowds of hundreds of people in the streets of Sialkot, in the heart of Pakistan's most heavily industrialized region where much of the country's export industry is based.Underlining the shock caused across the political establishment, Pakistan's powerful military also issued a statement condemning the "cold blooded murder."
"The job market is fairly healthy in terms of you know you've got new jobs opening. You've got hiring increasing," said Pai.U.S. employment growth slowed considerably in November, but the unemployment rate plunged to a 21-month low of 4.2%, suggesting the labor market was rapidly tightening.
"The market believes that the Fed could continue to be more aggressive on tapering," said Pai.Federal Reserve policymakers look likely to accelerate the wind-down of their bond-buying program when they meet later this month as they respond to a tightening labor market and move to open the door to earlier rate hikes than they had projected.
Blinken added that when the two leaders speak, Biden will also lay out to Putin the U.S. desire for greater predictability and stability in ties with Russia.
The main attraction this year at 'Christmas Land' was a 8-meter-high Lego-themed balloon Santa, carrying 'a bag fully packed with happiness and peace,' according to New Taipei City governments, next to an even higher Christmas tree.Visitors gathered near the giant Santa, some posing for photographs, as Christmas lights sparkled around them.Couple Chang You-jen and Yvonne Chen said they visit the installation every year."The first time we went on a date was here, so we come here every year," Chang You-jen said. "You could say it's a way to deepen our relationship."
Residents awoke to dense fog in parts of central and eastern Oklahoma on Friday, December 3, reducing visibility in some areas.The National Weather Service warned travelers that “visibilities may change rapidly over short distances.”This footage, taken in Checotah, shows fog cover the ground during the morning hours of Friday. Credit: @DennieBrison via Storyful
James Crumbley brought Ethan along with him when he purchased the handgun used in the attack four days prior, McDonald said.Parents are rarely charged in connection with children's school shootings. Unlike some states, Michigan does not legally require gun owners to keep their firearms secured from children.The attack was the deadliest school shooting this year, according to Education Week, and marks the latest in a decades-long string of mass shootings at U.S. schools.
Location: San Francisco, CaliforniaPAJU MUNRO, SAN FRANCISCO-BASED DRAG QUEEN, SAYING: "Seeing people's faces when I stop spinning in one of the corners and they're like looking at me, and they're like 'Oh my God, did she just did that right in front of me?' I'm like yes, I just fell in front of you." This is the 12th annual ‘Drag Queens on Ice’ event Performers donned their skates to dazzle hundreds of spectators MICHELLE LAZARD, SAN FRANCISCO REALTOR, SAYING: "I love Drag Queens on Ice. It's amazing. I'm glad it gets put on every year. And my niece is here from Nebraska and she has never seen Drag Queens on Ice, and what do you think?"NIECE: "I love it."LAZARD: "Alright, because it's amazing."Paju Munro has been performing in drag for more than 15 years PAJU MUNRO, SAN FRANCISCO-BASED DRAG QUEEN, SAYING: "The first two years I was so focused. 'Oh I need to land a double-jump. I need to do a spin. If I don't do it, I'm not good enough.' But at the end of the day, it's called 'Drag Queens on Ice', and not 'pro skaters dressing in drag'. People come here. They're expecting us to be funny, to fall. Nobody's expecting you to come in and do a triple axel and I mean if you can, kudos to you. It's the entertainment. After the year and a half that we just had, this is must needed."
Snow accumulated on grass and trees in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, as a storm system moved through the state on December 2 and 3.The precipitation came after unusually warm weather in the last few days.According to the National Weather Service, up to a half-inch of snow had been expected to accumulate. Credit: Quinn E. Casey Photography via Storyful
Michael Kudra tends bar in San Francisco, and at Reuters' request he sampled a vodka that combines the flavor of environmental catastrophe with the taste of innovation."Yeah there it is. You get it more now."This is Smoke Point vodka.The wildfires that blanketed California's vineyards in with acrid smoke in 2020 ended hopes the grapes a might end up bottled as a Merlot."As soon as you see smoke around your vineyard, you need to suspect, especially close to harvest, you need to suspect that there is a possibility for that aroma to get inside the berry."Nicholas Quille is the operations officer for Crimson Wine Group, which owns Pine Ridge Vineyards Carneros brand in Napa Valley.Rather than make a wine with an ashtray aroma, or throw it out, he partnered with a distillery, Hangar One Vodka, to turn the wine made from smoke-tainted grapes into hard liquor.One bartender approves."You get that like, almost like that taste of a barbecue from far away, that smell, you know somebody's using coals."[FLASH]"Our goal was not to make a smoky vodka at all."Emily Webster runs sales and marketing for Hangar One."Vodka is basically a neutral spirit, but it does retain the character of the base material, so we were hoping to create something that was new in the category of vodka, neutral-ish, so that people could enjoy it while also doing something good for their community."All proceeds from sales go to the California Fire Foundation, which assists firefighters, their families and communities."I hope that we won't need that every other year."Quille is glad the grapes found their way into a bottle. But with increasingly severe and frequent drought across the Western U.S., wine might become a casualty of climate change."If things would have to turn for the worse and those fires become more violent and more frequent, it's definitely an option that needs to be on the table."
An Arctic front swept parts of northern Maine overnight into Friday, December 3, blanketing the area with snow.This footage, posted to Twitter by James Sinko, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), shows heavy snowfall in Castle Hill and a snow-covered road while driving toward Caribou, in northeastern Maine, on Friday morning.According to the NWS branch in Caribou, about 14 miles northeast of Castle Hill, the cold and blustery winds would cause temperatures to plunge on Friday into the weekend. Credit: James Sinko via Storyful