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Rain and wind. High 53F. Winds NE at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near an inch. Higher wind gusts possible..
Showers in the evening then continued cloudy and windy overnight. Low 47F. Winds NNE at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Updated: November 19, 2022 @ 2:48 am
November 19, 2022
House GOP pushes Hunter Biden probe despite thin majority
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with their threadbare House majority, Republicans doubled down this week on using their new power to investigate the Biden administration and in particular the president’s son. But their midterms miss has emboldened a White House that has long prepared for this moment. Republicans secured much smaller margins than anticipated, with Biden aides and Democrats feeling like voters punished the GOP for reliance on conspiracy theories and Donald Trump-fueled lies over the 2020 election. Democrats outside the White House have mobilized to combat what they anticipate will be a steady stream of misinformation from the House.
‘We survived’: Kherson comes alive after Russian withdrawal
KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson can’t escape reminders of the terrifying eight months they spent under Russian occupation: missing people, mines everywhere, a scarcity of electricity and water, and explosions day and night as Russian and Ukrainian forces keep battling. Yet despite these hardships, Kherson residents are expressing a mix of relief, optimism, and even joy — not least because of the freedom they regained a week ago to express themselves at all. People are no longer afraid to leave home, or worried that contact with occupying Russian forces might lead to a prison or torture cell. They are gathering in city squares to recharge phones, collect water, and show gratitude to Ukrainian soldiers.
In Pelosi, women admire a leader with calm, cool confidence
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to step down from Democratic leadership after 20 years has many women admiring the way she wielded power. They watched her wrangle an unruly Congress or stare down a bombastic president without losing her cool. Kelly Haggerty, an engineer for the city of Syracuse, New York, has a photo of Pelosi confronting former President Donald Trump taped to her refrigerator. She hopes it will remind her two teenage daughters to “stand up and say what you have to say.” Rep. Karen Bass, the incoming mayor of Los Angeles, says Pelosi embraced her power without being “heavy-handed about it.”
Asia-Pacific leaders condemn war, renew calls for open trade
BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders from around the Asia-Pacific have condemned and called for an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine. They also pledged to steer the region’s economies toward sustainable growth as they wrapped up summit meetings Saturday in Bangkok. Host Thailand managed to bridge divisions among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which includes Russia, by saying that most members had condemned the war. The statement acknowledged differing views on the situation. In other developments, a White House official said U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris exchanged brief remarks with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the final APEC meeting began, calling for both sides to keep lines of communication open.
North Korea’s Kim boasts new ICBM as US flies bombers
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the test of a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile confirmed that he has another “reliable and maximum-capacity” weapon to contain any outside threats. North Korea’s state media said Saturday that Kim oversaw the launch of the Hwasong-17 missile, a day after its neighbors said they had detected the launch of an ICBM potentially capable of reaching the continental U.S. Some foreign experts said the Hwasong-17 missile is still under development but is the North’s longest-range ballistic weapon designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads to defeat U.S. missile defense systems.
North Korea unveils Kim’s daughter at missile launch site
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has unveiled the little-known daughter of its leader Kim Jong Un at a missile launch site. It’s attracting keen attention on a fourth-generation member of the dynastic family that has ruled North Korea for more than seven decades. The North’s state media said Saturday that Kim had observed the launch of its new type of intercontinental ballistic missile with his wife Ri Sol Ju and their “beloved daughter” the previous day. Kim reportedly has three children. Who Kim’s children are is a source of strong outside interest as the 38-year-old ruler hasn’t publicly anointed an heir apparent.
Despair, lack of progress at climate talks, yet hope blooms
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Things can look pretty bleak at international climate talks in Egypt. It’s a desert. Water is scarce outside and inside in buildings. Lines are long. Tempers are short and above all progress comes in one-drop drips. Yet, hope springs forth. It’s in the hearts and minds of climate veterans like Al Gore, the head of the United Nations environment program, the woman who helped forge the Paris agreement and a top climate scientist. Where do these people find hope? In all the people working hard, in the progress made and in the art of taking action.
UN climate talks drag into extra time with scant progress
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — United Nations climate talks are running into extra time with little sign of a breakthrough. The negotiations remain hung up on key issues including funds for the loss and damage suffered by poor vulnerable countries hit by extreme weather. Officials from country delegations including China, Germany and New Zealand arrived at the sprawling conference zone, now mostly empty, for another day of negotiations. The meeting known as COP27, short for conference of the parties, opened two weeks ago and had been scheduled to wrap up on Friday but looks set to drag on through the weekend.
Elizabeth Holmes gets more than 11 years for Theranos scam
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for duping investors in the failed startup that promised to revolutionize blood testing but instead made her a symbol of Silicon Valley ambition that veered into deceit. The sentence imposed Friday by U.S. District Judge Edward Davila was shorter than the 15-year penalty requested by federal prosecutors. But it was far tougher than the leniency her legal team sought for the mother of a year-old son with another child on the way.
Twitter risks fraying as engineers exit over Musk upheaval
Elon Musk’s managerial bomb-throwing at Twitter has so thinned the ranks of the software engineers who keep it up and running that programmers who were fired or resigned this week say Twitter may soon fray so badly it could actually crash. Musk ended a very public argument with nearly two dozen coders over how to proceed by ordering them fired. Hundreds of engineers then quit after he gave anyone not “extremely hardcore” until Thursday to abandon ship with severance. The newest round of departures means the platform is losing workers just at it is gearing up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup that begins Sunday, one of the busiest events on Twitter.
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