A deadly wave of gun violence in the United States continues. The Taliban brought back a brutal form of punishment from their rule in the 1990s. And at the airport, a stowaway was found in a traveler’s luggage.
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6 killed at Walmart in Virginia after manager opened fire
Flags across Virginia and Colorado flew at half-height on Wednesday after a store manager opened fire on a Walmart, killing six people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days. As shoppers stocked up before Thanksgiving, a man identified as a 31-year-old “team leader” who had worked for the company since 2010 opened fire in the break room during a team meeting of about 15 to 20 employees. The gunman, who appeared to have shot himself, was dead when officers found him, police said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also left at least six people injured, including one seriously. Follow our coverage.
Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric mounted ahead of the Club Q shooting
Hours after a gunman opened fire at an LGBTQ nightclub last weekend, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado offered her prayers for the five people killed and dozens others injured. The sympathetic words were a far cry from the language she often uses to denounce members of the LGBTQ community. An August report documenting a surge in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on social media by public figures named Boebert one of the worst offenders. Police have yet to provide a motive for the Colorado Springs attack, and the suspect’s defense team said in court documents that the suspect is non-binary and uses pronouns. Regardless of the motive, gay rights activists and their allies say inflammatory language that denigrates LGBTQ people fuels anti-gay stigma and, at worst, can lead to deadly violence. Continue reading.
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12 people flogged by Taliban in front of spectators in the stadium
The Taliban whipped three women and nine men in front of hundreds of spectators at a provincial sports stadium on Wednesday, signaling the resumption of a brutal form of punishment by the religious extremist group that was a hallmark of their rule in the 1990s. Hundreds of people attended the flogging, in which the offenders each received between 21 and 39 lashes after being convicted of theft and adultery by a local court, an official in the governor’s office said. Such public floggings, as well as public executions and stonings for alleged crimes, were commonplace in the early days of Taliban rule. After the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, they vowed to be more moderate and allow women’s and minority rights. Instead, they have restricted rights and freedoms, including a ban on girls’ education beyond sixth grade.
The cat is out of the bag
Well, that was quite a snag. 😹 A very sneaky kitten apparently found its way into a traveler’s checked baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York last week, the Transportation Security Administration said. The cat’s outline can be seen on an X-ray of luggage shared by the TSA from the “hiss-toric find.” A TSA officer found the orange cat after the bag “set off an alarm” as it went through standard x-ray screening for checked baggage. The TSA retrieved the live cat. So did the traveler know about the cat? Not as much. TSA said the traveler said the cat belonged to someone else in their household. The smart kitten was returned home and the traveler was able to rebook his cat-free flight to the next day. See x-rays.
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What’s on your Thanksgiving plate?
Thanksgiving is here! what are you eating Your Thanksgiving table might be filled with traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. But Thanksgiving can also spark some heated disagreements. Is it stuffing or dressing? (Stuffing.) Are sweet potatoes better with or without marshmallows? (Neither.) What’s for dessert — pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or other treats? (Pecan all day, every day.) But what about the casseroles? Whether it’s green beans, broccoli, corn, or yams, you can throw almost anything in a pan and call it a casserole. Which is the most popular in your state? Check out Google’s list.
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