The Supreme Court approves the transfer of Trump’s tax returns to Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to be turned over to a congressional committee after a three-year legal battle. The Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee had called for six years of tax returns for Trump and some of his businesses, from 2015 to 2020. Tuesday’s court ruling leaves no legal hurdle in the way. The Treasury Department declined to provide the data during Trump’s presidency. But the Biden administration said it is clear under federal law that the commission has the right to investigate taxpayer returns, including the president’s. Lower courts agreed, rejecting Trump’s claims that the commission only wanted the documents made public.
Colorado shooting survivor: ‘I want to be resilient’
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A man who survived a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs says he wants to be resilient and not be “taken out by some sick person.” Another survivor says the shooting has left him hopeful and surrounded by community support. They are among 17 people injured by gunfire on Saturday after police said a 22-year-old man went on a shooting spree at Club Q, a well-known gathering place for the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs. Those injured who have spoken out from their hospital rooms have spoken of the chaos of the shooting – as well as the aftermath as clubbers helped each other. Five people died in the attack.
Bolsonaro fights election loss in Brazil, wants votes invalidated
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is challenging his defeat in October’s election and calling on the election authority to annul the votes cast on more than half of the electronic voting machines used. Bolsonaro cited a software bug that independent experts say had no impact on the results. The leader of Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party and an auditor hired by the party told reporters in Brasilia that their evaluation found that all pre-2020 machines had no individual identification numbers in internal logs. Neither clarified how that bug might have affected the election results, but said they asked the election authority to invalidate all votes cast on the machines.
Search efforts are intensifying after earthquake in Indonesia killed 268 people
CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — More rescuers and volunteers have been deployed to search for the dead and missing from an earthquake in Indonesia that killed at least 268 people. With many missing and some remote areas still unreachable, the toll was likely to rise. More than 12,000 military personnel were deployed to bolster the search efforts of more than 2,000 police, search and rescue and volunteers. More than 1,000 people were injured, many of them strapped to IVs and lying on stretchers and cots in tents outside overwhelmed hospitals. The moderate earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, struck Indonesia’s densely populated main island of Java on Monday afternoon. It collapsed many buildings and roads.
Accountant testifies that Trump claimed decades of huge tax losses
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump reported losses on his tax returns every year for a decade, including nearly $700 million in 2009 and $200 million in 2010, his longtime accountant testified Tuesday, confirming long-held suspicions about the former president’s tax practices . Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA LLP who spent years preparing Trump’s personal tax returns, said Trump’s reported losses from 2009 to 2018 included net operating losses from some of the many companies he owns through his Trump organization. The brief exchange amounted to a rare public discussion of Trump’s taxes — which the Republican has fought to keep secret — even if there was no obvious connection to the case at hand. Bender’s testimony echoed The New York Times’ coverage of Trump’s 2020 taxes.
Kim’s sister warns US of ‘a more fatal security crisis’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister has warned the United States that it would face “a more fatal security crisis” as Washington pushes for UN condemnation of the recent North intercontinental ballistic missile test. Kim Yo Jong’s warning came hours Tuesday after the US ambassador to the United Nations read a statement from 14 countries supporting action to limit North Korea’s progress in its weapons programs. Kim called that statement “disgusting” and “a willful violation of our sovereignty.”
‘Put blankets’: Ukrainians brace for a horrific winter
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Officials say Ukraine could face power outages through March as Russian airstrikes have led to what they call “colossal” damage to the power grid. To cope with the harsh winter, authorities are urging Ukrainians to stockpile supplies and evacuate hard-hit areas. Russia has plagued Ukraine’s power grid and other infrastructure for weeks. That attack led to widespread power outages and left millions of Ukrainians without electricity, heat and water. The head of Ukraine’s power grid operator says the attacks have damaged virtually every thermal and hydroelectric power station. In another development, the United States announced $4.5 billion in aid to bolster Ukraine’s economic stability and support key government services.
Get back together? Tips for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving
After two years of a pandemic hiatus, more friends and families will gather again this Thanksgiving. The American Automobile Association predicts that U.S. travel volume will be close to prepandemic volumes. That means it’s time to brush up on the basics to keep you and your guests safe, sound, and sane. Among the best tips from food safety experts? Don’t wash the turkey, wash your hands, refrigerate leftovers within two hours — and maybe leave that fried Thanksgiving turkey to the professionals.
The owners of Man United were preparing to sell the Premier League club
DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, have confirmed they will consider putting the Premier League club up for sale. United says it will explore outside financing to boost growth – a move that could pave the way for a potential buyout. The club says that “the board will consider all strategic alternatives, including new investment in the club, a sale or other transactions involving the company.” The late tycoon Malcolm Glazer bought United in 2005 for £790 million (about $1.4 billion at the time). Fans were critical of the buyout’s leverage which loaded debt onto the club, as well as a perceived lack of investment and the dividends paid by owners.
Review: Wringing and compelling, ‘The Son’ leaves you reeling
If you don’t have kids, you’ll probably walk away from “The Son” shocked and deeply moved. If you have kids, you may eventually need to be pulled to your feet after collapsing in a fetal ball for several hours. Writer-director Florian Zeller’s second installment in his mental health trilogy is an emotional wrecking ball, writes Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy. Despite the title, “The Son” is really about the father in this story, a successful Manhattan lawyer on his second wife and second child. Past and present collide as the 17-year-old son from his first marriage reaches a crescendo of mental anguish.
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