11.21.2022

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Colorado Nightclub Shooting

Five people were killed and at least 25 others injured late Saturday when a gunman opened fire at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver. Reports say two patrons fought and subdued the shooter, 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich, minutes before police arrived and placed him in custody.

 

Early reports claim the shooter entered the busy nightclub with two firearms, including a long rifle, just before midnight and began shooting immediately. The venue hosted live music Saturday followed by dancing, with a brunch to mark an annual memorial for transgendered victims of violence planned for Sunday morning. No motive has yet been identified and investigators, including the FBI, are evaluating whether the attack will be prosecuted as a hate crime. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

 

Nearly 3,000 people have died from mass killings in the US since 2006. See a database tracking the tragic events here

 

World Cup 2022

The 2022 World Cup kicks off in earnest today in host country Qatar, with the US men's national soccer team taking on Wales (FOX, 2 pm ET) in their opening game in the first round of matches. It marks the first World Cup held in the Arab world, with the tournament shifted from its traditional June-July timeframe due to the intense summer heat in Qatar. 

 

The playoff format for the cup involves an initial round-robin with eight groups of four teams each (see groupings)—teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. The top two teams from each group then advance to a 16-team, single-elimination bracket. Brazil enters as the Vegas favorite to hoist the cup, followed by Argentina, defending champion France, England, and Spain. 

 

The US, which missed out on the 2018 World Cup after losing a qualifier to Trinidad and Tobago, enters with high hopes. Led by star Christian Pulisic, the squad won the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup last year. Analysts say advancing out of their group, which includes England, Iran, and Wales, would constitute success.  

 

The opening ceremony was held yesterday in Al Bayt Stadium in the city of Al Khor (see photos), followed by a match between Qatar and Ecuador, with the latter winning 2-0. 

 

Not fully pumped up yet? We can't promise it will help, but listen to the official theme song here.

 

@realDonaldTrump Unbanned

Twitter CEO Elon Musk reinstated the account of former President Donald Trump over the weekend after putting the decision to a public poll on the platform Saturday. More than 15 million users cast votes, with 52% supporting the move (see tweet). Trump's account was banned in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol under previous company leadership; Musk assumed control of Twitter late last month. 

 

During his 2016 campaign and throughout his presidency, Trump leveraged the platform to facilitate an unprecedented connection with the general public. Peaking near 89 million followers, he averaged 33 tweets per day by the end of his term. 

 

Trump, who launched his 2024 presidential campaign last week, signaled he would not return to Twitter. Instead, he'll continue to post on his own platform, Truth Social, where he has around 4.5 million followers. Reports also suggest Trump has a 90% ownership stake of the platform, with its success predicated on his continuing engagement. 

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Bob Iger returns as CEO of Disney, replacing Bob Chapek who departs after just two years; Iger was previously CEO from 2005 to 2020 (More)

> Taylor Swift hauls in six awards, including top prize of Artist of the Year at 2022 American Music Awards (MoreJason David Frank, "Power Rangers" star and mixed martial artist, dies at 49 (More)

> Songwriter Diane Warren, director Peter Weir among recipients of honorary Oscars at Governors Awards (More) | "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" wins domestic box office again, brings in $546M globally in first two weeks (More)

 

Science & Technology

> Climate negotiators agree to establish a mitigation fund to aid lower-income nations in the event of climate-related disasters (More) | US health regulators approve lab-grown meat as safe to consume (More)

> Engineers develop fastest-swimming soft robot to date; design was inspired by the biomechanics of manta rays (More)

> Meta (Facebook) pulls Galactica, an AI language model meant to accelerate scientific writing, after users manipulate the platform into generating fake conclusions, racist and offensive output (More)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close higher Friday (S&P 500 +0.5%, Dow +0.6%, Nasdaq +0.01%), but end the week lower (More)

> US existing home sales fall for ninth consecutive month, down 28% from last October; median price of $379,100 is up 6% over last year (More)

> LGBTQ dating app Grindr shares up over 100% in first day trading Friday after special purpose acquisition company deal (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Police release new details, ask for public's help in searching for suspects in the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students last week (More) | See timeline of events (More)

> Turkey strikes Kurdish targets in northern Syria, Iraq in response to last week's bombing in Istanbul (More) | Russian shells explode near Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant amid heavy weekend barrage across Ukraine (More) | Malaysian general election ends in hung parliament for first time (More

> Historic lake effect snowfall in New York state buries some communities in up to 6 feet of snow (More) | See photos (More

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Etcetera
 

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The Earth now weighs six ronnagrams (and other new metric units).

 

Cat walks 280 miles to find relocated owners.

 

Reporter loses it after rescued elephants jostle him mid-take.

 

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Historybook: French philosopher Voltaire born (1694); Thomas Edison announces phonograph invention (1877); Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk born (1965); Baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. born (1969); Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in office (2017).

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