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Second aid convoy reaches Gaza as Israel attacks targets in Syria and occupied West Bank
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The second aid convoy destined for desperate Palestinian civilians reached Gaza as Israel widened its attacks to include targets in Syria and the occupied West Bank. Meanwhile, the Israeli prime minister warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group that if it launches its own war, Israel would “cripple it with a force it cannot even imagine.” For days, Israel has been on the verge of launching a ground offensive in Gaza following Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 rampage through a series of Israeli communities. Tanks and troops have been massed at the Gaza border, waiting for the command to cross.
Dwindling fuel supplies for Gaza’s hospital generators put premature babies in incubators at risk
DEIR AL BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Doctors in the Gaza Strip say dwindling fuel supplies are putting dozens of premature babies hooked up to incubators at risk of imminent death. The U.N. health agency estimates there are 130 premature babies at “grave risk” while some hospitals say they are hours away from running out generator fuel. Israel has barred fuel from crossing into Gaza out of fears it will end up in the hands of the Hamas militant group. The U.N. agency responsible for Palestinians says it only has three days of fuel stocks left to meet critical needs.
Blinken, Austin say US is ready to respond if US personnel become targets of Israel-Hamas war
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin say the United States is ready to protect American forces or personnel in the Middle East should the Israel-Hamas war escalate as they expect. The two men say they expect the war will escalate through proxies for Iran. Blinken says the U.S. doesn’t want to see escalation but he adds “we’re ready for it.” The pair of top U.S. officials delivered the warnings as the war that followed a deadly Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants on southern Israel entered its third week. The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-essential personnel at the embassy in Iraq to leave the country because of the heightened tensions in the region.
Economy Minister Massa grabs surprise lead over right-wing populist in Argentina’s presidential vote
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine Economy Minister Sergio Massa is leading right-wing populist Javier Milei in early returns from Sunday’s presidential election. With 86% of votes counted, Massa has 36.2% and Milei has 30.3%, pointing to them advancing to a runoff vote next month. In order to win outright and avoid the Nov. 19 runoff, a candidate needs to get 45% of the vote, or 40% with a 10-point lead over the runner-up. The highly polarized election will determine whether South America’s second-largest economy will continue with a center-left administration or elect one of the right-leaning leaders who both promised profound changes to a country plagued by triple-digit inflation and rising poverty.
Football provides a homecoming and hope in Lahaina, where thousands of homes are gone after wildfire
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The varsity and junior varsity football teams in Lahaina played their first home games since the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century destroyed the town. It was homecoming, and for many of the fans, coaches and the players themselves, being back at the stadium was the closest thing to feeling at home in the months since the Aug. 8 fire. Classes resumed last week at Lahainaluna High and at the two other public schools that survived the Aug. 8 fire, and on Saturday night, both Lahainaluna’s varsity and junior varsity football teams won their games. The return of football helped give the community a glimmer of hope amid the tragedy.
A police dog attacked a Black trucker on his knees. An Ohio city is dealing with the aftermath
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A K-9 police dog’s attack on a Black motorist in Ohio is resurrecting questions about race relations and law enforcement tactics. Jadarrius Rose was driving his 18-wheeler through rural Ohio July 4 when a missing mudflap caught the eye of a highway patrol officer. Rose was attacked by a police dog after he eventually pulled over. Since then, some say the images reminded them of the Civil Rights Movement, when authorities turned dogs on peaceful Black protesters. Rose required hospital care. The police officer who handled the dog has since been fired, but a city council member says police still haven’t explained the case.
Turnover has plagued local election offices since 2020. One swing state county is trying to recover
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Local election offices have been understaffed for years. But the 2020 election became a tipping point, with all the pandemic-related challenges before the presidential election and the hostility and death threats afterward that were fueled by the false claims of a stolen election. A wave of retirements and resignations has followed across the country, creating a vacuum of institutional knowledge in an environment in which the slightest mistake can be twisted by conspiracy theorists into a nefarious plot to subvert the vote. One Pennsylvania county is now on its fifth election director in the last three years, but has vowed to regain stability — and rebuild trust with voters.
Norma downgraded to a tropical storm in Mexico as Hurricane Tammy leaves Barbuda
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Norma has gained a bit of strength after being downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves into mainland Mexico. Meanwhile, Hurricane Tammy left the Caribbean island of Barbuda with minor damage. Once a Category 4 hurricane, Norma came ashore Saturday as a Category 1 near the Pacific resort of Los Cabos at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Tammy made landfall hours later at the same strength. Norma’s winds weakened further as it kept moving northeast, crossing the Gulf of California toward Mexico’s mainland in the Sinaloa state.
Deal to force multinational companies to pay a 15% minimum tax is marred by loopholes, watchdog says
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ambitious 2021 agreement by more than 140 countries and territories to weed out tax havens and force multinational corporations to pay a minimum tax has been weakened by loopholes and will raise only a fraction of the revenue that was envisioned, a tax watchdog backed by the European Union has warned. The landmark agreement, brokered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, set a minimum global corporate tax of 15%. The idea was to stop multinational corporations from using accounting and legal maneuvers to shift earnings to low- or no-tax havens. Those havens are typically places like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands where the companies actually do little or no business.
AP Top 25: Georgia is No. 1 for 19th straight poll, 3rd-best streak ever; Alabama in top 10 again
Georgia extended its streak of No. 1 rankings in The Associated Press college football poll to 19 straight weeks, the third best in the history of the rankings. No. 9 Alabama moved back into the top 10 after being out for five weeks. The Bulldogs received 38 of 63 first-place votes, their second-lowest total of the season, after an off week but still bested No. 2 Michigan. Georgia’s No. 1 streak, which started last October, is behind only Miami’s streak of 21 weeks from 2001-02 and Southern California’s 33 in a row from 2003-05. North Carolina dropped seven spots to No. 17 after losing to unranked Virginia.
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