American voters worry about democracy and polarization ahead of the election
American voters are politically and culturally fractured ahead of Election Day, and they are eager to find out where their country is headed: inflation, abortion, immigration, crime and much more. They also feel that something more fundamental is at stake at a time of growing distrust of institutions and each other: the future of democracy. Some Americans remain hopeful, but an uneasy prospect emerges from interviews with more than two dozen Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated voters ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, the first since supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to stop the certification of the victory of President Joe Biden in 2020.
Putin-linked businessman admits meddling in US election
Kremlin-connected businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has admitted he interfered in US elections and would continue to do so. The statement from the man known as “Putin’s chef” by his catering company confirmed for the first time the accusations he has denied for years. In a post on a Russian social media platform, Prigozhin said: “We have interfered, we are interfering and we will continue to interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically and in our own way.” The comments came on the eve of the US midterm elections in response to a request for comment. Prigozhin and other Russians were accused in 2018 of operating a covert social media campaign aimed at dividing American public opinion ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
Biden and Trump make final appeals ahead of crucial midterms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump, are hoping to give their parties late boosts on the last full day of campaigning before midterm elections that could reshape the balance of power in Washington. Biden will hold a rally Monday night in Maryland as Democrats seek to retake his governorship. Trump is set to host his own event in Ohio, where his handpicked Senate candidate JD Vance is running in a state that has turned redder in recent cycles. Republicans are optimistic about winning enough seats to regain control of both the House and Senate, while Democrats insist they are poised for a better night than many expect.
Kyiv region still fighting 6 months after Russian pullout
MOSCHUN, Ukraine (AP) — More than six months after Russian forces withdrew from towns around the Ukrainian capital, residents of the region are still struggling to rebuild their lives. An estimated 1 million people have returned to the Kyiv area, but many no longer have jobs and cannot afford to fix up their houses. They say they need more help, especially as winter approaches. The Ukrainian government is struggling to carry out the most urgent repairs to civilian homes. But according to a recent report, nearly $350 billion is needed for reconstruction across the war-torn country, and that amount is expected to grow. Concerned that the energy system will not hold up, the government is urging Ukrainians who have fled the country not to return until after winter.
Musk threatens to kick copycats out of Twitter accounts
BOSTON (AP) — Elon Musk says Twitter will permanently suspend any account that poses as another. The social media platform’s new owner issued the warning Sunday after some celebrities changed their Twitter display names, not their account names, to ‘Elon Musk’ in reaction to the billionaire’s decision to offer verified accounts. to all comers for $8 a month. Comedian Kathy Griffin had her account suspended Sunday for changing her display name to Musk. Actress Valerie Bertinelli did the same before changing it back to her real name. But first, she posted a series of tweets in support of the Democratic candidates.
UN chief Gore and others give heated warnings at climate talks
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told world leaders they must cooperate or perish, speaking Monday at the annual climate summit in Egypt. Guterres singled out the United States and China in particular, calling on the two biggest polluters to work together for a global Solidarity Pact on climate issues. More than 100 world leaders will discuss a worsening problem that scientists call Earth’s greatest challenge, but observers say progress will be difficult given everything going on in the world. The leaders of China, India and Russia will miss the summit, while the US midterm elections and the war between Russia and Ukraine will make headlines.
JGR co-owner Coy Gibbs, 49, dies hours after his son won title
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Coy Gibbs, vice president of Joe Gibbs Racing for his NFL and NASCAR Hall of Famer father, died Sunday morning. He was 49 years old. His death came just an hour after his son Ty won the Xfinity Series championship. JGR says in a statement that Gibbs died in his sleep. Joe Gibbs has now lost both of his children in the last three years. JD Gibbs died in 2019 of a degenerative neurological disease and was also 49 years old. Coy Gibbs succeeded his older brother as vice president of the family NASCAR organization.
Q&A: A look at the $1.9B Powerball jackpot, how it grew so big
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The estimated $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot is nearly $400 million larger than the previous record jackpot and will keep growing until someone finally wins the prize. The jackpot started at $20 million on August 6 and over three months without a win it has grown to be 95 times bigger before Monday night’s drawing. It’s a long time without a winner, but that’s how the game is designed. At odds of 1 in 292 million, that means it’s unlikely anyone will win the jackpot until a growing jackpot attracts more players. And more ticket sales mean the lottery can raise more money for public programs, which is the goal of state lotteries.
AP Top 25 Reality Check: ND Is Back; Who else can come back?
Heading into the stretch of the college football season, there are 14 teams that started the season ranked and are now unranked, including preseason No. 6 Texas A&M, preseason No. 9 Oklahoma and preseason No. 10 Baylor. If he keeps that number, he ties the record for rotation from start to finish in the AP Top 25. No. 20 Notre Dame returned to the standings this week, proving that not every season is lost to early stumbles.
New This Week: Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Big Brunch,’ and Sonic
New entertainment releases this week include albums by Bruce Springsteen and Louis Tomlinson, Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling” comes to HBO Max, and Dan Levy of Emmy-winning fame “Schitt’s Creek” has “The Big Brunch.” “, a cooking competition that created and hosts. There’s also a new Sonic the Hedgehog video game from Sega, the “Fire of Love” documentary about husband and wife volcanologists, and film critic and historian Elvis Mitchell discusses the history of film noir with the landmark films of the 1970s at the Netflix’s new documentary, “Is Black Enough For You?!?”