AP News Brief at 5:18 a.m. EST

AP News Brief at 5:18 a.m. EST

Biden and Trump to 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. The Ukrainian government is struggling to carry out the most urgent repairs to civilian homes. According to a recent report, nearly $350 billion is needed for reconstruction across the war-torn country, and that amount is expected to grow.

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North Korea: Missile tests were a practice to attack the South and the US.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean military says its recent barrage of missile tests were practical for “mercilessly” attacking key South Korean and U.S. targets, such as air bases and command systems. operations, with a variety of missiles that probably included nuclear-capable missiles. weapons North Korea’s military said Monday its missile tests were a reaction to last week’s massive air force drills between the United States and South Korea, which Pyongyang considers an invasion rehearsal. The announcement underscored leader Kim Jong Un’s determination not to back down in the face of his rivals’ push to expand their military exercises. But some experts say Kim eventually also wants to use his exercises as an excuse to modernize his nuclear arsenal and increase his influence in future dealings with Washington and Seoul.

World leaders meet to talk about climate amidst many distractions

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — More than 100 world leaders are poised to discuss a worsening problem that scientists call Earth’s greatest challenge, but observers say it will be hard to move forward given everything else going on. in the world. Dozens of heads of state or government take the stage on Monday in the first day of “high-level” international climate talks in Egypt with more to come in the days to come. Much of the focus will be on national leaders telling their stories of how they have been devastated by climate disasters. But the leaders of China, India and Russia will be missing, and the US midterm elections will be in the headlines.

‘The Crown’ again blurs the line between royalty and fiction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Crown” returns Wednesday after a two-year absence from Netflix. But critics of the Netflix series’ mix of fiction and history haven’t waited to complain. Among them is Judi Dench, Oscar winner for her role as Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love.” She and others want Netflix to add a disclaimer to upcoming episodes, but it hasn’t happened yet. Imelda Staunton, who plays Elizabeth this season, says the audience can be trusted to know that “The Crown” is a drama. Jonathan Pryce, who plays the late Prince Philip, says the series has given him a new understanding of royalty.

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.

Loss and Damage: Fighting for Human Harm, Huge Climate Costs

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — An issue called loss and damage is likely to dominate the difficult climate talks in Egypt this month. It is about paying for major weather disasters. These disasters are getting bigger and harming more people. It’s about who pays. It is about fairness, guilt and responsibility. The fact that these are people is often lost. The struggle that divides rich and poor nations also involves people who have lost everything or almost everything in places like Pakistan, Kenya, India and Cuba. The United States is willing to talk about the issue as long as responsibility is not part of it. For others, it is simply a matter of making polluters pay.

Apple Says iPhone Supplies Affected by Antivirus Restrictions in China

BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc. is warning customers they will have to wait longer to get their latest iPhone models after antivirus restrictions were imposed on a contractor’s factory in central China. The company gave no details, but said the Foxconn-operated factory in the central city of Zhengzhou is “operating at significantly reduced capacity.” Apple said it expects lower shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models than previously anticipated. He said customers “will experience longer wait times.” Foxconn Technology Group earlier said it had imposed anti-virus measures at the factory in Zhengzhou following virus outbreaks. Foxconn said Monday it will lower its outlook for the fourth quarter and is working to resume full capacity.

Banned book lesson pushes Oklahoma teacher into campaign

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Norman, Okla., high school English teacher attempted to spark an argument in her classroom when she covered her shelves with butcher paper and a sign that read, “Books the state doesn’t want Instead, Summer Boismier found himself jobless and at the center of a political firestorm. The Republican candidate for state superintendent even called for Boismier’s teaching license to be suspended. She and other teachers found themselves at the center of renewed conservative interest in public education as a political issue. The movement has broadened, with some focusing on issues they say clash with conservative values, such as teaching about social justice, gender, race and history.

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.

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