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FILE – A North Korean flag flutters in the wind near the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea on Oct. 4, 2022. South Korea says Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters.
Visitors look toward the North side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea on Friday in its first ballistic weapons launches in two weeks, as the U.S. military warned the North that the use of nuclear weapons “will result in the end of that regime.”
FILE – A North Korean flag flutters in the wind near the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea on Oct. 4, 2022. South Korea says Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters.
Visitors look toward the North side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea on Friday in its first ballistic weapons launches in two weeks, as the U.S. military warned the North that the use of nuclear weapons “will result in the end of that regime.”
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea issued a veiled threat Tuesday to use nuclear weapons to get the U.S. and South Korea to “pay the most horrible price in history,” an escalation of its fiery rhetoric targeting the ongoing large-scale military drills between its rivals.
Animosities on the Korean Peninsula have been running high in recent months, with North Korea testing a string of nuclear-capable missiles and adopting a law authorizing the preemptive use of its nuclear weapons in a broad range of situations. Some experts still doubt North Korea could use nuclear weapons first in the face of more superior U.S. and South Korean forces.
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The head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is retiring after four years on the job. Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that Preston Cole would be retiring on Wednesday. Cole has served as secretary of the department since Evers took office in 2019. Evers’ spokesperson Britt Cudaback said a replacement would be named as soon as possible. Under Cole’s leadership the agency has launched efforts to control pollution from chemicals known as PFAS, instituted a new wolf management plan that doesn’t set limits on how many can be killed and emphasized clean water initiatives.
More than $100 million will be awarded to LPGA players for the first time in 2023. That’s an increase of about 18% over what was planned for this season and more than doubling what was paid out on the tour just a decade ago. A total of 33 official events next year will have a combined $101.3 million in purses, the tour announced while unveiling the schedule. That slate of tournaments includes two events in China. The LPGA has not played there since October 2019. It has canceled each of its last five planned events in China after the coronavirus pandemic.
Finnish border guard officials say construction of a planned barbed-wired fence on the Nordic country’s long border with Russia will start early next year. The initial three kilometer (1.8 mile) stretch of the fence will be erected at the crossing point in the eastern town of Imatra by the summer of 2023. The length of Finland’s border with Russia at 1,340 kilometers (832 miles) is the longest of any European Union member. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said there was consensus among lawmakers to build a fence to cover parts of border with Russia. The project which will altogether cover a maximum of 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the border, is estimated to cost a total of 380 million euros ($393 million) and is scheduled to be completed by 2026.
Authorities have released from custody a young man who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer after an SUV plowed into a formation of Los Angeles County law enforcement recruits on a training run, injuring 25. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 22-year-old Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez was released Thursday night because the complexity of the investigation requires analysis of additional evidence and interviews. NBC4LA broadcast footage of Gutierrez arriving home and reported that he didn’t answer any questions. Authorities identified Gutierrez as the driver of an SUV that veered onto the wrong side of the road early Wednesday in the suburban Whittier area, where a sheriff’s academy facility is located.
Thousands of years ago during the last Ice Age, rivers flowed from giant glaciers in the Sierra Nevada down to the Central Valley, carving into rock and gouging channels at a time when the sea level was about 400 feet lower. When the glaciers retreated, meltwater coursed down and buried the …
Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes fell in October for the ninth month in a row to the slowest pre-pandemic sales pace in more than 10 years, as homebuyers grappled with sharply higher mortgage rates, rising home prices and fewer properties on the market. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that existing home sales fell 5.9% last month from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.43 million. Sales fell 28.4% from October last year, and are now at the slowest annual pace since December 2011, excluding the steep slowdown in sales that occurred in May 2020 near the start of the pandemic. The national median home price rose 6.6% in October from a year earlier to $379,100.
The CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs says an iron ore mine in northern Minnesota will close in a few years if it doesn’t get mineral rights from a nearby project that hasn’t been completed. Hibbing Taconite is expected to run out of iron ore around 2025. Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves says his company needs the rights from the Mesabi Metallics project to keep the Hibbing operation going. The state of Minnesota has terminated Mesabi Metallics’ mineral rights and plans to reassign the leases. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Goncalves says if Cleveland Cliffs secures the leases, the Hibbing mine’s operations will be extended by about 27 years.
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Split-ticket voting in Arizona is not a sign of fraud. A clip from a CNN interview does not show the board of supervisors chairman of Arizona’s Maricopa County admitting to election misconduct. The fact that Florida reports election results faster than other states does not mean that those states are committing fraud. U.S. aid to Ukraine was not laundered back to the Democratic Party through the failed cryptocurrency exchange firm FTX.
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing is free on bond after being arrested on charges of speeding and driving under the influence early Friday morning. Downing was released from the Williamson County Jail just before 7 a.m. CST on $2,500 bond after being booked in about two hours earlier. The Tennessee Highway Patrol pulled over Downing. The arrest came just hours after the Titans beat the Packers 27-17 in Green Bay on Thursday night. Downing’s offense turned in its best performance this season as Tennessee won for the seventh time in eight games. The Titans say in a statement they are gathering information.
Pfizer said its updated COVID-19 booster may offer some protection against newly emerging omicron mutants even though it’s not an exact match. Few Americans have gotten updated boosters made by Pfizer and rival Moderna, shots tweaked to target the BA.5 omicron strain that until recently was the most common type. Pfizer reported Friday that the updated booster spurs a bigger jump in antibodies against some even newer omicron subtypes, including the worrisome BQ.1.1, than another dose of original vaccine.
A key member of President Joe Biden’s economic team is leaving his administration. A White House official says labor economist Cecilia Rouse will leave in the spring. Rouse was the first Black woman to serve as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. Rouse has been on academic leave from Princeton University and plans to return there. The pending departure is the first to be disclosed since the midterm elections as the Democratic president’s term reaches its halfway point, often a time of transition for any presidential administration. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss personnel changes and spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity.
It’s almost like Miami coach Jim Larrañaga wrote the script. A game against his alma mater, a milestone that few have reached just one win away. That’s the scenario on Saturday. Larrañaga and Miami take on Providence in the opening round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut — with the Hurricanes’ coach, and 1971 Providence graduate, entering with 699 career wins.
The Berlin Zoo shut its doors to visitors due to a case of avian flu among one of its aquatic birds.  The bird – a hamerkop, or a medium-sized wading bird – that had died last week tested positive for the disease following a routine check. The zoo said Friday it will remain closed for the time being as a “precautionary” measure. In the meantime, caretakers are working to quarantine and separate the remaining bird populations. Berlin’s climate ministry said in a statement that the primary goal is to prevent the spread of avian flu.
A strong undersea earthquake has shaken western Indonesia but no serious damage or casualties have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake measured magnitude 6.9 and was centered at a depth of 15 miles. No tsunami alert was issued by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
A former German military reserve officer has been convicted of spying for Russian intelligence for several years and given a suspended sentence of a year and nine months. The Duesseldorf state court found that the defendant was in contact from October 2014 at the latest with several high-ranking employees of the military attache’s office at the Russian Embassy in Berlin who also worked for Russia’s GRU military intelligence service. The court said it took account of several factors in its verdict, including that nearly all the information the 66-year-old passed on was publicly available — but also that his actions spanned more than four years.
Authorities in Vermont say a Ugandan activist who fled his country after he says he was tortured for his human rights work and would fear for his life if he was deported can stay another year. Earlier this week, 37-year-old Steven Tendo was granted a one-year stay on deportation or removal. He thanked the two dozen supporters and friends who gathered outside the immigration building. Tendo fled Uganda in late 2018 then spent more than two years in immigration detention in Texas where a judge denied him asylum. In 2020, 44 members of Congress wrote a letter to the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary requesting that Tendo’s deportation be halted and he be released for “life-threatening medical reasons.”
Experts from Ukraine have joined Polish and American investigators who are looking into a missile blast that killed two men in eastern Poland. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Friday that the Ukrainian experts were at the grain-drying facility in the Polish village of Przewodow where the missile landed Tuesday. The village is located 6 kilometers (4 miles) from Ukraine’s border. “I am grateful to the Polish side for granting them access,” the minister tweeted. On Tuesday, two workers were killed when a Russian-made projectile hit the grain-drying facility. NATO and Poland’s leaders have said the missile most likely came from a Ukrainian air defense system. Ukrainian authorities asked to join the investigation.
Ford is recalling more than 550,00 F-150 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the front windshield wiper motor may stop functioning, causing the wipers to stop working. The automobile maker said that the inoperative windshield wipers on the 2021-2022 models can reduce visibility in certain conditions, which could increase the risk of a crash. Recall notification letters are expected to be mailed in the U.S. on Jan. 3. Dealers will replace the front windshield wiper motor for free.
A funeral was set for Friday in North Carolina for former state Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough. A funeral home in Nevada said McCullough died last month at age 77. He had moved to Nevada at retirement. McCullough was elected and served twice on the intermediate-level Court of Appeals, initially starting on the bench in 2001. He resigned in 2017. He was a registered Republican who stepped down so that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper could appoint his replacement minutes later. McCullough said at the time he was trying to prevent the elimination of his seat, as pending General Assembly legislation would have required.
Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy says he has decided not to run for Louisiana governor next year, opting instead to focus on his work in the Senate. With Cassidy’s announcement Friday, many are waiting to see if Louisiana’s other senator will run. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has said he is “giving serious consideration” and will make an announcement “soon.” Kennedy is a Republican who easily won reelection to Congress last week. Louisiana’s highly anticipated 2023 gubernatorial race is expected to attract several strong GOP candidates because term limits prevent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards from seeking a third consecutive term.
BOISE, Idaho — There are way more questions than answers at this point in the investigation into a quadruple homicide at the University of Idaho last weekend.
A sexual predator with a string of convictions has pleaded guilty to killing a woman as she walked home in London. It was one in a string of attacks that heightened fears about women’s safety on the streets of the British capital. Jordan McSweeney admitted sexually assaulting and murdering 35-year-old Zara Aleena, who was attacked after a night out in June and left for dead in a driveway. Prosecutors said McSweeney was released from prison just days before he attacked Aleena, a law graduate who was training to become a lawyer. A judge at London’s Central Criminal Court set a Dec. 14 sentencing date.
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A Pennsylvania appellate court judge, Daniel McCaffery, will run for an open seat on the state Supreme Court in next November’s election. A campaign aide said Friday that McCaffery, a Democrat from Philadelphia, will run in next fall’s election for a 10-year term on the state’s highest court. The 58-year-old McCaffrey was elected to a 10-year term on the state Superior Court in 2019. That court handles appeals from county courts in criminal and civil cases. He’s a former prosecutor and judge in Philadelphia. McCaffery is the brother of former state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery. The seven-seat high court currently has a four-to-two Democratic majority.
Forget the scathing editorials from conservative media blaming former President Donald Trump for the GOP’s mediocre midterm. Never mind their underwhelmed reception to his 2024 presidential launch. Disregard the major donors who are bailing this time around.
Diane Warren was in the recording studio with Sofia Carson to work on her new song “Applause” when she got an unexpected phone call earlier this year. It was David Rubin, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and he had some good news: She was getting an Oscar. After 13 nominations, Warren says she was incredulous, but her mood quickly turned to disbelief. The prolific songwriter will be collecting her honorary statuette Saturday at the annual Governors Awards. She’s the first songwriter to ever get the award. Fellow recipients Euzhan Palcy, Peter Weir and Michael J. Fox, who is getting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
A Nigerian soldier opened fire at a military base in the northeast region, killing a humanitarian worker and a fellow soldier and injuring a pilot with United Nations Humanitarian Air Service. Samson Nantip Zhakom, a spokesman for the Nigerian army, said the unidentified soldier was “immediately neutralized” by other colleagues at the base, suggesting that he was killed. Not much is known about the soldier in question or about the motivation behind the attack which shocked the humanitarian community in northeastern Nigeria. The incident shocked the humanitarian community in northeastern Nigeria where aid workers have provided life-saving assistance to millions affected by the insurgency by Islamic extremists.
Rory McIlroy hopes his strong second-round finish at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship is a good sign. The top-ranked McIlroy, who leads the Race to Dubai standings, went birdie-birdie-eagle on this final three holes for a 4-under 68 that left him seven shots back of co-leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton. Fitzpatrick’s 67 puts him at 12-under overall to not only share a 3-shot lead with Hatton after two rounds but also keeping him out in front in the Race to Dubai. Fitzpatrick would clinch a first Race to Dubai title with a third win at the World Tour Championship, provided McIlroy or Ryan Fox don’t finish the event in second.
What is bigger: A ronna or a quetta?  Scientists meeting outside Paris on Friday who have increased the world’s measuring unit systems for the first time this century have the answer. It’s a quetta, which has 30 zeroes after the figure 1. Rapid scientific advances and vast worldwide data storage on the web, in smartphones and in the cloud mean that the terms used to measure things in weight and size needed updating. A British scientist led the push Friday to incorporate bold new, tongue-twisting prefixes — on the gigantic and even the minuscule scale. Four new prefixes were passed by 64 nations attending the General Conference on Weights and Measures.
Ukraine is approaching the winter months with blackouts spreading across the country, as Russia’s missile campaign pummels power stations, grid networks and other civilian facilities.
Thousands of workers at a Russian-owned oil refinery in Sicily have protested the facility’s possible closure as Europe imposes a full embargo on Russian oil starting next month. Workers at the ISAB Srl plant are demanding action from Italy’s new economic development minister. He was meeting in Rome on Friday with union leaders and others to find a solution for the refinery , owned by Russia’s Lukoil. It directly employs 3,500 people and indirectly supports another 6,500 jobs. Workers are demanding either the refinery’s privatization or that the government’s export credit agency SACE act as a guarantor on future loans to buy oil from non-Russian sources.
Spain has called up Barcelona defender Alejandro Balde to replace injured left back José Gayà less than a week before the team’s opening World Cup match against Costa Rica. The 19-year-old Balde has had a breakout season playing for Barcelona. He is now set to make his senior debut after having debuted for Spain’s under-21 team in September. Gayà had to leave Spain’s team after injuring his right ankle in practice. Balde and club teammate Jordi Alba will now be Spain coach Luis Enrique’s two left backs for the tournament. Spain will also face Germany and Japan in Group E.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has taken herself out of the running for Democratic leadership in the next Congress. Jayapal is announcing a bid for a second term to lead the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Washington congresswoman asked for her colleagues’ support in a letter Friday, laying out the achievements the caucus has had during her tenure as chair. But Jayapal also notes the challenges members of the party face as they head into the minority come January and how she’s equipped to lead them through it. Jayapal tells The Associated Press she’d been considering running for a Democratic leadership post but decided against it in the last few weeks.
North Korea test-fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile with an estimated range long enough to carry a warhead to the American mainland, prompting the U.S. to condemn what it said was an unlawful action.
The head of a taskforce from the International Atomic Energy Agency says it is examining whether Japan’s planned release into the sea of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant meets international standards, but the decision on whether to go ahead with the plan is up to the Japanese government. A massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the Fukushima plant’s cooling systems, causing three reactors to melt and release large amounts of radiation. Contaminated water used to cool the damaged reactor cores is being stored in hundreds of tanks. Japan’s plan to begin releasing the wastewater next spring after further treatment and dilution has been fiercely opposed by fishermen and divided public opinion.


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