5 things to know for October 11: Ukraine, rail strike, Trump, school shootings, speeding


If you’re planning on taking a trip this winter, now’s the time to pounce on the best airfares available. Some travel experts recommend booking holiday flights before Halloween, as prices usually increase dramatically as Thanksgiving approaches.

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Air raid sirens sounded in several parts of Ukraine today after Russia launched fresh missile attacks. It comes after Russia unleashed a wave of attacks across Ukraine on Monday, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100 others, according to Ukrainian officials. Critical infrastructure was affected in several regions and in the capital Kyiv, where dozens of fires broke out, Ukrainian emergency services said. Many areas of the region are still without electricity today following the deluge of Russian strikes which partly targeted energy installations to leave Ukrainians without electricity. President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday, condemning the strikes and pledging continued US security assistance “including advanced air defense systems.”

The threat of a freight railway strike has returned after a major union of railway workers rejected a tentative agreement with the country’s freight carriers on Monday. More than half of the 23,000 members of one of the biggest railway unions have opposed the deal, meaning the two sides will now enter negotiations in the hope of reaching a deal. Without a new deal, there could be a strike that would have a significant impact on the country’s already struggling supply chains. But such a strike would not take place until at least November 19, according to the union. The Biden administration is desperate to avoid a strike because major railroads carry 30% of the nation’s freight and a strike could lead to shortages and higher prices for essentials like food and gasoline. A strike could also force factories without parts to close and leave store shelves empty during the holiday shopping season.

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New emails released by the General Services Administration deny claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies that the government agency is responsible for packing boxes from the White House that ended up in his residence of Mar-a-Lago after his presidency. Former presidents are allowed to take certain government office materials and equipment to set up a permanent office away from the White House. But that doesn’t include the kind of classified documents Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago – which are at the center of an ongoing Justice Department criminal investigation. Trump and his allies have said the GSA was responsible for the presence of classified documents at his Florida home. Recently released emails, however, clearly indicate that the boxes had already been shrink-wrapped and shrink-wrapped in an empty office space.

Here’s why Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon’s rulings are under scrutiny

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will present closing arguments today in the Parkland school shooter’s sentencing trial. This will be the last opportunity for them to make their case before the jury helps decide whether the shooter will be sentenced to death or life in prison. The impending conclusion of the trial comes nearly a year after the 24-year-old shooter pleaded guilty to 17 counts of murder and other charges for the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida, in which 14 students and three school staff were killed. Separately, in Uvalde, Texas, the school district superintendent announced his retirement on Monday after new details surfaced about the Robb Elementary School massacre, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.

Families of victims and survivors testify in trial of Parkland shooter

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a new vehicle system that could prevent drivers from speeding. The technology essentially recognizes speed limits and issues visual or audible alerts when a driver is speeding or preventing vehicles from exceeding those limits. New York City has become the first city in the United States to test speed limit technology in 50 of its fleet vehicles. “There’s no reason today, with so much technology and so much awareness, for anyone to die at the hands of an automobile,” said Meera Joshi, New York’s deputy mayor for operations. After more than 20,000 deaths on US roads this year alone, the NTSB has called on the federal government to start urging automakers to install speed-limiting systems in new cars, according to a report. It will be up to automakers whether or not to introduce the technology.

Actor William Shatner shares what it’s like to travel to space

“Everything I expected to see was wrong,” Shatner wrote in a new biography. Discover the actor’s life-changing experience aboard a suborbital space sightseeing flight.

Football player Sebastian Gutierrez trades his pizzeria for the New England Patriots

A former pizzeria employee is now making his money in the NFL! Read her inspiring story here.

How dogs changed the course of civilization

Did you know that dogs were the first animal man ever domesticated? Here’s how adorable fur babies have become a part of our daily lives.

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd’s Reunion Delights ‘Back to the Future’ Fans

The pair had an epic reunion at Comic Con 37 years after the sci-fi comedy was released. (Can you believe it’s been 37 years? Take a second to remember those good old days.)

Shaquille O’Neal reiterates his desire to buy an NBA team

The four-time NBA champion has shared a cryptic message about wanting to buy an NBA team “at home”. Here are some possibilities where it could be.

Eileen Ryan, a veteran actress and mother of actor Sean Penn, has died, Penn’s publicist said in a statement. She was 94 years old. Ryan has appeared in over 60 TV shows and movies over his long career, including the acclaimed movies “Magnolia” and “I Am Sam.”

$18 million

That’s the prize Dustin Johnson picked up after winning the inaugural LIV Golf Championship, tournament officials announced Monday. The 38-year-old moved from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-backed Rebel Series in June. The controversial LIV Golf series caused a rift in professional golf as LIV golfers were banned from the PGA Tour for participating in the breakaway series.

“No child should ever be subjected to such racist, mean and dehumanizing comments, especially from a public official.”

– Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin and her husbandemitting a family statement after fellow council member Nury Martinez made racist remarks about him and his black child. In leaked audio obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Martinez says Bonin, a white man, appeared with his son on a float at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and “treated his young black son like if he was an accessory”. The Times reported that Martinez also said of Bonin’s child, “Parece changuito”, or “He’s like a monkey”. Following the backlash of a series of offensive comments heard in the audio, Martinez resigned as president of the Los Angeles City Council on Monday.

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Today is National Coming Out Day.

Every year on October 11, National Coming Out Day celebrates the act of “coming out” – when an LGBTQ person decides to publicly share their gender identity or sexual orientation. Watch this 2 minute video to find out how the rainbow flag became a symbol of LGBTQ pride. (Click here to see)

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