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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump at a public hearing on Thursday. The panel argued in its last session before the midterm elections that Trump was directly involved in the effort to cancel the 2020 election, and the panel presented new evidence that Trump knew he had lost but had a plan to claim victory regardless of the election’s outcome. The panel also showed never-before-seen footage of congressional leaders fleeing the violence as the panel detailed Trump’s inaction during the attack. The commission is now working to submit a final report by the end of the year to the Justice Department on whether any criminal referrals should be made.
The Parkland school shooter has avoided the death penalty after a jury recommended he be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 2018, a move that left some victims’ families disappointed and angry. “This jury failed our families today,” said Fred Guttenberg, the father of 14-year-old victim Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 people killed in the shooting. The jury’s recommendation came after a month-long trial Thursday to determine the gunman’s sentence. The judge will give the gunman’s formal sentence on November 1. Victims and family members will speak before sentencing that day.
Five people – including an off-duty police officer – were killed and at least two others were injured in a shooting in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday, police said. The shooting happened around 17:00 in the evening in the Hedingham neighborhood and an hour-long standoff took place while the authorities were working to apprehend the suspect. The alleged shooter, a minor, was arrested four and a half hours later, police said. “Tonight, terror has arrived on our doorstep. Every community’s nightmare has come to Raleigh,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at a press conference. “This is a senseless, horrific and enraging act of violence.” There have been at least 531 mass shootings in the US this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
In an almost unanimous vote earlier this morning, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of declaring Russia a “terrorist” regime. 99 of the 100 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted in favor of the resolution. Only one Turkish deputy from the Popular Party abstained. Also today, Russia struck the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, following a week of attacks on civilian targets in the country. Additionally, Russian officials said that air defenses fired rockets into the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine.
Four astronauts will blast off from the coast of Florida today, ending their nearly six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Severe weather has forced some delays, but NASA and SpaceX say the astronauts are still expected to return home at 4:50 p.m. ET. The spacecraft that will bring astronauts home can typically have seven landing sites: Pensacola, Tampa, Tallahassee, Panama City, Cape Canaveral, Daytona, and Jacksonville near the coast. This mission, called Crew-4, marks a historic first on the ISS, with Jessica Watkins becoming the first black woman to join the space station crew for an extended stay. Also on the mission are NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti with the European Space Agency.
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That’s how many Starlink satellite units made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX have been donated to Ukraine, but those charitable contributions may soon be coming to an end. SpaceX has informed the Pentagon that it can no longer continue to fund the Starlink service as it has, according to a letter obtained by CNN. The operation “has cost SpaceX $80 million and will exceed $100 million by the end of the year.” Musk tweeted last week. Satellite systems have been a vital source of communications for Ukraine’s military, allowing them to fight and stay connected even as mobile and internet networks have been destroyed in the war with Russia.
“We strongly warn and urge North Korea against its repeated provocations [North Korea] to stop it immediately.”
– Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States in South Korea, has appealed to North Korea after its forces flew warplanes close to their shared border overnight. North Korean planes approached the no-fly zone across the border after 10:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, according to the JCS, with Pyongyang following up a few hours later with its 27th missile launch of the year. South Korea responded by scrambling fighter jets, including its top-of-the-line F-35s. The flurry of military activity on both sides of the border came just hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that his nuclear forces are fully prepared for “real war”.
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