A reported medical emergency at a vigil in Oxford, Michigan, cased panicked mourners to flee on the evening of December 3, three days after a shooting at a local high school.Crowds had gathered in downtown Oxford on Friday evening to pay their respects to the four students killed by the 15-year-old gunman, and those wounded in the attack at Oxford High School.According to local reports, an individual fainted during the vigil, creating panic in the crowd.Brendan Gutenschwager, who took this video, said “a medical emergency caused a panic in the crowd after people began yelling for help for an individual that had fainted in downtown Oxford. It took several minutes for things to calm down and the vigil to resume, with many going home immediately after the incident”. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
Large crowds gathered in Oxford, Michigan, on the night of December 3, to pay tribute to the victims of a high school shooting that left four students dead.According to local reports, a medical incident during the vigil caused some panicked mourners to flee.Brendan Gutenschwager, who took this video in downtown Oxford, said that “over a thousand” people attended the vigil to mourn the victims of Tuesday’s shooting. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
A reported medical incident at a vigil in Oxford, Michigan, sent panicked mourners fleeing on the evening of December 3, three days after a shooting at a local high school.Crowds had gathered in downtown Oxford on Friday evening to pay their respects to the four students killed by the 15-year-old gunman, and those wounded in the attack at Oxford High School.According to local reports, an individual fainted during the vigil, creating panic in the crowd.This video, taken by journalist Jason Colthorp, captures chaotic scenes in downtown Oxford on Friday.“Police who immediately knew this was a medical emergency were trying to calm people down but it took several minutes before the vigil resumed and many people just went home and many of them in tears,” Colthorp wrote in a tweet. Credit: Jason Colthorp | WDIV via Storyful
China announced in March broad changes to the former British colony's electoral system, reducing the number of directly elected representatives and increasing the number of Beijing-approved officials in an expanded legislature.Candidates in the election, scheduled for Dec. 19 after being postponed for more than a year due to the coronavirus, are also vetted for their patriotism."Just ignore them," Law said in an interview from London at the Reuters Next conference. "We should not give any legitimacy to the election, we should not pretend we have an election - it is just a selection by Beijing."A spokesman for the Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Law's remarks. Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam said in September that the aim of changes to the electoral system is to ensure "patriots administer Hong Kong."China has said Law is a "criminal suspect wanted by the Hong Kong police" for national security offences.In the interview, Law, who fled Hong Kong in 2020 and was granted asylum by the United Kingdom, said China was becoming more isolated on the international level.The system of democracy in Hong Kong, he said, was dead but its spirit lived on in the hearts of the people."Democracy, if you are talking about a system, it is definitely not there - but if you are talking about the spirit of the people, fighting for democracy, it is still there."
Italian firefighters improvised a system of ropes and descended down a 20-meter-high wall at a dam in Caccamo, Sicily, to save a dog that had fallen into the dam’s waters, footage released on December 3 shows.Video uploaded by the Italian fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, shows firefighters from Palermo Province rescuing the small animal at Rosamarina Dam. According to local reports, the dog was in danger of drowning when it was rescued. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
A suspect dubbed the “snake burglar” by police has been successfully evading motion-triggered alarms in Riverside, California, and made off with $8,000 from a hair salon’s safe, along with products, early on November 26, police said.Security footage sent to Storyful by Riverside Police on December 3 first shows the suspect entering the Rustic Roots hair salon on Indiana Avenue at around 5 am and crawling slowly on the ground through the premises. In that footage, the suspect is seen wearing a red cap and and dark hooded sweatshirt.Officer Javier Cabrera, a public information officer with Riverside Police, told Storyful that the suspect managed not to set off the motion-triggered alarms that would have alerted police, and made off with products as well as $8,000 from a safe in the salon. The salon’s owner alerted police to the break-in after returning to work and reviewing their security footage.The suspect also broke into a nearby veterinary clinic that morning, wearing a white T-shirt and without the red cap, Cabrera said. Further footage shows the suspect in a parking lot as he approached the veterinary clinic, and again crawling past cameras to try to avoid triggering alarms. Cabrera said the suspect kicked in a window at the front of the clinic to gain access, and again “slithered around the ground” to avoid detection. However, after about 10 minutes inside, he triggered an alarm and quickly fled the scene.Cabrera told Storyful that two other local businesses were broken into that morning, and that the suspect in those burglaries may be the same person. He added that a nearby pizzeria was broken into about a week earlier, and when the owner checked the security footage they saw a man crawling along the floor. Credit: Riverside Police via Storyful
In a rare move, prosecutors on Friday filed criminal charges against the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley - the Michigan teenager accused of fatally shooting four classmates in the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021. "These charges are intended to hold the individuals who contributed to this tragedy accountable and also send a message: that gun owners have a responsibility." Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said James and Jennifer Crumbley are facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter for buying their son the weapon used in the shooting and for failing to heed warning signs.McDonald said four days before the rampage James Crumbley brought his son with him when he purchased the handgun used in this week's attack at Oxford High School. She also detailed chilling social media posts from Ethan and his mom Jennifer in the days following the purchase:"On or about November 26, 21, Ethan Crumbley's social media post revealed photos of the semi-automatic handgun along with the caption "Just Got My New Beauty today" including an emoji with hearts.... Subsequent to the purchase of that weapon, one of Jennifer Crumbley's social media posts on about 11/27/21 read quote, "Mom and son day testing out his new Christmas present." End quote."The prosecutor described drawings and writings made by the alleged gunman in the lead up to the shooting suggesting the possibility that he was planning to open fire – but the parents refused to act. “A drawing of a semi-automatic handgun pointing at the words quote: ‘The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.’ End quote.” The Crumbleys met with school officials about the drawings on the morning of the rampage, but according to McDonald, did not pull Ethan out of school. When Ethan’s father heard reports of the shooting, prosecutors say he immediately drove home to look for the gun which was missing. “Further investigation revealed that the handgun purchased by James Crumbley was stored unlocked in a drawer in James and Jennifer’s bedroom.” Parents are rarely charged in connection with children's school shootings. Unlike some states, Michigan does not legally require gun owners to keep their firearms secured from children. Ethan Crumbley faces two dozen charges and is being held without bond.
A tech stock sell-off dragged Wall Street lower Friday. Stock market darlings like Nvidia and Tesla led the downturn. The choppy session capped a volatile week weighed down by fears that the Omicron variant would slam the brakes on the economic recovery. A mixed jobs report from the Labor Department didn’t help, either. Hiring slowed in November, but wages rose and the unemployment rate dropped sharply. Fiduciary Trust International’s Carin Pai said investors deemed that report strong enough to keep the Federal Reserve on its path to accelerate its tapering of bond purchases. “We did get a message from the Fed that they are going to likely or potentially consider moving more aggressively. I think in response to some of the inflation data, right I mean. We're continuing to see higher inflation.” The Dow fell two-tenth percent. The S&P 500 lost eight-tenths of a percent. And the Nasdaq dropped nearly 2%. On the week, all three indexes lost ground. The Nasdaq’s biggest decliner: DocuSign, plunging 42%. The electronic signature software company that saw heavy demand amid the health crisis issued a weak revenue forecast, warning that demand for its software had slowed faster than it expected. Nvidia declined more than 4%. The Federal Trade Commission sued to block the gaming chip maker’s $80 billion planned acquisition of British chip technology provider Arm.Shares of Didi Global plummeted. The Chinese ride-hailing firm surprised the markets with a U-turn just months after its public debut. Didi said it’ll withdraw from the New York Stock Exchange and re-list in Hong Kong.
Blinken said the United States is resolutely committed to making sure Taiwan has the means to defend itself. He also said that China had been trying to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait in recent years.
A police official in the eastern town of Sialkot, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said investigators believed the attackers had accused the manager of blasphemy for tearing down a poster with Islamic holy verses."The factory workers tortured the manager," said provincial government spokesman Hassan Khawar. "A total of 50 people so far have been identified and arrested."Khan condemned the killing and said he was personally overseeing the investigations and that those guilty would be punished."The horrific vigilante attack on a factory in Sialkot and the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan," he said in a message on Twitter.Television footage showed crowds of hundreds of people in the streets of Sialkot, in the heart of Pakistan's most heavily industrialized region where much of the country's export industry is based.Underlining the shock caused across the political establishment, Pakistan's powerful military also issued a statement condemning the "cold blooded murder."
"The job market is fairly healthy in terms of you know you've got new jobs opening. You've got hiring increasing," said Pai.U.S. employment growth slowed considerably in November, but the unemployment rate plunged to a 21-month low of 4.2%, suggesting the labor market was rapidly tightening.
"The market believes that the Fed could continue to be more aggressive on tapering," said Pai.Federal Reserve policymakers look likely to accelerate the wind-down of their bond-buying program when they meet later this month as they respond to a tightening labor market and move to open the door to earlier rate hikes than they had projected.
Blinken added that when the two leaders speak, Biden will also lay out to Putin the U.S. desire for greater predictability and stability in ties with Russia.
The main attraction this year at 'Christmas Land' was a 8-meter-high Lego-themed balloon Santa, carrying 'a bag fully packed with happiness and peace,' according to New Taipei City governments, next to an even higher Christmas tree.Visitors gathered near the giant Santa, some posing for photographs, as Christmas lights sparkled around them.Couple Chang You-jen and Yvonne Chen said they visit the installation every year."The first time we went on a date was here, so we come here every year," Chang You-jen said. "You could say it's a way to deepen our relationship."
Residents awoke to dense fog in parts of central and eastern Oklahoma on Friday, December 3, reducing visibility in some areas.The National Weather Service warned travelers that “visibilities may change rapidly over short distances.”This footage, taken in Checotah, shows fog cover the ground during the morning hours of Friday. Credit: @DennieBrison via Storyful
James Crumbley brought Ethan along with him when he purchased the handgun used in the attack four days prior, McDonald said.Parents are rarely charged in connection with children's school shootings. Unlike some states, Michigan does not legally require gun owners to keep their firearms secured from children.The attack was the deadliest school shooting this year, according to Education Week, and marks the latest in a decades-long string of mass shootings at U.S. schools.
Location: San Francisco, CaliforniaPAJU MUNRO, SAN FRANCISCO-BASED DRAG QUEEN, SAYING: "Seeing people's faces when I stop spinning in one of the corners and they're like looking at me, and they're like 'Oh my God, did she just did that right in front of me?' I'm like yes, I just fell in front of you." This is the 12th annual ‘Drag Queens on Ice’ event Performers donned their skates to dazzle hundreds of spectators MICHELLE LAZARD, SAN FRANCISCO REALTOR, SAYING: "I love Drag Queens on Ice. It's amazing. I'm glad it gets put on every year. And my niece is here from Nebraska and she has never seen Drag Queens on Ice, and what do you think?"NIECE: "I love it."LAZARD: "Alright, because it's amazing."Paju Munro has been performing in drag for more than 15 years PAJU MUNRO, SAN FRANCISCO-BASED DRAG QUEEN, SAYING: "The first two years I was so focused. 'Oh I need to land a double-jump. I need to do a spin. If I don't do it, I'm not good enough.' But at the end of the day, it's called 'Drag Queens on Ice', and not 'pro skaters dressing in drag'. People come here. They're expecting us to be funny, to fall. Nobody's expecting you to come in and do a triple axel and I mean if you can, kudos to you. It's the entertainment. After the year and a half that we just had, this is must needed."
Snow accumulated on grass and trees in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, as a storm system moved through the state on December 2 and 3.The precipitation came after unusually warm weather in the last few days.According to the National Weather Service, up to a half-inch of snow had been expected to accumulate. Credit: Quinn E. Casey Photography via Storyful
Michael Kudra tends bar in San Francisco, and at Reuters' request he sampled a vodka that combines the flavor of environmental catastrophe with the taste of innovation."Yeah there it is. You get it more now."This is Smoke Point vodka.The wildfires that blanketed California's vineyards in with acrid smoke in 2020 ended hopes the grapes a might end up bottled as a Merlot."As soon as you see smoke around your vineyard, you need to suspect, especially close to harvest, you need to suspect that there is a possibility for that aroma to get inside the berry."Nicholas Quille is the operations officer for Crimson Wine Group, which owns Pine Ridge Vineyards Carneros brand in Napa Valley.Rather than make a wine with an ashtray aroma, or throw it out, he partnered with a distillery, Hangar One Vodka, to turn the wine made from smoke-tainted grapes into hard liquor.One bartender approves."You get that like, almost like that taste of a barbecue from far away, that smell, you know somebody's using coals."[FLASH]"Our goal was not to make a smoky vodka at all."Emily Webster runs sales and marketing for Hangar One."Vodka is basically a neutral spirit, but it does retain the character of the base material, so we were hoping to create something that was new in the category of vodka, neutral-ish, so that people could enjoy it while also doing something good for their community."All proceeds from sales go to the California Fire Foundation, which assists firefighters, their families and communities."I hope that we won't need that every other year."Quille is glad the grapes found their way into a bottle. But with increasingly severe and frequent drought across the Western U.S., wine might become a casualty of climate change."If things would have to turn for the worse and those fires become more violent and more frequent, it's definitely an option that needs to be on the table."
An Arctic front swept parts of northern Maine overnight into Friday, December 3, blanketing the area with snow.This footage, posted to Twitter by James Sinko, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), shows heavy snowfall in Castle Hill and a snow-covered road while driving toward Caribou, in northeastern Maine, on Friday morning.According to the NWS branch in Caribou, about 14 miles northeast of Castle Hill, the cold and blustery winds would cause temperatures to plunge on Friday into the weekend. Credit: James Sinko via Storyful
Sick children who are at home or in hospital connect to their classes via their home computer or tablet, and are represented in the classroom by Buddy.France aims to send out 4,000 Buddy robots to schools around the country by 2022, to help sick children continue their education and have a semblance of a normal life."Life continues. And obviously, school education, their friends, are part of their life. So how do we bring life as much as possible to the hospital?" said Brigitte Macron, who was a former high school teacher.She and Blanquer spoke to students who were using 'Buddy' and another robot, 'Beam', to attend their classes via distance learning.School teachers have been taught how to manipulate the robots via remote control, so they be dynamic in the classroom, and allow for the children at home to better visualise the space and their classmates."Even a child who faces limitations, who is sick at home or in hospital, should have access to this modern technology that opens up all the advantages that we all see," Blanquer said.France has tried to keep schools open despite the rising COVID cases and the emerging Omicron variant, making face masks compulsory once again in classrooms in November.
Sled dogs leapt with excitement as their trainer readied them to travel through fresh snow in Willow, Alaska, on December 1.This footage, filmed along Willow Creek by Dwayne Edward Beals from Sled Dog News Kennel, shows the thrilled canines.“Usually, we are on sleds long before now, but not this year. So was delighted to be out in fresh powder,” he told Storyful.According to the National Weather Service, 1-3 inches of snow fell on the first day of December, with more expected in the following weeks. Credit: Dwayne Edward Beals, Sled Dog News Kennel via Storyful
Europe's biggest economy, Germany, is edging closer to imposing controversial mandatory vaccination.And the move is making waves in a country where a significant section of society are resistant to getting a COVID-19 shot.On Thursday (December 2) the government announced that an ethics committee would draft legislation and the Bundestag would debate and vote on the measure in February at the latest."I would call it rape. I think this is one step too far because we should not forget that there are reasonable people out there, too.""I am against mandatory vaccinations. I think everyone should decide for themselves. People should be able to choose to either go into hiding or to get vaccinated."The unvaccinated were also barred from access to all but the most essential businesses on Thursday, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries.Outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel said that she felt "depressed" by the strong fourth wave of the virus, and now there is also the discovery of the Omicron strain to contend with.Germany's vaccination rate hovers around the 60-70% mark - a lower average than its European neighbors.Many worry about side effects, fears that experts say are overblown and are far outweighed by the risk of catching the virus.Berlin psychologist, Sophie Reiske:"When the people feel that there is no rhyme or reason to the rules then they feel like they are being taken advantage of, and if you add to that that people are experiencing many things at once. People are very dissatisfied with the government's handling of corona, both those pro-and anti- vaccines, that at least is a unifying factor, and really feel helpless with the situation."In December 2020 almost a third of Germans said in a poll that they would not have a coronavirus vaccine.Radical "anti-vaxxers" have regularly flouted rules to protest restrictive measures.But they are a small percentage of a larger group of vaccine skeptics.Virologists blame the renewed outbreak on resistance to vaccination, and have criticized politicians for acting too late to rein in contagion.
A light dusting of snow fell in southeast Michigan as the state saw colder temperatures on Friday, December 3.The National Weather Service said there was a high probability of snowfall for parts of Michigan, but that accumulations would be half an inch or less.This video was posted by Matt Malone, who wrote, “Gently falling snow has that winter snow globe feeling in Farmington Hills,” a suburb of Detroit. Credit: Matt Malone via Storyful