AP news recap at 10:37 p.m. EST

Angry crowd over lockdowns urges China’s Xi to resign

SHANGHAI (AP) — Protesters angered by strict antivirus measures have called for the resignation of China’s powerful leader. This is an unprecedented rebuke. It came as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to quell Sunday demonstrations that posed a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party. Police used pepper spray to disperse protesters in Shanghai demanding the resignation of Xi Jinping and an end to one-party rule. Hours later, people gathered again at the same spot. The police broke up the demonstration again and a reporter saw arrested protesters being driven away in a bus. The protests began Friday and have spread to cities including the capital Beijing and dozens of university campuses. They are the most widespread opposition demonstration against the ruling party in decades.

Ga. Senate runoff between Warnock, Walker has a bitter end

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — The extended Georgia Senate campaign between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger, soccer legend Herschel Walker, has grown increasingly bitter ahead of their Dec. 6 runoff. With Democrats already securing control of the Senate, this is a striking contrast to two years ago, when the state’s two Senate elections focused primarily on which party would control the Washington chamber. Warnock describes Walker as unqualified and unfit for the post. Walker ridicules Warnock as a hypocrite beholden to President Joe Biden. The broadsides reflect the candidates’ furious push in the four weeks between the November 8 general election and the runoff to persuade their supporters to vote again.

Shelling in Ukraine as a wintry war looms

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) – Officials say shelling by Russian forces has hit several areas in eastern and southern Ukraine overnight, while utility crews scramble to restore electricity, water and heating after widespread strikes. With continued snowfall covering the capital Kyiv on Sunday, analysts predicted the wintry weather could have a growing impact on the conflict that has been raging since Russian forces invaded Ukraine more than nine months ago. State-owned power grid Ukrenergo said power generators are now covering about 80% of demand, up from 75% the day before. Russian missiles struck unspecified railway facilities in Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Sunday. No injuries were immediately reported.

US soccer briefly removes the emblem from the Iranian flag at the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – The US Football Association briefly displayed the Iranian national flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic on social media. The association described the move as a sign of support for protesters in Iran ahead of the two nations’ World Cup match on Tuesday. The association said in a statement on Sunday that it had decided to refrain from displaying the official flag on social media accounts to “show support for women in Iran who are fighting for basic human rights”. The move comes amid ongoing nationwide protests against Tehran’s theocratic government in Iran.

Riots in Belgium and the Netherlands following Morocco’s World Cup victory

BRUSSELS (AP) – Violence erupted in several Belgian and Dutch cities following Morocco’s 2-0 win over Belgium at the World Cup. Police arrested about a dozen people after using water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels. Dozens of rioters have overturned and set fire to cars, set fire to electric scooters and pelted cars with bricks. Police responded after one person suffered facial injuries.

Crews work to rescue 2 planes stuck in power lines high up

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — A small plane carrying two people has become stuck on power lines in Maryland, causing widespread power outages in the surrounding county as officials try to extricate the plane and its occupants. The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine plane crashed into power lines around 5:40 p.m. Sunday near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. According to the FAA, two people were on board. A spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said rescuers had been in contact with those on board and were fine.

A group of black pastors hold a vigil for the victims of the Walmart shooting

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Five days have passed since Lorenzo Gamble was killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va. And his mother, Linda Gamble, couldn’t do much because she misses him so much. Gamble attended the prayer vigil at Mount Chesapeake Church Sunday night that honored her son and five other employees who police say were fatally shot by a store attendant. Six others wounded in Tuesday’s shooting were also honored. The 90-minute vigil was filled with music, hands raised, and invocations to God. It was an attempt by the Chesapeake Coalition of Black Pastors to offer some balm to a community still raw from violence.

Asian faiths are attempting to salvage the swastika symbol corrupted by Hitler

In much of the world, the swastika is often equated with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany – a symbol of hatred that evokes the trauma of the Holocaust and the horrors of Nazi rule. White supremacists, neo-Nazi groups and vandals continue to use Hitler’s swastika to incite fear and hatred. However, in other variations, the swastika is a millennia-old sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, representing peace and happiness. In recent years, as the Asian diaspora has grown in North America, calls for reclaiming the swastika as a sacred symbol have grown louder. Some Jewish leaders sympathize with the campaign; others say the swastika can no longer be saved.

The Colorado shooting victim wanted to save the family I found.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who was injured while helping to subdue a man who shot dead five people at a gay nightclub in Colorado said he simply wanted to save the family, that he found. US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James made a statement Sunday about Centura Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where he is recovering from undisclosed injuries sustained in the attack. James called for courage among young people in the LGBTQ community. Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said James was one of two men who helped stop the gunman who entered Club Q late on November 19 with multiple firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle and five killed people.

AP Top 25: Michigan in 2nd behind leader Georgia

Michigan moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press’s college football poll, with TCU at No. 3 and Southern California at No. 4 behind leader Georgia after four top-10 teams lost on the final day of the regular season. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the eighth straight week and eleventh time this season. Georgia received 58 first-place votes and Michigan the other five. The Wolverines hit a season high at No. 2 after defeating Ohio State, dropping the Buckeyes three spots to No. 5.

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