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Army veteran who stopped Club Q shooter wanted to protect everyone inside like family

When the gunfire began inside Club Q, a Colorado Springs gay club, on Saturday night, Army veteran Richard Fierro went into "combat mode," as he put it, and tried to do all he could to stop the shooter from hurting people.

Fierro was with his family at the club that evening and said that when the shooting began, "that whole group in that building was my family ... and I had to do something." Years of Army training and combat experience kicked in, Fierro said, and he sprang into action. With the help of others in the club, he disarmed and subdued the shooter.

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How Twitter's platform helped its users, personally and professionally

For more than a decade, Twitter has been a kind of digital town square, a place where people have sought information, advocacy, community and job opportunities – even love.

In the wake of Elon Musk's takeover as Twitter CEO, rapid-fire layoffs of thousands of employees followed by a wave of resignations have many people worried about the future of the platform. Some former employees took to Twitter to post emotional goodbyes.

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To fight 'period shame,' women in China demand that trains sell tampons

When Wendy Kou read the headline on a Chinese social media platform about whether sanitary pads should be sold on railways, she frowned. The debate was heated. Some felt it provided a basic women's health service, while others vehemently opposed it as a private matter and felt that women should come to trains prepared.

Climate change is making the weather more severe. Why don't most forecasts mention it?

At global climate talks that just wrapped up, one of the few areas of agreement was about the worldwide toll of climate-driven weather disasters.

Leaders from Pakistan and Kenya, Senegal and the Bahamas connected the dots between a hotter Earth and devastating floods, storms, heat waves and droughts. And in a speech at the conference, President Joe Biden said more severe hurricanes and wildfires are wreaking havoc in the United States.

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High demand and prices for lithium send mines into overdrive

Salty water gurgles quietly through a pipe across a dry lakebed and into a Caribbean-blue pond. It's carrying an element that is crucial to the electric car revolution and, suddenly, one of the world's hottest commodities: lithium.

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With the GOP in control of the House, here's who's likely to lead key committees

Updated November 23, 2022 at 7:22 AM ET

The Republican Party will officially take control of the House of Representatives and its committees come January. Leadership roles in House committees will then transition from Democrats to Republicans.


6 people and the gunman are dead in a shooting at a Walmart in Virginia

Updated November 23, 2022 at 8:32 AM ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A shooter opened fire in a Walmart Supercenter in Virginia late Tuesday, leaving six people dead and four hospitalized in the second high-profile mass killing in a handful of days. Police confirmed that the assailant is also dead from what they believe is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


With student loan relief tied up in court, Biden extends repayment pause into 2023

Updated November 22, 2022 at 7:15 PM ET

The Biden administration is extending its student loan repayment pause — which was set to expire at the end of the year — into 2023 while its promise of federal relief remains hung up in court.

Payments will resume 60 days after the debt cancellation program is implemented, 60 days after the lawsuits are resolved or 60 days after June 30, if litigation fails.

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How one man went from a migrant leaving Africa, to an elected official in Spain

Serigne Mbaye made a life-changing decision in 2006.

The number of fish in his small town of Kayar, Senegal had dwindled, there was a lack of opportunity, and Mbaye wanted to provide for his family.

So he jumped on a boat one night, and joined others on a days-long journey across the ocean to Spain.

Today, he is a Spanish citizen and a deputy in the Madrid Assembly.

His journey is parallel to the larger picture of how climate migration intersects with politics.

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Photos: The emotional scenes as the 1st train from Kyiv arrives in liberated Kherson

As Ukraine's nine-month war grinds on, the arrival of Ukrzaliznytsia, the national railway, has become synonymous with liberation in previously Russian-occupied cities and towns.

When Ukrainian forces recapture areas from Russia, residents have come to expect a few immediate things: seeing the Ukrainian flag raised over administration buildings or other landmarks, the arrival of badly needed medicine, food and generators, perhaps the installation of a temporary cell tower.