News briefs for Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023

Israel’s war with Hamas resumes with airstrikes after truce ends

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel’s war with Hamas resumed after a weeklong truce expired, with each side blaming the other for the resurgence of hostilities. Israeli airstrikes hit houses and buildings in the Gaza Strip, while militants in Gaza fired rockets into Israel. Health authorities in the besieged territory report dozens of Palestinians were killed Friday. Israel dropped leaflets over Gaza City and southern parts of the enclave, urging civilians to flee to avoid the fighting. The fighting threatens to compound the suffering in Gaza and has heightened concerns for hostages still held captive by Hamas and other militants.


Trump attorney says trial during campaign would be ‘election interference’ if he is GOP nominee

ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney for former President Donald Trump says it would amount to “election interference” if his client is the Republican nominee for president while on trial in Georgia in the months running up to the general election. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee opened the door for discussion on trial timing while considering requests by two of the former president’s co-defendants to delay certain pretrial deadlines. But he said he didn’t plan to immediately make any decisions on a trial date.

Inmate who stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times is charged with attempted murder, prosecutors say

Federal prosecutors say Derek Chauvin was stabbed in prison 22 times by a former gang leader and one-time FBI informant who told investigators he targeted the former Minneapolis police officer because of his notoriety for killing George Floyd. John Turscak was charged with attempted murder a week after the Nov. 24 attack at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona. Prosecutors say he told correctional officers he would have killed Chauvin had they not responded so quickly. Turscak is serving a 30-year sentence for crimes committed while a member of the Mexican Mafia gang. A lawyer for Turscak was not listed in court records.

Chicago and other northern US cities scramble to house migrants with coldest weather just ahead

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is scrambling to house hundreds of asylum-seekers who are still sheltering on sidewalks, at police stations and at the city’s busiest airport as the cold weather sets in and with winter just around the corner. The country’s third-largest city announced a partnership with religious leaders this week to house 400 of the migrants in churches. But with nighttime temperatures dropping below freezing and chillier conditions still ahead, more than 1,000 were still living at police stations or at O’Hare International Airport as of Friday. More than 23,000 asylum-seekers have been bused to Chicago from Texas this year, according to the city. Other Democratic-led cities are grappling with similar influxes, including Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.

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