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Only on ABC13: ParkHouston employee accused of making money off parking lots

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A current Houston city employee is in jail after being charged with a parking violation that would make money. While charges are still pending, 45-year-old Aisha Mercer was arrested Wednesday on charges that she tried to exploit people in a bad situation. Officials believe Mercer encouraged parking violators to pay her …

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A Ukrainian orphan who endured the horrors of the Mariupol siege finds a new family

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — When Russian forces invaded their country at the end of February, Vladimir Bespalov and Maria Bespalaya feared their long-held dream of starting a family through adoption was over. “I remember that morning of February 24th very clearly,” said Vladimir Bespalov, a 27-year-old railway worker, of the first day of the war. …

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APEC 2022: Xi Jinping headlines Thailand summit with Biden, Putin absent

Bangkok, Thailand CNN — Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Bangkok on Thursday for the last of three global summits held over the past week in Asia – this time for a meeting where the leaders of the United States and Russia will both be absent. That leaves Xi ready to attend a two-day meeting …

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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Quick Facts

CNN — Here is an overview of the life of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president-elect of Brazil. Date of birth: October 27, 1945 Place of birth: Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil Father: Aristedes Inacio da Silva, agricultural worker Mother: Euridice Ferreira de Mello, seamstress Marriages: Rosangela Silva (May 18, 2022-present); Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva (1974-2017, …

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COP27: Activists hoped Egypt would focus on Africa. They were disappointed

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — The crowd loved what Bhekumuzi Bhebhe had to say and cheered loudly as he shouted “don’t gas Africa!” into the megaphone. South African climate campaigner Bhebhe, who stood under the baking Egyptian sun at the COP27 UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, protested what he says is an …

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Britain raises unexpected tax on energy companies and bets on nuclear energy

London CNN business — The UK government is raising a surprise tax owns oil and gas companies and extends the fee to power producers, as it tries to balance its budget in an economic downturn. It is also investing in nuclear power for the first time in decades. British Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt …

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The United States plans to demolish four dams to restore the river | Environmental news

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved a plan to demolish four dams on a California river and open up hundreds of miles of salmon habitat in what will be the largest dam removal and river restoration effort in the world when it goes ahead. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) unanimous vote on the lower Klamath …

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Photos show how bad flight delays have become in the United States

This summer’s flying headaches, many of them caused by severe weather, continue to wreak havoc at airports across the United States and beyond, with 11,337 delays and 2,077 cancellations so far. And it’s not likely to get much better anytime soon. The hardest hit airports on Monday, with the most cancellations, were Newark Liberty International, …

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The war in Ukraine: Mashcam footage shows almost bombing in Dnipro

A video confirmed by the BBC and shared on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Telegram account shows the moment a driver narrowly avoids being hit by an explosion in the city of Dnipro in central-eastern Ukraine. In recent weeks, Russia has sought to target Ukraine’s vital energy infrastructure, following a series of setbacks on the battlefield. …

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