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10 things you need to know today: November 4, 2022

N.Y. court appoints outside monitor for Trump's business, Paul Pelosi leaves hospital, and more


Court appoints outside monitor to oversee Trump's business

A New York state judge, Arthur Engoron, on Thursday ordered an independent monitor to make sure former President Donald Trump's property company, the Trump Organization, doesn't transfer any of its assets without court approval. The monitor was requested by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, which has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Trump, his three oldest children, and the family's business, accusing them of "staggering" business fraud. Trump on Thursday filed a lawsuit against James, ignoring the advice of some of his lawyers. Trump said in the suit that "while James does nothing to protect New York against ... violent crimes and criminals, she attacks great and upstanding businesses."


Paul Pelosi released from hospital

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was released from a hospital on Thursday, six days after an intruder attacked him with a hammer after breaking into the family's San Francisco home. Paul Pelosi underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture and wounds to his hand and arm, and is now continuing his recovery at home, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. The Homeland Security Department said the suspect in the attack, David DePape, is a Canadian citizen who was in the country illegally. He could be deported. DePape entered the United States across a California-Mexico border point as a temporary visitor in March 2008. Canadians without visas typically can stay six months.


Lapid concedes as Netanyahu seals chance to return as Israel's prime minister

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday conceded and congratulated former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his right-wing bloc's victory in Israel's parliamentary elections. With nearly all the votes counted, Netanyahu and his allies, who include far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, won 64 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, enough for a governing majority that would return Netanyahu to power. Lapid, who ousted Netanyahu last year, and his allies were likely to win 51. Consultations on forming a new government will start after the results are certified Nov. 9. World leaders congratulated Netanyahu over social media. "It's always important to see real democracy in action," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.


Ex-Pakistan PM in stable condition after shooting

Pakistan opposition leader and former Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the foot during a Thursday rally. He was in stable condition, leaders of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party told a local broadcaster, according to The Washington Post. Five to six fellow party leaders who were on a truck with Khan also suffered injuries. Khan aides and PTI members called the attack an assassination attempt. The alleged attacker, who is in custody, didn't mention a political motive to police. "I really tried to kill him, just and only Imran Khan and no one else," the man said in a video confession. "It was my sudden decision" after loud music at the rally was played during the Muslim call to prayer, he said.


FBI warns of 'credible information' of threat to N.J. synagogues

The FBI's Newark office issued an alert Thursday saying it had received "credible information of a broad threat to synagogues" in New Jersey. "We ask at this time that you take all security precautions to protect your community and facility ... Stay alert," the office tweeted. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted that the city would deploy police to its seven synagogues and send "extra foot patrols" into the broader Jewish community. Last year, antisemitic attacks in the United States reached an all-time high, the Anti-Defamation League said in its annual report released last spring. The organization documented 2,717 incidents, a 34 percent increase from 2020. New Jersey had the second most incidents (370) after New York (416).


Sotomayor declines to block extradition in South Korea ferry disaster

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday rejected a South Korean businessman's request to block his extradition to South Korea on embezzlement charges related to the 2014 sinking of a ferry that left 304 people dead. The businessman, Yoo Hyuk-Kee, had asked to be allowed to stay in the United States while he appeals lower court rulings clearing the way for him to be sent to South Korea for trial. Sotomayor is the justice assigned to consider emergency appeals from New York, where Yoo's case is pending. "We are disappointed the Supreme Court denied our motion to stay Keith Yoo's extradition pending resolution of his appeal," his lawyer Shawn Naunton said in a statement.


Brooklyn Nets suspend Kyrie Irving over post on antisemitic movie

The Brooklyn Nets on Thursday suspended guard Kyrie Irving for a least five games without pay, saying he's "currently unfit to be associated" with the team after repeated refusals to apologize for posting about an antisemitic movie last week. His refusal to "disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity" was "deeply disturbing" and constituted "conduct detrimental to the team," the Nets said. Irving agreed Wednesday to donate $500,000 and partner with the Anti-Defamation League to support anti-hate causes. The basketball star said Thursday in a meeting with reporters that he "took responsibility" for his post but he didn't apologize. He later posted an apology on Instagram, acknowledging the film he linked to contained "some false antisemitic statements."


Twitter to announce job cuts on Friday

Twitter told staff in a Thursday memo that it would start laying off workers on Friday, part of cutbacks billionaire Elon Musk had said he would make after he took over the social media company last week. Twitter started 2022 with more than 7,500 employees. News reports since he closed his $44 billion deal to acquire the company have said the Tesla and SpaceX CEO planned to lay off up to half of Twitter's workers. Several Twitter employees filed a class action lawsuit saying the layoffs violate the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers with more than 100 employees to provide 60 days' written notice before a layoff affecting 50 or more workers at any single site.


Astros 1 win from taking World Series after beating Phillies

The Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of the World Series on Thursday, taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Astros ace Justin Verlander pitched the first five innings and got the win, adding his first World Series victory to an already stellar career. Houston's bullpen came through again after its combined no-hitter — the second one in World Series history — in Game 4, with right-handed relievers Bryan Abreu and Ryan Pressly holding onto a narrow lead after Verlander left the mound. The Astros are now one win away from winning the series as it moves back to Houston from Philadelphia, giving them two chances to take the baseball championship at home.


Embassy officials meet with imprisoned WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia

U.S. Embassy officials met with WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug charges, and said "she's doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday. Griner was arrested in February after security personnel at a Moscow airport found vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage. She was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison. A Russian court last week rejected her appeal and request for a lighter sentence. Russia is continuing to reject a "significant offer" for a prisoner exchange that would free Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who is also imprisoned in Russia, Jean-Pierre said.


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