World leaders back global corporate minimum tax at G-20
President Joe Biden and leaders of some of the world’s wealthiest nations on Saturday backed a 15% global minimum corporate tax, a dramatic restructuring of the international tax system intended to make sure big companies pay their fair share. Finance ministers of almost 140 countries had already backed the tax change. Biden and other G-20 leaders came out in support of the tax during the opening session of their first in-person summit in two years. The G-20’s support of the international tax package amounted to a victory of sorts for Biden, who is pushing Congress to pass a 15% minimum tax on corporate earnings to help pay for one of his key domestic plans — an ambitious package of climate change and social safety proposals.
- Biden meets with Turkish President Erdogan, and other G-20 developments Sunday.
- Death threats against public officials, activists and others are on the rise.
‘Rust’ assistant director says he did not properly inspect gun given to Alec Baldwin
An assistant director on “Rust” told investigators he did not check all the rounds in the gun used on set before handing it to Alec Baldwin prior to the shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin spoke publicly for the first time on camera about Hutchins’ death on Saturday, calling her a friend and saying he is in “constant contact” with her grieving family. “She was my friend,” Baldwin told photographers on a roadside in Vermont. The news follows the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office revealing Wednesday that the “actual lead projectile that was fired” has been recovered from “Rust” director Joel Souza’s shoulder and is believed to be from a “live round” discharged by Baldwin. As to how a live round was placed and not discovered in the revolver that Baldwin used, authorities said the investigation is continuing.
- What we know about the ‘Rust’ shooting: DA cites ‘enormous amount of bullets’ on the set.
- Could Alec Baldwin be charged? Who is liable in Halyna Hutchins’ death? Legal experts weigh in.
Philadelphia is banning minor traffic stops to curb ‘negative interactions’ with police
Philadelphia will become the first major U.S. city to ban police from pulling over drivers for violations such as a broken tail light. In some departments, such stops have been a pretext to search vehicles for drugs or weapons. But critics say the stops involve a disproportionate number of drivers of color. The mayor is expected to sign the City Council-approved legislation perhaps this week, specifying which violations will continue to draw traffic stops and “secondary violations” that won’t. The change was driven in part by an examination of 309,000 stops that showed 72% involved Black drivers while fewer than half the city’s drivers are Black. After the stop, Black drivers are twice as likely to be searched but are 35% less likely to be found with contraband.
- Potential ISIS threat puts Northern Virginia police on high alert.
- FDA delays decision on Moderna vaccine for ages 12 to 17 until at least January.
- US settles diplomatic rift with EU in agreement over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs.
- Biden’s climate credibility is on the line at UN’s COP26 summit.
- Woman drowns, 13 people rescued after immigrants try to swim around US-Mexico border barrier.
- Michigan State football jumps up to No. 6 in coaches poll; Michigan drops to 10th.
- ‘It was a classless move’: High school football team blows out opponent 106-0.
- Camille Saviola, Broadway and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” actress, dies at 71.
- Florida foster mom charged with killing 4-year-old faced abuse allegation four months earlier.
American Airlines cancels hundreds of flights, blaming weather
American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights over Halloween weekend caused by two days of severe winds in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of the regular flight sequences,” according to a letter to staff shared with USA TODAY. American said that most of the customers impacted by the cancellations were rebooked the same day. The airline also noted that it would have more staff available in the coming days, with nearly 1,800 flight attendants returning from leave starting Nov. 1 and more than 600 new hires by the end of December.
- Airline cancel or delay your flight? Here’s what airlines owe you (and how to get it).
World Series Game 4 recap, Game 5 preview
Dramatic back-to-back home runs on Saturday night left the Atlanta Braves one win from clinching their first World Series championship since 1995. Trailing 2-1 with one out in the seventh inning, hometown shortstop Dansby Swanson hit his first home run of the postseason to tie the game. Four pitches later, pinch-hitter Jorge Soler followed with another homer as Atlanta beat the Houston Astros 3-2. The Braves lead the best-of-seven series three games to one with a chance to win their first World Series title in a quarter-century on Sunday night. The Astros appeared to be on their way to tying the series at two games apiece, but reliever Cristian Javier turned in a lackluster performance at the worst time. Atlanta’s late-inning heroics were made possible thanks to the performance of its own reliever Kyle Wright.
- Former President Donald Trump participated in the Atlanta Braves’ controversial tomahawk chop.
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