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Paul Pelosi attacker officially charged

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Officials: suspect told investigators he planned to break House Speaker’s ‘kneecaps’

An illegal immigrant from Canada accused of attacking U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul has been charged.

On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department charged David DePape with assault and attempted kidnapping.

The 42-year-old is accused of breaking into the Pelosi residence early on Friday and assaulting  82-year-old Paul Pelosi.

According to court documents, DePape attacked Paul with a hammer, and allegedly wanted to hold the congresswoman hostage.

The documents also allege that DePape threatened to break “her kneecaps” if he caught her lying.

San Francisco police arrived at the Pelosi home and encountered Paul and DePape struggling over the hammer.

When officers ordered the pair to drop the weapon—DePape allegedly took control of it and slammed it into Pelosi’s skull.

Pelosi’s office said Paul underwent surgery for a skull fracture and minor injuries, however, doctors expect a full recovery.

DePape was born in Canada and emigrated to the U.S. about 20 years ago.

According to reports, an Immigrations and Customers Enforcement official told a media outlet that DePape is in the U.S. illegally following an extended visa overstay.

With the all-important midterm election next week which will decide control of the House of Representatives and Senate—many are on high alert.

U.S. Justice Department said the two counts that DePape faces carries up to 50 years in prison.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Texas man breaks ice off trampoline net

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Texas cold snap sees temperatures plummet

 
How’s this for cold?

Twitter user Brett Hillier has shared a video from his property in Texas, showing ice on the net of his trampoline cracking.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been blanketed with snow, with hazardous conditions expected to continue until at least Thursday.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of accident-related calls, with the ice storm wreaking havoc on roads.

The freezing conditions are making making roads slick, sending cars sliding as residents are told to stay home.

Schools across Mississippi and Tennessee have also been shut. #trending #featured

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Kamala Harris demands Congress pass George Floyd Act

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U.S. vice President Kamala Harris has implored Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

While at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten and died at the hands of five Memphis police officers – Harris implored for the right thing to be done.

“As vice-president of the United States, we demand that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Joe Biden will sign it,” Harris made the call to action while at the congregation in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department fired five of the officers involved in the attack, who also are Black.

Prosecutors then charged them last week with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’

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Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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