New Hampshire man had no car, no furniture, but died with a big secret, leaving his town millions
HINSDALE, N.H. (AP) — For years, Geoffrey Holt was known as a mobile home park groundskeeper in a small New Hampshire town. Now, he’s being remembered as a millionaire who gave his fortune to the community. Holt died in June at age 82. His 4,200 fellow residents in the town of Hinsdale recently learned he left nearly $4 million to benefit the following areas: education, health, recreation and culture. Holt was a modest man with few needs, but also a savvy investor who read financial publications. The Connecticut River town that has the nation’s oldest continually operating post office plans to use the money frugally, as he did.
Taylor Swift’s Rio tour marred by deaths, muggings and a dangerous heat wave
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The deaths of two people, muggings and a dangerous heat wave left legions of Taylor Swift’s Brazilian fans angry and disappointed in the three-day Rio de Janeiro leg of the pop superstar’s Eras Tour. Before the show Friday, fans lined up for hours outside the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, where temperatures soared to 41 degrees Celsius, with a heat index of nearly 59 C. Inside the stadium, concertgoers complained of unbearable heat and some said they had difficulty getting access to water. On Saturday, tens of thousands of fans waited for hours in extreme heat, only to have Swift then cancel the concert because of the high temperatures. The concert was postponed until Monday, but some were no longer able to attend.
A$AP Rocky must stand trial on charges he fired gun at former friend, judge rules
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge says there is enough evidence for A$AP Rocky to stand trial on charges that he fired a gun at a former friend and collaborator outside a Hollywood hotel in 2021. Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar made the ruling Monday at at a preliminary hearing after hearing roughly a day and a half of testimony. Rocky has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. His attorney attempted to cast doubt on the case while questioning a police detective. The 35-year-old hip-hop star, fashion mogul and two-time Grammy nominee is in a relationship with Rihanna, with whom he has two young sons.
Pop star Shakira reaches a deal with Spanish prosecutors on the first day of tax fraud trial
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Pop star Shakira has agreed to a deal with Spanish authorities on the first day of a tax fraud trial in Barcelona, avoiding the risk of a prison sentence. Shakira told the magistrate that she accepted the agreement reached with prosecutors. She answered “yes” to confirm her acknowledgement of six counts of failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros (about $15.8 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Under the deal, Shakira is to receive a suspended three-year sentence and a fine of 7.3 million euros ($8 million). She will pay another fine of 432,000 euros ($472,000) in exchange for her suspended waived. Prosecutors had originally sought an eight-year prison sentence.
Boston Bruins forward Lucic to be arraigned on assault charge after wife called police to their home
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is scheduled to be arraigned on an assault charge in connection with his arrest this weekend. His wife called police to their home and said he tried to choke her. Police said Lucic appeared intoxicated when they arrived at his apartment. According to the police report released Monday, Lucic was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery on a family member. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 2½ years in prison. He has not played since Oct. 21 because of injury. The Bruins said Saturday that Lucic was taking an indefinite leave of absence. His agent did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Disneyland’s $60 billion expansion means parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai are only getting bigger
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Disneyland has opened its first Frozen-themed attraction, with thousands of eager visitors turning up to experience the new rides. Based on Disney’s wildly popular “Frozen” animation film, it features landscapes and characters from the movie and two new rides. It is part of a $60 billion expansion of Disney parks and cruises planned over a decade. With China reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, the new attraction is meant to be a “game changer” for a theme park that has run losses for years. Enthusiastic visitors, some dressed up like characters from the film, lined up to enter the World of Frozen early Monday.
Biden pardons National Thanksgiving Turkeys while marking his 81st birthday with jokes about his age
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has spent part of his 81st birthday observing the White House tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys. Gobblers Liberty and Bell received executive clemency Monday at a White House ceremony. Biden mentioned his age and joked that he wasn’t at the first of these events held 76 yeas ago. The 20-week-old, 42-pound birds were hatched and bred in Willmar, Minnesota, by the Jennie-O turkey company for the occasion. The turkey pardon ceremony marks the unofficial start of the holiday season in Washington. On Monday, Jill Biden also welcomed delivery of a Fraser fir from North Carolina as the official White House Christmas tree.
Driving or flying before feasting? Here are some tips for Thanksgiving travelers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 55 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year, and there’s no Butterball hotline to help them with any bumps along the way. Most travelers will be driving to their destinations. Experts say the worst time to be on the road will be between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday. They advise getting an early start. One company that analyzes driving data says travelers also should be cautious on the way home if they return on Sunday, because they’ve seen an increase in speeding drivers that day.
A hat worn by Napoleon sold for $2.1 million at an auction of the French emperor’s belongings
PARIS (AP) — A faded, cracked felt hat worn by Napoléon Bonaparte sold for $2.1 million at an auction Sunday of the French emperor’s belongings. The signature broad, black bicorne hat is one of a handful still in existence that Napoléon wore when he ruled 19th-century France and waged war in Europe. It was the centerpiece of Sunday’s auction in Fontainebleau of memorabilia collected by a French industrialist who died last year. It was initially valued at $650,000. But the bidding quickly jumped higher. The name of the winning bidder was not released.
Hollywood’s feast and famine before Thanksgiving, as ‘Hunger Games’ prequel tops box office
“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” tops the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The $44 million in ticket sales the film earned is a new low for the franchise. It always opened over $100 million in its Jennifer Lawrence days. The animated “Trolls Band Together” opened in second place with $30.6 million, while “The Marvels” fell a record 78% in its second weekend. Taika Waititi’s soccer comedy “Next Goal Wins” and the slasher “Thanksgiving” also opened in wide release over the busy, pre-Thanksgiving weekend.
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