The Astros win the World Championship, finish off the Phillies with a thrilling killer shot
With one strong swing from Yordan Alvarez, the Houston Astros—after a scandal, regulatory turmoil, free customer defections and a crazy string of impending fouls—returned to the top of baseball Saturday night, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in Game 6 of the World Championship, earning their first Her championship since the now-stained 2017 title. The electronic signal theft scandal threatened to frame every movement of the organization, and certainly its heroes, in a contested light. For some, this may always be the case. But rather than resent their critics, or feel guilt, the Astros simply got back to work building and maintaining excellence. And by winning only the second championship in franchise history, they left no doubt.
Midterms: Trump, Obama and Biden hit the trajectory of the Pennsylvania campaign
Former President Barack Obama campaigned with Democratic Senate candidate Jon Fetterman at a rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Pennsylvania’s governor who presents his party’s best chance to overturn a Republican-controlled seat. Obama and Fetterman appeared alongside President Joe Biden and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro later in the day in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has been courting voters in the state’s southwest corner with Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and Governor Doug Mastriano’s candidate. The Fetterman-Oz contest could decide the Senate majority — and with it, Biden’s agenda and judicial appointments for the next two years.
Aaron Carter, singer and reality TV star, found dead at age 34
Singer Aaron Carter, who started singing as a child and had hit albums since his teenage years, was found dead Saturday at his Southern California home. He was 34 years old. Representatives of the Carter family confirmed the singer’s death to the Associated Press. Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys Nick Carter, has performed as an opening show for Britney Spears as well as his brother’s band, and has appeared on the family’s reality series “House of Carters” that aired on E! Entertainment TV. In 2009, he participated in the ninth season of “Dancing with the Stars”. Melanie Martin, Carter’s fiancée, the mother of his young son, asked for privacy while the family grieves.
Powerball jackpot grows to a record $1.9 billion
The biggest lottery prize in the world will become even bigger. After Saturday’s jackpot jumped to $1.6 billion – the biggest lottery prize ever – with a cash option of $782.4 million, none of the tickets sold matched all six winning numbers. The record-breaking jackpot is now expected to increase to $1.9 billion, with a cash value of $929.1 million, Powerball announced. The next graphic is on Monday at 10:59 p.m. ET. Although there was no jackpot winner, another 16 tickets won a million dollar prizes by matching all five white balls. One ticket sold in Kentucky got Power Play to win $2 million. In total, more than 10.9 million tickets won cash prizes totaling $102.2 million in Saturday’s raffle.
Power outages hit Ukraine amid Russian strikes on energy infrastructure
While heavy fighting in Ukraine is concentrated in the east and south, the capital, Kyiv, in the north-central region and its surroundings is under a different kind of assault – one that relies on suffering and turmoil as weapons. Under duress due to Russian attacks that destroyed 40% of the country’s energy infrastructure, the Ukraine Electric Corporation announced a blackout in Kyiv and six other neighboring regions, including Kharkiv. Power outages caused by Russian drone and missile attacks affected 16 provinces and forced Kyiv officials to consider mass evacuations. They plan to create about 1,000 heating shelters but noted that this may not be enough for the city’s 3 million residents. Average temperatures in Kyiv in winter range from the low 20s to the low 30s.
Contributing: Associated Press