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World’s largest ice and snow festival kicks off in China

Set in Heilongjiang Province in northern China, it’s the world’s biggest snow and ice festival and features plenty of spectacular installations and activities. The annual festival officially runs from January 5 to February 5 but some attractions open to visitors before the opening ceremony, including the most popular of them all — the Harbin Ice…

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Set in Heilongjiang Province in northern China, it’s the world’s biggest snow and ice festival and features plenty of spectacular installations and activities.

The annual festival officially runs from January 5 to February 5 but some attractions open to visitors before the opening ceremony, including the most popular of them all — the Harbin Ice and Snow World, made with ice blocks pulled from the nearby Songhua River.

This year, the Harbin Ice and Snow World spans over 600,000 square meters and includes more than 100 landmarks. It’s made of 110,000 cubic meters of ice and 120,000 cubic meters of snow.

In addition to walking up the gigantic illuminated ice castles, other highlights include an exquisite snow Buddha statue (made of more than 4,500 square cubic meters of snow), a 3D light show and the 340-meter-long Northern Lights-themed ice slides.

Visitors can also check out works by sculptors from 12 different countries, all there to compete in an annual competition.

There are also many free activities around town to enjoy until the end of February, including 2,019 snowmen of different shapes and sizes built along the river.

First celebrated in 1985, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was inspired by Heilongjiang’s traditional lanterns, which were carved out of ice and illuminated by candles.

Celebrating its 35th year in 2019, it’s now considered one of the world’s top winter festivals, joining the ranks of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada’s Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival.

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Father charged in shooting death of former UCF football player Otis Anderson Jr.

She said the fatal altercation began when her husband, Otis Anderson Sr., became upset after being bitten by a dog belonging to Anderson Jr.’s girlfriend, according to the incident report released by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. She told detectives that Anderson Jr. came downstairs to see what had happened and got into a verbal altercation with…

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Father charged in shooting death of former UCF football player Otis Anderson Jr.

She said the fatal altercation began when her husband, Otis Anderson Sr., became upset after being bitten by a dog belonging to Anderson Jr.’s girlfriend, according to the incident report released by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

She told detectives that Anderson Jr. came downstairs to see what had happened and got into a verbal altercation with his father. Denise Anderson said she then told her son to go back upstairs and she and her husband got into a verbal fight as well.

Anderson Sr. then flipped a recliner, she said, causing her son to come back down. The two men got into another verbal altercation, and she told detectives it “appeared like they were going to fight,” the report said.

They then went their separate ways, Anderson Sr. heading in the direction of the garage, she said according to the report. Anderson Sr. came back inside and met his son in the kitchen, according to the report.

Officers were dispatched to the residence on Monday evening after someone was reported shot, according to the report. When they arrived, they found Anderson Jr. with a gunshot wound to the chest. A second person, who was identified as Denise Anderson, also suffered multiple graze wounds, according to the incident report.

They were both transported to the University of Florida Health Hospital, where Anderson Jr. was pronounced dead, and Denise Anderson was treated and released, the incident report said.

Otis Anderson Sr. has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, the report said.

According to CNN affiliate WJXT, Anderson Sr. made his first court appearance on Tuesday where a judge denied bond. His next court date is December 22, his inmate records show.

He is currently being held in the Duval County Jail. CNN has attempted to reach the suspect’s attorney for comment.

Correction: This article has been updated with a correct photo of Otis Anderson Jr., who was incorrectly identified by Getty Images in a previously published photo.

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At least 4 killed in shooting at Michigan high school

Oakland County, Michigan, Sheriff Michael Bouchard provided updates on the condition of the victims from the Oxford High School shooting. “The 17-year-old fourth victim passed today at McLaren Hospital shortly after 10 a.m., as our fourth decedent to die from gunshot wounds in Tuesday’s senseless shooting,” Bouchard told reporters during a news conference. Bouchard also updated reporters on the…

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At least 4 killed in shooting at Michigan high school

Oakland County, Michigan, Sheriff Michael Bouchard provided updates on the condition of the victims from the Oxford High School shooting.

“The 17-year-old fourth victim passed today at McLaren Hospital shortly after 10 a.m., as our fourth decedent to die from gunshot wounds in Tuesday’s senseless shooting,” Bouchard told reporters during a news conference.

Bouchard also updated reporters on the condition of the seven people who were injured during the shooting.

“Six students, one teacher, four remain hospitalized, three have now been treated and released,” Bouchard said.

“A 14-year-old male remains in serious condition with… gunshot wounds to the jaw and hand. A 17-year-old female with neck wounds. She is at the local area McLaren Hospital,” the sheriff said.

He continued, “a 14-year-old female has improved, thankfully, I would say no small part to great medical care, emergency responders, fire service, and prayers.”

That 14-year-old female victim “has been removed from critical to stable with gunshot wounds to the left chest and neck. She’s at Hurley Medical in Flint,” Bouchard added.

A 17-year-old female “still remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest,” Bouchard said. “So still looking for prayers and support for her and her family.”

Three of the injured have now been discharged, including a 15-year-old male who had a wound to the left leg, a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the hip and a 47-year-old female teacher, who suffered a gunshot wound to her left shoulder, the sheriff said.

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City Councilman Andre Dickens will become Atlanta’s next mayor, CNN projects

Dickens and Moore had advanced to the runoff after no candidate in a wide field received a majority of the vote earlier this month. The sitting mayor, Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms, had announced in May she would not seek reelection. Leading up to Tuesday, polls suggested the contest was close with a large swath of…

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Dickens and Moore had advanced to the runoff after no candidate in a wide field received a majority of the vote earlier this month. The sitting mayor, Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms, had announced in May she would not seek reelection.

Leading up to Tuesday, polls suggested the contest was close with a large swath of the electorate still undecided.

Dickens, a former businessman and nonprofit leader, has served on Atlanta’s City Council since 2013.

In a race that focused on a recent spike in violent crime as well as controversy over an effort by the residents of the wealthy community of Buckhead to break off from the capital and create their own city, Dickens — who previously served as the chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee — laid out a public safety plan that prioritized community policing and boosting police resources.

Dickens’ proposal calls for increasing the police force by 250 officers during his first year in office while requiring new training for every police department employee on de-escalation techniques and racial sensitivity.

Ahead of the November 2 general election, shooting incidents had increased dramatically from 406 at that point in 2019 to 629 this year, according to an October 23 report from the Atlanta Police Department.

When Dickens takes office, he also faces concerns about low morale at the Atlanta Police Department and the number of officers who departed the force since June 2020. Tensions were high after Bottoms called for the firing of the officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in June of 2020. Bottoms said she had asked the officer be let go from the force one day after the deadly shooting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported at the time.

Though much of their rhetoric on the need for a safer Atlanta was similar, Dickens took a different approach than his opponent with regard to how he would handle policing in the city.

While Moore suggested removing Police Chief Rodney Bryant from his position, Dickens said he would not immediately replace Bryant and instead would give Bryant 100 days to improve the department.

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