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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday night that would ban Russian oil imports to the United States, an effort to put into law the restrictions announced by President Joe Biden in response to the escalating war in Ukraine.
Russians keep pressure on Mariupol; massive convoy breaks up
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces kept up their bombardment of the port city of Mariupol on Thursday, while satellite photos appeared to show that a massive convoy that had been mired outside the Ukrainian capital split up and fanned out into towns and forests near Kyiv, with artillery...
United House OKs $13.6B for Ukraine in huge spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a massive spending bill Wednesday night that would rush $13.6 billion in U.S. aid to battered Ukraine and its European allies, after top Democrats were forced to abruptly drop their plan to include fresh funds to battle COVID-19.
Ukraine war: No progress on ceasefire after Kyiv-Moscow talks
Kyiv's FM says Russian demands amount to a surrender, Moscow's FM says the invasion is going to plan.
How the US is trying to help Ukraine without triggering a wider war with Russia | CNN Politics
The swift US rejection of a Polish plan to get MiG-29 fighter jets into Ukraine is the clearest example yet of the complications that the US and its NATO allies face trying to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia's brutal assault while ensuring they don't get dragged into a wider war.
Inflation or "corporate greed"? Meat prices increased by double digits during pandemic
Some say pandemic disruptions, inflation and high demand are to blame for price increases. Others question whether there's more at play.
Ukrainian embassy draws US citizens seeking to fight in war
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given the smaller nation’s embassy in Washington an unexpected role: recruitment center for Americans who want to join the fight.
After Ukraine, Europe wonders who's next Russian target
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — For some European countries watching Russia's brutal war in Ukraine , there are fears that they could be next.
Donald Trump Jr. says his father only praised Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Xi Jinping in order to 'play' them
Donald Trump Jr. said his father flattered foreign leaders not out of "capitulation," but because he knew that "men will blow up deals over ego."
Bodies buried in mass grave as Mariupol endures unrelenting Russian assault
Russia bombed a maternity and children's hospital in Mariupol, southern Ukraine, city officials said Wednesday. Ukraine's President Zelensky said the attack was "proof of a genocide." Follow here for live news updates from on the ground in Ukraine.
Pfizer plans no further investment in Russia, says CEO Albert Bourla
Bourla doesn't anticipate supply disruptions resulting from the conflict.
South Korea’s ‘maverick’ new president rides tough-on-China platform to victory
Yoon Suk-yeol eyes Quad membership and closer U.S and Japan ties.
Putin’s always wanted to weaken the West. He’s done the exact opposite
Putin's invasion of Ukraine has managed to unite and strengthen the international community with most of its members condemning Russia's actions.
Praise, criticism for Edwards after congressional map veto
The leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature, meanwhile, defended their remap plans, while facing a decision on whether to attempt an override of Edwards' Wednesday night veto of the new congressional maps. “I am disappointed in the Governor’s decision to veto the congressional map & am...
UK Defence Ministry says Russian column outside Kyiv has made little progress in over a week
The United Kingdom's Defence Ministry said on Thursday the large Russian column northwest of Kyiv has made little progress in over a week and is suffering continued losses.
China's promotion of Russian disinformation indicates where its loyalties lie | CNN
In public statements and at international summits, Chinese officials have attempted to stake out a seemingly neutral position on the war in Ukraine, neither condemning Russian actions nor ruling out the possibility Beijing could act as a mediator in a push for peace.
Texas court tosses appeal of order halting investigations of trans teens
A Texas appeals court on Wednesday rejected Attorney General Ken Paxton’s efforts to investigate alleged child abuse by parents of transgender children who seek gender-affirming car…
Ukraine says Russian strike destroyed children's hospital; U.S. warns Putin may launch chemical weapons attack
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his country’s backers to shore up its aerial defenses or share responsibility with the Kremlin for a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Harris, Poland president insist they are 'unified' after dispute over jets for Ukraine: LIVE UPDATES
Vice President Kamala Harris and Polish President Andrzej Duda insisted Thursday that the United States and Poland are "unified," after the U.S. rejected the country’s proposal to send MiG-29 planes to the Ukrainian military to help it fight Russia.
Ted Cruz mocked for bizarre claim he always gets hugged on planes
The vaccinated US Senator says vax mandates are wrong
Trump says Biden is letting 'radical climate extremists run our country' as US sees record-high gas prices
Former President Trump told Fox News that President Biden is "letting the radical climate extremists run our country while the world burns," as gas prices in the U.S. surge to record highs amid Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Two weeks of war have revealed cracks in Putin's master plan for Ukraine | CNN
Two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, Russia's "precision strikes" have become much less precise and its ground forces are laboring to seize territory.
The U.S. Buys Little Oil From Russia. Its Ban Will Still Have Big Consequences
The U.S. ban puts some additional pressure on Russia. It also will raise energy prices globally, forcing countries to rethink energy strategy.
Zelensky calls Putin nuclear threat a ‘bluff’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to use nuclear force should the West get involved in the war a “bluff.”The Ukrainian leader has ramped up his…
UK says Russian commanders will be held to account for war crimes
Russian military commanders as well as people at the very top of the Russian government will be held to account for any war crimes in Ukraine, Britain's armed forces minister said on Thursday.
Ukrainian hospital bombing increases heat on US and allies to do more to stop Russia | CNN Politics
Pressure is growing on the Biden administration and its European allies to justify whether they are doing enough to stop the atrocities that are being inflicted on the Ukrainian people as horrific new images emerged Wednesday from the alleged Russian bombing of a maternity and children's...
India is 'caught in a trap' given its deep ties with Russia, political analyst says
India probably recognizes that having close ties with Moscow will not be beneficial if Russia becomes a pariah state, says political analyst James Crabtree.
Week Two of Russia’s war in Ukraine brings tighter sanctions
The US bans oil imports and several major companies halt operations in Russia as the West ramps up economic punishment.
Ukraine says Russia bombed children's hospital; Chornobyl nuclear plant disconnected from grid
Ukraine has announced its first successful mass evacuation of civilians from the city of Sumy, after days of disruptions due to Russian cease-fire violations.
Firm Pentagon 'no' to Polish plan to send jets to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday slammed the door on a Polish proposal for providing Ukraine with MiG fighter jets, saying allied efforts against the Russian invasion should be focused on more useful weaponry and the MiG transfer with a U.S.
Russia-Ukraine updates: Putin says 'certain positive movements' in negotiations
Live updates on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Jim Jordan seeks FBI briefing after 'whistleblower disclosure' on DC pipe bomb investigation
A top House Republican is asking the FBI for a briefing after a special agent came forward with a disclosure about the bureau's investigation into a pair of pipe bombs planted outside the GOP's and Democratic Party's headquarters in Washington, D.C., the night before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn charged with driving on a revoked license for 2nd time; court dates set
It's the second time in five years the North Carolina Republican has been charged with driving on a revoked license. The previous time was 2017.
Oksana Bashuk Hepburn: Why is Putin still in charge of the West’s agenda?
It’s infuriating that Russia’s serial killer, autocrat Vladimir Putin, is telling Western powers what they should be doing. What is worst, they are listening. The war-crime nominee has launched an incomprehensible war on global democracies by attacking Ukraine for no reason other than he thinks...
Putin ally Chemezov says Russia will be the victor
Sergei Chemezov, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, said that the military operation in Ukraine had prevented an attack on Russia, which he said would emerge victorious from the sanctions imposed by the West.
Russia-Ukraine war in maps and charts: Live Tracker
The Russian offensive enters its 65th week, we track where battles are taking place and the human cost of war.
Air travel is about to change
Air travel has gone through a roller coaster ride during the COVID-19 pandemic
More than 10,000 people evacuated around Kyiv on Wednesday - governor
More than 10,000 people were evacuated from villages and cities around Kyiv on Wednesday, Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on local television on Thursday.
Ukraine’s biggest children’s hospital treats people wounded by Russians
When surgeon Oleh Godik woke up on Feb. 24, he knew that life had changed fundamentally. A day later, when he had to operate on a boy who'd been critically wounded in the neck by shrapnel from Russian forces, he knew he had been right. Despite his best attempts to
U.S. speeds licensing for gun, ammunition shipments to Ukraine
The United States is rapidly processing requests from Americans to export firearms and ammunition to Ukraine, the U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday.
Black Panther director Coogler mistaken for bank robber
"Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler was briefly detained by police in Atlanta in January after he was mistaken for a bank robber, video footage released by Atlanta police on Wednesday shows.
Fox News graphic shows blank spaces for Trump’s accomplishments
‘Don’t think it was a malfunction. For once Fox was correct,’ commented one Twitter user
US, UK vow to defeat Russia in Ukraine, Blinken 'absolutely convinced that Putin will fail'
The U.S. and the U.K. said their ultimate goal is to defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin and restore Ukraine's sovereignty.
Here's what happens to Russian oligarch yachts after they're seized
European governments that seized the yachts and villas of Russian oligarchs now face a more difficult question: What to do with them?
Ukraine membership of EU is "not for tomorrow" - French minister
The topic of Ukraine entering into the European Union is "not for tomorrow", said French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, as EU leaders gathered in France to discuss the crisis caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Riots and snubs: In Pacific Islands, a growing wariness of China
Samoan Prime Minister’s decision to skip recent summit is latest evidence of growing mistrust of Beijing.
Russian tourists in Indonesia without cash as sanctions bite
When Russian tourist Konstantin Ivanov tried to withdraw money from his home bank account at a cash machine on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, the transaction was blocked.
Francis M. O’Donnell: UN must impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine
Many struggle to understand world powers’ refusal to enforce a no-fly zone (NFZ), at least on the western rest of Ukraine not (yet) occupied by Russia. It has been repeatedly requested by its legitimate democratically elected President Volodymyr Zelensky for the whole of this sovereign...
White House congratulates South Korea’s new president, citing ‘ironclad’ alliance
The U.S. on Wednesday congratulated South Korea’s new president after his election victory, calling the alliance between the two countries “ironclad.”A spokesperson for the W…
Idaho lawmakers seek to punish parents who take trans youth to other states for health care
Idaho's bill is among the strictest of 30 similar pieces of Republican-backed legislation proposed this year. Legal experts said it could be vulnerable to challenges.
F.B.I. Sees ‘Massive Fraud’ in Groups’ Food Programs for Needy Children (Published 2022)
Cracking down on the misuse of pandemic assistance, the agency says nonprofits in the Minneapolis area siphoned off tens of millions of dollars.
Up to 6,000 Russians may have been killed in Ukraine so far, U.S. official estimates
The official stressed that the death toll is difficult to assess in real time, but still called them "very, very significant casualties."
Pressure builds on Biden to repay Venezuela's goodwill moves
MIAMI (AP) — Pressure is building on the Biden administration to begin unwinding sanctions on Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro freed two American prisoners and promised to resume negotiations with his opponents.
Ex-Obama Adviser Fact-Checks Fox Anchor on Keystone XL
Fox News anchor Sandra Smith found herself on the receiving end of a real-time, on-air fact check from a former Obama administration official on Wednesday.Robert Wolf, a member of the president’s Export Council from 2014 to 2016, was asked to respond to an increasingly frequent Republican...
Analysis: New S.Korea president may be a nail in the coffin of N.Korea engagement
Park Yong-man says his hopes of ever restarting his clothing factory at the inter-Korean economic complex in Kaesong, North Korea, appear "beyond impossible" with the election of conservative Yoon Suk-yeol as South Korea's president.
House passes Russia energy ban bill in aim to build on Biden’s embargo
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed in a bipartisan basis a bill to ban energy imports from Russia in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine.
US says $100 billion soon to help poor nations with climate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday he thinks rich countries can finally meet their pledge to provide $100 billion annually to help poor nations cope with climate change beginning this year — and will definitely reach that amount in 2023.
Sweden plans to up defence budget to 2% of GDP as Russia threat looms
Sweden's government said on Thursday it planned to boost annual spending on defence to 2% of gross domestic product in response to a deteriorating security situation in Europe following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Why McDonald’s Leaving Russia Might Be Just What Putin Wants
It’s one thing to turn off Russia's access to foreign capital. It’s another to turn off the latte machine at Starbucks.
Ukraine evacuates 48,000 people, many still in dire conditions amid Russian attacks
The day of March 9 started with the Ukrainian authorities making a hopeful announcement that they expect a temporary ceasefire to evacuate civilians from 10 Ukrainian cities, the besieged ones and those that have been hot spots of Russia’s war. According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the...
'Scum of the earth': Drug victims face Purdue Pharma owners
NEW YORK (AP) — Angry, defiant and sometimes tearful, more than two dozen Americans whose lives were upended by the opioid crisis finally had their long-awaited chance Thursday to confront in court some members of the family they blame for fueling it.
Pentagon again rejects Poland's plan to make US provide Ukraine fighter jets
The Pentagon said it would risk a "significant Russian reaction."
House passes $1.5T government funding bill plus Ukraine aid after chaotic day
The House passed a $1.5 trillion government funding bill Wednesday night, setting the first new spending levels under the Biden administration, providing $13.6 billion in measures to support Ukraine, and marking the end of months of bipartisan budget negotiations.
How a deadly protest shooting deepened distrust of Portland police
Activists are calling for an investigation into the city’s police bureau for spreading misinformation following the killing of activist June Knightly, Abe Asher reports
Russia sanctions could drive more people to crypto, analysts say
Crypto enthusiasts say $3 trillion market offers financial stability in an increasingly volatile world.
Biden orders cryptocurrency study as traders await new regulations, legislation
President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing agencies to coordinate efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.
In Minneapolis strike, teachers say kids aren't all right
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teachers in Minneapolis say they’ve noticed more kids with anxiety and depression. One school counselor says she’s seen more fights and drug use. Some kids tell parents they're frustrated — because learning stops when teachers have to deal with disruptive students in class.
Ukraine to create state food reserve - Prime Minister
Ukraine's government will create a food reserve big enough to feed the country's people and armed forces during the Russian invasion, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said late on Wednesday, according to the government press service.
Russian shelling hinders efforts to help trapped Mariupol residents
Russian shelling of Mariupol on Thursday prevented a humanitarian convoy reaching the besieged Ukrainian city, local officials said, and dented hopes of evacuating trapped civilians who are increasingly desperate for supplies.
D.C. police officer’s suicide after Jan. 6 riot declared line-of-duty death
The Police and Firefighters’ Retirement and Relief Board found that injuries Officer Jeffrey Smith sustained Jan. 6, 2021, were "the sole and direct cause” of his suicide nine days later.
Florida state House passes bill creating office to probe election crimes
The bill now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who's expected to sign it into law.
Trump sings praises for Broadway music and labels 'YMCA' as 'gay national anthem'
Former President Donald Trump has a love for "YMCA" by the Village People and, it turns out, Broadway music.
Florida lawmakers create a new voting crimes office, part of a GOP push to shape election rules ahead of the 2022 midterms
The bill, headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk, is part of a trend of Republican states continuing to chase down scant cases of voter fraud.
'The grimmest it has been': Russians flee home as Putin cracks down
Some fear a new “Iron Curtain” may be closing as the Russian president leaves his country deeply isolated both culturally and economically.
House passes Russian oil import ban amid Ukraine war
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to suspend energy imports from Russia Wednesday, a day after President Biden signed an executive order enacting a similar ban.
Why so silent? Edward Snowden has gone underground since Russia's invasion
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor and press freedom advocate who has lived in Moscow in exile since 2013, hasn't uttered a word publicly on Russia's move to criminalize independent reporting about its invasion of Ukraine.
House passes bill banning Russian oil imports, authorizing sanctions
The House passed legislation on Wednesday to ban imports of Russian oil and authorize further sanctions, following a similar executive order from President Biden. Lawmakers passed the bill on …
DeSantis agrees to meet with Disney CEO amid 'Don't Say Gay’ fallout
Gov. DeSantis’ spokesperson, Christina Pushaw, confirmed that the two men spoke Wednesday but said the governor is not changing his support for the bill.
Ukraine says Russian strike destroyed children's hospital; U.S. warns Putin may launch chemical weapons attack
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his country’s backers to shore up its aerial defenses or share responsibility with the Kremlin for a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Strict abortion limits advance in Idaho, Kentucky
Anti-abortion measures moving through Idaho and Kentucky's legislatures would severely restrict or essentially end access to abortion in those states, abortion rights advocates said on Wednesday.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy Rejects Trump Comments: Nothing 'Savvy Or Genius' About Putin
“I think Putin is evil. He’s a dictator. And I think he’s murdering people right now," the House GOP leader said.
Russia's use of 'dumb' munitions causing more civilian casualties: Pentagon update
Here are Wednesday's key takeaways from the U.S. on the war in Ukraine.
House to punt Covid aid to the Senate amid funding feud
A portion of the domestic and international funds to continue battling the pandemic will no longer come out of unspent state funding.
Dozen doctors get prison in health care fraud, opioid scheme
DETROIT (AP) — A dozen doctors are among 16 people in Michigan and Ohio sentenced to prison for a health care fraud that included the distribution of 6.6 million opioid doses and $250 million in false billings.
Construction crew finds mummified body in wall at old Oakland convention center
“It could be anything from someone who got in behind the wall and became trapped and died to someone put the person there," an official said. "God only knows.”
Russian oligarch renounces citizenship, says it has ‘become a stamp of shame’
A Russian-born oligarch and former oil tycoon who fled for Israel nearly two decades ago after being targeted by Vladimir Putin's government announced he was renouncing his citizenship Tuesday over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Disney denounces Florida's sex education bill
Disney's public relations team may have made a bibbidi bobbidi boo-boo, denouncing sex education legislation in Florida despite the CEO's initial reluctance to enter the fray.
Workers at three New York Starbucks cafes vote to unionize
Employees at three Starbucks Corp cafes in Buffalo, New York voted to unionize on Wednesday, bringing the total number of the coffee chain's stores with a union in the country to six.
Modi's governing party ahead in crucial state polls in India
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party had a commanding lead in India’s most populous state as votes were counted Thursday, despite criticism of his government’s handling of the pandemic, soaring unemployment and farmer protests.
DiCaprio donates to Ukraine, but earlier reports false
NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio has donated to humanitarian organizations supporting Ukraine, though an earlier widely circulated report was inaccurate. In recent days, reports have circulated online that DiCaprio donated $10 million to an organization to benefit Ukraine, which those reports...
"Darkness kills," advocates for permanent daylight saving time tell Congress
"Darkness in the evening is far deadlier than darkness in the morning," University of Washington professor Steve Calandrillo told Congress.
War in Ukraine ushers in more pragmatic politics back at home
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.
Perdue sees Georgia GOP victory despite Kemp advantages
Republican David Perdue qualified to run for Georgia governor on Wednesday, professing confidence that he can beat incumbent Brian Kemp in the GOP primary despite lagging behind in polls and fundraising. “I believe I’m the only one that can pull our party together and beat Stacey Abrams in the...
Judge to review disputed Eastman emails for possible disclosure to Jan. 6 committee
The federal court made no comment on the select committee’s claim that the lawyer might have engaged in a criminal conspiracy with then-President Donald Trump.
CNN paid Jeff Zucker $5 million on his way out: Report
Former CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker received $5 million from WarnerMedia in an exit deal after resigning in disgrace last month, according to a report.
Why did the U.S. reject Poland's plan to give Ukraine its Soviet-era fighter jets?
The political and logistical complications of Poland's proposal led to a quick rejection from Washington.
Use Russian money to rebuild Ukraine, says bank boss
In a BBC interview, the Ukraine central bank boss proposes a list of extra financial sanctions on Russia.
House overwhelmingly passes bill banning Russian oil imports
Measure is largely symbolic since President Biden has already done the same thing but it shows the lawmakers' resolve. Some GOP senators want even tougher legislation.
FOX45 News continues to question transparency for City's federal COVID money reporting
Getting specific details about where Baltimore’s federal Covid-19 money will be spent remains a challenge, despite Mayor Brandon Scott touting the city’s data dashboard. Baltimore City received $641 million in total from the American Rescue Plan; the Covid-19 bailout package from Congress. Mayor...
House passes bill offering nearly $14 billion in aid to Ukraine
The House voted Wednesday evening in favor of a bipartisan appropriations package with a price tag in the trillions after months of stalling and debate, and as Congress faced a Friday deadline to approve government funding or risk a shutdown.
Republican Iowa Gov. Reynolds announces run for 2nd term
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds launched her campaign for a second full term Wednesday night at a rally in Des Moines, touting her conservative agenda of cutting taxes , personal freedom from mandates and school choice.
Border authorities find 52 reptiles hidden in man's clothing
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who tried to slither past U.S. border agents in California had 52 lizards and snakes hidden in his clothing, authorities said Tuesday. The man was driving a truck when he arrived at the San Ysidro border crossing with Mexico on Feb.
A Missouri Lawmaker Is Trying To Stop Women From Seeking Abortions In Other States
GOP state Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman wants to copy the enforcement mechanism from Texas' abortion ban to stop people from traveling out of state.
US inflation soared 7.9% in past year, a fresh 40-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) — Propelled by surging costs for gas, food and housing, consumer inflation jumped 7.9% over the past year, the sharpest spike since 1982 and likely only a harbinger of even higher prices to come.
Man charged with felony in assault that left 49ers fan in coma
Daniel Luna had a traumatic brain injury from the Jan. 30 incident and was placed in a medically induced coma until about a week ago, his attorney said.
Ukraine war: UK Home Office is in crisis mode over visas
The department is trying to convince an increasingly sceptical nation it has control of the situation.
Deportation agents use smartphone app to monitor immigrants
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. authorities have broadly expanded the use of a smartphone app during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure immigrants released from detention will attend deportation hearings, a requirement that advocates say violates their privacy and makes them feel they're not free.
Mississippi House leaders kill postpartum Medicaid extension
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Mississippi House killed a bill Wednesday that would have let mothers keep Medicaid coverage for a year after giving birth, up from the current two months.
S. Korean president-elect pledges tougher stance on N. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol said Thursday he will solidify an alliance with the United States, build a powerful military and sternly cope with North Korean provocations, hours after he won a hard-fought election to become the country's next leader.
Republican National Committee sues Jan. 6 panel over Salesforce subpoena
The RNC argues the subpoena, which it called overly broad, could reveal personal information about its members and donors.
Health care bill advances for kids who are illegally in US
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill providing state taxpayer-funded health care for children who are in the country illegally and ineligible for Medicaid or other federally funded coverage has cleared a House committee.
The Capitol riot trial that tore a family apart
Guy Reffitt was convicted of taking part in the 6 January riots, in part due to testimony from his own son.
Energy Sec. Granholm dodges questions on gas crisis as aides whisk her away, block camera: video
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm refused to answer questions from a Fox News reporter on Wednesday while her aides scrambled to push reporters away in an altercation that was caught on video.
Modi’s BJP set for big win in India’s state elections
The state polls are a crucial test for PM Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party before national elections in 2024.
Social media provides appealing platform for budding demagogues
Social media (and other Internet communication) can so easily debase today’s political dialogue.
Biden, backed by business executives, presses Congress on chip funding
U.S. President Joe Biden met with executives of chipmakers including Samsung, Micron and other companies on Wednesday as part of an effort to push the U.S. Congress to fund $52 billion in grants to chipmakers to ease the semiconductor crunch. Biden, along with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo...
Unvaccinated Djokovic says he is out of Indian Wells, Miami
Novak Djokovic said that he will not be able to compete at the hard-court tennis tournaments in Indian Wells, California, or Miami because he is unvaccinated and can't travel to the United States. The 20-time Grand Slam champion tweeted Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control “confirmed...
Political Notebook: Slew of LGBTQ candidates seek CA legislative seats
With at least 18 out candidates seeking California legislative seats in 2022, LGBTQ leaders are on the cusp of reaching their goal to have 10% of state lawmakers be from the community.
49ers fan punched during NFC championship out of coma
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco 49ers fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being punched during a confrontation at SoFi Stadium in January is out of a coma and back in the San Francisco Bay Area, his attorney and a family friend said Wednesday.
Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupts multiple times, 250 evacuate
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds in eruptions overnight Thursday that forced about 250 residents to flee to temporary shelters and left ash blanketing nearby villages and towns.
Woman sues Cowboys' Jerry Jones, says he's biological father
DALLAS (AP) — A 25-year-old woman who grew up in North Texas is suing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, alleging he's her biological father. Alexandra Davis says in a lawsuit filed last week in Dallas County that she was conceived from a relationship Jones had with her mother, Cynthia Davis, in...
Human trafficking case sparks government response in China
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Sustained, palpable anger in China over the case of a mother of eight found chained inside a shed has prompted an unusually strong government response to
Idaho bill to fine, jail librarians appears dead in Senate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top Republican in the Idaho Senate said Wednesday a House-approved bill to fine librarians $1,000 and send them to jail for a year for checking
Tiger Woods inducted into Hall with hard work and big payoff
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The greatest of his generation, Tiger Woods took his place among the best of all time Wednesday night when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and shared a life story of a passion to play and a work ethic that made him feel like he earned it.
MLB cancels 93 more games; gap narrows in bargaining
MLB said it would not make a new counteroffer to players unless the union first chose one of three options.
Go For Gin, winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby, dies at 31
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Go For Gin, who won the 1994 Kentucky Derby and was the race’s oldest living winner, has died. He was 31. Kentucky Horse Park announced on its web site that Go For Gin died Tuesday from heart failure.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed after two years?
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed after two years? More countries are shifting toward a return to normal and learning to live with the virus. Safe, effective vaccines have been developed and there's better understanding of how to treat people sickened by the virus.
Two years into COVID, was $800B payroll aid plan worth it?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out the Paycheck Protection Program to catapult the U.S. economy into a quick recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by helping small businesses stay open and their employees working.
COVID-19 severity and blood group: Is there a link?
Researchers have found a causal link between specific blood proteins and risk of hospitalization, need for respiratory support, or death from severe COVID-19.
COVID-19 Predicted to Boost Global Dementia Rates
The cognitive consequences of severe COVID-19 are associated with an increased risk of post-infection cognitive impairment and a faster speed of longitudinal cognitive decline, in new findings.
End of COVID funds? House eyes $15.6B, but outlook dim
WASHINGTON (AP) — This could be the end of the line for congressional funding to fight COVID-19 . What started a month ago as a $30 billion request from the White House to prepare for the next phase of the pandemic has been slashed, reduced and fallen apart on Capitol Hill.
COVID-19 Beliefs Influenced by Politicians, Not Scientists, Researchers Suggest
As COVID-19 upended societal norms when it swept through the United States in 2020, a second pandemic — or “infodemic”— was also on the rise.
As COVID surge wanes, counties plan to reduce some services
A sharp decline in COVID-19 cases has led Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to adjust how they are handling the pandemic, such as reducing testing sites and closing some isolation shelters.
WHO issues COVID testing advice, long after critics' call
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it has issued guidance advising people on how to test themselves for the coronavirus, months after critics said the lack of recommendations was compromising efforts to stop the pandemic in poor countries.
How Hong Kong Became China's Biggest COVID-19 Problem
Hong Kong’s COVID-19 defenses are in freefall, posing a serious threat to the rest of China’s zero-COVID strategy
Empty Stores and an Exodus: Hong Kong’s Covid Crackdown Stirs Panic (Published 2022)
A surge in cases has alarmed many residents. But the government’s mixed messaging about whether it will impose a lockdown has also been destabilizing.
Two years on, COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’
Almost 500 million people have been infected with the coronavirus since March 2020 and new variants are still a threat. This Friday marks two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) characterised the global spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic.
LA County’s hospitalizations fall below 700 as COVID continues decline
Another 1,157 cases of COVID were also confirmed Wednesday, lifting the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 2,807,057.
Research provides promising news for those who lost smell due to COVID-19
When it comes to losing smell due to COVID-19, experts at Jefferson Health are working to reverse the damage.
COVID-19 hits New Zealand-based teams in Super Rugby Pacific
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Outbreaks of COVID-19 continue to disrupt the New Zealand section of Super Rugby Pacific. The match on Saturday between the Wellington-based Hurricanes and Moana Pasifika has been postponed because of an outbreak of the virus with the Hurricanes squad.
Researcher finds 'stunning' rate of COVID among deer. Here's what it means for humans
Studies on white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania and Ontario offer evidence that the mammals are a reservoir for the coronavirus. What are the implications for the course of SARS-CoV-2?
Mississippi advances bill against COVID vaccine mandates
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Anyone in Mississippi could cite “a sincerely held religious objection” to avoid a public or private employer's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, under a bill that advanced Wednesday at the state Capitol.
Ohio's first coronavirus cases were announced two years ago today
In those two years, more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ohio, and thousands more are unconfirmed and unknown.
An election in India's most populous state pits Covid-19 anger against Hindu nationalism | CNN
Ritesh Mishra vowed to care for the dead, even if it meant risking his own life last year as India's second Covid-19 wave tore through the country's most populous state.