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Ukraine Invasion

Russia steps up missile barrage of recaptured Ukrainian city – Associated Press

Photo: Lilia Kristenko, 38, cries as city responders collect the dead body of her mother Natalia Kristenko in Kherson, southern Ukraine Natalia Kristenko’s dead body lay covered in a blanket in the doorway of her apartment building for hours overnight. City workers were at first too overwhelmed to retrieve her as they responded to a

History

HOLY COW! HISTORY: When CNN Almost Fell for Fake News – Inside Sources

Journalists walk a razor’s edge between speed and accuracy, and they occasionally get cut. On the one hand, there is the ever-increasing pressure to be first with major breaking news. On the other is the obligation to get the story right. They’ve been at odds ever since Ben Franklin was printing newspapers, and probably always

Israel

Israel to dissolve parliament, call 5th election in 3 years – Associated Press

Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, left, speaks during a joint statement with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem Israel’s weakened coalition government announced Monday that it would dissolve parliament and call new elections, setting the stage for the possible return to power of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or

National

Big pressure on Biden, Dems to trim $3.5T federal overhaul

Photo: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., a centrist Democratic senator vital to the fate of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” agenda, departs the Senate before meeting with Biden at the White House. Pressure mounting, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress strained Tuesday to trim back his potentially historic $3.5 trillion government overhaul

Afghanistan

Biden team surprised by rapid Taliban gains in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials were stunned on Sunday by the pace of the Taliban’s nearly complete takeover of Afghanistan, as the planned withdrawal of American forces urgently became a mission to ensure a safe evacuation. The speed of the Afghan government’s collapse and the ensuing chaos posed the most serious test

National

Gingerbread monolith delights San Francisco on Christmas Day

In true pop-up art fashion, a nearly 7-foot-tall monolith made of gingerbread mysteriously appeared on a San Francisco hilltop on Christmas Day and collapsed the next day. The three-sided tower, held together by icing and decorated with a few gumdrops, delighted the city on Friday when word spread about its existence. During his morning run,