Louisiana officers charged in Black motorist’s deadly arrest

FARMERVILLE, La. — Five Louisiana law enforcement officers were charged Thursday with state crimes ranging from negligent homicide to malfeasance in the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene, a death authorities initially blamed on a car crash before long suppressed body-camera video showed white officers beating, stunning and dragging the Black motorist as he wailed, … Read more

National Guard airman dies in snowboarding fall at NJ mall

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A man who was serving in the Air National Guard died after he fell while snowboarding at an indoor ski park inside a New Jersey mall, officials and family members said. Peter Mathews, 24, of Bay Shore on New York’s Long Island, fell Dec. 8 as he snowboarded at the Big … Read more

Full court won’t rehear appeals over Ohio State sex abuse

FILE – A sign for Ohio State University stands in Columbus, Ohio, on May 8, 2019. An appeals court panel’s decision issued Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, that revived unsettled federal lawsuits against Ohio State University over decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor will not be reconsidered by the full court. (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

Winter US storm brings warnings of more tornadoes, blizzards

DALLAS — A destructive winter storm marched across the United States on Wednesday, delivering blizzard-like conditions to the Great Plains hours after tornadoes touched down in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and in Louisiana where a child was killed and his mother remains missing. Five tornadoes were confirmed across north Texas as of Tuesday afternoon based … Read more

Opinion: Opinion: The annual inflation rate was not 7.1% in November; it was 3.7%

The Federal Reserve should declare an immediate cease fire in its war against inflation and hold its benchmark interest rate steady instead of raising the federal funds by a half percentage point to a range of 4.25% to 4.50%, as expected at its meeting that ends Wednesday. With the relatively benign report on the consumer … Read more

2 Virginia Democrats join race for late Rep. McEachin’s seat

RICHMOND, Va. — Two more Virginia state lawmakers on Tuesday jumped into the crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin, who died last month. State Sens. Jennifer McClellan and Joe Morrissey formally announced their candidacies at events in Richmond and Petersburg. At least five Democrats have now indicated plans … Read more

China students return home amid COVID travel spread fears

BEIJING — Some Chinese universities say they will allow students to finish the semester from home in hopes of reducing the potential of a bigger COVID-19 outbreak during the January Lunar New Year travel rush. It wasn’t clear how many schools were taking part, but universities in Shanghai and nearby cities said students would be … Read more

Ukraine president again presses West for advanced weapons

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pressed Western leaders again on Monday to provide more advanced weapons to help his country in its war with Russia, and he repeated his calls for Russian forces to withdraw from occupied areas of Ukraine, suggesting Christmas as a date to retreat. During a video conference, Zelenskky told … Read more

3 children die after fall into icy lake; UK gripped by storm

LONDON — Three young boys who fell through ice covering a lake in central England have died and a fourth remains hospitalized as weather forecasters issued severe weather warnings for large parts of the United Kingdom. Police in full uniform jumped into the water and broke through the ice using their bare hands to pull … Read more

3 bald eagles die, 10 sick after eating euthanized animals

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — At least 13 bald eagles were likely poisoned by scavenging the carcasses of euthanized animals that were improperly dumped at a Minnesota landfill, and three of the majestic birds have died. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that state and federal wildlife officials are investigating after the eagles were found this … Read more