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Leaked documents show ‘very serious’ risk to national security

The apparent leak of highly sensitive U.S. intelligence materials about the war in Ukraine and other matters is a “very serious” risk to national security, a Pentagon official said on April 10. The documents circulating on multiple websites pose “a very serious risk to national security and have the potential to spread disinformation,” Chris Meagher, assistant to the secretary of […]

Rep. Michael McCaul: Then we had Hitler, and today we have Putin and Chairman Xi

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said that, although military conflict between the United States and China is not something he desires, if Beijing were to attack Taiwan, that option would be “on the table” for Congress. “Conflict is always a last resort,” McCaul noted from Taipei in a Friday interview with Fox News. But, he added, “If communist China invaded Taiwan, […]

Snake on a plane! South African pilot finds cobra under seat


By GERALD IMRAY Associated Press CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A pilot in South Africa made a hasty emergency landing after discovering a highly venomous cobra hiding under his seat. Rudolf Erasmus had four passengers on board the light aircraft during Monday’s flight when he felt “something cold” slide across his lower back. He glanced down to see the […]

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon raise risk of conflict

JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants in Lebanon fired a heavy barrage of rockets at Israel on Thursday, the Israeli military said, forcing people across Israel’s northern frontier into bomb shelters, wounding at least two people and ratcheting up regional tensions a day after Israeli police raided Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site. Israel’s military said 34 rockets had been fired across the […]

Lawmakers struggling to contain fentanyl overdose crisis

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State lawmakers nationwide are responding to the deadliest overdose crisis in U.S. history by pushing harsher penalties for possessing fentanyl and other powerful lab-made opioids that are connected to about 70,000 deaths a year. Imposing longer prison sentences for possessing smaller amounts of drugs represents a shift in states that in recent years have rolled back […]

Palm Sunday’s donkey is just as important as palms to the story

THE CONVERSATION — For the Catholic Church and many other Christian denominations, the Sunday before Easter marks the beginning of the most important week of the year – “Holy Week,” when Christians reflect on central mysteries of their faith: Christ’s Last Supper, crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. Palm Sunday commemorates the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem shortly […]

Gwyneth Paltrow scores court win that means more than $1


By ANDREW DALTON and SAM METZ Associated Press PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — All that for a dollar? Nah, Gwyneth Paltrow ’s motivation to go to trial to fight a lawsuit accusing her of sending a fellow skier “absolutely flying” at a posh Utah ski resort in 2016 was about vindication. She got it when a jury found her not at fault in the […]

Police: Nashville shooter bought 7 guns before school attack

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The shooter who killed three students and three staff members at a Christian school in Nashville legally bought seven weapons in recent years and hid the guns from their parents before carrying out the attack by firing indiscriminately at victims and spraying gunfire through doors and windows, police said Tuesday. The violence Monday at The Covenant […]

US pregnancy deaths dropped in 2022, after COVID spike

NEW YORK (AP) — Deaths of pregnant women in the U.S. fell in 2022, dropping significantly from a six-decade high during the pandemic, new data suggests. More than 1,200 U.S. women died in 2021 during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth, according to a final tally released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2022, there were 733 […]

France’s retirement age raised to 64

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron imposed a highly unpopular bill raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 on Thursday by shunning parliament and invoking a special constitutional power. Lawmakers were shouting, their voices shaking with emotion as Macron made the risky move, which is expected to trigger quick motions of no-confidence in his government. Riot police vans […]

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