Ukraine: Russian missile kills 30 civilians at train station
CHERNIHIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian leaders are predicting more gruesome discoveries in the days to come after Russian forces withdrew, leaving behind destroyed buildings and mounting civilian casualties. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the horrors of people killed at close range and left on the streets were worse in another city north of Kyiv. The head of Ukraine’s railways said a rocket strike on a station in the east of the country on Friday killed more than 30 people and injured more than 100. The station was used to evacuate civilians while that Russia is concentrating its invasion in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, the chairman of the European Union executive board and the EU’s foreign policy chief traveled to Kyiv to meet with Zelenskyy.
Jackson will join a more diverse and conservative high court
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will join a Supreme Court that is both more diverse than ever and more conservative than it has been since the 1930s. She is likely to lose in a slew of cases important, including examinations of the role of race in college admissions and suffrage. The High Court, with its 6-3 Conservative majority, will take up these cases next season. Jackson is the first black woman confirmed to the Supreme Court. She won’t rejoin the court for several months until the court completes its work for the summer, including its verdict on whether to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade on abortion rights.
Jackson’s confirmation brings Biden’s political story full circle
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a 46-day moment and more than 46 years in the making. President Joe Biden will celebrate Friday confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to reach the Supreme Court, marking the pinnacle of her legal career and completing her political history. As longtime chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden had a front row seat to some of the most contentious confirmation battles in the court’s history. He also presided over hearings for Judge Stephen Breyer, whose retirement this summer paves the way for Jackson to join the bench.
3 Shanghai officials sacked over COVID-19 response
BEIJING (AP) — Three local officials in Shanghai have been fired due to a lax response to the COVID-19 outbreak in China’s largest city, where residents complain of harsh lockdown conditions leading to food shortages. food and basic necessities. An official notice on Friday gave no details of the allegations against the three officials, but said their failure to fulfill their epidemic prevention and control duties allowed the virus to spread. On Friday, Shanghai reported more than 21,000 new local cases, of which only 824 showed symptoms. The city has placed all 26 million residents under lockdown and implemented mass testing, while requiring anyone testing positive to be held in an isolation center. No additional deaths have been reported in the outbreak.
NATO eyes in the sky, keeping Europe out of Russia’s war
UEDEM, Germany (AP) — As Russia prepared to invade Ukraine, NATO planners kicked into high gear. Their goal was to put more surveillance and combat aircraft in alliance skies near Ukraine and Russia. Without crossing the line. At NATO’s Combined Air Operations Center in Uedem, western Germany, a few dozen personnel now simultaneously manage up to 30 aircraft from the northern tip of Norway to Ukraine and Slovakia. They can hijack patrol planes to watch for suspicious Russian planes, or jam jets waiting 15 minutes from all over Europe. They can even track missiles. But NATO does not want to be drawn into a wider war with Russia, so borders and airspace must be respected.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu hopes to transform her adopted city
BOSTON (AP) — When elected mayor of Boston in November, Michelle Wu transformed the image of the city’s chief executive. Today, the 37-year-old Chicago-born mother of two daughter of Taiwanese immigrants faces a series of challenges, including keeping key campaign promises. Wu has also been plagued with early morning protests outside his home and racist taunts online. But Wu said Boston gave her everything she treasured in her life and she was determined to expand the definition of what leadership looks like as the city faces a rapid wave of gentrification, including skyrocketing housing costs.
Israeli army kills Palestinian after manhunt
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security forces said they killed a Palestinian man who opened fire in a crowded bar in central Tel Aviv and killed two people. They say the attacker was found after an overnight manhunt and killed in a shootout. It was the fourth deadly attack in Israel by Palestinians in less than three weeks and came at a time of heightened tensions around the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Protests and clashes in Jerusalem during Ramadan last year sparked an 11-day war in Gaza. On Friday, tens of thousands of people attended weekly prayers in Jerusalem, with no immediate reports of unrest.
Missing divers surfaced before drifting, survivor says
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have resumed the search for three European divers who have been missing since walking away from their dive boat Wednesday afternoon. Their instructor Kristine Grodem was rescued early Thursday and told authorities the four had surfaced after their second dive safely, but were separated by the strong current. The missing divers are a French teenager, a British father and his Dutch son. Two planes, 18 boats and about 90 people, including rescue divers, are involved in the search. The boat’s captain was arrested and diving activities were suspended off the southern town where the group began their dive.
Tiger is back at the Masters, and it already looked like a win
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods was back in the Masters about 14 months after a car accident broke his right leg. It felt like a win alone. Never mind that his 71 left him four shots behind South Korea’s Sungjae Im. Still to come is another 18-hole day at Augusta National. The gallery was electric just seeing the five-time Masters champion because there was reason to believe they might never see him again. Scores were higher than usual due to the wind. Cameron Smith was one shot back. Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler were among those at 69.
MLB Opening Day: New Patches #21, DH NL and Guardians
It’s the opening day of Major League Baseball and a new season has brought a new look. The Cleveland team took the field for the first time as the rebranded Guardians. Some players wore patches with the No. 21 to honor the late Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. The National League moved full-time into the designated hitter realm. And a referee announced a replay review decision to the crowd for the first time. The season started with a game at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs hosted the Milwaukee Brewers. Andrew McCutchen got the first hit of the year and also scored the first run.
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