U.S. Senators go after head of Instagram over how platform can harm children
News/World: The head of a U.S. Senate panel examining social media's negative effects on young people has dismissed as "a public relations tactic" some safety measures announced by Instagram, the popular photo-sharing platform associated with Facebook.
Boris Johnson calls for tighter COVID restrictions amid rise in omicron variant
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tighter restrictions Wednesday to stem the spread of the omicron variant, urging people in England to again work from home and mandating COVID-19 passes for entrance into nightclubs and large events.
Why Putin is willing to risk a catastrophic war to dominate Ukraine
The Russian troops assembled at its border with Ukraine sends a clear signal to Kyiv, Europe, and the United States that Russia might finally be ready to reincorporate Ukraine into Russia’s sphere of influence, severely increasing the risk of a major military escalation in Europe’s eastern frontier.
US Navy seized Iranian petroleum products and hundreds of missiles from vessels in Arabian Sea
The US Navy seized hundreds of Iranian missiles and 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum products from vessels in the Arabian Sea in what became the US government's "largest-ever forfeiture of fuel and weapons shipments from Iran," according to a release from the Justice Department.
California could become an abortion 'sanctuary' if other states ban the procedure
News/World: California abortion clinics and their allies in the state Legislature on Wednesday revealed a plan to make the state a "sanctuary" for those seeking reproductive care, including possibly paying for travel, lodging and procedures for people from other states.
Minnesota officer 'betrayed her badge' when she shot Daunte Wright, prosecutor says as trial begins
News/World: Kim Potter, the suburban Minneapolis police officer who killed Daunte Wright, violated her training when she shot the 20-year-old Black man with a handgun instead of a Taser during an April traffic stop, a prosecutor told jurors as her manslaughter trial began Wednesday.
U.K. PM apologizes, aide resigns, as scandal over alleged Christmas party intensifies
News/World: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday ordered an inquiry and said he was "furious" after a leaked video showed senior members of his staff joking about holding a lockdown-breaching Christmas party.
Spanish police officers brave frozen reservoir to rescue dog
Two Spanish police officers waded into a frozen reservoir to rescue a stranded dog as a cold front arrived in the northern part of the country, police said on Wednesday. Video footage released by the police showed the officers who stripped to the waist and marched into the icy waters to bring the animal back to safety on the bank.