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'Unprecedented' underwater leaks reported in Nord Stream gas pipeline

Sweden and Denmark said Tuesday they were investigating leaks in the two Nord Stream gas pipelines built to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, reports The Financial Times. The operator of the pipelines, which have been at the center of Europe's energy crisis since Russia invaded Ukraine, said three underwater lines in the Baltic Sea had suffered "unprecedented" damage, writes The… → Read More

Hurricane Fiona batters Bermuda and heads toward eastern Canada

Hurricane Fiona lashed Bermuda with strong winds early Friday, as the Category 4 storm's center passed just to the west of the British island territory and headed north-northeast in the Atlantic with top sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, Axios reports. The storm is expected to approach the Canadian province of Nova Scotia later in the day. The Canadian Hurricane Center issued warnings for… → Read More

Biden says railways, freight workers reach deal to avert strike

President Biden said Thursday morning that a tentative labor deal has been hammered out between rail worker unions and freight railway companies to avert a strike that threatened to disrupt commuter and passenger train service and worsen supply-chain delays. Biden said the tentative agreement would "keep our critical rail system working and avoid disruption of our economy." Rail workers will get… → Read More

Will Russia go nuclear in Ukraine?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web → Read More

U.K. Conservative party names Liz Truss new leader and next prime minister

Britain's ruling Conservatives announced early Monday that Liz Truss has been selected as the party's new leader, and the U.K.'s next prime minister. Truss was the favorite after a weeks-long leadership contest against Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister. She will replace Boris Johnson, who resigned in July after numerous scandals. Johnson will travel to Scotland on Tuesday to formally hand… → Read More

The Election Recap: Aug. 29, 2022

Nadler beats Maloney, Beto takes a break, and more → Read More

U.N. chief calls for demilitarizing area around Ukraine nuclear plant

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for demilitarizing the area around Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which Russia seized early in its invasion of Ukraine, amid warnings of an imminent attack, reports USA Today. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling dangerously close to the plant, stoking concerns of a potential nuclear disaster.… → Read More

Would a Liz Cheney presidential bid change anything?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web → Read More

Oil prices fall as China's economy weakens

Oil prices fell Monday as weak China economic data intensified concerns about lowered demand from the world's second-largest economy and largest crude importer, and as Saudi Aramco said it was ready to increase oil output, Reuters and The Associated Press report. International benchmark Brent crude fell 1.2 percent to $97.01 per barrel following a 1.5 percent drop on Friday. U.S. benchmark West… → Read More

Police say suspect's son might be linked to murders of New Mexico Muslim men

Investigators suspect the son of the man accused in two of the four recent murders of Muslim men in New Mexico could have been involved in the crimes, according to documents filed by prosecutors last week and reported on by NBC News. Prosecutors said cellphone tower data indicated that suspect Muhammad Syed and one of his sons, Shaheen Syed (also known as Maiwand), were in the area where Naeem… → Read More

U.K. investigates threats against J.K. Rowling over Rushdie support

British authorities said Sunday they had launched an investigation into online threats against Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling following her expression of support for novelist Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed and seriously injured last week, The New York Times reports. Shortly after Rushdie was attacked as he prepared to speak at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, Rowling tweeted:… → Read More

NBA to retire Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey league-wide

The NBA announced Thursday that it was retiring Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey by all 30 of the professional basketball league's teams, the first time a player has been honored this way league-wide. Players currently wearing No. 6, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, can continue wearing it. Russell, who died last month at age 88, was named NBA MVP five times in his 13-year playing… → Read More

Prominent cleric who supported female education killed in Afghanistan bombing

A prominent Afghan cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in Kabul by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives hidden in an artificial leg, Taliban sources said Thursday, as reported by BBC News and Reuters. The religious leader supported the Taliban and was a prominent critic of the Islamic State's regional affiliate in Afghanistan. "It's a very huge loss for the Islamic Emirate of… → Read More

Newsom unveils plan to store more water as California gets drier

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday released a plan to capture and store more water as the state faces a hotter, drier future, the Los Angeles Times reports. With California expecting an estimated 10 percent decrease in its water supply by 2040 due to rising temperatures and decreasing runoff, the plan calls for accelerating infrastructure, including recycling more wastewater and… → Read More

U.S. backs call for demilitarized zone around Ukraine nuclear plant

The United States on Thursday backed Ukraine's call to establish a demilitarized zone around Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, where fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces has raised concerns of a possible nuclear disaster, Reuters reports. "Fighting near a nuclear plant is dangerous and irresponsible — and we continue to call on Russia to cease all military operations at or… → Read More

Judge rules Walgreens contributed to San Francisco opioid crisis

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Walgreens "substantially contributed" to San Francisco's opioid epidemic by failing to prevent misuse of the highly addictive painkillers, The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle report. Walgreens handled nearly 1 in 5 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills distributed nationwide at the height of the opioid crisis. It was the only drug company sued by San… → Read More

How many people die in car accidents every year?

Traffic accident fatalities are on the rise. What can be done? → Read More

China escalates military drills, sanctions Pelosi over Taiwan trip

China continued air and sea military drills in waters near Taiwan on Friday and announced unspecified sanctions against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as tensions continued to escalate over her trip to the self-governing island, which Beijing considers part of its territory, CNN and The Associated Press report. Taiwan's Defense Ministry called the drills "highly provocative." Some of the missiles… → Read More

Police change account of crash that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski

Investigators on Thursday changed their account of the car crash that killed Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and three others a day earlier, The South Bend Tribune reports. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department said new information indicates it was the Toyota Rav-4 carrying Walorski and two aides — 27-year-old Zach Potts and 28-year-old Emma Thomson — that crossed the center line, leading to the… → Read More

Alabama girl escapes kidnapper, helps police discover bodies

A 12-year-old girl escaped a kidnapper in rural Alabama by chewing through her restraints, then led police to the mobile where she had been held, where they discovered two decomposing bodies, CNN reports. Police announced the gruesome discovery on Tuesday, and it was widely reported on Wednesday. The girl was found walking on the side of a road, sparking a 24-hour investigation that led police… → Read More