US speeds up Abrams tank delivery to Ukraine war zone
The Pentagon is speeding up its delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, opting to send a refurbished older model that can be ready faster, with the aim of getting the 70-ton battle powerhouses to the war zone in eight to 10 months, U.S. officials told The Associated Press. The original plan was to send Ukraine 31 of the newer M1A2 Abrams, which could have taken a year or two to build and ship. Pentagon officials are expected to make the announcement soon.news.yahoo.com
Gun used in kidnapping of Americans in Mexico came from US
Federal court documents say the a man who admitted to purchasing firearms that he knew would be going from the U.S. to a Mexican drug cartel was arrested in Texas after the discovery that one of the weapons was linked to the deadly kidnapping of four Americans in the border city of Matamoros.
Last wild Atlantic salmon can survive Maine dams, feds say
The federal government ruled Monday that the last wild Atlantic salmon in the country can coexist with hydroelectric dams on a Maine river, dealing a blow to environmentalists who have long sought to remove the dams. One is the Kennebec River, dammed by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that the dams are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the salmon if conservation measures are taken.news.yahoo.com
Baghdad on the 20th anniversary of "shock and awe"
The U.S. aerial bombardment of Iraq began on March 19, 2003, a campaign that then-President George W. Bush described as "shock and awe." The takedown of Saddam Hussein's regime triggered a savage insurgency and brutal sectarian conflict, and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 4,500 U.S. military personnel.news.yahoo.com
Former Air Force officer gets prison term for Capitol attack
A retired Air Force officer who stormed the U.S. Capitol dressed in combat gear and carried zip-tie handcuffs into the Senate gallery was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison. Larry Brock joined other rioters on the Senate floor only minutes after then-Vice President Mike Pence, senators and their staff evacuated the chamber to escape the mob attacking the building on Jan. 6, 2021. U.S. District Judge John Bates also sentenced Brock to two years of supervised release after his prison term and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Nonprofit head pleads guilty in Mississippi welfare fraud
The former director of a Mississippi nonprofit organization pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing government funds intended to help needy families in one of the poorest states in the U.S., court documents show. Christi Webb, who stepped down this week as director of the north Mississippi-based Family Resource Center, appeared before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Jackson. The federal charges stem from a welfare scandal that has ensnared high-profile figures, including retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre, who lives in Mississippi.news.yahoo.com
Europe's central bank backs big rate hike despite bank chaos
The European Central Bank has carried through with a large interest rate increase, brushing aside predictions it might dial back as U.S. bank collapses and troubles at Credit Suisse feed fears about the impact of higher rates on the global banking system.
Jury sides with Constellation in Corona hard seltzer case
In a case that hinged on the definition of “beer,” a federal jury has ruled that Constellation Brands can continue to sell Corona and Modelo hard seltzers in the U.S. Anheuser-Busch InBev and its Mexican subsidiary, Grupo Modelo, sued Constellation in 2021.
What's known and not about US drone-Russian jet encounter
When a Russian fighter jet collided with a large U.S. surveillance drone over the Black Sea, it was a rare but serious clash that triggered a U.S. diplomatic protest and raised concerns about the possibility Russia could recover sensitive technology.