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State of the Union: Biden Vows to Halt Russia, Hit Inflation

(Saul Loeb, Pool via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) – Addressing a concerned nation and anxious world, President Joe Biden has vowed in his first State of the Union address to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S. inflation, and deal with the fading but still dangerous coronavirus. Biden declared Tuesday night that he and all members of Congress, whatever political…

Duluth Ukrainians Relieved, Thankful City Changed Course To Light Lift Bridge

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth’s iconic Lift Bridge shined blue and yellow in support of Ukraine for the first time Tuesday evening, adding to the slew of iconic structures across the country and world lit to support the freedom we American’s sometimes take for granted. Tuesday morning’s update The moment came Tuesday after an overwhelming stand Duluthians took since the weekend…

Ukraine Seeks To Join EU as Round of Talks With Russia Ends

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – A top adviser to Ukraine’s president says the first round of talks with Russia about ending the fighting in Ukraine has concluded, and more talks could happen soon. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s president has signed an application for his country to join the European Union, in a bid to solidify its bond with the West. Volodymyr Zelenskyy has…

Target Seeks To Entice Workers With Pay of up to $24 an Hour

NEW YORK (AP) – Workers at Target stores and distribution centers in places like New York, where competition for finding and hiring staff is the fiercest, could see starting wages as high as $24 an hour this year. The Minneapolis-based discount retailer said Monday that it will adopt minimum wages that range from $15 to $24 an hour, with the…

MnDOT Lights I-35W Bridge Blue, Yellow in Support of People of Ukraine

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Twitter, it'll stay those colors through the weekend in support of the people of Ukraine.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- The I-35 W Bridge in Minneapolis glowed blue and yellow Friday night. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Twitter, it’ll stay those colors through the weekend in support of the people of Ukraine. MN-DOT added: “We stand united with Ukrainians here in Minnesota and around the world.” Here in Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says she does not…

Ukraine’s Capital Under Threat as Russia Presses Invasion

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russian troops are bearing down on Ukraine’s capital, with gunfire and explosions resonating ever closer to the government quarter. The invasion of a democratic country has fueled fears of a wider war in Europe and triggered worldwide efforts to make Russia stop. Amid growing casualties from the deadly warfare, the Kremlin said Russia…

AP Sources: Biden Taps Ketanji Brown Jackson for High Court

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will nominate federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. That word comes from people familiar with the matter. In selecting Jackson, Biden delivers on a campaign promise, moving to further diversify a court that was made up entirely of white men…

President Biden Will Visit Superior Next Week

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) SUPERIOR, Wis. — President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will head to Superior next Wednesday to promote the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, according to a press release from the White House. Mr. Biden plans to highlight how the law “delivers for the American people by rebuilding roads and bridges and creating good-paying, union…

CDC to Significantly Ease Pandemic Mask Guidelines Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will significantly loosen federal mask-wearing guidelines to protect against COVID-19 transmission on Friday, according to two people familiar with the matter, meaning most Americans will no longer be advised to wear masks in indoor public settings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday will announce a change to the metrics it uses…

US Braces for Russian Cyberattacks in Wake of Ukrainian Invasion

(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)   (FOX Business) – The U.S. government is on high alert for signs of Russian cyberattacks against banks and other financial institutions after Moscow launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, eliciting harsh sanctions from the international community. A homeland security source with knowledge of the matter told FOX Business on…

Officials Say Ukraine No Longer in Control of Chernobyl Site

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A presidential adviser says Ukraine lost control of the Chernobyl nuclear site, where Ukrainian forces had waged a fierce battle with Russian troops. Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told The Associated Press that Ukrainian authorities did not know the current condition of the facilities at Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. “After the absolutely senseless…

Russia Attacks Ukraine; Peace in Europe ‘Shattered’

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Russian troops have launched a broad assault on Ukraine from three sides. The attack began before dawn and brought explosions to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and other cities. Ukraine’s leadership said Thursday at least 40 people have been killed so far in what is called a “full-scale war” targeting the country from the east,…

Russia’s Putin Announces Military Operation In Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced a military operation in Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences they have never seen.” He said the attack was needed to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine – a claim the U.S. had predicted he would falsely make to…

Oscars Slim Down, Will Hand Out 8 Awards Ahead of Broadcast

NEW YORK (AP) – To combat slumping ratings, the Academy Awards are undergoing a radical slimming down, with eight awards to be presented off-air during next month’s telecast. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President David Rubin wrote in a letter sent to members Tuesday about the change. The letter says the awards for film editing, production design, sound,…

Russia Evacuating Embassy in Ukraine as Crisis Escalates

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia began evacuating its embassy in Kyiv, and Ukraine urged its citizens to leave Russia. Those moves come as the region braced for further confrontation Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin received authorization to use military force outside his country. Hopes for a diplomatic way out of a new, potentially devastating war appeared all but sunk as…

White House Calls Russian Moves on Ukraine an Invasion

MOSCOW (AP) — The White House on Tuesday began referring to Russian troop deployments in eastern Ukraine as an “invasion” after initially hesitating to use the term — a red line that President Joe Biden has said would result in the U.S. levying severe sanctions against Moscow. Several European leaders said earlier in the day that Russian troops have moved…

Putin Orders Forces to ‘Maintain Peace’ in Eastern Ukraine

(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is ordering forces to maintain peace in eastern Ukraine. But it is not immediately clear whether or when troops would enter the country. The announcement follows a day of fast-moving developments in which Putin announced the recognition of separatist regions in Ukraine….

Rents Reach ‘Insane’ Levels Across US With No End In Sight

ASSOCIATED PRESS – Krystal Guerra’s Miami apartment has a tiny kitchen, cracked tiles, warped cabinets, no dishwasher and hardly any storage space. But Guerra was fine with the apartment’s shortcomings. It was all part of being a 32-year-old graduate student in South Florida, she reasoned, and she was happy to live there for a few more years as she finished…

Biden Is ‘Convinced’ Putin Has Decided To Invade Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – U.S. President Joe Biden says he’s “convinced” that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to launch a further invasion of Ukraine, saying Friday he has “reason to believe” it will occur in the “coming days” and will include an assault on its capital, Kyiv. Tensions are spiking along the militarized border with attacks that the West…

Canadian Police Have Arrested 70 Protesters in Ottawa

(Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police in Canada say they have arrested at least 70 people and made progress in clearing out truckers who have paralyzed Ottawa for three weeks in a protest against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions. Hundreds of police moved into the capital’s downtown Friday morning and began taking protesters into custody and…

Team Shuster Takes Fourth Place in Beijing

DULUTH, Minn. – Team Shuster took fourth place Friday morning in their bid to capture bronze at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. They lost 8-5 to Canada in the bronze medal game. Team Shuster tweeted on Friday morning, We came up short and congratulate Canada on winning bronze. It was an incredible ride with all of you once again….

Canadian Police Start Arresting Protesters in Ottawa

(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Authorities in Canada are beginning to arrest protesters who have paralyzed traffic in Ottawa for three weeks in a demonstration against the country’s COVID-19 restrictions. Police in Ottawa say some protesters are surrendering and being arrested downtown Friday morning. One person being led away was carrying a sign that says…

Truckers Hold Their Ground Despite Threats of Crackdown

(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Hundreds of truckers clogging the streets of Canada’s capital city in a protest against COVID-19 restrictions aren’t budging and bracing for what could be a possible police crackdown. The nearly three-week faceoff in Ottawa seems to be escalating as busloads of officers arrived Thursday near Parliament Hill. The city’s interim…

CDC: NYC Anime Convention Did Not Spread Omicron Widely

NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials say an anime convention in New York City last year was not a superspreader event. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that widespread masking, vaccinations, and good airflow at the Javits Center prevented the highly contagious omicron variant from spreading widely. Investigators found 119 infections from about 53,000 people who…

‘Storyliving’: Disney To Develop US Residential Communities, Starting in California

(courtesy: Disney) RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The Walt Disney Company announced plans this week to develop residential communities across the U.S., including the first in California’s Coachella Valley, that will be geared toward fans and “infused with the company’s special brand of magic.” The first development, called “Cotino, a Storyliving by Disney community,” will be built in Rancho Mirage, Calif….

Police Ticketing, Warning Truckers To Leave Canada’s Capital

(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Police in Canada’s capital are telling protesting truckers who’ve paralyzed the city for more than two weeks that it’s time to leave. Ottawa police began handing out notices and threatening arrests Wednesday near the Parliament building. Authorities are warning truck drivers that they could lose their licenses if they don’t…

Official: Trudeau To Use Emergency Powers to Quell Protests

(Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – A government official in Canada says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will invoke emergency powers to quell the protests by demonstrators who have paralyzed Ottawa and blocked border crossings in anger over the country’s COVID-19 restrictions. For the past two weeks, hundreds and sometimes thousands of protesters in trucks and other…

Police Arrest Protesters Who Remained At US-Canada Bridge

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Police moved in to clear and arrest the remaining protesters near the busiest U.S.-Canadian border crossing Sunday, ending a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions that has hurt the economy of both nations even as they held back from a crackdown on a larger protest in the capital, Ottawa. The protest in Ottawa…

5 More Minor Leaguers Suspended for Drug Tests, Total Now 14

NEW YORK (AP) – Pitchers Joe Flores of Colorado, Lenny Polanco and Jesus Tovar and Minnesota and Alan Ramirez of Miami have been suspended for 60 games each following positive tests for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol under baseball’s minor league drug program. All four are assigned to the Dominican Summer League. San Francisco pitcher Austin Reich was suspended for 50…

Delay Ahead for Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Under 5

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. regulators have put the brakes on their push to speed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children under 5. Friday’s move creates major uncertainty about how soon the shots could become available. The Food and Drug Administration had urged Pfizer to apply before the companies’ study was even finished. The agency cited the toll the omicron variant has…

Judge Restores Protections for Gray Wolves Across Much of US

(Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP File) BILLINGS, Mont (AP) – A judge has restored federal protections for gray wolves across much of the U.S. after they were removed in the waning days of the Trump administration. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said in Thursday’s ruling that the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to show wolf populations could be sustained in…

Truck Blockade at US-Canadian Border Shuts Auto Plants

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) TORONTO (AP) – The truck blockade at the U.S. border by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions is tightening the screws on the auto industry, forcing Ford, Toyota, and General Motors to shut down plants or otherwise curtail production. The bumper-to-bumper demonstration entered its fourth day Thursday at the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario,…

Medical Examiner: Bob Saget Died From Unseen Blow to Head

Bob Saget arrives at the People’s Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A medical examiner in Florida says comedian Bob Saget died from blunt head trauma, likely from an “unwitnessed fall.” Saget was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Jan. 9, after…

US Inflation Jumped 7.5% In the Past Year, a 40-Year High

WASHINGTON (AP) – Inflation soared over the past year at its highest rate in four decades, hammering America’s consumers, wiping out pay raises, and reinforcing the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin raising borrowing rates across the economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that consumer prices jumped 7.5% last month compared with 12 months earlier, the steepest year-over-year increase since February…

Emhoff Whisked Out of Event Following Reported Bomb Threat

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) — Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was whisked out of an event Tuesday at a Washington high school by Secret Service agents following an apparent bomb threat. Emhoff was at Dunbar High School for an event in commemoration of Black History Month. He was in the school’s museum for about…

31M Americans To Bet on Super Bowl, Gambling Group Estimates

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – The gambling industry’s national trade group estimates a record 31.5 million Americans plan to bet on this year’s Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association has released its annual predictions for wagering on pro football’s championship game, forecasting that over $7.6 billion will be bet. Bettors range from casual wagers with friends or relatives, entries into…

Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines To Merge

DENVER, Colo. – Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines announced a merger on Monday in a $2.9 billion cash-and-stock deal that would create the fifth-largest airline in the United States, making Spirit Airlines’ stock soar on Wall Street. Frontier Group Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Frontier, is buying Spirit in a deal valued at $6.6 billion when accounting for the…

Veterans Among Duluth Rally for Peace in Russia-Ukraine Tensions

DULUTH, Minn. — In downtown Duluth, a group gathered to rally for a peaceful resolution to the standoff between Russia and Ukraine. Fears of a Russian invasion have been growing as the Kremlin continues to build up more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s Northern and Eastern borders. Representatives from the twin ports democratic socialists, veterans for peace, and grandmothers for…

US Economy Defies Omicron and Adds 467,000 Jobs in January

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) WASHINGTON (AP) – In a surprising burst of hiring, American employers added 467,000 jobs in January in a sign of the economy’s resilience even in the face of a wave of omicron infections last month. The government’s report also drastically revised up its estimate of job gains for November and December by a combined 709,000. It…