Concerns soar over fighting near nuclear plant

Fighting around a Ukrainian nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has stoked fears of an international nuclear disaster and global leaders are voicing concerns. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven, an inter-governmental political forum of leading industrialized countries, on Wednesday demanded that Russia return control of the plant to Ukraine, Reuters reported. Russian troops took over Southern Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia plant, … Read more

Endangered New Zealand kākāpō parrot sees population boost

The population of New Zealand’s treasured kākāpō has now reached 252, the highest number of the endangered birds seen in almost 50 years, the country’s Department of Conservation announced Tuesday. Kākāpō are flightless nocturnal parrots that are unique to New Zealand and a taonga (or treasure) for Ngāi Tahu, the Māori people of the southern islands, the Department of Conservation noted in a news release. … Read more

Sean Bean Criticized After Intimacy Coordinator Comments

Sean Bean is coming under fire for his recent comments on the disadvantages of working with an intimacy coordinator. The Game of Thrones alum recently said that he’d hesitate to work with an intimacy coordinator because it might impact his performance. “It would inhibit me more because it’s drawing attention to things,” Bean told the Sunday Times, according to Variety. … Read more

Olivia Newton-John never ‘at peace’ after disappearance of ex

Olivia Newton-John admitted she never found “peace” following the shocking disappearance of her Patrick McDermott. The “Grease” star. passed away on Monday at the age of 73 after waging a high-profile, 30-year battle against breast cancer. Her one-time lover, cameraman McDermott, infamously vanished without a trace during a fishing trip on June 30, 2005 off … Read more

Risk of nuclear disaster ‘real’ at Ukraine plant

“Suicidal” shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant must be halted and international inspectors granted access to ensure its safe operation, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday. Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for a series of recent rocket attacks at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station that the International Atomic Energy Agency said has created “the very real risk … Read more

3 Russian generals sacked as military struggles

The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces during its invasion of Ukraine appears to have led to a shakeup in command, the British Defense Ministry said Sunday. Gen. Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov, who had been charged with overall command of the operation in Ukraine, was removed from his post last week, the ministry said. General-Colonel Aleksandr Zhuravlev, … Read more

Biden, Russia address Brittney Griner swap

Three more ships loaded with Ukrainian grain left the country’s Black Sea ports Friday, the latest shipments in a deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations to ease a growing food crisis. The ships carrying more than 58,000 tons of corn are traveling to Ireland, the United Kingdom and Turkey, the United Nations said … Read more

Russia ‘ready to discuss’ Brittney Griner swap

Three more ships loaded with Ukrainian grain left the country’s Black Sea ports Friday, the latest shipments in a deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations to ease a growing food crisis. The ships carrying more than 58,000 tons of corn are traveling to Ireland, the United Kingdom and Turkey, the United Nations said … Read more

Shelling hits near Zaporizhzhia; Griner sentenced

Shelling killed civilians, damaged residential buildings and knocked out power lines in nine regions of Ukraine on Thursday, the country’s presidential office said. At least four people were killed and 10 more were injured in 24 hours as explosions rocked cities including the frequently targeted Mykolaiv and Nikopol, a city close to the country’s biggest nuclear … Read more

Lollapalooza security guard arrested for allegedly making false mass shooting threat to leave work early

A security guard who worked Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival last weekend is accused of making fake mass shooting threats to get out of work early. Janya Williams, 18, allegedly sent her supervisor an anonymous message via TextNow Friday afternoon that said, “Mass shooting at 4pm location Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets.” The supervisor quickly contacted their supervisors and the Chicago … Read more

First ship carrying grain heads to Lebanon

The first ship carrying grain to leave Ukraine’s Black Sea ports since the war with Russia began is making its way to Lebanon after passing inspection Wednesday, Turkish and Ukrainian officials said. Officials from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations inspected the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, which is carrying more than 26,000 tons of corn, when the vessel docked in Istanbul, Turkey’s defense … Read more

Russia threatens to break off relations with US

The Kremlin threatened Tuesday to break off diplomatic relations with Washington if the U.S. declares Russia a sponsor of terrorism. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the proposed designation “naive” and a violation of international law.  “The logical result of such a step becomes a break in diplomatic relations,” she said. “Washington risks finally crossing the … Read more

Drone strikes Russian forces in Crimea

A drone attack at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet wounded six people and shut down a festival marking Navy Day in the Crimean peninsula city of Sevastopol, the mayor said Sunday. “There were no fatalities, six people were injured, two in moderate condition, the rest are in stable condition,” Mayor Mikhail Razvozhaev said on social media.  … Read more

First shipment of grain leaves Odesa

For the first time since the war in Ukraine began, a ship carrying grain left the port of Odesa on Monday thanks to a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey. After docking in Istanbul Tuesday for inspections, the cargo ship Razoni will carry more than 26,000 tons of corn to Lebanon – a shipment that is … Read more

Russia aims to ‘dissolve’ Ukraine from world map

Shortly after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations accused Russia of plans to dismantle Ukraine “and dissolve it from the world map entirely,” intelligence analysts said referendums on joining Russia are likely being prepared in occupied territories in the southern part of the country. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the U.N. Security Council Friday that … Read more

Myanmar junta condemned for execution of 4 democracy activists

Myanmar’s ruling military has executed four democracy activists accused of helping to carry out “terror acts,” it said Monday, sparking widespread condemnation of the Southeast Asian nation’s first executions in decades. Sentenced to death in closed-door trials in January and April, the men had been accused of helping a resistance movement to fight the army … Read more

Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska to address US Congress

Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, is set to address the US Congress on Wednesday, nearly five months after Russia launched its large-scale invasion of her country. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife will speak before lawmakers at 11 a.m. and ask for the US to ramp up its support for Ukraine. Zelenska also hopes to boost humanitarian … Read more

Attorney Alex Murdaugh claims innocence in wife, son’s murders

Alex Murdaugh, the disgraced South Carolina attorney charged this week in the murders of his wife and son, has denied “having anything to do” with the cold-blooded slayings. Murdaugh, 54 — a fourth-generation lawyer from a powerful legal family — released a statement that claimed that there was no motive for him to kill his … Read more

Five shot at Coney Island boardwalk, one in critical condition

Five people were shot on the boardwalk in Coney Island early Sunday, including a 31-year-old man who was in critical condition after he was shot in the back, cops said. The bullets flew at the Boardwalk and West 21st Street where a “large group” of people were gathering around 2 a.m., a police spokeswoman said. … Read more

Robert Crimo’s dad liked pro-gun tweet days after Uvalde massacre

The father of Robert “Bobby” Crimo III — the person of interest arrested in connection with Monday’s mass shooting in suburban Chicago — liked a tweet supporting the Second Amendment just days after the Uvalde school massacre. The 22-year-old Crimo, an amateur rapper performing under the stage name “Awake the Rapper,” was taken into custody … Read more

Chick-fil-A is America’s favorite restaurant for the 8th year in a row

Chick-fil-A has maintained its position as America’s favorite restaurant for eight years in a row, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). That’s in spite of the fact that overall, consumers prefer full-service restaurants over fast food. The survey found that Americans’ satisfaction with fast-food restaurants decreased by 2.6% in the last year, earning … Read more

‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry warns about market plunge

  Investors may be only halfway through a debilitating market downturn that has already hammered stocks and leading cryptocurrencies, according to “Big Short” investor Michael Burry. Burry, the boss of Scion Capital Management, warned that company earnings are next to suffer from the effects of surging inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate hikes that have … Read more