Current News

/

ArcaMax

Sarahbeth Maney/Getty Images North America/TNS

Analysis: Biden trying to keep India close, even as it bucks him on Russia

Current News / News & Features /

SEOUL, South Korea — When President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders from Japan and Australia this week, it could get awkward.

India is rebuffing Biden’s efforts to join the U.S. and its allies in isolating Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s biggest democracy continues to buy cheap Russian...Read more

Pool/Abaca Press/TNS

Biden adviser says US economy can withstand Fed inflation fight

Current News / News & Features /

White House economic adviser Brian Deese stopped short of ruling out a U.S. recession as the Federal Reserve combats inflation, saying the central bank needs space to do its job.

Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, said that approach reflects President Joe Biden’s pledge to make reining in the biggest consumer price ...Read more

John Normile/Getty Images North America/TNS

Cuomo addresses Buffalo congregation reeling from mass shooting

Current News / News & Features /

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to Buffalo on Sunday, the latest in a series of politicos to descend upon the city reeling from the racist mass shooting in which a white gunman is accused of killing 10 Black people May 14.

Amid ongoing speculation about his own political plans, Cuomo denounced the attack and called on Congress to take ...Read more

Julie Bennett/Getty Images North America/TNS

Biden says monkeypox spread is concerning and advisers are examining

Current News / News & Features /

The growing monkeypox outbreak is “something everyone should be concerned about,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden, before boarding Air Force One in South Korea on Sunday, told reporters he’d spoken to advisers about the situation.

“We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, might be available for it...Read more

Daniel Leal/Getty Images North America/TNS

Johnson didn't try to influence 'partygate' report, Zahawi says

Current News / News & Features /

Boris Johnson didn’t use a meeting with a top civil servant to try to influence her report about illegal parties held at the center of government during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Sue Gray is expected to release her report this week into what the U.K. media has dubbed “partygate,” a scandal that’s ...Read more

Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images North America/TNS

US gets first 70,000 pounds of baby formula to counter shortage

Current News / News & Features /

A planeload of more than 70,000 pounds of baby formula arrived in the U.S., starting an emergency program to alleviate a national shortage that has left some parents scrounging to feed their children.

More formula will start arriving in stores “as early as this week,” Brian Deese, President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser in the White ...Read more

John Moore/Getty Images North America/TNS

Ukraine says it's holding off Russia's intensified thrust in the east

Current News / News & Features /

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces were deterring Russia’s intensified offensive in the east, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday, even as he labeled the grinding military panorama across the country as “very hard.”

The situation in the heavily contested eastern Donbas region “is extremely difficult,” Zelenskyy said in his ...Read more

Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Given chance to avoid jail and criminal charges, mentally ill, addicted and homeless people in LA pass

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES — A diversion program in Los Angeles designed to keep mentally ill, addicted or homeless adults out of jail and instead provide treatment and housing is having little success, according to statistics provided by police officials.

The problem? Little interest.

Nearly three-quarters of the 283 people deemed eligible for the ...Read more

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/TNS

COVID-19 wastewater efforts confront long-term questions

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON — In February 2020, environmental engineers Aaron Bivins and Kyle Bibby launched an informal collaborative with a few fellow researchers, hoping to share tips and strategies on monitoring wastewater for signs of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic.

By April 2022, that group ballooned to more than 1,300 analysts and professionals ...Read more

Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot swept into office as an avowed reformer. Three years later, critics see 'missed opportunities' and a mixed record

Current News / News & Features /

CHICAGO — As a candidate for mayor, Lori Lightfoot promised to transform Chicago’s often corrupt political culture, in part by taking away the near-total power aldermen have over matters in their own wards and by leading a transparent government.

“For years, they said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well, get ready, because reform is ...Read more

Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Even with Roe v. Wade in place, low-income women struggle to get abortions in Texas

Current News / News & Features /

McALLEN, Texas — The patient slid onto the examination table as the doctor ran through her standard list of questions.

Most recent period? Any previous abortions? Medication or surgery? Any complications?

An assistant readied an ultrasound wand as the patient lifted her shirt. She wasn't worried whether she was pregnant — she had already ...Read more

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Amid severe drought, former Interior secretary calls for revamping Colorado River pact

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES — One hundred years after a landmark agreement divided the waters of the Colorado River among Western states, the pact is now showing its age as a hotter and drier climate has shrunk the river.

The flow of the Colorado has declined nearly 20% since 2000. Reservoirs have dropped to record low levels. And despite a series of deals ...Read more

Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Why swimming pools are getting a break despite unprecedented water restrictions in Southern California

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES — As millions of Southern Californians brace for new drought restrictions coming June 1, one big, blue question mark remains: How will the rules apply to swimming pools?

As with nearly every other facet of the rollout, the agencies affected by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's urgent call for conservation ...Read more

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Dangerous DIY baby formula recipes go viral as parents get desperate

Current News / News & Features /

As a nationwide baby formula shortage sends parents into crisis mode, social media posts containing dangerous misinformation about homemade formula recipes have gone viral online, racking up views in the millions. Although major networks like Facebook, TikTok and YouTube have taken steps to label photos, videos and posts with contextual ...Read more

Christine Condon/Baltimore Sun/TNS

Debates spark over Baltimore police protection strategies as rising bloodshed puts neighborhoods on edge

Current News / News & Features /

BALTIMORE — Gunfire rang out this month on Boarman Avenue, lined with trees and rowhouses with porches, frightening nearby residents. Five people were injured, police said, just hours after four people were shot in East Baltimore, including one man who died.

That night, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton fielded calls from concerned ...Read more

John Moore/Getty Images North America/TNS

Russia cuts off gas to Finland amid wider push into Ukraine's east

Current News / News & Features /

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian troops pressed their offensive into the Donbas region on Saturday, aiming to encircle the easternmost point of Ukrainian control in what one official said would be a repeat of Moscow’s assault on the beleaguered city of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, Moscow cut off natural gas exports to Finland, and the Russian Defense ...Read more

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Biden says US prepared to respond to a North Korean nuclear test

Current News / News & Features /

U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday that he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of North Korea holding a nuclear test while he’s in Asia.

“We are prepared for anything North Korea does,” Biden told reporters in Seoul. “We’ve thought through how we’d respond to whatever they do, and so I am not concerned.”

U.S. intelligence...Read more

Robert Kitchin - Pool/Getty Images North America/TNS

NZ's Ardern congratulates Australia's Albanese on election win

Current News / News & Features /

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election.

“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” ...Read more

Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images North America/TNS

NYC will spend $9 million on 'violence interrupters' to curb violence in city schools

Current News / News & Features /

NEW YORK — A technique that Mayor Eric Adams has championed as part of his efforts to curb gun violence on New York City streets may also play a role in his approach to addressing conflict in schools, budget documents show.

Adams has cited “violence interrupters” — trusted community members who fan out into neighborhoods to identify and...Read more

Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

2 killed, 3 wounded in Indiana home shooting

Current News / News & Features /

Two people were killed and three more were wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon at a house in northern Indiana.

Police in the city of Goshen did not say if the shooter was included in that count or if anyone had been arrested.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates that the shooting was targeted, not ...Read more