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WINTER WEATHER – Gusty winds and falling temperatures plunged the east coast into a deep freeze as people dig after a powerful northeasterly dumped mounds of snow, flooded coastlines and cut the electricity to tens of thousands of people. Dangerous wind chills were expected to drop below freezing across the region after the storm dumped snow from Virginia to Maine. Philadelphia and New York got plenty of snow, but Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, with the city of Sharon receiving more than 30 inches of snowfall before the storm dissipated. By Mark Pratt and Mike Catalini. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.
RUSSIA-UKRAINE-SANCTIONS-EXPLAINER – The White House and US officials have threatened Russia with financial sanctions with “serious consequences” if it invades Ukraine, but so far many people have been the main targets of western pain. By Fatima Hussein. SENT: 880 words, photos.
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KOREA-TENSIONS – North Korea fired what appeared to be the most powerful missile it had tested since US President Joe Biden took office, possibly breaching a self-imposed suspension of weapons testing longer-range as it relaunches its old playbook from the brink of wringing concessions from Washington and its neighbors in a protracted diplomatic standoff. By Kim Tong-Hyung and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 960 words, photos.
ISLAMIC-STATE-CREE-BACK — With a spectacular prison break in Syria and a deadly attack on an army barracks in Iraq, the Islamic State group made headlines again last week, a reminder of a war that officially ended three years ago but continues to be fought mostly out of sight. By Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.
VOICE FROM MYANMAR — Since Myanmar’s military rejected democratic election results and seized power on February 1, 2021, peaceful nationwide protests and violent crackdowns by security forces have turned into a humanitarian crisis national. A woman told AP she kept fleeing from place to place after fighting broke out near her village in eastern Myanmar. A 28-year-old surgeon who quit his job to protest the military coup has joined an armed resistance group in the jungle to treat the displaced. A former peace activist has given up non-violent protests to take up arms after seeing colleagues shot dead. According to the Myanmar Political Prisoners Assistance Association, at least 1,490 people have been killed and more than 11,775 arrested since the military took over. By Victoria Milko. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.
BIDEN-THREATS — A Kansas man traveling to Washington was being held for threatening President Joe Biden, authorities say. SENT: 220 words.
THAILAND OIL SPILL – Favorable wind and sea conditions have carried an oil slick away from beaches in eastern Thailand, authorities say, but concerns remain that the spill could still hit a resort island popular. SENT: 310 words, photos.
MEGA-MILLIONS-DRAW – A single ticket sold in Southern California matched all six numbers and was the lucky winner of the $426 million Mega Millions jackpot. SENT: 200 words.
ROMNEY-COVID – U.S. Senator Mitt Romney has tested positive for COVID-19 and will “isolate and work remotely for the recommended time period,” according to a press release from his office. SENT: 330 words, photo.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK-CANADA PROTEST – Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the Canadian capital to protest vaccination mandates, masks and lockdowns. SENT: 730 words, photos.
REPUBLICANS-TRUMP — Former President Donald Trump is facing a cascade of increasingly intense investigations that pose the most serious legal threat he has faced in his decades of litigious public life. Yet those around Trump describe him as largely uninterested in legal proceedings. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.
CAPITOL-RIOT-PARDONS – Former President Donald Trump is dangling the prospect of pardons for supporters who took part in the deadly assault on the US Capitol on January 6 if he returns to the White House. SENT: 400 words, photo.
BRIDGE COLLAPSE-PITTSBURGH – Federal investigators pledge to put a collapsed bridge in a Pittsburgh park “under a microscope” as they examine evidence, including video of a city bus that fell alongside the span, prompting rescuers to rappel down a ravine and form a human chain to reach a few occupants. SENT: 640 words, photos.
DEADLY MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH – A six-vehicle crash has killed nine people and left one person in critical condition in wreckage that Nevada police say was caused by a driver driving too fast. SENT: 160 words.
CARBON-MONOXIDE-HOTEL – Seven people have been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning at a Hampton Inn in Ohio, officials say. SENT: 220 words.
FIRE-DEATHS-NEBRASKA – Two school-age children are among those killed after a fire broke out early at a home in rural northern Nebraska. SENT: 190 words.
BRITAIN-POLITICS-HUMOR – Britain’s scandal-prone Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given cartoonists and meme-makers unimaginable riches for years, and with his grip on power now in jeopardy, their fortunes are only growing . SENT: 850 words, photos.
FRANCE-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – France’s left stands divided and weakened in the presidential race as at least five leading candidates have rejected any alliance between them – and an online vote to choose a leader looks doomed. SENT: 580 words, photos.
EMIRATES-ISRAEL — Israel’s iconic president visited the United Arab Emirates in the first official visit by the country’s head of state, the latest sign of deepening ties between the two nations as tensions rise In the region. SENT: 500 words, photos.
UNITED NATIONS-YEMEN-EXPERTS-REPORT — UN experts say in a new report that nearly 2,000 children recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels died on the battlefield between January 2020 and May 2021, and that Iranian-backed rebels continue to hold camps and classes to encourage young people to fight. SENT: 870 words.
ELECTIONS IN PORTUGAL – Portuguese voters headed to the polls on Sunday in a snap election that looked set to produce another vulnerable minority government, just as the country is about to start spending a huge windfall of government funds. ‘European Union. SENT: 580 words, photos.
ATTACK IN IRAQ – Kuwait suspended flights to Iraq for a week citing security fears after a rocket attack targeted Baghdad International Airport. Iraqi authorities, meanwhile, announced that an assailant had been apprehended. SENT: 270 words.
DEATHS OF EXPERTS IN CONGO – A Congolese military court has sentenced some 50 people to death nearly five years after the murders of United Nations investigators Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan in the Kasai region of central Congo. SENT: 380 words.
MEXICO-VIOLENCE – Residents of a town on the frontline of a turf war between rival drug cartels in Mexico say soldiers fired on them during a clash Saturday in the western state of Michoacan. SENT: 380 words.
FRANCE-IRAN — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the “immediate release” of a Franco-Iranian researcher imprisoned in Iran, officials say. SENT: 260 words, photo.
EMIRATES-ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has traveled to the United Arab Emirates for a state visit amid his country’s ongoing war against Tigray rebels. SENT: 170 words, photos.
HONG KONG-CALLIGRAPHY-PHOTO-GALLERY – As the Lunar New Year approaches, calligraphers have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to write brushstrokes on traditional red paper banners for homes and offices. SENT: 170 words, photos.
CHINA-PMI – Manufacturing activity in the world’s second-largest economy grew at a slower pace in January compared with the previous month, according to an official government measure, as the country’s strict “zero tolerance” measures against COVID- 19 have dampened economic activity. SENT: 240 words, photos.
BRADY-RETIREMENT-REPORTS — Despite reports that he’s retiring, Tom Brady has told the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he hasn’t made up his mind, two people familiar with the details told The Associated Press. ESPN first reported Brady’s retirement, citing unidentified sources. Brady’s company tweeted that he was retiring, and backlash came from around the world congratulating Brady on his career. But the tweet was later deleted and Brady’s agent Don Yee said the 44-year-old quarterback would be the only person to be specific about his future. By Rob Maddi. Sent: 890 words, photos. With TOM BRADY-PHOTO GALLERY — Tom Brady through his unprecedented career. SENT: 170 words, photos.
TEN-AUSTRALIAN-OPEN — Ash Barty won the Australian Open women’s final in straight sets against Danielle Collins to end a 44-year drought for the Aussies at their home Grand Slam tournament. Barty won the first set with a break of serve but lost 5-1 in the second set after losing serve in the second and sixth games. SENT: 990 words, photos.
CHIEFS-ARNETTE-ARRESTED – NFL cornerback Damon Arnette was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of weapons and drug offenses, prompting him to be released by his last team, the Chiefs of Kansas City. SENT: 160 words.
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