National Newswatch

Tyre Nichols’ brutal beating by police shown on video

Jan 28 2023 — — Memphis authorities released video footage Friday showing Tyre Nichols being beaten by police officers who held the Black motorist down and repeatedly struck him with their fists, boots and batons as he screamed for his mother and pleaded, “‘I’m just trying to go home.” The video is filled with violent moments showing the officers, who […]

Serena Williams, Kristen Bell, North West join cast of ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’

Jan 25 2023 — — Tennis champion Serena Williams and “Frozen” star Kristen Bell are among the names joining the Paw Patrol movie sequel. Toronto-headquartered Spin Master Entertainment announced the additions to the cast, which also include North West joining her mom Kim Kardashian, who was in the first movie. Distributor Elevation Pictures says “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” will […]

Pope Francis: Homosexuality not a crime

Jan 25 2023 — — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church. “Being homosexual isn’t a crime,” Francis said during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops […]

Classified documents at Pence’s home, too, his lawyer says

Jan 24 2023 — — Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana residence last week, his lawyer says, the latest in a string of recoveries of confidential information from the homes of current and former top U.S. officials. The records, which were taken into FBI custody, “appear to be a small number of documents […]

‘Everything Everywhere’ tops Oscar nominations with 11

Jan 24 2023 — — The multiverse-skipping sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led nominations to the 95th Academy Awards as Hollywood heaped honours on big-screen spectacles like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” a year after a streaming service won best picture for the first time. Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan’s “Everything Everywhere All […]

FBI searched Biden home, found documents marked classified

Jan 21 2023 — — The FBI searched President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday and located six additional documents containing classification markings and also took possession of some of his notes, the president’s lawyer said Saturday. Bob Bauer, the president’s personal lawyer, said the search of the entire premises lasted nearly 13 hours. The apparently classified documents […]

Defense chiefs struggle in dispute over tanks for Ukraine

Jan 20 2023 — — Defense leaders meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany struggled Friday to resolve divisions over providing advanced battle tanks to Ukraine as they discussed sending more military aid to the embattled country in its war with Russia. The defense minister of Poland, which has pledged a company of 14 Leopard tanks on condition that other […]

US says it’s time for Finland, Sweden to join NATO

Jan 19 2023 — — The Biden administration said Thursday it’s time for Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, bluntly saying that holdout members of the alliance should quickly approve their memberships. The State Department said Secretary of State Antony Blinken had affirmed resolute support for Finland and Sweden in phone calls with their foreign ministers […]

Supreme Court says it hasn’t found abortion opinion leaker

Jan 19 2023 — — The Supreme Court said Thursday it has not determined who leaked a draft of the court’s opinion overturning abortion rights, but that the investigation continues. Eight months after Politico published its explosive leak detailing the draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, the court said its investigative team “has to date […]

Climate misinformation ‘rocket boosters’ on Musk’s Twitter

Jan 19 2023 — — Search for the word “climate” on Twitter and the first automatic recommendation isn’t “climate crisis” or “climate jobs” or even “climate change” but instead “climate scam.” Clicking on the recommendation yields dozens of posts denying the reality of climate change and making misleading claims about efforts to mitigate it. Such misinformation has flourished on Twitter […]

Zelenskyy ramps up pressure on Western allies to send tanks

Jan 19 2023 — — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy bared frustration Thursday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos about not obtaining enough tanks from some Western countries to help his country defend itself from Russia. Speaking by video link at a breakfast with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former […]

Jacinda Ardern to step down as New Zealand prime minister

Jan 18 2023 — — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday she is stepping down as New Zealand’s leader and will not contest this year’s general elections. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters in Napier that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. “I am entering now my sixth year in office, and for each of those years, […]