Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

The prisoners of the St. Petersburg penal colony expected a visit from officials, thinking that it would be some kind of inspection. Instead, men in uniform arrived and offered them amnesty – if they agreed to fight alongside the Russian army in Ukraine. Over the next few days, around 10 left the prison, according to … Read more

Japan’s PM purges Cabinet after support for church ties plummets

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent effort to steer his administration away from the Conservative Unification Church about his ties to slain leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party officials. The reshuffle, the second in just 10 months since Kishida took office, follows his July … Read more

Ukraine says 9 Russian fighter jets were destroyed in explosions in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a series of deadly explosions at an air base in Crimea that appeared to be the result of a Ukrainian attack, which would represent a important escalation of war. Russia has denied that any plane was damaged in Tuesday’s explosions – … Read more

Go the distance: Cubs and Reds play at Iowa’s ‘Field of Dreams’

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — David Bell’s grandfather, father and brother played in the majors. Bell himself spent 12 years in the major leagues and worked as a coach and front office executive before taking over as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. So here is, ” field of dreams”, a film about family and baseball, hits … Read more

Suspect in Albuquerque Muslim killings denies involvement

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — After being arrested by New Mexico police, the suspect in the murder of four Muslim men in Albuquerque denied any connection to the crimes that rocked the city and its small Muslim community — and said to authorities that he was so enraged by the violence that he was driving to … Read more

Trump testimony in New York investigation: Live updates

NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump invoked the fifth amendment and would not answer questions under oath from the New York Attorney General long-term civil investigation in his business dealings, the former president said in a statement Wednesday. Trump arrived at the offices of State Attorney General Letitia James in a motorcade shortly before 9 … Read more

Ukraine says 9 Russian fighter jets were destroyed in explosions in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Air Force said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a series of deadly explosions at an air base in Crimea, amid speculation that the blasts were the result of a Ukrainian attack which would represent a significant escalation of war. Russia has denied that a plane was … Read more

FBI search for Trump estate in Florida: Why now?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s unprecedented raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence ricocheted around government, politics and a polarized country on Tuesday, along with questions about why the Justice Department — notably cautious under Attorney General Merrick Garland — decided to take such a drastic step forward. The answers did not come quickly. … Read more

Large explosions rock a Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke across the landscape on Tuesday in what could mark an escalation in the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were injured, authorities said. The Russian Defense Ministry denied that the … Read more

Nebraska woman charged with helping her daughter get an abortion

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter terminate her pregnancy at around 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook posts in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and planned to burn the fetus afterwards. The prosecutor handling the case said it was the first … Read more