Senate ships $ 40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate whisked a $ 40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and US allies to final congressional approval Thursday, putting a bipartisan stamp on America’s biggest commitment yet to turning Russia’s invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow. The legislation, approved 86-11, was backed by every voting … Read more

CDC panel recommends Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended a Pfizer Covid booster shot for children ages 5 to 11 at least five months after their primary vaccination series, as infections are on the rise across the country and immunity from the first two doses wanes off. The CDC’s panel of independent vaccine experts … Read more

Elon Musk says he does not plan to donate to GOP super PACs

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has no current plans to fund a Republican super PAC in the upcoming US elections, including any who oppose President Joe Biden in 2024. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who is listed by Forbes as the wealthiest person in the world, told CNBC in an email that he ruled … Read more

Elections in Lebanon, does political change stand a chance? | Elections News

Beirut, Lebanon – As Lebanon’s election frenzy cools down, the country has awakened to a new chapter in its dizzying political history. After Sunday’s election result, shifts in the balance of power in the country’s 128-seat parliament and its fragile sectarian power-sharing system have occurred. Lawmakers who for many decades were constant variables in Lebanon’s … Read more

Elon Musk says he does not plan to donate to GOP super PACs in upcoming elections

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has no current plans to fund a Republican super PAC in the upcoming US elections, including any that opposes President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential race. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who is listed by Forbes as the wealthiest person in the world, told CNBC in an email … Read more

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol

By VASILISA STEPANENKO and LORI HINNANT May 19, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/mariupol-medic-body-camera-036cf9f28180e9525760d68bddbe4ee4 KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) – A celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol itself is on … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why is Wall Street close to a bear market?

NEW YORK (AP) – The bears are rumbling toward Wall Street. The stock market’s skid this year has pulled the S&P 500 close to what’s known as a bear market. Rising interest rates, high inflation, the war in Ukraine and a slowdown in China’s economy have caused investors to reconsider the prices they’re willing to … Read more

First on CNN: Senators announce bipartisan deal on long-sought bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits during military service

“For far too long, our nation’s veterans have been living with chronic illnesses as a result of exposures during their time in uniform. Today, we’re taking necessary steps to right this wrong with our proposal that’ll provide veterans and their families with the health care and benefits they have earned and deserve, “Sen. Jon Tester, … Read more

Tough questions await SEC Chair Gensler as he seeks funding for his regulatory agenda

Gary Gensler, Chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, takes his seat before the start of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Oversight of the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images SEC Chair Gary Gensler is testifying … Read more

Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

WASHINGTON (AP) – With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden Despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, US officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader is and what it might take to get him … Read more