Tim Kaine announces he is running for re-election

CNN — Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia announced Friday that he is running for re-election in 2024. “I’ve really struggled with what to do regarding my time in the Senate, and I’m very happy to announce that I’m going to run for a third term in the Senate,” he told reporters at an event … Read more

Cassius Turvey: Three others charged with alleged murder of Australian teenager walking home from school

Brisbane, Australia CNN — Three other people have been charged in the alleged murder of a 15-year-old boy who died after suffering head injuries while walking home from school with a group of friends. Cassius Turvey died in hospital 10 days after the alleged attack last October, which took place in a suburb of Perth … Read more

Elliot Blair: The death of a US lawyer in a hotel in Mexico showed no signs of violence, an official says

CNN — Mexican authorities investigating the case of a US attorney found dead at a resort hotel earlier this month determined that no foul play was involved in his death, according to an official statement released Thursday. Elliot Blair, 33, died of severe head trauma and suffered injuries consistent with “a fall from a height, … Read more

Walmart shooting: 1 person injured, suspected gunman killed after shooting at a Walmart in Evansville, Indiana, police say

CNN — At least one person was injured in a shooting at a Walmart in Evansville, Indiana, on Thursday night. Evansville Police Department. According to Evansville Police Department Sgt. Anna Gray at a press conference Thursday night. When they arrived, they encountered the suspect who had fired multiple times at officers, Gray said. Officers returned … Read more

Japan is considering downgrading Covid-19 to the same level as seasonal flu

Tokyo CNN — Japan will consider relegating Covid-19 to the same category as seasonal flu this spring, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Friday. Kishida said he had instructed Health Ministry officials to discuss the move and that his government would also review rules on face masks and other pandemic measures. “To further advance the efforts … Read more

Donald Trump mistook E. Jean Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples in photo, transcripts of statements show

CNN — Recently unsealed transcripts of Donald Trump’s statement in the E. Jean Carroll case show that the former President mistook Carroll for his ex-wife Marla Maples in a photo. The transcripts show that during his statement in October 2022, Trump was shown a black and white photo of him interacting with various people, including … Read more

Winter in Afghanistan: At least 78 people die as temperatures plummet, Taliban say

CNN — At least 78 people have died in freezing temperatures in Afghanistan in the past nine days, a Taliban official said Thursday. a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people who now live under the control of the radical Islamist group. Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesman for the Taliban Ministry of Disaster Management, told CNN that … Read more

Guryong Village, South Korea: 500 people evacuated after massive fire in one of Seoul’s last slums

Seoul CNN — According to firefighters, about 500 people were evacuated from their homes on Friday after a fire broke out in Guryong Village, one of the last remaining slums in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The fire broke out at around 6:28 a.m. in the village’s fourth precinct, Shin Yong-ho, a Gangnam Fire … Read more

Party City is filing for bankruptcy

New York CNN — Party City filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, weighed down by competition and years of financial losses. The largest party and Halloween specialty retailer in the United States said in a filing that it has reached an agreement with debt holders to reduce its $1.7 billion debt burden. The company said … Read more

Bud Light and Budweiser are getting a makeover at this year’s Super Bowl

New York CNN — Anheuser-Busch may no longer be the only alcohol brand advertising during the Super Bowl, but it will still have a big presence — even if rivals seize the opportunity after a 33-year drought. The beer company announced Thursday that it will have three minutes of national airtime during this year’s big … Read more