The first tornado to hit Wisconsin in February was spotted

[ad_1] EVANSVILLE, Wis. — The first tornado ever recorded in Wisconsin in the usually frigid month of February that tore through mostly rural areas came on a day that broke records for warmth, setting up the perfect scenario for the type of severe weather normally seen in the late spring and summer. The storms left … Read more

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans say air travel is safe despite recent scares

[ad_1] Most U.S. adults believe that air travel is generally safe in the U.S., despite some doubts about whether aircraft are being properly maintained and remain free from structural problems. About 7 in 10 U.S. adults say planes are a “very” or “somewhat” safe method of travel, according to a new poll from The Associated … Read more

Biden administration announces $5 billion commitment for research and development of computer chips

[ad_1] FILE – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks Dec. 11, 2023, during a visit to BAE Systems, in Nashua, N.H. The Biden administration on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, will announce the investment of $5 billion in a public-private consortium aimed at supporting research and development in advanced computer chips. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) [ad_2] … Read more

Israel is holding up food for 1.1 million Palestinians in Gaza, the main UN aid agency there says

[ad_1] JERUSALEM — Israel has imposed financial restrictions on the main U.N. agency providing aid in the Gaza Strip, a measure which prevented a shipment of food for 1.1 million Palestinians from reaching the war-battered enclave, the agency’s director said Friday. The restrictions deepened a crisis between Israel and UNRWA, whose operations have been threatened … Read more

Meta removes Instagram and Facebook accounts for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Meta has removed Instagram and Facebook accounts run on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after criticism over his support for Hamas after its Oct. 7 attack on Israel that sparked the monthslong war still raging in the Gaza Strip, the company confirmed Friday. Meta, based in … Read more

Thousands of doctors in England to strike again as health likely to become a key UK election issue

[ad_1] LONDON — Thousands of doctors in the early years of their careers in England are to go on strike later this month for another five-day stretch as their long-standing pay dispute with the British government remains in stasis. The British Medical Association, the union that represents the so-called junior doctors, said on Friday that … Read more

A volcano in Iceland is erupting again, spewing lava and cutting heat and hot water supplies

[ad_1] GRINDAVIK, Iceland — A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Thursday for the third time since December, sending jets of lava into the sky, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and cutting heat and hot water to thousands of people. The eruption began at about 0600 GMT (1 a.m. EST) along … Read more

New York woman sentenced to probation and fines in COVID aid fraud schemes

[ad_1] NEW YORK — A Brooklyn woman who pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with various pandemic-era relief schemes was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and $650,000 in penalties. Prosecutors said Chanette Lewis, 32, carried out some of the schemes by leveraging her job at a call center, part of a New York … Read more

Nevada jury awards $130M to 5 people who had liver damage after drinking bottled water

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS — A Nevada jury has awarded about $130 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by five people who suffered liver damage after drinking bottled water marketed by a Las Vegas-based company before the product was recalled from store shelves in 2021. The Clark County District Court jury awarded more than $30 … Read more

Baby boom of African penguin chicks hatches at a San Francisco science museum

[ad_1] SAN FRANCISCO — A bounty of 10 African penguin chicks has hatched in just over a year at a San Francisco science museum as part of an effort to conserve the endangered bird. The penguins began hatching in November 2022, ending a four year period without any new chicks, and continued through January of … Read more