Man charged in deadly parade crash says jail isn't safe
A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha says he doesn’t feel safe in jail. Darrell Brooks, who is Black, sent a letter to his mother saying that guards paid inmates to spit in his food. Brooks wrote that he needs to find a way out before something happens to him and guards “sweep it under the rug.”news.yahoo.com
Rare pest intercepted at Brownsville international bridge
Agriculture Specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a rare “First in Nation” pest in Spanish moss used to decorate a Christmas nativity stable. The interception occurred on Dec. 3, 2021, at the Gateway International Bridge when a vehicle was referred to secondary for agriculture inspection of a nativity stable decorated with Spanish moss, CBP said in a media release. During the examination of the Spanish moss, CBP agriculture specialists intercepted a stink bug which was submitted for identification to a local U.S. Department of Agriculture area entomologist. I commend our agriculture specialists for another First in Nation pest interception,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. The media release states insects in the Pentatomidae family, commonly known as stink bugs, have sucking mouthparts and feed on a wide variety of fruits and plants and many may be detrimental to the nation’s agriculture.myrgv.com
Threats and theft: The wretched life of C. Africa's peanut growers
In the north-western region of the Central African Republic, peanut farming brings hope to the residents of Paoua, a town some 500 kilometres (300 miles) northwest of the capital Bangui, but insecurity in the region means it's dangerous for farmers to travel with their produce. Paoua is regularly targeted by armed groups, notably the powerful 3R movement (Return, Reclaim, Rehabilitation), among several in the region that are seeking to control exports.news.yahoo.com
Burning North Carolina fertilizer plant had potential for "one of the worst explosions in U.S. history"
A burning fertilizer plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, nearly caused "one of the worst explosions in U.S. history," the fire chief said. Thousands of residents evacuated as firefighters battled the blaze.news.yahoo.com
Sweden to lift most Covid curbs on Feb 9
Sweden says it will lift most of its coronavirus restrictions on February 9 as the pandemic enters a "whole new phase" with the highly contagious but milder Omicron variant. "The pandemic is not over, but we are entering a whole new phase," Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters.news.yahoo.com
70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth's legacy
Queen Elizabeth II on February 6 becomes the first British monarch to rule for 70 years, in a historic milestone that signals the start of her Platinum Jubilee year. The 95-year-old monarch will mark the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI in private, before a series of public celebrations, and an extra bank holiday, planned for early June.news.yahoo.com
U.S. conducts counterterrorism mission in Syria
U.S. military missions around the world are in the spotlight, with thousands of troops deploying to Eastern Europe, and reports emerging of casualties in Syria following a counterterrorism raid. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes joins "CBS News Mornings" with more.news.yahoo.com
Sanctions put squeeze on Mali's lucrative cotton sector
Mali is Africa's leading cotton producer. Cotton is one of Mali's main sources of export revenue, after gold. But thousands of Malian cotton growers face sanctions imposed by ECOWAS in January, demanding countries close borders and suspend trade with Mali.news.yahoo.com
U.S. special forces carry out counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria
The U.S. carried out what the Pentagon called a “successful” counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria. At least 13 people were reportedly killed, including women and children. National security correspondent David Martin has the latest.news.yahoo.com
World's first malaria vaccine making inroads in western Kenya
More than 100,000 children in malaria-endemic western Kenya have received a new vaccine against malaria, which kills 260,000 children under five every year in sub-Saharan Africa. A pilot programme has been rolling out the groundbreaking drug -- which was 30 years in the making -- in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi since 2019.news.yahoo.com
WHO sees pause, even end of pandemic for Europe
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a five-step plan to ease its pandemic border restrictions, starting with waiving hotel quarantine requirements for Kiwis stranded overseas by the pandemic. New Zealand's borders have been closed for nearly two years in an effort to combat the pandemic.news.yahoo.com
These kids stuck in the hospital for Christmas have a ‘Secret Santa’ of sorts – and he’s only 13
What were you doing when you were 13 years old, right around this time of year? Were you on Christmas break from school? Hanging out with your friends, by chance? Longing for the presents that were set to arrive on Christmas morning?
Spain's Christmas lottery offers a distraction from pandemic
Spaniards looking for a respite from the pandemic’s gloom and doom are turning their attention Wednesday to a rite that for more than two centuries has marked the beginning of the festive period: the country’s bumper Christmas lottery, known as “El Gordo,” or “The Fat One.”.
5 fun, tried-and-true things you should absolutely do with your kids this holiday season
As an adult, by my late 20s, I started to feel a little bit “meh” about Christmas. Sure, it was a nice time of year, and I enjoyed seeing my family when I could, but I didn’t really understand the appeal of decorating, baking or most holiday-themed events. All of that changed, however, once I got into my 30s and had kids.
UK COVID cases hit record; Top doctor warns of worse to come
The U.K. recorded the highest number of confirmed new COVID-19 infections Wednesday since the pandemic began, and England’s chief medical officer warned the situation is likely to get worse as the omicron variant drives a new wave of illness during the Christmas holidays.