The U.S. Economy Sends Mixed Signals: Here’s What It All Means
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is caught in a delicate and painful place. Confusing, too. Growth seems to be stalling, home sales are collapsing and economists are warning of a possible recession to come. But consumers continue to spend, businesses continue to post profits, and the economy continues to create hundreds of thousands of jobs each month. Amid all this, prices have accelerated to four-decade highs, and the Federal Reserve is desperately trying to put out the inflationary flames with higher interest rates. This makes borrowing more expensive for households and businesses. The Fed hopes to achieve the central bank’s triple axis: slow the economy just enough to curb inflation without causing a recession.
Speeches by Trump and Pence highlight sharp division in GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — The escalating rivalry between former President Donald Trump and his once fiercely loyal Vice President Mike Pence has been on full display in Washington. The two gave dueling speeches on Tuesday about the future of the Republican Party. Trump, in his first return to Washington since Democrat Joe Biden ousted him from the White House, repeated the false allegations of voter fraud that sparked the Capitol uprising on Jan. 6. Pence, in a separate address, implored the party to move on after Trump’s defeat. The two men laid the groundwork for the presidential elections expected in 2024.
AP Interview: Japanese minister says women are ‘undervalued’
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s gender equality minister has called the country’s dangerously low birth rates and population slump a national crisis and blamed the “indifference and ignorance” of Japan’s male-dominated parliament for neglect. In an interview with The Associated Press, Seiko Noda presented the steady decline in the number of children born in Japan as an existential threat. She says the nation won’t have enough troops, police or firefighters for decades to come if this continues. Japan is the third largest economy in the world, but it struggles to make society more inclusive. There are concerns both in Japan and abroad about how Japan will reverse what critics call a deep-rooted history of machismo that has contributed to the low birth rate.
New studies bolster the coronavirus-out-of-the-wild theory
Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a market in Wuhan, China, where live animals were sold. This further bolsters the theory that the virus came out of nature rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research was published online Tuesday by the journal Science. It shows that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was likely the first epicenter of the plague that has now killed nearly 6.4 million people worldwide. Scientists also conclude that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely spread from animals to humans twice.
A civilian doctor commands respect on the front lines of the war in Ukraine
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine (AP) — The founder of a nonprofit medical organization is traveling across Ukraine’s Donetsk region delivering first aid kits, equipment and training to soldiers and paramedics near the front lines of the Russian war in Ukraine. A helmet and protective vest are not part of her uniform, but high heels and dresses are when she visits Ukrainian field posts and hospitals. Nataliia Voronkova is a civilian and a volunteer, and looking like one is important to her, even in a combat zone. Voronkova has spent more than eight years providing training and emergency medical supplies to Ukrainian forces. She says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February created exponentially more needs and challenges.
North Dakota abortion clinic likely gearing up for final day
FARGO, ND (AP) — North Dakota’s only abortion clinic is preparing for what could be its last day of procedures. The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo will offer abortion care on Wednesday, and a trigger ban on Thursday is set to make abortion illegal in the state. Barring a judge’s intervention, that likely means an indefinite period during which patients will be forced to travel hundreds of miles to receive care until the clinic can open in a new location just across the river. river in Moorhead, Minnesota, where abortion remains legal. Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker did not say when the facility will be ready and did not respond to messages on Tuesday.
Climate misinformation leaves lasting scars as the world heats up
Wildfires, floods and soaring temperatures have made climate change real for many Americans. Yet a significant number continue to reject the scientific consensus that human activity is to blame. That’s partly because of a decades-long campaign by fossil fuel companies to muddy the facts and promote fringe explanations. Now, even as these same companies embrace renewable energy, the legacy of this climate misinformation remains, posing a challenge to any meaningful attempt to mitigate the damage. Meanwhile, public mistrust of scientists and scientific institutions has widened to encompass vaccines and public health measures seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Detective: Alex Jones is the ‘most dangerous’ type of attack denier
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney for the parents of one of the children who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting told jurors that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones “lied and attacked at repeatedly the parents of murdered children” when he told his Infowars audience that the 2012 attack was a hoax. Attorney Mark Bankston said during his opening statement in a civil lawsuit in Texas to determine damages against Jones that Jones created a “massive campaign of lies” and recruited “savage extremists from the fringes of the internet. …who were as cruel as Mr Jones wanted them to be “to the families of the victims”.
A #toosoon moment? Pope’s haircut sparks mixed reactions
It was a stunning image: Pope Francis briefly sporting a full Indigenous headdress, after apologizing for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s “disastrous” residential school system for Indigenous children. The Vatican and the Pope clearly appreciated the gesture, which was cheered by some residential school survivors. But some Indigenous people took to social media to express their displeasure at an iconic gesture they found incongruous with the Catholic Church’s history of abuse for which Francis traveled to Canada to apologize. . The leader of a truth and healing project for residential school survivors called it “a #toosoon moment.”
Is this the night you win an $830 million Mega Millions prize?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The odds are steadily increasing that someone will win the massive $830 million Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday night, but will it be you? It’s unlikely. This is because even if an increase in sales means that more possible number combinations are covered for the jackpot, your chances of winning remain the same. They are 1 in 302.5 million. The last time someone won the Mega Millions jackpot was on April 15th. Since then, there have been 28 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner. Considering the odds of winning it all, it’s a bit of a surprise that someone hits a jackpot, but it will happen.
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