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THE UKTN INTERVIEW-TAIWAN ENDORSIVE — Taiwan has learned important lessons from the war in Ukraine that would help it deter any attack by China or defend itself if it were invaded, the self-governing island’s top envoy to the United States said. USA in an interview with The UK Time News. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.




RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR-GERMAN CAUTION — Germany has become one of Ukraine’s biggest arms suppliers in the 11 months since the Russian invasion, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also earned a reputation for being hesitant to take any new step, causing impatience in allies. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 920 words, photos.

2023 CHICAGO MAYOR ELECTION — Lori Lightfoot made history four years ago as the first black woman and first openly gay person to serve as mayor of Chicago. But her bid for a second term is up for debate due to concerns about high crime rates and allegations that she can be overly hostile and downright mean at times. By Sarah Burnett. SENT: 1150 words, photo.

ALASKA POLAR BEAR ATTACK-BEAR PATROULES — A polar bear attack that killed a mother and her 1-year-old son in Alaska this week underlines the risks of living alongside the world’s largest land carnivore and has renewed interest in prevention programs such as bear patrols, which have several communities near the Arctic Circle. The bear patrol program in the village where Tuesday’s attack took place had expired, though it’s unclear whether it could have prevented the mauling. By Gene Johnson and Mark Thiessen. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA-STORMS-FLOOD-INSURANCE – As California dries up from recent flooding, one stark reality comes into focus: Only 230,000 homes and other buildings are insured against flooding in a state of about 39 million people. That represents about 2% of properties. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR-AMERICAN FIGHTER – A former US Navy SEAL was killed this week in Ukraine, US officials say, noting that he was not fighting in an official capacity. SENT: 450 words, photo.

THE OLIGARCH’S YACHT — Two businessmen have been charged with trying to conceal that a sanctioned Russian oligarch owns a luxury yacht seized in Spain by the US government last year, the Justice Department said. SENT: 250 words, photos.




MUSK-TESLA-TWEET-TRIAL — Elon Musk has taken the witness stand to defend a 2018 tweet claiming he arranged the funding to take Tesla private in a deal that never came close. SENT: 320 words, photos.

SANTA’S UKTN – A young girl from Rhode Island has finally discovered how to determine if Santa Claus is real – UKTN. The girl sent a partially eaten cookie and some gnawed carrots to the city’s police department, asking them to be UKTN tested. SHIPPED: 180 words.




2024-PENCE ELECTION — The executive director of Nikki Haley’s political action committee is leaving to help run PAC efforts for Mike Pence as both former Trump administration officials consider Republican 2024 presidential bids. SENT: 520 words, photo.




FOUR-KILLED-IDAHO-GAG-ORDER — Twenty regional and national news organizations have formed a coalition to ask a judge to limit a gag order in the case against a man accused of murdering four University of Idaho students murdered. SENT: 950 words, photos.

NATIVE-AMERICAN-BOARDING-SCHOOLS – Native American boarding school survivors of abuse and their descendants shared memories and tears in Arizona over US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s year-long “Road to Healing” initiative. SENT: 770 words, photos.

NAVAJO-NATION-MASK-MANDATE — The Navajo Nation has revoked a mask mandate that has been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a promise made by new tribal president Buu Nygren during his campaign for the office. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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LOS ANGELES — DEATH AFTER TASING — Lawyers for the 5-year-old son of a man who died after being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun by Los Angeles police after a traffic accident filed a $50 million damage claim against the city. SENT: 490 words, photos, video, audio.

POLICE INVESTIGATION – Five Memphis Police Department officers have been fired for excessive use of force, failure to intervene and failure to provide assistance following a traffic stop arrest of a man who later died in a hospital, officials say. SENT: 410 words, photos, audio.

THERANOS-FRAUD-HOLMES — Elizabeth Holmes is a flight risk and should not be allowed to stay out of prison while she appeals her 11-year sentence for defrauding investors, federal prosecutors said in court filings. SENT: 340 words, photos.




BOSNIA RIVER POLLUTION – Tons of garbage dumped in poorly regulated riverside dumps or directly into the waterways that flow through three countries accumulate behind a rubbish dump in the Drina River during the wet weather of winter and early spring river in eastern Bosnia. SENT: 490 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINS – Israeli fire has killed a Palestinian, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli at a settler outpost in the West Bank, the Israeli military said. SHIPPED: 300 words, photo.

TURKEY-SWEDEN – Turkey has canceled a planned visit by the Swedish defense minister in response to the Nordic country’s permits for anti-Turkish protests. SHIPPED: 300 words.

Indian sexual harassment – Top Indian wrestlers have called off a sit-in protest near the parliament building after the government assured that an investigation into their allegations of sexual harassment of young athletes by the federation would be completed within four weeks. SENT: 240 words, photos.

KIDNESSES IN BURKINA FASO — Burkina Faso’s military has released 66 women and children abducted by Islamic extremists while gathering food in the country’s northern Sahel region earlier this month, according to a report on state television. SHIPPED: 200 words.

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BANKMAN-FRIED – A car with three occupants recently crashed into a barricade outside the California home of Sam Bankman-Fried’s parents, in an apparent attempt to gain access to the premises where the disgraced founder of crypto exchange FTX was under house arrest pending trial. SENT: 370 words, photos.




SUNDANCE-FILM-FESTIVAL-BROOKE-SHIELDS — Brooke Shields reveals she was a victim of sexual assault in a new documentary about her life that premiered Friday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. She doesn’t name the man she said raped her, but she described the circumstances: It happened shortly after she graduated from college with someone she knew professionally and met for dinner to discuss work. The attack happened when she went to his hotel room to call a taxi. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.




BKN-GRIZZLIES-LAKERS — Dennis Schroeder completed a three-point play with 7.6 seconds on a steal and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat Memphis 122-121, breaking the Grizzlies’ winning streak at 11. SENT: 570 words, photos. With BKN – GRIZZLIES-LAKERS-SHARPE-MORANT – Shannon Sharpe gets into a heated argument with Morant on the half (sent).

TEN – AUSTRALIAN OPEN – The third round of the Australian Open closes with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray as main players in action. Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev advanced to the fourth round for the third time in four years with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dan Evans. SENT: 440 words, photos. With TEN-AUSTRALIAN OPEN-GOING BANANAS — Going bananas: Australian Open player shares fruit with enemy (sent).




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