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Asian markets, US futures tumble after Fed signals a March rate hike

Asian markets, US futures tumble after Fed signals a March rate hike

Asian markets and US futures all tumbled Thursday after the Federal Reserve announced that it expects to raise interest rates in March. Investors worry higher US rates could spark capital outflows and currency depreciation in emerging markets in Asia, causing financial turbulence. Japan’s Nikkei and Korea’s Kospi both dropped about 3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng…MORE

A Philadelphia officer was dragged 5 blocks by a vehicle during a traffic stop, police say

A Philadelphia officer was dragged 5 blocks by a vehicle during a traffic stop, police say

A Philadelphia police officer is recovering after getting dragged for five blocks while hanging out of a vehicle as the driver attempted to flee, according to an incident report. “The officer is extremely lucky,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told CNN affiliate KYW. Authorities were questioning a male driver during a traffic stop Tuesday…MORE

Anxiety and anger grip press corps in Mexico after spate of murders

Anxiety and anger grip press corps in Mexico after spate of murders

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Journalists in Mexico are fed up. In a country whose climate is infamous for being exceedingly hostile toward journalists, a spate of murders has disillusioned an already cynical press corps, prompting journalists to publicly speak…MORE

A second local investigation into the death of a Georgia teen found in a rolled-up gym mat has closed with no charges filed
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A second local investigation into the death of a Georgia teen found in a rolled-up gym mat has closed with no charges filed

A second local investigation into the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teenager who was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat, has been closed with no charges filed, according to a report released by Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk. Paulk called the teenager’s death a “weird accident,” telling CNN, “there is nothing to…MORE

First US evacuation flight since November leaves Afghanistan
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First US evacuation flight since November leaves Afghanistan

A flight chartered by the US government left Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, marking the first evacuation departure since November, according to two sources familiar with the matter. An unknown number of Americans were on board the plane, which was a Qatar Airways flight paid for by the US government, the sources said. A defense official…MORE

Federal judge allows state investigations of WinRed’s fundraising tactics to proceed
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Federal judge allows state investigations of WinRed’s fundraising tactics to proceed

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by WinRed that had attempted to block attorneys general in four states from investigating its fundraising practices. WinRed, which processes political donations for Republican candidates, faced inquiries by the attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Minnesota over the use of pre-checked donation boxes to…MORE

‘It creates a lot of anxiety’: Ahead of the Winter Olympics, athletes are doing everything to avoid catching Covid-19
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‘It creates a lot of anxiety’: Ahead of the Winter Olympics, athletes are doing everything to avoid catching Covid-19

For athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, arriving at the Games with a clean bill of health is a crucial part of their preparation. The prospect of testing positive for Covid-19 — and thus missing out on the chance of competing — looms over every athlete ahead of Beijing 2022, which gets underway…MORE

2020 sore losers look to run the 2024 vote
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2020 sore losers look to run the 2024 vote

Glen Duppenthaler walked into Paisan’s Old World Deli in Reno, Nevada, clutching a red notebook. The monthly Republican Women of Reno meeting was holding an “Election Integrity Workshop” and the retiree was prepared to take notes. Attendees were promised, “We will discuss next steps to prevent 2022 election from being stolen. You will go away…MORE

‘Jeopardy!’ champ’s impressive winning streak ends
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‘Jeopardy!’ champ’s impressive winning streak ends

It’s game over for “Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider, but she has more than 1.3 million reasons to be grateful for her impressive run. Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, closed out the show’s second-longest consecutive win streak Wednesday, ending a 40-game run. Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, ended Schneider’s time on the program.…MORE

Inside Biden’s calculated silence on Breyer’s retirement
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Inside Biden’s calculated silence on Breyer’s retirement

President Joe Biden received a much-needed political opening on Wednesday. But neither he, nor anyone close to him, appeared ready to celebrate it. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement plans were publicly revealed before the White House or the justice himself was expecting it, leading to a muted response from Biden and his aides. The…MORE

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