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No Change to U.S. Nuclear Posture Due to Russia Threats, Pentagon Says
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No Change to U.S. Nuclear Posture Due to Russia Threats, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite Russian threats to Ukraine and NATO about the use of nuclear weapons, the Pentagon has not seen any changes that would lead it to alter the posture of American nuclear forces, a spokesman said on Tuesday."We obviously take these threats seriously. But at this stage, we've not seen anything that would cause us to adjust our own nuclear posture at this time," Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told a news briefing.Pressed on whether there had been any new Russian movements of its nuclear forces, Ryder declined to elaborate beyond saying the United States did not "have any reason to adjust our posture at this stage."An ally of President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday outlined the scenario of a nuclear strike on Ukraine, saying that the U.S.-led NATO military alliance...
Pennsylvania Spending $45M to Establish 3 New State Parks
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Pennsylvania Spending $45M to Establish 3 New State Parks

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated PressHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is spending $45 million to add new state parks at a nature preserve in Tunkhannock, on Big Elk Creek in the Philadelphia suburbs and along the Susquehanna River near Wrightsville, officials were set to announce Tuesday.The additions to the state's 121-park system will be an existing nearly 700-acre nature preserve on the Vosburg Neck in Wyoming County, a 1,700-acre tract in Chester County and some 1,100 acres in York County.The expansion was funded in the state budget that passed in July. They are the first new state parks in Pennsylvania since 2005, not counting Washington Crossing in Bucks County, which was transferred from the state Historical and Museum Commission.The Vosburg Neck property, known as the Howland Pr...
U.S. VP Harris Pledges to Consult S.Korea Over EV Subsidy Concerns
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U.S. VP Harris Pledges to Consult S.Korea Over EV Subsidy Concerns

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Soo-hyang Choi and Joyce LeeTOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) -U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris told South Korea's prime minister on Tuesday that Washington will work to address Seoul's concerns over recently enacted electric vehicle (EV) subsidies that could disadvantage Asian automakers.The $430 billion "Inflation Reduction Act" bill enacted in August includes a host of U.S. President Joe Biden's priorities, including investments to roll back climate change and make Washington a world leader in the EV market.Among the law's provisions are requirements that EVs be assembled in North America to qualify for tax credits. The law also ends subsidies for other EV models and requires that a percentage of critical minerals used in those cars' batteries come from the United States or...
Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement
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Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing truck drivers in North America and a New York lawmaker on Monday asked the Biden administration to rescind a requirement for foreign visitors to be vaccinated.The United States in June rescinded its requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19 but has not lifted vaccination requirements for nearly all foreign visitors arriving by air or at land ports.Canada said Monday it will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers starting Oct. 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains.Representative Brian Higgins, a Republican who represents a New York district on the Canadian border, said Monday "the end of restrictions is overdue. Canada’s decision is the right one. The U.S. should f...
Bank of England Fails to Reassure Markets After Pound Plunge
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Bank of England Fails to Reassure Markets After Pound Plunge

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated PressLONDON (AP) — The Bank of England sought to reassure financial markets after the British pound touched an all-time low against the U.S. dollar Monday, but its entreaty fell flat for investors concerned about a sweeping package of tax cuts that further jolted a faltering economy that the government’s plan was meant to prop up.The central bank said it was “closely monitoring’’ the markets and would not hesitate to boost interest rates to curb inflation. Its statement came after the pound plunged as low as $1.0373, the lowest since the decimalization of the currency in 1971, on concerns that tax cuts announced Friday by Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng would swell government debt and fuel further inflation as the United Kingdom teeters toward ...
In Syrian North, Women Protest Over Death of Iran’s Amini
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In Syrian North, Women Protest Over Death of Iran’s Amini

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Hundreds of women protested in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria on Monday over the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman in the custody of Iran's morality police, with some cutting their hair and burning headscarves in an echo of demonstrations in Iran.Mahsa Amini, 22, died earlier this month after being arrested in Tehran by police enforcing the Islamic Republic's strict restrictions on women's dress. Her death has touched off Iran's biggest unrest since 2019.Protesters held aloft pictures of Amini as they marched through a street in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli."She was subjected to brutal treatment by the Iranian tyrants. We don't accept this insult to any woman in society," said Sawsan Hussein, 52, an employee of the Kurdish-led administration wh...
Kazakhstan Says It Won’t Recognise Referendums in Eastern Ukraine
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Kazakhstan Says It Won’t Recognise Referendums in Eastern Ukraine

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan, one of Russia's close ex-Soviet partners, will not recognise the possible annexation of Ukraine's eastern regions by Russia through referendums held there, the Central Asian nation's foreign ministry said on Monday.Voting took place in four Ukrainian regions mostly held by Russian forces, the start of a plan by President Vladimir Putin to annex a big chunk of Ukraine in what the West says is violation of international law that significantly escalates war in the country. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine "a special military operation"."As for the holding of referendums ... Kazakhstan proceeds from the principles of territorial integrity of states, their sovereign equivalence and peaceful coexistence," ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said.Kazakh Presid...
Croatia, Dutch Advance in Nations League; France Loses
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Croatia, Dutch Advance in Nations League; France Loses

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports WriterPARIS (AP) — Croatia and the Netherlands finished warming up for the World Cup in style on Sunday by winning their last Nations League games to qualify for the Final Four tournament next year.Croatia topped Group A1 by winning 3-1 in Austria to relegate the hosts to the second tier of the Nations League, while the unbeaten Dutch defeated visiting Belgium 1-0 and won Group A4 with 16 points — six more than second-place Belgium.Defending Nations League and World Cup champion France lost 2-0 in Denmark but avoided relegation because of Austria's defeat.It was the last match for the World Cup-bound teams before the competition starts in Qatar on Nov. 20. Qatar is in the Netherlands' group at the World Cup along with Ecuador and Senegal.Political CartoonsTh...
Tennessee Town Reflects 1 Year After Grocery Store Shooting
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Tennessee Town Reflects 1 Year After Grocery Store Shooting

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Part of healing and moving from place of grief to hope involves looking back.Friday night, about 150 community members did just that on the front steps of Collierville Town Hall. They gathered to look back on Sept. 23, 2021. It’s been one year since a gunman opened fire in the Kroger on New Byhalia, injuring 15 people during the mayhem. Olivia King, a shopper, was the only one to succumb to her injuries.Wes King, her son, was among those present, Friday. Although he now lives in Ohio, he returned to his hometown to remember the life of his mother and the tragedy which took her life.“I’m reconciling the fact she’s gone and the undeniable fact she shouldn’t be,” he said, noting she didn’t die of other sickness, but due to a senseless act. “This as an example of ...
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QAnon follower who chased officer on January 6 convicted of felonies | US Capitol attack

A QAnon conspiracy theorist who led a pack of Donald Trump supporters that chased a solitary police officer around the US Capitol on the day of the January 6 attack has been found guilty of several felonies.Douglas Jensen – the bearded 43-year-old Iowa man who appeared in several media photos of the attack while wearing a black T-shirt with a large “Q” – could in theory face more than 50 years in prison after a federal jury in Washington DC convicted him on Friday, US justice department prosecutors said in a statement.However, it is rare for convicts in US district court to receive the harshest available punishment, even if they chose to stand trial rather than plead guilty in advance. And the harshest sentence handed out so far to anyone found guilty of having a role in the deadly Capi...