Ukraine war: Human traffickers preying on refugees fleeing conflict

Human traffickers are operating on the Ukrainian border, taking advantage of the mass flow of refugees into eastern Europe, Sky News has been told. Traffickers are taking young children to sell on to gangs in Europe and forcing desperate women, many of whom have left their partners in Ukraine, into slavery and prostitution. Police in … Read more

Longtime NFL reporter John Clayton, known as ‘The Professor,’ has died at age 67

Clayton was 67. “John was a pioneer as an NFL insider but also one of the kindest men you could ever work with,” ESPN vice president and executive producer Seth Markman said, according to the network. “He literally never said no to a show that asked him to come on — from 6 a.m. to … Read more

After Stumbles, Biden’s Health Secretary Seeks a Reboot

“Get ready, America,” he declared. “We’ve got your back.” Yet in interviews between stops, when asked about the challenges ahead, Mr. Becerra kept coming back to the pandemic. If Americans are ready to put it behind them, he is not. He said his department would “continue to push vaccination,” because that is the best way … Read more

Ukraine may be a ‘modern war,’ but its most powerful moments come from traditional journalism

The Associated Press photograph of a pregnant, badly wounded woman being carried on a stretcher from a maternity hospital in Mariupol distilled the Russian ruthlessness and Ukrainian civilian suffering in one image like nothing else I have seen. “It might be the most striking photo of the war so far in Ukraine,” Poynter senior media … Read more

Google Subsea Internet Cable Lands in Africa, Promising Fast Connection

A subsea cable owned by Google that promises to double internet speeds for millions in Africa arrived in Togo on Friday, the company said, the latest step in a multi-year project to provide cheaper access to users across the continent. The Equiano cable, the first of its kind to reach Africa, has wound its way from … Read more

Google Accused of Systemic Bias Against Black Employees in US Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed on Friday accuses Google of systemic racial bias against Black employees, saying the search engine company steers them to lower-level jobs, pays them less and denies them opportunities to advance because of their race. According to a complaint seeking class-action status, Google maintains a “racially biased corporate culture” that favours white men, where … Read more

Google Asked to Stop Spreading Threats Against Russians on YouTube

Russia on Friday demanded that Google stop spreading what it called threats against Russian citizens on its YouTube video-sharing platform, a move that could presage an outright block of the service on Russian territory. The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said adverts on the platform were calling for the communications systems of Russia and Belarus’ railway networks to be … Read more

US military aircraft with 4 aboard appears to have crashed in Norway, rescuers say

The MV-22B Osprey aircraft, assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) US military unit, was “on a training mission in Nordland County, northern Norway on Friday” with a crew of four, the Norwegian Armed Forces said. The aircraft was spotted from a rescue helicopter, and appeared to have crashed in the municipality of Beiarn, … Read more

Telegram Banned by Brazil Judge for Not Cooperating With Authorities

A justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered the shutdown of messaging app Telegram nationwide, arguing it has not cooperated with authorities. The move is a blow to President Jair Bolsonaro, who has more than 1 million followers on the platform and defends it as a key tool for his re-election bid in October. Justice … Read more

Ukraine war: President Zelenskyy calls for ‘substantial’ peace talks – but Liz Truss warns Russia could use them as ‘smokescreen’ for war crimes

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called for meaningful peace talks with Moscow – but UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned Russia could use them as a “smokescreen” for war crimes. In a video address, Mr Zelenskyy said this was Russia’s only chance to limit the damage from its mistakes in the wake of the … Read more

These Are the Best Movies Set in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is an iconic city, and is particularly popular not just among gamblers and sun-seekers, but also with screenwriters, directors, and filmmakers. From the lights of the Las Vegas hotels and casinos of the Strip and downtown areas, to the views of soaring mountains and desolate desert, the city never fails to provide a … Read more

Study raises questions about risks of using medical marijuana for mood and anxiety disorders

Cannabis use disorder, also known as marijuana use disorder, is associated with dependence on the use of weed. People are considered dependent on weed when they feel food cravings or have a lack of appetite, irritability, restlessness, and mood and sleep difficulties after quitting, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Under the current … Read more

Los Angeles schools will stop requiring masks in an agreement with the teachers’ union.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the United States, will lift indoor mask requirements for students and staff next week in an agreement with its teachers’ union, the district announced Friday. The new policy will take effect “no later than Wednesday,” and masking in classrooms will still be strongly recommended, the district … Read more

6 Injured as Powerful Storms Tear Through the South

Powerful storms moved through Alabama and Florida on Friday, injuring six people, damaging several mobile homes and taking out power lines, the authorities said. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia on Friday morning. The primary threats were “intense tornadoes” and “possible scattered damaging wind gusts” of … Read more

Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican and dean of the House, has died

“It’s with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce Congressman Don Young (R-AK), the Dean of the House and revered champion for Alaska, passed away today while traveling home to Alaska to be with the state and people that he loved,” the statement said. “His beloved wife Anne was by his side.” Young was … Read more

Ukraine Is Wrecking Russian Tanks With a Gift From Britain

In video after video taken in Ukraine, a puff of smoke and a brief flash of light signal that another clutch of Russian troops are about to die. Sometimes it is only a split second before that light streaks to a tank or armored vehicle that suddenly erupts in smoke and flame, often bursting from … Read more

Yes, There’s a Play-Doh Movie in the Works

First manufactured as a wallpaper cleaner in the 30s, a modeling compound known as Play-Doh is coming soon to a theater near you, per a recent report in Deadline. Hasbro and entertaintmentOne (eOne) announced on March 17 that they are mounting a Play-Doh animated feature film. Written by the writer of The Big Sick, Emily … Read more

Christopher Lloyd Joins The Mandalorian Season 3

Fan anticipation for The Mandalorian season 3 has just gotten even higher. Per The Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed on Friday that Christopher Lloyd has just boarded the cast of the third season of the hit Star Wars series. Lloyd is said to be on the call sheet for The Mandalorian, with the show currently … Read more

South Carolina can now carry out firing-squad executions

The department informed state Attorney General Alan Wilson on Friday that it had completed renovations on the death chamber at the Broad River Correctional Institution and had established protocols, making it able to conduct such executions, according to a news release. There are currently no scheduled executions in South Carolina. Executions there had been paused … Read more

Liga MX prez: Barras have no place after brawl

Liga MX president Mikel Arriola said supporters’ groups known as barras no longer have a place at games following the violent fan brawls that marred a Queretaro-Atlas match and left dozens injured earlier this month. Speaking on ESPN’s Futbol Americas, Arriola said the league will begin to identify and register all members of barras, often … Read more