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Evacuations underway in Mariupol; Pelosi visits Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — An operation to evacuate civilians from a steel mill in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is underway. The effort to get civilians out of the sprawling Azovstal steel plant was made on Sunday with the International Committee of the Red Cross and in coordination with Ukrainian and Russian officials. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the first group of around 100 people was heading for Ukrainian-held territory. Later on Sunday, one of the steelworks’ defenders said Russian forces resumed their bombardment of the plant “as soon as” the evacuation of a group of civilians was completed on Sunday. Up to 100,000 people are thought to be in Mariupol, including around 1,000 civilians and around 2,000 Ukrainian fighters under the Soviet-era steelworks.

Evidence of GOP involvement in Trump’s campaign plans mounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text messages and testimony released by the House panel on Jan. 6 show the deep involvement of some House Republicans in President Donald Trump’s desperate bid to stay in power. The evidence provides new details about how — long before the attack on the Capitol in January 2021 unfolded — several GOP lawmakers were directly involved in Trump’s campaign to overturn the election results. The exchange of ideas occurred in private calls and texts and in several meetings at the White House in the weeks leading up to the insurgency. The majority of lawmakers have since denied involvement in those efforts.

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Death in battle spotlights Americans fighting in Ukraine

A former US Marine who died last week in Ukraine would be the first US citizen killed fighting there. An unknown number of other Americans – many with military backgrounds – are believed to be in the country fighting Russian forces alongside Ukrainians and volunteers from other countries, although US forces are not directly involved in the fighting apart from sending military equipment, humanitarian aid and money. Russia’s invasion has given the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington the task of responding to requests from thousands of Americans who want to help. Ukraine uses the Internet to recruit volunteers for the International Defense Legion of Ukraine.

Elon Musk’s big plans for Twitter: what we know so far

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is buying Twitter for $44 billion to make it private, has described a mix of vague principles and technicalities as he seeks to make the platform “maximum pleasure!” But what awaits him if he follows through? Turns out some of his big ideas about free speech, fighting spam, and opening up the “black box” of artificial intelligence tools that amplify social media trends are even more intentional. than actual plans. they are probably more complicated than he suggests.

Black doctors say they face discrimination on the basis of race

ATLANTA (AP) — After Dr. Dare Adewumi was hired to lead the neurosurgery practice at an Atlanta-area hospital, he says he soon faced racial discrimination that ultimately led to his dismissal. His lawyers and other defenders say he is not alone, as black doctors across the country often face discrimination. This can range from microaggressions to career-threatening disciplinary action. Bias can be amplified in the fiercely competitive hospital environment, they say, and the underrepresentation of black doctors can discourage them from speaking out. Some, including Adewumi, fight back. He filed a lawsuit against the hospital system where he worked, alleging employment discrimination based on race.

Biden calls former Vice President Mondale a ‘giant’ of political history

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Joe Biden greeted his “friend of five decades” Walter Mondale, on his way to the University of Minnesota to remember the former vice president and Democratic Party alumnus whose memorial service was delayed for a year due to the pandemic. Mondale died in April 2021 at the age of 93. He is credited with transforming the vice presidential office — which Biden himself held for eight years under President Barack Obama — expanding his responsibilities and making him a key adviser to President Jimmy Carter’s administration. Biden said Sunday that Mondale “was a giant in American political history.”

Judds and Ray Charles will be inducted into the Country Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame will induct Ray Charles and The Judds on Sunday, though Naomi Judd’s death a day earlier will no doubt alter the normally celebratory ceremony. Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young noted that the ceremony would continue with “heavy hearts and weighted minds” after Judd’s family asked them to continue. Naomi and Wynonna Judd were among the most popular duos of the 80s, scoring more than a dozen No. 1 hits. Charles’ posthumous induction will showcase his genre-defying country releases in the 1960s and beyond. The Hall of Fame will also induct two session musicians, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.

ESSAY: For a gay country boy, Naomi Judd built a bridge

Over their nearly three-decade career, The Judds’ mother-daughter duo scored 14 No. 1 songs. For Associated Press editor Jeff McMillan, the Judds’ music has been something of a lifeline rescue throughout his life. It was evident on Saturday after Naomi Judd’s death was announced by her daughters. McMillan writes in an appreciation that when faced with bullying as a pre-teen, the insecurities of the narrator of their song “Mama He’s Crazy” were relatable. “Love Is Alive” brought comfort following the death of McMillan’s father. Through health issues and more, McMillan writes that the Judds’ words and their own life stories provided a source of kinship and strength.

A wildfire in Arizona forces a quick decision: fight or flee the flames?

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fierce winds that sent what was a small wildfire toward homes on the outskirts of a northern Arizona town presented a dilemma. Most residents of the “Girls Ranch” neighborhood north of Flagstaff, Arizona fled the flames. A couple held on. Another ran to save animals on neighbors’ properties. Two homes in the close-knit neighborhood were among 30 homes destroyed in the area. The wildfire left a patchwork of charred land before it was almost completely brought under control this weekend. The blaze is one of many this spring that has forced panicked residents to make life or death, fight or flight decisions as wildfire season heats up in the western United States. United.

Marshals: Reward for information on escaped detainee, missing officer

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – The U.S. Marshals Service says it is offering up to $10,000 for information on an escaped inmate and a “disappearing and endangered” correctional officer who disappeared Friday after leaving a jail in northern Washington. ‘Alabama. The 38-year-old inmate, Casey Cole White, had been jailed for capital murder at the Lauderdale County Detention Center. He and Deputy Director of Corrections Vicky White, 56, disappeared after leaving the Lauderdale County Detention Center for a courthouse. North Alabama U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said Sunday the detainee was considered a serious threat to the officer and the public.

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