Man charged in deadly parade crash says jail isn't safe
A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha says he doesn’t feel safe in jail. Darrell Brooks, who is Black, sent a letter to his mother saying that guards paid inmates to spit in his food. Brooks wrote that he needs to find a way out before something happens to him and guards “sweep it under the rug.”news.yahoo.com
Rare pest intercepted at Brownsville international bridge
Agriculture Specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a rare “First in Nation” pest in Spanish moss used to decorate a Christmas nativity stable. The interception occurred on Dec. 3, 2021, at the Gateway International Bridge when a vehicle was referred to secondary for agriculture inspection of a nativity stable decorated with Spanish moss, CBP said in a media release. During the examination of the Spanish moss, CBP agriculture specialists intercepted a stink bug which was submitted for identification to a local U.S. Department of Agriculture area entomologist. I commend our agriculture specialists for another First in Nation pest interception,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. The media release states insects in the Pentatomidae family, commonly known as stink bugs, have sucking mouthparts and feed on a wide variety of fruits and plants and many may be detrimental to the nation’s agriculture.myrgv.com
Threats and theft: The wretched life of C. Africa's peanut growers
In the north-western region of the Central African Republic, peanut farming brings hope to the residents of Paoua, a town some 500 kilometres (300 miles) northwest of the capital Bangui, but insecurity in the region means it's dangerous for farmers to travel with their produce. Paoua is regularly targeted by armed groups, notably the powerful 3R movement (Return, Reclaim, Rehabilitation), among several in the region that are seeking to control exports.news.yahoo.com
Burning North Carolina fertilizer plant had potential for "one of the worst explosions in U.S. history"
A burning fertilizer plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, nearly caused "one of the worst explosions in U.S. history," the fire chief said. Thousands of residents evacuated as firefighters battled the blaze.news.yahoo.com
Sweden to lift most Covid curbs on Feb 9
Sweden says it will lift most of its coronavirus restrictions on February 9 as the pandemic enters a "whole new phase" with the highly contagious but milder Omicron variant. "The pandemic is not over, but we are entering a whole new phase," Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters.news.yahoo.com
70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth's legacy
Queen Elizabeth II on February 6 becomes the first British monarch to rule for 70 years, in a historic milestone that signals the start of her Platinum Jubilee year. The 95-year-old monarch will mark the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI in private, before a series of public celebrations, and an extra bank holiday, planned for early June.news.yahoo.com
U.S. conducts counterterrorism mission in Syria
U.S. military missions around the world are in the spotlight, with thousands of troops deploying to Eastern Europe, and reports emerging of casualties in Syria following a counterterrorism raid. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes joins "CBS News Mornings" with more.news.yahoo.com
Sanctions put squeeze on Mali's lucrative cotton sector
Mali is Africa's leading cotton producer. Cotton is one of Mali's main sources of export revenue, after gold. But thousands of Malian cotton growers face sanctions imposed by ECOWAS in January, demanding countries close borders and suspend trade with Mali.news.yahoo.com
U.S. special forces carry out counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria
The U.S. carried out what the Pentagon called a “successful” counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria. At least 13 people were reportedly killed, including women and children. National security correspondent David Martin has the latest.news.yahoo.com
World's first malaria vaccine making inroads in western Kenya
More than 100,000 children in malaria-endemic western Kenya have received a new vaccine against malaria, which kills 260,000 children under five every year in sub-Saharan Africa. A pilot programme has been rolling out the groundbreaking drug -- which was 30 years in the making -- in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi since 2019.news.yahoo.com
WHO sees pause, even end of pandemic for Europe
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a five-step plan to ease its pandemic border restrictions, starting with waiving hotel quarantine requirements for Kiwis stranded overseas by the pandemic. New Zealand's borders have been closed for nearly two years in an effort to combat the pandemic.news.yahoo.com
‘Super Feast’ spreads holiday cheer to more than 30,000 Houstonians on Christmas Eve
The organizers of Friday’s Super Feast say they just barely pulled it off with only a fraction of the volunteers they’ve had in years past. One family who saw the need to help and jumped into action says the outcome was all worth it.
These kids stuck in the hospital for Christmas have a ‘Secret Santa’ of sorts – and he’s only 13
What were you doing when you were 13 years old, right around this time of year? Were you on Christmas break from school? Hanging out with your friends, by chance? Longing for the presents that were set to arrive on Christmas morning?
Spain's huge Christmas lottery offers distraction from virus
Spaniards looking for a respite from the pandemic’s gloom have found some cheer with a rite that for more than two centuries has marked the beginning of the festive period: the country’s bumper Christmas lottery, known as “El Gordo,” or “The Fat One.”.
Here are some pet-giving do’s and don’ts this holiday season
Dogs can make you healthier, happier, and even keep you safe. Two out of every three American homes have a pet. That number significantly increased during the pandemic. And now that Christmas is around the corner, there may be another rush to add a fluffy or fido to the family. But there are a few things you should think about before gifting a pet this season.
Experiences over stuff: This is how to support our Houston-area restaurants and give a great, memorable holiday gift
Christmas is almost here and if you still have loved ones you want to give something to but aren’t quite sure what to give, you might want to give an experience rather than a gift – and one that can support a local business during the pandemic.
🔒This Spring couple’s massive Christmas villages display is a 35-year collection of holiday love
Rob and Rosie Martin, of Spring, have a house in the 8300 block of Hidden Trail Lane that’s decorated for the holidays like many people’s with lights, plywood cutouts and wreaths, but it’s what’s inside their home that makes it a little different than others’.