US filings for jobless aid lowest since April
U.S. applications for jobless aid fell again last week to their lowest level since April, further evidence that the job market has withstood aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve as it attempts to cool the economy and bring down inflation.
In first GOP-led hearing about the border, witnesses paint sharply different pictures
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee blamed Biden administration policies for the record number of migrant apprehensions. Democrats accused them of fear-mongering and spreading misinformation.npr.org
Russian arms dealer, son and front firms hit with sanctions
A Russian arms dealer, his son and a group of front companies across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and their leadership have been targeted for U.S. sanctions in an effort to quell Russia’s access to weapons to continue its invasion of Ukraine.
Andrew Tate to appeal second 30-day detention
Andrew Tate, the divisive influencer and former professional kickboxer who is detained in Romania on suspicion of organized crime and human trafficking, appeared at a court in Bucharest Wednesday to appeal against a second 30-day extension of his detentionwashingtonpost.com
Taiwan activates defenses in response to China incursions
Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to nearby operations by 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships that are part Beijing's strategy to unsettle and intimidate the self-governing island democracy. The large-scale Chinese deployment came as Beijing increases preparations for a potential blockade or military action against Taiwan that have stirred increasing concern among military leaders, diplomats and elected officials in the U.S., Taiwan's key ally. In a memo last month, U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan instructed officers to be prepared for a U.S. -China conflict over Taiwan in 2025.news.yahoo.com
Valley schools receive $159 million in Title 1 education grants
School districts in the Rio Grande Valley and across Texas’ 34th Congressional District will receive $159.1 million in Title I U.S. Department of Education grants during fiscal year 2023, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez announced Tuesday.myrgv.com
US probes complaints of parts flying off of Ford Explorers
The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints that windshield trim panels can fly off of Ford Explorers while they're traveling at highway speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 164 complaints about the trim pieces detaching on 2011 through 2019 Explorer SUVs. The parts could hit the windshield of following vehicles or even a motorcycle rider, possibly causing loss of control and a crash, the agency said.news.yahoo.com
Why Biden doesn't want to send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine
President Biden says he won't send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, despite reports that some Pentagon officials are pushing for it. Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, now president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, joins CBS News' John Dickerson to discuss the factors Mr. Biden must weigh what it could mean for the future of the war in Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
Treasury to increase borrowing amid debt ceiling standoff
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Monday it plans to increase its borrowing during the first three months of 2023, even as the federal government is bumping up against a $31.4 trillion li[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
ICE Houston removes foreign fugitive wanted for homicide in Mexico
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Houston Field Office, with assistance from ERO Mexico and the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force in Mexico, removed a foreign fugitive from the U.S. who is wanted for homicide in his home country of Mexico.
Smuggler tells US jury he paid off ex-Mexico security chief
Describing meetings at a car wash and a smuggler's country house, a onetime drug trafficker testified Monday that he paid a former cabinet-level Mexican security official millions of dollars for help that included U.S. government information about a huge cocaine shipment in Mexico. Óscar Nava Valencia, known as “El Lobo,” said the payments to former security secretary Genaro García Luna also were intended to assure protection at a time when a schism in the notorious Sinaloa cartel was heading toward a drug-world war. García Luna and a high-ranking police official “said they were going to stand with us,” Nava Valencia told jurors at García Luna's U.S. federal drug trafficking trial.news.yahoo.com
‘A Thousand and One’ wins Sundance grand jury prize
“A Thousand and One,” a drama about an impoverished single mother and her son in New York City, won the Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition, while “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” was awarded the top prize in the U.S. documentary category.
Sam’s Club is helping beat back the high cost of inflation with half-off club membership
For years, it’s practically been parody to express sticker shock when prices at the supermarket go up. But as the U.S. and the rest of the world battle inflation, it isn’t so funny anymore. I mean…have you seen the price of eggs lately?
United States’ outstanding tab exceeds $31.3T; Here’s how experts say the ‘debt default’ may begin directly impacting citizens
On Thursday, officials announced that the U.S. government ran up its legal borrowing capacity of $31.381 trillion, and the Treasury Department began implementing “extraordinary measures” to avoid a default.