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Updated: December 21, 2022 @ 7:55 pm
December 21, 2022

Zelenskyy thanks ‘every American,’ sees ‘turning point’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that “against all odds” Ukraine still stands, as he paid a defiant wartime visit to Washington to thank U.S. leaders and “ordinary Americans” for their support in fighting off Russia’s invasion And he is pledging there will be “no compromises” in trying to bring an end to the war. President Joe Biden and Congress are responding with billions in new assistance and a pledge to help Ukraine pursue a “just peace.” Biden welcomed Zelenskyy to the Oval Office on Wednesday, saying the U.S. and Ukraine would continue to project a “united defense” as Russia wages a “brutal assault on Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation.” Zelenskyy addressed Congress in the evening.
Jan. 6 panel prepares to unveil final report on insurrection
WASHINGTON (AP) — An 800-page report set to be released by House investigators will conclude that then-President Donald Trump criminally plotted to overturn his 2020 election defeat and “provoked his supporters to violence” at the Capitol with false claims of voter fraud. The resulting Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection threatened democracy and the lives of lawmakers and police. The report is expected to be released by the House Jan. 6 committee in full on Thursday. It will largely mirror nine hearings that laid out evidence from live testimony, 1,000 private interviews and millions of pages of documents. Trump still falsely disputes his 2020 loss.
Storm adds uncertainty to strong holiday travel demand
Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive winter storm might. Forecasters are predicting heavy snow, ice and powerful winds between Thursday and Saturday across much of the country. Delta, United and other airlines say they are loosening their change fee policies so travelers can choose new flights and avoid the bad weather. The weather added uncertainty to what’s expected to be a busy travel season. AAA estimates that nearly 113 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. That’s 4% higher than last year.
New label law has unintended effect: Sesame in more foods
A new federal law requiring that sesame be listed as an allergen on food labels is having unintended consequences _ increasing the number of products that include the ingredient. Starting Jan. 1, all foods made and sold in the U.S. must be labeled if they contain sesame, an often-hidden ingredient that’s been declared the nation’s ninth major allergen. Food industry experts say the requirements are so stringent that many manufacturers, especially bakers, find it simpler and less expensive to add sesame to a product _ and to label it. While the practice is legal, consumers and advocates say it violates the spirit of the law.
Bahamas hands over FTX founder to the US to face charges
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bahamian authorities say they extradited former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to the United States, where he faces criminal charges related to the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange. Bahamas’s attorney general’s office said Bankman-Fried would be leaving for the United States later Wednesday, noting he had waived his right to challenge the extradition. Reporters on the scene witnessed Bankman-Fried leaving a Magistrate Court in Nassau in a dark SUV. The vehicle was later seen arriving at a private airfield by Nassau’s airport, from which he is expected to be flown to the United States. He is due to land in New York and will likely appear in front of a U.S. judge on Thursday.
As flu rages, US releases medicine from national stockpile
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will release doses of prescription flu medicine from the Strategic National Stockpile to states as flu-sickened patients continue to flock to hospitals and doctors’ offices around the country. States will be able to request doses of the prescription flu medication Tamiflu kept in the Strategic National Stockpile from the federal Health and Human Services department. The administration is not releasing how many doses will be made available. Last week, HHS announced it would allow states to dip into statewide stockpiles for Tamiflu, making millions of treatment courses available. Tamiflu can be prescribed to treat flu in people over the age of 2 weeks old.
Franco Harris, Steeler who caught Immaculate Reception, dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris has died at the age of 72 just days before the 50th anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception.” His catch for the Pittsburgh Steelers is considered the most iconic play in NFL history. Harris ran for 12,120 yards and won four Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh in the 1970s. The team’s dynasty began in earnest when Harris decided to keep running during a last-second heave by quarterback Terry Bradshaw in a playoff game against Oakland in 1972. His catch and run off a deflected pass gave the Steelers their first-ever playoff win. Harris’ son, Dok, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his father died overnight. No cause of death was given.
Musk says Twitter in precarious position, defends cost cuts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk is defending his massive cost-cutting at Twitter as necessary for the social media platform to survive next year, in part due to debt payments tied to his $44 billion takeover of the company. Musk described Twitter as like a plane that is headed towards the ground at high speed with the engines on fire and the controls don’t work. He was speaking to a late-night audience on a Twitter Spaces call Tuesday. That’s after Elon Musk said earlier on Tuesday that he plans on remaining as Twitter’s CEO until he can find someone willing to replace him in the job.
20-year church abuse probe ends with monsignor’s quiet plea
The 20-year criminal investigation of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has come to a quiet end with the misdemeanor plea of an aging cleric. Monsignor William Lynn has pleaded no contest to failing to turn over documents to a 2002 grand jury. He had been awaiting a retrial after his 2012 child endangerment conviction was twice overturned on appeal. His lawyer calls the case “a travesty” given the nearly three years Lynn spent in state prison. The District Attorney’s Office said the plea brings “finality” to victims. The archdiocese did not immediately return messages seeking comment on last month’s plea.
An Iranian masterwork opens with its director behind bars
NEW YORK (AP) — After being arrested for creating antigovernment propaganda in 2010, the Iranian director Jafar Panahi was banned from making films for 20 years. Nonetheless, he’s since made five widely acclaimed features in Iran. His latest, “No Bears,” is opening in theaters while Panahi is in prison. In July, Panahi was arrested while inquiring about the arrest of Mohammad Rasoulof, another filmmaker detained in the Tehran government’s crackdown on protests. On a decade-old charge, Panahi was sentenced to six years in jail. “No Bears” has become one of the most acclaimed films of the year.
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