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First things first: blizzard warning, tornado, two fatalities, storm crosses US.usa news

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a A devastating storm hit the United States Tornadoes hit Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana yesterday, reporting the deaths of a boy and his mother, bringing blizzard-like conditions to the Great Plains and threatening more severe weather in the South.

A massive storm system was also expected to push even more snow and ice into Appalachia and New England.

In northern Louisiana, a boy was found dead in a wooded area more than 800 meters from his home in Keithville, just south of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prater said. The child’s mother was later found dead in the street from her home, Prater said.

The child’s father reported that the children were missing from the home. The sheriff said it was demolished in a storm. “We couldn’t even find the house he was describing in the address. Everything was gone,” Prater told KSLA, a Shreveport television station.

  • When will the weather improve? The NWS issued a winter storm watch from last night through Friday afternoon, depending on the timing of the storm. Residents from West Virginia to Vermont were told to be careful about the potential for a significant mix of snow, ice and sleet.

Senate votes to ban TikTok on US government-owned devices

The bill needs House approval and Joe Biden’s signature for it to take effect. Photo: Olivier D’Liery/AFP/Getty Images

Late last night, the US Senate passed a bill by voice vote Ban federal employees from using Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok on government-owned devices.

The bill must be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives before it goes to Joe Biden for approval. The House must pass the Senate bill before the end of the current legislative session, scheduled for next week.

The vote is the latest action by US lawmakers to crack down on Chinese companies amid national security concerns that Beijing could use them to spy on Americans.

The Senate action bans ByteDance-owned TikTok from state-owned devices amid concerns that data could be passed to the Chinese government, prompting North Dakota and Iowa to step up to a growing number of states this week. It happened after I joined.

  • many federal agencies, including defense motherland Security and state departments have already banned TikTok from government-owned devices. “TikTok is a significant security risk to the United States and is not suitable for government devices,” Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who proposed the bill, previously said.

Why Crimea is Volodymyr Zelensky’s biggest bargaining chip

People watch a burning and partially damaged fuel tank on the Kerch Bridge in the Kerch Strait in Crimea.
People watch smoke on the Kerch Strait Bridge between Russia and Crimea, attacked by Ukrainian special forces in October. Photo: Reuters

In a little-known intervention, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – considered a close ally of Volodymyr Zelensky – seized land Russian forces held within Ukraine prior to the Feb. 24 invasion. Made a startling statement that, if returned, would be the basis for reopening.Ukraine-Russia talks, Patrick Winter wrote:.

The statement suggests that Ukraine must accept that the withdrawal of Russian troops from Crimea is not a precondition for starting negotiations.

In suggesting this, Johnson acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal article last week that many diplomats had privately endorsed the forced military handover of Crimea. – Full control of Ukraine is risky.

write in in the spectatorHenry Kissinger made a similar proposal, arguing that Russia should withdraw territories it had acquired since February of this year. If the negotiations fail to resolve particularly contentious areas, “an internationally supervised referendum on self-determination may apply”.

  • Will there be a Christmas truce? Moscow said Not in the cards as the fighting seemed to drag on over the winter after nearly 10 months of war in Ukraine.

  • what else is going on Russia’s Ukraine War? Here it is What I Learned on Day 295 of aggression.

In other news…

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex
Harry and Meghan in Australia in 2018. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
  • In the latest episode of Harry and Meghan Netflix documentaryPrince Harry claims there was resentment in the royal family over Meghan Markle’s popularity during the couple’s official tour of Australia and New Zealand.“It was already clear to the media that the palace wouldn’t protect her,” says Harry.

  • Man accused of attacking US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband says there was ‘evil in Washington’ and he Trying to harm Pelosi She’s second in line to run for president, San Francisco police investigators testified Wednesday.

  • twitter is I suspended my account Monitor the flight path of the private jet owned by the social media giant’s new boss, Elon Musk. The account was run by Florida college student and aviation enthusiast Jack Sweeney, who ran similar “bot” accounts that tracked planes of other celebrities.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Director and New DC Studios Co-Chairman James Gunn Writing Superman Movie Without Actor Henry Cavillwho said ‘Not the easiest news’ After recently announcing that he would be returning to the role.

  • of US government sues Arizona governor Doug Ducey And the state yesterday said it encroached on federal land over the placement of shipping containers as a barrier on its border with Mexico. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, comes three weeks before the Republican governor resigns.

World Cup 2022: France end Moroccan adventure, reach final

Theo Hernández celebrates after scoring for France in the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-finals
Theo Hernández celebrates with Olivier Giroud after giving France the first goal. Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

After all, it is French victory savoir-faire, the ability to manage these kinds of opportunities and get the job done – even if you aren’t doing your best. Theo Hernández scored an early goal and Didier Deschamps was able to turn around a fine defensive performance. Still, it didn’t incorporate the rough brushstrokes of how Morocco made France sweat and how they sweated. played with pride Not a hint of inferiority complex. The first African team from the continent to reach the World Cup semi-finals had left it behind with an epic run to the semi-finals.Still, Sunday’s final against Argentina We promise to be classic.

Don’t miss this: The first Buy Black movement lifted the whole community.it can happen again

Centuries of black business ecosystems were wiped out by consolidation, but could be rebuilt.
Centuries of black business ecosystems were wiped out by consolidation, but could be rebuilt. Illustrated by Mark Harris/Guardian

Horrified by the brutal killing of an unarmed black man by white police officers and alarmed by how the Covid pandemic has unjustly ravaged black businesses, white and corporate America quickly joined the Buy Black movement in early 2020. I got down to it. Maggie Anderson writesBut this surge was followed by more of the same. The sluggish growth of black businesses and the rising death toll of blacks by white police. The first Buy Black movement consisted of barbershops, banks, hotels, pharmacies, and everything in between, all produced and powered by blacks in America. That renaissance could benefit an entire nation.

Climate check: Strikes and tensions as financial dispute threatens to derail Cop15 talks

Cop15 meeting
The talks reached a crisis point.

A split between developed and developing nations over who should pay to protect the planet’s ecosystem derails a UN biodiversity summit after a group of developing nations walked out of the debate overnight. As with the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt last month, where countries agreed to create a new fund to compensate vulnerable countries for loss and damage from global warming, the global South countries left Cop15 yesterday after disagreements over funding. Cop15 host China Organizing crisis consultations with delegation heads As more strikes continued, we tried to resolve the issue.

Finally: How the Grinch stole an HOV lane – US driver ticketed by puppet passenger

A person dressed as the Grinch in New York City.
A person dressed as the Grinch in New York City. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Reuters

An Arizona driver received a traffic violation warning after being pulled over for driving in a congested lane. Inflatable grinch on passenger seatAt least two people must be in the vehicle in the HOV lane. An unnamed driver was pulled over while driving on Interstate 10 in the Phoenix area after an Arizona state police officer spotted a “suspicious” passenger, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. During the stop, officers realized that the passenger was actually an inflatable Grinch doll.

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