Serena Williams says ‘the countdown has begun’ for retirement

Serena Williams says ‘the countdown has begun’ for retirement

Say “the countdown has begun”, 23 times in Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced on Tuesday that she was ready to step away from tennis so she could focus on having another child and her business interests, presaging the end of a career that transcended sport. In an essay published Tuesday by Vogue magazine, and … Read more

Large explosions rock a Russian military air base in Crimea

Large explosions rock a Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke across the landscape on Tuesday in what could mark an escalation in the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were injured, authorities said. The Russian Defense Ministry denied that the … Read more

FBI search for Trump estate in Florida: why now?

FBI search for Trump estate in Florida: why now?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s unprecedented raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence ricocheted around government, politics and a polarized country on Tuesday, along with questions about why the Justice Department — notably cautious under Attorney General Merrick Garland — decided to take such a drastic step forward. The answers did not come quickly. … Read more

US pledges $1 billion more rockets and other weapons for Ukraine

US pledges  billion more rockets and other weapons for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is shipping its biggest arms shipment to Ukraine as that country prepares for a potentially decisive counteroffensive in the south against Russia, sending $1 billion. of rockets, ammunition and other materials to Ukraine from Ministry of Defense Stockpiles. The new US arms shipment would further bolster … Read more

Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas

Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a growing challenge to Russia’s grip on occupied areas of southeastern Ukraine, guerrilla forces loyal to Kyiv are killing pro-Moscow officials, blowing up bridges and trains and help the Ukrainian army by identifying key targets. Growing resistance eroded the Kremlin’s control over these areas and threatened its plans to hold … Read more

Russian disinformation is spreading in new ways despite bans

Russian disinformation is spreading in new ways despite bans

WASHINGTON (AP) — After Russia invaded Ukraine last February, the European Union decided to block RT and Sputnik, two of the Kremlin’s main channels for spreading propaganda and disinformation about the war. Almost six months later, the number of sites carrying the same content has exploded as Russia finds ways around the ban. They renamed … Read more

Ezra Miller charged with burglary in Vermont

Ezra Miller charged with burglary in Vermont

Actor Ezra Miller has been charged with burglary in Stamford, Vermont, the latest in a string of incidents involving the embattled ‘The Flash’ star. In a Monday report, Vermont state police say they responded to a burglary complaint in Stamford on May 1 and discovered that several bottles of alcohol were taken from a residence … Read more

Oil facility fire threatens Cuba’s fragile electricity system

Oil facility fire threatens Cuba’s fragile electricity system

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread Monday, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis by forcing authorities to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Around dawn, flames engulfed a third tank that firefighters had tried to cool as they struggled to fight … Read more

Major testing of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

Major testing of first possible Lyme vaccine in 20 years begins

DUNCANSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Researchers are looking for thousands of volunteers in the United States and Europe to test the first potential Lyme disease vaccine 20 years from now – in hopes of better combating the tick-borne threat. Lyme is a growing problem, cases increasing and global warming helping ticks expand their habitat. While a … Read more

Wall Street ends flat as investors await inflation updates

Wall Street ends flat as investors await inflation updates

Wall Street’s major stock indexes gave up early gains and ended a choppy trading day with little changed on Monday. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each slipped 0.1% after losing gains of 1% and 1.6%, respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.1%. Shares of small companies outperformed the broader market, a sign that … Read more