Russian troops abandoned a key Ukrainian city so rapidly that they left the bodies of their comrades in the streets, offering more evidence Tuesday of Moscow's latest military defeat as it struggles to hang on to four regions of Ukraine that it illegally annexed last week. Meanwhile, Russia's upper house of parliament rubber-stamped the annexations following “referendums” that Ukraine and its Western allies have dismissed as fraudulent. Responding to the move, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy formally ruled out talks with Russia, declaring that negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin are impossible after his decision to take over the regions.
While Ukraine's military has been successfully chasing Russian troops out of one territory after another, Vladimir Putin's foot soldiers have apparently been turning their weapons on each other as the Russian leader's “special military operation” continues to come apart at the seams in spectacular fashion. The Kremlin's flailing bid to get an edge on the battlefield by deploying mercenaries from the Wagner Group—which now includes hundreds of prison inmates—has reportedly backfired as the private military force butts heads with the Russian military. The growing conflict resulted in a Wagner fighter gunning down a lieutenant colonel in the Russian army—a deadly episode of “friendly fire” that the Kremlin is said to be trying to sweep under the rug, according to the human rights group Gulagu.net.
The US Navy's first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford deployed Tuesday. Donald Trump once ranted about the ship's look, according to a book. The US Navy's most advanced aircraft carrier – which was commissioned and then later critiqued by former President Donald Trump – deployed Tuesday from Norfolk, Virginia, to head to the Atlantic.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was the victim of a violent attack in 2017 when his neighbor slammed into him from behind outside his Kentucky home. Earlier that year, Paul took cover when a gunman opened fire while GOP members of Congress practiced for a charity baseball game. Paul revived those traumatic events in his bid for reelection this year, with an incendiary social media video attacking his Democratic challenger, Charles Booker.
STORY: Speaking at a meeting with teachers broadcast on state television, Putin said the decree would defer conscription for additional categories of students. This would include those enrolled at accredited private universities, and certain postgraduate students. Over 200,000 people have already been drafted into Russia's armed forces since President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization two weeks ago, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday (October 4).
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If Russian President Vladimir Putin makes good on his threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the United States would likely respond with a sweeping economic embargo combined with a massive conventional attack on Russian military positions that could quickly wipe out the Russian president's invading military forces, said Joseph Cirincione, a national security analyst and leading expert on nuclear warfare. The U.S. and NATO “could destroy the Russian forces in Ukraine in a matter of days,” said Cirincione, author of the book “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late,” in an interview on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast.
There's not much that can send a grizzly bear running scared — especially not a mother with cubs in tow — but a nature guide recently witnessed just that, and it's only the second most surprising thing he saw that day. As many as 13 wolverines were gathered, chasing a grizzly and three cubs across the steep, rugged terrain of the Grand Tetons, according to an Oct. 2 Facebook post by ecotourism agency Yellowstone Insight. Doug MacCartney snapped pictures of the distant figures rushing through a band of snow on Aug. 8, the post said.
Keith Papini had been one of his wife's biggest advocates, but when investigators revealed in 2020 that her kidnapping four years earlier had been an elaborate hoax, the dad of two told investigators he was “in shock.” “I'm the idiot husband that stayed around the whole time,” Keith said in August of 2020 as he sat down to talk with investigators after the stunning revelation, according to interrogation footage included in an episode of ABC's “20/20,” which aired on Friday. Sherri Papini was sentenced to 18 months in prison last month for lying to the FBI and claiming that two Hispanic women had abducted her at gunpoint in November of 2016 while she had been out jogging near her Redding, California home.
One month after their counteroffensive began, Ukrainian forces have gained significant ground following months of Russia's advances in the south and east of the country. According to the Institute for the Study of War, Ukraine's counteroffensive made substantial headway from Sept. 4 to Oct. 3 in regaining territory from the northern city of Kharkiv to the border with Luhansk as well as several pockets in northern Kherson. In his nightly address on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 450 settlements had been liberated thanks to the “defense operation that began in September and is still ongoing.”
The younger Walker's videos essentially serve as the reverse of a strategy Republicans have leaned on in recent years of calling in their family members as character witnesses. In 2018, they pointed to children, wives and aunts with preexisting conditions as evidence they would not strip away health care protections. In 2022, four different GOP Senate candidates have aired ads featuring their wives discussing their character as the party tries to finesse the unpopularity of its stances on abortion rights.
John Fetterman labeled Mehmet Oz a "puppy killer" following a bombshell news article by Jezebel. Fetterman dragged Oz on Twitter, asking for "help to keep the #PuppyKiller out of the US Senate." Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman slammed his GOP rival Mehmet Oz on Tuesday following a bombshell report on hundreds of dogs that died in experiments linked to the latter.
A malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as it plowed into the ground Wednesday during a live-fire drill with the United States that was a reprisal for North Korea's successful launch a day earlier of a weapon that flew over Japan and has the range to strike the U.S. territory of Guam. The explosion and subsequent fire panicked and confused residents of the coastal city of Gangneung, who were already uneasy over the increasingly provocative weapons tests by rival North Korea. Their concern that it could be a North Korean attack only grew as the military and government officials provided no explanation about the explosion for hours.
Lizzo made history last week when she played a 200-year-old flute once owned by former President James Madison. Now, the singer has been presented with a new opportunity: to perform at Madison's home. The Virginia house, called Montpelier, is a museum and memorial to the former president, who led the nation from 1809 to 1817.
Alligators and snakes are swarming around Florida homes destroyed by Hurricane Ian, an official said. "There are a lot [of] places that are not livable," Sanibel Fire Chief William Briscoe told CNN. Briscoe added, "There are alligators running around, and there are snakes all over the place."
Like nearly 50% of Americans, Talia (not her real name) had gained weight over the pandemic and wanted to do something about it. After a friend lost 40 pounds using semaglutide — a prescription injectable weight-loss medication that's garnering a lot of buzz right now — her interest was piqued. The New York resident made an appointment with her friend's doctor and asked about any potential risks and whether she needed to follow a specific diet while on the medication.
One of two disturbances in the Atlantic now has an 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression sometime in the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said. According to the NHC, a broad area of low pressure has continued to produce showers and thunderstorms over the ocean, a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands in West Africa. The system is expected to move generally northwestward over the eastern Atlantic and is likely to form into a tropical depression sometime in the next day or two.
Greene, who recently made headlines for saying Pride Month “needs to end,” has previously targeted the transportation secretary with bizarre and nonsensical homophobia. In March, she told Trump rally attendees in Georgia that “Pete Buttigieg can take his electric vehicles and his bicycles, and he and his husband can stay out of our girls' bathrooms. The following month, she said that “mom and dad have been replaced by Chasten and Pete Buttigieg and their designer babies.
Russia's retreat from a key Ukrainian city over the weekend elicited outcry from an unlikely crowd – state-run media outlets that typically cast Moscow's war in glowing terms. A series of embarrassing military losses in recent weeks has presented a challenge for prominent hosts of Russian news and political talk shows struggling to find ways to paint Ukraine's gains in a way that is still favorable to the Kremlin. Frustration with the battlefield setbacks has long been expressed in social media blogs run by nationalist pundits and pro-Kremlin analysts, and the volume grew after Ukraine's counteroffensive last month around Kharkiv in the northeast.
Iranian schoolgirls have joined the latest wave of demonstrations, which have gripped the country. One human rights group said at least 154 people have been killed in the police crackdown. Iranian schoolgirls across the country are joining in on the latest wave of anti-government protests over its treatment of women.
A Florida man was arrested after he kidnapped his girlfriend's 1-year-old boy and led officers on a chase before he used the child as a human shield outside a McDonald's last week, authorities said. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Bunker Lane in Palm Coast, about 60 miles south of Jacksonville, on the evening of Sept. 27 about a report of a possible child abduction, it said in a news release. Brandon Leohner, 27, the boyfriend of the child's mother, abducted the 1-year-old "while armed with a handgun and was driving with the child in his lap as he left the residence," the sheriff's office said.
Prominent Egyptian archaeologists have renewed a call for the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum to Egypt, 200 years after the deciphering of the slab unlocked the secrets of hieroglyphic script and marked the birth of Egyptology. The archaeologists' online campaign has gathered 2,500 signatures so far and aims to "tell Egyptians what has been taken from them", said Monica Hanna, acting Dean of the College of Archaeology in the Egyptian city of Aswan. The Rosetta Stone dates to 196 BC and was unearthed by Napoleon's army in northern Egypt in 1799.
Garth Brooks' sold-out shows near Branson, Missouri, provided unforgettable nights for thousands of fans — but many for all the wrong reasons. From traffic woes, parking issues, miles-long walks and troubles for those with disabilities, the three-night opening of the Thunder Ridge Nature Arena did not go as planned as it ushered in one of the most well-known musicians on the planet.
Jamee Kimble was driving in on Oct. 1 when she and her kids were struck head-on by a police car going around 10 mph in Virginia. “They had me hold both of my hands out the car window while they pointed a gun at me screaming that I could become a threat if I moved, in front of my kids,” Kimble said in an Instagram post documenting the confrontation in Fairfax County. Kimble was then handcuffed and put into the back of the police vehicle, she said.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones declined to put on a defense Wednesday at his defamation trial in Connecticut and was back in Texas in advance of closing arguments over how much he should pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. The jury of three men and three women is being asked to decide how much Jones should give the families of eight victims and an FBI agent who all testified they have spent almost a decade being targets of harassment by those who believe the shooting didn't happen and that they are “crisis actors.” Jones, who outside the courthouse insisted that he has never been linked to the direct harassment or threats against the families, was found liable by default last year for defaming them and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.
“They give voters the chance to hear candidate views. In their own words. In real time.”
“There is campaigning, and there is governing. Two different things. … In the end, it is governing that really matters.”
“We are in a crisis of democracy, and we need to be able to figure out how to disagree.”
“In very close races, small mistakes can prove decisive, or at least knock a campaign in the wrong direction for a few days.”
“The debates themselves are shaping up to be major campaign issues. It’s tedious, and it does not serve the voters.”