White House says FBI, Homeland Security Dept looking into AT&T outage // White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were looking into an AT&T outage, and that the Federal Communications Commission was in touch with the company.
Biden says Alabama IVF ruling is 'outrageous' -statement // U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday said a controversial Alabama court ruling over frozen embryos created through in-vitro fertilization was "outrageous and unacceptable." "The disregard for women’s ability to make these decisions for themselves and their families is outrageous and unacceptable," Biden said in a statement. "Make no mistake: this is a direct result of the overturning of Roe v. Wade."
Prosecution opens its case against 'Rust' armorer accused of 'negligent acts, failures' // A New Mexico prosecutor on Thursday held the chief weapons handler for Western "Rust" Hannah Gutierrez responsible for the 2021 fatal shooting of the film's cinematographer while her lawyer said she was being scapegoated for a tragedy.
US Supreme Court lets $2.46 billion Boy Scouts sex abuse settlement proceed // The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the Boy Scouts of America's $2.46 billion settlement with sexual abuse victims to move forward, lifting a temporary pause imposed in response to an appeal by 144 former scouts who opposed the agreement.
Yale University reinstates standardized test requirement // Yale University said on Thursday it would reinstate a requirement that applicants submit standardized test scores after a four-year hiatus for the COVID-19 pandemic, and the admissions dean said the requirement would help disadvantaged students.
Edible plants, poetry and English lessons: a mother's day in a Gaza tent // Life for Gaza teacher Inas Al-Baz has shrunk to a daily search for food and water for her family, but she breaks the monotony as often as she can, whether it's with a fresh ingredient for her cooking pot or study time with her children in their tent.
Wall Street opens higher on Nvidia's big surge // Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial average hit record highs on Thursday after artificial intelligence darling Nvidia forecast bumper revenue, stoking investor confidence that also boosted other growth stocks.
US weekly jobless claims unexpectedly fall // The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting that job growth likely remained solid in February. Labor market resilience, which is underpinning the economy, reduces the urgency for the Federal Reserve to start cutting interest rates. Minutes of the U.S. central bank's Jan. 30-31 meeting published on Wednesday showed the majority of policymakers were concerned about the risks of cutting rates too soon, with broad uncertainty about how long borrowing costs should remain at their current level.
US, UK back outgoing Dutch PM Rutte to become next NATO chief // The United States, Britain, France and Germany on Thursday all backed outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to succeed Jens Stoltenberg as the head of NATO, putting him in a strong position to win the leadership of the transatlantic alliance.
US farmers face harsh economics with record corn supplies in silos // Illinois farmer Dan Henebry regrets not selling more of his corn crop last summer, when the Midwest needed rain and prices were high. He is not alone. Farmers across the United States are kicking themselves for putting off corn sales after fields dried up in May and June, fueling expectations for higher prices and smaller harvests. Instead, prices tanked as rains saved the crop. The size and speed of the price collapse stung farmers and left their storage bins stuffed with record amounts of corn.