Americans overdosing on drugs at new record high
One person died from a drug overdose every five minutes in the United States in 2021, according to data released Wednesday by federal regulators tracking the nation’s escalating opioid epidemic.
Modern views on women absent in draft that would overturn Roe
To decide if the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel Alito asks for the conservative supermajority, whether America has a historic tradition of allowing women to control their own reproductive health.
Texas election officials testify on new rules at the polls
Texas lawmakers returned to the state Capitol on Wednesday to examine the reasons for election result delays and the effectiveness of new requirements for poll watchers.
Redrawn NY Assembly districts approved for June primaries
The newly redrawn New York state Assembly districts may be gerrymandered but it is now too late to delay primary elections, a judge tasked with overseeing the state’s messy electoral redistricting maps ruled Wednesday.
Wisconsin election audit contract extended despite stalled investigation
Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature have renewed their commitment to pay a retired state Supreme Court justice thousands per month in taxpayer money to investigate fraud in the 2020 presidential election, all but ensuring the controversial audit, currently on hold, will proceed into a second year.
Sweden and Finland bolster defense with UK pledge
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday signed two separate security declarations with Sweden and Finland, promising support if the two northern European countries should come under military attack.
Ukraine war grinds on, Russia slowly advances against tough resistance
Russian forces on Wednesday continued to make slow advances in eastern Ukraine, but Ukraine was fighting back hard with counterattacks near Kharkiv and strikes on a key Black Sea island held by Russia as its encircled troops inside a Mariupol steelworks refuse to surrender.
Ex-Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi loses dispute over bank shares
Siding with the European Central Bank, the European General Court agreed Wednesday that Silvio Berlusconi’s shares in an Italian bank can be confiscated because of a tax evasion conviction.
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