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Top eight stories for today including Russia stepped up its military offensive in Ukraine and cracked down on dissenters at home; Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson asserted her commitment to neutrality on the bench during her confirmation hearing; New York’s high court ruled fantasy sports betting is not technically gambling since it requires some skill, and more.

National

Ketanji Brown Jackson vows to ‘stay in lane’ on Supreme Court

Lawmakers used a marathon session of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to dig into the approach that Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson takes as a judge, as well as how she represented clients in the past as a public defender and private attorney.

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies Tuesday, March 22, 2022, during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Judge blocks Biden policy narrowing focus of deportations  

The states of Arizona, Montana and Ohio won a preliminary injunction on Tuesday enjoining a Biden administration immigration policy that narrows the Department of Homeland Security's deportation focus to immigrants deemed to be dangerous.

Migrants are seen in custody at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area in Mission, Texas, in March 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Mexico official in Capitol riot mob found guilty

A federal judge entered a guilty verdict Tuesday against a New Mexico county commissioner who entered a restricted area during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and remained there for over an hour.

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin speaks to journalists as he leave federal court in Washington on March. 21, 2022. Griffin was sentenced for illegally entering Capitol grounds the day a pro-Trump mob disrupted certification of Joe Biden's presidential election victory on Jan. 6, 2021. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

Regional

Can Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District make America competitive again?

The fate of Colorado’s newly drawn 8th Congressional District lies in the hands of its majority party: the unaffiliated.

A row of pumpjacks line the side of a road in Weld County, Colorado. (Amanda Pampuro/CNS)

Fantasy sports ekes out a win after NY high court legalizes contests

Fantasy sports betting is not technically gambling since it requires some skill, New York’s high court ruled Tuesday, paving open a legal carveout for the lucrative activity.

The DraftKings logo is displayed at the sports betting company headquarters in Boston on May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Audit: California overlooked potential affordable housing sites

As San Francisco considers a proposal to shelter its entire homeless population, a state audit found Tuesday that a California agency overlooked potential affordable housing sites that could help alleviate the state’s crushing housing crisis.

Tents that serve as shelter for homeless people dot the sidewalks in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. (Nicholas Iovino/Courthouse News)

International

Under Western barrage, Russia gets nastier in Ukraine, crushes dissent

Russia is seeking to stiffen its resolve to fight both Kyiv and the West's full-spectrum assault by ramping up its military offensive in Ukraine, antagonizing Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands and cracking down on dissenters at home, chief among them opposition leader Alexei Navalny. 

People gather amid the destruction caused by the shelling of a shopping center, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday, March 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Argentine volunteers enlisting to join International Legion to defend Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ongoing indiscriminate violence across the country has provoked international condemnation, with many foreigners signing up to volunteer to fight alongside Ukraine’s troops and citizens — including many from Argentina.

Ukrainian servicemen attend a training session outside Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Friday, March 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko)

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