Washington State Court OK’s Albertsons’ Merger $4B Dividend

Man Accused of Trying to Kidnap Washington Barista Arrested

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has brushed aside the final remaining legal hurdle in the way of a $4 billion dividend by Albertsons to its shareholders ahead of a proposed merger with rival Kroger. The state’s highest court on Tuesday declined to review a case against the dividend brought by state Attorney … Read more

Hawaii to Make Preschool Available for All 3-4 Year-Olds

Man Accused of Trying to Kidnap Washington Barista Arrested

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii put forward a plan Tuesday to make preschool available to all 3- and 4-year-olds by 2032, which if successful would put the state in a rarified group of states managing to provide pre-kindergarten education to most of its children. Hawaii’s leaders have aspired to universal pre-K for decades but have found … Read more

Russia’s Newest Nuclear Submarine on Its Way to Temporary Base in Arctic – TASS

Moldova Says Missile Debris Found in North of the Country

(Reuters) – Russian navy’s newest nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Generalissimo Suvorov is on its way to a temporary base for the Northern Fleet in the Arctic, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified defence source. “Recently, the submarine cruiser Generalissimo Suvorov has started moving from Severodvinsk, where it was located at the … Read more

Man Accused of Trying to Kidnap Washington Barista Arrested

Man Accused of Trying to Kidnap Washington Barista Arrested

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state arrested a man Tuesday who is accused of trying to kidnap a barista from a suburban Seattle coffee shop. Video released by Auburn police shows a man in a truck at about 5 a.m. Monday trying to pull a woman through a coffee shop window using a … Read more

Utah Lawmakers Stare Down Challenges of Growth and Drought

Utah Lawmakers Stare Down Challenges of Growth and Drought

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers began the 2023 legislative session Tuesday by describing the growing western state as one facing an unprecedented crossroads, with action needed to maintain rapid economic and population growth. “If we fail to lead courageously, our state will not continue its growth, future generations will have to find somewhere … Read more

United Airlines Posts $843 Million Profit, Bullish on 2023

United Airlines Posts $843 Million Profit, Bullish on 2023

United Airlines reported fourth-quarter profit and revenue higher than Wall Street expectations and gave a bullish 2023 forecast that assumes people will keep traveling despite inflation and concern about the economy. After the market closed Tuesday, United said it earned $843 million in the quarter. The Chicago-based airline said it is seeing strong demand for … Read more

Grocery Store With Items Made From Plastic Opening to Public

Grocery Store With Items Made From Plastic Opening to Public

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A grocery store that features thousands of products made entirely of discarded plastic opens to the public on Tuesday. The Plastic Bag Store is a custom-built public art installation and film experience designed to encourage visitors to think more about the enduring impact of single-use plastics. The store in Ann … Read more

Iran’s ‘Death Committee’ President Unyielding in Defence of Clerical Rule

Iran's 'Death Committee' President Unyielding in Defence of Clerical Rule

DUBAI (Reuters) – As a young prosecutor in Tehran, Ebrahim Raisi sat on a “death committee” overseeing the execution of hundreds of political prisoners in the Iranian capital, rights groups say. Now president three decades later, and seen by many as Iran’s potential next Supreme Leader, Raisi is presiding over an uncompromising response to domestic … Read more

Dutch Tech Industry Urges EU to Take a Stand on China Chip Exports

Dutch Tech Industry Urges EU to Take a Stand on China Chip Exports

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch tech industry group FME on Tuesday called for the European Commission to draft a position on whether and how to restrict computer chip technology exports to China, saying “more unified and powerful action” was needed from Europe. The call comes as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visits U.S. President Joe Biden … Read more