In its defamation lawsuit against Mike Lindell, a prominent Trump supporter and CEO of the Chaska-based MyPillow, voting technology company Smartmatic

Second voting technology company sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for defamation

Smartmatic says Lindell falsely accused it of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

House panel obtains Trump records after Supreme Court ruling

January 21
Then-President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh on Sept. 22, 2020.
The National Archives and Records Administration has provided a House committee with more than 700 pages of presidential documents after the Supreme Court rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to block the release.

Noem unveils abortion ban, mimics Texas' private enforcement

January 21
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday unveiled a proposal to ban nearly all abortions, mimicking a Texas law that leaves enforcement up to private citizens through lawsuits instead of through prosecutors and criminal charges.
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Houthis, aid group: Death toll from prison airstrike at 82

The death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels climbed to at least 82 detainees, the rebels and an aid group said Saturday.
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Russia toughens its posture amid Ukraine tensions

With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next moves in the worst security crisis to emerge between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.
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Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir, 96, hospitalized at heart institute

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 96, was hospitalized for the third time in just over a month, his spokesperson said Saturday, sparking concerns over his health.
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China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

The sweeping "zero-tolerance" strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic.
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Australia delivers water, telecommunications aid to Tonga

Three flights from Australia carrying food, water, medical supplies and telecommunications equipment landed in Tonga on Saturday, as the Pacific nation continues to grapple with the aftermath of an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami.
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British Conservatives set to go for top job if Johnson falls

Revelations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his staff partied while Britain was in a coronavirus lockdown have provoked public outrage and led some members of his Conservative Party to consider ousting their leader.
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Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers.
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Cold North Dakota ideal for hot cryptocurrency data centers

North Dakota's bitterly cold winters make for the ideal setting desired by a new industry eyeing the state: cryptocurrency.
Politics
January 21

Where Ukraine's sunflowers once sprouted, fears now grow

On a warm spring day in Ukraine 26 years ago, three men smiled for cameras as they planted symbolic sunflower seedlings in freshly tilled earth where Soviet nuclear missiles had once stood ready.
Politics
January 21

Sinema faces blowback in Arizona for votes defying Democrats

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party's most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many Democrats consider essential to preserving democracy.
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January 21

'Wuhan, I Am Here': Film follows volunteers in sealed city

The homeless, the sick, the elderly: For people who fell through the cracks of the official system, the then-unprecedented decision to isolate the central Chinese city of Wuhan and its 13 million people was a matter of life or death.
Politics
January 21

Facing tough '22 elections, Dems want a year of achievements

Staring at midterm elections that could cost them control of Congress, Democrats are trying to sculpt a 2022 legislative agenda that would generate achievements and reassure voters that they're addressing pocketbook problems and can govern competently.
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January 21

Despite key win, Venezuela's opposition split over strategy

Iglenda Monzón lost her restaurant to Venezuela's protracted economic crisis. Her daughters then emigrated to Colombia to find work and left behind two children. She and the boys sometimes go hungry and often do not have running water, electricity or gas.
Business
January 21

Canada, US and allies talk aid for Haiti at meeting

Haiti's spiraling insecurity and growing concerns about its ability to hold general elections following the killing of President Jovenel Moïse prompted two dozen international senior officials to meet Friday and agree to increase aid.
Nation
January 21

As Biden struggles, Harris touts California wildfire aid

After a difficult first year in office, Vice President Kamala Harris enjoyed a homecoming of sorts Friday, taking a helicopter tour in Southern California mountains to highlight new funding for federal wildfire programs.
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January 21
People inspect the wreckage of buildings that were damaged by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. The coalition f

Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed 70

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Friday, killing at least 70 detainees and wounding dozens, a rebel minister said. The strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive that knocked the Arab world's poorest country off the internet.
World
January 21

Mexican president undergoes cardiac catheterization

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador underwent cardiac catheterization Friday afternoon at a military hospital, the government announced.
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January 21
Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.

US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv.
Nation
January 21

County official pleads guilty to misdemeanor election fraud

An East Texas county commissioner and his wife have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election fraud after reaching a plea deal that allows him to remain in office.
World
January 21

2 Canadians killed, 1 wounded in Mexico resort shooting

Two Canadians were killed Friday and one more wounded in a shooting at a hotel along Mexico's Caribbean coast, state authorities said.