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Fears of a nuclear catastrophe took hold overnight after Russian forces shelled a nuclear power plant in Southeast Ukraine. The attack resulted in a fire that had many warning of a nuclear disaster ten times worse than Chernobyl. The International Atomic Energy Agency says the plant is now secured.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged European leaders to “wake up now” and stop Russian forces “before this becomes a nuclear disaster.” 


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi does not support a “gas tax holiday” to curb rising prices.  Pelosi said Thursday there’s no guarantee big oil companies will pass the savings onto consumers.  The California Democrat says she is in favor of banning Russian oil imports as a further response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. 

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée who worked on former President Trump’s campaign, has been subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. This comes after Guilfoyle refused to cooperate voluntarily with the committee’s investigation.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on the U.S. to recognize Taiwan.  Pompeo gave a speech in Taipei today, and said the U.S. “should immediately take necessary and long overdue steps” to offer Taiwan “America’s diplomatic recognition as a free and sovereign country.”  His remarks were quickly condemned by China.

A former Louisville police officer has been found not guilty of wanton endangerment in connection with the Breonna Taylor shooting.  The jury found former Detective Brett Hankison not guilty on all three charges yesterday.  The jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching the verdict.

The CDC says it’s safe for 90 percent of Americans to take off their masks.  The agency said Thursday that the numbers of nationwide coronavirus cases have decreased to a level where a majority of Americans can stop using face coverings.  The direction pertains to everyone regardless of vaccination status. 

One person was flown to the hospital by Life Flight helicopter after a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Route 322 in Potter Township.

Penn State Agrees to Pay Nearly $900K for Violation of Medicare Rules by it’s Psychological Clinic.

Centre County Drops to Medium COVID-19 Community Level, Adds 1 Death and 22 Cases. Mask policies are being loosened.

Discount grocery store chain Aldi is set to open its second Centre Region location later this month, about five months after opening its first. Aldi’s new store at 780 Benner Pike, next to the Nittany Mall, is on track to open on March 24, a company executive confirmed on Thursday.

Space junk will hit the moon tomorrow:  The moon is about to get walloped by 3 tons of space junk, a punch that will carve out a crater that could fit several semi tractor-trailers. A leftover rocket will smash into the far side of the moon at 5,800 miles per hour on Friday, away from the view of telescopes. It may take weeks or even months to confirm the impact through satellite images. The rocket has been tumbling through space ever since China launched it nearly a decade ago. But Chinese officials say it’s not theirs.

Sports

Penn State Comes Up Just Short in Back-and-Forth Affair at No. 20 Illinois, 60-55.

NHL – The Penguins snapped the Lightning’s 5 game winning streak, with a 5-1 win.

The Flyers lost to Min, 5-4.

The Opening Ceremony of the Winter Paralympics kicks off in Beijing today and a record number of Para athletes – around 700 – are ready to showcase their skills in events such as alpine skiing and wheelchair curling. Notably absent, though, are about 80 Russian and Belarusian athletes who were banned from competing in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.