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About 100,000 people remain trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukraine, and local leaders say Russian forces are not allowing aid supplies inside. A Ukrainian official said some evacuation buses heading to Mariupol were held at a Russian checkpoint and 14 tons of humanitarian aid bound for another city were confiscated by Russian troops. In addition to suspicions that Russia is regrouping its forces in neighboring Belarus, British intelligence suggests Russian troops are also being redeployed from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia resume today, but Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, says he has a “very, very small portion of optimism” after apparently fruitless talks earlier this week in Istanbul. 

Relief at the pump is slow but it’s happening.  Drivers may notice gas prices are down slightly today.  Triple-A puts the new national average at four-dollars and 21-cents a gallon.  That’s a penny less than yesterday when President Biden ordered a historic release of oil reserves. 

The Justice Department is warning states they need to protect transgender kids from discrimination.  A letter sent to all attorneys general is a reminder of the laws and policies in place to ensure fair treatment.  That includes when kids receive gender-affirming care.

Police in D.C. are investigating a gruesome discovery of five fetuses inside the home of an anti-abortion activist.  She was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight others in the 2020 take-over of an abortion clinic.  The medical examiner’s office collected the fetuses.

It looks like Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama don’t want to form a union.  The no votes outweigh the yes but more than 400 ballots are being challenged.  Nearly 40-percent of workers voted in deciding whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. 

New synagogue guidelines include weapons and cell phones on Shabbat.  That’s the Jewish day of rest and falls on Saturdays.  Synagogues have been told to prepare for the possibility of attacks.  The World Organization of Orthodox Communities and Synagogues recommends worshippers come armed and with a cell phone.

Effort started at onset of pandemic is now an official resource for Centre County pet owners.

Drug-laced edibles send students to hospital at western PA middle school.

After receiving many donations from PA fire companies in six different counties, firefighters in Ukraine will be receiving some new equipment.

A Centre County man was denied bail after allegedly telling police an argument with his wife led to him pulling out his gun and telling her to “sleep with one eye open.” State Police arrived at the Aaronsburg home of 68-year-old John Wayne Foltz March 25 for a domestic dispute that had already ended. Foltz was found at the home while his wife had left to seek shelter elsewhere.

Sports

The Penn State softball team (19-13, 1-2 Big Ten) plays host to the Purdue Boilermakers (18-16, 1-1 Big Ten) in a weekend series beginning tonight at Nittany Lion Softball Park and Beard Field.

NBA – The 76ers lost to the Pistons, 102-94.

NHL – The Penguins defeated Minnesota in O/T, 4-3.