Unbiased headline news for Wednesday February 21, 2024 – Rematch anticipation builds as former President Donald Trump gears up to face Nikki Haley in the upcoming South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday.

Trump’s top aides, Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles, assert his strong position in securing the Republican nomination by March 19, even after Haley’s recent speech vowing to persist in her candidacy. According to the advisors, Trump is poised to clinch the necessary delegates.

A dire public health crisis looms over the U.S.-Mexico border region, particularly in South San Diego County, where billions of gallons of contaminated sewage from Mexico inundate California, according to a recently unveiled report.

Imperial Beach Mayor Paloma Aguirre declares a total state of emergency, emphasizing the imminent public health threat posed by transboundary pollution. She highlights the unacceptable living conditions faced by residents, characterizing the situation as a ticking time bomb demanding urgent attention.

Texas responds to the immigration challenges at the southern border by constructing a new military base in Eagle Pass.

Governor Greg Abbott announces the development aimed at accommodating National Guard members deployed to address border issues. The military facility, set for completion by mid-April, will feature a 300-bed capacity, with plans to add 300 more beds each month.

In a significant development near Yemen, an American MQ-9 Reaper has been shot down by HooThee militants, confirmed by a U.S. official and later acknowledged by the Pentagon.

The HooThees claim responsibility for targeting the Reaper and two American ships in the Gulf of Aden, marking their second successful downing of a Reaper. This incident follows their previous action in November, where they shot down another MQ-9 Reaper in international airspace near Yemen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserts Moscow’s commitment to refraining from deploying nuclear weapons in space, emphasizing that the country has only developed space capabilities comparable to those of the U.S.

This statement follows the White House’s recent confirmation of Russia possessing a “troubling” anti-satellite weapon capability, although it is not operational yet. Putin, speaking alongside Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, underscores that Russia’s space capabilities align with those of other nations, including the United States.

YouTube vlogger Ruby Franke, who pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse involving two of her children, receives a sentence of four consecutive terms ranging from one to 15 years in prison.

The duration of Franke’s incarceration will be determined by the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. Franke and her former business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, founder of Connexions Classroom, entered guilty pleas to four counts of child abuse in Washington County 5th District Court in Utah back in December.

Following a judge’s order for former President Donald Trump to pay $354 million in his civil fraud case, New York Attorney General Letitia James declares readiness to seize Trump’s assets if he cannot fulfill the financial obligation.

In an interview with ABC News’ Aaron Katersky, James states that if Trump lacks the funds to satisfy the judgment, legal measures will be pursued, including seeking court approval to seize his assets.

Walmart makes a strategic move by acquiring smart TV maker Vizio for 2.3 billion dollars, aiming to bolster its rapidly growing advertising business and compete with Amazon.

The potential deal grants Walmart access to Vizio’s SmartCast operating system, enabling the retail giant to offer advertisers the opportunity to display ads on streaming devices. Walmart has been actively expanding its media and advertising business.