Latest News Headlines for Wednesday January 24, 2024 – Turkish legislators endorsed Sweden’s membership in NATO, lifting a major hurdle on the previously nonaligned country’s entry into the military alliance.

The legislators ratified Sweden’s accession protocol by 287 votes to 55, with four abstentions. The ratification will come into effect after its publication in the Official Gazette, which is expected to be swift. Hungary then becomes the only NATO ally not to have ratified Sweden’s accession.

Egyptian officials have lashed out over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion that Israel will have to take control of a roughly 100-yard buffer zone on the Gaza side of the war-torn Palestinian territory’s 9-mile-long border with Egypt.

Israeli officials have said smuggling across that buffer, known as the Philadelphi Corridor, both above ground and through tunnels, has provided Gaza’s Hamas rulers with weapons and other supplies — allegations that Egypt vehemently denies. “The Philadelphi Corridor — or to put it more correctly, the southern stoppage point of the Gaza Strip— must be in our hands. It must be shut,” Netanyahu said.

At least six people were killed and more than 60 were injured in a wave of Russian missile strikes against cities in eastern and central Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv.

Five of the deaths were in the frontline city of Kharkiv in the northeast of the country after residential buildings were hit in attacks that also injured 51, Kharkiv region governor Oleh Syniehubov said in a social media post. Mount Sinai doctors are seeing an increase in heart problems prompted by respiratory infections, and it’s happening across all age groups

Flu and COVID-19 are sweeping across the country, posing a particular hazard to people at risk for heart disease.

These respiratory infections can trigger heart complications from fever, dehydration and inflammation, experts from Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital say.

A New York man has been found guilty of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat of a friend’s car when they turned into the wrong driveway,WTEN TV.

On the night of April 15, 2023, Kaylin Gillis and her friends mistakenly pulled into the long, dark driveway of 65-year-old Kevin Monahan in rural Hebron, New York, while they were looking for a friend’s house, authorities said. Monahan, standing on his deck, fired at least two shots toward the group and fatally hit Gillis in the neck, authorities said.

An elderly man fatally shot his wife and then himself at an assisted living facility in Florida, police said Tuesday.

Staff at the Addington Place at College Harbor facility found the couple dead in the woman’s room around 10 a.m., the St. Petersburg Police Department said in an email. The 81-year-old man was visiting his 76-year-old wife when the shooting happened, investigators said.

The Los Angeles Times said it planned to lay off at least 115 employees — more than 20% of the newsroom — starting Tuesday, one of the largest staff cuts in the newspaper’s 143-year history.

The announcement came after the LA Times Guild walked off the job last Friday to protest the imminent layoffs, the institution’s first ever newsroom union work stoppage. Matt Pearce, president of the Media Guild of the West, which encompasses the Times’ union, called Tuesday a “dark day.”

With tax season set to kick off next week, the IRS is launching a new initiative to redesign and simplify common tax documents.

The changes will eventually apply to around 170 million letters that are sent out to individual taxpayers every year. The notices, for example, remind taxpayers of how much they owe, that they have made an error on their returns, or that they have been victims of identity theft.

An upstate New York feline shelter is witnessing a surge in donations as football enthusiasts rally to support Tyler Bass following his critical missed field goal, contributing to the Buffalo Bills’ departure from the NFL playoffs.

Ten Lives Club, a no-kill cat rescue organization located in Buffalo, reported receiving over $25,000 in contributions on Monday, with the total soaring to $90,000 by Tuesday afternoon.

In the pivotal game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Orchard Park, N.Y., Bass’s attempt veered wide right in the closing moments, concluding in a 27-24 defeat for the Bills.

Bass, who serves as a brand ambassador for Ten Lives Club, displayed visible disappointment as he retreated from the field, his face concealed within his jersey collar after the disheartening game outcome.