Unbiased headline news for Monday February 26, 2024 – Americans For Prosperity Action, a political advocacy group with ties to billionaire Charles Koch and conservative supporters, has halted its financial support for Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary.

The decision follows Haley’s defeat in early primary states, including her home state of South Carolina. An internal email from Americans For Prosperity CEO Emily Seidel reveals that the organization will redirect its focus towards United States Senate and House races.

President Joe Biden is set to host a meeting at the White House with the top four congressional leaders on Tuesday. The agenda includes urging lawmakers to pass an emergency aid package for Ukraine and Israel and preventing a potential government shutdown next month.

The key participants in the meeting are House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The president will emphasize the “urgency” of approving the aid package during the discussions.

Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), experienced a significant cyberattack, prompting an “alarming” response from the agency.

The RCMP is initiating a criminal investigation to determine the extent of the breach and how their systems were compromised. The agency reassures that there is no known impact on safety and security operations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the military’s actions in response to Hamas’ attack on Gaza.

Netanyahu argues that the United States would take more aggressive measures if faced with a similar terror attack. Despite international pressure to cease the offensive, Netanyahu’s government remains steadfast, with the death toll in the region surpassing 30,000, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health.

Police have made an arrest in connection to the death of 18-year-old Josiah Kilman, a student at Campbellsville University in Kentucky.

Kilman was found unresponsive in his dorm room at Campbellsville around 1 a.m. local time on Saturday and was later pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital. Authorities have taken a suspect into custody, and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Kilman’s death is underway.

After nearly 50 years of providing three meals a day, conducting rounds, and facilitating medical appointments for Thomas Eugene Creech, Idaho’s prison staffers are facing a grim task this Wednesday: executing the 73-year-old by lethal injection.

Creech, one of the nation’s longest-serving death row inmates, is set to be executed for the 1981 killing of a fellow prisoner using a battery-filled sock, barring any last-minute stays.

Indonesia’s main island of Java experienced a moderately strong earthquake late Sunday, with the country’s capital also affected.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 for the shallow quake, occurring 23.11 miles below the surface. The epicenter was 29 miles west-southwest of Pelabuhanratu in West Java province. While there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the quake was strongly felt in several cities and villages, causing some to panic.

City fire marshals in New York have determined that a fire in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood, which claimed one life and injured 17 others last week, was caused by a malfunctioning lithium-ion battery.

The two-alarm blaze occurred on the fourth and fifth floors of an apartment building on St. Nicholas Place, prompting the Fire Department of New York to use ropes for the rescue operation.