Analysis of images of shrapnel gathered at the scene of an Israeli strike in Rafah on Sunday revealed evidence of a bomb that was manufactured in the United States, known as the GBU-39.

Numerous Palestinians lost their lives in the strike and subsequent fires. “I instantly recognized the housing as a GBU,” Trevor Ball, who served as an ordnance disposal technician, or bomb diffuser, for the U.S. Army for five years, told CBS News. “I’ve encountered many of them in this conflict.

Federal authorities took down one of the world’s largest malicious botnets, which facilitated tens of thousands of fraudulent transactions that resulted in billions of dollars in losses for victims.

Law enforcement also arrested the botnet’s administrator, YunHe Wang, a Chinese national. He stands accused of orchestrating an international scheme to deploy malware and covertly sell access to the infected computers’ IP addresses. Wang is charged with leading an operation — known as the 911 S5 Botnet — that compromised 19 million IP addresses in over 190 countries.

Justice Samuel Alito is firmly rejecting calls for him to recuse himself from two cases before the Supreme Court involving former President Donald Trump due to two flags that were flown outside his homes.

In letters sent on Wednesday to House and Senate Democrats, Alito stated that he had no involvement in the flying of the flags, and that nothing about the incidents warranted recusal under the Supreme Court’s code of conduct. Furthermore, he says, neither he nor his wife were aware of the meanings that are now being ascribed to the flags.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan managed to survive the contentious primary runoff for his seat, while fellow conservative state Representative Justin Holland lost his suburban Dallas seat to Trump 2016 spokeswoman Katrina Pierson.

Despite the Republicans’ 84 to 66 majority in the state House of Representatives and successful conservative agenda from the 2023 legislative session, 15 House Republicans were defeated by challengers either in primaries in March or in the runoffs on Tuesday night. The Republicans were casualties of their own intra-party conflict.

Nearly two decades after the introduction of the first HPV vaccine, mounting evidence demonstrates that individuals who received the vaccination are significantly less likely to develop HPV-related cancers in adulthood.

HPV is a common viral infection that causes an estimated 690,000 cases of cancer every year across the globe, according to researchers from the World Health Organization. The virus infects specific tissues, predisposing patients to develop cancers – including cervical, anal, and head and neck cancer.

A new law in Louisiana will make it a criminal offense to knowingly approach within 25 feet of a police officer while they are “engaged in law enforcement duties.”

Opponents of the legislation, which Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry signed into law on Tuesday, fear the measure could impede the public’s ability to film officers, which has increasingly been used to hold police accountable — including in high-profile cases, such as the killing of George Floyd.

A suspect has been taken into custody following reports of a shooting at a Kroger grocery store just outside of Cincinnati, according to police.

Police initially said one person had been shot, but later stated that it was unclear if anyone had been struck by gunfire. Colerain police said two individuals had been transported to a nearby hospital. The investigation is ongoing, police said, urging the public to avoid the area.

A massive volcanic eruption at the Sundhnúkur crater in Iceland on Wednesday propelled lava over 160 feet into the air, officials announced.

The crater is located on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland, where authorities evacuated the seaside town of Grindavík, including the country’s biggest tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. This marks the fifth and most powerful eruption in the region since December.