Latest News Headlines for Wednesday January 31, 2024 – In an early morning operation in the West Bank, three Palestinian men were fatally shot at Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin by Israeli special forces disguised as Muslims and medical staff, as reported by Palestinian officials.

The Palestinian Health Ministry described the incident as “assassinations,” stating the individuals were asleep when the undercover Israeli Defense Forces entered the hospital. Surveillance footage circulating online showed about a dozen armed personnel, including three in women’s attire and two posing as healthcare workers, navigating the hospital’s hallways.

Following a drone strike at a Jordanian base that resulted in the deaths of three American soldiers, the U.S. is bolstering the base’s air defenses, a U.S. official has confirmed.

The targeted base in northeast Jordan, previously not subjected to attacks, had weaker air defenses compared to U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria, which have faced continual threats since October. The new air defense system being deployed is specifically designed to counter drone attacks.

A tragic incident off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, led to the deaths of four individuals, including a child, after a tourist boat sank.

The 26-foot boat “La Diosa del Mar” (“Goddess of the Sea”) was carrying 16 tourists and three crew members from Isla Mujeres to Puerto Juárez along the Yucatan Peninsula when it encountered rough seas and began sinking. Following reports that the boat was over its legal capacity, the captain was arrested.

A Delaware judge has ruled against Tesla CEO Elon Musk retaining a compensation package exceeding $55 billion, stating Musk and Tesla failed to justify the fairness of the payout.

This decision comes in the wake of a shareholder lawsuit filed five years ago, accusing Musk and Tesla’s board of breaching fiduciary duties, misusing corporate assets, and unjustly enriching Musk. Tesla’s stock fell 4% in after-hours trading following the ruling.

The New York City Council overruled Mayor Eric Adams’ vetoes concerning a solitary confinement ban and a bill for documenting police stops, voting 42 to 9.

City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in policing, noting the disproportionate impact of unconstitutional stops on Black and Latino New Yorkers. “Public safety is a collective effort,” she stated in support of the bills.

Ohio legislators have proposed a bill permitting execution by nitrogen gas, a method facing criticism as unproven and potentially inhumane compared to lethal injection, following Alabama’s precedent-setting nitrogen gas execution.

State Representatives Phil Plummer and Brian Stewart, both Republicans, introduced the bill, advocating for nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method. “Nitrogen hypoxia is an alternative method for carrying out capital punishment that has been made available in other states,” Stewart said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Oregon’s top officials have declared a state of emergency in downtown Portland due to a public health and safety crisis exacerbated by fentanyl.

Governor Tina Kotek, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson announced the 90-day emergency, focusing on collaboration and response from a command center. The initiative aims to connect individuals with resources like drug treatment and intensify efforts to combat drug trafficking.

Missouri Representative Cori Bush is under investigation by the Department of Justice over allegations of misusing federal funds, with the probe reportedly linked to her campaign’s security expenditures.

Responding to the initial news of the investigation, Bush firmly denied any wrongdoing. “I hold myself, my campaign, and my position to the highest levels of integrity,” she stated. She also mentioned that the Federal Election Commission and the House Committee on Ethics are currently reviewing the matter.

A woman from Everett, Washington, remarkably won five top prizes in a single lottery drawing, totaling $50,000, by purchasing four identical lottery tickets.

Known only as K.L., she explained to Washington’s Lottery officials that the inspiration for her ticket numbers came from a blend of her and her mother’s birthdays, reflecting on her mother while making the purchase.

The draw coincidentally fell on the anniversary of K.L.’s mother’s wedding, leading to a stroke of luck with each ticket securing a $10,000 top prize.

Upon sharing the news with her husband, K.L. described his reaction as utterly speechless.

K.L. plans to allocate a portion of her winnings to support local charities and animal welfare organizations.