Unbiased headline news for Thursday February 15, 2024 – Special counsel Jack Smith filed a brief Wednesday urging the Supreme Court to deny former President Donald Trump’s request to stay his federal election subversion case from moving forward as Trump appeals his claim that he should be immune from prosecution.

Smith requested that if the Supreme Court does intend to hear Trump’s appeal, they grant the review now and go into an expedited briefing schedule, issuing their ruling during this term. The Supreme Court had asked for the special counsel to file his response by the afternoon of Feb. 20.

After more than four months of war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and despite mounting international pressure to limit the devastating impact on Palestinian civilians, Prime Minister Benjamin Net-In-Yahoo says Israel’s goal remains the same — to destroy Hamas.

But in the other Palestinian territory, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the seemingly endless war in Gaza is having exactly the opposite effect: It is fuelling Palestinian rage, and that rage is finding a receptive home in thousands of young Palestinians who are increasingly disenchanted and increasingly defiant.

A former top U.S. diplomat who is accused of spying for Cuba for decades pleaded not guilty. Victor Manuel Rocha, the former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 5 on charges that he allegedly spied for Cuba’s intelligence agency for four decades.

In a court document filed Wednesday saying he intends to plead not guilty, Rocha asked that he not have to appear in court for his arraignment on Friday. The initial court appearance to hear the charges against him has been postponed twice since December.

Twelve accusers of Jeffrey Epstein, the sex offender and billionaire whose trafficking charges made international headlines, sued the FBI for failure to protect them, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in the Southern District of New York.

The lawsuit, which was filed under the pseudonym Jane Doe to protect the plaintiffs’ identities, alleges the FBI had specific information about Epstein, who died by suicide in 2019 in a New York City federal detention center. He was awaiting trial in New York on federal charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and a count of sex trafficking.

The family of Marissa Carmichael say they are devastated as they’ve marked one month since her disappearance and police in Greensboro, North Carolina, are sharing new information about the search for the missing mother of five.

Carmichael, 25, vanished on Jan. 14 from an Exxon gas station in the 800 block of E. Market St. in Greensboro shortly after making a distressed call to 911, according to police. Police said in a statement that they have reviewed surveillance footage that shows Carmichael getting into the car of a man at the Exxon gas station.

An avalanche on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula killed one backcountry skier and injured two others, prompting warnings for people to stay away from steep slopes as warm weather and high winds raise the risk of more snowslides around the state.

The avalanche occurred Tuesday afternoon between the communities of Cooper Landing and Moose Pass in the Chugach National Forest, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Anchorage. It occurred as the three men hiked up a mountain about a mile east off the Seward Highway.

COVID-19 patients are at least four times more likely to develop chronic fatigue than someone who has not had the virus, a new federal study published Wednesday suggests.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at electronic health records from the University of Washington of more than 4,500 patients with confirmed COVID-19 between February 2020 and February 2021. They were followed for a median of 11.4 months.

A GOP legislative effort to prevent Virginia children from using the popular video-sharing app TikTok — an idea backed by Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin — died this week in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Jay Leftwich of Chesapeake, was left in a House of Delegates committee after concerns were raised about how the ban would be enforced. Lawmakers also questioned whether singling out just one company was the right approach at a time of broad and rising concern from parents and lawmakers about the effect of social media on youth.