Unbiased headline news for Saturday February 17, 2024 – Allies of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are urging Russian authorities to release his body to his mother and lawyer, claiming intentional withholding.

Despite initial skepticism, Navalny’s team confirmed his death, alleging murder. Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokesperson, stated that Russian investigative authorities took away his body for further examination.

Ukraine’s military chief announced the withdrawal of troops from Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, where defenders faced a prolonged Russian assault.

The move aims to prevent encirclement and safeguard servicemen’s lives amid Russia’s search for a morale boost ahead of the second anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine and the upcoming Russian presidential election.

Five patients in intensive care died after Israeli troops stormed southern Gaza’s main hospital, cutting off oxygen.

The raid, linked to the search for hostages abducted by Hamas, followed a week-long siege of Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, leaving staff, patients, and others struggling under heavy fire and diminishing supplies.

The House Ethics Committee subpoenaed the testimony of a former girlfriend of Representative Matt Gaetz in its ongoing investigation.

The committee demands her appearance over a Zoom call on February 29th. Previously contacted for a voluntary interview, the woman informed the committee of her intention to “plead the fifth” on questions related to the congressman.

Police in Birmingham, Alabama, are conducting an investigation into a quadruple homicide. Responding to reports of multiple shots fired, officers found four victims near an open lot.

The Birmingham Police Department identified the deceased as Terrell Edwards, 38; Kevin McGhee, 38; Cortez Ray, 32; and Talton Tate, 36. Edwards, Ray, and Tate were pronounced dead at the scene, while McGhee was transported to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later pronounced dead.

The cause of death for a 5-year-old Venezuelan boy who died in a Chicago migrant shelter in December has been revealed.

The autopsy released by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates that Jean Carlos Martinez died as a result of sepsis due to streptococcus pyogenes group A infection, which can lead to strep throat and other life-threatening illnesses.

In Compton, a 35-year-old man potentially breeding pit bulls was mauled to death in his backyard, as reported by Los Angeles County authorities.

The incident occurred Thursday night, with the man’s girlfriend discovering his body in a kennel area on Friday morning. It is believed that the man was attacked while feeding the dogs, leading to a fatal mauling. The victim’s identity has not been immediately released.

Two people have been found shot dead in a dorm room at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, according to authorities.

The campus dispatch center received a call of shots fired just before 6 a.m. Friday, prompting campus officers to respond to the dorm room. Upon arrival, they discovered two individuals dead from gunshot wounds. Authorities have stated that this incident does not appear to be a murder-suicide, and both deaths are being investigated as homicides, as confirmed in a police update.

A Nebraska resident, Lucas Swarthout of North Platte, had a surprising discovery while cleaning out his vehicle’s glove compartment: a scratch-off lottery ticket purchased last year turned out to be a winner, earning him a brand-new truck.

Swarthout recounted that he bought the Truck$ & Buck$ scratch-off ticket from the Kwik Stop on South Jeffers Street in North Platte during the early autumn and stashed it in his glove box for future use.

During a recent cleanup of his glove box, Swarthout stumbled upon the unscratched ticket while searching for a VIN number in his other vehicle. Taking a chance, he scratched off the ticket and was astonished to find that he had secured the top prize: a 2023 Ford F-150 XLT 4×4 Crew Cab Flex Fuel truck.

Initially uncertain about keeping the prize, Swarthout made his decision after learning that the lottery covers the taxes and registration fees for the vehicle, making the unexpected win even more appealing.