'You are not going to be shocked'
A Georgia grand jury recommended multiple indictments after concluding its investigation into election fraud involving former President Donald Trump, according to media reports. Parts of the northern U.S. could see unprecedented snow. Democrat Jennifer McClellan has become Virginia’s first Black woman in Congress.
👋 It's Jane Onyanga-Omara and Steve Coogan, Daily Briefing authors. The Pentagon is warning troops to back away from poppy seed bagels. Why?
Now, here's Wednesday's news
A Georgia grand jury recommended indictments against multiple people on various charges after concluding its eight-month investigation into election fraud involving former President Donald Trump, Emily Kohrs, the panel's foreperson, told the New York Times Tuesday. Kohrs declined to name any of those who were referred for charges, including whether Trump was among them, in a final report delivered to Atlanta-area District Attorney Fani Willis in December. Referring to Trump, Kohrs said: "You are not going to be shocked," the Times report states. Kohrs made similar comments during interviews with several other outlets, including NBC News and CNN. Read morePortion of Georgia panel's final report released: Grand jury recommends perjury charges for unnamed witnesses in Trump investigation.Read the full grand jury excerpts: Take a look at the introduction, the section about lies and the conclusion.
States in the northern plains are largely shutting down ahead of a massive winter storm that could dump up to 2 feet of snow in some areas. Many schools throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin were called off for Wednesday and emergency management leaders warned people to stay off the roads or face potential "whiteout" conditions. As much as 25 inches of snow may pile up, with the heaviest amounts falling across east-central Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin, the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph and wind chills are expected to hit minus 50 degrees in some parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota. The storm will make its way toward the East Coast later in the week. Read more
🌤 What's the weather up to in your neck of the woods? Check your local forecast here.
President Joe Biden is wrapping up his whirlwind, four-day visit to Poland and Ukraine by reassuring eastern flank NATO allies that his administration is highly attuned to the looming threats and other impacts spurred by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Before departing Warsaw on Wednesday, Biden will hold talks with leaders from the Bucharest Nine, a collection of nations on the most eastern parts of the NATO alliance that came together in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. As the war in Ukraine drags on, the Bucharest Nine countries’ anxieties have remained heightened. Many worry Putin could move to take military action against them next if he’s successful in Ukraine. Read more
Democrat Jennifer McClellan coasted to victory in Virginia’s special election Tuesday, becoming the state’s first Black woman in Congress. McClellan, a state senator and corporate lawyer, was declared the projected winner over Republican Leon Benjamin, a pastor, within 30 minutes of the polls closing, according to the Associated Press. She will succeed Democrat Rep. A. Donald Eachin, who died last November, and represent a district anchored by Richmond that stretches south to the North Carolina border. Once McClellan is sworn in, there will be a record 28 Black women in Congress. Her victory does not change the GOP margin in the House as Republicans still will be able to lose four GOP votes on bills and pass legislation. Read more
These articles are for USA TODAY subscribers. You can sign up here. Not a USA TODAY subscriber? Let’s fix that! Join during our Presidents Day sale for unlimited nationwide news, exclusive access to our eNewspaper, subscriber-only newsletters and more.
An investigator testified Tuesday that University of Alabama basketball freshman star Brandon Miller was on the scene of a fatal shooting that led to the arrest of his now-former teammate. Investigators believe former Alabama player Darius Miles provided the gun and Michael Lynn Davis killed Jamea Harris on Jan. 15. Branden Culpepper of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said Miles gave Davis the gun while they were in Miller's car. Miles texted Miller and Miller brought Miles' gun, Culpepper said. Alabama coach Nate Oats added fuel to the fire Tuesday with comments about the development that he later apologized for. Read moreColumn from Dan Wolken: Alabama coach Oats offers "tone-deaf" reply to Brandon Miller's alleged role in fatal shooting.Testimony from Alabama: The gun used in fatal shooting was exchanged in Brandon Miller's car, an investigator says.
New Orleans closed its 2023 Carnival season Tuesday with its iconic Mardi Gras parades featuring dazzling floats and beaded out performers. The city had been partying since early January when Carnival season kicked off, treating visitors from around the country to a steady stream of parades and copious amounts of king cake.
Go to our gallery to see the impressive floats from New Orleans’ historic Mardi Gras Krewes and thousands of spectators.
Support journalism like this – subscribe to USA TODAY here.
Associated Press contributed reporting.
In California, the National Weather Service said winter storms will continue moving into the state through Wednesday after residents got a brief break from severe weather Sunday. In California, the National Weather Service said winter storms will continue moving into the state through Wednesday after residents got a brief break from severe weather Sunday. advertisementParts of the Northeast that have seen little snow this winter were under a winter storm warning. The weather service forecast strong winds Monday in Kansas and Missouri, with gusts topping 60 mph (96 kph). Boston could get 5 inches and a messy Tuesday morning commute, according to the weather service.28 days ago India Today
Maple Leafs answer Lightning by making trade with BlackhawksThe Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Sam Lafferty and defenseman Jake McCabe from Chicago on Monday, their latest big trade that comes in the aftermath ofToronto sent a conditional 2025 first-round pick, a second-rounder in 2026, prospect Pavel Gogolev and forward Joey Anderson to the Blackhawks for Lafferty, McCabe and conditional fifth-round picks in 2024 and ‘25. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup back to back in 2020 and '21 and went to the final in 2022. “The reality at is you’re going to have to overpay," Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said at a news conference Monday in Tampa. But Fitzgerald also pointed out the Lightning are still the best of the East until someone beats them. The same goes for Jeannot with Tampa Bay in a trade similar to BriseBois getting Brandon Hagel from Chicago at the deadline a year ago.28 days ago USA Today
The Best FIFA Football Awards were handed out on Monday night at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. The Best FIFA Men’s PlayerFor accomplishments between 8 August 2021 and 18 December 2022. 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/HXEugVH1t9 — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 27, 2023The Best FIFA Women’s PlayerFor accomplishments between 7 August 2021 and 31 July 2022. Luka Lochoshvili has received The FIFA Fair Play Award 👏 pic.twitter.com/KZ4U8C504b — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) February 27, 2023Who votes in The Best FIFA Football Awards? Media representatives, national team coaches, national team captains and the general public were all able to vote in each of The Best FIFA Football Awards categories, which whittled the nominees in each category down to three finalists.28 days ago AS USA
Storms batter California; tornadoes slam Oklahoma, Texas; heavy snow possible in Northeast: Live updatesShow Caption Hide Caption Tornadoes sweep through University of Oklahoma town Tornadoes tore through Oklahoma, leaving severe damage in Norman, home to the University of Oklahoma. A winter storm watch was going into effect Monday afternoon throughout the Northeast. Nine confirmed or suspected tornadoes swept through Kansas and Oklahoma late Sunday and early Monday, the National Weather Service reported. A winter storm watch goes into effect Monday afternoon throughout the Northeast, and snow is likely from northeast Pennsylvania across the rest of the region. Winter storm trackerNational weather radarContributing: The Associate Press.28 days ago USA Today
After spending more than two years in a strict pandemic lockdown, North Korea last year reopened freight train traffic with China and Russia. North Korea needs about 5.5 million tons of grain to feed its 25 million people annually, so it’s short about 1 million tons this year. Efforts by North Korean authorities to tighten controls and restrict market activities have also worsened the situation, he said. It’s unclear whether North Korea will take any action to quickly address its food problems. After a record year of weapons testing activities in 2022, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile and other weapons in displays this month.28 days ago West Hawaii Today
Madrid scores late to draw with 10-man AtleticoMADRID (AP) — There was more of the same at the latest Madrid derby at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. And, again, Atletico Madrid complained of the refereeing. Madrid scored late to draw 1-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday, and extend its unbeaten streak against the city rival at home to seven years. The result kept Atletico, unbeaten in the Spanish league since early January, from moving to third place ahead of Real Sociedad, which played at struggling Valencia late Saturday. Before the match, Madrid honored Amancio Amaro, the 1960s and 70s club great who died last week.1 month ago USA Today
Voters in Africa's most populous nation are heading to the polls Saturday to choose a new president, following the second and final term of incumbent Muhammadu Buhari. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)By Associated Press: Voters in Nigeria cast ballots Saturday to choose a new president as Africa’s most populous nation struggles with a bank note shortage that some observers fear will result in a lower than expected turnout. advertisementVoting started late in some states Saturday where electoral officials did not arrive in time to verify the identity of voters before they could cast their ballots. People wait to cast their votes in the country's presidential elections in Anambra, Nigeria, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Nigerian voters are heading to the polls Saturday to select a new president following the second and final term of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.1 month ago India Today
Of these transactions, 168 plots were sold for Dhs1.26 billion, while 2,230 apartments and villas were sold for Dhs5.14 billion. The mortgages included 80 villas and apartments worth Dhs1.6 billion and 21 land plots valued at Dhs64.42 million, bringing the total realty transactions on Thursday to over Dhs3.2 billion.The real estate and properties transactions valued at Dhs10.4 billion in total during the week ending 17 February 2023. Growth is set to be driven by robust spending across a wide range of government initiatives as well as a strong private sector that is responding to pent up levels of demand for good quality real estate projects. While 2022 saw record levels of demand for commercial office space as a result of ‘Programme HQ’, 2023 looks set to be dominated by the delivery of high quality residential-led mixed use schemes and a continued focus on tourism, leisure and entertainment projects,” said Stefan Burch, Partner and Head of Real Estate at Deloitte Middle East.Oliver Morgan, Partner and Head of Development in Deloitte’s Real Estate team in the Middle East said, “2022 has been a prosperous year for residential investors in Dubai. In Saudi Arabia, there continues to be excess demand across all residential sectors with more volume housebuilders competing for market share and to differentiate their product.”1 month ago Gulf Today