Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history. Ukraine refuses to hand over Mariupol to Russian forces. And rescuers are searching for survivors after a plane crashed in China with 132 people on board.
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In History, First Black Woman Named SCOTUS Confronts Senators
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court, made history Monday as she faced senators on the first day of a marathon process to potentially be confirmed as the nation’s first black woman to run. the Supreme Court. While the real fireworks are set to be on display on Tuesday and Wednesday, when senators will question the judge directly, opening statements showed that lines of support and objection are already being drawn. If confirmed, Jackson would be the 116th judge and the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court in the nation’s 233-year history.
👉 Full coverage: Durbin defends Jackson on crime, Blackburn promises “tough questions”, Jackson pledges to be an “independent” and “neutral” judge. Updates from Monday’s confirmation hearing.
Plane crashes with 132 people on board
A Chinese plane with 132 people on board a domestic flight crashed in the southern province of Guangxi on Monday, officials said. There was no immediate word on the number of dead or injured. On board were 123 passengers and nine crew members from China Eastern Airlines, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Earlier reports said 133 people were on board. The crash happened near the city of Wuzhou in Teng County as the plane, a China Eastern Boeing 737-800, was traveling from Kunming in the western province of Yunnan to Guangzhou in the coastal province of Guangdong. , aviation officials said. Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a “full effort” in rescue operations and an investigation into any potential security risks.
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Relationships “on the verge of breaking up”
Warning that hostile actions taken against Russia would be met with a “decisive and firm rebuff”, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it had summoned US Ambassador John Sullivan to warn that President Joe Biden’s remarks had put Russian-American relations on the brink. a break. Last week, Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” as Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian cities escalated. The Foreign Ministry said the statement and other references to Putin and the Russian invasion were “unbecoming of a statesman of such high rank”.
- Mariupol will not surrender: Ukraine has firmly rejected a Russian offer to open two safe corridors out of Mariupol in return for the city’s surrender as relentless missile strikes on the battered port city dragged deeper into a fourth week.
- Russian forces, facing fierce resistance against their invasion of Ukraine, have sought to take control of cities but can claim little success so far. The Kremlin says its “special operation” is going according to plan. But a senior Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday, said Putin had fallen short of his goals and was relying on bombing cities in an “almost desperate” effort to gain ground.
👉 More news: President Biden will visit Poland on Friday, Russia’s reliance on “dumb bombs” puts civilians at greater risk. Read Monday’s updates here.
🧴 Lotion check!
Kao USA is asking customers to check their bottles of Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer as part of a voluntary recall after possible bacterial contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the 3-ounce and 10-ounce products may contain Pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacterium that poses minimal health risk to healthy people but can cause infections in people whose system immune is weakened. Cylinders manufactured between October 1 and October 18, 2021 may be affected. The product is being pulled from warehouses and the company is working with retailers to remove it from shelves, the FDA said in a statement.
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