House subpoenas its own, grave new norm after Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON — The Jan. 6 committee’s remarkable decision to subpoena House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other congressional Republicans over the insurrection at the Capitol is as rare as the deadly riot itself, deepening the acrimony and distrust among lawmakers and raising questions about what comes next.

Baby formula shortage fueling spike in milk bank interest

The U.S. baby formula shortage has sparked a surge of interest at milk banks around the U.S. with some mothers offering to donate breast milk and desperate parents calling to see if it’s a solution to keep their babies fed.

Menaced by flames, nuclear lab peers into future of wildfire

LOS ALAMOS N.M. — Public schools were closed and evacuation bags packed this week as a stubborn wildfire crept within a few miles of the city of Los Alamos and its companion U.S. national security lab — where assessing apocalyptic threats is a specialty and wildland fire is a beguiling equation.

US, Russian defense chiefs speak for 1st time since invasion

WASHINGTON — Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday after months of refusing direct contact with his American counterpart. But officials said the call didn’t appear to signal any change in Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

Russia takes losses in failed river crossing, officials say

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces suffered heavy losses in a Ukrainian attack that destroyed a pontoon bridge they were using to try to cross a river in the east, Ukrainian and British officials said in another sign of Moscow’s struggle to salvage a war gone awry.

Turkey’s leader opposes letting Finland, Sweden join NATO

HELSINKI — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country is “not favorable” toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO, indicating Turkey could use its membership in the Western military alliance to veto moves to admit the two countries.

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he’s nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration’s commitment to the Pacific region.

Foundation distributed nearly $80,000 in scholarships

KAPA‘A — The Kapa‘a High School Foundation distributed 57 scholarships totaling $78,500 to 28 students — all graduating seniors, Tuesday evening at a meeting in the Kapa‘a High School cafeteria featuring to-go Hawaiian plates prepared by Uncle John Kaneholani.