McCarthy says he’ll block Schiff, Swalwell from Intel panel

WASHINGTON — Speaker Kevin McCarthy reiterated Tuesday that he will block Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell of California from serving on the House committee that oversees national intelligence, saying the decision was not based on political payback but because “integrity matters, and they have failed in that place.”

Elon Musk defiantly defends himself in Tesla tweet trial

SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk returned to federal court to defend himself against a class-action lawsuit that alleges he misled Tesla shareholders with a tweet about an aborted buyout that the billionaire defiantly insisted Tuesday he could have pulled off, had he wanted.

Justice Dept. sues Google over digital advertising dominance

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and eight states filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, seeking to shatter its alleged monopoly on the entire ecosystem of online advertising as a hurtful burden to advertisers, consumers and even the U.S. government.

Tornado causes damage east of Houston; no injuries reported

PASADENA, Texas — A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that downed utility poles and power lines, overturned vehicles and ripped roofs off homes and businesses in communities east of Houston. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

In reversal, U.S. poised to approve Abrams tanks for Ukraine

WASHINGTON — In what would be a reversal, the Biden administration is poised to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as international reluctance to send tanks to the battlefront against the Russians begins to erode. A decision to send a bit more than 30 tanks could be announced as soon as Wednesday, though it could take months for the tanks to be delivered.

Ukraine corruption scandal claims several top officials

KYIV, Ukraine — Several senior Ukrainian officials, including front-line governors, lost their jobs Tuesday in a corruption scandal plaguing President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government as it grapples with the nearly 11-month-old Russian invasion.

Peru protesters tear-gassed after president calls for truce

LIMA, Peru — Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Peru’s capital and were met with volleys of tear gas and pellets amid clashes with security forces just hours after President Dina Boluarte called for a “truce” in almost two months of protests.

Asia travel hotspots quiet as Chinese tourists stay away

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Just a handful of Chinese visitors were posing for photos and basking in the sun this week in the market and plazas near Chiang Mai’s ancient Tha Phae Gate, one of many tourist hotspots still waiting for millions of Chinese travelers to return.

Extreme Israeli group takes root in US with fundraising bid

JERUSALEM — An Israeli group raising funds for Jewish extremists convicted in some of the country’s most notorious hate crimes is collecting tax-exempt donations from Americans, according to findings by The Associated Press and the Israeli investigative platform Shomrim.

Hawai‘i man imprisoned for 1991 murder, rape released

HONOLULU — A judge on Tuesday ordered a man released from prison immediately after his attorneys presented new evidence and argued that he didn’t commit the crimes he was convicted of and spent more than 20 years locked up for: the 1991 murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman visiting Hawai‘i.

Warriors sweep, Voyagers split Saturday soccer

Island School’s Mikey Melvin scored in the second half to give the Voyager varsity boys a 1-0 edge at the final whistle on Saturday during a Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation soccer match at Island School in Puhi.

Mixed bag at KIF qualifying swim

The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation qualifying swim meet produced a mixed bag of results with seven times making the qualifying cut for the state championships on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the remnants of overnight rain, cold, and wind at the YMCA pool.

Massive cleanup effort ends on Kaho‘olawe

A cleanup on a remote beach east of the island of Maui netted an estimated 5 tons of marine debris in an effort hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as logistical issues.