Russian President Vladimir Putin boasts of new “invincible” missiles that he says neither the US nor NATO can stop, but US officials aren’t impressed. Putin said Russia has new drones and nuclear weapons systems with unlimited range that could render NATO defenses “useless” and deliver a warhead at hypersonic speed. He even showed video clips of an imagined attack on Florida. US officials called the video and Putin’s claims “cheesy,” stressing that US defense capabilities are “second to none.”
Worried that the super-hot US economy is getting too hot? Relax, says the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Jerome Powell told the Senate Banking Committee he doesn’t think the economy is overheating because despite the tight job market, wages still aren’t rising that much. That can trigger inflation, which policymakers combat by raising interest rates. Powell said the Fed’s prepped three rate hikes for this year to help keep inflation in check.
4. Tennessee school bus crash
A bus driver was found guilty on charges related to a 2016 crash that killed six children in Chattanooga. Johnthony Walker was convicted of negligent homicide, reckless aggravated assault and reckless driving. Prosecutors argued Walker was speeding and on his phone when the bus ran off the road, flipped over and hit a tree. Walker — who denied being on his phone and said he couldn’t remember how fast he was driving — testified he’d swerved to avoid a white vehicle that veered into his lane. He’ll be sentenced next month.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful — if you live on the coasts or in the UK. A wicked nor’easter, which may morph into one of those dreaded “bomb cyclones,” is racing up the East Coast, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and the risk of excessive flooding. On the West Coast, tens of thousands of Californians are evacuating as a storm pummels the state with rain, raising the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides. One place under the evac order is Montecito, where 21 people were killed in January in massive mudslides. Finally, Arctic cold and a big storm combined forces to make a mess of travel in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey, who says the Browns, who went 0-16 last season, are open to trading away the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The only bright spot to going winless is getting the No. 1 pick, so this makes no sense to anybody.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
This parrot asking for ice cream is pretty much all of us at the end of this crazy week. (Click to view.)