British prosecutors have charged two Russian men with the nerve-agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are charged in absentia with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and use of the nerve agent Novichok. The U.K. is not asking Moscow to extradite the men because Russian law forbids extradition of the country’s citizens.
President Trump suggested that veteran journalist Bob Woodward is a Democratic operative on Tuesday due to the White House chaos and dysfunction portrayed in Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House. Trump called Woodward’s work ‘just another bad book.’ The Supreme Court announced that it will delay Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing until special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation.
Amazon became the second American company after Apple to reach a value of $1 trillion on Tuesday. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are scheduled to testify on Wednesday in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about foreign manipulation of social media sites. Google officials are expected to skip the hearing.
Russian and Syrian warplanes attacked a rebel stronghold in Idlib on Tuesday, killing 13 civilians. The attack came days before a scheduled meeting between Russian, Iranian, and Turkish leaders. The offensive happened amid UN requests for Russia and Turkey to help prevent a ‘bloodbath.’ President Trump warned an attack could cause ‘human tragedy’ on Monday.
Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley achieved an upset in Massachusetts on Tuesday, defeating 10-term representative Michael Capuano. Pressley will run unopposed and could become the first African American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Senator Jon Kyl on Tuesday to fill the open seat left by late Senator John McCain.
More than a million homes lost power and at least 10 people were killed in a western Japan typhoon on Tuesday. Typhoon Jebi is the strongest typhoon to hit Japan’s mainland in 25 years, hitting major cities like Kyoto and Osaka. One of the country’s largest airports was forced to close and suspend hundreds of flights due to the typhoon.
A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ has been found 13 years after being stolen from a Minnesota museum in 2005. Authorities say the search continues to identify the people responsible for the theft. The recovered slippers are one of four known pairs worn by Garland in existence.