The death toll from a Russian missile strike in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro has risen to at least 40. Also in the news: Two bodies remain missing in the ruins of a crashed passenger plane in Nepal. We take a look at the best photos from the 2023 Australian Open. 
🙋🏼‍♀️ I’m Nicole Fallert, Daily Briefing author. 
Let’s go with Tuesday’s headlines
Ukraine authorities began “criminal proceedings” Monday against Russian soldiers blamed for the missile strike that devastated a nine-story apartment building in Ukraine and killed at least 40 people, one of Moscow’s deadliest attacks on civilians away from battle areas.
One thing to know: Western analysts pointed to signs indicating the Kremlin is digging in for a drawn-out war after almost 11 months of fighting.
Nepalese authorities on Tuesday began returning to families the bodies of victims of a flight that crashed Sunday in the foothills of the Himalayas, killing at least 70 of the 72 people aboard. Officials said they were sending the aircraft’s data recorder to France for analysis as they try to determine what caused the country’s deadliest plane accident in 30 years. Searchers found the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder on Monday, and combed through debris scattered down a gorge in search of the people who remain missing, but are presumed dead. One body was found Tuesday, and two remain missing. Read more
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Failed Republican state legislative candidate Solomon Pena was arrested Monday in connection with a series of drive-by shootings targeting the homes of Democratic lawmakers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Authorities say Pena was angry over losing the election last November and made baseless claims that the election was “rigged” against him. Pena was the “mastermind” of what appears to be a politically motivated criminal conspiracy leading to four shootings at or near the homes of two county commissioners and two state legislators between early December and early January, officials said. Read more
The mild slump that most economists expect in 2023 will result from more jabs to an economy that has withstood a flurry so far but will finally be nudged over the edge. Such a nuanced shift raises a pointed question: How will we even know we’re in a recession? What will it look and feel like? There’s little doubt there will be some pain as hundreds of thousands of workers likely lose their jobs. As a result, those employed will worry they might get laid off themselves and pull back spending. But don’t expect the trauma of the past two recessions, which each threw millions of people out of work. Read more
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When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field early in a game against Cincinnati on Jan. 2 and required life-saving CPR, he was saved by the quick action of a certified athletic trainer. Bills’ assistant trainer Denny Kellington, who performed CPR on Hamlin, has been hailed as a hero. But what if no athletic trainer had been present? One in three American high schools don’t have access to a certified athletic trainer, according to the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). And it’s been that way since NATA first started tracking data about a decade ago. Read more
The tennis is in full swing at the Grand Slam tournament that began this week at Melbourne Park. The Australian Open features players such as Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz who made breakthroughs in 2022. Click here to see more photos from the court.
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