Obituaries: February 23, 2022

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Biden condemns ‘invasion’ of Ukraine; US and allies impose sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — The United States and its allies on Tuesday swiftly imposed economic sanctions on Russia for what President Joe Biden denounced as the beginning of an “invasion of Ukraine,” unveiling a set of coordinated punishments as Western officials confirmed that Russian forces had begun crossing the Ukrainian border.

Senate panel passes ban on fundraisers during session

HONOLULU — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban lawmaker fundraisers during the legislative session, one of several measures aimed at addressing corruption after two former legislators pleaded guilty in connection with a bribery scandal.

US women’s team players see settlement as turning point

U.S. women’s national team players who spent years battling for pay equity lauded as historic an agreement by U.S. Soccer to pay $24 million to settle a discrimination dispute with the team, as well as a commitment to equalize pay and bonuses to match the men’s team.

Biden wants to cut into China’s electric battery dominance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — President Joe Biden highlighted his efforts to counter China’s dominance of the electric battery market on Tuesday as he touted domestic efforts to mine and process lithium and rare metals necessary to create the technology that powers cars, electronics, wind turbines and more.