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U.S. Navy recovers shot-down Chinese spy balloon

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Chinese spy craft was 200 feet tall and weighed several thousand pounds, according to officials

New details are emerging about the Chinese Spy balloon that flew over the continental United States from coast to coast.

The United States Navy recovered the Chinese spy craft after it was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean this weekend.

According to the Pentagon, it was 200 feet tall, weighed a couple of thousand pounds, the debris spanned 15 football fields. The equipment onboard included photographic material and possible explosives to deflate the balloon.

China says it was a civilian balloon—but U.S. officials aren’t’ buying that explanation.

“The PRC knows precisely why this was in our airspace, the PRC knows precisely what this was doing over the United States, and ultimately the PRC knows precisely why we did what we did,” said Ned Price State Department spokesperson.

The Chinese spy craft also travelled over sophisticated ICBM locations and other military facilities.

Lawmakers briefed on the situation and say this wasn’t the first time.

“What we were told is there were multiple incursions over Florida, one over Texas, and then there’s been separate reporting—we haven’t been able to ask about yet—over Hawaii and Guam. So, what were the extent of these incursions?” asked Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL).

As lawmakers are demanding answers from the Biden administration about why they allowed the balloon to continue its mission for a week and why the balloon allowed to enter U.S. airspace—China admitted  that a second balloon spotted over Latin America is theirs—again—alleging that the aircraft is ‘civilian’ in nature and shifted off course because of weather.

All eyes will certainly be on U.S. President Joe Biden when he delivers his state of the union address on Tuesday evening to see if he will discuss the international incident or take a harder line against China.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Ultra-processed diets could be the hidden path to weight gain

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Understanding calories and their role in dieting on the human body.

Calories, units of energy from food, are vital for bodily functions, and calorie counting helps manage weight by tracking energy intake. However, recent insights reveal that not all calories are equal, and nutritional quality is crucial.

Processed foods, rich in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium, lack essential nutrients, contributing to obesity and diseases.

Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to discuss.

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Online shopping and the pivotal issue of returns continues

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Big businesses are continuing to balance customer expectations and logistics.

While many love the convenience, there are still significant challenges with delivery and returns. From delayed packages to cumbersome return processes, its clear that there’s room for improvement.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss.

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U.S. joins Europeans to censure Iran at UN watchdog

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Global concerns are growing over Iran’s nuclear activities.

In a rare move, the U.S. joined European allies in censuring Iran at the UN nuclear watchdog, citing Iran’s lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors.

This decision underscores growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear activities and signals a unified stance among Western nations.

Despite fears of further escalation, the U.S. supported the resolution to pressure Iran into compliance with international nuclear agreements.

Andrew Ghalili, Senior Policy Analyst, with the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI) joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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