Friday Afternoon Update: Cali Cracks Down On Skittles? International Arrest Warrant Issued For Putin, Poland Sends Fighter Jets To Ukraine
Skittles candies are seen in the shop in Milan, Italy on October 6, 2021. SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 01: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on February 01, 2023 in Sacramento, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Attorney General Rob Bonta, state Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Burbank) and other state leaders announced SB2 - a new gun safety legislation that would establish stricter standards for Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permits to carry a firearm in public. The bill designates "sensitive areas," like bars, amusement parks and child daycare centers where guns would not be allowed.
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International Arrest Warrant Issued For Putin

An arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin has been issued by the International Criminal Court. The ICC says Putin is allegedly responsible for abducting children from Ukraine and transferring them to Russia. In a video statement, the ICC president said that while a judge has issued the warrant, the group itself has no police force, so an arrest would be up to the international community. On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry rejected the warrant and the allegations, adding that Russia does not recognize the international criminal court.

Poland Sends Fighter Jets

Poland has become the first NATO country to supply the Ukrainian Army with MiG-29 fighter jets. Polish President Andrejz Duda made the announcement Thursday, saying his country will send four planes to President Volodymr Zelensky, after Ukraine’s repeated requests for Western air support via fighter jets. It’s unclear whether other NATO countries will follow suit.

El Salvador Crackdown Continues

El Salvador’s government sent another 2,000 suspects this week to its massive new prison designed to hold gang members. Daily Wire reporter Tim Pearce joined Afternoon Update with the latest:

The president of El Salvador has requested an extension of the emergency measures that his administration has been using to crack down on gangs for about a year now. Over the course of that period, some 65,000 suspects have been arrested. The anti-gang campaign comes in response to a surge of violent crime in recent years. Human rights activists have criticized the crackdown, accusing the government of human rights abuses and the arrest of innocent people in its mass raids.

Drag Queen Story Hours In New York

New York’s Attorney General Letitia James announced this week that she will be hosting a drag queen story hour event for children in Manhattan on Sunday. The event is co-sponsored by the New York, Queens, and Brooklyn public libraries. The announcement comes as some states, including Tennessee, are moving to crack down on sexually charged performances in front of children.


Honda Recall

Honda has recalled nearly half a million vehicles due to concerns with seatbelts improperly latching due to a manufacturing defect that causes the seat belt button and latch to deteriorate over time, The Washington Post reported. The vehicles in question are the popular CR-V between 2017 and 2020, the Accord between 2018 and 2019, the Accord Hybrid between 2018 and 2019, the Odyssey between 2018 and 2020, the Acura RDX between 2019 and 2020, and the Insight from 2019.

Silver Lining In California?

There is a silver lining to all the rain and snow storms hitting California. Daily Wire reporter Mairead Elordi reported:

According to data from the U.S. Drought monitor, 44% of the state is no longer under any drought conditions. 36% of the state is still experiencing moderate drought and just 8% is considered in severe drought. This is the first time in three years that LA and San Francisco are classified as drought free. And another large rain storm is predicted for next week.

California Crack Down On Skittles?

California may soon ban Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, and a variety of nonperishable savory foods due to a new bill that bans five common chemical additives linked to cancer and organ damage. If the bill passes, food makers will either have to adapt their products or stop selling them in America’s most populous state.

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