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Wednesday January 25th, 2023 morning edition

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Beginning Tuesday, U.S. military veterans who find themselves in suicidal crisis will be eligible for free emergency medical care at any Department of Veterans Affairs facility or any private facility.

Unlike for most other medical benefits, veterans do not have to be enrolled in the VA system to be eligible.

The new policy, which the VA will announce Friday, will include up to 30 days of inpatient or crisis residential care and up to 90 days of follow-on outpatient care.

The VA already provides emergency suicide care, but with the new benefit, veterans will not have to pay any copays or fees for their care.

If the veterans receive care at a private facility rather than at a VA facility, the government will cover the costs.

The VA has about 9 million veterans enrolled in medical care and an estimated 9 million more who are not enrolled and are potentially eligible for care.

While that number was 343 fewer than in 2019, suicide and veterans in crisis remain the VA’s top clinical priority. »

Germany to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine — reports – DW – 01

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Not-yet-confirmed news reports from several outlets say Germany's government has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine along with allies.

German news magazine Der Spiegel and others published stories on Tuesday evening saying that the government in Berlin had decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

This follows a long-running debate on the issue among NATO allies, and comes after Poland formally asked Berlin for permission to send some of its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine earlier on Tuesday. »

First on CNN: Classified documents found at Pence’s Indiana home

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“Vice President Pence was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence,” Jacob wrote.

In November, Pence was asked by ABC News at his Indiana home whether he had taken any classified documents from the White House.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer, a Kentucky Republican who is investigating Biden’s classified documents, said in a statement that Pence reached out to him about the classified documents found at his home. »

Watch this cargo ship fly a giant kite to save fuel and cut emissions

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With the flip of a switch, the kite automatically unfurls and positions itself in the wind to help pull the ship forward.

Once towing is no longer needed, the tether retracts, and the kite folds back onto the bow of the ship.

He said tests in 2023 will also confirm exactly how much the kite helps to reduce the vessel’s fuel use and associated emissions. »

Geoff Morell: Fired Disney exec had a short, very lucrative tenure at the company

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Morrell made about $150,000 a day for that quick stint in charge of Disney’s public relations and governmental affairs team.

Morrell received $8.3 million in salary and bonuses during his three months on the job and five months on the payroll, according to a Disney (DIS) filing last week.

The former Disney PR chief received more than $100,000 a day for his short tenure at the media company in 2022. »