Tom Brady, Ukraine, Solomon Peña: The Short List – USA TODAY

A former Republican candidate was arrested in connection with shootings at Democratic officials’ homes. China’s birth rate declined for the first time in decades. And Tom Brady’s career is at a crossroads after one of the worst playoff losses of his 23-year career.
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Solomon Peña, a former Republican state legislative candidate in New Mexico, was booked into jail Tuesday in connection with a spate of drive-by shootings at Democratic elected officials’ homes. Peña, who lost his bid for a state house seat in November, is accused of conspiring with and paying four other men to shoot at the homes. Bullets fired into one of the lawmakers’ homes caused sheetrock and dust to land in the face of a 10-year-old girl as she slept, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint also reveals Peña was “upset he had not won the election for public office,” adding that he encouraged accomplices to shoot at the homes during waking hours and “intended to (seriously injure) or cause death.” Here’s what we know about Peña’s arrest.
Six children were among at least 45 people killed when a “notoriously inaccurate” Russian missile slammed into an apartment building in Ukraine last week, authorities said Tuesday. National Police Chief Igor Klymenko said search and rescue operations have been completed at the site of the nine-story building that housed about 1,700 people in Dnipro. Sixteen children were among the 79 people injured – 28 of them hospitalized, 10 in serious condition, Klymenko said in a Facebook update. Twenty people were still missing. Some people were trapped on upper floors, and some signaled for help with lights on their cellphones. Read the latest updates on Ukraine.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia GOP congresswoman stripped of her committee assignments two years ago by the Democratic-led House after a series of menacing social media posts, has been reinstated by the Republicans who now run the chamber. Greene was named Tuesday to the Homeland Security Committee, her spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY. Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar was also reinstated. He had been removed from his committees after being censured in 2021 for posting an anime video that was edited to show him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and attacking President Joe Biden. Gosar was named to the Committee on Natural Resources, media reports said. Read more.
China’s birthrate has declined for the first time in decades, China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday, a shift that experts say could influence the global economy. The world’s most populous country’s birthrate was 6.77 births per 1,000 people, a fall from 7.52 births per 1,000 in 2021, according to the statistics agency. Researchers believe the lower population growth rate could mean higher labor costs in China because of a smaller pool of workers. A shrinking labor force could make it harder for China’s government to fund its public health and welfare costs, which would suppress China’s economy. Read more.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-14 shellacking by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, quarterback Tom Brady’s illustrious career has reached a new crossroads. The NFL’s most decorated player heads into the offseason with an expiring contract yet seemingly several viable paths forward. But with a humiliating defeat serving as the capstone to his first sub-.500 pro season, one checkered with professional and personal adversity, Brady wasn’t ready to discuss his future Monday, saying, “It’s just been one day at a time, truly.” Should he retire? Should he sign with a new team? Here’s what Brady could do next.
Personally, I think one last run with the New England Patriots would be a nice way to cap off his career. 
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