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Despite Western weapons, Ukraine is under-armed in the East

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — Despite the massive influx of weapons from the West, Ukrainian forces are being overtaken by the Russians in the battle for the eastern region of Donbass, where fighting is largely taking place by the through artillery exchanges. While the Russians can sustain heavy and continuous fire for hours at a time, the defenders cannot match the enemy in arms or ammo and must use their ammo more wisely. One problem is that Western defense industries cannot manufacture weapons fast enough. Another is that the Ukrainians need training on equipment provided by the West.

Nobel sold for Ukrainian children breaks record at $103.5 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov said he didn’t expect the medal he was auctioning off to help Ukrainian refugee children sell for the record amount of $103.5 million. Bidding for the auction ended in New York on Monday, World Refugee Day. The sale breaks the old record of $4.76 million for a Nobel Prize. The identity of the buyer is not immediately known. Muratov received the medal in October 2021. He helped found the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was the publication’s editor when it closed in March amid a Kremlin crackdown following the invasion of Israel. Ukraine by Russia.

Biden says decision on gas tax exemption could come this week

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden has said he plans to push for a federal gas tax vacation. This could potentially save US consumers up to 18.4 cents per gallon. Biden told reporters on Monday that his decision could come by the end of the week. The administration is increasingly looking for ways to spare the public from rising prices at the pump, which began to climb last year and surged after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Nationwide gas prices average just under $5 a gallon, according to AAA. Gasoline and diesel fuel taxes help pay for highways.

Report: Uvalde police had guns ahead of schedule

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Documents reviewed by Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show armed police were standing in a hallway at Uvalde Elementary School with at least one ballistic shield within 19 minutes of the attack. arrival of a gunman at the school, where he killed 21 people, including 19 children. The media report, which does not indicate the source of the documents, nevertheless intensifies the anguish and questions about why the police did not act sooner to stop the massacre of May 24 in the classroom of Robb Elementary School. Outlets reported gunshots could be heard for up to 29 minutes before officers entered the classroom and killed the shooter.

Toddler shots: COVID vaccinations begin for America’s toddlers

The youngest children in the country have their chance to receive vaccines against COVID-19. Firing began Monday in a few locations, though it was expected to intensify after the June 19 federal holiday. The Food and Drug Administration cleared vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer last week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval over the weekend. About 18 million young people under the age of 5 are eligible. For small children, Pfizer’s vaccine is three shots and Moderna’s is two shots. Engaging some parents can be a challenge given disappointing immunization rates among school-aged children.

‘It always wins’: North Korea could declare victory over COVID-19

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Just a month after North Korea acknowledged that a COVID-19 outbreak was making its people sick, the country may be preparing to declare victory. Daily updates from state-controlled media indicate that cases are plummeting. Its propaganda insists that North Korea has avoided mass deaths despite desperately poor health care and what outsiders see as a long history of ignoring the suffering of its people. Some experts believe that the next step will be a declaration of victory over the virus – attributed, of course, to the sound and clever advice of Kim Jong Un. However, a declaration is not a foregone conclusion. North Korea may be looking for better timing while using its anti-virus measures to keep control over its people.

Raffensperger of Georgia among witnesses for upcoming 6/1 hearing

The Jan. 6 House committee is set to hear testimony from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger about the extraordinary pressure he came under from former President Donald Trump to ‘find 11,780’ votes that could swing state to prevent Joe Biden’s election victory. Raffensperger, along with his deputy Gabe Sterling and Rusty Bowers of Arizona, are expected to be key witnesses when the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising resumes on Tuesday. The focus will be on how the former president and his allies lobbied officials in key battleground states with plans to reject ballots or tallies from entire states to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna settle ahead of trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A settlement agreement has been reached on the eve of a second lawsuit pitting the Kardashian family against former reality TV star Blac Chyna. Jury selection was due to begin Monday during Chyna’s trial over allegations that her former fiancé, Rob Kardashian, maliciously posted nude photos of her in 2017 after their tumultuous breakup. But court documents show the parties told the judge a settlement agreement had been reached. A judge had separated Chyna’s allegations against Rob Kardashian from her defamation allegations against her mother and sisters, who got their own lawsuit. The Kardashians won that case when jurors found they hadn’t harmed Chyna.

Crypto Investors’ Hot Streak Ends As Harsh ‘Winter’ Rolls In

NEW YORK (AP) — The wealth-generating streak of success for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has gone brutally cold. As prices plunge, businesses collapse and skepticism soars, fortunes and jobs vanish overnight, and feverish investor speculation has been replaced by icy calculations, in what industry leaders industry are calling a “crypto winter”. On Monday, the price of bitcoin was trading at $20,097, more than 70% below its November peak of around $69,000. Experts say the selloff signals growing apprehension on Wall Street and Main Street about the fundamentals of the crypto industry, which currently appear fragile.

Lightning rebounds and beats the Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored four times in the second period and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in the Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Anthony Cirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help the two-time defending champion Lightning bounce back after playing poorly while losing the first two games on the road. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots. Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period, when the Lightning chased Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper while running away to cut their series deficit to 2-1. Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals and Mikko Rantanen had two assists for the Avalanche. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

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