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Ukrainian troops keep pressure on fleeing Russian forces

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops are pressing retreating Russian forces, pushing deeper into occupied territory and sending more Kremlin troops to flee ahead of their counteroffensive. The advance dealt a terrible blow to Moscow’s military prestige. As the push continued on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Border Guard Service said the army had taken control of Vovchansk – a town just 3 kilometers (2 miles) from Russia seized on the first day of the war. Russian troops were also withdrawing from the southern city of Melitopol and moving towards Crimea annexed to Moscow. This is according to the concern of the mayor of the city. His claim could not be verified. Melitopol is the second largest city in the Zaporizhzhia region in southern Ukraine.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (AP) — The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is back at Buckingham Palace, driving through drizzly London as crowds lined the road to catch a glimpse of the hearse and bid farewell. People parked their cars along a normally busy road, got out and waved to the hearse, with lights inside illuminating the flag-draped coffin, to drive to London. In the city, people crowded the road and held up their phones as they passed. Thousands of people outside the palace shouted “God save the queen!” and cheered as the hearse circled around a roundabout in front of the Queen’s residence and through the wrought iron gates. King Charles III and other immediate family members waited inside.

Shutting down the GOP’s New Hampshire Senate primary testing direction

CONCORD, NH (AP) — The Republican competition for the New Hampshire Senate appears to be a close race between conservative Donald Bolduc and more moderate Chuck Morse as the final primary night of the midterm season again tests the far-right influence on the GOP. Republicans consider Democratic incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire to be beatable in the general election. But a strong contender in the GOP contest is Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general who some party members say is too right-wing for swing voters. Bolduc campaigned on a platform that includes lies that Donald Trump won the 2020 election and vaccine conspiracy theories.

GOP’s Graham unveils national abortion ban after 15 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bill calling for a nationwide ban on abortion. The bill would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s physical health. Legislation introduced on Tuesday is sending shockwaves through both parties just weeks before voters head to the polls. Graham’s own Republican colleagues did not immediately pass his abortion ban bill, which has almost no chance of becoming law in the Democratic Congress. Democrats dismiss it as extreme and an alarming signal of where Republicans are headed if they take control of the House and Senate in November.

Ken Starr, whose investigation led to Clinton’s impeachment, has died

Ken Starr, a former federal appeals judge and prominent attorney whose criminal investigation of Bill Clinton led to the president’s impeachment, died Tuesday at the age of 76, his family announced. A former colleague, attorney Mark Lanier, said Starr died in a hospital following surgery. In an investigation that spanned five years during the 1990s, Starr examined a number of issues involving Clinton, including the president’s sexual encounters with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern. House Republicans impeached Clinton, but he was acquitted in a Senate trial. In 2020, Starr was recruited to help represent Donald Trump in the nation’s third presidential impeachment trial.

Asian markets open lower after price data slams Wall Street

Asian markets slipped after Wall Street fell the most since June 2020, with a report showing inflation maintaining a surprisingly strong grip on the US economy. The benchmark Tokyo Nikkei 225 lost 2.7% in early trading on Wednesday, while Seoul’s Kospi was down 2.5%. On Tuesday, the Dow lost more than 1,250 points and the S&P 500 fell 4.3%. Tuesday’s hotter-than-expected inflation report has traders bracing for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates further, adding to risks to the economy. Still, the decline didn’t quite reverse the market’s gains over the past four days.

Judge unseals additional portions of Mar-a-Lago affidavit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has unsealed additional parts of an FBI affidavit laying the groundwork for a search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home. The document shows how officers obtained a hard drive after issuing a subpoena for surveillance footage recorded inside Mar-a-Lago. A heavily redacted version of the affidavit was made public last month, but the Justice Department sought permission to show more after Trump’s lawyers revealed the existence of a subpoena from the grand jury in June that was looking for video footage from cameras near the Mar-débarras a-Lago.

A package explodes on the Boston campus; 1 injured, FBI involved

BOSTON (AP) — A package exploded on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, and the college said a staff member suffered minor injuries. Authorities say another suspicious package was found near a major art museum on Tuesday evening and the FBI was assisting in the investigation. The Boston Bomb Squad is at the scene of the second package near the city’s prestigious Museum of Fine Arts, on the outskirts of Northeast Campus. NBC Boston reports that the exploded package exploded when opened near the university’s Holmes Hall, which houses the university’s creative writing program. The FBI is involved in the investigation.

Sandy Hook witnesses testify to Alex Jones hoax allegations

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – A sister of a teacher killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and an FBI agent who responded to the shooting have both emotionally described what it was like to be accused of being actors crisis by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others. Carlee Soto Parisi and FBI agent William Aldenberg were the first witnesses to testify on Tuesday as a Connecticut jury began hearing statements in a trial to decide how much money Jones owes for spreading the lie that the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown did not take place. The trial began on Tuesday in Waterbury, just 18 miles from Newtown, where 26 people were killed in 2012. Lawyers for Jones say his comments, which he now admits were wrong, were privileged remarks.

Ancient skeleton found in Mexico City cave threatened by train

MEXICO CITY (AP) – A cave-diving archaeologist on Mexico’s Caribbean coast says another prehistoric human skeleton has been discovered in a cave system that was flooded during rising seas 8,000 years ago. year. Archaeologist Octavio del Rio says the broken skull and collapsed skeleton are partly covered in sediment. Given the distance from the cave entrance, he couldn’t have gotten there without modern diving equipment, so he must be over 8,000 years old. Some of the oldest human remains in North America have been discovered in the sinkhole caves which experts say are under threat. by the Mexican government’s project to build a high-speed tourist train through the jungle.

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