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Police: Gunman fired more than 70 shots during 4th of July parade

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Police say a shooter who attacked an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago fired more than 70 rounds from an AR-15 pistol that killed at least six people. He then evaded initial capture by dressing as a woman and blending into the fleeing crowd. The details emerged on Tuesday as FBI agents peeked through trash cans and under picnic blankets while searching for more evidence in Highland Park, an affluent and close-knit community on the shores of the Lake Michigan. The attack killed at least six people. The attacker’s shots were initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers fled in terror.

High cost of Russian gains in Ukraine could limit further advance

After more than four months of fierce fighting, Russia has claimed full control of one of two provinces in the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine. But Moscow’s seizure of the last major stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk province has come at a high cost. The crucial question now is whether Russia can muster enough forces for a new offensive to complete its takeover of Donbass and make gains elsewhere in Ukraine. There are signs that Russia is suffering heavy losses. This raises doubts as to whether forces from Moscow and their separatist allies are ready to push deeper quickly into Donetsk, the other province that makes up Donbass.

Businesses may face barriers to covering abortion-related travel costs

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal abortion law that had been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel expenses for employees who live in states where abortion is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies. But they gave no details on how they will do this and it is unclear whether they will – legally – while protecting employee privacy and protecting them from lawsuits.

NATO countries sign accession protocols for Sweden and Finland

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies have signed the protocols necessary for Sweden and Finland to join. This decision means that the question of the admission of the two nations now goes to the capitals of the existing members for legislative approval. Their ambassadors and permanent representatives on Tuesday approved the invitation to join the club which NATO leaders extended to Finland and Sweden at a summit in Madrid last week. However, obtaining parliamentary approval in Turkey could still be a problem. Turkey’s president said his parliament could block the process even though Sweden, Finland and Turkey reached a memorandum of understanding at the Madrid summit. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he did not expect a turnaround.

Migrant caravan survivor: ‘They couldn’t breathe’

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A friend’s simple advice to stay close to the door may have saved Yenifer Yulisa Cardona Tomás from the fatal fate that befell 53 other migrants when they were left trapped in a suffocating tractor-trailer last week in Texas. The 20-year-old from the Guatemalan capital says it was already hot on June 27 when she emerged from the warehouse on the Texas side of the Mexican border where she was waiting and climbed into the back of the trailer. Cardona Tomás was near the door hours later when she lost consciousness. She woke up in a hospital in San Antonio.

Body parts and equipment found on Italian glacier after avalanche

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Rescuers find body parts and equipment as they search for hikers missing following a powerful avalanche in the Italian Dolomites. Officials initially feared 13 hikers were still missing, but the province of Trento reduced the number of missing people to five on Tuesday. Seven people are known to have died. A huge chunk of the Marmolada Glacier broke apart on Sunday, sending torrents of ice, rock and debris down the mountainside at unsuspecting hikers below. After rain hampered the search on Monday, sunny weather on Tuesday allowed helicopters to bring more rescue teams to the site.

In Kashmir, ‘conscious music’ is testing India’s limits when it comes to speech

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A nascent form of resistance music laced with religious metaphors is rapidly taking off in Kashmir, a disputed region divided between Indian and Pakistani rivals. Known as ‘conscious music’, it’s a blend of progressive Sufi rock and hip hop that draws elements from Islam and spiritual poetry. It’s an assertive political expression in a place mired in decades of conflict – the songs have become a rallying cry for young people to use the music to challenge Indian control. The merger also seeks to bridge tensions between Muslim traditions and modernism in a region that in many ways still clings to its conservative past.

The Shadow of Ukraine: Deadly Crises Like Aid-Deprived Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The war in Ukraine has abruptly diverted millions of dollars from longer-lasting humanitarian crises. Somalia is perhaps the most vulnerable as thousands starve amid the driest drought in decades. Aid funding for Somalia is less than half of last year’s level, as mostly Western donors sent more than $1.7 billion to respond to the war in Europe. The secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council told The Associated Press he was “angry and shameful” to see underfunded aid workers in Somalia forced to make “horrible” choices about the desperately hungry people in to help.

US stocks and crude oil prices fall as markets extend

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell broadly in afternoon trading on Wall Street on Tuesday, extending the slide of major indexes as investors continue to worry about the state of the economy. The S&P 500 fell 1.5% and more than 85% of stocks in the benchmark were in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.8% and the Nasdaq 0.3%. The drop in tech stocks weighed on the market, while smaller company stocks also fell. European markets were down. Energy companies suffered some of the biggest losses, as US crude oil prices fell 8.1%. Banks skidded as bond yields fell significantly.

76 Million Year Old Dinosaur Skeleton Will Be Auctioned in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — The fossilized skeleton of a T. rex relative that roamed the earth about 76 million years ago will be auctioned off in New York this month. The Gorgosaurus skeleton will feature prominently at Sotheby’s Natural History auction on July 28. Gorgosaurus was an apex carnivore that lived in what is now the western United States and Canada during the late Cretaceous. It predated its relative Tyrannosaurus rex by 10 million years. The specimen being sold was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana. It is almost 10 feet (3 meters) high and 22 (6.7 meters) long.

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