The January 6 hearings traced an arc of “carnage” caused by Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6 congressional hearings have paused, at least for now, and Washington is providing an update on what has been learned about the actions of Donald Trump and his associates surrounding the Capitol attack. . The Justice Department also watched with interest as each of the eight sessions revealed new information that could figure in a possible prosecution of the ex-president. The House committee exposed or fleshed out behind-the-scenes storylines that revealed just how far Trump and his enablers wanted to go to keep him in power. Although the summer hearings are over, more are expected in the fall as the inquiry gathers new evidence.
Head of UN health agency declares monkeypox a global emergency
LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said the growing outbreak of monkeypox in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that qualifies as a global emergency. The head of the UN health agency took the decision to release the statement on Saturday after the WHO expert committee failed to reach consensus. Monkeypox has been established in parts of West and Central Africa for decades. It was not known to trigger large outbreaks beyond the continent or to spread widely among people until May. It was then that authorities detected outbreaks in Europe, North America and elsewhere. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 74 countries.
Russia strikes Ukrainian Black Sea port despite grain deal
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles struck Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa just hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed agreements to allow grain exports to resume from there. A Ukrainian spokesman described Saturday’s attack as a “spit in the face” at Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the deal. The Ukrainian military says two Russian cruise missiles hit port infrastructure and Ukrainian air defenses shot down two others. Elsewhere, Russia fired missiles at an airfield and railway line in central Ukraine on Saturday, killing at least three people, while Ukraine fired rockets at river crossings in an occupied region by Russia. Russian forces block 1,200 vehicles carrying fleeing Ukrainians, and a local official said four people died while waiting in the heat.
Supreme Court Leak Investigation: So Many Questions, So Few Answers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after the unprecedented leak of the draft notice that overturned Roe v. Wade, Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation into what he called a “gross breach.” Since? Almost silent. The Supreme Court will not say whether it is still investigating. The court will also not say if the lessor has been identified or if anyone has been sanctioned. Or if an outside law firm or the FBI was called. Or if the court will ever offer an account of what happened. Or if he took action to try to prevent a repeat. To these and other questions via email, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said via email, “The Court has no comment.”
Doctor: Biden likely has highly contagious COVID-19 strain
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden likely contracted a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the United States, and now has body aches and a sore throat since testing positive. That’s according to an update from his doctor. The BA.5 variant is an offshoot of the omicron strain that appeared late last year. It is thought to be responsible for the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the country. Dr. Kevin O’Connor writes in his latest update on Biden’s condition that preliminary sequencing results indicating the BA.5 variant do not affect Biden’s treatment plan in any way. Biden tested positive on Thursday. He has isolated himself in the White House residence since then.
Wildfire near Yosemite National Park explodes in size
WAWONA, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite National Park exploded and prompted evacuations even as firefighters made progress against an earlier blaze burning at the edge of a grove of giant sequoias. California fire officials said the Oak Fire began Friday afternoon southwest of the park near Midpines in Mariposa County and by Saturday morning had spread 10.2 square miles by Saturday morning. Firefighters described the blaze as “explosive” and fueled by hot weather and dry vegetation. burned in the Sierra National Forest.
6-year-old girl among 3 fatally shot in tent at Iowa State Park
Police say a 6-year-old girl was among three Iowa family members shot and killed while camping in a state park, apparently killed by a Nebraska man who then returned the gun against himself. The Cedar Fall, Iowa, victims were found in their tent early Friday at the Maquoketa Caves State Park Campground, about 180 miles east of Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Public Safety identified them as Tyler Schmidt, 42, Sarah Schmidt, 42, and Lulu Schmidt, 6. Investigators have not provided a motive for the attack, but have named the suspected shooter Anthony Sherwin, 23, of La Vista, Nebraska. Sherwin’s body was found in a wooded area of the park with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
From an “attempted coup” to chaos, the burning moments of January 6
Through eight hearings, 20 live witnesses and dozens of hours of recorded testimony, the House Jan. 6 committee focused its case on former President Donald Trump. The committee uncovered startling evidence about the Capitol insurgency over six weeks of hearings. He detailed what he calls an “attempted coup” by Trump as he desperately seeks to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. By eliminating documents from more than 1,000 witnesses , lawmakers showed government officials fighting Trump’s schemes at every turn, calling them “crazy” and “unbalanced.” From jaw-dropping testimonies to shocking videos and never-before-seen documents, the revelations came quickly during the tightly scripted hearings.
Has Florida Man finally met his match? Meet the Florida Sheriff
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Maybe Florida Man has finally met his match. Meet the Florida Sheriff. Every day, one or more of the state’s 67 sheriffs are in the social media spotlight, confronting the common criminal in press conferences that often go viral. Take Bob Johnson at Panhandle in Florida, which recently invited residents to firearms safety classes so they can learn how to shoot suspected invaders more accurately. Or Wayne Ivey who airs a regular “Wheel of Fugitive” show in Melbourne. Or Lee County’s Carmine Marceno, whose press conferences are often made-for-YouTube productions. Then there’s Polk County’s Grady Judd who targets drug dealers, prostitution rings, gangs and human traffickers in his folksy Southern drag.
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