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High Court’s ‘groundbreaking’ mandate on abortion, guns and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, guns and religion _ A major change in the law in any of these areas would have resulted in a fateful Supreme Court term. During its first full term, the court’s conservative majority ruled on all three cases and made other important rulings limiting the government’s regulatory powers. And he didn’t signal any plans to slow down. With three former President Donald Trump appointees in their 50s, the six-judge conservative majority looks poised to keep control of the court for years, if not decades, to come. Its remaining opinions have been delivered, the court began its summer recess on Thursday and the judges will then return to the courtroom in October.

Russia’s messages with missiles tell the West to back off

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest in a litany of horrors in Ukraine came this week as Russian firepower rained down on civilians in a busy shopping mall far from the front lines of a war in its fifth month. The timing of the attack was probably no coincidence. While much of the attrition war in eastern Ukraine is hidden, the brutality of Russian missile strikes on a shopping center in the central city of Kremenchuk and residential buildings in the capital of Kyiv took place in full view of the world. The timing of the two attacks appears to be juxtaposed with three summits in Europe where Western leaders have underlined their support for Ukraine.

NY is revising handgun rules in an effort to preserve some limits

ALBANY, NY (AP) — The New York legislature has approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits after the Supreme Court said people had the right to carry a handgun for their personal protection. Governor Kathy Hochul signed the measure after it passed both houses by wide margins. The law is almost sure to draw more legal challenges from gun rights advocates who said the state still imposes too many restrictions on who can get a gun and where they can carry it. Supporters said the new law would strike the right balance between respecting the Supreme Court’s ruling and trying to ensure guns don’t fall into the hands of criminals.

Texas Supreme Court blocks order that resumed abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has blocked a lower court order that gave some abortion clinics the confidence to resume abortions. The order issued Friday night by the state’s highest court comes just days after some abortion providers rushed to resume services. A lower court order issued this week by a Houston judge had reassured some doctors that they could temporarily resume abortions until six weeks into their pregnancy. Prior to that, doctors in Texas had stopped performing abortions in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended the constitutional right to abortion.

Monkeypox cases triple in Europe, says WHO, Africa concerned

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s Europe chief has warned monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the past two weeks and called on countries to take tougher measures to ensure that the previously rare disease is not taking hold on the continent. In a statement on Friday, Dr Hans Kluge said increased efforts were needed despite the United Nations health agency’s decision not to declare the escalating outbreak a global health emergency last week. To date, more than 5,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 51 countries around the world, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kluge said the number of infections in Europe is around 90% of the global total.

Russians rush assault on town in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces are pounding the town of Lysychansk and surrounding areas in an all-out attempt to seize the last stronghold of resistance in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk province. The regional governor said on Saturday that the Russians “opened fire with all kinds of weapons available” over the past day. Ukrainian fighters have spent weeks trying to defend the city and prevent it from falling to Russia, as neighboring Sievierodonetsk did a week ago. and neighboring Donetsk are the two provinces that make up the Donbass region, where Russia has focused its offensive since the spring of 2014. Pro-Russian separatists have held portions of both provinces since 2014, and Moscow recognizes all of Luhansk and Donetsk as sovereign republics.

Same-sex couples update their legal status after abortion ruling

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Supreme Court’s ruling eliminating the constitutional right to abortion worries same-sex married people, especially those with children. Last week’s ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade didn’t directly affect the 2015 ruling that paved the way for gay marriage. But lawyers now say they receive questions from same-sex couples worried about the legal status of their marriage and the custody of their children. Alabama attorney Sydney Duncan received dozens of emails and calls in just a few days. Judge Clarence Thomas called on his colleagues to reconsider cases that allowed same-sex marriage, same-sex sexual relations and contraception.

South Africans struggle in the dark to cope with power cuts

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are struggling in the dark to cope with increasing power outages that have hit households and businesses across the country. Continuous blackouts have been going on for years, but this week the country’s state-owned electricity company, Eskom, extended them, leaving some residents and businesses without power for more than 9 hours a day. A strike by Eskom workers has added to the utility’s woes which experts say include outages at its aging coal-fired power plants, insufficient generation capacity and corruption. Africans during the southern hemisphere winter months when many households rely on electricity for heating, lighting and cooking.

In a small village, prayers and hope for missing migrants

SAN MARCOS ATEXQUILAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Waiting for the news has been agonizing for families from Mexico to Honduras whose loved ones were smuggled into South Texas this week. Now they are hoping for what would have been feared before — capture by Border Patrol, possibly hospitalization — for all but confirmation that their loved ones were among 53 migrants who died in a sweltering trailer in Texas. Then again, at least they would know. For now, the parents are re-reading the latest messages, perusing the photos, waiting for a phone call and praying.

Biden to present Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain and Giffords

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain. with whom Biden served in the Senate. Biden will also recognize Sandra Lindsay, the New York nurse who rolled up her sleeve on live television in December 2020 to receive the first COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States. Other recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom include gun safety advocate Gabrielle Giffords, the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and States Women’s National Soccer Team player Megan Rapinoe. -United.

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