Ukraine. Russia would use more lethal weapons in wartime
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and British officials have warned that Russian forces are relying on weapons that could cause mass casualties as they try to make progress in capturing eastern Ukraine. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that Russian bombers likely launched heavy anti-ship missiles dating back to the 1960s that can cause serious collateral damage and casualties when used on land targets. A regional governor has accused Russia of using incendiary weapons in the eastern Ukrainian province of Luhansk. Both sides expended vast amounts of weaponry in what became a bitter war of attrition. During a visit by senior European Union official Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky called for “even stronger” EU sanctions against Russia.
Therapist’s sexual abuse case reveals dark past and ethical concerns
CONCORD, NH (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a 10-year-old girl in a notorious drunk driving accident decades ago faces new charges in New Hampshire, under a new name. Peter Dushame changed his name to Peter Stone in prison and became a licensed drug and alcohol counselor after his release. He is now accused of sexually assaulting a client who then stumbled upon his past. Stone declined an interview request from The Associated Press. Experts say her case raises complicated questions about the right to build a new life after incarceration and what patients should know about a mental health provider’s past.
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‘Enough is enough’: Thousands demand new gun safety laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people are gathering on the National Mall and across the rest of America in renewed pressure for gun control measures after recent deadly mass shootings. Activists say what happened in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, should compel Congress to act. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says “enough is enough” and urges lawmakers to protect children from gun violence. One after another, speakers in Washington have called on senators, who are seen as a major obstacle to legislation, to act or risk being removed from office. President Joe Biden, who was in California when the Washington rally began, said his message to protesters was “keep marching.”
Biden juggles principle and pragmatism in his stance on autocrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden was running for president, he was quick to call out dictators and authoritarian leaders. And he has anchored his foreign policy in the idea that the world is in a battle between democracy and autocracy. But as president, he tried to balance such lofty principles with a penchant for pragmatism in a world shattered by the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and other crises. Biden did not invite the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas last week because his administration views them as dictators. At the same time, his national security team is working to organize a likely visit by Biden to Saudi Arabia, a country that candidate Biden has called a “pariah”.
Several factors are converging to drive up gasoline prices
DALLAS (AP) — Gas prices are hitting $5 a gallon and they show no signs of letting up. The AAA automobile club said on Saturday that the national average had crossed the $5 mark for the first time. Gas prices are a major reason for the highest inflation in 40 years. Several factors contribute to the increase. Global oil supplies are squeezed by sanctions against Russia. The ability of U.S. refineries to turn oil into gasoline has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. And it all comes as demand surges from people keen to drive and travel after two years of pandemic restrictions.
Alaska High Court overturns decision that upset House elections
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The special primary for the lone U.S. House seat in Alaska is moving forward on schedule after a tense legal battle over ballot access issues that had cast a shadow over the election. The legal drama was the latest twist in what has already been an extraordinary election, with 48 candidates vying for the seat left vacant by the March death of US Representative Don Young. On Saturday, the Alaska Supreme Court overturned and reversed a lower court order that barred state election officials from certifying the results of Saturday’s special primary until visually impaired voters had the “full and fair” opportunity to participate.
Ukraine. British man’s family ‘devastated’ by death sentence
LONDON (AP) — The family of a Briton on death row for fighting for Ukraine say they are devastated by the outcome of what they called a “show trial” and called for his release. A court in the separatist Ukrainian People’s Republic of Donetsk on Thursday convicted two British fighters and a Moroccan of seeking to overthrow power by violence, an offense punishable by death in the east of the territory. The men were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism. In a statement on Saturday, the family of British citizen Shaun Pinner said the 48-year-old had lived in Ukraine for four years, had a Ukrainian wife and had served as a Marine with the Ukrainian 36th Brigade.
Rudy Giuliani faces ethics charges over Trump campaign role
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani was one of Donald Trump’s top lawyers during Trump’s failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Now, a disciplinary arm of the District of Columbia Bar says the former mayor of New York faces professional ethics charges for this role. It is the latest career slap after previous law license suspensions in New York and Washington, DC. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed the charges, alleging Giuliani promoted unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations in Pennsylvania. At issue are Giuliani’s claims to support a Trump campaign lawsuit to overturn the Pennsylvania election results. The lawsuit, which sought to invalidate up to 1.5 million mail-in ballots, was dismissed by the courts.
New York fund apologizes for role in Tuskegee syphilis study
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A New York-based philanthropy is apologizing for its role in the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study. The Manhattan-based Milbank Memorial Fund covered funeral costs beginning in the 1930s for hundreds of black men who were allowed to die from the untreated disease. It wasn’t a simple act of charity: the payments enabled researchers to obtain autopsies of people who had only been told they had “bad blood.” Fund chairman Christopher F. Koller says there’s no easy way to explain or justify his role in the deception that even today makes many black people suspicious. government health care. The fund apologized Saturday at a ceremony in Tuskegee.
US judge dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo rape trial in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada woman has lost her bid in U.S. court to force international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to pay millions more than the $375,000 in cash she received after claiming raping her in Las Vegas in 2009. A Las Vegas judge dismissed the case Friday night to punish the woman’s attorney for conduct in bad faith and use of stolen confidential documents. Lawyers for the woman did not immediately respond to the messages on Saturday. Ronaldo’s legal team welcomed the decision. They did not dispute that the two had sex, but maintain that it was consensual and that the confidentiality agreement prevented the two parties from discussing it.
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