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Senate Democrats pass budget package, win for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved the Democrats’ big economic package for the election year. The legislation is less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original national goals. But he embodies deep-rooted party dreams of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing big business. The debate began on Saturday and continued around the clock until Sunday afternoon. Democrats had crushed some three dozen Republican efforts to torpedo the legislation. Biden is urging a speedy passage of the House, and the House appears on track to provide final congressional approval when it briefly returns from summer recess on Friday.

Ceasefire between Palestinians and Israel takes effect in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants has come into effect in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that has killed dozens of Palestinians. Egyptian officials had been working to bring the sides to a deal after a spike in fighting saw Israeli warplanes pound targets in Gaza and militants fire hundreds of rockets that penetrated deep into Israel. Rocket fire and airstrikes continued until the scheduled start of the truce at 11:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. GMT; 4:30 p.m. EDT). More than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the violence, including 15 children and four women. Israel began its offensive on Friday and has continued its airstrikes since then, while militants launched barrages of rockets into Israel.

War front shifts as grain leaves Ukraine; plant shot

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Six more ships carrying agricultural goods stranded by war in Ukraine have been cleared to leave the country’s Black Sea ports. The body overseeing an international deal to get 20 million tonnes of grain out of Ukraine to feed people around the world said the loaded ships were cleared to leave on Sunday. Meanwhile, analysts are warning that Russia is moving troops and equipment towards ports to avoid a Ukrainian counteroffensive. A large nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine came under fire on Saturday evening. Both sides blame each other for the attack.

Firefighters battle large blaze at Cuba tank farm for day 2

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban firefighters are working with special teams sent by Mexico and Venezuela as they battle for a second day to control a raging fire at a large oil storage farm. The region’s governor said efforts on Sunday were aimed at preventing the flames from spreading further. Authorities say one firefighter has died and others are missing since lightning struck a storage tank on Friday night, sparking a blaze that spread to a second tank early Saturday and sparked a series of fires. explosions. A total of 122 people were treated for injuries, including five in critical condition.

Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ pulls into station with $30.1 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday’s studio estimates indicate Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train” action arrived with an opening weekend of $30.1 million as the latest big movie in the revival Hollywood summer has landed in theaters. The debut was solid but unspectacular for a film that cost $90 million to make and was propelled by Pitt’s substantial star power. have no major studio releases on the horizon for the rest of August, and few sure things to look forward to in early fall. struggled to catch on and opened with $5.3 million.

Biden walks out of the room and finds legacy-defining wins

WASHINGTON (AP) — For five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of the most striking and defining legislative victories in Biden’s legacy have come while staying out of it. It’s a counterintuitive turn for Biden, who has long promoted his decades of experience on Capitol Hill. Biden’s aides attribute his wins to him playing the role of cheerleader rather than legislative quarterback. Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana says that in Biden’s heart he is a US senator. And because of that, Tester says Biden “understands that allowing this to work is how you do it.”

Parkland shooter’s prosecutor had bloody facts on his side

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor seeking to sentence Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz to death has let the facts speak for themselves as he presented his case for the past three weeks. Former Broward County District Attorney Mike Satz told the story of the 2018 massacre of 17 people using terrifying accounts from witnesses. There were heartbreaking statements from the families. There were scary surveillance videos and gruesome photos. As a crowning glory, there was a jury visit to the building where it happened on Thursday. Bloodstains and Valentine’s Day cards still hanging on the floor. He then closed his case. The trial will determine whether Cruz is sentenced to death or life in prison. The defense begins on August 22.

Ex-rebel sworn in as Colombian president in historic turn

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president has been sworn in, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups. Gustavo Petro, a former member of the Colombian guerrilla group M-19, won the presidential election in June defeating conservative parties that proposed moderate changes to the market economy but failed to connect with voters frustrated by rising poverty and violence. On Sunday, Petro said Colombia was getting a “second chance” to fight violence and poverty, and called on Washington to change its drug policy.

GOP Seeks Election Power in Wisconsin, Minnesota

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans running for secretary of state in Wisconsin and Minnesota in the primaries on Tuesday are repeating Donald Trump’s false claims about the last presidential election and they’ve suggested they want more authority on how elections are conducted, especially in Democratic-leaning counties. Wisconsin’s office of secretary of state has no role in the election, but that could change if Republicans are able to win the job this year and pass legislation that would give the office significantly more responsibility. In Minnesota, the GOP secretary of state’s leading candidate called the 2020 election a “train wreck.” Connecticut and Vermont are also holding primaries for secretary of state on Tuesday.

Ashleigh Buhai wins Women’s British Open after playoffs

MUIRFIELD, Scotland (AP) — Ashleigh Buhai rallied from a five-stroke lead at the British Women’s Open by beating In Gee Chun in the playoffs to claim her first major title. As the light faded, Buhai made a superb bunker shot on the fourth playoff hole to leave himself with a short par putt while Chun settled for a bogey. Buhai calmly rolled within a meter, then clutched his face in relief. Japan’s Hinako Shibuno finished a shot third after missing a chip just off the green, which would have made a three-way playoff.

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