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From one July 4 to another, a strong slide for Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is about to mark his second July 4th since taking office, and he finds a political atmosphere far different today than he did a year ago. By this time last year, the United States had been making steady progress against the pandemic, and Biden said the country was “closer than ever to declaring our independence in the face of a deadly virus.” But over the past year, two variants have proven that the coronavirus remains a threat, and Biden’s presidency has become mired in other challenges, some of which were beyond his control. His approval rating dropped 20 percentage points between his first and second Independence Days, according to polls from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

3 dead and 3 seriously injured in Denmark mall shooting

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say three people have been killed and three others are in critical condition after a shooting at a Copenhagen shopping mall. Copenhagen Police Inspector Søren Thomassen said the three victims of Sunday’s attack are a man in his 40s and “two young people”. Thomassen says a 22-year-old Dane was arrested after the shooting. He tells reporters there is no indication anyone else was involved, although police are still investigating. Thomassen says it’s too early to speculate on the motive for the shooting. It happened late afternoon at Field’s, one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls. Witnesses said when the shots rang out, some people hid in shops while others fled in a panicked stampede.

‘Stay tuned’ for new evidence against Trump in July hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot said more and more evidence is emerging to support recent testimony that President Donald Trump wanted to join an angry mob that marched to the Capitol and rioted. Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger said “there will be a lot more information and stay tuned.” He does not disclose the new information he refers to and he does not say who provided it. But he says the information did not shake the committee’s confidence in the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. At least two more hearings are scheduled for this month. And the committee’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, says criminal referrals to the Justice Department, including against Trump, could follow.

Hope and despair: Kathy Gannon on 35 years in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Kathy Gannon has reported on Afghanistan for the AP for the past 35 years, during an extraordinary series of events and regime changes that have rocked the world. Through it all, the kindness and resilience of ordinary Afghans shone through for her – it’s also what made it so painful for her, she says, to see the slow erosion of their hope. Gannon says she has always been amazed at how stubbornly Afghans have clung to hope against all odds, greeting each of the many new regimes with optimism. But in 2018, a Gallup poll showed the proportion of people in Afghanistan feeling hopeful about the future was the lowest on record. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, Gannon said.

Russia claims control of Ukraine’s pivotal eastern province

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has claimed control of Ukraine’s last stronghold in an eastern province that is key to achieving a major goal in Moscow’s bitter war. The General Staff of the Ukrainian army announced on Sunday that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in Luhansk province. Ukraine’s president acknowledged the withdrawal in his nightly video address, but said his forces would return with more modern weapons. If confirmed, Russia’s complete capture of Luhansk would provide its troops with a firmer base from which to press their advance into Donbass. Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to capture this region in a campaign that could determine the course of the entire war.

Video shows Akron police kill black man in a hail of gunfire

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a black man was unarmed when Akron police chased him on foot and killed him in a hail of gunfire, but officers believed that he had shot them earlier from a vehicle and feared that he was preparing to shoot again. Akron police released video of the chase and murder of 25-year-old Jayland Walker on Sunday. The mayor called the June 27 shooting “heartbreaking” while asking the community for patience. It is not yet known how many shots were fired by the eight officers involved, but Walker suffered more than 60 injuries.

A piece of alpine glacier breaks off, killing at least 6 hikers

ROME (AP) — A large chunk of glacier in the Italian Alps has broken away and killed at least six hikers and injured nine others. Alpine rescue service officials provided the death toll on Sunday evening and said it could take hours to determine if any hikers might be missing, with unconfirmed reports indicating there could be up to 15 disappeared. The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps tweeted that the search for the Marmolada Peak area involved helicopters and rescue dogs. On Sunday evening, the body posted a phone number for callers whose relatives may not have returned from excursions near the glacier.

The long ongoing debate over “All men are created equal”

NEW YORK (AP) — “All men are created equal.” Few words in American history are invoked as often as the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, issued nearly 250 years ago. And are little more difficult to define. The music and economy of “all men are created equal” make it both universal and elusive – and adaptable to viewpoints otherwise with little or no common ground. How we use them often depends less on how we came into the world than on the kind of world we want to live in. It’s as if “All men are created equal” leads Americans to ask, “So what?”

WWII Medal of Honor recipient to be honored at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last World War II Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, will be honored at the United States Capitol. The West Virginia native will receive this tribute at a later date. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the honor on Sunday. At a memorial in Charleston, West Virginia, Williams is remembered for her courage, humility and selflessness. President Harry Truman awarded Williams the Medal of Honor in 1945 for his heroism in one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific Theater, the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Wimbledon wildcard entry steals the set, not the win, from Djokovic

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic found himself locked in a close fourth-round match at Wimbledon against a wild-card entry making his Grand Slam tournament debut. They were even one set apiece after around 1h30 of play. But Djokovic quickly took control and ended up winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday night. There were many surprises and new faces during this tournament. Djokovic continues to win and is closing in on a fourth straight Wimbledon title and seventh overall. He is also aiming for a 21st major championship overall. It was the first time Wimbledon had been a scheduled 14-day tournament with a match scheduled for the middle Sunday.

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