Democrats: Abortion rulings may be ‘a blessing in disguise’

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Democratic candidates have denounced newly reinstated abortion restrictions in North Carolina in the week after a federal judge lifted an injunction on a state law banning nearly all abortions. abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But some North Carolina Democrats say the decision was the catalyst their party needed to reinvigorate its political outlook in what likely would have been a losing year. Republicans in the state legislature are just five seats away from the supermajority they need to override the Democratic governor’s veto on future restrictions. In a swinging state like North Carolina, outrage and uncertainty over declining abortion access could generate enough political power for Democrats to hold their ground in November.

Towns near Ukrainian nuclear power plant bombed

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials say Russian rocket and artillery fire hit areas across the Dnieper River from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, as fears persist that nearby fighting could damage the plant and cause a radiation leak. Russian forces took control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant shortly after the start of the war and hold the adjacent territory along the left bank of the wide river. Ukraine controls the right bank, including the towns of Nikopol and Marhanets, each about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the plant. Heavy gunfire overnight left parts of Nikopol without power, the governor said. Rocket fire damaged a dozen residences in Marhanets.

Doctor Who Treated Mariupol Wounded Heads To Ukrainian Front

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian paramedic who won praise for his bravery during the siege of Mariupol is now working to rescue soldiers on the front lines of the Ukraine-Russia war. For 22 days, the man barely slept and rarely took off his red paramedic uniform as he ran around his hometown of Mariupol, rescuing the wounded from Russian bombs and shells hitting the town. When he finally escaped Mariupol, he still did not rest. Instead, he joined an organization that sends doctors to the frontlines in eastern Ukraine. He saw no other way to make sense of the horrors he had witnessed in Mariupol. The port city endured some of the worst horrors of war and became a global symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russian invasion.

Army program gives underperforming recruits a second chance

FORT JACKSON, SC (AP) — There is a new Army program that gives underperforming recruits up to 90 days of academic or physical training to help them meet military standards. The program is a way for the Army to hope to refill the ranks as it struggles with recruiting efforts that are expected to fall significantly short of targets this year. It is estimated that only 23% of young people between the ages of 17 and 24 are physically, mentally and morally qualified to serve without receiving any waiver. Moral behavior issues include drug use, gang ties, or a criminal record. It is the academic and physical requirements of the military that the prep course will address.

Floods in Pakistan exceed 1,000 dead in ‘climate disaster’

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say the death toll from widespread flooding has topped 1,000 since mid-June and the country’s climate minister has called the deadly monsoon season a “serious climate disaster.” . Flash flooding caused by heavy rains washed away villages and crops as soldiers and rescue workers evacuated stranded residents to the safety of relief camps and provided food for thousands of displaced Pakistanis. The country’s National Disaster Management Authority on Sunday reported the death toll since the monsoon season started earlier than normal this year in mid-June. Deaths reached 1,033 people after new fatalities were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and southern Sindh provinces.

US sails warships through Taiwan Strait 1st from Pelosi

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. Navy navigates two warships through the Taiwan Strait in the first such transit made public since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month. august. The US 7th Fleet said the USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville were performing a routine transit through the strait on Sunday. Cruisers navigate the waterway at a time of tensions over Taiwan. China conducted numerous military drills in the strait earlier this month to punish Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island against threats from Beijing. The United States said the shipping route was beyond the territorial waters of any state.

Mexico’s president has revived a dangerous form of coal mining

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hopes of rescuing 10 men trapped by flooding at a Mexican coal mine this month have faded. But evidence is mounting that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador intentionally revived a form of coal mining so dangerous and primitive that lawmakers in both houses of Mexico’s Congress tried to ban it a decade ago. López Obrador enacted a plan a year and a half ago to revive coal-fired power plants in northern Mexico and prioritize the purchase of coal from smaller mines. The purchases were part of the president’s populist policies to give more income to poorer Mexicans.

“Duct tape or chewing gum:” Twitter failings reverberate around the world

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter at its best is a tool for getting a message across quickly, efficiently, and directly, whether you’re an activist or a local fire department. But it’s also a constant calculation of risk and reward. An explosive whistleblower report from Twitter’s former security chief alleges the social media company has been negligently lax on cybersecurity and protecting the privacy of its users for years . The revelations could be of particular concern for those using it to reach constituencies, disseminate emergency information as well as political dissidents and activists in the crosshairs of hackers or other malicious actors.

‘Free Staters’ disrupt New Hampshire politics in spat of ski area

CONCORD, NH (AP) — A recent power struggle at a New Hampshire ski resort illustrates the growing influence of a 20-year-old political experiment that is fostering a mass migration of 20,000 libertarians to the state. Fewer than 6,500 have arrived so far, but they’ve made inroads everywhere from school boards to the state house. What that means for Republican Governor Chris Sununu, the party and the state is uncertain. But one thing is clear. Members of the Free State Project, known as the Free Staters, are making things happen. Sununu, a former ski resort manager who is seeking a fourth term, recently called for the ousting of three Republican lawmakers over their management of a county-owned ski area. Anti-government activists want to privatize it.

Mickey Mantle Card Breaks Record, As Sports Memorabilia Soar

NEW YORK (AP) — A mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for $12.6 million, exploding through the record books on Sunday as the most expensive ever paid for a sports memorabilia. The rare Mantle card eclipsed the record posted a few months ago – $9.3 million for the jersey worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal at the FIFA World Cup. football from 1986. The record escalation is part of a growing market for sports memorabilia that has taken off as people have cocooned during the pandemic – part nostalgia and part financial opportunity.

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