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Gunfire, shootings and panic mark the American weekend
Shoppers shot dead at an Indiana mall and a shooting at an apartment complex in Houston are among the violence that marred this weekend in America. More than half a dozen died, including teenagers. Meanwhile, gamblers fled a casino on the Las Vegas Strip through a shattered glass door, exposing gun violence on America. Professional poker player Daniel Negreanu says “we live in a state of fear now”. Additionally, authorities released a damning report criticizing all levels of law enforcement for a chaotic and reckless response on May 24 to a gunman who killed 19 students and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School. in Uvalde, Texas.
Europe rumbles in heatwave that fuels fires in France and Spain
LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — A heatwave that seared Europe has spread north into Britain and fueled ferocious forest fires in Spain and France. French authorities evacuated thousands of people and sent water bomber planes and firefighters to battle the flames on Monday. Two people have been killed in fires in Spain that the country’s prime minister has linked to climate change. This toll comes on top of hundreds of heat-related deaths reported across the Iberian Peninsula as high temperatures gripped the continent in recent days and sparked wildfires from Portugal to the Balkan region. Climate change is making these life-threatening extremes less rare.
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The Economics of War: Pain for Europe Now, for Russia Later
Europe is feeling the pain of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Growing pressure from high energy prices is driving record inflation and increasing the likelihood of a return to recession. An energy crisis fueled by Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas has spread throughout the economy. Food banks in Italy are feeding more people, dairies are wondering how they will pasteurize milk and the euro has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years against the dollar. As Europe struggles, Russia has stabilized its currency and inflation thanks to a fortress economy built to withstand international sanctions. But economists say that picture is misleading and that Russia bought itself long-term economic stagnation by launching the war.
Takeaways from the Uvalde report: massive response but little action
The Texas House reports in the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting charts of a massive but uncoordinated and chaotic response from law enforcement. He also notes a lax approach to campus security related to locking doors and regular lockdowns that may have led to less urgency in the response to the shooting. And the report notes a trail of signals from the shooter of the violence that was to come.
Prosecutor recalls coldness and cruelty of Parkland shooter
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor says the gunman who attacked the high school in Parkland, Fla., in 2018 should be executed. Prosecutor Mike Satz described to 12 jurors on Monday the cold and calculating way Nikolas Cruz mowed down his victims, including returning to some as they lay injured to finish them off. Cruz pleaded guilty in October to murder and attempted murder in the deaths of 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The 23-year-old is only contesting his penalty. The jury will decide whether he is sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case is expected to last four months.
Rare in the United States for an active shooter to be stopped by a passerby
Police praise an armed shopper who killed a gunman at a suburban Indianapolis mall. It was rare for anyone to intervene to try to avoid multiple casualties before the police could arrive. A 20-year-old gunman killed three people and injured two others at Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday before being shot dead by 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken. Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said “many more people” would have died had Dicken not intervened. Only a small percentage of active attacks in the United States end with a civilian fighting back. Indiana allows adults to carry a handgun in public, with private owners able to ban firearms. Greenwood Mall prohibits guns.
Senate panel subpoenas director of federal prisons to testify
WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing director of the Bureau of Prisons has been subpoenaed to testify before a Senate committee examining abuses and corruption at the beleaguered federal agency. Michael Carvajal received a subpoena to appear at a hearing later this month. The subpoena was announced Monday by Sen. Jon Ossoff, chairman of the U.S. Senate Standing Subcommittee on Investigations. The committee’s subpoena follows an Associated Press investigation uncovering systemic problems within the agency, including widespread criminal activity by staff and rampant sexual assaults at a California women’s prison. .
Jury selection for former Trump adviser Bannon heads into Day 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a day-long hearing, final jury selection will span a second day in Steve Bannon’s contempt of congress trial. Former President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser faces criminal charges after months of refusing to cooperate with the House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection. By the end of opening day on Monday, 22 potential jurors had been identified. The trial will resume Tuesday morning as attorneys for Bannon and the government narrow the list to 12 jurors and two alternates. Much of Monday’s questioning of potential jurors by Bannon’s attorney focused on what extensive coverage of the Jan. 6 hearings they watched and whether they have any opinions about the committee and its work.
Owner: Mississippi abortion clinic sold, won’t reopen
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic says she has sold the building and will not reopen the clinic even if a state court allows her to. Diane Derzis told The Associated Press Monday that furniture and equipment from the Jackson Women’s Health Organization have been moved to a new abortion clinic she will soon open in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jackson’s clinic was at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month that overturned Roe v. Wade. Derzis says she doesn’t think the building will be used as a medical facility.
Olena Zelenska, first lady of Ukraine, on a trip to the United States
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine’s first lady arrived in Washington for her most high-profile event since Russian troops invaded her country five months ago. Olena Zelenska kicked off a trip to the United States on Monday that will include a session with First Lady Jill Biden. Blue and yellow Ukrainian flags flew alongside American flags on Pennsylvania Avenue as Zelenska made her way to a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Ukraine’s first lady will speak with Jill Biden on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she will address lawmakers in the congressional auditorium. Zelenska was a screenwriter for her husband, comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. She went into hiding with the couple’s two children in the first months of the war, but spoke more and more publicly.
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