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CONGRESS – BUDGET – Democrats have pushed their election-year economic package toward Senate approval, debating an action that is less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic goals but touches on the party’s rooted dreams of slowing global warming, easing drug costs and taxing massive corporations. By Alan Fram. Sent: 940 words, photo.
The fighters said an Israeli air strike killed a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander, the second to be killed amid an escalating cross-border conflict. By Faris Akram. Submitted: 800 words, photo.
NEWTOWN SHOOTING-INFOWARS-MISINFORMATION – Alex Jones faces a heavy price for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre – $49.3 million in damages, claiming that the nation’s deadliest school shooting was a hoax – a fatal blow in a nascent war on harmful misinformation . Written by Michael R. Sisak. Sent: 760 words, photo, video.
Russia, Ukraine and Animals – A 50-year-old Ukrainian woman has found a new purpose in life: to save wild animals and pets from the front lines of the war in Ukraine. Together with the animal protection group, Natalia Popova saved more than 300 animals; 200 of them were evacuated abroad. Many were wild animals that were raised as pets in private homes before their owners fled Russian bombings and missiles. Written by Hanna Arhirova. Sent: 560 words, photo.
Anne Heck Crush Actress Anne Heck was in the hospital after her car crashed into a house and caught fire, a spokeswoman said. Sent: 460 words, photo.
MUSK-TWITTER — Elon Musk said his planned $44 billion acquisition of Twitter should go ahead if the company can confirm some details about how it measures whether user accounts are “spam bots” or real people. Posted: 350 words, photo.
MARINE-CORPS-GENERAL – The first four-star African American general in the history of the Marine Corps, General Michael E. Langley credited his father for telling him “a high aim” and expected his promotion to have an impact on young men. Sent: 280 words, photo.
Police – Police Chief – Racist – Joking – A racist text message sent by a police officer prompted officials in a small Alabama town to dissolve the police department and fire the chief and his assistant. Sent: 250 words.
Washington / Politics
KENTUCKY-FLOODING-POLITICS – While Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear comforts families displaced by historic floods in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Republicans in the state’s main political event on the other side of the state have been campaigning to oust him from office in 2023. Sent: 850 word, picture.
FLOW – DEATH VALLEY – Hundreds of hotel guests trapped by flash floods in Death Valley National Park were able to get out after crews cleared a trail through rocks and mud, but roads damaged by floodwaters or choked with debris are expected to remain closed until the next day. week, officials said. Sent: 700 words, photo.
Three people killed – suicide – Oklahoma – An Oklahoma City man shot his three young children and then shot himself and killed himself, according to police. Sent: 150 words.
FREDDIE-GRAY-OFFICER-PROMOTED – One of the six police officers who faced charges in the 2015 fatal arrest of Freddie Gray has been promoted from first lieutenant to captain. Posted: 340 words, photo.
Chicago police and transit officials on Saturday pledged additional security measures for city trains to stem the escalation of violent crime after a passenger was shot dead overnight. Submitted: 360 words, photo.
0BIT-ELIASON – Marcus Eliasson, the international journalist whose insightful reporting, sparkling prose and skilful editing carried the news wires of the Associated Press nearly half a century ago, has died. He was 75 years old. Submit: 1,080 words, photo.
Muslims killed in Albuquerque – The killing of a Muslim man Friday night in Albuquerque may be linked to the killing of three Muslim men in an ambush over the past nine months in New Mexico’s largest city, police said. Submitted: 280 words.
President of Colombia – Colombia’s first left-wing president will be sworn in, promising to fight inequality and herald a turning point in the history of a country haunted by a long war between the government and guerrilla groups. Sent: 570 words, photo.
Cuba-Oil-Fire A lightning bolt fire broke out at an uncontrolled oil storage facility in the Cuban city of Matanzas, with four explosions and flames leaving 121 people injured and 17 firefighters missing. Cuban authorities said an unidentified body was found late Saturday. Submitted: 480 words, photo.
Skiing in Africa While millions across Europe are sweating during a record-breaking summer in heat, others are skiing in Africa. This is not another sign of climate change but rather the startling anomaly of Lesotho. Lesotho is a small mountainous kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. It is the only country on earth where every inch of its land is located more than 3,280 feet above sea level. This brought snow into Lesotho and led to the creation of Afrisky in the Maluti Mountains, the only working ski resort in Africa south of the equator. Posted: 450 words, photo.
Pakistani police say gunmen have shot dead four people, including two policemen, in northwest Pakistan, in an attack on a regional lawmaker from the political party of former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Posted: 170 words.
FBN – HALL OF FAME-INDUCTIONS – Tony Boselli has become the first Jacksonville Jaguars player to be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame with seven members of the 2022 Class, including Richard Seymour, Leroy Butler and coach Dick Vermeil. Written by professional football writer Rob Maadi. Sent: 750 words, photo.
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