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Texas top cop: Uvalde police respond to ‘dismal failure’
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety said three minutes after a gunman entered a school where he massacred 19 elementary students and two teachers, there were enough armed law enforcement at the scene to arrest the shooter. Still, police armed with rifles stood and waited in a school hallway for nearly an hour as the shooter carried out the massacre. Colonel Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, called the police response “an abject failure.” He says police radios weren’t working in the school and the school diagrams used by officers were wrong.
‘The Impossible’: Ukraine’s Secret and Deadly Rescue Missions
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A series of clandestine helicopter missions against the odds to reach besieged soldiers is being celebrated in Ukraine as one of the riskiest and most heroic military feats of the four-month war against Russia. . The flights delivered supplies and evacuated casualties during the last defense of the Azovstal Steelworks. He was surrounded by Russian forces in the brutalized city of Mariupol. Ukrainian troops have been pinned down for weeks, their stocks dwindling, their dead and wounded piling up. Ukraine’s president first spoke about the sometimes deadly helicopter supply missions only after Azovstal defenders began surrendering in May. The Associated Press tracked down and interviewed some of the injured who were rescued from the death trap.
1/6 panel to hear Raffensperger, other Trump pushed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6 House committee is expected to hear from local officials who pushed back against Donald Trump’s push to void the 2020 presidential election. The panel investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol resumes Tuesday with testimony by Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Trump’s call to “find 11,780” votes to prevent Joe Biden’s election victory. His deputy Gabe Sterling and Arizona Republican State Leader Rusty Bowers are also key witnesses. The panel will focus on how Trump pressured state officials on the battlefield with plans to throw out state tallies and voters, all fueled by his false claims of voter fraud.
Election 2022: Trump endorsement reversal scrambles Alabama race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate pits a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump against a candidate Trump had previously endorsed. Congressman Mo Brooks was a staunch Trump supporter when he lost the former president’s endorsement in part for saying it was time to move to the 2020 election. Trump then chose to support the former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, Katie Britt. Other states holding elections on Tuesday are Virginia and Georgia. In Washington, DC, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking re-election amid concerns over rising crime.
Deshaun Watson settles 20 of 24 sexual misconduct lawsuits
HOUSTON (AP) — A lawyer says Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has reached an agreement to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Houston attorney Tony Buzbee is representing all 24 women. He says in a statement that all 20 lawsuits will be dismissed once the paperwork is completed. Buzbee also says the terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. Watson has been accused by massage therapists of harassing, assaulting or touching them on dates while with the Houston Texans. Watson’s lead attorney did not immediately return an email seeking comment. Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges.
Fed’s Powell faces mounting criticism for inflation missteps
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has received praise for his skillful leadership during the whirlwind of the pandemic recession. However, as threats to the US economy have grown, Powell has increasingly struck Fed watchers as far less sure of himself. Inflation turned out to be higher and far more persistent than he or Fed economists had expected. And at a policy meeting last week, Powell announced an unusual last-minute shift to a larger interest rate hike than he had previously signaled – then followed up with a press conference that many economists have described it as confused and inconsistent.
High Court rules religious schools can get Maine tuition assistance
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled that religious schools cannot be excluded from a Maine program that provides tuition assistance for private education. It’s a decision that could make it easier for religious organizations to access taxpayers’ money. The most immediate effect of the court’s decision beyond Maine will be next in Vermont, which has a similar program. But Tuesday’s result could also fuel a new push for school choice programs in some of the 18 states that have so far not directed taxpayer dollars to private religious education.
Israeli government fast-tracks bill to dissolve parliament
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli cabinet minister said the country’s outgoing coalition government would this week fast-track a bill to dissolve parliament, preparing the country for its fifth election in three years. Social Affairs Minister Meir Cohen told Israeli state broadcaster Kan on Tuesday that the coalition would put the bill to a preliminary vote the next day. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday he would dissolve his alliance of eight diverse parties and send the country to the polls. New elections – the country’s fifth in just over three years – are due in October and raise the possibility that longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu, now opposition leader, could stage a comeback.
No nuclear? The war between Ukraine and Russia will shape the world’s arsenals
Nuclear Russia’s plunder of non-nuclear Ukraine shakes up what is already a destabilizing moment in nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Security experts say the outcome of Ukraine’s fight against Russia will influence how other countries with nuclear rivals think about their defense. Another factor is the ability of the United States to convince its non-nuclear allies that it is safe under the current American umbrella of nuclear and conventional weapons. Some former Asian leaders have cited the conflict in Ukraine as proof that it is time for nations to think about getting nuclear bombs themselves. Current regional leaders were quick to denounce the idea.
US swimming pools close and go without lifeguards due to labor shortages
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis typically fills 17 pools each year, but with a national lifeguard shortage exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, only five are open this summer. The American Lifeguard Association estimates that a third of swimming pools in the United States are affected by the shortage. It comes as much of the country is hit by a second heatwave in as many weeks. Summer shortages aren’t unusual, but U.S. pools are also dealing with the fallout from the start of the pandemic when they closed and lifeguard certification came to a halt. The starting salary is also lower than many other jobs. In Chicago, Park District Superintendent Rosa Escareño blames the shortage in part on post-pandemic labor shortages as workers push for better hours, wages and opportunities.
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