Hershel Williams, a Hero in the Battle for Iwo Jima, Dies at 98 – The New York Times

Hershel Williams, the last survivor among the 472 servicemen who were awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery in World War II and the oldest living recipient of the medal, died on Wednesday in Huntington, W.Va. He was 98. His death, at the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was announced by the Woody Williams …

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Meadows, Giuliani push back on seeking of pardons: Jan. 6 live updates – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021, are calling for more Trump administration witnesses to testify, to build on evidence and testimony already collected, including bombshell revelations Tuesday from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. The latest on the Jan. 6 investigation:  Cheney again calls on Cipollone to talk: The …

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The Planned Parenthood website shares your data with Google, others – The Washington Post

The organization left marketing trackers running on its scheduling pages June 29, 2022 at 11:29 a.m. EDT Abortion rights supporters cheer outside a Planned Parenthood clinic during a demonstration June 24 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP) Placeholder while article actions load The Supreme Court’s decision last week overturning the nationwide right to an …

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What Catholics actually want (and need) from marriage prep

Keep the lines of communication open, and buy gold. Those are the two things and the only things my husband and I learned in our marriage preparation classes 25 years ago. It’s hard to say which bit of advice was less helpful. We already knew communication was important, but what we really needed was practice. …

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FBI opens sweeping probe of clergy sex abuse in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI has opened a widening investigation into sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans going back decades, a rare federal foray into such cases looking specifically at whether priests took children across state lines to molest them, officials and others familiar with the inquiry told The Associated …

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Illinois Governor Primary: Darren Bailey Wins GOP Nomination, Will Face JB Pritzker in November – NBC Chicago

In the most expensive race in Illinois history — and one that’s on track to be the most expensive, non-presidential race ever — NBC News projects State Sen. Darren Bailey secured the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s Illinois Primary Election, and will face Democratic incumbent J.B. Pritzker in the race for Governor in November. With 98% …

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Pope Francis releases new letter on liturgy: Catholics need a better understanding of Vatican II’s reforms

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—The “sense of mystery” and awe Catholics should experience at Mass is not one prompted by Latin or by “creative” elements added to the celebration, but by an awareness of sacrifice of Christ and his real presence in the Eucharist, Pope Francis said. “Beauty, just like truth, always engenders wonder, and when these …

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NATO vows to modernise Ukraine’s military to fight off Russian invasion – Reuters.com

NATO brands Russia most ‘significant and direct threat’ Says more weapons in pipeline for ‘heroic’ Ukraine You could be next, Zelenskiy tells NATO leaders Russian missile attacks intensify across Ukraine Battle for eastern city Lysychansk grinds on MADRID/KYIV, June 29 (Reuters) – NATO on Wednesday branded Russia the most “direct threat” to allied security after …

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Russia calls NATO expansion deal ‘destabilizing’; Ukraine releases footage of deadly mall strike – CNBC

Moments Ago Russian forces still beset by battlefield logistics issues, U.S. says John Kirby, U.S. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2022.  Kevin Lamarque | Reuters The National Security Council’s John Kirby told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the …

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Nancy Pelosi receives Communion and meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican amid abortion debate

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, during which Francis bestowed the woolen …

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Cassidy Hutchinson testifies on Jan. 6 warnings, pardon requests, and Trump demanding to go to Capitol – CBS News

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, offered explosive testimony Tuesday that former President Trump wanted to get to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 – even grabbing the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle and lunging at his head of security when he was told he could not …

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Russia presses attacks on Ukraine as West pledges continuing support for Kyiv – Reuters.com

“Fighting everywhere” around Lysychansk – Governor Gaidai Zelenskiy urges Security Council to expel Moscow from .N. Mykolaiv attack sign of stepped up Russian offensive KYIV, June 29 (Reuters) – A missile strike killed at least three people in a residential building in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Wednesday as Russian forces intensified their …

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San Antonio trailer deaths – latest: Biden mourns ‘horrifying and heartbreaking’ loss as toll rises to 51 – The Independent

At least 46 bodies found in trailer, San Antonio officials say At least 51 people were discovered dead, “stacked” inside a truck’s tractor-trailer near San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities believe may be the the deadliest human-trafficking incident in modern US history. Another 16 people, including four children, were taken to local hospitals in varying …

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Republican divisions over abortion, Jan. 6 tested in Tuesday’s primaries – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load Republican primary voters in Colorado on Tuesday rejected three hard-line election deniers in statewide contests in favor of more moderate opponents — including a U.S. Senate contender who supports some abortion rights. The rebuke of the far-right hopefuls came as House Republicans in more conservative areas across the country prevailed …

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Darren Bailey easily wins GOP governor’s race over five GOP rivals – Chicago Sun-Times

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Darren Bailey, the MAGA-loving, Bible quoting grain farmer and state senator from downstate Illinois will face Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in the November election — thanks in part to an odd and historic pairing of support from former President Donald Trump, Lake Forest mega donor Dick Uihlein and Democrats such as Pritzker …

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Secret Service plans to respond to Jan. 6 committee regarding Trump’s actions, after Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony – CBS News

The U.S. Secret Service will have more to say to the Jan. 6 House select committee after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony Tuesday regarding former President Trump’s actions related to Jan. 6, 2021. In a hearing announced at the last minute, she told the committee of Trump’s desire to go to the Capitol …

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Zelensky calls on world leaders to punish Russia after deadly mall strike – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president issued a fiery call at the United Nations on Tuesday for world leaders to punish Russia amid a surge in attacks on civilian targets in recent days. President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the U.N. Security Council, of which Russia is a permanent member, a day after …

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Illinois 2022 live election results: Governor’s race – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Tribune

View live results for the 2022 Illinois governor’s race. Live results will begin tabulating after polls close on Tuesday, June 28. On the ballot this Tuesday is every statewide office, as well as one U.S. Senate seat, two seats on the Illinois Supreme Court, all 17 of Illinois’ representatives in Congress, every state senator and …

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Trump Aides Watch Testimony and Brace for Damage – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Devastating new testimony by a former White House aide describing a president desperately clutching to power, indifferent to the danger threatening his No. 2 and potentially tampering with congressional witnesses, raised concerns among current and former advisers to Donald J. Trump on Tuesday about the possible legal and political consequences. Reactions were far …

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Ukraine recap: Turkey lifts objection to Sweden, Finland in NATO – USA TODAY

Editor’s note: This page recaps the news from Ukraine on June 28. Follow here for the latest updates and news from Wednesday, June 29, as Russia’s invasion continues. Turkey has agreed to withdraw its objection to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, a breakthrough that bolsters the alliance amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades following Russia’s invasion …

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Turkey lifts veto on Finland, Sweden joining NATO, clearing path for expansion – Reuters.com

Leaders of Turkey, Finland, Sweden held talks in Madrid Sweden, Finland, Turkey sign goodwill memorandum Invitation to join to be made during NATO summit Western strategic shift after Russian invasion of Ukraine MADRID/HELSINKI, June 28 (Reuters) – NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday …

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Ghislaine Maxwell Receives 20 Years for Aiding Epstein in Sex Trafficking – The New York Times

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former socialite who conspired with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually exploit underage girls, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday by a judge who said she played a pivotal role in facilitating a horrific scheme that spanned continents and years. Ms. Maxwell, 60, the daughter of the British media magnate Robert …

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Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO – The Associated Press – en Español

MADRID (AP) — Turkey agreed Tuesday to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, ending an impasse that had clouded a leaders’ summit opening in Madrid amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades, triggered by the war in Ukraine. After urgent top-level talks with leaders of the three countries, alliance Secretary General Jens …

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Lessons from John Courtney Murray for a country divided on abortion—and just about everything else

As the Fourth of July approaches, it is perhaps a good time (is it ever a bad time?) to look back on one of the great Catholic theologians of the American democratic experiment, especially in these days when its footing can seem a bit precarious: John Courtney Murray, S.J. Noted primarily for his work on …

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Court kills Flint water charges against ex-governor, others – The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in the Flint water scandal, saying a judge sitting as a one-person grand jury had no power to issue indictments under rarely used state laws. It’s an astonishing defeat for Attorney General Dana Nessel, who took …

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San Antonio trailer – latest: Biden mourns ‘horrifying and heartbreaking’ migrant loss as deaths reach 50 – The Independent

At least 46 bodies found in trailer, San Antonio officials say At least 51 people were discovered dead, “stacked” inside a truck’s tractor-trailer near San Antonio, Texas, in what authorities believe may be the the deadliest human-trafficking incident in modern US history. Another 16 people, including four children, were taken to local hospitals in varying …

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Podcast: Cornell Brooks, former head of the NAACP, on the church and justice for Black lives

When it comes to social justice issues “the church can show up as moral first responders or as funeral directors,” says Cornell Brooks. Professor Brooks joins “The Gloria Purvis Podcast” with an impressive pedigree as the former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights …

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Catholic churches vandalized by abortion-rights advocates following Supreme Court ruling

Several acts of vandalism targeting Catholic churches occurred in the days following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Employees at the Church of the Ascension in New York City’s Upper West Side neighborhood discovered spray-painted graffiti on the front doors of the church early Monday morning. “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are …

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Israel, Arab States Seek Peace Expansion

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News JERUSALEM (Worthy News) – Representatives from Israel, the United States, and Arab allies have discussed “expanding the circle of lasting peace” in the Middle East, officials confirmed. They met in Manama, Bahrain, on Monday following a “historic Negev Summit” that was held in March in the …

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The future of the U.S. Catholic Church is Latino. Our youth ministry programs need to reflect that.

It is well known by now—or at least it should be—that the future of the Catholic Church in the United States is decidedly Latino. Latinos account for more than 40 percent of Catholics overall and most Catholics under 30 trace their roots to Latin America. Most Catholic Latino families speak both English and Spanish languages …

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Jan. 6 hearings live coverage: Trump wanted to join Capitol rally – USA TODAY

<img alt class="gnt_em_vp_img gnt_em_vp_img__yn" src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/LX6Qx_CvBs4/maxresdefault.jpg" onload="if(this.naturalWidth Hutchinson described Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and House Republicans holding strategy sessions. At least five House Republicans sought pardons, according to Hutchinson. Meadows used encrypted Signal communications and reportedly burned documents after meetings. WASHINGTON – The House committee investigating the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021, is holding an abruptly scheduled …

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Abortions can resume in Texas after judge blocks pre-Roe v. Wade ban – Reuters.com

June 28 (Reuters) – Abortions can resume in Texas after a judge on Tuesday blocked officials from enforcing a nearly century-old ban the state’s Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedure nationwide. The temporary restraining order by Judge Christine Weems in Harris …

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Pope Francis and archbishop of San Antonio pray for 50 migrants who died in apparent smuggling operation

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — The archbishop of San Antonio offered prayers for dozens of people found dead as well as more than a dozen survivors discovered June 27 in sweltering conditions in a semitruck. Authorities said June 28 the death toll rose overnight to 50. Originally, first responders pulled 16 people—12 adults and four teenagers—from …

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Dobbs could be the beginning of the end for the pro-life movement—unless we step up to the challenge.

I was expecting the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, but the news still brought tears to my eyes. It surprised me, because I have never been much of a crier. It was a long-awaited day, though. Pro-lifers had prayed, worked and hoped for this for so many years. We knew it was …

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White House warns of “dangerous ramifications” to using federal lands for abortion care – Axios

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Tuesday that there could be “dangerous ramifications” to providing abortions on federal lands in an effort to go around the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Why it matters: With Roe gone, states have the authority to regulate abortion at any point in a pregnancy. As …

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Gen Z activists are influencing the abortion debate on TikTok – The Washington Post

Young people have never known life without Roe v. Wade. Until now. After the Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark ruling that protected the right to an abortion, many of them have a lot to say about it. Defined as those born after 1996, members of Generation Z have lived through unprecedented events — …

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Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell to be sentenced – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted last year of trafficking young sexual abuse victims to financier Jeffrey Epstein over the course of a decade, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday at a proceeding that will give several women a chance to speak about their torment. Federal prosecutors have …

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Primary elections: Billionaires, Trump’s influence and the first elections after Roe v. Wade was overturned – CBS News

Eight states will hold primary and runoff elections Tuesday, which will be the first electoral reactions since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last Friday.  Tuesday’s races include a gubernatorial primary with over $136 million spent on advertisements thus far, several contentious U.S. House primaries and a race to be the …

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Russia Brags About Airstrike That Killed 20 at Ukrainian Shopping Mall – The Daily Beast

As the death toll in Russia’s airstrike on a Ukrainian shopping center full of civilians climbed to 20 on Tuesday, Russian defense officials took full responsibility for the attack—and then bragged about it as a successful military operation. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for Russia’s defense ministry, described the attack on the central Ukrainian city of …

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Top Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson to testify at Jan. 6 hearing – NBC News

Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as a senior aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is expected to testify Tuesday at a last-minute hearing scheduled by the Jan. 6 committee, three sources tell NBC News. In recorded testimony presented last week, Hutchinson told investigators that a group of GOP lawmakers had sought presidential …

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Tech companies may surrender abortion-related data – Axios

When law enforcement authorities demand personal data belonging to those suspected of getting an abortion, tech firms will likely hand it over. Why it matters: Companies like Google and Facebook collect enormous volumes of personal data, including information about where we’ve been, what we’ve bought, who we’ve talked to and what we’ve said. States that …

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U.S. Supreme Court takes aim at separation of church and state – Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court has chipped away at the wall separating church and state in a series of new rulings, eroding American legal traditions intended to prevent government officials from promoting any particular faith. In three decisions in the past eight weeks, the court has ruled against government officials …

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Democrats Press the White House for a More Assertive Response to Roe’s Fall – The New York Times

President Biden and the Democratic leadership had months to prepare for the fall of Roe v. Wade, and even after a draft ruling was leaked in May, they had weeks to muster concrete plans to counteract a once-unimaginable outcome that suddenly seemed inevitable. Yet as Republicans celebrated the culmination last week of a methodical 50-year …

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At Least 46 Migrants Found Dead in San Antonio – The New York Times

SAN ANTONIO — The bodies of at least 46 people believed to be migrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico were found dead on Monday in and around a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio, state and city officials said. At least 16 others, including children, were taken …

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Former Meadows aide to testify in surprise Jan. 6 committee hearing – POLITICO

It’s unclear why the panel expedited Hutchinson’s hearing, or whether she will appear alongside other significant witnesses. Hutchinson was present during meetings between Meadows and multiple House Republicans who aided Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. Snippets of her video deposition supported the committee’s contention that several of those Republicans later sought presidential pardons. …

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At least 3 dead, multiple injured after Amtrak train derails in Missouri – CBS News

At least three people were killed Monday after an Amtrak train hit a dump truck and derailed in Missouri, officials said. It’s not yet clear how many were injured, though at least two hospitals said they had received patients.  Officials said Southwest Chief Train 4, which was carrying 275 passengers and 12 crew members from …

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Jan 6 hearing – live: Trump lawyer stopped by FBI ahead of surprise testimony by mystery witness – The Independent

‘The lie hasn’t gone away’: Jan 6 committee chairman says Trump threat to elections is ongoing The January 6 committee has announced a surprise extra hearing that will contain new evidence of Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty,” California representative Adam Schiff said on Sunday. “The final hearing will cover what the president was doing and …

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Federal Agents Seized Phone of John Eastman, Key Figure in Jan. 6 Plan – The New York Times

Federal agents armed with a search warrant have seized the phone of John Eastman, a lawyer who advised former President Donald J. Trump on key elements of the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to a court filing by Mr. Eastman on Monday. The seizure of Mr. Eastman’s phone is the …

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Three confirmed dead, dozens more injured, after Amtrak passenger train derails – KMBC Kansas City

Three people were confirmed to have died in a rural Missouri after an Amtrak passenger train derailment.The crash occurred near Mendon, Missouri, about 12:45 p.m. Monday.At least 50 injuries were reported in addition to the reported fatalities. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that two people on the train and the driver of a truck …

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‘Stacks of bodies’: 46 people found dead in trailer, 16 hospitalized, San Antonio officials say – KSAT San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Forty-six people were found dead in a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side, and 16 have been transported to area hospitals, according to San Antonio police and fire officials. “It’s tragic,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “They had families… and were likely trying to find a better life. It’s nothing short of …

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Judge will soon decide whether to block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban – POLITICO

Florida’s abortion measure is mirrored on the Mississippi law at the heart of the Supreme Court case that overturned Roe and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. DeSantis on Friday, just hours after the high court issued its opinion, said Florida will expand “pro-life protections” but provided no details. Monday’s hearing included testimony from Shelly …

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experts react to Supreme Court ruling on school prayer – Chicago Tribune

Illinois teachers unions Monday criticized a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled in favor of a Washington high school football coach who lost his job after he persisted in praying on the field despite objections from the school district. Legal experts said the ruling called into question decades of precedent that puts limits on religious …

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At least 50 injured and multiple people killed when Amtrak train derails in Missouri after hitting dump truck – CNN

CNN  —  There are multiple fatalities and at least 50 people who were injured after an Amtrak train derailed Monday in Missouri, Eric McKenzie, the superintendent with Chariton County Ambulance Service, told CNN. Amtrak said in a statement the train collided with a truck at a public crossing near the city of Mendon at about …

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Supreme Court Sides With Coach Over Prayers at the 50-Yard Line – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a high school football coach had a constitutional right to pray at the 50-yard line after his team’s games, the latest step by the court in expanding the place of religion in public life. The vote was 6 to 3, with the court’s three liberal members …

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At least 13 killed in Russian missile strike on shopping mall, Ukraine says – Reuters

Ukrainian officials say shopping mall hit by missiles President Zelenskiy condemns attack Russia has denied targeting civilians in Ukraine KREMENCHUK, Ukraine, June 27 (Reuters) – Two Russian missiles slammed into a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 50, the regional governor said. …

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Louisiana and Utah trigger laws banning abortions temporarily blocked by courts – NBC News

Judges in Louisiana and Utah on Monday temporarily blocked prohibitions on abortion in their states following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ends a national right to the procedure. The high court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, which for nearly 50 years had granted women the constitutional right to an abortion. More than …

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How do pollsters decide who’s a ‘devout’ Catholic?

When America reported on polling data suggesting that most U.S. Catholics are “pro-choice” on the issue of abortion, a few readers objected that we were presenting them with a paradox. If someone is pro-choice, how can they be Catholic? Resolving that question, I’m afraid, is beyond the pay grade of the pollsters at The Associated …

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House January 6 committee announces last-minute hearing to take place Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – CBS News

The House Jan. 6 committee unexpectedly announced Monday that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 28. The move comes days after the committee said it would not be holding more hearings until July.  The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. ET, with the committee saying it plans to “present recently …

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In Nicaragua, the Ortega regime steps up efforts to silence civil society—especially the Catholic Church

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern over “the dramatic reduction in civic space” in Nicaragua over the last three months in an update to the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 16. The High Commissioner noted increasing harassment of Catholic priests by the national police, a government seizure of …

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Supreme Court sides with high school football coach who lost his job for praying after games – CBS News

Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a former football coach for a high school in western Washington who lost his job after praying on the 50-yard-line after games. The court ruled 6-3 along ideological lines that the free exercise and free speech clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging …

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Supreme Court’s abortion ruling sets off new court fights – The Associated Press – en Español

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall of Roe v. Wade shifted the battleground over abortion to courthouses around the country Monday, as abortion foes looked to quickly enact statewide bans and the other side sought to buy more time. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to end constitutional protections for abortion opened the gates for …

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Supreme Court sides with football coach who sought to pray on the field after games

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a football coach from Washington State who sought to kneel and pray on the field after games. The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the court’s conservative justices in the majority and its liberals in dissent. The justices said the coach’s prayer was protected …

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In states that allow abortion for rape and incest, finding a doctor may prove impossible – POLITICO

Clinics and abortion funds in Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota and Wyoming — four states that have rape or incest exceptions in their abortion bans — told POLITICO that while the law may allow people to terminate their pregnancy in those instances, it will likely be easier to get patients across state lines for an abortion …

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California leaders finally agree on gas price relief: Here’s what you’d get – SFGATE

The root of the disagreement between Newsom and legislative was over who should receive payments. Newsom wanted to send money in the form of debit cards to vehicle owners, while members of the Legislature wanted the state Franchise Tax Board to issue money to residents making less than $125,000 regardless of whether they own a …

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Vatican: After Roe v. Wade, it’s time for widespread pro-life work

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A truly pro-life celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade would lead to cooperative efforts to pass legislation protecting life, women’s rights and motherhood, said an editorial in Vatican News and L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. Those efforts should include finding ways to protect maternal health and …

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We need to talk about ‘life of the mother’ exceptions in abortion law.

Editor’s note: The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on June 24 in a 6 to 3 decision, returning the issue of abortion restrictions to the states. America has published several essays on the decision, which was first leaked to the press in May. Read other views on abortion and the reversal of Roe v. Wade here. As the …

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South Africa investigates mysterious nightclub deaths at Enyobeni Tavern – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load JOHANNESBURG — Buzz about the party had been building all week. End-of-semester exams were finishing at high schools in East London, a coastal city in South Africa, and everyone was ready to cut loose. So when a local nightclub announced a birthday party for two popular DJs, the timing felt …

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Russia pushed into historic default by sanctions – Reuters.com

Grace period on $100 mln interest payment due May 27 ended Sunday Russia default shows dramatic impact of sanctions-U.S. official Some Taiwan bondholders did not get payment on Monday – sources Russia says it has funds to pay, sanctions are to blame Lapsed U.S. waiver, EU sanctions on NSD scupper Russia payments LONDON, June 27 …

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Shooting fears sow chaos at San Francisco, New York City Pride events – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load Fears of active shooters at Pride events in New York City and San Francisco caused chaos Sunday, overshadowing the celebrations amid heightened concerns about previous shootings at LGBTQ spaces and the frequency of mass shootings in the United States. New York City police said on Twitter there were “NO shots …

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Colombia bullfight stands collapse, causing deaths and injuries – The Washington Post

Placeholder while article actions load BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Several tiers of crowded stands in an improvised bullring collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia on Sunday, leaving four people dead and hundreds injured — figures that could increase in the coming hours — as terrified spectators were trapped in the rubble. The tragedy took place …

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U.S. and G-7 Allies Detail Infrastructure Plan to Challenge China – The Wall Street Journal

TELFS-BUCHEN, Austria—The U.S. and allies on Sunday laid out plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects in developing countries in an attempt to challenge autocracies and address a similar program by China. President Biden, meeting with the Group of Seven leaders in Germany, said the U.S. would contribute $200 billion over …

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Rudy Giuliani ‘Slapped’ in NYC Supermarket: Police – NBC New York

Police placed a Staten Island supermarket employee in custody Sunday after the worker allegedly assaulted former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, a recent focus of the Jan. 6 committee, was at the ShopRite on Veterans Road in Charleston, where he’d reportedly been out campaigning for his son, when cops say an employee attacked …

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3 killed as Amtrak train hits car in the east Bay Area – KCRA Sacramento

Three people were killed Sunday afternoon when an Amtrak commuter train smashed into a car in Northern California, authorities said.The crash occurred at around 1 p.m. in Brentwood, about an hour’s drive southeast of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol reported. Three people died at the scene. Two adults and a child were taken to …

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Inside a Tennessee abortion clinic after Roe’s fall – NBC News

Joy Evans, a patient educator at Choices, was on the phone Friday morning with a patient who wanted to reschedule a June appointment for early July when her daughter sent a text. “Did you hear the news?” it read.  Shortly afterward, the staff gathered in the clinic’s call center. Evans stood with her arm wrapped …

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The Final Days of Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic – The New York Times

JACKSON, Miss. — A young woman entered the parking lot of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, her shoulders hunched. She was accompanied by an older woman and a stone-faced young man with a handgun on his hip. She appeared terrified. All around them, the noise was deafening. It was early Saturday morning, and a …

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Russia’s Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war – Reuters.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a BRICS+ meeting during the BRICS summit via a video link in the Moscow region, Russia June 24, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this …

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5 people hurt when an East Texas trail ride event turns into a shoot-out – The Dallas Morning News

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Five people were shot and injured early Sunday during an outdoor event in East Texas that featured a trail ride, according to authorities. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call at 12:35 a.m. Sunday about multiple gunshot victims in a large pasture area in the eastern part of …

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Rudy Giuliani slapped by worker angry over abortion ruling at Staten Island supermarket – New York Post

Rudy Giuliani was slapped by a worker at a ShopRite on Staten Island on Sunday while campaigning for his son, leaving the 78-year-old former New York City mayor shaken, the ex-pol told The Post. Giuliani said he had just gotten out of the men’s room at the store on Veteran’s Road and was being greeted by a bunch of supporters when he was suddenly hit …

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G7 aims to raise $600 billion to counter China’s Belt and Road – Reuters

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany, June 26 (Reuters) – Group of Seven leaders on Sunday pledged to raise $600 billion in private and public funds over five years to finance needed infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project. U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders relaunched the newly renamed “Partnership …

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Ukraine live updates: G-7 vows support; Russia ‘burnt Earth’ tactics – USA TODAY

G-7 leaders meeting in Germany plan to pledge indefinite support to Ukraine for “as long as it takes,” Bloomberg news reported, citing a draft statement.  Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S. and the U.K. are set to announce that their countries “will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine …

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Trump-backed Rep. Mary Miller says at rally that overturning Roe v. Wade is a “victory for White life”; campaign says she misspoke – CBS News

At a rally with former President Trump on Saturday, Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois applauded the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, saying it was a “historic victory for White life in the Supreme Court.” Her campaign immediately responded, saying it was an error and she meant to say “a historic victory for …

Trump-backed Rep. Mary Miller says at rally that overturning Roe v. Wade is a “victory for White life”; campaign says she misspoke – CBS NewsRead More

Rhode Island Senate candidate says she was punched by political rival – USA TODAY

An off-duty police officer who was running for state Senate as a Republican in Rhode Island suspended his campaign and faces charges after his Democratic political rival says he attacked her during an abortion rights rally.   The Providence police officer, Jeann Lugo, a candidate in the race for Senate District 29,  has been placed on …

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U.S. Rep. Mary Miller’s ‘white life’ comment is latest controversy in her short two years in Congress – Chicago Tribune

MENDON, Ill. — When freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller took to a county fair stage Saturday night to thank former President Donald Trump for appointing conservative justices who led the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, she called it a “historic victory for white life.” Miller, who has Trump’s endorsement in challenging five-term …

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Graham: Alito ‘set the right tone’ in Roe ruling by arguing same-sex marriage, contraception not in jeopardy – The Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Justice Samuel Alito “set the right tone” by writing in an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade that Supreme Court decisions protecting contraception and same-sex marriage are not in jeopardy. Graham made the remarks during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” while noting that he respects Justice Clarence Thomas, …

Graham: Alito ‘set the right tone’ in Roe ruling by arguing same-sex marriage, contraception not in jeopardy – The HillRead More

Michigan’s largest health system reverses course on abortion stance – Detroit Free Press

After a series of mixed messages, Michigan’s largest health system on Saturday night officially reversed course on its abortion stance, saying it will continue its practice of providing abortions when medically necessary. The messages from BHSH System came after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. The health system initially said it would follow the …

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Family of pregnant teen killed by undercover police is awarded $21M – NBC News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal jury awarded $21 million to the family of a pregnant teen who was shot and killed by undercover police officers in Northern California five years ago, attorneys said. Elena Mondragon was a passenger in a BMW pulling out of a Hayward apartment complex when an unmarked van filled with …

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After Supreme Court overturned New York’s concealed carry law, Americans react – Fox News

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! NEW YORK CITY – Americans visiting a public park shared their reactions to the Supreme Court overturning a New York law that restricted people’s ability to carry concealed firearms in public. “I think that today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is dangerous,” Brian, a New Yorker, told …

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RI cop running for state senate allegedly assaults fellow candidate at abortion rally – New York Post

An off-duty Rhode Island cop who was running for state senate was arrested after allegedly attacking a candidate for the same seat at an abortion rights rally on Friday. Jeann Lugo, who was running as a Republican, allegedly punched his Democrat rival Jennifer Rourke at least twice in the face, Rourke told the Providence Journal. Video of the …

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Trump Moved More Than $1 Million From His Political Groups To His Private Business After Losing The Election – Forbes

Nearly two years after losing the election, Donald Trump continues to collect money from his supporters. Scott Olson/Getty Images Donald Trump never stopped raising funds from his supporters after the 2020 presidential race. His companies, meanwhile, continued to charge his political outfits for goods and services. As a result, the former president has been able …

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10 arrested in Oregon during ‘Night of Rage’ in response to abortion ruling – The Hill

Authorities in Oregon arrested 10 protesters who were part of a large crowd supporting abortion rights after the demonstration turned violent. Police in Eugene, a city about an hour and a half from Portland, said in a news release that protesters clashed with officers and threw smoke bombs during the demonstration at a pregnancy center …

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Biden bans Russian gold imports as G-7 considers new sanctions over Ukraine war: Recap – USA TODAY

ELMAU, Germany – The U.S. announced on Sunday that it will ban new imports of Russian gold as it steps up efforts to deprive Vladimir Putin of the financial resources he needs to maintain his assault on Ukraine. Biden administration officials made the announcement as the U.S. president prepared to meet with the leaders of France, Germany, Canada, the …

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Battleground Republicans squeezed hardest on abortion after Roe falls – POLITICO

Asked Friday outside the Capitol if he’d now support that bill to codify Roe, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), whose district backed Biden by 9 points in 2020, said only: “I have a flight right now,” before diving into a waiting car. Faced with the same question inside the building, a few swing-seat Republicans rushed into …

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Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans – The New York Times

Since October 2020, Just the Pill has provided more than 2,500 telemedicine consultations with doctors to supply abortion pills by mail to patients in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. Within a few days, it plans to deploy in Colorado the first of what will become “a fleet of mobile clinics” to park along state borders, …

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GOP Rep. Miller, speaking alongside Trump, calls SCOTUS ruling ‘victory for white life’ – ABC News

Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., said at an Illinois Trump rally Saturday that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a “historic victory for white life.” “President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court …

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Five things to know now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade – CBS News

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization dramatically and rapidly alters the landscape of abortion access in the U.S. The court on June 24 ruled 6-3 to uphold a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but also to overturn the nearly half-century precedent set in Roe …

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Donald Trump endorses Darren Bailey in GOP primary for governor during downstate rally – Chicago Tribune

MENDON, Ill. — Former President Donald Trump used a rural west-central Illinois fairgrounds rally Saturday night to endorse Darren Bailey for the Republican nomination for governor in Tuesday’s primary as he also restated his backing for U.S. Rep. Mary Miller and took a victory lap for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. …

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