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Hogan directs police to suspend Maryland gun carry standard

Jul. 05, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan directed the state police Tuesday to suspend the state's “good and substantial reason” standard for permits to carry handguns after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar New York law last month. Hogan said the New York law...

High number of seal deaths linked to bird flu, feds say

Jul. 05, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An unusual number of seals are becoming stranded and dying off Maine this summer, and avian influenza is to blame, the federal government said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that samples from four Maine seals tested positive for the...

Chauvin faces sentencing on federal charges in Floyd killing

Jul. 05, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge will this week sentence former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for federal civil rights violations in the killing of George Floyd. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson on Tuesday set Chauvin's sentencing hearing for 2 p.m. Thursday in St....

UK climate protesters glue themselves to Constable frame

Jul. 05, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two climate change protesters were arrested after they glued themselves to the frame of a famous John Constable painting hanging in Britain's National Gallery, the central London museum and police said. The two, from the protest group “Just Stop Oil,” stepped over...

France brings 51 citizens home from IS camps in Syria

Jul. 05, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Tuesday repatriated 51 women and children from the former Islamic State group-controlled areas in Syria, according to a statement from the national counterterrorism prosecutor’s office. It’s the single largest return of women and children to...

UK: Johnson revises story after ex-civil servant goes public

Jul. 05, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former top British civil servant said Tuesday that Boris Johnson’s office wasn’t telling the truth about sexual misconduct allegations against a senior member of the prime minister's government. Johnson has faced pressure to explain what he knew about previous...

Bank of England: Crypto crashes show need for tougher rules

Jul. 05, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Tuesday that recent cryptocurrency meltdowns that wiped out more then $2 trillion in value highlight the need for tougher financial regulations The U.K.'s central bank said that the crashes exposed vulnerabilities in the crypto markets...

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden, Finland

Jul. 05, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals — and possible political trouble in Turkey. The move further increases...

Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silent on Russia

Jul. 05, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart this week in Indonesia at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 bloc of the world’s leading industrialized nations, the State Department said Tuesday. Blinken will see...

Florida judge blocks new 15-week abortion ban

Jul. 05, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new 15-week abortion ban days after it took effect in the state, an expected move following an oral ruling last week in which he said the law violated the state constitution. Judge John C. Cooper issued the...