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Deadly July 4 parade: Shots, then a frantic rush to escape

Jul. 05, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — David Shapiro and his wife brought their two young kids to enjoy the Independence Day parade in their hometown north of Chicago, snagging a spot in front of a boutique winery. The children's parade in downtown Highland Park had already gone by, with...

Judge won’t block law banning most Mississippi abortions

Jul. 05, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As attorneys argued about abortion laws across the South on Tuesday, a Mississippi judge rejected a request by the state’s only abortion clinic to temporarily block a law that would ban most abortions. Without other developments in the Mississippi lawsuit,...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

Louisiana asks court to allow abortion ban enforcement

Jul. 05, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court has been asked to allow enforcement of Louisiana's ban on most abortions, Attorney General Jeff Landry's office said Tuesday. A north Louisiana abortion clinic and other abortion rights advocates are arguing against Landry's request. ...

Highland Park set tight gun limits long before parade attack

Jul. 05, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In a state with some of the country’s toughest gun regulations and a city that bans semi-automatic weapons, Dana Gordon still feared a mass shooting could happen here. Gordon, a Highland Park resident and an anti-gun violence activist, knew the familiar questions...

'Something different': California GOP's bid for governor

Jul. 05, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brian Dahle, the Republican Party’s longshot hope to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, knows that to win in his progressive home state he can’t allow Democrats to label him as an election denying, abortion-hating, gun-loving, bombastic right-winger. ...

In major blow, 2 key ministers quit Boris Johnson government

Jul. 05, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was clinging to power Tuesday after two of his most senior Cabinet ministers quit, saying they had lost confidence in Johnson’s leadership amid shifting explanations about his handling of a sexual misconduct scandal. Treasury...

Chauvin faces sentencing on federal charges in Floyd killing

Jul. 05, 2022 16:42 PM 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....

Judge rejects request by Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to temporarily block a state law banning most abortions

Jul. 05, 2022 16:34 PM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Judge rejects request by Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to temporarily block a state law banning most abortions.

Sharks hire Mike Grier as NHL's first Black GM

Jul. 05, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks' three-month search for a general manager ended with a barrier-breaking hire as the team made longtime NHL forward Mike Grier the first Black GM in league history. “It means a lot to me,” Grier said at his introductory news conference...