Drone explosion hits Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities said a small explosive device carried by a makeshift drone detonated at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean peninsula on Sunday, injuring six people. The attack led to the cancellation of ceremonies honoring the Russian Navy there. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the seemingly improvised and small-scale nature of the attack raised the possibility that it was the work of Ukrainian insurgents trying to drive out Russian forces. In other developments, one of Ukraine’s richest men, a grain merchant, was killed in what Ukrainian authorities say was a carefully targeted Russian missile strike on his home.
Infrastructure damage hinders Kentucky flood recovery
HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said damage to critical infrastructure is hampering efforts to help residents affected by massive flooding. Beshear said on Sunday that dozens of bridges were destroyed in floods last week. It is therefore difficult to help many areas, including those whose water supply systems have been damaged. The governor says communication issues also exist. The National Guard estimates that about 400 people were rescued by helicopter. Heavier rains have arrived in the area where the death toll climbed to at least 26 on Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for at least eight eastern Kentucky counties. About 13,000 Kentucky utility customers remain without power.
Western flames spread, California experiences its biggest fire in 2022
YREKA, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling the largest wildfire so far this year in California have braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions that have created the potential for more fire growth as that they were looking to protect remote communities. The McKinney Fire was out of control in the Klamath National Forest in northern California, with thunderstorms a major concern on Sunday. The fire had grown to more than 80 square miles just two days after breaking out in a largely uninhabited area near the Oregon line. In northwestern Montana, a fire erupted in the prairies near the community of Elmo grew to more than 17 square miles after advancing through the forest. Crews are also battling a fire in Idaho.
Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 89
Relatives said on Sunday that Nichelle Nichols, who broke new ground for black women acting on television as the beautiful, no-nonsense communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original ‘Star Trek’ television series, died at the age of 89 years old. His role in the 1966-69 series as Lieutenant Uhura earned Nichols a lifetime position of honor with the series’ rabid fans, known as Trekkers and Trekkies. It also earned him accolades for breaking racial stereotypes and included an on-screen interracial kiss with co-star William Shatner who was unknown at the time.
Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend, dies at 88
BOSTON (AP) — NBA great Bill Russell has died at 88. His family said on social media that Russell died on Sunday. The statement did not give a cause of death, but Russell was not well enough to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy in June due to a long illness. Russell anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 titles in 13 years. His last two were the first black head coach in any major American sport. Russell was a Hall of Famer, five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star. He won with defense and rebounding and fought battles with Wilt Chamberlain. Russell also marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and stood with boxer Muhammad Ali when he was refused military induction.
The Parkland trial, a rare and shortened look at the mass shootings
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Few Americans outside of law enforcement see the most graphic videos or photos of the country’s worst mass shootings. In most states, this evidence is only presented at trial and most of these killers die during their attacks. They never go to court. This makes the punishment phase of the trial for the 2018 murders of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland unusual. Footage of the horrific aftermath is shown in court, but only to jurors and a small group of reporters. Some people believe that the public should also see such images, in order to understand the carnage caused by AR-15s and similar weapons. Others say it would cause emotional harm to victims’ families and possibly fuel future mass shootings.
Manchin opposes Biden in 2024 and Democratic majorities this year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is refusing to endorse Joe Biden if the president seeks a second term in 2024 and declines to say whether he wants Democrats to retain control of Congress after the November election. Manchin, who is one of the most conservative and nonconformist members of Democrats, made his comments in interviews on Sunday newscasts. He also expressed hope that his fellow Democrat, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, will support the party’s package of climate, health care and tax initiatives that Manchin helped broker. She joined Manchin last year to push through cuts and changes to larger versions of the plan. The support of all Senate Democrats 50-50 is needed to overcome anticipated unanimous Republican opposition.
17-year-old killed and 4 injured in Wisconsin River stab wounds
SOMERSET, Wis. (AP) – A 17-year-old boy from Stillwater, Minnesota has died and four others were seriously injured after being stabbed while descending a Wisconsin river on Saturday afternoon. St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said the attack happened around 3:45 p.m. Saturday near the town of Somerset, Wis., about 35 miles east of Minneapolis. A 52-year-old man from Prior Lake, Minnesota was later arrested while descending the river downstream. Two of the victims were airlifted to hospital for treatment and two others were taken by ambulance. The sheriff’s office said Sunday their conditions ranged from serious to critical. The names of the victims and the suspect were not immediately released.
Winning the lottery jackpot is lucky for some, tragic for others
Dave and Erica Harrig stayed true to their values when they won a jackpot of over $61 million in 2013. That made all the difference. The couple from Gretna, Nebraska, on the outskirts of Omaha, have afforded a new home, vintage cars and a few ocean cruises after both quit their jobs. But nine years later, they are still living as they always have. Many other winners were not so lucky, suffering personal setbacks and lawsuits or falling victim to scams. The latest big jackpot winner came on Friday, when a single ticket sold in Illinois matched the numbers for a Mega Millions prize of $1.337 billion.
England beat Germany in injury time to win Euro 2022
LONDON (AP) — England beat Germany 2-1 in the European Championship final after extra time to claim its first major women’s soccer title. Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal from a rebound in the second half of extra time after Germany failed to clear a corner. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes at Wembley with Germany’s Lina Magull canceling out Ella Toone’s goal. The good-natured atmosphere inside the stadium contrasted with violent scenes when England’s men’s side lost their European Championship final to Italy at the same stadium a year ago. England’s title comes 56 years after their only major men’s title which was also an extra-time win at Wembley against Germany in the 1966 World Cup.
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