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Russian strikes attempt to disrupt Western arms delivery
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has moved to impede the flow of Western weapons to Ukraine by bombing train stations and other supply targets across the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the strikes a crime and said his armed forces would respond “on the battlefield”. Heavy fighting also raged at Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks, which represented the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the crumbling southern port city. Elsewhere, the European Union has debated whether to punish further Moscow with a ban on oil imports.
The next battle over abortion access will be over the pills
SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) — More than half of abortions in America are now done with pills rather than surgery. The battle over access to medical abortions will only gain momentum if the Supreme Court acts on its leaked draft opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade and would allow each state to prohibit the procedure. For abortion seekers, cross-border travel, remote medical consultations and mail-delivered pill packs offer hope of circumventing state restrictions. Republicans in South Dakota, Texas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee and Oklahoma have all moved to restrict access to abortion pills in recent months.
Advocates fear other rights could be at risk if court overturns Roe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Little doubt remains about what the Supreme Court plans to do with Roe v. Wade. But uncertainty abounds about the ripple effects as the court nears a final opinion that is expected to overturn the landmark 1973 case that created a national abortion right. A leaked first draft of the majority opinion in the case suggests a majority of justices are poised to evict Roe. The project’s impassioned rhetoric also raises concerns that progress on LGTBQ and other privacy-based issues could be vulnerable in a newly hostile political environment. President Joe Biden warned Wednesday that the court’s opinion could jeopardize same-sex marriage, access to contraception and LGBTQ rights.
Abuse-obscured prison attracts attention, but will things change?
DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and a task force of senior agency officials recently visited a federal women’s prison in California. Officials were under pressure to end a culture of sexual abuse at the facility. What they found was a prison in deep despair. An inmate cried through tears about sexually abusive staff. A demoralized workforce clashed with senior leaders, but to no avail. A new director acknowledged the breach of trust. An aging installation was unfortunately not equipped to prevent further faults. A follow-up to an Associated Press investigation reveals that the crisis at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., is far from over.
AP evidence points to 600 dead in Mariupol theater airstrike
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Amid all the horrors that have unfolded in the war against Ukraine, the Russian airstrike on the theater used as a bomb shelter in Mariupol on March 16 stands out as the most recent attack. deadliest known attack on civilians to date. An Associated Press investigation found evidence that the attack was far deadlier than expected, killing nearly 600 people. This is almost double current estimates. The AP recreated what happened inside the theater that day from the stories of 23 survivors, rescuers and people intimately familiar with the theater’s new life as a bomb shelter. The AP also built a 3D model based on eyewitness accounts, two sets of theater floor plans, photos and videos taken inside before, during and after that day, and expert commentary.
Hong Kong reopens its beaches, Beijing relaxes quarantine rules
BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong is reopening beaches and swimming pools in an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, while the Chinese capital Beijing eases quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. Hong Kong had closed water sports venues amid an outbreak of the highly transmissible omicron variant, but has eased restrictions as the number of new cases drops. China has maintained its hardline “zero-COVID” approach, but has imposed less onerous restrictions on the capital than in other cities like Shanghai, where millions have been placed under strict lockdown. Beijing will now require arrivals from overseas to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days, followed by another week of isolation at home. Previous rules required 21 days of isolation followed by seven days of health reports regular.
Survivor found nearly 6 days after building collapse in China
BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers in central China pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a building that had partially collapsed nearly six days earlier. The unidentified woman is the 10th survivor of the disaster in Changsha city, in which at least five people died and dozens are still missing. The official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday that she was rescued shortly after midnight, about 132 hours after the back of the six-storey building suddenly collapsed on April 29. Xinhua said she was conscious and advised rescuers how to get her out without causing further injury. At least nine people have been arrested in connection with the collapse of what Xinhua described as a “self-constructed building”.
AP sources: Donald Trump Jr. speaks with the January 6 committee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son meets with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol. That’s according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private session. The interview with Donald Trump Jr. took place on Tuesday. He is one of nearly 1,000 witnesses interviewed by House committee members as they work to compile the toll of the worst attack on the Capitol in more than two centuries. He is the second of known Trump children to speak to the committee. Her sister Ivanka Trump sat with lawmakers for eight hours in early April.
Rising interest rates in the United States will hamper foreign economies
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates — as it did on Wednesday — the impact doesn’t end with American buyers paying more for mortgages or Main business owners Street faced with more expensive bank loans. The fallout can spread beyond US borders, hitting traders in Sri Lanka, farmers in Mozambique and others in the world’s poorest countries. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund was concerned enough last month to warn the Fed and other central banks raising rates to remain “aware of contagion risks for vulnerable emerging and developing economies.”
President declares disaster in New Mexico wildfire zone
LAS VEGAS, NM (AP) — Firefighters slowed the progress of the largest wildfire in the United States as high winds eased. President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has approved a disaster declaration that brings new financial resources to remote areas of northern New Mexico devastated by fire. New Mexico fire crews sought Wednesday to keep the flames from moving closer to the city of Las Vegas and other villages scattered along the shifting fronts of the blaze. The fire burned hundreds of square kilometres, dozens of homes and triggered the evacuation of 15,500 homes. The new disaster relief includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
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