NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA
At least 12 wounded in shooting at South Carolina nightclub
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s official says a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub has left at least 12 people in “various conditions.” A statement from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy noticed a “disturbance” at Lavish Lounge just before 2 a.m. Sunday, and called for backup because of “active gunfire from inside the building.” It’s unclear whether anyone was in custody in relation to the shooting. The names and precise conditions of the victims weren’t immediately released. Responding officials took victims inside the lounge to the hospital, while others were taken via private vehicles. Further details weren’t immediately available.
BC-VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST
The Latest: US dips under 50,000 new coronavirus cases
The United States has dipped under 50,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th Independence Day weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging outbreak. Johns Hopkins counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections in the U.S. on Saturday after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases. The lower figure on Saturday does not necessarily mean the situation in the U.S. is improving, as it could be due to reduced reporting on a national holiday. The United States has the most infections and virus-related deaths in the world.
TRUMP-GARDEN OF HEROES
Amid furor over monuments, Trump seeks `garden’ of US heroes
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes.” It would pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history, a collection of what he calls “the greatest Americans to ever live.” His idea comes as elected officials and institutions are reckoning with whether it’s appropriate to continue to honor people, including past presidents, who benefited from slavery or espoused racist views, with monuments or buildings and streets named after them. Absent from Trump’s initial list are any Native American, Hispanic or Asian American individuals.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-COLUMBUS STATUE
Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city’s Inner Harbor. News outlets report demonstrators on Saturday night used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood. Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota, and Boston, where one was decapitated.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-GEORGIA PROTEST
Armed protesters march through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park
A large group of armed protesters marched through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, calling for the park’s massive Confederate carving to be removed. WXIA-TV reported that the predominantly Black demonstrators on Saturday spoke out against the huge sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Carved into a granite mountain, the bas-relief sculpture is the largest Confederate monument ever crafted. Stone Mountain Memorial Association spokesman John Bankhead said there were between 100 and 200 protesters. He said the group was peaceful. Although the park has historically been a gathering spot for white supremacists, the city of Stone Mountain nowadays has a majority-Black population.
Tokyo governor favored to win reelection for handling virus
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is poised to be reelected in Sunday’s polls, buoyed by public support for her coronavirus handling despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease. The first woman to head the Japanese capital, Koike is also viewed as a potential candidate to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when his term ends in September 2021. For now, she says she’s focused on protecting the lives of the 14 million people in Tokyo, a megacity with a $1 trillion economy. Among other things, Koike says Japan should have its own version of CDC. She also tried to gain public understanding for a simpler version of the Tokyo Olympics that were postponed to next year.
Crunch, crunch: Africa’s locust outbreak is far from over
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight. The livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in East Africa are at stake. Experts in the field are finding and marking locust swarms for the targeted pesticide spraying that has been called the only effective control. One expert says that “there’s no way you’re gonna kill all of them because the areas are so vast.”
China braces for more storms; 121 dead or missing this year
BEIJING (AP) — A wide swath of southern China is bracing for more seasonal rains and flooding that has already left more than 120 people dead or missing this year. The National Meteorological Center raised the weather alert level to yellow Sunday morning for more than half a dozen provinces and the cities of Shanghai and Chongqing. Heavy to torrential rains are forecast into Monday afternoon. The official People’s Daily newspaper, citing the Ministry of Emergency Management, says flooding-related disasters have destroyed 17,000 homes, caused $5.9 billion in economic losses and left 121 people dead or missing so far this year.
Japan floods leave some 20 dead, many in nursing homes
TOKYO (AP) — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left about 20 people confirmed or presumed dead are hampering search and rescue operations in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen perished and scores are still stranded. Rescue helicopters plucked more people from their homes in the Kumamoto region. Up to 10,000 defense troops, the coast guard and fire brigades are taking part in the operation. Large areas along the Kuma River are swallowed by floodwaters with many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged almost up to their roofs. Mudslides smashed into houses, sending people atop rooftops waiving at rescuers. At a flooded elderly care home in Kuma Village, 14 residents were presumed dead after rescuers reached them on Saturday.
Mercedes to recall 660,000 vehicles in China for oil leak
BEIJING (AP) — Mercedes-Benz will recall more than 660,000 vehicles in China later this year for a possible oil leak. A notice published last week on the website of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said a seal between a high-pressure fuel pump and a low-pressure fuel pipe could weaken over time, possibly causing oil to leak when the engine starts in cold weather. The official Xinhua News Agency reported the recall Sunday. The recall of 668,954 vehicles will begin on Dec. 18. It includes C-class, E-class, V-class, GLK-class, CLS-class, SLC-class, GLC SUV and VS20 VITO vehicles. Dealers will replace faulty parts free of charge.
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