Today: June 14, 2024
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What to know about bump stocks and the Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on the gun accessory

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a ban on bump stocks, the gun accessory used in the deadliest shooting in modern American history — a Las Vegas massacre that killed 60 people and injured hundreds more. The court's conservative majority said Friday that then-President Donald Trump's administration overstepped its authority with the 2019 ban on the firearm attachment, which allows semiautomatic weapons to fire like machine guns. Here's what to know about the case: What are bump stocks? Bump stocks are accessories that replace a
What to know about bump stocks and the Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on the gun accessory
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Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on rapid-fire rifle bump stocks, reopening political fight

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, the rapid-fire gun accessories used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, in a ruling that threw firearms back into the nation's political spotlight. The high court's conservative majority found that the Trump administration overstepped when it changed course from predecessors and banned bump stocks, which allow a rate of fire comparable to machine guns. The decision came after a gunman in Las Vegas attacked a country music festival with semiautomatic rifles equipped with the accessories.
Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on rapid-fire rifle bump stocks, reopening political fight
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China #MeToo activist Huang sentenced to five years for subversion, supporters say

Leading Chinese #MeToo activist Huang Xueqin was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty on Friday of subverting state power at a court in southern China, according to a group campaigning for her release and a copy of the verdict.Huang, a 35-year-old independent journalist, plans to appeal, supporters said. Labour activist Wang Jianbing, 40, who stood trial with Huang, was sentenced to three years and six months. It was not immediately clear if he will appeal.A spokesperson for the group Free Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing, said the group believed Chinese authorities were us
China #MeToo activist Huang sentenced to five years for subversion, supporters say

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Hannah Einbinder uses comedy as a coping mechanism in debut standup special

To rising comic Hannah Einbinder, her bits are for more than just laughs. She says her jokes are a coping mechanism she uses to process the tough topics she tackles in her material. Einbinder, known for matching Jean Smart’s quick wit and comedic timing in “Hacks,” released her debut standup special on Max on Thursday to critical acclaim. Throughout her set, she takes on several difficult subjects, including sexual identity and climate change. “Climate change is something that I think about every day when I look out the window at the Earth, before my eyes,
Hannah Einbinder uses comedy as a coping mechanism in debut standup special
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Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons dies at 63

Ron Simons, an actor who turned into a formidable screen and stage producer, winning four Tony Awards and having several films selected at the Sundance Film Festival, has died. He was 63. SimonSays Entertainment, his New York-based production company said Simons died Wednesday but gave no cause or other details. “It is with heavy hearts that we share the unexpected passing of our beloved, blessed, and highly favored friend, Ronald Keith Simons,” the production company wrote in a statement on Facebook. Simons won Tonys for producing “Porgy and Be
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Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez, icon of the revolution, dwells on island's troubles in new album

He was the poetic voice of the Cuban Revolution, an inspiration for millions of Latin Americans living under dictatorships throughout the 1960s and 1970s who dreamt of the ideal Cuba that he — and his guitar — helped to evoke. Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez, 77, one of Latin America's most famous musicians, has released a new album, his first in three years. But life on the island, which is undergoing its worst economic crisis in decades, has changed much since the time he wrote “Vivo en un país libre cual solamente puede ser libre” (I live in a free country, which
Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez, icon of the revolution, dwells on island's troubles in new album
Entertainment|Sports

Chiefs give nod to winning 'Tom & Jerry' play in jewel-filled Super Bowl ring

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs showed off their glitzy new Super Bowl rings that sparkled with diamonds, rubies — and “Tom & Jerry.” The championship-winning Chiefs gathered inside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Thursday night to receive the flashy jewelry that celebrates their 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas in February. The ring features 529 diamonds and 38 rubies and totals 14.8 carats. Four marquise diamonds represent the franchise's four Lombardi Trophies, including the last two seasons. The base of th

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'Tis the season for swimming and bacteria alerts in lakes, rivers

With summer about to start, many people flocking to their favorite swimming holes may also want to read up on bacteria warnings. During the busy Memorial Day weekend and shortly afterward, at least 20 people, most of them children, reported E. coli infections after they swam in Lake Anna, a popular recreational destination in central Virginia. Nine of those people were hospitalized. An additional 10 cases are under investigation. In Massachusetts, 22 beaches were closed across the state as of Friday morning. “Bacteria exceedance” accounted for more than half
'Tis the season for swimming and bacteria alerts in lakes, rivers
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Rain-weary South Floridians await sun after days-long deluge

Nearly a week of torrential rainfall appeared to be winding down in South Florida on Friday after a slow-moving weather system dumped more than two feet (60 cm) of precipitation in the Everglades and a foot or more in parts of populous Miami-Dade County. With the storm pushing out to sea on Friday, the region was under threat of more flooding, which had already sporadically forced the closure of major roadways. Five counties and numerous cities remained under a state of emergency. The skies were expected to drop another one to two inches (2.5-5cm) of rain, including on North Miami Beach, which
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Rare twin elephants in Thailand receive monks' blessings a week after their tumultuous birth

Buddhist monks in Thailand on Friday blessed twin baby elephants, one male and the other female, a week after their rare birth came close to being a tragedy. Their mother, Chamchuri, gave birth to the pair on the night of June 7 at a camp in Thailand’s ancient capital Ayutthaya, a popular tourist destination 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Bangkok. Twin elephant births are rare and male-female twins even more so. The Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal, home to the newborns, says that it was a first for the province, while a statement from the Thai gove
Rare twin elephants in Thailand receive monks' blessings a week after their tumultuous birth
Environment

From glowing corals to vomiting shrimp, animals have used bioluminescence to communicate for millions of years – here’s what scientists still don’t know about it

Humans have long been fascinated by organisms that can produce light. Aristotle, who was a scientist as well as a philosopher, wrote the first detailed descriptions of what he called “cold light” more than 2,000 years ago. More recently, pioneering researchers like World War II Army veteran Emmett Chappelle and deep submergence vehicle pilot Edith Widder advanced the study of this phenomenon with novel technologies. At least 94 living organisms produce their own light through a chemical reaction inside their bodies – an ability called bioluminescence. Examples include luminous firefli

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Trooper with checkered FBI past convicted of child rape in Alabama

Trooper with checkered FBI past convicted of child rape in Alabama
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Trump once defied the NRA to ban bump stocks. He now says he 'did nothing' to restrict guns

Donald Trump’s campaign has found itself defending a Supreme Court decision to strike down a ban that he himself had hailed as an achievement on gun control six years ago

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly says Buffalo supermarket killer used a bump stock

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly says Buffalo supermarket killer used a bump stock
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Aides' vehicle in a convoy carrying Mexico's next president involved in a crash that killed 1

A highway accident involving an SUV carrying aides to Claudia Sheinbaum, who won Mexico's June 2 presidential elections, has resulted in at least one fatality

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Biden administration loses bid to revive legal protections for LGBTQ students

Biden administration loses bid to revive legal protections for LGBTQ students
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Six years after US mass shooting, demolition starts on Parkland school building

Six years after US mass shooting, demolition starts on Parkland school building
Business|Education

Here’s what to know about a stalled $237M donation to Florida A&M

Here’s what to know about a stalled $237M donation to Florida A&M
Education

School interventions offer best shot at reducing youth violence

School interventions offer best shot at reducing youth violence

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Tony Bennett's daughters sue their brother over his handling of the late singer's assets

Tony Bennett's daughters sue their brother over his handling of the late singer's assets
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Met Opera in New York sold 72% of tickets this season, up from 66% and highest since pandemic

Met Opera in New York sold 72% of tickets this season, up from 66% and highest since pandemic
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Tony Award host Ariana DeBose says viewers should expect a 'full Broadway experience'

Tony Award host Ariana DeBose says viewers should expect a 'full Broadway experience'
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Gospel group, basking in resurgence, releases first new music in nearly 50 years

Gospel group, basking in resurgence, releases first new music in nearly 50 years

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US-built aid pier will be removed from Gaza coast again due to weather, officials say

US-built aid pier will be removed from Gaza coast again due to weather, officials say
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Biden, Meloni meet on sidelines of G7 summit but one notable matter wasn't on the table: abortion

Biden, Meloni meet on sidelines of G7 summit but one notable matter wasn't on the table: abortion
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ICC probes cyberattacks in Ukraine as possible war crimes, sources say

ICC probes cyberattacks in Ukraine as possible war crimes, sources say
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UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

UN agencies urge Greece to shed light on migrant shipwreck that killed hundreds one year ago

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Google CEO testifies at trial of collapsed startup Ozy Media and founder Carlos Watson

Google CEO testifies at trial of collapsed startup Ozy Media and founder Carlos Watson
Science|Technology

NASA's Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, is doing science again after problem

NASA's Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, is doing science again after problem
Technology

Microsoft delays controversial AI Recall feature on new Windows computers

Microsoft delays controversial AI Recall feature on new Windows computers
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Tesla driver tells police he was using 'self-drive' system when his car hit a parked police vehicle

Tesla driver tells police he was using 'self-drive' system when his car hit a parked police vehicle

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Bird flu is highly lethal to some animals, but not to others. Scientists want to know why

Bird flu is highly lethal to some animals, but not to others. Scientists want to know why
Economy|Environment|Science|Technology

Japan could be energy-independent by 2060 thanks to renewables, Rystad Energy CEO says

Japan could be energy-independent by 2060 thanks to renewables, Rystad Energy CEO says
Environment|Science

What could make a baby bison white?

What could make a baby bison white?
Environment|Science

No charges in killing of gray wolf in southern Michigan. Experts stumped about how it got there.

No charges in killing of gray wolf in southern Michigan. Experts stumped about how it got there.

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A simple store policy exposed this boyfriend's dirty secret

A simple store policy exposed this boyfriend's dirty secret
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Moschino shreds fashion rules and Dsquared2 turns up the heat on the first day of Milan Fashion Week

Moschino shreds fashion rules and Dsquared2 turns up the heat on the first day of Milan Fashion Week
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Princess of Wales says she's making ‘good progress’ in cancer treatment, will attend a public event

Princess of Wales says she's making ‘good progress’ in cancer treatment, will attend a public event
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Pope Francis meets more than 100 comedians at the Vatican: 'You also make God smile'

Pope Francis meets more than 100 comedians at the Vatican: 'You also make God smile'