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TROPICAL WEATHER – Tropical Depression Claudette is gaining strength and is expected to regain tropical storm status as it approaches the coasts of North and South Carolina. The system had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph early Monday, less than two days after Claudette was blamed for 13 deaths in Alabama. In an accident involving multiple vehicles, eight children were killed while driving in a van for a youth home for abused or neglected children. The wreck also claimed the lives of a Tennessee man and his young daughter. Separately, a tree fell on a house, killing an adult and a toddler, and a woman whose car drove off the road into a swollen creek died in northern Alabama. By Jeff and Amy Forliti. SENT: 700 words, photos, videos.
BIDEN CONGRESS – Until recently, the act of government seemed to come at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is preparing for a long summer legislative work. From Congress Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 910 words, photos.
VIRUS OUTBREAK – INDIA VACCINATION DISORDER – India’s vaccination efforts are being undermined by widespread hesitation and fear of the stings fueled by misinformation and suspicion. This is especially true of rural India, where two-thirds of the country’s nearly 1.4 billion people live. Health workers face strong resistance in villages, some of whom are fleeing their homes until workers leave. By Rajesh Kumar Singh. SENT: 980 words, photos.
Iran nuclear power plant – Iranian state television says the country’s only nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down in an emergency. An official at the state-owned electricity company said on a talk show that the closure of the Bushehr plant began on Saturday and would last “three to four days.” He said there could be outages. He did not provide any information, but this is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant in the sports town of Bushehr. It went online in 2011 with the help of Russia. In March, Iran said the plant could shut down as the sanctions prevented it from buying necessary equipment from Russia. SENT: 485 words, photos.
ETHIOPIA ELECTION – The elections have opened as Ethiopia votes for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the largest election test to date, as war and logistical issues mean more than 100 constituencies out of 547 across the country will not vote. The election is at the heart of a reform offensive by Abiy, whose rise to power in 2018 seemed to signal a break with decades of authoritarian rule and led to his Nobel Peace Prize. However, opposition groups have accused the authorities of harassment and threats of violence that echo past abuse. Abiy’s Prosperity Party is widely expected to cement its power in the general election. SENT: 540 words, photos.
CYBERSECURITY RANSOMWARE BAN PAYMENTS – If your business is ransomware and you want simple advice on how to pay the criminals, don’t expect much help from the US government. The answer is: it depends. From Frank Bajak. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.
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STONEWALL BEER BAN – The owners of the Stonewall Inn say they will not serve certain beers in the famous LGBT bar during Pride weekend to protest against the political contributions made by the manufacturer Anheuser-Busch to some politicians who are promoting the Supported anti-LGBT legislation. SENT: 260 words, photos.
RUSSIA-US AMBASSADOR – The Russian Ambassador has returned to the United States three months after his recall as tensions between Moscow and Washington increased. SENT: 120 words.
MISSISSIPPI FORMER LEGISLATIVE KILLED – A man was arrested for arson in a December fire that killed the sister-in-law of a former Mississippi lawmaker. SENT: 280 words, photo.
BOOKS WILL SMITH – Will Smith is ready to share his life story. Penguin Press announced Sunday that Smith would publish his memoir, entitled “Will,” on November 9th. SENT: 210 words, photos.
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VIRUS OUTBREAK JAPAN COMPANIES – Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families on Monday in an effort to accelerate the country’s slow vaccine roll-out. Beverage maker Suntory plans to vaccinate 51,500 people, including part-time workers and the families of employees. Toyota, Fast Retailing and Rakuten are among the 3,500 companies that have signed up for the promotion. SENT: 390 words, photos.
RANKED CHOICE VOTING EXPLAINER – The ranking poll will debut in New York City’s mayoral election on Tuesday. Instead of picking just one candidate, voters can rank several according to their preference. Even if a voter’s top poll doesn’t have enough support to win, the rankings of other candidates still play a role in determining the winner. A disadvantage of the system is that it is difficult to predict a winner before the vote count is complete. SENT: 800 words, photos.
CYCLIST STRUCK DRIVER SHOT – Authorities were trying to find out why a 35-year-old man driving a pickup truck ran into cyclists during a road race in Arizona and seriously injured six drivers. SENT: 410 words, photos. Development.
VIOLENCE IN MEXICO – Fear has penetrated Mexico’s border town of Reynosa after gunmen in vehicles killed 14 people, including taxi drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with operations that killed four suspects. SENT: 650 words, photo.
KOREA-USA – President Joe Biden’s Special Envoy to North Korea hopes to see a positive reaction from the North to offers of US talks soon after the North Korean leader ordered officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation. SENT: 360 words, photos.
ELECTION IN ARMENIA – Election results show incumbent Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s party won early parliamentary elections, which he called to allay anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan. The electoral commission said Pashinyan’s civil contracting party received 53.9% of the vote. Former President Robert Kocharyan’s bloc came in second at about 21%. SENT: 520 words, photos.
DUBAI MISSING PRINCESS – A Dubai princess who was worrying by a United Nations body after she was arrested in 2018 while trying to escape the Sheikh appeared in a social media post saying she was in Spain was described on a “European holiday”. ”SENT: 400 words, photos.
CYBERSECURITY RANSOMWARE BAN PAYMENTS – If your business is ransomware and you want simple advice on how to pay the criminals, don’t expect much help from the US government. The answer is: it depends. By technology writer Frank Bajak. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.
FILM BOX OFFICE – “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” hit the top cinema target. The Lionsgate film, starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek, grossed $ 11.6 million domestically and took first place on its debut. SENT: 460 words, photo.
GLF-US OPEN – Two career-changing putts for Jon Rahm earned two trophies on Sunday. The first was his 3 month old son, whom he held in his arms on Father’s Day. Then he won the US Open silver trophy after a performance full of passion and no mistakes that obliterated everyone else. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.
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