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Russia hits southern Ukraine city, killing grain export tycoon, governor says

Russia hits southern city, kills export tycoonHeavy Russian strikes hit the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv early on Sunday, killing the owner of one of the country's largest grain exporters, while Russia said a Ukrainian drone struck its Black Sea fleet headquarters in Sevastopol.

Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and owner of agriculture company Nibulon, and his wife were killed in their home, Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram.

Headquartered in Mykolaiv, a strategically important city that borders the mostly Russia-occupied Kherson region, Nibulon specializes in the production and export of wheat, barley and corn, and has its own fleet and shipyard.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described Vadatursky's death as "a great loss for all of Ukraine", saying the businessman had been building a modern grain market involving a network of transhipment terminals and elevators.

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A mass shooting in downtown Orlando leaves 7 people hospitalized. The assailant is still at large

Orlando Police Chief Eric SmithAt least seven shooting victims were hospitalized Sunday after a melee in downtown Orlando, Florida.

The violence erupted around 2 a.m. ET Sunday after a large fight broke out, Orlando Police Chief Eric D. Smith said.

An unidentified assailant pulled out a handgun and fired into the crowd, injuring seven people.

All seven victims were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were listed in stable condition, Smith said.

Authorities do not immediately have a description of the shooter.

According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, the US has had at least 381 mass shootings this year. That’s an average of more than 1.7 mass shootings every day.

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California and Montana wildfires explode in size, forcing evacuation orders

California and Montana wildfires explode

Wildfires in California and Montana exploded in size amid windy, hot conditions, forcing evacuation orders as they quickly encroached on neighborhoods.

In California’s Klamath national forest, the fast-moving McKinney fire, which started Friday, went from charring just over 1 sq mile (1 sq km) to scorching as much as 62 sq miles (160 sqkm) by Saturday in a largely rural area near the Oregon state line, according to fire officials.

The fire burned down at least a dozen residences and wildlife was seen fleeing the area to avoid the flames. At least 2,000 people were told to evacuate.

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U.S. judge rejects parts of Boy Scouts' $2.7 billion sex abuse deal

BSA lawsuitA U.S. judge on Friday rejected key aspects of the Boy Scouts of America's reorganization plan and its underlying sex abuse settlement, delaying the national youth organization's ability to emerge from bankruptcy.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein in Wilmington, Delaware, ruled she could not approve all aspects of the plan and settlement, which would establish a $2.7 billion trust to compensate more than 80,000 men who say they were sexually abused as children by troop leaders.

While the ruling blocks the settlement from moving forward as is, the Boy Scouts organization called it a "significant milestone" in the case. Silverstein approved most aspects of the settlement framework, while overruling many objections to the deal, the Boy Scouts said.

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Ex-DHS Aide Suggests She 'Went Very Public' Because She Didn't Trust Inspector General

Olivia TroyeOlivia Troye, a former Department of Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence, said Friday there’s a reason she “went very public” about quitting her job in 2020 ― and suggested current investigations into the missing Secret Service text messages involve the same person.

Troye appeared on CNN as part of a panel alongside former CIA agent Phil Mudd and government ethics expert Norm Eisen when she made these claims. News anchor Jim Sciutto asked Troye why the missing messages, which are linked to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, weren’t actively preserved.

“It’s a little surprising,” said Troye. “I have worked technical migrations in the government, and I find it a little bit confusing that people were not aware that these messages were going to disappear, especially with the amount of planning that goes into these migrations. I can tell you that firsthand having done it.”

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Bill Russell, NBA Trailblazer, Dies At 88

Bill Russell

Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion known for breaking down racial barriers and his defensive prowess on the basketball court, died on Sunday. He was 88.

An announcement posted on Twitter did not include details of his death but said Russell “passed away peacefully ... with his wife, Jeannine, by his side.”

Throughout his 13-season career on the Boston Celtics, the 6-foot-10-inch Russell pulled in 21,620 rebounds — the second highest of all time. His keen awareness of the floor revolutionized how defense was played in the NBA.

Russell also became the first Black head coach in any major American professional sports league when Red Auerbach handed him the reins of the Celtics in 1966, and he completed the last three years of his on-court career as a player-coach.

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Names Of Election Worker Witnesses Found On Oath Keeper Suspect's 'Death List': Court Filing

Oath Keepers

The names of mother and daughter Georgia poll workers who memorably testified before the House Jan. 6 committee were found on a “death list” kept by an alleged leader of the militant Oath Keepers group, according to court filings.

Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss presented heartbreaking testimony before the House committee in June that they were the target of racist attacks and threats for doing their jobs as election workers in the wake of baseless claims by Donald Trump that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

“I have lost my name and I have lost my reputation,” Ruby Freeman said in a pretaped interview aired at the hearing. “I have lost my sense of security. All because a group of people, starting with Number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me to push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen.”

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Banana Boat sunscreens recalled after benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, was found inside

Banana Boat Sunscreen recalled

Sunscreen products from the popular brand Banana Boat are being recalled after traces of a chemical known to cause cancer was found inside bottles.

Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30 is being recalled after benzene, a human carcinogen, was not found in the sunscreen itself, but in propellant that sprays out the sunscreen, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday. The chemical is commonly found in gasoline and cigarette smoke, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"(Benzene) potentially can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening," the FDA said.

Edgewell Personal Care Company, which makes the brand, said the products affected are in six-ounce spray cans and were distributed nationwide through retailers and online shopping. Affected products will have expiration dates of December 2022, February 2023 or April 2024. Lot numbers are 20016AF, 20084BF and 21139AF.

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Dynamic shifts between Fox News, Donald Trump

Shift  between Trump and Fox news

Former President Trump while in office could usually turn to Fox News for comfort.  There were differences from time to time, and Trump made headlines occasionally by going after personalities on Fox — most famously Megyn Kelly during a 2015 GOP presidential primary debate.

But for the most part, Trump, a rabid cable news follower, could tune in to find Fox News star hosts heaping praise on him and his administration while lambasting his critics and political enemies.

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