Blinken arrives in Beijing on high-stakes mission to chill hovering US-China tensions

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Beijing on a high-stakes diplomatic mission journey to attempt to cool exploding U.S.-China tensions which have set many all over the world on edge. Blinken landed in Beijing early Sunday and was to start two days of talks with senior Chinese language officers within the afternoon. But prospects for any important breakthrough on probably the most vexing points going through the planet’s two largest economies are slim. The journey comes after he postponed plans to go to in February after the shootdown of a Chinese language surveillance balloon over the U.S. He’s the highest-level American official to go to China since President Joe Biden took workplace and the primary secretary of state to make the journey in 5 years.

Authorities shutdown warnings rise as Republicans search deeper cuts in funds battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s bid to appease hard-liners in his caucus and get the Home transferring once more has some Democratic fearful in regards to the highway forward when it comes time to passing laws to maintain the federal government operating. Republicans left Washington in early June unable to approve a routine procedural measure. This previous week, GOP management teed up a gun-related vote and a vote to censure one among former President Donald Trump’s most high-profile critics. These votes helped get the Home transferring once more. However probably the most far-reaching transfer was the announcement the GOP would pursue appropriations payments that include much less spending than top-line numbers agreed to in a take care of the White Home to keep away from a debt default.

Supermajorities in state capitols push controversial insurance policies to the sting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A traditionally excessive variety of supermajorities in state legislatures has pushed legal guidelines additional to the sting on abortion, local weather and transgender points. Twenty-eight states have legislatures with majorities so massive they may override a gubernatorial veto with none assist from the opposing social gathering. That is probably the most in a minimum of 40 years. Two-thirds of these are Republican supermajorities. Lots of these GOP legislatures have used their energy to enact legal guidelines limiting abortion and transgender rights. States with massive Democratic majorities have pushed in the wrong way on these points and likewise superior local weather change initiatives.

Eviction filings are 50% increased than they have been pre-pandemic in some cities as rents rise

ATLANTA (AP) — Eviction filings are far above pre-pandemic ranges in lots of cities throughout the nation as pandemic aid disappears and inflation causes rents to spike. In line with the newest knowledge from the Eviction Lab, filings in some cities are operating as a lot as 50% above ranges seen previous to the pandemic. These numbers are particularly stark, provided that many tenants skilled a reprieve in the course of the pandemic when eviction moratoriums have been in place and billions of {dollars} in federal rental help was plentiful. A lot of the moratoriums at the moment are gone and most of the bigger cities have exhausted their rental help.

Nikki Haley’s husband begins Africa deployment as she campaigns for 2024 GOP nomination

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nikki Haley’s husband deployed on Saturday for a yearlong stint with the South Carolina Military Nationwide Guard to Africa. The mission will embody a lot of the the rest of his spouse’s marketing campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Michael Haley was one among about 200 troopers despatched off throughout a deployment ceremony at The Citadel, a army school in Charleston. He’s being deployed as a workers officer with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which the Nationwide Guard says is offering help within the Horn of Africa. That is Michael Haley’s second active-duty deployment since he joined the Guard as an officer in 2006.

Putin meets with African leaders in Russia to debate Ukraine peace plan, however no seen progress

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with a bunch of leaders of African international locations who traveled to Russia on a self-styled “peace mission” the day after they went to Ukraine. However the assembly on Saturday ended with no seen progress. The seven African leaders visited Ukraine on Friday to attempt to assist finish the practically 16-month-old conflict. The African leaders then traveled to St. Petersburg on Saturday to fulfill with Putin who was attending Russia’s showpiece worldwide financial discussion board. Particulars in regards to the delegation’s proposals have been skinny. Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov stated after the three-hour assembly that the Africans’ peace plan consisted of 10 components however “was not formulated on paper.”

Fowler, Clark share the US Open lead with main champs chasing them

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark share the lead after three rounds of the U.S. Open. Clark was the one who had motive to be elated. Fowler made a 70-foot birdie putt and was within the lead for a lot of Saturday at Los Angeles Nation Membership. However then he missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt on the final gap. Clark hit a daring strategy and made birdie. They have been a shot forward of Rory McIlroy, who performed a comparatively boring spherical that appears to work simply tremendous within the U.S. Open. Scottie Scheffler had an eagle-birdie end and was two strokes again.

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins resigns hours after drunken driving arrest

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins has resigned following a drunken driving arrest. The college introduced his resignation Saturday night time. Huggins was charged with driving below the affect on Friday night time after his SUV had stopped in the midst of visitors in Pittsburgh with a shredded tire. In line with a felony grievance, a breath check decided Huggins’ blood alcohol content material was 0.21%, greater than twice the authorized restrict. Final month the college had suspended Huggins three video games for utilizing an anti-gay slur whereas additionally denigrating Catholics throughout a radio interview. Huggins entered the Basketball Corridor of Fame final September and was the third winningest coach all-time in Division I.

Collapsed stretch of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia to reopen inside 2 weeks, governor says

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor says the collapsed stretch of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia will reopen inside two weeks. That phrase from Gov. Josh Shapiro got here after he had joined President Joe Biden on a helicopter tour over the crucial section of the freeway that is been closed to East Coast visitors since final weekend. “We’re getting it executed right here in Philly,” Shapiro stated at a briefing Saturday at Philadelphia Worldwide Airport after the flyover that included members of Congress and the town’s mayor. Biden stated “there is no such thing as a extra necessary undertaking” occurring proper now, so far as he is involved. He added: “We’re with you. We’re going to stick with you” till the work is “completely completed.”

Microsoft says early June disruptions to Outlook, cloud platform, have been cyberattacks

BOSTON (AP) — Microsoft says the early June disruptions to its Microsoft’s flagship workplace suite — together with the Outlook electronic mail apps — have been denial-of-service assaults by a shadowy new hacktivist group. In a weblog put up revealed Friday night after The Related Press sought clarification on the sporadic however severe outages, Microsoft confirmed that that they have been DDoS assaults by a bunch calling itself Nameless Sudan, which some safety researchers consider is Russia-affiliated. The software program large supplied few particulars on the assault. It didn’t touch upon what number of clients have been affected.

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