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Shark attacks Florida teen Addison Bethea’s leg on July 4 weekend; she faces losing leg

Placeholder while article actions loadAddison Bethea was collecting scallops on Florida’s Gulf Coast ahead of the July Fourth weekend when she felt something latch onto her leg. The 17-year-old was swimming in water that was only five feet deep on Thursday, but she immediately knew that whatever was wrapped around her thigh had put her in danger.“I was like, that’s not right,” Bethea told ABC’s “Good Morning America” program. “And then I look, and it’s a big old shark.”Bethea was bitten twice by a large shark near Keaton Beach, Fla., and was pulled away only after her brother grabbed her and kicked the animal away, the teen’s father said in a Facebook post. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement that a “juvenile was bit by an undetermined type of shark, described as...
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Tropical Storm Colin forms near South Carolina coast

Placeholder while article actions loadAn area of disturbed weather near the coast of the Carolinas has surprised forecasters, organizing into a tropical storm Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center declared in a 5 a.m. advisory Saturday that Tropical Storm Colin had been born.Tropical storm warnings stretch from just south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., northward through the North Carolina Outer Banks.“Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area along the northeastern coast of South Carolina this morning and will spread northeastward within the warning area along the North Carolina coast this afternoon into Sunday,” the Hurricane Center wrote, also cautioning that pockets of heavy rain could also cause areas of flash flooding in this zone.Here’s your July Fourth week...
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Russian missile strike kills 16 in shopping mall, Ukraine says

Ukrainian officials say shopping mall hit by missilesPresident Zelenskiy condemns attackRussia has denied targeting civilians in UkraineKREMENCHUK, Ukraine, June 27 (Reuters) - Two Russian missiles slammed into a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 59, officials said.President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said more than 1,000 people were in the mall at the time of the attack, which witnesses said caused a huge fire and sent dark smoke billowing into the sky.At least 16 people were killed and 59 injured, Ukraine's emergency services said.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterA Reuters reporter saw the charred husk of a shopping complex with a caved-in roof. Firefighters and soldiers were pull...
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Boris Johnson warns Russian victory in Ukraine would be ‘absolutely catastrophic’

Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" hours after Russian missiles hit Kyiv, shattering what had been relative calm in the Ukrainian capital, Johnson urged Americans, Britons and others in the West to maintain resolve in punishing Moscow, despite the effect the war has had on global oil prices."I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy," Johnson said. "And if we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer sizable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do ... then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic."Johnson is joining other G7 leaders in the Bavarian Alps this week for ...
How to Replace a Supreme Court Justice
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How to Replace a Supreme Court Justice

As the country continues its quest for new justices, many Americans are wondering how to replace a Supreme Court justice. The vacancy was created by the Obama administration and is now the most frequent political cause for presidential election-related uncertainty. Historically, the number of justices on the court fluctuated regularly during the first century of the US, but has remained stable at nine since the 1860s. Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to increase the court's size to 15 justices, and several Democrats have advocated for a larger Supreme Court in the past. However, some Democrats, including Joe Biden, have opposed this idea. The vacancy usually inspires a larger Republican vote than a Democratic one, because the court's majority is made up of Republican-appointed justices. ...
Andrew Gillum, former Florida gubernatorial candidate, indicted on wire fraud charges
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Andrew Gillum, former Florida gubernatorial candidate, indicted on wire fraud charges

CNN  —  Andrew Gillum, a once-rising Democratic star who nearly won a 2018 race for Florida governor, was indicted on Wednesday along with a close political ally on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements. Gillum pleaded not guilty during a brief appearance at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee. A trial date was set for August 16. A 26-page grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges Gillum and a longtime associate, Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, engaged in a years-long scheme to turn political donations and grant funds into personal income. According to a Department of Justice news release, the two obtained funds through “false and fraudulent promise...
Israel set for possible fifth election in four years as PM Bennett moves to dissolve parliament
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Israel set for possible fifth election in four years as PM Bennett moves to dissolve parliament

Along with his key coalition ally Foreign Minister Yair Lapid -- who now looks set to replace him as leader as early as next week -- Bennett has agreed to submit a bill to dissolve parliament, which if passed would trigger a general election later this year.The announcement followed weeks of mounting political uncertainty in Israel, but still came as a major surprise.A short statement from the Prime Minister's Office said the move came "after attempts to stabilize the coalition had been exhausted." A bill would be submitted to parliament at some point next week, the statement added.If it is passed, Lapid will become the country's fourteenth Prime Minister, in line with the original coalition agreement struck last year. It also means Israelis will be going to the polls for the fifth time...
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Russian emails appear to show ‘network’ holding $4.5bn assets linked to Putin | Russia

Palaces, yachts and vineyards reportedly provided to Vladimir Putin by friends and oligarchs can now be linked to what appears to be an informal network holding assets worth more than $4.5bn (£3.7bn).A digital paper trail appears to suggest that an array of holiday homes and other assets reportedly used by the Russian president, which according to available records belong to or have been owned by separate individuals, companies and charities, are linked through a common email domain name, LLCInvest.ru.Putin diagramA snapshot of leaked email exchanges from last September further suggests directors and administrators associated with some of the separate entities that hold and manage these assets have discussed day-to-day business problems as if they were part of a single organisation.An a...
Bitcoin drops below key $20,000 threshold
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Bitcoin drops below key $20,000 threshold

Bitcoin’s price has broken below the key threshold of $20,000 for the first time since November 2020, risking triggering a fresh wave of selling and deepening the crisis gripping the digital asset sector. The largest cryptocurrency, which acts as a benchmark for the broader crypto market, plunged to under $18,000 on Saturday, a fall of around 14 per cent, before bouncing back slightly. That took it below the peak level of the previous bull run in crypto markets in 2017 and erased years of gains for long-term holders. Traditional financial markets were shaken this week after a trio of big central banks, led by the US Federal Reserve, boosted borrowing costs as part of an effort to tamp down intense inflation. Global equities posted their worst week since the darkest days of the pa...
N.Y. Governor Debate Live Updates: Democrats Clash in Final Match-Up
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N.Y. Governor Debate Live Updates: Democrats Clash in Final Match-Up

In the second and final debate in the Democratic primary race for governor of New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul and her two opponents parried over highly volatile issues, including rising crime, dwindling affordable housing, looming environmental catastrophe — and how they take their bagel.But lighthearted moments were relatively few on Thursday, as Jumaane D. Williams, the New York City public advocate, and Representative Thomas R. Suozzi took their last direct swipes at Ms. Hochul ahead of the June 28 primary contest.The hourlong tussle was far from pretty and often outright sour, as Mr. Williams and especially Mr. Suozzi heaped on accusations that the governor was ethically compromised, insufficiently qualified and unwilling or unable to protect New Yorkers.“Governor? Governor? Governor?” ...