Senate Democrats approve of Biden’s big deal; Chamber to vote soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved the Democrats’ big economic package for the election year. The legislation is less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic goals. But it embodies the party’s deep-seated dreams of curbing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing big corporations. The debate began on Saturday and lasted all day until Sunday afternoon. Democrats had crushed some three dozen Republican efforts to torpedo the legislation. Biden urged quick House approval. The House appears to be on track to deliver final approval from Congress when it returns briefly from summer recess on Friday.
Ceasefire between Palestinians and Israel goes into effect in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants has gone into effect in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that has killed dozens of Palestinians. Egyptian officials had worked to bring the sides to a deal after fighting broke out in which Israeli warplanes struck targets in Gaza and militants fired hundreds of rockets that penetrated deep into Israel. Rocket fire and airstrikes continued until the scheduled start of the truce at 11:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. GMT; 4:30 p.m. EDT). More than 40 Palestinians were killed in the violence, including 15 children and four women. Israel began its offensive on Friday and has maintained airstrikes ever since, while militants have fired volleys of rockets at Israel.
Change in the war front seen as grain leaves Ukraine; plant blow
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Six more ships carrying agricultural cargo held up by the war in Ukraine have been cleared to leave the country’s Black Sea ports. The body that oversees an international deal aimed at moving 20 million tons of grain out of Ukraine to feed people around the world said the loaded ships were cleared to leave on Sunday. Meanwhile, analysts warn that Russia is moving troops and equipment in the direction of ports to prevent a Ukrainian counteroffensive. A large nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine was attacked on Saturday night. Both sides blamed each other for the attack.
Firefighters fight large fire in Cuba’s tank farm for the second day
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban firefighters are working with special teams sent by Mexico and Venezuela on their second day of fighting to control a fire at a large oil depot. The governor of the area says efforts on Sunday are focused on preventing the flames from spreading further. Authorities say one firefighter has died and others are missing since lightning struck a storage tank Friday night, sparking a fire that spread to a second tank early Saturday and sparked a series of explosions. A total of 122 people have been treated for injuries, including five in critical condition.
Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ arrives at the station with 30.1 million dollars
NEW YORK (AP) — Studio estimates Sunday say Brad Pitt’s action play “Bullet Train” arrived with a $30.1 million opening weekend as the last big movie of the summer revival. of Hollywood in theaters. The debut was solid but unspectacular for a film that cost $90 million to make and was buoyed by Pitt’s substantial star power. But even if it holds up well over the next few weeks, theaters don’t have any big studio releases on the horizon for the rest of August, and few sure things to look forward to in early fall. The weekend’s other big release, “Easter Sunday,” struggled to gain popularity, opening with $5.3 million.
Biden leaves the room and finds victories that define his legacy
WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking and legacy-defining legislative victories have come by staying on the sidelines. It’s a contradictory turn for Biden, who has long touted his decades of experience on Capitol Hill. Biden’s aides attribute his wins to the fact that he is playing the role of cheerleader rather than legislative quarterback. Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana says that at Biden’s heart, he is a United States Senator. And because of that, Tester says Biden “understands that letting this work is the way to do it.”
Parkland shooter prosecutor had bloody deeds on his side
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The prosecutor seeking to sentence Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz to death has let the facts speak for themselves as he made his case over the past three weeks. Former Broward County State’s Attorney Mike Satz told the story of the 2018 massacre of 17 people using terrifying eyewitness accounts. There were heartbreaking statements from the families. There were chilling surveillance videos and gruesome photos. As a climax, there was a tour of the jury on Thursday through the building where it happened. Bloodstains and Valentine’s Day cards still clung to the floors. Then rested his case. The trial will determine whether Cruz is sentenced to death or life in prison. The defense case begins on August 22.
Ex-rebel sworn in as president of Colombia in a historic turn
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s first leftist president has taken office in a colorful ceremony that marks a turning point in the South American nation’s history. Senator Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla group, won the presidential election in June by beating conservative parties that offered moderate changes to the nation’s market economy but failed to connect with voters frustrated by growing poverty rates. and increased violence against activists. Petro now joins a cadre of leftist politicians and political fringes who have been winning elections in Latin America since the pandemic hit and hurt incumbents who struggled with its economic fallout.
The GOP seeks power over elections in Wisconsin, Minnesota
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans running for secretary of state in Wisconsin and Minnesota in primaries on Tuesday are repeating Donald Trump’s false claims about the latest presidential election and have suggested they want more authority over how elections are held especially in Democratic-leaning counties. Wisconsin’s secretary of state’s office has no role in the election, but that could change if Republicans win the job this year and pass legislation that would give the office far more responsibilities. In Minnesota, the leading Republican candidate for secretary of state called the 2020 election a “train wreck.” Connecticut and Vermont will also hold primaries for secretary of state on Tuesday.
Grocery delivery demand cools as food costs rise
US demand for grocery delivery is cooling off as food prices rise. Some shoppers are switching to less expensive grocery pickup, while others are heading back to the store. Experts say grocery delivery saw five years of growth in the first three months of the pandemic. As of June 2020, grocery delivery was a $3.4 billion business. But by June 2022, that had fallen to 26%. Consulting firm Chase Design says it’s hard to get the delivery premium below $10 because of fuel and labor costs. That premium is hard for some consumers to swallow when food cost inflation is at its highest point in four decades.
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