U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sitting next to U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., led the Gun Violence Community Conversation at North High in Minneapolis

At town hall, Omar praises new gun safety law, decries Roe's demise

Others are the event added their voices to the push to keep up the fight against gun violence.

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

June 30
In this image from video, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath to Ketanji Brown Jackson as her husband, Patrick Jackson, he
Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation's highest court.

Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access

June 30
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2022.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect abortion access, a shift that comes as Democrats coalesce around an election-year message intended to rally voters who are outraged or deflated by the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
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Shifting abortion laws cause confusion for patients, clinics

Abortion providers and patients are struggling to navigate the evolving legal landscape around abortion laws and access across the country since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week.
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Puerto Rico board approves budget as legislators quibble

The federal control board that oversees the finances of Puerto Rico's government approved a $12.4 billion general fund budget Thursday for the U.S. territory after legislators failed to approve one amid intense bickering.
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Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt other countries to follow suit.
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Delaware auditor dodges felony charges, guilty of misconduct

A jury returned a mixed verdict Friday in the corruption trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness, acquitting her of felony charges but finding her guilty of three misdemeanors.
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EU prepares emergency plan to do without Russian energy

The European Union's executive arm on Friday pledged to draft an emergency plan this month aimed at helping member countries do without Russian energy in the wake of the Kremlin's war in Ukraine.
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WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday,

Trial for WNBA star Brittney Griner opens in Russian court

American basketball star Brittney Griner went on trial Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest on charges of possessing cannabis oil while returning to play for a Russian team, in a case that has unfolded amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington.
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UK government faces new boozy scandal as deputy whip quits

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is dealing with another boozy scandal after the deputy chief whip resigned from his post and then was suspended by the Conservative Party over a drunken incident in which he reportedly groped two men at an event.
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Environmental justice advocates slam Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court decision to limit how the Environmental Protection Agency regulates carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could make an already grave situation worse for those affected most by climate change and air pollution, advocates say.
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Ex-Georgetown coach gets 2 1/2 years in bribery scandal

A former Georgetown University tennis coach who once coached former President Barack Obama's family was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison for pocketing more than $3 million in bribes in exchange for helping wealthy parents cheat their kids' way into the school.
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International Criminal Court marks 20th anniversary

The International Criminal Court marked the 20th anniversary of its establishment Friday as its prosecutors probed war crimes in countries around the world, including what one expert called a "make or break" investigation in Ukraine.
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A new state law takes effect Friday legalizing some products containing hemp-derived THC.

Some THC products are now legal in Minnesota: Here's what you need to know

A new state law allows Minnesotans 21 and older to purchase certain edibles and beverages containing the active ingredient in marijuana.
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Thousands rally in Sudan day after 9 killed during protests

Thousands took to the streets Friday in Sudan's capital, a day after nine people were killed in demonstrations against the country's ruling generals.

Kansas wrongful conviction lawsuit reaches $12.5M settlement

A local government in Kansas has agreed to pay $12.5 million to a man and his mother after he spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit.

Stocks fall, extending a deep slump into second half of 2022

Stocks fell in afternoon trading on Wall Street Friday, continuing a dismal streak as markets worry about high inflation and the possibility that higher interest rates could bring on a recession.

2 police officers killed in Kentucky by suspect with rifle

Two officers were killed when a man opened fire on police attempting to serve a warrant at a home in eastern Kentucky Thursday night, authorities said.

Germany wants ads, influencers to note use of beauty filters

German state officials said Friday that they want advertisers and social media influencers to label any photos that have used so-called beauty filters.
Simone Biles waves after performing on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate.

Maryland law expanding who can perform abortion takes effect

A Maryland law taking effect Friday will enable nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants who receive special training to perform abortions, as some states seek to expand access to the procedure after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

New Zealand leader makes 1st trip to UK since trade deal

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday made her first visit to the U.K. since both countries signed a free trade agreement, meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to boost bilateral ties and discuss Russia's war in Ukraine.
This is a court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Julian Assange appearing at the Old Bailey in London for the ruling in his extradition case, in Lon

Julian Assange appeals to U.K. court against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed against the British's government decision last month to order his extradition to the U.S.