Trump lawyers urge judge to narrow proposed rules on evidence sharing in election subversion case
Donald Trump’s legal team has told a judge overseeing the election conspiracy case against him that the prosecutors’ proposed protective order aimed at preventing the public disclosure of evidence is too broad and would restrict his First Amendment rights. Lawyers for the early 2024 Republican presidential primary front-runner said Monday that the judge should impose a more limited protective order that would prevent the defense team from publicly disclosing only materials deemed “sensitive,” such as grand jury documents. Prosecutors quickly countered with their own filing accusing Trump of objecting to their proposal because he wants to use the government’s evidence to “try the case in the media rather than in the courtroom.”
2 dead, thousands of flight cancellations, 1.1 million lose power in eastern US storms
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least two people have died, thousands of U.S. flights have been canceled and more than 1 million have lost power as destructively strong storms move through the eastern U.S. Residents were warned to stay indoors Monday and prepare for the worst. The threat of severe thunderstorms and tornados stretched from Alabama to New York. Officials say a 15-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree in South Carolina and a 28-year-old man was killed by lightning in Alabama. Homes and businesses in nearly a dozen states lost power as trees and power lines fell onto roads and homes. FlightAware says more than 2,600 U.S. flights have been canceled and nearly 7,900 delayed.
Even frozen Antarctica is being walloped by climate extremes, scientists find
A new study concludes that Antarctica is already being and will continue to be affected by more frequent and severe extreme weather events, a known byproduct of human-caused climate change. Many of those changes are drastic, unprecedented and irreversible. Ice shelves are collapsing, the ocean is heating up, and species important to the region are suffering from habitat changes. Experts call for continued investment to study and protect a region that serves as a damper on some of climate change’s worst impacts.
Proposed constitutional change before Ohio voters could determine abortion rights in the state
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s voters will decide Tuesday whether to make their state constitution harder to amend, as a highly charged special election that has direct bearing on a November ballot question over abortion rights comes to a close. If Issue 1 passes, the threshold for voters being able to change the state constitution would rise from a simple majority to 60%. That would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the fall proposal to succeed, based on polling figures. Voters in several states, even deeply conservative ones, have affirmed abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, though usually with less than 60% of the vote.
Brazil has 1.7 million Indigenous people, near double the count from prior census, government says
BELEM, Brazil (AP) — The diminutive woman with a white feather headdress was standing on the stage of the majestic colonial theater in Brazil’s Amazon and addressing the crowd. Minister of Indigenous People Sonia Guajajara declared the day “the milestone of Indigenous participation,” then cited the national statistics institute’s freshly released census data that revealed the full scope of the nation’s Indigenous population: 1,693,535 people. While just 0.8% of Brazil’s population, the figure marks an 89% jump from the prior census, in 2010. “This a historic moment with that picture that the statistics agency has done,” she said on the eve of the two-day Amazon Summit in this city.
K-pop star Suga becomes 3rd BTS member to begin military service in South Korea
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suga, the K-pop superstar rapper/singer/songwriter, has become the third member of BTS to begin South Korea’s compulsory military service. BTS’s label, Big Hit Music, says in a statement that Suga “has initiated the military enlistment process by applying for the termination of his enlistment postponement.” In South Korea, all able-bodied men are required by law to perform 18 to 21 months of military service under a conscription system meant to deter aggression from rival North Korea. In December 2022, BTS’s eldest member, Jin, enlisted at age 30 after revoking his request to delay his conscription. J-Hope followed suit last April.
Georgia kids would need parental permission to join social media if Senate Republicans get their way
ATLANTA (AP) — Children in Georgia would need their parents’ permission to create social media accounts if some top Republicans in the state get their way next year. Lt. Gov. Burt Jones and Sen. Jason Anavitarte say the want to pass such a law in 2024. Several states passed similar measures this year, and some members of Congress are also proposing such actions. The move comes after the U.S. surgeon general warned in May that social media hasn’t been proven safe for young people. Anavitarte says he’ll also try to strengthen Georgia law against cyberbullying by requiring schools to warn that some kinds could be a crime.
Ex-Minneapolis officer unrepentant as he gets nearly 5 years in George Floyd killing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tou Thao, the last former Minneapolis police officer convicted in state court for his role in the killing of George Floyd, didn’t show any repentance or admit any wrongdoing as he was sentenced to nearly five years. Thao testified previously that he merely served as a “human traffic cone” when holding back bystanders as former Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man pleaded for his life in 2020. A bystander video captured Floyd’s fading cries of “I can’t breathe.” Judge Peter Cahill found Thao guilty in May of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Monday’s sentence will run concurrently with a 3 1/2-year sentence on a federal civil rights conviction.
Niger coup leaders refuse to let senior US diplomat meet with nation’s president
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat says coup leaders in Niger refused to allow her to meet with the country’s democratically elected president, whom she described as under “virtual house arrest.” Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also described the mutinous military officers as unreceptive to U.S. pressure to return the country to civilian rule. She spoke to reporters after a two-hour meeting in Niger’s capital, Niamey, with some leaders of the junta that has overtaken a vital counterterrorism partner of the United States. Leaders of West Africa’s regional bloc say they will meet later this week to discuss next steps.
2 Russian missile strikes hit a city in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 5 people, officials say
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials say that two Russian missiles have hit the center of Pokrovsk, a city in the eastern Donetsk region, killing at least five people and wounding two dozens more. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an online statement accused Russia of trying to leave “only broken and scorched stones” in eastern Ukraine. His remarks accompanied footage of a damaged, five-story residential building. The deadly attack came just a day after officials from around 40 countries gathered in Saudi Arabia to find a peaceful settlement for the war in Ukraine. Russia denounced the talks as not having “the slightest added value” because Moscow — unlike Kyiv — wasn’t invited.