UK police: Park stabbing that killed 3 was a terror attack
READING, England (AP) — Police say a stabbing rampage in Britain that killed three people as they sat in a park on a summer evening is being considered a terrorist attack. A 25-year-old man believed to be the lone attacker is in custody. Authorities say they are not looking for any other suspects, and they have not raised Britain’s official terrorism threat level from “substantial.” Three people were killed and three others seriously wounded in the stabbing attack that came out of the blue Saturday in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a large commuter town west of London. The Press Association news agency reports that the suspect is an asylum-seeker from Libya who was living in Reading.
Drug check in Germany sparks attacks on police, vandalism
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Police in the German city of Stuttgart say a check for drugs sparked attacks on officers and widespread vandalism in the city. The disturbance started as an apparent reaction to a police search for drugs as groups of people partied outside late Saturday and early Sunday in a central park. Store windows were smashed along a shopping street and 20 people were arrested. Some 200 additional police had to be called to the scene and four officers were injured. Police said they were investigating to get a clearer picture of what happened.
1 man dead, 11 people wounded in Minneapolis shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say one man is dead and 11 people are wounded following a shooting in Minneapolis. Minneapolis police initially said 10 people had been shot with “various severity levels of injuries,” but revised their total just after 3 a.m. Sunday. An initial tweet from Minneapolis police advised the public to avoid the area in Uptown Minneapolis, a commercial district that includes several bars and restaurants. No one was in custody in connection with the shooting as of 4 a.m., according to a police release that said preliminary investigation indicated that “individuals on foot” started shooting around 12:30 a.m. and later fled the scene.
Police: 9 shot, wounded at Syracuse, New York, ‘celebration’
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in central New York say nine people were shot at a nighttime “celebration.” Syracuse police say a 17-year-old boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head and eight others were expected to survive. No was immediately taken into custody and the investigation was in its early stages. The shooting took place at a celebration centralized in a parking lot near downtown Syracuse, but the police chief said shots could have been fired at multiple locations in the area. The nature of the celebration wasn’t immediately known. Syracuse’s mayor says the event likely didn’t have a permit.
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The Latest: Archbishop criticizes toppling of park statue
San Francisco Archbishop Salvadore Cordileone criticized the pulling down of the Junipero Serra statue in Golden Gate Park. He says in a statement that a national movement to heal memories and correct the injustices of racism and police brutality has been hijacked by some into a movement of violence, looting and vandalism. Serra was an 18th century Roman Catholic priest who founded nine of California’s 21 Spanish missions and is credited with bringing Roman Catholicism to the Western United States.
George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US
A growing number of people on the far right are falsely claiming that liberal billionaire George Soros orchestrated the protests that have roiled the U.S. They allege without evidence that he’s paid demonstrators and even arranged for piles of bricks to be left near protests. Researchers who study conspiracy theories say it’s a way to delegitimize the demonstrations and the thousands who have gathered to protest racial injustice. While Soros’ support for liberal causes has long made him the target of conspiracy theories, social media analysts say they’ve seen an unprecedented spike in online mentions of the investor and philanthropist since the protests began.
Injuries at protests draw scrutiny to use of police weaponry
NEW YORK (AP) — In law enforcement, they’re referred to as “nonlethal” tools for dealing with demonstrations that turn unruly. Examples include rubber bullets, pepper spray, batons and flash-bangs. But the now-familiar scenes of U.S. police officers in riot gear clashing with protesters at Lafayette Park across from the White House and in other cities have police critics charging that the weaponry too often escalates tensions and hurts innocent people. An official with the International Association of Chiefs of Police says the tools are necessary when peaceful rallies are hijacked by individuals with a nefarious purpose.
Spain opens border to tourists; Trump wants less testing
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain opened its borders to European tourists on Sunday in a bid to kickstart its vital tourism economy, but Brazil and South Africa reported record new levels of coronavirus infections. At a campaign rally, President Donald Trump questioned the value of testing for the virus, telling his government to reduce U.S. testing to avoid unflattering statistics. The head of the World Health Organization has warned the virus’s global spread is accelerating after a daily high of 150,000 new cases was reported last week. At a campaign rally in Tulsa, Trump said Saturday he has told his administration to slow down virus testing. He said the United States has tested 25 million people, but the “bad part” is that found more cases.
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The Latest: China halts poultry imports from Tyson factory
The Chinese customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson Co. facility in the United States after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees. The announcement Sunday gave no details of the facility’s location or how much meat might be affected. Meanwhile, a PepsiCo Inc. facility in Beijing suspended production and was disinfected after a confirmed case was found there June 15, the company announced Sunday at a news conference held by the city government. It said 480 people were placed in isolation June 15 and tested negative for the coronavirus.
Temperature hits 100 F degrees in Arctic Russian town
MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian town with the world’s widest temperature range has recorded a new high amid a hear wave that is contributing to severe forest fires. Russia’s meteorological service said the temperature in Verkhoyansk hit 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) on Saturday. The town is located above the Arctic Circle in the Sakha Republic, about 4660 kilometers (2,900 miles) northeast of Moscow. The town is recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most extreme temperature range, with a low of minus-68 degrees C (minus-90 F) and a previous high of 37.2 C (98.96 F.) Much of Siberia this year has had unseasonably high temperatures, leading to sizable wildfires.
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