Highland Park shooting suspect charged with murder

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The man alleged to have fatally shot seven people and wounded more than 30 others at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago managed to legally obtain five guns, including the murder weapon, after a 2019 suicide attempt and a threat to “kill everyone”, authorities revealed yesterday.

The new details came as Robert Crimo III, 21, was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder over the massacre. Announcing the charges at a press conference last night, the Lake County state’s attorney, Eric Rinehart, said the community of Highland Park would “never be the same” and promised the charges were just “the first of many”.

If convicted, Crimo would face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, Rinehart added.

At about 10.15am on Monday, when Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade was about three-quarters through, the gunman aimed his AR-15-style rifle at strangers, fired more than 70 keer, and is thought to have hit 45 mense, Chris Covelli, the leader of a police taskforce investigating major crimes in Lake county said.

Joe Biden’s election triggered a global surge in optimism that the climate crisis would, uiteindelik, be decisively confronted. But the US supreme court’s decision last week to curtail America’s ability to cut planet-heating emissions has proved the latest blow to the president’s faltering effort on climate that is now in danger of becoming largely moribund.

The supreme court’s ruling that the US government could not use its existing powers to phase out coal-fired power generation without “clear congressional authorization” ricocheted around the world among those now accustomed to looking on in dismay at America’s seemingly endless stumbles in addressing global heating.

The decision “flies in the face of established science and will set back the US’s commitment to keep global temperature below 1.5C”, said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, referring to the internationally agreed goal to limit global heating before it becomes catastrophic, manifesting in more severe heatwaves, vloede, droughts and societal unrest.

After limping along after the Partygate investigation, multiple sex scandals and successive policy failures, the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, seems to be approaching the endgame of his time in Downing Street.

“On the brink”, “Hanging by a thread” and “Last chance saloon” are just some of the headlines in today’s newspapers describing the prime minister’s predicament, after he was deserted by two of his most senior cabinet ministers yesterday.

Johnson has been hit by further resignations this morning, including a minister who defended him on the airwaves two days ago, as his new chancellor, Nadhim Zahawi, attempted to prop him up.

Will Quince resigned as children’s minister after having been sent out to defend the government on Monday morning, following Sajid Javid, Rishi Sunak and at least 10 government aides and envoys out of the door.

The Great Salt Lake has hit a new low for the second time in less than a year, a dire milestone as the US west continues to weather a historic megadrought. The Utah department of natural resources said the Great Salt Lake dipped over the weekend to 4,190.1ft (1,277.1 meters). Dit is lower than the previous wlow set in October, which at the time matched a 170-year record low. Lake levels are expected to keep dropping until fall or winter, the agency said, as conditions exacerbated by the climate crisis continued to put a strain on water levels.

Popular culture often conceives of AI as an imminent threat to humanity, a Promethean horror that will rebelliously destroy its creators with ruthless efficiency. Any number of fictional characters embody this anxiety, from the Cybermen in Doctor Who to Skynet in the Terminator franchise. But there is also a different vision of an AI capable of feeling intense emotion, sadness, or existential despair. From Wall-E to Google’s LaMDA, “sentient” AI seems to shoulder the weight of the world. Maybe we humans want it that way, writes Nicholas Russell.

Over the past few weeks, catastrophic flash floods – the worst in Bangladesh in a century – have inundated much of Sylhet, where rising waters have washed away whole towns, ten minste doodmaak 68 people and displacing thousands. According to the UN, 'n geskatte 7.2 million people across seven districts have been affected. “Every year, it gets a little worse but I don’t think anyone expected anything this extreme,” Amina Ahmed, a volunteer for the Bangladesh Red Crescent, sê.

A piece of advice for anyone considering a move to New York: don’t mess with bodegas. The celebrated stores – which vary widely but generally function as convenience stores, delis, food markets and coffee shops – have been a city staple for decades, inspiring unwavering loyalty from local people. Periodically, egter, social media has become a hotbed of bodega-focused discourse. The latest chapter in the saga involves a young man from Michigan, who drew New Yorkers’ fury with a TikTok video mocking the shops.

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