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Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2M extra over Sandy Hook lies

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the dad and mom of a kid who was killed within the Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty bloodbath, including to the $4.1 million he has to pay for the struggling he put them via by claiming for years that the nation’s deadliest college capturing was a hoax. The dad and mom of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis say they have been plagued by the Infowars host’s false claims that the worst classroom capturing in US historical past was orchestrated by the federal government to tighten gun legal guidelines. The entire of practically $50 million marks the primary time Jones has been held financially chargeable for peddling lies concerning the 2012 assault in Newtown, Connecticut.

‘What recession?’: US employers add 528,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — US employers added an astonishing 528,000 jobs final month regardless of flashing warning indicators of an financial downturn, easing fears of a recession and handing President Joe Biden some excellent news heading into the midterm elections. Unemployment dropped one other notch, from 3.6% to three.5%, matching the greater than 50-year low reached simply earlier than the pandemic took maintain. The economic system has now recovered all 22 million jobs misplaced in March and April 2020 when COVID-19 slammed the US The red-hot numbers have been reported Friday by the Labor Division. Economists had anticipated solely 250,000 new jobs final month, in a drop-off from June’s revised 398,000. As a substitute, July proved to be the perfect month since February.

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EXPLAINER: On China, US and local weather, motion, not discuss is essential

China has lower off local weather talks with the US — imperiling future world local weather negotiations, however not essentially blunting the impacts of great local weather actions at house in each international locations. The transfer from China’s Ministry of International Affairs got here Friday in response to US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s journey to Taiwan, together with cancellations in strategic and army talks. The transfer got here lower than three months earlier than the subsequent key worldwide local weather summit in November. In the meantime, the US is poised to cross its most bold ever clean-energy laws later this 12 months. Consultants say that might affect China’s future local weather actions greater than any negotiations.

Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 10, together with senior militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes on Gaza, killing at the least 10 individuals, together with a senior militant. That is in line with Palestinian officers who spoke Friday. Israel says it focused the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent risk” following the latest arrest of one other senior militant. Hours later, Palestinian militarism launched a barrage of rockets as air-raid sirens wailed in Israel and the 2 sides drew nearer to a different all-out warfare. Islamic Jihad claimed to have fired 100 rockets. Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have fought 4 wars and several other smaller battles during the last 15 years.

Blaze kills firefighter’s 10 kin, 3 of them kids

NESCOPECK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving hearth has killed seven adults and three kids in northeastern Pennsylvania. One of many firefighters who responded to the blaze early Friday found the victims have been his household. Investigators are wanting into the fireplace locally of Nescopeck. Pennsylvania State Police say the kids who died have been ages 5, 6 and seven. Volunteer firefighter Harold Baker says the ten victims included his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two different kin.

GOP Rep who voted to question advances in Washington major

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted to question Donald Trump, superior to the final election following days of vote counts in Washington state’s major. However fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler noticed her benefit in opposition to an opponent endorsed by Trump quickly shrinking to inside recount territory. Each drew interparty challenges as a consequence of their vote to question Trump following the Jan. 6 assaults on the US Capitol. Newhouse, the four-term incumbent within the 4th Congressional District in central Washington and Democrat Doug White have been basically tied, with every capturing about 25% of the vote on a crowded poll. White additionally superior to the autumn poll.

Cinema provides her nod, and affect, to Democrats’ large invoice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mon. Joe Manchin sealed the deal reviving President Joe Biden’s large financial, well being care and local weather invoice. But it surely was one other Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who quietly formed the ultimate product. Democrats pushed forward Friday on the estimated $730 billion bundle that in some ways displays Cinema’s priorities. On taxes, well being care and local weather change, Cinema has pushed her priorities into the invoice. Within the 50-50 Senate, each vote issues. She is placing hers to makes use of that infuriate some, wow others and level to her emergence as a strong political determine.

Breonna Taylor supporters relieved by fees in opposition to police

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville activists who put in lengthy hours protesting the dying of Breonna Taylor by the hands of police say they felt reduction this week when federal officers charged 4 officers. They are saying the brand new civil rights fees turned the tables after greater than two years of setbacks. Louisville City League President Sadiqa Reynolds says the fees have begun to raise “the cloud that has been hanging over us.” The indictments symbolize the primary time Louisville cops have been held accountable for Taylor’s capturing dying. The 26-year-old Black girl was shot after officers knocked down her door throughout a seek for medicine. None have been discovered.

Report floods strand 1K individuals in Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Report rainfall triggered flash flooding at Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park that buried vehicles, pressured officers to shut all roads out and in the park and stranded about 1,000 individuals. Park officers say about three-quarters as a lot rain sometimes is recorded in a complete 12 months fell in a single day on Friday. About 60 automobiles have been buried in particles and about 500 guests and 500 park staff have been stranded. There have been no rapid studies of accidents. California transportation officers estimated it might take into the evening to open a highway that might permit park guests to go away. The park service says 1.46 inches of rain fell Friday. The annual common is 1.9 inches.

NCAA hoops leagues grapple with unequal pay for girls’s refs

The NCAA earned reward final 12 months when it agreed to pay referees at its males’s and ladies’s basketball tournaments equally. The gesture solely prices about $100,000, a tiny fraction of the roughly $900 million networks pay yearly to broadcast March Insanity. Now, because the NCAA examines numerous disparities throughout males’s and ladies’s sports activities, strain is rising to additionally pay referees equally in the course of the common season. Two Division I conferences advised The Related Press they plan to equalize pay, and one other is contemplating it. Others are resisting change, although the influence on their budgets can be negligible.

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