Ketanji Brown Jackson joins US Supreme Court as first Black woman on the bench

CNN — Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in Thursday as an associate justice to the United States Supreme Court, making history as the first Black woman on the highest court in the nation. Jackson, 51, joins the court as its 116th member amid a time of heightened scrutiny of the court over recent decisions and … Read more

New fight over abortion jolts Democratic battle to take on Johnson in Wisconsin

Madison, Wis. CNN — President Joe Biden has gone from narrowly winning Wisconsin nearly two years ago to becoming an apparent liability for Democrats running there – so much so that two of the leading candidates running for their party’s US Senate nomination won’t say whether he should run again. But the Wisconsin Senate Democratic … Read more

NYC: Woman pushing a baby stroller shot dead in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, police say

CNN — A woman pushing a baby in a stroller was shot in the head at close-range and killed in Manhattan Wednesday night, police said. The three-month-old baby was unharmed, and the relationship between the 20-year-old woman and the baby was unclear Wednesday, police told CNN. The shooting happened just after 8:20 pm in Manhattan’s … Read more

Randy Cox: Video captures moment a man was paralyzed while in a police van. He may never walk again, lawyer says

CNN — A man in police custody slid headfirst into an interior wall of a transport van in the Connecticut city of New Haven on Father’s Day, video released by the city shows – an incident his family said Tuesday left him partially paralyzed. Richard “Randy” Cox Jr., 36, suffered a serious injury to his … Read more

Sweden and Finland are on the cusp of joining NATO. Here’s why that matters, and what comes next

CNN — Sweden and Finland are set formally to end decades of neutrality and join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in a historic breakthrough for the alliance that deals a blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The last major hurdle to the two nations’ entry to the bloc was removed when Turkey dropped its … Read more

Environmental groups sue Biden administration to halt its largest onshore drilling lease sale

CNN — As President Joe Biden’s administration prepares to hold its first onshore oil and gas drilling lease sales, environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit to attempt to stop the largest of these sales, in Wyoming. It’s the second lawsuit in a week to challenge the administration on its drilling plans. The suit comes … Read more

Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam sentenced to life in prison without parole

Paris CNN — Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to be only surviving member of the group that carried out a series of deadly gun-and-bomb attacks across Paris in November 2015, was found guilty on Wednesday and handed France’s harshest sentence – life without the possibility of parole . The attacks, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, … Read more

San Antonio migrant deaths: 46 migrants have been found dead inside a semi-truck in San Antonio, authorities say

CNN — At least 46 people were found dead inside of a semi-truck in San Antonio Monday, according to authorities, in a scene that Mayor Ron Nirenberg called a “horrific human tragedy.” Earlier on Monday night, city councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia referred to the victims as migrants, after she was briefed on the situation by … Read more

Jordan gas leak at Aqaba port kills at least 12 people, injures hundreds

CNN — At least 12 people were killed and 260 people were injured after toxic gas leaked out of a container in Jordan’s port of Aqaba, Jordan’s government told CNN Arabic on Monday. A video from a nearby CCTV camera released by state-owned al Mamlaka TV showed the container being transported by a crane before … Read more

NATO: US and European officials eye summit for progress for Finland and Sweden joining alliance

CNN — European and US officials do not expect that Turkey’s concerns about Finland and Sweden joining NATO will be assured before the alliance’s summit this week, US and European officials told CNN. Yet some officials believe that Turkey may be eyeing the summit as a place to finally make agreements that could propel the … Read more