Friday, April 23

Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT


California’s alleged Golden State Killer set to plead guilty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old former police officer is tentatively set to plead guilty Monday to being the elusive Golden State Killer. The hearing comes 40 years after a sadistic suburban rapist terrorized California in what investigators only later realized were a series of linked assaults and slayings. The plea deal will spare Joseph DeAngelo any chance of the death penalty, but in partial return survivors of the assaults that spanned the 1970s and 1980s expect him to admit to dozens of rapes that could not be criminally charged because too much time has elapsed. That’s on top of 13 murders and 13 kidnapping-related charges spanning six counties.


Mississippi surrenders Confederate symbol from state flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. Spectators cheered in the state Capitol on Sunday after legislators passed a bill. It requires that a new flag be designed without the emblem that many condemn as racist. The change comes amid widespread protests over racial injustice. Mississippi has a 38% Black population. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to sign the bill soon. It says the new flag must have the words, “In God We Trust.” Voters will be asked to approve the new flag in the Nov. 3 election.


Militants attack Karachi stock exchange, killing at least 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Militants have attacked the stock exchange in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least two security guards and a policeman. Special police forces deployed to the scene of the attack and in a swift operation secured the building, killing all four gunmen. The attackers were armed with grenades and automatic rifles, police said. They launched the attack by opening fire at the entrance of the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the southern port city, the country’s financial center. A police official at the scene, said that after opening fire, the gunmen entered the high-walled stock exchange grounds. A separatist militant group later claimed responsibility for the attack.


Residents of eastern Ukraine vote on extending Putin’s rule

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine who have Russian citizenship are travelling to Russia to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics have organized bus services to polling stations in the neighboring Rostov region in Russia, in what is seen by many as part of the wide-spread effort to boost turnout at the controversial plebiscite. According to separatist officials, there are 12 polling stations in the Rostov region where residents of eastern Ukraine can vote.


World hits coronavirus milestones amid fears worse to come

ROME (AP) — The world has surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones — 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases — and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to come. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned that COVID-19 “has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks.” And California Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled back reopenings of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles. He ordered them to close immediately and urged eight other counties to issue local health orders mandating the same.


US carriers drill after Southeast Asian nations rebuke China

BEIJING (AP) — In the latest developments in the South China Sea, a pair of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike groups are drilling together in a show of support to allies that comes on the heels of a strong statement issued by Southeast Asian leaders repudiating China’s claims to virtually the entire waterway. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier warned that any move by China to establish an air defense identification zone over the sea would be highly destabilizing since other countries with claims in the area would continue to exercise their rights. Meanwhile, U.S. and Japanese naval vessels held joint exercises on June 23, bringing together two of China’s biggest military rivals in a waterway Beijing says it owns.


Auction of contested African artifacts going ahead in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A Nigerian commission has called for the cancellation of Monday’s sale in Paris of sacred Nigerian, which they allege were stolen. Christie’s auction house has defended the sale, saying that the artworks were legitimately acquired and the sale will go ahead. In recent years, French courts have consistently ruled in favor of auction houses whose sales of sacred objects, such as Hopi tribal masks, were contested by rights groups and representatives of the tribes. Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments says the objects were looted during the Biafran war in the late 1960s.


Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is asking for a report to Congress after news reports cited U.S. intelligence from months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump denies being briefed and says he’s now told the intelligence wasn’t credible. Pelosi tells ABC’s “This Week” that she hasn’t been informed about the reported bounties. She says “this is as bad as it gets” and yet Trump won’t confront Russia. A senior administration official says the White House plans to brief select members of Congress on Monday.


Couple draw guns at crowd heading to St. Louis mayor’s home

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, as the group marched toward the mayor’s home, demanding her resignation. A social media video showed the armed couple standing outside their home Sunday evening, shouting at protesters, while people in the march urged the crowd to ignore them. Protesters were heading toward Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home, chanting, “Resign Lyda, take the cops with you.” Resignation demands come after a live briefing, where Krewson read the names and addresses of several residents, who wrote letters to the mayor suggesting she defund the police department. The video was removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized Friday, stating she didn’t “intend to cause distress.”


The Latest: Virus cases continue to surge in Czech Republic

The number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic continues to surge. The day-to-day increase reached 305 on Sunday, the highest number since April 3. The Czech Republic had a total of 11,604 confirmed cases of the virus through Sunday, including 348 deaths, according to Health Ministry figures. Because of the increase in cases, Prague, the capital, and a region in the country’s northeast will remain under orders to wear face masks beyond July 1, when the order will be lifted for the rest of the country, according to the health minister. In Prague, it will still be compulsory to wear face coverings on the subway and at indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people.

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