Maui death toll; Mississippi officers' charges; 'Barbie' still surging; and more top news this morning.
Officials say Russia launched three waves of nighttime air attacks against the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa. The Ukrainian air force said Monday it intercepted all 15 incoming Shahed drones and eight Kalibr missiles. An Odesa official says falling debris from the interceptions damaged the dormitory of an educational facility in the city, a residential building and a supermarket. Two employees of the supermarket were hospitalized. The Kremlin’s forces have pummeled Odesa in recent times, aiming at facilities that transport Ukraine’s crucial grain exports and also wrecking cherished Ukrainian historical sites.
Maui County says the number of confirmed deaths from the wildfires on the island has risen to 96. Hawaii Gov. Josh Green says he expects the number of victims to rise. In a video update released Sunday, Green says there were 2,700 structures destroyed in Lahaina with an estimated loss of $5.6 billion in the wildfires. Green says FEMA is overseeing the federal response in Hawaii with 416 personnel including FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. He says President Joe Biden has “authorized the full force of the federal government in support of us.”
Six former Mississippi law officers who tortured two Black men will plead guilty to state-level charges for the racist assault. The episode ended with one officer shooting one of the victims in the mouth. The ex-officers admitted their guilt in a connected federal civil rights case last week. Prosecutors say the corrupt officers, all of whom are white, nicknamed themselves the “Goon Squad” because of their tendency to use excessive force and cover it up. The state charges include home invasion, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to hinder prosecution and aggravated assault. The charges come after an investigation by The Associated Press linked some of the officers to at least four violent encounters with Black men since 2019
Lucas Glover is on a roll. One week after a clutch win just to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs, Glover beat Patrick Cantlay in a playoff at the St. Jude Championship. He was looking at an early end to his season two weeks ago. Now Glover is up to No. 4 in the FedEx Cup and assured a spot in the Tour Championship. He made one clutch putt after another to stay in the game and shot 69.
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Cameron Smith has won his second LIV Golf title of the year. Phil Mickelson's hope for his first title in the Saudi-backed league came to a spectacular and early end. Mickelson was three shots behind when he put two tee shots into the water on the par-3 seventh hole at Trump National. He made a quintuple-bogey 8 and was never a factor. Smith cruised to a 68 and won LIV Golf-Bedminster by seven shots over Anirban Lahiri.
The U.S. World Cup basketball team got its first big test of the summer Sunday, and a perfect shooting night from Jalen Brunson helped ensure the Americans passed. Brunson was 9 for 9 from the field on the way to a team-best 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 14 and the U.S. pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Spain 98-88 in a pre-World Cup exhibition between tournament favorites.
“Barbie” is cruising atop the box office. Studio estimates Sunday said director Greta Gerwig’s film phenomenon remained a runaway No. 1 in its fourth week, bringing in $33.7 million. The Margot Robbie-led and produced film from Warner Bros. surpassed $500 million in North America overall, a week after it crossed the $1 billion mark globally — a record for a female director. Director Christopher Nolan's “Oppenheimer” also remained strong in its fourth week, earning $18.8 million to take the No. 2 spot. The top pair had thin competition. The week’s top new release, “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” finished fifth with a $6.5 million opening weekend.
Hawaii officials urge tourists to avoid traveling to Maui as many hotels prepare to house evacuees and first responders on the island where a wildfire demolished a historic town and killed more than 90 people.
A string of disturbing revelations of “inhumane and degrading” maltreatment of older and disabled people at Romanian care homes has sparked concerns over the country’s capacity to adequately care for its socially vulnerable.
In late June, the Amazon city of Guajara-Mirim approved a law that designates the Komi Memem River “as a living entity and subject to rights.”
The new National Archives leader's nomination was swept up into the partisan furor over the criminal documents-hoarding case against ex-President Donald Trump. Now, she's preparing the Archives for a coming flood of digital records.
One week after a deadline passed for mutinous soldiers in Niger to reinstate the country’s ousted president or face military intervention, the junta has not acquiesced.
“Barbie” is cruising atop the box office. Studio estimates Sunday said director Greta Gerwig’s film phenomenon remained a runaway No. 1 in its fourth week, bringing in $33.7 million.
Tom Jones, the lyricist, director and writer of “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in history, has died. He was 95.
Virginia running back Mike Hollins knows he will never be the same. He also says the importance of college football has shrunk. But he can't wait to run onto the field with his teammates this season. Hollins was wounded in a shooting attack last November that left three of his teammates dead. He had a long rehabilitation but returned for spring practices. He has been an inspiration to his team. Virginia opens the season Sept. 2 against Tennessee in Nashville.
American golfer Lilia Vu has won the Women’s British Open to claim her second major title of 2023. She took any potential drama out of the final round by shooting 5-under 67 for a six-stroke victory. The 25-year-old Californian also won the Chevron Championship in April. She became the first female player to win two majors in the same year since Jin Young Ko in 2019 and the first American woman since Juli Inkster in 1999.
Death certificates don’t always reflect the role that extreme heat played in ending a person’s life even when it seems obvious it was a factor.
England head coach Sarina Wiegman is in a unique position at the Women’s World Cup. She's the only woman leading a team that is still in contention for the title. That was the case even before the European champions advanced to the semifinals by beating Colombia 2-1. Women’s soccer is growing at pace. This World Cup has seen record attendance, rising talent from around the globe and showcased a closing of the gap between the sport's traditional elite and emerging nations. Yet the disparity in the coaching ranks has also been laid bare.
Lotte Kopecky won her third world championship this week when the Belgian cyclist broke free in the closing kilometers of the women's road race Sunday. She also won the points and elimination races on the track. Demi Vollering of the Netherlands won a sprint over Cecilie Ludwig of Denmark to round out the medals. In the other finals on the last day of cycling worlds, Romain Mahieu led a French sweep of the BMX racing podium alongside Arthur Pilard and Joris Daudet, while Bethany Shriever of Britain won the women’s BMX race ahead of Laura Smulders of the Netherlands and Alise Willoughby of the U.S.
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