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Authorities say two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings overnight in three states. The shootings Friday night and early Saturday further stoked concerns a spike in U.S. gun violence during the coronavirus pandemic could continue into summer amid an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Authorities said one of two suspects was arrested Saturday in the shooting in the Texas capital of Austin, but none in the Chicago or Savannah, Georgia, gunfire.  James Alan Fox, a criminologist and professor at Northeastern University, says a blend of people starting to get out, warmer weather, a high level of divisiveness, and a proliferation of guns make for “a potentially deadly mix.” Read more

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Romelu Lukaku delivered a heartfelt message to Denmark player Christian Eriksen after scoring the first of his two goals in Belgium's 3-0 win over Russia at the European Championship. Lukaku swiveled to shoot into the bottom corner in the 10th minute before heading to a television camera on the touchline. He grabbed it with both hands while saying “Chris. Strength, boy. Love you” in a mixture of English and Dutch. Lukaku plays alongside Eriksen at Italian club Inter Milan. Eriksen was taken to the hospital after collapsing on the field during Denmark’s match against Finland in Copenhagen. Substitute Thomas Meunier scored Belgium’s second goal and Lukaku added the third. Read more

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Police in Austin have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a mass shooting on a crowded downtown street in which 14 people were wounded. Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting took place on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic occurred at around 1:30 a.m. He said investigators believe it started as a dispute between two parties. He says police identified two male suspects, but he declined to disclose details such as whether both are believed to have fired shots. It was one of at least three mass shootings in the U.S. overnight. Read more

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask, in violation of local pandemic restrictions. The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later from atop a sound truck, where helmeted but largely maskless backers cheered and chanted Saturday as he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated. That's an assertion disputed by most public health experts. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine would be imposed for violation of a mask requirement. Read more

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Experience is an invaluable ally in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s little the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t encountered during deep postseason runs five of the past seven years. The New York Islanders haven’t achieved as much but have progressed enough in three seasons under Barry Trotz to not feel like heavy underdogs in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The opener in a best-of-7 rematch of the 2020 Eastern Conference final is Sunday. Last year's matchup was played in the NHL bubble in Edmonton, Alberta, and won by Tampa Bay in six games. Read more

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Marcus Ericsson raced to his first IndyCar victory Saturday in the action-packed opener of the doubleheader at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The Swede became the seventh driver to win through seven IndyCar races this season, and he’s the fourth first-time winner this year. It was the first victory for the former Formula One driver since a GP2 race at Nurburgring in 2013. It was the first victory for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 car since 1994 when Michael Andretti won at Toronto. The seven different winners through seven races ties an IndyCar record set in 1958 and matched in 2000 and 2017. Read more

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Former major league pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant has died at age 85. He was the first Black 20-game winner in the American League. He was also a key part of Minnesota’s first World Series team in 1965. The Twins announced Grant’s death. No cause was given. The right-hander spent less than four full seasons of his 14-year major league career with the Twins, but they were his best. He led the AL with 21 wins in 1965, while helping the Twins post a 102-60 record. He won two of three starts in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read more

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s knee looks fine for football. His softball swing needs work. The Browns wide receiver, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last season, took partin teammate Jarvis Landy’s charity softball event, which drew 7,000 fans and included Cleveland stars Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield as well as Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. Beckham struggled in the home-run hitting contest, popping up several pitches and missing a few, but Landry reported that his speedy teammate looked fully recovered when they worked out together this past week in Austin, Texas. Read more

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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was in stable condition after collapsing on the field during a match in one of the scariest scenes to ever unfold during a game at soccer’s European Championship. Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen says “we managed to get Christian back.” Eriksen was taken to the hospital and was said to be stable and awake. The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland was suspended after Eriksen was given urgent medical attention on the field near the end of the first half. The match resumed about 90 minutes later and Finland eventually won 1-0. Read more

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Erick Fedde returned after nearly a month on the COVID-19 injured list and pitched five sharp innings, Kyle Schwarber hit a leadoff homer and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 to open a doubleheader. The Nationals handed Kevin Gausman his first loss this season after seven wins. He began the day with a 1.27 ERA, but Schwarber quickly put a dent in that impressive number. Fedde last pitched on May 16 and was placed on the COVID-19 list three days later. He rejoined the rotation by limiting the Giants to four hits while striking out seven and walking none. Read more

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A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic has jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day. Dan O’Conor said Saturday that he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city's North Side last year to relieve stress. He continued jumping in through the fall before winter came and things got harder because he'd have to hack a hole in the ice-covered lake before taking the plunge. He posted videos of his jumps online and says he was encouraged by the response. So he decided to stick it out for a full year. Read more

Algerians voted for a new parliament in an election with a majority of novice independent candidates running under new rules meant to erase political corruption and open the way to a “new Algeria.” But the turnout for the first legislative election since the gas-rich North African nation’s longtime president was forced to resign two years ago was dismal. While the polls were still open on Saturday, Algeria’s electoral authority said that less than 14.5% of the country’s 24 million voters had cast ballots. Some regions had voter turnout under 1%. Some voting stations were vandalized, and scuffles between residents and police were reported in some towns in the Kabylie region. Read more

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The Denver Nuggets face a daunting 3-0 deficit in their second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns. They are the 143rd NBA team to lose the first three games of a best-of-seven playoff series. No team has ever recovered from three games down to win four in a row. The Nuggets say their only focus is on sending the series back to Phoenix with a win in Game 4 Sunday. If they lose, Nikola Jokic will become the first MVP to get swept in a playoff series since the NBA went to the best-of-seven format for all series in 2003. Read more

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Felix Rosenqvist has been taken to a Detroit hospital following a crash early in the IndyCar race on Belle Isle. The throttle appeared to stick in Rosenqvist’s car as he entered the sixth turn at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park on Saturday. The Swede slammed into a tire barrier with tremendous force, moving the retaining wall. Rosenqvist’s car was stuck nose-up at a nearly 45-degree angle jammed into the scattered tire barrier. He seemed to struggle to catch his breath, and IndyCar’s safety team placed Rosenqvist in a neck brace. The race was red-flagged for the wall to be rebuilt  Read more

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President Joe Biden says on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that he will sign a bill naming the site as a national memorial. The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in U.S. history left 49 people dead and 53 people wounded as “Latin Night” was being celebrated at the club. Biden says in a statement that he has “stayed in touch with families of the victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose” and described the club as “hallowed ground.” Read more

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Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom is expected to make his next scheduled start for the New York Mets despite having to leave his most recent outing with an elbow ailment. DeGrom played catch and threw a bullpen session Saturday afternoon, a day after he exited with right flexor tendinitis. Manager Luis Rojas says his ace should be ready to face the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. A precautionary MRI showed no problem, Rojas said.  DeGrom’s 0.56 ERA is the lowest ever by a pitcher through 10 starts, just ahead of Juan Marichal’s 0.59 in 1966. Read more

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Officials say rapper Polo G has been arrested in Miami on charges including battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief. Jail records show 22-year-old Taurus Bartlett was booked Saturday into jail on five charges and released on bond hours later. The Miami Police Department released affidavits saying the rapper ended up in a struggle on the ground with officers. One affidavit says an officer was trying to handcuff Bartlett and was struck multiple times. The artist’s mother and manager said he was stopped after an album release party. Read more

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The Brooklyn Nets again won’t have James Harden but could have forward Jeff Green back for Game 4 of their second-round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Nets coach Steve Nash says Harden is out and Green is questionable. Nash says both players are “progressing well.” Harden hasn’t played since leaving Game 1 of the series in the opening minute with tightness in his right hamstring. Green hasn’t played at all in the series due to a plantar fascia strain. The Nets lead the Bucks 2-1 in the best-of-7 matchup. Read more

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SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask. Read more

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The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020. The Transportation Security Administration announced Saturday that 2.03 million travelers were screened at airport security checkpoints on Friday. Airline bookings have been picking up since around February, as more Americans were vaccinated against COVID-19 and – at least within the United States – travel restrictions such as mandatory quarantines began to ease. Read more

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Leaders of the world largest economies have unveiled an infrastructure plan for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives. But there's no immediate consensus on how forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuse. Biden also has held talks at the summit site in England with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron told Biden it was “great to have a U.S. president part of the club” and willing to cooperate. Relations between the allies had become strained during the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency and his “America first” foreign policy.  Read more

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Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova has won her first Grand Slam title by beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the French Open final. This was only the fifth major tournament in singles for Krejcikova. The 25-year-old from the Czech Republic is the third unseeded women’s champion in the last five years at Roland Garros. She now will try to become the first woman since 2000 to win the French Open singles and doubles titles in the same year. The 31st-seeded Pavlyuchenkova was playing in her first Grand Slam final in the 52nd major tournament of her career. She was treated for a left leg injury late in the second set Saturday. Read more

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U.S. first lady Jill Biden told members of a British group that uses surfing as therapy that she once owned a surfboard. She says it was white with a big butterfly on it. Biden met Saturday in Cornwall, England, with members of Bude Surf Veterans. The volunteer organization offers social support and surfing outings to military veterans, emergency workers and others to help them cope with trauma. The first lady has spent years working on military family issues. She is in England with President Joe Biden as he attends a meeting of leaders of the world's wealthiest economies. Read more

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The price to rocket into space next month with Jeff Bezos and his brother is a cool $28 million. That was the winning bid during Saturday's live online auction. The Amazon founder's rocket company, Blue Origin, did not disclose the winner's name. The identity will be revealed closer to the brief up-and-down flight from West Texas on July 20. It will be the first flight of a New Shepard rocket with people on board, the culmination of 15 successful test flights since 2015. The launch will kick off Blue Origin's space tourism business. Read more

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Moscow’s mayor has ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. The national coronavirus taskforce reported 6,701 new confirmed cases on Saturday in Moscow, compared with 2,936 on June 6. Nationally, the daily tally has spiked by nearly half over the past week. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered enterprises that do not normally work on weekends to remain closed for the next week while continuing to pay employees. In addition, food courts and children’s play areas in shopping centers are to close for a week and restaurants and bars must limit their late-night service to takeout. Read more

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Jimmie Johnson is struggling at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, which is just his second career street course and fourth career IndyCar race. He's been far off the pace of the leaders headed into the Saturday and Sunday doubleheader races. But the seven-time NASCAR champion said he's not the driver who had Will Power so incensed following practice that Power was vowing to fight. Power is annoyed at drivers who are backing up on the track. Johnson admits he's the slowest in the field and drivers are having to back up to avoid him.  Read more

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. On the sidelines of the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in southwest England, Johnson conceded Saturday that he has grown more pessimistic about sanctioning the removal of legal limits on social contact on June 21. He is set to make an announcement Monday about the timetable. Removing limits on social contact would allow nightclubs to reopen, but the number of infections across the U.K. recently increased to daily levels not seen since February.. Read more

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France's far-left leader got a faceful of flour at the start of a Paris march Saturday against “the ideas of the far right.” The event is taking place a week before local elections and ahead of next year’s presidential voting that is widely expected to put far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the final round. Unions, associations and leftist political parties in France have called for demonstrations around France. Hundreds marched in Paris, where lawmaker Jean-Luc Melenchon got hit with a sack of flour. Earlier this week, President Emmanuel Macron got slapped while greeting a crowd in southeast France. Read more