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Jan. 6 Panel Probes Donald Trump’s 187 Minutes as Capitol Attacked as Prime-Time Hearing Approaches

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Thursday prime-time hearing will dive into the 187 minutes that Trump failed to act on Jan. 6, 2021, despite pleas from aides, allies and even his family.

House OKs Bill to Protect Contraception from Supreme Court

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a point during an event with Democratic women House members and advocates for reproductive freedom ahead of the vote on the Right to Contraception Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The House’s 228-195 roll call was largely along party lines and sent the measure to the Senate, where it seemed doomed. Democrats said that with the high court recently overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973, the justices and GOP lawmakers are on track to go even further than banning abortions.

President Joe Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Has ‘Mild Symptoms’

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media after exiting Air Force One, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden was experiencing “mild symptoms” and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease.

Luria, Kinzinger Put Careers on Line in Jan. 6 Investigation

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.  (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat first elected in 2018, is facing a difficult reelection in a Virginia swing district that was redrawn to be more Republican. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican who’s a pariah to some in his party because of his condemnation of former President Donald Trump, decided not to seek another term in his Illinois district.

Democrats Push for 1st Semi-Automatic Gun Ban in 20 Years

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., as the panel holds a markup on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats hope that the 100-page bill moving through the Judiciary Committee will pass the House before the August break. But that is far from assured.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence Rivalry Intensifies as They Consider 2024 Runs

Then-President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Nov. 2, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich., with then-Vice President Mike Pence (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The two will hold dueling rallies in Arizona on Friday as they stump for rival candidates who offer dramatically different visions of the Republican Party in a critical battleground state. Days later, they will once again cross paths as they deliver major speeches on the same day in Washington, D.C.

US House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Retort to Supreme Court

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., leads a hearing on the future of abortion rights following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, July 14, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Tuesday’s election-year roll call, 267-157, was partly political strategy, forcing all House members, Republicans and Democrats, to go on the record with their views. It also reflected the legislative branch pushing back against an aggressive court.

NASCAR to Hit the Streets of Chicago with Downtown Race Next Summer

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The downtown course will include famed areas of Chicago, including Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue and South Columbia Drive, where the start/finish line and pit road will be located directly in front of Buckingham Fountain.

Amazon Sues Admins of 10K Facebook Groups Over Fake Reviews

In this April 17, 2019, file photo online customer reviews for a product are displayed on a computer in New York. (AP Photo / Jenny Kane, File)

The retailer’s announcement comes as another side of the company’s operations is facing more scrutiny. On Tuesday, federal labor officials confirmed to the AP the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened inspections at Amazon facilities in New York, Illinois, and Florida. 

Emmett Till’s House, African American Historical Sites to Get Landmarks Funds

In this Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, the former home of Emmett and Mamie Till at 6427 S St. Lawrence Avenue is pictured in the West Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. (Anthony Vazquez / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

A cultural preservation organization announced Tuesday that the house will receive a share of $3 million in grants being distributed to 33 sites and organizations nationwide that are important pieces of African American history.

Panel: Thursday Hearing to Show Trump’s Jan. 6 ‘Dereliction of Duty’

From left, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., staff counsel Dan George, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., staff counsel Candyce Phoenix, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., sit on the dais as the House select committee holds a hearing at the Capitol, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

After a year-long investigation, the House Jan. 6 panel is seeking to wrap up what may be its last hearing, even as its probe continues to heat up. The committee says it continues to receive fresh evidence each day and isn’t ruling out additional hearings or interviews with a bevy of additional people close to the president.

July 4 Parade Funerals Conclude With Tribute to Slain Dad

Wet flowers are seen during a rainy day at a memorial to the seven people killed and others injured in the Fourth of July mass shooting at the Highland Park War Memorial, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Highland Park, Ill. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Funeral services for the seven people killed by a gunman at an Independence Day parade will conclude Monday as family and friends gather in suburban Chicago to remember Kevin McCarthy.

Uvalde Report: 376 Officers But ‘Egregiously Poor’ Decisions

In this photo from surveillance video provided by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District via the Austin American-Statesman, authorities respond to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. (Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

The nearly 80-page report was the first to criticize both state and federal law enforcement, and not just local authorities in the South Texas town for the bewildering inaction by heavily armed officers as a gunman fired inside two fourth-grade classrooms at Robb Elementary School, killing 19 students and two teachers.

No Major Problems with Ballot Drop Boxes in 2020, AP Finds

Yvonne Gali steps out of her car to cast her California primary ballot at a drop-off box outside the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, Calif., June 7, 2022. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The findings from both Republican- and Democratic-controlled states run contrary to claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies who have intensely criticized their use and falsely claimed they were a target for fraud.

Mississippi AG: No Prosecution Plan in Emmett Till Lynching

 An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, Mississippi, August 31, 1955.  (AP Photo, File)

“There’s no new evidence to open the case back up,” Michelle Williams, chief of staff for Attorney General Lynn Fitch, told The Associated Press.

Billy Corgan to Play Charity Show for July 4 Parade Victims

In this Saturday, March 26, 2017 file photo, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP, File)

Rock singer Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins a 20-year resident of Highland Park, where the shooting happened, said the show will be at the city’s plant-based tea house Madame Zuzu’s, which he owns with his partner Chloe Mendel.

Emmett Till Accuser, In Memoir, Denies Wanting Teen Killed

In this Sept. 23, 1955, file photo, J.W. Milam, left, his wife, second from left, Roy Bryant, far right, and his wife, Carolyn Bryant, sit together in a courtroom in Sumner, Miss. (AP Photo, File)

In an unpublished memoir obtained by The Associated Press, Carolyn Bryant Donham says she was unaware of what would happen to the 14-year-old Till, who lived in Chicago and was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he was abducted, killed and tossed in a river. 

EXPLAINER: How Gestational Age Plays a Role in Abortion Laws

An operating room technician performs an ultrasound on a patient at an abortion clinic in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, July 6, 2022. The abortion bans taking effect after the nation's highest court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022 vary greatly in how they define when a pregnancy can be ended. (AP Photo / Ted Jackson)

Some laws prohibit abortion at the point of the “first detectable heartbeat” while others restrict abortion at 15, 22 or 24 weeks of pregnancy. This means determining how far along someone is in pregnancy — gestational age — has become more important, because there is a smaller window of time to secure the procedure in about half of the states in the U.S.

US Inflation Reached a New 40-Year High in June of 9.1%

Eggs are displayed at a grocery store in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

Consumer prices soared 9.1% compared with a year earlier, the government said Wednesday, the biggest yearly increase since 1981, and up from an 8.6% jump in May. From May to June, prices rose 1.3%, another huge increase, after prices had surged 1% from April to May.

Explainer: What’s Happened and What’s Next in Sri Lanka After President Flees

A protester waves a national flag outside president Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. (AP Photo / Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka’s prime minister, who said he’ll step down after a new government is installed, says the island nation’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” as it runs out of money to pay for food, fuel and medicine.

Jan. 6 Probe: Trump Sets Rally After ‘Unhinged’ WH Meeting

A video of Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel, is displayed as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

The hearing Tuesday was the seventh for the Jan. 6 committee. Over the past month, the panel has created a narrative of a defeated Trump “detached from reality,” clinging to false claims of voter fraud and working feverishly to reverse his election defeat.

Baby Stars, Dancing Galaxies: NASA Shows New Cosmic Views Thanks to Webb Telescope

This image released by NASA on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, shows the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. (NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI via AP)

Tuesday’s releases showed parts of the universe seen by other telescopes. But Webb’s sheer power, distant location from Earth and use of the infrared light spectrum showed them in a new light that scientists said was almost as much art as science.

White House Urges Caution on COVID Variants, Pushes Boosters

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19, June 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The new variants, labeled BA.4 and BA.5, are offshoots of the omicron strain that has been responsible for nearly all of the virus spread in the U.S. and are even more contagious than their predecessors.

Rich Nations Caused Climate Harm to Poorer Ones, Study Says

Homeless people sleep in the shade of a bridge on a hot day in New Delhi, May 20, 2022. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup, File)

The new figures quantify what scientists, officials and activists have long called the inequity in national climate histories with the rich nations benefiting and the poor ones hurting from the production of greenhouse gas emissions.

Brittney Griner’s Name Permeates WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago

Team Stewart’s Skylar Diggins-Smith, center, drives to the basket against Team Wilson's Candace Parker, left, and Sylvia Fowles during the first half of a WNBA All-Star basketball game in Chicago, Sunday, July 10, 2022. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars wore Griner’s name and her No. 42 on the back of their jerseys for the second half of Team Wilson’s 134-112 victory over Team Stewart. It was another moment in the league’s continued push for Griner’s release from her detention in Russia.

Biden Celebration of New Gun Law Clouded by Latest Shooting

President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate the passage of the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” a law meant to reduce gun violence, on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 11, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The “celebration” Monday morning at the White House came a week after a gunman in Highland Park killed seven people at an Independence Day parade, a stark reminder of the limitations of the new law in addressing the American phenomenon of mass gun violence.