Ex-Japanese leader Abe dies after being shot during campaign speech
Shinzo Abe, the former leader of Japan, died Friday at the age of 67 after he was shot during a campaign speech in western Japan, hospital officials confirmed. Japanese television NHK earlier reported Abe’s death. It was a shocking attack in a country that has some of the strictest gun control laws. Abe was shot from behind minutes after beginning his speech in Nara on Friday. Local fire chief Makoto Morimoto said Abe was in cardio and pulmonary arrest after being shot. His heart stopped while he was being airlifted to a hospital, Morimoto said. He was later pronounced dead in hospital. Police arrested a 41-year-old man at the scene of the shooting, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters. Abe took office as Prime Minister of Japan for the second time in December 2012. He was Japan’s longest-serving leader before stepping down due to health issues in 2020.
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Facing pressure, Biden set to sign executive order on abortion access
President Joe Biden will take executive action on Friday to protect access to abortion, according to three Associated Press sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Biden will speak on Friday morning “about protecting access to reproductive health services,” the sources said. The actions are intended to attempt to mitigate some potential penalties that women seeking abortions may face, but are limited in their ability to ensure abortion access nationwide. Biden is expected to formalize instructions to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to push back on efforts to limit women’s ability to access federally-approved abortion drugs or cross state lines to access to abortion services. . The order, which comes two weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision that ended the nation’s right to abortion and knocked down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decisioncomes as Biden has come under fire from his own party for not acting with more urgency to protect abortion access.
Cipollone, key Trump aide, to testify before January 6 panel
On Friday, former White House attorney Pat Cipollone will testify under oath to the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the Associated Press reported. Committee members, such as Vice Chair and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., had repeatedly requested Cipollone’s testimony to clarify what former President Donald Trump was doing before and during the Capitol attack. Cipollone urged Trump not to join the crowd marching toward the Capitol after his Jan. 6 speech because of the risk he could be charged with “every crime imaginable,” according to former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson. who testified on June 28. It also threatened to resign when Trump threatened to replace acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clarkwho was more willing to pursue allegations of voter fraud.
First funerals for Highland Park victims begin
Funerals and memorial services for three out of seven people killed in the Highland Park parade shooting are scheduled for Friday. A memorial service for Jacquelyn “Jacki” Sundheim, 63, will be held in the morning followed by a shiva at North Shore Congregation Israel where she was a devoted congregant and staff member, according to her obituary. Chicago financial adviser Stephen Strauss, 88, will also be laid to rest Friday afternoon at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, according to an online obituary. Relatives of Eduardo Uvaldo will travel from Texas and Mexico to attend his funeral on Friday on what would have been his 70th birthday, The New York Times reported.
June jobs report may show pace of hiring may slow
After going on a hiring spree to meet shopper demand, US retailers are beginning to temper recruitment. The nation’s largest employer, Walmart, said it recently overhired due to a COVID-related staffing shortage. In April, Amazon said it also decided it had an excess of warehouse workers. The decline in retail hiring comes against the backdrop of a still buoyant national labor market. The Associated Press reports that economists polled by data provider FactSet expect the Labor Department’s June jobs report to be released Friday morning to show employers added 275,000 jobs. That would suggest the pace of hiring could be slowing – something the Federal Reserve has been hoping for as it seeks to slow the economy and curb high inflation. US employers added 390,000 jobs in May. The jobless rate for June is expected to have remained at 3.6%, just above the half-century low that preceded the pandemic. It has been at this level since the March report showed it fell from 3.8% to 3.6%.
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