June 2, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears on the cusp of a showdown not seen in decades, between a president billing himself as hard-nosed and law-and-order and protesters demanding justice after generations of racism. President Donald Trump has threatened to call out the military if governors don’t get protests under control. His critics call it an overreach and say it will do nothing to resolve the threats against the lives and livelihoods of black Americans. The nation has been roiled by violence over the killings of black people by police. The protests come as the country buckles under the coronavirus outbreak and the Depression-level unemployment.
ST. LOUIS — Police say four officers were hit by gunfire after protests in St. Louis that started peacefully Monday became violent overnight, with demonstrators smashing windows and stealing items from businesses and fires burning in the downtown area. The police department tweeted early Tuesday that the officers were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. It was unclear who had fired the shots. The chaos in St. Louis followed continued protests Monday in Missouri over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of African Americans, with gatherings also held in Kansas City and Jefferson City.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Joe Biden is hoping to seize the delegates needed to formally clinch the Democrats’ presidential nomination as seven states and one territory vote. Tuesday’s elections will be the largest slate of presidential primaries in almost three months. Voters and campaigns alike will be asked to navigate curfews, health concerns and a sharp increase in mail balloting as voting takes place from Maryland to Montana. Many political groups are focusing on Pennsylvania, which represents a high-profile test case for the November general election. Biden needs to win 89% of all delegates at stake on Tuesday to formally clinch the nomination.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX have captured the flag left behind at the International Space Station nearly a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the U.S. NASA astronaut Doug Hurley showed off the flag Monday, a day after arriving at the orbiting outpost. The flag flew on the first space shuttle flight in 1981 and the last one in 2011. Hurley was on that final shuttle mission. The flag was an added incentive for SpaceX and Boeing, competing to be the first private company to launch astronauts into orbit from the U.S. Boeing’s first astronaut flight isn’t expected until next year.