President Joe Biden visited Yuvaldi, Texas, as the investigation into law enforcement’s response to the school massacre intensified. Hurricane Agatha is heading towards the coast of Mexico. And why aren’t health officials so concerned that monkeypox could become an epidemic? It’s the biggest news of the weekend.
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Biden visits Yuvaldi. Justice Department launches review of police response to shootings
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on Sunday paid their respects to the stricken community in Ovaldi, Texas, as they visited memorials for the children who died last week in the massacre at Robb Elementary School, as well as survivors, families and first responders. The Bidens began their visit at the school’s memorial site, where portraits of the students are framed by white floral arches. They passed from one wasted life to another; The first lady touched every photo and can be seen wiping tears from under her sunglasses. Amid the visit, the Department of Justice announced that it would launch a review of law enforcement’s response to the mass shootings. “To everyone affected by the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Ovaldi, Texas: We mourn with you. We pray with you. We stand with you. We are committed to turning that pain into action,” The president said on Twitter before leaving on Sunday.
Mexico braces for deadly mudslides as Hurricane Agatha roars toward the coast
Historic Hurricane Agatha hit the southern coast of Mexico Monday, with winds of up to 110 mph, severe storms and torrential rain raises fears of deadly floods and mudslides. Up to 20 inches of rain was forecast in some areas. “The surge will be accompanied by devastating waves near the coast,” John Kangelosi, a hurricane specialist with the National Weather Service, warned, adding that “floods and mudslides could be life-threatening.” AccuWeather meteorologists said Agatha, as it transits Mexico and enters Campeche Bay in the next few days, could develop into the first named storm in the Atlantic basin. The storm was expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane – maximum winds of 96-110 mph – Monday evening along Mexico’s state of Oaxaca. Winds of up to 145 miles per hour could have occurred.
The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat to advance to the NBA Finals
The The Boston Celtics are heading to the NBA Finals After defeating the Miami Heat, 100-96, in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals. Jason Tatum led the way for the Celtics by scoring 26 points in the elimination match. Tatum was also the recipient of the first Larry Bird Award, awarded to the best player in the East Finals. Boston’s win ensures that it will be in the NBA Finals for the 22nd time in franchise history and for the first time since 2010. The Celtics will face the Golden State Warriors and attempt to win the 18th championship in the league, which would break the tie with the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 of the NBA Finals takes place Thursday in San Francisco (9 p.m. ET, ABC).
WHO “not concerned” with global monkeypox pandemic; Few US cases have been reported
more than 250 confirmed monkeypox cases All over the world over a two-week period, a WHO expert said on Monday, but a pandemic is unlikely. Ten cases were confirmed in the United States from May 13 to May 26, according to the World Health Organization. The United States is one of 23 countries where monkeypox has not normally been found to report cases during the time period – a total of 257 confirmed cases and 117 to 127 other suspected cases still under investigation. No deaths have been reported. The vast majority of cases seen in dozens of countries globally are in gay or bisexual men, said Dr Rosamund Lewis, technical officer for monkeypox at the World Health Organization. But she cautioned that anyone is at risk of contracting the disease, regardless of their sexual orientation.
EU close to agreement on oil embargo on Russia
The The European Union is close to reaching an agreement on a sixth sanctions package It includes an oil embargo against RussiaA senior EU official said on Monday. The package has stalled in recent days due to objections from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who appears to have been granted an indefinite exemption after repeatedly claiming that his country’s economy would crash without Russian oil. All 27 EU countries must approve the package in order for it to win approval.
👉 More news: Russia suffers a “devastating” loss of young officers; The murder of a French journalist in Ukraine. Monday updates.
5 dead, 4 rescued after boat crash on Memorial Day weekend in Georgia
Two motorboats carrying nine passengers traveling in opposite directions collided near the docks of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia. On Sunday, search and rescue teams retrieved the bodies of the dead Three people are missing from the accidentBringing the death toll to five, after two deaths were confirmed on Saturday. Four other people were rescued. The three missing victims were found by game rangers 14 feet deep and close to each other. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Mark Christopher Stegal, 45, was a Savannah resident. Arrested for boating under the influence of drugs.
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