Stanley Cup Finals, Gun Control, Supreme Court, Abortion, Russia: The Biggest News You Missed
Biden signs biggest bipartisan gun control legislation in decades
President Joe Biden enacted bipartisan gun control legislation specifically written to keep guns away from dangerous people on Saturdays. The bill, which was crafted in the wake of Uvalde’s fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School, passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week. The law strengthens background checks on young gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 and encourages states to pass more “red flag” laws that would deny guns to people who may be dangerous. It also closes the “boyfriend loophole” by adding dating partners to the list of domestic abusers who are banned from buying guns. It is the biggest federal gun control bill in decades.
US bans Russian gold imports at G-7 as leaders consider new Ukraine war sanctions
The United States announced on Sunday that it ban new Russian gold imports as it steps up efforts to deprive Vladimir Putin financial resources it needs to maintain its assault on Ukraine. Biden administration officials made the announcement as the US president prepared to meet in Germany with the leaders of France, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan, who form the economic alliance known as the Group of Seven. Other G-7 countries are expected to follow suit, with the UK being the main one. Gold is one of Russia’s main exports and an important source of income for the country. About 90% of Russia’s gold exports go to G-7 countries.
G-7 world leaders will hold sessions on a range of economic challenges while in Germany, including rising prices, food shortages and the possibility of a global recession. Biden is expected to announce on Sunday the launch of a global infrastructure initiative to help low- and middle-income countries better address their development challenges.
Nationwide protests and celebrations after Supreme Court ruling on abortion
Some in celebration and others in indignation, thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, who ended the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Others carried signs and sang in cities large and small across the country, including Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York. In the sweltering 90 degree heat, people chanted and held up signs outside the high court, where a barricade was erected and officers were staged. Activists splattered red paint on the sidewalk to look like blood, leading to two arrests for alleged destruction of property.
Road test at the Lightning stands between the Avalanche and the Stanley Cup
Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final is Sunday night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning will once again try to avoid elimination against the Colorado Avalanche. The puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, with Colorado holding a 3-2 series lead. Colorado failed to close the series on Friday when Lightning winger Ondřej Palát scored the game-winning third-period goal to give Tampa a 3-2 win. The Lightning are the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions and have won their last 11 playoffs. The Avalanche are aiming for their first title since 2001.
Two Americans captured by Russian forces could face the death penalty. Can the United States save them?
A senior Ukrainian official said his country was working on a prisoner exchange to free two American veterans captured by Russian forces while serving as war volunteers in Ukraine: Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27. back in the face of much stronger headwinds, citing the Russian desire to discourage war volunteers by punishing the men and US-Russian diplomatic relations being at an all-time low. Two Britons and a Moroccan were recently sentenced to death by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, but several experts told USA TODAY that Russia may be reluctant to further stoke tensions by allowing executions .
This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Contributor: Associated Press.