US Domestic News Roundup: US Job Growth Exceeds Expectations; the unemployment rate remains at 3.6%; Biden awards Medal of Freedom to Biles, Rapinoe, late Sen. McCain and more

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US Job Growth Exceeds Expectations; the unemployment rate remains at 3.6%

U.S. job growth rose more than expected in June and the jobless rate remained near pre-pandemic lows, signs of continued strength in the labor market that give the Federal Reserve ammunition to deliver another 75 basis point interest rate hike later this month. Non-farm payrolls increased by 372,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department’s closely watched jobs report showed on Friday. Data for May has been revised down slightly to show payrolls increased by 384,000 jobs instead of the previously reported 390,000.

Biden awards Medal of Freedom to Biles, Rapinoe, late Sen. McCain

Gymnastics trailblazer Simone Biles and two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe were among 17 honorees to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Thursday from Joe Biden. America’s highest civilian honor is awarded to those who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other significant public or private endeavours.”

Highland Park parade shooting left 8-year-old boy with severed spinal cord

An 8-year-old boy suffered a severed spinal cord from a gunshot wound to the chest in the July 4 attack on a Chicago-area parade that left seven people dead, a man said on Thursday. spokesman for the family, his twin brother and his mother also injured. .

Cooper Roberts was one of the most seriously injured among dozens who survived gunshots and other injuries in the Independence Day assault on Highland Park, highlighting the devastation physical and emotional that goes beyond the lives lost in such violence.

US basketball star Griner admits Russian drug charge but denies intent

American basketball star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to a drug charge in a Russian court on Thursday, but denied intentionally breaking the law. Griner was speaking at the second hearing of his trial on a narcotics charge that carries up to 10 years in prison, days after he urged US President Joe Biden to secure his release.

US awards $968.6 million for airport terminal projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday awarded $968.6 million to 85 airport projects to deal with the country’s aging and often mocked aviation infrastructure. Some projects will fund new terminals, increase gate capacity, add air traffic control towers, jet bridges, new bathrooms, baggage claim belts, and reconfigure security checkpoints. .

Biden to sign executive order to help protect access to abortion and birth control

US President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Friday to help protect women’s access to abortion and contraception after the Supreme Court last month overturned the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, said the White House. Biden, a Democrat, came under pressure from supporters, especially progressives, to act after the landmark decision, which upended about 50 years of protecting women’s reproductive rights.

Bannon’s lawyer asks to withdraw from the case

A lawyer for Steve Bannon is seeking to opt out of representing former President Donald Trump’s adviser in his criminal contempt case, citing the possibility of being called as a witness at trial, according to a court document filed Friday. “Since it appears there will be a trial, and since it appears that at this time I may be called as a witness, I must reluctantly ask the Court to grant my request to withdraw as a witness. ‘trial attorney for…Bannon,’ Robert Costello wrote in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Cheniere, America’s largest proprietary LNG producer, asks Biden admin to drop pollution rule

Cheniere Energy Inc has asked the Biden administration to exempt it from emission limits on carcinogenic pollutants, arguing that they would force the main US exporter of liquefied natural gas to shut down for an extended period and jeopardize the country’s efforts. to increase supply in Europe. , according to documents reviewed by Reuters. The demand imposes an uncomfortable dilemma on President Joe Biden’s administration as it tries to balance efforts to cut pollution from the fossil fuel industry against promises to help European allies cut energy ties with Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine.

US jury convicts Sunny Balwani of Theranos for fraud

A US jury on Thursday convicted former Theranos Inc chairman Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani of defrauding investors and patients about the blood testing startup that was once valued at $9 billion. The jury in San Jose, Calif., deliberated for just over five days before convicting Balwani of two counts of conspiracy and 10 counts of fraud, a spokeswoman for U.S. attorney Stephanie Hinds said.

South Carolina lawmakers plan to ban nearly all abortions

South Carolina lawmakers held a public hearing Thursday to consider banning nearly all abortions in the state, similar to other Republican-led states that have banned most abortions since the Supreme Court of the United States overruled Roe v. Wade. A South Carolina House of Representatives committee heard from dozens of speakers testifying about whether the state should restrict abortion more than it currently does.

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