Georgia lawmaker is told ‘go back where you came from’ — A black member of Georgia’s Legislature said she was the target of verbal harassment and had been told “go back where you came from” at a store Friday. In a video posted on Facebook, Rep. Erica Thomas said a white man confronted her for having too many items in the express checkout lane at a Publix in Mableton, Georgia. The lawmaker, who was elected in 2014, wrote on Twitter that her husband had not been with her at the supermarket because he is on active duty “serving the country I came from USA!”
Shinzo Abe declares victory in Japan election — Shinzo Abe declared victory in national elections Sunday, ensuring his place in history as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister at a time when the country faces numerous challenges, including tensions with its neighbors in Asia and coming trade talks with an unpredictable counterpart in the White House. Official results are not expected until Monday, but public broadcaster NHK said that Abe’s conservative governing coalition had won a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament. But his coalition did not secure the number of seats needed to revise a pacifist constitution that has been in place since 1947.
Taliban attack Pakistan security checkpoint, hospital — At least nine people were killed and at least 30 others wounded Sunday in Taliban attacks on a security checkpoint and a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, officials said. A spokesman for the Taliban said the attacks — by gunmen on motorbikes and a suicide bomber — had been carried out to avenge the killing of one of its militants last month in the district of Dera Ismail Khan. A senior police official initially said the suicide attacker had been female, but the Taliban later released a photograph of a longhaired man whom the group identified as the bomber.
More than 50,000 lose power in NYC — Almost 50,000 customers were without power in New York City and Westchester County on Sunday night as the third day of dangerously hot weather continued to grip the region, officials said. Shortly after 8 p.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that 30,000 customers in Brooklyn — in and around the neighborhoods of Canarsie, Mill Basin and Flatbush — would have their power turned off so Consolidated Edison could make necessary repairs to “prevent a bigger outage.” According to its power failure map, many Con Edison customers in Queens and Brooklyn could be without power until Monday morning.
Heat and humidity grip East Coast — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War reenactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. “Sunday has been canceled,” the NYPD jokingly tweeted . “Stay indoors, nothing to see here. Really, we got this.” The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief as a cold front moved steadily southward and eastward across the country, bringing down the temperatures. But the cooler weather settling in Monday and Tuesday is also bringing severe storms packed with powerful winds and heavy rains that have already caused damage in the Midwest. The National Weather Service warns flash flooding might be possible in some areas. From the Carolinas to Maine, daytime highs reached the upper 90s Sunday. Coupled with high humidity, temperatures felt as hot as 110 in places. ”There’s no point being out,” Washington, D.C., bus driver Ramieka Darby remarked while taking a quick break amid temperatures of nearly 100 degrees.
Ukraine’s new president aims to consolidate power — Ukrainians voted Sunday in an early parliamentary election called by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected in April. During his presidential campaign, Zelenskiy promised an improvement in living standards. Once in office, however, he discovered that his powers were hemmed in by lawmakers. Last month, Zelenskiy said that the snap parliamentary election should “speed up the reboot of the Ukrainian political system that has been mired in corruption.” According to most recent polls, Zelenskiy’s party is polling at around 50%, putting it in a good position to win enough seats to form a government.
Venezuelan fighter jet ‘shadowed’ U.S. airplane — A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter jet “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Caribbean Sea, the military announced Sunday. A Lockheed Martin-made EP-3 aircraft was followed “at an unsafe distance” in the incident, which took place on Friday. In a tweet, the U.S. Southern Command alleged that the shadowing was “jeopardizing the crew & aircraft.” The U.S. insisted the aircraft was engaged in a “multi-nationally recognized & approved mission in international airspace.” The U.S. released photos and a video. The military pointed the finger at Russia, accusing Moscow of “irresponsible military support” for President Nicolas Maduro. Moscow has denied it is bolstering the Venezuelan government in the way the U.S. has alleged in recent months. The U.S. is calling for Maduro to be ousted and supports the opposition, which recently failed in an effort to carry out a coup against the president. The military said the latest incident “underscores Maduro’s recklessness & irresponsible behavior.” U.S. and Russian military planes have had several incidents in recent months of shadowing, escorting and counter-actions.