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HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-THE LATEST The Latest: Taiwan groups rally to support Hong Kong protest HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered outside Taiwan’s parliament in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters who are marching…

HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW-THE LATEST

The Latest: Taiwan groups rally to support Hong Kong protest

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered outside Taiwan’s parliament in solidarity with Hong Kong protesters who are marching against a proposed extradition bill.

The crowd of Hong Kong students and Taiwanese supporters held a peaceful sit-in in Taipei, the capital of the independently governed island that China claims as its territory.

The group that rallied Sunday said the legislation In Hong Kong also posed a risk to Taiwan.

Hong Kong’s leader on Saturday suspended the bill, which would allow some suspects to be sent to mainland China for trials.

Opponents see it as way Beijing is interfering with freedoms promised to Hong Kong when it took control of the former British colony in 1997.

TRUMP-THE LAUNCH

4 years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the escalator ride that would change history.

Four years ago on Sunday, Donald Trump descended through the pink marble and brass atrium of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president.

It was the first step on a journey few believed would take him all the way to the White House.

It turns out the 2015 event might not have happened, at least not on June 16. And the over-the-top staging that featured a crowd including paid actors could have been even more theatrical if one early idea hadn’t been scrapped.

Now, the president who loves to reminisce about that “famous” Trump Tower moment is trying to recreate the magic as he formally launches his re-election bid on Tuesday at a rally in Orlando, Florida.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Egypt slams Houthi attack on 2 Saudi airports

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Egypt is strongly condemning two drone attacks by Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, that targeted airports in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

An Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement on Sunday called the attacks “wanton aggressions.”

The Houthis claimed late Saturday night that they’d attacked airports in the cities of Abha and Jizan. Saudi Arabia said early Sunday that it had shot down one Houthi drone.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Houthi rebels, which Tehran denies. Egypt backs the Saudi-led military coalition of mostly Arab states that has been at war against the Houthis in Yemen since 2015.

The attacks come just days after the rebels said they launched a cruise missile that struck the Abha airport. Saudi Arabia said that attack on Wednesday wounded 26 people.

ELECTION 2020-FREE COLLEGE

2020 race brings free college back to the national stage

The free college movement is back on the national stage as a rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House.

At least 18 of the party’s 23 presidential contenders have come out in support of some version of free college.

Candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed eliminating tuition at public colleges and universities. Former Vice President Joe Biden and others are backing plans for free community college.

The issue gained momentum in the 2016 primary but largely fizzled with the election of President Donald Trump, who’s seen as hostile to the idea.

Democrats are reviving the issue to confront what some call a college affordability crisis, an issue likely to draw attention in the first primary debates later this month.

COSTCO SHOOTING-THE LATEST

The Latest: Police say shooting came after man hit officer

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — The Corona Police Department says a fatal shooting inside a Costco Wholesale warehouse store Friday night took place after a 32-year-old man attacked an off-duty police officer.

The department says in a statement that Kenneth French of Riverside assaulted the Los Angeles Police Department officer while he was holding his young child. The statement goes on to say that the officer fired his gun, hitting French and two of French’s relatives. The department says French was killed. The relatives are in critical conditions at hospitals.

The department says the officer, whose identity is being withheld, was treated and released at a nearby hospital, and the officer’s child was not injured.

Corona is about 50 miles (81 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles.

ISRAEL-SARA NETANYAHU

Israeli PM’s wife sentenced for misusing state funds

JERUSALEM (AP) — The wife of Israel’s prime minister has been sentenced to pay a fine of roughly $15,000 for misusing state funds.

A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday accepted the plea bargain Sara Netanyahu signed with prosecutors to settle the allegations she misused some $100,000 in state money on lavish meals.

The State Attorney’s office said the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay additional fines to close the case, which accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants while the official residence employed a full-time chef.

Sara Netanyahu was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust last year. The settlement saw her admit to more minor charges and reduced the overspending charge to $50,000.

The prime minister faces an indictment on separate corruption charges.

DEAD WHALES

Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — Officials are asking Washington state waterfront landowners to volunteer their properties as the final resting places for dead gray whales.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says so many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the agency has run out of places where they can be taken to decompose.

So the agency this week asked landowners for help getting rid of the carcasses up to 40 feet (12 meters) long.

The agency says about 30 whales have stranded on Washington’s coast this year, the most in two decades.

The agency says landowners volunteering sites can support the natural process of the marine environment.

Officials say skeletons left behind can be used for educational purposes.

Officials say the gray whale population remains strong at about 27,000.

FATHER’S DAY-CENSUS

Census says more than 60% of US men are fathers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Just in time for Father’s Day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released a report showing more than 60% of the 121 million men in the U.S. are fathers.

Data in the report released this week comes from 2014 when the bureau for the first time asked both men and women about their fertility histories.

The report says under three-quarters of fathers are married. Almost 13% of dads are divorced and 8% have never been married.

The report shows just under a quarter of U.S. men between ages 40 and 50 are childless, and about 17% have never been married by middle age.

Men with children are more educated than those without kids.

The report says about 12% of fathers hold graduate degrees but only about 7.5% of childless men do.

OJ SIMPSON-TWITTER

OJ Simpson on Twitter: ‘I got a little gettin’ even to do.’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson has launched a Twitter account with a video post in which the former football star says he’s got a “little gettin’ even to do.”

Simpson confirmed the new account to The Associated Press on Saturday. Simpson said in a phone interview it will be a lot of fun and that he had some things to straighten out.

He did not elaborate before he said he had to go and ended the call.

In the video, Simpson said his Twitter followers would get to read all his thoughts and opinions on just about everything.

The 71-year-old recently told the AP he was happy and healthy living in Las Vegas 25 years after the grisly killings that transformed him from Hall of Fame football hero to murder suspect.

BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES

UK Tories warned not to crown Boris Johnson without a fight

LONDON (AP) — Candidates seeking to become Britain’s next prime minister are warning that the Conservative Party needs a real contest, rather than a coronation for front-runner Boris Johnson.

Johnson, a former foreign secretary, has a big lead after the first round of voting by Tory lawmakers. On Sunday he received the backing of Esther McVey, one of the candidates eliminated from the race last week.

Six contenders remain, with Johnson by far the favorite. Lawmakers are set to narrow the field this week in a series of elimination votes, with the final two names put to a vote of Conservative members nationwide.

But some have suggested that stage could be skipped if Johnson is too far ahead.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who is in fifth place, says it is important to have “a robust final round.”

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