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FBI investigates shooting at Buffalo supermarket as hate crime
The FBI is continuing to investigate Monday the shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that killed 10 people and wounded three more as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism. Eleven of the 13 people who were shot at the Tops Friendly Markets were Black, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. The suspect, who was taken into custody at the scene, is white. The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, was charged with murder and officials said they will weigh additional charges in the coming days. Voice Buffalo and other equity advocacy groups organized a vigil near the shooting scene that drew a crowd of hundreds Sunday morning. Rev. Mark Blue, president of the Buffalo NAACP, called for unity among residents of all races and said everyone must "continue to support those who have been victimized by this heinous act" of racism.
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Authorities investigate motive behind shooting at California church
An investigation is ongoing Monday into a shooting at a Southern California church Sunday that authorities said left one person dead and five injured. Police said the gunman entered the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods around 1:30 PT and opened fire. As bullets were fired, a group of churchgoers pinned the gunman to the ground and tied his legs with an extension cord, said Orange County's Undersheriff Jeff Hallock. When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, an Asian man in his 60s, tied and took him into custody. Authorities are investigating why the attacker targeted the church, which had 30 to 40 people inside at the time of the shooting, most of whom were Taiwanese, and whether it might be considered a hate crime.
The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard libel trial resumes
The trial of Johnny Depp versus ex-wife Amber Heard, which has been full of high emotions and explosive accusations, will resume Monday. Depp is suing Heard for libel in Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Court, saying a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote defamed him when she described herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." Since the trial began April 11, both actors as well as witnesses and experts have been called to the stand to back up each side. More well-known celebrities and key witnesses are still scheduled to testify in the coming weeks. Most recently, Heard took the stand for two days to testify against Depp, alleging he physically and sexually assaulted her, and detailed her experiences with Depp's past drug and alcohol use. When Depp took the stand, he maintained he "never struck Ms. Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any women in my life."
EU no longer requires masks on planes, in airports
The European Union will no longer require masks on planes and in airports starting Monday, according to an announcement made last week. Rules for masks may still vary by airline if they fly to or from destinations with different guidelines. The announcement came amid the widespread easing of coronavirus restrictions. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said they hoped their joint decision would help normalize air travel for passengers and crews. The two agencies recommended that airlines keep systems for passenger locator information on standby in case they could be needed in the future, for example a new dangerous variant emerges. The requirement to wear masks on planes had been in place for about two years.
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My Chemical Romance kicks off reunion tour following first new music in nearly a decade
My Chemical Romance kicks off their highly anticipated reunion tour in the U.K. on Monday, days after the band's first major release in nearly 10 years. The band dropped a new single "The Foundations of Decay" on Thursday, their first major release since 2014. Produced by lead singer Gerard Way, Doug McKean and lead guitarist Ray Toro, the single marks a new era for My Chemical Romance following their 2013 split. In fall 2019, the group announced their return and got back together for a reunion performance that December. In addition to their tour, the band has also been tapped for festival lineups this year, including the 10th anniversary of the Firefly Music Festival in September and The When We Were Young festival in October, playing alongside acts such as Green Day, Dua Lipa and Paramore. The North American leg of the band's tour will begin on Aug. 20.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Buffalo shooting, Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial: 5 things to know Monday