Millions of homes are at risk of flooding. The alleged "Golden State Killer" pleads guilty to murder. And what we know about the reported Russia bounty on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
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Buyers, beware: What's the real flood danger near your home?
Millions of Americans think they’re safe from floods. They aren’t. A nationwide flood risk tool released Monday shows some federal maps traditionally used to calculate flood risk are alarmingly outdated. The new data paints a picture of the USA as woefully underprepared for damaging floods. Thresholds the federal government uses to identify a property at risk of flooding do not account for millions of properties – and even more will be in danger by 2050. Check your property’s risk here.
Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions
The Supreme Court struck down state restrictions on abortion clinics Monday, giving abortion rights advocates a big victory at the conservative court. The court ruled that a restrictive Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals "poses a 'substantial obstacle' to women seeking an abortion" and "offers no significant health-related benefits." The battle over reproductive rights isn't over. More abortion cases are headed the high court's way as both sides zero in on the ultimate prize: upholding or overruling the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide in 1973.
Tough abortion laws in Alabama and several other states face legal battles in court. Here's how they take aim at Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for the Trump administration to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years.
What everyone’s talking about
Richard Sherman: Cam Newton's salary with the Patriots is "disgusting."
A Missouri couple pointed guns at protesters calling for St. Louis' mayor to resign.
Several hikers have gone missing at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.
Fireworks sales are booming nationwide during the COVID-19 crisis. Will sparklers sell out?
Jada Pinkett Smith and son Jaden Smith are blasting YouTuber Shane Dawson for sexualizing Willow when she was 11.
California's alleged Golden State Killer pleads guilty to murder
A former police officer – accused of being California’s Golden State Killer, a serial rapist who terrorized the state and killed more than a dozen people, evading capture for decades – pleaded guilty Monday to the first of 13 murders. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., who was arrested in 2018, had remained almost silent in court until he uttered “guilty” to killing a community college professor in 1975. DeAngelo, 74, has never publicly acknowledged the killings but offered up a confession of sorts after his arrest that cryptically referred to an inner personality named “Jerry” that purportedly forced him to commit the wave of crimes that ended in 1986.
Reports say Russia put a bounty on US troops in Afghanistan
U.S. intelligence officials said Russia secretly offered cash to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops, including Americans, in Afghanistan, according to multiple news media reports. The New York Times reported Friday that President Donald Trump was informed months ago that a Russian intelligence unit offered payments to kill troops, but Trump insisted he did not know about the reported bounty. Why? The intelligence was not shared with Trump because it had not been "verified" within the U.S. intelligence community, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.
Broadway star Nick Cordero is still fighting complications from coronavirus.
One of the most remote and isolated places on Earth – the South Pole – has warmed at more than three times the global rate for the past 30 years.
Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Van Jones and more call for Juneteenth to become a paid holiday.
Fact check: Barack Obama never mentioned Juneteenth while in office. Our ruling: False.
"I was horrified": Witnesses injured by police testified about Trump's photo op at Lafayette Square.
Until we meet again, Broadway
Broadway stages will remain dark for the rest of the year amid a national boom in coronavirus cases. The Broadway League announced Monday that performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020. On the *mildly* bright side, you know what could be ready by the end of 2020? A vaccine. The nation's leading infectious diseases expert, Anthony Fauci, said he remains "cautiously optimistic" that a vaccine could be widely available by year's end – but he warned that it might be only 70% effective.
Give it to me straight: As of Monday, the number of confirmed cases were more than 10 million, and the death toll was more than 502,000 around the globe. There are more than 2.5 million cases in the USA and more than 125,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Flood risk, abortion, Supreme Court, Golden State Killer: Monday's news