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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say police officers in Ohio have fatally shot a man after a car chase. Akron police Capt. David Laughlin told the Akron Beacon Journal that officers shot the unidentified man in the parking lot of a business early Monday morning after the man jumped from a moving car and posed a “deadly threat” to officers. Laughlin said the man fired a shot at police from his vehicle on Ohio State Route 8 shortly after the pursuit began. Laughlin didn't immediately respond to an email seeking additional details Monday morning. Police say the pursuit began after an attempted traffic stop.
(AP) — Praise and lament for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned abortion rights filled sacred spaces this weekend. Clergy across the U.S. rearranged worship plans or rewrote sermons to provide their religious context -- and competing messages -- about the historic moment. Abortion is a visceral issue for deeply divided religious Americans in the wake of the seismic Dobbs v. Jackson decision. In Pittsburgh on Sunday, one Catholic priest called Friday “a day of great joy” because of the ruling, although a few people left during his homily. A minister in New York City mourned the decision, saying, “We are reeling.”
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney isn’t up for reelection this year, but his name is surfacing in Republican primaries throughout the nation. Candidates are using the label “Mitt Romney Republican” to frame opponents as insufficiently conservative and enemies of the Trump-era GOP. Candidates have employed the concept in attack ads and talking points in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In Romney's home state Utah, Republican challengers taking on incumbent congressmen are using the attack, even though Romney won overwhelmingly only four years ago. The fact that Romney remains potent attack fodder reflects his singular position in politics and ongoing divisions within the Republican Party.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man convicted of striking and killing a man and the man's young daughter with his SUV has been sentenced to life in prison. The Akron Beacon Journal reports 37-year-old Shawn Allen, of Canton, remained defiant during his sentencing Friday in Akron and continues to maintain his innocence. His attorneys say there was no physical evidence tying him to a hit-and-run in June 2020 that killed 43-year-old Horace Lee and 21-month-old Azariah Tucker. Lee was pushing the girl in a stroller. Their bodies were found in an Akron driveway the next morning.
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