In the news
• Liz Truss, the UK’s foreign secretary and candidate for prime minister, told the BBC she was “absolutely committed to solving this problem and coming up with a full plan within a month of how we will … find our way out of this difficult time.”
• Seara Burton, a 28-year-old police officer who was shot in the head during a traffic stop, was transferred to a hospice facility after being taken off life support at a Dayton, Ohio, Richmond, Indiana hospital. The police announced this on Facebook.
• Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center for Sexual Exploitation, said in a statement that Instagram had fairly removed a Canadian-owned adult video site from its platform, amid reports of the site “producing child sexual abuse material, Sex trafficking, filmed hosting rape and non-consensual videos and images.”
• The involuntary manslaughter charge of Nicholas Lucas, 30, of Gaffney, SC, was upgraded to murder after CID technicians determined he had deliberately fired in the direction of his neighbor to hit her instead of at the targets shooting in his garden, authorities said.
• Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is providing $250 million in federal Covid-19 assistance for grants of up to $2 million to be used by local governments or nonprofit groups to support recreational facilities and the Improve access to healthy food in some of the state’s poorest areas.
• Glenn Cook, editor-in-chief of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said in a statement that government reporter and columnist Jeff German, who was fatally stabbed outside his home, was “the gold standard of the news business.”
• Pamela Baskervill, a district judge, dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owner of a Virginia Beach tattoo shop that sought to declare two children’s books obscene and to restrict their distribution to minors, including through booksellers and libraries.
• Warren Riley, former New Orleans Police Commissioner, reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the city alleging that the mayor withdrew an offer to become its director of public safety and homeland security.
• Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, will take the first direct flight of her country’s national airline from Auckland to New York, a 17½-hour flight as part of an effort to rebuild the country’s tourism industry after it was decimated by the pandemic .