10 things you need to know today: June 27, 2022

Abortion-rights protests continue as states confirm bans, Russia hits Kyiv with missiles, and more

Abortion rights protest in Austin, Texas
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1. Abortion rights supporters protest as states impose 'trigger' laws

Abortion rights supporters rallied across the U.S. over the weekend to protest Friday's Supreme Court ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Nearly two dozen states immediately moved to impose "trigger" bans, designed to take effect as soon as Roe was overturned, or to tighten restrictions on abortions. Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said that although his state has banned nearly all abortions, access to contraception was "not going to be touched." The issue is already becoming a focus of political campaigns. Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, called the state's six-week abortion ban "horrendous" and vowed to "do everything in my power to reverse it."


2. Russia strikes Ukrainian capital

Russia on Sunday hit Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, with missiles after achieving its goal of seizing the key city of Sievierodonetsk and putting Russian forces a step closer to total control of the eastern Luhansk region. One person was killed and six injured in a Russian strike on a residential apartment building in Kyiv, Ukrainian officials said. The attacks came as the Group of Seven nations gathered in Germany for their annual summit. Leaders from the world's seven leading Democratic economies touted their united support of Ukraine. "We have to stay together, because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has been counting on, from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter," President Biden said at the meeting in the German Alps.

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3. Demand for abortion pills rises after Roe overturned

Demand for abortion pills surged immediately after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which protected a constitutional right to abortion for 50 years. Just the Pill, a nonprofit that helps people obtain the medications in several states, received 100 requests for appointments within hours, four times the usual daily volume, The New York Times reported Sunday. Medication abortion already accounts for more than half of recent abortions, and that share is expected to increase as about half of U.S. states ban abortion in the wake of the ruling while others move to increase access.

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4. 6 die when Colombia bullfight stands collapse

At least six people were killed and more than 200 injured on Sunday when three levels of viewing stands collapsed at a bullfight venue in El Espinal, Colombia, trapping hundreds of people under debris. The Tolima Civil Defense told ABC News that 10 of the injured are in serious condition, and local media reports that a child is among the dead. It's not yet clear why the stands collapsed. An investigation is underway. Colombia's president-elect, Gustavo Petro, ended bullfighting in Bogota when he was the city's mayor, and reportedly wants a national ban. Jose Ricardo Orozco, the governor of Tolima, told reporters his government would move to ban bullfighting, saying it is dangerous and promotes animal abuse.

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5. Pride March links gay rights and women's rights

Many participants in Sunday's annual New York City Pride March linked gay rights to women's rights, saying if the Supreme Court can toss out Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion, it can reverse the 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage and other key decisions, too. "There is a very strong case to be made that women's liberation is inextricably tied to gay liberation," marcher Christian Rodriguez said. Planned Parenthood was among the groups leading off the parade down New York City's Fifth Avenue — the first in-person parade since 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic started — emphasizing the connection and sense of urgency sparked by the high court's Friday decision to strike down Roe.

The New York Times

6. 20 teens die mysteriously at South Africa nightclub

At least 20 teenagers died in mysterious circumstances at a South African nightclub in the coastal town of East London early Sunday. Police are investigating the tragedy, which appeared to have occurred during a party to celebrate the end of school exams. Bodies reportedly were found lying across tables and chairs, local newspaper Daily Dispatch reported. There did not appear to be any signs of injuries, the newspaper reported. Coroners are conducting autopsies to determine how the youths died. "At this point we cannot confirm the cause of death," said health department spokesperson Siyanda Manana. The owner of the club said he was "still uncertain about what really happened, but when I was called in the morning I was told the place was too full and that some people were trying to force their way into the tavern."

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7. Poll: 52 percent say Supreme Court decision was 'step backward'

Fifty-two percent of voters who participated in a CBS News-YouGov poll released Sunday said the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion, was a "step backward" for the nation. Another 31 percent said it marked a "step forward," and 17 said it was neither. Overall, 59 percent of the poll's participants — and 67 percent of the women polled — disapproved of the decision; 41 percent approved. Fifty-six percent of the women in the survey said the ruling would make their lives worse, compared to 16 percent who said it would make their lives better. Voters who disagreed with the decision used words like "upset," "angry," and "scared" to describe how it made them feel, the pollsters said. Those who approved used words like "hopeful" and "happy."

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8. Russia defaults on foreign debt for 1st time since 1918

Russia missed two payments on its foreign-currency sovereign debt late Sunday, putting it into its first foreign debt default since 1918. Russia fell into delinquency not because it ran out of money, but because Western sanctions imposed in response to its invasion of Ukraine prevented it from getting the equivalent of $100 million payable in dollars and euros to bondholders, The Wall Street Journal reported. Sanctions made the default inevitable because they disconnected Russia from the global financial system. The missed payments weren't expected to damage Russia's markets or its economy, partly because Russian bonds have already been trading for pennies on the dollar since shortly after the invasion started in late February, as investors braced for the default.

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9. Colorado Avalanche win 1st Stanley Cup in two decades

The Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Sunday to win the team's first Stanley Cup since 2001, in Game 6 of hockey's championship series. Nathan MacKinnon and Artturi Lehkonen gave the Avalanche their two goals in the second period. Colorado missed a chance to seal the title in Game 5 on their home ice, but Tampa Bay kept their hopes alive with a 3-2 win. "We knew the job that we had to do," said Avalanche postseason MVP Cale Makar, awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after finishing the playoffs third overall in scoring with eight goals and 29 points in 20 games. "It's hard to describe, honestly," MacKinnon said. "The best part is sharing it with my teammates and my brothers."

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10. 'Elvis,' 'Top Gun: Maverick' post rare box-office tie

Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick finished the weekend neck-and-neck atop the domestic box office, with both films bringing in roughly $30.5 million in North America ticket sales. Elvis led on Friday but came in second on Saturday, leaving the movies essentially tied before official tallies are released Monday. Elvis' debut was unusually strong for a film targeting older audiences, and Maverick's weekend haul was a rare windfall for a film in its fifth weekend. Maverick has now topped $1 billion worldwide in just 31 days. Jurassic World Dominion and Universal's Blumhouse Productions thriller The Black Phone both earned more than $20 million.

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