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    Jurors have found “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson guilty of two out of three counts of rape, and he could get 30 years to life in prison. The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom, where Masterson was led out in handcuffs. It was the second trial for the 47-year-old actor, after a jury deadlocked in his first. Masterson has been convicted of raping two women at his home between 2001 and 2003. Prosecutors say he drugged the women so he could assault them, then used his prominence in the Church of Scientology to avoid consequences for decades.

      After sailing through the House on a bipartisan vote, the debt ceiling and budget cuts package now goes to the Senate. President Joe Biden negotiated the deal with Speaker Kevin McCarthy to avert a U.S. default crisis. They worked to assemble a coalition of centrist Democrats and Republicans to push it to approval. A similar bipartisan effort will be needed in the Senate to overcome opposition. The U.S. was facing a potentially disastrous default in less than a week if Congress failed to act. Despite deep disappointment from hard-right Republicans that budget cuts don't go far enough, it was approved on a bipartisan House vote with Democrats. The Senate is expected to act quickly by the end of the week.

        Jordan’s highly anticipated royal wedding day is now underway with the surprise announcement that Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate have arrived for the nuptials of Crown Prince Hussein and his Saudi Arabian bride. The attendance of the British royals had been kept under wraps, and was only confirmed by Jordanian state media a few hours before the start of Thursday's palace ceremony. The wedding of Jordan’s 28-year-old heir to the throne and Rajwa Alseif, a 29-year-old architect linked to her own country’s monarch, emphasizes continuity in an Arab state prized for its longstanding stability. The festivities also introduce Hussein to a wider global audience.

          Ukrainian officials say the latest pre-dawn Russian missile attack on Kyiv has killed at least three people, including a 9-year-old child and her mother. Ukrainian air defenses shot down all 10 cruise and ballistic missiles launched by the Kremlin’s forces Thursday, but falling debris caused damage and casualties on the ground, wounding 16 people. Russia has kept up a steady barrage of the Ukrainian capital and other parts of the country in recent weeks as Kyiv readies what it says is a counteroffensive to push back Moscow’s troops, 15 months after their full-scale invasion. Kyiv was the target of a reported 17 drone and missile attacks last month.

            A Kansas City man accused of shooting a Black teenager who mistakenly came to his door is scheduled to be back in court. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday for 84-year-old Andrew Lester. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the shooting of Ralph Yarl in April. The hearing is to set new dates for hearings in the case. A judge has granted a request by Lester's attorneys that court documents in the case be sealed and kept from the public. The judge says he granted the request because national and international publicity prompted threats against Lester, who is white, and made it more difficult to defend his actions.

            The annual Hawk Springs Community Hamburger Fries will begin in June. The fries area fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting t he Hawk Springs Community Center maintenance fund.

            A South Dakota man has admitted to fatally shooting three people and wounding two others. KELO-TV reports that 43-year-old Francis Lange on Wednesday entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill to three counts of murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Lange admitted in court to going into a home in the small town of Scotland, South Dakota, on Nov. 9, 2021, and shooting everyone inside. Those killed included Lange’s former girlfriend, Angela Monclova, along with her father, Librado Monclova, and Diane Akins. A 5-year-old girl was shot, along with another victim who survived. He faces mandatory life in prison without parole at sentencing on July 24.

            Five staff members at a Nebraska prison were punched, kicked and stabbed with “manufactured weapons” when they were attacked by three inmates. The state’s Department of Correctional Services says the injuries from the attack on Wednesday at the Reception and Treatment Center in Lincoln were severe but not life-threatening. A news release says the inmates involved in the attack were intoxicated and housed in a high-security, maximum-custody unit. Three weapons were recovered. Two other staff members were injured while responding to the attack but the injuries were not from being assaulted. The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating. As of Thursday morning, no charges have been filed.


            The Air Force has announced the permanent location for many more U.S. Space Force units — and none of them are in Huntsville, Alabama. This suggests the service may be moving ahead with at least part of the design it originally sought for the new force before it became entangled in politics. Four more Space Force missions will now be based in Colorado Springs, a notable choice during a larger and now politicized battle over where to locate the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command. Colorado Springs, which is housing Space Command’s temporary headquarters, was the Air Force’s preferred location. But Donald Trump, in the final days of his presidency, selected Alabama instead.

            The governors of Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina are joining the growing list of Republican-led states sending soldiers or other state law enforcement officers to the U.S. border with Mexico. Virginia's Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday he's deploying 100 Virginia National Guard soldiers and 21 support personnel at the request of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. South Carolina's Henry McMaster and West Virginia's Jim Justice made similar announcement Wednesday. At least eight Republican-led states have made similar deployments in the weeks since Abbott appealed for helpassistance, which was issued in mid-May. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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