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A METRA commuter train passes through the Highland Park, Ill. train station, without making a stop, one day after a mass shooting in the suburban Chicago town Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Highland Park, Ill. A shooter fired on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop spraying the crowd with gunshots initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers of all ages fled in terror. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds have been told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes as Australia’s largest city faces more severe flooding. Days of torrential rain have caused dams to overflow and waterways to break their banks. The excess water means parts of the city of 5 million people are facing a fourth flooding emergency in 16 months. Emergency officials said Monday the current flooding is likely to be worse than the others and affect areas spared in the earlier floods. Some places received 3 feet of rain in the past 24 hours. Rain is forecast all week.

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Residents' association President Otavio Alves Barros handles a line with gas generated by the sewage treatment biosystem in the Enchanted Valley sustainable community on the outskirts of Tijuca National Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 6, 2022. Electricity arrived in the late 20th century to the low-income Enchanted Valley community, but the utility never connected it to the city’s sewage network, so its residents set out to solve the problem on its own by building a biodigester and artificial wetland to process all sewage generated by all of its 40 families. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

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Residents association president Otavio Alves Barros walks by the sewage treatment Biosystem of the Enchanted Valley sustainable community on the outskirts of Tijuca National Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 6, 2022. Electricity arrived in the late 20th century to the low-income Enchanted Valley community, but the utility never connected it to the city’s sewage network, so its residents set out to solve the problem on its own by building a biodigester and artificial wetland to process all sewage generated by all of its 40 families. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

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Residents' association President Otavio Alves Barros works on the gas outlet from the sewage treatment biosystem of the Enchanted Valley sustainable community on the outskirts of Tijuca National Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 6, 2022. Electricity arrived in the late 20th century to the low-income Enchanted Valley community, but the utility never connected it to the city’s sewage network, so its residents set out to solve the problem on its own by building a biodigester and artificial wetland to process all sewage generated by all of its 40 families. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

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U.S. officials are testing a new wildfire retardant after two decades of buying millions of gallons annually from one supplier, but watchdogs say the expensive strategy is overly fixated on aerial attacks at the expense of hiring more fire-line digging ground crews. The Forest Service says tests started last summer are continuing this summer with a magnesium-chloride-based retardant from Fortress. Fortress contends its retardants are effective and better for the environment than products offered by Perimeter Solutions. That company says its ammonium-phosphate-based retardants are superior. The Forest Service used more than 50 million gallons of retardant for the first time in 2020 as increasingly destructive wildfires plague the West.

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Ukrainian authorities say Russian missile attacks on residential buildings in a coastal town near the port city of Odesa have killed at least 21 people, including an 11-year-old boy, his mother and a soccer coach. Video of the pre-dawn attack Friday showed the charred remains of buildings in the small town of Serhiivka. The Ukrainian president’s office said three X-22 missiles fired by Russian bombers struck an apartment building and a campsite. The assault came after Russian forces withdrew from a nearby Black Sea island on Thursday. Despite the withdrawal, Ukraine's military reported Friday that Russian warplanes bombed Snake Island.

The fireworks are still a few days away, but travel for the July Fourth weekend is off to a booming start. The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it screened more people on Thursday than it did on the same day in 2019, before the pandemic. Travelers so far seem to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights than they did earlier this week. But it's still early. Leisure travel has bounced back this year, offsetting weakness in business travel and international flying. Still, the total number of people flying has not quite recovered fully to pre-pandemic levels.

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Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A 2019 amendment to a Kentucky abortion law was proposed as satire and not seriously considered. A Department of Defense statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade did not say the Pentagon would defy the ruling, nor did it say it would violate any state laws on the matter. Pallets of bricks pictured on a Washington, D.C., street were for ongoing construction, not to incite rioting. Research at a Tennessee laboratory studied neutron activity, not a portal to a parallel universe.

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If you're flying this holiday weekend, be prepared for crowded airports, full planes, and higher-than-normal chances that your flight will be delayed or even canceled. Airlines have stumbled badly over the last two holiday weekends, and the number of Americans flying over the July Fourth weekend is expected to set records for the pandemic era. Problems have been popping up already, with high numbers of cancellations this week, some of them caused by thunderstorms that snarled air traffic. Tracking service FlightAware says American Airlines canceled 8% of its flights on Tuesday and Wednesday, and United Airlines scrubbed 4% of its schedule on those same days.