5 Things to Know for Today

  • FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, then-National security adviser John Bolton speaks at the request of President Donald Trump during a photo opportunity in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported. That's according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.  

    FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, then-National security adviser John Bolton speaks at the request of President Donald Trump during a photo opportunity in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported. That's according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.   Associated Press

  • A woman walks past a promotional banner of the national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory.

    A woman walks past a promotional banner of the national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, French gendarmes approach a car at the Saint-Ludovic border check point on the Franco-Italian border in Menton, France. The European Union is set to make public Tuesday June 30, 2020, a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter 31 European countries, but most Americans are likely to be refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S.

    FILE - In this Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, French gendarmes approach a car at the Saint-Ludovic border check point on the Franco-Italian border in Menton, France. The European Union is set to make public Tuesday June 30, 2020, a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter 31 European countries, but most Americans are likely to be refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, construction workers remove the final soldier statue, which sat atop The Confederate War Memorial in downtown Dallas. The Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War and some Southern localities have removed memorials and statues dedicated to the Confederate cause. (Ryan Michalesko/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

    FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, construction workers remove the final soldier statue, which sat atop The Confederate War Memorial in downtown Dallas. The Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War and some Southern localities have removed memorials and statues dedicated to the Confederate cause. (Ryan Michalesko/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File) Associated Press

  • This June 6, 2020, photo shows an industrial area of Nizhny Tagil, a city 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. In 2011, the city became known as 'Putingrad' for its residents' fervent support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, however, workers who once defended Putin are speaking out against the constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in office until 2036.

    This June 6, 2020, photo shows an industrial area of Nizhny Tagil, a city 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. In 2011, the city became known as 'Putingrad' for its residents' fervent support of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, however, workers who once defended Putin are speaking out against the constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in office until 2036. Associated Press

 
 
Posted6/30/2020 7:00 AM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. AP SOURCES: WHITE HOUSE KNEW OF BOUNTIES IN 2019 Top Trump administration officials were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

2. CHINA APPROVES HONG KONG NATIONAL SECURITY LAW Passage of the legislation comes amid warnings and criticism both in Hong Kong and the international community that it will be used to curb opposition voices in the Asian financial hub.

3. EU TO LIST WHICH CITIZENS CAN ENTER Americans are not likely to make the European Union's list of countries whose citizens will be allowed back into 31 European nations.

4. 'IT'S TIME TO END IT' Moves by the state of Mississippi and NASCAR mean the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War.

5. 'PUTINGRAD' LOSES ITS LUSTER Workers in the Russian industrial city of Nizhny Tagil who once defended Vladimir Putin are speaking out against the constitutional changes that would allow him to stay in office until 2036.

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