Somber reflections of tragedies from last year, WWII inundate the week ahead

Somber reflections of tragedies from last year and World War II inundate the week ahead.


Memorials reflecting on the lives lost during mass shootings and one of the horrific World War II bombings make up this somber week, which may also bring updates on a new coronavirus relief package in Congress and glimpses of who Joe Biden might choose as his running mate.

1 year after Walmart mass shooting

Monday marks one year since the horrific Walmart shooting in the border community of El Paso, Texas.

The shooting left dozens wounded and 23 dead.

Patrick Crusius, 21, is accused of shooting the victims in a racist attack.

Prosecutors said Crusius targeted Mexicans in hopes of scaring Latinos into leaving the U.S. and that he had outlined the plot in a screed published online shortly before the attack.

Crusius has pleaded not guilty to state murder charges; he also faces federal hate crime and gun charges.

1 year after Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting

Tuesday marks one year after a gunman opened fire in the city's historic Oregon District.

The gunman shot and killed nine people within seconds. Dozens of others were injured.

The shooter was shot and killed by police within 30 seconds of the attack starting. Federal investigators said the 24-year-old man had been "exploring violent ideologies."

Among those killed was the shooter’s sister. The city is honoring them again by holding memorial events, branded “Dayton Shines,” including a moment of silence for 9 minutes.

Congress working on another relief measure

Washington's top power players agree that Congress must pass further relief in the coming days and weeks.

Key issues involve an expired jobless benefit that gave people an additional $600 per week, a fresh $1,200 direct payment to most Americans and hundreds of billions of dollars in other aid to states, businesses and the poor.

Democratic demands have included aid for state and local governments, food stamp increases and assistance to renters and homeowners.

Republicans in the Senate had been fighting to trim back the extra $600 jobless benefit, but their resolve weakened as the expiration of the benefit neared — and as President Donald Trump undercut their position by signaling he wants to keep the full $600 benefit for now.

The GOP has also sought a shield against lawsuits for businesses, schools and other entities that reopen as the pandemic continues.

75 years since Hiroshima bombing

Thursday marks three-quarters of a century after one of the most horrifying U.S. bombings in Japan during World War II.

The U.S. dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people and almost destroying the entire city. Three days later, it was followed with another nuclear attack, this time on Nagasaki.

The attacks killed more than 200,000 people.

Many survivors developed radiation-induced illnesses, such as cancer and cataracts.

Biden expected to make announcement

Joe Biden is nearing a final decision on his running mate and is expected to announce his pick the week of Aug. 10. That's according to three people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans.

Running mates are often announced on the eve of a convention. As Biden prepares to make his choice, a committee established to vet running mates has provided him with briefing materials. The vetting process is nearing completion.

The leading contenders include California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice. The deliberations remain fluid, however, and the campaign has reviewed nearly a dozen possible running mates.

The Associated Press contributed.