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Another investigative effort to uncover the origins of a racist photo on Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page has ended inconclusively. That's according to the author of a forthcoming book about the 2019 controversy who spoke to The Associated Press about her work. Margaret Edds says she gave her best effort to determine who was in the photograph. She wasn't able to arrive at a definitive answer. But her book offers new insight into the turmoil the photo caused. The book's publisher provided a copy to AP ahead of its publication in November. Northam participated in over a dozen interviews for the book, which is set to be available this fall.

The European Union says a new U.S. tax credit plan aimed at encouraging Americans to buy electric vehicles could discriminate against European producers and break world trade rules. The Inflation Reduction Act is nearing approval in Congress. It would grant a tax credit of up to $7,500 to lower the cost of an electric vehicle. To qualify, electric vehicles should contain a battery built in North America with minerals mined or recycled on the continent. But European Commission spokeswoman Miriam Garcia Ferrer said Thursday that the bill is “discriminatory, that it’s discriminating against foreign producers in relation to U.S. producers.” The U.S. plan aims to encourage domestic manufacturing and mining.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday rebuked Rwandan authorities over democracy and human rights concerns, saying the central African country may not reach its full potential without opening up political space and protecting freedoms. Blinken said the United States recognizes Rwanda’s incredibly difficult history of the 1994 genocide but believes that the criminalization of opposition political figures undermines the country's overall peace and stability. He was speaking in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the last stop on his three-nation tour of Africa. Earlier Blinken toured a memorial for victims of Rwanda’s genocide, saying he was “moved by this memorial and inspired by the resilience of the survivors and the remarkable progress of this country.”

Local authorities and a witness say at least two people are dead and several others wounded in Somaliland after police fired on opposition protesters amid tensions over the upcoming election. The protests occurred in major towns in Somaliland, the northern region that separated from Somalia three decades ago and seeks recognition as an independent country. They were called by the two main opposition parties, which have asked President Muse Bihi Abdi not to delay the presidential election that is scheduled for Nov. 13.

    A Virginia man has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison on federal bank robbery charges in a case that tested the constitutionality of broad search warrants that use Google location history to identify people near the scene of a crime. Okello Chatrie was sentenced Wednesday in the 2019 robbery of the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian. A judge ruled in March that the warrant violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches by gathering the location history of 19 cell phones near the bank at the time of the robbery without having any evidence that their owners had anything to do with the crime. But the judge denied Chatrie’s motion to suppress the evidence produced by the warrant.

      The Army has identified two soldiers who were killed during training in the mountains of north Georgia. A statement from Fort Benning said 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber died Tuesday after a tree fell on them during inclement weather. Three other soldiers were taken to a hospital with injuries. The fatal incident occurred at Yonah Mountain, where the soldiers were taking part in the Army's grueling Ranger School. The two-month course tests soldiers' abilities to overcome fatigue, hunger and stress in rugged environments. Army officials said Fitzgibbon was a West Point graduate commissioned in 2021. He was assigned to a training unit at Fort Benning. Taber was a special forces medical sergeant assigned to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

      McDonald’s will begin reopening some of its restaurants in Ukraine in the coming months. The burger giant closed its Ukrainian restaurants after Russia’s invasion nearly six months ago but has continued to pay its more than 10,000 employees in the country. McDonald’s said Thursday that it plans to gradually begin reopening some restaurants in the capital, Kyiv, and western Ukraine, where other companies are doing business farther from the fighting. McDonald’s has 109 restaurants in Ukraine but didn’t say how many would reopen, when that would happen or which locations would be first. McDonald's has sold its 850 restaurants in Russia.

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