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More global confidence in Biden than Trump even as views of US democracy decline, poll finds

(AP) — A new poll finds that people around the globe have greater confidence in President Joe Biden to do the right thing compared to his challenger in this year’s U.S. elections, former President Donald Trump. The Pew poll of 34 countries found a median of 43% across the 34 countries trust Biden compared to 28% for Trump. Even though faith in Biden has dropped since the first year of his presidency, it remained equal to or higher than that in Trump in all but two countries, Hungary and Tunisia. The poll also found declining trust in U.S. democracy, with a median of four in 10 respondents saying it used to be a democratic model for the world, but no longer is.

Crew finds submerged wreckage of missing jet that mysteriously disappeared

(AP) — Fifty-three years after a private plane carrying five men disappeared on a snowy Vermont night, experts believe they have found the wreckage of the long lost jet in Lake Champlain. The corporate jet disappeared shortly after departing the Burlington airport for Providence, Rhode Island, on Jan. 27, 1971. Those aboard included two crew members and three employees of Georgia development company. At least 17 searches have failed to find the plane until underwater searcher Garry Kozak and a team last month found wreckage of a jet with the same custom paint scheme close to where the plane disappeared.

Singer sues hospital, says staff thought he was mentally ill and wasn’t member of Four Tops

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The lead singer of the Four Tops says a Detroit-area hospital restrained him and ordered a psychological exam after refusing to believe that he was part of the Motown music group. Alexander Morris filed a lawsuit Monday against Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren. He is claiming racial discrimination and other misconduct during a 2023 visit for chest pain and breathing problems. Morris says staff assumed he was mentally ill when he revealed his celebrity status. Morris is not an original member of the Four Tops, but he joined the group in 2019. The hospital won’t comment on the allegations but says it doesn’t condone discrimination.

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and Trump prosecutor Matthew Colangelo will appear before Congress July 12

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has agreed to testify before Congress on July 12, a day after former President Donald Trump’s sentencing in his hush money trial. A spokesperson for Bragg’s office confirmed that he will appear before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, alongside Matthew Colangelo, the former high-ranking Justice Department official hired by Bragg in 2022 to lead the Trump investigation. The two men will face what’s likely to be a hostile, Republican-controlled hearing where the chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has accused them of having conducted a “political prosecution” in the case against the former president.

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