Horror at a July 4th parade

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A seventh victim of the July 4th shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, has died, as investigators search for a motive in the deadly attack. And Ukraine's chief war crimes investigator isn't optimistic about reconciliation with Russians.

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City left reeling after July 4th parade attack

Highland Park, Illinois, a suburban city north of Chicago, was left shaken and mourning after its Fourth of July parade was the site of yet another mass shooting. A seventh victim in the attack died Tuesday, Lake County Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said. Five victims, all adults, were killed along the parade route Monday, and another victim died at a hospital, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. "I’m furious because it does not have to be this way," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at a news conference Monday. As the names of the victims emerge, here's what we know about them.

A police officer reacts as he walks in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022, where a mass shooting took place at a Highland Park Fourth of July parade.
A police officer reacts as he walks in downtown Highland Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022, where a mass shooting took place at a Highland Park Fourth of July parade.

What happened in Highland Park?

The man accused of the shooting planned the rooftop rampage for weeks and donned women's clothes to escape into the crowd, police said Tuesday.

A quick rundown:

  • Police say the suspect acted alone and fired more than 70 shots before abandoning the assault rifle and walking to his mother's home.

  • Hours after the attack, a neighbor saw the suspect driving and called 911, leading to his arrest. A second rifle was found in the car.

  • Investigators have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts, but suggested no motive for the attack.

  • The gun used – “similar to an AR-15” – was legally purchased by the suspect, police said.

Read more: Suspect was turned away at synagogue in April, rabbi says; Governor pushes for stricter gun regulations. The latest updates.

Law enforcement escorts a family away from the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Ill.
Law enforcement escorts a family away from the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Ill.

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Reconciliation with Russians? Unlikely, Ukraine war crimes investigator says

Until Moscow "asks for forgiveness, pays reparations to the state" and ensures "all its war criminals are in prison," Ukraine Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said she doesn't see how ordinary Ukrainians and Russians can achieve reconciliation after the war. "How is this generation (of Russians) ever going to look Ukrainians in the eye after all these actions?" asked Venediktova, the country's top legal official. "They behave like barbarians." Last week, Russia appeared to step up its bombing campaign, and there were several assaults on civilian targets.

  • More news: 44 children taken to Russia returned; Ukrainian governor urges evacuation of 350,000 in Donetsk. Tuesday's updates.

June 26, 2022:  A local resident places a vase with flowers on a broken window in his house damaged by the Russian shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukrain.
June 26, 2022: A local resident places a vase with flowers on a broken window in his house damaged by the Russian shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukrain.

Kissinger: The world needs better leaders. Will they arrive on time?

At age 99, Henry Kissinger finds himself worried about the country and the world. The former secretary of State has written his 19th book, this one profiling six leaders who managed tumultuous change. Does he see any comparably "transcendent" leaders that, in his view, the times today demand? After a pause, he replied with a single word: "No." Kissinger sat down with USA TODAY's Susan Page to talk about his new book, "Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy." Read an exclusive interview here.

Henry Kissinger sees parallels between this era and the international challenges of the Vietnam War. "Once again, it is a tale first of exuberant confidence generating overextension and then of overextension giving birth to debilitating self-doubt," he wrote in his new book.
Henry Kissinger sees parallels between this era and the international challenges of the Vietnam War. "Once again, it is a tale first of exuberant confidence generating overextension and then of overextension giving birth to debilitating self-doubt," he wrote in his new book.

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Cheerleader Jerry Harris to be sentenced Wednesday. Here's how we got here.

Cheerleader Jerry Harris is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for pressuring young boys to send him nude photos and videos and soliciting sex from minors, a stunning fall for the former star who captivated fans when he appeared in the Netflix docuseries “Cheer.” Harris pleaded guilty in February to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of traveling with the intent to engage in a sex act with a minor. USA TODAY in September 2020 reported that Harris was under federal investigation as part of a broader investigation into pervasive youth protection failures in competitive cheerleading. Take a look inside the investigation.

Twins Charlie, left, and Sam at their home in Texas. The brothers allege that celebrity cheerleader, Jerry Harris, solicited them for sex and sexually explicit photos. USA TODAY agreed to withhold their last name because the boys are minors and alleging abuse.
Twins Charlie, left, and Sam at their home in Texas. The brothers allege that celebrity cheerleader, Jerry Harris, solicited them for sex and sexually explicit photos. USA TODAY agreed to withhold their last name because the boys are minors and alleging abuse.

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