NEWS DIGEST 19.06.2022: US news from Associated Press

Good morning. Happy Father’s Day for those who are celebrating. This morning we bring our news from AP (Associated Press) News via Upstract News.

BILLINGS, MONT. — Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists. The Park Service announced Saturday that visitors will once again be allowed on the park’s southern loop under a temporary license plate system designed to manage the crowds: Those with even-numbered plates and motorcycle groups will be allowed on even-numbered days, and those with odd-numbered or vanity plates on odd-numbered days. Commercial tours and visitors with proof of overnight reservations at hotels, campgrounds or in the backcountry will be allowed in whatever their plate number. Visitors had been flocking to Yellowstone during its 150th anniversary celebration. The southern loop provides access to Old Faithful, the rainbow-colored Grand Prismatic Spring, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its majestic waterfall. It can be accessed from the park’s south, east and west entrances – Yellowstone National Park to Partly Reopen After Floods (Associated Press/Voice of America-VOA ~ USA)

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PARIS – French voters are going to the polls in the final round of key parliamentary elections that will demonstrate how much legroom President Emmanuel Macron’s party will be given to implement his ambitious domestic agenda. Macron made a powerfully choreographed plea to voters earlier this week from the tarmac ahead of a trip to Romania and Ukraine, warning that an inconclusive election, or hung parliament, would put the nation in danger. There’s still hope for his camp: Polling agencies estimated that Macron’s centrists could ultimately win from 255 to over 300 seats, while the leftist coalition led by Mélenchon could win more than 200 seats. If Macron fails to get a majority, it will not simply affect France’s domestic politics, it could have ramifications across Europe. It could spell the end of President Macron the continental statesman – French voters elect parliamentarians, in test for Macron (Associated Press/Taiwan News ~ World)

Apple store employees in Maryland voted to unionise by a nearly two to one margin on Saturday, joining a growing push across US retail, service, and tech industries to organise for greater workplace protections. The Apple retail workers in Towson, Maryland, voted 65-33 to seek entry into the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union’s announcement said. Union organising in a variety of fields has gained momentum recently after decades of decline in US union membership. Apple employees who wanted to join the union said they had sent CEO Tim Cook a notice last month stating that they were seeking to organise a union. “I applaud the courage displayed by Core members at the Apple store in Towson for achieving this historic victory,” said IAM international president Robert Martinez Jr in a statement – Apple workers vote to unionise at Maryland store in first for US (Independent ~ News – World – Americas)

DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar barely broke a smile after scoring his second goal and Colorado’s seventh of the night. He fist-bumped Mikko Rantanen to thank him for the pass and skated to the bench. He and the Avalanche are calm, confident and rolling. They’re now two wins from dethroning the two-time defending champions. Looking like by far the better team, the Avalanche overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Coach Jared Bednar called it “as close to perfect of a game as you can get from your players.” – Avalanche Rout Lightning 7-0 to Take 2-0 Lead in Cup Final (Associated Press/U.S. News & World Report ~ Sports News – News)

The day after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with airline leaders to quiz them about widespread flight disruptions, his own flight was canceled and he wound up driving from Washington to New York. Buttigieg said his department could take enforcement actions against airlines that fail to live up to consumer-protection standards. During Thursday’s virtual meeting, airline executives described steps they are taking to avoid a repeat of the Memorial Day weekend, when about 2,800 flights were canceled. The record surely would have been broken had airlines not canceled 1,400 flights, many of them because thunderstorms hit parts of the East Coast. A day earlier, airlines scrubbed more than 1,700 flights, according to tracking service FlightAware – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg: US may act against airlines on consumers’ behalf (ABC7 Eyewitness News ~ AIR TRAVEL)

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