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    R. Kelly is being sentenced in a sex trafficking case that could put him behind bars for years. A judge is set to impose the sentence Wednesday in a federal court in New York City. Prosecutors are seeking a minimum 25-year term. The defense says a sentence of 10 years or less is all he deserves. A jury found Kelly guilty last year of racketeering and other counts in a trial that was seen as a signature moment in the #MeToo movement. Outrage over his misconduct with children and young women was fueled in part by the widely watched docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

      R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer could be put away behind bars for a quarter-century or more when he is sentenced Wednesday in a federal courtroom in New York City. A jury found Kelly guilty in September of sex trafficking and racketeering charges. Kelly has vehemently denied the allegations, but his accusers testified in detail that he subjected them to perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage. Kelly still faces a trial in Chicago on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

      Shares have retreated in Asia after another broad decline on Wall Street as markets remain gripped by uncertainty over inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for a recession. U.S. futures rose while oil prices fell back. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 fell 2%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.6%, and the Nasdaq fell 3% after The Conference Board reported that consumer confidence fell in June to its lowest level in more than a year. It cited concerns over inflation, including rising prices for gas and food. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which helps set mortgage rates, slipped to 3.17%.

      Colorado Republicans have rejected an indicted county clerk as their nominee for secretary of state, choosing a former local official who ran on a platform of taking politics out of running elections. In spurning Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, Republican primary voters appeared to reject the conspiracy theories and false claims that have spread among conservatives since the November 2020 presidential election. Over the last year, Peters has appeared regularly with prominent allies of former President Donald Trump, who claims without evidence that the election was stolen from him.

      Voters in Colorado’s Republican primaries have decisively rejected right-wing candidates for U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state as the party prepares to challenge Democrats’ stranglehold on the state’s top offices. Voters on Tuesday also selected their November nominees in the state’s eight congressional districts, with a new, northern Colorado swing district in play after the state gained a seat with redistricting. In a state that’s trended purple over the past decade, Colorado’s congressional delegation includes two Democratic senators, with three-term Sen. Michael Bennet seeking re-election this year. Democrats hold a 4-3 advantage among U.S. representatives. Also on the statewide ballot are uncontested primaries for attorney general and state treasurer.

      All four members of the U.S. House from Utah defeated Republican primary challengers Tuesday. First-term Congressman Blake Moore won the nomination over two challengers in District 1, and Chris Stewart, John Curtis and Burgess Owens each defeated a single challenger. The Democratic nominations for those races are not contested. This primary election is the first since the GOP-dominated state Legislature approved new redistricting maps that further split up Democratic-leaning Salt Lake City, effectively shoring up Republican advantages in each of the state’s four districts.

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      Endorsed Democrat Melissa Hartman, the supervisor for the Town of Eden, handily won the Democratic primary race for Erie County clerk against five-year incumbent Michael "Mickey" Kearns. The two will face off again in the general election. While Hartman has now secured the Democratic Party line, Kearns still carries both the Republican and Conservative party lines. 

      On the anniversary of the day slavery officially ended in the United States, in a building named for a man who lost his life because of his fight for civil rights, a bill that seeks to protect voting rights for all that is named for a hero of the civil rights movement became law in New York.

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