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The Queen's Jubilee: 70 years on the throne

2022 marks a platinum year for our neighbors across the pond. As the United Kingdom celebrates 70 years since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne. Her majesty is the first ever British monarch to reign for 70 years. The celebrations come at a complicated time for the royal family since the passing of Prince Philip and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping back from royal duties, not to mention Prince Andrew's scandals.

S. Korea Blue House opens to public for 1st time in 74 years

For many South Koreans, the former presidential palace in Seoul was a little-visited, heavily secured mountainside landmark. Now, thousands are being allowed to look inside for the first time in 74 years. The Blue House, whose name in Korean means building with blue roof tiles, opened to the public earlier this month to mark the new South Korean president’s official inauguration. A maximum of 39,000 people a day are being allowed to visit. The opening is part of new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s pledge to abandon the palace and establish his offices at the Defense Ministry compound in the Yongsan district, about 3 miles away.

Alleged church shooter sent diary to newspaper before attack

The man accused of opening fire on a Southern California church congregation of mainly elderly people because of his political hatred for Taiwan sent a newspaper a seven-volume diary before the attack. The Chinese-language World Journal bureau in the Los Angeles area said it received the stacks of photocopied pages and a flash drive on Monday — a day after David Chou allegedly opened fire on people at a luncheon at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods. The paper didn't report details of what was in the handwritten Chinese pages but the title referred to a “destroying angel" opposed to Taiwan's independence from China. The documents were turned over to police. Chou is charged with killing one man and wounding seven other people. He has not yet entered a plea.

Oregon primaries set up competitive governor's race

Oregon’s November gubernatorial election, which is usually a one-sided victory for the Democratic party, is setting up to be a competitive and contentious three-way race. Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor on Tuesday. In November she will face former state House Minority Leader Christine Drazan, who won the GOP gubernatorial primary, as well as nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson. As a nonaffiliated candidate, Johnson did not need to run in a primary race to make the fall ballot.

Doctor who fought church gunman remembered as kind protector

Friends and colleagues of Dr. John Cheng say they were not surprised the quiet, kind and calm sports medicine physician saved others by rushing a gunman firing on a Southern California church luncheon. The 52-year-old father who was raised in East Texas was known for doing all he could to protect people. He even had taken courses to prepare for such a horrific event, concerned about the growing number of mass shootings. Active shooter experts say that preparedness combined with Cheng’s serene disposition likely gave him a proclivity for acting heroically. Cheng was killed and five were wounded in Sunday's shooting. Authorities credit him for saving perhaps dozens of lives.

Blurry ballot barcodes delay Oregon House primary results

Issues with counting ballots in Oregon’s third-largest county could delay for days a definitive result in a key U.S. House primary. Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader faces a strong challenge from progressive candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Schrader was trailing in early returns Tuesday in the 5th District race. It was too close to call in part because of a printing issue with tens of thousands of ballots in Clackamas County. Meanwhile a cryptocurrency billionaire-backed political newcomer conceded to a state lawmaker in Oregon’s new 6th District, which was one of the nation’s most expensive Democratic congressional primaries.