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This Day in History: Woodstock Begins in Bethel, New York

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This Day in History: , Woodstock Begins in Bethel, New York . August 15, 1969. On 600 acres of field owned by a dairy farmer, 400,000 young people kicked off this seminal event of the 1960s. The three-day music festival had a roster of many of the era's top musicians. Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Crosby Stills and Nash, and The Who were just some of the performers. The festival was initially meant as a paid event for ticket holders. But the crowd — made up of young people from all over the country — doubled attendance estimates, forcing the promoters to make it a free event. Though the festival was plagued by rain and shortages, its legacy is the representative example of the 1960s counterculture

Remembering Nipsey Hussle

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Remembering , Nipsey Hussle. Ermias Joseph Asghedom was born on August 15, 1985, and died at the age of 33 on March 31, 2019. Here are five facts to honor the late Nipsey Hussle on his birthday. 1. The activist was known for his work within the South Los Angeles community. . 2. The Grammy-nominated rapper opened his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in 2017. 3. He co-founded the co-working space, Vector 90, in Crenshaw. The space offered STEM programs. 4. He was a co-creator of the Destination Crenshaw arts project. 5. The intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson was renamed Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square. Happy Birthday, Nipsey Hussle

California Team Achieves Ignition in Nuclear Fusion

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California Team , Achieves Ignition , in Nuclear Fusion. 'Newsweek' reports that scientists achieved a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion with the first recorded case of ignition on August 8, 2021. The results of researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) have now been published in three peer-reviewed papers. The results of researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) have now been published in three peer-reviewed papers. The results of researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) have now been published in three peer-reviewed papers. Nuclear fusion powers our Sun and other stars. . In the process, hydrogen atoms smash into each other and fuse to form a helium atom, which releases huge amounts of energy. According to 'Newsweek,' successful ignition means that the reaction produced enough energy to become self-sustaining, a critical step for generating electricity. If successfully harnessed, nuclear fusion could be one of the most efficient and least polluting sources of energy possible. . The process requires no fossil fuels as the only fuel comes from hydrogen. The breakthrough at LLNL saw researchers record an energy yield of over 1.3 megajoules (MJ) in a matter of nanoseconds. The record shot was a major scientific advance in fusion research, which establishes that fusion ignition in the lab is possible at NIF, Omar Hurricane, Chief scientist for LLNL's inertial confinement fusion program, via 'Newsweek'. Achieving the conditions needed for ignition has been a long-standing goal for all inertial confinement fusion research and opens access to a new experimental regime where alpha-particle self-heating outstrips all the cooling mechanisms in the fusion plasma, Omar Hurricane, Chief scientist for LLNL's inertial confinement fusion program, via 'Newsweek'

Kentucky Governor Criticizes FEMA Response to Deadly Floods

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Kentucky Governor , Criticizes FEMA , Response to Deadly Floods. On August 11, the official death count from the devastating flooding in Kentucky rose to 39. On August 11, the official death count from the devastating flooding in Kentucky rose to 39. The Associated Press reports that Governor Andy Beshear called out the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying requests for assistance. The Associated Press reports that Governor Andy Beshear called out the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for denying requests for assistance. Earlier this week, Aaron "Mick" Crawford, a high school athlete who had spent days helping clean up from the historic flooding became the 38th person to die. . Earlier this week, Aaron "Mick" Crawford, a high school athlete who had spent days helping clean up from the historic flooding became the 38th person to die. . According to Crawford's family, the reason he, "went into cardiac arrest" , remains unknown. Last month, surging floods inundated communities, sweeping away homes in the Appalachian region. Last month, surging floods inundated communities, sweeping away homes in the Appalachian region. On August 11, Beshear said that the area was , “likely out of the emergency phase of responding to this disaster.”. However, Beshear has now increased pressure on FEMA to offer more assistance for people to rebuild their lives. However, Beshear has now increased pressure on FEMA to offer more assistance for people to rebuild their lives. According to Beshear, FEMA has turned down too many peoples' requests for assistance. The governor said that his concerns have been conveyed to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and top administrators at FEMA. The governor said that his concerns have been conveyed to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and top administrators at FEMA. Beshear criticized the application process, claiming that many flood victims are being denied assistance when lacking necessary documents. Beshear criticized the application process, claiming that many flood victims are being denied assistance when lacking necessary documents. In response, FEMA Press Secretary Jeremy Edwards said the agency is working to , “reduce barriers and cut red tape.”. In response, FEMA Press Secretary Jeremy Edwards said the agency is working to , “reduce barriers and cut red tape.”

Climate Change Intensifies Diseases, New Study Finds

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Climate Change Intensifies Diseases, , New Study Finds. Climate Change Intensifies Diseases, , New Study Finds. The new study was conducted by researchers with the University of Hawaii and published in 'Nature Climate Change' on Aug. 8. The study confirms what scientists have speculated for some time -. that human diseases can be exacerbated by the effects of climate change. The ongoing emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is intensifying numerous climatic hazards of the Earth’s climate system, which in turn can exacerbate human pathogenic diseases, Climate Change Study, via 'Nature Climate Change'. The ongoing emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is intensifying numerous climatic hazards of the Earth’s climate system, which in turn can exacerbate human pathogenic diseases, Climate Change Study, via 'Nature Climate Change'. The research analyzed data contained in more than 77,000 prior studies. It describes how climate change affects 375 diseases. Of the 375 diseases, 218 were found to be significantly affected by such hazards like rising sea levels. ... wildfires. ... and heatwaves. The study describes four main ways that climate change aggravates infectious diseases. First, animals that carry diseases are often uprooted by climate change, forcing them to move closer to humans. Second, the opposite can also occur when humans are uprooted by climate disaster and forced to move closer to animals. Third, some research suggests that climate change assists viruses in moving from animal to human hosts. Fourth, climate change can often affect humans in ways that make them less likely to be able to fend off disease

Monkeypox Vaccine Maker Expresses Concern Over Dose-Splitting Plan

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Monkeypox Vaccine Maker , Expresses Concern , Over Dose-Splitting Plan. Bavarian Nordic makes the only monkeypox vaccine currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CEO of the company recently expressed concern about the Biden administration's plans to mitigate a vaccine shortage by splitting doses. CEO Paul Chaplin expressed his concerns in a letter recently sent to Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Xavier Becerra. We do have some reservations … due to the very limited safety data available, Paul Chaplin, Bavarian Nordic CEO, via 'The Washington Post'. According to Chaplin's letter, more studies to determine the efficacy of a split vaccine "would have been prudent.". His letter also states that the company has received numerous "calls from U.S. state government officials with questions and concerns.”. Responding to news of the vaccine maker's concerns, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra expressed confidence with the Biden administration's plan. We’ve had conversations with them about this, and so has FDA, Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary, via 'The Washington Post'. We wouldn’t have moved forward unless we thought it was safe and effective, and if FDA hadn’t dotted its I’s and crossed its T’s, Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary, via 'The Washington Post'. Biden administration officials have speculated that Bavarian Nordic could be primarily concerned with a loss of profit. ... though Bavarian Nordic officials are adamant that the concerns of the company are safety focused. Officials connected to the U.S. monkeypox vaccine plan call it a "game changer.". It’s safe, it’s effective, and it will significantly scale the volume of vaccine doses available, Robert J. Fenton Jr., U.S. Monkeypox Response Co-Ordinator, via 'The Washington Post'

Tom Brady Taking Time Away From Buccaneers to 'Deal With Personal Things'

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Tom Brady Taking Time , Away From Buccaneers to , 'Deal With Personal Things'. According to the team's head coach Todd Bowles, Brady missed practice on August 11 and will not return until after the team's second preseason game on August 20. According to the team's head coach Todd Bowles, Brady missed practice on August 11 and will not return until after the team's second preseason game on August 20. Bowles said the break had been planned since before training camp began. This is something we talked about before training camp started. We allotted this time because he wanted to get in and get chemistry with the guys and go through two weeks of training camp, Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, via CNN. This is something we talked about before training camp started. We allotted this time because he wanted to get in and get chemistry with the guys and go through two weeks of training camp, Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, via CNN. Bowles said he remains confident that Brady would return for the team's Week 1 clash against the Dallas Cowboys. The Buccaneers linebacker Devin White said that the team understands and offer their full support for Brady's decision. He's a grown man -- (more grown) than most of us in the locker room, and he's a human at the end of the day. , Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, via CNN. He's got personal problems going on, but he's a guy that's been doing this so long, he (doesn't) need to be here, Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, via CNN. But more than football, we're praying for whatever he's got going on as a human being and we hope everyone else does too and that's all we ask for him -- his well-being. Football comes second, him being a human comes first, Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, via CNN. But more than football, we're praying for whatever he's got going on as a human being and we hope everyone else does too and that's all we ask for him -- his well-being. Football comes second, him being a human comes first, Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, via CNN. But more than football, we're praying for whatever he's got going on as a human being and we hope everyone else does too and that's all we ask for him -- his well-being. Football comes second, him being a human comes first, Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, via CNN

This Day in History: Blackout Hits Northeast United States (Saturday, August 14)

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This Day in History:, Blackout Hits Northeast United States. August 14, 2003. Power across the Northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada went out at 4:20 p.m. E.T. In three quick minutes, 21 power stations serving more than 50 million people shut down. From Toronto to Cleveland to Detroit to New York City, cell phones, trains, elevators and hospitals were affected. Power was resumed in a couple of hours for some. For others, it remained out for more than a day. Less than two years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans were frightened that the blackout was the another attack. The outage was eventually tracked to overgrown trees in Ohio. An outage caused with the FirstEnergy Corporation triggered a fateful chain reaction

Happy Birthday, Halle Berry! (Saturday, August 14)

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Happy Birthday, Halle Berry!. Halle Maria Berry turns 56 years old today. Here are five facts you may not have known about the actress. . 1. She was the first runner-up in the 1986 Miss USA pageant. 2. The actress is named after the Halle Building in Cleveland, Ohio. 3. She accepted her Razzie Award for Worst Actress in 'Catwoman' in person. 4. Berry is the first African-American actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. . 5. Her favorite actresses are Dorothy Dandridge, Jodie Foster and Whoopi Goldberg. Happy Birthday, Halle Berry!

CDC Drops Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations for COVID

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CDC Drops , Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations , for COVID. CDC Drops , Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations , for COVID. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the updated guidelines on Aug 11. The recommendations no longer include quaratining if one comes into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID. In addition, the CDC has dropped the six feet social distancing recommendation. According to the CDC, close to 95 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are living with varying levels of immunity. The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years, Greta Massetti, CDC Guidelines Author, via AP. The updated guidelines come as schools around the country gear up for the first day of classes. Educator representatives lauded the updated recommendations, saying a return to some form of normalcy was essential for a successful year. Every educator and every parent starts every school year with great hope, and this year even more so, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, via AP. After two years of uncertainty and disruption, we need as normal a year as possible so we can focus like a laser on what kids need, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, via AP. Entire classrooms of kids had to miss school if they were deemed a close contact. The closed schools and learning disruption have been devastating, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, via AP. Some academics, however, were critical of the updated guidelines, saying that pandemic conditions remain. All of us want a stable school year, but wishful thinking is not the strategy for getting there, Anne Sosin, Dartmouth College Public Health Researcher, via AP. If we want a return to normal in our schools, we have to invest in the conditions for that, not just drop everything haphazardly like we’re seeing across the country, Anne Sosin, Dartmouth College Public Health Researcher, via AP

Anne Heche On Life Support and Not Expected to Recover From Fiery Crash

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Anne Heche On Life Support , and Not Expected to Recover , From Fiery Crash. The Associated Press reports that Anne Heche is on life support after suffering a brain injury in an automobile accident a week ago. According to a representative speaking on behalf of Heche and her family, the actor is not expected to survive. . Heche is currently in a coma, in critical condition and being kept on life support for possible organ donation. According to the statement, Heche suffered a , "severe anoxic brain injury" , caused by a sustained lack of oxygen to the brain. According to the statement, Heche suffered a , "severe anoxic brain injury" , caused by a sustained lack of oxygen to the brain. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable, Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche spokesperson, via Associated Press. On August 5, Heche's car crashed into a house in west Los Angeles, igniting a fire while the vehicle was still embedded in the home. Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit. More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love, Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche spokesperson, via Associated Press. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light, Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche spokesperson, via Associated Press. According to an LAPD spokesperson, evidence is still being gathered from the crash but a blood test has revealed narcotics in her system. . According to an LAPD spokesperson, evidence is still being gathered from the crash but a blood test has revealed narcotics in her system.

Specific Neural Networks Connected With Religious Worship Identified

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Specific Neural Networks , Connected With Religious , Worship Identified. PsyPost reports that a recent brain study has offered insights into the brain activation patterns associated with religious experiences. PsyPost reports that a recent brain study has offered insights into the brain activation patterns associated with religious experiences. The study, published in the journal Social Neuroscience, was conducted among evangelical Christians. . The study, published in the journal Social Neuroscience, was conducted among evangelical Christians. . The findings suggest that religious experiences involve three different neural networks, the auditory network, the salience network and the default mode network. The findings suggest that religious experiences involve three different neural networks, the auditory network, the salience network and the default mode network. According to PsyPost, a religious experience is a feeling of subjective connection to a deity or supernatural agent. . According to PsyPost, a religious experience is a feeling of subjective connection to a deity or supernatural agent. . The work of study authors Yoshija Walter and Thomas Koenig aims to fill a void in research concerning large-scale brain activation patterns involved with spirituality. The work of study authors Yoshija Walter and Thomas Koenig aims to fill a void in research concerning large-scale brain activation patterns involved with spirituality. I think religious experiences are a fascinating topic. First, it is because they are very important and deep to the ones they occur to. Second, it is because they are attached to strong meaning-making mechanisms, Yoshija Walter, via PsyPost. I think religious experiences are a fascinating topic. First, it is because they are very important and deep to the ones they occur to. Second, it is because they are attached to strong meaning-making mechanisms, Yoshija Walter, via PsyPost. Third, such experiences are distinctly human (animals are not particularly known for them). And fourth, there is not much known about them at the moment, Yoshija Walter, via PsyPost. Third, such experiences are distinctly human (animals are not particularly known for them). And fourth, there is not much known about them at the moment, Yoshija Walter, via PsyPost. Walter and Koenig's work suggests that the default mode network (DMN) may be involved with the ego dissolution associated with religious experiences. The involvement of the auditory network is associated with , "semantic storage, processing and retrieval.". The authors also suggest that intense religious experience may , “invoke a cognitive shift in attentional control" , connected with a shift from introspection to extrospection

4 Advantages to Being a Lefthander

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4 , Advantages to Being , a Lefthander. With approximately 90% of the world’s population being right-handed, being a leftie is considered very rare. In honor of International Lefthanders Day on August 13, here are four advantages left-handed people have. 1. According to a 2014 study, left-handed people were found to be better drivers than those who are right-handed. This is believed to be because cars are designed for right-handed drivers, meaning left-handed drivers must pay more attention to detail. 2. While this isn’t a proven fact, left-handed people may have a better chance of becoming president. Out of the past 15 presidents, seven have been non-righties, meaning their may be some advantage to being a leftie. . 3. In time-sensitive sports, it is harder for right-handed people to adjust when competing against left-handed people. This means that lefthanders have an advantage when it comes to certain sports. . 4. Researchers believe that left-handed people are wired in a way that makes them able to recover from a stroke better than right-handed people. In left-handers, the part of the brain in charge of staying alert can be spread out on both sides, while in right-handers, it’s only on the right side.

Study Finds the Arctic Is Heating Up Faster Than Previously Predicted

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Study Finds the Arctic , Is Heating Up Faster , Than Previously Predicted. NPR reports that new research shows that the Arctic is heating up almost four times faster than the rest of the Earth as a whole. The findings highlight that polar regions are experiencing disastrously rapid climate change. Previously, scientists estimated that the Arctic would heat up about twice as fast as rest of the globe. The new research shows that the region has warmed 3.8 times faster than the planet as a whole in the last 43 years. According to NPR, the study looked at the period between 1979 and 2021. The Arctic is more sensitive to global warming than previously thought, Richard Davy, Mika Rantanen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, via NPR. According to the study, current computer models used by scientists struggle to capture the relative speed of Arctic warming. NPR reports that the findings suggest future models might need to be adjusted to predict an accurate rate of global warming in polar regions. This will probably be a bit of a surprise, but also kind of extra motivation perhaps. , Richard Davy, a climate scientist at Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway, via NPR. Things are moving faster than we could have expected from the model projections, Richard Davy, a climate scientist at Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway, via NPR. The team's findings were published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment

Climate Change Is Transforming Forests Around the World

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Climate Change Is, Transforming Forests , Around the World. 'The Guardian' reports that forests from the Arctic to the Amazon are being transformed at an alarming rate as a result of the climate crisis. 'The Guardian' reports that forests from the Arctic to the Amazon are being transformed at an alarming rate as a result of the climate crisis. Scientists have found trees growing in previously-barren tundra while also dying off due to rising temperatures in the south. Scientists have found trees growing in previously-barren tundra while also dying off due to rising temperatures in the south. According to a series of studies, the composition of forests is rapidly changing to become far less resilient and more prone to diseases. Scientists warn that further heating could cause up to 50% of traditional boreal forests to die off, while leaving many other trees stunted. Boreal species do very poorly even with modest warming. They grow more slowly and have greater mortality, Peter Reich, co-author and researcher at the University of Minnesota, via 'The Guardian'. Given how fast climate change is, we could get a 50 to 150-year period where spruce and fir over thousands of miles, including from Siberia to Scandinavia, don’t regenerate, .., Peter Reich, co-author and researcher at the University of Minnesota, via 'The Guardian'. ... so you’ll have this strange new system of invasive shrubs that won’t provide us with the economic and ecological services we are used to, Peter Reich, co-author and researcher at the University of Minnesota, via 'The Guardian'. Other studies highlight the impact of the climate crisis on the heart of the Amazon. Scientists have warned that the delicate ecosystem of the rainforest is in danger of being transformed into a savannah. Scientists have warned that the delicate ecosystem of the rainforest is in danger of being transformed into a savannah. According to one study, a lack of phosphorus in the Amazon’s soils could have “major implications” for its resilience to rising temperatures

Happy Birthday, Tyson Fury!

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Happy Birthday, Tyson Fury!. Tyson Luke Fury turns 32 years old today. Here are five fun facts about the professional boxer. 1, Fury was born three months early at just one pound. 2. , His father named him after Mike Tyson. 3. , Fury is a two-time heavyweight champion. 4. , He’s known for making fashion statements. 5, He is nicknamed the Gypsy King. Happy Birthday, Tyson Fury!

5 Incredible Facts About Elephants

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5 , Incredible Facts , About Elephants. In honor of World Elephant Day, here are five incredible facts you might not have known about elephants. . 1. , The tusks of an elephant continue to grow throughout the elephant’s entire life, with adult males' tusks growing about seven inches a year. 2. , The average lifespan of an elephant is 50 to 70 years, with the oldest elephant in the world reaching the age of 86. 3. , An elephant’s trunk is its most important limb, as it is strong enough to rip branches from a tree, yet sensitive enough to pick up a blade of grass. 4. , Female elephants have a structured social order and spend their entire lives with their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and daughters. 5. , Elephants are uniquely intelligent and able to display a range of emotions such as grief, compassion and self-awareness

Gmail Can Now Spam-Proof Politicians’ Emails

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Gmail Can Now , Spam-Proof Politicians’ Emails. The Verge reports that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved Google's proposal to keep campaign emails out of spam folders on Aug. 11. Under the plan, political candidates and committees can apply to have their emails evade Gmail's spam detection system. . Under the plan, political candidates and committees can apply to have their emails evade Gmail's spam detection system. . Google didn't need the FEC's approval to roll out the feature, but the company wanted to make sure it wasn't breaking election regulations. . The Verge reports that Google's political filtering plans were announced after a study determined that GOP emails were being disproportionately flagged compared to Democratic emails. . The Verge reports that Google's political filtering plans were announced after a study determined that GOP emails were being disproportionately flagged compared to Democratic emails. . The National Republican Senatorial Committee claimed that , “Google and its algorithms have handed a distinct advantage to Democrat fundraising efforts, resulting in Republicans raising millions of dollars less than they should.”. José Castañeda, a Google spokesperson, issued a statement about the new feature. . Our goal during this pilot program is to assess alternative ways of addressing concerns from bulk senders, while giving users clear controls over their inboxes to minimize unwanted email. , José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, via The Verge. We will continue to monitor feedback as the pilot rolls out to ensure it is meeting its goals, José Castañeda, Google spokesperson, via The Verge

UN Raises Alarm After Fighting Continues Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant

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UN Raises Alarm , After Fighting Continues Near , Ukraine Nuclear Plant . The BBC reports that Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for more shelling of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. On August 11, both sides reported 10 strikes on the administrative office and fire station of Europe's largest nuclear plant. On August 11, both sides reported 10 strikes on the administrative office and fire station of Europe's largest nuclear plant. Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was seized by Russia in early March. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres warned that fighting at the nuclear facility could , "lead to disaster.". Urgent agreement is needed at a technical level on a safe perimeter of demilitarization to ensure the safety of the area, António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General, via BBC. On August 10, the G7 group of industrialized nations said that Russia should immediately return control of the plant to Kyiv. Last week, the facility and surrounding area were shelled with both Russia and Ukraine pinning responsibility for the attack on each other. Last week, the facility and surrounding area were shelled with both Russia and Ukraine pinning responsibility for the attack on each other. On August 11, Ukraine's nuclear agency, Enerhoatom, warned that, "Russian invaders again shelled the Zaporizhzhia plant and territories near the nuclear facility.". According to Enerhoatom, despite shells striking near the storage of radiation sources, everything was under control at the site. Shortly after the statement from Ukraine, Russia released its own statement accusing Ukraine of using multiple-launch rocket systems and heavy artillery. Shortly after the statement from Ukraine, Russia released its own statement accusing Ukraine of using multiple-launch rocket systems and heavy artillery. BBC reports that neither country's claims , have been independently verified.

USPS To Hike Prices for the Holiday Season

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USPS To Hike Prices , for the Holiday Season. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced the temporary price increase via a statement on its website on Aug. 10. The United States Postal Service filed notice today with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2022 peak holiday season, USPS, via statement. Price hikes range from 25 cents for commercial mail between zero and 10 lbs... ... to $6.50 for commercial mail between 26 and 70 lbs. USPS states that the increase will be added so that the peak season runs smoothly and keeps the USPS competitive. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to ones in past years that help cover extra handling costs to ensure a successful peak season, USPS, via statement. This seasonal adjustment will bring prices for the Postal Service’s commercial and retail customers in line with competitive practices. , USPS, via statement. These temporary rates will keep USPS competitive while providing the agency with the revenue to cover extra costs in anticipation of peak-season volume, USPS, via statement. The statement makes clear that the price hikes are temporary and not "structural.". It also touts the standard pricing and value offered by USPS. The Postal Service has some of the lowest postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer great values in shipping, USPS, via statement. The agency also explains how it generates revenue to cover its operations. The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, USPS, via statement

Galaxy's Youngest Exoplanet Offers Insight Into How Planets Form

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Galaxy's Youngest , Exoplanet Offers Insight, Into How Planets Form. 'The New York Times' reports that astronomers have found over 5,000 exoplanets over the past 30 years. According to a study published in 'The Astrophysical Journal Letters,' scientists have found compelling evidence of a world just 1.5 million years old. That would make it one of the youngest planets ever found, if not the youngest. . The exoplanet is located 395 light-years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus. According to the team, the planet is so young that its building blocks of gas and dust are still coalescing. . It is like looking at our own past, Myriam Benisty, co-author and an astronomer at the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble, via 'The New York Times'. The 'NYT' reports that further telescopic observations will be needed in order to confirm the exoplanet's existence. The 'NYT' reports that further telescopic observations will be needed in order to confirm the exoplanet's existence. If confirmed, the exoplanet could be used to better understand how worlds are formed. The team of scientists used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to gather data on the exoplanet. . The 'NYT' reports that the James Webb Telescope will next be used to determine the mass of the planetary newborn and analyze its atmospheric chemistry. The 'NYT' reports that the James Webb Telescope will next be used to determine the mass of the planetary newborn and analyze its atmospheric chemistry. Jaehan Bae, an astronomer at the University of Florida and an author of the study, said the observation will inch us closer to answering the question: , "Where did we come from?"

James White Announces He’s Retiring

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James White , Announces He’s Retiring. NBC Sports reports White took to Twitter to announce his retirement on Aug. 11. . NBC Sports reports White took to Twitter to announce his retirement on Aug. 11. . NBC Sports reports White was a 2014 fourth-round pick. NBC Sports reports White was a 2014 fourth-round pick. He is often remembered for his performance with Tom Brady against the Falcons in which he helped the team come back to win Super Bowl LI. He is often remembered for his performance with Tom Brady against the Falcons in which he helped the team come back to win Super Bowl LI. His 2021 season ended after only three games following a hip injury. Prolonged hip issues left him unable to practice this summer. Prolonged hip issues left him unable to practice this summer. NBC Sports reports that the running back ends his career with the following stats:. 319 carries for 1,278 yards and 11 touchdowns... 319 carries for 1,278 yards and 11 touchdowns... ... and 381 catches for 3,278 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. ... and 381 catches for 3,278 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. White also had eight touchdowns in 12 postseason games and earned another Super Bowl ring in 2019. White also had eight touchdowns in 12 postseason games and earned another Super Bowl ring in 2019

Gas Prices Fall Below $4 per Gallon

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Gas Prices Fall Below , $4 per Gallon. According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of gas fell below $4 on Aug. 11. It is the first time gas prices have fallen below $4 since March. While prices remain higher than this time last year. they have fallen far below the highest price in June of just less than $5.02 per gallon. President Joe Biden is expected to receive a boost in his approval rating because of the news. . The cost of energy resources, including gas, is a significant factor of inflation. Analysts say that lower gas prices will be a relief for consumers. The affordability squeeze is becoming very real when you see these high prices at the gas pump, Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. Chief Economist at S&P Global, via 'The New York Times'. So, in that sense, it’s a positive sign certainly for those folks that are struggling, Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. Chief Economist at S&P Global, via 'The New York Times'. However, some consumers are leery of the news because of fears that market fluctuations mean that prices could rise again. I’m not ready for it to go a little higher again and then I’m over here struggling to fill up my tank, Christina Beliard, Fashion Influencer, via 'The New York Times'. I’m trying to figure out, how long is this going to last?, Christina Beliard, Fashion Influencer, via 'The New York Times'. Analysts confirm that price consistency is a key factor of consumer trust. If gasoline prices stay at or near the levels they have reached, that would mean much more cushion for households, Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. Chief Economist at S&P Global, via 'The New York Times'

Tommy Lee Posts Nude Photo on Social Media

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Tommy Lee Posts Nude Photo , on Social Media. Tommy Lee Posts Nude Photo , on Social Media. 'New York Post' reports that the 59-year-old Mötley Crüe drummer posted the image to Instagram early on Aug. 11. The NSFW image was merely captioned, “Ooooopppsss.”. Over 1.4 million followers saw it before it was eventually deleted. . Lee's wife, Brittany Furlan, commented, "OH MY GOD," when she saw the picture. . Lee's wife, Brittany Furlan, commented, "OH MY GOD," when she saw the picture. . Others commented on the image as well. Well I didn’t expect this when I opened Instagram, Fan, via Instagram. Wrong app, babe, Grindr, via Instagram. 'New York Post' reports that the image has also been shared to Twitter. Lee has a history of sharing his genitalia with the public, most notably in his 1995 sex tape with Pamela Anderson. Lee has a history of sharing his genitalia with the public, most notably in his 1995 sex tape with Pamela Anderson

Walgreens Contributed to Opioid Crisis in San Francisco, Judge Rules

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Walgreens Contributed to Opioid Crisis in San Francisco, Judge Rules. Fox News reports that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer made the ruling on Aug. 10. Walgreens pharmacies in San Francisco dispensed hundreds of thousands of red flag opioid prescriptions without performing adequate due diligence. , U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, via ruling. Tens of thousands of these prescriptions were written by doctors with suspect prescribing patterns, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, via ruling. The evidence showed that Walgreens did not provide its pharmacists with sufficient time, staffing, or resources to perform due diligence on these prescriptions, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, via ruling. "," Breyer added. Judge Breyer also said that the increase in red-flag opioid scripts resulted in local hospitals being overwhelmed, . playground being trashed with drugs... ... and city libraries being forced to shut down because of toilets clogged with syringes. . Walgreens issued a statement denying the allegations. We never manufactured or marketed opioids, nor did we distribute them to the ‘pill mills’ and internet pharmacies that fueled this crisis, Fraser Engerman, Walgreens spokesperson, via statement. Monetary damages have yet to be determined. According to the San Francisco health department, last year, 474 people died from fentanyl-related overdoses

Judge Blocks Release of Information on State Police Response to Uvalde Shooting

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Judge Blocks Release of Information , on State Police Response , to Uvalde Shooting. On August 10, a Texas judge blocked the release of records regarding the response by state police to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. . Travis County 419th Civil District Court Judge Catherine A. Mauzy ruled that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is allowed to withhold records. . Fox News reports that Senator Roland Gutierrez requested all training manuals and any documents from DPS regarding state police response to the shooting. Fox News reports that Senator Roland Gutierrez requested all training manuals and any documents from DPS regarding state police response to the shooting. On July 21, DPS agreed to provide the records if Gutierrez agreed to not release the information publicly. The proposal was rejected by Gutierrez, who said that the documents should be made widely available to the public. Fox News reports that a total of 376 law enforcement officers from different agencies responded to the tragedy. . Fox News reports that a total of 376 law enforcement officers from different agencies responded to the tragedy. . 19 children and two adults were killed in the Robb Elementary School massacre on May 24. . According to a 77-page report released by a state House committee, victims inside the school waited over an hour for help before the classroom was breached and the gunman was killed. Last week, Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee asked that state police records not be released. Last week, Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell Busbee asked that state police records not be released. According to Busbee, the information could jeopardize ongoing investigations by Texas Rangers and the FBI. According to Busbee, the information could jeopardize ongoing investigations by Texas Rangers and the FBI

China Warns of New Langya Virus That Has Made 35 People Sick

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China Warns of New Langya Virus , That Has Made 35 People Sick. 'New York Post' reports that a new virus is spreading around China. So far, the Langya henipavirus (LayV) seems to be spreading between animals. However, a study published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine' said LayV belongs to a viral family "known to infect humans and cause fatal disease.". 'New York Post' reports that none of the 35 infected people in Shandong and Henan have died from the virus so far. . 'New York Post' reports that none of the 35 infected people in Shandong and Henan have died from the virus so far. . They all experienced fevers, and half of them had fatigue and a cough. . 54% experienced a decrease in white blood cells, over a third had impaired liver function, and 8% saw a decline in kidney function. 54% experienced a decrease in white blood cells, over a third had impaired liver function, and 8% saw a decline in kidney function. 54% experienced a decrease in white blood cells, over a third had impaired liver function, and 8% saw a decline in kidney function. The scientists tested 25 animal species in nearby areas and found that 27% of shrews tested “may be a natural reservoir of LayV.”. The scientists tested 25 animal species in nearby areas and found that 27% of shrews tested “may be a natural reservoir of LayV.”. Scientists say there haven't been enough cases to “determine the status of human-to-human transmission.” . There was no close contact or common exposure history among the patients, which suggests that the infection in the human population may be sporadic, Researchers, via study published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine'

This Day in History: Oscar-Winning Actor Robin Williams Dies at 63

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This Day in History: , Oscar-Winning Actor Robin Williams Dies at 63. August 11, 2014. The classically trained actor and comedian died by suicide. Williams had struggled with depression and maintaining sobriety throughout the course of his career. He became a household name in the late 1970s, playing "Mork from Ork," an alien on Earth in the TV show, 'Mork and Mindy.'. His energetic and brilliant comedic improv was too big to be contained by TV of the time, and his film career quickly took off. Williams won an Oscar for his role as a therapist in the Gus Van Sant film, 'Good Will Hunting.' . His roles of note — too numerous to name — included the genie in Disney's animated 'Aladdin,' an English teacher in 'Dead Poets Society' and a father/English nanny in 'Mrs. Doubtfire.'

How to Celebrate Sons and Daughters Day

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How to Celebrate , Sons and Daughters Day. How to Celebrate , Sons and Daughters Day. Children play a complex role in our lives and each year on August 11, it's important to let them know just how thankful you are. Children play a complex role in our lives and each year on August 11, it's important to let them know just how thankful you are. Children play a complex role in our lives and each year on August 11, it's important to let them know just how thankful you are. Just like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Sons and Daughters Day is about showing how much you appreciate your family. Here are a few ways you can make Sons and Daughters Day a special celebration for your kids. 1. , Consider taking the day off to spend some time with your children. . You might have to use a vacation day, but nothing beats making memories that will last a lifetime. 2. , Pick one of your kid’s favorite foods and make it for them as a special treat. Better yet, involve them in the creation process, as it will give you some quality time to bond. 3, No matter how old your kids are, doing something as a family is always fun. . Activities such as seeing a movie, going for a hike or hosting a game night will allow you to say “I love you” in your own special way.

President Biden Heads to South Carolina for Summer Vacation

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President Biden Heads to South Carolina , for Summer Vacation . On August 10, President Joe Biden arrived in South Carolina with his family to begin a scheduled seven-day vacation. . On August 10, President Joe Biden arrived in South Carolina with his family to begin a scheduled seven-day vacation. . Federal Aviation Administration advisories state that the first couple's plans include a trip to Kiawah Island, noted for its private beach and golf resort. Federal Aviation Administration advisories state that the first couple's plans include a trip to Kiawah Island, noted for its private beach and golf resort. ABC reports that the White House did not provide details on the president's vacation plans or when he is scheduled to return to the White House. According to ABC, the president and first lady, Jill Biden, were joined on Air Force One by Biden's son, Hunter, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau. Amid the president's vacation, the House is scheduled to vote on a bill that includes many of Biden's priorities. Amid the president's vacation, the House is scheduled to vote on a bill that includes many of Biden's priorities. The bill includes a substantial investment in fighting climate change, estimated to cost $369 billion over the next decade. The bill also includes measures to cap prescription drug prices at $2,000 out-of-pocket for Medicare recipients. . It would also help approximately 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending COVID-related subsidies. It would also help approximately 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending COVID-related subsidies. ABC reports that presidential summer vacations are a long-standing tradition. According to the White House, the president is never totally free from his responsibilities and continues to consult with aides and receive daily briefings.

Happy Birthday, Viola Davis!

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Happy Birthday, Viola Davis!. Viola Davis turns 57 years old today. Here are five facts you may not have known about the actress. 1. She received an Oscar nomination for less than 10 minutes of screen time. 2. She is the first black actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting with an Oscar, Emmy and Tony. 3. Davis is one of six siblings. 4. When it comes to acting, she prefers the theater. 5. One of her favorite roles was her portrayal of serial killer Terry Randolph on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'. Happy Birthday, Viola Davis!

Court Documents Reveal Foiled Iranian Plot to Kill Former National Security Adviser

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Court Documents Reveal , Foiled Iranian Plot to Kill , Former National Security Adviser . Court Documents Reveal , Foiled Iranian Plot to Kill , Former National Security Adviser . NPR reports that the United States Justice Department has charged a suspected Iranian operative for an alleged plot to assassinate former national security adviser John Bolton. NPR reports that the United States Justice Department has charged a suspected Iranian operative for an alleged plot to assassinate former national security adviser John Bolton. Court papers unsealed on August 10 reportedly reveal details of Shahram Poursafi's transnational murder plot to assassinate Bolton. According to the Justice Department, the plot was likely retaliation for the January 2020 killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. According to the Justice Department, the plot was likely retaliation for the January 2020 killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. NPR reports that Bolton served as former President Donald Trump's national security adviser from 2018 to 2019. NPR reports that Bolton served as former President Donald Trump's national security adviser from 2018 to 2019. While much cannot be said publicly right now, one point is indisputable: Iran's rulers are liars, terrorists, and enemies of the United States, John Bolton, Former National Security Adviser, via NPR. While much cannot be said publicly right now, one point is indisputable: Iran's rulers are liars, terrorists, and enemies of the United States, John Bolton, Former National Security Adviser, via NPR. Their radical anti-American objectives are unchanged; the commitments are worthless; and their global threat is growing, John Bolton, Former National Security Adviser, via NPR. Court documents reportedly contain a wealth of evidence of Poursafi's efforts to organize the assassination from afar. . According to those documents, Poursafi offered as much as $300,000 for the murder of Bolton. The Justice Department has the solemn duty to defend our citizens from hostile governments who seek to hurt or kill them, Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General, via NPR. This is not the first time we have uncovered Iranian plots to exact revenge against individuals on U.S. soil and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt every one of these efforts, Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General, via NPR. This is not the first time we have uncovered Iranian plots to exact revenge against individuals on U.S. soil and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt every one of these efforts, Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General, via NPR

Scientists Uncover Secret Behind the Strange Behavior of Earthbound Meteorites

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Scientists Uncover Secret , Behind the Strange Behavior , of Earthbound Meteorites. 'The Independent' reports that scientists now understand why rocks survive entry into the Earth's atmosphere as meteorites. . Most of our meteorites fall from rocks the size of grapefruits to small cars, Peter Jenniskens, lead author and meteor astronomer at SETI Institute and Nasa Ames Research Center, via 'The Independent'. Rocks that big do not spin fast enough to spread the heat during the brief meteor phase, and we now have evidence that the backside survives to the ground, Peter Jenniskens, lead author and meteor astronomer at SETI Institute and Nasa Ames Research Center, via 'The Independent'. A 6-meter asteroid detected in 2008 helped researchers more fully understand meteorites. . Scientists tracked the asteroid for over 20 hours before it hit Earth's atmosphere. The impact created a bright meteor that disintegrated over the Nubian Desert of Sudan and ended with a shower of meteorites. The impact created a bright meteor that disintegrated over the Nubian Desert of Sudan and ended with a shower of meteorites. In a series of dedicated search campaigns, our students recovered over 600 meteorites, some as big as a fist, but most no bigger than a thumbnail, Muawia Shaddad, University of Khartoum professor, via 'The Independent'. In a series of dedicated search campaigns, our students recovered over 600 meteorites, some as big as a fist, but most no bigger than a thumbnail, Muawia Shaddad, University of Khartoum professor, via 'The Independent'. Friction in the atmosphere stopped the smallest meteorites from reaching Earth, while larger pieces survived the fall. The largest meteorites from 2008 TC3 were spread wider than the small ones, which means that they originated from this final collapse, Peter Jenniskens, lead author and meteor astronomer at SETI Institute and Nasa Ames Research Center, via 'The Independent'. Based on where they were found, we concluded that these pieces stayed relatively large all the way to the ground, Peter Jenniskens, lead author and meteor astronomer at SETI Institute and Nasa Ames Research Center, via 'The Independent'. The team's findings were published in 'Meteoritics and Planetary Science.'

Jon Hamm Joins Season 3 of ‘The Morning Show’

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Jon Hamm Joins Season 3 , of ‘The Morning Show’. 'ET' reports Hamm will portray the role of Paul Marks, a corporate heavyweight who eyes the United Broadcast Association. 'ET' reports Hamm will portray the role of Paul Marks, a corporate heavyweight who eyes the United Broadcast Association. Hamm's character will be a key role throughout the season. Hamm's character will be a key role throughout the season. The hit Apple TV+ series, which has garnered three Emmy nominations, . is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Mimi Leder and Michael Ellenberg. . 'ET' reports that in July, Witherspoon commented on how the show embodies truth for women in media. It's a lot of hard work. , Reese Witherspoon, via 'ET'. It's one of those shows that really touches people, because I think it's really speaking to the truth about what it is to be a woman in the workplace, in particular a woman in media, Reese Witherspoon, via 'ET'. I think it's really resonating with audiences around the world. , Reese Witherspoon, via 'ET'. Season 3 is set to begin production later this month. Season 3 is set to begin production later this month

Evictions Spike Across the United States As Protections Disappear

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Evictions Spike, Across the United States , As Protections Disappear. ABC reports that eviction filings nationwide have steadily risen in recent months to approach or exceed pre-pandemic levels. I really think this is the tip of the iceberg. Our numbers of evictions are increasing every month at an astonishing rate, and I just don’t see that abating any time soon, Shannon MacKenzie, executive director of Colorado Poverty Law Project, via ABC. Amid the pandemic, moratoriums on evictions and $46.5 billion in federal Emergency Rental Assistance kept millions housed. Now that most of those housing measures have ended, several cities are above, historic eviction averages. . According to The Eviction Lab, , Minneapolis-St. Paul's eviction rate, was 91% higher in June. . Meanwhile, Las Vegas was up 56%, Hartford, Connecticut, was up 32% and Jacksonville, Florida, was up 17%. Officials in Maricopa County say that eviction filings in July were the highest in 13 years. According to Zillow, compared to the same time in 2019, the cost of rent is up almost 25%. Data from the Census Bureau shows that rental vacancy rates have also declined to a 35-year low of just 5.8%. Data from the Census Bureau shows that rental vacancy rates have also declined to a 35-year low of just 5.8%. Landlords are raising the rent and making it very unaffordable for tenants to stay, Marie Claire Tran-Leung, the eviction initiative project director for the National Housing Law Project, via ABC. Without more protections in place, which not all states have, a lot of those families will be rendered homeless, Marie Claire Tran-Leung, the eviction initiative project director for the National Housing Law Project, via ABC

Donald Trump Pleads the Fifth in Deposition

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Donald Trump , Pleads the Fifth , in Deposition. On August 10, former President Donald Trump invoked the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer questions at a scheduled deposition. CNN reports that the Fifth Amendment guarantees that an individual cannot be compelled to provide incriminating information that could be used against them. CNN reports that the Fifth Amendment guarantees that an individual cannot be compelled to provide incriminating information that could be used against them. Trump was ordered to be deposed by lawyers from New York Attorney General Letitia James' office. The deposition comes as part of a three-year civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization provided misleading financial statements. In an August 10 post on Truth Social, Trump described the deposition as , "a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history! My great company, and myself, are being attacked from all sides. Banana Republic!". On August 8, the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. CNN reports that the search was part of an investigation into the handling of classified documents. CNN reports that the search was part of an investigation into the handling of classified documents. On August 9, Trump lost an appeal to block a House committee from obtaining his tax returns. In January, the New York attorney general's office said that "significant" evidence had been found against the Trump Organization. . According to James' office, evidence showed that the Trump Organization used false or misleading financial information to obtain loans, insurance and tax benefits

Biden Signs PACT Act To Expand Health Care for Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits

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Biden Signs PACT Act To Expand , Health Care for Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits. NBC News reports President Biden signed the legislation on Aug. 10. . According to a White House official, the bipartisan bill is the biggest expansion of benefits and health care for veterans in over 30 years. Upon signing the bill, President Biden said, , “veterans of the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan not only faced dangers in battle — they were breathing toxic smoke from burn pits.”. Upon signing the bill, President Biden said, , “veterans of the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan not only faced dangers in battle — they were breathing toxic smoke from burn pits.”. Biden said he witnessed burn pits during his visits to Iraq while he was a senator and a vice president. Burn pits the size of football fields, an incinerated waste of war such as tires, poisonous chemicals, jet fuel, and so much I won’t even mention. , President Biden, via statement. A lot of places where our soldiers were sleeping were literally a quarter mile, half mile away from it, President Biden, via statement. NBC News reports that the bill is a personal matter for the president. as his son, Beau, served in Iraq and later died of brain cancer. Biden has often said he believes his son's cancer was related to being exposed to burn pits. When they came home, many of the fittest and best warriors that we sent to war were not the same. Headaches, numbness, dizziness, cancer. My son, Beau, was one of them, President Biden, via statement. NBC News reports veterans and their families can apply for PACT Act benefits by visiting the Veterans Affairs website or calling 1-800-MyVA411. NBC News reports veterans and their families can apply for PACT Act benefits by visiting the Veterans Affairs website or calling 1-800-MyVA411

NORAD Spots Russian Surveillance Aircraft Within Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone

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NORAD Spots Russian , Surveillance Aircraft Within Alaskan , Air Defense Identification Zone. On August 9, North American Aerospace Defense Command said that Russian surveillance aircraft entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone twice in 48 hours. NBC reports that Alaskan NORAD detected the aircraft which , "remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace.". Air defense identification zones are self-declared areas of airspace around a country or territory. While these zones have no basis in international law, breaching another nation's zone is seen as an act of aggression. NBC reports that NORAD uses a multilayered defense network of satellites, radar and fighter aircraft to monitor the zone. . NBC reports that NORAD uses a multilayered defense network of satellites, radar and fighter aircraft to monitor the zone. . NBC reports that NORAD uses a multilayered defense network of satellites, radar and fighter aircraft to monitor the zone. . We remain ready to employ a number of response options in defense of North America and Arctic sovereignty, NORAD statement, via NBC. In February, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. On August 6, hundreds of thousands of civilians fled Donetsk amid the latest Russian attack. According to officials in Donetsk, over two-thirds of civilians have already evacuated the city, but approximately 350,000 remain. . According to officials in Donetsk, over two-thirds of civilians have already evacuated the city, but approximately 350,000 remain. . The attack on Donetsk came after Russia seized control of Luhansk last month

Simple and Healthy Snacks to Enjoy While Working From Home

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Simple and Healthy Snacks to Enjoy While Working From Home. Working from home certainly has its perks, but it can also lead to unhealthy habits like excessive snacking. . Working from home certainly has its perks, but it can also lead to unhealthy habits like excessive snacking. . Here are 10 simple and healthy snacks to enjoy throughout your work day. Here are 10 simple and healthy snacks to enjoy throughout your work day. 1. Dried Fruit and Nuts. 2. Bowl of Fruit. 3. Roasted Chickpeas. 4. Veggies and Hummus. 5. Popcorn. 6. Boiled Eggs. 7. Avocado Toast. 8. Plantain Chips. 9. Seaweed Chips. 10. Turkey Jerky

Elon Musk Sells $6.88 Billion in Tesla Shares

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Elon Musk , Sells $6.88 Billion , in Tesla Shares. NBC reports that Elon Musk has sold 7.92 million shares of Tesla for an estimated $6.88 billion. . NBC reports that Elon Musk has sold 7.92 million shares of Tesla for an estimated $6.88 billion. . The transactions were revealed through a series of financial filings published August 9. According to SEC filings, Musk sold the shares shortly after Tesla's 2022 annual shareholders meeting on August 4 in Austin, Texas. The decision to sell those stocks comes amid a contentious legal battle over his $44 billion bid to purchase Twitter. The decision to sell those stocks comes amid a contentious legal battle over his $44 billion bid to purchase Twitter. In July, Musk terminated the deal, accusing Twitter of failing to provide information and understating the number of bots on the social media platform. In July, Musk terminated the deal, accusing Twitter of failing to provide information and understating the number of bots on the social media platform. In response, Twitter has sued Musk to complete the deal for the promised $44 billion. . In response, Twitter has sued Musk to complete the deal for the promised $44 billion. . According to NBC, this would represent a windfall for many of Twitter's shareholders. According to NBC, this would represent a windfall for many of Twitter's shareholders. Musk reportedly said that he would purchase some of his Tesla shares back if he doesn't have to complete the Twitter deal. Musk reportedly said that he would purchase some of his Tesla shares back if he doesn't have to complete the Twitter deal. NBC reports that Musk has also suggested that he is considering launching his own social platform, X.com. NBC reports that Musk has also suggested that he is considering launching his own social platform, X.com. Following news of Musk shedding Tesla stock, shares in the company closed at $850, down over 2% for the day. . Following news of Musk shedding Tesla stock, shares in the company closed at $850, down over 2% for the day.

Most Americans Support Using Popular Vote to Choose President, Data Shows

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Most Americans Support , Using Popular Vote to Choose President, , Data Shows. The data was compiled by the Pew Research Center. The information was made public on Aug. 5. According to the Pew Research Center, roughly 63 percent of Americans would prefer the U.S. president to be chosen by popular vote. . 35 percent of Americans support the current electoral college system. The Electoral College has played an outsize role in several recent U.S. elections, and a majority of Americans would welcome a change to the way presidents are elected, Rebecca Salzer and Jocelyn Kiley, Data Authors, via Pew Research Center. In January 2021 when a similar poll was conducted, 55 percent of Americans supported the use of a popular vote to decide the U.S. presidential election. The most recent survey was conducted between June 27 and July 4 of 2022. The poll shows a stark divide along party lines. 80 percent of Democrats favor the popular vote compared to 42 percent of Republicans. The data also shows a generational divide. Nearly 70 percent of those between the ages of 18 to 29 support the popular vote. while only 56 percent of those over the age of 65 agree. How members of the electoral college are chosen can vary depending on the state. In modern U.S. history, the two presidents who were elected by the electoral college despite losing the popular vote are George W. Bush and Donald Trump. In modern U.S. history, the two presidents who were elected by the electoral college despite losing the popular vote are George W. Bush and Donald Trump

Naomi Osaka Pulls Out of Canadian Open Due to Back Injury

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Naomi Osaka , Pulls Out of Canadian Open , Due to Back Injury. On August 9, Naomi Osaka was forced to withdraw from the Canadian Open following a back injury. . On August 9, Naomi Osaka was forced to withdraw from the Canadian Open following a back injury. . CNN reports that the injury came during her opening match against Kaia Kanepi. . CNN reports that the injury came during her opening match against Kaia Kanepi. . Osaka, who was trailing at the time, received treatment on the court but eventually retired from the match and left in tears. Osaka, who was trailing at the time, received treatment on the court but eventually retired from the match and left in tears. I felt my back from the start of the match, and despite trying my best to push through it, I just wasn't able to today, Naomi Osaka, via WTA. I felt my back from the start of the match, and despite trying my best to push through it, I just wasn't able to today, Naomi Osaka, via WTA. I'd like to pay credit to Kaia for playing well and want to wish her all the best for the rest of the tournament, Naomi Osaka, via WTA. I'd like to pay credit to Kaia for playing well and want to wish her all the best for the rest of the tournament, Naomi Osaka, via WTA. CNN reports that Osaka has been plagued by injuries throughout this season. CNN reports that Osaka has been plagued by injuries throughout this season. In January, she withdrew from the semifinals of the Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament with an abdominal injury. . In January, she withdrew from the semifinals of the Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament with an abdominal injury. . Later, she pulled out of the Italian Open and Wimbledon with an injury to her Achilles. Last week, Osaka reached the last 16 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic before being defeated by Coco Gauff. Last week, Osaka reached the last 16 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic before being defeated by Coco Gauff. Following the match, Osaka addressed the pressure that top athletes face. . Following the match, Osaka addressed the pressure that top athletes face. . I lost the match today, but I feel really confident in who I am. I feel like the pressure doesn't beat me. I am the pressure. I'm really happy with that, Naomi Osaka, via WTA. I lost the match today, but I feel really confident in who I am. I feel like the pressure doesn't beat me. I am the pressure. I'm really happy with that, Naomi Osaka, via WTA

Carolyn Bryant Donham, Whose Accusations Led to the Murder of Emmett Till, Won’t Be Indict

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Carolyn Bryant Donham, , Whose Accusations Led to the Murder of Emmett Till, , Won’t Be Indicted. CNN reports that a Mississippi grand jury won't indict Bryant Donham, a white woman who accused Till of making advances toward her in 1955. Her accusations prompted Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam to kidnap, beat and murder the 14-year-old. . Her accusations prompted Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam to kidnap, beat and murder the 14-year-old. . According to District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, there was not enough evidence to indict Bryant Donham on kidnapping and manslaughter charges. . After hearing every aspect of the investigation and evidence collected regarding Donham’s involvement, the Grand Jury returned a ‘No Bill’ to the charges of both Kidnapping and Manslaughter, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, via statement. The murder of Emmett Till remains an unforgettable tragedy in this country and the thoughts and prayers of this nation continue to be with the family of Emmett Till, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, via statement. One of Till's cousins, Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., issued a statement. . They kept their promise by bringing this latest piece of evidence before the grand jury. This outcome is unfortunate, but predictable, news, Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., Emmett Till's cousin, via statement. The prosecutor tried his best, and we appreciate his efforts, but he alone cannot undo hundreds of years of anti-Black systems that guaranteed those who killed Emmett Till would go unpunished, to this day, Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., Emmett Till's cousin, via statement. Deborah Watts, another one of Till's cousins, said the family will not give up in their fight for justice. . We vow that the pursuit of accountability and Justice For Emmett Till will continue. Emmett Till’s death will not be in vain. , Deborah Watts, Emmett Till's cousin, via statement. In March, President Joe Biden signed into law the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. In March, President Joe Biden signed into law the Emmett Till Antilynching Act

Meta's New AI Chatbot Spouts Uncomfortable Truths and Lies

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Meta's New AI Chatbot , Spouts Uncomfortable , Truths and Lies. On August 5, Meta's conversational artificial intelligence prototype, BlenderBot, launched on a demo website. On August 5, Meta's conversational artificial intelligence prototype, BlenderBot, launched on a demo website. 'The Guardian' reports that members of the public are invited to help test the AI and share feedback with Facebook's parent company, Meta. According to Meta, the bot is capable of conversing with users on nearly any topic. 'The Guardian' reports that the bot uses material it finds on the internet to offer users some interesting responses. According to BuzzFeed, when asked about Mark Zuckerberg, the AI replied, "he is a good businessman, but his business practices are not always ethical.". According to BuzzFeed, when asked about Mark Zuckerberg, the AI replied, "he is a good businessman, but his business practices are not always ethical.". It is funny that he has all this money and still wears the same clothes!, BlenderBot, via BuzzFeed. Previous chatbots have tended to spout racist conspiracy theories, often forcing the company to apologize for , "inappropriate and reprehensible words and images.". Previous chatbots have tended to spout racist conspiracy theories, often forcing the company to apologize for , "inappropriate and reprehensible words and images.". In South Korea, a chatbot designed to mimic a 20-year-old college student was suspended after repeating racial slurs and anti-LGBTQ+ remarks. In South Korea, a chatbot designed to mimic a 20-year-old college student was suspended after repeating racial slurs and anti-LGBTQ+ remarks. 'The Guardian' points out that users who log on to BlenderBot's test page need to acknowledge that the AI is , “likely to make untrue or offensive statements.”. According to Meta, the AI has, “a high propensity to generate toxic language and reinforce harmful stereotypes, even when provided with a relatively innocuous prompt.”

Biden Approves Sweden and Finland's Bid to Join NATO

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Biden Approves , Sweden and Finland's , Bid to Join NATO. Biden Approves , Sweden and Finland's , Bid to Join NATO. On August 9, President Joe Biden signed a measure to accept Finland and Sweden's bid to expand NATO. On August 9, President Joe Biden signed a measure to accept Finland and Sweden's bid to expand NATO. 'The New York Times' reports that the decision to bolster the Western alliance comes almost six months after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. 'The New York Times' reports that the decision to bolster the Western alliance comes almost six months after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. It’s critical now to deter threats before they harm our people, our allies and our interests, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via 'The New York Times'. It’s critical now to deter threats before they harm our people, our allies and our interests, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via 'The New York Times'. The 'NYT' reports that all 30 NATO members must approve the addition of Finland and Sweden. So far, over 20 have already done so. The Biden administration has been pushing diplomatically to unify western nations amid Russia's ongoing assault on Ukraine. The Biden administration has been pushing diplomatically to unify western nations amid Russia's ongoing assault on Ukraine. Sweden and Finland have strong Democratic institutions, strong militaries and strong and transparent economies, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via 'The New York Times'. Sweden and Finland have strong Democratic institutions, strong militaries and strong and transparent economies, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via 'The New York Times'. They will meet every NATO requirement — we’re confident of that — and it will make our alliance stronger, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via 'The New York Times'. They will meet every NATO requirement — we’re confident of that — and it will make our alliance stronger, Joe Biden, President of the United States, via 'The New York Times'. Despite a deep political divide, both Democrats and Republicans have largely supported the expansion of NATO. Despite a deep political divide, both Democrats and Republicans have largely supported the expansion of NATO. Supporters argue that the addition of Finland and Sweden to the alliance would reduce the burden on other member states providing assistance for Ukraine

Happy Birthday, Kylie Jenner!

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Happy Birthday, Kylie Jenner!. Kylie Kristen Jenner turns 25 years old today. Here are five things you may not have known about the young cosmetics queen. 1. She first starred in 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' when she was 9 years old. . 2. She hates chocolate cake but loves chocolate. 3. Jenner was named the youngest self-made billionaire by 'Forbes' at the age of 21. 4. She co-wrote a young adult novel, Rebels: City of Indra, with her sister. 5. She has revealed that she wants to pursue an acting career. Happy Birthday, Kylie Jenner!

Scientists Say Spiders Exhibit Signs of R.E.M. Sleep

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Scientists Say , Spiders Exhibit Signs , of R.E.M. Sleep. In a report published on August 8, researchers reveal their work studying Evarcha arcuata, a type of jumping spider, to determine if spiders dream. Scientists say that Evarcha arcuata twitch their legs and move their eyes, showing something similar to rapid eye movement, or R.E.M. sleep. . R.E.M. is the sleep phase during which dreaming occurs for humans and other animals scientists believe are capable of dreaming. . According to this study, R.E.M. sleep may be more common among animals than previously believed. If this is true, it may help scientists solve the mystery of dreams' purpose and evolution. Unlike most spiders, Evarcha arcuata's largest pair of eyes actually move and could therefore replicate something akin to human R.E.M. While observing Evarcha arcuata, scientists noticed a number of hallmarks of R.E.M. sleep, including twitches, relaxed muscles and eye movement. All of them seem to be the same as they are in mammals, Dr. Lauren Sumner-Rooney, Sensory biologist at the Leibniz Institute for Biodiversity and Evolution Research, via 'The New York Times'. Previously, scientists have found evidence of R.E.M. sleep in birds, cephalopods and a reptile. Previously, scientists have found evidence of R.E.M. sleep in birds, cephalopods and a reptile. Previously, scientists have found evidence of R.E.M. sleep in birds, cephalopods and a reptile. Arthropods experiencing R.E.M. sleep suggest that the phenomenon of dreams may be more ancient or universal than previously assumed by science

Advocates Sue US Government to Make Decision on Wolf Protections

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Advocates Sue U.S. Government , to Make Decision , on Wolf Protections. On August 9, wildlife advocates sued federal officials for missing a deadline to decide if protections for grey wolves should be restored in the Rocky Mountains. The Associated Press reports that many Republican-led states have made it easier to hunt and kill the predators. The increase in hunting poses a potential threat to wolves across the region. Last September, the Biden administration said that protections for wolves may need to be restored due to increased hunting in Idaho and Montana. Last September, the Biden administration said that protections for wolves may need to be restored due to increased hunting in Idaho and Montana. After missing the deadline, advocates urged a Montana judge to force federal officials to make a final decision on the matter. By the 1930s, wolves had been nearly exterminated across most of the U.S. under government-sponsored poisoning and trapping campaigns. In the 1990s, grey wolves were reintroduced from Canada into the northern U.S. Rockies. . Since being reintroduced, growing populations in wilderness areas across Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have expanded to Oregon, Washington and California. In 2021, Republican governors in Idaho and Montana signed laws that loosened laws restricting when, where and how wolves can be killed. . Advocates fear increased hunting has the potential to reduce wolf populations to below sustainable levels

PGA Tour Files Motion To Keep 3 LIV Golfers Out of FedEx Cup Playoffs

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PGA Tour Files Motion To , Keep 3 LIV Golfers Out of FedEx Cup Playoffs. Three LIV golfers, Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, in addition to eight others, recently filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Three LIV golfers, Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, in addition to eight others, recently filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Three LIV golfers, Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, in addition to eight others, recently filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, Golfers' attorneys, via lawsuit. And a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate, Golfers' attorneys, via lawsuit. On Aug. 8, the PGA Tour filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to deny a temporary restraining order to the golfers. Despite knowing full well that they would breach TOUR Regulations and be suspended for doing so, Plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, .., Via motion, as reported by ESPN. ... which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches, Via motion, as reported by ESPN. [Temporary restraining order] Plaintiffs now run into Court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the TOUR's season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, .., Via motion, as reported by ESPN. ... an action that would harm all TOUR members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too, Via motion, as reported by ESPN. ESPN reports that a hearing to consider the temporary restraining order is set for Aug. 9 in San Jose, California

Earth Breaks the Record for the Shortest Recorded Day

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Earth Breaks the Record , for the Shortest Recorded Day. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service reported the record-breaking time on Aug. 8. According to the calculations of scientists with the service, . ... the Earth's rotation on June 29 was 1.59 milliseconds shy of its standard 24-hour rotation. This time is the shortest time recorded since the atomic clock was invented to keep an accurate-as-possible record of the rotation of the Earth. The last time the Earth broke a rotation-time record was on July 19, 2020. On that day, our planet was 1.47 milliseconds under the standard 24-hour rotation. While scientists have theorized that the rotation of the Earth has slowed since the time of the dinosaurs. ... there is evidence to suggest that the speed of its rotation is beginning to speed back up. However, scientists also say that the increased speed is too minute for humans to notice. . Our day-to-day existence doesn't even recognize that millisecond, Dennis McCarthy, U.S. Naval Observatory, via KSL.com. However, scientists also say that the speed is significant enough to make a difference. If records continue to show an increase in the speed of the Earth's rotation, . ... a "leap second" will likely need to be considered sooner than scientists had anticipated. But if these things add up, then it could change the rate at which we insert a leap second, Dennis McCarthy, U.S. Naval Observatory, via KSL.com