If you are among the millions of Americans facing the sweltering heat this summer, you might find a little consolation in knowing that the coolest and most welcoming fall season is less than 2 months away. Yes, that means wearing comfy sweaters, savoring the colorful transformation of the leaves, and sipping a warm pumpkin spice latte. But this year, your patience may be tested in the Halloween candy aisle. Hershey says he won’t be able to meet consumer demand this Halloween due to production and supply chain issues.
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The Department of Justice criminal investigation into the January 6 Capitol uprising is heating up. According to sources familiar with the matter, prosecutors are preparing for a judicial battle to force former White House officials to testify about former President Donald Trump’s conversations and actions about the insurgency. This appears to be the clearest sign that federal investigators are investigating Trump’s conduct as he tried to prevent the transfer of power to Joe Biden. This court brawl would put the Justice Department’s investigation into a more aggressive stance than even the Mueller investigation – a major criminal investigation that lasted years of Trump while he was president. In the end he was not charged. This comes when the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol uprising confirmed that it intends to share 20 transcripts with the Justice Department as the department accelerates its investigation.
At least eight people died and hundreds of homes were damaged following catastrophic floods in eastern Kentucky on Thursday. Rescuers are working around the clock to reach difficult-to-access areas amidst constant storms, officials said. Floods swept bridges, swept power lines, and sent some residents to climb rooftops as water gushed into their homes. The homes and cars of some families have been submerged or wiped out completely by the flood, aggravated by overflowing streams. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear called it one of the “most devastating flood events in Kentucky’s history,” adding that the destruction is far from over as more rainfall is expected today. Officials said the death toll is expected to rise.
The principal of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas has been cleared to return to work after a brief hiatus, according to his attorney. Mandy Gutierrez faced criticism of her handling of school safety before the mass shooting which resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers. She was put on administrative leave on Monday during a school board meeting. Gutierrez’s reinstatement comes after an exclusive interview with CNN this week in which she defended her actions during the May 24 shooting. “I feel I have followed the training that was provided to me to the best of my ability,” she said when asked if she felt she had to lose her job. “And I’ll guess myself for the rest of my life.”
4. Monkey pox
San Francisco and New York sound the alarm over monkeypox as federal officials consider declaring the outbreak a nationwide public health emergency. San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to declare a local monkeypox health emergency in an effort to bolster the city’s preparedness and response. This declaration will take effect on Monday. In New York, a state health commissioner declared an imminent threat to public health, citing the rapid spread of the virus. Due to the high demand for Jynneos’ monkeypox vaccine, the FDA has authorized 786,000 additional doses. About 338,000 doses have already been administered across the country.
The US economy shrank again in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday, fueling some recession fears. Gross domestic product, or GDP, declined 0.9% year-on-year from April to June. The decline marks a key symbolic threshold for the more commonly used, albeit unofficial, definition of recession as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. Although Thursday’s estimate marked a steep drop from the 6.7% expansion the economy underwent in the second quarter of 2021, the Biden administration was adamant that the largest economy in the world, despite being hit by high inflation for decades, remains fundamentally healthy.
Reporter loses a tooth on live TV
Give this reporter a trophy for handling the embarrassing incident so well … actually, a plate it would be even better. Watch the funny moment here.
Biden’s niece announces the wedding ceremony at the White House
Not many people can say they got married in South Lawn! Meet the beautiful couple and find out more about their wedding plans.
Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this weekend
This is for the night sky watchers. You may have the chance to see a beautiful show this weekend. Here’s how to watch.
Former Los Angeles Laker rehearses for WWE
This veteran basketball player has said he wants to play in the NBA next season but is ready to move on to wrestling if that doesn’t happen.
Keep dogs and their elderly owners togetherr
Meet a caring hero who is helping seniors take care of their pets when times get tough. Watch the heartwarming video here.
Which major US retailer announced this week that it is cutting the prices of clothing and other products?
D. Domestic storage
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THE NUMBER OF TODAY
1.1 billion dollars
This is today’s Mega Millions lottery draw jackpot, making it the second largest prize in the game’s 20-year history. Friday’s jackpot cash value option is $ 648.2 million, according to a press release. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. The draw will take place today at 11pm ET.
“Political extremism is tearing our nation apart and the two major parties have failed to remedy the crisis.”
– A group of former Republican and Democrat officials, on the formation of a new political party called Avanti, in an attempt to appeal to what they call the “moderate and common sense majority”. The group – David Jolly, Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang – wrote in a Washington Post editorial that they will unite their political organizations in the new party and seek access to the vote to run for elections in 2024. Jolly is a former Republican congressman. of Florida, Whitman is a former Republican governor of New Jersey and Yang is a former Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of New York.
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The cat hates everyone
Beware of the Grumpy Kitten! This hilarious cat is not a fan of most people, especially children. (Click here to view)