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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Friday.
1. The death toll from the devastating flash floods that hit Kentucky rose to 16 and was expected to continue rising.
“It’s going to be a lot higher,” state Gov. Andy Beshear said of the toll. Six children died in the floods, four of them from one family. Heavy rains triggered what the governor described as “one of the worst and most devastating flood events” in the state’s history.
The National Guard, state police, and other state agencies assisted in search and rescue efforts. The teams took people off rooftops and reached others by boat. As of this morning, nearly 300 people had been rescued across the state.
Many homes, roads, and bridges were still inaccessible, and more than 21,500 customers in Kentucky were still without power.
Flooding was expected to recede in some areas tomorrow, which would give search and rescue teams a chance to reach more people, Beshear said.
2. We’ve delved deeply into what the new climate law could mean for the auto and energy industries.
The $369 billion climate and tax package that Democrats proposed in the Senate this week could have far-reaching implications for the types of cars Americans drive (strong EV incentives), the places they drive Cars are made (with financial incentives for US factories) and the way the country produces its energy. The legislation also aims to break China’s grip on battery supply chains.
“I think it’s absolutely a transformative bill,” said one expert. “It will lower every American’s energy bill.”
Here are seven key provisions of the climate package.
3. Recent economic reports should keep the Federal Reserve on track for rate hikes.
A measure of wage growth closely monitored by the Federal Reserve rose quickly, rising 5.1 percent in the second quarter. Prices have risen sharply over the past month, up 6.8 percent this year through June. It was the fastest rise in the personal consumption expenditure index since 1982.
4. An explosion at a prison camp killed at least 40 Ukrainian POWs and maimed dozens more.
Russia and Ukraine traded blame for the attack in the Russian-held Donetsk region. In the prison in the city of Olenivka, Russia is holding thousands of Ukrainian prisoners of war, including some 2,500 fighters from the Azovstal plant who were forced to surrender in May. The fighters are considered war heroes in Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry accused the Ukrainian military of hitting the facility with a high-precision missile, and Ukrainian officials accused Russia of conducting a false flag operation to hide evidence of torture and extrajudicial executions.
5. Monkeypox remains a mystery in some important respects. Scientists are frantically searching for answers.
Three issues will determine how quickly, if at all, monkeypox can be contained: spread, vaccination, and treatment. New York State and San Francisco declared health emergencies yesterday over the outbreak. But even as the US tally approaches 5,000 cases and experts warn containment is slipping, federal health officials have not followed suit.
President Biden’s Health Secretary, Xavier Becera, suggested that states and localities share some responsibility for what critics called a flawed response, and said his agency was still weighing whether to declare a national public health emergency should exclaim.
6. By defending dogs at all costs, Richard Rosenthal has made many enemies. But his animal customers owe him their lives.
Rosenthal, an animal rights attorney in New York for more than a decade, handles child custody cases, sues animal hospitals for malpractice and specializes in defending dangerous dogs. He often enrages local officials, animal control officials, prosecutors, and even some animal rights groups.
7. Disco, Funk, House, Techno, Bounce and More: The new Beyoncé album has officially arrived.
The singer’s seventh solo studio LP and the first in a trilogy, “Renaissance” embodies decades of dance music and offers a tour of some of the genre’s most well-known touchstones, including Chicago house, 1970s disco and more underground sounds like hyperpop. Here are some of the sources Beyoncé celebrates and an examination of their importance.
Lindsay Zoladz, one of our pop critics, described the album as “a dazzling nightclub fantasy” that “almost feels like a prince in its ambitions”. The song “Alien Superstar” is “a bold pop homage to ballroom culture and an embodiment of the escapist, self-celebratory ethos that permeated the ‘Renaissance,'” she writes.
8. A decade ago, the Ultimate Fighting Championship excluded women. The participants in Saturday’s title fight are proud to be fighters and mothers.
A rematch between Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes will be the main event at UFC 277 on Saturday night in Dallas. Nunes will fight to regain the bantamweight title that Peña took from her in December. UFC President Dana White expects the match to surpass Holly Holm’s shock loss to Ronda Rousey in 2015 as the highest-grossing women’s fight.
As martial arts become more popular, ringside doctors struggle with the precarious ethics of their role. “I’m giving someone the fight today, in 20 years he comes into my office and he has CTE, he has Parkinson’s disease,” said a neurologist and ring doctor. “Any doctor who works ringside should feel contradictory.”
9. To take advantage of all those fruits and berries, Consider an upside down cake.
One of the earliest recipes called “upside down cake” was published in the now defunct Syracuse Herald in 1923. The classic upside-down pineapple cake first appeared in 1926. But juicy summer peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines, mounds of purple berries and even velvety bananas are just waiting to enter, writes Melissa Clark.
Are you staying in a vacation rental? Don’t sweat at dinner. Perhaps the tastiest meals on a trip are the ones you prepare yourself. Follow these tips for planning, shopping, and using up each ingredient.
10. And finally, loads of new books.
Want ideas for books to put back in your library in August? Our book editors are there for you. There’s an investigation into the opioid overdose epidemic by Beth Macy, new fiction by Abdulrazak Gurnah, Banana Yoshimoto, Mohsin Hamid and Anthony Marra. If these don’t catch your eye, we have 88 other suggestions.
Speaking of new chapters, I’ll be working at a different desk for the next few months to cover breaking news. It was my privilege to guide you throughout the day’s news.
Thank you and until next time, have a wonderful rest of your summer.
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