Tuesday, August 31, 2021

US Navy helicopter crashes in Pacific Ocean

Search and rescue efforts are underway after a US Navy helicopter crashed off the San Diego coast Tuesday, officials said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/us/us-navy-helicopter-crash-san-diego/index.html

Texas 6-week abortion ban takes effect after Supreme Court inaction

A controversial Texas law that bars abortions at six weeks went into effect early Wednesday morning after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court failed to rule on pending emergency requests brought by abortion providers.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/01/politics/texas-abortion-supreme-court-sb8-roe-wade/index.html

Political threats Biden left behind in Afghanistan could come back to haunt him

President Joe Biden may have ended the "forever war" but the dangerous loose ends he left behind in Afghanistan could still thwart his attempt to throw everything at his top priority domestic goals.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/01/politics/afghanistan-fall-out-may-haunt-joe-biden/index.html

Covid-19 cases rise in Australian state of Victoria despite lengthy lockdown

The Australian state of Victoria has extended its lockdown for another three weeks after tough restrictions failed to lower the number of daily new coronavirus cases.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/australia/australia-new-zealand-covid-19-september-intl-hnk/index.html

Some 30% of global tree species at risk of extinction, report says

Almost a third of the world's tree species are at risk of extinction, while hundreds are on the brink of being wiped out, according to a landmark report published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) on Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/world/trees-extinction-risk-intl-hnk/index.html

Bangladesh sentences 6 militants to death for killing gay activists

Six members of an Islamist militant group were sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in Bangladesh for the brutal killing of two gay rights campaigners five years ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/01/asia/bangladesh-activist-killing-intl-hnk/index.html

KISS has Covid

KISS is postponing four tour dates after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the band.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/entertainment/kiss-postpones-tour-dates/index.html

Social Security won't be able to pay full benefits by 2034

Social Security will have to cut benefits by 2034 if Congress does nothing to address the program's long-term funding shortfall, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the Social Security and Medicare trustees.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/politics/social-security-medicare-report/index.html

Paris sets 30 kph speed limit to reduce pollution

Authorities in the French capital of Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city's roads, in a bid to reduce pollution and improve road safety.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/europe/paris-speed-limit-climate-change-intl/index.html

Two senior FDA vaccine leaders step down as agency faces decision on boosters

Two senior leaders in the US Food and Drug Administration's vaccine review office are stepping down, even as the agency works toward high-profile decisions around Covid-19 vaccine approvals, authorizations for younger children and booster shots.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/health/fda-vaccine-officials-step-down/index.html

Stunning images released by Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

A number of stunning entries to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been released, including images of an Iberian lynx framed in a doorway, cheetahs swimming in a raging river and blood dripping from the muzzle of a lioness.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wildlife-photographer-award-2021-scli-intl-scn/index.html

American describes moment she realized she'd been left behind in Afghanistan

CNN's Chris Cuomo speaks with an American citizen still trapped in Afghanistan following the US withdrawal.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/31/american-trapped-afghanistan-cuomo-cpt-vpx.cnn

Scuffles break out during school mask meeting in Florida

Tensions boiled over during a school mask meeting in Lee County, Florida. CNN affiliate WBBH reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/31/scuffle-mask-meeting-florida-affil-pkg-vpx.wbbh-wzvn

'This guy is special, he is fiercely loyal': US veteran on Afghan interpreter

CNN's Alex Marquardt reports on a US veteran and his Afghan interpreter friend, who were reunited after 12 years.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/31/us-veteran-afghan-interpreter-reunion-marquardt-lead-pkg-vpx.cnn

Syrian oil spill spreads across the Mediterranean and could reach Cyprus on Wednesday

An oil spill that originated from Syria's largest refinery is growing and spreading across the Mediterranean Sea, and could reach the island of Cyprus by Wednesday, Cypriot authorities have said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/middleeast/syria-cyprus-oil-spill-intl/index.html

Ida left more than 1 million without power, possibly for weeks. And now comes the scorching heat

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-cimate-change-0831/

Asian Americans rally in support of Disney and Marvel's 'Shang Chi' ahead of its nationwide premiere

Advocates for increasing Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in film and television are doing everything they can to ensure Disney and Marvel's "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" scores a knockout at the box office when it opens in theaters Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/media/shang-chi-box-asian-american-box-office/index.html

Texas' 6-week abortion ban lets private citizens sue in an unprecedented legal approach

A Texas state law that bans abortion after as early as six weeks into the pregnancy could provide the playbook for red states to pass extreme abortion restrictions -- without having to wait for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/politics/texas-six-week-abortion-ban-supreme-court-explainer/index.html

The Harlem Hellfighters, Black soldiers who fought in World War I, will receive a Congressional Gold Medal

The "Harlem Hellfighters" helped the US win World War I. The Black infantry unit was one of the most decorated regiments at the time, even as most of its members were met with racism and disregard upon their return home.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/us/harlem-hellfighters-congressional-gold-medal-trnd/index.html

Windows 11 gets a launch date. It's surprisingly soon

Microsoft is rolling out its newest operating system, Windows 11, earlier than expected for some PC users.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/tech/windows-11-launch-date/index.html

Mother attacks Texas' mask mandate bans: 'I'm sending her to a warzone'

CNN's Rosa Flores reports from Humble, Texas, where parents are split on the state's mask mandate ban and its effects on their children.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/31/texas-mask-mandate-ban-schools-parents-flores-pkg-newday-ldn-vpx.cnn

Drivers waiting hours in line for gas in parts of Louisiana

Parts of Louisiana are seeing long gas lines as the state recovers after damage from Hurricane Ida.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/08/31/long-gas-lines-in-louisiana-after-ida-todd-mxp-vpx.hln

India posts record 20% GDP growth but the second Covid wave still hurt

India's economy grew at a record pace in the second quarter, even as the country grappled with a devastating wave of Covid-19. But Asia's third largest economy isn't out of the woods yet and remains smaller than at the start of the pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/economy/india-gdp-growth-covid-hnk-intl/index.html

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello seeking help to get female guitar students out of Afghanistan

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is pleading for help to bring a group of young female guitarists in hiding in Afghanistan to safety.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/entertainment/tom-morello-afghanistan/index.html

Here's what it's like to drive a new $100,000 Jeep

Cruising up a highway heading north out of New York City, the bright white Jeep Grand Wagoneer I was driving got the sort of attention usually given to Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Other vehicles maneuvered to get a better look and smartphones were held out through car windows for a shot.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/success/jeep-grand-wagoneer-review/index.html

Zoom's stock plunges as sales growth slows

Zoom Video Communications was one of the clear winners of the pandemic economy. But as more people return to the office and classroom, the company now faces a bigger challenge: living up to Wall Street's hype.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/investing/zoom-earnings/index.html

Hostages strapped to getaway cars as robbers target banks in Brazil

A gang of armed robbers in Brazil carried out a series of deadly bank heists using human shields strapped to their getaway cars on Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/americas/brazil-bank-robbers-scli-intl/index.html

A Louisiana man is presumed dead after an alligator attacked him while he walked in floodwaters

Authorities in Louisiana are investigating an apparent fatal alligator attack on a 71-year-old man as he walked in floodwaters following Hurricane Ida.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/us/slidell-louisiana-alligator-attack/index.html

Paris slams on the brakes and sets 30km/h speed limit to cut emissions

Authorities in the French capital of Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city's roads, in a bid to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/europe/paris-speed-limit-climate-change-intl/index.html

Two dead and 10 injured after Mississippi highway washed away by heavy rain

Two people were killed and 10 others injured after a highway was washed out Monday night near the town of Lucedale, Mississippi, officials said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/us/mississippi-highway-26-collapse-flooding/index.html

Caldor Fire prompts states of emergency in Nevada and California, with more than 50,000 told to evacuate the Lake Tahoe region

The governors of California and Nevada declared states of emergency Monday as the fast-moving Caldor Fire prompted officials to tell everyone in the city of South Lake Tahoe to get out.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/weather/western-wildfires-tuesday/index.html

Ida left more than 1 million without power for possibly weeks, and now comes the scorching heat

The Gulf Coast is still sifting through the aftermath and launching rescue missions in the wake of Ida's landfall as a hurricane, and officials say some areas could spend up to the next month of their recovery without power.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/31/weather/tropical-depression-ida-tuesday/index.html

Monday, August 30, 2021

Second storm-related death reported after Hurricane Ida

source https://edition.cnn.com/us/live-news/ida-updates-08-30-21/h_9b4d4edf1e850291afb2f6304f316a9b

CDC adds 7 destinations to 'very high' Covid-19 travel risk list

Switzerland and Puerto Rico are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's regularly updated travel advisories list.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cdc-very-high-risk-travel-destinations-august-30/index.html

Giuliani's communications director resigns as legal problems mount

Rudy Giuliani's communications director has resigned from her position, ending a nearly two-year stint as the former New York City mayor faces mounting legal problems.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/rudy-giuliani-christiann-allen-communications-director-resigns/index.html

See trail of destruction left by Hurricane Ida

CNN's Jason Carroll surveys the damage Hurricane Ida left behind in Houma, Louisiana, a city approximately an hour outside New Orleans.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2021/08/30/hurricane-ida-damage-carroll-houma-louisiana-mos-vpx.cnn

'Cover this accurately!': Watch MSNBC correspondent get interrupted live

MSNBC Correspondent Shaquille Brewster was accosted by a random passerby insisting that he cover Hurricane Ida "accurately." Watch the altercation here.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/08/30/msnbc-shaquille-brewster-live-hurricane-orig.cnn-business

See cows airlifted over Swiss meadows

Every year, around 1,000 cows from higher pastures make their way to the Urnerboden valley in Switzerland. While most animals walk this route, some injured or heavily pregnant cows are airlifted.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/30/swiss-cows-airlift-video-lon-orig-tp.cnn

'We're doing all we can': Biden speaks on Hurricane Ida relief efforts

President Joe Biden spoke Monday afternoon on Hurricane Ida relief efforts as he met virtually with a host of leaders involved in the response to the massive storm that has rocked the Gulf Coast.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/biden-hurricane-ida/index.html

Otherworldly weather forecasts could help future Mars explorers reach this vital resource

Before we send humans to Mars, creating accurate weather forecasts and mapping resources like water ice will be critical, according to new research.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/world/mars-weather-dusty-snow-scn/index.html

Another Tesla reportedly using Autopilot hits a parked police car

Another Tesla has hit an emergency vehicle, apparently while using the Autopilot driver-assist feature, adding to a problem that is already the subject of a federal safety probe.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/business/telsa-crash-police-car/index.html

Biden speaks as Hurricane Ida search-and-rescue efforts are underway

source cnn://deeplink?section=livetv&subsection=sliver&stream=CNN2

Cars have been guzzling leaded gasoline for 99 years. Not any more

Nearly a century of leaded gasoline use on roads around the world has come to an end, the UN Environment Programme announced Monday, after Algerian service stations stopped selling the fuel last month.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/business/lead-gasoline-car-climate-change-intl/index.html

Goldman Sachs says 750,000 households could be evicted this year unless Congress acts

If Congress doesn't implement a new eviction ban, three-quarters of a million American households could be evicted later this year, according to new research.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/business/household-evictions-goldman-sachs-warning/index.html

January 6 committee to ask phone records be kept of lawmakers who participated in 'Stop the Steal'

The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot is set to request that a group of telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of a group of GOP members of Congress and former President Donald Trump, as well as members of the Trump family, who played some role in the "Stop the Steal" rally that served as the prelude to the Capitol insurrection.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/january-6-phone-records-members-of-congress/index.html

Big Tech failed with contact tracing. Can it do better with vaccine passport apps?

As some US cities start requiring proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, events and workplaces, smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung and Google are rolling out ways to make it easy for users to show their Covid-19 vaccine status with just a tap.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/tech/vaccine-passport-apps-apple-samsung/index.html

Qantas CEO: A380 'perfect' to meet massive pent-up demand for flying

Global aviation is still struggling to recover from the pandemic, as the Delta variant forces governments around the world to reintroduce coronavirus restrictions on travel.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/business/qantas-ceo-travel-outlook/index.html

Hurricane, Afghanistan exit and pandemic exacerbate Biden's presidency of crises

President Joe Biden is confronting an extraordinary confluence of intensifying crises that are pushing a White House already mired in extreme challenges to the limit.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/30/politics/president-joe-biden-hurricane-ida-afghanistan-coronavirus/index.html

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Biden's political nightmare suddenly feels like 2005 all over again

It suddenly feels like 2005 all over again.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/world/meanwhile-in-america-august-30-intl/index.html

'Incredible video': Jim Acosta reacts to footage of storm damage

Strong winds from Hurricane Ida ripped the roof off of a Louisiana clinic. Hurricane Ida's forward speed has slowed down, which will increase the flooding potential and the amount of time the winds will last over inland locations.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/29/roof-ripped-off-louisiana-building-hurricane-ida-acosta-nr-vpx.cnn

Jacques Rogge, former IOC president, dies at 79

Former International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79, the organization announced Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/sport/jacques-rogge-ioc-death/index.html

Female journalist flees Afghanistan following groundbreaking TV interview with Taliban spokesman

Earlier this month, Beheshta Arghand made history in Afghanistan.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/media/arghand-fleeing-afghanistan/index.html

Four young children hiding in a Kabul apartment have landed in the US -- and will soon reunite with their mother

Four young siblings who had been hiding alone in an apartment in Afghanistan's capital landed in the United States on Sunday evening, marking the end of a frantic, days-long rescue mission to get them to safety.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/us/four-children-afghanistan-arrive-in-us/index.html

How the White House and Democrats hope to survive Biden's political bruises

President Joe Biden was likely to lose Democratic control of Congress before last week's carnage in Afghanistan. That's more likely now.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/politics/white-house-democrats-political-damage-afghanistan/index.html

Witnesses describe life inside R. Kelly's 'Chocolate Factory'

About 25 miles outside of Chicago in the village of Olympia Fields sits a mansion that R. Kelly once lived and worked in.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/us/inside-r-kelly-home-and-studio/index.html

Bolsonaro says he will either be arrested, killed or win Brazil's next election

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said he sees only three possibilities for his future: death, prison or winning the 2022 presidential elections.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/americas/bolsonaro-brazil-elections-intl/index.html

Two die in Japan days after receiving Moderna shots suspended over contamination risk

Two people have died in Japan days after receiving doses from a batch of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines whose use was suspended Thursday following concerns over a contamination risk, the country's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/asia/japan-moderna-covid-vaccine-deaths-intl/index.html

Ida strengthens into Cat 3 hurricane

source https://cnn.it/3DBvzIH

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Europe's disunity and lack of trust imperils the continent's future

Anyone who has followed the internal politics of the European Union over the past few years will know that the bloc, which relies on unity and mutual appreciation of rules, has struggled to stay on the same page on several important issues.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/europe/european-union-rule-of-law-analysis-intl-cmd/index.html

Italy's famed national airline is selling its last-ever tickets

Ciao ciao, Alitalia.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/alitalia-rise-and-fall-italy-cmd/index.html

Greenland expedition discover 'world's northernmost island'

Scientists last month set foot on a tiny island off the coast of Greenland which they say is the world's northernmost point of land and was revealed by shifting pack ice.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/greenland-island-intl/index.html

The 'billion-dollar air route' is bouncing back

Since March 2020, would-be travelers have experienced more turbulence on the ground than in the air. As always, though, CNN Travel are your attendants on hand to guide you through the safety instructions and point our your nearest exits.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pandemic-travel-news-denmark-hawaii-iceland/index.html

Why older people are so much more vaccinated than younger people

Vaccination rates in America vary widely between blue and red states, between urban and rural populations and between those with college degrees and those without.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/28/us/older-adults-covid-vaccine/index.html

Green hydrogen could be the fuel of the future. Here's why it's not yet a silver bullet

As the climate crisis escalates, the world is banking on carbon-free energy to achieve a future with zero greenhouse gas emissions, or a net-zero future, where we remove just as much greenhouse gas from the atmosphere as we emit.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/28/world/green-hydrogen-climate-explainer-blue-gray-intl-cmd/index.html

Friday, August 27, 2021

US conducts airstrike against ISIS-K planner

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-afghanistan-08-28/

Inside Mississippi hospital stretched to brink amid Delta surge

CNN's Miguel Marquez speaks to patients battling Covid-19 in an overwhelmed Mississippi hospital as the state sees a surge in cases.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/08/27/mississippi-hospitals-overrun-coronavirus-patients-marquez-lead-dnt-vpx.cnn

US conducts airstrike against ISIS-K planner

The US has conducted an airstrike against an ISIS-K planner, a spokesman for US Central Command said in a statement Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/politics/us-military-airstrike-isis-k-planner-afghanistan/index.html

New Zealand is one of the last countries sticking to a zero Covid strategy

When New Zealand went into lockdown last week over a single Delta case, critics were quick to mock the country's risk-averse approach.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/asia/new-zealand-zero-covid-delta-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan gets parole on 16th attempt

Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was granted parole Friday. State prosecutors did not object to his release. The 77-year-old spent 53 years in prison.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/us/sirhan-sirhan-parole-rfk-assassination/index.html

China blasts '996' excessive work culture

China is putting companies that overwork their employees on notice.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/tech/china-supreme-court-996-intl-hnk/index.html

Unvaccinated, unmasked teacher triggered Covid outbreak starting with students

An unvaccinated elementary school teacher who took off their mask to read to students ended up infecting more than half of them last May -- and they went on to infect other students, family members and community members, California public health officials reported Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/health/teacher-covid-students/index.html

Afghan woman: Forgive and forget is exactly what Biden did

Afghan human rights activist Pashtana Durrani talks to CNN's Jim Sciutto about her thoughts on President Joe Biden's comments after the explosions at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/27/afghan-human-rights-activist-pashtana-durrani-joe-biden-sciutto-nr-vpx.cnn

Must-watch videos of the week

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/videos-of-the-week/

Toyota suspends use of self-driving vehicle in Olympic Village after collision with Paralympian

A self-driving Toyota vehicle was barely moving, but it still managed to collide with a visually-impaired athlete at the Paralympic Games, raising potential concerns about the limitations of autonomous driving technology.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/cars/toyota-self-driving-vehicle-paralympics-accident/index.html

This former ICU nurse makes $200k a month on OnlyFans

OnlyFans reversed its decision to ban sexually explicit content on the platform, after backlash from creators like Allie Rae who earn a living on the site.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/08/25/onlyfans-ban.cnn

US intelligence community review does not determine origin of Covid-19

The US intelligence community reached an inconclusive assessment about the origin of the Covid-19 virus following a 90-day investigation ordered by President Joe Biden, according to an unclassified report released publicly on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/politics/us-intelligence-covid-origins-report/index.html

Texas House approves GOP voting restrictions bill after months of Democratic delays

The Texas House approved a raft of new voting restrictions Friday, as majority Republicans seeking to hold on to power in a rapidly changing state finally overcame months of delays by Democrats who said the measure will raise new barriers to the ballot box for marginalized voters.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/politics/texas-voting-bill/index.html

F-bombs and hate mail: Restaurants take heat when they ask for proof of vaccination

When Cowbell, a comfort food restaurant in New Orleans, started requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining, some customers were less than thrilled.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/business/restaurant-vaccine-mandates/index.html

Gunmen in Nigeria free scores of young schoolchildren abducted three months ago

Scores of schoolchildren who were abducted at gunpoint at a school in Nigeria's north-central Niger State have been freed and handed over to their families, a government spokesperson told CNN Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/africa/nigeria-school-kidnapping-tegina-freed-intl/index.html

Manchester United set to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo after reaching agreement with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to re-sign for Manchester United subject to personal terms, visa and a medical assessment, the club announced on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/27/football/cristiano-ronaldo-manchester-united-return-spt-intl/index.html

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Taiwan plans to spend $1.4 billion on new fighter jets amid rising China military activity

Taiwan announced a modest pace in defense spending for next year on Thursday, but will spend $1.4 billion on new fighter jets, as the island bolsters its forces in the face of increased pressure from Beijing.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/asia/taiwan-defense-spending-intl-hnk/index.html

Supreme Court throws out Biden administration eviction moratorium

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration's Covid-related eviction moratorium.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/politics/supreme-court-eviction-moratorium/index.html

'Southern Blob' of hot ocean is causing a megadrought thousands of miles away in Chile

In the southwest Pacific Ocean, there's a huge region of unusually warm water covering an area about the size of Australia, known as "the Southern Blob."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/world/blob-chile-megadrought-study-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html

Northern California wildfires traveled up to 8 miles in a single day

Hundreds of California residents are under evacuation orders after new fires were sparked Wednesday, with another heat wave expected to make fighting the flames even more challenging.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/weather/us-western-wildfires-thursday/index.html

FDA blocks sale of 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products

The US Food and Drug Administration blocked the sale of more 55,000 flavored e-cigarette products Thursday, its first ban of e-cigarette products since it began requiring makers to apply for premarket review last September.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/health/fda-blocks-ecig-products/index.html

Angry parents chase down governor after school meeting

A meeting that included discussion about Connecticut's school mask mandate got heated as angry parents followed Gov. Ned Lamont out of the building and shouted at him.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/26/connecticut-governor-mask-mandate-meeting-pkg-vpx.wfsb

See Biden's response when asked if he stands by his Afghanistan decision

President Joe Biden tells reporters why he still stands by his decision to pull American troops out of Afghanistan.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/26/biden-stand-by-afghanistan-evacuation-sot-lead-vpx.cnn

Two teachers. Two different views on vaccine mandates. Hear them debate.

Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that 148,000 staff from New York City public schools are now required to get the Covid-19 vaccine. This is how two public school teachers feel about it.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/08/26/nyc-teachers-vaccine-mandate-orig-mss.cnn

Hear Biden address the attackers

President Joe Biden addresses the terror attack near the Kabul airport that killed more than 60 people and wounded 140.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/26/kabul-terror-attack-biden-sot-lead-vpx.cnn

Wendy's is upgrading its french fries

Few things in life are worse than a soggy french fry. Wendy's says it has a solution.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/business/wendys-new-french-fries/index.html

New video shows aftermath of blasts

New, graphic video shows the aftermath of blasts outside Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport. While the exact number of casualties is not clear, the blasts "resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties," according to the Pentagon. CNN's Sam Kiley reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/26/kabul-airport-blasts-afghanistan-aftermath-kiley-ldn-vpx.cnn

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Calif. governor fights recall by sharpening contrast with opponent in effort to energize female voters

As conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has surged to the front of the Republican pack in the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democrats have redoubled their efforts to activate female voters to come to Newsom's defense -- warning that California could face a very different future under Elder or another Republican whose positions are largely outside the mainstream in the state.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/politics/california-recall-gavin-newsom-larry-elder-women/index.html

In the turbulent South China Sea, the US Navy bets on a troubled warship

When US Vice President Kamala Harris stepped aboard the littoral combat ship USS Tulsa in Singapore on Monday, it put a fresh spotlight on arguably one of the most divisive vessels in the US Navy's fleet.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/asia/us-navy-littoral-combat-ships-pacific-south-china-sea-intl-hnk-ml-dst/index.html

More than 50 robots are working at Singapore's high-tech hospital

In Singapore's Changi General Hospital, there's a chance your surgeon won't have a heart. The cleaners might not have lungs, and the physiotherapist could be completely brainless.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/asia/cgh-robots-healthcare-spc-intl-hnk/index.html

Man sentenced to more than 6 years in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan's governor

A man was sentenced on Wednesday to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/ty-garbin-whitmer-kidnapping-plot-sentenced/index.html

Air Force general jokes he hopes Afghan baby born on C-17 grows up to be US fighter pilot

A baby girl born on a US military evacuation flight en route to Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday has been named Reach after the call sign of the aircraft, according to the top US general in Europe.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/evacuation-baby-named-reach/index.html

Kite surfer dies after slamming into Fort Lauderdale home

A kite surfer who crashed into a beachfront home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday has died, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/us/kite-surfer-dies-fort-lauderdale-home/index.html

Judge sanctions pro-Trump lawyers who brought 'frivolous' election fraud lawsuits

A federal judge ordered sanctions Wednesday for Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and several other lawyers who worked on Trump-aligned lawsuits seeking to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/judge-sanctions-powell-wood-kraken-lawsuits/index.html

7 states under air quality alerts as wildfires rage in the US West

Seven Western states are under air quality alerts due to raging wildfires, which have forced thousands to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/weather/us-western-wildfires-wednesday/index.html

Ron Jeremy, adult film star, indicted on rape and other sexual assault charges

Porn star Ron Jeremy has been indicted on more than 30 counts of sexual assault involving 21 women over the past two decades, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/entertainment/ron-jeremy-sexual-assault-charges-indictment/index.html

Mississippi's nurses are resigning to protect themselves from Covid-19 burnout

Earlier this month, Mississippi ICU nurse Nichole Atherton resigned, worn down by the stress, young patients and preventable deaths that have overwhelmed the state's hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/us/mississippi-covid-nurse-strain/index.html

For decades the Taliban's leaders have been shrouded in secrecy. Here's what we know about the key players

source https://cnn.it/3ymsDLY

For decades the Taliban's leaders have been shrouded in secrecy. Here's what we know about the key players

The Taliban's leadership structure has long been a mystery, with little known about how it works beyond the group's most influential figures.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/asia/taliban-key-leaders-explainer-intl/index.html

Woman livestreamed flooding shortly before it claimed her life

When deadly floodwaters rushed around her Tennessee home Saturday morning, Linda Almond Bryant started a Facebook Live video.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/us/waverly-tennessee-flooding-swept-away-facebook-live-video/index.html

Kabul's mayor stayed in the city amid Taliban takeover. He tells CNN why

Kabul Mayor Mohammad Daoud tells CNN's Eleni Giokos why he stayed in Afghanistan's capital as the Taliban took over, and that he remains the mayor of the city.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/25/afghanistan-taliban-kabul-mayor-mohammad-daoud-sot-giokos-ctw-vpx.cnn

Fossil confiscated in police raid is one of the most complete pterosaur skeletons ever found

A discovery made during a police raid has been identified as the most complete fossil of a flying reptile from Brazil. The remains revealed new information about tapejarids, or pterosaurs that soared across the skies during the Early Cretaceous period between 100.5 million and 145 million years ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/world/confiscated-fossil-pterosaur-scn/index.html

You do not have the 'constitutional right' to refuse the Covid-19 vaccine

Now that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer/ BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older, it's time for all governments across the country to mandate the vaccine for people taking part in indoor activities. There are no more valid excuses for not being vaccinated other than health reasons.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/opinions/unvaccinated-cant-use-constitutional-rights-excuse-hamilton-offit/index.html

2020 was Europe's hottest year on record 'by a considerable amount,' scientists say

Last year was Europe's hottest on record, according to a report published Wednesday by the American Meteorological Society, which also found 2020 to be among the three hottest years globally.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/europe/2020-hottest-on-record-europe-climate-change/index.html

What the ivermectin debacle reveals about the hypocrisy of the anti-vaxxer crowd

Stores in Oklahoma are struggling to keep ivermectin, a drug used to de-worm large animals, in stock. In Mississippi, 70% of the recent calls to the state's poison control center are about ingestion of ivermectin formulations meant for animals and purchased at livestock supply centers. Calls to Alabama's poison control center regarding ivermectin have more than doubled of late.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/ivermectin-covid-19-fox-news/index.html

Fact check: Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy makes at least 5 false claims in 7-minute Fox News interview

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy made at least five false claims during a seven-minute Sunday interview on Fox News.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/politics/fact-check-kevin-mccarthy-fox-news-bartiromo-august/index.html

Attempted murder probe after seven poisoned at university

German police have opened an attempted murder investigation after seven people who had consumed food and drink at a university kitchen showed symptoms of poisoning on Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/europe/darmstadt-university-poison-investigation-scli-intl-grm/index.html

Naked 'Nevermind' baby sues Nirvana for 'child pornography'

Spencer Elden, who appeared as a naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind," has claimed the record's iconic artwork is child pornography and is suing the band over alleged "child sexual exploitation."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/entertainment/spencer-elden-nirvana-nevermind-lawsuit-scli-intl/index.html

Ancient DNA from a teen girl reveals previously unknown group of humans

The bones of a teenage hunter-gatherer who died more than 7,000 years ago on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi tell the story of a previously unknown group of humans.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/world/wallacea-skeleton-dna-discovery-scn/index.html

Virgin Hyperloop releases new video of 670 mph passenger pods

Virgin Hyperloop has released a new concept video showing its plans for a transportation system it says will allow passengers to travel in a pod in a near-vacuum tube, reaching speeds of up to 670 mph.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/virgin-hyperloop-video-scli-intl/index.html

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Japan gang boss sentenced to death after group members attacked civilians

A district court in Japan on Tuesday sentenced the head of a gangster organization to death after its members killed one civilian and injured three others, although there was no direct evidence he ordered the attacks, public broadcaster NHK said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/asia/japan-gang-boss-death-sentence-intl-hnk/index.html

New concerns Taliban have seized US digital databases left behind

There are rising fears that the Taliban has ceased US military digital data and could potentially use it to target allies left behind. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/24/us-afghanistan-taliban-digital-data-todd-pkg-vpx-tsr.cnn

Russian journalist: To the Kremlin, we're more extremist than the Taliban

Ekaterina Kotrikadze, news director and anchor at Russia's TV Rain, talks about the realities of being labeled a "foreign agent" by the government.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/24/amanpour-russia-afghanistan-media-foreign-agents.cnn

Late night hosts roast new name for Pfizer vaccine

It may save your life, but can you pronounce it? The Pfizer vaccine's new name "Comirnaty" is getting raked over the coals. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/08/24/pfizer-name-comirnaty-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn

Afghan withdrawal leaves allies to face harsh reality of US's departure from world stage

The sudden fall of Kabul and the Taliban's near-total takeover of Afghanistan has left many of America's long-standing partners wondering what will become of the values-based, US-led international order.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/biden-afghanistan-weakens-the-west-globally-intl-cmd/index.html

Supreme Court won't halt court order forcing Biden to revive 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined the Biden administration's request that it put on hold a lower court order requiring the revival of the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/remain-in-mexico-supreme-court/index.html

Nicaragua detains another opposition leader in pre-election crackdown

Nicaragua's crackdown on opposition leaders and activists ahead of elections this fall shows no sign of ending, with police detaining yet another leading figure -- lawyer Roger Reyes -- on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/americas/nicaragua-detain-roger-reyes-intl-latam/index.html

This election result should scare Democrats 

On its face, the result of a single state Senate race isn't the sort of thing that merits national attention from the leaders of both national parties.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/connecticut-state-senate-midterms-democrats/index.html

US House approves $3.5 trillion plan to transform America's social safety net

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a budget framework that will pave the way for Democrats to spend up to $3.5 trillion on a sweeping economic package to expand the social safety net that President Joe Biden has made a signature agenda item.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/house-democrats-budget-resolution/index.html

CNN anchor: 'Is being a part of Ugandan opposition a treasonous act?'

One World's Larry Madowo challenges Ugandan Foreign Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo denial of recent accusations made about violations against human rights made by the government.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/24/uganda-foreign-minister-madowo-human-rights-oneworld-intl-vpx.cnn

It's getting hard to remember the last time the US had foreign policy victories

It's getting hard to remember when the US had foreign policy victories.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/world/meanwhile-in-america-august-24/index.html

McDonald's has run out of milkshakes in the UK

McDonald's has been forced to stop selling milkshakes and bottled drinks at nearly 1,300 restaurants in the United Kingdom as Brexit-related staff shortages and supply chain delays caused by the pandemic continue to slam companies.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/business/mcdonalds-milkshake-shortage-uk/index.html

GOP spreads misinformation about Covid-19 and 'wide open' border

Some Republicans are trying to blame the rise in Covid-19 cases on immigrants crossing the border, but experts say there's something else causing it.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/20/fact-check-republicans-blame-immigrants-for-covid-surge-mh-orig.cnn

Cillizza calls out Trump ally Lindsey Graham for changing tone on impeachments

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham remained a loyal ally to former President Donald Trump throughout both of Trump's impeachments, but now Graham says he wants to impeach President Joe Biden for his approach to the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan. In the latest episode of The Point, CNN's Chris Cillizza explores Graham's blind loyalty to Trump and how it's still affecting his political moves.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/24/lindsey-graham-impeach-president-the-point.cnn

A Herschel Walker candidacy is a total nightmare for Senate Republicans

The news Monday that former NFL star Herschel Walker has registered to vote in Georgia is terrible news for Senate Republicans hoping to retake the majority next November.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/herschel-walker-senate-republicans/index.html

US veteran reunited with Italian siblings he almost shot in World War II

A US veteran has traveled to Italy to be reunited with three siblings who he almost shot dead during World War II.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/europe/veteran-reunion-italy-scli-intl/index.html

The meeting with a foreign leader the Biden presidency desperately needs

President George H.W. Bush was convinced Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir had lied to him about settlements during their first meeting. President Bill Clinton was so exasperated with Benjamin Netanyahu that he shouted to aides: "Who's the f**king superpower here?" when their first meeting concluded. And President Barack Obama felt the same way after being treated to the famous Netanyahu lectures on politics of the Middle East.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/opinions/joe-biden-naftali-bennett-meeting-miller/index.html

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80

Charlie Watts, the unassuming son of a truck driver who gained global fame as the drummer for the Rolling Stones, has died. He was 80.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/entertainment/charlie-watts-dead/index.html

Washington Post columnist apologizes for insulting Indian cuisine in a piece about food he won't eat

Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten has apologized for a piece he wrote last week about his eating habits, in which he inaccurately described Indian cuisine as "based entirely on one spice."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/media/gene-weingarten-indian-food-apology/index.html

Maersk just ordered 8 carbon neutral ships. Now it needs green fuel

Shipping giant Maersk is taking big strides to decarbonize its fleet with an order for eight new "green" container ships.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/business/maersk-carbon-neutral-ships/index.html

G7 leaders call on Taliban to guarantee safe passage for all who want to leave after August 31

source https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-news-taliban-refugees-08-24-21/h_188f6093fa3ce4f648d8dfb27ec5fe92

Airbnb says it will host 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb has pledged to provide free housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/tech/airbnb-afghan-refugees/index.html

Monday, August 23, 2021

Fauci's new 2022 timeline for Covid fight could be a political disaster for Biden and Democrats

President Joe Biden just got some deeply unwelcome news: The pandemic that he was elected to end could drag on deep into a midterm election year, with all the political and economic destruction that could bring.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/anthony-fauci-timeline-covid-joe-biden/index.html

Mask wars preview the 2022 battle for the Sun Belt

The fierce political struggles erupting across the Sun Belt this summer over mask mandates and other public health precautions against Covid-19 point toward epic governors' races next year that will test how much the political balance of power has changed in the rapidly growing states at the epicenter of the confrontation.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/politics/2022-governors-races-red-states-demographics/index.html

'God separating sheep from the goats': Trump supporter on being unvaccinated

CNN's Donie O'Sullivan speaks to Trump supporters at a rally in Alabama about their decision to not get the Covid-19 vaccine.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/24/donie-osullivan-trump-supporters-ac360-vpx.cnn

Police kill top commander and deputy of militant group in Indian Kashmir

The top commander of a militant group and his deputy, allegedly involved in dozens of target killings, died in a shootout, Indian police in Kashmir said on Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/24/india/kashmir-militant-group-intl-hnk/index.html

Former girlfriend of R. Kelly testifies about alleged abuse

A woman who said she was R. Kelly's girlfriend for five years took the stand Monday to testify about how she went to audition for him as a 17-year-old high schooler who dreamed of becoming an R&B recording artist, only to be sexually abused by the singer.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/us/r-kelly-trial-testimony-monday/index.html

Josephine Baker will be the first Black woman buried at the Panthéon in Paris

Legendary Black entertainer Josephine Baker is set to become the first Black woman to have her remains buried in the Panthéon monument in Paris -- one of the highest honors in France.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/josephine-baker-paris-pantheon-trnd-style/index.html

City defends hands-off policing after groups clash in Portland

Fireworks, flares, pepper spray and projectiles like soda cans flew between far-right and counterprotesters in Oregon over the weekend, with protesters stopping several lanes of traffic, smashing vehicle windows and instigating several fights.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/us/portland-clashes/index.html

Tallest man in the US dies at 38

Igor Vovkovinskiy, crowned the tallest living man in the US by Guinness World Records in 2010, died Friday at 38, said his mother, Svetlana Vovkovinska.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/us/igor-vovkovinskiy-tallest-living-man-us-dies-trnd/index.html

US troops feeling the strain of turning away desperate families at Kabul airport

CNN's Sam Kiley reports on the ongoing evacuation effort at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of the August 31 deadline.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/23/afghanistan-withdrawal-deadline-kiley-pkg-lead-vpx.cnn

CDC adds 6 destinations to 'very high' Covid-19 travel risk list, including the Bahamas

The Bahamas and Morocco are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's regularly revised travel advisories list.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cdc-very-high-risk-travel-destinations-august-23/index.html

TikTok freaks out over pizza prank

Is it a joke or a menu item? Watermelon pizza gets a plug from Domino's. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/08/23/watermelon-pizza-dominos-australia-jeanne-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn

Tuesday spacewalk postponed due to 'minor medical issue'

A spacewalk outside of the International Space Station including NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide has been postponed due to a "minor medical issue," according to NASA.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/world/nasa-spacewalk-postponed-scn/index.html

FDA on latest right-wing Covid drug claims: 'You are not a horse. You are not a cow'

Public health officials are aggressively dispelling claims by right-wing media personalities who have been promoting an anti-parasitic drug used for livestock as a potential Covid-19 treatment.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/media/right-wing-media-ivermectin/index.html

Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Jan. 6 rioter will not face disciplinary action

The US Capitol Police officer who shot and killed pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt on January 6 will not face any disciplinary action, the department said Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/politics/ashli-babbitt-capitol-police-officer/index.html

Brianna Keilar presses official: Why is Biden misleading with his words here?

CNN's Brianna Keilar asks National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan if President Biden is misleading the public by saying al-Qaeda is gone from Afghanistan and US citizens were having no issue getting through Taliban checkpoints to get to the Kabul airport.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/22/jake-sullivan-keilar-biden-afghanistan-al-qaeda-us-evacuees-sot-sotu-vpx.cnn

Hall of Fame hockey player Rod Gilbert, also known as 'Mr. Ranger,' has died

Hall of Fame hockey player Rod Gilbert, fondly known as "Mr. Ranger," died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/sport/rod-gilbert-mr-ranger-dead-spt/index.html

He needed 72 operations following motorbike crash, but Paralympian says 'body and mind is stronger than you can imagine'

Diederick Schelfhout was riding his motorcycle home from training, when everything changed in a flash.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/sport/diederick-schelfhout-tokyo-2020-spt-intl/index.html

How NY's first female governor will lead the state, after Andrew Cuomo leaves

From Donald Trump to Rudy Giuliani to Andrew Cuomo, New York is a place where big personalities often make it to the top. But the style of leadership they embody certainly has its limitations, and we've seen the downsides of politicians who stay in the executive suite, grow increasingly out of touch and -- worst of all -- behave badly or abusively.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/opinions/kathy-hochul-first-woman-governor-new-york-quinn/index.html

Darcy: Fox News host spouts anti-mask rhetoric while his staff wears masks

CNN's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy discuss the discrepancy between Fox News' anti-mask and anti-vaccine coverage, and the company's mask and vaccine protocols for its own employees.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2021/08/22/fox-news-masks-vaccines-hypocrisy-darcy-stelter-rs-vpx.cnn

Dad delivers passionate speech defending masks in schools

Justin Kanew, a father in Williamson County, Tennessee, shared how his 5-year-old daughter was one of a few students in her class wearing a mask on the first day of school.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/20/tennessee-dad-mask-speech-williamson-county-school-board-orig-llr.cnn

As Covid-19 hospitalizations rise, doctors hope vaccine approval and boosters can stave off the surge

As Americans face a daunting surge of Covid-19 hospitalizations -- with the rates for children and adults under 50 hitting their highest levels yet -- officials are hoping full approval of the vaccines could encourage more people to get vaccinated.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

9 national forests close in California as state grapples with drought-fueled wildfires

Nine national forests in California are closed Monday as firefighters struggle to contain 11 large wildfires burning in the state.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/weather/us-western-wildfires-monday/index.html

Taiwan's President kicks off rollout of island's first domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen received her first shot of the island's homegrown Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, a public show of support for the new drug which is central to plans for inoculation self sufficiency amid low immunization rates and struggles to obtain vaccines from overseas.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/asia/tsai-ing-wen-covid-vaccine-taiwan-intl-hnk/index.html

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Biden tries for a reset after a nightmare week in Kabul

President Joe Biden wants to convince Americans he's in charge and understands the heartache caused by a week of politically damaging chaos in Kabul unleashed by his botched Afghanistan withdrawal plan.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/23/politics/president-joe-biden-afghanistan-politics-storm-republicans/index.html

Woman describes moment house separated from foundation while family was inside

CNN's Pamela Brown talks to Tennessee resident Casey Hipshire about her experience when flash flooding hit her area. The floods have left 21 dead and dozens injured.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/22/tennessee-flood-casey-hipshire-intv-pamela-brown-nr-vpx.cnn

Qatar's FM asked if he regrets role in 2020 US-Taliban deal. Hear his response

CNN's Sam Kiley speaks with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani about the country's role in the 2020 US-Taliban peace deal and the action they've taken after the group assumed power in Afghanistan.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/23/afghanistan-qatar-foreign-minister-kiley-intl-pkg-vpx.cnn

Former Afghan Central Bank head describes harrowing escape

Ajmal Ahmady, Afghanistan's former Central Bank Governor, speaks with CNN's Matt Egan about his chaotic escape from Kabul and the country's economic future.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2021/08/20/ajmal-ahmady-afghanistan-central-bank-gr-orig.cnn

Trump told crowd to get vaccinated. Hear their response

Former President Donald Trump appears to get booed by the crowd at an Alabama rally after encouraging attendees to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/22/trump-alabama-rally-vaccine-crowd-boos-sot-ip-vpx.cnn

GOP lawmaker calls candidate's comments about women 'entertaining'

CNN's Jim Acosta presses Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) about California Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder's disparaging comments about women.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/22/larry-elder-darrell-issa-california-governor-recall-election-acosta-vpx.cnn

Cabrera becomes the 28th MLB player to hit 500 home runs

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th career home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday to become the 28th member of the exclusive 500 home run club.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/sport/miguel-cabrera-500-home-runs-trnd/index.html

He left the GOP over Trump. Hear message he didn't want airing before he died

Before his death, former Rep. Paul Mitchell talked with CNN's Jake Tapper about his life and his parting message to the country. "I think you have to choose whether or not to love people."

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/22/sotu-mitchell-final-interview.cnn

Clarissa Ward recounts journey out of Afghanistan aboard refugee flight

CNN's Clarissa Ward recounts her journey out of Kabul, Afghanistan, aboard a US Air Force C-17 transporting hundreds of refugees to Doha, Qatar.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/22/clarissa-ward-flight-out-of-kabul-afghanistan-rs-vpx.cnn

Barry Manilow reacts to being interrupted mid-song at 'We Love NYC' due to weather

Barry Manilow's performance at the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert" in New York City's Central Park was cut short due to inclement weather in the area. He called in to CNN to talk to Anderson Cooper about the interruption and sings the song he wasn't able to perform.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2021/08/22/barry-manilow-anderson-cooper-new-york-homecoming-concert-vpx.cnn

Full Covid-19 vaccine approval won't just boost confidence. It'll likely lead to new business requirements, surgeon general says

With the "imminent" full approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine expected, more businesses will likely issue vaccine mandates to help prevent the Delta variant from sending the country further backward in this pandemic, doctors say.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

Tennessee flooding leaves 16 people dead and 51 others missing

Severe flooding in Middle Tennessee on Saturday has killed at least 15 people and left approximately 30 people missing, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told CNN affiliate WSMV.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/us/tennessee-flooding/index.html

Cuban doctors voice rare criticism of government's Covid-19 handling

Following widespread anti-government protests last month, the Cuban government is now receiving unprecedented criticism from health care workers who say officials botched the island's response to the pandemic.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/americas/cuba-doctors-covid-intl/index.html

Anna Nordqvist holds her nerve to win a dramatic Women's Open

Anna Nordqvist held her nerve on the final hole to win this year's Women's Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, on Sunday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/golf/anna-nordqvist-womens-open-champion-spt-intl/index.html

Olympic champion runs second-fastest women's 100m of all time

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah posted the second-fastest women's 100-meter time in history at the Eugene Diamond League competition Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/sport/elaine-thompson-herah-diamond-league-record-spt-intl/index.html

How the political environment is moving toward Republicans

Republicans gained a seat in the Connecticut state Senate this week. They won a special election in a district that President Joe Biden won by more than 20 points in 2020.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/politics/special-elections-republicans-analysis/index.html

Apple II manual signed by Steve Jobs just sold for nearly $800,000

If you thought Apple computers were expensive, you haven't seen what their manuals go for.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/us/steve-jobs-autograph-manual-trnd/index.html

Venice employs armed guards to deal with overcrowding on ferries

Deserted streets, silent canals and eerily empty bridges. Photos of an empty Venice during lockdown sent social media wild, with many people vowing to flock to the city as soon as borders reopened.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-armed-guards-boats/index.html

'Rob's rules.' Witnesses testify about how R. Kelly controlled those in his orbit

To move in R&B singer R. Kelly's world, associates and girlfriends had to follow what they called "Rob's rules."

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/us/r-kelly-trial-week-one/index.html

Commercial airlines may be compelled to help transport Afghan evacuees

The Biden administration could potentially compel US airlines to help with transporting tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees as the US military struggles to manage the influx of people following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/politics/biden-airlines-afghanistan-evacuation/index.html

A man was found dead at New York's Citi Field baseball park

A man was found dead at a baseball park in New York on Friday after falling from the second-floor staircase. 

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/us/citi-field-man-dead-new-york-baseball-park/index.html

Millions under severe weather warnings as hurricane closes in on US Northeast

As Hurricane Henri moves closer to its expected rare landfall in the Northeast Sunday, heavy rain has already saturated many areas, posing flooding danger for millions and even some suggestions to evacuate from the storm's path.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/weather/hurricane-henri-sunday/index.html

Australian Prime Minister hints at end to 'Covid zero' amid protests and record infections

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted at an end to the country's zero Covid-19 infections strategy in an opinion piece published Sunday, warning Australians to expect a rise in infections as restrictions relax.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/22/australia/australia-morrison-zero-covid-19-borders-intl-hnk/index.html

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Biden's failing global Covid-19 response

Have we been duped? Just a few months ago, our organizations, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and Health Global Access Project, celebrated President Joe Biden's support to temporarily waive intellectual property (IP) for Covid-19 vaccines. For a moment, we had hoped that this commitment to global solidarity would be the beginning of the end of this pandemic for everyone, everywhere. Now, with little effort spent to build support for this IP waiver, refusal to commit to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General's plea for a moratorium on booster vaccinations until at least 10% of every country has been vaccinated, and a global response plan with little more than platitudes, Biden's statements of support have proved to be empty words.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/opinions/biden-global-covid-response-ramachandran-russell/index.html

The author of 'The Kite Runner' has a message for anyone worried about Afghanistan

Khaled Hosseini's novels show readers around the world a side of Afghanistan that goes beyond war and terror.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/world/khaled-hosseini-afghanistan-taliban-qa-trnd/index.html

Sex workers helped popularize OnlyFans. Now their future on the platform is uncertain

After years of working to build their audiences on OnlyFans, a number of sex workers and adult content creators are now grappling with the sudden blow of potentially losing their incomes and access to the fans who have paid their bills.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/tech/onlyfans-creators-react-sexually-explicit-ban/index.html

What's causing the crisis on the Belarus-Lithuania border?

In recent years, Europe's migration troubles have entailed people arriving from the south and east, fleeing conflict and economic deprivation over land routes and in boats often unfit for Mediterranean waters.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/opinions/linas-kojala-belarus-migration-op-ed/index.html

Harvey Elliott: 'Everybody wants to talk' about the 18-year-old, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored Liverpool's goals in the 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley, but it was the performance of teenager Harvey Elliott that really caught the eye on Saturday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/football/harvey-elliott-jurgen-klopp-liverpool-spt-intl/index.html

The river that supplies water to 40 million people in the American West is drying up

source https://cnn.it/3y0OLeI

Booster shots alone will not save us

Breakthrough infections, or infections in those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have become the most unsettling new development in the world's struggle to gain the upper hand over the pandemic. On Thursday alone, three US senators, all of whom had been vaccinated, announced they had tested positive for Covid-19.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/opinions/booster-shots-alone-will-not-save-us-sepkowitz/index.html

Trump heads to Alabama but his Covid politics are everywhere

Former President Donald Trump still towers over the GOP, and he's set to appear Saturday at an Alabama rally. And ambitious Republicans eyeing future White House bids are increasingly emulating his brand of confrontational, fact-challenged politics on Covid. 

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/politics/what-matters-august-20/index.html

Cristiano Ronaldo has 'told me that he's staying,' says Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri

Cristiano Ronaldo has "never wanted to leave Juventus," according to the club's coach Massimiliano Allegri.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/football/cristiano-ronaldo-juventus-massimiliano-allegri-spt-intl/index.html

Euro 2020 final at Wembley was a 'superspreader' event

The Euro 2020 soccer final between England and Italy in July was a "superspreader" event due to the level of COVID-19 infection found in or around London's Wembley Stadium on the day, according to official data published on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/football/euro-2020-final-wembley-superspreader-event-spt-intl/index.html

Why did OnlyFans ban sexually explicit content?

Thursday's decision by the creator platform OnlyFans to soon stop hosting a wide swath of sexually explicit content is sending shockwaves through the internet.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/tech/onlyfans-explicit-content-ban-payment/index.html

New Englanders brace for what could be the first hurricane in 30 years

Severe weather warnings have been issued across the Northeast as millions of people prepare for what could be the first hurricane to hit New England in 30 years.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/weather/tropical-storm-henri-saturday/index.html

Masters champion's tee shot lands in spectator's shirt

It's par for the course for a golfer's shot to occasionally land in a water hazard or the rough, but Hideki Matsuyama's drive ended up in a spectator's shirt at The Northern Trust tournament on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/golf/hideki-matsuyama-golf-ball-spectator-shirt-spt-intl/index.html

Grace makes landfall as a category 3 hurricane in Mexico

Grace, a category 3 hurricane, made landfall south of Tuxpan on the eastern coast of Mexico early Saturday, as the president urged residents in its path to seek refuge in shelters or on higher ground.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/weather/hurricane-grace-mexico-saturday/index.html

Village near Rome joins Italy's €1 home sell-off

Italy's ongoing clearance sale of €1 houses has been ideal for people seeking to start a new life in some of the country's far-flung corners.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-one-euro-homes-maenza-rome/index.html

Unruly air passengers hit with $500,000 in new fines

While our passports haven't been getting many stamps since March 2020, at least our vocabularies are expanding. Variants, mandates, quarantines and requirements -- who knew 2021 would be so polysyllabic?

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pandemic-travel-news-singapore-mask-rules-us-vaccine-mandates/index.html

Australia suffers its worst day of Covid-19 pandemic as anti-lockdown protests flare

Thousands of protesters defied coronavirus lockdowns to hit the streets of Australia's largest cities on Saturday, as the country recorded its highest single-day caseload since the pandemic began.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/asia/australia-covid-worst-day-intl-hnk/index.html

Friday, August 20, 2021

Man charged after allegedly stealing and reselling more than 23,000 US Open tickets

A Philadelphia-area man was charged with allegedly embezzling more than $3 million in tickets to the United States Open Championship over seven years, according to the US Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/us/us-open-fraud-case/index.html

Rifles, Humvees and millions of rounds of ammo: Taliban celebrate their new American arsenal

US national security officials are working to account for more than 20 years worth of weapons provided to the Afghan military as images of Taliban fighters brandishing American-made rifles and riding in abandoned Humvees are raising concerns about what else was left behind.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/politics/us-weapons-arsenal-taliban-afghanistan/index.html

BLM protesters were targeted by federal government with stiffer punishments, an analysis shows

The Justice Department targeted more than 300 protesters by charging them with federal crimes for their roles during the civil unrest last summer after the murder of George Floyd, according to a new report from The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of Black advocacy groups.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/politics/blm-protesters-analysis/index.html

California judge rules gig worker initiative utilized by Uber and Lyft is unconstitutional

A California judge ruled Friday that the costly and controversial 2020 ballot measure exempting firms like Uber and Lyft from having to classify their gig workers in the state as employees rather than as independent contractors is unconstitutional.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/politics/california-proposition-22-uber-lyft/index.html

Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan and Nicholas Burns as top envoy to China

President Joe Biden on Friday announced his intention to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan and Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/politics/rahm-emanuel-japan-nick-burns-china/index.html

Henri forecast to make rare landfall as a hurricane in New York or New England

Tropical Storm Henri will be a hurricane by Saturday and make a rare landfall in New York, Rhode Island or Masschusetts by Sunday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/weather/hurricane-henri-forecast-storm-friday/index.html

US Capitol bomb suspect charged with threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction

The Justice Department has charged Capitol bomb threat suspect Floyd Ray Roseberry with threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to use an explosive device, a judge said Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/politics/floyd-ray-roseberry-hearing-scheduled-bomb-threats-library-of-congress/index.html

Biden focuses on 'getting this job done' as chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan grows desperate

source https://edition.cnn.com/webview/world/live-news/afghanistan-taliban-us-news-08-20-21/h_fe628c5642b3770ecca62aa29a68f3d1

Biden delivers remarks on chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan

source https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-taliban-us-news-08-20-21/h_fe628c5642b3770ecca62aa29a68f3d1

Soldiers at Kabul airport tell CNN there are about 10,000 people processed but unable to depart

source https://edition.cnn.com/webview/world/live-news/afghanistan-taliban-us-news-08-20-21/h_db5e11f24b888596ae780abf3f636128

Princess Beatrice is refreshingly honest about her learning difficulty. Here's why it matters

"I remember feeling really confused -- an overwhelming sense of, 'Why does this all feel a little bit muddled?'" Princess Beatrice recalls from her early school years in an interview this week.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/uk/royal-news-newsletter-08-20-21-scli-gbr-cmd-intl/index.html

Putin says outside forces must not impose their views on Afghanistan

source https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-taliban-us-news-08-20-21/h_f42b5f7e364faa26c3ce7a6d03b3f69b

Thursday, August 19, 2021

'No one trusts anything that comes from the Taliban's mouth.' Three women on what Afghanistan is like under the militant group's rule

Since the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, seizing provincial capitals at lightning speed, it's been difficult to get a picture of what life is like for Afghans outside the capital, Kabul. Especially for women.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/asia/afghanistan-women-taliban-intl/index.html

Afghan man hands child over barbed wire to soldier at Kabul airport

In a video showing a crowd gathered near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, a man can be seen seemingly handing over his child to a soldier. Witnesses say troops are not evacuating kids without their families. CNN has reached out to the Pentagon for comment.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/20/afghanistan-child-handed-to-soldier-kabul-airport-llr-orig.cnn

New pandemic school year is a nightmare for parents and a new test for Biden

America's kids, more vulnerable than ever to Covid-19 and in the crossfire of a political war over masks, are going back to class in a timeless rite transformed into a moment of fear by the pandemic that interrupted their childhood.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/politics/biden-pandemic-school-year/index.html

Chinese astronauts conduct second spacewalk outside planned space station

Chinese astronauts working on the country's planned space station carried out their second spacewalk on Friday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/20/china/china-tiangong-second-spacewalk-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html

Painter jumps from burning boom lift

Firefighters caught a man after he was trapped on a burning boom lift. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports they had a hard time convincing him to jump.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/20/man-jumps-from-burning-boom-lift-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn

Family found dead on hiking trail near Yosemite. Authorities don't know what happened

Authorities in Mariposa County, California, are trying to determine why a family of three and their dog died on a remote hiking trail in the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite National Park.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/us/yosemite-family-death-trnd/index.html

OnlyFans says it will ban sexually explicit content

OnlyFans is banning sexually explicit content starting in October, the company announced Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/tech/onlyfans-sexually-explicit-content-ban-intl-hnk/index.html

Last living Khmer Rouge leader says not behind Cambodia genocide

The last surviving leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime on Thursday denied involvement in genocide and being responsible for crimes against humanity, in one of his final appearances before an international tribunal.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/asia/khieu-samphan-khmer-rouge-appeal-intl-hnk/index.html

Study finds 'very concerning' 74% increase in deaths associated with extreme heat

A pair of new studies out Thursday find a "very concerning" rise in the number of climate-related deaths and paint a picture of world where people struggle with regular temperature extremes.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/health/heat-deaths-concerning-study/index.html

Texas health officials warn of full ICUs as state grapples with worsening Covid-19 surge

The latest surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations this summer is having a deepening effect in Texas, a state that has seen its leadership rebuke steps such as mandatory mask wearing, yet now faces hospitals stretched to capacity with sick patients.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/us/texas-covid-icu-beds-mask-mandate/index.html

Education Dept. eliminates $5.8B in student loan debt for some disabled borrowers

The US Education Department announced Thursday it will cancel $5.8 billion in outstanding student loans for borrowers who are unable to work because of permanent disabilities.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/politics/education-department-student-loans-disabled-borrowers/index.html

Afghan youth soccer player died falling from US military plane

source https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-taliban-us-news-08-19-21/h_781f7937e1782ccf211345fe1bfa8a72

Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record

For the first time on record, precipitation on Saturday at the summit of Greenland — roughly two miles above sea level — fell as rain and not snow.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/weather/greenland-summit-rain-climate-change/index.html

Sonny Chiba, martial arts star of 'Kill Bill,' dies of Covid-19 complications

Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba's fighting style was less balletic than it was breathtakingly brutal.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/entertainment/sonny-chiba-death-trnd/index.html

'What was all of this for?': US veterans are at a loss watching Taliban takeover

CNN's Tom Foreman speaks with US veterans who are struggling to come to terms with the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/19/us-veterans-afghanistan-taliban-foreman-pkg-vpx.cnn

President and first lady plan to get their Covid-19 vaccine booster shots once they're eligible, Biden says

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden plan to get Covid-19 vaccine booster shots once they are cleared to take them, the President said in an interview aired Thursday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/politics/bidens-covid-vaccine-booster-shots/index.html

Goldman Sachs wants a bigger piece of Europe's $29 trillion asset management business

Goldman Sachs is buying a Dutch investment firm for €1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) in a bid to grow its asset management business and boost the bank's prospects outside the United States.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/19/investing/goldman-sachs-europe-asset-manager/index.html

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

This teenage aviator hopes to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world

When most students take a gap year between high school and university, it's usually a backpacking adventure or to build up work experience and savings before college.

source https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/zara-rutherford-teen-pilot-youngest-woman-hnk-spc-intl/index.html

Singapore sentences Briton to 6 weeks in prison for not wearing face mask

A Singapore court sentenced a British man to six weeks in prison on Wednesday, local media reported, after he repeatedly breached coronavirus protocols by refusing to wear a face mask in public.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/18/asia/singapore-briton-jailed-mask-intl-hnk/index.html

This 'imperfect' virtual influencer is challenging beauty standards in China

"Your skin's a bit dry," one user commented on a video posted by Angie, a popular influencer who first appeared on Chinese social media last fall. "You should apply a face mask."

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/angie-douyin-virtual-influencer/index.html

North Carolina poised to raise minimum marriage age from 14 to 16

North Carolina is one step away from raising the minimum age at which children in the state can wed from 14 to 16 after lawmakers there approved a measure that would change several key rules around child marriages in the state.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/18/politics/north-carolina-child-marriages-bill/index.html

Facebook takes action against 'disinformation dozen' after White House pressure

Facebook on Wednesday announced that it had taken action against the so-called "disinformation dozen," one month after the White House singled out the twelve people and argued that they were responsible for a majority of coronavirus misinformation.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/18/tech/facebook-disinformation-dozen/index.html

China's Delta outbreak shows signs of slowing, as variant rages across the world

On July 20, Chinese authorities detected a cluster of Covid-19 cases in the eastern city of Nanjing. The virus soon spread across the country, with dozens of cities reporting infections fueled by the highly infectious Delta variant.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/18/china/china-covid-delta-outbreak-intl-hnk/index.html

The buck stops with Biden -- but Trump's role in Afghanistan debacle is a doozy

The collapse of the Afghan government and the blindingly fast recapture of the country by the Taliban is a calamity for the Afghan people. This is what needs to remain at the forefront, above any other consideration of what is occurring.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/opinions/buck-stops-with-biden-but-trump-role-in-afghanistan-a-doozy-ghitis/index.html

This is not Saigon 1975

Although US involvement in the Vietnam War had officially ended two years earlier with the Paris Peace Accords, the final scenes in Saigon were one more reminder of how utterly disastrous the entire operation had been. The lives lost, the families ruined, the money spent, the shattered standing of America overseas had all been for nothing. As Americans were evacuated from the Saigon on helicopters, this moment was the final humiliation for a nation that had stood proud after defeating the global threat of fascism during World War II.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/opinions/saigon-afghanistan-biden-withdrawal-zelizer/index.html

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

New Zealand becomes latest country to confirm Delta outbreak

New Zealand's first community Covid-19 case in six months is the Delta variant -- and genome sequencing shows that it's linked to the growing outbreak in neighboring Australia, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/asia/new-zealand-delta-outbreak-intl-hnk/index.html

The Taliban knocked on her door 3 times. The fourth time, they killed her

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/afghanistan-women-intl-081721/

Yes, a Republican just suggested invoking the 25th Amendment over the Afghanistan crisis

Perhaps unhappy with the soaring profile of fellow Floridian Ron DeSantis among the Trumpist base of the Republican Party, Sen. Rick Scott decided to do something about it on Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/politics/rick-scott-joe-biden-25th-amendment/index.html

Vaccine boosters are not unusual. CNN's medical analyst explains why

With the Biden administration expected to announce that booster doses will be needed for most people who received the Covid-19 vaccine, many people have questions: Are boosters safe? Does the fact that we may need boosters mean that the vaccine isn't working? And who should get them?

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/health/why-boosters-covid-wen-wellness/index.html

How social media is dealing with the Taliban takeover

It's been two days since Kabul fell to the Taliban and social media giants are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the takeover of Afghanistan by the militants.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/tech/facebook-twitter-taliban-hnk-intl/index.html

Marvel chief calls Disney's 'Shang-Chi' flare-up on social media a 'misunderstanding'

Disney's recent run-ins with talent have seemingly complicated life for Marvel, as Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige spent part of the premiere for "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" on Monday cleaning up a "misunderstanding" involving Disney CEO Bob Chapek and the movie's star, Simu Liu.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/entertainment/shang-chi-premiere-trnd/index.html

Dozens of Nazi-looted artworks are exhibiting in New York

Dozens of artworks once stolen from Jewish collectors by the Nazis in the 1930s and '40s will be exhibited in New York starting on Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/style/article/afterlives-jewish-museum-nyc/index.html

The stock market just doubled from its pandemic low — but now Delta's happening

US stocks hit record highs Monday, surging 100% from the lows they hit at the start of the pandemic. Then Tuesday happened.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/investing/stock-market-pandemic-rebound/index.html

Lawsuit alleges Bob Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old in 1965

A lawsuit filed in New York City claims that legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in 1965, according to court documents filed Friday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/16/entertainment/bob-dylan-sexual-abuse-lawsuit/index.html

US to ship first of the 500 million Pfizer doses Biden pledged to donate globally

The Biden administration on Tuesday is shipping the first of the 500 million Covid-19 doses that President Joe Biden pledged to share with countries around the world at the Group of Seven summit earlier this year. 

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/politics/first-of-500-million-pfizer-doses/index.html

Companies are hoarding cash as the Delta variant takes over the globe

Apple, Google and other big companies around the world are continuing to add to their massive piles of cash, a sign that corporations are increasingly nervous about how the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 could damage the global economy.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/investing/cash-companies-balance-sheet/index.html

Grace restrengthens into tropical storm as it threatens the Caribbean with flooding and mudslides

Grace is once again at tropical storm strength, moving away from Hispanoala and nearing Jamaica. The center of Grace will move near or over the island Tuesday with tropical storm-force winds, strong surf and flooding rains, the National Hurricane Center said. As a result, the government of Jamaica has changed the tropical storm watch for the country to a tropical storm warning for the island.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/weather/tropical-storm-grace-tuesday/index.html

Five presidents, five strategies: The US' wars in Afghanistan

Nearly 20 years after 9/11, the US has withdrawn most forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban have taken control of Kabul, the capital city. Here's a look at how five US presidents and five different strategies shaped the US' history in Afghanistan.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/16/us-presidents-on-afghanistan-lon-orig.cnn

Desperate scenes lay bare an Afghan defeat that Biden cannot deny

source https://www.cnn.com/collections/intl-afghanistan-us-angles-0817/

How Apple's plan to combat child abuse backfired on it

In early August, Apple announced a major new program designed to help combat child exploitation and promote safety, issues the tech community has increasingly embraced. It was a presentation big on intent but light on the details.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/17/tech/apple-child-safety-tools-backfire/index.html

Monday, August 16, 2021

Biden administration expected to advise Covid booster shots for most Americans

Top health officials in the Biden administration are coalescing around an agreement that most Americans should get Covid booster shots eight months after becoming fully vaccinated, two sources familiar with the discussions tell CNN.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/16/politics/covid-19-booster-shots-biden-administration/index.html

Chris Cuomo addresses the resignation of his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

CNN's Chris Cuomo addresses the resignation of his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/08/17/chris-cuomo-gov-andrew-cuomo-resignation-cpt-sot-vpx.cnn

Pop star Kris Wu formally arrested in China on suspicion of rape

Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been formally arrested on suspicion of rape, prosecutors in Beijing said in a statement Monday.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/16/china/kris-wu-arrested-rape-intl-hnk/index.html

Naomi Osaka pauses press conference in tears after exchange with reporter

Naomi Osaka, preparing to compete in her first tennis tournament since the Tokyo Olympics, briefly took a break during a pre-tournament news conference on Monday after she started crying.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/16/tennis/naomi-osaka-pauses-press-conference-spt-intl/index.html

First-ever water cuts declared for Colorado River in historic drought

The federal government on Monday declared a water shortage on the Colorado River for the first time, triggering mandatory water consumption cuts for states in the Southwest, as climate change-fueled drought pushes the level in Lake Mead to unprecedented lows.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/16/us/lake-mead-colorado-river-water-shortage/index.html