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    1. Senate vote

    The partial collapse of a residential building near Miami has left 159 people unaccounted for and four confirmed dead. Search and rescue operations are ongoing, and officials are trying to stay hopeful that the missing can be recovered. Nearly 55 of the 136 units at Champlain Towers South crumbled around 1:30 a.m. yesterday, leaving huge piles of rubble and materials dangling from what remained of the structure. The cause of the collapse is still unknown. The tragedy has reached past the US as nationals from Paraguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay and possibly Colombia are among the missing. This includes Paraguayan First Lady Silvana López Moreira’s sister, brother-in-law and their three children. Members of the city’s Jewish community are also among the missing, according to faith leaders. Follow live updates here.

    04:53 - Source: CNN
    Son recounts mom's concerns night before building collapse

    Medical experts are warning of another deadly pandemic winter as Covid-19 numbers tick up and flu season threatens. The US is back at a point where more than 2,000 people are dying of Covid-19 every day on average, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, about 12,000 to 50,000 Americans lose their lives to flu every year. The best way to avoid another devastating season, doctors say, is to get vaccinated for both. Meanwhile, parts of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, are coming out of long lockdowns and abandoning their “zero Covid” strategies. Leaders want to revive their countries’ economies, especially their tourism sectors, but experts are worried that low vaccination rates in the region could spell disaster.

    2. Air Travel

    A new and slightly different version of the Delta coronavirus variant is spreading in countries including the United Kingdom, the United States and India, health officials say. It’s called the Delta Plus variant, and it could be even more contagious than the Delta version. So far, about 200 cases in 11 countries have been identified. Meanwhile, more than 1 in 10 people who got one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine in the US have missed their second dose, according to CDC data. That could leave people more vulnerable to dangerous coronavirus strains like the Delta variant. 

    04:15 - Source: CNN
    Officials blame Delta variant for Covid-19 surge in Missouri

    The climate crisis was front and center at the UN General Assembly yesterday. Chinese President Xi Jinping recorded a rare address to the UN body promising to halt coal projects, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will present the Paris climate agreement to its parliament next month, and US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed further climate action during an Oval Office meeting. An array of international points of conflict were also addressed by the dozens of world leaders present, including nuclear arms in Iran, free and fair elections in Venezuela, and competition between the US and China. The Taliban have also requested representation at this week’s meeting, a move that is expected to kick off a diplomatic battle with the preexisting Afghan envoy.

    3. Immigration

    We’re learning more about the bipartisan infrastructure deal struck between the White House and Senate lawmakers. The $1.2 trillion plan includes $109 billion for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects, $55 billion for water infrastructure and $73 billion for the nation’s power structure. Other areas of spending include transit, airports, broadband internet and electric vehicles. The bill still falls far short of President Biden’s original $2.25 trillion plan, and how to fund and pass it is still being worked out. Still, the deal is seen as a big win in Washington because of the hard-won bipartisan cooperation. More promising news: Congressional negotiators working to overhaul the nation’s policing laws say they’ve “reached agreement on a framework” for a bill.

    05:23 - Source: CNN
    President Biden announces a bipartisan infrastructure deal totaling $1.2 trillion over eight years

    Progressive Democrats have announced they will not vote for the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill without passing the $3.5 trillion package that is aimed at enacting President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. That vote is scheduled for next week, and as it stands, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can afford to lose only a handful of votes to get anything passed. President Biden will increase his engagement with Congressional Democrats today, including a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, to try and get all the Democratic factions in line. Yesterday, the House also passed a bill to avoid a government shutdown and suspend the US debt limit. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, so the country is still approaching a possible shutdown and financial precipice in the coming weeks. 

    4. Uvalde

    New anti-LGBTQ crackdowns in Hungary and Malaysia are drawing international condemnation. Hungary’s parliament this month passed legislation banning all educational materials and programs for children that are considered to promote homosexuality, gender reassignment or similar concepts. The Dutch Prime Minister now says Hungary “has no place in the EU anymore” because of the new law. In Malaysia, a government task force has proposed amendments that would allow social media users to be punished for “promoting the LGBT lifestyle,” as well as insulting Islam. Same-sex acts are illegal under Islamic law in the Muslim-majority country, though convictions are rare. The proposal comes amid concern over growing intolerance toward the LGBTQ community in Malaysia in recent years.

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    Dutch PM: Hungary has 'no place in the EU'

    The school district in Uvalde, Texas, the site of a school massacre in May, is looking for an interim police chief as Pete Arredondo awaits his termination hearing, according to a report. Arredondo was placed on unpaid leave following his highly-criticized handling of the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed. Officials have said Arredondo was the on-scene commander during the shooting, but the chief has disputed that, saying he did not believe he was in charge. Separately, the community’s school board president confirmed the district has zeroed in on a property to replace Robb Elementary. The community’s superintendent also reaffirmed students will not return to the campus because many are still traumatized by the violence.

    5. Gaza

    The UK and Russia exchanged a few tense moments this week after a flare-up between a Royal Navy warship and Russian forces near Crimea, and Britain’s allies and adversaries are taking note. The Royal Navy sailed the destroyer HMS Defender through waters near Crimea, and British ministers insisted it was legal passage. But Russia accused the UK of “deliberate, planned provocation.” It was rough timing for a conflict between the two nations, since the United States and its partners, including Britain, will kick off the annual Sea Breeze exercises in the Black Sea region in the coming days. The tense exchange also comes as some EU members are considering new and open dialogue with Russia.

    04:19 - Source: CNN
    Russia releases footage shows warship at center of UK dispute

    There are about 8,600 Haitian migrants remaining under the Del Rio International bridge in Texas, waiting to be processed by immigration officials and possibly removed from the country. That’s down from a high of about 14,000 earlier in the week, but there are still tens of thousands of other Haitian refugees further south, still waiting for a chance to enter the US. There are up to 30,000 Haitians in Colombia who may be seeking to travel north, and Panama expects 80,000 migrants to cross its borders by the end of this year. South and Central American leaders have expressed concern at the unprecedented flow of migrants. More than 97% of Haitians migrating to the US do not come directly from Haiti, but rather were residents of other countries first. Many Haitians trying to enter the US are believed to have been living elsewhere since the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010.

    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    Conan O’Brien says goodbye to late night after nearly 30 years 

    Our TV sets will be a little less coiffed

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    Conan O'Brien says goodbye to late night

    Cubs pitcher Zach Davies and 3 relievers just threw the 7th no-hitter of the MLB season. That ties the modern-era record 

    These boys are DEALING. 

    Ferrari says its new supercar is fast and powerful, but it’s mostly about having fun

    Fun: driving a beautiful, expensive car. Not fun: worrying you are going to scratch that beautiful, expensive car every second that you’re driving it. 

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    See Ferrari's new plug-in hybrid

    Victoria’s Secret’s ‘sexy for all’ strategy boosts sales and shares

    Because everyone deserves the “I’ve got my life together” feeling of wearing nice underthings. 

    Wendy’s is testing a new plant-based spicy black bean burger

    The chicken sandwich wars are a thing of the past. The plant-based burger wars are nigh!

    02:05 - Source: CNN
    Internet mocks McDonald's new meatless burger

    ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 30 premieres

    HAPPENING LATER

    Ex-officer in George Floyd case will learn his punishment

    Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd last year on a Minneapolis street, is set to be sentenced today to a potentially lengthy prison stay. Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    04:20 - Source: CNN
    Watch as judge reads out verdict in Chauvin trial

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    230,000

    $216,000

    02:34 - Source: CNN
    Burmese migrant workers struggle to help families back home

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “We conclude that respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law …”

    A New York appellate court ruling suspending Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in the state. The court found Giuliani made “demonstrably false and misleading statements” about the 2020 election.

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    Giuliani's 'stunning fall' continues, says Honig

    “I started telling myself that it was okay. I was coming to terms with dying.”

    TODAY’S WEATHER

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    Historic heat for parts of the Pacific Northwest

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    AND FINALLY

    Restoring an icon

    This monkey has incredible balance and seems to be having the time of its life. What more could you want? (Click here to view.)