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    1. Extreme weather

    The official start of summer this week has been marked by triple-digit temperatures across much of the southern US. On Wednesday, more than 20 million Americans across 16 states were under heat alerts and some cities shattered decades-old records. Macon, Georgia, reached 105 degrees, beating the previous record of 101 degrees set in 1925. New heat records were also set in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. And unfortunately, meteorologists say there’s no relief in sight. The heat in the South and the Plains is expected to continue to build through the weekend with much of the region expected to set more records in the coming days, the National Weather Service said. On the other hand, severe storms are expected to dump several inches of rain in some parts of the Southwest today. 

    2. January 6

    The January 6 committee investigating the insurrection at the US Capitol plans to draw attention today to former President Donald Trump’s effort to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the Trump administration will testify at today’s hearing about how the former President and his allies sought to enlist the department to give their baseless fraud allegations credibility, according to committee aides. The officials will also make a case that Trump considered replacing the acting attorney general with an official who bought into his claims of fraud, committee aides said. Separately, the Justice Department has subpoenaed the Georgia Republican Party chairman for information related to the Trump campaign’s fake elector scheme.

    3. Gun laws

    Ukrainian authorities have found 440 graves at a mass burial site in Izium, an eastern city recently recaptured from Russian forces, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a Twitter post today. “We want the world to know what is really happening and what the Russian occupation has led to,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said, adding that Ukrainian and international journalists will be shown the site to see what had been uncovered. Izium was subject to intense Russian artillery attacks in April and was taken back by Ukrainian forces on Saturday, delivering a strategic blow to Russia’s military assault in the east. Separately, the White House announced a $600 million security package for Ukraine on Thursday, providing its military with another round of assistance during its ongoing counteroffensive against Russia.

    02:51 - Source: CNN
    At least 440 unmarked graves found in recently liberated Ukrainian town

    The Senate is poised to take a critical vote today to advance a major bipartisan gun safety bill toward final passage. House Republican leaders, however, are lining up in opposition to the legislation. But even with House GOP leaders opposing the bill, some Republican members have already indicated they plan to vote for it, and the Democrat-controlled House is expected to be able to pass the legislation once it passes in the Senate. If passed, it would be the most significant new federal legislation to address gun violence since the expired 10-year assault weapons ban of 1994 – though it fails to ban any weapons and falls far short of what Democrats and polls show most Americans want to see.

    4. Uvalde

    Uvalde school district police chief Pedro Arredondo was suspended on Wednesday after weeks of brewing anger over his department’s botched response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School nearly a month ago. Arredondo and responding law enforcement agencies have faced fierce criticism over the length of time officers waited in a hallway outside adjoining classrooms at the school where an 18-year-old gunman and the victims were located. The gunman fired at officers in the first minutes of the incident – with two receiving grazing wounds – according to an updated timeline from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Yet more than 70 minutes would elapse before the gunman was shot and killed by officers who stormed the room. This week, the top Texas official in charge of the investigation described the response as an “abject failure.”

    03:04 - Source: CNN
    Senator calls out GOP colleague's resistance to codify same-sex marriage

    5. Coronavirus

    A new study suggests coronavirus subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses from vaccination and prior infection. The levels of antibodies that a previous infection or vaccinations would provide are several times lower against these two subvariants compared with the original coronavirus, according to new data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, Covid-19 vaccination is still expected to provide substantial protection against severe disease, and vaccine makers are working on updated shots that might elicit a stronger immune response against the variants. BA.4 and BA.5 are the fastest-spreading variants reported to date and caused an estimated 35% of new Covid-19 infections in the US last week, recent data shows

    01:29 - Source: CNN Business
    This is where Perseverance found more organic matter than ever on Mars

    HAPPENING LATER

    President Biden to personally meet with Griner and Whelan families

    President Biden will meet with the families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan at the White House today, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. This is the first time he will meet with them in person. Griner was detained in Russia in February for carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. The two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist pleaded guilty to drug charges and said she accidentally packed the cartridges while in a hurry. She was convicted in August and sentenced to nine years in jail. Whelan has been imprisoned in Russia for more than three years after being convicted on espionage charges that he vehemently denies. 

    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    Eagle appears to clutch baby hawk for dinner, then decides to adopt it

    Fans of “Jeopardy!” are in a frenzy after the show’s host Ken Jennings allowed a contestant to change his answer… but later denied a second contestant from doing the same. Watch the video here.

    Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’ jersey fetches a record $10.1 million

    The record sale price now makes it the most expensive basketball jersey ever to sell at auction. 

    Husky enjoys playing on the roof of a two-story house

    Most dogs like to relax on couches… this one prefers to hang out on the roof. Listen to the owner’s reaction to this paws-itively outrageous behavior.

    Nick Cannon welcomes his ninth child

    “The Masked Singer” host also has two more on the way

    France unveils high-speed trains of the future

    This swanky new train, operating at a maximum speed of nearly 220 mph, will premiere on the Paris rail network next year.

    QUIZ TIME

    Which pop star will perform at next year’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show?

    A. Milk

    B. Eggs

    C. Cheese

    D. Tomatoes

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    TODAY’S NUMBER

    1,000+

    That’s the number of days that residents in Jackson, Mississippi, were under a boil water notice due to poor water quality. The advisory was lifted on Thursday after heavy rains last month and issues at a failing water plant ultimately led to residents being unable to use or drink water for weeks. While samples now show clean water has been restored, officials say it is possible that there will be further interruptions to the city’s water system. Jackson’s issues with water go back years, with boil water advisories becoming almost a fact of life in the city.

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “You know what’s worse than high inflation and low unemployment? It’s high inflation with a recession and millions of people out of work. I hope you consider that before you drive this economy off a cliff.”

    – New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Don Bolduc, stating Thursday on Fox News that he believes President Biden is the legitimate president of the US. His remarks, however, come shortly after Bolduc won the Republican nomination this week – and after months of campaigning on false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Bolduc is now gearing up to take on Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in November. Her seat represents a top pickup opportunity for Republicans, who are trying to erase Democrats’ slim Senate majority this fall.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

    02:44 - Source: CNN
    Rain for areas of western California and your weekend forecast

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    AND FINALLY

    Incredible Origami

    This artist pulls inspiration from traditional Japanese patterns to create masterpieces out of fruits and vegetables. (Click here to view)