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Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt files lawsuit that seeks to stop school districts from enforcing mask mandates, Covid-19 protocols

Authorities revise death toll in Tennessee flooding to 18

Authorities have revised the confirmed death toll from flooding in rural Tennessee over the weekend to 18 people from as high as 22, saying the miscount was an honest mistake.

Kathy Hochul becomes first female governor of New York

Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York on Tuesday. In her first hours on the job, she sought to bring a new sense of urgency to immense problems that went unaddressed during Andrew Cuomo’s distracted final months.

Heavy crude prices rise as Pemex fire roils US market, traders say

Prices of heavy sour crude oil grades are rising in the US Gulf Coast, traders said, as the market braces for a disruption of supplies from Mexico in the wake of a fire that has cut state-run Pemex’s oil output by about 25% since Sunday.

Fauci says monoclonal antibody Covid treatment under-utilised, recommends using it to fullest

I think there’s a reasonable chance that Pfizer or Moderna could get FDA approval for younger children hopefully by the mid-late fall and early winter: Fauci

Fauci says he expects Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to secure full FDA approval possibly within weeks to a month.

Harris rebukes China in speech on Indo-Pacific vision

US VP Harris in Hanoi after ‘Havana syndrome’ delay

United States Vice President Kamala Harris landed in Vietnam Tuesday after an “anomalous health incident” in Hanoi delayed her flight from Singapore, the US embassy said, an apparent reference to the so-called “Havana syndrome” that has sickened diplomats in several countries. Harris is in Vietnam as part of a Southeast Asia trip where she is seeking to rally regional allies as the United States’ superpower status takes a hit over Afghanistan.

Candidate pleads guilty in alleged Florida vote scam

A sham candidate for the Florida Legislature pleaded guilty Tuesday to being part of a vote siphoning scheme in last year’s election and will testify against a former Republican state senator who prosecutors say ran it. Alex Rodríguez agreed to testify against former Senator Frank Artiles after pleading guilty in Miami-Dade County to accepting illegal campaign donations and lying on campaign documents. He will receive three years probation if he cooperates, including a year of house arrest.

Missouri man drowns in Lake Michigan after savings boys

A Missouri man who died after rescuing two young relatives from the choppy waters of Lake Michigan is the fourth person to drown in the lake this summer in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Racine.

Life sentence for white Louisianan who killed black man

A white Louisiana man has received a life sentence for the apparently random killing of a black man in a park. He also is accused of killing another black man at a bus stop and firing into the home of a African-American family as part of a string of attacks that police said may have been racially motivated.

Tennessee flooding prompts Biden disaster declaration

President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration sought by Tennessee after record rainfall caused devastating floods that killed more than 20 people, according to a statement sent Tuesday. The action frees up federal aid to help with recovery efforts in Humphreys County, Biden’s statement said.

Minnesota wildfires disappoint travelers and outfitters

Ely is typically teeming this time of year with visitors heading out on or returning from excursions into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. But about the only cars in the northeastern Minnesota town with canoes strapped to their tops this week are leaving. Several fires inside and just outside the country’s most visited wilderness area led officials to close it last weekend, dealing a blow to those who spent months planning their trips there and to the outfitters and other businesses that depend on them.

Nine women now serving as governors in US, tying a record

ACLU sues SC over ban on school mask mandates

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit over a South Carolina law that bans school districts from imposing mask mandates

Pentagon says no change in plan to complete Afghan evacuation by Aug. 31

Biden’s rating drops below 50% for first time

After a spike in US Covid-19 cases and bipartisan criticism over the chaos from America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s overall job-approval rating has dipped below 50% among adults for the first time in his early presidency, according to a new NBC News Poll.

CIA head meets Taliban leader as fears for Afghanistan grow

The director of the CIA met with the Taliban’s top political leader in Kabul as more reports emerged of abuses in areas held by the fighters, fueling concerns about Afghanistan’s future.

US donation of Covid-19 vaccines arrives in West Bank and Gaza