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To the west, Biden points out forest fires to push for major rebuilding

MATHER, Calif. (AP) – President Joe Biden used his first western swing in office on Monday to stem the wildfires burning in the area as an argument for his $ 3.5 trillion recovery plans, citing year-round fires and other extreme weather conditions as Climate change the reality that the nation can no longer ignore. “We cannot ignore the reality that climate change is fueling these forest fires,” Biden said, noting that catastrophic weather does not strike on the basis of any partisan ideology. “It’s not about red or blue conditions. It’s about fires. Just fire. ”With stops in Idaho and California, Biden sought to raise support for his major rebuilding plans, saying every dollar spent on” resilience “would save $ 6 in future costs.

FDA experts in a group opposing the US booster shot plan

The average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists – including two leading US regulators – wrote in a scientific journal on Monday. The experts reviewed studies on the performance of the vaccines and came to the conclusion that, despite the extra contagious Delta variant, the vaccinations worked well, especially against serious diseases. “Even in populations with relatively high vaccination rates, the unvaccinated are still the main drivers of transmission at this stage of the pandemic,” they concluded. The opinion piece published in The Lancet illustrates the intense scientific debate about who needs booster doses and when, a decision the US and other countries are grappling with.

Biden: The results of the California recall will be felt across the country

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – President Joe Biden jeopardized the Democrats’ approach to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, using the California recall that could oust Governor Gavin Newsom as an opportunity for voters to share the nation Showing “leadership” is important, science is important. “” The nation’s eyes are on California because the decision you are about to make will not only have a great impact on California, but will resonate across the nation, and honestly, no joke, all over the world. “, said the Democratic President at a rally in the Southern California city of Long Beach.

Blinken rejects the GOP’s criticism of the Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken on Monday rejected the Republicans’ sharp criticism of the handling of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying the Biden administration had inherited an agreement with the Taliban to end the war but no plan to implement it. In a sometimes controversial hearing on Monday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken attempted to blunt complaints from angry GOP lawmakers about the government’s response to the Afghan government’s rapid collapse, and particularly about the State Department’s actions to evacuate Americans and others . Blinken reiterated the White House talking points blaming the Trump administration for the situation that President Joe Biden had inherited in Afghanistan.

Nicholas is stepping up against the hurricane before landfall in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) – Nicholas intensified into a Category 1 hurricane on Monday as he headed for land along the Texas Gulf Coast and was expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-ravaged Louisiana. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the sustained peak winds hit 120 km / h a few hours before the expected landfall. Although the system was expected to generate a fraction of the rain that Harvey did, a hurricane warning was issued for Port O’Connor to Freeport, as well as a hurricane watch from Freeport to the western tip of Galveston Island.

Ex-cops accused of violating Floyd’s right to prosecute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Four former Minneapolis police officers on charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights are due to be indicted Tuesday at a federal court hearing that may include some pre-trial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao in May of allegedly depriving Floyd of his rights while acting under rulership on May 25, 2020 when Floyd, 46, faced down downstairs, handcuffed and not resisting in a reluctance captured on a viewer video. His death sparked global protests and calls for a change in policing. In federal indictments, defendants can have the indictment read to them and usually pleadings not guilty are recorded.

Norway’s center-left party wins parliamentary elections

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The center-left bloc was heading for a victory in the Norwegian elections on Monday, as official forecasts indicated that the ruling conservatives were dominating after one of climate change and the future of the country’s oil and gas exploration industry Campaign have lost power. On a forecast based on a preliminary count of nearly 93% of the vote, the Labor Party and its two allies – the Socialist Left and the Eurosceptic Center Party – would hold 100 seats in the 169-seat Stortinget assembly under the current government 68. A seat was still uncertain. As Norway’s largest party, Labor will seek to form a coalition government and its leader, 61-year-old Jonas Gahr Stoere, is poised to become Norway’s next leader.

Eilish, Lil Nas X – and yes, Rihanna – dazzle at Met Gala

NEW YORK (AP) – Billie Eilish featured in a giant peach-colored ball gown full of glamor on Monday night at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala, while Amanda Gorman, the evening’s hostess, was stunning in her cobalt blue bespoke Vera Wang with a diamond laurel wreath in hers Hair. Always the Met Gala queen, Rihanna showed up late in a huge black Balenciaga look and hat, accompanied by A $ AP Rocky in a multi-colored quilted coat from ERL. She wore over 267 carats of Bulgari diamonds, including two choker necklaces. Co-host Timothée Chalamet sped onto Fifth Avenue to snap selfies with fans before walking up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to his entrance after a marching band and gymnast Nia Dennis opened the long-awaited evening.

George Wein, co-founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, dies aged 95

NEW YORK (AP) – George Wein, an impresario of the music of the 20th Wein, 95, died “peacefully in his sleep” in his New York City apartment, said Carolyn McClair, a family spokeswoman. A former jazz club owner and aspiring pianist, Wein started the Newport Jazz Festival in pouring rain in 1954 with a line-up for the sky – Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Lester Young. Louis Armstrong was there the following year and Duke Ellington made history in 1956. His band’s set included an extraordinary 27 choir solo by saxophonist Paul Gonsalves that almost single-handedly revived the middle-aged Ellington’s career.

Carr’s TD Pass ends Raiders rally at Ravens 33-27 in OT

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Derek Carr threw Zay Jones a 31-yard TD pass after the Raiders wasted their first overtime and defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Monday evening in the team’s first game with fans in Las Vegas with 33:27 . Carr’s second TD pass of the game came after Carl Nassib’s strip sack from Lamar Jackson at the Ravens 27. Nassib made big headlines this off-season when he became the first active NFL player to come out gay. The Raiders had thrown an interception in the opening possession of overtime after driving to 1 and made another mistake with a game delay before a field goal attempt.

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