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91 wildfires are now burning across the US, with Oregon’s Bootleg Fire growing to over 400,000 acres

91 wildfires are now burning across the US, with Oregon’s Bootleg Fire growing to over 400,000 acres

Seven new large fires were reported Sunday, bringing the total number of wildfires raging in the United States to 91, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). More than 1.8 million acres have burned since these fires began, the NIFC said. More than 22,300 wildland firefighters and incident management teams are involved in battling…MORE

Louisiana man arrested after allegedly killing his grandmother and stabbing his mom, sheriff’s office says

Louisiana man arrested after allegedly killing his grandmother and stabbing his mom, sheriff’s office says

A Louisiana man allegedly killed his grandmother before wounding his mother and three other people in multiple incidents in Baton Rouge Sunday morning, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says. The sheriff’s office said it responded to a call reporting domestic violence at around 9 a.m. and found the suspect’s grandmother dead when they arrived.…MORE

Biden officials say US is still better off than earlier in pandemic despite new steps to fight Delta variant
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Biden officials say US is still better off than earlier in pandemic despite new steps to fight Delta variant

Biden administration officials on Sunday sought to message urgent steps taken last week to contain an increase in Delta variant Covid-19 cases as necessary to keep Americans safe, even as they said the country remains in a far better place than earlier in the pandemic. “The health and economic crises have been inextricably linked, and…MORE

The 2019 Golden Ray shipwreck off Georgia’s Jekyll Island is leaking oil
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The 2019 Golden Ray shipwreck off Georgia’s Jekyll Island is leaking oil

Teams are working to clean up an oil spill that happened during work on the Golden Ray shipwreck near Georgia’s Jekyll and St. Simons islands on Saturday. The spill occurred during “weight-shedding operations” of the shipwreck, which capsized off of Georgia’s shores in September 2019, according to a news release from St. Simons Sound Incident…MORE

Democratic heavyweights converge on Cleveland as 11th District primary stokes intra-party heat
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Democratic heavyweights converge on Cleveland as 11th District primary stokes intra-party heat

The final weekend of campaigning for the primary in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District brought to life the divisions that still exist deep inside the Democratic Party, despite broader signs of unity during the first six months of the Biden administration. Sen. Bernie Sanders was back on the campaign trail here, trying to push back against…MORE

Actor Saginaw Grant dies at 85
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Actor Saginaw Grant dies at 85

Actor Saginaw Grant, known for his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “The Lone Ranger,” has died, according to his publicist Lani Carmichael. He was 85 years old. The prolific Native American character actor died on July 28, Carmichael said. Carmichael’s announcement added that Grant was the “hereditary chief and the medicine man of the Sac…MORE

‘Jungle Cruise’ sets sail with a $90 million debut in theaters and streaming
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‘Jungle Cruise’ sets sail with a $90 million debut in theaters and streaming

After Disney hit some rough waters this week, the studio’s latest feature film, “Jungle Cruise,” docked with some good results at the box office this weekend. The film, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, opened to an estimated $61.8 million at the worldwide box office. That includes a better than expected $34.2…MORE

Local reporters in Covid hot spots push to break through to the unvaccinated
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Local reporters in Covid hot spots push to break through to the unvaccinated

As the Delta variant continues to spread, particularly among the unvaccinated, local reporters in Covid-19 hot spots are struggling to get through to vaccine resisters. There’s been a lot of discussion on how media outlets should cover the rise in Covid-19 infections spurred by the highly contagious Delta variant. And some are concerned that the…MORE

Lollapalooza cancels DaBaby’s performance after homophobic comments
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Lollapalooza cancels DaBaby’s performance after homophobic comments

More bad news for DaBaby. The Lollapalooza musical festival canceled the rapper’s performance on Sunday after his comments that were widely condemned as homophobic. At the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami on July 25, DaBaby made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV. He also spoke crudely about women. DaBaby defended his…MORE

McCarthy jokes ‘it will be hard not to hit’ Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speaker
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McCarthy jokes ‘it will be hard not to hit’ Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speaker

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joked at a Saturday night event that it “will be hard not to hit” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker’s gavel if Republicans take control of the chamber in the 2022 midterms and he becomes speaker. “I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel. It will…MORE

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