5 things to know for August 23: Ukraine, Primaries, Student loans, Covid-19, NASA

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1. Ukraine

The US administration is urging Americans in Ukraine to leave the country immediately and warns that Russia will step up efforts in the coming days to carry out attacks on civilian infrastructure and government facilities. The US’s renewed warning follows similar announcements by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials that Moscow may launch intense attacks, including rocket attacks, to coincide with Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday. In some parts of Ukraine, officials have banned all major gatherings between Monday and Thursday. Meanwhile, talks are underway to try to secure the release of Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan from Russia, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday, adding that officials are working “with the utmost urgency”. .

2. Primaries

The primary season kicks off again today with voters in Florida, New York and Oklahoma heading to the polls. In Florida, two Democrats go head to head in a well-watched governor’s primary, with the winner in November getting a chance to challenge Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. New York voters will vote in several Democratic races today after the state realignment process pushed congressional primaries from June to August — leaving some incumbents in the House in vulnerable positions. Oklahoma will also hold primaries today, including the GOP special election contest to replace Senator Jim Inhofe when he steps down in January.

3. Student Loans

The White House is leaning towards canceling $10,000 in student loans for borrowers earning less than $125,000, according to sources familiar with the discussions. In addition to student loan waivers for those below a certain income level, government officials have also recently discussed the possibility of additional waivers for specific subgroups of the population. The announcement could come as early as Wednesday, but it’s not clear if a final decision has been made on the details or timing. The White House is also expected to discuss in the coming days whether or not to extend the current pause on federal student loan payments, which ends on Aug. 31.

4. Covid-19

Pfizer and BioNTech have filed with the FDA for emergency authorization of their updated Covid-19 vaccine booster specifically targeting Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. If approved, the updated vaccine could be available to the public in early to mid-September, White House officials said. The new booster, which is designed for use in people 12 years and older, showed a “strong neutralizing antibody response” against several Omicron variants, the companies said, citing preclinical data. A clinical trial is expected to begin this month. Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he will step down from government positions in December, after decades as the country’s top infectious disease expert.

5. NASA

NASA’s historic Artemis I rocket is ready to be launched to the moon and back. After an evaluation was conducted on Monday, the Artemis team received the “go” to launch the rocket and Orion spacecraft on Monday. It will be NASA’s first return to the moon in 50 years. Once launched, the unmanned spacecraft will orbit the moon, traveling 1.3 million miles in 42 days. Artemis I will crash into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego on Oct. 10, NASA says. Orion’s return will be faster and hotter than any spacecraft has ever experienced on its way back to Earth. This mission kicks off NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon and land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025 — making way for human exploration of Mars.

BREAKFAST LEAVES

Will Smith vs. Tarantula

“We’re selling the house.” Watch actor Will Smith encounter a huge creepy crawler walking through one of his rooms. Eeeek.

William and Kate move the family to give children a ‘normal’ life

Prince William, Kate and their three children move from London to a four-bedroom house to lead a more “normal” family life.

Tom Brady returns to Buccaneers training camp after an 11 day absence

I’ve missed you.“It’s unusual for NFL players to leave during preseason training camp, but of course exceptions can be made if you’re Tom Brady.

Chinese censors change ending of latest ‘Minions’ movie

The ending of the recent animated movie “Minions: The Rise of Gru” looks a little different in China. This is why.

Welcome to Miniatur Wunderland

Check out this interesting place where you will find small replicas of some of the world’s most popular destinations: Venice, Machu Picchu and Las Vegas, to name a few.

TODAY’S NUMBER

1485

That’s the number of U.S. flights canceled nationwide on Monday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has been particularly hard hit after hundreds of flights to and from the area were canceled due to torrential rainfall and flooding. The major flood threat will begin to abate in the region today as storms shift east toward Louisiana and Mississippi.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“This issue has caught the attention of the American public.”

— Former President Donald Trump’s Legal Team, asking a federal judge to appoint a “special master” — an outside attorney — to ensure that the Justice Department returns all of Trump’s private documents seized during the search of his Mar-a-lawn. Lago home two weeks ago. According to the new lawsuit filed Monday, the former president alleges that his constitutional rights have been violated and that privileged materials may have been seized. The new lawsuit marks the first legal filing by Trump’s team after FBI agents conducted their search on Aug. 8.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Go on a virtual holiday to Egypt

This high-definition video of Egypt might make you feel like you’re looking around between the pyramids and temples. Enjoying! (Click here to view)


The Valley Voice
The Valley Voicehttp://thevalleyvoice.org
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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