September 2, 2022


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UKRAINE | Today is day 191 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are your updates:

  • A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to conduct a second day of inspections today at the Russia-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. [more]
  • Russia said today that it would stop selling oil to any country that imposes a price cap on Russian energy resources. The statement came as G7 finance ministers and European Union leaders continue to discuss implementing the price caps as part of sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. [more]

COVID-19 | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday recommended use of the new COVID-19 booster vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer that received FDA approval earlier this week. Reports say doses of the new boosters will begin to be available across the country within days. [more]

JANUARY 6 | Retired New York Police Department officer Thomas Webster was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for assaulting a police officer during the January 6, 2021, attacks on the U.S. Capitol. The prison sentence is the longest yet given in connection with the January 6 attacks. [more]

U.S. POLITICS | In a prime-time speech at Philadelphia's Independence Hall last night, President Joe Biden said that democracy and equality are under assault in the U.S. and warned against extremist threats to the country. [more]

U.S. ECONOMY | The Commerce Department is expected to announce $1 billion in federal grant awards to 21 regional partnerships today for manufacturing, clean energy, farming, biotech, and other sectors. The funding is being provided by the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package approved last year. [more]

U.S. MILITARY | The U.S. Department of Defense reports that its latest survey of military members shows that 8.4% of active-duty women and 1.5% of active-duty men indicated experiencing at least one incident of unwanted sexual contact in 2021. For purposes of the survey, unwanted sexual contact was defined as ranging from groping or abusive sexual contact, to attempted sexual contact, to rape. [more]

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS | The House Oversight and Reform Committee says it has reached a deal to receive financial documents from former President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into possible conflicts of interest and foreign financial ties. The documents were originally subpoenaed by the committee in April 2019. [more]

NUCLEAR ARMS | U.S. officials said yesterday that talks between the U.S. and Russia on updating their pact limiting strategic nuclear arms cannot move forward until inspections of the two countries' nuclear stockpiles resume under the New START Treaty. Inspections were paused in March 2020 by mutual agreement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [more]

IRAN | Reports say Iran today provided a written response to the latest draft proposals for resuming its international nuclear development deal with world powers. Iranian officials did not provide details on the content of its written response. [more]

ARGENTINA | Police in Argentina say an attempted assassination of Vice President Cristina Fernández failed yesterday when the gunman's pistol misfired. Fernández was unharmed and the gunman was taken into custody. [more]

AFGHANISTAN | Reports say at least 18 people, including high-profile cleric Mujib Rahman Ansari, were killed today in a suspected bomb blast outside a mosque in the western Afghanistan city of Herat. [more]

CLIMATE | As part of the state's efforts to combat climate change, the final coal-fired power plant in Hawaii was taken offline this week, making the state the first to eliminate coal-based electricity production. Hawaiian Electric Company projects that consumers will see about a 4% increase in their energy bills due to the move. [more]

1972 OLYMPICS | The German government confirmed today that it will pay a total of 28 million euros in compensation to the families of 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian militants at the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as acknowledge the failures that German authorities made at the time. The announcement comes ahead of next week's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the attack. [more]

COMPUTER CHIPS | Semiconductor manufacturing company Micron Technology announced yesterday that it will invest $15 billion through the end of the decade to build a new semiconductor plant in its hometown of Boise, Idaho. The company says the plant will create an estimated 17,000 U.S. jobs. [more]

TRAVEL | German airline Lufthansa has cancelled some 800 flights, affecting more than 100,000 passengers, today due to a one-day pilot strike over pay issues. [more]

NCAA FOOTBALL | Penn State beat Purdue, 35-31, last night with a game-winning drive in the game's final minutes. [more scores] [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | On this date in 1945, World War II came to an end as Japanese Foreign Minister Shigemitsu Mamoru and General Umezu Yoshijiro signed Japan's formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri. [more history]

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