Climate change is fueling mass-casualty heat waves. Here’s why experts say we don’t view them as crises

At least 83 people died from heat-related illness in Oregon, and officials are investigating another 32 deaths. In Washington, at least 78 people died. Across the border in British Columbia, officials counted nearly 800 deaths from June 25 to July 1 — 500 more than normal for that time period and which they believe are …

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Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal could face key Senate GOP defections

Initially, 11 Republicans signed off on an outline of the plan, which proposed to pump nearly $600 billion in new spending for “hard” infrastructure and cost a total of $1.2 trillion over the next eight years. Getting the bill through the Senate would require at least 10 Republicans to back the measure — assuming all …

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Scuffles break out in Georgia’s Parliament over cameraman’s death following anti-LGBTQ demonstration

Protesters were demanding Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili resign following the death of 37-year-old Alexander Lashkarava. The cameraman was “found dead at home by his mother” Sunday, six days after he was severely beaten by demonstrators trying to block an LGBTQ pride event in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, his employer, TV Pirveli, reported. Lashkarava suffered “multiple facial …

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No changes following briefing with Pfizer on booster shots

Teenagers should be able to get coronavirus vaccines without their parents’ permission – especially if physicians back the decision, a team of health policy specialists argued Monday. They said older teens, especially, may understand the benefits of vaccination at least as well – and sometimes better than – as their parents do and argued that …

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Biden administration says states can restart pandemic unemployment benefits as lawsuits mount

The guidance comes as jobless residents in more states file lawsuits to reinstate the benefits. Unemployed workers in Ohio and Oklahoma this month joined those in Indiana, Maryland and Texas in turning to state courts to force their governors to resume the payments. In addition to the $300 weekly supplement, the federal programs provide benefits …

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Richard Branson’s flight was a stunt. It was still pretty cool

Today in business news: ICYMI Richard Branson went to space; many homebuyers are dropping out of the market; and US stocks hit new all-time highs. Let’s get into it. It was a big weekend for England. At Wimbledon, pasty crowds watched Novak Djokovic win his 20th Grand Slam title. At Wembley Stadium, long-suffering fans of …

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