5 things to know for July 18th: extreme heat, Ukraine, immigration, actors’ strike, RSV


Millions of emails destined for US military personnel have been sent to incorrect mailboxes due to a common typing error. The emails, which in some cases contained sensitive information, had to be sent to accounts ending in “.MIL” – the Internet domain owned by the US military. Instead, due to an innocent typo, they were sent to the “.ML” domain, which handles email accounts in the West African country of Mali.

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Extremely high temperatures have been reported all over the world, breaking records on multiple continents. In the United States, parts of the country will routinely be in the triple digits this week. Record temperatures are likely in the “Four Corners states, from Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley, and southern Florida,” according to the Weather Prediction Center. Dangerous heat alerts were also posted in parts of Arizona, including Phoenix which on Monday tied a record of 18 consecutive days above 110 degrees. Similarly, hot air over southern Europe has turned Italy into a “giant pizza oven,” as a climate expert puts it. The Italian Ministry of Health said that a total of 20 Italian cities will be on the red list today, as people will face very high health risks due to the intense heat wave.

Russian forces launched air strikes on the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa today in retaliation for Kiev’s attack on the Crimean bridge earlier this week. The strikes come today after Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to respond to Ukraine’s attack on Monday that destroyed the bridge. The $3.7 billion bridge is strategically important because it connects Russia’s Krasnodar region with Crimea and serves as a vital supply line for Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine. Analysts say that damage to the important pipeline will impede the flow of goods and people into the Ukrainian territories occupied by Moscow. Monday’s attack on the crossing was the second since Putin launched his all-out invasion of Ukraine – and Kiev has reiterated it hopes to retake the peninsula in its sustained counter-offensive.

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Putin vows to respond to the attack on the Crimean bridge

Amid rising temperatures, some Texan soldiers at the US-Mexico border have been told to push migrants into the Rio Grande and ordered not to give them water, according to a new report. Emails shared with CNN detail the account of a military medic at the border who said, “In humanity [sic]“Treatment of immigrants. The officer said they were “ordered to push people into water to go back to Mexico” and not to give them water — even though many appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion. The soldier also called for changes to his latest Operation Lone Star policies Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which deployed thousands of individuals to the border.In response, Governor Abbott issued a statement that said in part: “President Biden has unleashed unsustainable border chaos, and we have a constitutional duty to respond to this unprecedented crisis.”

Actors and writers are still picketing lines this week after SAG-AFTRA, a union that represents about 160,000 actors in Hollywood, officially went on strike Friday. There is still no deal in sight after union members failed to reach an agreement with Hollywood’s biggest studios last week. This is the first time in more than 60 years that Hollywood actors and writers have gone on strike simultaneously, bringing most film and television productions to a halt. Among other demands, the striking actors are calling for an increase in wages and a rethinking of those who remain. This type of compensation is paid to actors whenever the TV shows or movies in which they appeared are reruns. But on streaming services, it’s not always clear how often content will be replayed, leaving actors making much less than they might get on network TV.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved an antibody to protect children against RSV, a virus that attacks the lung and is the leading cause of hospitalizations for children under one year of age in the United States. The antibody, which will be sold under the brand name Beyfortus, is not a vaccine. Vaccines prompt the body to make antibodies to defend against pathogens. Instead, this single injection is an off-the-shelf antibody that can bind to the virus and prevent it from infecting healthy cells. In the clinical trials that led to approval, the treatment was about 70% effective in reducing the risk of a child needing to see a doctor for RSV, and it was 78% effective in preventing hospitalization due to RSV compared to a placebo. According to the analysis of the Food and Drug Administration.

Mom tells how her infant son fought for his life with a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

Mom tells how her infant son fought for his life with a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

Unidentified giant body washed ashore in Australia
Officials say the huge cylinder that washed ashore in Western Australia is most likely space junk. See the object here.

Lionel Messi will make his debut in the United States on Friday
Some fans score affordable tickets for the big game on Friday, but the best seats resell for thousands of dollars.

These people will be on board Virgin Galactic’s first space tourism flight
He will be the first Olympian and the first mother and daughter to venture into space aboard Virgin Galactic’s astronaut mission in August.

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Lindsay Lohan welcomes a baby boy
The “Mean Girls” actress and her husband have welcomed a son named Luai.

The largest new office building in the world is larger than the Pentagon
With 7 million square feet of floor space, it can be easy to get lost in this giant building in India.

That’s how much Twitter ad revenue has fallen in recent weeks as concerns grow about Elon Musk’s chaotic control of the social media platform. Some investors and lawmakers have grown concerned that the turmoil has spilled over into Musk’s management of Tesla, one of the most influential electric car companies in the United States. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate Tesla and its board of directors for “potential conflicts of interest, misappropriation of company assets, and other negative impacts on Tesla shareholders.”

“We are proud to continue to provide the care our patients need and deserve.”

– Ruth RichardsonMD, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, commented after an Iowa judge on Monday temporarily banned abortion for 6 weeks. Currently, abortions in Iowa will remain legal until the 22nd week of pregnancy. The temporary injunction is the latest stumbling block in Republican efforts to enact abortion restrictions in the state.

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