5 things to know for August 26: Mar-a-Lago, Ukraine, Floods, Cellular service, Gas-powered cars

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1. Mar-a-Lago

The Department of Justice has a deadline at noon today for publish a redacted version of Mar-a-Lago’s search warrant affidavit. This affidavit explains why investigators believe there was probable cause that the crimes were committed. The mandate authorized the FBI to search Trump’s home and private club earlier this month and removing boxes of documents, sparking a flurry of criticism from the former president. It comes after Justice Department prosecutors stressed they needed continued secrecy so as not to disrupt the ongoing criminal investigation. It is still unclear how blacked out the redacted version of the affidavit will be.


Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian forces, was disconnected from the country’s power grid for the first time on Thursday. Increased shelling near the plant has recently sparked calls for international experts to visit the facility and heightened fears of a potential nuclear accident. On Thursdays, emergency diesel generators have been activated to avert a “radioactive disaster”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. “If the diesel generators had not ignited, if the automation and our plant personnel had not reacted after the power failure, we would already be forced to overcome the consequences of the radiological accident”, Zelensky said. US State Department official Bonnie Jenkins also warned that Russia’s actions at the plant “could threaten not only the people and the environment of Ukraine, but also affect neighboring countries and the entire international community”.

3. Floods

Rainfall record and flash floods in Mississippi stranded residents, washed out roads and derailed a train this week. The city of Jackson received more than five inches of rain Wednesday, setting a record as the wettest August day the city has ever seen. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba called for voluntary evacuations in areas at risk of flooding. Separately, at least 33 million people have been affected by deadly floods in Pakistan in what some officials in the country have called “the worst humanitarian disaster of this decade”. Since June, 937 people have died from rains and floods in the South Asian country.

4. Cellular Service

SpaceX and T-Mobile want beam cell service to “most places in the United States,” including some of the more remote parts of the country that have traditionally been untouched by wireless connectivity. The idea is to use SpaceX satellite internet company to provide an “additional layer” of connectivity to certain cell phones where service is limited. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk touted it as a “lifesaving” mission because it could provide people with connectivity in emergency situations, such as when hiking in remote areas. The companies plan to roll out beta testing by the end of next year. It remains to be seen how effective the partnership will be and how many wireless customers will benefit.

5. Gas-powered cars

California air regulators voted on Thursday to ban new gas-powered car sales by 2035. The measure to eliminate gasoline cars from the state is historic in the United States and would be one of the first such bans in the world. The move has major implications for the US auto market, as several states are expected to implement similar rules in the coming years, experts say. The new California rules would also set provisional quotas for zero-emission vehicles. Starting with 2026 models, 35% of new cars, SUVs and small pickup trucks sold in the state are expected to be zero-emission vehicles. This quota would increase each year. The new rules would not affect used vehicles, allowing them to remain on the roads.


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Apple is expected to unveil a new generation of which popular product early next month?

A. MacBook


C. Apple Watch


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$24 billion

That’s about how much President Biden’s student loan cancellation plan could cost per year, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN on Thursday. When asked why the president waited so long to make his decision to cancel the debt, she replied that Biden “wanted to do it in a fiscally balanced way.” However, there remains no public estimate of the total price of the program.


“I will work with my attorneys to fully and honestly expose my accusers’ scheme and defend myself in court. I’m not looking for fights, but I’m not running away from them either.”

— Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foremandenying the allegations of two women who accused him of sexually abusing them when they were minors in the 1970s, according to lawsuits filed this week. One of the women is described as the daughter of a Foreman adviser and manager while the second woman is the daughter of a boxer who trained with him, according to the documents.



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