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1. BIDEN ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
President Joe Biden on Sunday honored the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and stressed that the administration continues to pursue those responsible. Speaking from the Pentagon, the president noted how the U.S. killed the elusive Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri just last month. “Our commitment to preventing another attack on the United States is without end,” he said. The speech also came roughly a year after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a decision which Republicans continue to criticize as a major policy failure for the president.
2. UKRAINE COUNTEROFFENSIVE
Ukrainian forces clawed back territory in the northeast Kharkiv province over the weekend, in some of the biggest gains of the country's counteroffensive against Russia. Ukrainian officials said the country has effectively tripled the territory under its control, as Russia ceded ground to regroup. Engineers were also able to shut down the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station’s last operational reactor, decreasing the odds of a meltdown as fighting rages nearby.
3. CHARLES TAKES THE THRONE
Charles III was officially proclaimed king of the United Kingdom over the weekend, while Queen Elizabeth II's coffin completed the first leg of a countrywide tour intended to give people a chance to pay their respects. Buckingham Palace also announced that the queen will be laid to rest on Sept. 19, which will be designated a national holiday. In other succession news, Prince William assumed the title of Prince of Wales, and King Charles was named the monarch of New Zealand and Australia.
4. RAILROAD STRIKE LOOMS
Labor unions and freight operators are struggling to agree on a new contract before a potential walkout on Sept. 17 that could paralyze the country's rail network. One industry group said disruptions could start as soon as Monday if progress isn't made on the deal. While several railroad unions have signed new contracts, two holdouts continue to push for changes around wages and time off.
Where the heck is Thomas when you need him?!
5. CATEGORIZING GUN SALES
In a win for gun control advocates, Visa, Mastercard and American Express will start categorizing gun sales separately from other purchases. It is hoped the practice will enable the payment processors to better track suspicious weapons purchases, and possibly even help prevent a future mass shooting. The adoption of a new merchant code for gun purchases from the International Organization for Standardization will likely provoke pushback from gun advocates.
6. HEAT WAVE PUMMELS PRODUCE
The late-summer heat wave has been uncomfortable for everyone — including vegetables. As high temperatures pummel the Western U.S., crops are taking the brunt, and supermarkets are getting stuck with bruised and discolored produce. The heat is also making crops more vulnerable to diseases, which is cutting yields and putting more pressure on food prices that are already high due to extreme weather.
7. APPLE + VERIZON TEAM UP
Cheddar News got an exclusive early look at the new Apple TV+ thriller series “Shantaram,” starring Charlie Hunnam, and was among the first to reveal a new deal between Apple and Verizon. The companies are betting that people interested in the show and other entertainment offerings will want to enroll in the new One Unlimited iPhone plan, which is the first to bundle Apple’s subscriptions with unlimited data. The announcement comes right as Apple gets ready to ship its newest iPhone 14 models.
8. ALCARAZ, SWIATEK WIN US OPEN TITLES
Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Iga Swiatek of Poland won this year’s U.S. Open tennis championships in New York City. At 19, Alcaraz becomes the world’s youngest No. 1 ever in men’s tennis after his first Grand Slam win. Swiatek, who was already No. 1 on the women’s side, dominated on the way to her third Grand Slam title. The Open, which drew a record 776,120 fans, was expected to be the last tournament of Serena Williams' storied career.
9. IN ENTERTAINMENT
EMMYS: Veteran Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson is hosting tonight’s Emmy Awards honoring television’s finest shows. The usual eclectic lineup of Emmy hopefuls includes Squid Game, Severance, Succession, Ted Lasso, Abbott Elementary, Barry and Atlanta. The show will air from Los Angeles at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC — streaming, of course, on Peacock.
Will Smith is not expected to attend.
JONAS BROTHERS: If you love the Jonas Brothers, then look no further than Cheddar News! Both Kevin and Joe joined us to talk about their latest projects. Kevin is hosting reality TV show Claim to Fame, and Joe is still performing with his band DNCE and in the upcoming film Devotion, a drama about the heroes of the Korean War.
10. RISE OF AD-SUPPORTED STREAMING
The future of streaming is free ad-supported television, Samsung Electronics America SVP Sang Kim told Cheddar News’ Michelle Castillo. The executive made the case that proprietary data from ads will allow streaming companies to make tailor-made content instantly available and discoverable for customers. He added that the model goes beyond television and could apply to video games as well.
No doubt my mute button will get a workout.
CUTE ANIMALS ALERT!
Need some sweetness on Monday morning? Us too. Meet Lucy and Snow — two five-month-old kittens looking for forever homes. They're clearly well-behaved (unless you have some string).