1. FDA APPROVES COVID BOOSTERS
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving emergency authorization to updated COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer. The new boosters target Omicron subvariants; the Moderna shot will be available for people 18 years and older, while the Pfizer jab will be available for those 12 years and older. Before shots can be administered, the CDC has to sign off on them, and that vote is scheduled for today.
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine vials in production at Kalamazoo, Mich. [Pfizer via AP]
2. TRUMP 'LIKELY' HID DOCUMENTS
The Justice Department has revealed that classified documents were "likely concealed and removed" from a storage room at Donald Trump's Florida estate ahead of a recent FBI raid that discovered a whole stash of government secrets. The agency also released its most detailed chronology yet of the investigation, clarifying that the unprecedented raid took place only after multiple attempts were made to obtain the documents voluntarily from Trump. Apparently, Trump wasn't forthcoming.
The FBI wins this round of hide-and-seek
3. DEMOCRAT FLIPS SEAT IN ALASKA
Democrat Mary Peltola defeated Republican Sarah Palin, flipping a long-held GOP seat in the U.S. House in Alaska's special election. Peltola, who is Yup’ik, becomes the first-ever Alaska Native to win a seat in Congress. She succeeds Republican Don Young, who represented Alaska in Congress for 49 years before his sudden death in March. Peltola, Palin and others will likely face off again in November in the regularly scheduled midterm.
Mary Peltola bested former Gov. Sarah Palin for Alaska’s U.S. House seat. [AP Photo Mark Thiessen, File]
4. LIFE EXPECTANCY DROPS AGAIN
Life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the second consecutive year to 76.1 years in 2021. The statistics have experts concerned because life expectancy, as one researcher explained, is “the most fundamental indicator of population health in this country.” Excessive deaths from COVID-19 are to blame, alongside long-standing problems like drug overdoses, heart and liver diseases, and suicide.
5. DETROIT SHOOTER CHARGED
Dontae Ramon Smith, 19, has been charged with murder, assault and animal cruelty in relation to a shooting spree last weekend that killed three and injured one in northwest Detroit. Smith, who was apprehended Monday, has no criminal history of violence, and police say he may be suffering from mental illness.
6. CARON DIOXIDE SHORTAGE
While carbon dioxide is one of the most abundant gases in the atmosphere, it's currently in short supply down here on planet Earth. Businesses from beer breweries to ice suppliers are struggling to adjust as CO2 becomes a scarce commodity amid yet another crippling supply chain issue for the global economy. To adjust, some companies are rationing their resources, while others are turning to other gases such as nitrogen. When it comes to carbonated beverages, however, CO2 is the only option.
7. BED BATH & BEYOND STORE CLOSURES
Bed Bath & Beyond's rocky summer continues. Hot off a short-lived run-up in share price, the home goods store now plans to close 150 stores, lay off more employees and overhaul its merchandising strategy. This comes two weeks after activist investor Ryan Cohen dumped his 10% stake in the company, leading to a brutal sell-off. Now the goal for this latest turnover plan is to put the former "category killer" back on track.
The company's fortunes have more bounce than a Serta mattress-and-box-spring set
8. CONGESTION PRICING
Hundreds of New Yorkers and those who move about the city signed up to give their opinions on a new Metropolitan Transportation Authority congestion pricing plan to combat traffic in the southern parts of Manhattan and raise revenue for infrastructure improvements. While stakeholders wrangle over the pros and cons, other U.S. cities from Los Angeles to Boston are also considering plans to charge drivers extra to enter highly congested districts.
Now if only they'd come up with a honking pricing plan
Traffic crawls over the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. [AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File]
9. READING (AND HATING) THE NEWS
A new study from The Associated Press and the American Press Institute found that 79% of Americans ages 16 to 40 say they receive the news daily — pushing back against the demo's reputation for not caring about current events — but only a minority actually get any enjoyment out of it. The study found that just 33% of young people enjoy following the news, which is down from 53% seven years ago.
10. IN ENTERTAINMENT
Catching you up on yesterday’s top entertainment headlines: Numerous members quit the Hollywood Critics Association, the Sundance Film Festival will return to in-person next year, Marvel adds "Wonder Man" to MCU, and Tom Hanks launches a new app called "Hanx 101 Trivia" with Apple Arcade.
NEWS OR NOISE?
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