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FBI searches Trump’s estate in Florida for classified documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified White House files to his residence in Florida. . That’s according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. Trump says agents opened a safe at his home, and he likens their search to “prosecutor misconduct.” The FBI and Justice Department have not confirmed the search. This marks a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement control over the former president.

Large explosions rock a Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea, and authorities say at least one person was killed and several others injured. The Russian Defense Ministry says munitions exploded at the Saki base and the facility was not bombed. He said no warplanes were damaged. But Ukrainian social media is abuzz with speculation that he was hit by long-range missiles fired by Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities did not comment. If the base were, indeed, struck by the Ukrainians, it would mark the first known major attack on a Russian military site in the Crimean peninsula, annexed by the Kremlin in 2014.

Serena Williams says ‘the countdown has begun’ on her tennis career

Serena Williams says she is preparing to step away from tennis after winning 23 Grand Slam titles, focusing on having another child and her business interests. “I will be 41 this month, and something has got to give,” Williams wrote in an essay published Tuesday by Vogue magazine. Williams said she doesn’t like the word retirement and prefers to think of this stage of her life as “moving away from tennis, into other things that are important to me.” Williams is playing this week in Toronto, in a hard-court tournament that leads into the US Open, the final Grand Slam event of the year, which kicks off in New York on August 29.

Taiwan warns Chinese drills show ambitions beyond island

PINGTUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has warned that Chinese military exercises are not just a rehearsal for an invasion of the autonomous island, but also reflect an ambition to control large swaths of the western Pacific. The warning came as Taipei conducted its own drills on Tuesday to underscore it was ready to defend. Angered by the recent visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China has sent military ships and aircraft across the median line that separates the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. It also launched missiles into the waters surrounding the island. The exercises began on Thursday. They have disrupted flights and shipping in one of the busiest areas for world trade.

Biden signs $280 billion CHIPS bill in bid to boost US on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed a $280 billion bipartisan bill to boost domestic high-tech manufacturing. The measure is part of his administration’s efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness with China. Tuesday morning’s signing ceremony at the Rose Garden ceremony comes as Biden seeks to highlight a new law that will incentivize investment in the U.S. semiconductor industry. The goal is to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supply chains for essential and cutting-edge products. The White House said Micron is announcing a $40 billion plan to boost domestic manufacturing of memory chips. Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries announce a $4.2 billion expansion of a chip factory in upstate New York.

Ilhan Omar faces a centrist rival; Vermont Open House Headquarters

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the left’s biggest stars, Congressman Ilhan Omar, faces a challenge from the center in her Minnesota primary on Tuesday. In Vermont, Democrats will choose a candidate for an open U.S. House seat who will likely go down in history as the first woman to represent the state in Congress. In Wisconsin, the retirement of Democratic Representative Ron Kind opens up a congressional seat in a Republican-leaning district. Minnesota is holding a special election to fill the remaining months of Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s term, who died of cancer in February. Voters will also choose full-term candidates representing the district of Hagedorn.

“The Sacrifice Zone”: Myanmar bears the cost of green energy

The birds no longer sing. The cows are dying. And if the inhabitants of this forest in northern Myanmar complain, they too are threatened with death by the militias. This forest is the source of key metallic elements known as rare earths, often referred to as the vitamins of the modern world. Rare earths appear in everything from hard drives to elevators and are vital to the growing field of green energy. But an AP investigation found their cost is environmental destruction, land theft and funneling money to brutal militias. The AP has linked Myanmar rare earths to the supply chains of 78 companies. Almost everyone who responded said they took environmental protection and human rights seriously.

Most electric vehicles will not qualify for the federal tax credit

DETROIT (AP) — A tax credit of up to $7,500 could be used to cover the cost of an electric vehicle under the Cut Inflation Act that is currently heading toward final congressional approval . But the auto industry warns that the vast majority of electric vehicle purchases will not qualify for such a large tax credit. This is primarily due to the bill’s requirement that, to qualify for the credit, an electric vehicle must contain a battery built in North America with minerals mined or recycled on the continent. And those rules get stricter over time — to the point where, in a few years, no electric vehicle may qualify for the tax credit.

‘I really haven’t learned anything’: COVID graduates face college

After online learning disruption, freshmen are arriving on US campuses unprepared for the demands of college-level work, experts say. Colleges from New Jersey to California have expanded summer bridge programs aimed at getting students up to speed in math and English before they arrive this fall. Experts say it’s clear that distance education has caused learning setbacks, especially among black and Hispanic students. The stakes are high: Research shows that students who start college late are less likely to graduate.

Rescuers will move a whale stranded in a French river to salt water

PARIS (AP) — French conservationists are preparing to move a beluga whale that strayed into the Seine last week to a saltwater pool in the Normandy region. The president of conservation group Sea Shepherd France said on Tuesday that a medical team planned to transport the 4-metre-long (13-foot-long) whale to a coastal site for “a period of care”. Experts believe the whale is sick and in a race against time for survival. Conservation groups said it would take 24 people to load the beluga into a refrigerated truck for the roughly 160-kilometre (99-mile) overnight journey to the port town of Ouistreham in northeastern France.

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