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5 things to know for August 29: NASA, Flooding, Shootings, Covid-19, Ukraine


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1. NASA

NASA has postponed the launch of Artemis I into space. The launch team discovered an issue with an engine bleed in one of the rocket’s four engines. During engine bleeds, hydrogen is cycled through the engine to condition it for launch. Three of the four engines were performing as expected, but engine #3 was experiencing an issue. The uncrewed Artemis I mission had been scheduled to lift off today between 8:33 a.m. and 10:33 a.m. ET from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but several issues cropped up after the rocket began fueling after midnight. The next launch window is September 2. The last crewed landing on the moon, Apollo 17, took place in 1972.

2. Flooding

Residents in Jackson, Mississippi, are once again packing up their belongings to evacuate as record-setting rain and rising river waters threaten to seep into their homes today. Officials say the state’s Pearl River is predicted to crest at 35.5 feet this morning, lower than previously anticipated but still high enough to flood streets. As many as 150 homes will likely be affected by the flooding, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said over the weekend, telling residents to “get out now.” Authorities are warning that the communities facing the highest risk are the ones still dealing with the toll of historic flooding in 2020. Two years ago, flooding in several neighborhoods in northeast and downtown Jackson damaged numerous homes beyond repair and left extensive amounts of debris.

3. Shootings

Gun violence again plagued the US this weekend as a number of shootings took place across several states. At least two people were killed in a shooting at a grocery store on Sunday in Bend, Oregon, and a person believed to be the shooter was also found dead at the scene, police said. In Houston, three people were killed and two people were injured early Sunday morning after a man dressed in black set fire to a building and then shot at people fleeing. Separately, police are still searching for at least one gunman after a shooting at New York City’s Coney Island boardwalk killed one man and injured four others Saturday night. Authorities say various investigations are underway to determine the shooters’ motives.

4. Covid-19

The federal government is ending its free at-home Covid-19 test program this week. The program, which provided up to 16 free tests per household since the beginning of the year, will be suspended Friday due to a lack of funding and efforts to preserve supply ahead of an anticipated fall surge in cases, a White House official told CNN. The administration launched the initiative in January amid a wave in Omicron variant cases and limited testing availability. However, officials have warned for months that the lack of additional funding from Congress would force them to roll back their Covid-19 response efforts.

5. Ukraine

With the war in Ukraine now past the six-month mark, US and European officials say Ukraine is successfully using a method of resistance warfare developed by the US to fight back against Russia. The concept provides a blueprint for smaller nations to effectively resist and confront a larger neighbor that has invaded. Despite being outnumbered, outgunned, and outmanned by Russia’s vastly superior military, Ukraine has fought back using these tactics against the Kremlin which thought it would romp through the vast majority of Ukraine within a matter of weeks, if not days. Meanwhile, the two countries are blaming each other for shelling Sunday in a Russian-controlled city near a nuclear power plant, which has sparked fears of a potential nuclear accident.

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TODAY’S NUMBER

$12.6 million

That’s how much a Mickey Mantle baseball card from 1952 sold for at auction on Sunday, making it the most valuable sports collectible in the world, according to Heritage Auctions. Mantle spent 17 years playing for the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. The record-breaking baseball card is from his rookie season and is especially valuable because it’s so well-preserved, the auction house said.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“The fact that the President would go out and just insult half of America… effectively call half of America semi-fascist because he’s trying to stir up controversy… it’s horribly inappropriate.”

— Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, calling on President Joe Biden to apologize for suggesting that the driving force behind some GOP supporters of former President Donald Trump was akin to “semi-fascism.” In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Sununu said Republican voters should be insulted by Biden’s latest jabs against Trump, which have grown distinctly sharper as November’s midterm elections approach. This comes after Biden last week offered one of his sharpest rebukes of Republicans who have remained loyal to Trump and his MAGA credo.

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AND FINALLY

Calling all movie buffs!

This Saturday, movie theaters across the US are offering tickets for just $3 in celebration of National Cinema Day. Also, did you know that America’s movie archive is located in an underground bunker in Virginia? Take a look inside! (Click here to view)

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