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1. President Biden’s climate and tax bill begins to pass through the Senate this weekend.

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the lone Democratic defender of the package, said she would support the bill after Democratic leaders agreed to drop a $14 billion tax hike on a number of wealthy hedge fund managers and private equity executives she opposed. . They also changed the structure of a 15 percent minimum tax for businesses and added drought relief money to Arizona.

The bill still needs to remove hurdles before the Senate can pass it. With Republicans united in opposition, all Democrats in the 50-50 Senate must vote for it before it can become law.

2. As a surprise, job growth in the US soared in July.

U.S. employers added 528,000 jobs last month, the Department of Labor said, an unexpectedly strong increase that showed the job market isn’t slowing despite higher interest rates, at least so far.

The impressive performance – bringing total employment back to February 2020 levels just before the pandemic lockdowns – provides new evidence that the country has not entered a recession. But with the Federal Reserve pursuing an aggressive policy of rate hikes, most forecasters expect the labor market to cool later in the year as companies cut payrolls to meet lower demand.

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5. New York state health officials urged unvaccinated residents to get their polio shot “immediately.”

6. Relatives and friends of the victims in the Parkland, Florida shooting, described their fear.

The testimony was part of the painful trial in which a jury will decide whether Nikolas Cruz — who pleaded guilty to the 2018 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — should be sentenced to death or life in prison. .

One by one, the relatives and friends described the depths of their despair since the loss of their loved ones four years ago. “The night no longer brings intimacy and comfort,” said Debra Hixon, wife of Chris Hixon, the school’s athletic director who was killed in the shooting. “Only the loudness of the silence.”

The defense will begin the case later this month.

In other courtroom news, a jury decided that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings $45.2 million in damages.

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7. Now on duty: “chief heart officer.”

With the rise of remote working, new careers and job titles have emerged, such as “team leader everywhere” and “vice president flexible work”. The staying power of these new positions has yet to be tested.

“People will try a lot of titles,” says JT O’Donnell, a career coach. “Some will fail because they are too far away. But in the end you see a lot of shifts.”

8. “The Sandman” is coming to TV.

Ever since Neil Gaiman wrote the first songs of “The Sandman” in 1989, fans have been hoping for a film adaptation. Now viewers can see Morpheus, the king of dreams, and his supernatural siblings in Netflix’s take on the award-winning genre-mixing comic.

Gaiman said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine that “The Sandman” had held up because new generations “find it, and it’s their comic. It’s their story.”

In other news about premieres in August, Abbi Jacobson, the star and co-creator of the series “A League of Their Own,” said she wants to tell stories about insecure people and then “what if the most insecure, insecure person is the leader?”

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9. Stockholm instead of Rome? Intense heat waves are changing European holidays.

After more than two years of postponing their holidays, tourists travel to Europe this summer, only to face record heat that will most likely worsen due to climate change.

But several in the industry say a growing number of travelers are adjusting their plans to account for high temperatures by heading to coastal or northern destinations and booking trips in the cooler months of April, May, September and October.

In another climate problem glass bottles may be perfect for aging wine, but making them requires a tremendous amount of heat and energy.


10. And finally, a glimmer of hope for believers in the Loch Ness Monster.

A discovery by researchers in Britain and Morocco added weight to the hypothesis that prehistoric long-necked reptiles known as plesiosaurs lived in lakes, rivers and oceans. The team found fossils of 12 plesiosaurs, proof that it wasn’t just one plesiosaur that roamed in freshwater and died there.

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