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Mississippi governor declares state of emergency due to water shortage

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency on Monday due to the state capitol’s water shortage. Reeves said the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is also working to prepare an emergency order due to little or no water pressure in the city of Jackson.

The state of emergency declaration comes after Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba declared a water system emergency due to complications from the Pearl River flooding. The mayor said the flooding led to water pressure issues at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility, causing little to no water pressure for many Jackson customers. Until the issue at the treatment facility has been fixed, there is no reliable, running water in the city, affecting more than 100,000 people.

State Health Officer Dr. Daniel Edney said neighbors should boil their water for one minute before consuming it. The state has also created a mobile incident command center, which will be in operation on Tuesday to help with repairs and improvements at the water treatment plant. Reeves said the city of Jackson will be responsible for half of the cost of the emergency repairs that will be made at the facility.

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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who helped end the Cold War, has died at age 91

According to the Gorbachev Foundation, Mikhail Gorbachev — the final leader of the Soviet Union who helped end the Cold War and lead his country from communism to capitalism — died Tuesday at 91. The Interfax news agency said in a statement from the Central Clinical Hospital that “Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and long illness.”  Gorbachev will be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow next to his wife, Raisa Gorbachev, according to the agency.

Gorbachev grew up a committed communist during World War II. After graduating from Moscow State University with a law degree in 1955, he rose through the ranks of the Communist Party and ascended to the party’s top position of General Secretary in March 1985. Gorbachev inacted changes like “perestroika” and “glasnost”– reforms that sought to restructure the Soviet Union’s lagging economy and make its government more transparent.

In 1989, Gorbachev did not send in Soviet tanks to crush the uprisings when pro-democracy rallies began in Poland and swept across the Soviet bloc. The following year, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the Cold War. The Soviet Union quickly began to disintegrate as the captive Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia pulled away and other nations that had been under Moscow rule, including Ukraine, sought independence. Months after an attempted coup, Gorbachev resigned on Dec. 25, 1991; the Soviet Union was dissolved a day later.

Russian state news agency TASS reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed “deep condolences” over Gorbachev’s death.  Officials including Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres and European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised Gorbachev’s leadership Tuesday, saying he changed the course of history and paved the way for a free Europe.

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Dove Cameron shares the video for ‘Breakfast’

Dove Cameron has shared her new music video “Breakfast,” directed by Lauren Dunn.  The video for “Breakfast” paints a picture of what the world would look like if gender roles were reversed and men experienced what many women face daily.

Said Cameron of the video: “I was feeling incredibly disillusioned watching the recent SCOTUS ruling and I couldn’t wrap my head around making a music video at a time when I felt so desolate. With this video, I want to show the disturbing contrast between stylized femininity and masculine power and the gender stereotypes that plague our social commentary. I want the audience to notice how strange it is to watch the roles be reversed and it was important to highlight how ingrained these roles really are in our nervous systems. This is a video to remind us that ‘how it’s always been’ should never be a reason for desensitization or upholding broken systems. Hopefully by re-contextualizing these familiar scenes, this video will encourage people to vote for a world where we leave gender discrimination as a thing of the past and stop bringing the past into the present.”

“Breakfast” is the follow up to Dove’s RIAA-certified gold pop song “Boyfriend,” which has over 349 million streams worldwide to date, peaking at No. 2 on Top 40 radio and No. 10 on the Spotify US chart since its release.

Check out the video for “Breakfast” – here.

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Noah Cyrus collaborates with Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard on ‘Every Beginning Ends’

Noah Cyrus has teamed up with Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard on her latest single, “Every Beginning Ends,” accompanied by a video directed by Lance Bangs (which you can view here). “Every Beginning Ends” will be included on Cyrus’ upcoming debut studio album, The Hardest Part, due out on Sept. 16.  To pre-order, head here.

Cyrus says of the collaboration with Gibbard: “I’ve always been such a huge fan, so it was pretty daunting to get in the room with him, but once we got to work it all came very naturally. We talked about past relationships, failed relationships, our parents’ relationships and relationships that have lasted forever. He told me his dad has a saying: ‘you have to wake up and choose to love someone every day,’ and it sparked this conversational song about the twilight of a relationship and the reluctance to admit that something has run its course. I relate to that in many ways, not only with me, but also just with my parents’ relationship. Writing about that gave me more understanding.”

Cyrus will also launch her first North American headlining tour, beginning Oct. 4 in Phoenix, AZ.  For ticket info, head here.

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U.S. Department of Justice finishes privilege review of Mar-a-Lago documents

The U.S. Justice Department has finished its privilege review of the documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago.  The disclosure that the review is complete was made in a court filing Monday regarding a request from Trump’s lawyers for the appointment of an outside expert known as a special master to review the seized documents.

The Justice Department wrote in its Monday filing that the privilege review team has “identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information” and has “completed its review of those materials.”  The DOJ also said it is “in the process of following the procedures set forth in paragraph 84 of the search warrant affidavit to address potential privilege disputes, if any.”

The filing came after U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Saturday indicated in a ruling that she would potentially grant Trump’s request for the special master, and gave the Justice Department until Tuesday to present its arguments. Cannon had also asked the Justice Department for an update on its review of the documents seized, and a more detailed listing of the documents in the trove.

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NASA scrubs launch of Artemis I after engine issues emerge at takeoff

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion capsule, which were slated to launch as ‘Artemis I’ on a test flight to the moon, was scrubbed on Monday when engine troubles thwarted the much-anticipated liftoff.

Engineers detected an issue with one of the fuel lines as the rocket was being loaded with propellant. A liquid hydrogen line used to cool the rocket’s core-stage engines malfunctioned partway through the launch countdown, and the test flight was eventually called off after troubleshooting efforts failed. The SLS rocket’s four core-stage engines need to be cooled to cryogenic temperatures prior to launch to avoid shocking the system with ultracold fuel when ignited.

Artemis mission manager at NASA Headquarters Mike Sarafin said in a news briefing on Monday that the agency may try the launch again as early as Friday, if deemed safe to do so.  NASA Administrator Bill Nelson added that the agency will not go through with the test until the vehicle is ready: “When you’re dealing in a high-risk business — and spaceflight is risky — that’s what you do. You buy down that risk. You make it as safe as possible.”

NASA officials said the rocket and spacecraft are currently “in a stable, safe condition,” adding that engineers will continue to gather data from the vehicle on the launch pad. The agency is expected to hold another briefing Tuesday to discuss initial findings from the investigation.

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Taylor Swift announces new album ‘Midnights’ set for release in October

Taylor Swift is releasing her next album, “Midnights,” on October 21st.  The 32-year-old singer first announced the news at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards during her acceptance speech for the Video of the Year Award: “I thought it would be a fun moment to tell you that my new album comes out Oct. 21. I will tell you more at midnight.”

Swift then took to social media to reveal more details about the surprise project, which tells “the stories of 13 sleepless nights.”  Swift wrote: “We lie awake in love and in fear, in turmoil and in tears. We stare at walls and drink until they speak back. We twist in our self-made cages and pray that we aren’t – right this minute – about to make some fateful life-altering mistake. This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams. The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching – hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes 12 … we’ll meet ourselves.”  The post concluded: “Meet me at midnight.”

Swift’s last two albums of new music – “Folklore” and “Evermore” – came out in 2020. She also has been releasing rerecorded versions of her old albums amid her dispute with record executive Scooter Braun.

You can pre-order “Midnights” – here.

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Harry Styles adds additional 2023 dates to his ‘Love on Tour’

Harry Styles is extending his Love on Tour world tour, sharing on Twitter that he has added 22 new dates to the tour. The 28-year-old singer and actor will now perform shows Oct. 3 at Moody Center in Austin, Texas, and Oct. 15 at United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Styles also added new dates to the Latin American portion of the tour and a new U.K. and European leg of the tour for 2023. The European shows will conclude in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in July 2023. Styles also said he will soon announce tour dates in Asia.

Styles initially announced the Love on Tour world tour in November 2019, which was then delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour officially kicked off in September 2021 in Las Vegas.

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Gunman still at large after Coney Island boardwalk shooting leaves one dead, four injured

Police are searching for the gunman who killed one person and injured four others at the Coney Island boardwalk in New York City late Saturday.

The NYPD responded to the boardwalk and West 29th Street in Brooklyn after a 911 call reporting multiple people shot around 11:57 p.m. Saturday night. One 42-year-old man was killed after being shot in the back. The other four victims were described as a 49-year-old woman (who was wounded in the right leg), a 34-year-old woman (who was shot in the right foot), a 46-year-old man (who was wounded in the left leg) and another man shot in the left leg.  All victims were transported to NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn for treatment.

The NYPD has not released a description of the shooter; and the gunman still remains at large. It is currently unclear if the attack was targeted or not and police have not said if the victims knew their attacker. No further details have been given on the moments leading up to the attack.

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One child killed, 4 injured in multi-vehicle crash involving school bus on Arizona highway

Authorities say that one child was killed and four others were seriously injured on Sunday morning in a three-vehicle crash involving a school bus on I-40 in Arizona. Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jesus Gastelum said in a press release that the collision took place around 9:27 a.m. in Apache County, when the school bus was rear-ended by a commercial semi-truck going eastbound at mile marker 328.

DPS said that eastbound traffic was slowed at the time due to a previous collision that morning, of a single commercial vehicle rollover. Gastelum said: “Due to the impact, the school bus was pushed into the van.”  According to DPS, there were 19 people on the school bus at the time, with one child killed and “four other school bus occupants sustained serious injuries.” It was not immediately clear if the injured occupants were also children. There were no other serious injuries reported, and an investigation is ongoing, Gastelum added.

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