5 things to know for Aug. 15: Floods, FBI Search, Taiwan, Health care strike, India

CNN — Have you ever stepped into a store and wondered: “What’s that smell?” Many retailers put a lot of effort into perfecting their signature scents to entice customers and get them to linger around longer. Sometimes these aromas are so pleasant you might wind up spending more than you had planned. Here’s what you … Read more

FBI’s search of Trump’s Florida estate: Why now?

A Donald Trump supporter stands on a bridge outside the entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Tuesday, in Palm Beach, Fla. The FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said Monday. … Read more

Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden

President Joe Biden walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on his way to his Rehoboth Beach, Del., home after his most recent COVID-19 isolation, Sunday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press) Estimated reading time: 6-7 minutes WASHINGTON — Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage … Read more

Pelosi tells Taiwan US commitment to democracy is ‘ironclad’

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, speaks with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she prepares to leave Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday. Pelosi left Taiwan after a visit that heightened tensions with China, saying Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in her delegation showed they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. … Read more

Watching al-Qaida chief’s ‘pattern of life’ key to his death

As seen on a computer screen from a DVD prepared by Al-Sahab production, al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahri speaks in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 20, 2006. Al-Zawahri, the top al-Qaida leader, was killed by the US over the weekend in Afghanistan. (BKBangash, Associated Press) Estimated reading time: 6-7 minutes WASHINGTON — As the sun was rising in … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy announces mandatory evacuation of Donetsk region

Firefighters work at a site of residential house destroyed by a Russian missile strike, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kramatorsk, Ukraine Friday, July 29. (Press service of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration via Reuters) Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday his government was ordering the … Read more

Climate crisis: This nation is scorching in a heat wave and wildfires, yet it’s returning to planet-baking coal

Western Macedonia, Greece CNN — Dimitris Mitsaris opens his garage door and the smell of fermenting grapes emerges, as the first morning light bounces off dozens of steel tanks. Mitsaris and his family live here, in Agios Panteleimonas, a mountainous village of just 800 residents in northern Greece, and have made their home into a … Read more

Pakistan rain: Karachi battered by torrential rain, as climate crisis makes weather more unpredictable

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN — Public services in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, have been suspended and businesses are being urged to close, as torrential rains cause deadly flash flooding and infrastructure damage, leaving at least 15 dead since Saturday. On Sunday night, more than 60 millimeters (2.3 inches) of rain fell in Karachi, equivalent to an … Read more

How to Prevent Your Brain From Melting During a Heat Wave

In case you’ve been living in an air conditioned cave all summer, things are getting a bit hot all over the world. Britain smashed a record for the highest ever recorded temperature in the UK, clocking in 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit despite predictions the country wouldn’t see these numbers until 2050. Things are getting so hot … Read more

US heat wave: High temperatures paired with high humidity is likely to affect millions of Americans through the end of July

More than 80 million Americans from the West to New England were under either heat warnings or advisories as of Friday morning. “Record-breaking heat is expected over the Northeast US this weekend, while above-average (temperatures) persist in the South Central US,” the Weather Prediction Center wrote Thursday. The highest temperature recorded Thursday was in Death … Read more