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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Get out the fans, seek cool refuge and drink plenty of water: A heat wave is about to affect millions of people across the U.S.
Dangerously high temperatures are forecast from Oklahoma to New England through the weekend. The middle of the country will see the worst of it: Kansas could hit 102 degrees.
The operative term: “heat dome,” a large area of scorching temperatures trapped by high pressure atmospheric conditions. Above, visitors keep cool under misters at the Phoenix Zoo.
2. Congress is voting on a handful of important issues tonight.
On impeachment: The House killed an attempt to impeach President Trump for statements condemned as racist, turning aside a charge that he had disgraced his office.
On contempt of Congress: Lawmakers voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt over the administration’s push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
3. Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. declined slightly last year for the first time since 1990.
But the dip was slight, around 5 percent, so experts are unsure if it is the start of a trend or simply a blip. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have dropped, but deaths from fentanyl overdoses and other drugs continued to rise. Above, a community outreach event in St. Louis.
Billions of dollars in federal grants for treatment and prevention programs are set to end next year. The Trump administration has not said whether it will seek to extend them.
The Sacklers — linked to the opioid crisis because members of the family own Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin — were dealt a setback: The Louvre in Paris removed the Sackler name from its Wing of Oriental Antiquities.
4. The criminal career of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo is officially over.
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who was convicted of drug, murder and money-laundering charges in February, was sentenced in New York City to life plus 30 years in prison. The kingpin broke out of prison twice in Mexico before being extradited to the U.S., above.
The judge noted that the “overwhelming evil” of his crimes was readily apparent and ordered him to pay a staggering $12.6 billion in forfeiture.
But the case against Kevin Spacey took a different turn: Prosecutors dropped S.exual assault charges against the actor, closing one of the few criminal cases of the #MeToo era.
5. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a global health emergency.
The yearlong epidemic, which has killed more than 1,600 people, is the second largest outbreak in history. Above, health workers buried a victim this week.
The World Health Organization made the declaration on the recommendation of a panel of experts that had considered and rejected the move three times in recent months, a delay that had drawn sharp criticism from public health specialists.
Separately, scientists tried a costly approach to curbing the AIDS epidemic: Test everyone, and treat anyone who is infected. The results were mixed.
6. Caution: The following story may break your heart.
It’s the tale of a migrant family that spans three U.S. presidential administrations — all of which debated but did not deliver a wide-ranging legal solution for migrant labor.
Heydi Gámez Garcia lost her grandfather to gang violence in Honduras and, at age 9, was sent to live with her aunts in New York. Her father’s promise to join her kept her going for four years, but he was repeatedly detained at the border. Last week, distraught over his latest detention, she tried to hang herself.
Doctors have declared her brain-dead. Her father has finally been allowed to be with her, to say goodbye. He plans to take her off life support on Thursday.
“All my dreams are in her heart,” he said. “All of them are gone with her.”
7. An incomprehensible warning. A miscommunication among security employees. Flawed planning.
In the three months since Notre-Dame nearly burned to the ground, The Times conducted scores of interviews and reviewed hundreds of documents to reconstruct critical missteps — and the battle that saved the beloved cathedral in Paris.
The cathedral still stands because firefighters decided to risk everything. Our team of journalists breaks down hour by breathtaking hour just how close the cathedral came to collapsing. Here are the biggest revelations from the report.
8. Google Glass failed as a consumer device because of privacy concerns. But researchers think it can help autistic children.
A clinical trial at Stanford University, conducted over two years with 71 children, found that those who used the device with software that checks their assessment of emotional expressions showed significant gains. The father of Esaïe Prickett, pictured above practicing facial expressions with the glasses, said he saw marked improvement in his son’s ability to make eye contact.
In other tech news, our personal tech columnist used an Apple Watch to track his sleep for two weeks. An app told him he was sleep deprived. Here’s why he concluded it was a pointless exercise.
9. At the beginning, there was “Orange Is the New Black.”
The prison drama was a landmark series of a time when the format and faces of TV were drastically changing, our critic writes. Before its final season, he looks at how the Netflix series showed us how streaming TV would really work.
Speaking of Netflix: The streaming service reported that it had added 2.7 million subscribers, well short of the five million it had expected for the second quarter, showing a rare vulnerability for the company.
10. And finally, a visit to America’s newest national park.
Indiana Dunes National Park offers hiking, bird-watching, singalongs and the chance to dine on prepackaged camp meals, all within 40 miles of Chicago. It was designated as the 61st park in the system in February.
But the skinny park — 15,000 acres with 15 miles of beach — is also adjacent to industrial areas, including a power plant. Our travel writer found that the contrast made the park “all the more indomitable and gorgeous in the presence of man’s squat and belchy ugliness.”
Have an adventurous night, and stay cool.
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