Extra, Extra

Dams Break: “At least 2,000 people have died and 10,000 are believed missing after Storm Daniel dumped so much rain on Libya’s northeast that two dams collapsed sending water flowing into already inundated areas.” Another terrible tragedy in a place ill-equipped to deal with it.

+ Child Support: “The increase in 2022 was likely connected to the end of pandemic-era benefits … After three consecutive years of the lowest poverty rates on record, the streak is now broken.” In a shift, more Americans fell below US poverty line in 2022. “Notably, the poverty rate for children in 2022 more than doubled from 2021.”

+ The Nose Knows: “The leading decongestant used by millions of Americans looking for relief from a stuffy nose is likely no better than a dummy pill, according to government experts who reviewed the latest research on the long-questioned drug ingredient.” Popular nasal decongestant doesn’t actually relieve congestion.

+ Swap Shop: “The Biden administration has cleared the way for the release of five American citizens detained in Iran by issuing a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money from South Korea to Qatar without fear of U.S. sanctions. In addition, as part of the deal, the administration has agreed to release five Iranian citizens held in the United States.” The US moves to advance a prisoner swap deal with Iran.

+ The Fugitive: “The convicted killer who escaped from a Pennsylvania prison nearly two weeks ago is still on the run and is considered “armed and extremely dangerous” after taking a rifle from a resident’s garage.” The latest on the manhunt for the escaped Pennsylvania killer.

+ Drew First Blood: Several daytime talk shows may be following the lead of Drew Barrymore in restarting production during dual labor strike. Strange move.

+ Cave Out: American researcher has been rescued from deep Turkish cave more than a week after he fell ill.

+ Love and Gov: As if you needed a reminder of how shallow and nonsensical American politics is, there’s this from WaPo: Tim Scott’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, a candidate in a high-stakes Virginia election performed sex acts with husband in live videos. (At least she wasn’t screwing her constituents…)

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