Mar-a-Lago Reveal

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Djokovic to Miss US Open

Tennis star Novak Djokovic announced yesterday he would not play in the US Open next week due to proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all inbound non-US citizens. The decision follows confirmation of the policy Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The No. 6 ranked player in the world has missed several tournaments in countries requiring COVID-19 vaccinations this year. In January, he was deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open after his vaccine exemption was challenged in court. The Serbian tennis star, one shy of a tie with Rafael Nadal for most Grand Slam men's singles titles, has opposed receiving a COVID-19 vaccine out of concerns about its side effects. See current US COVID-19 stats here.


Separately, women's tennis great Serena Williams begins what she has signaled will be her last major tournament, facing off against unseeded Danka Kovinić in the opening round. 

Mar-a-Lago Reveal

The Justice Department yesterday submitted proposed redactions to the affidavit underpinning its search warrant of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this month. Late last evening, the presiding judge said he would release redacted materials sometime today.


Federal officials have alleged Trump improperly took White House documents from the Florida estate instead of providing them to the National Archives per requirements. Reports have suggested an estimated 700 pages of classified documents were recovered from a previous search in January, and officials have indicated talks to retrieve documents without a warrant have proceeded since last year. The contents of recovered materials, either from previous searches or the Aug. 8 warrant, have not been revealed. 


Justice Department officials had argued revealing too much information may compromise an ongoing probe.

Evidence of Early Walking

Some of the earliest human ancestors may have begun walking upright around 7 million years ago, according to a new analysis of remains discovered about two decades ago. Researchers say the findings show the species Sahelanthropus tchadensis habitually walked on two feet and may represent the transition in human evolution when the hominin lineage—modern humans and extinct related species—diverged from chimpanzees. 


The analysis was performed on part of a set of bones found in the central African country of Chad in 2001. Nicknamed Toumaï, the specimen gained widespread publicity due to its remarkably intact skull. Scientists say smaller forearm and femur bones found in the same location suggest the species still spent time in trees, and the partial nature of the thighbone prevents a definitive conclusion that it was bipedal.


See where researchers think Toumaï sits in the modern human family tree

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Science & Technology

> World Health Organization officials say global monkeypox cases dropped by more than 20% over the past week (More) | New US cases down slightly, averaging around 330 per day; see state-by-state totals (More)


> Chinese tech giant Baidu unveils 10-bit quantum computer; says it integrates with its current software and is available for use in certain applications (More)


> Synthetic mouse embryo grown using stem cells, without traditional fertilization of an egg; embryos grew for more than eight days, showed organ development (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +1.4%, Dow +1.0%, Nasdaq +1.7%) ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech today at annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (More)


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> Gap withdraws 2022 financial outlook after posting a quarterly loss with same-store sales down 10% over last year (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Death toll rises to 25 in Russian strike on Ukrainian train station and surrounding area in the small town of Chaplyne (More) | Russian President Vladimir Putin gives order to increase military size by 13% by end of the year (More)


> Two convicted in plot to steal diary, other personal items from daughter of President Joe Biden; pair allegedly sought to sell materials to conservative watchdog group (More)


> At least 180 people killed, thousands of homes reportedly destroyed, in Afghanistan following weeks of heavy rains and flooding (More)



A Hole in the Head

Harper's Weekly | Zachary Siegel. Early trials of a new procedure—the insertion of two electrodes into the brain—have proven remarkably effective at curing opioid addiction. (Read)

This is Actually Happening

Wondery | Whit Missildine. (Podcast) After routine surgery, Vermont state legislator John Killacky woke up to the horror of being unable to move. (Listen)

Slow-Motion Insects

Aeon | Adrian Smith. (Video) At 6,000 frames per second, slowed 200 times the normal speed, these videos of insects launching into flight couldn't be more delightful. (Watch)



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