Ukraine’s counteroffensive gained momentum, as Russia was forced to withdraw troops. Queen Elizabeth II’s casket arrived at St. Giles’ Cathedral. And this past year in television will be celebrated at the Primetime Emmys tonight.
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Ukrainian forces break through to Russian border
“The world is impressed. The enemy is panicking,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, lauding Ukraine’s military efforts after a stunning offensive that gained momentum Monday, reclaiming several more northeastern villages and forcing the retreat of overwhelmed Russian troops from the region. Ukrainian forces outnumbered Russian troops 8 to 1, and had broken through to the Russian border, said Vitaly Ganchev, a Russian-installed official in the Kharkiv region. “The situation is becoming more difficult by the hour,” he added. Kyiv’s sudden momentum comes after months of little movement, save Russia’s small gains in the Donbas region. Ukraine’s encouraging counteroffensive has lifted morale and provoked some rare public criticism of President Vladimir Putin’s war. More updates from Ukraine.
Queen Elizabeth II’s casket arrives at Scottish cathedral
Queen Elizabeth II’s casket arrived at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh for a memorial service Monday. King Charles III and his three siblings marched behind their mother’s casket in a procession along the Royal Mile in the historic heart of the Scottish capital. The queen’s casket will remain at the cathedral before being flown to London on Tuesday. It will then be moved from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to the Houses of Parliament to lie in state until a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19. More live updates.
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Many prisons don’t have full AC. Climate change is making it ‘torture.’
At least 44 U.S. states don’t universally air condition their prisons, and inmates are getting sick and dying, according to a USA TODAY analysis. Quintero Jones was one of them. He died on a 98-degree day in Texas, and it felt hotter in his prison cell. While some things have changed in Texas prisons since then, advocates say it’s not enough. USA TODAY’s analysis found only one state – Tennessee – that said it fully air-conditioned all its prison facilities. With summer temperatures rising due to climate change, the problem is expected to only get worse. Keep reading.
Trump lawyers urge judge to keep blocking DOJ from seized records
While U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon works to name a special master for an independent review of the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s lawyers have been brewing some arguments. In a court filing Monday, Trump’s lawyers argued against allowing the Justice Department to review seized documents while a special master independently reviews them. And in a separate filing, Trump’s lawyers objected to the government’s two candidates for special master – without explaining the opposition in detail. Lawyers for Trump and the Justice Department submitted four names Friday of potential special masters, although they didn’t agree on any. More updates.
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Who will take home Emmys on ‘TV’s biggest night’?
The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” stalwart Kenan Thompson, will take place Monday night in Los Angeles. Among the night’s favorites are HBO dramas “Succession” and “The White Lotus,” both with 20 nominations. Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” also received 20 nods this year, following seven wins during last year’s show. This year’s Primetime Emmys kick off at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on NBC. It will also stream on Peacock. Red-carpet coverage will air on E! Everything you need to know about the show.
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