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(CNN)Britney Spears’ fight to end her conservatorship has taken an unexpected turn, with her father and the conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, filing a petition to end the arrangement.
Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. AfghanistanThe Taliban announced the formation of a hard-line interim government for Afghanistan, filling top posts with veterans of the militant group who oversaw the 20-year fight against the US-led military coalition. No women or members of Afghanistan’s ousted leadership were selected for acting cabinet positions, in spite of the Taliban’s promises of an inclusive government and a more moderate form of Islamic rule than when it was last in power, from 1996 to 2001. The lineup of senior leaders includes former Guantanamo inmates, members of a US-designated terror group and subjects of international sanctions lists. Sirajuddin Haqqani, who will be the acting interior minister, is on the FBI’s “most-wanted” list, with a $10 million bounty on his head. The leadership announcement came on the same day that the Taliban used gunfire, detentions and beatings to crush dissent, as scores of Afghan protesters marched through the capital, Kabul.JUST WATCHEDSee the origins of the TalibanReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
See the origins of the Taliban 03:51Read More 2. CoronavirusPresident Biden is set to deliver a major address tomorrow on the next phase of his pandemic response, sources familiar with the speech tell CNN. While officials are still finalizing specifics, the speech is expected to touch on schools, private companies and requirements for federal employees. Climbing Covid-19 case numbers — and particularly the increasing proportion of cases reported in children — are causing many health experts to worry about the outlook as the school year gets underway across the entire country. But Dr. Anthony Fauci said there shouldn’t be a big uptick “if we do it right.” Meantime, 13 school employees in Miami-Dade County Public Schools have died from Covid-19 since August 16, the Florida school district and local teachers union said. Among the 13 were four teachers, one security monitor, one cafeteria worker and seven school bus drivers. All were unvaccinated.JUST WATCHEDFormer evangelical pastor calls for end to religious exemptions for vaccineReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Former evangelical pastor calls for end to religious exemptions for vaccine 02:503. ClimateBiden pledged his administration’s full support for Hurricane Ida relief efforts and made his case for using his infrastructure plan to take immediate action to address the effects of the climate crisis. “We’ve got to listen to the scientists and the economists, and the national security experts: They all tell us this is code red. The nation and the world are in peril,” Biden said. The Northeast is still reeling from Ida’s remnants, and California could be dealing with massive wildfires until the end of the year. The Dixie Fire in Northern California is on its way to becoming the largest wildfire in the state’s history, officials say. Meanwhile outside the US, a dangerous weather system is heading toward Taiwan and China. Typhoon Chanthu rapidly intensified in the past 36 hours and is expected to make landfall this week. Additionally, Europe experienced its hottest summer on record this year, and temperatures in the Mediterranean smashed records by large margins.JUST WATCHEDPresident Biden says recent deadly storms show climate change is here and infrastructure plan is neededReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
President Biden says recent deadly storms show climate change is here and infrastructure plan is needed 03:544. Voting rightsTexas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that bans 24-hour and drive-thru voting, imposes new hurdles on mail-in ballots and empowers partisan poll watchers. The restrictive voting measure adds Texas to the list of Republican-controlled states that have seized on ex-President Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud and clamped down on access to the ballot box this year. Already, Florida, Georgia and other states have enacted new voting laws. A leading Democratic elections lawyer said immediately after Abbott signed the bill that he had sued on behalf of Texas groups challenging the law, arguing it violates the Voting Rights Act. Here’s a look at what the new Texas law does. “The Texas law isn’t an exception,” writes CNN’s Chris Cillizza. “It is the rule when it comes to Republican-controlled state legislatures and bills they have pushed into law so far this year.”JUST WATCHEDDale: Bottom line, this GOP claim just isn’t true (June)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Dale: Bottom line, this GOP claim just isn’t true (June) 03:355. MexicoMexico’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that penalizing abortion is unconstitutional, a decision expected to set precedent for the legal status of abortion nationwide. “Today is a historic day for the rights of all Mexican women,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice Arturo Zaldivar. The court ruled against a law in the state of Coahuila that threatened women who undergo abortions with up to three years in prison and a fine. “I’m against stigmatizing those who make this decision (to undergo an abortion), which I believe is difficult to begin with, due to moral and social burdens,” said Supreme Court Justice Ana Margarita Ríos Farjat, one of only three women among the court’s 11 justices. The vote comes as US states just north of the border, most notably Texas, move to restrict abortion access.JUST WATCHEDAbortion laws around the globe (2018)ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Abortion laws around the globe (2018) 01:33BREAKFAST BROWSETikTok surpasses YouTube in viewing time per userSocial media consumers in the UK and US are spending more time on TikTok than YouTube, a new report suggests. JUST WATCHEDSee how Domino’s Pizza Australia pranked TikTok customersReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
See how Domino’s Pizza Australia pranked TikTok customers 01:58Duck mimics human sound during mating displayAn Australian musk duck has been recorded saying “You bloody fool” in the first documented instance of the species mimicking human speech. (Yes, you read that correctly.)This premature supernova was triggered by a dead starIf this doesn’t boggle your mind, we don’t know what will. Photos: Wonders of the universeThis illustration shows a massive star on the brink of explosion.Hide Caption 1 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeMeet the fastest asteroid in our solar system, which zips around the sun every 113 days. This artist’s rendering shows the asteroid 2021 PH27 (top right) and Mercury (below) orbiting the sun.Hide Caption 2 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeA ghostly set of X-ray rings were found around a black hole with a companion star. These rings are created by light echoes.Hide Caption 3 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image, taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile, shows the PDS 70 system 400 light-years away. This planetary system is still forming and still in the process of being formed. One of the planets in the system has a moon-forming disk around it.Hide Caption 4 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image shows supernova 2018zd (pictured as the large white dot on the right), a new type of supernova called an electron capture. To the left is the galaxy NGC 2146.Hide Caption 5 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image from the STARFORGE simulation shows the “Anvil of Creation,” a giant gas cloud with individual stars forming inside of it.Hide Caption 6 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeAstronomers used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to study the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A and discovered titanium, shown in light blue, blasting out of it. The colors represent other elements detected, like iron (orange), oxygen (purple), silicon (red) and magnesium (green).Hide Caption 7 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe supermassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy, the first to ever be imaged, can now be seen in polarized light. Swirling lines reveal the magnetic field near the edge of the black hole. Hide Caption 8 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey shows the galaxy J0437+2456, which includes a supermassive black hole at its center that appears to be moving. Hide Caption 9 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s impression shows how the distant quasar P172+18 and its radio jets may have looked 13 billion years ago. The light from the quasar has taken that long to reach us, so astronomers observed the quasar as it looked in the early universe.Hide Caption 10 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image shows the vicinity of the Tucana II ultrafaint dwarf galaxy, captured by the SkyMapper telescope.Hide Caption 11 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThese images show two giant radio galaxies found with using the MeerKAT telescope. The red in both images shows the radio light being emitted by the galaxies against a background of the sky as it is seen in visible light.Hide Caption 12 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s conception of quasar J0313-1806 depicts it as it was 670 million years after the Big Bang. Quasars are highly energetic objects at the centers of galaxies, powered by black holes and brighter than entire galaxies. Hide Caption 13 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeShown here is a phenomenon known as zodiacal light, which is caused by sunlight reflecting off tiny dust particles in the inner solar system.Hide Caption 14 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s impression of the distant galaxy ID2299 shows some of its gas being ejected by a “tidal tail” as a result of a merger between two galaxies. Hide Caption 15 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis diagram shows the two most important companion galaxies to the Milky Way: the Large Magellanic Cloud (left) and the Small Magellanic Cloud. It was made using data from the European Space Agency Gaia satellite.Hide Caption 16 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe Blue Ring Nebula is thought to be a never-before-seen phase that occurs after the merger of two stars. Debris flowing out from the merger was sliced by a disk around one of the stars, creating two cones of material glowing in ultraviolet light.Hide Caption 17 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe red supergiant star Betelgeuse, in the constellation of Orion, experienced unprecedented dimming late in 2019. This image was taken in January using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.Hide Caption 18 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an infrared image of Apep, a Wolf-Rayet star binary system located 8,000 light-years from Earth.Hide Caption 19 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeAn artist’s illustration, left, helps visualize the details of an unusual star system, GW Orionis, in the Orion constellation. The system’s circumstellar disk is broken, resulting in misaligned rings around its three stars.Hide Caption 20 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is a simulation of two spiral black holes that merge and emit gravitational waves. Hide Caption 21 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s illustration shows the unexpected dimming of the star Betelgeuse.Hide Caption 22 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis extremely distant galaxy, which looks similar to our own Milky Way, appears like a ring of light.Hide Caption 23 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s interpretation shows the calcium-rich supernova 2019ehk. The orange represents the calcium-rich material created in the explosion. Purple reveals gas shed by the star right before the explosion.Hide Caption 24 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe blue dot at the center of this image marks the approximate location of a supernova event which occurred 140 million light-years from Earth, where a white dwarf exploded and created an ultraviolet flash. It was located close to tail of the Draco constellation. Hide Caption 25 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis radar image captured by NASA’s Magellan mission to Venus in 1991 shows a corona, a large circular structure 120 miles in diameter, named Aine Corona. Hide Caption 26 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeWhen a star’s mass is ejected during a supernova, it expands quickly. Eventually, it will slow and form a hot bubble of glowing gas. A white dwarf will emerge from this gas bubble and move across the galaxy. Hide Caption 27 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe afterglow of short gamma ray burst that was detected 10 billion light-years away is shown here in a circle. This image was taken by the Gemini-North telescope.Hide Caption 28 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis Hubble Space Telescope image shows NGC 7513, a barred spiral galaxy 60 million light-years away. Due to the expansion of the universe, the galaxy appears to be moving away from the Milky Way at an accelerate rate.Hide Caption 29 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s concept illustration shows what the luminous blue variable star in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy may have looked like before it mysteriously disappeared.Hide Caption 30 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s illustration of a supermassive black hole and its surrounding disk of gas. Inside this disk are two smaller black holes orbiting one another. Researchers identified a flare of light suspected to have come from one such binary pair soon after they merged into a larger black hole. Hide Caption 31 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image, taken from a video, shows what happens as two objects of different masses merge together and create gravitational waves. Hide Caption 32 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s impression showing the detection of a repeating fast radio burst seen in blue, which is in orbit with an astrophysical object seen in pink. Hide Caption 33 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeFast radio bursts, which make a splash by leaving their host galaxy in a bright burst of radio waves, helped detect “missing matter” in the universe.Hide Caption 34 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeA new type of explosion was found in a tiny galaxy 500 million light-years away from Earth. This type of explosion is referred to as a fast blue optical transient.Hide Caption 35 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universe Astronomers have discovered a rare type of galaxy described as a “cosmic ring of fire.” This artist’s illustration shows the galaxy as it existed 11 billion years ago.Hide Caption 36 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s impression of the Wolfe Disk, a massive rotating disk galaxy in the early universe. Hide Caption 37 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeA bright yellow “twist” near the center of this image shows where a planet may be forming around the AB Aurigae star. The image was captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.Hide Caption 38 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s illustration shows the orbits of two stars and an invisible black hole 1,000 light-years from Earth. This system includes one star (small orbit seen in blue) orbiting a newly discovered black hole (orbit in red), as well as a third star in a wider orbit (also in blue). Hide Caption 39 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis illustration shows a star’s core, known as a white dwarf, pulled into orbit around a black hole. During each orbit, the black hole rips off more material from the star and pulls it into a glowing disk of material around the black hole. Before its encounter with the black hole, the star was a red giant in the last stages of stellar evolution.Hide Caption 40 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s illustration shows the collision of two 125-mile-wide icy, dusty bodies orbiting the bright star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away. The observation of the aftermath of this collision was once thought to be an exoplanet. Hide Caption 41 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s impression of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov as it travels through our solar system. New observations detected carbon monixide in the cometary tail as the sun heated the comet.Hide Caption 42 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis rosette pattern is the orbit of a star, called S2, around the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Hide Caption 43 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s illustration of SN2016aps, which astronomers believe is the brightest supernova ever observed.Hide Caption 44 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s illustration of a brown dwarf, or a “failed star” object, and its magnetic field. The brown dwarf’s atmosphere and magnetic field rotate at different speeds, which allowed astronomers to determine wind speed on the object. Hide Caption 45 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis artist’s illustration shows an intermediate-mass black hole tearing into a star.Hide Caption 46 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s impression of a large star known as HD74423 and its much smaller red dwarf companion in a binary star system. The large star appears to pulsate on one side only, and it’s being distorted by the gravitational pull of its companion star into a teardrop shape. Hide Caption 47 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis is an artist’s impression of two white dwarfs in the process of merging. While astronomers expected that this might cause a supernova, they have found an instance of two white dwarf stars that survived merging.Hide Caption 48 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeA combination of space and ground-based telescopes have found evidence for the biggest explosion seen in the universe. The explosion was created by a black hole located in the Ophiuchus cluster’s central galaxy, which has blasted out jets and carved a large cavity in the surrounding hot gas. Hide Caption 49 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis new ALMA image shows the outcome of a stellar fight: a complex and stunning gas environment surrounding the binary star system HD101584. Hide Caption 50 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeNASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured the Tarantula Nebula in two wavelengths of infrared light. The red represents hot gas, while the blue regions are interstellar dust.Hide Caption 51 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeA white dwarf, left, is pulling material off of a brown dwarf, right, about 3,000 light-years from Earth.Hide Caption 52 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThis image shows the orbits of the six G objects at the center of our galaxy, with the supermassive black hole indicated with a white cross. Stars, gas and dust are in the background.Hide Caption 53 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeAfter stars die, they expel their particles out into space, which form new stars in turn. In one case, stardust became embedded in a meteorite that fell to Earth. This illustration shows that stardust could flow from sources like the Egg Nebula to create the grains recovered from the meteorite, which landed in Australia.Hide Caption 54 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe former North Star, Alpha Draconis or Thuban, is circled here in an image of the northern sky. Hide Caption 55 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeGalaxy UGC 2885, nicknamed the “Godzilla galaxy,” may be the largest one in the local universe.Hide Caption 56 of 57 Photos: Wonders of the universeThe host galaxy of a newly traced repeating fast radio burst acquired with the 8-meter Gemini-North telescope. Hide Caption 57 of 57Lil Uzi Vert says fans ripped $24 million diamond out of his foreheadNot to worry though, as the recording artist said he’s “feeling good” and still has the diamond. Builders discover stash of 239 gold coins worth up to $356,000Talk about bang for your buck. HAPPENING LATER’9/11, 20 years later: Remembrance & Ramifications’Join Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Jim Sciutto and Clarissa Ward tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET for a virtual discussion about the ongoing ramifications 20 years after the 9/11 attacks. You can submit your own questions during this special edition of CITIZEN by CNN. Register here.TODAY’S NUMBER4That’s how many activists from a Hong Kong pro-democracy group that organizes the city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil were arrested after the group refused to comply with a police order to submit information on national security grounds. Police had sought details concerning the group’s funding and membership in relation to an accusation it was working as a “foreign agent,” in violation of the city’s sweeping national security law, according to a letter seen by CNN late last month.JUST WATCHEDFirst person charged under Hong Kong national security lawReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
First person charged under Hong Kong national security law 03:18TODAY’S QUOTE”If these people would have ended up here in Ukraine, the details of their criminal acts would have become known around the world.”A Ukrainian source, lamenting the failure by the country’s intelligence officials to lure suspected war criminals out of Russia to face prosecution for atrocities committed in eastern Ukraine where separatists backed by Moscow have been fighting for years. Ukrainian spies tried to ensnare the criminals in an elaborate international sting. JUST WATCHEDMeet ‘Oleg,’ the chain-smoking former Wagner mercenaryReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Storms and heavy rain for the Northeast 02:24Check your local forecast here>>>AND FINALLYLife lessons from 100-year-olds”If I’m making a cake and it fails, it becomes a pudding.” We are apparently feeling rather sentimental here today. So, watch this and try not to well up with tears. (Click here to view.)
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