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Thursday, August 18, 2022

News wrap: January 6 committee summons Secret Service over text messages

Geoff Bennett:

In other headlines today, the January 6 Congressional Committee issues a summons to the US Secret Service to record and text messages from the day of the attack on the US Capitol and earlier. It is the first time the committee has summoned an executive agency that comes after the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general told the panel that the watchdog would be asking for data as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation surrounding the Capitol attack. After the text messages were erased. The Secret Service disputes claims that no text relevant to the investigation was lost after the agency’s phone was reset during a planned system migration.

Starting today, people facing a mental health crisis can simply call or text 988 to access the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and speak with trained counselors. The Suicide Lifeline connects to the existing network of over 200 crisis centers across the country, modeled after the 911 emergency number. This is the first nationwide mental health crisis hotline in the US. Apart from 988, the old 1-800 lifeline number will also be operational.

Parts of Europe are in the grip of severe heat. In the UK, rising temperatures are being treated as a life-threatening emergency. The government they met today to discuss how to respond. Britain’s weather service issued a red alert for the first time on Friday, with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees – 104 degrees Fahrenheit early next week, a record in a country accustomed to only moderate summer temperatures, many buildings Many buildings do not have air conditioning.

Meanwhile, high temperatures in Europe have led to tinderbox conditions that have led to several wildfires in France, Portugal, Spain and Greece. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate in those countries.

And Russia today ordered all its forces across Ukraine to intensify military operations to prevent attacks against major Russian assets. But as fighting continues in the eastern Donbass region, Russian forces are now attacking cities elsewhere in the country with missiles and rockets, killing many civilians. Entire blocks lie in ruins in Dnipro to the west. And in Chuhuiv to the northeast, buildings were buried under rubble. The Pentagon estimates that 150 civilians have been killed by Russian military strikes in Ukraine in the past two weeks.

And there’s still more to come, on “PBS News Weekend,” about how the two COVID subvariants are driving an increase in infections and may play a role in vaccines. and Nick Shiffrin’s conversation with a Saudi diplomat about issues raised during President Biden’s visit to the Middle East.

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