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Good morning. It's Saturday, July 29, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a typhoon sweeping into China, discovery of a 2,000-year-old Roman cargo ship, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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Typhoon Hits China

Typhoon Doksuri made landfall in southeastern China yesterday, bringing heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 122 mph, cutting power for thousands of people, and prompting more than 400,000 people to evacuate. The typhoon is the strongest to hit China this year and the second strongest to strike the coastal Fujian province since Typhoon Meranti in 2016. 

 

At least 144 people were injured in China, while at least one person was killed and 68 others injured in Taiwan, as a result of flooding and landslides from the storm. No deaths were reported in China. Authorities have set aside roughly $40M in disaster-relief funds. The typhoon is expected to bring rainfall as far north as Beijing by Sunday. Track the typhoon here.

 

Earlier in the week, Typhoon Doksuri struck the Philippines, killing at least 39 people, including 26 who died after a ferry capsized near the capital of Manila. See photos of the aftermath in China here and in the Philippines here.

Quick Hits
 

Moscow shoots down Ukrainian missiles over Russian cities.

At least 20 people were injured from the fragments of a missile Russian military brought down in the southern Russian city of Taganrog, roughly 30 miles east of the border of Ukraine. Another missile was downed near the city of Azov. Separately, a bomb explosion was reported at an oil refinery in the Russian city of Samara, about 850 miles northeast of Taganrog. 

 

Biden signs order overhauling how US military handles assault cases.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday that amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice by transferring decision-making powers on the prosecution of military crimes, including sexual assault, from commanders to independent military attorneys. The order carries out legislation passed by Congress in 2022 to expand protections for service members with assault and harassment claims.

 

Growth in key US inflation measure continues to slow.

The personal consumption expenditures price index—the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge—rose 0.2% month-over-month in June, up from 0.1% monthly growth in May. On a yearly basis, the index rose 3% in June, down from 3.8% growth in May and 4.3% in April. The index measures the costs consumers pay across a wide swath of items. 

 

2023 Emmy Awards ceremony postponed due to Hollywood strikes.

The 75th Primetime Emmys will no longer air Sept. 18 due to labor strikes by actors and writers; a new date has not been settled. It's the first time the Emmys have been delayed since September 2001. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has been striking on issues such as pay increases in the era of streaming and regulated use of artificial intelligence.

 

Wreckage of ancient Roman cargo ship found off Italy.

The cargo ship, dated to be more than 2,000 years old, was discovered 525 feet below sea level off the port of Civitavecchia, about 50 miles northwest of Rome. The wreckage included hundreds of mostly intact pieces of a type of Roman terracotta jar known as amphora. The jars were typically used for goods such as wine, oil, or fish sauce.

 

Scientists induce virgin birth in fruit flies for first time.

To achieve the result, scientists identified the genes in the Drosophila mercatorum fruit fly that give it its ability to reproduce through virgin births, that is without needing to be fertilized by a male fly. Scientists then turned on the corresponding genes in another fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, which normally produces through fertilization. The study was conducted over six years, using 220,000 flies. 

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Anastazia L. in Australia

 

"I was at work, a little shoe shop in Richmond, Victoria, Australia .... I am grieving the death of my dear Mama. This customer named Edith was purchasing a pair of leather boots, first new pair she’d had in 15 years .... She was around 75 & I 28. She described her age as 'the wrong side of 75.' Laughing, I said, 'No such thing!' She mentioned she’d had twins and her parents had not been alive to see them or her get married. I spoke with her and told her I knew how that felt to some degree .... while she was paying for her new boots she asked when it happened. I told her it was just September gone. She held my hand and gave me a cuddle as tears began to well in my eyes. She wished me luck and gave me love .... I have been held emotionally by such wonderful strangers during these periods of grieving. They give you strength and faith in humankind."

 

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Bookkeeping

> We're in corn sweat season, when corn exhales water as temperatures rise. One acre of corn gives off roughly 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water each day
> According to a CDC report, up to 450,000 people in the US have developed a red meat allergy tied to ticks, known as alpha-gal syndrome.

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Historybook: Vincent van Gogh dies (1890); NASA is established (1958); 750 million people worldwide watch wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (1981); Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin dies (1994).

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