5 things to know for August 12: Covid-19, Trump, Ukraine, student loans, Anne Heche – CNN | Vette Leader

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1. Covid-19

The CDC no longer recommends restrictive measures such as quarantines and social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In new guidelines released Thursday, the agency announced that staying at least 6 feet away from others is no longer necessary to reduce the risk of exposure — a departure from guidelines that have been in place since the early days of the pandemic are valid. Now, more than two years later, nearly the entire US population has at least some immunity through vaccination, past infection, or in some cases both. However, the latest guidance maintains some measures. It states that people who test positive should stay at home for at least five days and wear a mask around others for ten days. It also continues to recommend that people in about half the country wear masks indoors.

2. Trump

Following Monday’s FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department requested the warrant and property receipt be unsealed from the search. Trump said in an online post Thursday that he would “not object to the release of any documents,” adding, “I’m taking it a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of these documents.” Investigating the handling of Presidential documents, including classified documents that may have been taken there, a search warrant at the Palm Beach, Florida resort. The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the investigation, that classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents were looking for in a search of the former president’s residence.

3. Ukraine

An “alarming” situation is unfolding at a Russian-held nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, according to the head of the United Nations nuclear regulator. Parts of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – the largest nuclear power plant in Europe – have been destroyed as a result of the recent attacks, risking an “unacceptable” potential radiation leak, according to Mariano Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). ). “IAEA experts believe there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety,” but “that could change at any time,” Grossi said. Russia and Ukraine have so far been unwilling to agree to an IAEA inspection of the facility, accusing each other of shelling the facility. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is demanding a full Russian withdrawal from the territory, which he says puts all of Europe at risk.

4. Student Loans

With less than three weeks until the end of the federal student loan pause, millions of borrowers are waiting to hear if President Joe Biden will extend the current moratorium on payments or potentially forgive their debt. Borrower balances have been virtually frozen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and as of March 2020, most government student loans have not required payments. Democratic lawmakers and advocates have called on Biden to broadly cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower, but the president has said he would not consider that number. In addition to potentially extending the pause, the White House has suggested that Biden consider canceling $10,000 per borrower, excluding those earning more than $125,000 a year. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden will have something to announce “before August 31.”

5. Anne Heche

Actress Anne Heche, who remains hospitalized after her vehicle was involved in an accident at a Los Angeles residence last week, “is not expected to survive,” according to a statement from family and friends shared with CNN by a representative. “Unfortunately, as a result of her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and is in a coma in a critical condition. She is not expected to survive,” the statement said. Anoxic brain damage occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Last Friday, Heche was in a car traveling at high speed when it went off the road and collided with an apartment building, which burst into flames, officials said. Heche rose to fame on the soap opera Another World, in which she played the dual roles of twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love from 1987 to 1991. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the series.


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