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Trump rallies to Oz and Mastriano in Pennsylvania amid midterm concerns

MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump heads to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Saturday for his first rally of the general election season. While Trump notched a long list of GOP primary victories this summer, many of the candidates he elevated were inexperienced and polarizing figures now struggling in their general election races. That puts control of the Senate — once supposed to be a lock for Republicans — on the line. The stakes are particularly high for Trump as he lays the groundwork for an expected presidential election in 2024 amid a growing series of legal challenges, including the FBI’s recent seizure of tons of classified documents from his club Mar- a-Lago.

IAEA Visit to Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant Highlights Risks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors are used to risky assignments — from the radioactive aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima disaster to Iran’s politically charged nuclear program. Their deployment amid the war in Ukraine in Zaporizhzhia takes the threat to a new level and underscores the organization’s efforts to try to avert a potentially catastrophic nuclear disaster. The 6-month war sparked by Russia’s invasion of its neighbor forces international organizations, not just the IAEA, to deploy teams during active hostilities in their efforts to impose order around Ukrainian nuclear power plants, pursue accountability for war crimes and identify the dead.

Hundreds line up to bid farewell to Gorbachev; Putin absent

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of mourners line up to pay their respects to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched sweeping reforms that helped end the Cold War and precipitated the outbreak of the Soviet Union, in a snubbed farewell by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin’s refusal to declare a state funeral reflects its unease with the legacy of Gorbachev, who was revered around the world for bringing down the Iron Curtain but reviled by many at home for the Soviet collapse and the economic crisis that has plunged millions of people into poverty. On Thursday, Putin laid flowers privately at Gorbachev’s coffin at a Moscow hospital where he died. The Saturday funeral will take place after the farewell ceremony.

Gorbachev’s marriage, like his politics, broke the mold

When Mikhail Gorbachev is buried in a Moscow cemetery on Saturday, he will once again be with his wife, Raisa. The two had shared the world stage for more than a decade in a visibly close marriage that was unprecedented for a Soviet leader. Gorbachev’s public devotion to his family broke the stifling mold of his predecessors just as his openness to political reform did. He later kept Raisa’s memory alive and embraced his status as a lonely widower. For her part, Raisa Gorbachev was more visible than previous Soviet first ladies, with a direct way of speaking, a polite manner and fashionable clothes. She accompanied him on his travels and they discussed politics and politics together.

Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has lost what should be the last match of her transcendent tennis career. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of the US Open in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1 in front of an electric crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night. Williams turns 41 this month and recently told the world she is preparing to retire. She remained deliberately vague about whether this appearance at Flushing Meadows would definitely be her last tournament. But everyone assumes it will. Williams gave the lead in every set against 46th-placed Tomljanovic and pulled out of the singles draw about 24 hours after she and her sister, Venus, lost in the first round of doubles.

Reaction to Serena Williams losing in her likely final game

Reaction to Serena Williams’ loss in the third round of the US Open. Williams said before the tournament that she was preparing for the end of her tennis career. She turns 41 next month and said she wants to expand her family and pursue her other interests. Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and is considered by many to have beaten the greatest women’s tennis of all time.

Trump’s search inventory reveals new details about FBI seizure

WASHINGTON (AP) — In addition to highly classified government documents, FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last month found dozens of files marked classified but with nothing inside and no explanation of what might have been there. They also recovered over 10,000 government documents without any marked classification. That’s according to a more detailed inventory of seized material made public by the Justice Department on Friday. The inventory reveals in general terms the contents of 33 boxes taken from Mar-a-Lago during the August 8 search. It shows how newspapers, magazines and other articles have been mixed up among the documents that investigators believe have been marked as classified, including at the top secret level.

Thousands flee, several injured as wildfire burns California

WEED, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people are under evacuation orders in northern California as a wind-whipped wildfire rages near rural communities. Authorities say the factory fire that started Friday afternoon injured at least two people and burned down an unknown number of homes in the Weed area, an hour’s drive from the Oregon border. It’s one of three large fires that have forced large-scale evacuations in recent days as California swelters under a heat wave that’s expected to last through Labor Day. People trying to calm down threaten to put a strain on California’s power grid. Hoping to avoid blackouts, the state issued an energy conservation appeal for Saturday afternoon and evening.

The shortage of teachers is becoming a concern in Poland and Hungary

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Public schools in Poland and Hungary are facing a shortage of teachers at a time when both countries are hosting large numbers of Ukrainian refugee children. For years, teachers have shunned public schools due to grievances over low pay and feeling unvalued by their governments. Families are increasingly shunning public systems for private schools, seeking smaller class sizes and an escape from what they perceive as nationalist indoctrination. The problems are expected to worsen in coming years as many practicing teachers approach retirement and fewer young people feel attracted to the low-paid profession.

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the August jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last month, the nation’s labor market delivered exactly what the Federal Reserve and jittery investors had been hoping for: a Goldilocks-style hiring report. Job growth has been solid – neither too hot nor too cold. And more Americans have started looking for work, which could ease labor shortages over time and defuse some of the inflationary pressures the Fed has made its No. 1 mission. Employers added 315,000 jobs, about what economists had expected, compared to an average of 487,000 per month over the past year. The jobless rate hit 3.7%, its highest level since February. But it increased for a healthy reason: Hundreds of thousands of people returned to the labor market, and some didn’t find work right away.

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