Also, the U.S. believes Prigozhin is dead. Here’s the latest at the end of Thursday.
When Donald Trump is booked this evening on 13 state felony charges at a notorious jail in Georgia, it will be striking to see how the former president is treated. Trump for the first time will be required to pay bail, and he is expected to sit for a mug shot.
Like many of his co-defendants in the sprawling racketeering case, who have eagerly smiled through their booking photos, the former president has struck a defiant tone: “I will proudly be arrested tomorrow afternoon in Georgia,” he wrote yesterday.
Before arriving in Atlanta, Trump shook up his legal team. Steve Sadow, a veteran criminal defense lawyer who has taken on a number of high-profile cases, filed a document in court stating that he is now Trump’s lead counsel. Often a dissatisfied client, Trump was said to have wanted a more “sophisticated” legal team, and he let go one of the lawyers who negotiated his $200,000 bond.
The former president also said in a court filing that he opposed an effort by Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, to bring the case to trial in October. Willis had sought an earlier start date after one of the defendants, Kenneth Chesebro, asked for a speedy trial.
For more: Here’s everything you need to know about the Georgia case against Trump and his allies.
U.S. officials say an onboard blast most likely killed Prigozhin
The Pentagon said for the first time that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary leader who staged a brief mutiny in June against Russia’s military leadership, was likely killed in a plane crash yesterday.
The leading theory among U.S. officials is that he was killed by an explosion onboard, possibly caused by a bomb.
There has still been no official confirmation that Prigozhin was killed. But when Vladimir Putin spoke about the crash publicly for the first time today, he referred to the mercenary leader in the past tense. “He made some serious mistakes in life, but he also achieved necessary results,” Putin said.
At the debate, a glimpse of Trumpism without Trump
For much of last night’s debate in Milwaukee, eight contenders for the Republican presidential nomination argued as if they existed in an alternative political universe where the race turned on issues and biography. That’s because the party’s most dominant figure skipped the event.
In Donald Trump’s absence, the political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy stood out by channeling the spirit of the former president, soaking up screen time with insults and conservative-populist views.
Meanwhile, Ron DeSantis failed to prove that he was the sole alternative to Trump. Instead, my colleague Nate Cohn said, his debate performance can best be understood as a second-place strategy — positioning himself should Trump be convicted.
A hot year previews a troubling future for penguins
This year’s abnormally hot summer is persisting: Tens of millions of Americans were forecast to experience dangerous levels of heat today, while large areas of Southern Europe have baked in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.
But even in the Antarctic winter, the warmer weather is noticeable. Research published today indicated that a majority of emperor penguins in the Bellingshausen Sea region lost their chicks to ice melt, which has driven Antarctic sea ice to a record low.
More top news
Diplomacy: Six countries, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, will join the BRICS club of emerging nations, strengthening its role as an alternative to Western-led forums.
War: The Pentagon plans to begin training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets in the U.S. as early as September.
Health care: Allina Health, a large nonprofit health system based in Minnesota, said that it would end its policy of withholding care from patients with debt.
Migrants: Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York urged President Biden to respond to the influx of migrants in the state — her most direct appeal yet to the federal government.
Retail: Shein, the e-commerce retailer founded in China, is teaming up with Forever 21 to expand its reach in the U.S.
China: A Chinese dissident crossed 200 miles of ocean on a Jet Ski-type vehicle in order to reach South Korea, according to a human rights activist.
Environment: Can A.I. detect wildfires faster than humans? California is trying to find out.
Media: CNN will start a 24-hour streaming channel on the Max service.
U.S.: With human-bear interactions increasing, it’s now legal to shoot and kill bears in Connecticut under certain circumstances.
Sports: Shohei Ohtani, one of baseball’s most brilliant players, won’t pitch for the rest of the season because of an injury.
TIME TO UNWIND
Netflix is letting customers keep their final DVDs
The DVD-by-mail service that Netflix first launched more than 25 years ago will ship its final red envelope next month. All one million or so remaining customers will effectively be given their final rentals — and current and new subscribers will be able to request up to 10 additional movies to be sent to them via mail.
For those without a DVD player, we picked out the 50 best shows streaming on Netflix.
Welcome to the first full school year of the A.I. era
Tens of millions of American schoolchildren are about to return to the classroom. One topic on the minds of many teachers and administrators: A.I. chatbots, which have an uncanny ability to write papers, solve math problems and occasionally display a disregard for the truth.
Last school year, many districts responded to the sudden rise of ChatGPT with broad bans. Now, some are trying to embrace the technology.
Our tech columnist Kevin Roose has some advice: Assume all students are going to use the bots no matter the rules, so consider how helpful A.I. could be as an educational tool.
Dinner table topics
A cowboy moment: A cultural mash-up is bringing together Barbie, Beyoncé and the gang from “Yellowstone.”
The disappearing family film: It’s become hard to find the live-action adventures and G-rated titles that can entertain both adults and children at the theater.
BYOM: What would you assume that means? Judge John Hodgman weighed in on an acronym debacle.
WHAT TO DO TONIGHT
Cook: By blistering your green beans and tomatoes with honey, they become a star.
Watch: Two newly restored Soviet-era films about restless, disaffected women earned critic’s picks.
Read: Here are nine new books we recommend.
Listen: On Olivia Rodrigo’s newest album, you can hear her becoming a rock star.
Plan: A trip to Washington Island, Wis., can provide a relaxing refuge from the modern world.
Fly: Drones can be useful tools or thrilling toys. Here’s where and how to fly one.
Cover up: Air polluted by wildfire smoke can cause sinus issues.
Hunt: What Orlando home would you pick with a budget of $1 million?
Play: Here are today’s Spelling Bee, Wordle and Mini Crossword. Find all our games here.
ONE LAST THING
The quest for a crocodile dictionary
If a wild crocodile loudly slaps his head down on the surface of the water as it approaches you, is it a friendly gesture or a warning of an attack? No one is fully certain, but researchers are hoping to soon produce a first-of-its-kind croc glossary with an answer to that question and to many more.
Scientists in Australia are cataloging all of the sounds they hear from crocodiles, who are among the most vocal of all reptiles. Besides nonverbal gestures, their 13 sounds include growls, bellows, coughs, hisses and roars.
Have a chatty evening.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Matthew
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