Originally Published: 01 SEP 22 06:39 ETUpdated: 01 SEP 22 07:22 ETBy Alexandra Meeks, CNN

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1. Ukraine

Shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has prompted the shutdown of one of its two working reactors. The plant, which was disconnected from the country’s power grid last Thursday, has six reactors, only two of which have been functioning. If the safety systems at the facility were to fail, the reactor would heat up swiftly and trigger a meltdown. Fighting around the complex has threatened the possibility of a nuclear accident for months, prompting global concerns. The shutdown comes as a team of international experts is traveling to the area for a planned inspection of the facility. A Ukrainian official accused Russian troops of trying to disrupt the inspection, calling the shelling “the actions of a terrorist state.”

2. Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump argued in a court filing Wednesday that the classified material found at Mar-a-Lago were presidential records and should not have been a cause for alarm — and should not have led to the search of his Florida residence last month. The Justice Department had said that the search was undertaken after the FBI developed evidence that Trump’s lawyers had concealed materials after claiming all classified documents had been previously turned over. Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team is calling on the government to provide Trump himself with copies of the materials the FBI seized during the search. A federal judge has scheduled a high-stakes hearing for later today to consider Trump’s request for a “special master” — or third-party attorney — to review documents that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago.

3. Covid-19

The FDA has authorized updated Covid-19 vaccine booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer. The new boosters combine the companies’ original vaccine with one that specifically targets the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. This is the first time updated Covid-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization in the US. Pfizer’s updated vaccine is a 30-microgram dose authorized for people age 12 and older. Moderna’s updated vaccine is a 50-microgram dose authorized for people age 18 and older. Once approved by the CDC, the updated booster shots could be administered within days to certain populations, including people who may have received a booster just a few months ago.

4. Air travel

Major US airlines have updated their customer service agreements to offer meals and hotels when flights are canceled. Carriers tweaked their policies after receiving pressure from the Biden administration to step up consumer rights in the wake of a summer plagued by flight cancellations and delays. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue and Southwest have all published updates to their customer service policies this week. The updates come on the eve of the Labor Day weekend travel rush and as airlines have canceled more than 45,000 flights since the start of June, according to data from FlightAware.

5. China

China has committed “serious human rights violations” against Uyghur Muslims in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, which may amount to “crimes against humanity” according to a long-awaited report released Wednesday by the UN. The detailed 45-page report comes four years after a committee of UN experts called attention in 2018 to “credible reports” that more than 1 million Uyghur and other Muslim minority peoples were interned in extrajudicial camps in Xinjiang for “re-education” and indoctrination. Human rights groups are calling this a groundbreaking moment in the effort to hold the Chinese government to account. China, however, has fiercely denied committing human rights violations.


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