More humidity to start the week

Humidity levels and dew points are on the rise this morning as we remain under an Excessive Heat Warning through this evening. The dew points are predominantly in the 70s this morning, and will remain in the 50s and 60s through the day, prompting the possibility of scattered showers today in the mountains and high desert. The ridge of high pressure overhead is still transporting moisture into the region and will do so through tomorrow. Expect cloudy to partly cloudy skies as a result. Highs this week will be lower than last week, and we should dry out a bit by midweek, making things feel better despite highs near 110. The post More humidity to start the week appeared first on KESQ.

Covid-19 cases surge in state with one of the lowest vaccination rates

By Sarah Jorgensen and Polo Sandoval, CNN In Arkansas, the fight against both the deadly Covid-19 Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy starts one person at a time, meeting them where they are. Sometimes, that’s at church. At St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Little Rock’s Southwest side, Oscar Martinez was seizing his chance at a pop-up vaccine clinic in a gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, sponsored by the University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Mexican Consulate — a direct attempt to reach out to the area’s Latino population. “I have been visiting the region for the last month, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity today,” Martinez told CNN. Officials in the state are pulling out the stops to get people vaccinated. Arkansas not only has one of the lowest vaccine rates in the country — only about a third of eligible people are fully vaccinated — but is facing a troubling uptick in Covid-19 cases – fueled mostly by the emerging Delta variant of the virus. “There’s no question about it, our level of vaccination is not where we want it…

A son’s unanswered text message, two sisters buried together, a newlywed couple and a 60-year-old love story: What we know about the collapse victims

By Theresa Waldrop, Alisha Ebrahimji, Ray Sanchez, Claire Colbert and Amir Vera, CNN The dead and unaccounted for residents of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, reflect the area’s rich cultural diversity. The international tragedy has touched members of a tight-knit Jewish community and families from as far away as Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia. Scores of people remain unaccounted for after the collapse of part of the 13-story residential building. Search and rescue teams have been feverishly scouring the site since shortly after 55 of the building’s 136 units fell at around 1:30 a.m. on June 24. The death toll stood at 90 as of Sunday, officials said. The victims range in age from 4 to 92. Among the victims who have been publicly identified are: Ingrid Ainsworth, 66; Tzvi Ainsworth, 68; Michael David Altman, 50; Luis Bermudez, 26; Claudio Bonnefoy, 85; Maria Obias-Bonnefoy, 69; Andrea Cattarossi, 56; Gino Cattarossi, 89; Graciela Cattarossi, 86; Graciela Cattarossi, 48; Stella Cattarossi, 7; Gary Cohen, 58; Magaly Elenda Delgado, 80; Bonnie Epstein, 56; David Epstein, 58; Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74; Stacie Fang, 54; Francis Fernandez, 67; Andreas Giannitsopoulos,…

Tokyo hotel apologizes for ‘Japanese only’ elevator sign

By Reuters A Tokyo hotel has apologized and removed signs reading “Japanese only” and “foreigners only” from elevators after the anti-COVID-19 precaution sparked outrage on social media ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Tokyo entered a state of emergency on July 12 amid concerns that an influx of tens of thousands of athletes and officials during the July 23–August 8 Games will spread the coronavirus, cases of which are already rising in the Japanese capital. Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu in downtown Tokyo put up the signs on Friday in response to guidance from Tokyo 2020 organizers to ensure the movements of guests related to the Games were separated from others staying at the hotel, a hotel official told Reuters on Monday. The official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject, said there was no intention to discriminate against foreigners. “We tried to make it easy to understand but ended up causing misunderstanding,” the official said. He said the signs were removed on Sunday morning and the hotel was now discussing with its headquarters what expression to use instead. The signs…

Haitian police arrest suspect accused of orchestrating President’s assassination

By Caitlin Hu, Mitchell McCluskey and Jessie Yeung, CNN Haitian authorities have arrested a man they say helped orchestrate the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, the country’s police chief announced on Sunday. Moise was killed Wednesday in his Port-au-Prince home, in an attack that has shaken a country already rattled by rampant violence and political instability. The arrested suspect, identified as 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, entered the country on a private jet in June, said Police Chief Leon Charles at a news conference. Police did not say what Sanon would be charged with, or what his motives may have been, beyond saying he arrived with “political intentions.” Sanon is alleged to have been in touch with a Florida-based Venezuelan security firm to recruit 26 Colombian mercenaries and two Haitian-Americans. Their first assignment was to provide security for Sanon, but this mission is alleged to have evolved overtime. Police have previously said a group of at least 28 people are suspected in the killing. At least 20 of those suspects have been detained, including two American nationals. Three suspects have been killed, while a mass manhunt…

California has reported its first West Nile death of the year

By Camille Furst and Alaa Elassar, CNN California has confirmed the first death from the West Nile virus in the state for 2021. The death occurred in San Luis Obispo County, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health. It gave no further identifying information about the death. “West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state public health officer and health department director, said in the news release. West Nile virus is usually spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus has been identified in 177 mosquitoes from 13 counties throughout the state, according to the health department. “Hot temperatures this month are contributing to increasing numbers or mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans,” the release said, adding that the “activity is within expected levels” this summer. Symptoms of West Nile infection include fatigue, fever, headache, body aches, rash and swollen lymph nodes. However, 80% of infected people do not display any symptoms, according to the…

Police credit ‘astute employee’ for arrests at Denver hotel

By Amir Vera, Gregory Lemos and Leslie Perrot, CNN Four people were arrested Friday after a hotel employee alerted authorities about a cache of weapons inside a room at the Maven Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The hotel where the weapons were found is about one block away from Coors Field, where the MLB All-Star Game will be taking place Tuesday. Denver police feared a “Las Vegas-style shooting” during the game after they were tipped off about the weapons by a hotel maid, according to CNN affiliate KMGH. “We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game,” the FBI Denver said in a statement. “We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players, or the community at this time.” Denver police officers initially responded to the Maven Hotel Friday for a report of a suspicious occurrence. After obtaining a search warrant, searching two rooms and impounding two vehicles, three men and a woman were arrested, police said in a news release. The arrests were made without incident, said Denver Police…

Flex alert issued for Monday.

Searing temperatures once again on the west coast and the threat of wildfires disrupting electrical transmission have prompted the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) to issue another Flex Alert for Monday. Consumers are asked to voluntarily conserve electricity from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Such conservation would help ease the strain on the grid during the crucial evening hours when solar energy is diminished or no longer available.  Friday and Saturday, Cal ISO also issued Flex Alerts, asking consumers to reduce power usage.  Voluntary reduction on both days prevented mandatory forced  power outages which have been used in the past to protect the state’s electrical grid. Record breaking temperatures including 120 on Saturday in Palm Springs and 130 in Death Valley are creating excessive demand for air conditioning. In a statement issued Sunday evening, Cal ISO said with electric transmission lines from Oregon still unreliable due to the explosive Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon and continued high temperatures across the West resulting in increased demand for electricity, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert for Monday, July 12 to help…

Italy crowned European champion after beating England on penalties

By Matias Grez, CNN On a night fraught with tension, Italy clinched its first major title for 15 years with a penalty shootout win over England in the Euro 2020 final. Luke Shaw’s goal inside the opening two minutes gave England a lead it looked like it would hold onto all night, before a goalmouth scramble midway through the second half allowed Leonardo Bonucci to poke home an equalizer for Italy. For the remainder of the match it felt as though extra-time and penalties were inevitable, as neither side seemed willing or brave enough to commit enough men forward to really trouble the opposing defenders. England had suffered innumerable heartbreaks on penalties over the years and this time it was Italy’s turn to inflict yet more pain on beleaguered English fans as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed from the spot. During the wild Italian celebrations, Bonucci — who had been immense all night and rightly earned the man of the match award — screamed “it’s coming to Rome” into the pitch side camera to rub yet more salt into the wounds…

In Arkansas, Covid-19 cases surge as state combats vaccine skepticism

By Sarah Jorgensen and Polo Sandoval, CNN In Arkansas, the fight against both the deadly Covid-19 Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy starts one person at a time, meeting them where they are. Sometimes, that’s at church. At St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Little Rock’s Southwest side, Oscar Martinez was seizing his chance at a pop-up vaccine clinic in a gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, sponsored by the University of Arkansas of Medical Services (UAMS) and the Mexican Consulate — a direct attempt to reach out to the area’s Latino population. “I have been visiting the region for the last month, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity today,” Martinez told CNN. Officials in the state are pulling out the stops to get people vaccinated. Arkansas not only has one of the lowest vaccine rates in the country — only about a third of eligible people are fully vaccinated — but is facing a troubling uptick in Covid-19 cases – fueled mostly by the emerging Delta variant of the virus. “There’s no question about it, our level of vaccination is not where we want it…

Papa Francisco rezó desde la ventana del hospital en su primera aparición pública tras la operación

urielblanco (CNN) — El papa Francisco apareció en público este domingo por primera vez desde que fue operado por diverticulitis de colon la semana pasada, y lo hizo dando su oración semanal del Ángelus desde una ventana del hospital. “Estoy feliz de poder cumplir con la cita dominical del Ángelus, también aquí desde el Policlinico Gemelli”, dijo el papa hablando desde un balcón del Hospital Universitario Agostino Gemelli de Roma, donde se recupera actualmente. “En estos días de hospitalización, he experimentado lo importante que es un buen servicio sanitario, accesible a todos, como lo es en Italia y en otros países. Un servicio sanitario que sea gratuito, que asegure un buen servicio accesible a todos”, agregó. Diverticulitis: qué es y cómo se trata la enfermedad por la que operaron al papa Francisco El pontífice también dijo que sus oraciones se dirigieron con frecuencia a Haití en los últimos días, tras el asesinato del presidente Jovenel Moïse y la herida que sufrió su esposa. El papa Francisco, de 84 años, entró al quirófano en el Hospital Gemelli de Roma el pasado domingo, horas después de dirigir la…

4 arrested after cache of weapons found in hotel near upcoming MLB All-Star Game in Denver

By Amir Vera, Gregory Lemos and Leslie Perrot, CNN Four people were arrested Friday after a hotel employee alerted authorities about a cache of weapons inside a room at the Maven Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The hotel where the weapons were found is about one block away from Coors Field, where the MLB All-Star Game will be taking place Tuesday. Denver police feared a “Las Vegas-style shooting” during the game after they were tipped off about the weapons by a hotel maid, according to CNN affiliate KMGH. “We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game,” the FBI Denver said in a statement. “We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players, or the community at this time.” Denver police officers initially responded to the Maven Hotel Friday for a report of a suspicious occurrence. After obtaining a search warrant, searching two rooms and impounding two vehicles, three men and a woman were arrested, police said in a news release. The individuals were identified as Richard Platt, 42; Gabriel…

A Record Breaking 74 Students Receive Scholarships

In other record-breaking news, 74 local high school and college students were awarded scholarships totaling a combined $136,000. NBC Palm Springs caught up with one of this year’s recipients to see what they have planned for the future. The Dr. Carreon Foundation has been helping students of Mexican heritage become the best they can be through education since 1991. “Last year 63 scholarships were awarded, we’ve jumped up to 74 this year and hope to continue to grow that,” said Chris Clemens, Spokesperson with Dr. Carreon Foundation. “I also attended Dr. Carreon middle elementary school, so my life has really come together full circle,” said Jason Davalos, scholarship recipient. Davalos explains that his Dad was also a recipient of the same scholarship back in the 1980s and he is proud to follow in his footsteps. “It’s really a moment of pride for me, my dad was actually awarded this scholarship when he was in high school back in the ’80s so it’s really for my family, it’s really a proud moment,” added Davalos. Representatives explained that Dr. Carreon had a deep care for education throughout…

Everything you need to know about Richard Branson going to space

By Jackie Wattles, CNN Business Richard Branson has boldly gone where no space baron has gone before, when he rocketed to more than 50 miles above Earth in the space plane from his rocket venture, Virgin Galactic. Branson’s brief joy ride was more than two decades in the making. He founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 with the goal of creating a winged spacecraft capable of taking up to eight people, including two pilots and six passengers, on rocket-powered flights that reach more than 50 miles above Earth, which the US government considers the boundary marking outer space. Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity, as the spaceplane is called, conducted more than 20 test flights, three of which reached the edge of space and made five Virgin Galactic employees into pin-carrying astronauts. But Branson’s flight made him the first billionaire founder of space company to actually travel into space aboard a vehicle he helped fund. Branson’s flight took off from Spaceport America in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Virgin Galactic’s livestream is here, and CNN Business will also be sharing the livestream and our running live blog with…

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson successfully rockets to outer space

By Jackie Wattles, CNN Business Richard Branson became the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket he helped fund. The supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic, roared into the sky over New Mexico early Sunday, carrying Branson and three fellow crewmembers. Branson -— along with Virgin Galactic employees Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, and Sirisha Bandla and pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci — boarded the SpaceShipTwo, a winged plane with a single rocket motor that the company has spent nearly two decades developing, before the crack of dawn. Attached beneath its massive, twin-fuselaged mothership, dubbed WhiteKnightTwo, the vehicle took to the skies at 8:30 am MT and climbed to about 50,000 feet in the air. Just after 9:15 in the morning, the SpaceShipTwo detached from its mothership and dropped momentarily before its engine screamed to life and the vehicle swooped upward. On board, the passengers experienced up to three Gs of force from the burst of extreme acceleration and watched the blue sky fade into the star-speckled darkness of outer space. At the top of the flight path, more than…

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