Published at 3:39 p.m. ET August 6, 2020 |
75 years ago, the United States ushered in the era of nuclear weapons
At 8:15 a.m. local time on August 6, 1945, an American B-29 aircraft named Enola Gay dropped a 9,700-pound uranium bomb nicknamed “Boy” over Hiroshima, Japan, in the final days of World War II. About 70,000 people were killed instantly. By 1950, the death toll had reached approximately 200,000 as survivors succumbed to burns, radiation sickness and cancer. Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 40,000 people and 140,000 in five years. Three-quarters of a century later, nuclear weapons tensions and uncertainties are among the most serious problems facing the United States. Meanwhile, stories about atomic bomb survivors have shaped the way we think about the consequences of using nuclear weapons.
On August 6, 1945, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, marking the first time the bomb was used in hostilities.
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1.4M more workers applied for unemployment?
As countries step back from recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, economists will be watching closely when the labor ministry releases its latest unemployment figures on Thursday. Extensive layoffs are likely to continue to hover just under 1.5 million last week, economists say, stressing the recovery of the labor market, which has lost steam as many states pause or reverse against COVID-19. Economists estimate that Americans filed 1.42 million initial claims for unemployment benefits – a rough cut for cuts – in the week ending Aug. 1. Such a calculation would bring the total initial claims to 55 million of the tiring 55 million of pandemic-induced shutdowns and redundancies. started in mid-March.
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The French president is visiting Lebanon after the Beirut bombing
French President Emmanuel Macron will fly to Beirut on Thursday to meet with the country’s political figures after an explosion on Tuesday displaced thousands and killed at least 135 in the Lebanese capital. A search is currently underway for survivors of the blast, which was powerful enough to be felt more than 150 miles away and registered as a magnitude 3.3 earthquake. Subsequently, the Lebanese government declared a two-week state of emergency, effectively giving full military powers during that time, and announced that it was launching an investigation into ammonium nitrate stored in the port where the blast occurred.
This bride was in the middle of her wedding photo shoot when the Beirut blast pierced the square.
Tennessee holds primary elections, turnout in early voting is 75%
Tennessee voters will have their last chance to vote in this year’s state and federal primaries on Thursday. More than 578,000 people cast early votes in person or by absentee ballot, a significant increase from primers in the last years of the presidential election. This year, turnout for early voting doubled more than in 2012 and was over 75% compared to 2016. The opening of ballot boxes also means that election officials can start tables of absentee ballots cast in the primary sector, which is the Secretary of State’s commitment warned to delay the results much longer than usual on Thursday night.
NFL players face a dilemma: Stay and play or give up the season
NFL players must decide whether to give up the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns by Thursday at 16:00 ET. The NFL owners and the NFL players’ association agreed to the terms Monday night. The NFLPA and the owners initially agreed to set a deadline of seven days after the finalized Collective Agreement was finalized. But the final details of the economic aspects of the deal are still unresolved, and since more than 40 players have already given up, the NFL owners wanted to set a deadline. Owners eventually make their way, but players are expected to drop out after the deadline in case they or a family member encounter mitigating circumstances related to the coronavirus.
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