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Photo: Dai Sugano/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

California is expected to see a "deadly heat wave" from Friday to Monday over Labor Day weekend that could fuel wildfires throughout the state, per the National Weather Service.

Why it matters: The heat wave comes after a gust of cooler temperatures gave California a lifeline last week, quelling blazes that had scorched the state. Thousands of residents have faced evacuation orders and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency last month.

  • This heat wave is predicted to be shorter than the initial burst that breathed life into the fires, with temperatures expected to fall again Monday, per the New York Times. The most sizzling temperatures are anticipated to take place on Sunday.

Of note: Affected areas are forecast to see low winds over the weekend, which could prevent the fires' further spread.

What to watch: Extreme heat is also expected in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Sunday announced a new state of emergency that imposes a curfew in an effort to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases.

Driving the news: The mandate comes less than a week after Spain became the first nation in Western Europe to exceed 1 million COVID-19 cases.

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True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

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The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.