Jul 4, 2018

Trapped Thailand boys soccer team found by rescuers in good health

The 12-member Thailand youth soccer team and their coach who were trapped in a cave by rising water have been found by rescuers and are in good health, reports the BBC.

The details: The team has received food and medical treatment after being trapped in the cave for nine days. The cave meets three basic, but crucial, survival needs for the team:

  • The temperature is around 79 degrees Fahrenheit, so there are few concerns about hypothermia.
  • There is sufficient oxygen entering through the cave.
  • The team has drinkable water.

What's next: First responders are performing rescue rehearsals and doing everything they can to keep water from rising even further. Meanwhile, Thailand's rainy season is just beginning, and the children on the team are not equipped to dive and swim through the cavernous maze. First responders are attempting to teach the children how to properly dive, but the process will take time, and the team could be trapped for months.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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