Sound bites: Two Canadian teen fugitives have been charged with murder • Robert Mueller testified in front of Congress for six hours • several European countries are expected to reach over 40°C • Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally resigned • Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has died.
The hunt is still on for two Canadian teen boys suspected of murdering two tourists and one Vancouver man. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, - who were originally reported missing – were last seen in Saskatchewan. Yesterday, their burnt-out Toyota was found near Gillam, Manitoba.
On July 15th, a young couple – Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese – on a road trip to Alaska was found shot dead on the Alaska highway. A few days after their bodies were found, the truck of McLeod and Schmegelsky was found in the Dease Lake, B.C. area. A few days after that, a third dead body was found just 2km away from that truck. Yesterday, the third victim was identified as Leonard Dyck of Vancouver. Residents of Gillam have been asked to stay indoors, and Ontario police have issued a public safety warning.
Former FBI special counsel Robert Mueller sat down with Congress yesterday for six hours. The lengthy meeting centred around the 400-page report he released on the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
So, what happened?
Nothing much, but he confirmed two very important things: 1) Trump and his team encouraged Russia to help him win the presidency (foreign meddling in an election is a big no-no) and 2) Trump and his team obstructed justice (i.e., they tried to get in the way of Mueller's investigation). Mueller called it unethical and unpatriotic for a president-to-be to accept foreign help, and he cleared up the misconception that Trump is completely innocent. He is not. Mueller confirmed that Trump could, technically, be charged for obstruction of justice once he’s out of office. He also said that Trump’s love affair with Wikileaks is enough of a red flag for Congress to call an investigation. Yikes.
Despite the evidence, the testimony wasn’t enough to rattle Trump’s team. It’s up to Congress - the House of Reps and Senate - to decide what to do next, if anything.
Europe is experiencing another heatwave. Countries like Belgium, Germany, and France, are expected to break records and hit temperatures in the 40s. Last month, France already broke a record when it reached 45°C. This second wave is expected to peak today, closing schools and pressuring local governments to make sure residents take precautions. Belgium’s temperature rose to 39.9°C, “the highest ever Belgian temperature,” breaking a record from back in 1833. And all of Germany is on a heat alert after one region hit 40.5°C. The Netherlands is sprinkling salt on roads to keep asphalt cool, and London is handing out water and sunscreen to the homeless. Experts say it’s hard to blame isolated events on climate change, but that human-made warming made the heatwave at least 5x more likely.
After almost two straight weeks of mass protests in Puerto Rico, Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally announced his resignation. Reminder: Rosselló is at the centred of a group chat leak that showed the Governer exchanging derogatory and explicit words with friends. On Sunday, Rosselló said sorry, not sorry, and refused to resign. But it seems public pressure worked. Over 500,000 people took to the streets of the U.S. territory on Monday, accusing Rosselló of running a corrupt government and demanding his resignation. Late last night, he finally gave in.
Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has died. He was 75. You may know Hauer as Roy Batty in the 1982 Blade Runner, or for his roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Batman Begins. The Golden Globe Award winner died in his home in the Netherlands after a short illness. He is survived by his daughter and wife of 50 years.
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