News Wrap: Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech, nuclear plant in Ukraine reconnected to grid

Amna Nawaz:

Officials in that area began distributing iodine tablets today. Those can help block the human thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine.

Energy regulators in Britain say the war in Ukraine means another big jump in energy costs is coming. The U.K.’s energy regulator projected today that, starting in October, annual costs will go up 80 percent from one year ago. The problem is driven by the soaring price of wholesale natural gas as Russia cuts supplies to Europe.

The prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, appealed today for international help after catastrophic flooding. Monsoon rains started a month early this year and triggered floods that have killed more than 900 Pakistanis since mid-June. The deluge has also destroyed 170,000 homes and inundated roads, leaving thousands of people marooned. The country is now under a state of emergency.

Back in this country, the EPA has proposed designated two so-called forever chemicals as hazardous substances. They’re known as PFAS compounds and have been linked to cancer. They have largely been phased out of manufacturing, but still show up in drinking water and do not degrade over time. The EPA says today’s move would allow quicker cleanup of contaminated sites.

Still to come on the “NewsHour”: Senator Thune explains why he opposes the president’s student loan forgiveness plan; David Brooks and Ruth Marcus weigh in on the investigations surrounding Donald Trump; climate change threatens the survival of an iconic cactus in the Southwest; plus much more.

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