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Inflation is trending upward, and gas prices have a lot vĩ đại tự with it. Some of the biggest names in tech will meet with lawmakers vĩ đại discuss artificial intelligence. And a key ingredient in cold and allergy medicines doesn't work, an FDA panel said.

Here’s what vĩ đại know today.

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Inflation is still ticking upward

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its latest inflation report, and it’s expected vĩ đại say that consumer prices are gradually coming down — but higher gasoline prices are causing an overall increase in inflation.

Economists anticipate the data will show a 3.6% overall increase in inflation compared vĩ đại a year ago. It would be the second time that year-on-year inflation ticked upward since July after 12 consecutive moths of decline. 

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Despite rising costs, inflation has slowed significantly since last summer, when surging prices for fuels, housing and cars sent the measurement vĩ đại 40-year highs. But the country is still above the Fed’s 2% target, and if officials don’t feel lượt thích inflation is under control, interest rates may rise again.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visit the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur region on Wednesday.Mikhail Metzel / AFP - Getty Images

Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin’s rare encounter

The leaders of North Korea and Russia held hours of talks at a spaceport, fueling Western concerns that Pyongyang will provide military tư vấn for the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine.

Kim Jong Un offered his country’s “full and unconditional support” for what he called Russia’s “sacred fight” vĩ đại defend its security interests — an apparent reference vĩ đại Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine — and vowed they “will always be together with Russia in the fight against imperialism.”

Each tiệc nhỏ has something the other wants. Russia needs artillery shells as it tries vĩ đại rebuff a Ukrainian counteroffensive, and North Korea is seeking energy and food aid, as well as Russia’s help in advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Tech CEOs, lawmakers vĩ đại talk artificial intelligence

Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Sam Altman are among the high-profile tech leaders who will privately meet with senators today for a brainstorm session about how lawmakers could regulate artificial intelligence. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has already criticized the meeting for being closed vĩ đại the truyền thông media and the public — it’s a chance for tech billionaires vĩ đại lobby senators behind closed doors, she claimed. But those who organized the gathering fought back against the accusation.

The diễn đàn is expected vĩ đại be more lượt thích a discussion than vãn a hearing, during which executives and lawmakers will talk about the threats AI poses and how it could affect critical systems lượt thích power grids or water supplies.

Covid booster recommended for ages 6 months and up

Updated Covid vaccines are expected vĩ đại be available within two days in some areas after a CDC committee voted in favor of approving the shots for everyone 6 months and older. The recommendations only apply vĩ đại Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines. The FDA is still reviewing data from another vaccine maker, Novavax.

Now the boosters’ approval raises another question: Will people actually get the shot? Meanwhile, experts note that some groups may need multiple shots.

Taylor Swift accepts the Best Pop award for "Anti-Hero" onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey.
Taylor Swift accepts the Best Pop award for "Anti-Hero" onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.Noam Galai / Getty Images for MTV

Taylor Swift comes out on top at the VMAs

Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards was a celebration of old and new. Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs and singer Shakira were honored with awards celebrating their careers and some of hip-hop’s biggest stars celebrated the genre’s 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj debuted a new tuy vậy and Ice Spice won the award for best new artist. 

But no one ended the night with more awards than vãn Taylor Swift, who won nine of the 11 categories she was nominated for, tying the record for most wins in one night. Recap the biggest moments from the event and see the full list of winners.

Iran’s leader expresses no regrets over mass protests

In his first interview with a Western news organization in about a year, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned that those who try vĩ đại sow instability in the Islamic Republic would pay a “big cost.” Raisi’s sit-down with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt touched on the unrest triggered last year by the death of a woman, Mahsa Amini, while in police custody. The protests following her death mushroomed into the largest challenge vĩ đại the theocratic regime since its founding in 1979. Watch the full interview here.

Bodycam records officer saying a woman run rẩy over by Seattle police had ‘limited value’

Seattle police union leaders are under investigation after an officer was recorded appearing vĩ đại make light of the death of a woman who was killed by another officer this year, saying that she “had limited value.” Daniel Auderer, a vice president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, left his body toàn thân camera on in January when discussing an incident where a marked patrol vehicle driven by another officer struck and killed Jaahnavi Kandula, aged 23. 

In his conversation with the guild’s president, Auderer was recorded laughing. “Yeah, just write a kiểm tra. Eleven thousand dollars. She was 26 anyway,” he said, misstating Kandula’s age. “She had limited value.”

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Today’s Talker: A key ingredient in many over-the-counter decongestants does not...

…work, the FDA concluded. The ingredient, called phenylephrine, is found in common cold and allergy medications, including Sudafed PE, Vicks Nyquil Sinex Nighttime Sinus Relief and Benadryl Allergy Plus Congestion. Depending on what the FDA decides next, products containing phenylephrine could be removed from shelves.

Politics in Brief

2024 election: Some Republicans are holding out hope that a new candidate will enter the race and stop Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination, but the field is all but phối, NBC News’ Jonathan Allen and Ben Kamisar explain in an analysis.

Biden impeachment: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will begin an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. 

Immigration: New York City has bungled its handling of over 100,000 migrants, according vĩ đại several U.S. officials.  

14th Amendment fights: A judge denied Donald Trump’s request to move a case in Colorado aimed at removing him from the 2024 ballot vĩ đại federal court. Meanwhile, a group of voters in Minnesota sued vĩ đại kick the former president off the ballot.

New Mexico gun ban: In the latest pushback against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s abrupt restriction on firearms, the state’s attorney general said he will not defend Grisham’s administration from lawsuits challenging the ban.

Staff Pick: The spectacle of Ruby Franke

Ruby Franke isn’t an A-list celebrity, but her case is garnering outsize attention. At least 1,000 people tried vĩ đại join a livestream for a virtual preliminary hearing for the once-popular family vlogger, who is charged with six counts of felony child abuse. Reporter Angela Yang spoke vĩ đại experts to understand the public’s fascination with a case that she compares vĩ đại Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski crash trial and the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial. — Elizabeth Robinson, newsletter editor

In Case You Missed It 

In the first 11 days of this month, eight devastating flooding events have unfolded across four continents, including a flood in Libya, where as many as 10,000 people are feared dead. Scientists explain what’s behind the spate of downpours.

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out for the season with an Achilles tear. Here’s why that kind of injury can be difficult vĩ đại recover from. 

Delays in aid after the earthquake in Morocco has fueled anger among some residents, who say they had vĩ đại dig through rubble by hand.

Five former Memphis police officers were charged with federal civil rights violations in the beating death of Tyre Nichols.

McDonald’s plans vĩ đại eliminate self-service soda stations at all of its restaurants.

Florida school districts removed approximately 300 books from library shelves last school year, according vĩ đại a list that was quietly released by the state’s education department.

Select: Online Shopping, Simplified

Apple has announced its latest iPhone, and there are a few big changes in store. For the iPhone, the most notable new feature is the switch from the company’s Lightning port vĩ đại a USB-C port, as well as a 48-megapixel main camera. Also included in yesterday’s announcement: the new Apple Watch. Here’s what vĩ đại know about Apple’s new products and how vĩ đại pre-order them.

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