Tuesday briefing: Georgia charges Donald Trump; Montana climate ruling; Maui fires; affirmative action; World Cup; and more

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Donald Trump was charged in a 2020 election investigation in Georgia.

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A Montana judge yesterday ruled in favor of young climate activists.

  • The decision: That the state violated the right of the 16 young Montanans to a “clean and healthful environment” through a provision blocking climate considerations in energy projects.
  • Why it matters: It’s one of the strongest legal decisions on climate change, and could inspire a wave of lawsuits aimed at advancing action on the climate.

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The death toll from the Maui wildfires has risen to 99.

  • The latest: Searchers will probably find 10 to 20 victims a day for the next 10 days, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green (D) said yesterday. Few victims have been identified. Follow live updates here.
  • What else to know: Other parts of the U.S. are facing escalating wildfire risks in the coming weeks and months. Extreme heat is hitting the Pacific Northwest this week.

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Federal guidance showed how colleges can still address race in admissions.

  • What to know: Colleges may still consider race in personal statements, recommendation letters, data collection and recruitment efforts, according to the Biden administration.
  • The timing: Yesterday’s guidance came six weeks after the Supreme Court rejected race-based affirmative action in college admissions.

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The Smithsonian has at least 30,700 human bones and body parts in storage.

The women’s World Cup semifinals are underway.

Michigan State students found a 142-year-old observatory buried on campus.

And now … ever wondered what that stuff in your bellybutton is? Science has the answer.

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