Sean Carlson, Vilma Hernandez, Bob Oravec discussed on The Takeaway

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12,000 wildland. Firefighters are battling dozens of blazes burning on nearly 900,000 acres in the west amid very dry conditions and record triple digit heat. For NPR News. I'm Ryan Hunches and Flagstaff. The National Weather Services. Lead forecaster Bob Oravec says the heat wave will definitely engulfed much of the West this week. Air tech We do see potential for temperatures anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees above average across portions of California, Nevada, good portions of Idaho, Washington State and Oregon. Or if it projects that some parts of the southwestern US should get some relief by the end of the week. The Cuban government is blaming growing unrest over its coronavirus, pandemic response and economic crisis on US sanctions. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested Cuba's authoritarian rule is really to blame, adding that the Cuban people's decision to rise up Is there's alone. These are protests inspired by the harsh reality of everyday life in Cuba, not people in another country. President Biden says the mass protests that were stage across Cuba yesterday were remarkable. But so far he's given no indication that the U. S plan to reverse an embargo imposed on the island during the Trump administration. The top U. S envoy for Israeli Palestinian affairs is in the Middle East for the first time since his Israel's new prime minister took office. NPR's Daniel Estrin has the latest from Jerusalem. Deputy assistant Secretary of state Hadi Amour is in Israel and the West Bank this week after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office last month. Bennett's office says the prime minister will not be meeting with Amor. His visit comes as international mediators are still trying to negotiate a way to begin reconstruction in the Gaza Strip after the conflict in May between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. Israeli warplanes damaged roads and homes in Gaza and the World Bank, United Nations and European Union estimate that Gaza needs $485 million to rebuild over the next couple years. Daniel Estrin. NPR NEWS Jerusalem The Dow's climb more than 100 points since the Open. You're listening to NPR news. And this is W. N. Y. C in New York. I'm Sean Carlson. Middle and low income families with kids will start to receive monthly checks of up to $300 per child from the federal government this week. It's part of the child tax credit expanded under President Biden's American rescue plan. Families who file their 2019 or 2020 tax returns should receive the checks automatically. Vilma Hernandez has three young kids. I have to buy clothes for the kids because they've been wearing like really close from last year. And they have outgrown, so that's like finally I can take them shopping for some clothes, so that's a relief that they're going to be wearing new clothes for the summer. Single parents who were in less than 112,000, or 150,000 for married copy couples are eligible. The New York Public Library is handing out 60,000 free book kits to Children. Starting today, the kids are tailored to different grade levels ranging from toddlers to high school seniors. Each kit contains at least one book and an educational activity for teenagers. The kit includes a stress ball. The library system, which serves Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island wants to prevent the summer slide. That's when students lose some of what they learned during the school year. There are a limited number of the kits and they're available at all branches. I'll take a kid with the stress ball. Thank you. For tonight..

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