Friday briefing: Ukraine counteroffensive; Yellowknife evacuation; mortgage rates; Bradley Cooper; Crooked House pub; and more

Friday briefing: Ukraine counteroffensive; Yellowknife evacuation; mortgage rates; Bradley Cooper; Crooked House pub; and more

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U.S. intelligence says Ukraine won’t meet the key goal of its offensive.

  • The goal: To retake the southeastern city of Melitopol. It’s a vital transit hub that allows Russia to move troops and equipment from Crimea to other occupied territories.
  • The problem: Minefields will stop Ukraine from reaching the city, an intelligence assessment said.
  • Why it matters: If the assessment is correct, it will raise questions about why an offensive backed by tens of billions of dollars of Western weapons fell short.

2

A wildfire in Canada has triggered a race to evacuate an entire city.

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Mortgage rates have reached the highest point since 2002.

  • How high? The average 30-year fixed loan hit 7.09% yesterday. Rates have more than doubled in the past 18 months. Higher rates can add hundreds of dollars to monthly payments.
  • Why? The Federal Reserve has repeatedly increased interest rates in an attempt to fight inflation. Mortgage rates tend to rise with these increases.

4

President Biden is hosting Japan’s and South Korea’s leaders today.

5

This fall is shaping up to be a chaotic time for vaccinations.

Bradley Cooper’s fake nose in a Leonard Bernstein movie is being criticized.

Mystery surrounds the burning of England’s “wonkiest” pub.

And now … what to watch this weekend: “Blue Beetle,” the latest DC Comics movie, is in theaters. On Sunday: It’s the women’s World Cup final.

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