What was the FBI looking for at Mar-a-Lago? We may know soon, after the Justice Department moved to unseal the search warrant. National gas prices dropped to less than $4 for the first time in months. And there's a meteor shower tonight, but the full moon might cause some visibility issues.
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Justice Department moves to unseal Mar-a-Lago warrant
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday the Justice Department filed a motion to unseal the search warrant and property receipt from a search FBI agents conducted Monday at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.
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What Garland said: "I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter" after making the required finding of "probable cause" that a crime had been committed.
Read the Justice Department's motion to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant.
Ball is in Trump's court: The former president and his lawyers did not initially say whether they would object to the warrant's release. They have refused to release their copies of the warrant and supplemental materials.
Trump denounced the investigation, complaining of a "witch hunt" against him. Since 2021, Trump has faced legal scrutiny in at least five independent federal and state inquiries that are both criminal and civil in nature.
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The Mar-a-Lago search warrant is a hot topic for speculation. Here's what we really know.
Gas prices drop under $4 nationwide
What goes up, must come down. Usually. Months after gas prices reached all-time highs, drivers are feeling relief at the pump where the national average fell below $4 per gallon for the first time in five months. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the USA is $3.99, according to AAA – a major drop from when prices peaked at $5.01 in mid-June. Read more here.
Why are gas prices down? Andrew Gross from AAA cited three factors: the cost of oil, less demand for gas and the Biden administration's release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Will the trend continue? There is no clear answer since numerous factors can affect the cost of gas, including oil prices, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, inflation and fears of a recession. And don't forget about the weather – Gross said hurricane season could really "overturn the applecart" if big storms affect offshore oil production.
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Officials search through rubble after Indiana house explosion
An Evansville, Indiana, neighborhood was in tatters after a house exploded Wednesday, killing three people and damaging dozens of homes. Officials were still investigating the cause of the blast but said it was accidental. Thursday, the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office released the names of those who died: Charles "Charlie" Hite, 43; Martina Hite, 37; and Jessica Teague, 29. Fire Department officials said 11 of the 39 damaged homes were uninhabitable. Catch up on the latest updates.
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'Pregnant but unequal' in obstetrics health deserts
About 2 million rural women of childbearing age live in maternity care deserts at least 25 miles away from a labor and delivery unit. Rural hospitals and obstetric wards, already scarce, have shut down in record numbers. More people are dying in rural areas with pregnancy-related complications, statistics show. It’s worse for women of color. To understand and illuminate the scope of the problem, USA TODAY visited and interviewed dozens of women and their families, community advocates and leaders, clinicians and experts about areas lacking care. Read the first part of the series here.
Maternal mortality rates: Data, charts and maps show the disparity.
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Moon vs. meteor shower
Grab a lawn chair and head somewhere dark. What NASA calls "the best meteor shower of the year" – the Perseids – will peak Thursday night. Bring your patience, too: The moon will be full, which can spoil the show. The Perseid meteor shower typically produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour, but NASA says the brilliance of the full moon will reduce that to 10-20 per hour at best. Thursday's full is known as a "sturgeon moon" and a "supermoon," reaching peak illumination at 9:36 p.m. EDT Thursday, the Old Farmer's Almanac says. More about the moon and meteor shower.
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