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Sunday June 18th, 2023 evening edition

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June 18 (Reuters) - Evidence suggests this month's destruction of the huge Kakhovka dam in a Russian-controlled area of Ukraine resulted from an inside explosion set off by Russia, the New York Times said.

Citing engineers and explosive experts, the newspaper said on Friday that its investigation found evidence suggesting an explosive charge in a passageway running through the dam's concrete base detonated, destroying the structure on June 6.

"The evidence clearly suggests the dam was crippled by an explosion set off by the side that controls it: Russia," the Times said.

Ukraine accuses Russia of blowing up the Soviet-era dam, under Russian control since early days of its invasion in 2022, unleashing floodwater across a large swath of the battleground, destroying farmland and cutting off water supplies to civilians.

The Times cited engineers as saying only a full examination of the dam after the water drains from it can establish the sequence of events leading to the destruction.

"Erosion from water cascading through the gates could have led to a failure if the dam were poorly designed, or the concrete was substandard, but engineers called that unlikely," the newspaper said.

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Ukraine destroys ammunition depot near Russian-occupied port city

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U krainian forces have destroyed an ammunition depot near the Russian-occupied port city of Henichesk in the southern region of Kherson, authorities have claimed.

Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesperson for the Odesa military administration, said Ukrainian forces destroyed a “very significant” ammunition depot in the village of Rykove.

Rykove is located on a railway line about 20km from Henichesk, a port city along the Sea of Azov in southern Ukraine, which has been occupied by Kremlin forces since the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. »

Death on the Job: Texas Says “NO” To Water Breaks in the Heat

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According to data analysis by The Texas Tribune, last year in Texas, there were 279 heat-related deaths in the state, the most since 1999.

This seems like the perfect time for the State of Texas to pass laws mandating water breaks for workers required to work in the heat.

Now, thanks to this new Texas law, local communities won't even legally be able to do anything about it. »

Suspect arrested after FBI uncovers alleged mass shooting plot

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A Michigan suspect who authorities say expressed explicit neo-Nazi and antisemitic ideologies online was arrested Friday by the FBI who alleged he stockpiled weapons and was planning a mass shooting.

The suspect allegedly talked about his admiration for the 2019 Christchurch mass shooting in New Zealand, according to the criminal complaint.

"Crimes like the one alleged in this complaint have a profound effect not only on the intended target, but on their entire community. »