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News Updates: Texans Without Power, Montreal Rains, Ancient Temple Discovery, CPI Report, Shelley Duvall’s Passing

Texans Still Powerless in the Wake of Hurricane Beryl

As the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl continues to wreak havoc, many Texans are now entering their fourth day without power. The devastating storm has already claimed the lives of 11 people across Louisiana and Texas, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. In total, 1.3 million homes and businesses are still waiting for the restoration of electric service, as public services struggle to distribute food amidst the breakdown of logistics networks.

Residents who are relying on generators to keep their homes cool are facing a new threat – carbon monoxide poisoning. With climate change-driven temperatures soaring to 90 degrees across much of Texas and high humidity exacerbating the situation, the record-setting heat has already claimed 28 lives since July 1.

Montreal Rains Cause Chaos on Highways

Meanwhile, in Montreal, a record-breaking downpour has brought major disruptions to the city’s highways. Drivers were left stranded as major roadways were closed due to flooding, with some abandoning their cars after becoming stuck in the rising waters. The city received a staggering 2.5 inches of rain in a short period of time, more than double the previous record set in 1945. With the remnants of Hurricane Beryl expected to bring more rain on Thursday, the region remains on high alert.

Ancient Temple Unearthed in Peru

On a more positive note, archaeologists in Peru have made a remarkable discovery – a 4,000 year old temple and theater complex that predates the famous ruins of Machu Picchu by almost 3,500 years. This find sheds new light on a period of history that has long remained a mystery, even before the creation of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. The site was brought to the attention of researchers after reports of looting of artifacts in a nearby town.

Consumer Prices Drop, Hope for Interest Rate Cut

In financial news, there is a glimmer of hope for consumers as the Consumer Price Index reported a 0.1 percent drop from May. This decrease is expected to bring the annual inflation rate down to 3 percent, after peaking at 3.3 percent in May. The news has sparked optimism that the Federal Reserve may consider cutting interest rates in the near future.

Remembering Shelley Duvall

Lastly, the entertainment world is mourning the loss of acclaimed actress Shelley Duvall, known for her iconic roles in films such as The Shining and Nashville. The 75-year-old actress passed away at her home in Blanco, Texas, leaving behind a legacy of award-winning performances. Duvall was honored with the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in 3 Women, and her final appearance in film was in the independent horror movie The Forest Hills.

As the world grapples with natural disasters, historic discoveries, economic fluctuations, and the loss of a beloved talent, it is evident that the news cycle continues to capture both the triumphs and tragedies of the human experience.

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