Trump deposition, search for Mar-a-Lago, inflation, shooting in Highland Park. This is Wednesday’s news.

Former President Donald Trump pleads the Fifth, but not on the search for Mar-a-Lago. Inflation just hit a 40-year historic high, but it’s still there. And the dispute over a Ukrainian nuclear facility worries world leaders.

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Trump takes fifth in New York as Mar-a-Lago questions swirl

Former President Donald Trump pleaded the fifth during a deposition, but it was unrelated to Monday’s search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

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At New York: Trump arrived at the state attorney general’s office in New York this morning for a sworn deposition in the long-simmering investigation into his namesake organization, but declined to answer questions. “I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you accepting the Fifth Amendment? Now I know the answer to that question,” Trump wrote, announcing his decision to invoke his right against self-incrimination. Keep reading.

👉Here’s a breakdown of the storm of investigations involving the ex-president.

In Florida: Trump, who was in New York when officers descended on Mar-a-Lago, lambasted federal officials, saying the raid is the latest example of his ongoing political persecution. But former federal officials say he knows what was taken and why they took it: FBI agents were legally required to leave behind the search warrant and an inventory listing the items seized. Read more.

Protesters stand outside Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

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Inflation hits 40-year high, but remains high at 8.5%

Inflation is still high, but not as high as before. Raising hopes that a relentless price spike may have peaked, consumer prices rose 8.5% from a year ago, compared to an annual rise of 9.1% – a 40-year high. years – in June, according to the Consumer Price Index of the Ministry of Labor. Gasoline prices, the source of soaring inflation, are finally falling on fears that a global recession could crush demand. Pump prices fell 7.7% from the previous month, but are still up 44% annually. Learn more about the report here.

Conflict near Ukrainian nuclear power plant stokes fears of disaster

Fighting over a Ukrainian nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has fueled fears of an international nuclear disaster, and world leaders are voicing concern. Shortly after invading the country, Russian troops took control of the Zaporizhzhia plant. Ukrainian operators have been kept in place to run the plant, but conflict over the facility has fueled fears of a disaster similar to Chernobyl, which saw the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven on Wednesday demanded that Russia return control of the plant to Ukraine, Reuters reported. The latest from Ukraine.

In this photo taken from video and released by the Russian Defense Ministry's press service on August 7, 2022, a general view of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in territory under Russian military control, in southeastern Ukraine.  The Zaporizhzhia plant is located in southern Ukraine, near the town of Enerhodar, on the banks of the Dnieper.  It is one of the 10 largest nuclear power plants in the world.  Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of bombing Europe's largest nuclear power plant, stoking international fears of a disaster on the continent.

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Boy crippled in Highland Park shooting to start 3rd grade this fall

Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old who was shot dead during a July 4 parade and was paralyzed from the waist down, is expected to return to school this fall, his family said. Cooper has been in hospital since the day a gunman opened fire from a rooftop in Highland Park, Illinois more than a month ago, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. Cooper was shot in the abdomen and suffered a severed spine. In a sign of progress this week, his family announced that Cooper would join his twin brother, Luke, in third grade. Now the family is exploring options for wheelchair accessible housing and a vehicle. Learn more here.

Eight-year-old Cooper Roberts was shot in a mass shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

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