In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a projectile is launched from an unspecified location in China during long-range live-fire drills by the army of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. China conducted "precision missile strikes" Thursday in waters off Taiwan's coasts as part of military exercises that have raised tensions in the region to their highest level in decades following a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Lai Qiaoquan/Xinhua via AP)

WH summons Chinese Ambassador to condemn military drills around Taiwan

Biden administration officials called Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House in order to condemn the nation’s recent military drills near Taiwan. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby talked to the Washington Post on Friday to explain the White House summoned the ambassador to protest China’s “provocative actions.”

Jim Britt, communications director with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, holds a new flag that will fly if sharks are detected near Maine beaches, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Last summer Maine had its first documented fatal shark attack. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

5 shark attacks in 2 weeks prompt Long Island beach closures

Long Island residents are now urged to use caution at local beaches after five people were attacked by sharks this month. Suffolk County police said the fifth shark attack in under two weeks occurred Wednesday evening when a 49-year-old Arizona man was bitten on the left wrist and buttocks while standing waist-deep at Seaview Beach.