Up First briefing: Putin on Wagner; Biden on Putin; scientists on fasting

In today’s top stories, Russian President Putin denounces Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner Group boss, while President Biden clarifies the US had no involvement in the rebellion.

Mutiny on Putin’s mind: Russian President Putin condemns Yevgeny Prigozhin in a speech without naming him, while reaffirming a deal that led to Prigozhin’s exile to Belarus.
* NPR’s Charles Mayne reports that the Kremlin seems to be pushing the idea that Russians came together when it mattered most to prevent a civil war.

Biden addresses the issue: President Biden emphasizes that the US and its allies had nothing to do with the rebellion.
* Andrea Kendall-Taylor, who advised the Biden transition team on Russian policy, says the White House is trying to counter the narrative of US meddling in other countries’ domestic affairs.

Diet and weight loss research: A study suggests that time-restricted eating could be a simpler approach to losing weight than calorie counting.
* The researchers found that both groups, those who restricted their eating between noon and 8:00 p.m. and those who cut their calorie intake by 25%, lost 5% of body weight on average.

Malaria cases in the US: The first local spread of mosquito-borne malaria in the US has been detected for the first time in two decades.
* Five cases of the disease were recorded in the last two months – four in Florida and one in Texas.

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