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April 14th, 2023

Good morning, and happy Friday! The last day of the workweek is always a great opportunity to start off with something lighthearted. In that spirit, we’d like to turn your attention to Bayley the mini sheepadoodle, who won over the hearts of the internet this week for her resemblance to Snoopy. Take a look at the photos and tell us if you think she looks like the iconic cartoon dog or not!

In Today’s Brief

  • North Korea: Another test missile launch
  • Document Leak: FBI makes arrest 
  • Commanders: Sale agreement reached
  • Twitter: Partners with eToro

...and more

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Abortion pill ruling

A federal appeals court partially overturned a Texas federal judge’s ruling that suspended FDA approval of the abortion pill mifepristone but allowed other parts of the decision to stand.

While a three-judge panel temporarily blocked the aspect of last week’s decision that suspended mifepristone’s FDA approval, their ruling now prohibits mifepristone to be dispensed by mail without a visit to a doctor’s office. The panel also ruled to prohibit mifepristone to be dispensed after seven weeks into a pregnancy instead of ten, which is the current threshold.

Since its FDA approval in 2000, mifepristone has been used as part of a two-drug regimen to induce an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy (in combination with the drug misoprostol). It now accounts for more than half of all abortions in the U.S. In response to yesterday’s ruling, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

SF stabbing suspect

A suspect was taken into custody yesterday in connection to the April 4th stabbing death of 43-year-old tech entrepreneur Bob Lee, according to the San Fransico Police Department.

According to multiple sources, the alleged stabber is Nima Momemi, whom Lee purportedly knew and was traveling in a car with through downtown San Francisco on the night of his death. Police apprehended Momemi–who is reportedly the owner of the outsourcing firm Expand IT–at his home in Emeryville yesterday around 5 AM local time. Police records show that Momemi was booked on murder charges at 9:19 AM, and Lee’s ex-wife confirmed his identity when communicating with reporters.

At his time of death, Lee worked as the chief product officer of MobileCoin. He is credited for creating Cash App, a smartphone-based payment app that allows for transfers between individuals, and was also a former executive at Square.

Mission to Jupiter

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to launch its rocket carrying a satellite that will journey to Jupiter’s moons today.

ESA’s flagship mission, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer–or “JUICE,” for short–will search Jupiter and its moons for habitable environments for extraterrestrial life forms. The launch was originally scheduled for yesterday, but mission controllers scrapped it about 10 minutes before blastoff due to a risk of lightning strikes at ESA’s spaceport in French Guiana. After the postponement, the ESA said its next launch attempt would be today at 1:14 PM in the U.K (8:14 AM ET).

Once the JUICE spacecraft launches, it will travel more than 550M miles to fly past Jupiter and its ice-encrusted moons, Calisto, Europa, and Ganymede. The project reportedly cost the ESA $1.7B and is scheduled to last eight years, with its arrival in Jupiter’s system expected in July 2031.

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Around the Globe

  • Incarcerated Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is reportedly suffering from suspected poisoning, according to the vice president of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (More)
  • The Norweigan government expelled 15 Russian officials working at the country’s Russian embassy whom it accused of spying under diplomatic cover (More)
  • North Korea launched a ballistic missile that landed between the Korean Peninsula and Japan yesterday; the launch prompted Japan to issue an evacuation order for the northern island of Hokkaido that was later retracted (More)

On the Homefront

  • The FBI arrested a U.S. Air Force National Guard employee over the online leak of classified U.S. documents pertaining to the war in Ukraine; the suspect was identified as 21-year-old Jack Teixeira (More)
  • Florida House votes to approve a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy instead of the current law, which is 15 weeks; the bill now goes to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk (More)
  • Some parts of Southwest Florida received over 20 inches of rain yesterday, including Fort Lauderdale; around 2M people in Broward County were under a flood warning and the National Weather Service called it a “1 in a 1K-year weather event” (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • British fashion designer Mary Quant passed away at age 93, according to a statement from her family; Quant became known in the 1960s for her designs and for helping to popularize the miniskirt (More)
  • Former Nickelodeon actor Jared “Drake” Bell was found and confirmed safe in Florida after Daytona Beach Police labeled him as “missing and endangered” (More
  • Dan Snyder reached an agreement to sell the Washington Commanders to a group including Josh Harris, Mitchell Rales, and Magic Johnson, per multiple sources (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed higher, with the Nasdaq leading the gains (Dow +1.14%, Nasdaq +1.99%, S&P 500 +1.33%)
  • Twitter rolled out a partnership with eToro that will allow its users to access stocks, cryptocurrencies, and other assets through a new feature on the platform (More)
  • Kia & Hyundai face lawsuits from at least eight cities including Cleveland, Seattle, and St. Louis that allege that the two automakers didn’t install anti-theft technology to cut costs (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Bump This: Wordsmith singer-songwriter Jason Mraz released the new song “You Might Like It” off his upcoming album Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Game On: Nintendo released the epic final trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, set for release on May 12th on the Switch (if you grew up playing Zelda, reply to this email and let us know if you’re excited about it!)
  • Chow Down: If you’ve got eggs and spinach in your refrigerator, try out this recipe for a spinach sheet pan frittata that’s great for serving a crowd or having a healthy breakfast prepared to use throughout the week (you can also use other veggies like artichokes and tomatoes to kick it up a notch)
  • Nerd Out: Check out this snake-like robot concept developed by NASA that the agency says has been designed to easily traverse diverse terrains such as water, sand, rock, and ice in outer space
  • Go Deep: Read up on how the Supreme Court yesterday allowed a roughly $6B settlement to go forward that could cancel student debt for up to 200K individuals who claim that they were misled by their schools
  • Hot Goss: Matthew McConaughey said on an episode of Kelly Ripa’s podcast Let’s Talk Off Camera that Woody Harrelson could be his real brother based on a recent family revelation 
  • Life Hack: Most of us keep an eye on how our physical appearances change as we age, but we can’t forget to take care of our smiles - here are three tips to keep your teeth white and healthy throughout your life, from a cosmetic dentist


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Looking Back…

On April 14th: Septimius Severus is declared emperor of Rome by his troops (193); U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth (1865); John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath is published (1939); Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux is born (1966).

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