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May 18th, 2023

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In Today’s Brief

  • G7 Summit: Starts tomorrow in Japan
  • Border: Gangs targeting U.S. teens
  • Prince Harry: Car chase in NYC
  • New York Times: Debuts audio app

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Idaho murders indictment

An Idaho grand jury indicted Bryan Kohberger, the man suspected in the murder of four Idaho college students on November 13th, 2022, on murder and burglary charges.

Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student at Washington State University, was arrested in December on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary for allegedly breaking into a rental home in Moscow, Idaho, and killing four students inside. Per prosecutors, Kohberger allegedly visited the house at least a dozen times before the murders and returned one last time after the killings but before 911 was called.

A preliminary hearing in the case against him was originally scheduled for next month, but prosecutors’ decision to impanel a grand jury allows the state to avoid the weeklong preliminary hearing that would have required them to present evidence before a judge. Kohberger has yet to enter a plea and is expected to do so at an arraignment on Monday.

Floods in Northern Italy

At least nine people lost their lives and over 25K were evacuated from their homes to avoid floods and landslides caused by rain in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region, according to Italian officials.

According to Civil Protection Minister Nello Musumeci, some areas received half their average annual rainfall in just 36 hours, with flooding hitting 37 towns and communities and around 120 landslides registered. In response, Formula One officials canceled the F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which had been due to take place on Sunday in Imola. Per F1 officials, the race was called off in an effort to relieve pressure on emergency crews that are already spread thin from rescue efforts and to prevent motor racing fans from visiting the region.

The rain and flooding came after months of drought in northern Italy which had dried out the land, reducing its capacity to absorb water and worsening the impact of the floods, according to meteorologists.

Global temperature report

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a report in which it claimed that there is a 66% chance that global average surface temperatures will exceed the Paris Agreement’s targets for temperature increases during one of the next five years.

The WMO’s report also claims that there is a 98% likelihood that at least one of the next five years will be the warmest ever on record. According to a statement from WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas, a “warming El Nino is expected to develop in the coming months” that will combine with human activity to “push global temperatures into uncharted territory.” Typically, El Nino increases global temperatures in the year after it develops, which would be 2024 in this case.

The current warmest year the planet has seen is 2016 when average temperatures were 1.28° Celsius above pre-industrial levels; the WMO says there is a 98% chance this record will be broken by the end of 2027.

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Around the Globe

  • World leaders begin arriving in Japan for the 2023 G7 summit in Hiroshima, the site of the world’s first atomic bombing (More)
  • Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso triggered a constitutional clause known as “mutual death” to dissolve the country’s National Assembly and bring forth snap elections; Lasso was facing a looming impeachment vote for corruption (More)
  • Russia agreed to renew the Black Sea grain deal with Ukraine for 60 days; Turkey and the UN brokered the original agreement, which has seen about 30.3M tons of exported grain since a deal was reached last summer (More)

On the Homefront

  • Criminal gangs are using social media to recruit U.S. teenagers along the border to unwillingly become smugglers, according to reports from U.S. border patrol officers (More)
  • U.S. Secret Service is investigating a break-in at National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s home that took place last month, according to U.S. law enforcement officials (More)
  • The ISIS-inspired terrorist who killed eight people on a bike path in New York City with his rental truck was sentenced to life in prison (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and her mother Doria Ragland were involved in a car chase involving paparazzi in New York City that “resulted in multiple near collisions,” according to a statement from his spokesperson (More)
  • A judge found Ed Sheeran not liable in a second copyright case brought forth by Structured Asset Sales LLC accusing the singer of copying Marvin Gaye’s 1973 song “Let’s Get It On” (More)
  • Philadelphia 76ers point guard James Harden reportedly intends to decline his option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer; he will be seeking a four-year contract when he hits the open market (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market ended yesterday’s session higher, with the Nasdaq leading gains (Dow +1.24%, Nasdaq +1.28%, S&P 500 +1.19%)
  • Kraft Heinz will launch its customizable condiment machine on May 20th and plans to pilot it in restaurants throughout late 2023 and early 2024; per a press release, the Heinz Remix will be a digital condiment dispenser allowing diners to create their own sauces with over 200 possibilities (More)
  • The New York Times debuted its own audio app called New York Times Audio which will combine the publication’s top podcasts with audio content made exclusively for the new platform (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Read up on how, as part of Georgia State University’s Prison Education Project, nine inmates at Walker State Prison are set to receive associates degrees for completing 60 credit hours of coursework while incarcerated, with three graduating with the highest honors and six graduating with high honors
  • Speak Peek: Tom Cruise and his mind-boggling stunts as Ethan Hunt are back in the official trailer for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, hitting theaters on July 12th
  • Bump This: Country crooner Sam Hunt returns with another surefire hit in his new sweet-sounding single “Women in My Life” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Nerd Out: Thanks to new tech from deep-sea mapping company Magellan, see the first-ever full-size photos of the Titanic shipwreck sitting at the bottom of the ocean as though all the water surrounding it were stripped away 
  • Go Deep: Follow along with this conversation with journalist and Colombia University professor Howard W. French about how Africa’s rich history shaped the modern world
  • Hot Goss: NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has been dodging process servers in the FTX lawsuit; the servers have reportedly made numerous attempts to reach O’Neal, from visiting his residence to throwing documents at his moving SUV
  • Life Hack: Rheumatoid arthritis affects an estimated 1.5M Americans, but there may be strategies you can implement early on to fight against its onset - here are five healthy habits that can potentially prevent rheumatoid arthritis, according to early-stage research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


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Five charts to explain the comeback of nuclear energy.

…and the plan to explode a nuclear bomb on the Moon.

Looking Back…

On May 18th: Mount St. Helens erupts following a magnitude 5.1 earthquake (1980); Randy Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball to throw a perfect game (2004); social networking company Facebook holds its initial public offering (2012); logician and philosopher Bertrand Russell is born (1872).

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