July, 08 2022

⚖️ Former Japanese Prime Minister Assasinated

The former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, was shot and killed while campaigning in Nara, Japan.

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⚖️ Biden Signs Order to Protect Reproductive Healthcare

President Biden signed an executive order this morning hoping to help protect access to abortions, contraception, and reproductive care in the wake of the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

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🍿 McMahon's Millions

An investigation into WWE's Vince McMahon has revealed he agreed to pay $12 million to four women who worked for him at the wrestling entertainment company.

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⚖️ No Room For Dessert

Justice Brett Kavanaugh's dinner at Morton's restaurant was interrupted by protestors, forcing him to leave the restaurant before dessert.

⚖️ Wisconsin Doubles Down on Voting

Wisconsin's highest court ruled that absentee ballot drop boxes must be placed in election offices, restricting the number of places where voters can drop their absentee ballots and vote by mail.

🍿 RIP Larry Storch

Actor Larry Storch, best known for his comedic role on \"F Troop,\" passed away today at the age of 99 years old.

💻 DoorDash Glitch and Pac

A Doordash glitch last night allowed users to check out without providing payment, sparking social media users to show off the expensive purchases of alcohol and contraceptives they managed to score for free. The company also revealed they had formed a political action committee to expand their influence in Washington.

⚖️ Jan 6th Committee Scores Another Witness

The special committee investigating the Capitol Riots will interview Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone today in an effort to determine the former president's involvement with the riot.

💻 Another Tesla Crash Under Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a special probe into two fatal crashes in California and Florida.

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💻 Musk Backs Out of Twitter Deal

The Washington Post reported earlier today that Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter is at risk, setting up a complicated legal fight between the social media company and the bizarre billionaire. By this afternoon, Musk had announced he was officially throwing in the Twitter towel.

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⚖️ Louisiana Abortion Ban Takes a Hold

A state judge lifted a temporary ban on the state's trigger laws, effectively banning abortions in Louisiana. Louisiana residents can no longer access abortion services unless in extreme medical cases.

⚖️ Congress Tracks Period-Tracking Apps

The U.S. House Oversight Committee sent letters today asking for information about data storage and privacy policies to period and fertility tracking apps, Flo Health, Glow, GP International, Clue developer BioWink and Digitalchemy Ventures. They also sent letters to data brokers, SafeGraph, Babel Street, Digital Envoy, Placer.ai and Gravy Analytics. The information will help inform the committee on how best to author legislation to protect data privacy in the post-Roe era.

🍿 North Has Had It

The 9-year-old daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, North West, held up a handwritten sign saying STOP at photographers during the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall Winter 2022/2023 show on Wednesday. Today, Kim Kardashian told the press that her daughter was fed up with the photos and wanted the photographers to focus on the show.

⚡️ Elon Musk Walks Away from Twitter

Elon Musk filed the paperwork with the SEC this afternoon, alerting the agency he was withdrawing from the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter over misleading data and disagreements with Twitter policies.

🍿 Captain America 4 Taps a Director

The fourth Captain America movie has found itself a director. Julius Onah of \"The Cloverfield Paradox\" will direct the latest installment of the Marvel mega-hit.

🍿 Ciara Wants You to Jump in the Air

Singer Ciara dropped a new song, Jump, accompanied by a music video today, and it's an early contender for the song of the summer.

🍿 Beyoncé Makes Music History

Beyoncé joins the ranks of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson to have at least 20 top-10 titles on the charts as a solo artist. She is the first woman to achieve the feat with her latest single, \"Break My Soul.\"

💻 Twitter Warns Musk To Knock It Off

Twitter responded to Elon Musk pulling out of the binding merger agreement by saying they intend to sue him. In a statement, Twitter said, \"The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement.\"

🍿 Tony Sirico Passes Away

Tony Sirico, best known for his role as Paulie Walnuts in the hit, The Sopranos, passed away at 79.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Power outages

  • Most of the power outages were in Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties.
  • About 1.8 million customers are still without power in Florida, and about 277,000 are without power in South and North Carolina.
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Impact on Florida

  • The flooding in central Florida is expected to get worse as the record downpours reach main waterways.
  • More than 700 rescues have been confirmed in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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South Carolina

  • Hurricane Ian caused flooding and power outages in South Carolina.
  • Part of three famous piers in Myrtle Beach washed away.
  • Early reporting suggests the impact on South Carolina is less severe than the devastation it caused in Florida.
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Technology

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

September 30, 2022
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The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
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FBI catches on

  • Jareh Sebastian Dalke worked for the NSA from June 6th to July 1st, 2022.
  • During his employment with NSA, he used an encrypted email account to send photos to an undercover FBI agent he believed was working for a foreign government.
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Charged with espionage

  • Dalke was charged with violating the Espionage Act; if convicted, he could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.
  • He worked as an information systems security designer with top-secret clearance at the NSA.
  • He offered up documents in exchange for cryptocurrency and sent three classified documents to the undercover agent investigating him.
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Molly Russell Ruling

September 30, 2022
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The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Negative impact of social media

  • 14-year-old Molly Russell committed suicide in November 2017.
  • Russell viewed large amounts of content about suicide and self-harm on social media.
  • The coroner said that the content she viewed greatly impacted her mental health. He said he would make recommendations to Meta, Pinterest, and the British government to help prevent future cases like Molly's.
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The inquest

  • Executives from Meta and Pinterest both testified at the inquest into Russell's death.
  • In the inquest, the coroner testified that content on Instagram and Pinterest impacted Russell's mental health and contributed to her death.
  • Meta's representative pushed back on the inquest, saying that the posts Russell had seen on Instagram had been deemed safe by the platform.
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