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In an emotional speech to the UN Security Council yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian troops of killing civilians for “pleasure” and warned that more atrocities could occur. Zelensky’s speech came a day after he visited the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where shocking images of bodies on the streets emerged over the weekend. Separately, the senior US military officer told lawmakers yesterday that the world was becoming increasingly unstable and that “the potential for significant international conflict was increasing, not decreasing.” Later today, the United States will announce new sanctions against Russia in coordination with several other nations and the European Union, according to an administration official.
2. Severe thunderstorms
More than 45 million people are under heightened weather threat in the southeastern United States this morning, where a powerful storm could pose a triple threat of wind, tornadoes and flooding. According to the latest forecast, parts of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Western Carolinas could see damaging winds and a few tornadoes in the coming days. A flood watch is also in effect for about 2 million people in the region, with some isolated areas receiving about 5 inches of rain. The storm system is hitting the region at an unfortunate time, as most areas remain in recovery mode after recent tornadoes and treacherous thunderstorms. At least two people were killed by the storms yesterday, local officials said.
The Oklahoma legislature yesterday passed a near-total ban on abortion, making exceptions only for medical emergencies. The bill would make abortion or attempted abortion a felony punishable by a maximum fine of $100,000 or a maximum of 10 years in state prison, or both. The legislation passed the state’s Republican-led House by a 70-14 vote, with no debate or questions on the floor. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who previously promised to sign any abortion-limiting bills that landed on his desk. This comes as several state legislatures have advanced bills restricting abortion access. Last week, the Republican governor of Arizona signed into law a law banning abortion after 15 weeks, with no exceptions for cases of rape and incest.
4. Student loans
The Biden administration plans to extend its pause on federal student loan repayments through August 31. The refund freeze, which has been in place since the start of the pandemic, was due to expire on May 1. But due to increased pressure from other Democrats and consumer advocacy groups, President Joe Biden will move the date again as inflation and ongoing supply chain issues continue to make everyone’s items more expensive days. Borrower balances have been effectively frozen for more than two years, with no payments required on most federal student loans
since March 2020. The administration is expected to announce the extension today, according to an administration official familiar with the folder.
Deutsche Bank is the first major bank to forecast a US recession starting late next year. The Federal Reserve’s fight against rising inflation and its “aggressive tightening of monetary policy will push the economy into a recession,” Deutsche Bank economists wrote in a new report. Hopes of a rapid slowdown in inflation were dashed, partly because of the war in Ukraine. Energy and food commodity prices have soared since the start of the Russian invasion and there are still concerns that the Fed will need to raise interest rates quickly to bring prices under control. The exact severity of the recession is uncertain, but Deutsche Bank expects it to be “mild” compared to the past two recessions. Unemployment, for example, is expected to peak at 5% in 2024, but reached much higher levels
14.7% in 2020 and 10% in 2009 during the Great Recession.
Animal Control captured a fox after 6 people were bitten or pinched at the US Capitol
Apparently, there are several fox dens on the Capitol grounds…and that’s definitely a cause. fur worry.
McDonald’s is bringing back a fan-favorite menu item
This item is back for a limited time and is buzzing among fast food fans. Hint: you will need sauce!
Rare Michelangelo drawing could fetch $33 million in Paris
Take a moment to bask in the beauty of this 15th century work of art.
Twitter announces the development of an editing feature
The ability to edit tweets will likely come in handy for typos (and for people who might regret tweeting weird things.)
Man Finds 7ft Snake Behind Couch Cushion
At that point, just sell the whole house…with all the furniture included.
Bobby Rydell, a ’60s teen idol known for songs like “Wild One” and his role as Hugo Peabody in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” has died, according to a statement released by his reps. He was 79 years old. Born Robert Ridarelli, Rydell earned his first Billboard 100 song in 1959 and went on to a career that included 34 Top 100 hits and more than 25 million albums sold, according to the release.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
This is the number of satellites Amazon plans to deploy to provide internet connectivity across the planet. The company yesterday announced deals with three rocket companies that are expected to launch more than half of the satellites by 2026. Amazon has been quietly building the business for years, but it’s still unclear when the internet service will be available to customers. consumers or how much it will cost you.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“They have 24 hours to collect their belongings.”
— Susset Cabrera, director of communications for North Miami Beach, after the city ordered the evacuation of a five-story, 60-unit apartment building on Monday following a review by engineers who deemed the building structurally unsafe. The apartment building is about three miles north of Champlain Towers South, the Surfside condo tower that partially collapsed last summer, killing nearly 100 people. The disaster has baffled some residents of coastal properties in Florida and beyond and prompted North Miami Beach to launch a review of all condominium buildings over five stories.
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A lion cub gives us its best roar
This little one doesn’t know it yet, but one day his little roar will turn into a mighty growl. Let this short video remind you to appreciate the present, because maybe the best is yet to come for you too! (Click here to view