5.24.2019

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Need To Know.
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Theresa May to Resign.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will resign from her post on June 7th, bringing to a close a tumultuous three-year tenure that ultimately failed to pass a package guiding the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. The announcement comes a day after May was forced to delay the release of an updated Brexit proposal, and two days after the Leader of the House of Commons and former May supporter, Andrea Leadsom, stepped down from her post, saying she no longer believed in May’s withdrawal package. May has been attempting to guide the bill - which she had spent over two years negotiating - through a fractured Parliament without a clear majority since late last year. The updated proposal included a guaranteed Commons vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum, a deal-breaking addition for many conservative lawmakers. Parliament will take about six weeks to elect a new premier, with the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said to be the front-runner for the spot.

The drama comes as voters across the UK and EU head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament.
Weinstein Settles With Accusers. 
Harvey Weinstein reportedly reached a tentative $44M settlement with a number of women who had accused the former Hollywood Mogul of sexual assault. Weinstein's alleged behavior burst into the public eye in October 2017, following two bombshell reports that he had paid off victims for decades (read original stories here and here). Ultimately, nearly 90 women came forward accusing Weinstein of various forms of sexual assault and harassment. The revelations catalyzed the #MeToo movement, which spread through Hollywood and into a number of other industries - Weinstein now faces 15 lawsuits, including a class action lawsuit brought by the alleged victims. The deal is said to give $30M to the plaintiffs, with the bulk of the rest going to investors owed money by Weinstein's former studio. Weinstein still faces criminal charges in New York of rape and performing a forcible sex act, with the trial set to begin September 9th. 
Assange Faces New Charges.
The US Justice Department unveiled 17 new felony charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for violations of the Espionage Act. The charges come in addition to a single charge related to publishing classified intelligence documents on WikiLeaks obtained by former intelligence officer Chelsea Manning in 2010. Assange's WikiLeaks - which publishes secret, often classified information, largely obtained through illegal hacking by third parties - has been implicated in high-profile leaks, including a hack of emails from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election. Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, claiming asylum for nearly seven years, until he was ordered to leave in April. He was promptly arrested by British police and sentenced to 50 weeks for dodging bail - Assange is also wanted in Sweden for sexual assault. Press freedom groups denounced the new charges, which they said violated First Amendment rights
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Celebrity chef Mario Batali charged in Boston with indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping and kissing a woman at a restaurant in 2017 (More)
> Toronto Raptors defeat Milwaukee Bucks to take 3-2 lead in NBA Eastern Conference Finals (More) | Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden unanimous selections for All-NBA first team; LeBron misses first-team selection for first time since 2007 (More)
> South Korean boy band BTS becomes first music group to top Billboard Artist 100 chart 5 weeks in a row (More)
Science & Technology.
> Sources say Amazon is working on wearable, voice-activated wellness device that can sense human emotion (More)
> Billion-year-old fungi fossils found in Arctic Canada push fungus evolution timeline back by 500 million years (More)
> Facebook removed over 3.4 billion accounts and pages between October and March, estimates 5% of its 2.4 billion monthly active users are fake (More)
Business & Markets.
> US stock markets slide (S&P 500 -1.2%, Dow -1.1%, Nasdaq -1.6%) on US/China trade war fears (More)
> Federal Savings Bank CEO charged with soliciting $16 million in loans to Paul Manafort for a position in Trump administration (More)
> Endeavor Group - talent agency and owner of Ultimate Fighting Championship and Professional Bull Riders – files for IPO (More) |  Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Coca-Cola lead Forbes' annual list of world’s most valuable brands (More)

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Politics & World Affairs.
> Bipartisan retirement savings bill passes House, heads to Senate (More) | Senate strikes $19B disaster aid package, heads to President Trump for signature (More) | White House announces $16B aid package for farmers hurt by Chinese tariffs (More)
> Serial killer who murdered 10 women during 1984 spree put to death via lethal injection in Florida (More)
> Couples celebrate first same-sex marriages in Asia, following Taiwan's dropping of the prohibition last week (More)
Weekend Reads.
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The Reinvention of America.
The Atlantic | James Fallows. (From May 2018) After spending the past few years visiting towns and cities across the US, Fallows says Americans don’t realize how fast the country is moving toward becoming a better version of itself. (Read)
An Invisible Attack.
NYT Magazine | Dan Hurley. After two years of investigations, we still don't know the cause of the mysterious neurological symptoms reported by dozens of US diplomatic staff in Cuba. Was it an "unknown energy source", or something even stranger? (Read)
 
Velocity is Strangling Baseball.
Washington Post | Dave Sheinin. Major League Baseball is celebrating its 150th season, but faces an unusual problem - ultra-strong pitchers may be killing the game. (Read)
 
The Story of the Clotilda.
National Geographic | Joel Bourne. Historians have confirmed that a shipwreck found in the waters of Southern Alabama is the Clotilda, which smuggled slaves into the US nearly 50 years after the practice was outlawed. Now researchers are pulling the ship's secrets from the wreckage. (Read)
Etcetera.
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Historybook: Samuel Morse sends first commercial telegraph message (1844); The Brooklyn Bridge is opened in NYC (1883); HBD Bob Dylan (1941); HBD musician Patti LaBelle (1944); RIP jazz legend Duke Ellington (1974).
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