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Good morning. It's Monday, May 9, and we're covering intensified attacks in Ukraine, a stunning Derby surprise, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Russia Escalates Attacks

Dozens of Ukrainians are believed to have been killed and an unknown number injured after a Russian bomb struck a school in the eastern town of Bilohorivka, where at least 90 people were believed to have been sheltered. 


The strike comes amid ramped-up attacks by Russia on eastern and southern Ukraine as Russia attempts to secure a symbolic victory on its Victory Day. The celebration, held today, commemorates the Soviet Union’s defeat of the Nazis in World War II. 


Separately, Russian forces continued to assault a massive steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol, where Ukrainian troops have held out for nearly two weeks. Reports over the weekend suggested all remaining civilians had been evacuated from the complex.


In related news, first lady Jill Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made separate surprise visits to Ukraine over the weekend. 


See updates on the war here, along with photos from the ground.

Rich Strike Pulls Upset

Long shot racehorse Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby Saturday, coming from behind along the inside rail to beat second-place Epicenter by three-quarters of a length. In a stunning end to the race, jockey Sonny Leon guided Rich Strike from near the back of the pack to the front over the final stretch (overhead view). It marked the second-largest upset in Derby history, surpassed only by Donerail's win in 1913. 


The victor was not even on the card until Friday when the late scratch of Ethereal Road made room for Rich Strike. The colt entered with 80-1 odds, having won just one previous race in his career. The excited winner had to be restrained from biting his track pony after crossing the finish line. 


Rich Strike will continue his Cinderella story at the Preakness, the next Triple Crown race, May 21. Watch the full Derby here.

Filipinos Cast Ballots

Voters in the Philippines cast ballots today, deciding between a range of different candidates seeking to replace outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte. Ten contenders are in the election, but two starkly different candidates lead the pack—left-leaning Leni Robredo and populist Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 


Marcos, popularly known as "Bongbong," is a former senator and the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the country from 1965 to 1986. Robredo is the opposition leader who has galvanized the so-called "pink revolution," and a former economist and human rights lawyer. Duterte, who has pursued a harsh crackdown on drug use and crime in the country, has remained neutral—despite his daughter being Marcos' running mate.


Separately, pro-Beijing candidate John Lee was selected by a Chinese-controlled committee to become the next chief executive of Hong Kong. He received more than 99% of the vote. 

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Science & Technology

> Ian Goodfellow, director of machine learning for Apple, departs company over its return-to-work policy; Apple previously poached Goodfellow from Google in 2019 (More)


> Neurologists discover multiple brain regions work together to control and process speech; findings challenge long-held assumption the primary motor cortex alone controls the voice box (More)


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Business & Markets

> US stock markets fall Friday (S&P 500 -0.6%, Dow -0.3%, Nasdaq -1.4%); Dow drops for sixth consecutive week (More)


> US 30-year mortgage rates increased to 5.27% last week, highest level since 2009 (More)


> Shares of Funko, maker of pop culture collectibles, up 27% Friday after company sells 25% stake to investment firm Chernin Group, former Disney CEO Bob Iger, and others (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Average US COVID-19 cases pass 73,000 per day, up more than 150% over the past month; average daily deaths rise to above 570 per day, up 60% over the past two weeks (More)


> Median age for US women giving birth rises to 30 years old, the highest on record; trend corresponds with years of declining birth rates for women in their 20s (More)


> Northern Ireland confirms election results; Sinn Féin will become the largest party in parliament with 27 of 90 seats, a first for a nationalist party in the country (More)



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