Roe v. Wade, Ukraine, and a Pregnant Tortoise in Pompeii 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, June 25, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a Supreme Court ruling overturning federal abortion protections, Ukrainian forces withdrawing from an eastern city, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Roe v. Wade Overturned

The Supreme Court, in a highly anticipated decision Friday, overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 ruling that provided a constitutional basis for abortion rights in the US for nearly 50 years. Under the court's decision, individual states will have the legal authority to allow, regulate, or ban abortion procedures, creating a patchwork of laws.


The ruling comes eight weeks after a draft of the decision was leaked to the public. At issue is the case Dobbs v. Jackson, which challenged a Mississippi law generally banning abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. The court's conservative majority found the right to an abortion wasn't guaranteed under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. See the opinion here.


The court voted 6-3 in siding with Mississippi, but voted 5-4 on the broader question of whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, and consequently a 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the dissent on the broader question. Justice Clarence Thomas, who sided with the majority, wrote a separate opinion calling on the court to reconsider other federal rights currently protected under the 14th Amendment, including access to contraceptives and same-sex marriage. 


About 22 states have laws that could restrict or ban abortion (see breakdown). 



Ukrainian forces retreat from eastern city of Sievierodonetsk.

The Ukrainian army is withdrawing from Sievierodonetsk to avoid encirclement after weeks of fighting against Russian forces. The besieged city is the last major area in the Luhansk region of the Donbas that was still under Ukraine's control.


Congress sends bipartisan gun safety bill to Biden.

The House approved the package of gun reform measures Friday by a vote of 234-193, a day after it advanced through the Senate. The package heads to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it into law.


Juul asks appeals court for temporary block on FDA ban.

Juul's request comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration ordered the e-cigarette maker's products to be pulled from the US market, following a nearly two-year review of data on the company's vaping products. 


Hacker steals $100M worth of cryptocurrency.

The cryptocurrency theft targeted a blockchain bridge operated by California firm Harmony, following a series of other notable attacks. A blockchain bridge allows users to transfer cryptocurrency from one blockchain to another (see 101). 


Pompeii excavations unearth remains of pregnant tortoise.

Archaeologists discovered the 5.5-inch long Hermann's tortoise in an area of Pompeii that was once being rebuilt for public baths after an earthquake hit in CE 62. The ancient city was later destroyed in the volcanic eruption in CE 79. 

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US swimmer rescued by coach after fainting in pool at world championships. (More)


Medical student saves a baby parrot with birth defects and helps it walk. (More)


Spokane TV news anchor donates large tie collection to young journalists. (More)


A 94-year-old crossing guard in New Jersey finally retires after 57 years. (More


... while a 70-year-old unretires to become a lifeguard amid a shortage. (More)


A grandmother unwittingly plays pickleball with Pittsburgh Steelers players. (More

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Michael W. in Washington.


"Someone left random flat rocks painted with positive words (peace, love, kindness, etc.) randomly around the neighborhood. I loved discovering them, looking at them, and then putting them back for someone else to find."


Read another story of kindness here.

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> The IRS is processing a backlog of ~19.1 million paper tax returns.
> An Omaha couple discovers ~6,000 bees in their home's walls.

> The Chicagoland area now has a 124-mile quantum network.



> America's best and worst-run cities (in 2022).

See a kaleidoscope of colors in this Arizona national park.



Nightmare on science street: a collection of spooky science stories.


> The gadgets and gears Google Street View uses to map the world.

The Minions and "The Office" crossover we never expected.
Why and how parrots can speak like humans.

> Foreign words that have no English equivalent.


Long Read 

> An archive that is saving home sewing history from the trash.

> Is seaweed the next big alternative to meat?
> How a family tried to swindle the Canada revenue agency out of millions.


Best of the Week: Florida snake catchers nab record-breaking python.

Historybook: British author George Orwell born (1903); Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" first published (1947); North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War (1950); American chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain born (1956); RIP American actress Farrah Fawcett (2009).


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- Anthony Bourdain

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