7.8.2022

Assassination in Japan, James Caan, and Georgia's Stonehenge Destroyed Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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NEED TO KNOW

 

Breaking news: Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed while giving a speech at a campaign event for a fellow politician. Police arrested a suspect at the scene. This is a breaking story, see updates here.

UK Power Shuffle Begins

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday he would resign once his successor is chosen, setting off a scramble in the governing Conservative Party to select the country's next leader.

 

Top contenders will begin jockeying to replace Johnson next week, with party lawmakers holding a number of elimination-style voting rounds until only two candidates remain. Card-carrying Conservatives around the UK will then vote by mail to decide the winner, though it remains unclear whether a final vote will be held before a six-week summer recess that starts July 21.

 

Johnson stated at a cabinet meeting yesterday no fiscal decisions would be made in the interim, which could be months. 

The announcement caps a three-year tenure where Johnson led the UK out of the European Union, oversaw the pandemic response, and supported Ukraine against Russian aggression. See a timeline of Johnson's tenure here

Chauvin Sentencing

A former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced yesterday to 21 years in prison for federal civil rights violations during the killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Derek Chauvin was previously convicted of state-level murder and manslaughter charges for Floyd's death, for which he received a sentence of more than 22 years in prison.

 

Under the arrangement, Chauvin will serve his federal sentence at the same time as his state sentence—but will now be required to serve almost 18 years of his sentence before his earliest chance of parole. The deal also requests Chauvin be held in a federal prison, where experts say he may be safer and subject to fewer restrictions.

 

He is currently being held in isolation at Minnesota's only maximum security prison—his final location will be determined by the Bureau of Prisons. 

James Caan Dies

Prolific actor James Caan passed away late Wednesday at the age of 82, according to a statement from family members yesterday. 

 

The native New Yorker's career spanned almost six decades, including roles in "Brian's Song" (1971), "Thief" (1981), "Misery" (1990), and "Elf" (2003), among others. His most well-known role was that of Sonny Corleone in the 1972 film adaptation of "The Godfather," for which he received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. He also gained a reputation for turning down potentially blockbuster roles, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Apocalypse Now" (1979).

 

A cause of death was not specified. See Caan's life in photos here.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> WNBA star Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges in Russia while noting she didn't intend to break the law; Griner faces up to 10 years in prison (More)

 

> Takahashi Kazuki, creator of popular “Yu-Gi-Oh!” manga comic, found dead at sea at age 60 (More) | New recording of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" fetches $1.7M at auction (More)

 

> No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon due to injury; Nick Kyrgios advances to finals to face winner of match between top seed Novak Djokovic and Cameron Norrie (More) | Montreal Canadiens take Juraj Slafkovsky with top pick in NHL draft; see full round 1 results (More)

Science & Technology

> NASA reveals test images from the James Webb Space Telescope ahead of Tuesday's expected public release of the first batch of scientific images (More)

 

> Engineers demonstrate entanglement of quantum information over a record distance of more than 20 miles; advance is a key step in the development of a quantum internet (More) | Quantum internet 101 (More)

 

> Soft sounds may help dull pain, new neurological study in mice shows; under certain conditions, signaling from the brain's auditory cortex may inhibit pain processing in the thalamus (More)

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +1.5%, Dow +1.1%, Nasdaq +2.3%); S&P 500’s four-day winning streak is longest since March (More)

 

> US 30-year mortgage rates post largest weekly decline since 2008, falling from 5.7% to 5.3%, but up from 2.9% last July (More)

 

> Theranos ex-president Sunny Balwani convicted of 12 charges of fraud; verdict comes six months after a jury found Theranos ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes guilty of fraud (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Analysts say Russia may be taking an operational pause before an assault on Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region; Wednesday marked the first day since the war began that Moscow made no claim of territorial gains (More) | See updates here (More)

 

> Mexican authorities seize roughly 1,200 pounds of illegal fentanyl from a warehouse in the northern city of Culiacán; valued at around $230M, officials say its the largest bust involving the drug on record (More)

 

> Roughly 1 million people journey to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia as the annual hajj pilgrimage begins (More) | What is hajj? (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

The Wanderer

Quanta | Jordana Cepelewicz. He dropped out of high school to become a poet—now June Huh is a Fields Medal-winning mathematician. (Read)

The Impostor Son

BBC | Soutik Biswas. In 1977, the son of a wealthy landlord disappeared, only to mysteriously return four years later. But who was the real Kanhaiya Singh? (Read)

Ruffled Feathers

The Walrus | Lyndsie Bourgon. Glamorous peafowls or unholy terrors—how a band of birds divided the town of Naramata, British Columbia. (Read)

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ETCETERA

 

Vandals bomb Georgia's Stonehenge.

 

More than 1 billion pounds of almonds are stranded in California.

 

Airplane travels 14 hours with a hole in its side.

Predicting the 2022 song of the summer.

 

Man eats his way through historical sandwiches on social media.

 

Fire up the grill with these international barbecue styles.

 

A human-killing tigress sentenced to life in Indian zoo.

 

Keanu Reeves answers child’s rapid-fire questions at airport.

 

Clickbait: Tiny shapeshifting robots are coming to clean your teeth.

 

Historybook: Businessman and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller born (1839); RIP "Gone with the Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (1967); Atlantis is launched on final mission of US Space Shuttle program (2011); RIP former first lady and social activist Betty Ford (2011).

 

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