Fallout in Japan, Elon Musk, and a Rare Blue Lobster 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, July 9, and in this weekend edition, we're covering more details on the assassination of Japan's former prime minister, Elon Musk's attempt to withdraw from an agreement to buy Twitter, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Assassination in Japan

More details have emerged over the assassination of Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who was shot from behind while giving a speech yesterday at a campaign event for a fellow politician in the western city of Nara. The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, a former member of Japan's navy, admitted to attacking Abe with a homemade gun (see here). The shooter said he believed Abe was associated with a certain organization he held a grudge against but didn't name the group. 


Gun violence is rare in Japan as it is considered to have one of the strictest gun control laws in the world. Prospective gun owners must undergo formal instruction; a background check; and written, mental, and drug tests before obtaining a license. 


Abe, 67, was in office from 2006-07 and then again from 2012-20, before resigning due to health reasons. See an overview of Abe's career here.


See photos of the aftermath here and footage of the incident here (warning—sensitive content). 



Elon Musk moves to terminate $44B deal to buy Twitter.

The billionaire entrepreneur, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, said Twitter was in breach of contract and had made false and misleading statements regarding spam bot accounts on its platform. See filing here.


Biden signs executive order on reproductive health services.

The executive order attempts to safeguard access to emergency contraceptives and abortion medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The order also seeks to protect patient privacy rights and provide more security and legal options for people seeking or providing abortion services. 


USWNT qualifies for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The US women's national team secured its spot in next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after defeating Jamaica, 5-0, and after Haiti defeated Mexico, in the second match day of the CONCACAF W Championship. The USWNT, which has qualified for every World Cup since 1991, also beat Haiti on opening day. 


WWE's Vince McMahon paid over $12M to hide alleged misconduct.

The longtime leader of World Wrestling Entertainment reportedly paid the sum to four women, all formerly associated with WWE, over the past 16 years to settle allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity. McMahon temporarily stepped down as CEO last month amid WWE's probe into the misconduct claims.


The US adds 372,000 jobs as unemployment remains steady.

The figure is higher than the 270,000 jobs economists had expected and continues a streak of job gains in the last 18 months. The unemployment rate held at 3.6% for the fourth straight month, near prepandemic levels. The education and health services industries led job creation, followed by leisure and hospitality. 


New carnivorous dinosaur discovered with short arms like T. rex.

Paleontologists in Argentina uncovered an almost-complete fossil of a new species of dinosaur, the Meraxes gigas, revealing it was 36 feet long and likely weighed more than four tons. The team says the M. gigas has no direct relation to the T. rex, as it became extinct nearly 20 million years before the T. rex roamed the Earth.

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Over $3M raised for toddler whose parents died in Highland Park shooting. (More)


Tennis player Jodie Burrage helps unwell ball boy during Wimbledon match. (More


Father and daughter doctor duo team up for heart surgery. (More)


Boy scout raises over $77K to build a veterans memorial in his town. (More


Mississippi teenager rescues three teens and an officer from the river. (More


How two women with the same exact name became best friends. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Peggy S. in Chandler, Arizona.


"Our mini Australian Shepard of 15 years has a hard time walking on the hot Arizona pavement, rocks, and artificial grass in the middle of the day. Our kind neighbor has a small patch of real grass and has given us permission for her to use for a potty break. We’re so grateful for this act of kindness that makes such a difference for our little four-legged friend."


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> Why Wimbledon uses 55,000 tennis balls every year

> Italian man amasses world's largest collection of 12,402 different Pepsi cans.



The 24 best beaches in America.

> Fisherman catches rare blue lobster

Galactic skies stun in astronomy photography shortlist.

> NASA is looking for vortex hunters to examine images of Jupiter.



Meet Dr. Glaucomflecken, the comedian-ophthalmologist.


> Exploring the possibility of plastivores—microbes that can eat your trash.

> The last human: A glimpse into the future.
Wildlife conservationist helps baby owls return to their burrow.


Long Read 

> Behind the largest art heist in history.

> What insect civilizations can tell us about human society.

> Under anesthesia, where do our minds go


Best of the Week: Make strong passwords with three random words.

Historybook: 14th Amendment ratified in the US, granting citizenship to African Americans (1868); First Wimbledon tournament begins (1877); HBD actor Tom Hanks (1956); Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup Cans make their debut (1962); HBD musician Courtney Love (1964)


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- Tom Hanks

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