9.8.2022

Memphis Shooting, Prehistoric Surgery, and Quiet Quitting Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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Breaking news: A suspect has been arrested after an hours-long shooting spree in Memphis, Tennessee, yesterday evening that left four dead and three others injured. This is a developing story, see updates here.

Canada Stabbing Suspect Dies

The primary suspect in a mass stabbing across an Indigenous community in Canada's Saskatchewan province died yesterday evening, shortly after being arrested. Officials said 32-year-old Myles Sanderson died from self-inflicted wounds after being located in a stolen vehicle and run off the road by police. 

 

Sanderson and his brother, Damien, are alleged to have killed 10 people and injured 18 others in a stabbing rampage that spanned 13 locations across the province's James Smith Cree Nation Saturday. Damien was found dead Monday, with wounds that officials described as "not self-inflicted"—though it was unclear whether his brother is responsible for his killing. A motive has not been publicly disclosed, though authorities have speculated drugs may have played a role

 

See the victims of the massacre here.

Hurricane Earl Forms

The first major hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season is expected to develop later this week as it moves north and to the east of Bermuda. Hurricane Earl, currently a Category 1, is only the second hurricane this year after last week's Danielle. It is not projected to make US landfall.

 

With only five named storms since June 1, the 2022 hurricane season has been one of the slowest on record, marking the first year since 1941 without a named storm between July 3 and Aug. 30. Though the season runs through the end of November, weather experts had predicted a volatile, above-normal season, anticipating 20 named storms and seven hurricanes due to high sea surface temperatures. Some scientists credit an excessively dry patch of the Atlantic for the unexpected lack of cyclone activity. 

 

The calm comes just two years after the busiest season on record, which saw 30 named storms and 14 hurricanes. Read how Atlantic tropical storms develop and are classified here

Stone Age Surgery

Archaeologists revealed yesterday evidence of a complex amputation carried out roughly 31,000 years ago, a find that predates what was formerly believed to be the earliest such operation by about 24,000 years. Researchers say the discovery may help rewrite the history of medical innovation in prehistoric communities.

 

The remains reportedly belong to a young hunter-gatherer buried in a remote cave on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. The skeleton was missing the lower left leg and foot (see full paper), with the tibia and fibula showing a clean cut, along with a bony outgrowth similar to that seen in modern amputations. Researchers estimated the individual underwent the procedure between the ages of 10 and 14 and lived until the age of 20 before being buried. 

 

It had previously been believed humans lacked the tools and medical knowledge to perform complicated medical procedures until the Neolithic Revolution, roughly 12,000 years ago.

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> Six Gulf Arab nations ask Netflix to remove "offensive content," reportedly targeting programs with LGBTQ characters (More) | Netflix settles "Queen's Gambit" defamation lawsuit with chess Grandmaster after erroneously claiming she never faced male opponents (More)

 

> Two novels by American authors among six shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction; winner to be announced Oct. 17 (More)

 

> NFL season kicks off tonight (8:20 ET, NBC) with the defending Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Buffalo Bills (More) | Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson wins her second WNBA MVP award (More)

Science & Technology

> Apple holds annual product launch event, reveals iPhone 14, new iOS16 operating system, and more; see full list of announcements (More)

 

> Human embryos created with DNA from three parents develop safely without defects, study finds; technique avoids passing down genetic defects from the mother's mitochondrial DNA (More)

 

> Study links changes in the length of the day with physiological changes in the brain, with certain neurons altering their function in response to light exposure (More

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> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +1.8%, Dow +1.4%, Nasdaq +2.1%); Nasdaq snaps seven-day losing streak (More)

 

> Delaware judge rules Elon Musk can amend his lawsuit to incorporate recent Twitter whistleblower allegations, but denies request to delay the trial (More)

 

> Video game retailer GameStop shares up over 10% in after-hours trading after announcing partnership with cryptocurrency exchange FTX (More) | Kim Kardashian to launch private equity firm; fund hasn’t raised capital to date (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Shelling resumes near Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, nearby residents ordered to evacuate (More) | Russia to reportedly purchase Soviet-era military supplies from North Korea (More) | See updates on the war (More)

 

> California avoids rolling blackouts for second day as heat wave continues to strain power grid; Sacramento region to see triple-digit temperatures through end of the week (More

 

> Michigan judge strikes down state's 1931 ban on most abortion procedures, concludes law violates state constitution (More) | Texas judge rules employer mandate to provide coverage for HIV prevention drug violates religious freedom (More)

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Finding Francis

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Historybook: Michelangelo’s David statue unveiled to the public (1504); St. Augustine, Florida, becomes first permanent European settlement (1565); Singer Patsy Cline born (1932); Bernie Sanders born (1941); Ruby Bridges, first Black student to attend an all-white school in Louisiana, born (1954).

 

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