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Toronto Gold Theft

Canadian authorities announced they are investigating the theft of about $15M in gold and valuables that were stolen from a holding cargo facility at the Toronto Pearson International Airport this week. No suspects have been identified as of Friday.


The gold and valuables were transferred to the facility after being taken off a plane Monday evening. Authorities said the thieves accessed the public side of a warehouse that is leased to a third party outside the airport's security to get to the loot. They also said nothing unusual about the handling of the shipment was noticed until the gold and valuables disappeared from the warehouse. See the open questions in the case here and a brief history of airport heists from around the world here


The theft joins a list of other major heists in Canada in the last two decades, which include the 2011 and 2012 thefts of roughly 3,000 tons of maple syrup valued at $14.4M, which were stolen from a storage facility in Quebec.

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Quick Hits

Supreme Court maintains access to abortion pills during appeals process.

The court's action allows full access to the abortion medication mifepristone while a challenge to the Food and Drug Administration's approval of the drug plays out in lower courts. 


Russia's air force accidentally bombs its own city near Ukraine.

At least three people were injured in Russia's Belgorod, a city of 340,000 located about 25 miles east of the Russia-Ukraine border. The blast left a 66-foot-wide crater in the middle of a residential street. See more war updates here.


Sixth suspect arrested in Alabama birthday party shooting.

Authorities arrested a 15-year-old, who joins five others that have been arrested and charged this week for reckless murder for shooting and killing four people and injuring 32 others in Dadeville, Alabama. The previous five suspects are being held without bond. 


Twitter drops "state-affiliated" and "government-funded" labels for media.

The update comes about a week after NPR announced it would stop posting content on Twitter after Twitter designated the media outlet as “state-affiliated media.” The social network also removed labels identifying the personal and official accounts of US officials as government officials. 


NFL suspends five players for violating gambling policy.

The league suspended four Detroit Lions players—receivers Jameson Williams, Quintez Cephus, Stanley Berryhill, and safety CJ Moore—as well as Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney. The NFL bans all betting on NFL games.


Study finds worms get the munchies from cannabis-like substances. 

The C. elegans nematode worm is driven to consume higher quantities of high-calorie bacterial foods when their cannabinoid receptors are activated, paralleling the effects of marijuana on human appetites.


New photo of late Queen Elizabeth II released on her 97th birthday.

The family photograph, taken by the Princess of Wales, shows the late queen surrounded by most of her great-grandchildren during a family trip to Balmoral last summer.  

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Beyoncé's BeyGOOD Foundation to support students, entrepreneurs by giving out $2M on Renaissance World Tour. (More)


Sandy Hook shooting survivor who lost his sister is presented with a surprise scholarship for college at a Rangers game. (More)


Build-A-Bear replaces young girl's teddy bear with recording of her late mother's heartbeat after her father accidentally donates the original. (More


A mother wins a $2M lottery after paying for her daughter's cancer treatment with her life savings. (More)


Aspiring opera singer from Washington, DC, heads to Germany after surpassing his fundraising goal for the trip. (More, w/video) 


Pizza delivery driver trips suspect running from police, all while managing to not drop the pizza. (More, w/video)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Rose Anne H. in Alberta, Canada.


"It may seem a small thing, but a stranger invited me to take the empty seat beside her in the front row at a concert. I'd arrived early, fully expecting to get a good seat, but everyone else in the audience apparently had the same thought. The few seats remaining by the time I arrived were directly in front of large speakers, which, of course, blocked a significant segment of the stage. No seats were assigned, but I was a bit shy about walking/looking around for other vacancies and didn't recognize any familiar faces. I sat by the speakers. Not three minutes later, a lady came up to me and asked me if I'd like to use the vacant seat beside her. Front row, center. One of the best seats in the house. It was absolutely lovely of her." 


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> King Charles' personal fortune is worth roughly $745M, hundreds of millions more than his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

> Mexico sells unwanted presidential jet to Tajikistan for roughly $92M, a loss from the original purchase price of roughly $200M.  

> Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) becomes first female to cast 10,000 votes in the Senate.



> See the winning shots from NASA's photography awards.

Visualizing America's $31.4T national debt

> Peek inside Kendall Roy's "Succession" penthouse.

Car flies and crashes into second story of California home.

Meet Patches, a lovable 40-pound cat

> A pumpkin hides among these turkeys—can you find it?



> The Library of Alexandra: The story of one woman's battle against academic journals that underlie published scientific research and her quest to make information free.


> Tracing the history of popcorn.

> Explaining how Spotify's AI-driven algorithm works.

> An intricate Japanese sweet that's a national delicacy.

> Fruit expert breaks down how to pick the ripest fruit


Long Read 

The American spy who surrendered to the Nazis to save civilians

Cocaine-smuggling submarine reveals Europe's drug crisis.

> The resilience of Sri Lanka's musical, mobile bakeries


Best of the Week: Photographer captures Florida's croczilla.


Historybook: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ellen Glasgow born (1873); Earth Day first celebrated in the US (1970); Photographer Ansel Adams dies (1984); President Richard Nixon dies (1994); Former NFL football player Pat Tillman killed during the war in Afghanistan (2004). 

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