10.30.2023

 

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Israel Widens Strikes

The Israeli military continued to carry out widespread airstrikes over the weekend in the Gaza Strip, combined with a second targeted incursion into the area. The efforts come ahead of a potential full-scale invasion of Israel into Gaza, the looming possibility of which officials have signaled for weeks. Phone and internet communications were knocked out late Friday in Gaza and partially restored as of yesterday evening. 

 

Separately, a reported 33 trucks with humanitarian supplies arrived in Gaza via the Rafah crossing along the territory's border with Egypt (see map). International officials have called for an increase in supplies—an aid warehouse in the city of Deir al-Balah was broken into over the weekend. 

 

The total death is approaching 10,000 people, including an estimated 1,400 Israelis and more than 8,000 Palestinians. 

 

See updates on the war here.

 

Matthew Perry Dies

Actor Matthew Perry, best known for his role in NBC's top-rated sitcom "Friends," died Saturday at the age of 54. Initial reports suggest the actor accidentally drowned in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles, though no official cause of death has yet been reported.

 

Born in Massachusetts and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Perry was cast at age 24 as the witty Chandler Bing on the internationally successful "Friends," a show depicting the lives of six young New Yorkers. The show and its now-iconic actors—including Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc—earned over 60 Emmy nominations and won six while each of the sitcom's 10 seasons ranked among the year's most-watched series. The sitcom remains popular on streaming services.

 

Amid his success, Perry dealt for years with complications from addiction to painkillers and alcohol, a side of his life detailed in a 2022 memoir. Perry was publicly sober as of his death, according to reports. Watch highlights of Perry on "Friends" here.

 

Search for Motives in Maine

Officials in Maine continued to search for evidence of a motive in a mass shooting that left 18 people dead and 13 others injured. The 40-year-old shooter reportedly died by suicide after opening fire at a bowling alley in the city of Lewiston before attacking a nearby restaurant. 

 

Family members said the gunman had been suffering mental health issues in recent months, including undergoing inpatient psychiatric treatment. An Army reservist, he was said to have been reported to military leadership as recently as July over erratic behavior. Police say the primary weapon used was a semi-automatic rifle purchased legally

 

See the victims of the attack here.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Arizona Diamondbacks top Texas Rangers 9-1 to tie World Series at 1-1; Game 3 is tonight (8 pm ET, Fox) from Phoenix (More) | Adam Johnson, former NHL player, dies at 29 after being cut in the neck by a skate during a game in England (More)

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Science & Technology

> Blue Origin unveils design for its moon lander, says craft will be operational within three years; company, launched by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, received a $3.4B contract from NASA as part of its Artemis program (More)

> Release of modified mosquitoes drops Dengue fever rates by roughly 95% in pilot study; insects were deliberately infected with the Wolbachia bacteria prior to release, which inhibits transmission of the virus (More)

> Study suggests hair follicles have the ability to sense touch; lab experiments found follicle cells can trigger signals from adjacent sensory nerves (More)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close mixed Friday (S&P 500 -0.5%, Dow -1.1%, Nasdaq +0.4%); S&P 500 closes in correction territory, down 10.3% from 2023 high on July 31 (More)

> United Auto Workers and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) agree to tentative four-year labor deal similar to deal reached with Ford last week; UAW expands strike against General Motors to Tennessee plant over the weekend (More)

> Google reportedly investing $2B in artificial intelligence startup Anthropic, following Amazon’s up to $4B investment announced in September (More) | FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried testifies in front of jury in fraud trial Friday (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Death toll rises to 43 from last week's Category 5 Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Mexico; damages estimated to be at least $15B (More) | Stores looted by thousands impacted by storm; 8,000 military personnel deployed to area (More)

> Former Vice President Mike Pence ends presidential campaign, citing lagging fundraising and poll numbers (More) | Next GOP primary debate scheduled for Nov. 8; see lineup here (More)

> Monthlong synod session of Roman Catholic leaders concludes with adoption of 81 proposals, includes consideration of ordaining female deacons; final session planned for next year (More)

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