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Good morning. It's Saturday, Oct. 28, and in this weekend edition, we're covering Israel's expanding ground operations, the end of a two-day search for a mass shooting suspect, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.


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Israel Expands Ground Activity  

The Israeli military conducted a targeted ground raid in Gaza for a second consecutive night Friday and announced plans to expand operations as it moves closer to a full ground invasion. Israeli officials said the decision to widen ground operations came after negotiations with Hamas on a possible hostage release hit an impasse. More than 210 hostages from Israel are believed to be held by Hamas in various locations in Gaza. 


An Israeli military representative said Israel also increased airstrikes on Gaza City and surrounding towns as it seeks to remove Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip. Israel's aerial attacks have cut off communication services and most internet connectivity across the besieged enclave. The latest death toll has risen to more than 7,000 people in Gaza and more than 1,400 people in Israel. 


Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly by a vote of 120-14 approved a Jordanian-led resolution for a humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Assembly resolutions are not legally binding, but they serve as an indicator of countries' stances. 


Separately, the US carried out airstrikes against two facilities in eastern Syria tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (see overview) in retaliation for recent drone attacks targeting US troops in the Middle East.  


See updates on the war here.

Quick Hits

Suspect in Lewiston, Maine, mass shooting found dead Friday night.

The 40-year-old gunman, who killed 18 people and injured 13 after opening fire at a bar and a bowling alley, is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect's body was reportedly found at a recycling center where he used to work, ending a two-day search. Authorities also identified all 18 victims.


Taylor Swift hits billionaire status, releases "1989 (Taylor's Version)."

Swift's record-breaking Eras Tour has pushed her net worth to $1.1B, according to a Bloomberg analysis. The milestone comes as Swift released a rerecorded version of her 2014 album "1989" Friday, featuring five new tracks. Swift has been releasing rerecorded albums after her former record label sold her original masters.


Rep. George Santos (R, NY-3) pleads not guilty to 10 new felony counts.

The 10 additional charges are part of a superseding indictment that includes allegations of wire fraud, identity theft, and unauthorized charges on donors' credit cards. A trial has also been set to begin Sept. 9, 2024, and is expected to last at least three weeks. House Republicans from New York are seeking to expel Santos. 


Rep. Dean Phillips (D, MN-3) launches 2024 primary bid against Biden.

Phillips, a 54-year-old third-term congressman, enters the race with long shot odds against incumbent President Joe Biden, who has so far raised $71.3M and has backing from the Democratic National Committee. See all 2024 presidential candidates here.


Venus may have had Earth-like plate tectonics billions of years ago.

Brown University researchers, using atmospheric data and computer modeling, have learned that the planet's current atmosphere and surface pressure indicate early tectonic activity, similar to what happened on Earth as new continents formed. They concluded Venus' plate tectonics formed about 4.5 billion to 3.5 billion years ago.


JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to sell 1 million shares in bank's stock.

The plan, noted in a company filing Friday, marks the first time Dimon is selling a portion of his stake in the largest US bank. The filing cited "financial diversification and tax-planning" as the reasons for the sale. Dimon has been at the helm of JPMorgan for nearly 18 years and has roughly 8.6 million shares worth $1.2B.

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Rapper Missy Elliott donates $50K to help 26 families with past-due rent in her hometown. (More)


Cancer survivor delivers her one-millionth meal to patients battling breast cancer. (More)


Father and son launch business creating custom Halloween costumes for children in walkers and wheelchairs. (More


Two women who remained pen pals since being paired together from elementary schools in California and Pennsylvania in 1980 finally meet for the first time. (More)


Florida teen adopted from foster care one day before his 18th birthday. (More

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Erika C. in New Mexico


"Along with thousands of others, we were hoping to catch the annular eclipse from the International Balloon Fiesta grounds in Albuquerque. My photography buff son had searched for a solar filter or even mylar sheets for his camera for days. He asked several other photographers at the Fiesta if they had a spare filter. After several attempts, one family of three looked at each other and then produced a filter out of their four-pack, their last one. They handed it over and asked for nothing in return. It was so kind of them to give my son such a scarce, high demand/short supply resource. As a result, he was able to capture amazing pictures of the balloons and the eclipse."


What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us here.



> Welding company tries to pay off $23,500 settlement with 3 tons of coins.
> California plans to release 2.25 million sterile male fruit flies into a Los Angeles neighborhood to eradicate invasive wild Mediterranean fruit flies.   

> Original drawing of the most reprinted "New Yorker" cartoon about a dog on the internet fetches $175K at auction, the highest price ever paid for a single comic



> Compare your net worth with different age groups

> The countries that do (and don't) observe daylight saving time

> Visualizing the largest airlines by passenger count.

> Starbucks unveils its new holiday cups

> Aruba wants to give tourists a tattoovenir



> The story of Jack Barsky and his tangled life as a KGB spy in America, beginning with a knock on his college dorm room door in 1970


> Why varroa mites are a honeybee's worst eight-legged nightmare.

> How the Cup Noodles empire was built

> Quick time-lapse of a mushroom that turns into ink.


Long Read 

> A brief history of roundabouts and why they're safe

> An illustrative dive on Formula One pitstops and how they work.

> Ancient Egyptians may have spiced their mummies


Best of the Week: America's abandoned megaprojects (w/video). 


Historybook: English philosopher John Locke dies (1704); "Gulliver’s Travels" is first published (1726); Polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk born (1914); Bill Gates born (1955); Julia Roberts born (1967).

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