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Good morning. It's Saturday, April 15, and in this weekend edition, we're covering charges in the case of a high-profile intelligence leak, the year's most influential people, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.


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Leak Suspect Charged

A Massachusetts air national guardsman, allegedly responsible for the worst US intelligence leak in a decade, made his first appearance in court yesterday, facing two counts, including one under the Espionage Act. Federal prosecutors revealed 21-year-old Jack Teixeira will be charged with unauthorized transmission of national defense information and unauthorized removal of classified documents or material. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on both counts.


The 21-year-old Teixeira was arrested Thursday, roughly one week after circulation of the documents on the social chat platform Discord became widely known. According to reports, the documents—which Teixeira accessed through a global Air Force intelligence sharing network—first appeared as early as last summer (see timeline), eventually migrating to larger Discord groups and other online forums. 


Among other topics, the leak contained estimates of munition levels for Ukrainian air defenses, a US assessment of a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive, and more. See top items here.


The 21-year-old Teixeira's motive for the leak remains unexplained. See our previous write-up here.

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Quick Hits

China vows to not provide arms in Russia-Ukraine war.

Foreign Minister Qin Gang became the highest-ranking Chinese official to publicly make such statements, which come despite overt efforts by China in recent months to strengthen its relationship with Russia. 


NBA Playoffs begin, with Golden State looking to repeat.

Following a round of play-in games, the NBA playoffs begin in full today. The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets are the top two seeds, with the defending champion Warriors a No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. See the bracket here.


White House proposes Medicaid access for DACA beneficiaries. 

The plan would make migrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—or around 600,000 people—eligible for the low-income health insurance program, while also allowing them to enroll on federal health insurance exchanges. See who is covered under DACA here.


JPMorgan Chase posts record profits in first quarter. 

The bank recorded quarterly revenue of more than $39.3B, largely fueled by income from the rise in interest rates. The company's stock jumped 8% on the news. 


Supreme Court temporarily restores wide access to abortion medication. 

The interim stay gives the high court until Wednesday to decide on a formal stay of a lower court ruling, which had limited access to mifepristone while retaining FDA approval. See background on the case here


Below-average hurricane season predicted for first time since 2014.

The predicted change is driven by the shift from La Niña to El Niño climate patterns over the Pacific Ocean. The latter weather phenomenon acts to weaken trade winds and destabilizes conditions needed for strong hurricane formation in the Atlantic Ocean. See an overview here.


French court upholds pension reform plan.

The plan, pushed by President Emmanuel Macron, would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, and has sparked monthslong protests and riots across the country by opposition groups. The court will decide on a request for a national referendum next month. 


Time releases its list of the year's most influential people.

Published annually since 2004, this year's list includes actor Michael B. Jordan, WNBA star Brittney Griner, first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, and more.

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University of Cambridge student designs plastic windows for homes in Ukraine. (More)


Chicago doctor donates kidney to stranger in Virginia; stranger’s husband then donates his kidney to a Chicago patient. (More


Ohio community rallies to support 10-year-old girl’s bucket list as she battles terminal illness. (More)


Indianapolis NICU nurse formally adopts 14-year-old patient who delivered triplets. (More


Former junior high school students help clear their former teachers’ vehicles on a snowy day. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Nanette K. in Minnesota.


"Last weekend, with the 11 inch snowfall, my father-in-law's snowblower broke down. I saw a man with one of those cabin-style rotor-blade caterpillars driving down the road. I asked if he does private driveways and he said, "No. What's up?" I told him about my father-in-law, his very long driveway and he's 84. He said he'd do it and he did! Before I could offer money or thanks, he waved toodle-loo and left! Our guardian angel!"


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



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Historybook: President Abraham Lincoln dies (1865); RMS Titanic sinks after hitting an iceberg, killing more than 1,500 (1912); Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier, becomes first Black major league baseball player (1947); Actress Emma Watson born (1990); Two bombs explode at Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264 (2013).

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