5.26.2023

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Mawar Aims for the Philippines

Typhoon Mawar has strengthened into a super typhoon, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane with 175 mph winds, after hitting the US island territory of Guam with the force of a Category 4 hurricane earlier this week. Mawar's winds are estimated to be stronger than any tropical cyclone since Super Typhoon Rai in December 2021. 

 

Mawar is forecast to maintain its current intensity (see satellite imagery) for the next two days, moving northwest of Guam over the Pacific Ocean. It is expected to weaken over the next five days as it approaches the northern Philippines and southern Taiwan. Once it reaches the Philippine area of responsibility (see 101), it will be given the local name Betty. 

 

No fatalities have been recorded in Guam, according to early reports. However, most of the island of more than 150,000 people remains without electricity and running water. Mawar is the strongest typhoon to hit Guam since Super Typhoon Pongsona in 2002. See photos of Mawar's damage here.

 

Madeleine McCann Search

The latest search related to Madeleine McCann has concluded after three days of search efforts in Portugal, reportedly looking for evidence to link the British toddler's disappearance to German suspect Christian Brückner.

 

The search was concentrated around the Arade reservoir, approximately 31 miles from Praia da Luz, where 3-year-old McCann disappeared from her bed during a family vacation in May 2007. Authorities removed several bags near the reservoir, which stands at half capacity due to persistent drought.

 

Last year, Brückner, a 45-year-old convicted child abuser, was officially named a suspect by prosecutors in McCann's disappearance. Brückner, serving a seven-year prison sentence in Germany for the rape of a 72-year-old woman in Portugal in 2005, was known to frequent the reservoir. However, he has not been formally charged in relation to the case.

 

The discoveries, if any, made during the recent search remain unknown. See the timeline of the case here.

 

SCOTUS Rules on Wetlands

The Supreme Court narrowed the authority of the federal government to regulate wetlands yesterday, deciding in favor of an Idaho couple and ending a 15-year legal battle. The unanimous ruling hinged on how directly connected a wetland is to a larger body of water, such as a lake (known as "navigable" waters). 

 

The saga began in 2007 when the couple began construction of a house on a lot near the edge of Priest Lake. Federal officials issued a stop work order, arguing that because the lot contained a wetland connected to the lake via a "non-navigable" creek, it was protected under the Clean Water Act, with the couple filing suit the following year. The court found that to be subject to regulation, a wetland must have continuous surface water connected to "navigable" waters. Three concurring opinions—different reasoning that reached the same decision—were filed. 

 

Separately, the court sided with a 94-year-old Minnesota woman, ruling Hennepin County officials violated her constitutional rights when they seized and sold her house over an unpaid tax bill. 

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

Boston Celtics win Game 5 of NBA Eastern Conference Finals; Miami Heat lead series 3-2 with Game 6 tomorrow in Miami (More) | Dallas Stars stave off elimination by topping Vegas Golden Knights in overtime of Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals (More)

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Science & Technology

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> LIGO, the world's largest gravitational wave observatory, comes back online after a three-year hiatus (More) | What are gravitational waves? (More, w/video)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close mixed (S&P 500 +0.9%, Dow -0.1%, Nasdaq +1.7%); tech stocks close higher as Nvidia approaches $1T market value (More)

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> Credit rating agency Fitch warns it may downgrade AAA rating of the US amid debt ceiling discussions (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol; Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy in November (More)

> White House and House Republicans continue negotiations on raising debt ceiling ahead of June 1 deadline; sources suggest agreement may be reached as early as today (More)

> Cybersecurity experts say a Chinese hacker group targeted US infrastructure and military assets in Guam; US forces on the US island territory would play a key role in potential Chinese actions against Taiwan (More)

 

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