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Escaped Murderer in Pennsylvania

The manhunt for convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante enters its eighth day today as police continue to search the area around Chester County Prison 30 miles west of Philadelphia. The 5-foot-tall, 34-year-old Brazilian has been credibly spotted four times since he escaped last Thursday, prompting school closures in two districts.

 

Cavalcante was sentenced to life in prison last month for the 2021 murder of his former girlfriend in front of her two young children; he is also wanted for homicide in Brazil. Authorities released a video of the inmate scaling two close walls in a corner of an outside exercise area, which they believe brought him to the roof (a method reportedly used by another escapee in May). Police shifted the search area by several miles to the south Monday night after a trail camera recorded Cavalcante near a public garden.

 

Police have directed residents to lock their doors as Cavalcante is considered armed and dangerous. There is a $10K reward for any tips leading to his capture. 

 

Synthetic Embryos Developed

Scientists have created human embryo-like structures grown solely from stem cells capable of developing outside of the womb for more than a week, according to research published yesterday. The breakthrough, performed without the use of sperm or fertilized eggs, is expected to enable the study of the earliest stages of embryonic growth. 

 

Known as embryogenesis, the first eight weeks of gestation involve a number of complex interacting processes (see 101)—issues during this early period may lead to critical conditions or diseases later in development. Despite its importance, studying the earliest stages has been challenging due to technical limitations and ethical concerns.

 

Researchers reported the new structures displayed functions and cell types very similar to naturally fertilized embryos—commercial pregnancy tests used on the samples returned positive results. The study was capped at the gestational equivalent of 14 days, the point at which naturally fertilized embryos begin to develop the precursor to organs. 

 

'Hackney Diamonds' Album

The Rolling Stones yesterday unveiled details of their upcoming album, "Hackney Diamonds," in a livestreamed event with late-night host Jimmy Fallon (see here), marking the band's first original studio album in 18 years. The 12-track album will be released Oct. 20 and will feature guest appearances from Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder. 

 

The surviving members of the iconic British group—Mick Jagger, 80, Keith Richards, 79, and Ronnie Wood, 76—also premiered the music video for their new single, "Angry," starring 25-year-old actress Sydney Sweeney, known for her role in the HBO series "Euphoria." Watch the music video here

 

The announcement comes two years after drummer Charlie Watts passed away at the age of 80. Two of the 12 tracks on the new album feature Watts since they were recorded in 2019, while the rest feature drummer Steve Jordan, whom Watts selected as his replacement.

 

"Hackney Diamonds," a reference to East London slang for shattered glass, will be the Rolling Stone's 31st studio album. The group has been active for over six decades since forming in 1962. 

 

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> NFL regular season kicks off tonight (8:20 pm ET, NBC) with the defending champs Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Detroit Lions (More) | San Francisco's Nick Bosa signs five-year, $170M extension, making him the highest-paid defensive player in history (More)

> New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) to take action against organizers of Electric Zoo Festival after the event's production issues led to overbooking and canceling its first day (More)

> Class-action lawsuit filed against Charter Communications, which operates Spectrum Cable, amid contract dispute with Disney that led to blackout of ABC and ESPN for Charter customers (More)

 

Science & Technology

> SpaceX stacks its Starship launch vehicle on top of a Super Heavy booster in preparation for its second launch attempt; first test flight passed maximum dynamic pressure but failed to separate from booster (More)

> Paleontologists discover 150-million-year-old bird-like dinosaur fossil, one of the earliest such specimens discovered; finding raises questions about the evolutionary timeline of certain dinosaurs into birds during the Jurassic Period (More)

> New study suggests the ability to remember the order in which information is received is likely unique to humans; function is considered the foundation of more complex human behaviors (More)

 

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> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.7%, Dow -0.6%, Nasdaq -1.1%) led by tech stocks (More)

> Streaming device giant Roku to lay off 10% of workforce, approximately 360 employees (More)

> Federal Aviation Administration approves three drone companies for beyond the visual line of sight operations, allowing firms to fly drones out of ground operator sight (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> At least 17 people killed after Russian missile strikes a market in Ukraine's eastern city of Kostiantynivka; US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv, announces new $1B US aid package (More) | See more war updates (More)

> Special counsel David Weiss intends to seek grand jury indictment of Hunter Biden on gun charges this month, according to court filing (More) | Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, election interference case plan to call at least 150 witnesses at trial; two of the 19 defendants head to trial Oct. 23 (More)

> Mexico's Supreme Court strikes down federal law criminalizing abortion, ruling nationwide criminal penalties for the procedure are unconstitutional and violate women's rights (More)

 

In-Depth

> 'Please Write Me'

Washington Post | Cathy Free. In 1951, while working at an Iowa factory packing eggs into cartons, then-19-year-old Mary Foss Starn scribbled a message on an egg and sent it out like a note in a bottle. Someone finally replied—72 years later. (Read)

 

> A Wild Ride with Jimmy Buffett

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