6.10.2023

 

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Good morning. It's Saturday, June 10, and in this weekend edition, we're covering federal charges against a former president, a study on octopuses rewiring their brains, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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Trump Indictment Unsealed

The Justice Department yesterday unsealed federal criminal charges in a grand jury indictment against former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of 102 classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022. Trump faces 37 felony counts, including 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information under the Espionage Act. See the indictment here.

 

Trump's personal aide and former military valet, Walt Nauta, was also named a co-conspirator in the indictment. Trump allegedly directed Nauta to move and hide approximately 64 boxes of documents at the Mar-a-Lago estate between May 23, 2022, and June 2, 2022, following a May 11, 2022, subpoena for Trump to produce documents.

 

According to the indictment, classified documents at the estate included information on US nuclear programs and defense and weapons capabilities for the US and foreign countries. Trump allegedly shared some of the information with unauthorized people in at least two instances at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. 

 

The development marks the first time a former president faces federal criminal charges. Trump, who denies any wrongdoing, is set to appear in court in Miami Tuesday—a day before his 77th birthday. The former president also announced changes to his legal team after two attorneys resigned. 

 

See a timeline of the documents probe here.

Quick Hits
 

Boris Johnson resigns as UK lawmaker following 'partygate' report.

The former UK prime minister stepped down Friday after being informed he would be sanctioned for misleading statements he made to Parliament over a series of parties he held during COVID-19 lockdowns. A special election will be held to replace Johnson's seat. 

 

White House says Iran is helping Russia build a drone factory.

US intelligence findings released by the White House suggest Iran has been sending Russia materials to build a drone manufacturing facility east of Moscow, which could be fully operational by next year. The US believes the facility will likely be used to build drones for Russia's war against Ukraine. 

 

Russia to deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus in July.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made the announcement in a televised meeting with the Belarusian leader Friday. Belarus, a close ally of Russia, neighbors Ukraine to the north and shares an almost-700-mile border. Russian forces have used Belarus as a staging ground since the beginning of the war. 

 

UBS, Swiss government sign $10B loss guarantee deal.

The agreement is part of UBS' $3.2B takeover of fellow Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse. Under the agreement, the Swiss government will cover losses of up to $10B after UBS assumes the first roughly $5B of losses. UBS disclosed last month it would incur a roughly $17B financial loss as a result of the acquisition, which includes $4B in potential litigation and regulatory costs. 

 

Evacuations begin around Mayon Volcano in the Philippines.

Roughly 10,000 residents living within a 3.7-mile radius of the volcano began evacuating Friday after officials said the volcano showed signs of increasing activity preceding a hazardous eruption. The Mayon Volcano, about 205 miles south of the capital of Manila, is the Philippines' most active volcano. It last erupted in 2018. 

 

Octopuses rewire their brains to cope with the cold.

A new study shows some species of octopus can edit their RNA (see 101) on the fly to adapt to cooler temperatures and ensure their neural functioning. The ability has also been found in certain species of squid and cuttlefish, though previous research hadn't pinpointed the factors that might cause such RNA editing. 

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Humankind
 

A couple who dated in the 1950s and lost touch are reunited 63 years later. (More)

 

NCAA champion Rose Zhang becomes first LPGA golfer since 1951 to win a tournament in pro debut. (More

 

A 10-year-old jumps into action to help grandfather from drowning in pool. (More)

 

Firefighters save a Taylor Swift fan's concert outfit from a house fire. (More

 

Texas 14-year-old graduates from high school, following sister's footsteps. (More)

 

Security guards save a mother's choking baby at a gas station. (More

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Eileen M. in Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania.

 

"I just celebrated my 36th wedding anniversary and my fondest memory is of an act of kindness by a hotel waitress. ... We had finally made it to our wedding night hotel where we collapsed exhausted into seats in the hotel lounge. We were feeling completely shell-shocked. Me especially because my mother had passed away, and the day had been way too emotional. A waitress came over and asked if she could help us. I said rather pathetically that we had just gotten married, forgotten to eat all day, and were not sure how we even managed to get this far.  She took pity on us and went back into the kitchen that had long since closed and brought us out huge turkey sandwiches that she made herself. ... I will never forget her kindness. I think of her every time I eat a turkey sandwich."

 

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

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

> Omega Speedmaster watch, sold for record high $3.4M, turns out to be a fake.
> Family discovers at least 1 million copper pennies in crawlspace of basement

 

Browse 

> Ranking America's safest suburbs

> The most common dad joke in each US state.

> Photo project captures rare lunar figure eight.

> Welcome to the "troll apartment" embedded in a Los Angeles bridge.

Diet water, melted ice cream top list of unusual hotel room requests.

> Meet the Sultan of Slowjamastan

 

Listen 

> The history and forgotten message behind "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." 


Watch 

> Why classic American diners look the way they do.

What did people do before anesthesia

Why REM sleep has made humans special

> Meet the guy who created Microsoft's Clippy

 

Long Read  

> Anne Frank's childhood friend recalls their years before the Holocaust.

> The hidden mountains lurking deep within Earth.

 

Best of the Week: Angler catches an over nine-foot-long catfish (w/photos). 

 

Historybook: Benjamin Franklin conducts famous kite experiment (1752); Hattie McDaniel, first African American to win an Oscar, born (1893); Hollywood legend Judy Garland born (1922); Italy invades France, declares war on France and Great Britain (1940); Musician Ray Charles dies (2004).

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