5.10.2023

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Trump Civil Verdict

A federal jury in a civil trial yesterday found former President Donald Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation of journalist E. Jean Carroll, ordering Trump to pay $5M in damages. 

 

Carroll, 79, filed a lawsuit over battery and defamation charges in November. During the two-week trial, she testified that in the mid-1990s, Trump, now 76, raped her in a dressing room of a department store in Manhattan. Carroll also testified Trump harmed her reputation last fall by accusing her of lying. 

 

The jury of six men and three women was tasked with deciding whether Trump more likely than not raped, sexually abused, or forcibly touched Carroll. They found Trump had not raped Carroll, but it was likely he had sexually abused her. The threshold for proving civil claims is lower than in criminal cases.

 

Trump didn't attend the trial; however, in a videotaped deposition under oath, he claimed Carroll's allegations were for publicity and political reasons. Trump maintains he didn't sexually abuse Carroll and didn't know her. He plans to file an appeal. 

 

Imran Khan Arrested

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested on corruption charges yesterday, intensifying political tensions ahead of an October election. He was taken into custody by a paramilitary group upon arriving at a court hearing in Islamabad, where he faced separate corruption allegations.

 

The former cricket star was elected in 2018 but faced criticism over corruption and economic issues, leading to a no-confidence vote against him in 2022. Khan opposed the vote, dissolved parliament, and accused his opponents of a politically motivated plot, even suggesting US involvement.

 

Khan's arrest threatens to worsen the political and economic unrest in Pakistan. While the government denies political motivation and asserts the rule of law, Khan accuses the government of delaying national elections and colluding with the military. Khan remains popular as inflation has risen to above 36% under the new government and as the country seeks an International Monetary Fund bailout.

 

The arrest sparked violent protests throughout the country. Khan is expected to appear at an anticorruption tribunal today.

 

Earlier Cancer Screenings

The independent US Preventive Services Task Force yesterday recommended all women should receive a mammogram every other year starting at age 40, 10 years earlier than previous guidelines. The announcement comes as breast cancer diagnoses have increased among younger women and as the fatality rate of Black women remains nearly twice as high as white women. 

 

Breast cancer is the second most common, and second deadliest, form of cancer in women, with one out of eight women diagnosed in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates roughly 300,000 women will be diagnosed this year, while over 40,000 will die. Breast cancer mortality has dropped significantly over the last few decades, though there is debate as to whether the drop is due to increased screenings or better treatment.

 

The panel also pushed for more research on the disease's racial disparities as well as techniques to more effectively screen women with dense breasts, a condition that affects over half of the population. See the new guidelines here.

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Surgical Robotic Company Eyeing Nasdaq

 

Dr. Doug Unis couldn’t wrap his head around why surgeons were still using manual saws and eyeball measurements for joint replacement surgeries and he believed this was a major contributor to why as many as 100,000 knee replacements fail every year. 

 

That’s why he set out to reimagine the $19.4B joint replacement industry by working to develop robotic surgical assistants and 3D-printed implants. Monogram hopes to create a more precise, personalized, and minimally invasive surgery experience

 

Estimates say that 50% of knee replacements will be robotically assisted by 2027, and Monogram is working to lead the way with the first active navigated sagittal cutting robot on the market. Take this opportunity to invest alongside Monogram’s 17,000+ investors before their planned Nasdaq listing. Invest in Monogram before midnight PST tonight.

 

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Dolly Parton to release first rock album Nov. 17; record will feature collaborations with Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Lizzo (More) | Grace Bumbry, pioneering Black opera singer, dies at 86 (More)

> Paramount cutting 25% of domestic staff; MTV News to shut down after 36 years (More) | Fox News parent company reports $50M quarterly loss following settlement with Dominion Voting Systems (More)

> "Buddy Holly," a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed, wins Best in Show at 2023 Westminster Dog Show (More) | Denny Crum, Hall of Fame men's basketball coach who won two national titles with Louisville, dies at 86 (More)

 

Science & Technology

> Fast food chain Wendy's partners with Google to pilot an AI-powered chatbot to run its drive-thru services; feature will debut at a Columbus, Ohio, area restaurant next month (More) | IBM unveils Watsonx, with a host of generative AI services (More)

> Gilead Sciences did not infringe on intellectual property rights of the federal government in developing HIV prevention drugs, jury finds; analysts say case has implications for private use of taxpayer-funded research results (More)

> Researchers demonstrate record-breaking silicon solar cell efficiency, with almost 27% conversion rates; performance is roughly a 1.5% efficiency increase over similar leading devices (More)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.5%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq -0.6%) ahead of today’s consumer inflation reading (More)

> Saudi Aramco—Saudi Arabia’s state-controlled oil giant—reports Q1 profit of $32B, down 20% over last year amid lower energy prices (More) | Rivian reports lower-than-expected quarterly loss; electric vehicle maker states it is on track to produce 50,000 cars in 2023 (More

> Airbnb shares fall 9% in after-hours trading as company beats expectations but signals weaker guidance; company also announces $2.5B stock buyback program (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> President Joe Biden meets with "Big Four" congressional lawmakers ahead of end-of-month debt ceiling deadline; group includes Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (D, CA-20) and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D, NY-8); no deal struck during meeting (More)

> Russian President Vladimir Putin leads scaled-back Victory Day celebrations, marking the anniversary of the end of World War II along the Eastern Front against Nazi Germany (More) | See updates on the war in Ukraine here (More)

> Rep. George Santos (R, NY-3) reportedly to face federal charges, possibly linked to campaign finance violations (More) | Former host Tucker Carlson accuses Fox of fraud; Carlson said he would launch a show on Twitter (More) | Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to return to the Senate after two-month absence due to health issues (More)

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Last Chance to Invest in Surgical Robots

 

The company that is developing surgical robots is planning a Nasdaq listing, and today is the final opportunity to invest before their funding round closes. 

 

Monogram has already received FDA approval for customized 3D knee implants and plans to pair it with their first-of-its-kind robot. They have 19 patent filings and 17,000+ investors already. Invest in Monogram before midnight PST tonight.

 

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Etcetera
 

Europe's new satellite snaps stunning photo of Earth.

 

Buckingham Palace releases official coronation portraits.

 

"Scarlet Letter" author's handwritten notes head to auction.

 

Eater's ultimate guide to throwing a delicious wedding.

 

Woman survives wilderness on wine and lollipops

 

Researchers are developing a blood test to detect sleepiness.

 

Man teaches police clog dancing during traffic stop.

 

Watch two silverback gorillas study a caterpillar.

 

Clickbait: "It was warm."

 

Historybook: Paul Revere dies (1818); First American transcontinental railroad is completed (1869); Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of the UK (1940); Actress Joan Crawford dies (1977); Nelson Mandela inaugurated as president of South Africa (1994).

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