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Israel Advances into Gaza

Israel's military advanced deeper into the northern Gaza Strip Monday as part of an expanded ground invasion. Israeli tanks and other armored vehicles appeared to move further into the enclave's largest population center, Gaza City, temporarily blocking a main road connecting the enclave's north and south regions.

 

Israeli troops also freed an Israeli female soldier held hostage by Hamas, marking the first such rescue since Hamas kidnapped more than 220 people in the Oct. 7 surprise attack that ignited the latest war. A total of five hostages have now been freed, four of whom were released by Hamas. 

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls for a cease-fire as airstrikes continued to hit Gaza. At least 600 targets were struck by the Israeli military over the past few days, according to officials. Additionally, Israeli forces carried out a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. See the war in maps here

 

Separately, 27 trucks of humanitarian aid have entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing, with 39 more expected to enter today. Meanwhile, US officials said US troops in Iraq and Syria were targeted at least 24 times in the past two weeks by Iran-backed militant groups. 

 

See updates on the war here.

 

UAW Reaches GM Deal

The United Auto Workers union and General Motors Corp. have reportedly reached a tentative contract deal, potentially bringing an end to more than six weeks of strikes that have disrupted the auto industry. The agreement follows similar deals reached between the UAW and Ford and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) last week.

 

The four-and-a-half year agreements, which still need to be ratified by union members, are said to be similar terms to the Ford and Stellantis deals, which include a general 25% hourly wage increase plus the return of cost-of-living adjustments. Experts estimate the overall cost increase of the deal to be $6.2B over four-and-a-half years at Ford, $7.2B at GM, and $6.4B at Stellantis.

 

The news comes after the UAW expanded its walkout at GM Saturday at the automaker’s Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant. If ratified, the deals put an end to the first time all three of the Detroit automakers were on strike at the same time, costing billions of dollars in lost production.

 

Dusting Off the Dinosaurs

Pulverized rock dust kicked up by the Chicxulub meteor 66 million years ago played a more significant role in the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs than previously believed, according to a new study. Previous research has emphasized the role of sulfurous fumes and wildfire soot rather than dust in the catastrophe.

 

Scientists have debated for decades exactly which mechanisms from the impact near the Yucatan Peninsula killed roughly three-fourths of the world's species. The impact immediately generated lethal megatsunamis, magnitude 11 earthquakes, and meltdowns of the ocean floor (watch overview). Over time, photosynthesis—where plants produce the energy that forms the basis of the food chain—ceased across the globe for up to two years as a result of blocked sunlight. 

 

The new study used micrometer-sized dust pulled from the Tanis fossil site in North Dakota to simulate models of the post-impact climate. The models suggest the dust—which better resists being rained out than soot or sulfur aerosols—lingered in the air for up to 15 years. 

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Historybook: English poet John Keats born (1795); Magician Harry Houdini dies (1926); Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed (1941); Actor and comedian John Candy born (1950); First female prime minister of India Indira Gandhi is assassinated (1984).

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