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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Monday, July 11, 2022:


Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party won a parliamentary election just two days after the former prime minister was gunned down during a campaign event. The victory gives the party an opportunity to achieve Abe’s long-held goal of amending a clause in Japan’s Constitution that renounces war. The revision would open the door for Japan to become a military power and potentially increase the country’s global standing. Meanwhile, the man accused of assassinating Abe told police he did so because Abe was linked to an unidentified group that the suspect, 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, abhorred. Local police also admitted to security shortcomings at the time of Abe’s killing. AP


Following protests fueled by a severe economic crisis, Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister each agreed to resign. Protesters stormed both officials’ homes and offices, setting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence on fire, and occupying President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s home, where demonstrators were seen jumping into the president’s pool and raiding his kitchen. As authorities work to control the chaotic protests, it’s unclear to Sri Lankans what the next government will look like and how it will address shortages of food, medicine, fuel and other essentials. AP
Protesters take to the swimming pool at the president's home in Colombo. [AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena]


At least 15 people were killed and an unknown number were injured in a shooting at a tavern in the South African town of Soweto. Police say a group of men armed with rifles and 9 mm pistols entered the bar near Johannesburg and opened fire on customers at random. Authorities are still investigating a motive for the attack, which transpired just hours after a mass shooting in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg, where four people were slain and eight others were injured. Meanwhile, an investigation is still underway after 22 people were found dead at a nightclub in the coastal town of East London. FOX NEWS


As expected following the seizure of Luhansk, Russian forces are ramping up their bombardment slightly farther west against targets in Ukraine’s Donetsk province. At least 15 people were killed after a Moscow missile strike hit an apartment complex in the town of Chasiv Yar. Emergency responders said 24 people, including a child, may still be under the rubble. Russia also conducted attacks on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, where an analyst said Moscow plans to annex part of the industrial region rather than declare it a pro-Russian republic. NY TIMES


Back in the States, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to protect access to reproductive health services. While the order doesn’t restore a nationwide right to an abortion, it is intended to safeguard access to abortion medication and contraception, protect patient privacy, ramp up abortion education efforts, and convene volunteer lawyers to represent patients navigating their right to travel to another state for an abortion. Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, Biden has stressed that his capacity to protect abortion rights by executive action is limited without congressional action, pressuring voters to elect pro-choice representatives. CHEDDAR
Biden has really mastered his document-signing pose. End of joke.


Elon Musk announced that he no longer plans to acquire Twitter because the social media company failed to provide enough information about the number of fake accounts on the platform. Under the terms of the original agreement, each side agreed to pay a $1 billion breakup fee to back out, but Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor said the company is committed to closing the $44 billion deal and will pursue legal action against Musk to enforce the merger. Twitter is expected to file a lawsuit in Delaware. Musk’s lawyers accused Twitter of a “material breach” of the agreement, claiming the company made “false and misleading representations” about its spam accounts. CHEDDAR


Steve Bannon, who served as an adviser for former President Donald Trump, is willing to testify in front of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. This comes after Trump waived his executive privilege that theoretically allowed Bannon to ignore a subpoena from the Jan. 6 panel. The committee reportedly wants to investigate Bannon for his communication with Trump about the 2020 election certification, and for his comments the day before the riot, when he declared on a podcast, “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.” It’s unclear when Bannon may testify, though the next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow followed by a primetime hearing Thursday evening. AP
It’s possible that, all this time, he thought they were chanting, “Let’s go Bannon!”


The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has released its findings of a four-month analysis of 124,000 emails, text messages, memos and other records of the ride-hailing company Uber. The Uber Files project details what it calls Uber’s aggressive entry into cities around the world, by employing stealth technology to impede regulators and law enforcement; by courting prominent political leaders — deeming French President Emmanuel Macron a “true ally” — to gain access to cities outside the U.S.; and by leveraging the taxi industry’s violence against its drivers in Europe to gain public sympathy. WASHINGTON POST


The Minions have been dethroned. Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” topped the domestic box office this weekend with a $143 million opening — the third-highest film debut this year. Despite falling just short of its $150 million projection in the U.S., the Chris Hemsworth-starring action flick brought in $159 million internationally for a global total of $302 million. The film was no cheap project, costing $250 million to produce and $100 million more to promote. Coming in a distant second over the weekend was “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” which earned $45.5 million. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Now those are some numbers to marvel at.


Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, and seventh overall at the All-England Club. With yesterday’s victory, the Serb surpassed Roger Federer for second all-time in Grand Slam victories with 21, and is now just one Slam championship away from tying Rafael Nadal for the all-time record. In the women’s draw, Elena Rybakina was crowned Wimbledon champion after defeating third-seed Ons Jabeur in three sets. Considered an underdog as a 17 seed, Rybakina became the first player from Kazakhstan to win a Grand Slam title. ESPN
Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic celebrate their Wimbledon victories. [AP Photos/Kirsty Wigglesworth]

Q&A with Cheddar Anchor Baker Machado

Starting today, Wake Up With Cheddar is getting a fresh new look and a top-notch team of anchors to bring you the biggest news of the day.
To get acquainted with the anchors that make news magic happen every single day, we're bringing you some Q&As to help you get to know the team. Featured first is the team’s familiar face, Baker Machado, who has been an anchor with Cheddar since 2017. Here’s a sneak peek of our Q&A with Baker:
Q: Do you ever get used to waking up before the crack of dawn?
 Every time I get up, I'm always like, "How the hell am I up right now at 3:40 in the morning?" The funniest thing is, before the pandemic I would take a rideshare to the office and it would be so funny because people that were going home from a night out at the club [would see me] and they would say to me, "Oh where are you coming from?" and I'm just like, "I'm going to work. Where are you coming from?" CHEDDAR
[Photo: Cheddar]


@cheddar: Do improper lane changes apply to planes?
A pilot’s GoPro placed inside the cockpit was recording as he had to make an emergency landing on a four-lane highway in North Carolina. INSTAGRAM