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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Tuesday, May 17, 2022:


Today, voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon cast their ballots in midterm primaries to pick their parties' candidates for the Nov. 8 elections. The U.S. Senate races in Pennsylvania are stealing most of the headlines, as the Republican race includes Trump-backed television personality Mehmet Oz in a tight three-way battle with hedge fund CEO David McCormick and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette. On the other side, Democrats choose between John Fetterman, who recently suffered a stroke, and centrist Congressman Conor Lamb. In North Carolina, polarizing Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn is running against a field of seven GOP candidates hoping to unseat him, and Trump’s kingmaking ability is put to the test again as his endorsee Ted Budd faces former Gov. Pat McCrory for a spot in the U.S. Senate. AP

Trump won’t be his Budd if he loses, though.


Details continue to surface about the deadly intentions of a white gunman who is accused of going on a racist rampage in a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket and killing 10 Black people. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the suspect, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, visited the site of the shooting, Tops Friendly Markets, in March. Gendron had planned to continue the attacks at other stores, according to Gramaglia. The suspect was also under investigation in June 2021 for making a “generalized threat” while attending high school. As the community continues its mourning process, President Joe Biden heads to Buffalo today to meet with individuals affected by the mass shooting. CHEDDAR


Ukraine has evacuated hundreds of fighters from the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol to receive medical treatment in Russia-controlled areas, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced, adding that Ukrainian defenders have completed their mission there. Elsewhere, heavy fighting continues in the northern Ukraine region of Kharkiv, but according to the Pentagon, Ukrainian forces have pushed Russian troops closer to the Russian border. As losses pile up for Moscow, it has shifted focus farther south, where shelling has killed 20 civilians in Donetsk and Luhansk. Meanwhile, Sweden has joined Finland in officially seeking NATO membership. NBC NEWS


After more than 30 years in the country, McDonald’s is selling its business in Russia. The fast-food giant paused operations in Russia two months ago due to its invasion of Ukraine, and now, the company will leave entirely, saying in a news release that “continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values.” The chain has more than 800 restaurants and 62,000 employees in Russia and will continue to pay its workers until a deal closes, just as it has done for employees at its temporarily shuttered Ukraine restaurants. McDonald’s expects to lose $1.4 billion in its withdrawal from Russia as it now seeks a local buyer. CHEDDAR


Infant formula maker Abbott and the FDA have agreed to restart production at Abbott’s largest domestic factory, a key step toward easing a nationwide shortage tied to the plant’s shutdown earlier this year. The Sturgis, Michigan, plant halted production after two babies died of infections from formula produced at the factory. Now that production is set to resume, Abbott says it will take at least eight weeks to begin shipping the formula to stores. In striking a deal to get more formula back on shelves, the Biden administration eases intense pressure from parents who are going to significant lengths to feed their children. CHEDDAR

Angry parents + hungry children = results.


President Joe Biden has approved a request from the Pentagon to redeploy U.S. troops to Somalia to address the growing threat posed by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab. The move reverses former President Donald Trump's order to withdraw all special forces operating in Somalia, though U.S. soldiers have moved in and out of the country since then. A Biden administration official cites clear evidence that al-Shabab intends to target Americans in the region, prompting the U.S. to shift around 450 troops already stationed overseas to the war-torn African country.  NY TIMES


Donald Trump may someday return to Twitter, but not without some restrictions. According to an SEC filing, Trump is obligated to first post to Truth Social, a new social network he’s backing, and can’t publish the same post on another social media site for another six hours. The lines are blurred as to what type of content must adhere to the six-hour policy, though, as Trump is free to post from a personal account about political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the-vote efforts on any platform at any time. The restrictions were outlined in a filing by Digital World Acquisition Corp., which has a deal to take Trump Media & Technology Group — owner of Truth Social — public. Though the former president insists he’s unlikely to return to Twitter, the filing shows how much Truth Social relies on an inside track to Trump for success. AXIOS
Because we all tune in to Trump’s Twitter for his get-out-the-vote efforts.


Wealth and power are going at one another on Twitter. The spat between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and President Joe Biden began when the president tweeted, “You want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.” Bezos responded by accusing Biden’s tweet of “misdirection,” saying there is no correlation between inflation and taxing corporations, and later asserting that Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contributed to the recent spike in inflation. To this, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said it’s “unsurprising” Bezos would attack the administration because Biden just met with labor organizers, including Amazon employees. In the latest development of the high-profile game of he-said-he-said, Bezos accused the White House of trying to “muddy the topic.” REUTERS


Uber has made clear its goal of becoming a “super app” that offers more than just ride sharing. During yesterday’s Go/Get virtual event, Uber revealed new features such as Uber Travel, where consumers can organize rides based on a travel itinerary connected from their email account’s calendar. It’s also rolling out Uber Charter, which lets users book large vehicles like party buses or passenger vans. And in its push to become a zero-emissions service by 2040, Uber is adding an electric vehicle hub for drivers that serves as “a one-stop shop where they can get information and incentives to join the electric revolution.” CHEDDAR


By coming out publicly yesterday, Blackpool's Jake Daniels became the first openly gay active professional male soccer player in the United Kingdom since 1990, when Justin Fashanu became the first openly gay male British soccer player, before taking his own life eight years later. Since then, no male soccer players have come out during their playing career — until yesterday. Daniels, 17, said he was inspired by Josh Cavallo of Australian team Adelaide United, who became the only openly gay man currently playing in a top division after coming out in October. SKY SPORTS


Why LA Destroyed Its World-Class Transit System
Los Angeles used to have one of the best mass transit systems in the world. But today, the City of Angels is known for its terrible traffic and poor public transit. In the early 20th century, LA relied on streetcars — trolleys with stops throughout Southern California. But in 1961, the last passenger streetcar took its final ride. Why? Well, a popular conspiracy theory blames GM. But is that true? Cheddar’s Natalia Ryzak explains. YOUTUBE
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