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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Wednesday, May 18, 2022:


The Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania between hedge fund CEO Dave McCormick and television personality Mehmet Oz was too close to call early today in one of several marquee midterm primary elections. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman — who is hospitalized in stable condition after suffering a stroke — won the Democratic nomination. Oz was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, as was controversial North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, whose tumultuous one-term tenure will come to an end after losing to Chuck Edwards. Also in North Carolina, Trump-endorsed Ted Budd won the GOP Senate nomination, and will run against Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley. In Idaho, Gov. Brad Little fended off a Republican primary challenge from Trump-backed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin. AP


MORE FREE TESTS: The federal government is offering a third round of free Covid tests to all American households on its website. Previous rounds shipped kits with four rapid antigen tests but orders this time will contain eight. Doubling the number of tests is the administration’s answer to previous criticism that four tests aren’t enough, particularly if someone in the household catches Covid and needs repeated testing. NBC NEWS

BOOSTERS FOR KIDS: The FDA authorized booster doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The select age group will be eligible for a booster five months after the preliminary two-dose series, though only 28% of children ages 5 to 11 have gotten the first two shots. While the FDA acknowledges that Covid is less severe in younger age groups, it says more kids have been getting sick since the Omicron variant became dominant this past winter. Covid cases in America are rising again; the current average of 90,000 new cases per day is a 30% increase from the previous week. AP



After Ukraine’s military ordered its soldiers to surrender the Mariupol steel mill, hundreds of its fighters who had held out for weeks are now in Russian custody. Though Ukrainian authorities said the troops would be exchanged for Russian prisoners, Moscow has not confirmed the agreement. Muddying the fate of the Ukrainians is the fact that Russia’s Supreme Court may declare their unit, the Azov battalion, a terrorist organization, which would raise questions about the legitimacy of the deal Ukraine made in surrendering the steel plant. Meanwhile, in gaining full control over the war-torn city of Mariupol, albeit with major resistance, Russia has achieved its goal of controlling Ukrainian territory from its border to the Crimean Peninsula. CNN


Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter “cannot move forward” until Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal publicly proves that less than 5% of Twitter accounts are spam or fake. In a tweet thread the day prior, Agrawal extensively explained how Twitter found that less than 5% of its users are spam or fake accounts, but Musk clearly didn’t buy Agrawal’s claims, and is now calling on the SEC to investigate the social network’s user metrics. Adding to the uncertainty, three more senior employees at Twitter are departing less than a week after two of the company’s executives were let go. As the road to a closed deal gets rockier, the world is beginning to wonder: Is Musk looking for a way out? If he does indeed rescind his offer for the $44 billion buyout, he’ll be required to pay a $1 billion breakup fee. CHEDDAR

Take it from Bezos, $1 billion isn’t that much for a breakup.


Surging inflation has been costly for most Americans, but corporations are feeling the repercussions as well. Walmart came out with its first-quarter earnings yesterday, reporting that its profits took a beating from rising inflation rates and a struggling global supply chain. However, the country’s largest retailer said its sales climbed 2.4% in the quarter. Walmart wasn’t alone in seeing sales growth — the government reported U.S. retail sales rose 0.9% in April, as consumers continue ramping up spending even as inflation soars. Despite increasing sales, the profit loss led Walmart shares to tumble over 11%. CHEDDAR



Deaths on U.S. roads surged to a 16-year high in 2021, with nearly 43,000 people killed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s preliminary numbers show a 10.5% jump from 2020 road fatalities, with nearly 118 people in the U.S. dying every day from traffic crashes. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says America faces a true crisis on the road, and this week sent $5 billion to cities nationwide as part of his department’s new Safe Streets & Roads for All program. That money will fund initiatives to slow down cars, carve out bicycle paths, widen sidewalks and encourage commuters to use public transit. AP


Touchless payments just got even more… touchless. Mastercard has launched its Biometric Checkout Program for retailers to accept payments by facial recognition or fingerprint scanning. Rather than the old-fashioned credit card swipe, users will be able to authenticate their payment by showing their face or the palm of their hand. Mastercard says the program avoids privacy issues; when you enter your face or fingerprint into its system, that biometric data is replaced with a token — a random assortment of numbers and letters — that links to your payment card. The program is already live in five grocery stores in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a global rollout expected later this year. CNBC

But is that token non-fungible?


Google is opening its newest campus in the heart of Silicon Valley. Called “Bay View,” the California campus includes two office buildings, a 1,000-person event center and an onsite hotel with 240 rooms for employees in town temporarily. The campus will be the home to Google’s ad products teams, which in the first quarter of 2022 reported $54.66 billion in revenue. But does it make sense to invest in office space when more employees are demanding to work remotely? That’s why Bay View includes a hotel: It’s part of Google’s acknowledgement — or acceptance — that employees won’t be in the office every day, so the company is providing a level of flexibility. 9TO5GOOGLE


Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day tomorrow, Apple announced a slew of new product features designed to help people with disabilities. One highlight is the live caption feature for videos and FaceTime calls on iPhones, iPads and Macs for users who may be hard of hearing. Apple is also rolling out a Door Detection feature to help visually impaired iPhone or iPad users find doors in unfamiliar areas. That feature also uses machine learning technology to describe whether a door is open or closed, and whether it needs to be pushed, pulled or turned with a knob. 9TO5MAC


…Layoffs at Netflix. The streamer is letting 150 employees go, which was expected after the company recently reported it lost subscribers for the first time in a decade. Roughly half of the layoffs will come from Netflix’s animation division, and most of the cuts will be U.S.-based employees. THR

…A Tom Brady roast… on Netflix. The legendary quarterback will be the first to be roasted in a series of new comedy specials called “Greatest Roasts of All Time” or “GROAT.” Brady will serve as executive producer for the show, set to air in 2023. VARIETY 

Netflix: “We’re cutting costs.” Also Netflix: “We’re hiring Tom Brady.”


"I’m just gonna sit and knit.”
— British Olympic diver Tom Daley joined Cheddar News to talk about his new memoir, "Coming Up For Air," where he details important lessons from his career and the impact that being a famous athlete has on one’s mental health. Knitting his way through the conversation, Daley also discussed whether he plans to retire. CHEDDAR
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