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1. NATIONAL ABORTION BAN
A group of Republican senators led by South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham has introduced a bill that would ban abortions in the U.S. after 15 weeks. It provides exceptions in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening medical emergencies. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hasn't said whether he'll bring it to a vote, but either way, Graham says it's a play for Republican support in the midterm elections.
2. INFLATION SLOWS, STOCKS PLUNGE
While inflation continued to slow in August, the headline number came in higher than analysts were expecting, which quashed investors' hopes that the report might temper the Federal Reserve's plan for another big rate hike next week. The Dow Jones tumbled 1,250 points following the news, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell 4% and 5%, respectively. On the bright side, energy prices plunged last month; prices were up 8.3% year over year, a slower rate than in July.
3. TWITTER DRAMA
Peiter "Mudge" Zatko told a Senate committee yesterday that Twitter's cyber security is so bad even a teen could figure out how to crack it. Mudge was a well-known hacker before getting snapped up by Twitter to lead its security team. Later in the day, Twitter's shareholders voted to support Elon Musk's takeover bid. Still, the social media platform and Tesla founder are headed toward a date in court as Musk tries to get out of the deal.
4. EXTREME CALIFORNIA WEATHER
It's been a particularly difficult week for Californians in the weather department. Right now the Mosquito Fire near Sacramento has grown to 50,000 acres. It is 18% contained — but not before destroying dozens of buildings in Michigan Bluff. More than 11,000 people have fled the fire but no deaths or injuries have been reported. Mudslides caused additional evacuations yesterday near Los Angeles and, of course, this follows a record-long heat wave that baked the state.
5. STARBUCKS TALKS LABOR
Starbucks admitted yesterday that its current labor troubles are "self-induced" and that it now hopes to rebuild trust with its employees. Company executives, including outgoing CEO Howard Schultz, outlined a plan to make life easier for workers, many of whom have recently joined a nationwide union drive. The proposals were light on specifics, but the overall message was that employees can expect more flexibility. Union organizers protested the company event, and multiple stores went on strike.
6. BAD BAG BAN
It's been just three months since New Jersey banned most grocers from providing single-use bags, both paper and plastic. Now residents are amassing giant piles of reusable bags. It's a particularly big problem for people who get groceries delivered; delivery services have interpreted the law to mean they, too, must send reusable bags. Now lawmakers are reconsidering the wording of the law to perhaps allow paper bags or exempt these services.
7. IN THE COURTS
R.KELLY: The fate of musician R. Kelly is in the hands of the jury once again. The singer known for hits like "I Believe I Can Fly" is charged with child pornography, enticing minor girls for sex, and obstruction for allegedly rigging a 2008 trial on similar charges. In July he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
ALEX JONES: Another hearing is underway for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, this time to determine how much he'll have to pay families of eight victims killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He spread lies that the school shooting was a hoax, causing his supporters to harass families whose loved ones were killed. Last month he was ordered to pay one family nearly $50 million.
8. PHOENIX SUNS OWNER SUSPENDED
Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury majority owner Robert Sarver has been suspended for one year and fined $10 million by the NBA after he violated workplace standards. In 2020, an ESPN report, which included interviews with more than 70 employees, raised allegations of misogyny and racism in a sometimes hostile work environment. The NBA substantiated those claims against Sarver and noted that he used a racial slur at least five times, made inappropriate "sex-related" comments, and had "instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees."
This NBA honcho fouled out and will sit on the bench for a year.
9. IN ENTERTAINMENT
Here are a few of the entertainment headlines we've been watching over the last day: Joker: Folie à Deux is adding to its cast, Gisele Bündchen spoke to Elle about reclaiming her life after stepping out of the spotlight to raise children and support her superstar quarterback husband Tom Brady, and GoldenEye 007 is making a comeback, video game style.
I knew saving those old systems would pay off one day.
10. RECAPPING THE 74TH EMMY AWARDS
We took some time to think about the best and worst of this year's Emmys and here's what we think you Need2Know:
Highlights: Zendaya, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Hwang Dong-hyuk and Lee Jung-Jae broke down barriers with their historic wins.
Lowlights: *Sighs* Better Call Saul was snubbed for the sixth year in a row. That's right. Over 40 Emmy nods and no wins.
How NYC Manages the Most Congested Streets in America
New York might have America’s biggest public transit system but its roads are just as important. Each day the city plays host to an intricate dance of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Keeping it all running smoothly takes grit, street sweepers, thousands of cameras and a whole lot of asphalt.