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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Tuesday, May 3, 2022:


In a draft memo leaked last night, the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which makes abortions legal throughout the U.S. Politico shared a purported copy of the draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito, which would overrule the Roe finding along with the similar 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case. Draft decisions are just that — drafts — which are often edited before the final release, but a leak of this sort from the body's secretive deliberations is stunning. Reporters have been working to confirm the validity of the document. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement declaring that if the memo is accurate, it will "go down as an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history." READ THE DRAFT


Evacuations from the war-ridden Ukrainian city of Mariupol continued, but after more than 100 civilians were cleared from the city's besieged Azovstal steel plant, evacuations were halted due to security challenges, with one commander saying the complex is under “constant fire.” Explosions were also reported in Odesa, where a 15-year-old was killed when a missile hit a residential building. Meanwhile, after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Polish President Andrzej Duda to signify a strengthening partnership with Poland. NY TIMES


The first multistate midterm elections of 2022 take place today, as Ohio voters pick nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate, while Indiana voters consider whether their Legislature should become more conservative. For Republicans, the elections will be a key indicator of how much influence former President Donald Trump still holds over the party, particularly in Ohio’s Senate race, where Trump has been especially involved. For Democrats, the primary results could signal the direction of the party; Biden-endorsed incumbent Rep. Shontel Brown is up against progressive challenger Nina Turner, a former state senator and Bernie Sanders presidential campaign chairwoman. CHEDDAR


Last month, JetBlue made an offer to buy Spirit Airlines for $3.6 billion. Yesterday, Spirit declined, opting to stick with its original plan of merging with Frontier to form the fifth-largest U.S. airline. Spirit executives deemed JetBlue's buyout offer as too risky, saying the deal "has a low probability of receiving antitrust clearance" due to JetBlue's partnership with American Airlines. While JetBlue isn’t giving up on a deal, Frontier and Spirit hope to become the standard for low-budget flying. The airlines plan to offer more than 1,000 flights daily to 145 destinations and add 10,000 jobs by 2026. Shares of Spirit fell 9.4% Monday. WSJ

We’re not sure what’s worse, flying Spirit or flying Frontier. 


And speaking of rejection… Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse in New York City rebuffed a bid to unionize. Of the 1,600 eligible voters, only 61% cast a ballot with about 62% of those (618 total) voting against the union and 38% (380 total) voting in favor. The strike-down is a major blow to organizers who just last month pulled off the first U.S. unionization effort in the retail giant’s history. They hoped a second victory would trigger more organizing at Amazon, the nation's second-largest employer. Instead, Amazon prevailed in its anti-union messaging, which claims that the company is a better advocate for its workers. The outcome of a union election in Alabama is still up in the air, so the union wave at Amazon hasn’t crashed entirely. CHEDDAR
One and done. 


The EU has accused Apple of unfairly blocking competitors from using the technology behind Apple Pay. According to a statement the European Commission sent to Apple, the iPhone maker has restricted access to its devices' near-field communications (NFC) equipment so only Apple Pay can use it. Essentially, rival tech companies that want to create apps or wallets utilizing the tap-to-pay features on iPhones are unable to do so. If charges are upheld against Apple, the company is facing a fine of up to 10% of its annual global income, which would be as high as $36 billion. BLOOMBERG

An Apple a day keeps the competition away.


In an effort to transition the U.S. away from gasoline-powered cars, the Biden administration launched a $3.1 billion plan to boost domestic manufacturing of batteries through funding from President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure law. The Department of Energy wants to improve the domestic supply chain of electric batteries, which could bolster the market for EVs in America by lowering prices. Right now, EV manufacturing mostly goes through China, which controls 80% of lithium, cobalt and other minerals needed for electric battery production. NY TIMES


Grindr, an LGBTQ dating app, reportedly had been selling users’ location data for years. A new report says that, since 2017, such data was collected from an online ad network before being put on sale through a partner company. Grindr halted this operation when it limited location data collection in 2020. While the data excluded personal information, it provided information such as romantic encounters between specific users based on their devices' proximity to one another. The data also reportedly identified clues to people’s identities such as their workplaces and home addresses, based on the users’ patterns, habits and routines. WSJ​​​​​​​


But it’s only Tuesday? Well, if you’re thinking it’s too early to plan, you’re probably already behind, because reservations on Mother’s Day are skyrocketing, according to online reservation service OpenTable. It also reports that noon is the most popular time of day to dine out on Mother’s Day, and American and Italian restaurants are the most popular choices. But not all moms want to go out: A survey of 2,000 mothers found that most just want to celebrate at home. Whether mom’s preference is spending quality time at home or hitting the town for fine dining, Cheddar’s Lawrence Banton has a variety of tips and tricks to help you nail Mother’s Day. CHEDDAR


Dunkin' and Beyond Meat are facing a lawsuit for attaching the slogan "Plant-Based, Great Taste" to their vegan sausage sandwich. Vegadelphia Foods said in the filing that it patented the slogan "Where Great Taste is Plant-Based" four years before Dunkin' and Beyond Meat dropped a similar slogan in a few ads — including one where Snoop Dogg utters the catchphrase. Vegadelphia Foods estimates Dunkin’ made $100 million in the first six months of selling the vegan sausage sandwich, and is now seeking damages, a share of Dunkin' and Beyond's profits, and a halt to Dunkin’ and Beyond’s use of the slogan. INSIDER

“Plant-based. Great taste.” Isn't that an oxymoron? 

Why Car Crash Tests Need a Crucial Update

More than 65 congressional members recently sent a letter to Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Department of Transportation urging the agency to update certain safety standards in crash testing. So, what exactly are the advocates calling for and why do they say our crash tests need a major makeover? Cheddar’s Natalia Ryzak explains. YOUTUBE
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