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Texas School Shooting Latest & Primary Results: What You Need2Know

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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Monday, May 23, 2022:

TEXAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING

At least 19 children and two adults are dead after a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, a town about 85 miles from San Antonio. The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, crashed his car outside of Robb Elementary School yesterday and then ran inside, going room to room. At some point during the siege, he was in a gun battle with two local officers, although details are still under investigation, but ultimately a Border Patrol agent who was working nearby entered the school and killed the suspect. The Uvalde High School student also had earlier shot and wounded his grandmother, officials said. The shooting comes just 10 days after a gunman killed 10 shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in a racially motivated attack. President Joe Biden in an address after the Texas massacre called for new gun restrictions: “As a nation we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” AP

PRIMARY RESULTS INCLUDE KEMP WIN

In GOP primary elections testing Trump’s influence in the party, the former president’s endorsed candidates were mostly successful — excluding Georgia’s race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp defeated Trump-backed challenger David Perdue in the biggest defeat yet for a Trump candidate. In a rematch in November’s General Election, Kemp will face Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. In Georgia’s race for a U.S. Senate seat, former football star Herschel Walker, who is also endorsed by Trump, handily won the GOP nomination while incumbent Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene easily won the nomination for the state’s 14th Congressional District. WASH POST

ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE

On a day that marked three months since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces into Ukraine, Russian missile attacks reportedly caused extensive damage in the city of Zaporizhzhia; Ukrainian forces withdrew from the contested town of Svitlodarsk in the eastern Donbas; and Russia's three-month assault on Mariupol is believed to have left at least 22,000 residents dead. Meanwhile, in a win for Ukraine’s military, Russian forces have been pushed out of its artillery’s reach of Kharkiv, allowing the city to reopen its underground train system, which had been sheltering thousands of civilians while under constant attack. CNN

BUSH ASSASSINATION PLOT

The FBI has accused an Iraqi citizen of plotting to kill former President George W. Bush. The FBI said Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab entered the U.S. in 2020, took video of Bush’s home and offices in Dallas, and planned to smuggle four ISIS operatives across the Mexican border to assassinate the former president — because Shihab held Bush responsible for killing many Iraqis during the U.S military invasion in 2003. The FBI uncovered the plot through the work of two confidential informants and surveillance of Shihab’s WhatsApp account. The Columbus, Ohio, resident is in custody as the FBI considers charging him with threats against a former president, material support to ISIS and visa fraud. FORBES

SNAP, SOCIAL MEDIA STOCKS STRUGGLE

Marking the company’s worst day since its 2017 IPO, Snap shares nosedived 43% yesterday. The plummet came after the social media company warned its investors that its quarterly earnings and revenue won’t meet targets, leading to a loss of more than $15 billion in market value. Analysts say online ad platforms will feel the impact of inflation-fueled consumer pullback, so Snap wasn’t the only ad-driven social media stock to take a hit yesterday: Shares of Meta fell nearly 7.6%, Roku 13.7% and Pinterest 23.6%. CHEDDAR

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ABERCROMBIE & FITCH FEELS PINCH

In the past six months, Abercrombie & Fitch’s stock has dropped almost 50%. In its recent earnings report, the brand reported a $14.8 million net loss for the first quarter and lowered its sales forecast down to less than 2% for the next quarter. It's part of a trend for retailers: After two years of stimulus-fueled consumer spending, the industry's pandemic-era upswing appears to be winding down, especially as inflation soars. But customers aren’t cutting back; they’re just spending their money differently. Cheddar’s Alex Vuocolo breaks down Americans’ changing shopping habits, and how brands like Abercrombie & Fitch plan to adapt. CHEDDAR

PSAKI HEADS TO MSNBC

In a widely expected move, Jen Psaki will join MSNBC. The former White House press secretary will join the network to host a show that will stream on Peacock, set to debut in early 2023. Psaki will also appear on NBC and MSNBC’s election coverage during November’s midterms and the 2024 presidential election cycle. In April, Psaki declined to confirm leaked reports that she was leaving public office for a job in television, but now the rumors have proven to be true. Psaki, 43, served as President Joe Biden’s press secretary for about 15 months. NBC NEWS

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U.S. BIRTH RATE UP

For the first time in seven years, U.S. births increased. American women had about 3.6 million babies in 2021, up 1% from the year before, according to newly released CDC data. Births had been declining by an average of 2% since 2014, but the 2021 data is a flip from the birth rate hitting a 35-year low at the beginning of the pandemic. The rebound spanned every group ages 25 and older, with the sharpest increase occurring in those ages 35 to 39. One of the publishers of the report theorized that older women felt they no longer had the option of waiting to have children as the pandemic dragged on. WSJ

WALMART DRONE EXPANSION

Walmart is expanding its drone delivery operation to reach 4 million households across six states. Drone deliveries are currently offered at a handful of stores, but the expansion with operator DroneUp will cover 37 stores. Here’s how it will work: Customers who live within the range of a Walmart drone delivery site can order any number of goods — 10 pounds or less — between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day, with each drone delivery coming with a $3.99 fee. Orders are flown remotely by a certified pilot to the customer’s yard or driveway, where a cable will slowly lower the package. The country’s first large-scale drone delivery operation expects to be up-and-running by the end of the year. CHEDDAR

SPORTS UPDATES

QB DEATH: An autopsy showed that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was legally drunk when he was fatally struck by a dump truck last month. Haskins’ blood alcohol content was 0.20, more than twice the 0.08 legal limit, when he was hit while walking on a Florida highway just before dawn on April 9. ESPN

YANKEE SUSPENSION: New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball for “inappropriate comments” to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson, who is Black, told reporters that Donaldson, who is White, called him "Jackie" (Robinson) multiple times during the game. White Sox manager Tony La Russa deemed Donaldson’s comments as racist, and Donaldson apologized, but said the "Jackie" comments were a reference to an interview where Anderson described himself as being "today's Jackie Robinson." ESPN

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— Jill Zarin of "The Real Housewives of New York City," on her latest product: crystal manifestation candles. Zarin and her daughter Ally Shapiro, CMO of Jill & Ally, visited Cheddar News to discuss the product and chat about the new season of "Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip." CHEDDAR
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