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Friday - 06/12/20
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. Here's what's blinging today... 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Republicans clash with Trump over Confederate names

  • The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to rename Defense Department assets like military bases, aircraft, and ships that are named after Confederate Generals
  • President Trump threatened to veto any such legislation, urging members of his party to keep the names of “our legendary military bases”

WORLD 🌎

Mass graves discovered in Libya

  • The UN has discovered eight mass graves south of Tripoli on Thursday, in territory recently captured by rebel forces
  • No official death toll estimate has been released, but one grave contained at least fifteen bodies and others were said to hold entire families
Additional context: War in Libya: how did it start, who is involved, and what happens next?

BUSINESS 💰

Stocks plummet amidst fear of pandemic resurgence

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 6.9% on Thursday, the worst crash since US coronavirus cases began surging in March
  • The crash came as a dozen states reported spikes in coronavirus infections. 
  • Some of the rise in cases can be attributed to increased testing, but many states are experiencing higher hospitalization rates and shortages of ICU beds

TECH 📱

Microsoft, Amazon halt police use of facial recognition

  • Microsoft and Amazon stopped offering their facial recognition technology to police Thursday, following a similar move from IBM to pull it from the market generally
  • Microsoft said it would consider selling its facial recognition software to police once there are federal regulations to protect human rights
Additional context: Federal study confirms racial bias of many facial-recognition systems, casts doubt on their expanding use

US 🦅

Trump threatens to intervene in Seattle

  • President Trump gave an ultimatum to Seattle officials Thursday: “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will”
  • Gov. Jay Inslee responded, saying that state officials will not allow threats of military violence from the White House
Additional context: Welcome to the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, where Seattle protesters gather without police

SPORTS  🏈

NFL pledges $250MM to combat racism

  • The NFL on Thursday pledged to donate $250 million to support criminal justice reform, police reform, and economic and educational advancement in light of “historic injustices faced by African-Americans”
  • The league said it would also use its media properties, including NFL Network, to promote awareness of social justice issues

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Science 🧬. Chilean researchers discover 74 million-year-old teeth
  • Money 💵. The Treasury says it will not yet put Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill
  • Environment 🌲. Half of Earth’s ice-free land remains relatively untouched by humans
  • Interesting 🔎 Yellowknife woman wins 55 million dollar lottery
  • Funny 😹. Woman hitches ride in canoe


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