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Thursday - 05/27/21
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POLITICS 🏛️

Senate confirms first Black woman to lead Justice Department’s civil rights division

  • On Tuesday, Senate voted 51-48 to confirm Kristen Clarke as the new head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, becoming the first Black woman to do so
  • Clarke began her career as a lawyer in the DOJ, worked to advocate for voting rights at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and was a civil rights enforcement officer for the New York State Attorney General's Office

WORLD 🌎

Three arrested in connection to a cable car crash in Italy

  • On Wednesday, Italian police officers arrested three men in connection with a cable car crash that killed 14 people in Italy on Sunday
  • The lead cable on the cable car wires had snapped, which led to the cable car reeling back until it fell off the wire and crashed to the ground. Investigators said the men arrested knew a safety brake system in the car was disabled, which if it was working, could have prevented the crash

BUSINESS 💰

Amazon buys MGM Studios

  • On Wednesday, Amazon announced that it will acquire MGM Studios for $8.45 billion, acquiring a vast catalog of films and TV shows including the James Bond series, Rocky, Legally Blonde, and The Handmaid’s Tale 
  • This is the second-largest deal Amazon has made, only behind Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods in 2017

TECH 📱

WhatsApp sues India over privacy regulations

  • Social media platform WhatsApp confirmed that it has filed a lawsuit against India with the Delhi High Court in attempts to block the Indian government’s new rules that would force social media companies to hand over private information about their users 
  • India is WhatsApp’s largest market with about 400 million users. WhatsApp states the new regulations would “break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermine people's right to privacy", but the government said that such requests would only be made concerning serious crimes

US 🦅

Multiple deaths in shooting at San Jose railyard

  • On Wednesday, a shooting occurred at a rail yard in the Northern California city which left nine dead including the suspected shooter who was an employee of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where the incident took place. No motive for the shooting has been found yet
  • Officials also investigated reports of several explosive devices found inside a building at the VTA control center, concluding that there was no present danger to the community

SCIENCE 🔬

Relaxing restrictions for growing human embryos recommended

  • On Wednesday, the International Society for Stem Cell Research, an influential scientific organization, released new guidelines that recommended allowing researchers to be able to grow human embryos in labs for longer than two weeks  
  • The new recommendation is a reversal from the “14-day rule”, an international ethical standard that limits laboratory studies on human embryos, which has been around for decades and written into law in countries including Britain and Australia

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Government 🏛. Karine Jean-Pierre becomes first Black woman in over 30 years to lead a White House press briefing
  • Space 🔭. Check out pictures from Wednesday morning’s super flower blood moon
  • Arts 🎭. The Kelly Clarkson Show to take over Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime slot
  • Interesting 🔎. Tasmanian Devil born on mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years
  • Inspiring ❤️. Howard University renames its College of Fine Arts after alum Chadwick Boseman


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