June 13, 2023


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UKRAINE | Today is day 474 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are your updates:

  • Reports say at least 10 people were killed, two dozen were injured, and several remain missing following an overnight Russian missile strike that hit a five-story residential building and a warehouse in the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s hometown. [more]
  • Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said yesterday that Ukrainian forces have regained control of seven villages in the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia provinces over the past week. [more]

TRUMP INDICTMENT | Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to be arraigned today in Miami, Florida, on more than 30 federal criminal charges related to his retention of classified documents after leaving office. Reports say security has been increased ahead of Trump’s appearance this afternoon in the area around the Miami federal court where the arraignment will take place. [more]

U.S. GUN VIOLENCE | Police in Denver, Colorado, say at least nine people were shot during an altercation involving several people early this morning in an area where large crowds were celebrating the Denver Nuggets’ NBA Finals championship victory. Reports say three shooting victims are in critical condition and that one suspect has been taken into custody. [more]

U.S. IMMIGRATION | The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has announced the suspension of applications for asylum via its CBP One app for the border crossing in Laredo, Texas. Reports say the move is in response to allegations of demands for payment from asylum seekers by officials in the nearby Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo. [more]

MARYLAND | Police in Annapolis, Maryland, say Charles Robert Smith, 43, has been arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the Sunday shooting of six people in the city that reports say occurred after a dispute broke out over parking during a party. [more]

NORTH CAROLINA | The Republican-led North Carolina state Senate filed legislation yesterday that would strip the state’s governor of the power to appoint members of the State Board of Elections. Under the proposed bill, which supporters say would increase public confidence in the electoral process and opponents have criticized as a power grab, the legislature would appoint all members of the Board. [more]

U.S. ECONOMY | Economists surveyed by data company FactSet predict that U.S. consumer prices rose 4.2% in May, compared to the year-ago period — down from the 4.9% increase seen in April. [more]

INTERSTATE 95 | Officials say the section of Interstate 95 that collapsed following a vehicle fire Sunday in northeast Philadelphia will be closed in both directions for several weeks as repairs and reconstruction take place. The affected section of the U.S.’ main East Coast north-south highway carries about 160,000 vehicles daily, according to Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll. [more]

U.S AND SYRIA | U.S. officials say 22 U.S. service members were injured over the weekend in a helicopter accident in northeastern Syria. Officials note that no enemy fire was involved in the incident and that the cause is under investigation. [more]

CYCLONE BIPARJOY | Authorities in India and Pakistan have announced emergency preparedness and evacuation plans ahead of Thursday’s projected arrival of Cyclone Biparjoy, which is expected to make landfall near Pakistan’s southern Sindh province and India’s western state of Gujarat. [more]

U.K. | Police in Nottingham, England, have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after three people were found dead on the city’s streets this morning and three others were injured after an attempt to run them over with a van. [more]

ISRAEL AND WEST BANK | News service Axios cites unnamed U.S. and Israeli sources as saying Israel intends to announce plans later this month to build up to 4,000 new housing units in the occupied West Bank and that the U.S. is urging Israel to not move forward with the plan. [more]

PHILIPPINES | Evacuations are continuing in the Philippines’ region surrounding the Mayon volcano today as volcanic activity, including ash emissions and lava flow, prompted the government to expand the danger zone around the volcano. [more]

DIGITAL THREATS | Citing a need for global coordination to fight hate and misinformation on digital platforms and to mitigate the risks of artificial intelligence, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced plans yesterday to appoint advisory boards this year to research and prepare U.N. initiatives to address the issues. Guterres also announced ongoing work on a United Nations Code of Conduct for Information Integrity on Digital Platforms ahead of next year’s Summit of the Future. [more]

GAMING | The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit yesterday seeking to block Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of video game maker Activision Blizzard. The merger has also been opposed by U.K. regulators, but approved by the European Union, as well as China, Japan, Brazil, and South Korea. [more]

BASKETBALL | The Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat, 94-89, last night to win the 2023 NBA Finals and claim the franchise’s first league championship. Denver center Nikola Jokic was awarded the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy. [more]

THE BEATLES | Reports cite Paul McCartney as saying at artificial intelligence technologies have been used to help create what he calls a final Beatles recording, which is rumored to be a version of a 1979 John Lennon composition called “Now and Then.” The recording is set to be released later this year. [more]

WHEEL OF FORTUNE | Pat Sajak, who has hosted the U.S. television game show Wheel of Fortune since 1981, has announced that the show’s next season, which starts in September, will be his last as host. [more]

R.I.P. | Actor Treat Williams, best known for his roles in the television series “Everwood” and the movies “Hair” and “Once Upon A Time In America,” died yesterday following a motorcycle accident in Vermont. [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | On this date in 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ernesto Miranda in Miranda v. Arizona, affirming that constitutional guarantees against self-incrimination include restrictions on police interrogation of an arrested suspect.  [more history]

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