5 things to know for May 13: Ukraine, Baby Formula, Roe v. Wade, Covid, Capitol Riots

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Millions of people around the world will die” if Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea are not reopened, says the director of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley. The official pleads with Russian President Vladimir Putin to reopen the canals, and the EU is proposing ways to ease the blockade of exports of products such as corn, wheat and barley out of Ukraine.The EU’s top diplomat announced today that the bloc will provide $521 million in military support to Ukraine.Meanwhile A sustained Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region was hampered after at least two bridges vital to continuing the Ukrainian advance were blown up, however Ukrainian forces are pressing in the area.

2. baby formula

Parents are looking for answers and alternatives as baby formula shortages continue to worsen in the U.S. A recall and Abbott Nutrition plant closure in February became bigger supply chain issues , resulting in extremely high stock-out rates for infant formula: 43% for the week ending May 8. Manufacturers say they are producing at full capacity. and Abbott says its plant could be open in a matter of weeks, but it’s not enough to keep up with demand. The US baby formula market is relatively isolated from other countries due to regulatory restrictions and recent trade deals, which is helping to drive product shortages.

3. Roe vs. Wade

Republican lawmakers are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a 1950 federal law that makes it illegal to hold protests outside judges’ homes. Protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations outside the homes of several conservative Supreme Court justices after the release of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, leading anti-abortion groups are urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would criminalize women for having abortions. Her call stems from fears that women who have abortions could face criminal charges if Roe is brought down.

4.coronavirus

North Korea has announced its first deaths from covid-19, the result of an “explosive” outbreak that, according to state media, has sickened more than 350,000 people in the country. North Korea has never before reported Covid deaths, though few believe the nation of 25 million, though isolated, has managed to avoid the effects of a deadly global virus. A large outbreak in the country could prove disastrous, as its isolation policies and poor health care infrastructure leave it ill-prepared for a large influx of patients. North Korea is also not believed to have received any Covid vaccine. China has already offered assistance, and South Korea and the US have said they are open to dialogue.

5. Capitol Riots

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed five Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy and the others have refused the panel’s requests to cooperate voluntarily, and McCarthy has made it known that he believes the panel is illegitimate. New audio has revealed that, in the days after the insurrection, the minority leader had considered asking then-President Donald Trump to resign. The panel wants to understand how McCarthy’s initial criticism of Trump changed to support, and whether Trump pressured him to change his tune when the pair met in late January 2021. The other Republican congressmen included in this round of subpoenas are Jim Jordan. from Ohio, Missouri. Brooks from Alabama, Andy Biggs from Arizona and Scott Perry from Pennsylvania.

THIS JUST IN

Elon Musk says he is calling off his bid to acquire Twitter, weeks after agreeing to take the company private in a $44 billion deal. His announcement came in a Friday morning tweet.

BREAKFAST SAIL

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t race in the Preakness, but the Belmont could still be on the cards

A shocking victory against all odds is enough.

Some Mega Millions Players Claim Prizes After Host Calls Out Wrong Number

The poor host definitely wins the “Most Awkward Day at Work” award.

These are the participants in the grand finale of the Eurovision Song Contest

It’s Eurovision, so really anything can happen.

For half a decade, “Friday the 13th” has been locked in a copyright dispute over who owns the original script.

An appropriate read for today (good luck, everyone!)

“Top Gun: Maverick” mixes nostalgia and action at full throttlenorth

Enter the SEQUEL ZONE!

EXAMINATION TIME

What famous work of art was bought for a record $195 million this week?

A. Andy Warhol “I shoot Marilyn sage blue”

B. Leonardo da Vinci “Mona Lisa”

“The Starry Night” by C. Vincent van Gogh

The “Guernica” of D. Pablo Picasso

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz let’s see if you’re right!

TODAY’S ISSUE

$7 billion

That is what has been removed from the stock market this year. The S&P 500 is now just above bear market levels (meaning a 20% drop from a recent closing high) and analysts are reporting the Nasdaq 100 is off to its worst start to any year.

TODAY’S APPOINTMENT

“The barrier between the look they had her in couldn’t penetrate her heart, and the lie the disease told her was so convincing.”

–Ashley Judd, who revealed that his mother Naomi Judd died by suicide. The country music icon took her own life the day before she and her daughter Wynonna, who made up the musical duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Do you need help or do you know someone who needs it? In the US, call National Lifeline for Suicide Prevention at 1-800-273-8255. The International Association for Suicide Prevention Y friends all over the world also provides contact information for crisis centers around the world.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

The beautiful Chinese art of glass painting.

What does it take to make a one-of-a-kind painted glass bottle? A curved brush, a steady hand and a lot of patience. (Click here to see)

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