PEOPLE: Everyone’s talking about PG&E. Reminder: back in 2018, California faced the deadliest and most destructive fire in its history - labelled the Camp Fire. It left 85 people died. The fire’s cause: electrical lines owned and operated by PG&E. Fast forward to yesterday, and it looks like the biz is pleading guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully starting the Camp Fire. Cue a max fine of close to $3.5 million - plus the biz will be creating a trust to help compensate the victims. In other news, recently, Islamist insurgents seized control of a key town in northern Mozambique. It marks the first time jihadists there have attacked a major town. Stay tuned.
WORLD: ICYMI, the US is still dealing with the 2020 primary elections. Kind of. Case in point: recently, Rhode Island altogether postponed its primary - while Alaska shook its head to in-person voting. Not yet clear how this will affect the election. Speaking of which, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are now the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. You read that right. After growing pressure from countries like Canada and Australia, the International Olympic Committee plus the Japanese gov finally nodded their heads to postponing the games “to a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021.” Because, coronavirus pandemic.
USA: All eyes are on Afghanistan. We’ll remind you: months ago, the country headed to the polls. Spoiler: Prez Ashraf Ghani snagged re-election. Problem, since his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, pointed fingers at the election commission for picking favorites….declaring himself the winner...and pinky promised to form his own gov. Now, months later, the US State Dept says it’ll cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan this year unless Ghani and Abdullah agree to support a unified gov. Tension, high. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is making some changes. As in the Supremes recently ruled that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity - without violating their constitutional rights. Huge deal, BTW.