PEOPLE: Everyone’s talking about Ahmaud Arbery. Reminder: back in February, Arbery - who’s African American - was out jogging in Georgia when two white men - a father and a son - pulled up in a car and shot and killed him. The men, who said they thought Arbery was a burglary suspect and alleged he “violently” attacked them, weren’t arrested. Fast forward to last week, and video footage of the shooting emerged. Now, after days of online protests and calls for #JusticeforAhmaud, authorities say the two men were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. Stay tuned. In other news, the Justice Dept is dropping the case against Michael Flynn. You know Flynn as the ex-Trump adviser who was a key part of the Mueller investigation. Intro controversy.
USA: The US is prepping for some weird weather. Over in the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Ohio Valley, a polar vortex is expected to blast historic Arctic temps - while over in the West, states are facing record heat. Think: at least 15 degrees above average. It gets even crazier in the East, where temps will be the lowest on the planet compared to average. You read that right. Meanwhile, retail chains are doing increasingly worse amid the coronavirus pandemic. Case in point: Neiman Marcus just filed for bankruptcy. The biz said it’s planning to restructure under Chapter 11 and eventually reopen stores. Yes, really. This marks the second major retailer in a week (cough, J. Crew, cough) to fall during the pandemic.
BIZ: The US unemployment numbers keep going up. Quick refresher: over the past couple of months, tens of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment. This week’s numbers just came out - and it looks like another 3.2 million Americans are being added to that tally. That brings the total to 33.5 million jobs lost - raising the unemployment rate from 3.5 percent in February to 14.7 percent in April. Not good. Speaking of which, according to deets from China’s gov, at least 27 million people there are out of work. That number’s actually expected to be much higher, with 80 million people in China potentially unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic.