PEOPLE: Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court just overturned Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. Yes, really. ICYMI, Cosby was sentenced back in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman named Andrea Constand (though about 50 other women also accused Cosby). He got 10 years in prison. The trial made noise as the first high-profile celebrity #MeToo trial. But fast forward to yesterday, and Pennsylvania’s top court axed the conviction, barred the case from retrial, and...released Cosby. The why: a previous prosecutor apparently said that Cosby wouldn’t face charges. In other news, Britney Spears’s dad is calling for an investigation into her claims of abuse under her conservatorship. Stay tuned.
DISASTERS: Recently, an Indigenous nation in Canada declared it had found the remains of 182 people near a former residential school in British Columbia. Not yet clear whether those remains were from students at the school. This comes as multiple mass graves have been found at residential schools in the area. In other news, 18 people - including some kids - have now died in the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. About 150 people are still missing. Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks in most places, despite new guidance from the World Health Organization. And over in North Korea, Kim Jong-un is warning of a “huge crisis,” raising concerns that the country’s facing a coronavirus outbreak.
POLITICS: Yesterday, the US House of Reps voted to create a select committee to investigate the January 6th Capitol attack. This comes after Senate Republicans shot down a plan to form a “9/11-type commission” to take a magnifying glass to the attack. Meanwhile, a lobbyist for Exxon just laid out the oil biz’s efforts to undercut climate action in a secretly recorded video call. Hint: working with “shadow groups” to fight climate science, targeting US senators to block Biden’s proposed climate change measures...you get the idea. And speaking of which, Biden is pledging federal aid to try to minimize weather-related disasters, like the heat wave and wildfires in parts of the US and Canada.