PEOPLE: Yesterday, an Ohio man was arrested and charged with the rape of a 10 year old girl who then became pregnant. The story made headlines when the young victim was forced to travel across state lines to get an abortion, since Ohio bans abortions after six weeks…with no exception for rape or incest. Meanwhile, a new video sheds light on the police response to the Uvalde school shooting, which killed 19 students and 2 teachers. The footage shows how armed officers stood around waiting before confronting the gunman - leading to outrage and raising questions over why the response was so delayed. In other news, police just arrested the owner and two employees of a South African tavern where 21 teenagers were found dead last month. It’s still unclear how the teens died.
POLITICS: Everyone’s talking about inflation. See: US prices surged more than 9 percent in June - marking the biggest yearly increase since 1981. Nearly half of the increase is due to higher energy costs. Experts say inflation will likely moderate in July as gas prices have fallen. Meanwhile, Italy’s gov is nearing collapse after a populist party said it would boycott a key confidence vote in Parliament. Meaning Italy could be headed for early elections. Speaking of which, it looks like Rishi Sunak (as in the ex-chancellor) and Penny Mordaunt (as in the trade minister) are the frontrunners in the race to succeed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Conservative Party is set to hold another vote today, with at least one of the six remaining contenders expected to be knocked out.
HEALTH: Yesterday, the FDA gave the thumbs-up to a covid vaccine developed by Novavax. You know Novavax as a biotech biz in Maryland that got a lot of federal funding to produce the shot. The two-dose vaccine marks the fourth covid shot to get FDA approval in the US. Also making headlines: the Biden team just warned the country’s 60,000 retail pharmacies that they risk violating federal civil rights law if they refuse to fill prescriptions for pills that can cause abortion. The gov pointed out that there are many conditions (think: miscarriage, stomach ulcers, and ectopic pregnancy) that are commonly treated with these kinds of pills - so withholding these drugs “may be discriminating” on the basis of sex or disability.