5 things to know for May 16: buffalo shooting, church shooting, Ukraine, abortion, musk

The US labor market has yet to fully recover from the pandemic, but things appear to be turning around. Despite a record number of Americans quitting their jobs, hirings are outpacing departures in every industry. And experts generally attribute employee departures to the potential for better opportunities.

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1. Buffalo shooting

Ten people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on Saturday afternoon. Details emerge from a racist manifesto allegedly written by the 18-year-old white man believed to have traveled nearly 200 miles from his home to attack a predominantly black neighborhood. The shooter opened fire outside a Tops Friendly Markets store, shooting and killing several people in the parking lot before entering the building. He exchanged gunfire with an armed security guard – who was killed – and shot others inside, then got out and surrendered to police. The suspect, Payton Gendron, has been taken into custody and is currently on suicide watch, Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia said. He was charged with first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty in court, officials said. President Joe Biden is to travel to Buffalo tomorrow to meet with the families of the victims, the White House said.

2. Church shooting

Gun violence has also raged in the southern California town of Laguna Woods after a shooting at a church left at least one dead and five others injured. The shooting occurred at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva during an event honoring a former pastor of a Taiwanese congregation that uses the church for worship services. Police have a suspect in custody, Orange County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Hallock said at a news conference yesterday. It is believed to be an Asian male in his 60s who does not live in the area. The suspect was arrested after a group of worshipers were able to tie up his legs with an extender and confiscate at least two handguns, Hallock said. Investigators are trying to determine if he has any ties to the church or its followers. Police do not yet have a motive, Hallock said.


Despite threats from Russia, Finland said yesterday it would seek to join NATO and Sweden is set to follow suit. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson announced her party’s support for applying to join the US-backed alliance, saying her country must “adapt to reality” and make decisions based on the current climate. The two countries previously refrained from joining for historical and geopolitical reasons. There is “strong bipartisan support” for Finland joining NATO, US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a visit to Finland today. However, Russia has warned the Nordic countries of “considerable consequences” if the countries join the alliance. Meanwhile, EU leaders are stepping up their economic action against Russia and preparing a sixth sanctions package that could be put in place within days.

4. Abortion

Republican Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he would call a special session to pass a comprehensive abortion ban if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this quarter. Asked if he thinks the state should require a raped girl to carry her pregnancy to term, Ricketts told CNN, “They’re babies too. Yeah.” The governor’s comments come as the conservative Supreme Court majority looks likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. More than a dozen states have so-called trigger laws on their books, meaning abortion will be banned almost immediately if Roe v. Wade is no longer in effect, and Nebraska nearly passed its own law last month.

5.Elon Musk

Twitter’s legal team has accused Elon Musk of violating a nondisclosure agreement regarding the number of the social media company’s bot accounts, the Tesla CEO said in a tweet on Saturday. On Friday, Musk tweeted that his $44 billion cash deal to make Twitter private was “temporarily suspended” pending data on the proportion of his fake accounts. Twitter accused Musk of breaching an agreement after Musk tweeted that the sample size for the social media platform’s checks on automated users was 100, “because that’s what Twitter used to calculate


Billboard Music Awards 2022

The biggest names in music showed up at the glamorous Las Vegas show yesterday! Here are the winners.

Jason Momoa apologizes after taking photos in the Sistine Chapel

The ‘Aquaman’ star addressed the controversy – in a sweaty, shirtless workout video. It’s okay, Jason, everyone completely forgives you now.

NBA star Steph Curry graduated from college

Another victory for Mr. Curry. And this time it’s off the field.

Selena Gomez is looking for love on ‘SNL’

Pete Davidson seduced Kim Kardashian. Colin Jost married Scarlett Johansson. Selena Gomez, you’re next. Humor is the way to the heart!

Canceled TV Shows and Other Network Series That Won’t Return

Wouldn’t it be unfortunate if your favorite TV show got cancelled? Check here to make sure it’s not on the list.


$12.4 million

It is at this price that the famous photograph “Le Violon d’Ingres” by Man Ray sold on Saturday, crushing sales estimates. The black and white image, taken in 1924, became the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction.


“Never say never.”

— Former First Lady Melania Trumphinting in a Fox interview that there’s a chance she could live in the White House again as former President Donald Trump teases a 2024 re-election bid. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot in four years of Trump administration,” she added in the interview that aired yesterday.


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