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Good evening. Here is the last Tuesday at the end of the day.
1. Fourteen children and a teacher were killed in an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas said the shooter was an 18-year-old man who abandoned his vehicle and walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde – a town of about 16,000 about 84 miles west from San Antonio – with a handgun and maybe a rifle.
“He shot and killed, horribly and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said. Police are believed to have killed the shooter.
A nearby hospital said it was treating a 66-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both in critical condition. Follow our live coverage of the events here.
At New Yorkthe suspect in a fatal subway shooting has surrendered to police.
2. The President of the European Commission accused Moscow of deliberately causing a global food crisis.
Ursula von der Leyen condemned Russia for seizing and destroying grain stocks and imposing a blockade of Ukrainian seaports. Ukraine, a major wheat exporter, has 20 million tonnes of grain it cannot ship. Tens of millions of people could face a famine that would be “hell on Earth”, according to the head of the World Food Programme. The EU, von der Leyen said, was working to open up alternative routes for overland shipments.
On the ground, Russian troops continued a multi-day push towards one of the last towns under Ukrainian control in the eastern province of Lugansk. If the city of Sievierodonetsk fell, it would give a major boost to the Russian forces.
In other war stories, a Russian diplomat has resigned from his post at the UN in Geneva, saying: “Never have I been so ashamed of my country.”
Russian ambitions in Ukraine seem to have diminished, as our map clearly shows.
3. Voters voted in the primaries in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas today.
The most-watched races are in Georgia, where voting appears to be going smoothly despite a history of long lines and fraud claims. Governor Brian Kemp, the incumbent who has opposed Donald Trump’s demands to overturn the 2020 election results, is expected to defeat David Perdue, a Trump-backed candidate who yesterday accused Stacey Abrams, the likely Democratic opponent of Kemp this fall, for “humiliating her.” own race”.
Raphael Warnock, the incumbent Democratic senator, will most likely pick up a primary victory and face Herschel Walker, the former soccer star, in the fall.
In Alabama, three Republican Senate primary candidates have traded leads in a costly and negative campaign, and incumbent Governor Kay Ivey could face a runoff in the Republican primary for governor. In Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to be the GOP candidate for governor.
In other election newsquestions remain about the health of John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, who recently suffered a stroke.
4. The United States has seen a larger increase in its death rate during the pandemic than most other rich countries.
According to recent data from the World Health Organization, American deaths were 15% higher than normal in 2020 and 2021 – a figure that shows the difference between the number of deaths during this period and the number of deaths expected without Covid. This includes deaths from the virus among those who have not been tested, as well as deaths from preventable illnesses when hospitals were overwhelmed.
Although poorer or developing countries have done less well overall than rich countries, the US record has surpassed countries with far fewer resources, such as Kenya, Thailand and the Philippines. It was reported earlier this month that the number of excess deaths worldwide exceeded 15 million people.
In China, young people are deeply disillusioned and unable to tolerate the country’s zero-Covid lockdown policies, writes our New New World columnist.
6. Can being denied an abortion harm your mental health?
Anti-abortion groups have long argued that abortion harms a woman’s mental health. But the most comprehensive study available found that women who were denied abortions had more short-term psychological problems than those who received one, and had more long-term physical and financial problems.
Women who were denied an abortion and gave birth reported more chronic headaches or migraines and joint pain than those who aborted. They also reported greater exposure to domestic violence and increased poverty.
7. The birth rate in the United States has increased for the first time since 2014.
Federal government data showed there were 3,659,289 births in 2021, an increase of around 46,000, or 1%, from the previous year. This follows a steep decline in 2020 of around 4%. Since 2007, the birth rate in the United States had fallen every year except 2014, when there was a slight increase before continuing the descent in 2015.
The increase has further muddied the question of how the pandemic has affected the birth rate. The sharp drop in 2020 suggested that women could have delayed pregnancy. The new data showed birth rates fell among women aged 15-24, including a 6% drop to record lows among women aged 15-19 and an increase among women aged 25-49. years.
8. In the midst of a housing crisis, old golf courses are reconsidered for housing.
With courses rocked by rising costs – including the high cost of water for irrigation – and declining interest from golfers, developers are eyeing the large expanses of green sewn into the fabric of thriving communities. But they face challenges such as strict zoning regulations and community resistance.
9. Hugh Jackman is up for his third Tony, this time for his role in “The Music Man”. The kids in the play still see him as Wolverine from “X-Men.”
Jackman admitted in an interview with The Times that his stint on “X-Men” was lonely at first as he adjusted to the differences between film and theater. Now, six months after debuting his first Broadway musical since 2003, in which he plays con man Harold Hill, he’s basking in the mood: “There’s something about this show that excites me with an energy that I didn’t think I had,” Jackman said.
10. And finally, a workout designed to improve your mood.
Our new exercise video was created by Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist who teaches at Stanford University and teaches group fitness classes. It draws on research that shows that movements used to express joy — reaching out, bouncing to a beat, spinning like a dancer with outstretched arms — can also elicit it.
The workout guides you through six “Joy Moves”, intended to suit people of all ages and abilities. It can be done standing or sitting.
Have a lively evening.
Eve Edelheit photos compiled for this briefing.
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