5 things to know for May 13: Ukraine, baby food, Roe v. Wade, Covid, riot in the Capitol

5 things to know for May 13: Ukraine, baby food, Roe v.  Wade, Covid, riot in the Capitol

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Millions of people around the world will die” if Ukraine’s Black Sea ports don’t reopen, says UN World Food Program head David Beasley. The official is asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to reopen the channels, and the EU is doing Proposals to ease the blockade on exports of commodities such as corn, wheat and barley from Ukraine The EU’s top diplomat announced today that Ukraine’s 521 Millions of US dollars in military support Meanwhile, an ongoing Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region has been hampered after at least two bridges vital to Ukraine’s continued advance were blown up.

2.baby food

Parents are looking for answers and alternatives as the US baby food shortage continues to worsen. A recall and factory shutdown by Abbott Nutrition in February led to major supply chain problems, resulting in extremely high baby formula stockouts — 43% in the week ended May 8. Manufacturers say they’re producing at full capacity, and Abbott says its plant could open in a matter of weeks, but that’s not enough to keep up with demand. The American baby food market is relatively closed to other countries due to regulatory restrictions and recent trade deals, which is helping to drive product shortages.

3. Deer vs. Calf

Republican lawmakers are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a 1950 federal law making it illegal to hold protests outside judges’ homes. Protesters have held peaceful demonstrations outside the homes of several conservative Supreme Court Justices after the release of a draft Supreme Court Opinion ruling Roe v. Wade would fall. Meanwhile, leading anti-abortion groups are urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would criminalize women for having an abortion. Her call is prompted by fears that women who perform abortions could be prosecuted if Roe is punched.

4.Coronavirus

North Korea has announced its first deaths from Covid-19, the result of a “explosive” outbreak that state media says has sickened more than 350,000 people in the country. North Korea has never before reported Covid deaths, although few believe the nation of 25 million, however isolated, has managed to avoid the impact of a deadly global virus. A major outbreak in the country could prove disastrous as it is ill-prepared for a large influx of patients due to its dormant policies and poor healthcare infrastructure. It is also believed that North Korea has not received any Covid vaccinations. China has already offered help, and South Korea and the US have said they are open to dialogue.

5. Riot in the Capitol

The House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed five Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy and the others have refused the panel’s requests for voluntary cooperation, and McCarthy has made it known that he believes the panel is illegitimate. New audio data has revealed that in the days after the riot, the minority leader considered asking then-President Donald Trump to step down. The panel wants to understand how McCarthy’s initial criticism of Trump turned into support and whether Trump pressured him to change his tone when the two met in late January 2021, Brooks from Alabama, Andy Biggs from Arizona and Scott Perry from Pennsylvania.

THAT ONLY IN

Elon Musk says he’s shelving his bid to take over Twitter weeks after agreeing to privatize the company in a $44 billion deal. His announcement came in a tweet on Friday morning.

BROWSE BREAKFAST

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t be competing in the Preakness, but the Belmont could still be an option

A shocking win against the odds is enough.

Some Mega Millions players claim prizes after the host names an incorrect number

The poor host definitely wins the Most Awkward Day at Work award.

Here’s who’s competing in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest

It’s Eurovision, so really anything can happen.

For half a decade, Friday the 13th has been mired in a copyright battle over who owns the original screenplay

Apt reading for today (good luck everyone!)

“Top Gun: Maverick” mixes nostalgia and full-throttle actionn

Ride into the SEQUEL ZONE!

QUIZ TIME

Which famous work of art was bought for a record $195 million this week?

A. Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn”

B. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”

C. Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

D. Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica”

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see if you’re right!

TODAY’S NUMBER

7 trillion dollars

That’s about the amount wiped out on the stock market this year. The S&P 500 is now barely above bear market levels (representing a 20% decline from a recent closing high) and analysts are reporting that the Nasdaq 100 has gotten off to its worst start in a year.

THE TODAY QUOTE

“The barrier between the respect they held for her could not penetrate her heart and the lie the disease told her was so compelling.”

– Ashley Judd, who revealed her mother, Naomi Judd, had died by suicide. The country music icon took her own life a day before she and her daughter Wynonna, who formed musical duo The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Do you need help or do you know someone who needs help? In the US, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. That International Association for Suicide Prevention and friends worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

The beautiful Chinese art of stained glass

What does it take to make a unique painted glass bottle? A curved brush, a steady hand and a lot of patience. (click here to view)

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