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    Israel

    The US is expected to block aid to an Israeli military unit. What is Leahy law that it would cite? WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel expects its top ally, the United States, to announce as soon as Monday that it’s blocking military aid to an Israeli army unit over gross human rights abuses in the Israeli-occupied West Bank before the war in Gaza began six months ago. https://apnews.com/article/lsrael-us-military-aid-leahy-law-e11fafa09029262a89aa8f8c5b6deae7?
  3. Republicans’ defense of the ‘Biden 16' House districts starts with Pennsylvania’s primary election NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) — Mark Houck makes a potent appeal to conservative Republicans in this corner of eastern Pennsylvania when he describes his arrest and subsequent acquittal on federal charges that he pushed a Planned Parenthood volunteer outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic. https://apnews.com/article/pennsylvania-primary-biden-16-house-fitzpatrick-houck-c5b7c0a05a7dbe9e61b3607767b5f629?
  4. Pro-Palestinian protests sweep US college campuses following mass arrests at Columbia NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia canceled in-person classes, dozens of protesters were arrested at Yale and the gates to Harvard Yard were closed to the public on Monday as some of the most prestigious U.S. universities sought to defuse campus tensions over Israel’s war with Hamas. https://apnews.com/article/columbia-yale-israel-palestinians-protests-56c3d9d0a278c15ed8e4132a75ea9599?
  5. Trump tried to ‘corrupt’ the 2016 election, prosecutor alleges as hush money trial gets underway NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump tried to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election by preventing damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public, a prosecutor told jurors Monday at the start of the former president’s historic hush money trial. https://apnews.com/article/trump-trial-hush-money-opening-stormy-daniels-6beee9b99114898ee0dd60185d43bac5?
  6. As Supreme Court hears homeless case, scores rally in downtown Orlando Arresting people who have no other place to sleep than on sidewalks or public spaces ultimately makes the homeless problem worse, according to dozens from local advocacy groups who took part in a downtown Orlando rally on Monday. https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/04/22/as-supreme-court-hears-homeless-case-scores-rally-in-downtown-orlando/?
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    Sports

    📷 Pic du jour: Mavs lose to Clippers Russell Westbrook and the L.A. Clippers were too much for Luka Dončić and the Mavs yesterday. Photo: Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images The Mavs lost in a lackluster Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the L.A. Clippers. How it happened: The Mavs had their worst offensive first half in a playoff game in franchise history, trailing 56-30 at halftime, per ESPN. The Clippers maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half. But, Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving did score 33 and 31 points, respectively. What's next: The Mavs play Game 2 tomorrow night in L.A. Tonight, the Stars have home-ice advantage in their first playoff game against the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Vegas Golden Knights, at 8:30pm at the American Airlines Center.
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    What is your global footprint?

    🌍 Ways to celebrate Earth Day Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios Earth Day is today, and this year's theme is "Planet vs. Plastics." Flashback: The first Earth Day was held in the U.S. in 1970. The day of civic activities now spans 192 countries. Here are some ways you can honor Mother Nature… 🎟️ Confer with others. The EarthX Congress of Conferences is bringing together innovators, investors and experts in Dallas this week to discuss environmental sustainability and conservation. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the speakers. Today-Friday at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. 🧴Pass on plastics. Do a plastic audit at home and work, try sustainable swaps and keep reusable grocery bags in your car. ♻️ Sort your trash. Recycle Revolution in Dallas takes a broad range of recyclable items and Frisco's Environmental Collection Center recycles certain types of styrofoam. 💰 Shop secondhand. Facebook has several locally based re-sell groups that cater to parents, couples getting married and homeowners. Thistle Creative Reuse in Denton and Pegasus Creative Reuse in Dallas collect and sell secondhand arts and crafts supplies. You can also upcycle things you'd typically trash, like those Bath & Body Works candles and old toothbrushes. 🪴 Turn your food into plant food. Plano offers its residents a composting membership with daily drop-off hours. The City of Dallas has these tips for starting your composting. 📬 Time for you to chime in. What else have you tried to reduce your impact on the environment?
  10. "Forever chemicals" found in North Texas water supply Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios Dallas and Fort Worth are among several North Texas cities with more "forever chemicals" in their drinking water than the first-ever limits set by the U.S. government. Why it matters: Exposure to harmful synthetic chemicals has been linked to severe health issues, including an increased risk of cancer. In Texas, 49 public water utility systems have reported surpassing new limits to the chemicals, per a Texas Tribune analysis. The big picture: This month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules limiting five synthetic compounds in a class of chemicals collectively known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The rules require public water systems to monitor their supply for the chemicals. The utilities have five years to enact solutions to reduce PFAS. Be smarter: PFAS have been prevalent since the 1940s, particularly in nonstick cookware and other fire-resistant and oil-repellent products. State of play: Chemical manufacturer 3M will begin paying billions to public water systems this year as part of a settlement over drinking water contamination. Dallas and Fort Worth were among the cities that objected last year to class-action settlements with 3M and DuPont, saying the agreements absolved the companies of wastewater and property cleanup. Zoom in: Arlington, Cockrell Hill, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Haltom City, Irving, Lake Worth, Seagoville, Terrell and Weatherford are also among the Texas water systems reporting forever chemicals above the new standard. What they're doing: Fort Worth is studying how to upgrade its water treatment facilities to remove forever chemicals. The city council will likely vote this summer on adding activated carbon filtration systems to some water treatment plants with higher levels of forever chemicals, per the Fort Worth Report. The bottom line: PFAS will never naturally degrade, meaning it's up to cities and water filtration systems to remove them from the drinking supply.
  11. Climate Change Is Coming For Your Insurance As financial safety nets collapse, regulators are letting insurers off the hook. https://www.levernews.com/climate-change-is-coming-for-your-insurance/?
  12. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced a final rule that will update Title IX regulations governing how schools respond to sexual misconduct, undoing changes made under the Trump administration and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. https://floridaphoenix.com/2024/04/19/biden-administration-to-roll-back-the-betsy-devos-title-ix-rules/?
  13. (N) Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
  14. Following the UAW’s wins against the Detroit Three, TN Volkswagen workers vote to join the union After the United Auto Workers (UAW) won big contracts last year resulting from its stand-up strike against the Detroit Three — Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis — President Shawn Fain vowed that the union would take that momentum into organizing foreign auto companies in the U.S. https://floridaphoenix.com/2024/04/21/following-the-uaws-wins-against-the-detroit-three-tenn-volkswagen-workers-vote-to-join-the-union/?
  15. Aid to Ukraine, Israel overwhelmingly approved by U.S. House in bipartisan vote WASHINGTON — Military and humanitarian aid could be on its way to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan within weeks after the U.S. House took a series of overwhelmingly bipartisan votes Saturday to approve $95 billion in emergency assistance — and the Senate appeared poised to agree. https://floridaphoenix.com/2024/04/20/aid-to-ukraine-israel-overwhelmingly-approved-by-u-s-house-in-bipartisan-vote/?
  16. April 22, 2024 By German Lopez Good morning. We’re covering the new aid package for Ukraine — plus Columbia University, bird flu and Lord Byron. Fighting in eastern Ukraine. Tyler Hicks/The New York Times Help is on the way You have probably read that the war in Ukraine is a stalemate. But conditions have changed in recent months — in Russia’s favor. It has captured more territory, and it seems likely to launch a larger offensive later this spring or summer. In the meantime, Ukraine’s ability to fight back has deteriorated since the U.S. largely stopped sending aid in December. The $60 billion in Ukraine aid that the House passed over the weekend has the potential to change the situation yet again. The Senate is likely to pass the bill in the coming days, and President Biden has signaled that he will sign it. In today’s newsletter, I’ll explain how the aid package could affect the war. Ukraine’s needs American funds will help Ukraine restock two things that have played pivotal roles in the war: artillery shells and antiaircraft munitions. The war has often revolved around artillery, which are large guns that armies use to fire explosive shells and hit targets from a great distance. Both sides have used artillery to kill troops and destroy tanks and bunkers from miles away, weakening the enemy before an attack. Artillery has also stopped advancing armies. In recent months, though, Ukraine has started to run out of artillery shells. Russian forces have fired five to 10 times as many shells as Ukraine. “That’s just not sustainable,” my colleague Eric Schmitt, who covers national security, told me. “Ukraine would eventually have to give up territory and pull back.” In the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Nicole Tung for The New York Times Ukraine has also relied on antiaircraft weapons, such as U.S.-made Patriot missiles, that can shoot down planes and missiles. The threat of these weapons has kept Russia from unleashing the full might of its air force, because it fears that Ukraine would destroy its expensive planes. Russia has instead resorted to long-range missiles, and Ukraine has shot down many of them. But Ukraine had started to run out of those munitions, too. Last week, President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Ukraine’s short supplies for its inability to stop a Russian missile barrage that killed at least 17 people north of Kyiv. “This would not have happened if Ukraine had received enough air defense equipment,” Zelensky said. The new artillery and anti-air munitions will start to arrive in Ukraine just days after the bill becomes law. The $60 billion will pay for several months’ worth of weapons. Some of the aid will also go for training. That support will help address another Ukrainian shortage — in personnel — by allowing the military to prepare newer recruits for the front lines more quickly. It will also help teach Ukraine’s forces how to use some of the advanced weapons they have previously received from Western allies, including Abrams tanks and F-16 jets. What comes next Once the aid starts arriving, Ukraine is likely to put it to work on the eastern front, where Russia has recently taken the city of Avdiivka. It could halt Russia’s recent progress and prevent much larger advances. Some analysts have worried that an undersupplied Ukraine would struggle to defend the countryside around Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, after Kyiv, and its remaining territory along the Black Sea coastline. By The New York Times “With more aid, Ukraine will probably be able to solidify its defenses and keep its most important cities,” said my colleague Julian Barnes, who covers intelligence and national security. If all goes well, Ukraine could launch an offensive campaign in 2025, perhaps to retake territory in the country’s east and southeast. One important goal: to drive a wedge between Russia’s holdings in the eastern region of the Donbas and the southern peninsula of Crimea. Ukraine’s official goal is to retake all of the Donbas and Crimea. Many experts are skeptical that Ukraine can do that, especially after last year’s disappointing counteroffensive. And some critics of the aid package argue that it won’t even allow Ukraine to stop Russia’s advance. Senator J.D. Vance, an Ohio Republican, says that U.S. manufacturing can’t currently keep pace with Russian weapons production. The war simply matters more to Russia than the West, and Russia is dedicating more resources to it, these critics have argued. Still, most experts believe the additional aid will make a meaningful difference. They worry that an easier Russian victory could encourage it to invade other countries, or encourage China to invade Taiwan, by undermining confidence in the U.S. and its allies. The most realistic scenario for Ukraine is probably not a return to the prewar borders. The nation would be smaller, but it could retain most of its territory, then integrate itself economically and strategically with Europe. That’s a lot better than outright defeat. For more Ukraine is building trenches and laying obstacles called dragon’s teeth to fend off Russian attacks. These graphics show the defenses. The Donbas region was an industrial hub for Ukraine. It’s now the focal point for Russia’s ground offensives. Continue reading the main story ADVERTISEMENT THE LATEST NEWS Trump Trial The opening statements in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in New York will be heard today. There is a lot of evidence against him, but a conviction isn’t assured. Two prospective jurors who were excused talked to The Times about their experience. One had his social media posts analyzed. In a video, a Times court reporter, Kate Christobek, explains what to expect. Israel-Hamas War Israeli soldiers. Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The U.S. is considering sanctions on some Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. Benjamin Netanyahu said such a move would be “a moral low.” The Israeli military has sent troops to address violence between Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank, The Wall Street Journal reports. The head of intelligence for Israel’s military resigned after his service’s failures before Oct. 7. Watch a video of one man’s journey to collect airdropped aid for his family back in Gaza. International Reaction Columbia will hold classes virtually today as pro-Palestinian protests at the school continue, NBC reports. Some Jewish students at the university said they felt unsafe, others rejected that view. Pro-Palestinian activists plan to protest this year’s Democratic convention in Chicago. In 1968, antiwar demonstrations overshadowed the convention — also in Chicago. More International News At a polling station in Manipur, India. Reuters Armed men attacked voting booths in northeastern India. The election authorities directed officials to redo voting at several polling stations. Ecuadoreans gave their president more powers to combat drug-related gang violence, a show of support for his hard-line stance. Torrential rain in southern China caused flooding and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Spain became the latest European country to end a visa program that offered residency to wealthy foreigners who buy real estate. Other Big Stories On Chepeconde Beach in Peru. Sebastian Castaneda/Reuters Bird flu has adapted to infect more mammals. But a human pandemic is by no means inevitable. Legislators in two dozen states, spurred by teenage girls, are trying to fight deepfake nudes generated by A.I. Hudson Yards, a New York real estate project, went from a ghost town during the pandemic to an office success story. A Tennessee Volkswagen plant voted to join the United Automobile Workers. Experts say the union could replicate its victory throughout the South. Opinions Planting trees is an Earth Day tradition. Cities forget that the preservation of their mature trees is more important, Margaret Renkl writes. This Passover, Jews should not only remember their suffering but also channel it toward compassion, both personally and politically, Shai Held writes. Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss Speaker Mike Johnson and Trump’s trial. Here are columns by David French on the differences among Christian movements and Carlos Lozada on the movie “Civil War.” A subscription to match the variety of your interests. News. Games. Recipes. Product reviews. Sports reporting. A New York Times All Access subscription covers all of it and more. Subscribe today. MORNING READS In Guinea Bissau. Cesar J. Pollo/Shutterstock Journey: Green sea turtles swim hundreds of miles to nest on this West African archipelago. A manufacturing boon: Ozempic is transforming a small Danish town. Great outdoors: What to know before you book a trip to a national park this summer. Car key conversations: Asking older people to give up driving can be painful. Experts offer advice to handle it with empathy. Metropolitan Diary: Doing that thing her husband hates. Lives Lived: Terry Anderson was the Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press when he was kidnapped in 1985 by militants. He spent six years as a hostage. He died at 76. SPORTS Peres Jepchirchir Justin Tallis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Running: Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya won the London Marathon in a women’s only record time of 2:16:16. Alexander Mutiso Munyao, also from Kenya, won the men’s race. N.B.A.: The Los Angeles Clippers, despite missing Kawhi Leonard, beat the Dallas Mavericks. Golf: Nelly Korda won the Chevron Championship to earn a fifth win in her last five starts, which ties a record. Continue reading the main story ADVERTISEMENT ARTS AND IDEAS Toma Vagner Internet scams are everywhere: Strangers send bogus messages on LinkedIn, WhatsApp and Instagram. Deepfakes of celebrities hawk cookware and dental plans. Political donations, employment offers, rental contracts and medical billing can be suspect. They’ve gotten so sophisticated, young people are falling for them, too. “Being digitally native doesn’t inoculate you,” writes the Times reporter Steven Kurutz. “In fact, it makes you a target.” Read his story here. More on culture A painting of Lord Byron. Musée Fabre/Hulton Fine Art Collection, via Getty Images Lord Byron’s life story has sometimes obscured his poetry. Two hundred years after his death, his work is still worth reading, the author Benjamin Markovits writes. The Cut lists the conspiracies and Easter eggs hidden in Taylor Swift’s new album. The vegan chef Matthew Kenney runs a holistic wellness empire. His former employees say it is also full of bounced paychecks. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted artists including Cher and A Tribe Called Quest. An original “Star Trek” Enterprise model was discovered on eBay decades after it disappeared around 1979. It has been returned to the son of the series’ creator. THE MORNING RECOMMENDS … Romulo Yanes for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Vivian Lui. Try Katharine Hepburn’s famous brownie recipe. Stream these action movies. Eat at the best restaurants in Austin. Dress with sophistication. Locate your keys with a Bluetooth tracker. Test your home’s water quality. Take our news quiz. GAMES Here is today’s Spelling Bee. Yesterday’s pangram was immunized. And here are today’s Mini Crossword, Wordle, Sudoku, Connections and Strands. Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — German Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox. Reach our team at themorning@nytimes.com. Continue reading the main story Editor: David Leonhardt Deputy Editor: Adam B. Kushner News Editor: Tom Wright-Piersanti Associate Editor: Lauren Jackson News Staff: Desiree Ibekwe, Sean Kawasaki-Culligan, Brent Lewis, German Lopez, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Ashley Wu News Assistant: Lyna Bentahar Saturday Writer: Melissa Kirsch
  17. Tesla cuts US prices for 3 of its electric vehicle models after a difficult week Tesla knocked $2,000 off the prices of three of its five models in the United States late Friday, another sign of the challenges facing the electric vehicle maker led by billionaire Elon Musk. https://apnews.com/article/tesla-lowers-prices-62999b502bddefc75aa1dbee47205d62?
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    Mexico

    Mexico’s leading presidential candidate stopped by masked men who ask for help in stemming violence TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Masked men stopped a vehicle carrying Mexico’s leading presidential candidate while she was traveling between campaign stops Sunday to ask that she address the violence in the southern state of Chiapas if she wins the June 2 election. https://apnews.com/article/mexico-claudia-sheinbaum-election-violence-355df098b5c88a297f5a2600144c2e83?
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    Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea leader takes offense after Biden implies his uncle was eaten by cannibals MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape accused Joe Biden of disparaging the South Pacific island nation by implying that an uncle of the U.S. president had been eaten by “cannibals” there during World War II. https://apnews.com/article/papua-new-guinea-biden-ambrose-finnegan-marape-cannibals-9479088c4262fe6879258e5ad135238f?
  20. Terry Anderson, AP reporter abducted in Lebanon and held captive for years, has died at 76 NEW YORK (AP) — Terry Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, has died at 76. https://apnews.com/article/terry-anderson-dies-associated-press-c266353298c04dbf874ab4d94536f2b3?
  21. Trump trial live updates: David Pecker called as first witness in hush money case For the first time in history, prosecutors presented a criminal case against a former American president to a jury, accusing Trump of a scheme to prevent damaging stories about his personal life from becoming public. https://apnews.com/live/trump-trial-updates-opening-statements?
  22. Chicago’s response to migrant influx stirs longstanding frustrations among Black residents Chicago is one of several big cities grappling with a surge of migrants, an issue exacerbated by the Republican governor of Texas’ busing of migrants from the southern U.S. border to highlight his grievances with the Biden administration’s immigration policy. The city has spent over $300 million to provide help to mostly South American migrants, which many Chicagoans say is a reminder of years of unsolved problems, including high rates of crime, unemployment and homelessness. Read more. Why this matters: The speed with which funds were marshaled has stirred widespread resentment among Black Chicagoans. Many leaders in Black neighborhoods in and around Chicago are trying to strike a balance between acknowledging the tensions without exacerbating them. The outcry over migrants in Chicago and other large Democrat-led cities is having wider implications in an election year. The Biden administration is now advocating a more restrictive approach to immigration in its negotiations with Republicans in Congress. RELATED COVERAGE ➤ Puerto Rico Republicans award Trump all 23 of their delegates A crush of lawsuits over voting in multiple states is creating a shadow war for the 2024 election Dubious claims about voting flyers at a migrant camp show how the border is inflaming US politics
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    Israel-Hamas War

    Israeli military intelligence chief resigns over his role in failing to prevent Oct. 7 attack The head of Israel’s military intelligence directorate resigned on Monday over the failures surrounding Hamas’ unprecedented Oct. 7 attack, the military said, becoming the first senior figure to step down over his role in the deadliest assault in Israel’s history. Read more. Why this matters: Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva’s resignation could set the stage for more fallout from Israel’s top security brass over Hamas’ attack, which killed 1,200 people, resulted in roughly 250 hostages being taken into Gaza and set off the devastating war in Gaza that has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials. While Haliva and others have accepted blame for failing to stop the attack, others have stopped short, most notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu has said he will answer tough questions about his role but has not outright acknowledged direct responsibility for allowing the attack to unfold. He has also not indicated that he will step down. RELATED COVERAGE ➤ Israeli leaders criticize expected US sanctions against military unit Israeli strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah kill 22, mostly children, as US advances aid package A Palestinian baby in Gaza is born an orphan in an urgent cesarean section after an Israeli strike
  24. How the search for the origins of COVID-19 turned politically poisonous The hunt for the origins of COVID-19 has gone dark in China. The Chinese government froze meaningful efforts to trace the virus from the first weeks of the outbreak, according to an Associated Press investigation. AP drew on thousands of pages of undisclosed emails and documents, leaked recordings and dozens of interviews that showed the freeze began far earlier than previously known. Read more. Why this matters: Secrecy clouds the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Even the date when Chinese authorities first started searching for the virus’ origins is unclear. Early on, Chinese scientists were silenced and politicians took control. Crucial initial efforts were hindered by bureaucrats in Wuhan trying to avoid blame; the central government, which silenced Chinese scientists and subjected visiting U.N. officials to stage-managed tours; and the World Health Organization itself, which may have compromised early opportunities to gather critical information, according to internal materials obtained by AP. By the time WHO led a third visit to Wuhan in January 2021, the origins hunt had become highly politicized. Despite a lack of direct access, the WHO team concluded that a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.” So it came as an infuriating surprise to Chinese officials when, months later, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said that it was “premature” to rule out the lab leak theory, saying such lab accidents were “common,” and pressed China to be more transparent. RELATED COVERAGE ➤ Blinken will be the latest top US official to visit China in a bid to keep ties on an even keel Chinese doping case sparks unusually harsh spat between global and US drug-fighting agencies A bill that could ban TikTok advances to the Senate. What’s next?
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    This Day in History

    THIS DAY IN HISTORY April 22 1970 The first Earth Day Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time on April 22, 1970. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches and educational pro... read more 19th CENTURY 1889 The Oklahoma land rush begins 1970s 1978 Bob Marley headlines One Love Peace Concert 21st CENTURY 2004 Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan Art, Literature and Film History 1978 The Blues Brothers make their world premiere on "Saturday Night Live" Cold War 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings begin Crime 1886 Ohio criminalizes seduction by male teachers Natural Disasters & Environment 1992 Sewers explode in Guadalajara, Mexico, killing hundreds South American History 1997 Peruvian President Fujimori orders assault on Japanese ambassador’s home Sports 1876 First National League baseball game played 1957 John Irvin Kennedy plays for Phillies, fully integrating National League U.S. Presidents 1994 Former President Richard Nixon dies World War I 1915 Germans introduce poison gas 1915 Second Battle of Ypres begins World War II 1945 Hitler admits defeat
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    Passover

    🫓 Passover starts tonight Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios Passover — the Jewish holiday symbolizing freedom — starts at sundown tonight, Axios' Kelly Tyko writes. Why it matters: The holiday will be a particularly emotional one because of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. The holiday, also called Pesach in Hebrew, is observed for about a week in the U.S. It commemorates the Biblical story of the Jewish people's escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. Antisemitic incidents in the U.S. more than doubled last year from 2022 (which also broke records), according to the Anti-Defamation League. In Israel, some families are torn on how — or whether — to celebrate. Last week, the FBI said it's on alert for potential threats to American Jews. Go deeper: How the Maxwell House Haggadah became the most popular Passover prayer book.
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    Nigeria

    🪖 1,000-troop withdrawal Air Base 201 in Niger. Photo: Carley Petesch/AP The U.S. military will withdraw 1,000+ troops from Niger, in West Africa, after the country's army seized power in a coup. Why it matters: The troops are part of U.S. counterterrorism efforts against ISIS and an al-Qaeda affiliate in the region, Reuters reports. The junta is shifting its allegiance toward the Kremlin. The Pentagon is discussing backup drone bases with several countries.
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