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# US

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# Social Media
TikTok files lawsuit to stop ban in US state of Montana
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed the unprecedented prohibition into law on 17 May to come into effect in 2024.
# Colorado River
US states agree to save dwindling river that supplies water to 40 million people
Human-caused climate change means the once-bountiful snowpack that feeds the river has shrunk.
# Congress
Biden to meet Republican leader over US debt ceilng
Anxiety was mounting in Washington today ahead of the 1 June deadline for Congress to authorize more borrowing.
Last month
May 2023
# Ukraine
Zelenskyy arrives at G7 after winning access to US fighter jets
The Ukrainian President had previously been expected to only appear at the summit via video call.
# Artemis
Nasa picks Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to build second lunar lander for Moon mission
Blue Origin will use its still-in-development New Glenn rocket to launch its lunar missions from Cape Canaveral.
# Art
US Supreme Court rules against Andy Warhol's estate in copyright dispute over image of Prince
The photo taken by Lynn Goldsmith was used as the basis for a screenprint of the musician created by the pop artist.
# US
Actor Danny Masterson ‘used drugs and Scientology to get away with raping women’
The former That 70s Show actor has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape.
# Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes loses latest bid to avoid prison and gets hit with $452m bill
A judge will set a new date for the former Theranos boss to leave her home in the San Diego area and report to prison.
# New York
Vice Media files for bankruptcy protection in the US ahead of sale
The company’s lenders have agreed to buy it if no better bids can be found.
# Spying
China jails US citizen (78) for life on espionage charges
Such heavy sentences are relatively rare for foreign citizens in China.
# Los Angeles
Man faces 20 years in prison for deliberately crashing his plane to boost his YouTube channel
The dramatic footage shows Trevor Jacob ejecting from the plane — selfie-stick in hand — and parachuting into a forest.
# Title 42
US pandemic-era border laws lapse as Democrats hit out at Republicans over 'political football'
Tens of thousands of people are expected to try to cross into the US in the coming days.
# Special Relationship
Joe Biden says he came to Ireland to make sure 'the Brits didn't screw around'
The US President was referring to Britain’s commitments to Northern Ireland.
# US
New York subway passenger died after ex-Marine put him in chokehold
Jordan Neely was known to some New Yorkers as a Michael Jackson impersonator who regularly danced in the Times Square transit hub.
# New York
Woman tells civil trial that Trump sexually assaulted her in late 1970s
Jessica Leeds was called to testify by lawyers for E. Jean Carroll, who has brought a rape and defamation lawsuit against Trump.
# First Republic
JPMorgan buys US bank First Republic after regulators seize control
The US financial regulator has sold all of its deposits to JPMorgan Chase Bank in a bid to head off further banking turmoil in the US.
# it's a law suit after all
DeSantis-appointed tourism board approves suing Disney as Florida row deepens
Disney this week sued the Florida governor for what it described as retaliation for opposing the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
April 2023
# Abortion Rights
US Republicans fret over abortion as states balk at bans
Reproductive rights are set to take center stage in the 2024 election in the US.
# Let's get it on
Ed Sheeran sings and plays guitar on witness stand in Marvin Gaye copyright case
Sheeran’s song Thinking Out Loud is accused of violating the copyright of Gaye’s Let’s Get It On.
# Washington
Mike Pence testifies to US grand jury investigating Donald Trump and 6 January insurrection
Pence has hinted at entering the 2024 presidential race in a potential run against Trump.
# US
Fugees rapper Pras, accused of multimillion-dollar political conspiracies, found guilty
The trial included testimony ranging from actor Leonardo DiCaprio to a former US attorney general.
# US
Georgia prosecutor to announce decision on charging Trump for election meddling this summer
Fani Willis wrote to law-enforcement bodies saying she expects to announce decisions between 11 July and 1 September.
# Disney
Disneyland fire-breathing dragon bursts into flames during live performance in California
The show featuring Mickey Mouse battling a giant dragon named Maleficent was cut short due to the fire.
# Abortion Rights
US Supreme Court to deliver ruling on abortion pill access
Mifepristone was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 and accounts for more than half of all abortions in the US.
# US
Man charged with murder after four shot dead at house in Maine
Three people were also shot in their vehicles on a highway 40 kilometres away.
# secret service
Toddler reunited with parents after squeezing through White House fencing
US Secret Service officers retrieved the child and handed him to his parents on Pennsylvania Avenue.
# Abortion Rights
Florida governor Ron DeSantis signs bill banning abortion after six weeks
The state’s Republican-dominated legislature passed the text hours earlier with 70 votes to 40.
# Pentagon
Leaked US documents cast doubt on Ukraine's military capacity
The documents are part of a trove of highly sensitive material that has been posted online.
# biden visit
Security preparations ongoing as Biden to land in Belfast this evening
Air Force One will deliver the American president to the first leg of his visit in Belfast today.
# War games
US and Philippines begin largest joint military exercises after China drills around Taiwan
Nearly 18,000 troops are taking part in the annual exercises, which will include a live-fire drill in the South China Sea.
# Gun violence
Mother of six-year-old who shot teacher in Virginia charged with child neglect
The woman was also charged by a grand jury with “misdemeanor recklessly leaving a loaded firearm so as to endanger a child”.
# ireland visit
Biden visit shuts Phoenix Park and local roads but airports to operate 'normally'
Here’s your breakdown of all the available information about the local impacts of the US President’s trip.
Five people dead and eight injured in shooting in Kentucky
US police believe the suspect, who died in the assault, was a former employee.
# Where's Joe
Day by day, here's where Joe Biden will visit during his Irish trip
The US President is set to land here on Air Force One tomorrow.
# Taiwan
China warns peace and independence in Taiwan are 'mutually exclusive'
China launched the exercises in response to a meeting between the Taiwanese president and US Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.
# Abortion Rights
Access to abortion pill in the US plunged into uncertainty following conflicting rulings
Two separate rulings were issued just minutes apart by federal judges in Texas and Washington.
# Murder
Three killers of US rapper XXXTentacion given life sentences
The rapper, who pronounced his name “Ex ex ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” was a platinum-selling rising star
# Manhattan
Drug dealer pleads guilty in death of The Wire actor Michael K Williams
Irvin Cartagena pleaded guilty to providing the actor with fentanyl-laced heroin, causing his death.
# tensions
North Korea warns ‘offensive action’ over US-South Korea military drills
Animosity heightened in recent weeks as the pace of both the allies’ military exercises and the North Korean weapons demonstrations increased.
# Syria
IS leader responsible for planning Europe attacks killed in air strike, US military says
US Central Command said the strike on Monday killed senior Islamic State leader Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri.