Good evening. Get the latest in news and politics with Tuesday’s evening briefing.
Donald Trump was charged with 34 felonies in Manhattan this Tuesday. The charges, which follow the 2016 presidential campaign, include falsifying business records in the first degree in an effort to cover up a potential sex scandal. Trump pleaded not guilty but remains the current front-runner for the 2024 G.O.P. nomination.
The event was a remarkable spectacle, with a 11-vehicle motorcade, helicopters, protesters, police and press crowding the streets. Trump was fingerprinted like any felony defendant but was not handcuffed and did not take a mug shot. He then returned to Florida.
Finland also joined NATO this day, becoming the 31st member and shifting the balance of power in Europe in response to the war in Ukraine. The move represents a setback for Vladimir Putin and sends a clear signal of intent to the alliance.
Two important elections were also taking place today: a Wisconsin race that could determine the fate of abortion rights in the state and a Chicago runoff election to decide the mayor, Paul Vallas or Brandon Johnson.
The volatile weather system still threatening the South and Midwest has hit record levels this week. The whole region is under a warning for damaging winds and tornadoes, particularly in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.
Chinese regulators have opened a cybersecurity probe into Micron Technology, a top American chip maker, as part of their drive for technological independence from the US. As a result, many foreign companies in China are reassessing their presence in the market.
A.I. video-generation systems could revolutionize the production of movies, though it also poses the risk of being used as a tool for misinformation and deception. TikTok was also hit with a $15.9 million fine to pay for allowing underage children access to the platform.
Hunters killed 1,150 bison in Yellowstone over the last four months, prompting criticism over the extent of the culling. Many tribes worry that it threatens a central part of their culture and history, the practice of hunting bison.
The national retirement age has been set at 65, yet health and cognition can now be maintained well past this age. This has led experts to reassess equity, physical and mental health, and quality of life to go beyond the official standard.
For tonight, try out a pepperoni pasta for dinner, watch the film “Hoop Dreams”, use a better way to swat bugs, listen to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th anniversary tribute album, find a new Easter egg-boiling hack or use sleep hygiene techniques for a better night’s rest.
Finally, scientists reviewed nearly five million adults to bust the myth that moderate drinking is beneficial. As a result, the benefits of low levels of drinking were found to minimal and the risks potentially significant. Women drinking just 25 grams of alcohol a day and men drinking 45 grams were found to run a higher risk of dying prematurely.
Micron Technology, Inc. is a U.S.-based multinational semiconductor company, offering memory and storage solutions that enable digital transformation and trust across the cloud, connected devices, and in intelligent applications. Founded in 1978, Micron has grown over the last few decades to become a leader in DRAM and Flash components, modules and solutions, as well as a provider of SSD’s, components and systems. The company has become one of the world’s largest independent memory companies, developing system-on-chip (SoC) solutions and providing technical support and industry-leading products to global customers.
Evan Gershkovich is an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He served in Yakutia, Russia, as Chief Reporter for The Moscow Times from 2013 to 2016, where he covered energy, politics, and public health from the Arctic to the Black Sea. Notable works include a series of investigative articles into the privatization of the Russian diamond-cutting industry, the market for remittances, the health care system, the systemic exploitation of child labor, and the emergence of monopolies in the timber business. He additionally reported on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, was embedded with a volunteer battalion fighting in Eastern Ukraine in 2015, and made several reporting trips to North Korea.