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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




What to Know About the Multiple Criminal Investigations into Alex Murdaugh

Murder investigations, embezzlement allegations, a drug addiction and hitman-for-hire: in recent months, a series of bizarre criminal incidents surrounding a prominent South Carolina family—and its patriarch, attorney Alex Murdaugh—have received national attention. It was the June deaths of Margaret and Paul Murdaugh that first received widespread coverage in the media as well as within true crime circles. On June 7, at around 10 p.m.


Should Aging Government Leaders Have to Pass Cognitive Tests to Serve?

Republican Senator Bill Cassidy finally said something few dare to say aloud: some of the people who run American government may be too old for the job. "At some point, and statistically it’s in the 80s, you begin a more rapid decline," Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, told Axios on HBO. "So anybody who’s in a position of responsibility who may potentially be on that slope, that is of concern, and I’m saying this as a doctor." They say wisdom comes with age.


Why Flying Carbon Class To COP26 Is More Expensive Than Taking the Train

A version of this story first appeared in the Climate is Everything newsletter. If you’d like sign up to receive this free once-a-week email, click here. In less than two weeks, leaders from 196 countries and around 25,000 delegates, activists and protestors will descend on the Scottish city of Glasgow for the United Nation’s 26th global climate summit, or COP26.


Cinematographer Killed by Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin on the Movie Set of Rust

SANTA FE, N.M. — A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday at the movie set outside Santa Fe, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s officials said Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for the movie “Rust,” and director Joel Souza were shot.


Climate Change Threatens to Spread Viruses Through an Unprepared World

Climate change is creating ideal conditions for infectious-disease transmission and the world’s health-care systems aren’t ready for the shock it will cause, according to a new study. After nations largely failed the stress test of Covid-19, a novel virus, decades of progress to control age-old illnesses such as malaria, dengue fever and cholera are under threat unless leaders commit to more ambitious climate plans, the Lancet said in a study Wednesday.


How the Pandemic Era May Have Deterred Witnesses From Trying to Stop a Rape

On the night of Oct. 13, a woman was raped on a commuter train near Philadelphia—an attack that authorities say lasted several minutes and could have been stopped sooner had any of the other passengers onboard called 911. Instead, in what police say is a troubling sign of the state of society, no witnesses intervened. Some reportedly pointed their phones in the direction of the unfolding assault.


FDA Authorizes Moderna and J&J Booster Shots

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today followed the advice of its advisory committee and recommended booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Johnson&Johnson-Janssen. The agency also authorized mixing or matching booster doses, meaning that people can either get another dose of the same vaccine they originally received, or get a booster with a different vaccine.


Why Netflix Investors Should Care About Its Chappelle Controversy

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos struck a note of contrition while speaking to journalists after the company released its third-quarter results on the eve of a planned walkout Wednesday by at least 1,000 workers in the wake of one of the biggest controversies the company has faced. The streaming platform came under fire earlier this month for airing comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest special, The Closer. The show, which landed on the streaming site Oct.


Scientists Successfully Attached a Pig Kidney to Human For the First Time

Scientists temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection.


It May Be Too Late to Find the Origin of COVID-19. The WHO Is Trying Anyway

Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s still not clear exactly how, where or when the SARS-CoV-2 virus began infecting people. Many experts believe the virus jumped from animal hosts to humans, but researchers continue to investigate the possibility that it escaped from a laboratory. It’s not clear which, if either, of those theories is correct, and as time passes, the chances of finding a concrete answer grow slimmer. But on Oct.


‘I Am Both Ancient and Trendy.’ He’s a Buddhist Monk, a Makeup Artist and an LGBTQ Activist

Buddhist monks are typically trained to live austerely, wearing plain robes and few accessories. Kodo Nishimura does anything but. He tends to his family’s temple in Tokyo while working as a makeup artist and LGBTQ activist. “I am both ancient and trendy,” Nishimura, 32, says over Zoom from his home in the Japanese capital, wearing a Buddhist robe and just a little tinted lip balm.


Major League Baseball Will Cover Housing Costs for Minor Leaguers. Advocates Say It’s a Start, But Far From Enough

By 2018, Joe Hudson had been playing professional baseball for five years as a minor leaguer. He had less than $1,000 in his bank account. Many minor leaguers are notoriously underpaid, and back then made, on average, between some $6,000 and $15,000 per year, depending on their level. They only receive checks seasonally.


Bergman Island Is the Rare Movie About Writers Trying To Write That Really Works

Movies about artists making art—or, worse, writers trying to write—are always a risky proposition. For one thing, to everyone out there in the real world who’s scrambling to make an honest living, the job of creating stuff doesn’t seem like a real job at all. For another, the chief drama of these stories usually revolves around an artist’s inability to create, and that generally involves complaining and self-pity.


Colin Powell and the Transformative Power of Owning Your Mistakes

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. There are plenty of reasons people here in D.C. roll their eyes when someone mentions Aaron Sorkin. The screenwriter and playwright sent a generation of operatives to Washington who believed witty hallway banter was a substitute for reading the footnotes of a whitepaper, who obsessed over clever tactics instead of baseline principles.


What Colin Powell’s COVID-19 Death Says About the Current State of the Pandemic

The death of Colin Powell, an 84-year-old former four-star general who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and is perhaps best known for his role in bringing the U.S. into its second war in Iraq, is a high-profile reminder of a grim reality: COVID-19 is not just a pandemic of the unvaccinated, as current president Joe Biden likes to say, but a pandemic of the elderly, too.


What Donald Trump's Jan. 6 Records Lawsuit Means for Biden

For over a century, U.S. Presidents have fought zealously to defend the executive branch’s right to withhold certain information from Congress and the public. President Joe Biden, facing extreme political pressure in the fraught probe of Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, may soon defy that norm.


Japan’s Plummeting COVID-19 Cases Create Mysterious Success Story

(TOKYO) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood is celebratory, despite a general bafflement over what, exactly, is behind the sharp drop.


Chinese Scientist Hopes to Conserve What May Be the World’s Oldest Art

A scientist from Guangdong, China plans to appeal to the Tibetan government to conserve recently discovered fossils of handprints and footprints on a rock on the world’s highest plateau—because they may be the oldest prehistoric art ever recorded and the earliest evidence of human life in the region. Dr.


A New Study Makes the Case for Mixing and Matching the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and J&J Vaccine Doses

As soon as health officials made it clear that the world would need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, they needed to know if people could mix doses of vaccines made by different manufacturers. In the first study to provide results on such cross-dosing, researchers say that it’s safe for people who received one of the three vaccines available in the U.S.


Queen Elizabeth and Greta Thunberg Are Sending the Same Message on Climate Change. Will World Leaders Listen?

More than 75 years separate Queen Elizabeth II from climate activist Greta Thunberg, but both share similar reservations with world leaders who talk a good game on climate change but aren't prepared to back it up with action. In remarks caught on a livestream Thursday, the British monarch was heard talking about COP26, the UN climate conference that begins in Glasgow later this month. “Extraordinary isn’t it.