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Bridge Collapse Investigation

Divers recovered the bodies of two migrant workers who were filling in potholes on Baltimore's Key Bridge Tuesday when it collapsed, with four others still missing. The two were found inside a truck 25 feet beneath the water's surface. The discovery came as federal investigators began piecing together a more detailed timeline of the incident after retrieving the Dali container ship's data recorder. 

 

Early analysis suggests the 100,000-ton freighter lost power—possibly due to clogged engine filters from tainted fuel—and drifted at roughly 9 miles per hour into the bridge's support column (watch expert analysis). The latest inspection of the ship in September identified no deficiencies, though a June check in Chile flagged issues with its propulsive machinery. In 2016, the vessel was repaired after hitting a wall in a Belgium port.

 

The timeline for reconstruction is unclear, and Maryland lawmakers announced legislation to provide income support to the port's 15,000 workers. 

 

Officials said police had 90 seconds to clear (w/video) the bridge of traffic after receiving a mayday signal from the ship.

 

Amazon's Bet on Anthropic

Yesterday, Amazon added $2.75B to its investment in Anthropic, bringing its total investment in the artificial intelligence startup to $4B. The news marks the biggest investment Amazon has made in another company since its founding and represents its latest effort to compete with Microsoft and Google on AI.

 

Anthropic—founded in 2021 by former OpenAI employees—is the San Francisco-based company behind ChatGPT competitor Claude. Earlier this month, the company unveiled the latest iteration of its chatbot, Claude 3, which the company says can outperform GPT-4 on math and reasoning. As part of yesterday’s deal with Amazon, Anthropic has agreed to use special computer chips designed by Amazon. Anthropic will also provide special access to Claude 3 and other AI models to customers of Amazon’s $90B cloud computing business

 

Anthropic is led by two siblings who say they seek to create AI aligned with human values. See more on the founders here.

 

Opening Day '24

The 2024 Major League Baseball season gets underway today, with a number of marquee matchups highlighted by the defending champion Texas Rangers hosting the Chicago Cubs (7:35 ET, ESPN).

 

The games cap a particularly active offseason, which saw the already-formidable Los Angeles Dodgers spending more than $1B in free agency (their 2024 payroll is estimated at $304M). A large chunk of the spending went to superstar Shohei Ohtani, who is now embroiled in a gambling scandal involving his translator.  

 

Other storylines include whether the Rangers can build on last year's long-shot title run, manager Craig Counsell joining the Cubs from the Milwaukee Brewers, and whether the New York Yankees can bounce back from a disappointing 2023 campaign. In the background, the long-term fate of Diamond Sports—which airs games for 11 teams but recently declared bankruptcy—remains unclear.

 

The Dodgers enter as favorites to win the World Series, followed by the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and Yankees. See today's full schedule here.

In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Beyoncé reveals track list for "Cowboy Carter," her new album launching at midnight; includes a cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and possible collab with Willie Nelson (More)

> Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize-winning economist and psychologist, dies at 90 (More) | Richard Serra, sculptor known for large-scale outdoor artwork, dies at 85 (More)

> NCAA men's basketball tournament continues today with the Sweet 16; see full schedule and predictions for each matchup (More) | Women's Sweet 16 tips off tomorrow; see latest bracket (More)

 

Science & Technology

> Astronomers observe strong and organized magnetic fields around Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way; findings suggest many black holes may share common magnetic field patterns (More)

> New study finds removing certain types of blood stem cells from old mice rejuvenates the immune system, making them more effective at fighting viruses and diseases (More)

> Scientists reconstruct the past 5-million-year history of the Southern Ocean supercurrent's speed; analysis suggests retreating glacial ice accelerates the current, intensifying warming cycles in the Antarctic (More)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +0.9%, Dow +1.2%, Nasdaq +0.5%); S&P 500 notches fresh record close (More)

> Video-sharing app TikTok reportedly under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission over its data and security practices that allegedly violate federal law (More)

> Electric vehicle startup Fisker cuts base price of Ocean SUV to $24K as part of efforts to avoid bankruptcy; move comes after its stock was delisted this week from the New York Stock Exchange (More

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Politics & World Affairs

> Former US Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 presidential elections, dies at age 82 due to complications from a fall; Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent, was a four-term US senator from Connecticut (More

> The Walt Disney Co. settles two-year lawsuit with board appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over special tax district where Disney is located and the future development of its parks (More) | Federal appeals court extends hold on Texas law allowing state police to arrest and prosecute migrants (More

> At least four killed, five others injured after man goes on a stabbing spree in Rockford, Illinois, and surrounding area; suspect alive and in custody, victims range from 15 to 63 years old (More)

 

In-Depth

>For the Birds

Guardian | Kari Paul. A former US diplomat was on the cusp of breaking a world record for bird-watching when a mysterious rival threatened to surpass him, sending the birder community into a tailspin. (Read)

 

> The Rejection Letters of Toni Morrison

LA Review of Books | Melina Moe. The blunt rejection letters Toni Morrison wrote from her 16 years as an editor at Random House. (Read)

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