Alito Rejects Recusal, Scottie Scheffler Set Free, and Most-Stolen Cars

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told lawmakers Wednesday that he wouldn’t recuse himself from cases involving the 2020 election after it was reported that an upside-down flag was flown at his house.
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Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed a complaint with the FEC Wednesday, claiming CNN colluded with President Biden and former President Trump to keep him off the first presidential debate. (More)  

 A social media post of Nikki Haley writing "Finish Them! America [Heart drawing] Israel" on Israeli artillery shells Tuesday sparked outrage from opponents of Israel’s handling of the war in Gaza. (More) 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged $135 million in aid to Moldova Wednesday, giving the Eastern Europe country funds for energy security and countering Russian disinformation efforts. (More)

➤ Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales narrowly survived a runoff election against YouTube influencer Brandon Herrera Tuesday, making him the GOP candidate for Texas’s 23rd Congressional District. (More)  

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A Kentucky prosecutor dropped all criminal charges against golfer Scottie Scheffler Wednesday, ending the case less than two weeks after his arrest during the PGA Championship. (More

➤ Caitlin Clark scored 30 points and collected five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks Tuesday night to become the first WNBA rookie and the fourth player to record those numbers. (More

The Minnesota Timberwolves avoided a four-game sweep in the Western Conference finals Tuesday night by beating the Dallas Mavericks 105-100. Game 5 of the series is scheduled for tonight. (More) 

The 79th U.S. Women’s Open Championship begins today at the Lancaster Country Club, with 156 of the top women golfers in the world competing for a $12 million purse. (How to Watch)  

➤ Yesterday's results: MLB | NBA | WNBA | NHL | PGA | LPGA | MLS |

Finance

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ASTS
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Big Stock Move: AST SpaceMobile stock soared 69% Wednesday on news the orbital broadband company had signed a $100 million distribution deal with Verizon. (More

➤ ConocoPhillips agreed to buy Marathon Oil for $17.1 billion-plus, assuming $5.4 billion in debt for a total $22.5 billion deal. It’s expected to close in the fourth quarter if approved by Marathon stockholders. (More)

➤ American Airlines slashed its capacity growth for the rest of the year and cut revenue and profit forecasts in the wake of a failed sales strategy. Its stock fell 13.5% on Wednesday. (See Details)

➤ Abercrombie & Fitch posted strong first-quarter earnings Wednesday, sending its stock up 24% to a record high. (More)

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Science & Technology

SpaceX managed to launch (and safely land back on Earth) a Falcon 9 rocket from a Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Tuesday. The ship sent 23 Starlink satellites into orbit before landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. (See Video)  

➤ A new study revealed that the human brain prioritizes remembering images that are difficult to interpret or explain, explaining why certain visual experiences stick in our memory. (More)  

➤ The Euclid space telescope captured images of 50,000 galaxies in a detailed new deep-space image of a giant galaxy cluster called Abell 2390. (See Images) 

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➤ Slightly more than half of Americans identify as “middle class,” and another 31% say they’re “working class,” according to a Gallup survey. Just 2% characterize themselves as “upper class.” (See Poll)

A majority of Americans say they’re closely following election news this year, a bit higher than in 2020. At the same time, 62% say they’re already worn out by the non-stop coverage. (See Survey

The share of parents who say they’re financially stable dropped significantly in 2023 from two years before, while adults with no children say they’re situation remains OK. (See Study

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 American Abby Lampe won her second Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling competition on Monday, an annual British event that invites participants to chase a wheel of cheese down Cooper’s Hill, a steep hill in Gloucestershire, England. (See Photos)  

The Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima topped the list of the most stolen cars in the U.S. last year as well-publicized security vulnerabilities made those models attractive to thieves. (See List

 Houston, Texas, was named the Dirtiest City in America by LawnStarter, an internet landscaping company that compared the pollution, living conditions, infrastructure, and consumer satisfaction of more than 150 U.S. cities. (More)  

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Wednesday's Results:

What's your favorite season of the year?

  1. Fall: 43.2%
  2. Spring: 28.6%
  3. Summer: 21.8%
  4. Winter: 6.4%

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“The two incidents you cite do not meet the conditions for recusal … and I therefore have an obligation to sit [for the cases]” 

—  Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in a letter to Congress rejecting a recusal request due to his wife flying a flag upside down.

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