5 Things To Know For June 24th: Gun Laws, January 6th, Covid-19, Ukraine, Student Debt

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1. Gun Laws

The Senate on Thursday passed bipartisan gun violence legislation that amounts to the first major federal gun safety law in decades. The vote was 65 to 33, with 15 Republicans joining Democrats in supporting the measure. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for a vote before it can be sent to President Joe Biden to enact it. The measure includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to strengthen juvenile registry systems. It also significantly changes the process for people aged 18 to 21 to buy a firearm, closing the so-called boyfriend loophole. However, the package does not include a ban on assault weapons that Democrats are seeking. Separately, hours before the Senate vote, the Supreme Court overturned a New York gun law that restricts carrying a concealed handgun outside the home — an opinion that marks the largest expansion of gun rights in a decade.

January 2nd 6th

Thursday’s special committee hearing, Jan. 6, shed new light on the role played by former President Donald Trump’s Republican allies in Congress in furthering his efforts to overthrow the election — and how many of them did after the attack asked the US Capitol for a clemency. The hearing also brought to light a high-level Oval Office meeting in December 2020, at which Trump considered firing the acting attorney general and installing Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who was willing to use the powers of federal law enforcement to to get state legislatures to overthrow Trump’s loss. The day before the hearing, federal investigators searched Clark’s home, although it’s not clear what investigators were looking for. Clark has denied any wrongdoing in connection with January 6th.


Long Covid – a condition characterized by persistent Covid-19 symptoms – can affect children of all ages, including infants, a new study shows. The CDC defines long Covid as health problems that last four or more weeks after a Covid-19 infection. According to the study, the most common symptoms of long Covid varied by age. In children up to 3 years of age it was mood swings, skin rashes and abdominal pain. Children aged 4 to 11 also had memory and concentration problems. For the 12- to 14-year-olds, it was memory and concentration problems, mood swings and fatigue.

4. Ukraine

Ukrainian forces will soon have to withdraw from the embattled city of Severodonetsk, a regional official said today, blaming Russia for destroying most of its infrastructure during months of intense shelling. “The entire infrastructure of the city has been completely destroyed. More than 90% of houses were shelled, about 80% of houses were badly destroyed,” said Serhiy Hayday, the head of the Lugansk regional military administration. Ukraine is also facing a difficult winter as Russia further cuts energy supplies to European Union members. In addition, thousands of Ukrainians killed in the war remain unidentified. Police, soldiers, investigators, undertakers and coroners – desperate to return the remains to loved ones – work tirelessly to find out who they are so their bodies can be properly laid to rest.

5. Student Debt

The Biden administration has agreed to forgive an estimated $6 billion in federal student loan debt for borrowers who have claimed they were swindled by their college. The government previously approved a $25 billion loan forgiveness for 1.3 million borrowers. Many of the borrowers affected by the new agreement have been waiting for years for the Department of Education to process their claims for repayment under a rule known as the Borrower’s Defence. It allows borrowers who believe they have been misled by their college, often about inflated placement rates or the ability to transfer loans, to apply for federal student loan relief. Biden also announced in April that he was considering broader student-loan forgiveness for the 43 million Americans who have federal student-loan debt, after months of pressure from Democrats to cancel $50,000 per borrower.


Man loses flash drive containing data on entire townsfolk after going out

After work drinks probably seemed like a good idea…but now his job might be on the rocks.

Ohio State University gets a trademark for the word “THE”

Say it emphatically: *THE* Ohio State University. For the masses, it’s just a simple word. But for Buckeye fans, it’s a beloved tradition.

This wordless comedian is now the most followed person on TikTok

Meet the 22-year-old TikTok star with facial expressions that say more than a thousand words.

The Queen has a new hairstyle for the summer

Her Majesty was spotted with a shorter hairstyle. Check out the British monarch’s latest style choices here.

Serena Williams returns to tennis after a yeart

After suffering a serious leg injury, the tennis icon returned to the court after a year’s absence with an exciting win!
If you want inspiration from another incredible tennis legend, watch the new CNN film Citizen Ashe premieres this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. The film explores the enduring legacy of Arthur Ashe, the only black man to win singles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. In addition to being one of the greatest American tennis players of all time, Ashe was also a social activist, role model and advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, having revealed his own diagnosis in 1992.


Which NFL star announced his retirement this week?

A. Russel Wilson

B. Rob Gronkowski

C Aaron Rodgers

D Travis Kelce

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see if you’re right! (Click here)



That’s how many men were convicted by a Paris court on Thursday of stealing a Banksy artwork from the Bataclan concert hall, one of the scenes of the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Banksy – the anonymous street artist – painted the artwork known as “Sad Girl” on the Bataclan’s exit door in tribute to the 90 concert-goers killed when ISIS attackers opened fire during a performance in the hall. The convicted art thieves stole the door in 2019 and shipped it to Italy, where investigators later found it on a farm. The eight men were sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison.


“The management of this theater discovered after booking ‘Lightyear’ that there was a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar film.”

— A sign at a movie theater in OklahomaShe warned against same-sex kissing in new Disney/Pixar film Lightyear. The notice outside the 89er Theater in Kingfisher warned parents about a scene in which two female characters share a brief kiss. After the sign sparked widespread debate online and in the community, the theater’s owners told CNN that the notice had been removed and that the scene had not been censored in any showings. Several countries, including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have banned “Lightyear” from theaters for including the same-sex kiss.


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Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day

For some, working from home during the pandemic means having pets around 24/7! Watch as this adorable dog interrupts his Homan live on air during a weather broadcast. (click here to view)

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