Here are the top news stories from the US and around the world on May 9, 2023:
Texas House panel passes bill to raise age to buy certain assault-style rifles. A Texas House committee on Friday approved a bill that would raise the minimum age to buy certain assault-style rifles from 18 to 21. The bill, which now heads to the full House, is one of several measures being considered in the wake of the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action in college admissions. The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case that could have major implications for affirmative action in college admissions. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, centers on a challenge to a policy at the University of Texas that considers race as one factor in admissions decisions.
Biden signs executive order on cryptocurrency. President Biden on Friday signed an executive order on cryptocurrency, calling for a coordinated federal approach to regulating the emerging industry. The order directs federal agencies to develop policies on issues such as consumer protection, financial stability, and national security.
House passes bill to codify Roe v. Wade into law. The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would codify the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into federal law. The bill, which is expected to fail in the Senate, is a direct response to the recent leak of a draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
New COVID-19 cases continue to decline in the US. The number of new COVID-19 cases in the US continues to decline, with the seven-day average now below 100,000 cases per day. The decline is being driven by a number of factors, including the widespread availability of vaccines and boosters, and the natural immunity that many people have developed after being infected with the virus.
Russia-Ukraine war enters its 90th day. The war in Ukraine entered its 90th day on Friday, with no end in sight. Russian forces have continued to bombard Ukrainian cities, and the death toll continues to rise. The United Nations estimates that more than 5 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war.
China reports its first COVID-19 cases in Shanghai in two years. China on Friday reported its first COVID-19 cases in Shanghai in two years. The cases, which were found in two people who had recently traveled to other parts of China, have led to a lockdown of the city's Pudong district. Shanghai is a major financial and commercial center, and the lockdown is expected to have a significant impact on the global economy.
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile. North Korea on Friday fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast. It was the country's 16th missile launch this year. The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on North Korea in an effort to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Ethiopia declares humanitarian truce in Tigray conflict. Ethiopia on Friday declared a humanitarian truce in its year-long conflict with Tigrayan rebels. The truce comes after months of fighting that has left thousands dead and millions displaced. The United Nations has welcomed the truce, and is calling for all parties to the conflict to respect it.
Sri Lanka declares state of emergency. Sri Lanka on Friday declared a state of emergency in an effort to quell protests over the country's economic crisis. The crisis has caused widespread shortages of food, fuel, and other essential goods. The government has been unable to pay for imports, and the country is on the brink of bankruptcy.
These are just a few of the top news stories from the US and around the world on May 9, 2023. For more information, please visit the websites of your favorite news organizations.