Here are the top stories from the US and around the globe on May 8, 2023.
Biden signs executive order on abortion access. President Biden signed an executive order on Friday aimed at protecting abortion access in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to take steps to protect access to abortion medication and contraception, and to ensure that pregnant women have access to emergency medical care.
House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage. The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday to protect same-sex marriage, a day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, would codify the right to same-sex marriage into federal law. It is expected to face an uphill battle in the Senate.
Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action. The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a case challenging the use of race in college admissions. The case, called Fisher v. University of Texas, could have major implications for affirmative action programs around the country.
Texas mass shooting survivor says store employee saved her life. A 16-year-old girl who survived the mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, Walmart on May 24 says that a store employee saved her life by hiding her in a bathroom closet. The girl, who has not been identified, told CNN that she was shopping with her grandfather when the shooting began. She said that she ran to the bathroom and hid in a closet with another woman and her child. The employee, who has also not been identified, told the women to stay quiet and that he would protect them. The shooter was eventually killed by police.
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Russia-Ukraine war: Russia intensifies attacks in eastern Ukraine. Russia intensified its attacks in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, as it seeks to gain control of the Donbas region. The Ukrainian military said that Russian forces were shelling multiple cities in the region, including Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, and Kramatorsk. The United Nations estimates that more than 10 million people have been displaced by the war in Ukraine.
China's economy slows in Q1. China's economy grew at its slowest pace in a year in the first quarter of 2023, as the country grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak and a property market slowdown. The economy grew by 4.8% in the first quarter, down from 4.9% in the fourth quarter of 2022. The slowdown is a concern for the global economy, as China is a major driver of global growth.
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile. North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile on Saturday, its 13th such test this year. The missile was fired from the Sunan area of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The launch comes as North Korea is preparing for a major political event, the 10th anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il.
Ethiopia declares humanitarian truce. Ethiopia declared a humanitarian truce on Friday, in an effort to allow aid to reach millions of people in need. The truce comes after months of fighting in the Tigray region, which has left millions of people displaced and in need of food and medical assistance. The United Nations has called for an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray, and has warned that the humanitarian situation in the region is "catastrophic."
These are just a few of the top stories from the US and around the globe on May 8, 2023. For more news, please visit your local news source or visit a reputable news website.