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At least three Alabama three fertility clinics halted or restrictedpushing forward proposals

  • State Sen. Tim Melson tells Troy Public Radio’s Kyle Gassiott that he’s sympathetic to those spending time, effort and money to have children through IVF and understands how the justices came to their conclusion. Melson has proposed a bill that deems a fertilized egg a “potential life” but does not consider it a human or unborn child until it is “successfully implanted in a woman’s uterus.” 
  • President Biden called the ruling “outrageous and unacceptable” and blamed the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley seemed to side with the Alabama court, telling NBC News, “Embryos, to me, are babies.” 

Cybersecurity researchers are poring over a massive new leak of sensitive documents hacking activity, targets and marketing materials

  • “The revelations aren’t exactly shocking,” NPR’s Jenna McLaughlin says. She speaks with John Hultquist, chief analyst at Google’s Mandiant Intelligence cybersecurity firm, who tells her the most interesting part of the leak is being able to get a “really deep look at the Chinese cyber espionage contractor ecosystem.” 

Space company Intuitive Machines has completed the the first commercial spacecraft landing on the moon.first U.S. lunar landingTomorrow marks the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

  • NPR’s Joanna Kakissis reports on Up First that Ukraine’s progress has made the Black Sea much safer. Ukraine says its grain exports are back to pre-war levels. Kakissis spent time in Kharkiv, near the Russian border. The second-largest city in Ukraine has been building schools underground and holding classes in subway stations doubling as bomb shelters. A Ukrainian teacher tells her that students just want to play outside and they ask her every day when the Russians will stop “bothering” them. 

Picture show

Taiwan has endured a long history of colonization. Made in Taiwan: Recipes and Stories from the Island NationAll Things Considered’sSee photos of some delectable dishesDutch, Japanese and Chinese influences

Weekend picks

Check out what NPR is watching, reading and listening to this weekend:Movies:NPR’s guide to the nomineesTV: ConstellationBooks: The Kamogowa Food DetectivesMusic:The Past is Still AliveQuiz:this week’s quiz

3 things to know before you go

  1. Delta’s special flight that will travel along the path of April’s total eclipse sold out in 24 hours. But some other flights still have a good chance of eclipse visibility.
  2. Former talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. The announcement comes ahead of the premiere of her new documentary, Where is Wendy Williams?, detailing her health struggles following the end of her show in 2022.
  3. Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo Portuguese dog, has been posthumously stripped of his title of “oldest dog ever”  by Guinness World Records. 

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