5 things to know for June 11: Gaza ceasefire, Hunter Biden, Gun violence, Hurricane season, Alzheimer’s drug

Hollywood productions face a summer of uncertainty as the threat of another strike looms over the film and television industry. Unions representing crew members are seeking better wages and job security provisions, among other demands, while studios and streamers are buying and developing fewer projects.

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1. Gaza ceasfire

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution proposed by the US for a permanent ceasefire and release of the hostages in Gaza. The motion received 14 votes in favor and one abstention by Russia — the first time the council has endorsed such a plan to end the war. Hamas said it welcomed the resolution and is ready to engage with mediators in negotiations to implement the measures. Israel vowed to persist with its military operation in Gaza, saying it won’t engage in “meaningless” negotiations with Hamas. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the urgency of reaching an agreement, adding that the US and other world leaders would stand behind the ceasefire proposal.

2. Hunter Biden

The jury in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial will resume deliberations today after the president’s son on Monday declined to testify in his own defense and both sides presented closing arguments in the historic case. The 12-member jury will soon decide whether Hunter Biden is guilty of three charges related to his purchase of a gun in 2018, which prosecutors say violated federal law because he was addicted to crack cocaine at the time. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges. If convicted, Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000, though he likely will receive far less than the maximum as a first-time offender.

3. Gun violence

President Joe Biden will address a major gun violence prevention conference in Washington, DC, today, nearly two years after he signed the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. The appearance comes as the White House and the Biden campaign have sought to promote the president’s work to tackle gun violence — an issue his team believes resonates with key blocs of voters, including women, young people and Latino communities. A CNN/SSRS poll conducted in April found that 48% of registered voters said gun policy will be extremely important to their presidential vote in November. A Gallup survey last year found 56% of US adults believe gun laws in the country should be stricter.

4. Hurricane season

The US has been rocked by numerous weather disasters this year that have left a staggering price tag, and forecasters say it could get worse this summer. But climate experts say that FEMA, the nation’s disaster relief agency, is expected to run out of money before the hurricane season is over. The US has been thrashed with 11 extreme weather disasters with costs exceeding $1 billion so far this year, with a total price tag of $25.1 billion — tied for the second-most such disasters on record. Data now shows the relief fund could slip into the red by the end of summer — a more than $1.3 billion shortfall in August. FEMA told CNN it is continuing to work with Congress “to ensure sufficient funding is available.” The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

5. Alzheimer’s drug

A panel of FDA advisers voted Monday to endorse Eli Lilly’s early-stage Alzheimer’s drug donanemab, agreeing it was safe and effective. The drug works by helping the body remove amyloid plaque buildups in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. There is no cure and there is still no drug to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s, but donanemab and Leqembi, another drug that is already on the market, have been shown to slow the progression of the disease in its early stages. “A future with more approved Alzheimer’s treatments is a tremendous advancement for people eligible for these drugs,” said Dr. Joanne Pike, Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO. “Progress with treatment is happening.”


Malawi’s vice president, 9 others killed in plane crash
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That’s how much Singapore Airlines has offered to compensate passengers hurt last month during a flight that encountered severe turbulence. Other passengers who sustained more serious injuries were offered $25,000, according to the carrier. The May 20 flight from London to Singapore resulted in dozens of injuries and one death.


“This product may appeal to children and teenagers as it is marketed as a candy.”

— The FDA, warning consumers against eating “microdose chocolate bars” after several people across four states were hospitalized.


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