Putin Says Four Regions’ Annexation Is ‘Forever’

President Vladimir Putin early Friday signed decrees recognizing the “independence” of occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine as a prelude to absorbing those regions, as well as Donetsk and Luhansk, into Russia — a move that’s expected later today. Putin is also expected to address legislators.

Ten Things Elon Musk’s Texts Reveal About the Twitter Deal

10. In March, Sam Bankman-Fried, the crypto billionaire, tried to get in touch with Musk through an associate to discuss joining in a deal for Twitter. Musk appeared uninterested — and unaware of Bankman-Fried’s wealth, asking, “Does he have huge amounts of money?”

California moves to block use of rap lyrics as incriminating evidence in court

California Governor Gavin NewsomPhoto: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Accompanied (virtually) by rappers Killer Mike, Meek MillToo $hort, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, E-40, spirit Tyga, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law todaycurtailing the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases in the state. That’s in contravention of a pretty standard … Read more

Biggest Cases Of Welfare Fraud In US History

Former NFL star Brett Favre is currently under investigation for an alleged multimillion-dollar welfare fraud scheme in Mississippi. The Onion looks back at the biggest cases of welfare fraud in US history. 1798: Thomas Jefferson uses his political influence to acquire 10 slaves earmarked for distribution among the poor. 1860: Pony Express commits massive corporate … Read more

India Unwilling to Relent on Tax Stance for Debt Index Inclusion

A JPMorgan investor survey found that funds want India to replace Russia, which was excluded after the invasion of Ukraine, said a money manager with access to the results. Still, the survey also showed investors wanted the Asian nation’s government to ease some rules, the money manager said, asking not to be identified as the … Read more

India Unwilling to Relent on Tax Stance for Debt Index Inclusion

A JPMorgan investor survey found that funds want India to replace Russia, which was excluded after the invasion of Ukraine, said a money manager with access to the results. Still, the survey also showed investors wanted the Asian nation’s government to ease some rules, the money manager said, asking not to be identified as the … Read more

Elon Musk May Lose a Lot in Three Days

It’s money time for Elon Musk. If summer has passed, autumn is off to a flying start for the richest man in the world. The tech tycoon has important appointments at the end of September that could have a considerable impact on the empire he is building. These appointments can also affect the image of … Read more

In Dozens of Lawsuits Parents Blame Meta, TikTok for Hooking Kids

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — A 16-year-old girl in Utah becomes so obsessed with her body image after getting hooked on Instagram that she develops anorexia and bulimia. A boy from Michigan goes from watching YouTube videos for several hours a day at age 9 to binging all night on TikTok and Snapchat, then ends up sharing … Read more

This Is What Life’s Like in the World’s Strictest Covid Zero City

Seven times since last March, Ruili—on China’s Myanmar border—has felt the full force of Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero policy.