Attempted kidnapping of woman in broad daylight.

Police are searching for a suspect after an attempted kidnapping attempt on a woman in broad daylight. According to Fairfax City police, a man attempted to kidnap the woman around 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd in the area of 10200 Main Street and ran away. The two men did not know each other.

The victim told police that the kidnapper was a black or Hispanic man wearing white striped clothing and that he ran into the woods nearby after the kidnapping attempt. She underwent a medical examination as a precautionary measure.

Police are using helicopters and police dogs to search for the suspect and are asking the public to come forward with information.

New York City lowers speed limit on some roads to 20 mph.

Starting in September, New York City will lower the vehicle speed limit for 250 road sections, including around Open Street, from 25 mph to under 20 mph.

According to the New York City Transit Authority, as part of the preparation of enforcement regulations for ‘Sammy’s Law’, which was included in the New York State budget for fiscal year 2025 and has been signed by the governor, a regulation to lower speed limits in some areas starting in September after a 60-day public hearing period.

The plan is to operate until the end of 2025. “Areas where the speed limit will be lowered to 20 mph include open streets, shared streets, and areas around schools,” said Idanis Rodriguez, director of transportation. “We also plan to implement Regional Slow Zones in certain sections of each borough where the speed limit will be reduced to 10 mph.”

According to the implementation plan sections announced by the City of Queens, the sections in Queens where the new rules will be implemented are 112th Street (34th-37th Avenues), 47th Avenue (108th-111th Streets), 155th Street (108th-109th Avenues), 167th Street (108th Road-109th Avenue), Union Hall Street (109th-110th Avenues), 144th Street (88th Avenue-88th Road), 143rd Street (Linden Boulevard-115th Avenue), 105th Street (35th-37th Avenues), and 31st Avenue (60th-61st Streets).

Regarding this, the New York City government said, “The passage of the Sammy Act was the first step toward creating safer roads, and now that it is about to be fully implemented, we expect that it will create an environment where pedestrians can walk more safely.”

Yogurt sales increase due to ‘weight loss drug’ craze.

Bloomberg News reported on the 23rd that yogurt sales in the U.S. have increased as products such as WeGobee and Ozempic have gained popularity as obesity treatments. According to reports, Danone, a global food company headquartered in France, said that demand for high-protein, low-calorie yogurt has recently been increasing in the United States, and that this is partly due to the craze for obesity treatment drugs such as Wegobee and Zebbound. Jürgen Esser, Danone’s vice president of finance, said, “We have a wide range of protein yogurt products, which are selling like hot cakes recently.” “It is popular with all consumers who want to manage their health,” he said. GLP-1 is a hormone secreted from the intestines when food is consumed and helps suppress appetite by promoting insulin secretion, which is important in controlling blood sugar levels. It is evaluated as a ‘game changer’ in the obesity treatment market because it allows you to feel full for a long time even with a small meal. Bloomberg reported that this change in sales occurred even though Danone did not engage in special marketing targeting consumers receiving obesity treatment. Nestle, a multinational food company, is also developing and releasing customized products targeting obesity treatment consumers. Nestlé announced last month that it was launching a new food line called ‘Vital Pursuit’, rich in fiber and protein, for consumers taking Ozempic or WeGobee. It is estimated that approximately 30 million Americans are currently taking GLP-1. Experts predict that the consumption patterns of many consumers will change, such as reducing food intake and changing their diets, which will have an impact on various industries, including the retail and restaurant industries.

Washington Post editor-in-chief suspected of fraud.

While America’s flagship newspaper, the Washington Post (WP), suffered internal strife, including a loss of about $70 million last year and the sudden resignation of its female editor-in-chief for unclear reasons, an ‘illegal reporting’ scandal surrounding the publisher and editor-in-chief-designate emerged. According to the New York Times (NYT) on the 15th, Peter Koenig, a former colleague of WP publisher and CEO William Lewis, revealed that publisher Lewis had previously used fraudulently obtained phone records to write articles.

Before coming to the Washington Post, Lewis worked as a business editor at the Sunday Times, the Sunday edition of the British daily The Times, in 2004. At that time, he was given hacked phone records and instructed him to write an article. At the time, the article covered the possible sale of British retailer Marks & Spencer, which announced that its phone records had been hacked after reports containing details of the CEO’s phone calls were published. He criticized Lewis, saying that although he was a capable editor, he changed over time and that “his ambition outstripped his ethics.”

Koenig claimed that Robert Winnett, deputy editor-in-chief of the British daily Telegraph, who was appointed as the next editor-in-chief of WP, also obtained information illegally when he broke a scoop in the Sunday Times in 2002. Winnet revealed a list of prominent British figures who ordered the Maybach, a luxury sedan from German Mercedes-Benz that was called the ‘Nazi’s favorite limousine’ but did not disclose how the list was obtained in the article. But John Ford, a private investigator with a long history with the Sunday Times, said in a 2018 interview that he regretted his work on the article. He confessed that he impersonated an employee of a German electronic key manufacturer and called a Mercedes-Benz employee to obtain a list of buyers.

The NYT also pointed out that publisher Lewis’ decision to pay 120,000 pounds (about 210 million won) to buy information from a reporter in 2009 when he was editor-in-chief of the British daily Telegraph was also problematic. In the United States, most news organizations have adopted a code of ethics that prohibits paying for information. The NYT pointed out that journalists inside and outside the WP have questioned whether the new leader shares this ethical foundation. The reporting company used deception, hacking, fraud, wiretapping, etc. to uncover scoops, and it was a widespread tactic led by British tabloids. However, this practice was abandoned in 2010 when the News of the World, a tabloid Sunday newspaper owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, was found to have been writing articles by illegally eavesdropping on the phone calls of celebrities.

However, the NYT reported that as criticism of the media at the time was mainly focused on tabloids, the controversy surrounding Lewis and Winnet, who were affiliated with the Sunday Times, which was classified as a political paper, did not receive attention. Publisher Lewis did not comment on the phone hacking scandal for several years, but when the issue was brought up again during the recent reorganization of the WP organization, he told fellow reporters that he had spent money to protect reporters, saying, “I don’t have money in escrow.” “I agreed to it,” he said. However, the person who dealt with the Telegraph at the time said that there was no escrow account and that he received the money from the media company and distributed it to informants.

The NYT reported that the Winnet editor-in-chief did not respond to press inquiries. The NYT previously reported that, in relation to the sudden resignation of Sally Buzbee, the first female editor-in-chief of WP, earlier this month, publisher Lewis had reprimanded Buzbee for having her cover the progress of a phone hacking lawsuit in the UK related to her.

Trump meets online with probation officer on the 10th.

The Associated Press reported on the 9th that former President Donald Trump, who was found guilty in connection with paying ‘hush money for sexual misconduct’ and is about to be sentenced (July 11), will have an online meeting with New York State probation officers on the 10th.

Former President Trump will not appear in court and will use a video conferencing system to answer questions from probation officers. Usually, a lawyer is not present during this procedure, but the AP introduced that Judge Juan Mercan of the Manhattan District Court in charge of this case decided to allow former President Trump’s lawyer to participate.

The probation officer interview is a procedure to prepare and deliver a report containing information related to the defendant to the judge ahead of sentencing. Typically, the report includes the defendant’s personal history, criminal history, employment situation, family support obligations, the probation officer’s opinion regarding sentencing, and the defendant’s reasons for needing leniency.

The judge may refer to the report, when necessary, when deciding the sentence.

Previously, the jury in the criminal trial in the case of former President Trump’s alleged payment of hush money related to a sexual scandal found former President Trump guilty on all 34 charges filed on the 30th of last month.

As the jury, which has the power to determine guilt or innocence, decided on guilt, Judge Merchan, the judge in charge of the trial, decided to hand down the sentence on July 11.

Virginia, once blue, is gradually turning red.

A Lubbock University opinion poll released on the 29th showed that the approval ratings of Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican former President Donald Trump were tied in Virginia.

This is considered a dramatic reversal compared to the 2020 presidential election, when the Democratic Party won by a 10-percentage point margin. In the match between Biden and Trump, they were tied at 42% each, and when other candidates were included, President Biden was ahead by 2 percentage points with 40% for Biden and 38% for Trump.

However, it is analysed that it is virtually a tie as it does not even fall within the margin of error (4.24%). This opinion poll is good news for former President Trump as the sexual harassment trial is ongoing and compared to the poll conducted at the beginning of the year, it recorded the best score.

A Lubbock University poll released just before Super Tuesday recorded 47% for Biden and 43% for Trump, and it was a time when Republican candidate Nikki Haley strongly attacked former President Trump. Meanwhile, in the 2020 presidential election, there was a large gap in vote percentage, with Biden at 54% and Trump at 44%.

In this survey, only 2% said they could not decide which candidate to support, and 14% said they would vote for a third candidate other than the Democratic or Republican party. When other candidates are included, the number of voters who would vote for a third candidate increased to 20%.

Third-place candidates include Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (8%), Jill Stein (3%), and Cornel West (1%). Meanwhile, in the question evaluating government ability, 44% said the Trump era was good and 33% said it was bad, while 25% said the Biden era was good and 47% said it was bad. This is a warning sign to President Biden ahead of the presidential election, and while 87% of Republicans support Trump, only 50% of Democrats support Biden.

The poll was conducted May 12-21 among 711 Virginia voters. Virginia, which has considered ‘checks and balances’ important, was classified as a ‘swing state’ that is not biased to one side but has maintained its blue (Democratic Party) colour ever since the election of Democratic President Barack Obama in 2008.

Then, with the election of Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin in 2021, it turned red (Republican), but is struggling as it lost the state legislature to the Democratic Party in the last Virginia general election. And this year, the competition between blue and red to take over Virginia is fierce again.

Zuckerberg vs Musk.

It has been reported that Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, who have been engaged in a war of nerves, even sparking the ‘hyeonpi’ controversy, are now competing for collaboration with an AI chatbot company.

The British daily Financial Times (FT) reported on the 25th that Meta, the parent company of Facebook run by Zuckerberg, and xAI, Musk’s artificial intelligence (AI) startup, are competing for collaboration with ‘Character.AI’. local time) reported. Character.

AI is a company founded in 2021 by Noam Sherzier, a former researcher at Google Brain, Google’s deep learning AI research team. It is an AI chatbot service that uses large language models (LLM) to provide conversations with various people and is gaining popularity among young Americans. It also received support from Andreessen Horowitz, a leading venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

According to the FT, four people familiar with the matter said that Meta recently held initial discussions about a partnership with Character.AI. Multiple officials also mentioned that Character.AI had conducted similar discussions with Musk’s xAI. However, it has been reported that discussions between the companies have not yet led to an agreement.

FT pointed out that the interest in Character.AI clearly shows the recent trend in which tech companies are pursuing collaboration and investment with AI startups to develop cutting-edge technologies. In September of last year, Meta created a so-called ‘AI Persona’ chatbot that applied the personalities of celebrities and made it available on Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

xAI developed its own chatbot ‘Grok’ and provided it to premium subscribers of X (formerly Twitter). It is known that discussions on collaboration with Character.AI are focused on expanding research rather than acquisition. This is because big tech companies are hesitant to attempt to acquire AI startups due to the impact of global regulatory measures.

For example, Microsoft’s (MS) and OpenAI’s $13 billion collaboration was investigated by U.S. and European competition authorities over whether it was a merger or acquisition, despite both parties’ denials. In addition to Character.

AI, Meta is known to have discussed strategic partnerships with Open AI and Adept, a startup created by Google AI developers. Regarding the FT report, Character.AI and Meta declined to comment, and Musk did not respond to a request for comment.

Opposition to Israel’s large-scale Rafah attack.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reiterated his position against Israel on the 19th (local time) against a large-scale attack on Rafah, Gaza Strip. The White House reported in a press release that Sullivan met with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and held a Strategic Consultative Group (SCG) meeting with Israel.

At the SCG, Advisor Sullivan discussed with Israel ways to defeat Hamas while minimizing civilian casualties and reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s long-standing position on Rafah. He also reaffirmed the need for Israel to link its military operations with political strategy. Previously, President Biden has repeatedly expressed his opposition to a large-scale military attack on Rafah, where 1 million Palestinians are sheltering.

Sullivan also proposed a series of concrete steps for Israel to send more aid to Gaza through all possible channels, the White House said. He also discussed measures to establish mechanisms to ensure the safety of Gaza activists and fixed channels for humanitarian assistance in Gaza, respectively. Previously, Aide Sullivan met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi de facto leader, in Saudi Arabia the day before and discussed the issue of concluding a mutual defence treaty.

The Saudi state-run SPA news agency reported the previous day that the two sides discussed the ‘just before finalization’ stage of the draft defence treaty. The White House said that Sullivan briefed Prime Minister Netanyahu and others on the “potential that could be helpful not only to Israel but also to the Palestinian people.” In this regard, CBS reported, citing sources, that the United States and Saudi Arabia are expected to complete the agreement within a few days.

The United States is pursuing the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia as part of the Middle East peace plan, including the Palestinian issue, and Saudi Arabia has requested that the United States sign a defence treaty as a condition for normalizing relations.

Biden praises Filipino White House chef.

President Joe Biden, who is running for re-election in the November presidential election, criticized former Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant remarks at an Asian Pacific American event on the 13th. President Biden mentioned former President Trump at an event held at the White House on this day to commemorate ‘Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month’ and said, “While we fight for comprehensive immigration system reform, he “They are calling me a rapist and a murderer,” he said. “He (former President Trump) said, ‘They are not people, and they are polluting the blood of America,’” he said. “My predecessor wanted a country for only some of us. We want an America for all of us.” emphasized.

President Biden said, “There has been a continued conflict of values and vision in the United States,” and criticized former President Trump again for pursuing “revenge and retaliation.” “We are making history together,” he said, citing the signing of a bill establishing a committee to consider establishing a National Museum of Asian and Pacific American History and Culture in 2022.

During his congratulatory address, President Biden personally called Cristeta Comerford, a Filipino American who was promoted to White House chef in 2005 under President George W. Bush, to the podium and publicly praised her. He added, “She’s amazing,” and joked, “In fact, when I first came (to the White House), I was 20 pounds (about 9 kg) lighter.”

Chinese American actress Lucy Liu attended the event. In his congratulatory address, he said his son was confident in his identity, adding, “This is surprising given the contrast with my own childhood, when I distanced myself from my heritage in order to feel a stronger sense of belonging.”

Google’s search market share fell by 2% due to AI.

As competition in the search market heats up with the advent of generative artificial intelligence (AI), the market share of Google, the world’s largest search engine company, fell slightly, while Microsoft (MS) rose. According to Stat Counter, a global web traffic analysis site, on the 5th, Google’s global search market share as of last April was 90.91%.

This is a drop of about 2 percentage points (1.91 percentage points) from a year ago (92.82%) and 0.47 percentage points lower than last March (91.38%), a month ago. Compared to May of last year (93.11%), which had the highest market share over the past 12 months, it fell by 2.20 percentage points. Although Google still holds more than 90% of the search market share, its dominance has decreased slightly. On the other hand, Microsoft’s search engine Bing’s market share in April was 3.64%, up nearly 1% from a year ago (2.76%).

Yahoo’s search share was 1.13%, unchanged from April last year (1.11%). In the US search market, changes in market share were more evident. Google’s market share in April this year was 86.58%, down 2.3 percentage points from a year ago (88.88%). Most of Google’s decline was absorbed by MS Bing. Microsoft’s market share rose 2 percentage points from 6.43% to 8.24% during the same period, taking one step closer to 10%. Yahoo rose slightly from 2.33% to 2.59%. Since the advent of OpenAI’s ChatGPT,

MS has quickly incorporated it into its search engine, challenging the search market dominated by Google. In addition, in the ‘search antitrust lawsuit’ filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against Google, it is seeking to reorganize the market by defending the government’s claim that Google is illegally dominating the market. MS CEO Satya Nadella appeared as a witness in a trial held in October last year and expressed concern that allowing Google’s illegal monopoly in the search market could strengthen Google’s dominance in the AI market.