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Jury deliberations to resume in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial

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Jury deliberations are set to resume in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial. And Apple finally takes a big step into the world of artificial intelligence with “Apple Intelligence.” These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Day 2 of jury deliberations in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial

Jury deliberations will resume Tuesday, June 11, in the federal gun trial of Hunter Biden. Deliberations started on Monday, June 10, after both the prosecution and defense rested their cases. Jurors only deliberated for less than an hour before being sent home for the day. 

The jurors will decide whether Hunter Biden is guilty of three felony charges linked to purchasing a gun in 2018, when he was reportedly addicted to drugs. 

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In closing arguments, the prosecution urged jurors to “use common sense” to find the president’s son guilty, adding “no one is above the law.” The defense, however, said the prosecution failed to prove Hunter Biden was using illegal drugs when he bought the gun — claiming there were “gaping holes” in the case. 

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison. 

Blinken in Israel; U.N. Security Council endorses cease-fire plan

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken continues to urge top Israeli officials to accept and implement a plan for post-war Gaza, meeting with Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv Tuesday, June 11. This come as he also pushes for more international pressure on Hamas to agree to a cease-fire proposal just endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. 

On Monday, June 10, 14 of the U.N.’s 15 security council members voted in favor of endorsing the cease-fire plan to end the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas that was announced by President Joe Biden in May. Only Russia abstained from voting. 

The U.S. said Israel has already accepted the cease-fire proposal.  

The resolution calls on Hamas to agree to the three-phase plan, which would see an initial six-week cease-fire and the exchange of some Israeli hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. 

The second phase would include a permanent cease-fire and the release of the remaining hostages. The third phase would involve a reconstruction effort for the devastated Gaza strip. 

Hamas was quick to welcome the resolution, saying in a statement it’s ready to cooperate with mediators and enter “indirect negotiations” over the implementation of the principles of the agreement. 

Port of Baltimore shipping channel fully reopens after bridge collapse

After being closed for more than two months, the Port of Baltimore’s shipping channel is fully operational again. In late March, a massive 213-million pound cargo ship crashed into a support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, killing six construction workers and causing the structure to collapse — cutting off access to the crucial shipping artery. 

To fully reopen the 700-foot-wide channel, crews had to remove roughly 50,000 tons of wreckage from the Patapsco River, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. 

The work to rebuild the nearly 50-year-old bridge continues. Shortly after the collapse, President Biden pledged the federal government would help pay for it

Note: The above has been corrected to say 213-million pounds. An earlier version omitted million.

FDA panel backs Eli Lilly drug that slows Alzheimer’s progression

A panel of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisers is unanimously backing an Alzheimer’s drug from Eli Lilly that’s been shown to slow the disease’s progression. The drug works by helping the body remove amyloid plaque buildups in the brain, which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. 

These plaques are harmful deposits that can form in the brain as people age. Removing the plaque seems to slow down the brain changes that seem to happen with Alzheimer’s. 

The FDA will make a final decision on approval later this year. 

If approved, Eli Lilly’s drug would become the second Alzheimer’s medication of its kind currently on the U.S. market, expanding treatment options for the more than 6 million Americans who have the disease. 

Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death for adults over 65 years old. 

Apple unveils its AI strategy, partnership with OpenAI

Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, June 10, where it announced new upgrades to its devices and operating systems. But what’s getting the most attention is Apple Intelligence, the tech company’s new strategy for incorporating AI into its business model. 

“Recent developments in generative intelligence and large language models offer powerful capabilities that provide the opportunity to take the experience of using Apple products to new heights,” CEO Tim Cook said. “So, as we look to build in these incredible new capabilities, we want to ensure that the outcome reflects the principles at the core of our products.” 

Among its capabilities, Apple Intelligence will see an update to the voice assistant Siri. Apple said Siri will now better understand your questions and, like with other chatbots, people will also be able to type to Siri. 

Apple also announced a partnership with OpenAI Monday, saying if Siri doesn’t know the answer to something, it will ask if it can take your question to ChatGPT. 

New writing tools will see Apple Intelligence proofread, rewrite and summarize text across various apps, as well as suggest the right tone for the message. 

Apple said people will also be able to create your own custom emojis just by describing what you are looking for. They’re calling these “genmojis.” 

Apple Intelligence is set to launch in the fall. 

Starbucks launches its own production studio

When you think of Hollywood production studios, you might think of Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures or Disney. But a new name is now joining the list: Starbucks

The coffee chain announced the creation of Starbucks Studios, which it said will “produce original entertainment and tell stories that deepen connections and spark conversations.” 

Starbucks is partnering with Oscar-winning producer Michael Sugar and his media company Sugar23.  

Starbucks is the latest company to open its own production studio, following brands like Nike and Mailchimp. 

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[KARAH RUCKER]

JURY DELIBERATIONS WILL RESUME TUESDAY MORNING IN THE FEDERAL GUN TRIAL OF HUNTER BIDEN.  

DELIBERATIONS STARTED ON MONDAY — AFTER BOTH THE PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE RESTED THEIR CASES. 

JURORS ONLY DELIBERATING FOR LESS THAN AN HOUR BEFORE BEING SENT HOME FOR THE DAY. 

THE JURORS WILL DECIDE WHETHER HUNTER BIDEN IS GUILTY OF THREE FELONY CHARGES LINKED TO PURCHASING A GUN IN 2018 — WHEN HE WAS REPORTEDLY ADDICTED TO DRUGS. 

IN CLOSING ARGUMENTS — THE PROSECUTION URGED JURORS TO QUOTE “USE COMMON SENSE” TO FIND THE PRESIDENT’S SON GUILTY… 

PROSECUTORS ADDING “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.”  

WHILE THE DEFENSE SAYS THE PROSECUTION FAILED TO PROVE HUNTER BIDEN WAS USING ILLEGAL DRUGS WHEN HE BOUGHT THE GUN — CLAIMING THERE WERE “GAPING HOLES” IN THE CASE.  

HUNTER BIDEN HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES. 

IF CONVICTED — HE FACES UP TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON. 

U-S SECRETARY OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN CONTINUES TO URGE TOP ISRAELI OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN FOR POST-WAR GAZA TUESDAY — MEETING WITH ISRAELI OPPOSITION LEADER YAIR LAPID IN TEL AVIV. 

THIS AS HE ALSO PUSHES FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE ON HAMAS TO AGREE TO A CEASE-FIRE PROPOSAL JUST ENDORSED BY THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL. 

ON MONDAY — 14 OF THE UN’S 15 SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF ENDORSING THE CEASE-FIRE PLAN TO END THE ONGOING WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS THAT WAS ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENT BIDEN LAST WEEK.  

THE U.S. SAYING ISRAEL HAS ALREADY ACCEPTED THE CEASEFIRE PROPOSAL.  

ONLY RUSSIA ABSTAINED FROM VOTING. 

THE RESOLUTION CALLS ON HAMAS TO AGREE TO THE THREE-PHASE PLAN — WHICH WOULD SEE AN INITIAL SIX-WEEK CEASE-FIRE AND THE EXCHANGE OF SOME ISRAELI HOSTAGES BEING HELD BY HAMAS IN GAZA FOR PALESTINIAN PRISONERS IN ISRAELI JAILS. 

THE SECOND PHASE WOULD INCLUDE A PERMANENT CEASE-FIRE AND THE RELEASE OF THE REMAINING HOSTAGES. 

THE THIRD PHASE WOULD INVOLVE A RECONSTRUCTION EFFORT FOR THE DEVASTATED GAZA STRIP. 

HAMAS WAS QUICK TO WELCOME THE RESOLUTION — SAYING IN A STATEMENT IT’S READY TO COOPERATE WITH MEDIATORS AND ENTER INDIRECT NEGOTIATIONS OVER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE AGREEMENT. 

AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR MORE THAN TWO MONTHS — THE PORT OF BALTIMORE’S SHIPPING CHANNEL IS FULLY OPERATIONAL AGAIN. 

IN LATE MARCH… A MASSIVE 213-POUND CARGO SHIP CRASHED INTO A SUPPORT COLUMN OF THE FRANCIS SCOTT KEY BRIDGE — KILLING SIX CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND CAUSING THE STRUCTURE TO COLLAPSE — CUTTING OFF ACCESS TO THE CRUCIAL SHIPPING ARTERY. 

TO FULLY REOPEN THE 700-FOOT-WIDE CHANNEL — CREWS HAD TO REMOVE ROUGHLY 50,000 *TONS* OF WRECKAGE FROM THE PATAPSCO RIVER, ACCORDING TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. 

THE WORK TO REBUILD THE NEARLY 50-YEAR-OLD BRIDGE CONTINUES. SHORTLY AFTER THE COLLAPSE — PRESIDENT BIDEN PLEDGED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HELP PAY FOR IT. 

A PANEL OF FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION ADVISERS IS UNANIMOUSLY BACKING AN ALZHEIMER’S DRUG FROM ELI LILLY — THAT’S BEEN SHOWN TO SLOW THE DISEASE’S PROGRESSION. 

THE DRUG WORKS BY HELPING THE BODY REMOVE AMYLOID PLAQUE BUILDUPS IN THE BRAIN — WHICH ARE A HALLMARK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. 

THESE PLAQUES ARE HARMFUL DEPOSITS THAT CAN FORM IN THE BRAIN AS PEOPLE AGE. 

REMOVING THE PLAQUE SEEMS TO SLOW DOWN THE BRAIN CHANGES THAT SEEM TO HAPPEN WITH ALZHEIMER’S. 

THE FDA WILL MAKE A FINAL DECISION ON APPROVAL LATER THIS YEAR.  

IF APPROVED — ELI LILLY’S DRUG WOULD BECOME THE SECOND ALZHEIMER’S MEDICATION OF ITS KIND CURRENTLY ON THE U-S MARKET… EXPANDING TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR THE MORE THAN 6 MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE ALZHEIMER’S. 

ALZHEIMER’S IS THE FIFTH-LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR ADULTS OVER 65 YEARS OLD. 

ON MONDAY – APPLE HELD ITS ANNUAL WORLDWIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE WHERE IT ANNOUNCED NEW UPGRADES TO ITS DEVICES AND OPERATING SYSTEMS. 

BUT WHAT’S GETTING THE MOST ATTENTION IS “APPLE INTELLIGENCE” – THE TECH COMPANY’S NEW STRATEGY FOR INCORPORATING AI INTO ITS BUSINESS MODEL. 

APPLE CEO’S TIM COOK MAKING THE LONG-AWAITED ANNOUNCEMENT —   

TIM COOK | APPLE CEO 

Recent developments in generative intelligence and large language models offer powerful capabilities that provide the opportunity to take the experience of using Apple products to new heights. So as we look to build in these incredible new capabilities, we want to ensure that the outcome reflects the principles at the core of our products. 

[KARAH RUCKER]

AMONG ITS CAPABILITIES — APPLE INTELLIGENCE WILL SEE AN UPDATE TO THE VOICE ASSISTANT SIRI – WITH APPLE SAYING SIRI WILL NOW BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTIONS AND YOU WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO TYPE TO SIRI – LIKE OTHER CHATBOTS. 

AND IF SIRI DOESN’T KNOW THE ANSWER – IT WILL ASK IF IT CAN TAKE YOUR QUESTION TO CHATGPT – WITH APPLE ANNOUNCING A PARTNERSHIP WITH OPENAI. 

NEW WRITING TOOLS WILL SEE APPLE INTELLIGENCE PROOFREAD, REWRITE AND SUMMARIZE TEXT ACROSS VARIOUS APPS – AND ALSO SUGGEST THE RIGHT TONE FOR THE MESSAGE. 

AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM EMOJIS JUST BY DESCRIBING WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR – APPLE IS CALLING THESE “GEN-MOJIS.” 

APPLE INTELLIGENCE IS SET TO LAUNCH IN THE FALL. 

WHEN YOU THINK OF HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION STUDIOS – YOU MIGHT THINK OF WARNER BROTHERS, PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND DISNEY. BUT A NEW NAME IS NOW JOINING THE LIST — STARBUCKS. 

THE COFFEE CHAIN ANNOUNCING STARBUCKS STUDIOS – WHICH IT SAYS WILL “PRODUCE ORIGINAL ENTERTAINMENT AND TELL STORIES THAT DEEPEN CONNECTIONS AND SPARK CONVERSATIONS.” 

STARBUCKS IS PARTNERING WITH OSCAR-WINNING PRODUCER MICHAEL SUGAR AND HIS MEDIA COMPANY SUGAR23.  

STARBUCKS IS THE LATEST COMPANY TO OPEN ITS OWN PRODUCTION STUDIO – FOLLOWING BRANDS LIKE NIKE AND MAILCHIMP.