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Ukraine tops NATO summit talks after Turkey backs Sweden: July 11 rundown

Jul 11, 2023

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The annual NATO summit is officially underway with the alliance looking to get closer to adding Ukraine, and ChatGPT could be in legal trouble. These stories and more highlight the rundown for Tuesday, July 11, 2023.

NATO summit gets underway

President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy on Wednesday, July 12, according to sources familiar with plans of the NATO summit, which got underway Tuesday. Once again, the main topic at hand is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

NATO is expected to approve its first comprehensive plans to defend against any attack from Russia since the Cold War. Ukraine could also get closer to NATO membership, despite the division on the subject among NATO’s 31 members.

The division likely means there will not be a straightforward invitation for Ukraine to join at the NATO summit. However, NATO’s Secretary General said Ukraine would get a positive message on the path to membership on Tuesday.

The summit has already kicked off with a bang, with Turkey withdrawing its objections to allowing Sweden to become a member of NATO. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would ask Turkey’s parliament to approve Swedish membership. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, another holdout, is expected to take a similar step.

Grand Jury selection underway in Trump Georgia probe

A couple dozen Atlanta-area residents will be selected Tuesday to be part of a grand jury that will likely consider whether to indict former President Donald Trump on criminal charges related to the 2020 election. The grand jury is the culmination of an investigation examining whether former President Trump tried to overturn the election results in Georgia.

The Fulton County district attorney has previously said any potential indictments would likely come in August. The first 2024 Republican presidential debate will be Aug. 23. Trump is the GOP’s current favorite in the race.

Former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar stabbed in prison

Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing Olympic and college female gymnasts, was stabbed multiple times by another inmate at a federal prison in Florida on Sunday, July 9. Nassar was stabbed six times in the back and in the neck.

He received substantial injuries including what appears to be a collapsed lung, according to sources who spoke with ABC News. Nassar was reported to be in stable condition following the stabbing.

Hundreds of thousands in Israel protest judicial changes

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the streets of Tel Aviv in protest over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judiciary changes. This, after Israel’s legislature gave initial approval Tuesday.

Protestors claim the bill restricts Supreme Court power and undermines democracy. They blocked highways leading to Jerusalem and other cities. Unrest is expected to continue, with Prime Minister Netanyahu saying he plans to advance the legislation in October.

NOAA predicts marine heatwave

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned half of the world’s oceans may experience a marine heatwave by September. Researchers with the federal agency said such widespread high temperatures across the sea surface would be a first.

Typically, a marine heatwave means about 10% of the world’s oceans are warmer than usual. But to reach 40-50% of the ocean recording high temperatures would be unprecedented, according to the agency.

Global sea temperatures in May and June reached record highs. That was before El Nino, which is associated with high ocean temperatures and is now returning.

Sea ice levels, fisheries, and coral could be negatively impacted by the upcoming marine heatwave.

Comedian sues OpenAI and Meta over copyright infringement

OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, is being sued by author and comedian Sarah Silverman. She said OpenAI copied and ingested her book, “The Bedwetter” in a case of copyright infringement.

Silverman has also filed suit against Meta. Silverman, as well as the other authors that part of the suit, could seek out changes to ChatGPT programming to better respect intellectual property.

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KARAH RUCKER: COMING UP — THE ANNUAL NATO SUMMIT IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY –WITH THE ALLIANCE LOOKING TO ADDRESS THE CONTROVERSIAL ADDITION OF COUNTRIES –INCLUDING WHEN UKRAINE COULD POTENTIALLY JOIN.

AND —COULD CHAT G-P-T BE IN LEGAL TROUBLE OVER INFORMATION IT SCRAPES ONLINE?

COMEDIAN SARAH SILVERMAN IS SUING OPEN A-I –CALLING OUT THE TECHNOLOGY FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. THE RUNDOWN STARTS NOW. THIS IS STRAIGHT-ARROW NEWS. BRINGING YOU UNBIASED, STRAIGHT FACTS. TODAY IS TUESDAY — JULY 11TH — 2023. THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M KARAH RUCKER.

NATO SUMMIT GETS UNDERWAY

PRESIDENT BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMR ZELENSKYY ON WEDNESDAY — ACCORDING TO SOURCES FAMILIAR WITH PLANS OF THE NATO SUMMIT — WHICH GOT UNDERWAY EARLIER THIS MORNING.

ONCE AGAIN — THE MAIN TOPIC AT HAND — RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE.

NATO IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE ITS FIRST COMPREHENSIVE PLANS TO DEFEND AGAINST ANY ATTACK FROM RUSSIA SINCE THE COLD WAR.

UKRAINE COULD ALSO GET CLOSER TO NATO MEMBERSHIP — DESPITE THERE BEING DIVISION ON THE SUBJECT AMONG NATO’S 31 MEMBERS.

THIS DIVISION LIKELY MEANS THERE WILL NOT BE A STRAIGHTFORWARD INVITATION FOR UKRAINE TO JOIN AT THE SUMMIT.

HOWEVER — NATO’S SECRETARY GENERAL SAID UKRAINE WOULD GET A “POSITIVE MESSAGE ON THE PATH TO MEMBERSHIP” TODAY — AHEAD OF THE NATO-UKRAINE COUNCIL HOLDING ITS FIRST SESSION TOMORROW.

Jens Stoltenberg | NATO Secretary General: “I think also it is important to communicate that all allies agree that Ukraine will become a member of the alliance, but we also agree that NATO’s door remains open and we have demonstrated that by inviting Finland and Sweden to become members. And Finland is already a full member.”

THE SUMMIT HAS ALREADY KICKED OFF WITH A BANG — WITH TURKEY WITHDRAWING ITS OBJECTIONS TO ALLOWING SWEDEN TO BECOME A MEMBER OF NATO.

TURKISH PRESIDENT “RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN” SAID HE WOULD ASK TURKEY’S PARLIAMENT TO APPROVE SWEDISH MEMBERSHIP. 

HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBAN — ANOTHER HOLDOUT — IS EXPECTED TO TAKE A SIMILAR STEP.

GRAND JURY SELECTION UNDERWAY TRUMP GEORGIA PROBE

FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS ALREADY BEEN INDICTED IN NEW YORK STATE ON CHARGES OF FALSIFYING BUSINESS RECORDS —

LAST MONTH THE DOJ INDICTED TRUMP ON FEDERAL CHARGES RELATED TO CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS —

AND NOW — BACK TO **GEORGIA’S PROBE OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT.

A COUPLE DOZEN ATLANTA-AREA RESIDENTS WILL BE SELECTED TODAY TO BE PART OF A GRAND JURY THAT WILL LIKELY CONSIDER WHETHER TO INDICT TRUMP ON CRIMINAL CHARGES RELATED TO THE 2020 ELECTION.

IT HAS BEEN A 2-AND-A-HALF YEAR INVESTIGATION EXAMINING WHETHER TRUMP TRIED TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION RESULTS IN GEORGIA.

THE FULTON-COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS PREVIOUSLY SAID ANY POTENTIAL INDICTMENTS WOULD LIKELY COME IN AUGUST.

THE FIRST 2024 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WILL BE AUGUST 23RD.

TRUMP IS THE GOP’S CURRENT FAVORITE IN THE RACE.

FORMER USA GYMNASTICS DOCTOR LARRY NASSAR STABBED IN PRISON

LARRY NASSAR, WHO WAS CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING OLYMPIC AND COLLEGE FEMALE GYMNASTS —

WAS STABBED MULTIPLE TIMES BY ANOTHER INMATE AT A FEDERAL PRISON IN FLORIDA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

NASSAR WAS STABBED SIX TIMES IN THE BACK AND IN THE NECK.

HE RECEIVED “SUBSTANTIAL INJURIES” INCLUDING WHAT APPEARS TO BE “A COLLAPSED LUNG” ACCORDING TO SOURCES WHO SPOKE WITH ABC NEWS.

HE WAS REPORTED TO BE IN STABLE CONDITION FOLLOWING THE STABBING.

THE DISGRACED FORMER SPORTS DOCTOR ADMITTED HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ATHLETES WHEN HE WORKED AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND AT INDIANAPOLIS-BASED U-S-A GYMNASTICS, WHICH TRAINS OLYMPIANS.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN ISRAEL PROTEST JUDICIAL CHANGES

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OVER “TEL-AVIV ISRAEL” SHOWS **HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS** OF PEOPLE MARCHING IN THE STREETS IN PROTEST OVER PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S PROPOSED JUDICIARY CHANGES —

AFTER ISRAEL’S LEGISLATURE GAVE INITIAL APPROVAL ON TUESDAY.

THIS MARKED THE 27TH CONSECUTIVE WEEK OF THIS SORT OF MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT’S JUDICIAL OVERHAUL PLANS THAT CONSTRAINS THE POWERS OF THE JUDICIARY.

PROTESTORS ARE CLAIMING THE BILL RESTRICTS SUPREME COURT POWER AND UNDERMINES DEMOCRACY.

PROTESTERS BLOCKED HIGHWAYS LEADING TO JERUSALEM AND OTHER CITIES.

UNREST IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE AS NETANYAHU HAS SAID HE PLANS TO ADVANCE THE LEGISLATION IN OCTOBER.

NOAA PREDICTS MARINE HEATWAVE

THE “NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION” IS WARNING THAT HALF OF THE WORLD’S OCEANS MAY EXPERIENCE A “MARINE HEAT WAVE” BY SEPTEMBER.

RESEARCHERS WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAY SUCH **WIDESPREAD HIGH-TEMPS ACROSS THE SEA SURFACE WOULD BE A FIRST.

TYPICALLY — THE AGENCY SAYS A “MARINE HEATWAVE” MEANS ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF THE WORLD’S OCEANS ARE WARMER THAN USUAL.

BUT TO REACH 40 TO 50 PERCENT OF THE OCEAN RECORDING HIGH TEMPS WOULD BE UNPRECEDENTED.

GLOBAL SEA TEMPERATURES IN MAY AND JUNE WERE AT RECORD HIGHS FOR THE TIME OF YEAR – WHICH CAME BEFORE “EL NINO” – WHICH IS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH OCEAN TEMPERATURES AND HAS NOW BEGUN TO RETURN.

SEA ICE LEVELS, FISHERIES, AND CORAL ARE THREE TOP AREAS OF CONCERN THAT COULD BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE UPCOMING MARINE HEATWAVE.

Dan Smale | Marine Biological Association: “We’ve always known that climate change and ocean warming is a real stressor to our marine life. But I sort of thought it would be coming in decades to come rather than now. And if temperatures continue to rise and they exceed 20, 22 degrees, then that could be really harmful and detrimental for some of our species.”

COMEDIAN SUES OPENAI AND META OVER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW —AND APPARENTLY — SAME GOES FOR CHAT-G-P-T. THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS IN TROUBLE –AFTER ALLEGEDLY “SCRAPING ILLEGAL ONLINE SHADOW-LIBRARIES THAT CONTAIN TEXTS OF THOUSANDS OF BOOKS.

AUTHOR AND COMEDIAN SARAH SILVERMAN SAYS OPEN A-I COPIES AND INGESTED HER BOOK “THE BEDWETTER” IN A CASE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT –AND SHE IS NOW SUING OPEN A-I — THE PARENT COMPANY OF CHAT G-P-T — AND META.

SILVERMAN ALLEGES THE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES DEVELOPED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS THAT FREELY COPIED HER MEMOIR WITHOUT PERMISSION.

SILVERMAN AND OTHER AUTHORS PART OF THE SUIT COULD SEEK OUT CHANGES TO CHAT-GPT PROGRAMMING TO BETTER RESPECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

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