The Sift

Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Associated Press/Photo by Hassan Ammar

Beirut explosion leaves thousands homeless

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/05/20, 06:11 pm

Israel displayed the Lebanese flag in lights on Tel Aviv’s city hall on Wednesday in a gesture of solidarity with one of its enemies. The European Union said it was activating its civil protection system to send firefighters and rescue equipment to Beirut. A massive explosion there on Tuesday killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000. Shockwaves ripped miles inland with the effect of a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. Lebanon’s health minister said the blast rendered the homes of up to a quarter of a million people unfit to live in.

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Associated Press/Photo by Nati Harnik

Pro-life bill moves forward in Nebraska

by Esther Eaton
Posted 8/05/20, 06:06 pm

Lawmakers in Nebraska broke a filibuster on Wednesday to move forward a bill protecting babies from dismemberment abortions. Most abortions after the first trimester use “dilation and evacuation,” or pulling babies from the womb limb by limb. The bill would allow suction abortions but keep abortionists from using forceps, tongs, and other commonly used instruments for dilation and evacuation.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mark Lennihan

Stocks get a boost

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/05/20, 04:48 pm

The S&P 500 climbed to within 2 percent of its record high on Wednesday, giving Wall Street its fourth straight day in positive territory. Walt Disney Co. stocks spiked by more than 8 percent after the company announced expectation-beating profits and huge gains in its video-streaming service, Disney+. Experts suggest the growth could come from the perception that the coronavirus pandemic has had a less severe effect on corporations than expected.

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