How does this firefighter die in a hotel window on his wedding anniversary trip?

A wedding anniversary celebration in Cancun, Mexico ended in tragedy, authorities say. Texas firefighter Elijah Snow was found dead in the bathroom window of a different hotel from the one he and his wife had been staying in.

According to authorities, Snow died of mechanical asphyxiation in a bathroom window.

Investigators are attempting to determine what led to his death, which, so far appears to have been an accident. Officials are unsure of why Snow left the hotel that he’d checked into, and who may have been with him at the time of the incident. 

Apparently, after drinks, Snow’s wife went to their room to get some sleep while Snow stayed at the hotel bar. But when she woke up around 4 a.m., and Snow still hadn’t returned, she started looking for her husband. 

“The Fire Department will take all necessary steps to ensure that Elijah’s family is properly supported throughout this difficult time,” the Arlington Professional Firefighters Association said in a statement. 

What else do we know about this incident right now?

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What are the top market headlines to know this morning?

This morning, futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped approximately 150 points, after a record-high closing on Friday.  The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq also logged gains on Friday. 

Investors are looking ahead to the Federal Reserve’s July meeting, which begins tomorrow and extends through Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the world’s largest digital currency briefly neared $40,000 before settling just below $39,000 — a number not seen since mid-June. Investors expect that the coin’s volatile ride in recent months may impact Tesla’s earnings report, as the electric vehicle maker owns quite a bit of the currency. 

The delta variant of the virus is continuing to infect Americans, with cases mounting in all states. 

And, lawmakers are hoping to reach a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure as early as today.

What else do we know about this right now? 

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Which Americans may need to get the virus vaccine booster shot?

In a move that surprised no one, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to change his tune slightly when it came to a vaccine booster shot yesterday. He said in an interview that he thought that a particular subset of the population might need yet another jab after all.

This change of heart comes a matter of weeks after he’d previously said, “given the data and the information we have, we do not need to give people a third shot, a boost…” At the time, Pfizer had been suggesting that another dose might be in order. 

Yesterday, the so-called expert flipped the script, saying that a particular demographic could require the booster after all.

“Those who are transplant patients, cancer chemotherapy, auto-immune disease, that are on immunosuppressant regimens, those are the kind of individuals that if there’s going to be a third booster, which might likely happen, would be among first the vulnerable,” he said. 

He continued: “It’s a dynamic situation. It’s a work in progress, it evolves like in so many other areas of the pandemic. You’ve got to look at the data.”

But if he was looking at “the data” then why is his attitude on boosters flip-flopping so much? 

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Yesterday, a 35-year-old “predator of the worst kind” plead guilty to kidnapping and killing a young Amish woman. 

Justo Smoker was convicted on a slew of charges, including third-degree murder, and faces between 35.5 to 71 years behind bars. When combined with the 17 years he owes for a separate incident, Smoker essentially faces life in prison. 

In April, Smoker apparently led police to the remains of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos, who was last seen leaving church in June of 2020.

Smoker is believed to have stabbed and strangled Stoltzfoos just a few hours after kidnapping her. He moved her body from one location to another.

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Will Biden finally be forced to resign because of the “serious stuff going on”?

As I mentioned yesterday, President Joe Biden’s performance at this week’s town hall was despicable, embarrassing.

But the former White House doctor who served George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump believes there could be bigger repercussions at stake. 

“Something’s SERIOUSLY wrong with Biden – and it’s only going to get WORSE!” Ronny Jackson wrote in a tweet. “It’s past the point of embarrassment. He’s lost. He’s confused. He can barely put a coherent sentence together. He MUST have a cognitive exam and release the results!”

Jackson linked to a clip from his Thursday interview on Hannity, which aired on Fox News. 

“They’re going to convince him to resign from office at some point in the near future for medical issues or they’re going to have to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of this man right now,” he said. 

But just how likely is it that Biden will end up facing any consequences for his clear cognitive decline? 

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Why this top executive believes work flexibility is “here to stay”

According to a top executive who sits on the board of three major companies, work flexibility is not going anywhere anytime soon. That’s largely because officials want to see how the delta virus variant plays out as it takes hold in this country. 

“Companies are watching the data very carefully,” said Shellye Archambeau, who is a director at Verizon, Nordstrom, and Roper Technologies. “What I’m seeing is they’re trying to remain flexible, creating the optionality for employees to come back to work but still watching the numbers and how the rates are going.” 

Executives are also grappling with how to handle their unvaccinated employees. Archambeau says that peer pressure could ultimately force some workers to get the jab. 

“I think as time goes through, companies are absolutely strongly encouraging employees to be vaccinated. The way in which they’ll be able to work, the kinds of roles they’ll be able to play, I think, in time will be affected by whether they’re vaccinated or not.  … People will want to be vaccinated in order to actually do well within the company.”

How are companies navigating these challenges and uncertainties so far?

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This 61-year-old woman is beaten with a pot before her walker is stolen

A  61-year-old woman was brutally assaulted earlier this week, and, now, the New York City Police Department is searching for the several suspects involved. 

The victim was apparently thrown against a railing before she was beaten with a kitchen pan by a second suspect on Tuesday night. A surveillance video of the incident shows a third suspect kicking the woman while she is on the ground. 

The group then took her across the street, punched her in the back, and stole cash and credit cards. They even took her walker, authorities said. 

This incident reflects increasing crime across the city. For instance, data shows a 32% uptick in grand larceny, and a 16% increase in robbery, when compared to this time last year.

What else do we know about the incident at this time? 

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How Biden earns the title “elderly man struggling to maintain his faculties”

President Joe Biden gave a pretty cringeworthy performance at the CNN presidential town hall earlier this week.  In addition to advocating for vaccines, gun control, and his spending agenda, he also seemed to drive another point home: that he is the last person who should be at the helm of this country. 

His answers were downright disastrous in some cases. For instance, he was asked about when the vaccine would be widely available for young children.

This was his incoherent response: “And the question is whether or not we should be in a position where you are — why can’t the experts say we know that this virus is, in fact — is, is, is going to be — or, excuse me — we, we, we know why all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved, but permanently approved.” 

It really doesn’t make much sense, right? 

Biden’s gaffes are becoming more and more troubling, leading one pundit to describe him as “an elderly man struggling to maintain his faculties.”

I cannot help but agree. 

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Why Luke Combs is paying the funeral costs of these three men

Last weekend, three young men at a country music festival died after inhaling apparent carbon monoxide fumes, authorities say.

Now, one of the Faster Horses Festival headliners, Luke Combs, has footed the bill for the trio’s funeral costs. He offered no other comment on the tragedy. 

Apparently, a portable (and possibly leaking) generator was situated too close to the trailer that carried 20-year-old Dawson Brown, 19-year-old Kole Sova, and 20-year-old Richie Mays Jr. 

“It’s just a freak accident,” said Sova’s father. “For all those decisions to line up to get to this tragedy it just boggles your mind – of the thousands of generators and campers, they were the ones that it hit.”

Officials with the festival itself posted their condolences on Twitter: “All of us in the Faster Horses Festival Family are deeply saddened by the tragic losses this weekend as confirmed by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department. Our hearts are broken for the family, friends, and loved ones.” 

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What are the most important market happenings right now?

The stock market was poised to end the week on a positive note this morning, with each of the three major benchmarks tracking for gains. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 150 points.

American Express and Honeywell International both reported quarterly earnings that exceeded estimates, and shares increased in the premarket as a result. In the big tech realm, Snap and Twitter also reported growth. 

Meanwhile, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just reported that the delta variant of the virus is one of the most contagious respiratory infections ever. 

And the Tokyo Olympics are officially beginning today, with officials on the International Olympic Committee saying that they have done all they can to prevent the spread of the virus.

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