Humanitarian aid begins entering Gaza via US-built pier (2024)

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By Karah Rucker (Anchor), Brock Koller (Senior Producer), William Jackson (Producer), Ian Kennedy (Lead Video Editor)

The first shipment of humanitarian aid made its way across the United States’ newly built pier in Gaza, and at least four people are killed after severe storms hit the Houston area. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Friday, May 17, 2024.

Humanitarian aid begins entering Gaza via US-built pier

Humanitarian aid has started flowing into Gaza via a newly completed floating pier constructed by the U.S. The first trucks loaded with aid traversed the pier Friday morning, without any U.S. troops landing in Gaza for the operation.

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The initial aid shipment includes food bars for 11,000 individuals, therapeutic foods for over 7,000 malnourished children and hygiene kits for 30,000 people, aimed at assisting the 2.2 million residents of Gaza.

Also on Friday, Israel presented its defense at the United Nations’ International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, requesting the dismissal of South Africa’s plea for a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. South Africa has leveled accusations of genocide against Israel for its actions against Hamas, which Israel has dismissed as unfounded and an insult to the gravity of genocide charges.

This marks the third hearing at the World Court since South Africa initiated its case in December.

In the U.S., the House passed a bill on Thursday, May 16, that would mandate President Joe Biden to maintain arms shipments to Israel. The bill, supported by 16 Democrats alongside Republicans, is unlikely to progress in the Senate, and the president has indicated he would veto it.

French police shoot and kill suspect in synagogue fire

French police fatally shot a man Friday morning who was suspected of setting a synagogue on fire in Rouen, about 80 miles northwest of Paris. The man, armed with a knife and an iron bar, attacked officers responding to the synagogue blaze. An officer fired at the assailant, resulting in his death. The fire was subsequently brought under control.

À Rouen, les policiers nationaux ont neutralisé tôt ce matin un individu armé souhaitant manifestement mettre le feu à la synagogue de la ville. Je les félicite pour leur réactivité et leur courage.

— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 17, 2024

France’s Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, praised the police for their quick action and bravery. The Mayor of Rouen expressed that the city is deeply affected and in shock.

While the motive of the suspect remains unknown, the incident occurs amidst an increase in antisemitic incidents in France since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Severe storms in Houston kill four, knock out power for nearly 800,000 homes

Severe storms hit Houston on Thursday, May 16, resulting in at least four deaths, shattered windows in tall buildings and power outages affecting around 800,000 homes, leaving much of the city dark.

Houston’s fire chief attributed two deaths to fallen trees. Many residents are still without power this morning.

Lots of damage out here by the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston. An unhoused man told me that he held onto a pole after the extreme winds literally swept him off his feet.

“It made me wake up,” he said. “I almost died out here tonight.”@HoustonPubMedia pic.twitter.com/KNNxjvxweZ

— Lucio Vasquez (@luciov120) May 17, 2024

Mayor John Whitmire has advised citizens to stay inside and refrain from traveling due to dangerous conditions, as continuous rain causes flooding and strong winds damage the downtown area.

Whitmire said that city departments and first responders are actively addressing the situation, including removing live wires that blocked major roads Friday, May 17.

The Houston Independent School District has shut down all 274 of its schools for the day.

As the city begins to recover, crews are working to remove fallen power lines and debris. The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for parts of southern Texas and expects additional heavy rainfall.

Trump to attend son’s graduation today; Cohen to return to stand Monday

The criminal trial of fomer President Donald Trump in New York will not see any developments Friday, May 17, as the former president is attending his son Barron’s high school graduation. The judge has permitted a recess for Trump to be present at the ceremony at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Following the graduation, Trump is scheduled to travel to Minnesota for a Republican fundraising event. He is expected to return to the Manhattan courtroom on Monday, May 20, where his former lawyer Michael Cohen will continue his testimony under cross-examination by Trump’s legal team.

In Thursday’s five-hour session, Trump’s lawyer accused Cohen of lying to the jury, specifically about a phone call Cohen claimed to have had with Trump in 2016. The lawyer suggested that Cohen actually spoke to Trump’s bodyguard regarding a prank call incident.

Cohen maintains his account is truthful.

Looking ahead, prosecutors may conclude their case on Monday, May 20, after which the defense will proceed. It remains uncertain whether Trump’s legal team will summon any witnesses, including Trump himself, to testify.

General Motors, LG reach settlement with Chevy Bolt owners over batteries

General Motors and LG have settled with Chevy Bolt EV owners concerning faulty batteries, establishing a $150 million relief fund. Owners who have had a battery replacement or updated their software may be eligible for up to $1,400 in compensation.

General Motors and South Korean battery firm LG Energy Solution reached a settlement to establish a $150 million fund to provide monetary relief to Chevrolet Bolt EV owners who were affected by defective batteries, documents filed in a US court showed https://t.co/OXxVnNmWKq

— Reuters (@Reuters) May 17, 2024

GM introduced the Chevy Bolt in 2015, featuring batteries supplied by LG. In 2021, GM recalled the vehicles due to fire risks associated with the batteries. Production of the Chevy Bolt ceased last year as GM transitioned to developing new electric vehicles.

McDonald’s introducing Grandma McFlurry as company looks to improve sales

McDonald’s is introducing a new menu item, the Grandma McFlurry, in an effort to attract customers amid concerns about recent price increases. This limited edition dessert features syrup, vanilla ice cream and candy pieces, reminiscent of treats one might find in a grandmother’s purse.

The release highlights the current cultural impact of grandmothers, nodding to the “grandma-core” trend on social media where users embrace styles and activities typically linked to grandmothers.

Additionally, McDonald’s plans to launch a $5 value meal aimed at boosting restaurant traffic, following reports earlier in the week.

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[KARAH RUCKER]

THE FIRST SHIPMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AID MAKES ITS WAY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES’NEWLY BUILT PIER IN GAZA

AND — AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE ARE KILLED AFTER SEVERE STORMS HIT THE HOUSTON AREA

THE MORNING RUNDOWN STARTS NOW.

TODAY IS FRIDAY, MAY 17

THANK YOUFOR JOINING US.

I’M KARAH RUCKER.

ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID HAS BEGUN ENTERING GAZA BY WAY OF THE JUST COMPLETED US-BUILT FLOATING PIER.

THE US MILITARY’S CENTRAL COMMAND SAYING THE FIRST TRUCKS CARRYING AID CROSSED THE PIER THIS MORNING – A DAY AFTER IT WAS ANCHORED TO A BEACH IN GAZA.

CENTRAL COMMAND REITERATING THAT NO U.S. TROOPS WENT ASHORE IN GAZA AS PART OF THIS OPERATION.

US AID OFFICIALS SAYING THE INITIAL SHIPMENT INCLUDES FOOD BARS FOR 11,000 PEOPLE, THERAPEUTIC FOODS TO TREAT OVER 7,000 MALNOURISHED CHILDREN AND RELIEF SUPPLIES LIKE HYGIENE KITS FOR 30,000 PEOPLE.

THE AID FOR THE 2 POINT 2 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN GAZA COMES AS ISRAEL DEFENDED ITSELF TODAY AT THE UNITED NATION’S INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE IN THE NETHERLANDS – ASKING THE JUDGES TO TOSS OUT SOUTH AFRICA’S REQUEST TO CALL FOR A CEASE-FIRE AND ORDER ISRAELI MILITARY TO WITHDRAW FROM GAZA.

SOUTH AFRICA HAS ACCUSED ISRAEL OF GENOCIDE IN ITS WAR AGAINST HAMAS.

ISRAEL SAYING SOUTH AFRICA’S CASE IS QUOTE “COMPLETELY DIVORCED FROM FACTS AND CIRc*msTANCES” AND IT “MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE HEINOUS CHARGE OF GENOCIDE.”

THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THE WORLD COURT HAS HEARD HEARINGS SINCE SOUTH AFRICA FIRST FILED ITS CASE IN DECEMBER.

BACK IN THE U.S. ON THURSDAY – THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL THAT WOULD FORCE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO CONTINUE TO SEND ARMS SHIPMENTS TO ISRAEL. 16 DEMOCRATS JOINED REPUBLICANS IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. IT IS HOWEVER NOT LIKELY TO ADVANCE IN THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY SAID HE WOULD VETO IT.

OUR RAY BOGAN HAS MORE ON THE HOUSE’S BILL NOW ON THE STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS APP. AND BE SURE TO ENABLE NOTIFICATIONS TO GET ALERTS FOR OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE WAR IN GAZA.

FRENCH POLICE SHOT AND KILLED A MAN SUSPECTED OF SETTING FIRE TO A SYNAGOGUE THIS MORNING.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE CITY OF ROUEN (ROOAHN), AROUND 80 MILES NORTHWEST OF PARIS.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN WAS CARRYING A KNIFE AND IRON BAR AND CHARGED AT OFFICERS WHO WERE RESPONDING TO THE FIRE AT THE SYNAGOGUE.

POLICE SAY AN OFFICER THEN OPENED FIRE – KILLING THE suspect.

authorities were able to control the fire at the scene.

ON X — FRANCE’S INTERIOR MINISTER CONGRATULATED POLICE FOR THEIR “RESPONSIVENESS AND COURAGE.”

ROUEN’S MAYOR SAYING THE TOWN IS “BATTERED AND SHOCKed.”

THOUGH THEMOTIVE IS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME – THE INCIDENT COMES AS FRANCE IS FACING A RISE IN ANTISEMITIC ACTS SINCE THE START OF THE ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR.

AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED THURSDAY NIGHT AS STRONG STORMS STRUCK THE HOUSTON AREA.

HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS BLOWING OUT WINDOWS IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGSAND LEAVING APPROXIMATELY 800,000 HOMES WITHOUT POWER, PLUNGING MUCH OF THE CITY INTO DARKNESS.

HOUSTON’S FIRE CHIEF SAYING FALLEN TREES LIKELY LED TOTWO DEATHS — WITH ANOTHER BEING BLAMED ON A CRANE THAT TOPPLED OVER.

MAYOR JOHN WHITMIRE IS URGING RESIDENTS TO STAY INDOORS AND AVOID TRAVEL DUE TO HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS – INCLUDING ON HIGHWAYS — AMIDSEVERE FLOODINGAND HIGH WINDS.

JOHN WHITMIRE

HOUSTON MAYOR

“All the city departments are working tonight. It’ll be a long night. The first responders are doing what they are trained to do. We had firefighters taking live wires off for 290 this afternoon that was blocking thoroughfares.”

[KARAH RUCKER]

HOUSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS MORE HEAVY RAINFALL IS IN THE FORECAST WITH FLASH FLOODING A POSSIBILITY.

THERE WILL BE NO DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CRIMINAL TRIAL OF DONALD TRUMP IN NEW YORK TODAY AS THE FORMER PRESIDENT ATTENDS HIS SON BARRON’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION.

THE JUDGE ALLOWING THE BREAK IN THE TRIAL FOR TRUMP TO ATTEND THE GRADUATION AT OXBRIDGE ACADEMY IN WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA.

THE FORMER PRESIDENT WILL THEN HEAD TO MINNESOTA FOR A REPUBLICAN FUNDRAISING EVENT.

THE PRESUMPTIVE GOP NOMINEE WILL RETURN TO THE MANHATTAN COURTROOM ON MONDAY – WHERE HIS FORMER LAWYER MICHAEL COHEN IS SET TO BE BACK ON THE STAND TO FACE FURTHER CROSS-EXAMINATION FROM TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM.

DURING FIVE HOURS OF TESTIMONYON THURSDAY — TRUMP’S LAWYER questioned COHEN’scredibility — at one point telling cohenhe is lyingTO THE JURY – ACCUSING HIM OF MAKING UP A PHONE CALL COHEN SAID HE HAD WITH TRUMP IN 2016.

TRUMP’S LAWYER says COHEN DID NOT SPEAK TO TRUMPTHAT NIGHT – BUT INSTEAD SPOKE TO TRUMP’S BODYGUARD ABOUT A 14-YEAR-OLD WHO HAD BEEN PRANK-CALLING COHEN’S PHONE –

trump’s lawyer providing phone records of communication between cohen and the bodyguard — not trump.

COHEN insisted HE believes he talked to trump too.

in the heated exchange — trump’s attorney told cohenthe jury wasn’t interested in “what cohen thinkhappened”.

PROSECUTORS COULD REST THEIR CASE ON MONDAY.

THEN IT’S THE DEFENSE’S TURN. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM WILL CALL ON ANY WITNESSES TO TESTIFY – INCLUDING whether TRUMP HIMSELF would take the stand.

GENERAL MOTORS AND LG HAVE REACHED A SETTLEMENT WITH CHEVY BOLT EV OWNERS OVER DEFECTIVE BATTERIES.

THE COMPANIES CREATING A 150 MILLION DOLLAR FUND TO PROVIDE RELIEF.

UNDER THE SETTLEMENT – AFFECTED OWNERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED A BATTERY REPLACEMENT OR HAVE INSTALLED THE LATEST SOFTWARE REMEDY CAN RECEIVE UP TO 1,400 DOLLARS IN COMPENSATION.

GM LAUNCHED THE CHEVY BUILT IN 2015 – WITH THE EV USING BATTERIES MADE BY LG.

IN 2021 – GM ANNOUNCED A MASSIVE RECALL OF THE VEHICLES OVER THE RISK OF THE BATTERIES CATCHING FIRE.

GM STOPPED PRODUCING THE CHEVY BOLT LAST YEAR AS THE CARMAKER SHIFTED ITS FOCUS TO NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

FINALLY THIS MORNING – AS MCDONALD’S IS TRYING TO LURE BACK CUSTOMERS CONCERNED OVER RECENT PRICE HIKES – IT’S HOPING A NEW ADDITION TO THE MENU MIGHT HELP – ONE INSPIRED BY OUR GRANDMOTHERS.

INTRODUCING THE GRANDMA MCFLURRY!

THE FAST-FOOD CHAIN’S LIMITED EDITION SWEET TREAT IS A MIX OF SYRUP, VANILLA ICE CREAM AND CANDY PIECES – WHAT MCDONALD’S SAYS ARE “JUST LIKE GRANDMA’S FAVORITE TREAT THAT SHE HID IN HER PURSE.”

THE DESSERT IS JUST ONE NEW IDEA AS the fast food giant has been losing low-income customers— who are CHOOSING TO EAT AT HOME.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, REPORTS SAY MCDONALD’S WILLBE RELEASING A 5 DOLLAR VALUE MEAL AS PART OF THE COMPANY’S PLANS TO bring back customers who have felt the recent price hikes.

THOUGH — ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY FROM FINANCE BUZZ — PRICES HAVE BEEN ON THE RISE FOR A WHILE AT MCDONALD’S — WITH THE PRICE OF A MCDOUBLE INCREASING 168 PERCENT OVER THE PAST DECADE.

THE FAST FOOD CHAIN NOW HOPING LOST CUSTOMERS WILL RETURN WITH THESE NEW ADDITIONS.

THESE ARE YOUR TOP STORIES FOR THIS FRIDAY.

WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE ON MONDAY.

UNTIL THEN I’M KARAH RUCKER.HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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